DBA (Double Barrel Ale) | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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DBA (Double Barrel Ale)DBA (Double Barrel Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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pDev:
11.44%
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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle (Courtesy of Presario): Poured a deep amber color with a medium head without much retention. Aroma of bitter hops is clearly evident. Taste is a bit one-dimensional with some bitter hops and caramel malt and a thin body. Seems to be lacking character to make it truly interesting.

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Photo of danielharper
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Reminds me a lot of Sam Adams Boston Lager, in a good way, I promise.

I poured this beer into a pint glass pretty much straight after bringing it home, but on the fairly long drive it had warmed to about room temperature. Appearance was a nice light amber color with a thick off-white head to top it off; the head dissipated quickly but left a tiny bit of foam clouding the top.

Smell was moderate but pleasant, primarily a medium hoppiness and a tiny hint of oak -- the first beer I can really claim that I smelled the oak presence off of. Pleasant and enjoyable, set the stage for the beer.

The taste was quite nice, a lot like Sam Adams but with a more up-front fruit profile, primarily apples (standard for an American Amber), but with a similar hop profile and still with that oaky goodness that I got from the nose.

This one had a light-bodied mouthfeel with a reasonably low carbonation -- I found it refreshing and enjoyable, if somewhat uncomplex. Didn't really coat the throat or stick around for an aftertaste, but when it was there it was nice.

Overall drinkability is high, at a moderate 5% alcohol, I could probably drink several of these while bullshitting on the computer or watching TV, and they'd be well-enjoyed for that purpose. If the major brewers in America ever produce beers with more flavor, I'm guessing this is pretty much what they'll taste like -- inoffensive and dull to beer geeks, but smooth, easy-drinking, and good-tasting overall.

In my notes I call this a "perfect pizza beer". Take that with what you will.

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Photo of weeare138
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beermaninpa for this...
Appears a deep amber with a 1 finger off white head and ok lacing. Solid amounts of carbonation pumping towards the top.
Smell is of slight oakiness with light creamy maltiness and a touch of hops.
Taste is of a light oak tasting amber ale with a touch of vanilla and mild hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Feels a bit tingly with some bitter & sweetness that mixes well and is fairly decent.
Drinkability is actually that of a nice, strong session brew. Despite nothing spectacular jumping out, this is highly drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at McCormick & Shmick's in Pasadena.

Appearance: Clear reddish brown color with thin, off-white lacing for a head. The carbonation slowly drifts to the top, almost like it doesn't want to go. The head thins very quickly and swirling doesn't really revive the head. It has no stickiness to it and barely stays together as on clump of bubbles.

Smell: Crisp malt aroma with a light floral hop scent. Not much to smell on this beer besides the malt.

Taste: Lightly sour and roasty malt flavor with a bready sweetness. Some faint diacetyl fruit flavors crop up around the earthy hop ending. They combine to give the beer a nice bitter sweet ending. Crisp malt flavor dominates throughout the beer.

Mouthfeel: Dry on the palate yet very smooth. Light to medium bodied and it got lighter in the last quarter of the beer to give it a watery ending. It surely was refreshing on a hot summer afternoon.

Drinkability: I can't say I'd go looking for this beer again, but I probably wouldn't turn it down either. Middle of the road and forgettable, but still tasty.

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Photo of baiser
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper red, with a small, off white head. Some caramel and fruit in the nose. Medium bodied, crisp carbonation. Decent taste, very well balanced. Bready, caramel, slight fruity sweetness and moderate bitterness. A very drinkable, average ale.

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 12 oz bottle pours a clear chestnut body with copper accents. Body is alive with small carbonation bubbles. Small beige head is shortlived but laces well.
Aroma: Very assertive bouquet of sweet malts and spicy hops. Toasty malts, with notes of caramel and molasses, struggle to assert against the dominant English style spicy hops. Very nice!
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.
Taste: Very well balanced, with spicy hops serving up a lasting bitterness. Malty notes of toffee and caramel with a hint of molasses. Pleasant notes of toasty grain throughout, and a slight vanilla presence from oak aging. Hops gain a pine cone bitterness toward the finish but are balanced by the sweet maltiness for an even finish.
Drinkability: A very well executed American Amber that is on the sweet malty side, yet retains a solid hops bitterness. This is one I would certainly like to keep around. Many thanks to mntlover for bringing this bottle by.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright coppery orange with maize colored accents. Exceedingly fine carbonation slowly rises to a light gold, orangish beige cap. The foam has a solidity about it that promotes a slow, somewhat rocky, descent and results in a decent showing in the lace department. Several concentric rings are seen at midglass when the beer is nearly gone.

The nose is hoppier than expected. I would never confuse it with an IPA, or even a hoppy APA, but it's nice to run across what appears to be a hop-dominant amber ale. There's still a toasted malt background keeping the aroma grounded. The spicy, herbal (probably English) hops are where the action is however.

I like Double Barrel. There's a moderately sweet, whole grain toast-like malt structure that is firm without being unyielding. It's still pretty hoppy, but is more balanced than anticipated after the sniff test. This beer reminds me of an English pale ale or an ESB, and a pretty good one at that. The flavor profile is clean and is anything but shy. I get the sense the brewers hit the flavor target they were shooting for.

The medium length finish manages to keep a fair amount of bitterness in contact with the taste buds after the beer is gone. Dry and bitter is as good a way to finish as any other. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, although I'm sure the active carbonation is somewhat responsible for that impression.

Firestone Double Barrel Ale is a good one. It has no real faults and is as well-constructed as any amber ale that I've had in a while. I could definitely make a session out of a few of these and I'm sure they would go well with a wide variety of foods. This isn't quite a head turner, but it is a delicious, satisfying ale.

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Photo of beersarang
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, almost gold with a tan head that is creamy but recedes into a thin collar and minimal lace. Frikkin clear.

Slight grains and hop aroma, not too prominent.

Firm slightly roasted malt profile, and a very nice grapefruit hop presence. Overall rather balanced and smooth tasting. Finishes a little sweet, as an amber should, with grains at the exhale. Very solid.

Lighter bodied, quite drinkable. A good standby that is available everywhere, a good crossover beer as well.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small, off-white/tan filmy head dies fast over a clear, dark amber beer. There are some swoops of lacing. The nose has chocolate and milk. It's slightly grainsy. Nice. Milk chocolate up front, followed by a full-flavored, drakly malty middle. The finish shows bitter chocolate and some not-quite-sweet fruitiness. Bitter aftertaste with crackers. It's good. Quite chocolatey. A nice, full session.

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Photo of mntlover
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with a light tan head of bubbles that falls quickly, some spotty lace left behind.
Aroma is lightly malty with some light fruitiness and hints of spice and a touch of vanilla.
Taste is like the smell malty some caramel and light frruit mixed with some floral and spicey hops. Overall the aroma and flavor seems more English in nature then an American Amber.
Mouthfeel is little lighter then a good amber but still pleasent.
Drinkability is ok not on par with the best amber ales but still not bad, if you like malt with some nice English like flavors could be for you.

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Photo of aquaderek
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I started drinking this beer once I moved to santa barbara. I usually buy this stuff at costco, and it is one of my go to beers and keep always stocked for dinner and company. Although like most beers, tastes much better and fresher on tap. It pours from the bottle a nice reddish brown color with a little laced head. On this particular beer, I am picking up a little skunkiness, but normally I would smell some sweetness, and hops. The taste I think is unique from the smokiness by the oak barrel. I love the heavy mouthfeel. Good beer, I have drunken many, but I usually have maybe one or two in a sitting.

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Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

app: clear reddish amber, white head, some lacing

Aroma: just a little yeast and malt

Taste: Balanced, bready malts , some snappy, peppery hops

Mouthfeel. nothing special,

Drinkability: yeah its drinkable, nothing too exciting, middle of the road, moderatly decent take on a dull and bland style.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The body is the color I imagine how blood would look on a bronze sword, although less opaque. Maybe on a rainy day or something.
Aroma: Light, nice malty aroma.
Taste: The beer tastes British. Firm, but approachable maltiness, mild bitterness, very integrated.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and body.
This is a great mild session beer, interesting, yet not intrusive.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a Beers of the World mix box that I got for Christmas from an acquaintance. Thanks Scott!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the clear, burnished copper brew. Head fades but never quite disappears, and lacing is average to good. Aroma is lightly of grain husks, with a touch of fruitiness. Taste is hearty medium malts, with a citrusy close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, with the latter possibly even more so. This seems quite sessionable, and a nice brew.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on tap at a Mexican Restaurant in Cambria, CA on 12/28/04. Pours a typical amber brown with slight reddish hints with a large, creamy head- much larger than seen on many ambers. Aroma is roasty malty, and the flavor follows through with a nice balance of hops at the end- not strong, but definetly present. Definitely drinkable- nothing outrageously wonderful, but pretty good. I had a chance to pick up a six pack on the way home, but passed, not because I didn't like it; there's plenty of good, similar amber ales around.

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Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a one-fingered off-white head that fades slowly and leaves traces of lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy amber color. Nose is slightly malty. Starts with some sweet undertones and finishes with a even mix of hops and malt. $1.79 for a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light brown with an almost offwhite head which subsided quickly leaving a little lace. The aroma was malty with a a healthy dose of fruity esters and reminded me of aromatic malt or some other mildly roasted malt. The initial taste was sweet with the hops playing a minor role in the flavor and bitterness. The majority of the flavor was of a clean blend of dry, roasted malts and sweeter pale malts with a touch of a citrussy and flowery hop flavor at the end. I think this is a little too close to the pale ale style for me while the brewery calls it an amber ale i like a little more malt complexity in my ambers than this one can provide. An average pale ale this brew makes a mediocre amber ale and the folks at Firestone should work on the recipe a little more.

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Photo of IceAce
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium bronze body topped with two fingers of antique lace colored foam...due largely to my aggressive pour into a .5 litre Euro glass. Lacing is magnificent with the pattern covering approx 80% and clarity of the body is outstanding

Aroma: Heavy malt dominates the nose with a lighter backing from the oak barrel aging system and the yeast

Taste: The malt in the foretaste seems to magnify over the first five seconds, enveloping the tongue with malted goodness. The taste almost completely disappears and there is a second or so pause until the sweetness of the hops take over for the finish

Mouthfeel: Sturdy mouthfeel of a quality amber. The malty goodness belies a heavy presence that is nicely balanced with a zesty dose of CO²

Drinkability: The oak barrel brewing system adds a nice complexity to this amber; not as much as to overtake the taste, but merely to compliment it. This is a fine example of an English-style ale brewed in california

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Photo of GClarkage
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/07/04- Purchased at a Safeway grocery store.

Appearance- Pours with a nice head and halfway decent lacing. A reddish-amber coloring.

Smell- Lots of malt and sweet caramel. Didn't sense and hops really.

Taste- A clone of the scent. Sweetish carmel and malt tastes. Maybe a touch of hops too.

Mouthfeel- a bit over carbonated for me. Kind of felt full after this beer.

Drinkability- Maybe good for one or two. A good beer that I would have again.

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Photo of MattThomas
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale. Poured a great head. Not much nose in to the beer, though. I guess I expected something larger in the flavor of the beer, having five or six malts and double oak barreled. It does have a nice feel to the mouth. Quality medium weight (what I would expect for a Amber Ale). It is absolutely quaffable. There is enough going on, but light enough to enjoy.

Definitely not the best Amber Ale on the market, but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to UncleJimbo for this one. Boy, I needed a brew this evening after work, and lo and behold, this was sitting in the fridge. Nothing extraordinary about it's looks: medium to dark amber, not cloudy per se, but not crystal clear either. About 1/2 inch of cream colored foam at the pour, since gone down. Aroma seems thick and syrupy, of toasty malts and quiet hops. Carbonated mouthfeel full of small, prickly bubbles. The mouthfeel is a plus...I appreciate the level of carbonation. Tastewise, I am picking up low malt (although it's made with 5!), slightly biscuity. The beer concentrates on the end taste/finish (which is fine with me). That one is all about some slight puckery citrus. I can't believe the carbonation in this one! Probably helps it not come across as syrupy. Would drink again. Not stupendous, but I like the mouthfeel.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper/amber with an ample fluffy head that settles almost into a creaminess leaving a thin sheet of lace,mild aromas of some toasted malt and caramel pretty soft on the nostrils.Caramel taste up front is the first thing I notice with biscuity malt backbone seems to have a little minty spice in the finish wich is nice,a pretty sweet tasting brew with not much hop presence.I think a decent session style ale but it might get a little to sweet after a few.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper / amber color with a 1.5" head. Some light lacing developed. The aroma was of caramel and lighlty roasted malts. The flavor was strong on the caramel tones and was very light on the bitterness. There was a mild roasted character to this.

The mouthfeel smooth with a light crispness at the start, and had a smooth short caramel finish. I found this to be nicely drinkable and quite an enjoyable session beer.

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Photo of charlesw
2.51/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Oh, I'd call this some sort of a darkish orange. Quite light for an amber ale. It had a moderately tall (1") darkish head (deeper than cream) that has very nice lasting power - a very nice and durable lacing.
It smells like rice beer. Bleh. Cheap and alcoholy, weak and thin. Ew!
The taste is ok, I guess. It's probably better than the Casco Bay, but that doesn't say a whole lot (LOL). I mean, sure, it's got a bit of malt to it and it's lightly sweet, but there's a weird bite right in the middle of the palate that prevents it from being good. The aftertaste is fine - no complaints - a nice and easy, lingering finish that doesn't spike on anything.
It's definitely too thin in the mouth for me to fully enjoy it. Oh well!
I'd drink it as a light alternative to an amber - maybe for a hot afternoon at the beach or something. As such it would be fine. In any other context, well, bleh.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

This ale poured a clear, amber-red color with creamy, off-white foam that persisted a little while but eventually settled and left some lace. The smell was malty and yeasty with a light, fruity sweetness and a touch of caramel. The taste was lightly fruity and malty with a good touch of hop bitterness, and a bit of oakiness as well. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry and hoppy with a slight astringency. The body was medium with medium carbonation. There was a lingering hoppiness in the aftertaste. This was a decent amber/red ale.

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DBA (Double Barrel Ale) from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 2,804 ratings