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

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DBA (Double Barrel Ale)DBA (Double Barrel Ale)

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of StevenLaValley
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Groenebeor
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sevenshubby
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of berlinabb
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ronniebruner
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This has to be my favorite Firestone beer. This beer is very hearty and heavy and goes down hard! The aroma is light in hops, but rich in taste, giving off a sweet aroma and the ideal amount of lace and head. Perfect for a bbq or a nice beer at an affordable price. This beer is easily better than some ales that are double to triple the price. Good job Firestone!

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Photo of Giesch
2.36/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of jaredkc889
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of HunterSBeerson
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wontonst
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gehrig13
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Butchnasty
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Juno_Malone
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of JustinPStewart
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrownNut
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer ordered online that's almost four months old and that tastes faded-out/baked-out. Was it too hot on the long transit route maybe? Is it the age? Both? I don't know but this tasted like nothing, a real disappointment. Giving placeholder scores until I can re-try a fresher bottle.

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Photo of Madskill
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Farinag16447
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbexphys
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bcerv-ca
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ccg
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark, cloudy orange. Finger and a half of dense foam.
Smell is sweet, caramely malt. Surprisingly sweet smelling.
I can taste a hint of hops, but it's mostly sweet, caramel malt flavor with some earthy and citrus notes. It's not what I was expecting, but it's interesting and different.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium carbonation and thickness.
Overall, I'm not really sure what to make of this one. I don't think I've had a beer quite like it before. The flavors are not the boldest, but they are pretty well balanced.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Appearance: Crystal clear amber with a short off white head that fades to a ring around the edge, leaving no lacing. It's so pretty!

Smell: Prominent yeast and malt

Taste: Spicy yeast and bready, slightly sweet malts, ending with mild hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thick body with tons of fine carbonation.

Overall: Very tasty. Plenty of different flavors pop up, without any one of them overpowering.

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Photo of Kylemif
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ISmith87
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - nice clear copper color, thin head that leaves no real lacing. Bottle is cool :))

S - Smells like an AAL. Getting rice, corn, light bread, etc.

T - Also not that good. Same rice, corn, light bread. I can tell this is a beer some would try to (but hate to) play beer pong with. There's just no flavor, but it's not that smooth.

M - Light, slightly bitter, aftertaste almost non-existent.

O - Yea it pretty much sucks. I was expecting something after DDBA. But whatever, they can't all be winners can they?

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
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 SunDevilBeer
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank alot of this on a recent trip out west. I'm a sucker for English Pale Ales.

Looks good in the glass. Dark Amber color with a decent head.

Rich & toasty taste, very balanced with a hint of caramel. The malt and hops work together perfectly, like a good symphony. Back end has just a slight hop bite. Craftsmanship and expertise in brewing this beer is obvious.

Sessionable at 5% - I couldn't get enough of it.

This would be a regular in my fridge if it were available in my area. A steal at $7.99 per six pack.

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Photo of veinless
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep sap orange with brown and red hints. Head is white and coarse, and dissapted very quickly, leaving not much lace.

Smell is very sweet and malty, with the hops taking a backseat in this one. Some citrus hints of lemon and orange here, but its mostly grain to the nose.

Taste is blend of citrus evident in the aroma with grainy malt. A little bit watery in the taste, but the flavors that are there are very pronounced and nice. Aftertaste has some malt/fruit sweetness that is not very in tune with the rest of the beer, but a welcome change of pace.

Mouthfeel is watery as mentioned earlier, but decent overall. Drinkability is average for a pale ale, as there are others that offer enticing finishes and aftertastes. This offers neither, but is good in its own right.

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DBA (Double Barrel Ale) from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,761 ratings.
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