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

DBA (Double Barrel Ale)DBA (Double Barrel Ale)
2,775 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served probably a bit too warm... Pours slightly hazy dark orange color, far from red or amber. Plenty of off white head with great tracing forms. Aromas start off quite fruity with esters blending nicely with sprucy hops. Malt notes are the first item to qualify this as an amber as the toasty, caramel like aromas carry through. On the palate it is a rich malty brew with lots of character, very balanced. The finish is slightly drying and medium thin. Overall it is an enjoyable amber, but nothing noteworthy. I'm glad to try since it seems to have a loyal following, but like Fat Tire, sometimes it just doesn't deserve all the praise.

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Photo of bonez05404
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Thanks to Andysr15 for the extra! Pours a light orange with a thin white head. A light amount of citrus hops on the nose. Decent hop flavor and very easy to drink. I get a slight bit of citrus hop bitterness on the tongue at first and it mellows pretty nicely with a sweet malty finish. Pretty good session brew.

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Photo of output01x
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1/2-finger cream-colored head that quickly dissipates in a minute or so to a thin, messy dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a perfectly clear copper amber with a fair amount of small, slow-rising carbonation bubbles. Great lacing clings to the glass in sheets between sips but never lasts long.

Sweet, bready malts and grassy hops aromas combine nicely with an overlying spiciness to create a well-balanced nose. Notes of biscuits, whole grain bread crusts, caramel, and toffee.

Each sip starts out just like the nose with flavors of sweet malt, grassy hops, and a slight spiciness. As the beer is held in the mouth, notes of toffee, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, and green tea leaves become discernible. Upon swallowing, the caramel, vanilla, and green tea flavors really come out, giving this beer a medicinal character. A slight grassy bitterness lingers on the tongue between sips.

The body is light to medium, allowing a decent amount of flavor to come through without losing great drinkability. The carbonation is only slightly fizzy and does a great job of assisting in the drinkability without being overly noticeable.

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Photo of eorwar
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Ranz
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Jon4than
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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

Photo of chickencoop
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a roadie back from LA, went out of my way and went up the 101 instead of the 5 and was extremely glad I did, even though it took like 3 more hours. I love the DBA in 12oz. bottles, the perfect balance, but on tap, in a growler it was awesome, kind of finished it in about an hour. This is my favorite FW beer, becoming one of my stand-by's.

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Photo of JHB-510
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Nick29
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of rudedude985
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of JonSchwartz
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Gothenburg, Sweden, so perhaps not as fresh as closer to home.

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Photo of Telestic
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of TxUltraRunner
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of nealbert
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of simplejj81
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of StevenLaValley
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Groenebeor
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sevenshubby
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of berlinabb
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jbexphys
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Giesch
2.36/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of jaredkc889
4/5  rDev +9%

DBA (Double Barrel Ale) from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 2,775 ratings
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