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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerManDan on 08-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,761
Reviews:
782
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
Wants:
106
Gots:
486
For Trade:
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Photo of portia99
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (bottled 4/23/12) courtesy of a recent trade with Wasatch...thanks John! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear deep amber color with a thick finger plus of fluffy off-white foam that shows decent staying power. Rocky and webby lacing is left on the glass nicely after the head falls to the surface after a minute or so.

S - Malty, sweet, caramelly with almost an iced tea like character too. Touches of lemony, citrusy hops but mostly malt in the nose.

T - Malty, sweet and earthy. Still getting some of the tea-like character of the aroma in the flavor as well. Balanced well towards the malty side, with enough hops to keep it from being too sweet.

M - So smooth on the palate. Carbonation is a bit on the light side, but still gives enough of a tingly bite on the back of the throat on each swallow. Goes down like water...body is light. Perhaps a bit heavy for a summer day, but perfect for a fall afternoon in front of a football game for sure.

O - Well brewed, solid pale ale. Definitely of the English variety showing more balance and malt forwardness than a typical American version of the style. Somewhat light, mild, easy drinking. Good sessionable pale ale. Probably not going to satisfy the hopheads out there, but malty beer lovers will enjoy and it seems to be an approachable beer for the newbie craft drinkers as well.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated 4/21/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Orange with a lingering one-finger head kept afloat by lots of tiny bubbles
S: Freshly ground grain, fermenting malt, a bit herbal/earthy
T: Matches the nose, definitely malt-forward yet dry with an herbal/earthy finish
M: Light-bodied, dry, light carbonation
O: This looks and smells great and while it's a bit simple it fits the style well

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep brown amber color with a pretty standard foamy head, rises and falls quick.

Deep caramel in the malt, gentle and smokey scented herbs in the hops, slightly peppery with a slight peat aroma.

yummy malt! smokey wood with brown sugar, good complexity for a simple style. Only a gentle mixed-bag of herbs and green peppers comes from the hops with subtle dry feel. Dry herbs, smokey malt and a crisp medium body and smooth finish makes this one really pleasant.

I got a big Scottish-ale feeling from this one due to it's smokey-malt charecter.

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Photo of larryi86
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A clear reddish/deep amber with a two finger white head

S- Toasted malts, hints of caramel malts, some oak, faint fruitiness, floral.

T- Toasted malts, nutty, some oak, toffee, faint vanilla, caramel malts, slight earthy/floral hops. Nicely balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A nicely done English style ale, easy to drink. Past the 120 day mark Firestone says to drink it by, but it still taste and worth picked up. Miss this beer's big brother, but at least this is easier to find.

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Photo of Dogleg
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of TastyTaste
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Zorro for the 12 ounces.

Appearance: Dark brown copper color, small head settles fast into nothing. A little off-white foam is left behind.

Smell: Sweet carmel malts, also toasted, very nice.

Taste: Also very pleasing. Bready, toasted malts, sweet carmel flavors, tea leaves and a sizable hop finish that is not overdone, but is prominant. Flavors all work well together. I don't get much of a woody flavor, though.

Mouthfeel: A little watery, but late prickly carbonation picks it up, saves the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A very pleasing amber ale, one that is not afraid to showcase both malt and hops. Recommended.

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Photo of fossage78
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of DavidHume
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a hazelnut color. About two fingers of white fluffy head that actually quickly dissipates leaving spotty lacing.

Smell - Mainly caramel and biscuit. Not a very strong nose - overall relatively bland to be honest.

Taste - Wow, very bready. Biscuit, caramel, malts, slight floral, wood, etc.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, light carbonation.

Drinkability - Relatively easy to drink, though probably won't pick this up again.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Don't recall trying this in a bottle though not generally impressed in the distant past with tap versions. Pours a clean and clear copper amber in color, and sports a half inch of off white foam with average retention.

Light hops and some toasted, smoky malts on the nose, along with a hint of woodiness. Light caramel notes intermingle with some earthy hops. Notably more delicate than I recall on tap.

Taste is drier than expected and offers a bit of spice in the form of toasted bread with a light dusting of caramel jelly. Finish is somewhat brief yet you are then you are embraced by the bitter woodsy character which takes over and lingers after the swallow. Feel is lightly sweet and bready for the style and the beer offers a reasonable drink. Not overly complex yet not too sweet either. A well balance English Pale.

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Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of NateMac13
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sourdog
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brandon911
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey apricot colored with an inch high head of thick and dimpled light beige foam.

Aroma of bready malt, sweet and nutty, a hint of caramel.

Initial flavor of light malt, strong tea flavor, woody but not overly oaky. Some caramel malt sweetness, with a delicate hop bitterness. Mild oak flavor lingers.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Easy to drink, very sessionable.

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Photo of GFD400
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joe1510
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Stubby

This was sent as an extra in a recent trade with errantnight, thanks again Derek! Double Barrel pours amber with glowing ruby highlights when backlit. A minimal head of one finger grew on the pour and fizzled rather quickly to a ring and a few spots. The head was slightly off white and didn't have much sticking power.

The aroma of this beer is unique and interesting. There's a good deal of malt present in the form of caramel and a touch of toffee but the hop profile is what stands out to me. After each swirl I'm greeted by a spicy hoppiness that mingles with a surprising tangerine citric quality. The tangerine is something I don't come across very often but I really enjoy it, even though it only comes up after each swirl.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma. It's much more malt oriented. The hopping comes through on the finish and adds a nice layer of bitterness but malt rules the roost. Caramel and toffee are the main subjects and a hint of alcohol chases all other flavors on the swallow.

Medium bodied with a surprisingly high amount of carbonation. The carbonation gives the body the right density but gets a little too prickly the more I drink. The hopping does leave a small but growing bitterness as I drink.

There are a couple minor flaws that could be easily fixed with a few small tweaks but this is still an easy beer to but away and is very session worthy.

This is a solid beer from Firestone Walker. My score probably doesn't show it but I did enjoy this beer. Good flavor and easily drinkable. Thanks for another good brew Derek.

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Photo of sholland119
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A bit of a disappointment, really. I picked up a sixer while out of town on business. We do not get Firestone Walker products here.

Pours a clear amber with a little bit of white head and no lacing.

Smells mildly of grainy malt with a faint hint of bittersweet chocolate.

Taste is rather sweet but forgettable with little of the chocolate malt presence in the nose.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with good medium carbonation.

Drinkability is fine but I would choose another option if I had one. Not bad, not great.

HV

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours amber and copper with little to no head. very light retention.

a mixture of caramel, pineapple, and sweet malts.

a light floral presence wthat mixes well with a light malty biscuit flavor. the floral hops last through out with a light lingering bitter aftertaste.

medium carbonation that has some bite to it. body is on the thin side and the carbonation helps to fill it out a bit.

got this as an extra and ive been wanting to try it for some time so HUGE thanks to dgb3 for this.

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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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