Review: Firestone Walker Brewing Company DBA (Double Barrel Ale) | Craft Beer & Brewing
Firestone Walker Brewing Company DBA (Double Barrel Ale)
87 out of 100

Style: English Pale Ale

ABV: 5.0 IBU: 30

87/100
Aroma: 10
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 17
Mouthfeel: 4

Firestone Walker Brewing Company DBA (Double Barrel Ale)

What the brewers say

“DBA opens with a biscuity toasted malt aroma and a hint of oak and vanilla. Pale malts create a smooth malty middle with ribbons of caramel, English toffee, and toasted oak. A tribute to English pales traditionally fermented in cask.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Spicy hops aroma is very herbal and almost medicinal, with some dark cherry esters. Nice sweet caramel and toffee malt aroma. Hops aroma is subdued, floral and earthy.”

Flavor: “The hops character in this beer is earthy, woody, a bit spicy, and floral, with mild bitterness—more than the nose would suggest. Notes of caramel and toffee come through well with a light body. Some tart notes in mid-palate. Hops flavors clash with the fruity yeast esters, though as it warms these work better together. Bitterness is a little low for the style, allowing the malt to linger a little too long.”

Overall: “Nice example of the style. A decent English pale ale, but hops choices don’t quite harmonize with the malt complexity and yeast esters. A smooth round malt backbone anchors the flavor profile. Plenty of hops to keep things interesting—perhaps more than would usually be found in England—this is an American take on a British style.”

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