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RATINGS: 1065   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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A British Pale Ale never tasted so fresh. We challenge our good friends across the pond to match this one. Can’t be done. We’ve honored the traditions of the great British Pale brewers of Burton-on-Trent using our patented Firestone Union oak barrels. You’re left with a mild blend of vanilla and toasted oak flavor touched with an elegant hint of English noble hops. DBA is the flagship of our company and wildly popular


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maxbier (401) - Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Clear cooper pour with light tan head. Flavor is typical ESB but cleaner, toffee caramel malt, not sweet, earthy flavors. UK type of hop character. If all ESBs were as good as this one I could say I like the style. Double version must be great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
latitude48 (2) - - NOV 30, 2014 does not count
This was a little disappointing. I liked the smell and the look, and was expecting the same great taste of other Firestone beers, but was left wanting more flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedR (1346) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2014
I’m not really getting bitter/ESB. But I am getting a very flavorful brew, particularly for the ABV.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
valpoaj (638) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Copper/Amber pour - one finger white head that holds its own. Nose is toasted malt, woody, mild bitterness. Flavor is similar - roasted malts at the forefront, slight nutty flavor, bit of wood, vanilla in the background. Mouthfeel is good - creamy without being heavy. Good, easy drinking brew!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3067) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
12 oz bottle from BOTW, served cool in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear deep copper with a decent light tan head. Aroma: British maltiness with some butterscotch, toasty malts, a little caramel/toffee, creme caramel, a little woodsy/floral hops. Palate: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Flav.: Stark/dry British malts, toffee notes, diacetyl, woodsy hops; dry with moderate bitterness and a buttery, British malt finish.

Fairly competent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (5073) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of light-moderate oak, toasted caramel, biscuits, grass, faint citrus, and orange peel. It pours a transparent copper with a two finger off-white head that eventually fades to a thick film. There is some soapy webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with light-moderate toffee and caramel. There is a pretty solid biscuit presence in the middle. The finish has light citrus, grass, toasted oak, and barely a touch of vanilla. It’s light-medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, it’s a solid ESB, but it’s simply a style that doesn’t do much for me.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loubar (87) - Los Gatos, California, USA - NOV 14, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2014 12 oz. bottle from BevMo. On the nose sort of nutty and roasty. The aroma carries through to the taste. No flowery hops or bitterness here. Just a pleasant toasty, earthy, caramel flavor on a pleasing malt base. Mild, just like it says. I found this to be a super drinkable brown ale that I would gladly have again. Love the 5% ABV.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
FunkyF (162) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2014
Flaska från Ralphs LA. Bärnstensfärgad med vitt skum. Tråkig doft åt det kemiska hållet. Smaken är söt med lite beska.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badhack (348) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Dark amber, little head, some lacing. Yeast, tea, caramel, citrus and pine hops, somewhat bitter, a little sweet, smoke wood. A bit dry.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
popephred (257) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2014
I poured this ale from the bottle into my trusty Samuel Adams glass, producing a clear, dark amber body topped by a quickly diminishing head of foam with light lacing. A pleasant floral aroma with notes of vanilla and bread was present. Mouthfeel is moderate to light, with a dry, crisp finish. This ale has a decent balance, bittersweet, ending with a crispness. This ale drinks quickly, and would go well some nice smoky barbecue.


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