LAbrewcrew (7) - , Alabama, USA - FEB 2, 2009 does not count
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This english style ale has a malty like taste to it. The finish is kind of bitter and lingers. Definitely a drinkable beer but not very exciting.
ocbeergoddess (6) - , California, USA - FEB 2, 2009 does not count
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This english pale ale has a malty aroma and is an amber color. With the first sip, you can definitely taste a bitter hoppy sweetness to the beer. The finish is a little sour and the flavor lingers in your mouth. I think this beer could be labeled as complex but not an all over cohesive mix of flavors.
nickd717 (4160) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very enjoyable English pale ale. Pours a clear amber color with off-white head. Good caramel malt and English hops on aroma and flavor. Would work well as a session beer. Nothing too special, but a good change of pace from American pale ales. Hops are a little less in-your-face.
SudzGuru (5) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 2, 2009 does not count
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The DBA pours a clear red appearence. Aroma of wood and slight hops. I noticed a very sweet malty and "woody" taste. I did not enjoy finish, which was a bit flat. The beer is drinkable, but boring.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 didnít have much sticking power.
The aroma of this beer is unique and interesting. Thereís 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 Iím greeted by a spicy hoppiness that mingles with a surprising tangerine citric quality. The tangerine is something I donít come across very often but I really enjoy it, even though it only comes up after each swirl.
The flavor doesnít quite live up to the aroma. Itís 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 doesnít show it but I did enjoy this beer. Good flavor and easily drinkable. Thanks for another good brew Derek.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Barneys Beanery. Pours a translucent golden amber with a smaller off white head that left some lacing. Aroma of citrus, lightly spicy hop notes, caramel, nuts and iced tea. Flavor of tea, caramel, noble hops, light citrus and light hop bitterness.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
strong aroma of dense malt that belies its low ABV. certainly biscuit style notes come to mind quick, but the appearance is a bit weak: orangish hue is very translucent and the mouthfeel is very wet and sloppy. palate is gone at the speed of light, but not in a crisp, dry manner...moreso along the lines of dilution.
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Paso Robles Inn. poured a nice clear red color with a thin white head. Good malty aroma with a hint of hops. Flavor was very malty, a bit nutty, some biscuit dough. Very smooth beer but maybe a bit watery. Good drinker though.
EithCubes (5612) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Musty fruity nose with soft caramel hues. Gradient copper body with a sticky, lacing, immovable tanned head. Taste is basic caramel and an absolutely lovely hop presence: caressing flowers; light citrus and pine; musty, sweaty resin-equivalent with faint spice, though not a large dose; a little orange cleanser to keep you awake. Lightish body with a smooth body, some earth, and a faint touch of corn. Low bitterness, dry finish. A refreshing, mild session, a joy!
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of my go-to beers when I’m at the grocery store and the selection blows. A classic session beer, DBA is clean, refreshing and easy to drink. $6.99 a six pack. Can’t go wrong there.