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RATINGS: 1223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2008
Tasted 06/10/2008. 12oz bottle courtesy of TheGrandmaster via one of his travelling workmates. Pours a luscious rose gold with a tight creamy off-white head. Nose reveals stonefruit (peach esp.) with some floral notes, spicy hops, a little steely character, caramel and stewed fruit (a little tired?). A late note of subtle citrus comes through. Sweet stewed malt in the mouth definitely gets me looking at the best before date - 07/2008 - but there is a nice juicy fruit hop flavour all the way through and a sprinkling of spicy hop. Mild-merdium bitterness. Full weighty mouthfeel for 5%, soft carbonation. Still very balanced. I suspect this is a really great beer that is just too old (and the storage didn’t it let it get away with it).

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Had on draft, and have had it numerous times in bottle. A nice amber color, not much head. Has a nice subtle hop flavor with a bit of a dry malt finish. Great to session and cook with.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Sampled on draught: Pours a clear copper colour with a large white head. Aroma is of grapefruit, noticeable pine and floral hops. Taste is a little hoppy, otherwise acidic and bready malt flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spikester (606) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Deep amber with a half-inch of cream colored head. Fair amount of ring lacings. Taste is spicy leathery hops with a decent amount of malts. Well balanced, easy drinker with low carbonation for the English Pale Ale style. Easy drinker with relatively low abv of 5%. I would love to try this on tap or a growler fill.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 16, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours copper with tight beige head. The aroma is sticky, candyish hops with some toasty malt and some faint spice (licorice and cinnamon?). The flavor is toast, grain, and some floral hops. There’s an adequate bitterness, especially toward the finish. It leaves a woody/fruity aftertaste that doesn’t linger for all that long. The palate is a little thinner than I would like.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Clear, light copper with minimal head. Nice spicy/floral hop aroma. Nice. A 5% brew that is well balanced, has light toasted malt with just moderate sweetness and finishes with more of the same hop flavors. Really light and enjoyable.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (11074) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2008
Light colour, not much head. Average aroma, there is some English hop there. Average mouthfeel. Easy drinking, nice to have a clear head and 5% so I can keep on trucking. A bit drying, and satisfying though not blown away by bold flavour.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Pours a nice copper amber color with absolutely no head. Aroma is a pleasant cereal and malt. Taste is a real let down...I expected it to taste like an oak barrel for some reason. Very thin. Taste is light honey and marris otter. Below average for the style.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2008
Hazy amber colour with an off white head. malty, caramel sweet aroma with fruity and floral notes and hints of honey and alcohol. malty, caramel and honey sweet flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Date: 09/01/08, 12 oz. bottle

Aroma - Malty, with notes of grain and caramel, earthy and herbal hop character

Appearance - Clear amber with a medium off white head that lasts well, and some good lace

Flavor - Dark caramel and dark fruit sweetness, and a late appearing soft indistinct bitterness

Palate - Medium body and carbonation, smooth, slightly sweet palate

Overall - A solid pale ale, sessionable, although perhaps slightly sweet


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