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RATINGS: 1189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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. Canít be done. Weíve honored the traditions of the great British Pale brewers of Burton-on-Trent using our patented Firestone Union oak barrels. Youíre 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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Thanks to Eric for the taste of this and the 22oz. bottle--Poured a rich mahogany-amber body with a fluffy white head and thick lacing. Toasty, malt-laden, but very well balanced and not too sweet. Nice English yeast balance with a creamy, slightly fruity finish. Very mild but very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
22oz bomber. Pours a clear reddish brown. Relatively thick brownish white head of small bubbles. Smells of hops and faint malt. But you can also smell the sweetness of the wood. Tastes of nice mellow hops and malt flavors and to me the wood really stands out. Sweet with some vanilla. Smooth on the palate, good carbonation, itís a little thin. I could drink alot of this beer but I wouldnít, better things on the shelf here.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2007
On tap at melís in santa barbara. Dark amber with off-white head. Light caramel aroma with slight oak and hop spice. Nice caramel and toffee flavor and med malt sweetness. Medium bodied and creamy. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
elgavilancillo (89) - Long Beach, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
aroma and and taste is oaky very dark amber body with a medium head smooth finish nice enjoyable beer

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IEBAILI (128) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Very nice crystal clear light amber color, with a little white foam that fades quickly. Aroma is clean malty grainy with suggestion of hop bitterness, a touch toasty. Taste is smooth and somewhat rich maltiness, a little sweet, round, a little apple-pear fruitiness and a nice hop bitterness that lingers. A little bit of mild smokiness. The overall impression is a mild, pleasant, unobjecionable but unexciting beer, I donít think oak barrel brewing contrbuted anything positive to this beer, but rather softened and deadened a beer that was almost bland to begin with. Iím not a huge fan of the English style of pale ale and this one didnít change my mind.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
can8ianben (1458) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Rich and malty sweet. It complimented my thanksgiving turkey very nicely. Just a hint of hoppy overtone with just the faintest bitter finish. This is a very smooth and easy to drink beverage, but not as big or bold as I was expecting. Didnít really get the oak barrel impact, but maybe I just donít know what I should be tasting with that.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2007
12oz bottle. Pours a deep, slightly hazy orange-copper with ruby and old gold highlights. The head pours thin and quickly dissipates to nothing more than a thin white layer of haze floating on the surface. The aroma is sticky with malts and caramel. There is also just a touch of grassy hops in the aroma. Overall it smells more like barleywine than a pale ale (minus the alcohol). The flavor starts off with a taste of flowery and earthy hops mixed with sweet malts and lots of toffee and caramel. The middle of the tongue detects some notes of wood and a subtle, earthy bitterness. The malt profile gets a little more complicated and a little less caramely towards the back of the tongue. The balance is still heavy towards the malts. The finish is a little more balanced, though still quite malty, with a touch of grapefruit and earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy, and the carbonation level is just a bit too low. Were the beer a little lighter (more like a bitter) then the carbonation level would be right - but this beer needs a few more suds. Overall the beer is full-bodied but the finish is slightly dry. Overall, an interesting a drinkable beer, but not something particularly special. I would personally choose an everyday beer that was either a little lighter-bodied or a little hoppier - but then Iím a bona fide hophead...

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Watery yellow color. Faint grainy nose. Light grainy body. Not a lot of hops. GABF2007

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - NOV 11, 2007
Bottle, Solvang, CA. Brown, fizzy head. Malty and fresh with some hoppiness, but nearly no bitterness. Smooth and refreshing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2472) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Clear amber, moderate to small head, some lacing and retention. Aroma is toffee, caramel, light hops and a hint of oak. Medium bodied, almost no bitterness, slick but watery mouthfeel. Drinkable but kinda boring.


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