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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


2.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Nice copper color with a nice, white head. For an English Pale Ale, very good. For what I personally like, not so much.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2003
The deep ruby-red color is definitely the highlight of this brew. The aroma is slightly floral and the taste is hoppy with subtle hints of fruit and wood tones.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
auto (163) - California, USA - OCT 18, 2003
smoothe white head with dark brown/orange color. with a taste.. a good taste. kinda fruity with a nice aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2003
Now this is what I think of when I hear "session ale" - perfectly balanced - malts are toasted wonder bread and subtle caramel, hops are dry and, at the finish, peppery and spicey. Hints of apricot, woody herbs and vanilla. Palate is thick, but still carbonated. Wonderful

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Label states " Our brew begins with 5 blended Maltsto..." What the hell is Maltsto? Sounds like that hot cereal. Whatever this is a fine beer. Citrus notes but they seem more west coast than English, perhaps some slight Fuggle. A lemon spice to this that build up upon tasting, some pepper. I could not detect any oak attributes in aroma or taste as the brewing process states.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
not a bad ale but was lacking that little extra kick that i like in a beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
alanC (36) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 22, 2003
rich amber color. good mouthfeel. complex malt flavor with caramel evident. Well balanced hops - not over-the-top, but hoppy enough to be crisp and add to the aroma.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2003
irish setter whiskey orange. a cracker-jack little head lifted up high and then dropped down, like the barrier at a toll booth-- and after a minute there wasn't enough head to fill a button hole. caramel raisin aroma, and a slight late autumn forest floor mulchy smell that suggests this bottle might be losing the battle with time. still plenty of zing though: amber waves of grain along with the caramel sweetness that was anticipated. peppy carbonation slows the arrival of moderate bitterness; some iced-tea acidity, a bit of raisin oatmeal cookie. some fuss on the label was made about thier oak barrels, but that's a claim and an effect that i can't ascertain in the taste. the beer could be aged in beluga whale bladders, but if you can't taste it, see it or smell it, what difference does it make? overall a decent ale, though the "accent" of this english ale seemed more american than english to me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 13, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2003 I really liked this. Nice caramely malt tast with organic hoppy flavor. Great balance and smooth. Slight acidic finish. I can drink this all day and have.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2003
Bottle. Nice copper color with a large off-white head, minimal lacing. Aroma is the best part I think, sweet caramel malts, fruity notes, lightly hoppy with some of the oak character showing through. Flavor was good but seemed a little thin. Sweet roasted malts with some dry hops toward the finish and then a lingering woodiness. Medium body and just a bit too much carbonation.


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