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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


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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle. Poured a clear copper color with a half-inch thick off-white head that receded to a bubbly layer. Aroma of toasted grain, some light caramel, some saltiness and vanilla, along with a light earthy hoppiness. Smooth, lightly sweet entry with a light toasty bite in the background that transitions to the foreground imparting a spicy note paired with a toffee sweetness that gives way to a lightly bitter, dry hoppiness that lingers lightly on the palate along with a soft oakiness. Palate stays relatively crisp and the dryness offsets the sweet/spicy notes. Overall, they do a good job of not overwhelming the drinker with the toasted grain, a flavor I am not overly fond of. It’s just dry enough not to be to sweet, and is pretty drinkable overall. Decent beer.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeadyDE (570) - Delaware, USA - JUN 27, 2015
bottle pour amber caramel red color with not much head..nose has nut like character mixed in with some caramel malts..not getting as much from the so called vanilla and toasted oak flavor intertwined with the hops, not a giant fan of ESB style so not really thrilled by this..light bodied, creamy carbonation decent offering..slight nutty extract qualities in the finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4625) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Pours clear reddish copper with an off white head. The aroma has toasty malt, light fruit, some toffee, spicy / grassy hops, mint, mild oak and a nice brightness. It has a medium / light body with crisp refreshing carbonation. The flavor begins with dry crackery malt, some phenolic spice, woodiness and an earthy english yeast. The finish has grass, mint and spicy hops notes, dry toffee and crusty bread. Really nice ESB.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PlinyDad1952 (103) - - JUN 23, 2015
GOOD BEER ITS TASTE LIKE FRUITS AND SPICE THE BARRELL MAKES IT REALLY STRONG BURNS A LITTLE BUT THEY’RE OK. I LIKE THIS BEER (BETTER THEN FAKE DUBEL IPA MERCYENERY) (AND IT IS NO PLINY (THE FANTASTICK BEER ) BUTT I HAVE SUGESHTON YOU NEED CHANGE THE NAME. FIRE STONE’S SOUNDS LIKE THE TIRE COMPANY AND IT CONFUSES PEOPLE TO. ONE BOTTEL OF THIS MADE ME DRUNK. ITS GOOD.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
climberbob (266) - Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Bottle into tulip. Ruby copper w almost no head and low carbonation. Solid sweet honey malt aroma w notes of whiskey. Slick mouthfeel. Taste of vanilla, oak, whiskey and pine. Tastes like it should be stronger than 5%. Solid beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (966) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 23, 2015
From the taproom. Orange color with small head. Some old world hops in the aroma. Toffee, some vanilla, mild and light, with still quite a full body! Nice!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2483) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2015
A very attractive beer. Copper, bright tone, thick staying head, thick retention, nice lace. Perfect appearance. Fruity (dark ester profile fruit), with a touch of toffee. Mouthfeel starts full and creamy, then feels a bit light. Still it is nice. Not much taste. Much more impressed than I thought I would be.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
55x11 (20) - - JUN 16, 2015
Pours brown with quickly reducing head. Malty grassy smell. Caramel and toffee with some bitter aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
JDBaker11058 (1518) - Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Appearance: medium, clear amber, with a short, creamy, light tan head and no lacing. Aroma: mild smell of caramel malts, light vanilla, some stone fruit, and grassy, earthy hops. Taste: malt presence hits first--it’s like an unsweet, toasty rustic brown farm bread; there’s some mild fruits (apricot, raisin, pomegranate); rounds off with earthy, slightly musty hops. Finish: short and balanced, with the malt character forward; palate is perfect, the beer is extremely easy drinking. Notes: Not a bad version of the style. Bottle courtesy of Zoltan.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UXO (769) - CANADA - JUN 9, 2015
Pours clear pale amber with one finger of loose light beige head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, no lacing. (3/5) Nose is toffee/caramel, grassy, light oak. (6/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild bitter. (6/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter finish. (3/5) Not a bad little ESB, and quite drinkable. There’s a touch of butyric in the finish that doesn’t make me overly happy, though. Not a lot, but enough that I start thinking that it smells way too much like the end of the night. (12/20)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mittenator (1595) - Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle thanks to respertFTW. Clear copper with a white head. Hay, Pilsner and sweet malt. Crisp and malty.


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