RATINGS: 1289   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

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4.3
elgavilancillo (91) - 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
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 don’t think oak barrel brewing contrbuted anything positive to this beer, but rather softened and deadened a beer that was almost bland to begin with. I’m not a huge fan of the English style of pale ale and this one didn’t change my mind.

3.4
can8ianben (1583) - 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. Didn’t really get the oak barrel impact, but maybe I just don’t know what I should be tasting with that.

3.2
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 I’m a bona fide hophead...

3
BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Watery yellow color. Faint grainy nose. Light grainy body. Not a lot of hops. GABF2007

3.2
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
ABUSEDGOAT (2869) - 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.

3.4
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2007
12oz bottle.. pours a full amber color with nice head. Smells somewhat malty and heavy. hits the palate with a hoppy spice and has a nice bitter ending. I enjoyed this beer and would recommend.

3.5
beisen (90) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Nice amber color, rich inviting malty aroma. Solid malts with a little spiciness. A little bitter at the end, but definitely a worthy brew. I’ll have it again, no doubt.

3.1
BelgianBeerGal (4173) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours a nice amber red color with a stable off-white head. Rather malty aroma. really light flavor that touches on being watery.


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