mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Absolutely THE best American-made British Pale Ale. Hands down. Who would have guessed that the heirs to the tire fortune would go on to make some of the best craft beers in the USA? joekool14 (1) - USA - APR 7, 2006 does not count
Great beer. Dark Amber color with medium head. Oak Aromas. Good Palate with flavors ranging from nutty, oaty, and toasty. Their oak barrel processing gives the beer a unique taste. gbeerrater (29) - Louisiana, USA - JUL 1, 2014
A mild blend of vanilla and toasted oak flavor touched with an eligant hint of English noble hops.
There was a time Bass Ale was fabulous then faded liekly to its wildly popular demand . No fear Firestone Walker continues to insure consistency of Quality.
Aroma: Caramel and Vanilla, toasted oak wonderful flavors from barrel aging in oak.
Appearance: British pale ale in honor of Burton-on Trent style pale ales
Taste: Hide the car keys this one is super easy to drink with lucious vanilla,toffee,mild oak, and a elegant hint of English hops
Palate: Yum!! would not change anything
Overall: Firestone Walker won the Mid size brewery of the year several years for this Delicious offering reasonably priced as well.
formerly with an all royal blue cap and labeling Firestone Walker is now carries a red label DBA next to its classic lion and bear figures in fighting pose but make no mistakes the same great tasting British Ale here in America that in my opinion gives the old classic Burton-on Trent a solid run run for the money.
Unbelievably available in twelve packs for only $12.99 plus tax Trader Joes offers for $8.49 a six pack. $1.10 for a Barrel aged ale of this quality? wow!!! An absolute must for Fish and chips night with lemon and malt vinegar , tarter sauce not to over killed with prickles, Good home fries and a couple of these and you might think your in a classic English brew pub on a Friday night. Sharing with others dance and song very likely happens with joy.
For those who miss the old Bass Ale and its greatness hear is a classic
ale that will easily fill in and leave your wallet happy as well.
Firestone Walker has also decided to stop brewing for others and devote their time to themselves and t heir products which is smiles for every lover of great brews. A definite must to try if you like pale ales with the
classic caramel,Toffee and light oak tones paired with a hint of English noble hops.
Better if kept cold as with many and some merchants stock this warm in the sunlight which is a shame to dishonor such quality and hard work.
ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - MAY 11, 2002
The pride of Santa Barbara County.This ale is on more taps in the Santa Barbara Area than Budweiser.Reddish hue, toasted malt aroma. Full bodied with a toasty malt backround and hints of vanilla.One of my favorites. punkeedo (499) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Man, this was a great beer. Much better than Firestone’s Pale Ale, for sure. It was reminiscent of several Marzens that I have had of late. It had a beatiful cream-colored head that lasted indefinitely (well, until I drank it all down) and a beautiful amber color. The carbonation swelled and moved as I poured it...you just gotta understand...it was the way a beer is supposed to look. The taste was very complex, with notes of toffee and nuts. The aftertaste was comfortably sweet and the palate, encouraging to future purchases. Please, for your sake, drink this beer.
Denver2012 (24) - - FEB 22, 2012
Nice, robust amber looking with a respectable head.
Smell is subtle but on the sweet, maltier side.
Taste....smooth and well balanced. The backbone of it seems to be some roasted malts paired with the sweetness of the malt and a little bit of some vanilla. Some hops present as there there is a little citrus flavor there, but no bitterness. Taste is distinct but low key.
Palate seems to be hovering betwee full and medium bodied and creamy. Really nice, imo.
Overall, one of my absolute favorite beers. It’s a pretty simple beer but with some depth to that simplicity. My session beer of choice these days. AtronSeige (1695) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 15, 2014
Aroma: Hops: Medium, floral, fruity. Malt: Medium, caramel,
Appearance: Body: Clear, copper. Head: Small white, low retention.
Flavour: Medium-low bitterness. Medium-low sweetness. Hops: Medium fruity, finish resiny Malt: biscuit, bread. . Dry finish with lingering bitterness. Light woody and vanilla come out as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Very nice. Complex, easy drinking.
336 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Esme!
8C. Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale) vtmobile (43) - Alabama, USA - OCT 8, 2001
hints of oak and red wine polish off this full bodied ale with long palate and complex taste. worth getting! Braden99 (29) - Camarillo, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Great dinner, session and go to favorite. Nice pale ale combination of mild hops with oak flavors/amber flavors. Never too hoppy or bitter, but with a great balance and flavor.