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The Public Ale - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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The Public AleThe Public Ale

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very good

614 Ratings

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 28
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co. visit their website
District of Columbia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Public Pale Ale is brewed in the classic American Pale Ale style. Assertive bitterness backed by C-60 and Vienna malts which lend notes of rich, yet semi-dry caramel. Then followed up with a nice white grapefruit and citrus aroma that begs for a follow up sip.

(Beer added by: drabmuh on 04-15-2011)
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Reviews by MaxSpang:
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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.


The beer pours a hazy yellowish-orange. The head was about 1-2 fingers and disappeared fairly quickly, leaving some very nice lazing along the side of the glass. The color makes the beer very inviting and mouth watering.


The beer has some nice American hop aroma. I am getting orange juice and citrus zest, as well as a dry malt backbone (is that an oxymoron?). There is even some spice notes in there, almost like coriander. Overall, the smell is fairly light but pleasant.


This beer has a nice crisp flavor. Very clean malt character with a fairly high bitterness - not as much as an IPA, but still fairly high. The hop character from the nose comes through on the tongue, bringing some nice citrus and orange zest flavors. There appears to be a wheat-like flavor in here, reminding me of cereal. The beer also has some tasty sweetness that lingers after the swallow. This is a nice blend of having a full flavor while still being nice and refreshing.


This is a very easy drinking beer. It's got a decent amount of body with a clean, dry finish. The carbonation is almost perfect, but it could be perhaps a tiny bit more. It's almost perfect in terms of mouthfeel.


This is a super solid beer. This could easily be an every day beer, lawnmower beer, or a fine craft beer worthy of a place at a good tasting. The can features some really nice artwork and typeface, but that's just coming from a guy who works at an advertising agency. I would definitely recommend seeking out this beer and enjoying it after a long day's work.


MaxSpang, Feb 02, 2012
More User Reviews:
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #62 (Mar 2012):

LOOK: Dull copper

SMELL: Caramel, ruby red grapefruit juice, spicy, pine, fresh-cut hay

TASTE: Semi-crisp, thick caramel, pulling citric hop, spicy, nutty, mild esters, earthy, bitter, herbal tea, dirty mint, fallen nectarines, grainy finish

This beer speaks balance fluently. It is one serious APA, as the hops and malt battle it out and our palate was the collateral damage—thankfully, we can take a beating. Anyone who has reservations about canned craft beer needs to grab a six-pack of this.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 17, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This the first beer from the District of Columbia I have had...I think.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep copper color with a half finger white head atop that never really settled completely,a nice rich color.Wow a blast of citric and resiny hops really hit ya,it seems more like an IPA,there is some caramel sweetness in there as well.Caramel biscuit malts on the palate up front with a wave of citric hops taking over and making this beer hop tilted.A very good hopped up APA,it just seems like a standard canned 6% APA, but it's damn good.

oberon, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

warnerry, Oct 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

cincysig, Mar 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

megamass, Jun 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Jason, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Really citrusy and juicy apa. The malts balance the hops perfectly, so overall the beer appears slightly bitter. If I wanted an APA, I would get a 6 of this.

tigg924, Aug 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

cbradio, Apr 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Mattco, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

standardcherry, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Thanks for sharing MrHirschybar!

Deep and dark clear amber with a thin white head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Very balanced aroma consisting of lots of bready malt character and a touch of caramel. Some pine hop presence balances the aroma nicely.

Hop flavors are certainly present, nice accompanying bitterness, along with some very bready and caramel malts. Incredibly easy to drink.

Medium to thick body.

A pleasant and flavorful, balanced and simple pale ale.

ehammond1, Sep 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Vintarabo, Nov 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

sourdog, Jul 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Cynic-ale, Aug 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

amstokesdb9, Sunday at 07:15 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ryser2k, Apr 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

williamjbauer, May 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

stereosforgeeks, Sep 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

HopAttack3, May 28, 2014
Photo of hagbergl
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into my Dogfish Head signature snifter.

Appearance (4.25/5): Burnt Orange, cloudy, semi-opaque, thick three-finger head. Some soapy white lacing lines the side of the glass. Looks beautiful.

Smell (4/5): A malt forward nose; bread, caramel; orange, pink grapefruit, some spicy hop scent worked in there.

Taste (4.25/5): very good balance of bread malt to piney and citrusy hops. Front of the tongue, malty; middle of the tongue, the hops come through with a significant piney prickliness and spiciness; and at the back I get a lot of light bread and caramel flavor, reminiscent of Victory Headwaters Pale Ale. I would say there's definitely more bitterness in the taste than was evident in the nose. Excellent, solid flavor profile. Like the Brothers say in their review of the beer, the brewers set this beer up to be a battlefield between malt and hops. And work it does.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): Smooth, medium carbonation. This is a very easy drinker. The hop bitterness doesn’t linger too long or coat the palate in the way that an IPA often does. The hops prickle the tongue and help to cut the sweetness of the malt.

Overall (4.25/5): This is easily going to become a regular in my fridge. It has a wonderful blend of citric and piney hops and sweet malt; pretty much ideal for an American Pale Ale. And it drinks like a dream. The boldness of flavor is certainly impressive for a beer less than 7% ABV (it's a 6 percenter). DC Brau has really dialed the balance in nicely. This little brewery's onto something serious.

hagbergl, Jul 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

mtpHokie, Oct 10, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.3%

Zonian1, Jul 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

JuniperJesus, Jun 18, 2014
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The Public Ale from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.