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The Public Ale - DC Brau Brewing Co.

The Public AleThe Public Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

438 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%


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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DapperGrowler

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy and slightly orange in color. there was not much in the way of a head but there was some nice lacing along the sides of the glass

S- A very robust hop aroma. There is also a slight fruit/citrus smell to the beer

T- There are some biting hops at the front of the beer followed by a nice malt taste and a bitter end.

M - Medium bodied, good mouth feel.

This is a great beer. it is now one of my favorites as it stands out above the pack for its distinct flavor profile.

Serving type: can

02-07-2012 03:53:27 | More by DapperGrowler
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cleve00

Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being that this is a local brew to me, I am proud to say "The Public" is a buddy of mine.
When I am looking to crack a cold one just because the day was a bitch, this is the beer that I want to wash away the bullshit of DC.

Most times I am drinking from a cold can, and IMHO, I love cans.

First thing that hits me is the smell. Strong citrus and hoppy.

Taste is the same with a perfect balance, refreshing grapefruit, hint of pine, bitter just so, the strong aroma is also still working while drinking.

When I drink this beer I know its there, and it is satisfying like "steak and potatoes".

The only way I could love this more is if they made "tall boy sixers" but its just a dream at this point.
Dying to get to the brewery.

Serving type: can

09-21-2013 11:19:08 | More by cleve00
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rather nice and rich take on a US Pale Ale bordering on IPA territory.

Presentation: 12 oz. can. Silver can background with a design highlighting the branding of the brewery, red silhouette of the US capitol in red with brewing vegetation surrounding it and a white checkered layer underneath. Back offers a small section with "DC Statehood Facts", serving suggestions, recycling recommendations, and an iconic map with the location of the brewery. Notes 6% Alc. by Vol. Served on a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep gold to pale amber pour, rich and towering frothy head with good retention, creamy surface memory, and nice lacing.

S - Nose is very fragrant, long hoppiness, citric, resinous with a floral note… Some of the C hops have to be there… Centennial, Chinook?

T - Nice forward hoppy profile, bordering on an IPA as the brewer suggests, nice edge with its citrus and hint of resin over a nice caramel malt touch. Floral hoppy notes coat the soft malty finish.

M - Medium to medium/light body with sizable carbonation picking it up. Good crisp finish as it folds.

O - Very drinkable, closer to a hoppier profile than to the an entry point PA.

Notes: Updating the review of these cans… I did do the first entry of the canned version, and after all these months I needed to do an update. Maybe my palate has changed, maybe they have… Actually these are now freshly canned Pale Ales I have been picking from the brewery, so that may be the difference. In any case, this has a marked quality fresh hop profile that I did not remember, and it is consistent in all cans coming from the brewery so far. Before it was a good PA and a rather welcome addition to the local landscape, now I feel this is a quality hoppy PA that can stand on its own and I´m happy to cycle to the brewery and back to pick up a few six-packs of these (not to mention filling a couple of growlers). District pride? Sure… But also a pretty good darned brew.

Previous score: 04-28-2011
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: can

09-14-2011 20:59:38 | More by Daniellobo
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C20Percent

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper gold with a 1/3 fingers worth of eggshell white head into a pint glass. So much complexity in the color of the body. First, so much bubble action going on. And, little pieces of sediment are present, which I know isn't good for everyone, but I prefer an unfiltered brew. The colors are playing tricks in the brew. Good head retention so far. Great.

S: Outside of FFF DC Brau just might be making the best Pale Ale that I've had. This is super comparable to an Alpha King. The smell is a sweet malt and citrus aroma that is pretty addicting. It's like tangerines or fresh grapefruits or passion fruits or pineapple. The smell is somewhere between subtle and in-your-face, but it's just right for a Pale Ale.

T: A crisp and refreshing caramel and toffee malt which is followed by a slightly bitter taste, but only a flash of it. There is also a nice balance of a citrus and piney hop taste. But, the thing that really perseveres here is the refreshing taste. This is a summer beer. I find no faults with this.

M: A light-medium bodied brew with medium carbonation, but the best thing about it is the smooth buttery feel it has. A really smooth physical taste. I'm getting a little abrasiveness in my mouth, but that might just be me.

O: For a Pale Ale -- this is almost perfect. Yes, I'd prefer a really good IPA. But, on a hot summer day or after I'm come inside from doing some lawn work this is the beer I won't. Super refreshing. Really great taste. Looks beautiful. DC Brau is really growing on me, and I get the feeling this offering is probably improved on from there earlier PA.

Serving type: can

06-17-2012 22:25:15 | More by C20Percent
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single can from Liquor Outlet

Bright hazy orange body, topped by three fingers of bone china white micro bubbles.

Inviting citrus aroma, heavy on oranges.

Big sweet thick foundation coats the tongue. Juicy fruits gushes throughout the mouth. Big, big bitter bite at the swallow that lingers on and on, entwined with the fruit in an aftertaste that's like the end of "A Day in the Life".

Sturdy medium mouthfeel.

This is their pale? What 's the IPA like? Find out tomorrow. A heck of a first impression. Highly recommended.

Serving type: can

03-19-2013 17:43:50 | More by RonfromJersey
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mi6234

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally a brewery in this town.

Appearance is dark for a pale, burnt orange, almost copper.

Smell is extremely hoppy. Citrus all the way with little malt coming through.

Tastes like an IPA if you ask me, a really awesome one. Strong citrus hop flavor and serious bitterness. Well balanced, at least for someone who likes hop/bitter bombs. Malt matched appearance with some mild crystal sweetness in the middle. Hops rule the beginning and though the end.

Carbonation is moderate to high with medium body. Pretty much to style though maybe a little chewy.

This beer is awesome and since it's brewed like 5 miles from my house it will always be fresh. I love that I can get it in a can to. It will be great for music festivals. I plan on drinking a number of these in the hot summer sun.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 21:00:45 | More by mi6234
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6% ABV, "Serve in a tulip, goblet or enjoy from the can", no date.

Thopre429 deserves a big thank you for sending two cans of this my homeboy and I!

A - Lightly hazy golden caramel cube in color, The Public is topped by a loose cream head with tons of staying power. Not much lace is left on the glass though.

S - Tons of dry hopping with Cascade in thus hop-forward pale. Strong citrus; lemon, grapefruit, and light grassy notes flourish in front of a caramelly pale malt backbone. Hop-forward but well-balanced so far.

T - Toasted wheat bread and caramel notes with pils sweetness lay the foundation for this well-balanced pale ale. Hops plop on top with a coaxing mild bitterness like that of grapefruit, a bit of lemon grass zest pulls out, and a faint piny finish closes 'er.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth, The Public has a well-carbonated, fantastically balanced bitter finish that asserts itself slowly and carefully. As I've reiterated quite a few times, it's very well-balanced.

O - A fantastic American Pale Ale, The Public keeps it real with nice hop additions but never goes over-the-top with them. The level of balance DC Brau has achieved with this beer is exceptional. Despite the bigger hops, the malt is still enjoyable and allowed to stand on it's own in the background. Very nicely done.

Serving type: can

08-31-2011 12:07:32 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a can to a pint glass, this is an insanely drinkable beer. Picked up two six packs at the brewery this weekend, might go back for more this weekend.

The beer pours a great deep orange almost bordering on amber in color. A nice ring of head stays throughout the whole drink of the beer and leaves great webs of lacing on the glass that are beautiful. A really nice start, comes out really frothy from the can!

The beer has a nice hop nose with some bready pale malts to back it up, seems almost like a beer judging template for pale, but doesnt have too much that stands out aroma wise, just mostly ok overall.

The taste is great, it is certainly not lacking in the hop department, and the hops give a nice spicy bite that blends really well with the pale and bready malts, they strike a great balance, maybe a balance that favors hopheads like me. Also has some tinges of fruitiness within the hop bite as well, maybe a little citrus and grass in the hops too. Very nice flavor, very drinkable yet still interesting for beer nerds I'd say.

Mouthfeel is great. It is so frothy in the feel over the palate, not spikey with carbonation like a lot of pales are. This beer just has a pub feel from the can, it really rolls right over the palate. Great.

This beer is an amazing one to have in the fridge to just grab to have a couple or three easy beers, but easy beers that are super taste and feel great to drink. This company continues to impress me, and I will be a patron of theres for a long time I'm thinking.

Serving type: can

10-05-2011 21:57:09 | More by Dreadnaught33
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IrishHockey

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Crabbicus (awesome trader BTW) for this little doozie!
Poured from a can into my Founders snifter

The pour on this brew is magic. It's color is a burnt orange with 2 fingers of slightly off white head. The beer maintained the head for a while.

Smell was awesome. Slight citrus, malt, maybe some burnt toffee in there. Smells fantastic!

The taste was incredible! Latly on pale ales it seems the trend is going towards grapefruit. This had some citrus notes, but not front and center. I do love lots of grapefruit forward pale ales, but this one is refreshing. Balanced, and yet subtle in the taste. Nothing screamed that it was the star. Bravo DC Brau! This is a winner! When I think of how a beer should be, this is it. Not overly hopped, not to bitter, not to dry. A perfect drinking beer.

The mouthfeel on this is great. Very creamy (saying this makes me chuckle). It's light, but not watery. This is f'ing fantastic!

Overall: I'm a fan. What more can I say? This is superb. I can't recommend this beer enough! Go get some or trade for it. I think you'll enjoy it!

Cheers!

Serving type: can

12-21-2012 03:57:54 | More by IrishHockey
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: two finger head with excellent retention and lacing on a murky amber brown body with slight crimson hue.

S: mid range degree of floral and citrus hop aroma. Lighter on the breads and malts.

T: Very well balanced pale ale. Caramel malts form a nice body with well represented earthy, metallic and citrus hops with slight grassy bittering in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: my first from this brewery. I am impressed with this one. I m usually either disappointed in pale ales out there because the lack flavor or are hopped more like an IPA. This represents the genre very well.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2012 22:46:34 | More by kylehay2004
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bcheng

Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden pale, perfect color matching the taste.
S: Piney, but a bit muted for the temperature I like it at, so I can't really judge the smell.
T: Good mix of hops, orange peel, grapefruit, overall a good balance without being bitter.
M: Crisp without excessive carbonation
O: An amazing world class APA from DC.

Serving type: can

08-10-2013 01:17:57 | More by bcheng
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WMEugene

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass straight from the can.

A - Pours a copper color, a little bit of haze in the color. Fairly good head retention and noticeable lacing.

S - Strong hops profile. I also smell caramel and malt with a trace of citrus in the background.

T - Noticeable hops and bitterness. Pretty aggressive for a pale ale. Some malt flavors are present as well. Has very much an IPA character to it.

M - Medium bodied with a nice hoppy aftertaste. Carbonation levels are appropriate.

O - A very good and hoppy Pale Ale. It's more aggressive than your standard Pale Ale (it can be mistaken for an IPA), but it is definitely a quality brew. It's sort of DC Brau's standard and as such, it is a great flagship beer. If you like hoppy beers (and I do), this could be the Pale Ale for you. Definitely would have again.

Serving type: can

09-25-2011 00:39:52 | More by WMEugene
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MCain04

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Generous extra, thanks Dave_treat, poured from the can into a 12 oz spiegelau

Looks the part with an amber-orange opaque body, cream-colored head with great retention and decent lacing.

Smells of tropical fruits, orange peel, pineapple, mango, grapefruit.

Taste is hoppy with a flavor profile closely following that of the taste, a crisp bitter bite that is refreshing but not overwhelming, malty enough to balance without being sweet.

Crisp and well carbonated, light-medium bodied, somewhat dry finish

Overall, a winner IMO, a solid APA that is drinkable in quantity and balanced but still quite flavorful. I'd buy a lot of it if it came to the area.

Serving type: can

08-19-2013 13:00:54 | More by MCain04
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Olive

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's nice to have a solid local brewery in the DC Metro area. This is one of the first beers I've seen from DC Brau on-tap in Northern Virginia and I was very happy with it.

Had it on-tap from Colombia Firehouse in Alexandria, VA. Very amber in color and had a nice head. Had a very aromatic, hoppy smell to it just as you'd expect from a good APA. Excellent taste, not too bitter, not too weak but just right. It did however, leave a small after taste. Overall, I'm very happy with DC Brau's first offering and I hope to sample more.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 15:38:59 | More by Olive
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a can purchased at Chevy Chase Beer & Wine.

Golden with good clarity and a thick off-white white head. There's a suspension of very fine particles but no ill effects. Aroma is citrusy hops with a hint of pine. Flavors follow closely with a nice citrusy bitterness and flavor. The bitterness lingers forever. A moderate level of toasted malt supports it well with a hint of sweetness throughout. Good depth. There's a moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles that give it an airy, creamy feel.

A solid west coast pale ale. I'll be back for more!

Serving type: can

07-15-2013 20:51:17 | More by GJ40
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enoisone

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought it at WFM in Arlington.
First tasted this PA on tap and then in a can.I prefer the can.

A little darker then most pale ales.

Nice fragrant hops on opening the can.

Very nice hops up front,a mix of grapefruit and other citrus.I believe it contains 3 different hops.

Loved the mouthfeel and bitter aftertaste.

Overall a very good Pale Ale that i hope to keep stocked in my fridge.

Love the cans.

Serving type: can

05-28-2011 16:04:10 | More by enoisone
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

POUR: dark auburn in color with some lighter hues when held to the light. Great looking carbonation level leading to almost an inch of off-white head. Some lacing left inside the glass.

AROMA: cotton candy, lemon peel, grapefruit juice, powdered sugar and lemon-lime Slurpee. Lots of hops coming from this Pale Ale...certainly leaning towards the IPA category it seems.

TASTE: one sip and I'm left thinking IPA. Lots of bitter, resiny hops hit the tongue and dry my mouth out. The palate is bombarded by citrus fruits and backed by light toffee and caramel flavors. As it warms a bit the floral flavors come out and mesh nicely with the sweetness that accompanies them. A very well rounded pale ale with a ton of great flavor and somehow it comes in at just 6%. Wow.

OVERALL: I'm left wondering one thing...what is DC Brau's IPA like? This is a pretty hop forward American Pale Ale that hits the higher gears when it comes to lupulin goodness. The tongue takes a good lashing but not one that will leave you moving on to something else. Nope, this is a beer you could make a night of that is for sure. Very well done. I look forward to their future canned releases!

Serving type: can

10-20-2011 01:30:57 | More by indiapaleale
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goldbot

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, copper to amber pour with plenty of lacy, foamy off-white head and plenty of carbonation and lacing. Strong hoppy smell with lots of grapefruit as well as some pine. Malt is there but definitely well covered up. The flavor is strongly hoppy as well, with more grapefruit and pine. Refreshing citrus notes with a good bit of malty sweetness. This beer has a rather heavy body (for an APA at least) and also lots of bitterness. Honestly it drank more like an American IPA to me than an APA. Still, a great beer that I am quite proud to show off as a local.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 21:46:25 | More by goldbot
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint...

A: For an APA, this looks fantastic. Gorgeous, glowing orange copper color. A half finger eggshell white head quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass. Beautiful, gobs of sticky lacing mark my progress as I sip this one. Truly a beautiful APA.

S: Mmmm, orange zest, grapefruit, piney hops. Light, sweet, and inviting.

T: Tangerine, orange flavor on the front and mid gives way to a grassy hop presence. Slightly bitter finish as the hop oils take hold. For an APA, this is hoppy, relatively complex, and very quaffable.

M: Lingering bitterness on the finish detracts a bit from what is otherwise a very good APA. Carbonation is just fine.

O: This would be a standard IPA for most breweries, but not for the guys at the Brau. This is very very good, an APA that is sessionable but has a depth and complexity atypical of the style. It's a quality brew, even if the dry finish more closely resembles an IPA. This guy's not complaining. Great job, DC Brau!

M:

Serving type: can

08-12-2011 18:21:54 | More by siege06nd
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy rusty orange with a nice foamy cap that left some decent lacing
S - wonderful grapefruit aroma with just a hint of the maltiness behind it
T - You're hit with a big grapefruit rind bitterness upfront that slowly fades along with a wonderful juicy flavor, the bitterness hits you again in the finish
M - medium bodied with good carbonation
D - very easy to drink and really nice flavor. i'm looking for more already.

Serving type: can

11-11-2011 03:39:04 | More by mikereaser
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hagbergl

Maryland

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.

Serving type: can

07-30-2013 15:59:55 | More by hagbergl
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cw577enfield

Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack on 05/18/13. Bottled on 4/30/13 and poured into a snifter.

A: Orange/Yellow color, insane head (3 fingers and a half), nice lacing.

S: Citrus-infused hops, notes of floral and malt, wonderful aroma.

T: A "hop-blast" flavor! Detected a strong taste of pine, bitterness, grapefruit, and oranges. Strong bitter at the beginning but carries out to a sweet malty taste at the end. Interesting.

M: Medium-bodied, good carbonation, yet very drinkable!

O: A beautifully-done APA. Will definitely be picking up another six-pack in the soon future but based on the price tag (depends on where you live), I doubt it'll be a regular thing for me. Another outstanding job by DC Brau!

Serving type: can

05-21-2013 00:56:19 | More by cw577enfield
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep copper color and clear. Frothy white head with loads of lacing and excellent retention.

Grapefruit and pine aromas. There's a healthy dose of caramel and bread.

It's a balanced APA, a tug of war between grapefruit and pine vs the sweet caramel. It's bitter but checked by the sweet. Finishes with some herbal flavors.

Full bodied and moderately dry. Ample carbonation.

It's a fantastic APA. Well balanced and pronounced flavors.

Serving type: can

07-07-2013 21:35:53 | More by Vonerichs
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A special thanks to Huzuhbendah who handed me a can of this out of the blue. Thanks Matt!

DC's first brewery since prohibition. Gotta love it!

A: First of all, foam filled up the glass rather quickly when I went to pour. After it down down, the brew sitting idle below it was somewhat cloud, golden, and the head itself was both web-like and plentiful.

S: A huge hop citrus bomb was born as soon as the can popped. The aroma of orange and grapefruit hit the airwaves instantly and didn't let up. Powerful stuff!

T: Wonderful balance between fruit and hop bitterness, with a slight yeast strain in there just for safe measure.

M: A bit thin and flat actually. Despite the massive head, the low prickle factor was a distraction from the overall experience. The sweet elements were kept in check by the bitterness, which linger for a bit afterwards.

O: This was one of the best smelling Pale Ales in recent memory, however, the other senses could use some tweaking.

Serving type: can

07-29-2011 19:20:19 | More by Chaney
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled at the White house on Superbowl Sunday.

A: dark copper, thin but creamy head, cloudy
S: lovely--grapefruit, hops dominate
T: very flavorful, sweet APA; straw overtones within a hoppy framework; very broad flavor; tastes like it has a higher ABV than it does.

Really nice beer.

Serving type: growler

02-10-2012 17:05:19 | More by Arithmeticus
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The Public Ale from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.