The Public Ale - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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The Public AleThe Public Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

162 Reviews
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Reviews: 162
Hads: 755
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 37
Gots: 110 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: drabmuh on 04-15-2011

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.
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Photo of harrymel
2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Canned earlier

Pours a hazed red copper ale with an etched surface of lighter cream foam. Smells of english tea, some caramel malts, some resiny hops and a hint of grapefruit. Flavor is malts, some pekoe, some wood and fruity english yeast. Medium bodied with a low on moderate carb and a wet finish. Quaffable, but not special for me. (336 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz into tulip.

A- Orangey glow to the body and a creamy, sticky, 4-finger head. Looks like orange meringue. Really nice lacing.

S- Very fruity, orange and mango in the nose.

T- Spicy pine resin and caramel/toffee malt. Fruit peeks through too. A bit muddled. Sweet and bitter finish that's not the best. Almost minty, like mouthwash. Not bad, just weird.

M- Heavy for the ABV, strong bitterness. Thick, almost chewy.

O- A little odd for the style, expected something a bit lighter and drier. (501 characters)

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Very average pale, wasn't blown away. Made my way to go out and get this when I heard some were left behind after EBF because DC Brau is not distributed in MA, but this was underwhelming. (225 characters)

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.07/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at Gaslight in Philadelphia, this beer was wholly uninspiring in every way. Looked and tasted just a touch flat, with not enough flavor for my liking.

Refreshing and drinkable, but extremely not memorable. This is a good beer to have alongside foods you don't want to overpower.

Semi-dry flavors, with a touch of malt. A little bit of bitterness from the hops. Not tropical or citrusy. (416 characters)

Photo of AshleyMiller
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to yourefragile for this extra.

a - pours a finger and a half head over a cloudy lighter brown though not completely opaque, leaves noticeable lacing

s - slight honey over piney hops

t - bitter hops, slight lemon, lasting bitterness.

m - lighter bodied with decent carbonation, finishes dry

o - not a bad pale ale for the commoner, hence the namesake. (364 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz can, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, cloudy, almost opaque, deep, dark, amber color, speckled with some orange highlights and a full finger of white-head that slowly dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with strong, floral, aromas of grassy, piney, citrusy, hops up front, followed by some bready, toasted malt, which imparts some faint notes of biscuits and pretzels, and some faint notes of caramel. However, the predominate aroma is the floral aromas of grassy, piney, citrusy, hops.

Taste: Pretty much exactly like the aroma, but maybe with a little more caramel in the flavor, than in present in the aroma. That being said, the predominate flavor is the floral, slightly bitter flavors of grassy, piney, resiny, citrusy, hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This beer is certainly an American-style pale ale. Hoppy, and…more hoppy. I’m not really a fan, as it’s too hoppy for my taste. I don’t get much in the way of malty flavors at all or any sweetness, rather, pretty much all I get is floral, slightly bitter flavors of grassy, piney, resiny, citrusy, hops. If I’m going to drink a beer from DC Brau, I’d much, much rather have a Tradition or a Porter, both of which are incredibly awesome beers, and both of which I’d happily drink all day! (1,501 characters)

Photo of jpmclaug
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottle courtesy of drabmuh. Thank you.

orange brown on top gives way to a golden color, pretty prominent off white head. kind of dark for the style. caramel and biscuity malt sweetness mingle with a light citrus hop aroma. Pretty sweet for the style. the malt seems to overtake the light hop presence. Reminds me a bit more of an amber ale. Still this beer is decently drinkable and there isn't anything offensive about it. medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation.

Overall a decent beer but nothing too memorable. I'm glad to have tried it though. Pretty cool looking can with an interesting fact about voting in DC. (672 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Searching for new ways to reinvent "Pale", I like DC Brau's take- not to temper the hop character to bring it within balance for the malt; But to bulk up the malt component to balance out the hops.

Its maltier underpinnings are even evident to the eye- medium bronze with dark gold threads running through. Its significant haze shows that the flavors haven't been stripped out via filtration. This also facilitates its head character that is firmly withstanding even as the head reduces to an ivory-stained sheet to skirt the glass. Decorative lacing trails on the glass with each sip taken.

Malty and spicy to the nose- its true balance results from light toast, light caramel, grain and nuts. Citrus, pine stems and a whack of rust-like mineral properties gives offers the counterpart to malts and keeps the aromas in check throughout.

Its flavors fare similarly as a heartier-than-usual- toasty, grainy sweetness offers a glimpse of caramel and pecan but without the caramel sweetness that normally accompanies those tastes. Its dry malt taste is exacerbated by acute bitterness from citrus piths, sawn pine, and minerally crispness.

Its dry textures are a strong asset while the carbonation keeps things creamy and rounded early on. But as the bubbles dissipate, it leaves an extended void in the center that's arid and a little thin. Its clean and dry finish exposes some grain-derived astringency that bites at the throat lightly. It also allows for a slight metallic taste to stem from its minerally nature.

I really like the use of Vienna malt to give the ale a bit of heft to balance the American hops. But its grainy and stemmy taste limits its success to a large degree. (1,686 characters)

Photo of KeefD
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Woohoo! Another tick! CAN courtesy of woodychandler in the Nice Cans BIF. Glad to tick off another "state". I'll be up to 51 in no time!

EDIT: Awww.... This doesn't count as a state. Booo-urns!

Pours is fantastic. Slight chill haze permeates the solid orange/rust colored body with a two finger head that fell slowly, leaving sticky lace all over the glass. Aroma has a nice piney/citrusy element, a bit of doughy malt in the background, and a touch of herbs. Taste is pretty good! Nothing really stands out, not overly hoppy, but has a good bitterness. Hops bring a decent pine and grapefruit flavor, but it's rather subdued, a brief candy-like sweetness midway through, and finishes dry with a cracker/bread like maltiness. Body is medium, good carbonation. Overall, a rather easy to drink pale ale that's not offensive in any way, but could use a bit more hop flavor rather than just the mellow bitterness. An easy drinker. Tasty burps. (942 characters)

Photo of jodybrutal
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Found a can of this in a mystery 12 pack I picked up at Victor's Liquors in Lawnside, NJ. No date on the can. Poured into pint glass.

a - Pours a dark, cloudy orange, big white fluffy head, sporadic lacing.

s - Aroma is straight forward hops, very piney, but dank and malty. Sweet candy scents as well.

t - Bitter right away, but malty even more so than the smell. Definitely a little more malty that I would prefer for an APA, but the Hops definitely shine through and balance this beer quite well.

m - Medium carbonation. Medium body. Goes down smooth, but leaves an almost sour kind of taste lingering on the tongue, which I'm actually starting to get tired of as I've finished 3/4 of this beer.

o - I poured about 3/4 into the glass, and had the rest straight from the can. The finish was actually much crisper and enjoyable from the can than out of the glass. Overall, I enjoyed this beer but would not seek it out. (929 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

crystal clear pale amber with a white head that cleared quickly leaving just a tad of lace. Smell was slight earthy, grass malts, with a hop hint. The taste was light and highly carbonated, but this is to be expected from an Extra Pale. This would make a good summer beer as it essentially goes down like water (310 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish amber with a finger of off white head. The head fades to a small layer on top of the pour and leaves some mild lacing.

Smell: Mild smell, some malt and fruity hop notes. Light and crisp.

Taste: Stronger than the smell. The hop bitterness covers up the malt a bit. Lots of citrus peel hops. The finish is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This is a nice beer to sit and sip. I would have another. (544 characters)

Photo of Roser
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- cloudy, amber, copper hue. Bone white head/foam, disappears pretty quick, but leaves a nice lace.

S- caramel, sugar, malt. The nose suggests a heavier taste is to follow, but that is not the case.

T- bitter right out of the gate, moved to some sour notes in the middle, then finished with more of the bitterness on the back end. Had trouble defining the favors that stood out, other than an overwhelming malt backbone with some citrus lurking.

M- medium, unassuming.

O- good/very good. I'm a big fan of this beer. Might come as a little bit of a surprise, given the less than stellar review. It's the kind of beer I could easily see someone else snubbing completely, but that's the beauty of adhering to the bottom line: it's a good beer if it tastes good to you. Drink it if you can, as it's a local offering here in the DC/VA/MD metro area.

Cheers all! (864 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ford's poured into pint glass. Hazy copper color with one finger of head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma of grapefruit rind, pine sap, spicy. Malty flavors mixed with grassy and earthy hop bitterness. Nice balance, but not my favorite taste. Crisp mouthfeel. (267 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy copper color. There's a nice three finger pale yellow head here, however it doesn't retain itself that well. Lacing, on the other hand, is good.

S: Pretty typical of the style: grapefruit, pine resin, and floral notes come from the hops, while there are touches of biscuity malt. Key word being 'touches' - this isn't over-malted, thankfully.

T: This one is pretty floral in terms of hoppiness. Only a touch of citrusy character comes through near the back end, along side a minor surge of caramel maltiness. I'd reckon the general bitterness is moderate; there's just enough malt here to balance out any annoying harshness without coming off excessively sugary.

M: The feel has a decent crispness to it, but is perhaps a touch too astringent finishing. Still, I can't complain about its drinkability or carbonation levels.

O: A well made, easy drinking pale, just one that isn't particularly remarkable or exciting. To be fair, though, floral, piny pale ales don't really excite me in the first place. Worth a try. (1,065 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can (no dating) poured into Bruery tulip.

Thin, white head settles to a ring of tiny bubbles over opaque red-orange elixir. Small amount of lacing.

Hops, orange rind, malt.

Floral, hop bitterness, caramel, biscuit malt.

Medium-light body, crisp, well carbonated.

Good APA. Would like to have fresh. (308 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pin's.

Hazy coppery pour, with a fuzzy white head that held at a thin layer, leaving streaks of lacing on the glass. In the nose, pithy citrus, toasted grains, lightly sweet caramel malts. In the taste, citrus pith and piney bitterness, dominating over dry crackery malts, husky grains, with a slight mineral element persisting throughout. Body was on the lighter side of medium, with a crisp, dry mouthfeel. Went down easily enough, but there was nothing that screamed at me to get another pour. An average but solid APA overall. (541 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks goes to Thorpe429 for sending a cans of this to Andy. I've been itching to tick a DC beer ever since they announced plans to can.

A: Slightly cloudy orange amber hue. Two fingers of thick creamy beige head. Good retention. Thick sticky lace clings to the glass.

S: The citrus hops give off a pungent, juicy aroma. Moderate caramel malt backs up the hops keeping things balanced.

T: Heavy citrus bitterness bites my tongue. Bordering on acrid. A bit resiny and medicinal. A touch of caramel malt comes out in the finish with each swallow. A bit out of balance for me.

M: Creamy medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Not bad but nowhere near some of the best APA's I've had. Happy to have the tick nonetheless. (741 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another new brew for me to try at The Carpool bar in Herndon, VA. This one shows hazy amber colors with a decent sized frothy off-white cover and complete lacing! The aroma offers a simple pleasant citrus hop and biscuit tea, somewhat herbal. Subtle, nothing to wow you but fairly decent. The flavor brings a bright grapefruit biscuit with slight herbal tea caramel ideas. This is on the light side in body with an effective, tingly carbonation. It eases in a bready caramel flavor that blends naturally with the citrus bite. A very drinkable brew with good hop character. Light but legitimate for sure. Drink many. (615 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: grass, pine, hops, caramel, malts,

taste: grass, hops, malts, bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: decent pale ale. glad I got to try this new brewery out of Washington DC.

Cheers,l
The CPJ (308 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1476th Review on BA
Can to Goblet
12oz

No canning date

Thanks to my brother in law for this one.

App- Copper, bronze, gold and yellow all mixed and inter twined. A small 1/4" off white head that left a couple dors and a small ring of bubbles.

Smell- Its a very large caramel malt aroma with slight slight citrus and tinge of hops. Imagine a Devil Dancer just reduced in a pale ale form. One sided lacks depth.

Taste- Its a okay pale ale. Lots of caramel malts and thats about it. Maybe a trace of hops with a thick zest flavor. Like the nose a bit one sided. Not a pale profile I enjoy really.

Mouth- A thicker medium body with a thicker medium carbonation even for a small abv pale ale. Just okay.

Drink- Its okay. I am not the biggest fan of Vienna malts so this was just an affirmation of that. Decent pale ale. Just not my style. (840 characters)

Photo of MaxSpang
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

APPEARANCE

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.

SMELL

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.

TASTE

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.

MOUTHFEEL

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.

OVERALL

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.

Cheers. (1,612 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this special brew on tap from several places. Poured from a growler into a pint class. Pours a beautiful hazy amber/golden body along with a thick head that retains its lacing throughout the session well. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine, some lemon/grapefruit, and orange zest. Taste is medium sweet, somewhat malty, pine/grapefruit, some lemon. I am also picking up some sticky hop pellets throughout. Overall light-medium body, resiny. A very nice introduction to DC Brau Brewing after 60 years in Washington, D.C. (520 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drabmuh for sending me this one!

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a large craggy cap on top of the beer. A latticework of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some herbal and hops. Taste is of herbal hops up front with the malt coming through on the finish. There is a medium level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeeel. Overall, this is a pretty good but basic pale ale. (536 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Yay cans.

Pours a decent creamy fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, mild spotty lacing, very hazy sediment laden amber slight rosy hue.

Nose brings some mild grassy floral as well as fruity hops, touch of citrus and generic fruity aromas, but floral as well, with a mild amber sweet malty base.

Taste brings sweet malty base, juicy amber malts with a little toasty note. Then hops, floral grassy at first, turning a little spicy and earthy, mild generic fruity notes again, not a lot though. HOps get fairly bitter, with a little herbal grassy note on the back end, mild herbal tea, with fair bitter spicy hops lingering, a little dry, and a little malty note too.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice, nothing special, a decent hop character and nice bitterness, decent malt profile too, again nothing crazy or special but def something I could pound through a few in a bar, pretty enjoyable for what it is. (945 characters)

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