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The Public Ale - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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The Public AleThe Public Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

556 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 27
Gots: 48 | 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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

04-12-2012 03:16:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-24-2013 01:04:13 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

On tap at Rustico in Alexandria. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a nice orange color with a thick white head and some good spotty lacing as it makes its way down the glass. The nose is pretty hoppy with a bit of a malt undertone, though not too much of the latter. A good bit of pine, floral, and citrus hops. Cornucopia of possibilities right there, my friend. The flavor is along the same lines. Not too hoppy, but not too much malt, either. Really nice and drinkable. "Balanced" in the sense that it contained hops and malt, but the latter was more just a base helping out the mouthfeel than providing much flavor or sweetness. Good bitterness in the finish. Fairly light body. Really solid; can't wait for the cans of this to hit the market.

04-26-2011 01:03:21 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-15-2011 22:39:44 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

A: The beer is clear dark copper in color and does not have any visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that left lacing running down the edges of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather citrusy and has flavors of grapefruit and orange along with some hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is rather hoppy for the style, but is still easy to drink and has a good taste.

06-06-2011 02:44:41 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color capped by a couple of inches; very nice retention and impressive lacing action

Smell: Biscuit and caramel, with pithy hop aromatics

Taste: Opens biscuity, with caramel building underneath; by mid-palate, the hops add bitter and floral balance, with an additional bit of pithy citrus in the finish; the caramel tones linger in the aftertaste along with a touch of tobacco

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice APA, with requisite balance and good hop flavor

Thanks, Dave_Treat, for the chance to re-visit

12-18-2012 01:03:50 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

08-01-2014 07:40:17 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-24-2013 01:02:30 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

Can: Poured a bright orangey/amber color ale with a nice big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit notes with dry caramel notes. Taste is very refreshing with solid floral notes of citrus and grapefruit with limited bitterness and some dry caramel malt notes also perceptible. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid rendition of the style with great drinkability factor.

05-17-2013 19:51:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

08-22-2013 05:15:41 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

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

10-22-2011 01:16:47 | More by mikesgroove
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-29-2012 17:22:13 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-18-2013 23:35:12 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-11-2013 14:21:55 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

07-22-2012 22:46:34 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-28-2014 03:24:23 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

07-22-2013 22:07:41 | More by oberon
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largadeer

California

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Thanks!

Appearance: Dark muddy amber body capped by a big frothy head. Doesn't look like a pale ale at all, more like an amber/red.

Smell: Nose is hop forward, yeasty, estery. Toasted malt, pine, citrus and floral notes. This brewery seems to have a strong house character - their IPA had a very similar yeast character.

Palate: Bready toasted malt, citrusy/floral hops. Touch of stonefruit from the yeast. Spicy, floral. Firm bitterness that doesn't overwhelm. Body is curiously big for a supposed pale ale. Finishes bready and yeasty with a mild hop bite. Pretty damn good, this stuff.

06-30-2012 08:20:41 | More by largadeer
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-12-2014 11:02:36 | More by SocalKicks
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%

Glad I finally got hold of some single cans from DC Brau so I can try their standard lineup.

Clear amber on the pour with a creme head. Flavor has a nice bitterness that seems to lean into amber territory just a bit. At least that's my opinion. Pine and leafy tones are mostly there. Kind of a sipper really.

12-30-2013 19:14:10 | More by RblWthACoz
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

07-26-2012 22:19:50 | More by nickfl
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-24-2012 02:48:05 | More by Jason
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-25-2013 17:04:36 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 fingers of thick slightly off looking white head. This retains with a ½ finger of creamy froth, leaving back sudsy lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells floral and piney in the nose, with an underlying mix of zesty grapefruit and more herbal feeling tones. A soft sweet graininess sits along the back. This has a nice fresh power to it in the nostrils.

The taste has a bright zesty citric bitterness to it, which is just cut short by a lightly toasted grainy sweetness from the malts. This does have a strong resinous presence to it though that lingers fairly aggressively in a dry and pithy feeling finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp feeling on the tongue with more of a firm bubbly creaminess to the carbonation as it spreads out into the rest of the mouth. There is a LOT of slick oiliness here from those hops that really keep this smooth in the mouth.

This is a very solid take on an American APA with a good bit of aggressive hop character. Almost too much in spots (especially the pine) but I think that the overall balance and ease of the body are able to dial this back just enough and keep this solidly drinkable. I see many more cans of this in my future.

10-24-2012 17:11:56 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +3.6%

Beer is amber with some haze, low carbonation some lacing thin head.

Aroma fades quickly but initially it is quite hoppy, piny.

Beer is medium to thin bodies on the front with a strong hop finish. Pretty bitter. Dry on the end, lingering bitterness. Decent apa, I would have it again. Overall it's a good beer though.

04-15-2011 23:58:17 | More by drabmuh
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The Public Ale from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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