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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

577 Ratings

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Ratings: 577
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 26
Gots: 53 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

cw13, Jan 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

sirsteve42, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Bright orange pour from the can produces a spongy textured surface head that was slight in size and small on the hold. There is a good deal of softly floating particulate matter suspended within, while the carbonation appears to be soft and sporadic at best. Minimal lace details the glass.

S: Soft herbal notes overlay some pine and semi-dry lemon. There is a hint of semi-dry orange with a soft dried toasted peel and grain scent. Lightly dry citric zest appears late. Good aromatic strength.

T: Citric lemon and orange delivered with a high rational dose of bitterness. Dry grassy-lemon hops blend with pine, toasted bread crust with a lingering dry finish. Dry herbal, parsely, grassy notes with brief interluding moments of troasted grain sweetness.

M: lively, snap worthy pop of carbonation, that is crisp on the tongue with a light to medium body weight.

O: Overall a pale with more then its fair share of hops and bitterness. The hops over-ride the malt sweetness but only slightly, still maintaining a good sense of balance between the two. The abv% at 6.0 feels about right making for good drinkability. The ibus are strong, and this is worthy of multiples.

beerthulhu, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of theandychrist
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

theandychrist, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Nathan_Snyder, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

nick0909, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

CreekyJarls, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted at the brewery on tap and from a growler a couple of hours later in a pilsner glass.

Pours an orange-tinged amber with nice read-through clarity. A lightly puffy white head leaves good patches of lacing, but falls fast.

Scents of citrus (largely grapefruit with a touch of lime) , nicely malty with a whiff of grass, and clean pine.

The flavor is grassy and funky with bitterness that comes up in the middle, dripping in orange, grapefruit and apricot. Those fruits fold into cracker-chewy sweetness. It tastes of brewed black tea sucked off a metal spoon on the back half with nice length. Just a touch too angular.

It's both astringent and almost meaty with a moderate amount of carbonation slicing through a medium body. Just enough oil makes for the lingering finish--could be smoother overall.

Overall, this brew is quite good, with a balance of easy drinkability and length and complexity that make it worth attention.

1sophrosyne1, Dec 15, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap months ago and recalled liking it, so grabbed one recently, without checking any previous ratings (turned out I hadn't rated it).

In this taste (from a can), my initial thought was American IPA hop-bomb, which impressed me more in the past. I've become more "refined" (sarcasm intended) and thought for a second maybe I just love the mouthpeel-ing nature of it (IMO DC Brau tends to be more dry-hop bitter in nature).

But I had to judge on the "new me", and decided after a few sips that it was a good beer. The hoppiness is definitely there, and present from the first drop that hits you. But what I noticed in a strange way, is that the bitterness just sat. It didn't grow or wane; in a reverse of normal beers, it almost seemed the malts balanced the hops, instead of the reverse.

Insofar as what I experienced, a bitter-earthy nose and a grapefruit style bitterness. Dry mouthfeel that I expected to draw deeper than it did, the end seemed to mellow versus grab, surprisingly. This will definitely stay in the rotation.

cjgiant, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

JPlo, Dec 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

blue-dream, Dec 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

phishfoolme, Dec 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

scottbrew4u, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BARFLYB, Nov 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Chugs13, Nov 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

CTJman, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Shumania
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

can poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint

A: deep orange amber color, with a good 1 finger head and lots of lacing

S: slight tropical notes, pine, and sweet caramel

T: bitter pine, some citrus, balanced with lots of malt, then finishes with a strong bitter ending.

M: This is a harsh bitterness, but it works so well for the beer. medium body

I love this beer. Great bitterness for a pale ale, good balance with the sweet malt, and goes well with anything. This beer won't do you wrong. One of the better pale ales out there.

Shumania, Nov 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

MJSawyer, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

kristougher, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

cfinch2, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Vintarabo, Nov 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

ShanePB, Nov 11, 2013
The Public Ale from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 577 ratings.