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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

572 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 572
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 26
Gots: 51 | 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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

BEERchitect, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of MCain04
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.

MCain04, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

SonOfKyuss, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Timmah11
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Timmah11, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of brwnchrstpher
4/5  rDev +3.4%

brwnchrstpher, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of tabascosigned
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

tabascosigned, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale orange color with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel and bready malts, and citrus.

Taste: Grapefruit and tangerine are more noticeable, chewy and sweet caramel malts too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid APA that I scored on my travels to VA a few months ago. I wish I had more.

Flounder57, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.25/5  rDev -16%

TheBeerAlmanac, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of bcheng
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.

bcheng, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of vandemonian
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DC Brau "The Public Ale" is pleasant but not particularly interesting beer. Don't expect it to be hoppy either. Is this the DC Brau session beer?

Orange colour and a big head that lasts very well. 4.5

S: Fragrant citrus hops. 4

T: A woody malt base balanced by some earthy hopiness. The finish is dry and pretty bitter. Not a particularly hoppy APA by any means. 3.5

M: Nice amount of carbonation. 4

O: 3.75

vandemonian, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of WorldOfBeerCraft
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

WorldOfBeerCraft, Aug 08, 2013
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
Photo of bruindre
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

bruindre, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

drummermattie02, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge billowing ,consolidated and creamy head stacked itself above a darkened coppery hue.

Loads of piney hops are at the forefront of the scent with a nicely balanced malt and grain backbone. The end is presented by slight citrus and biscuity malt.

Nice sweet barley malt flavor ends in a piney, floral hop. Some bread, tea leaves and a little toasted biscuit round out a piney bitterness. Very easy to drink with no harshness.

Overall, this is a good well rounded Pale Ale, and as it is served in a can makes a fabulous choice for activities on the go.

KYGunner, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of oberon
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
Photo of GoGators
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

GoGators, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a color amber with s monstrous light tan colored head. Fantastic retention and very good lacing

S - Some lighter fruit notes (apples and pears) and a nice dry bitter piney hop aroma. A nice sweet caramel maltyness rounds out my quaffs.

T - nice tolerable dry bitterness up front followed by sweet apples pears and sweet caramel. Very common flavor profile but well above average. I think I was off on the pineyness.

M - lighter bodied, very drinkable. Still somewhat sticky on my palate.

O - very well done although traditional. Dry light crisp bitter hops, non citric fruits and a nice sweet malt presence. I dig it for sure.. good gateway brew

MacQ32, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of scottDC
3.25/5  rDev -16%

scottDC, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev +3.4%

cp45, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of McBraniel
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

McBraniel, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of KatyC
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

KatyC, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

ygtbsm94, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of BradStokley
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BradStokley, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of ThomasAWilson2
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

ThomasAWilson2, Jul 17, 2013
The Public Ale from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.