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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

527 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 25
Gots: 39 | 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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TubaManJack

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-28-2012 02:01:06 | More by TubaManJack
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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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JKuras

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark orange and _very_ ‘dirty’ from the unfiltered yeast residue. The yeast particles just float around and don’t seem to be in any hurry to settle at the bottom. Nice half inch of foamy head and some lacing present on the way down. I might have scored higher but that was a lot of residue and it kind of turned me off.

Smell: This might be the best smelling beer I’ve had all year. Wonderfully strong floral, fresh and fruity hops. Big clean scents of sweet apple pear, and pine. Fruity is the word that most comes to mind.

Taste: A very drinkable pale ale, not overly complex, starting off with a honey sweetness and following through with a well balanced dose of bitter, mild hops.

Mouthfeel: Moderate mouthfeel, good carbonation, goes down very smooth. This was a session beer for me.

Overall: I had a couple sixers of this throughout the year -- they were great for tailgating and beach trips. It kind of became my go-to pale ale. I thought they tasted just as good straight from the can, but I did my review proper from a beer glass.

Serving type: can

12-21-2012 00:50:18 | More by JKuras
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: can

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

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-10-2012 02:18:34 | More by Hanzo
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Crashdown

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-01-2012 03:11:36 | More by Crashdown
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sludgy

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

11-29-2012 03:33:28 | More by sludgy
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Squatchito

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-28-2012 01:30:24 | More by Squatchito
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jmccraney

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-15-2012 03:48:26 | More by jmccraney
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
The beer pours a nice and lasting head that stays after a while. The beer itself is a light amber orange that is clear.

Smell:
A resinous and grapefruit smell from the hops. A hint of malt sweetness but ultimately overwhelmed.

Taste:
The taste is extremely hoppy and bitter. The hops are a citrus and grapefruit taste. The beer has a slightly sweet malt backbone to that adds a nice compliment to all of the hops. The malts come out more in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation. Smooth and medium bodied but feels much lighter. Finishes a little dry.

Overall:
A very good APA and worth buying over and over again. Although, the hop content might be a little, I think it's pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 00:24:03 | More by HattedClassic
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, no bottled-on date, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- Pours a murky orange color, topped with a finger of creamy off-white head, leaves very nice lacing.

S- Very hoppy, notes of citrus, grapefruit and floral notes. There's also a nice amount of bready, slightly sweet malt.

T- Grassy, floral hops, the citrus is still there but is toned down a bit, there's also a bit of black pepperiness and herbal character. The malt is light and bready, some caramel.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy.

O-A really nice pale ale, it's really tasty and drinkable, I pounded a bomber of it pretty easily and quickly, this is not only a beer that actually belongs in a bomber but is also awesome for 6-packs, I'm definitely a fan.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 04:36:58 | More by WillCarrera
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers and thanks go to Kegatron for continuing to spoil me with seemingly 1 of every DC brau offering he can get his hands on and for being 90% responsible for every canned offering I have tried/reviewed. 12oz can into a standard pint. The brew appears a hazed color of copper with a finger of yellowish stained cap. As the cap fades, it leaves a thin film across the top and produces some webby pattern of lacing on the glass. A light swirl revives about a finger of yellowish stained froth and some chucks of yeast hang in suspension.

The aroma is pretty nice with a balance of caramel malt sweetness contrasted by a fruity to floral quality of hops. A mild tingle of estery alcohol is present along with a citrus to zesty pulp hop character that is mildly herbal and flirts into pine-like territory. As the brew warms up, this really draws focus towards floral with a bit of sweetness that gets progressively more candy-like instead of malty. Interesting and enjoyable.

The taste is no surprise when considering the aroma. Caramel malt is present with a bit of residual sweetness blending into almost a candy appeal. Hops provide seemingly more flavor than bitterness. Flavors of citrus and zest like grapefruit initially blend into a bit of mango and hints of tropical quality. The tropical aspect gets really exaggerated by the residual candy sweetness and really plays a part inside the mouth tasting like ripe tropical fruit before the onset of rindy and herbal bitterness come into focus. Once the bitterness latches hold of your tongue, flavors of herbs, pine and a bit of catty quality emerge.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is light in body with a moderate amount of carbonation that is perfect for the style. I think the contrasting sweetness was a bit much at times but it really made the brew effortlessly drinkable. I would have preferred the flavor of the residual sugar to be more malt based in character instead of candy-like with a sugary aspect. Regardless this was solid and I finished my glass at an alarming rate. I would drink this again.

Serving type: can

11-14-2012 02:30:01 | More by stakem
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olafphysics

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-12-2012 02:41:56 | More by olafphysics
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flexabull

California

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of joshdykema, thanks again!

Pours a hazy gold color with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are hand candies, grains, light grapefruit, and pine. Smells pretty good.

Taste has some caramel notes up front. Slightly creamy and sweet. Finish is crisp, grainy, with some mild pine and grapefruit hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin for my liking, carbonation is decent though.

Overall, a simple but drinkable pale ale. Another pretty solid offering from DC Brau.

Serving type: can

11-11-2012 22:04:16 | More by flexabull
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dwhitey517


4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-06-2012 04:54:16 | More by dwhitey517
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

11-01-2012 14:35:57 | More by richkrull
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: can

10-24-2012 17:11:56 | More by Kegatron
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stickboy1125

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

10-19-2012 12:48:45 | More by stickboy1125
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PoolFishGolf

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

10-08-2012 01:03:22 | More by PoolFishGolf
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-07-2012 02:03:16 | More by ncaudle
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JJOVa

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

09-26-2012 02:06:06 | More by JJOVa
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Durge

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 17:44:07 | More by Durge
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dugly2ugly

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

09-04-2012 01:19:32 | More by dugly2ugly
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FosterJM

California

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: can

08-29-2012 14:14:44 | More by FosterJM
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dirtylou

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz CAN, provided by "blackie" on his latest seattle residency

appearance: served in a hilliards can-pint pale orange body, nice 1/3" white froth, good lace

smell: toasted malt, tangerine, light citrus

taste: good flavor profile, but a little unadventurous. bready malts, a light citrus hop profile, tangerine

mouthfeel: light slick body, light bitterness

overall: good, but pretty pedestrian

Serving type: can

08-27-2012 01:34:32 | More by dirtylou
The Public Ale from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.