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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

549 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 26
Gots: 47 | 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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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-20-2013 14:28:52 | More by Davepoolesque
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Auror

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-19-2013 04:11:44 | More by Auror
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mrebeka

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-18-2013 18:57:03 | More by mrebeka
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

Deep and dark clear amber with a thin white head. Nice lacing down the glass. Very balanced aroma consisting of lots of bready malt character and a touch of caramel. . Hop flavors are certainly present,but seem some what muted, along with some very bready and caramel malts. Overall I will have to find this more fresh and change my review someday because I am sure my can was over 2 months old. Hard to tell without a best by date...

02-15-2013 16:58:31 | More by DrDemento456
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-14-2013 04:31:19 | More by Sludgeman
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Lambocalrisien

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-11-2013 02:16:05 | More by Lambocalrisien
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StArnoldFan

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

02-09-2013 02:14:05 | More by StArnoldFan
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-28-2013 02:33:32 | More by oldp0rt
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%

12oz can poured into a Ommegang chalice glass

Appearance- An orangish yellow in color with 3 fingers of cloudy white head that hardly dissipates and leaves nice sticky lacing.

Smell- Citrus and pine are most prevalent with a little bit of earthy hop.

Taste- The front of the tounge is lead with a twinge of citrus which is followed by a malt and earthy hop backbone finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body even hinging on full body. I would like to see a little more carbonation for easier drinkability.

Overall- Pretty solid well balance APA. My only criticism would be the need for a little more citrus in the flavor and some more carbonation for easier drinkability.

01-19-2013 00:01:24 | More by BrownAleMale
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

01-18-2013 02:51:34 | More by dcbeers
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comrade_tony

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01-18-2013 01:08:21 | More by comrade_tony
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erogers

New York

5/5  rDev +29.2%

01-17-2013 07:12:47 | More by erogers
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #62 (Mar 2012):

LOOK: Dull copper

SMELL: Caramel, ruby red grapefruit juice, spicy, pine, fresh-cut hay

TASTE: Semi-crisp, thick caramel, pulling citric hop, spicy, nutty, mild esters, earthy, bitter, herbal tea, dirty mint, fallen nectarines, grainy finish

This beer speaks balance fluently. It is one serious APA, as the hops and malt battle it out and our palate was the collateral damage—thankfully, we can take a beating. Anyone who has reservations about canned craft beer needs to grab a six-pack of this.

01-17-2013 03:28:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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ahwahoo2006

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-17-2013 03:05:15 | More by ahwahoo2006
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-16-2013 19:31:53 | More by jacewg
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DRBiser

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-13-2013 18:23:33 | More by DRBiser
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-13-2013 06:07:02 | More by outoffocus
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-13-2013 03:21:45 | More by pmarlowe
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12 oz can, pours a hazy dark orange with a solid, cream colored head of great retention. Exceptional lacing. Excellent hoppy aroma with floral and citrus notes and a light dry maltiness.

The flavor is definately at an IPA-level of hoppiness, with floral, citrus, and grass notes, but also a strong and slightly over-assertive bitterness that detracts a little from these tasty subtleties. Again the malt is of a dry and crackery nature.

Medium to slightly light bodied with strong carbonation. Not bad, but a smudge too close to fizzy for my taste. Very long and lingering, bitterly hoppy aftertaste remains.

Nice enough, just a little too bitter for a beer that's not even an Ipa. Super dry and a little unbalanced for me. Looking forward to trying more by this brewer, though.

01-06-2013 04:19:05 | More by tobelerone
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Craftonly23121

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-02-2013 18:36:32 | More by Craftonly23121
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squidrobot

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-02-2013 05:38:52 | More by squidrobot
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-28-2012 03:43:46 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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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%

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!

12-21-2012 03:57:54 | More by IrishHockey
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JKuras

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

12-21-2012 00:50:18 | More by JKuras
The Public Ale from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.