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

744 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 37
Gots: 108 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: drabmuh on 04-15-2011

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.
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Ratings: 744 | Reviews: 168
Photo of Jack_Morris
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An amber colored pale ale, light hop nose, strong hop bitter on the palate. Nice malt finish.

Photo of rjs246
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a Pale Ale. This is not a bad Pale Ale. I would drink this Pale Ale again.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz can, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, cloudy, almost opaque, deep, dark, amber color, speckled with some orange highlights and a full finger of white-head that slowly dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with strong, floral, aromas of grassy, piney, citrusy, hops up front, followed by some bready, toasted malt, which imparts some faint notes of biscuits and pretzels, and some faint notes of caramel. However, the predominate aroma is the floral aromas of grassy, piney, citrusy, hops.

Taste: Pretty much exactly like the aroma, but maybe with a little more caramel in the flavor, than in present in the aroma. That being said, the predominate flavor is the floral, slightly bitter flavors of grassy, piney, resiny, citrusy, hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This beer is certainly an American-style pale ale. Hoppy, and…more hoppy. I’m not really a fan, as it’s too hoppy for my taste. I don’t get much in the way of malty flavors at all or any sweetness, rather, pretty much all I get is floral, slightly bitter flavors of grassy, piney, resiny, citrusy, hops. If I’m going to drink a beer from DC Brau, I’d much, much rather have a Tradition or a Porter, both of which are incredibly awesome beers, and both of which I’d happily drink all day!

Photo of NiceTaps
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pub style Imperial pint glass.

A- Hazy, unfiltered looking caramel-copper color. The 1f linen-white head tapers to a lumpy film leaving solid lacing.

S-Caramel malts followed by citrus and pine hops. Very floral also.

T- Malt forward flavors; caramel, sweet grains. There are some citrus hop and subtle pine flavors.

M- Very pleasant, medium body. Dry hop finish without bitterness.

O- Easy drinking APA with sneaky hop presence.

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.07/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at Gaslight in Philadelphia, this beer was wholly uninspiring in every way. Looked and tasted just a touch flat, with not enough flavor for my liking.

Refreshing and drinkable, but extremely not memorable. This is a good beer to have alongside foods you don't want to overpower.

Semi-dry flavors, with a touch of malt. A little bit of bitterness from the hops. Not tropical or citrusy.

Photo of jwc215
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a lasting creamy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus and pine with caramel.

The taste is of caramel/sweet grain balanced by citrus and some pine in the finish.

A very well-balanced, easy-drinking APA. Very enjoyable!

Photo of Frank_TX
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A good example of American Pale Ale. Enjoyed from the can. This ale brewed in DC is a bit more malty than West Coast Pale Ale with excellent citrus notes and a slight pine taste.

Photo of elNopalero
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can.

This pours a caramel toast color with a hop aroma containing some straw, pine, and pine sap. There's a bit more malt than my California palate is used to with a pleasant hoppiness.

Photo of Act25
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

APA is my favorite style. Dales is my favorite APA. This beer along with Carton Hoppun is a close 2nd! Great beer, totally underrated here (except by the Bros)!

A: Hazed, as in fruitful copper, with lasting head and creamy lace.

S: Caramel, ruby citrus rind, spice, pine, fresh-cut hay, beach, salt. Ample.

T: Follows smell but more abundant, with citric hop, spicy, nutty, earthy, bitter, herbal tea, mint, fallen orchard fruit, with long grassy, grainy, high plateau finish.

F: Semi-crisp, weight, body feel.

BEATIFIC BALANCE! their best?

Photo of Tucquan
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-11-30 in Columbia, PA

A - Very clear orange-copper with a 1.5-finger firm tan head with good lace. Beautiful.

S - Pineapple and orange flesh, hop floral, lightly toasted bread. Moderately strong aroma.

T - Moderate hop bite up front then some toasted bread, touch of caramel, teas, earthy spice, grapefruit and pine needle bitterness, which lasts into the finish along with a bit of fruit/malt sweetness. A lot of flavor. Very dry.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and a bit resinous.

O - This is very good. Plenty of in-balance flavors. I'll have this again.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

Draft at a bar in the DC Convention Center area. Pours golden orange with a small, super creamy head. Nice lightly floral aroma with a hint of citrus and bready malts. Flavor follows with light citrus, good bite for an APA, light caramel sweetness. Just a hint of weird aftertaste but not offputting or super unpleasant. Light to medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Good every day brew for the peeps inside the beltway.

Photo of hophugger
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky orange-amber with an average head. Aroma is of hop; sap oozing out of fresh cut wood would be a little more correct, lol. A touch of citrus also. Taste has bitter hops, a little different than the aroma. Overall, good flavor with a bitter aftertaste. Hops come through pretty aggressively. Nice carbonation and feels good going down.

Photo of flyingpig
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml Can from Virginia, USA as a gift:
Hazy, red tinged amber with a 1.5cm, bubbly white head that leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass as it slowly reduces to a fine lacing with some build up on the sides.

Hoppy with some pine & tropical fruits, there is some strong citrus too & lots of bitterness. Grapefruit, orange & lemon zest come through with faint malts & caramel.

Bitter with plenty of grapefruit, resinous pine & tropical fruits. There's some citrus before some pale malts come through. The hops definitely come through most with this one & it's quite refreshing.

Very bitter with a medium body, maybe a touch lighter. Carbonation is good & it's quite dry, particularly at the end. I enjoyed the balance here & there was just the faintest touch of alcohol but it's a very drinkable beer.

Not a bad first beer from Washington DC, this one was very enjoyable without going down as a classic. The taste and smell were certainly hop filled & well balanced with the pine and tropical flavours offset by the pale, sweet malts which could have been stronger but were pleasant ones nonetheless.

Photo of Samp01
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Pours a dark hazy amber with a medium off white head, with very good lacing through out. Aroma of citrus and pine hops upfront with a good dose of caramel malt and yeast, which slowly intensify as it warms up. Taste is sweet caramel malt, yeast with a good dose of citrus pine hops, some distant notes of grapefruit, orange peel flavor as well. Palate is a medium body, smooth with a slightly sticky mouth feel, good carbonation. Finishes same as taste with some lingering caramel malt and hops bitterness. Overall this is a very good tasty and full flavored brew, very nice.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Really citrusy and juicy apa. The malts balance the hops perfectly, so overall the beer appears slightly bitter. If I wanted an APA, I would get a 6 of this.

Photo of BMFR1811
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a 6 pack from whole foods in the Georgetown area of d.c. Poured into pint glass

Appearance- great amber, slightly hazy, good lingering lacing on sides and a finger width head

Smell-American citrus hops stand out, what I come to expect from an apa

Taste- pine, citrus fruit, has that great dank hop taste with a bite that persists through the finish

Mouthfeel- great carb, adds body

Overall- I would drink this again, it's everything I expect from a modern apa, hops, hops and hops, with the malt bill to back it up. Easy to drink and very well put together.

Photo of sommersb
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 06-23-2014
Freshness: Canned on 02-26-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

A hazy, dark amber beer with a cream-colored head. Head retention is wonderful and a nice lacing is left behind.

Aromas are a very pleasant blanket of pine and citrus hops, with some bready malt undertones.

Sharp hop bitterness in the taste, but it's not overdone. The citrus and pine are the highlights as was in the nose. All-around a great tasting pale ale that could also be called an IPA.

Mouthfeel has a body I'd call medium. The finish is pretty dry and also hoppy, but has enough malt presence to keep the bitterness from being overbearing.

Overall a fine product that be suitable by itself or paired with a meal. Call me impressed!

Thanks go to Treyliff for the beer!

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange body with one finger head and some lace and has not only a citric hop aroma but there are some tropical fruit or sweet malts in there as well giving off both a hoppy and slightly sweet aroma. Grainy and dry are my first impressions, a cracker like dryness, with a thin to medium body. Then I get a pleasant walloping of citrusy, oily hops that have both a slight bitterness and something akin to tropical fruits (not grapefruit). Good balance, not too much going on, but the hops are there, the dryness is there and a little sweetness make this a good beer to have.

Photo of webdog76
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice clear copper with a hint of red from a can into a pint glass. The smell was surprisingly floral and hoppy reminiscent of Imperials. The taste is mild of citrus fruit with nutty notes similar to an amber. The mouthfeel was quite dry with alcohol warmth. I felt it touched the front of the palate more than the middle. Nice malty aftertaste though.

Overall, I think DC Brau did a very nice American pale ale and would certainly try this beer again.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first beer from DC Brau, I was quite happy with. Poured a hazy yellow and the smell was all hops. Very good hops though. I was worried for a bit that the taste would be a little overpowering for a Pale Ale. I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted and found a great beer with a lot of flavor from both the malt and the hops and a clean finish. Thought this was a great beer which I can even bring to the beach since it comes primarily in cans.

Photo of benloho
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy copper color. Finger and a half of head that is fading. There's a lot of particulates floating around in this one, and while that doesn't really bother me overall its not too appealing. Beautiful lacing on the glass.
S: Immediate piney hop presence with some caramel sweetness and biscuity malts.
T: Very pleasant on my palate. Piney and earthy hop presence up front blended with the caramel malt. A bit of citrus or grapefruit bitterness on the back end. Really enjoying this one.
MF: Super easy drinking. Awesomely balanced with a nice crisp, dry finish that sends me straight back to the glass for another swig.
O: This is a great beer. DC Brau continues to impress me whenever I get my hands on their stuff. This is definitely right where I like my pale ales. In the same crowd as Dale's and Sierra Nevada for me.

Photo of 57md
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with well over a finger of healthy head that lingers for a long time. The nose is earthy with a touch of hops. This offering is light-bodied and the flavor profile is nicely balanced between malt and hops. The finish is almost as bitter as some single IPAs. This is an exceptional pale ale.

Photo of jodybrutal
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Found a can of this in a mystery 12 pack I picked up at Victor's Liquors in Lawnside, NJ. No date on the can. Poured into pint glass.

a - Pours a dark, cloudy orange, big white fluffy head, sporadic lacing.

s - Aroma is straight forward hops, very piney, but dank and malty. Sweet candy scents as well.

t - Bitter right away, but malty even more so than the smell. Definitely a little more malty that I would prefer for an APA, but the Hops definitely shine through and balance this beer quite well.

m - Medium carbonation. Medium body. Goes down smooth, but leaves an almost sour kind of taste lingering on the tongue, which I'm actually starting to get tired of as I've finished 3/4 of this beer.

o - I poured about 3/4 into the glass, and had the rest straight from the can. The finish was actually much crisper and enjoyable from the can than out of the glass. Overall, I enjoyed this beer but would not seek it out.

Photo of Roser
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- cloudy, amber, copper hue. Bone white head/foam, disappears pretty quick, but leaves a nice lace.

S- caramel, sugar, malt. The nose suggests a heavier taste is to follow, but that is not the case.

T- bitter right out of the gate, moved to some sour notes in the middle, then finished with more of the bitterness on the back end. Had trouble defining the favors that stood out, other than an overwhelming malt backbone with some citrus lurking.

M- medium, unassuming.

O- good/very good. I'm a big fan of this beer. Might come as a little bit of a surprise, given the less than stellar review. It's the kind of beer I could easily see someone else snubbing completely, but that's the beauty of adhering to the bottom line: it's a good beer if it tastes good to you. Drink it if you can, as it's a local offering here in the DC/VA/MD metro area.

Cheers all!

Photo of tbeckett
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at The Trestle in Philly. From notes.

A - Goldenish pour with mild carbonation. Half finger of white head on top left spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Citrus, hops, pineapple. Straightforward, but enjoyable.

T - Very nice combo of citrus and pine and a little caramel for balance. A good hop profile and flavour.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, good gripping bitterness.

O/D - A really good pale ale. Balanced, yet aggressive. Really drinkable for me. I liked this one alot.

The Public Ale from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.