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Frank - Community Beer Works

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very good

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%

Brewed by:
Community Beer Works visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
We start with a mellow malt base to showcase the hops against a lightly grainy sweetness. Zeus, Centennial and Zythos hops are used in the boil and again in dry hopping to maximize hop aroma and flavor. The result is a superbly drinkable Pale Ale loaded with zest, pine, and a touch of citrus.

(Beer added by: trxxpaxxs on 04-20-2012)
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Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler procured from the Elmwood farmer's market.

Community Beer Works half growler poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a dark orange, little bit hazy, mostly clear. One inch head, great lacing.

Smells hoppy and clean- tropical fruit, pine, lemon, some floral aromas.

Tastes include grapefruit, pineapple, pine sap, honey, lemon. Smooth, low-key lingering bitterness throughout. Insanely sessionable- no alcohol bite (of course, given the ABV), and just so drinkable.

Crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Fairly dry light-to-medium body.

One of the best hoppy beers made in Western NY. These guys are pretty damn good, and I look forward to them becoming bigger.

Serving type: growler

08-10-2013 22:17:58 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Premier Gourmet poured in to tulip.

A - Pale medium yellow with a thin layer of white head.

S - Bitter grapefruit and pine aromas dominate the nose. Not much of a malt presence is detectable.

T - An assertive bitterness is present up front and throughout with big grapefruit and pine flavours and a touch of peach. No malts sweetness comes through at all.

M - Light body. Light carbonation. Resiny and sticky.


Serving type: growler

12-26-2012 14:09:42 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of CaptCleveland


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler received from excellent BA trader trxxpaxxs--big thanks!

Slightly hazy, yellow/orange elixir poured into SA glass. Thick, one-finger, white head, plenty of lacing.

Wonderful tropical fruits, some pine, but mostly orange, grapefruit, mango.

Smooth hop bitterness from front to back. Nice lingering hoppy aftertaste. Not much malt--bonus.

Well carbonated, medium body, tangy fruit.

This is an excellent session APA. A real summer thirst quencher with taste. Well done.

Serving type: growler

07-29-2012 21:54:37 | More by CaptCleveland
Photo of monkeymagic72


4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Merc7186 for the growler on the occasion of my...ahem...40th.
Pours a clear golden, slightly yellow. White head, which slowly fades. Great lacing. Smells like an IPA: resiny, with a bit of orange and grapefruit.
Taste is resiny, with some citrus rind-grapefruit and orange. Aftertaste is of bitter rind (which is a good thing). Medium body. This is a really tasty Pale Ale, which could pass as an IPA. If this were local, I'd be drinking a lot of this.

Serving type: growler

05-27-2012 04:43:32 | More by monkeymagic72
Photo of StonedTrippin


4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at mr. goodbar downtown buffalo. my first offering from these guys, was pumped to try it. the beer appears clear and pale orange in color, with a gorgeous white head that lasts the entire glass. the nose is interesting, may more malt happening tha i expected. its bready, but i taste some spicy rye malt i think, and maybe something even more unconventinal. spelt? hard to place i just one pint of this stuff, but there is some good grains going on in this well balanced americal pale ale. the hops are bitter, not much hop flavor in the traditional sense, but just a bitter character that really gets quite intense towards the ends. its a nice flow, where the grains entertain at first, and let the hops take over toward the end. shocked at the low abv of this, it felt much more sturdy to me, and i might have guessed in the low 6% abv range if i didnt know better. i loved the feel of this too, fuller bodied but brightly carbonated. highly sessionable as a result of those features, i would like to see this get bottled and moved around the northeast a little bit. i think it immediately fills a niche in the beer market, sort of the way switchback has done in vermont and upstate new york. its a similar kind of beer, better maybe, and with its clever malt bill deserves to be more widely appreciated.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2012 21:02:39 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Elm Street Bakery in East Aurora.Poured a deep orange tinged golden with a thinner but well sustained bone white head atop.Borderline ipa in the nose with alot of floral,tropical fruit,and lighter pine hop aromas over top of sweet biscuit base.I love the hop flavors of the beer,very fresh and fruity,again the pine takes a backseat to the fruity hops,the sweetness is light with a bit of caramel-biscuit and holds up well to the hops. This is a great little pale ale here,these guys make some good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2012 19:52:33 | More by oberon
Photo of gabedivision

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap @the monk

A- A slightly hazy golden yellow/orange, 1/4 inch head that thins fast and leaves a nice residue lacing.

S- Big piny hop aroma, juicy orange/grapefruit citrus burst, mixed with a dank, sticky bud. Big and bold hop presence no doubt.

T- Piny, grapefruit, tart lemons, extreme asprin-y bitter.

M- Light bodied, moderate carbonation, way to bitter and not in a good hoppy bitter way, bitter in like a chewing on the rind of an orange or a grapefruit, way to overwhelming.

O- Awesomly hoppy pale ale to say the least, but lack of any malt and the feeling of chewing on a bayer asprin kinda off the mood for me a tad. All in all its a good pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2012 22:10:27 | More by gabedivision
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty stuff, at Cole’s, it is sessionable. The aroma is a little hop, a little malt and some funk. First malty, then the hops in the back end. Medium golden with lace sheet. A good bitterness, full mouthfeel. A smooth drinker. The only way it can be better is to be even lower abv so that I can have it occasional lunch.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2012 20:28:38 | More by Sammy
Photo of ThePorterSorter


3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured at mr goodbar a few weeks after the CBW launch.

Frank pours a clear, effervescent golden yellow with no sediment and a quickly fading white head. There is a little lacing, but the head falls flat far to quickly. The nose is almost nonexistent when cold, but fresh, resiny hops cut through the beer's taste and mouthfeel. As the beer warms it becomes sweeter smelling and the hops become more pronounced. The aftertaste is a mouth-puckering bitter grapefruit rind. The nose eventually picks up some light notes of citrus.
This is a very drinkable beer and I appreciate the fact that it's under 5% abv. However, it would be far less drinkable if I didn't have a palate seasoned for drinking strong DIPAs. This beer is definitely worth the $5/pint and I would drink it again in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2012 00:26:57 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at cole's, served in a pint glass.

comes to me as a hazy golden, light orange color, fairly cloudy. a small white head that lingers as a ring and some patchy foam.

big aromas of citrus and pine with a touch of floral hops and maybe even a hint of resin. some cereal like grains attempt to balance out the hops.

nice taste, almost IPA like. grapefruit, lemon citrus and pine are at the forefront. a bit of resin noticable. a good amount of light graininess tries to balance things out, but this is definatly a hop forward beer. finishes with an IPA like bitterness.

medium to light in body, very good drinkability.

a very approachable, sessionable APA. they definatly didnt hold back any on the hops. this is something an expierienced beer geek could love, or even someone just getting in to craft beer. very well done CBW, im really looking forward to more of your beer!

PS finally a buffalo brewery makes a hoppy beer worth buying!!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 19:00:50 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of alexkeil

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cole's

Frank pours a hazy gold with tints of orange and a nice looking white head that did stick around with nice lacing.
The smell is bitey American hops of citrus to almost tropical fruit character. The aroma is big and discernable and accessible to even those who struggle with aroma.
The taste is citrus hops of lemon, grapefruit and balanced well with tart, refreshing bitterness. The hops are prominent but not overwhelming.
This is a big APA or a smaller IPA...either way it is highly drinkable, super fresh, and makes me want to drink a lot of it (responsibly of course).

Well done Community Beer Works

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 13:05:27 | More by alexkeil
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo, NY...

A: Pours a nice light cloudy gold. There is a good amount of head, for a beer poured from draft, that settles quickly. The pure white foam lingers nicely along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is serious citrus (mainly orange, some lemon, and a touch of grapefruit). I'm actually impressed by the hop character for a straight APA, but it is the first day this beer is available. So it's super fresh.

T: Starts off with a nice light sweetness. The citrus notes come on strong in the middle. It's mainly juicy orange with a touch of lemon. Really nice. The finish is more sweetness with a lingering bitter grapefruit note. Solid.

M: Light bodied beer. There is nothing outstanding about this beer. It's refreshing. There is a solid bitter finish that I'm really enjoying.

O: This is a seriously decent beer. I'm impressed by how much flavor they packed into this pale ale. It verges on IPA if you didn't know. It's nice to finally see a good beer brewed locally in Buffalo.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 22:22:37 | More by trxxpaxxs
Frank from Community Beer Works
89 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.