The Public Ale
DC Brau Brewing Co.

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DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #611
Ranked #18,237
3.86 | pDev: 10.62%
Jan 03, 2023
Apr 16, 2011
Very Good
The Public AleThe Public Ale
Notes: 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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Rated: 3.77 by animal69 from Louisiana

Jan 03, 2023
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Canned in a little stubbie crafty craft can and purchased from budget shop Home bargains
Pours a fairly clear amber coloured body with decent white head
Aroma is lemon glucose tablets
Flavour is lime pine & bitter finish
Nov 12, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jul 18, 2022
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Reviewed by maddogruss from New Jersey

3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: pours a dark amber body with an off white head with ok retention and lacing.
S: slight hoppy notes with sweet toffee and nutty notes.
T: sweet, earthy hoppy notes with nutty, butter notes
M: medium bodied and fairly smooth; a little thin.
O: decent feel and taste combo; nice beee overall.
Apr 21, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
crisp lightly hopped ale smooth to drink
Feb 27, 2022
Rated: 3.78 by msondel from Massachusetts

Nov 28, 2021
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 ounce can poured into a tumbler style pint glass.
Canned 7/12/21

Amber and clear but for some chill haze. Good visual carbonation feeding two fingers of tight off-white foam. Head persists and leaves a bit of lace. Moderate strength aroma, floral and spicy hops over a bready malt backbone. Taste opens fairly balanced hop to malt; medium bitter floral, spicy and woody hop flavor with full but lowly sweet grain and bread malt. Floral and citrus hop bitterness stands up more toward the finish. The medium-light body is soft and semi-dry with moderate carbonation. Good old style APA that to me tastes somewhat English.
Sep 09, 2021
Rated: 4.01 by Branlott42 from Missouri

May 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
12oz. can served in a shaker pint. Pours a dull, burnt orange with a hat clarity and tight, 1/8th inch, off-white head. Nose expresses light piney/resinous notes. Very similar to the nose in The Corruption; however, more subdued. Taste follow nose. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a slight oiliness to the texture. Overall, a decent old school APA but nothing to write home about.
Sep 11, 2020
Rated: 3.11 by AAG from New York

Aug 24, 2020
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Reviewed by Rschis16 from Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Slightly hazy and copper in color with a half finger pillow of foam on top. The smell has floral and juicy notes, maybe a touch of pine or resin. Soft caramel as well. The taste is pretty hoppy for a pale, showcasing some resiny and piney flavors with a slight juiciness in the middle. A good backbone of caramel and bready malt stand up nicely to the boldness of the hops. Packs more of a punch than some regular IPAs, but has the balance of a well crafted pale ale. Definitely edges the line in a good way I think, hop heads will enjoy this.
Aug 20, 2020
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

2.81/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
April 8th, 2016 - This unabashedly non-partisan brew is accompanying me on business trip, but aside from the novelty there's not much quality here. Perhaps this is a commentary on American politics? The aroma is super sweet and excessively nutty. The flavor is blessedly milder, but has a pumpkin off note. The palate, though flawed, presents as a reasonably decent Red ale, but that off-note is quite pronounced.
Aug 05, 2020
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
This is a 2 year old can from the back of the work cooler, so take this review with a grain of salt. At least it was refrigerated the whole time.
Light copper color with some chill haze, thin white head that dissipates quickly, spotty lace
White grapefruit skin and caramel aroma
Caramel and grapefruit rind flavor
A little sticky for me. Carbonation is right on
Would be better fresh, but probably not by too much
May 04, 2020
Rated: 3.77 by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Apr 26, 2020
Rated: 3.73 by Schmaltz33 from California

Feb 27, 2020
Rated: 3.63 by Tbone2131 from Connecticut

Feb 06, 2020
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Rated by lebriarjr from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Average IPA, nothing great.
Nov 19, 2019
Rated: 3.71 by robebo44 from Virginia

Nov 13, 2019
Rated: 3.89 by Jonnybgood from Massachusetts

Nov 08, 2019
Rated: 3.7 by Sulty from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2019
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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
-clear amber tap pour with a thin foam ring and an herbal-pine aroma. The flavor is malt > hops. The malt has a tad bit of toffee sweetness and the hop flavors are resinous and moderately bitter. This has a clean mouthfeel and finish. It is a bit different and appreciated.
Jul 24, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by EatonHops from Massachusetts

Jul 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Very nice pale ale! Served in a shaker pint at Ronald Reagan. Tangerine liquid that leaves rings of soapy lacing. Aromas of caramel, pine, and citrus, reminds me of Short's Space Rock back home. Flavor is aggressive for a pale ale, with kicks of grapefruit and berry finishing to a chewy caramel.
May 24, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by StanleysCup from Maryland

May 14, 2019
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Reviewed by eppCOS from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
L - Looks the part, although a darker copper color than I expected for a pale ale
S - Still smells OK prior to taste; definitely an older school SNPA type whiff to it, but
T - where it falls apart for me, like a poorly malted IPA, with little interest and a weird "graininess" to the palate impression
F - Fine, good carbonation, but can't get over the malt grain taste, little hop impression here...
O - Meh, but I'm glad I tried a DC local beer while in D.C.
Apr 03, 2019
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Reviewed by biiru_ojisan from Japan

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured Amber, not much head, but that's probably because of the place I got it at.

Nose is buiscuits and lightly toasted bread. Citrus, pine, tropical fruits. Some dried fruits, banana.

Flavor is quite bitter. Orange pith. Pine. Buiscuits, some bread. Very dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation just north of moderate. Some alcohol warmth, not harsh.

This is a pretty decent pale ale. It could maybe use a touch more sweetness for balance, but it's still very much a drinkable beer.
Jan 05, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by eldoctorador from Chile

Jan 03, 2019
Rated: 3.91 by GinDC from Virginia

Dec 14, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Dec 04, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by MGibbons from Maryland

Dec 01, 2018
Rated: 4 by plaid75 from New York

Nov 18, 2018
Rated: 3.67 by BigMustyElbows from Pennsylvania

Nov 02, 2018
Rated: 3.48 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Oct 09, 2018
Rated: 3.63 by OregonGrown7 from Oregon

Oct 04, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by richj1970 from Alabama

Sep 17, 2018
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Reviewed by haines710 from Delaware

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked up a six pack of cans when I was visiting DC. Had liked The Corrputiin IPA on a previous visit. In my opinion this beer isn’t as good but I still liked it. Nice smell from the can and taste is very bitter. Pine and pepper not much citrus. Leaves the palette dry and wanting more.
Aug 19, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Aug 18, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by BKotch from Texas

Aug 11, 2018
Rated: 3.67 by newcastlemike from Connecticut

Aug 10, 2018
Rated: 3.47 by BlueSpader from Washington

Aug 06, 2018
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