The Public Ale | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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The Public AleThe Public Ale

Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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.

Added by drabmuh on 04-15-2011

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cleve00
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being that this is a local brew to me, I am proud to say "The Public" is a buddy of mine.
When I am looking to crack a cold one just because the day was a bitch, this is the beer that I want to wash away the bullshit of DC.

Most times I am drinking from a cold can, and IMHO, I love cans.

First thing that hits me is the smell. Strong citrus and hoppy.

Taste is the same with a perfect balance, refreshing grapefruit, hint of pine, bitter just so, the strong aroma is also still working while drinking.

When I drink this beer I know its there, and it is satisfying like "steak and potatoes".

The only way I could love this more is if they made "tall boy sixers" but its just a dream at this point.
Dying to get to the brewery.

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Photo of C20Percent
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper gold with a 1/3 fingers worth of eggshell white head into a pint glass. So much complexity in the color of the body. First, so much bubble action going on. And, little pieces of sediment are present, which I know isn't good for everyone, but I prefer an unfiltered brew. The colors are playing tricks in the brew. Good head retention so far. Great.

S: Outside of FFF DC Brau just might be making the best Pale Ale that I've had. This is super comparable to an Alpha King. The smell is a sweet malt and citrus aroma that is pretty addicting. It's like tangerines or fresh grapefruits or passion fruits or pineapple. The smell is somewhere between subtle and in-your-face, but it's just right for a Pale Ale.

T: A crisp and refreshing caramel and toffee malt which is followed by a slightly bitter taste, but only a flash of it. There is also a nice balance of a citrus and piney hop taste. But, the thing that really perseveres here is the refreshing taste. This is a summer beer. I find no faults with this.

M: A light-medium bodied brew with medium carbonation, but the best thing about it is the smooth buttery feel it has. A really smooth physical taste. I'm getting a little abrasiveness in my mouth, but that might just be me.

O: For a Pale Ale -- this is almost perfect. Yes, I'd prefer a really good IPA. But, on a hot summer day or after I'm come inside from doing some lawn work this is the beer I won't. Super refreshing. Really great taste. Looks beautiful. DC Brau is really growing on me, and I get the feeling this offering is probably improved on from there earlier PA.

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4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single can from Liquor Outlet

Bright hazy orange body, topped by three fingers of bone china white micro bubbles.

Inviting citrus aroma, heavy on oranges.

Big sweet thick foundation coats the tongue. Juicy fruits gushes throughout the mouth. Big, big bitter bite at the swallow that lingers on and on, entwined with the fruit in an aftertaste that's like the end of "A Day in the Life".

Sturdy medium mouthfeel.

This is their pale? What 's the IPA like? Find out tomorrow. A heck of a first impression. Highly recommended.

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4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rather nice and rich take on a US Pale Ale bordering on IPA territory.

Presentation: 12 oz. can. Silver can background with a design highlighting the branding of the brewery, red silhouette of the US capitol in red with brewing vegetation surrounding it and a white checkered layer underneath. Back offers a small section with "DC Statehood Facts", serving suggestions, recycling recommendations, and an iconic map with the location of the brewery. Notes 6% Alc. by Vol. Served on a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep gold to pale amber pour, rich and towering frothy head with good retention, creamy surface memory, and nice lacing.

S - Nose is very fragrant, long hoppiness, citric, resinous with a floral note… Some of the C hops have to be there… Centennial, Chinook?

T - Nice forward hoppy profile, bordering on an IPA as the brewer suggests, nice edge with its citrus and hint of resin over a nice caramel malt touch. Floral hoppy notes coat the soft malty finish.

M - Medium to medium/light body with sizable carbonation picking it up. Good crisp finish as it folds.

O - Very drinkable, closer to a hoppier profile than to the an entry point PA.

Notes: Updating the review of these cans… I did do the first entry of the canned version, and after all these months I needed to do an update. Maybe my palate has changed, maybe they have… Actually these are now freshly canned Pale Ales I have been picking from the brewery, so that may be the difference. In any case, this has a marked quality fresh hop profile that I did not remember, and it is consistent in all cans coming from the brewery so far. Before it was a good PA and a rather welcome addition to the local landscape, now I feel this is a quality hoppy PA that can stand on its own and I´m happy to cycle to the brewery and back to pick up a few six-packs of these (not to mention filling a couple of growlers). District pride? Sure… But also a pretty good darned brew.

Previous score: 04-28-2011
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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.

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4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally a brewery in this town.

Appearance is dark for a pale, burnt orange, almost copper.

Smell is extremely hoppy. Citrus all the way with little malt coming through.

Tastes like an IPA if you ask me, a really awesome one. Strong citrus hop flavor and serious bitterness. Well balanced, at least for someone who likes hop/bitter bombs. Malt matched appearance with some mild crystal sweetness in the middle. Hops rule the beginning and though the end.

Carbonation is moderate to high with medium body. Pretty much to style though maybe a little chewy.

This beer is awesome and since it's brewed like 5 miles from my house it will always be fresh. I love that I can get it in a can to. It will be great for music festivals. I plan on drinking a number of these in the hot summer sun.

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4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just a flat out awesome beer

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4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

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4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz can into pint glass. Beautiful dark orange color with visible bubbly carbonation. Moderately sized head. Smells of tropical fruit (pineapple, orange), pine, and hemp. Has the smell of an IPA. Bitter hoppiness up front followed by some subtle fruitiness. Finishes with just the right amount of malt to balance out the bitter. Mouthfeel balances upfront dryness with a dank, full ending. This is a fantastic beer.

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4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6% ABV, "Serve in a tulip, goblet or enjoy from the can", no date.

Thopre429 deserves a big thank you for sending two cans of this my homeboy and I!

A - Lightly hazy golden caramel cube in color, The Public is topped by a loose cream head with tons of staying power. Not much lace is left on the glass though.

S - Tons of dry hopping with Cascade in thus hop-forward pale. Strong citrus; lemon, grapefruit, and light grassy notes flourish in front of a caramelly pale malt backbone. Hop-forward but well-balanced so far.

T - Toasted wheat bread and caramel notes with pils sweetness lay the foundation for this well-balanced pale ale. Hops plop on top with a coaxing mild bitterness like that of grapefruit, a bit of lemon grass zest pulls out, and a faint piny finish closes 'er.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth, The Public has a well-carbonated, fantastically balanced bitter finish that asserts itself slowly and carefully. As I've reiterated quite a few times, it's very well-balanced.

O - A fantastic American Pale Ale, The Public keeps it real with nice hop additions but never goes over-the-top with them. The level of balance DC Brau has achieved with this beer is exceptional. Despite the bigger hops, the malt is still enjoyable and allowed to stand on it's own in the background. Very nicely done.

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The Public Ale from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 885 ratings