The Public Ale | DC Brau Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
861 Ratings
The Public AleThe Public Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
861
Reviews:
184
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
155
For Trade:
2
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Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IronLover
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rusty orange in color with a heavy chill haze that slowly clarified. Poured with a moderate, off-white, frothy foam with good retention. Medium herbal, and light over-ripe citrus pineapple hop aromas with medium caramel malty notes. Medium bodied with soft, medium high carbonation. Light creamy feel through the middle followed by a touch of pleasant warmth near the finish. Medium caramel malt and herbal hop flavors up front. Medium high, spicy hop bitterness through the middle. Caramel malt and over-ripe pineapple with bread crust notes from the middle to the end. Finished semi-dryly with caramel and bread crust notes and lingering hop bitterness.Well balanced with pleasant, spicy hop bitterness, soft carbonation, and tasty malt flavors. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Akyeras
1.87/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tjmiller718
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenMind
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LukeB
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of duvel1979
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Benl7217
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JDizzle
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spoony
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a shaker pint glass at Fire Works Pizza. Reviewed from notes dated October 16, 2016.

A-The beer arrives with one finger of off-white head. The foam is sticky and leaves nice, fine lacing on the glass as I sip. Head retention is good. A chill haze clouds the beer, which was probably served too cold. Color is light-amber caramel.

S-The aroma suggests an English IPA to me with substantial malt notes of caramel. It isn't terribly sweet, but it is malty. Hints of orange and mild pine aromas fill things out. The beer smells simple, but there is nothing off.

T-The taste tracks the smell closely. More caramel malts that I would expect for a beer labeled an APA...again, I'm thinking English IPA. Maybe the keg is old and the hops have faded? Anyway, bitterness is on the light end of the spectrum and the simple orange, grapefruit, pine flavors are pleasant enough when combined with the caramel malt.

M-The body is heavier than I would like for a pale. Carbonation is semi-crisp and moderately assertive.

O-This is a decent beer, but it is not what comes to my mind when I think of a pale ale. I also found it to be a bit on the heavy side. Criticism notwithstanding, I would like to try this again fresh.

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Photo of bpkrippner
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexFields
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of informaticsDoc
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear amber producing 2+ fingers of frothyy, off-white, lasting head that recedes to a surface cap of clumpy foam leaving a wash of thick lacing behind. Aroma is malt forward caramel & a little something that is brown sugar like with citrus, pine, floral & a little fruitiness behind. Taste is again malt forward caramel with a toffee hint on top of earthy floral, citrus & tropical fruit hops, finishing with caramel, floral & pine hints transitions to a lingering burnt caramel, floral, pine & moderately bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a wet finish & light prickle, drying in the aftertaste. A very different "dark malty", pale ale.

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Photo of user785335
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikepcarney
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty nice solid IPA. The hops were pretty subtle, but the balance of the beer was pretty good. It was easy to drink, but probably not a fave of many hop heads.

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Photo of terrysjag
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of meganonymous
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into pint glass

dark copper color, clear, thin off-white head. aroma is pine hop aroma, caramel malt. good balanced taste. medium bodied, easy drinking

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Photo of FBarber
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured copper colored with almost no head. What head it did have dissipated quickly.

Smell had notes of grapefruit, pine and grass. Subdued overall, but individual aromas were still there.

Taste had flavors of grapefruit and orange zest initially giving way to a strong malt backbone. Caramel and bread malts were noted followed by a piney grassy bitterness. Bit of sweetness noted throughout but gives way to a bitter finish.

Feel was nice and crisp, light and drinkable.

Overall an good APA. Nothing special or worth seeking out again though.

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The Public Ale from DC Brau Brewing Co.
3.89 out of 5 based on 861 ratings.
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