The Public Ale | DC Brau Brewing Co.

The Public AleThe Public Ale
BA SCORE
73.2%
Liked This Beer
3.87 w/ 870 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
Ranking:
#8,275
Reviews:
184
Ratings:
870
Liked:
637
Avg:
3.87/5
pDev:
10.59%
Alströms:
4.06
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
157
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 870 |  Reviews: 184
Photo of AlexFields
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imbibehour
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally get a chance to try this in the can, pouring into a tulip glass as recommended by instructions on said can. Brought right from the brewery premises.

Tight creamy foam comes right out of the can, not gushing, but ready to play. Hits the glass nicely and forms very evenly with the tiniest of bubbles. Body is a great orb cloudy but not as dull on tap opaqueness orange amber. A great glowing orange orb beauty. In my opinion this looks better than on tap.

Bouquet is virtually identical, but there's a little bit more bread punch, to go along with the wet minor hop bent and maltyness.

Taste is a carbon copy of it's on tap brother, orange citrus, hop bent, light malt feel is a bit more wet though and feels considerably more light bodied. A little steely also, perhaps a hint of ferrousness, but nothing extremely noticeable or off putting.

Overall still a great beer to be had for people of DC.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glad I finally got hold of some single cans from DC Brau so I can try their standard lineup.

Clear amber on the pour with a creme head. Flavor has a nice bitterness that seems to lean into amber territory just a bit. At least that's my opinion. Pine and leafy tones are mostly there. Kind of a sipper really.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, almost opaque, copper coloring with a fluffy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of rich caramel, subtle pepper spice, and a solid blast of tropical fruit sweetness. Flavors are roasted caramel sweet forward, with peppery and slightly piney hops characteristics following shortly thereafter. Solid blend of mango, pineapple, and melon provide a lighter sweetness as the beer crosses the palate. Roasted undertones, with and solid malt backbone. The body is smooth and full, with a slightly bitter and richly sweet balance in the aftertaste. Smooth, slick finish with a lingering caramel and piney blend eventually cleaned up by the dryness. Decent brew.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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!

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Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Dicers
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for his surprise visit to my job with this and other beers for me. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus and hops. Taste is the same, lots of hops up front, some citrus flavors. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is amber with some haze, low carbonation some lacing thin head.

Aroma fades quickly but initially it is quite hoppy, piny.

Beer is medium to thin bodies on the front with a strong hop finish. Pretty bitter. Dry on the end, lingering bitterness. Decent apa, I would have it again. Overall it's a good beer though.

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Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of stevoj
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can picked up in DC. Pleasantly surprised, nice crisp, tart pale ale. Clear golden, white airy head, hoppy nose. Clean and dry, very drinkable. Excellent accompaniment to some food.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tobelerone
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can, pours a hazy dark orange with a solid, cream colored head of great retention. Exceptional lacing. Excellent hoppy aroma with floral and citrus notes and a light dry maltiness.

The flavor is definately at an IPA-level of hoppiness, with floral, citrus, and grass notes, but also a strong and slightly over-assertive bitterness that detracts a little from these tasty subtleties. Again the malt is of a dry and crackery nature.

Medium to slightly light bodied with strong carbonation. Not bad, but a smudge too close to fizzy for my taste. Very long and lingering, bitterly hoppy aftertaste remains.

Nice enough, just a little too bitter for a beer that's not even an Ipa. Super dry and a little unbalanced for me. Looking forward to trying more by this brewer, though.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Very average pale, wasn't blown away. Made my way to go out and get this when I heard some were left behind after EBF because DC Brau is not distributed in MA, but this was underwhelming.

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Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Single 12 ounce can brought to Orange County. The side of the can has a "Did You Know?" regarding the D.C., encouraging me to think beyond the beer .But because this is a beer website, on to the beer:

This reddish amber beer could be mistaken as an amber ale. Fair head retention on top, several streaks of lacing clinging to the glass. The aroma is a smorgasbord of fruit! Fruit punch, orange, mango, pineapple, and just for laughs, toasted sugar. It smells like the Arrogant Bastard's bastard cousin. The Public Ale doesn't stop there though; a delicious ale that is also easy to drink and featuring specifics like toasted malt and sugar, pine, pineapple, and passionfruit. This is not your run of the mill Cascade pale ale. The beer has a full body, somewhat creamy, and gently carbonated.

If this beer were the public ale, that would be one hell of a baseline to start at. Impressive!

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The Public Ale from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 73.2% out of 100 with 870 ratings
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