The Public Ale | DC Brau Brewing Co.

very good
183 Reviews
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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Photo of localone703
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pale ale is closer to an IPA in hoppiness. It has a woodsy/sap and citrus hop taste. It reminds me of Dales Pale Ale before it got all watered down.

This is a great pale ale to be proud of if you are a local like me. PROUD. Good bitterness on the finish too.

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Photo of starrdogg
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on draft a week ago, but didn't take notes. This is my first crack at a can of it.

A: Pours a light amber/orange with a fluffy white head. This one foamed up big-time right out of the can.

S: It's got a very nice floral hoppy aroma with some hints of citrus in there, smells much hoppier than your average pale ale.

T: Hops are definitely the primary flavor here. It's very hop-forward for a pale ale, as hoppy as many IPAs. It's got a bit of maltiness to it as well, but that flavor lingers in the background merely supporting the hops. The flavor isn't particularly complex, but it's quite nice and easy to drink. Not much sweetness going on here, definitely more on the bitter side.

M: It's a very light-bodied beer, which works just fine here.

O: I'd say this is a very impressive first effort from a brewery I've been excited about for months leading up to this release. This beer isn't incredible by any means, but it's a very nice, drinkable, hoppy pale ale that will make a nice go-to beer all summer long. I can't wait to try their IPA (coming in May), after seeing how hoppy their Pale Ale is.

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Photo of DCBenny
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer, if not a little generic. VERY fresh, as I read it was only canned a few weeks ago. Always nice to have that sort of thing going for you.

The taste is hoppy and flowery and pretty strong. It's VERY drinkable, which is great. I am very excited to have more beers from the DC area coming out like this one. It's a great start for DC Brau.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at Pizzeria Paradiso the Monday after their Friday release party. Sat down at the bar next to some other sap, and after grabbing one of these, saw that we were both drinking the same thing. Since there's so much buzz about the beer, we started talking about it.

All the while, our glasses slowly shrunk and before we could order more, the keg was tapped. I feel like this is a perfect anecdote to describe DC Brau. Just as easy to enjoy as it is easy to slip into the background. It won't jump out of the glass and bite ya, but it's not dishwater either. Nice healthy hop character with a bit of citrus. Just enough to keep you interested long enough to find the kegs of it are all tapped out. I think this'll be the case as long as this beer establishing itself. Establish away, sirs. Can't wait to drink it from the can.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico in Alexandria. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a nice orange color with a thick white head and some good spotty lacing as it makes its way down the glass. The nose is pretty hoppy with a bit of a malt undertone, though not too much of the latter. A good bit of pine, floral, and citrus hops. Cornucopia of possibilities right there, my friend. The flavor is along the same lines. Not too hoppy, but not too much malt, either. Really nice and drinkable. "Balanced" in the sense that it contained hops and malt, but the latter was more just a base helping out the mouthfeel than providing much flavor or sweetness. Good bitterness in the finish. Fairly light body. Really solid; can't wait for the cans of this to hit the market.

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Photo of Jaynuze
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Also tried a pint at Meridian Pint on 04/15/11. Poured nicely with a nice thick head. Head retention was pretty good, which allowed a nice belgian lace to form along the side of my shaker pint.
S: Aroma was pleasant though did wane after a few sips
T: Solid PA with a nice hop kick to it
M: very well balanced malt and hop ratio (though it was a bit hop heavy for a Pale)
O: A very good beer for their inaugural. Very exciting to have a local DC brewery that will distribute ... interested in seeing the rest of DCB's portfolio over the next few months. Also looking forward to see how this tastes from the can as the draft is unfiltered while the cans will not be.

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Photo of Lunch
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Meridian Pint during opening night of DC Brau's release. The name of this brewery give me a good laugh as I picture some jackass wearing a straw trucker hat and the required pastel polo shirt and plaid shorts...but let's give their beer a try.

Served in a pint glass this one appears just like any standard APA as it is a golden light amber with a decent frothy off-white head. Smells fresh and quite hoppy with some citrus notes and pine. Not terribly complex, but nice. Taste is identical, but some malt shows itself. Body is thinner than I imagined and this is a very drinkable beverage.

An above average APA that I could certainly drink a lot of, but nothing special.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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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