The Public Ale | DC Brau Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
860 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:
860
Reviews:
183
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
154
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 860 |  Reviews: 183
Photo of swfeidt
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcel371
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcotom
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cambabeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spending some time in DC this summer and trying to get around some of the local brews. I picked this up along with a six of "The Corruption," DC Brau's IPA. I don't ever really use my reviews to compare two beers, but this time it seemed really necessary. I feel that far too often, especially when trying out a new brewery, we (a lot of us anyway) skip right past their pale ale and reach for the IPA, figuring that it's a better flagship type representation of the brewery. This beer is right when that assumption could be wrong. When compared to their IPA, DC Brau is pulling off a lot more in my opinion with this beer. The Corruption is somewhat one dimensional, the malt doesn't seem to work with the hops as well (in that their overpowered), it's only .5% higher in ABV, yet the alcohol is perceived much more.

I actually think that this beer is underrated on here. This is one of the better, more complex pale ales I've had in a while. I'd drink this any day of the week. Both the malt and hops contribute to a bitter backbone that is balanced out by some floral almost honey caramel sweetness and a little grapefruit in the end.

I'll pick up more of this.

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Photo of speedvagen
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of cjohns73
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickyDee21
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of thewilliamhart
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LloydDobler
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtk21351
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skillet
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

12 oz can. Pours clean amber, finger off white head, good retention with a little lace. Combo of caramel malt and tropical fruit aroma. Taste starts off on the sweet malty side, but piney hops balance it fairly well. Very clean taste, dry finish. Medium slick mouthfeel. Very good pale ale, on the malty side but delish.

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Photo of ebeemer
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kevintaraross
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DuaneL
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very much like Dale's Pale Ale! De lish!! -- Had on tap at Paleo in DC -- actually better on tap.

Yes in the bottle it is not as good, so I'll have to knock rating down -- has a harsh aftertaste. Head does stick around nicely.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pjmlechl
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbeervt
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spw109
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dar482
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a comes in a medium to deep amber. Looks almost like amber ale than a pale.

The aroma hits of lots of biscuity malt, huge caramel sweetness, light grassy hops.

The flavor follows with caramel, rich sweet whole grain bready sweetness, a sweet roll, hints of floral, but as that sweetness subsides, medium minus bitterness comes through with a herbal, tea flavors and light earthy bitterness.

Despite being 2 months old, the beer is wholly bready in flavor, while drinking quite balanced as an American Pale Ale. The hop flavors and bitterness helps, but it is a fully malt forward pale ale.

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The Public Ale from DC Brau Brewing Co.
3.89 out of 5 based on 860 ratings.
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