The Public Ale | DC Brau Brewing Co.

The Public AleThe Public Ale
BA SCORE
3.87/5
871 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:
#8,460
Reviews:
185
Ratings:
871
pDev:
10.59%
Bros Score:
4.06
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
159
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 871 |  Reviews: 185
Photo of wisegreensoul
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spoony
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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 +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Hopfenpeter
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of informaticsDoc
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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 -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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 +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of meganonymous
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -4.4%
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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Photo of StoutSnob40
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of edthehead
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of swfeidt
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcel371
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of cambabeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of cjohns73
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickyDee21
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Public Ale from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 871 ratings
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