The Public Ale | DC Brau Brewing Co.

very good
867 Ratings
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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Ratings: 867 |  Reviews: 184
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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Photo of DavidS333
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I had been wanting to try DC Brau beers for a while. I wasn't sure what kind of beer it was per se, just that it was a single DC Brau, was happy to discover that it was a pale ale, per se. Being a huge fan of pale ales of various varieties, found this to be a satisfying and semi Double/Imperial reminiscent pale ale. The alcohol content isn't really too heavy, nor is the hoppiness, but the hoppiness is quite nice.

One can really get the caramel flavor from it, especially by tasting the head per se, upon first pouring it. The hop shell taste is quite good, and lingers with the sort of hints of caramel cirtusyness after one has a drink of the beer.

The beer/ale overall isn't too heavy or syrupy per se, it has a nice sort of rich root-beer-ish color that is quite appealing, and overall I'd say that this is a great beer/ale.

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Photo of hoponit
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of timmy2b
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz cans. Had several of these cans in order to decide on my rating. Pours with a wonderful hoppy citrus scent. This is a little more on the hoppy side compared to most pale ales, but is light on the palate and easy to drink. Citrus is up front, mixes well with the light amount of caramel malt and does not linger with any undesirable flavors. Very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Aewachiw
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Kinger86
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmasher85
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Still not sure how much I like this beer. There are plenty of reviews here that seem to go back and forth over whether this is too hoppy or not enough, and I'm in the former camp. When I think of a pale ale, I think of a mild and gentle hop presence, and this Public is bitter, thickly resinous, grapefruity, and pretty heavy on the hops.

There is some nice malty presence here with a sweet, slightly rich caramel flavor, but I think that comparing this to their other IPAs, Corruption and Wings of Armageddon, this does not feature a low-enough hop bill to differentiate itself from most other American-style IPAs. Hopheads, enjoy, but those looking for a comfortable pale ale will find themselves with a comparative bitter-bomb.

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Photo of ions
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jsprain1
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drtth
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a lightly hazed dark amber color with a 1/2" light tan head that recedes fairly soon to a ring, and island of foam and a thin layer over most all of the surface. Sipping creates scattered small patches of lacing.

The aroma is full of caramel malt, a touch of grapefruit and other citrus from the hops.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the caramel malt sweetness and fruit being balanced by some grapefruit rind and bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and smooth but with some light prickly feel from the persistent carbonation. The finish is medium in length begins as the caramel sweetness moves into the background to leave the bitterness to follow on behind and create a slightly dry ending to invite another sip.

Overall this is a well put together APA that I'd be happy to have again. However, that said I'll not be going out of my way to find more simply because there are more local APAs that are as good or better and easier to find fresh.

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Photo of ShepardCommander
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jordanian2
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a can to pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, caramel, malt, and fruit.

T: Tasted of a bit of malt, light tropical fruit (mango), a good shot of caramel, hops, and a hint of pine. Not your typical APA flavor in some ways. Yes, it had a moderate to low hops presence, but the addition of caramel made it more like an amber / red ale than anything else. A surprisingly complex taste.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Definitely not your classic APA, but tweaked in a good way.

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Photo of EN27
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
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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The Public Ale from DC Brau Brewing Co.
3.89 out of 5 based on 867 ratings.
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