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The Public Ale | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.87/5
Very Good
875 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:
#9,007
Reviews:
185
Ratings:
875
pDev:
10.59%
Bros Score:
4.06
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
163
Trade:
2
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 875 |  Reviews: 185
Photo of mmoriarty
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsprain1
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drtth
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jordanian2
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 RyanTheLion13
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of galipscomb
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SweetChicken
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thonhazz
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Barbican
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of thebeers
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Darker than many APAs, it has a clear amber color with a moderate white head that leaves behind solid lacing. Mango and pine hops stand out in the nose, carrying over to the taste. It's moderately bitter on the backend, and as the color suggests, has a fair amount of caramel malt sweetness coming through as well. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Solid beer.

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Photo of Ssippisam
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jason_cs
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of garyloveman
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of CCutch
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rizzy17
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

The Public Ale from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 875 ratings
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