Frank | Community Beer Works

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Community Beer Works
New York, United States
communitybeerworks.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
We start with a mellow malt base to showcase the hops against a lightly grainy sweetness. Zeus, Centennial and Zythos hops are used in the boil and again in dry hopping to maximize hop aroma and flavor. The result is a superbly drinkable Pale Ale loaded with zest, pine, and a touch of citrus.

Added by trxxpaxxs on 04-20-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
47
Reviews:
15
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
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Photo of alexkeil
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cole's

Frank pours a hazy gold with tints of orange and a nice looking white head that did stick around with nice lacing.
The smell is bitey American hops of citrus to almost tropical fruit character. The aroma is big and discernable and accessible to even those who struggle with aroma.
The taste is citrus hops of lemon, grapefruit and balanced well with tart, refreshing bitterness. The hops are prominent but not overwhelming.
This is a big APA or a smaller IPA...either way it is highly drinkable, super fresh, and makes me want to drink a lot of it (responsibly of course).

Well done Community Beer Works

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo, NY...

A: Pours a nice light cloudy gold. There is a good amount of head, for a beer poured from draft, that settles quickly. The pure white foam lingers nicely along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is serious citrus (mainly orange, some lemon, and a touch of grapefruit). I'm actually impressed by the hop character for a straight APA, but it is the first day this beer is available. So it's super fresh.

T: Starts off with a nice light sweetness. The citrus notes come on strong in the middle. It's mainly juicy orange with a touch of lemon. Really nice. The finish is more sweetness with a lingering bitter grapefruit note. Solid.

M: Light bodied beer. There is nothing outstanding about this beer. It's refreshing. There is a solid bitter finish that I'm really enjoying.

O: This is a seriously decent beer. I'm impressed by how much flavor they packed into this pale ale. It verges on IPA if you didn't know. It's nice to finally see a good beer brewed locally in Buffalo.

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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Merc7186 for the growler on the occasion of my...ahem...40th.
Pours a clear golden, slightly yellow. White head, which slowly fades. Great lacing. Smells like an IPA: resiny, with a bit of orange and grapefruit.
Taste is resiny, with some citrus rind-grapefruit and orange. Aftertaste is of bitter rind (which is a good thing). Medium body. This is a really tasty Pale Ale, which could pass as an IPA. If this were local, I'd be drinking a lot of this.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Elm Street Bakery in East Aurora.Poured a deep orange tinged golden with a thinner but well sustained bone white head atop.Borderline ipa in the nose with alot of floral,tropical fruit,and lighter pine hop aromas over top of sweet biscuit base.I love the hop flavors of the beer,very fresh and fruity,again the pine takes a backseat to the fruity hops,the sweetness is light with a bit of caramel-biscuit and holds up well to the hops. This is a great little pale ale here,these guys make some good stuff.

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Photo of jvodom
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heerboth
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler procured from the Elmwood farmer's market.

Community Beer Works half growler poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a dark orange, little bit hazy, mostly clear. One inch head, great lacing.

Smells hoppy and clean- tropical fruit, pine, lemon, some floral aromas.

Tastes include grapefruit, pineapple, pine sap, honey, lemon. Smooth, low-key lingering bitterness throughout. Insanely sessionable- no alcohol bite (of course, given the ABV), and just so drinkable.

Crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Fairly dry light-to-medium body.

One of the best hoppy beers made in Western NY. These guys are pretty damn good, and I look forward to them becoming bigger.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at cole's, served in a pint glass.

comes to me as a hazy golden, light orange color, fairly cloudy. a small white head that lingers as a ring and some patchy foam.

big aromas of citrus and pine with a touch of floral hops and maybe even a hint of resin. some cereal like grains attempt to balance out the hops.

nice taste, almost IPA like. grapefruit, lemon citrus and pine are at the forefront. a bit of resin noticable. a good amount of light graininess tries to balance things out, but this is definatly a hop forward beer. finishes with an IPA like bitterness.

medium to light in body, very good drinkability.

a very approachable, sessionable APA. they definatly didnt hold back any on the hops. this is something an expierienced beer geek could love, or even someone just getting in to craft beer. very well done CBW, im really looking forward to more of your beer!

PS finally a buffalo brewery makes a hoppy beer worth buying!!!

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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler received from excellent BA trader trxxpaxxs--big thanks!

Slightly hazy, yellow/orange elixir poured into SA glass. Thick, one-finger, white head, plenty of lacing.

Wonderful tropical fruits, some pine, but mostly orange, grapefruit, mango.

Smooth hop bitterness from front to back. Nice lingering hoppy aftertaste. Not much malt--bonus.

Well carbonated, medium body, tangy fruit.

This is an excellent session APA. A real summer thirst quencher with taste. Well done.

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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevuas
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Frank poured a pale to deep gold and showed a ample foam that dissipated into a retaining half-finger head. The aroma of Frank is pine and a tad bit of citrus. Frank is made with Zeus, Centennial, and Zythos hops. Zeus hops (of CTZ trio fame) are known for being aromatic and pleasant, and Frank certainly possesses those categories in aroma and taste. Centennial hops are another hallmark addition to American-style ales, and Frank benefits from these hops as well. Frank is rounded off by the addition of Zythos hops, which impart some tropical and citrus tones to the taste- but not a lot. More so, Frank smacks of raw hop oil resin and is a little sticky and sweet. The mouthfeel is light to medium and Frank finishes dry.

There is a distinct and recognizable quality about Frank that renders this beer highly drinkable. Frank is a blend of American-style hops but not overpoweringly so. And there is a base malt sweetness, but not ostentatiously so. There is nothing offensive about Frank; a sign of balance and blend success. Frank tastes fresh and delicious.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Premier Gourmet poured in to tulip.

A - Pale medium yellow with a thin layer of white head.

S - Bitter grapefruit and pine aromas dominate the nose. Not much of a malt presence is detectable.

T - An assertive bitterness is present up front and throughout with big grapefruit and pine flavours and a touch of peach. No malts sweetness comes through at all.

M - Light body. Light carbonation. Resiny and sticky.

4

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Frank from Community Beer Works
4.07 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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