Frank | Community Beer Works

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3.98 w/ 48 ratings

Brewed by:
Community Beer Works
New York, United States

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.

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3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Grassy and straw tones are the most abundant here. Airy with a nice bite. Carbonation is quite aggressive, but that's the only drawback. This would be a good food beer against a rustic and hearty salad.

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3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

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

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3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kwjd
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Unlike many pale ales, Frank is literally pale. Bright and spotlessly clear, school bus yellow in colour, you'd be hard pressed to find a more approachable looking beer. The soapy head (well lathered given the growler's long car ride) and sticky lace lead me to believe it's as well made as it looks agreeable.

Zeus, Centennial and Zythos isn't exactly a household blend but it makes for a rather familiar bouquet that provides enough citrus and pine notes to get the attention of any hophead. Although relatively soft and if anything a little understated, that hoppiness defines the aroma by virtue of really being the only game in town.

Each mouthfull is like a stroll through botanical gardens. Or maybe an orchard. Or maybe boreal forest. This particular trio makes for a delightful, balanced hop profile that keeps things light. Indeed, care has been given so as *not* to overload the palate with pithy or pungent bitterness.

Frank is what the kids call "crushable". Hop flavour is dominant - IBUs and alcohol are not. And any elements of pale, bready maltiness play second fiddle, though, in fairness, it's not the hops that give this beer its body; the hops aren't what leave you feeling so satiated after a pint.

If beers like Frank are any indication, Community Beer Works are perfect neighbors. Basically, it's an everyday beer Buffalonians can be proud of and is exactly the thing to drink after work, or while watching a Bills or Sabres game, or relaxing by a lake in the summer, or after a long drive down the I-90, or whatever else it is those funny talking, "hard A" accentuating people get up to.

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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevuas
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of heerboth
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenjyTheBold
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Sweetness 7 cafe on the corner of Grant-Ferry. Pretty Drinkable. Some piney elements, to my taste, reasonably complex. I prefer a beer with a larger mouth feel, but it's not thin at all and the feel fits the beer well. Small head with some lacing.
Overall, buying local isn't a bad option for Buffalonians.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.4/5  rDev -14.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Frank from Community Beer Works
Beer rating: 83.3% out of 100 with 48 ratings
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