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Frank | Community Beer Works

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

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

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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured at mr goodbar a few weeks after the CBW launch.

Frank pours a clear, effervescent golden yellow with no sediment and a quickly fading white head. There is a little lacing, but the head falls flat far to quickly. The nose is almost nonexistent when cold, but fresh, resiny hops cut through the beer's taste and mouthfeel. As the beer warms it becomes sweeter smelling and the hops become more pronounced. The aftertaste is a mouth-puckering bitter grapefruit rind. The nose eventually picks up some light notes of citrus.
This is a very drinkable beer and I appreciate the fact that it's under 5% abv. However, it would be far less drinkable if I didn't have a palate seasoned for drinking strong DIPAs. This beer is definitely worth the $5/pint and I would drink it again in the future.

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3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty stuff, at Cole’s, it is sessionable. The aroma is a little hop, a little malt and some funk. First malty, then the hops in the back end. Medium golden with lace sheet. A good bitterness, full mouthfeel. A smooth drinker. The only way it can be better is to be even lower abv so that I can have it occasional lunch.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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3.92/5  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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3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap @the monk

A- A slightly hazy golden yellow/orange, 1/4 inch head that thins fast and leaves a nice residue lacing.

S- Big piny hop aroma, juicy orange/grapefruit citrus burst, mixed with a dank, sticky bud. Big and bold hop presence no doubt.

T- Piny, grapefruit, tart lemons, extreme asprin-y bitter.

M- Light bodied, moderate carbonation, way to bitter and not in a good hoppy bitter way, bitter in like a chewing on the rind of an orange or a grapefruit, way to overwhelming.

O- Awesomly hoppy pale ale to say the least, but lack of any malt and the feeling of chewing on a bayer asprin kinda off the mood for me a tad. All in all its a good pale ale.

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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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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.


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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Frank from Community Beer Works
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 48 ratings
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