Frank | Community Beer Works

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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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Photo of biegaman
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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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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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Photo of BenjyTheBold
3.99/5  rDev -2%
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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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 TheSevenDuffs
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.


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

on tap at mr. goodbar downtown buffalo. my first offering from these guys, was pumped to try it. the beer appears clear and pale orange in color, with a gorgeous white head that lasts the entire glass. the nose is interesting, may more malt happening tha i expected. its bready, but i taste some spicy rye malt i think, and maybe something even more unconventinal. spelt? hard to place i just one pint of this stuff, but there is some good grains going on in this well balanced americal pale ale. the hops are bitter, not much hop flavor in the traditional sense, but just a bitter character that really gets quite intense towards the ends. its a nice flow, where the grains entertain at first, and let the hops take over toward the end. shocked at the low abv of this, it felt much more sturdy to me, and i might have guessed in the low 6% abv range if i didnt know better. i loved the feel of this too, fuller bodied but brightly carbonated. highly sessionable as a result of those features, i would like to see this get bottled and moved around the northeast a little bit. i think it immediately fills a niche in the beer market, sort of the way switchback has done in vermont and upstate new york. its a similar kind of beer, better maybe, and with its clever malt bill deserves to be more widely appreciated.

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Photo of oberon
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 CaptCleveland
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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Photo of gabedivision
3.99/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of monkeymagic72
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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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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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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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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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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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Frank from Community Beer Works
4.07 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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