Public Ale | Community Beer Company

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80
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135 Ratings
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Public AlePublic Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Community Beer Company
Texas, United States
communitybeer.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Heretic42 on 10-12-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
135
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
16.23%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of awv4803
1.59/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I have loved many beers from Community, but this one is a true stinker. Not good at all.

They say it's an ESB, but you can throw that right out the window. It resembles no ESB I've ever had, or at least not one I would drink again. If you have to have a Texas ESB, you'd be much better served by London Homesick.

Instead, this kind of tastes like Newcastle, though I would honestly prefer a Newcastle. That's the level of disappointment.

Don't judge Community on this one beer. Just do yourself a favor and instead pick up the Mosaic IPA. You'll be much happier.

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Photo of Redrover
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had the Community Public Ale ESB at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth.

It was served in a pint glass and the beer is a dark copper with a clingy beige head.

It has an aroma of grains and something sweet like brown sugar.

This is malt forward with caramel and toffee notes. The hops are evident in the back end and they are floral in nature.

Beer has almost too much carbonation but that is the only thing I would tweak as this is a nice take on the style.

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Photo of sd123
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of n2pux
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stebbi7833
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Magery
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dface
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JustinSparks
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of champ103
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours dull amber color with a minimal bubbly white head. Then recedes to nothing with no lace. Looks pretty lifeless.
S: Grainy, biscuit malts. With a leafy and earthy bitterness. That is it. Pretty average, with not a lot of depth.
T: Like the nose just grainy biscuit malts. Watery with a leafy and earthy bitterness. No malt complexity, no fruity esters, just kind of sub standard and mundane. I wish I got some of the apple/pear/cider quality others noted, cause I very much enjoy that in a bitter. Though I did not get any of that.
M/O: A light body, high carbonation. Though watery, and really thin. Really not digging this. No depth of character to me, and just blah. Does not hit much for style points either.

Man, I wish there was a good ESB, or regular English Bitter for that matter that is Texas made. I am tiered of basically light ambers with no malt depth. Just plain watered down grains, and no esters to speak of. Maybe they should at least try something from Fuller's? You know just so they can have a frame of reference...it does not seem like many have a clue what the style should be.

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Photo of Todd
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bubblegum, Bitter, Fruity, Estery

Public Ale is slightly hazy amber with a thin lacing. Bubblegum dominates the aroma, but it dissipates as the beer warms, allowing some fruity and malty notes to pull through. Creamy and a bit sharp on the palate. This ESB has a light bitterness that's a bit leafy and grassy. Fruity, estery, with ripe apples and spicy and herbal notes along with a tea-like quality. Layers of malt underneath bring a toasty and caramel sweetness. Dry, bubblegum finish. Unfortunately, there’s too much haze and the bubblegum is over-the-top.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #115 (August 2016).

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.44/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zeff80
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acashk
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DavidST
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aufie
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 60sFolks
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The most drinkable beer in my local area. Fresh, it transports me to a proper pub in Wales. Rich flavor and color. Worth a few pints.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not enough good esb out there, especially made in the states here. i was obviously more stoked on this than everyone else appears to have been. i think its an excellent example of the style, flavorful for sure, but also mild enough to consume a ton of it. on tap at the brewery, it pours a nice and heady foamy brassy color, but through the plastic cup they put it in, its hard to comment much further on the way it looks. the nose is great though, maris otter malt, maybe some english crystal, and then a whole bunch of straw-like grassy bitter hops that smell like late summer. some sweetness, lighter than caramel though, and with an english sort of dusty property to it starts off the flavor, but hops meet grain well before the middle of this, more hoppy in terms of taste than is common, not overpowering, but grassy and leafy and fresh, a neat contrast with the malt. bitterness is only moderate much to my surprise, and the whole thing is dry and gone in an instant, aided by aggressive carbonation well beyond what the english would do with a beer like this. i like that feature, especially in the context of a hot texas late spring afternoon. helps the refreshment factor. i know not a lot of people are going to get overly jazzed about a classic esb, but i liked this one a lot and think its a bit underrated here on BA...

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Patrickt22
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Public Ale from Community Beer Company
3.45 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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