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Public Ale | Community Beer Company

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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

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Added by Heretic42 on 10-12-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,647
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
141
pDev:
13.75%
Bros Score:
3.12
 
 
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4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puck1225
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Cloudy organs brow. Nice initial head and decent lacin. Pleasant spicy sweet smell. Very nice herbal and spice taste. Good balance of bitterness with the spicy sweet. Enjoyed it!

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am having Public Ale an English-Style Extra Special Bitter from Community, Dallas, TX, ABV 5.50%, IBU 38 according to the bottle. It is the first time I am having an ESB so I may not be the best judge on how they are supposed to taste, but I really like it.

Look: Copper color with a thin white head

Aroma: sweet malty aroma

Taste: Some sweetness and maltiness, crackers, caramel, and some barely noticeable fruitiness, maybe grapefruit or apple, as well as modest bitterness.

Feel: medium body, dry

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stout_Scout
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jbbdrinker
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark copper with a spiced malt smell. Even poured recklessly, just a thin head forms and very quickly fades. Resinous and fruity up front with a roasted, buiscuit like finish. The full flavored body is quite dry and bitter. The color and roasted sweetness is a little like a cross between a brown ale and a marzen.

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Photo of awv4803
1.59/5  rDev -57.1%
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 +3.5%
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 -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of n2pux
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stebbi7833
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Magery
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dface
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of champ103
2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
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 -15.9%
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 +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zeff80
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bryan12345
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acashk
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DavidST
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Public Ale from Community Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 141 ratings
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