Public Ale
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Community Beer Company
Texas, United States
Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #66
Ranked #23,593
3.71 | pDev: 13.48%
Jul 08, 2020
Oct 12, 2013
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3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Jul 08, 2020
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3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mushroomcloud from Texas

12oz canned 12/11/19. Opened 4/3/20.
1/4" off white head, retains as a thin cap. Clean, copper amber colored ale. Wispy lacing pattern.
Fruity malt and some yeasty esters. Raisin bread. Sweet caramel.
Herbal and grassy hop flavor is first, sweet malt with somewhat of a bready undertone...dark bread / bread crust.
Medium body, low to medium carbonation. A little sweet on the finish, not so much as to be distracting but it does linger.
I have a feeling that on draft this beer sings a different tune...I'll try it when the opportunity arises and report back here.
5-30-20 Raising "taste" to 3.75 on my 3rd can.

Apr 04, 2020
3.9 by Anayalator from Texas on Jul 14, 2019
3.77 by rsuarez1982 from Texas on Apr 14, 2019
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3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mjurney from Texas

Light copper, touch of haze. Medium rising bubbles. Thick creamy head. Fairly good head retention. Leaves a pretty good lacing behind.

Bready, some caramel, toffee-like, hint of brown bread, fruity esters, touch of earthy.

Bready, brown bread, bread crust, some caramel, hint of toffee. Some fruity esters, raisin. Hop bitterness is moderate, herbal-woody. Finish is mostly dry. Medium bodied, semi sticky, medium carbonation, fairly smooth.

Pretty good for English style ale.

Mar 10, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

Had this on 2019-02-27 in Grapevine, TX from a 12oz canned on 2019-01-19

A - Caramel brown with a 1.5 finger tan head and mild lace

S - Caramel, graham cracker, sweet.

T - Toasted brown bread, caramel, earthy spice, moderate bitterness. Quite tasty

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O - Plenty of malt flavor to enjoy. A nice take on an ESB.

Feb 28, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by JacobusFavier23 from Texas

L- Pours a small lacy headed beer that dissipates to a steady glass hugging head. Dark amber color is there. Nice honey look as well. Missing a more defined head but the presence so far is nice.
S- Earthy notes of fruit, such as apple, slight hoppy presence and a malty sweetness.
T- The flavor is very nice, starting with a sweet fruity touch, followed by a slight bitter bite. There are earthy notes and a well pronounced hop presence that isn't too much at all. A pleasure to sip on
F- Medium to full bodied beer.
O- A very tasty ESB. Extremely well rounded with a wonderful drinkability. It's weirdly nostalgic, as if I remember it from a pub at a simpler time. Very nice. Very much enjoyed.

Dec 29, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by gvickery from Texas

Light brown/copper, tan head. Faint, mostly malt smell. Very complex, malt, caramel, toffee, dried fruit, the 38 ibu is not overwhelming, but balances the malts perfectly. I prefer this to all UK examples I've tried.

Dec 10, 2018
3.61 by Luckydog91 from Texas on Nov 09, 2018
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3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brewerburgundy from Virginia

12oz can, wine glass, canned 5/2/18.

The color is honey graham brown and hazy. There is a welcoming layer of light brown head to greet one as this sensory experience begins.

Treacle, light diacetyl, some soft fruitiness, a trace of earthiness.

Woody, earthy hops take a bite out of the front end before layers of malty complexity arrive. Sweet layers that taste of raisins and bread pudding, and more workmanlike biscuit and peaty layers. Things are in balance here, nothing is clamoring for attention.

The body is full and balanced by active, but creamy carbonation.

This is one of the best, or at least personal favorite ESBs I’ve had. It seems to have accrued some accolades and I agree. I feel a comfort while drinking this beer, as if it reflects a desired balance.

Jun 13, 2018
3.75 by Jacobus79 from Texas on May 27, 2018
4.12 by DesertFox24 from Texas on Nov 27, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by puck1225 from Texas

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!

Nov 21, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

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

Oct 04, 2017
3.71 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Sep 06, 2017
5 by Stout_Scout from Texas on Sep 04, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Jbbdrinker from Texas

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.

Aug 23, 2017
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1.59/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
by awv4803 from Texas

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.

May 11, 2017
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3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Redrover from Wisconsin

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.

Apr 14, 2017
3.65 by sd123 from Georgia on Mar 30, 2017
4.11 by BrentMcQuirk from Texas on Mar 27, 2017
3.54 by n2pux from Texas on Mar 27, 2017
3.62 by stebbi7833 from Texas on Feb 25, 2017
3.34 by Magery from Kentucky on Jan 02, 2017
3 by Dface from Texas on Dec 11, 2016
3.15 by GarbageMan10 from Texas on Nov 25, 2016
3.41 by Lagerquestrian from Texas on Nov 24, 2016
3.46 by Pro_Magnon from Texas on Sep 24, 2016
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2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
by champ103 from Texas

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 does not seem like many have a clue what the style should be.

Sep 10, 2016
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3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by Todd from California

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).

Aug 23, 2016
4.44 by cmbeddoe7997 from Texas on Aug 19, 2016
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3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by zeff80 from Missouri

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden burgundy color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass. It smelled of caramel, bread crust and grasses. Sweet roasted malt taste with toffee and a subtle spicy bitterness.

Aug 12, 2016
4.5 by Bryan12345 from Texas on Jul 31, 2016
4.06 by acashk from Texas on Jul 30, 2016
3.74 by DavidST from Texas on Jun 24, 2016
3.5 by archero from Texas on May 28, 2016
3.71 by aufie from Texas on May 26, 2016
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3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by 60sFolks from Texas

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.

May 23, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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...

May 16, 2016
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