Public Ale | Community Beer Company

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Public AlePublic Ale

Brewed by:
Community Beer Company
Texas, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Redrover
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
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 champ103
2.76/5  rDev -22.7%
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 does not seem like many have a clue what the style should be.

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Photo of Todd
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
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 StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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 mamaraza
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one while standing in line for Aerosmith tickets.

Pretty smooth going down but I got a bit too much acidity in the finish.

Not quite there yet boys but a decent effort.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Trying to be as fair as possible. I don't think ESBs are quite my style. It reminds me of the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale I had. Oakiness, a bit of booziness, with a malty, bready backbone. Nice medium bronze/amber color. Texture/mouthfeel is light and slick. Again, not to my liking, but certainly fair for the style. Overall, very decent, and certainly recommended for ESB fans.

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Photo of ranger7
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: golden and clear. Good head.
Smell: Typical ESB, which is good.
Taste: Very nice. Balanced and sweet. Reminds me of the prime example of this style; Fuller's ESB.
Feel: Smooth and slick.
Overall: Pretty spot-on, in my opinion. A great American attempt at the style. Would drink again.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

June 5, 2015

12 oz bottle, English dimpled pint

A – Very deep amber nearing light brown. Some sediment haze, depending on how much yeast is poured (I poured way too much). An inch of off white foam with very low retention.

S – Caramel and sweet apples, perhaps some pear. Bready malt with a touch of spice. Some toffee. Herbal hops, not very strong.

T – Bread crust and light caramel. Somewhat similar to a thick carbonated cider. Very low hop flavor, maybe a bit herbal.

M – Moderately carbonated and fairly thick bodied. Again, like an unfiltered cider. Way too much sediment, yeast, makes it chunky, unfortunately.

O – Better than the sum of its parts, but highly flawed, especially the mouthfeel and lack of bitterness.

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Photo of Premo88
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

L: murky orange, minimal head of beige foam, about 1/4-inch ... very cloudy brew; looks nothing like anything I've seen from the English pale ale family, ESB included

S: caramel ... caramely grain/sour grain; earth/dirt; slight butteriness

T: caramel, grain, earth hops ... following the nose very closely; buttery; tasting much more like an English brown, which isn't a bad thing; as we get into it, the butter note helps mask the caramel, and it takes on a UK brown ale flavor -- the dirt-hop bite here is helping a lot

F: full, carbonated well, perhaps a bit slick (big stout slick)

O: the lack of any bread-malt in the aroma or flavor is a big disappointment, but the earthy hop bitterness is nice and does have a good UK-ale taste to it; the buttery flavor is also English brown ale-like (Newcastle especially), and the more you get into the pint, the more UK character you find. overall, it's a decent shot at a style no American brewery seems able to nail down, so big E for effort

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Cloudy peach colored pour with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has toast and bready malt with a hint of sweetness. Taste has a strong toast flavor upfront backed by grainy malt. Can also some light tropical fruit. Pretty well balanced beer. Medium bodied.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall dark fruit tones and mellow aftertaste is what's memorable about this beer. Slight caramel and toffee notes and a smooth texture. Not very toasty or bitter, more of a full bodied amber beer that tastes juicy and somewhat rich. To me it taste more like an Alt than an ESB but truely a well crafted beer and worth a try.

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Photo of sobchack
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy caramel appearance with little head retention

S: Toasty, malty up front, burnt sugar, fruity

T: In line with smell. Malty, bread-like, tropical fruit on finish. Great balance.

M: Velvety, medium body

O: Respite for the hop-weary, but avoids the weightiness of a malt bomb. Yeast gives it a great fruitiness that begs for another sip and makes it very drinkable. Well done.

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Photo of Domvan
4.63/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is truly a masterpiece, a full bodied and crisp ESB that has a nice aftertaste of dark fruit and is just a refreshing brew. A definitely great beer worth trying for all types of drinkers.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice walnut-colored beer, with a head that starts initially nice but fades quickly. The aroma offers some good biscuit malt scents, with a dusting of hops. On taste, the malt is a bit grainier, though with good caramel characteristics. Bitterness is moderate at best though, and there's not too much hop flavor.

Drinkable enough, but not something to seek out.

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Public Ale from Community Beer Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 134 ratings.
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