Public Ale | Community Beer Company

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Public AlePublic Ale

Brewed by:
Community Beer Company
Texas, United States

Style: English 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

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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by DavidST:
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3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of infinitebruner
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
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 StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Todd
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
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 Dface
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of En29356
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Stout_Scout
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jacobus79
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BKotch
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of sobchack
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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 brock125
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SAFord
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

Photo of Magery
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CRJMellor
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Sazz9
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Thanx4AllDaFish
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of buzzed
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of davidcandersson
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Westyn
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of awv4803
1.59/5  rDev -57.3%
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 CraigTravor
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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Public Ale from Community Beer Company
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