Public Ale | Community Beer Company

Public AlePublic Ale
BA SCORE
3.71/5
139 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#26,835
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
139
pDev:
13.75%
Bros Score:
3.12
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
32
Trade:
0
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Reviews by tubeyes:
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
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 Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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

Photo of En29356
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

Photo of BKotch
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of sobchack
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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 -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SAFord
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

Photo of CRJMellor
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Sazz9
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Thanx4AllDaFish
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of buzzed
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of davidcandersson
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Westyn
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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 CraigTravor
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcdsports
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of galuskan
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ex0cellent beer all around. Make beer drinking fun.

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Public Ale from Community Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 139 ratings
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