Friday, October 21 2011
The Public is currently the one and only beer that is being brewed and canned in Washington, DC. DC Brau began brewing on March 18th of 2011 and the first cans of The Public came off the line in late April. The Public is the first of what will likely be a nice lineup of canned offerings from DC's first commercial brewery to exist in over 50 years. Cheers!
From the DC Brau site:
"The Public™ is a delicious easy drinking pale ale made from a simple recipe of quality grain and top notch American hops. Tawny hues of caramel and amber are a trademark of the Public ale as well as a delicious spruce crispness resulting from a beautiful abundance of hops!"
Here we go...
POUR: dark auburn in color with some lighter hues when held to the light. Great looking carbonation level leading to almost an inch of off-white head. Some lacing left inside the glass.
AROMA: cotton candy, lemon peel, grapefruit juice, powdered sugar and lemon-lime Slurpee. Lots of hops coming from this Pale Ale...certainly leaning towards the IPA category it seems.
TASTE: one sip and I'm left thinking IPA. Lots of bitter, resiny hops hit the tongue and dry my mouth out. The palate is bombarded by citrus fruits and backed by light toffee and caramel flavors. As it warms a bit the floral flavors come out and mesh nicely with the sweetness that accompanies them. A very well rounded pale ale with a ton of great flavor and somehow it comes in at just 6%. Wow.
OVERALL: I'm left wondering one thing...what is DC Brau's IPA like? This is a pretty hop forward American Pale Ale that hits the higher gears when it comes to lupulin goodness. The tongue takes a good lashing but not one that will leave you moving on to something else. Nope, this is a beer you could make a night of that is for sure. Very well done. We look forward to their future canned releases!
NOTES: DC Brau plans on canning at least a couple other beers. Those that are in the works already are The Citizen (a Belgian Pale Ale) and The Corruption (an India Pale Ale).
Posted by Russ
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