Public Ale by Community Beer Co Taste Test

Public Ale by Community Beer Co Taste Test

Public Ale by Community Beer Co Taste Test

Public Ale by Community Beer Co Taste Test

I don’t think that I’ve had a bad beer from Community yet, so I am excited to get Public Ale on the site.

I haven’t had a ton of ESBs or Extra Special Bitters, but I like the style based on what I’ve had.  I know that I tried the ESB from Alaskan Brewing Co, and that one is pretty good.

Here is what Community has to say about their Public Ale:

“Tasting Notes:

Fruity esters and malt greet the nose with a hint of herbal/spicy hops.  Flavor is rich, bready malt with a complex fruity ester character balanced by the moderate use of a blend of English, German and American hops.

An English-style Extra Special Bitter (ESB).  The perfect pub pint to share with your mates.  Public Ale’s name is an ode to a sessionable style that not only has been commonly found in English public houses for centuries, but can be enjoyed today by everyone within our Community.

Community Public Ale Description

Community Public Ale Description

ESB was originally brewed by the English brewery Fuller, Smith & Turner of London (Fuller’s ESB) in the mid 20th century as a winter ale.  At Community Beer Company we appreciate this timeless, quaffable beer style and will bring it to you year round as our “Public Ale.”  In reverence to the best ESB’s of England, we brew it with nearly all English ingredients: 100% English malts, a blend of English, German and American hops, our house ale English yeast strain and of course our own crystal clear, filtered water.  The subtle complexities of this beer begin with a base of 100% Maris Otter English pale malt – prized for its superior, rich, bready taste – which adds a malt complexity that is difficult to achieve with modern, higher yielding malt varieties.  English crystal malt increases the malt complexity, brings amber color and some residual sweetness, all of which mingles well with the fully expressed fruity esters developed by our house ale yeast during fermentation.  While the hops are noticeable, they are part of an integrated whole, leaving the beer very well balanced and drinkable.”

I was going to add a description of the style from CraftBeer.com, but I think that Community’s description really covers it.  Check out the link if you want more info on the style.

Community Public Ale in Glass

Community Public Ale in Glass

Public Ale pours a hazy copper color with an off white head of foam.  It’s a little darker than I was expecting.

You get the aromas of both caramel malts and bitter hops.  Those two smells are in a good balance.

The taste is bitter and crisp.  You get lots of bitter hops flavor.  I mean lots.

There are more malts in the smell than in the taste, but I did start to get more malts as I got further into my glass.  Caramel malts are definitely in there, but I also got a little bit of a bready flavor.

This is pretty much exactly what I think of when I picture a “pub beer.”  It’s really good.

If you are looking for a super crisp and refreshing beer, Public Ale is a winner.

 

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