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Texas Brew Review: Others pale next to Community’s ales

Posted 10:08am on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

For many craft-beer drinkers, their first brush with Community Beer Company was at the inaugural Untapped Festival in Dallas in September 2012. With a squadron of volunteers handing out T-shirts and signing up curious drinkers to its e-mail list, Community piqued the interest of many that day.

Now, with the fifth Paste Untapped Festival (and second to be held in Fort Worth) on March 8, it’s clear that Community has made its mark on the North Texas brewing community after somewhat inauspicious beginnings.

Community is known for its brewing acumen, starting with head brewer Jamie Fulton, who founded former Fort Worth brewpub The Covey and has earned numerous international brewing awards along the way. His expert hand is apparent in two of Community’s most hop-forward beers: Mosaic IPA and Community Pale Ale.

Mosaic has already developed a dedicated following, but the newest bottled beer, Community Pale Ale ($8 a six pack) has quickly become arguably the best pale ale in the area.

Pale ales and India pale ales (IPA) are two of the most popular styles of craft beer in the United States, satisfying our never-ending quest for bold flavors.

While IPAs have more bitterness and can be a bit off-putting to some drinkers, pale ales typically fall on the more drinkable side of the hoppy beer spectrum. Community’s iteration is a citrusy, floral beer with a small-to-moderate amount of bitterness that goes down easy. It’s bright, crisp and begs to be enjoyed two at a time.

Community has accomplished quite a bit in a short period of time, and with beers like Community Pale Ale, Mosaic IPA, and the medal-winning (and DFW.com Final Four contender) Public Ale, we’ll be seeing good things for many years to come from them.

Quick sips

•  Dates for NTX Beer Week have been announced, Oct. 31-Nov. 9. Last year, we saw a big jump in coordination and organization and this year will build on that, bringing even more events and community involvement. Visit ntxbeerweek.com and facebook.com/NTXBeerWeek for updates.

•  Tickets for the launch of the collaboration beer between the Fort Worth band Toadies and Fort Worth’s Martin House Brewing sold out in less than three minutes. Rubberneck Red, honoring the 20th anniversary re-release of the band’s famed Rubberneck album, will debut at the brewery March 16, where Toadies will play an acoustic set and the lucky 500 who pounced on tickets will get the first stab at tasting the beer. Never fear, Rubberneck Red, which is described by Martin House as having “a solid malty flavor, a bold red color and 5 percent alcohol,” will be released in four packs of 16-ounce cans shortly thereafter and will be available on draft around North Texas.

Scooter Hendon is the founder of texasbrews.org and his column appears weekly in DFW.com. If you have questions or comments, e-mail him at scooter@texasbrews.org.

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