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Solar Abyss - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 173
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 27
Gots: 18 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co. visit their website
District of Columbia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: frickprick on 02-15-2014

Single-hopped Mosaic imperial IPA.
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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 173
Photo of Todd
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Fruity, Hoppy, Citrusy, Piney

Solar Abyss drops quite cloudy out of the can; orange-amber with a thin, creamy lace. Expect a big fruity, citrusy, and piney Mosaic hop aroma. Super creamy and medium-bodied with a malty sweet base it hides its booziness well in the fresh fruity, juicy, piney, resiny and earthy hop profile. A slight oiliness coats the palate and carries all of this into a long and flavorful hoppy linger. Quite the journey, but I wish this one looked as delicious as it tasted.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #103 (August 2015). (553 characters)

Photo of AllDayIPA23
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An extra from a trade recently. Never had anything from DC Brau before. All in all this was an above-average imperial IPA. I enjoyed Solar Abyss, but nothing about it made me wish I had more.
Copper/hazy appearance, with minimal head ((from other reviews, I am assuming this is due to the canned date.
Strong mosaic nose. Like everyone is saying, lots of onion. Nose reminds me of recent Stone Enjoy By bottles.
Pretty darn malty with a hint of citrus. Mosaic hops are present and done well. Abv is hidden relatively well.
Mouth feel has average carbonation and needs a bit heavier body, in my opinion.
A good beer for being and extra in a trade. Would like to try other offerings from this brewery. (704 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This review is being posted late, but was assembled after enjoying a fresh can born on 6/26/15 and shipped with love -- thank you my DC connection!

Pours a loosely hazy orange-amber under a foamy/bubbly off white head kissed with sunshine. Retention isn't great, but lacing is compelling with open suds and sticky sheets on an IPA glass.

The nose almost rings with floral essences and orange colored fruits--mango, melon, and a squeeze of cara cara. The evergreen is there, but much more a player in the mid-gulp taste than the scent. I almost smell cranberries in the cool breeze of burying my nose in the glass...

There's an almost fruity sweetness right up front; and I don't get the burst of chewy pine until after there's been a bitter, citrus-spraed dance of papaya and tropical notes and peaches. The showcase for the Mosaic is really remarkable, though I wish I had some more malt strength to round it out. It is balanced out by an almost nutty aftertaste at the end that I do really like.

The feel is driven by above average carbonation and some astringency, and is just a little thin on the tongue. But it does linger nicely without being too oily or boozy. To me, it's the brew's finest attribute.

Overall, I'm thrilled to experience what DC Brau does with Mosaic here. I know the intent is not to create the big beast that is OTWOA... but I do wish for more malt. Perhaps it would have flattened out the lively hops, though. So I'm not complaining. A word of caution--this brew must be consumed fresh and quickly, even in well-minded cans. It's fragile; if you haven't consumed all of your last batch, you've already waited too long. Don't let a gangly funk eclipse this supernova. Quaff! (1,705 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a just-slightly hazy deep-gold, copper...almost amber. 1/2" white head that recedes somewhat quickly. Retention & lacing are both minimal.

S: Holy moly, massive grapefruit with a delightful slight-funk. Some grassy notes wrapped in spicy citrus zest with a bitter note underneath. Not subtle at all, brutally amazing!

T: Comes on with a faint hit of doughy malt followed immediately by HUGE grapefruit with more of that citrus zest in tow. Mid palate becomes increasingly bitter & spicy, black pepper, maybe nutmeg. The finish is a return to the juicy grapefruit quality balanced perfectly against a pretty darn oily bitterness.

M: Moderate carb married to a light but decidedly malty body. It's a bit slick & quite refreshing.

O: Absolutely stunning! One of the very best Mosaic single-hop brews to have passed my lips. (879 characters)

Photo of apasternak
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very different than their flagship OTWOA, this DIPA was less malty and more floral. The hops provided more citrus and hid the 10% ABV very well. I wish they would make this more than 1x per year (194 characters)

Photo of scbeerman
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Hazy, dull orange with ok head retention - not a standout here.
Smell is classic Mosaic - green onion galore, maybe a little fruitiness somewhere in there.
Taste is very similar to the smell. Green onions, a little orange juice flavor, some malt sweetness but not enough to balance out the overwhelming mosaic flavor. Still good though
Mouthfeel is pretty much average for a big DIPA.
Overall, this one is a Mosaic green onion bomb. Tastes almost exactly like Ballast Point Grunion in every aspect - uncanny. I like Mosaic, but this isn't the best use of it I've seen. (591 characters)

Photo of caffeineTX
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 6/27/15 poured into a Sam Adams Better Beer glass

Pours cloudy orange with a good 1 inch white head

Nose has an over powering garlic/onion aroma

Taste is light onion with some mosaic pushing forward citrus/pine notes. This beer has a great malt/hops balance for a DIPA.

Mouth feel is a little thin, not what I would expect from a DIPA that looks this cloudy.

Overall this is a very solid DIPA and I hope I can revisit this in the future with a batch that is a little more fresh. (494 characters)

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large creamy off white head. Color is a golden orange.

Flavor is dank and weedy. Has some onion flavor as well. Very hop resiny and sticky. Dank would be a word word descriptor for this beer.

Hides it's abv fairly well. Has a somewhat decent malt backbone. Pretty solid dipa.

If the can didn't say mosaic on it, I don't know if I would have gathered that. I didn't get the tropical citrus flavors out of it like others did. (428 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice fluffy white head that dissipates a bit quickly for my tastes. The beer itself is a beautiful hue of an orange pale amber that is clear. The look is very good and surprisingly light colored for a Double IPA.

The beer smell is hop forward and very good. The beer smell has a nice heavy sweet bitterness to it. The notes seem to be mainly tropical ones in the form of orange and pineapple. There is also a tiny bit of malt sweetness but it gets lost in the hops.

The beer taste is very hop forward and unashamed about it. While there seems to be a light malt sweetness to keep things from getting hoppy and bitter, the hops definitely dominate this brew. The hop notes seem to be more of a strong pineapple flavor with a bit of orange to it. It's definitely tropical with a bit of a pine note. However, there is also seems to be a small alcohol note that comes and goes.

The feel is very good and fantastic. The body is smooth with a very nice fluffy carbonation that lightens up the body. The body is medium heavy but feels lighter.

Overall, DC Brau has certainly proven itself to be adept at creating hop forward IPAs with a light malt presence and this beer is no exception. While similar to its other beers, this one definitely stands out as a good and easy to drink DIPA. (1,300 characters)

Photo of Eziel
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very tasty DIPA. I personally love the high ABV hop bombs like this and I think the fruity Mosaic hops work great. Standard appearance, great nose, not super thick. Overall, I think this is top notch. (205 characters)

Photo of Dave_Treat
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent variation of OTWOA. The mosaic hop jumps right out in both smell and taste. Citrus first, followed by a slight earth flavor, I've seen some say am onion flavor. Not in a bad way, just the back end bitterness of the mosaic. (233 characters)

Photo of KSOZE
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is wonderful, but the taste is missing something (definitely has the tropical/citrus standard of Mosaic hops) and has a bit of off-putting booziness to it. The mouthfeel is underwhelming as it is slick and oily. (217 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer explodes out of the glass of classic Mosaic as I was able to guess the hop before looking at the can.

The beer pops of citrus, tropical, melon, grapefruit, a medium bready sweetness in the middle, along with some herbaceous and dank bittering on the back. The alcohol is very well masked for a 10% DIPA. (313 characters)

Photo of antoines15
3/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very cloudy in the glass, not much head at all. The nose is all mosaic in the first half and then gets a bit oniony? Is that a word? Oniony? Taste is too malty for me. I suppose that's just personal preference, but just know that it has a moderately heavy malt presence. Mouthfeel is on par for a DIPA, but there's that onion again. I can't imagine how some beers (including this one) have such high ratings. A 4.38? Really? It's an average beer. 3 stars. (455 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz fresh can into a pilsner glass. Pours a golden yellow orange with a full finger of fluffy white head. Smells of orangr, melon and grapefruit with a lot of hops. Tastes like a wet hopped IPA but loaded with citrus. Still bitter but buried. Clean and crisp. Easy to drink. Solid. (289 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rusty orange look. This beer has a nice malty hop smell, with sweet citrus notes also. The taste is of big citrus hops, mostly tropical flavors. A great offering. (167 characters)

Photo of BuccoFan
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is of nearly the same cloudy, yellowish hue that marks the Wings. Strong pine for the aroma, as expected. Feel is not as full bodied as I expected, but it is not weak either. Taste is pretty much piney, hoppy goodness that I think once marked the Wings, before it changed. Very happy I was able to get a six pack. (318 characters)

Photo of mozif
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great offering from dc brau and definitely one of the best ipas from the dc region. Unsure if it tops otwoa when it was at its peak. Amazing nose full of citrus fruit, pine, and dank. It hides the abv very very well. The malt is balanced but still a bit prevelant for my taste. I wonder what a citra equivalent would taste like. Definitely worth seeking out if you're a hop head. (379 characters)

Photo of ctjoumas
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a little darker and cloudier than expected, but only because I was expecting a citrusy clear look. Thick foamy head and smell is very citrusy. Fairly effervescent mouthfeel and grapefruit, almost with a touch of lemon, that coats your mouth and hangs around a bit...but in a good way. Very drying after affect but still holds the citrus flavor. Definitely a great ipa. (374 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Orange body with a hint of cloudiness to it. Foamy head that settles quickly and leaves a thin layer of bubbles. Aroma is big on citrus; orange, grapefruit, a dash of onion. Flavor is very similar, lots of citrus, lots of orange and grapefruit with a hint of a toasty malt bill to balance it out. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, medium carbonation. This is a solid beer that is big on flavor and body. Not sure if this is the best example of the mosaic hop variety, but it's worth a try. (489 characters)

Photo of brpendergast85
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Juicy, cloudy, East-coast IPA, but with an assertive and somewhat bitter malt backbone. This is extremely deceptive for 10 percent, even more so than OTWOA. Holds up really well even a month plus after canning. In fact, I think I prefer this one with a week or two on it. (271 characters)

Photo of fjoe
4.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

DC Brau knocked this one out of the park! This a great beer that show cases the mosaic hops; full of citrus, and tropical flavors.

So glad I scored a case of this! (164 characters)

Photo of oskinker
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As a big fan of OTWOA, I was really excited they canned this. It's basically wings with Mosaic hops, a personal favorite of mine. Cool looking can for what it's worth. Pours a deep golden/orange, smells nice and dank. Hop explosion, great mouthfeel followed by tons of citrus. Tangerine, grapefruit, nice sweet finish. This is a stellar beer and my new favorite from DC Brau. It's a heavy bag at 10%abv but it's actually hidden pretty well. These are gonna be dangerous on a hot day. Really impressive beer overall. (515 characters)

Photo of fire34fighter
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Easily my favorite DC Brau beer. So glad I got to try this while they still had it at the brewery. OTWOA is such a solid brew but this edges it out in my mind...Tons of sweet fruit and really forward hops make for a great combo. If you guys read this please start canning it!!! (277 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried this (finally) on tap at whole foods in DC on p street. From my understanding, it's on the wings with mosaic hops in place of falconers.

A beautiful orange hue with golden edges, the brew has a ring of white head and nice lacing on the st bernardus goblet. More transparent than the normal DIPA but very pretty.

The smell and taste both really highlight the earthy, herbal and aggressive hop bill of mosaic hops. I wasn't totally familiar with this varietal before this and it's very well displayed especially in the taste which bursts with flavors ranging from honey sweet, bracingly bitter, tangy fruit, and again an strong herbal twist that is really intriguing. The aroma has a little less of the malt and focuses only on hops, which is fine by me!

The feel is great and just what I like in hoppy dipas: on the one hand bitter, dry and sweet, but with a sudsy frothy feel with a lingering finish. Crisp and easy to drink at such an abv.

Overall another winner from DC Brau. I could drink a lot of this. (1,019 characters)

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