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Solar Abyss - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 7
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co. visit their website
District of Columbia, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Single-hopped Mosaic imperial IPA.
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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 10
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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!!!

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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.

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A: orange-to-amber, fairly clear, with foamy head that has some sustaining pour, and a little lacing
S: very floral, orange blossom, mango, melon (canteloupe) - with deeper tones of pine sawdust; maybe some peat. Use the right glass and/or wait for the beer to come to temperature to let the smells come out.
T: fruity sweetness in the front, papaya or melon (little orangey when chilled). This taste lingers, but is met by a pine wood bitterness that is more aggressive the colder the beer.
M: as may be obvious, I noted two different beers here at different temps. The colder version had a more harsh feel of pine; once it got to what I believe to be the proper temp, the feel mellowed, and seemed more driven by carbonation than dryness.
O: I am not sure if I like the fact this beer seemed to change more drastically than any beer I've noted before with different tastes as the beer warms. The colder tastes are more harsh and "astringent", the warmer tastes were more fruity and sweeter. Both were quite enjoyable, but I think I liked the "proper" temp beer a little better.

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On draft at Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA.

Served alongside On The Wings of Armageddon.

The beer appears amber hued with a small, off-white head. Grandiose fresh hop aroma. This is a great showcase for Mosaic hops. Hop forward with a light, sourdough bread backing. Mild bitterness in the back. Big flavor and long lasting aftertaste. So fresh. This was definitely on the same level as OTWOA. Impressive.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

10 oz. bottle poured at Pizzeria Paradisio DuPont Circle in NW D.C. today (2/25/14), unknown kegging date (but suspected recent), poured into a small snifter glass and drank over an hour

A - 3/3 - orange-amber coloration, slight hop haze but generally clear for a DC Brau IPA; initial white frothy head dissipated into a subtle glass lacing after several minutes; moderate alcohol legs; carbonation reagitates on the swirl

S: 8/12 - mild fruit - blueberry, strawberry, watermelon - and slight piney/resiny aroma; little detectable malt character on the nose

T: 16/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a slight hop bitterness that's quickly overtaken by tropical fruit and berry with some subdued pine and resin flavors; it's sweeter than OTWOA but similar sweetness to ADM - maybe some honey in there and, on then back of the tongue, there's a slight toffee sweetness; finishes moderately dry, which invites subsequent sips; little detectable alcohol

M: 4/5 - full body, mild hop coating the tongue, moderate alcohol fullness

O: 9/10 - overall, this is another winning DIPA from my favorite brewery in the DMV; it's a nice showcase of Mosaic, but, to be honest, I wish that the hop aroma and flavors were more forward/less subdued, and, for that reason, I'm detracting a point on overall; otherwise, it's definitely worth checking out for any DC Brau and/or Mosaic lover

TOTAL - 40/50

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