Solar Abyss - DC Brau Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SlothB77:
4.6/5 rDev +6.2%
Fresh growler into tasting glass.
OK, the nose is the strongest part of this beer. Absolutely overpowering strawberry and grapefruit. Extremely potent. Some pineapple too.
First sip was surprisingly smooth. I was expecting hops, instead I got a honey, syrupy, smooth mix of citrus and pine. Less strawberry and grapefruit in the taste. Very smooth finish. The hops sink in on the next few sips. The body is a little thicker than I expected it would be.
The honey and sweet make the feel smooth and heavy-bodied and overpower the bitter and hops. Finishes dry. Significant carbonation. Very fresh.
Finally, the distinctive DC Brau pine balance/ dankness that you get in the On the Wings of Armageddon is present here as well.
Solar Abyss may be their best yet. OTWOA is great. Solar Abyss may be better.
02-18-2014 01:19:15 | More by SlothB77
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4.21/5 rDev -2.8%
10 oz. Pour into a snifter at Pizza Paradiso Dupont.
Golden orange color body nearly crystal clear. Deep peach orange with a tan one finger even bubbled head presented. Very fine but plentiful looking lacing while drinking. A real gorgeous color.
Nose has large pine and tropic notes. Very big emphasis on pineapple juice going on this sucker. Large, controlled with minimal sweetness on hop front. Pineapple also comes out quite floral somewhat and green.
First sip brings lots of pine and quick prickly carbonation. Lots of hop oil and fruity character taking a back seat hinted on the nose. Some lemon like finish and a bit hop hot as the alcohol really seems to boost the aromatics. Palate feel is a bit crisp and has lost a bit of its juicy quality hinted on the nose.
Alcohol on this is a bit masked but it seems to get accentuated with the hop profile. Still its a great hop forward brew, and another great IPA for the brau gang.
02-25-2014 18:43:31 | More by smakawhat
District of Columbia
4.34/5 rDev +0.2%
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
02-26-2014 00:36:54 | More by MNishCT77
4.91/5 rDev +13.4%
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!!!
04-10-2014 15:47:59 | More by fire34fighter
District of Columbia
4.55/5 rDev +5.1%
Appearance: Pours a hazy deep orange color with hints of red. Big rocky white head with really, really good retention and thick, spotty lacing.
Smell: Crazy amount of fruit flavors. Strawberry, grapefruit, and other deep berry aromas akin to raspberry or blueberry. Maybe some pineapple in there as well. Hints of pine and dankness offer clues to the Mosaic hop's lineage (Simcoe + Nugget). Smells really terrific
Taste: Again, tastes like bitter fruit juice to an extent. Lots of berry flavor with citrusy and tropical hints. Very clean bitterness allows the hop flavor to come in waves across the palate. Finishes dry and fruity with a juicy angle. The bitterness is subdued here for what it is. Slight hints of dankness and pine, but the fruit is the star here.
Feel: Slightly sticky but never cloying. Modest sweetness and hints of caramel sweetness meld very well with the hop flavors. Medium carbonation. Not a palate wrecker. Nice feel for a double IPA. Let's you know that you're drinking a big beer without taxing the palate.
Overall: Add this to the list of outstanding hoppy beers from DC Brau. Toe to toe with OTWOA, just depends which hop profile you prefer (citrus/deep pine) vs. (berry and tropical fruit). I think this works slightly better for my palate. Exceptional DIPA.
02-20-2014 18:24:13 | More by jacewg
Solar Abyss from DC Brau Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.