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The Corruption - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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179 Reviews

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Reviews: 179
Hads: 1,100
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 27.13%
Wants: 45
Gots: 159 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co. visit their website
District of Columbia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 05-21-2011

The Corruption™ IPA is DC Brau's take on a Pacific Northwest IPA. Brewed with Pale 2 row, C-10, Honey and Victory malts. Exclusively hopped with 40 lbs of Columbus hops per brew to ring in at 80 IBU. "The Corruption" comes in at 6.5% ABV. This beer straddle's the line between IPA and Imperial IPA and has a supportive malty backbone with an assertive hop presence that smacks your mouth with a dank, resinous bitterness followed by pleasant aroma's of pine sap and burnt spruce.
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Photo of rjd722
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Gringos and Mariachis in Bethesda. Pours a deep orange-amber with a nice, two-finger foam and great lacing. Aroma is dominated by piney, hoppy tones. The taste is again very piney, earthy, with slight malt and honey. Resinous mouthfeel, dank aftertaste, very pleasant and extremely drinkable. Excellent example of a NW IPA, really love this local brew!

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours like mahogany with a thick white head. a darker-colored IPA but looks great.

smells like pine and malt. some sweetness to it as well. maybe a little honey too.

tastes like bitter pine. nice combination of malt/fruit/pine. definitely a piney IPA but also sweet with a solid malt backbone.

goes down smooth, easy drinking. i love "lower" ABV full IPAs.

overall this is a pretty good IPA. definitely closer to the "pine" side of the hop spectrum as opposed to "fruit". would drink this again for sure. honestly i waited a while to get this. my local stores offer their other main beers but not this one, until now!

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark orange with a white head that hugged the edges of the glass after dissipating. Grapefruit, pine, sweet malt and maybe some bread in the nose. The taste is sweet and citrusy for a moment before the super bitter hops comes in and throws all that riffraff out in the street like Patrick Swayze in Roadhouse. The hops are huge but maybe at the expense of a great balance.

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Photo of Roby923
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The nitro tap at the Hawk in DC made this IPA special. Good hop presence, lighter on the malt side. First brew tried from DC. Definitely looking forward to trying some more.

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Photo of babaracas
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy darker orange with foamy white head, spray of lace on the glass. Smell: orange, pine, biscuit, a little toffee. Taste: pine, orange, caramel, lightly bready. Medium bodied, sugary feel. Not terribly interesting but well made.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at Smokehouse Live in Leesburg. Seem to be pretty good, but I honestly didn't get a good opportunity to evaluate it very well. That, and having some spicy nachos with it may not have given it a fair shake. It was good enough that I would go back to it however.

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Photo of Buck89
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. Beautiful bright orange-amber with a bright white head. The nose was a but muted, with pine, some caramel, and some orange. Taste followed suit, with a nice assertive piney bitterness, followed by an orange/citrus finish backed up with a subtle sweet malt backbone. A very nice IPA.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this out of a can for the first time yesterday up at the Cloverleaf since it's on their fall PhD list. I never heard of these guys before but the design was great and so was the reference to Henry Clay when explaining how the moniker came about. While not a palate wrecker or a hop bomb, this was strong enough and a solid attempt at straddling the line between an IPA and an IIPA, while being full enough at the same time!

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Overall, this is a very middling IPA. Had in a can, poured into a glass, served at a bar

Smell was malty and barely hoppy in an herbal way.

Taste was bitter and herbal. Maybe it wasn't super fresh. I'll have to give it another shot some time

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (DOB of 05/27/15) served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange amber. Thin white head with some fine strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Citrus, orange rind, leafiness, hint of honey.

Taste: Hoppy - grapefruit, fresh cut tropical fruit, leafiness. Quick sweet middle which has a hint of honey to it. The finish is bitter and lingering, part grapefruit and just a bit metallic.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Light prickly carbonation on the tongue. A little sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite nice - very hoppy but not a palate wrecker. I suspect I could easily have a 16 oz serving of this before I would be done for the evening with this beer, and maybe I could have another 12oz can before I tired of it. Went nicely with spicy adobo pepper cashew chicken and I suspect would go with a wide range of spicy foods as well. Overall, a well done IPA.

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Photo of JWU
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a tumbler glass

A- a clear amber, with a little bit of off white head. Some ok lacing.

S- Lots of hempy, piney, touch of grapefruit hop notes, with some crusty bread.

T- Aggressively bitter. Lots of oily, piney, hempy, tobacco ridden hop notes. Touch of ruby grapefruit. Minty on the backend.

M- lighter side of medium, with ample carbonation. Very drying on the finish.

O- it's unique, but I can't say I'd seek it out.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a small head from the growler obtained from Total Wine. Hoppy taste was as expected. Easy to drink and enjoyable! A respectable example of an east coast IPA.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a 22 May 2015 canning date purchased in D.C.

Orange-amber body with a large, frothy head that leaves patches of sticky lacing. Not quite hazy but low clarity.

This PA has the strong aroma and taste of hops typical of a IPA, but with lower bitterness than most IPAs.

Body: light-bodied with near medium carbonation.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, caramel coloring with a filmy, low profile, off-white head. Aromas of evergreen, pine needles, and wet grass, with overlays of citrus and caramel. Roasted overtones, too. Flavors are resinous and piney forward, with bitterness dominating. Undertones and highlights of grapefruit, lime, and caramel attempt to balance, but this is a hoppy offering. Mid-bodied, but bold and substantial throughout, with a resinous and bitter lingering aftertaste. The finish is slick and dry, with a solid bitter and piney linger. Good beer.

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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.61/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

smell is hoppy
look is orange caramel
strong up front dank taste into a light something or other
feels great
overall this is something I would get again.

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Photo of drtth
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer was canned about 3 months ago, but has been refrigerated for most of that time so I decided it would be worth a try.

The beer pours out into Duvel glass a hazy copper color with a 1/2" head that soon recedes to leave a think layer on the surface, some islands of foam, a small ring around the glass with some irregular patches of leggy lacing. Sipping leaves a stream of tiny speckles of lacing with a few legs.

The aroma has some gentle but full, piney hops backed up with traces of caramel malt.

The flavors initially show off a rich caramel malt backbone that quickly recedes into the background the pine and resins emerge into just bitterness. However the malt backbone re-emerges to temper the bitterness.

The mouth feel is on the full side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish tapers off into dryness with some residual bitterness in the back of the mouth.

Overall this seems a fine example of an IPA and one with lots of flavor, but that said it is not one I'll be seeking out in the future. The bitterness, for my tastes the focus is too much on the bitterness and while it does not rasp on the tongue as some do it also tends to be what this IPA is all about.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very similar hop profile as Berkshire Brewing Co's Lost Sailor IPA. Not identical, but being a New Englander, that's the immediate comparison I made. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of soze47
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good ipa that is sappy, piney, hoppy with a sizable malt backbone that provides some welcome balance. I get some grapefruit pith too. Deep browny orange hue - a little heavier on the palette than I prefer. Full bodied beer that starts sweet but leave a blanket of resiny bitterness. This one almost drinks like a dipa.

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Photo of Roguer
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enormous bite of grapefruit and lemon in this IPA! Murky and otherwise unimpressive appearance, classic but restrained aroma. Flavor is all citrus pulp and peel.

Long semi dry finish. Oily coating refreshes with each sip.

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Photo of ralree
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a can, DOB 10/13/2014, which is currently 5 months old or so.
A: Nice color which fits the style, head decent but dissipates quickly.
S: Malty, caramel malt comes through, lots of hops - citrus (mainly grapefruit). Pine.
T: Rich and rather sweet maltiness comes through, followed by bittering hops. This gets very very bitter in your mouth (and I like hop bombs generally). I'm not sure if they add all the hops at the beginning of the boil, but that would make sense. The taste ends up like citrus pith - very bitter and overpowering. It doesn't go away, even after a couple minutes. Nice pine in the background.
M: Dry and astringent. Thin, carbonation is good.
O: In the end, this beer has potential, but the prolonged bitterness and astringency in the aftertaste is a real turnoff. Perhaps this is a bad batch or an artifact of canning or storage. I won't be buying cans again, but I may try again if I find it on tap.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Agreed that this beer straddles the line between styles.
Drinks big and thick and even looks like a big bruiser.
Though the taste is alittle subtle it has a candied fruit taste and smell and drinks piney and resiny.

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Photo of adapt313
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice copper with a white head and good retention. Smells like candied oranges and pine tar. Drinks a little more piney than the smell but the sweet tangerine flavors are still there. Nicely balanced, very crisp, not overly bitter but the pine lingers for a while. Overall a really solid ipa. My first dc brau beer and I quite like it.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12 oz. can into pint glass. It's a copper pour that ends with a quarter-inch off-white head. Aroma is subtle floral malt. Feel and taste is medium-bodied piney bitterness that goes down VERY smoothly. It laces well throughout the drink.

This is the perfect session brew. It's not heavy, medium ABV at 6.5, and very flavorful. Can't say enough about how smooth it is. Very refreshing beer.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy orange with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange fruit and bready malt. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy hops, bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and bitter. I expected more from this brew.

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Photo of PGD120
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: translucent copper with a 1 finger white head. nice lacing

aroma: organge candy at first, with some flowal notes and some pine.

taste: sweet orange and grapefruit with some pine on the end of the taste slight malt backbone, which keeps it well balanced

feel: medium bodied with lingering carbonation

overall: just a really good ipa from a great brewery. nothing crazy. but very solid.

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The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.