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The Corruption - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

977 Ratings
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Ratings: 977
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 42
Gots: 121 | 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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Ratings: 977 | Reviews: 177
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Photo of Veeblefetzer
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a pint on tap at the Crystal City Sports Bar in Arlington, VA. Excellent all-around Brew with a wonderful hop/malt balance.

Photo of Guess2814
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hoppy! Close to an double IPA... Not bad of a beer.. It's a sleeper.. As you drink it.. You appreciate it more and more

Photo of SomethingClever
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into snifter

A: very slight haze nice amber color very little head

S: Very earthy piney hops almost a little pepper

T: lots of that very earthy hop taste with some malt on the end to erase bitterness very floral and herbal

M: not bad medium to lighter almost seems a little watery

O: This isn't bad I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again very reminiscent of The Bissell Brothers The Substance. I would definitely drink it again if I came across it though it's refreshing.

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.

Photo of tbraun1
4/5  rDev +3.4%

12oz Can to Pint Glass

Appearance: Rich/Deep Copper. Light tan head that pours two fingers thick.

Smell: Rich sweet malts, followed by strong columbus hop wollop. Complex, almost leans toward the imperial side.

Taste: Grassy, and piney from the generous hops and IBU's. Nice bit of carbonation. Fairly bitter at 80 IBU's and has a healthy hop bite. I thought the malts were nice and sweet on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Slightly carbonated/effervescent.

Overall: Pretty tasty, all in all. IMO it leans toward the imperial side but has the ABV of a traditional AIPA. Would recommend to any of you IPA drinkers out there who like the west coast style.

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some citrus, with earthy notes, bitterness is there but could be more present. Malt is present as well.

Photo of atomicbeer
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep amber orange with a decent dense foam yellowish head. Moderate carbonation. Nice aroma of sugary grapefruit and resinous pine with mild malty background. Bitter in the mouth, the taste is a combination of syrupy malt and pine resin that isn't the best blend but ok. Somewhat of a hop-smack (80 IBUs) but the malt keeps it in check. Not enough hop flavors, just the bitter notes.

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.

Photo of core42
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Different hops but not unlike Two Hearted w/the malty backbone

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In commemoration of backstage politics, the same strong-arm notion of placing Adams in the White House is echoed in the strong-hop presence in this citrusy ale.

Pouring a deep honey-amber hue, the ale shows surprising clarity despite a light veil of haze. Creamy, bone-white and blanketed- the beer's foam caps its body with strong staying power but only lacing mildly.

Lead by citrus prominence, the aromas are front and center with all-things-hops. White grapefruit, equipped with juices, piths and peels all capture the zesty and crisp sense of Pacific Northwest hops along with sprucy underpinnings and fresh cut grass. With just enough toasted caramel sweetness in its scent, the hops are firmly supported.

But its in taste where the ale transpired in reverse order. First off, the toffee malts and nutty graininess gives the early palate a glimpse of "Cracker Jacks" ballpark candy. But that's short lived as the taste of hops quickly take command. Then the grapefruit, under-ripened oranges and grassy/piney taste begin its dominance in the middle before delving toward a resinous dry bitterness of grass and stem.

Medium bodied to start, the beer's creaminess and toffee sweetness fuse together for a lift and expansive mouthfeel. But as the carbonation recedes and the sweetness fades, the beer dries out beautifully and finishes with the dry, crisp, and clean bite of hops. Its resinous dryness and mild alcohol warmth adds to the beers high rate of refreshment and drinkability to close.

The Corruption is a formidable IPA that provides a bigger "toasty" malt support than what's needed for the IPA style. Also its hop character could be more aggressive in order to sell its hop dominance in all facets: aroma, flavor and bitterness. Yet as is, it suits the style well and with find a pleasant home in the bellies of many-a-hop head.

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.
Desent.

Photo of humuloner22
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked this one up on a trade. I would like to try the big boy from this brewery sometime. Cheers man for sending this one my way!

Appearance: Nice hazy copper color. Decent amount of white head that dissipates to a lingering layer of lacing.

Aroma: Some floral hops, not very pungent but present. Malts are not too strong either. It is a very floral forward beer with a mild amount of citrus and tropical fruit notes.

Taste: Clean and crisp are the first two things I would say about this beer. Not a huge amount of flavor. It tastes like a light IPA. Not a bad thing if that is what they were going for. I could definitely see myself tossing back a few of these on a hot day! Its very accessible and I can give it points for that. This would be a good gateway IPA for those IPA haters you know!

Overall: Solid beer. A little bit watered down but not bad really. I enjoyed it and I would like to try others from this brewery!

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

Dark amber with trailing film of taupe froth that laces impressively. 4
Big fresh orange blossom and pine needle nose - classic C-hop. 4.25
Apricot jam and breadstick up front, then powdery orange, dried pineapple, and dried basil hops that show some white pine, too. 4.25
Dried tangerine zest finish and dry but herbal linger.
Crisp, slight cling, lt-med. 4

Incredible nuance to the hops: Cascade-style perfumed floral-citrus, some Lagunitas pineapple, decent aspirin bitterness at 80 IBUs that dries things out without being abusive, and a hint of oily herbal essence, too. Like other DC Brau, shows what you can do keeping it old school; exclusively Columbus in this case. A thread of caramel anchors it on the east coast. Claims to be between an IPA and a DIPA, like Torpedo, and like that beer, exceeds its expectations/boundaries - better than Wings, in that way. Bright, fragrant, (7 weeks out from canning) and so very drinkable. 4.5

Talking to a local and seeing the average showing here, also hugely underrated.

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.

Photo of John_Beeryman
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bright, intense, very hoppy IPA. Delicious.

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.

Photo of tectactoe
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a radiant copper color, pretty muddled and hazy throughout, almost completely opaque. Even the edges have a tough time letting any light beam through. A nice, thick cap forms during the pour; eggshell colored, showing good staying power and leaving a nice trace of lacing behind.

The first wave of the aroma is citrusy and full of fruits. Grapefruits and oranges are abundant; the beer has a very zesty and juicy quality to it that really opens up throughout the next few successive whiffs. Some lighter, spicy hops reside in the background, somewhat secondary to the fruit notes; slightly herbal and leafy with a hint of dank, resinous oils to back them up. It's hard to tell which of these stances (heavy citrus or heavy herbal hops) will reign dominant in the flavor profile just from the aroma alone. From prior experiences, I'd have to guess the raw hop flavors will take over.

And it looks like I was right... I take a sip, and while there's a slight, initial taste of watery citrus that hits up front, the raw and spicy hops come rushing in almost instantaneously and with much more force. Spicy, peppery, ashy, and herbal; big hints of white pepper, leaves, a little bit of resin, pine, and hop oil. Citrus hits the flavor profile hard on the bitter side - pith, peels, skins, etc. For such a little guy, this beer has quite a staunch bitterness that asserts itself quickly and lasts heavily into the aftertaste. Some bready malts are in the aftertaste as well, along with maybe even a hint of caramel malt. But they only provide a very light sweetness - the bitterness is dominant, even well after the beer has left your mouth. Medium bodied, lightly oily and a touch away from being sticky, medium-high carbonation.

Not a huge fan of the spicy hop characters being so dominant, but it's done pretty well here. Would have liked a bit more citrus coming off in the flavor profile, but you can't have it all, can you? Still a pretty decent beer that I wouldn't turn down in the future.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

An ordinary IPA, nothing special here.

Photo of Guden
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy gold with a small white head that leaves lots of lacing.

S- Mud and grass are the most noticeable, some pine and caramel are also in the mix. Pretty interesting but not really to style.

T- Again pine and mud come through in the mix with grapefruit peel filling the middle and a finish of fairly high piney bitterness. There's also a touch of balancing fruity sweetness in the mix that keeps the bitterness from overwhelming.

M- Fairly thin with low carbonation, works pretty well for the style and goes well with the beer.

O- I really liked this one to begin with but the heavy pine bitterness and grapefruit peel taste would've been better suited with more malt, as is it drains on my senses and I have no desire for another for a little while. An interesting take on the style nonetheless.

Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can with no freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed orange amber, three fingers of head hold strong

SMELL: Piney, mint, oily hop resin, hemp seeds, ruby red grapefruit, grape nuts, mild tropical esters, bread crust

TASTE: Fruity hop resin, raw pine, very smooth, aggressive bitterness, slightly biscuity, yeast, fruity esters, light tobacco, grapefruit rind, faint lime zest, more bitterness, drying finish

Yeah, these guys nailed the style and then some ... it took over my taste buds for a while to boot. A must if you have not tried it yet.

Photo of hagbergl
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I visited the brewery in northeast D.C. yesterday with a friend and my girlfriend. Left with a 64 oz. growler of The Corruption IPA, given its excellent reputation and my previous experience with On the Wings of Armageddon. Suffice it to say, D.C. Brau knows how to do hoppy beer. Poured into my Beer Geek Nation tulip.

Appearance (4.25/5): Cloudy dark copper orange, beautiful IPA on the darker side of the color spectrum for the style. Visibly carbonated, two finger head off white head. Lots of lacing on the glass' sides.

Smell (4.25/5): Very piney and grapefruity with a solid malt base to back up the potent citric and pine notes emanating from the glass. Light biscuity/bready malt lurks in the background, but of course the hops are the star of the show.

Taste (4.5/5): Hops hit with a massive amount of piney and citric hop bitterness that's reminiscent of Green Flash West Coast. Light bready notes. The yeast actually plays a big role in creating and emphasizing the pronounced fruitiness of this heavenly hoppy ale. The hops are aggressive throughout but nowhere more so than in the finish, which is massively bitter and puckering. Not palate shredding, but this here beer seriously gives you a hop fix.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): Good medium carbonation keeps this beer highly drinkable. The malt gives this beer enough body and the sheer resinousness of the hop flavor thickens it up as well. The best part of this beer's feel is the awesome puckering sensation in the finish.

Overall (4.25/5): D.C. Brau has a real winner here with the corruption. Perhaps not as insane as On the Wings of Armageddon, The Corruption is still one excellent drinking beer. I'm extremely pleased that I got it super-fresh straight from the brewery. You can't beat the intensity you get from a freshly brewed IPA. We'll be back, D.C. Brau!

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - rich copper color, two finger width foamy head, great retention as well. just what an IPA should look like.

Smell - quite mellow, but I find some hints of citrus hops at the end

Taste - you get a lot more citrus hops than you smell from this one. nice malt build at the end for a nice finish

Mouthfeel - the maltiness from the end lingers in your mouth for quite a bit, but I enjoyed it

Overall - glad I got to try this one from a trade.

Photo of toodles808
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, purchased @ brewery... Poured into Goblet... This is one of my usual go to session beers... happy to review a daily hitter...

A- Hazy orange/copper hew, Definitely looks like some hop haze in there, rich fluffy white head, that persists...

S -Definitely pull that columbus Hop aroma, Dank, Resin, Getting some biscuity/bready malt under tones in the background.

T- follows the aroma... Dank,Dank,Dank from the columbus hops.... Hop dense Resin followed by a solid malt backbone, subtle sweetness at the back on the tongue yet more hop forward at the beginning... Refreshing and brisk...

M- moderate carbonation, filling, yet conservatively session-able, dry finish.

Overall- Definitely a solid staple beer... This is one of my go to session work outside / chill with the guys beers... This to me is an outstanding beer 2-3 days out of the brewery, DC Brau is putting out some great brews... I enjoy the benefit of being in there back yard, and drinking this beer routinely only days fresh...

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

No apparent canning date, but a store sticker with 02/27/14 is found on the can, so it's gotta be at least somewhat fresh

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy rustic amber with a sandstone colored, near 2-finger head. Fair retention results in a thin, near broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is prominent, with good stick.

Smell - Earthy, and piney as hell; resinous, dank. Faint notes of grapefruit. So far, not my type of IPA.

Taste - Follows the nose. Earth, some caramel undertone and a strong dankness that rides along with a resinous pine character. Light grapefruit pith in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with low carbonation. Smooth, in the least.

Overall - Yeah, not my cup o' tea. Just too resinous and piney for my liking. Fans of ultra dank IPAs should certainly give this one a try. You'll likely love it. For me? A one and done. While my tolerance for these dank monsters has grown, my appreciation for them has not.

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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The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.