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The Corruption - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 28
Gots: 60 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 05-21-2011)
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4.59/5  rDev +18.6%

12 oz. can from six pack purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area (no birth date), poured into a 3Fs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 2/7/13 over ~one hour.

A: 4.75 - orange/marmalade-honey coloration, full hop haze, whitish frothy 1 finger head that lingers into an attractive rim lacing, mild-to-no alcohol legs

S: 4.5 - classic all-purpose Columbus combination of pine/resin/spice meets citrus fruit (grapefruit, orange and tangerine), mild malt backbone with minimal yeast flavors (likely 1056 or WP001) that permits the hops to flourish

T: 4.5 - bitterness on the anterior tongue opens the taste buds to reveal slightly grassy and herbal flavors, mild astringency but very pleasant lingering bitterness, slight-to-no alcohol flavors for me

M: 4.75 - light-medium-to-medium body allows it to land on the IPA instead of DIPA side of the fence, medium carbonation, one of the best mouthfeel out there for style

O: 4.75 - I am so spoiled having easy access to this world-class all-Columbus IPA in my backyard. DC Brau nails it with their hop-forward offerings, and this is the Silver medal only to On the Wings of Armageddon, which might be the best East Coast DIPA this side of Heady Topper; Columbus might be my favorite all-purpose hop and this beer accentuates its pleasant bittnerness, complexity and flavor/aroma. It's dangerously sessionable and outstanding with pizza and spicy food (Indian, Thai). In summary, this is a top 10 American IPA for lovers of PW hopbomb IPAs like Victory's HopDevil and Surly's Furious that I'd be happy to trade ([email protected])

MNishCT77, Feb 08, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +18.3%

Had this on tap at Paradiso Dupont.

Pours a slightly dark golden, mostly clear fluid. A slight reddish tint makes for a handsome presentation. In addition a nice white fluffy head tops the beer, depleting to a small ring of lacing.

The aroma is killer. It may be the best straight IPA aroma I've had. Super dank Columbus hops dominate putting off smells reminiscent of grapefruit and pine. A slight stone fruit sweetness is also detectable.

The taste follows the awesome aroma very well with big grapefruity hops nestled in a bed of pine sap. Resiny! Some malty sweetness but barely. The burning of the hop flavor just dominates this bad boy. The finish is big and bitter and it will corrupt your taste buds.

Medium bodied beer as I would expect for a straight 6.8% IPA. Nice effervescence as the carbonation lifts the pungent hop aromas out of the glass to my nose and dries the palette making it difficult to not grab another sip right away.

Overall, I have to say this is one of the best IPAs I've ever had, and I've had probably 12 of the top 15 on BA. I predict it won't be long before this beer breaks the top 20 in the IPA category. Of course that depends on when they can get around to making enough to satisfy the corruptables of DC.

ahalloin, Jul 04, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +17.6%

This is an awesome IPA, I hope to be seeing a constant flow of this beer in the District! Had this on tap at Pizzaria Paradiso in Dupont Circle a few weeks ago.

A: Has a dark orange to amber color that is very hazy, a ring of head and not a lot of lacing.

S: Very bright citrus and tropical fruit in the nose with the awesome 'weed' smell you get in great hoppy beers. Dry malts, flowers and more grass. Amazing aroma, a welcome surprise I was not expecting out of this beer, but really my friend Tony (ahalloin) and I could not get enough of the aroma.

T: Amazing citrus, grapefruit, dry biscuits, lemon grass, flowers, and pine. Weed dank hops! Great taste for a true hophead with only a little nice smoky malt for balance.

M: Sticky yet also smooth and satisfying, nice lingering bitter finish with just enough carbonation.

Overall this is DC Brau's best beer yet, and I am very excited about it.

Dreadnaught33, Jul 23, 2011
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4.51/5  rDev +16.5%

12 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid comes out a dark orange color, when held up to the light, it glows a lighter orange. Nice creamcicle colored cap that comes up really thick. Bubble sizes vary among large and small. Nice lacing the whole way through, really good looking IPA.

YOu can tell this is an IPA with a lot of quality ingredients. There's an initial sweetness, some quality toasted malt sweetness, and big nice aromas of honey malts. The sweet aromas followed by some nice hop aromas. Some floral and pine, but citrus is the primary. Grapefuit, not quite ripe orange, tangerine and lemon peel, slight grassy aromas as well.

Taste is easily the best part, this is a truly outstanding tasting IPA. There is a lot of sweetness that comes from the huge malt backbone, an outstanding combination. After that the above mentioned hop profile flavors come out. According to the website there's 40 lbs of Columbus Hops used, and its evident, it's a hoppy beer. Lots of above mentioned citrus flavor as well as some natural nectar and pine aftertaste, slight grassiness. Bitterness is evident but not overwhelming. I've had less flavorful Imperial/Double IPAs.

Moutfeel is really good. Closer to full bodied with a perfect carbonation level and really smooth. Nice malt sweetness followed by the earthy hop bitterness and it's absolutely perfectly balanced. Crazy drinkable, and in the can, it's both "crushable" and savable. This beer is so freaking awesome, I'm jealous that I don't live in DC. Easily one of the best year round IPAs that are available. If I lived in DC it would be my stand by IPA for sure.

AndyAvalanche, Aug 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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