The Corruption - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,020 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 43
Gots: 137 | 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 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.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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])

Photo of ahalloin
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ksolekjr
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

A great well balanced IPA

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured from a 12 FL OZ can into a pint glass. DOB 07/24/2014.

Appearance: Pours a hazy cloudy orange body with a thinner off white head.

Smell: Slightly sweet and biscuity malt aroma topped off with a burst of floral citrus hops. Very nice!

Taste: Again, nice bright burst of citrusy hops! Just enough malt body to keep this from being overly thin or watery but not too much to make this taste too syrupy or malty.

Mouthfeel: Nice and light with crisp carbonation. Coats the mouth, but does not bog it down.

Overall: A damn near perfectly constructed IPA in my opinion. I think the 6.0-7.0% ABV is just right for an IPA (this one clocks in at an even 6.5% ABV.) Anything less usually comes off as "hop water" to me, while anything more sometimes becomes too much of a boozy, syrupy mess. The Corruption has the right amount of bright, citrusy hops to keep this flavorful, but not overly bitter. I really like and recommend this one - too bad I haven't seen it for less than $13-$14 a six pack.

Photo of delta490
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a can into a DFH IPA glass. Big pillowy off-white head left big lacing and lasts throughout the beer. Color is a cloudy deep amber. Maybe caramel. Visible carbonation.

S- Big hops. Very floral with a hints of biscuit malt.

T- a very well-balanced IPA. The hops hits the taste buds first, with big floral notes. A strong malt backbone holds it all up and there are hints of citrus on the finish.

M-Not too heavy, not too light. Just right. The carbonation fades into the background.

O- a great big-flavored, well-balanced IPA.

Photo of smanders
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured from the can into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: deep orange/rust color. A bulbous head with very intricate lacing on this unfiltered ale.

Smell: delicious! Big citrus, fresh Christmas tree, and a touch of sweet biscuits.

Taste: A new favorite? A perfect balance of big, earthy hops and robust malt.

Mouthfeel: Syrup... there is so much going on in that can, it simply envelops your cake hole. Don't plan on drinking anything AFTER this one.

Overall: I love this beer! I waited forever to try it, but now that I have I make sure I always have it in the house. Yes, it's that good!

Thanks DC Brau!

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 mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with the GBX crew tonight, was nice to get down there to see you guys finally!

deep rich dark orange tinted amber with a nice full two fingers of head on the top.

aroma was full of deep citrus hops and pine resin. It had a very fresh smell to, thick with neverending waves of hoppiness and a slight malty earthen smell way deep in the back trying to round it out. like sticky, icky dank nugs.

. From the first sip it was a full on bath of citrus hops. Deep flavors of orange, tangerince and a touch of grapefruit washed over the tongue. As it warmed some hints of sugar and pineapples rounding it out. A very nice earthy backround provided all the neccasary balance in this one.

Great smooth creamy feel. This was a nice light to medium bodied ale that was more then adequatly carbonated and really had a nice feel, and wonderful freshness, great score

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tap to pint glass at ChurchKey on 5/30/11

I had the pleasure of enjoying this one with the man himself,
Brandon Skall - founder of DC Brau.

A: Rich tangelo-rust in color. It appears fairly brilliant, though this one is unfiltered. A good 1.5 finger head and some crazy, ridiculous lacing which envelops the glass.

S: Absolutely wonderful. The scent of fresh Columbus hop oil hits my nose before I even bring it to my face. It's floral beyond expression - grapefruit, fresh cut Blue Spruce and a trace of sweet alcohol. In a word: perfect.

T: Damn. This is one big league hop bomb - it's like sucking on a hop lollipop. Not for the faint of heart. The palate is immediately attacked with lush, bitter fruits and a sticky residual layer of Columbus hop oil. The malty backbone doesn't sit around and play second fiddle, as it breaks through and shows itself on the mid to finish.

M: Almost cloying. It's such a rich and dense brew. It gets into every single crevice in your mouth and lathers it with a layer of dense hop residue that isn't easy to wash away. Even a few beers later I noticed The Corruption on the back of my palate.

O: Let it be known that DC has a brewey to be reckoned with. DC Brau and their Corruption IPA ain't no joke: this is the real deal, ladies and gents. Step right up and get hopsmacked by one of the best IPA's on the market. This isn't hometown hype - it's simply great beer.

Photo of ctbeerman1
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nice dank ipa with soft mouth feel and plenty of pine aroma and a touch of cannibis defintly a rebuy. iwould put it in the top 25 ipas out there,buy some and expirence the goodness.plus it comes in a attractive green and silver can which will catch your eyes,glad to see it in the ct market,looking forward to try other offerings from them.

Photo of elNopalero
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing.

This pours a cloudy orange-yellow color with a wonderfully big grassy and fresh aroma. Piney, grassy, green orange flavor along with some chew. Bitterness comes across and peaks for a lasting finish. This was delicious.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a tulip glass. bottled on 5/15/13

Pours a dark copper color with a large white head. As soon as I popped open the can the aroma hit me. Nice resiny hops that arent too overpowering. Very pleasant smell. taste is perfectly balanced between hops and malts. Slight citrus/NW taste. fruity and bitter at the same time, the combination is something you just dont find in other IPAs and its something i really dig. Extremely drinkable and sessionable. Medium body with medium carbonation.

overall this is probably the best/most solid and drinkable IPA ive found on the east coast. Its unfortunate that this is only available in DC/Nova. If it was available around me it'd be my go to IPA.

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 enoisone
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Meridian Pint in D.C..

Nice looking orange hue and just the right amount of head.

Wonderful nose of pine,resin and citrus.

Really good resiny Columbus hop coating of the tongue.This is one of my favorite hop characteristics along with grapefruit and pineapple.

Again, nice pine resin coating of the tongue along with a good bitter aftertaste. Love it.

I had very high expectations after 1st tasting their Pale Ale.
They certainly lived up to it with this IPA.

Photo of C20Percent
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy gold with a .25 finger's worth of bubbly white colored head on top. There's a lot of sediment floating around in the body. I've had cans of this where there isn't much sediment, but the last few have had quite a bit, and it not the pretty kind either, but I do like unfiltered brew. But, in this case the sediment is very off-putting. ** Six months later - floaties are gone. What's left is a pretty hazy golden honey color.

S: Very nice smell. First thing that hits is the caramel malts, and then the hoppy citrus smell followed by a nice balance of earthiness. Some tobacco too. Mostly malts and grapefruit, and nice hops! And, it's not subtle either.

T: A nice malt balance between sweet and biscuity -- I tend to lean toward the sweet, but combination of the two are nice. Also, getting a sour citrus flavor, followed by a nice refreshing, slightly bitter, finish. Without a doubt, the flavor is dominated by the hops.

M: Smooth and creamy, medium bodied brew that is very nice on the palette. Perfect carbonation. A little bit of chewiness. And, a nice oily feel. It's all good here, nothing standing out as amazing, but pretty good.

O: I've had about eight cans of Corruption. This beer has really grown on me. For certain, it's the best local IPA. Unfortunately, the six pack I'm drinking on now how this weird sediment issue, and I'll look out for that in the next round I by, but this drops the beer's score a bit. The taste is good, smell is good, but the appearance drops the score a bit. But, I recommend people try this brew.

**This brew has improved so much. Changing the scores of my review.

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 Sludgeman
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a clear plastic glass. Purchased for $3.25.

A refreshing balanced brew. An excellent representation of the IPA style. Lighter taste but not a session beer. In a can at a great price. A really good beer that I would buy again. Proud to have these in my cellar and serve to my friends. Highly recommended.

A - Amber color with a small dense light tan head that dissipates to a thin layer, which then remains throughout beer. Nice lacing.

S - Piney and floral aromas dominate, with some slight fruity sweetness.

T - Slightly sweet, a nice hoppy/malty balance, finishing with a bitter resinous that is not overwhelming. No malty dark fruit or the like.

MF - Slight sharpness but generally smooth.

Photo of cw577enfield
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 05/03/13 and poured into a snifter on 05/12/13! How fresh can you get?

A: Orange/Gold hue with two fingers of head. The head disappears quite quickly to a thin layer. Excellent lacing.

S: I categorize this beer as a part of "Hop-blast" IPAs. :-) When I first opened it, I could smell the hops right away, with grapefruit, piney, and floral notes. Interesting aroma to say at the least.

T: Marvelous taste of malts and hops working together, could pick up hints of caramel, pineapple, and citrus flavors. Sweetness comes at first and follows out with a subtle bitterness. The bitterness will remain awhile at the end.

M: Right in the between of medium-bodied and full-bodied. For that reason, I thought I was drinking DIPA? Medium carbonation and gives it an excellent dry finish.

O: I was lucky to get a super-fresh can and consider this a great IPA with attributes of DIPA. I do wonder what OTWOA would taste like in comparison of this outstanding IPA. Definitely will be picking up another six-pack in the near future!

Photo of chocosushi
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Canis Major Becker
A ~ Pours a hazy Amber with a peach tone to it. Good medium bead carbonation with a little cap of head.

S ~ Seaweed, Sharp pine, & hemp. There's mango & pineapple fading into sugary fruit snacks (of the corn syrup variety)
Really nice nose.

T ~ Mango & Pineapple following through that fades fast into a pine sap finish. Simple, yet powerful fruit flavors with a mild grassyness to it.

M ~ Fresh & simple flavors with beautiful balance & a crisp finish. No heat, just a ton of finesse.

D ~ Drinkability is extremely high with tons of flavor. An exercise in simplicity. Simply a great IPA. I could knock back quite a few of these. Keep up the canned IPAs!

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

Looks about as expected for an ipa. Nice lacing on the glass and head is a healthy half inch for a growler. picked this up at The Perfect Pour - Columbia MD
S- big time resinous pine with some faint citrus notes. Awesome
T- follows pretty well, sweet citrus malt first , quickly followed on by piney, earthy dank hops and. Hops are real nice.
M- about med. toward light with proper bubbles. Long bitter -resinous -pithy finish is impressive
O- Will look for this again. At first I thought the finish overwhelming but it didn't make it less drinkable or enjoyable. HOPHEADS - I highly recommend.

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The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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