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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 corby112
2.22/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Canned on 9/5/13

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden copper with apricot edges and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. A little dark for the style and looks exactly like their pale ale. I don't even think the head brewer could tell them apart.

Slightly grassy, earthy aroma with some resinous pine and floral hops but overall, the aroma of this beer is really weak for the style with a ton of malt sweetness in the nose. This was canned exactly two weeks ago and the hop presence is minimal at best. Some pine needle and spruce tip but its severely muted by lots of caramel sweetness, toffee and biscuit. Very disappointing.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with earthy hop bitterness that's countered by a prominent sweet malt backbone. Again, there is some earthy/resinous, dry bitterness but the hops are almost completely overpowered by the strong malt flavors. Some grassy pine and sticky spruce tip followed by strong caramel sweetness, dark fruit, roasted nut, toffee and biscuit. Overall, this beer was a pretty big letdown for me. One dimensional hop profile and the malt character is way too strong for the style. Their pale ale is more complex, better balanced and possesses more interesting hop flavor.

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Photo of TAMU99
2.4/5  rDev -38%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was forgettable. No discernable smell. Standard citrus flavors without anything special. Mouthfeel and appearance were equally bland. I suppose you could drink a lot of it, but why? I will not order this one again especially when there are other good beers from this brewery.

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Photo of tlazaroff
2.62/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nose has a kind of sweet juicy quality to it. I get guava and papaya predominantly.

Appearance is somewhat disappointing. It pours out a hazy orange with a slightly off-white colored head. The lacing is good, but the disappointing thing is the yeast floating in the glass. I didn't even know it was "canditioned".

Bitterness is upfront and personal from first sip through the finish, but none in the aftertaste. The hop character asserts itself in the aftertaste as a kind of floral taste. Hard to determine any other flavors due to overwhelming bitterness.

Interesting texture too, its grainy, and thats really hard to overlook. Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Overall, I've had a lot better.

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Photo of thezach
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I had heard mixed things about the Corruption and after it hit the MD market I was eager to try it myself. DC Brau has a great image, they're cool guys, and On the Wings was a solid double IPA. However, I remain completely unimpressed by this beer. It was nice looking, sure. No frothy head, but sticky lacing all the way down, nice bronzed color, an initial burst of hops and sweet malts upon opening the can, but I could not get over the vegetal flavor. The bitterness struck me as harsh, the taste vegetal, and both only grew as the beer warmed. Maybe I'm getting old beers, but I live about 30 minutes from DC and since the beer has only recently hit the market, most stores have a hard time keeping it on the shelves. This is not something I'll seek out again.

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Photo of dhartogs
2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had been hearing really good things about DC Brau so I visited their brewery yesterday. This beer had a nice amber color but nothing special. The smell was teh best part of the beer, really nice Columbus Hops aroma (I asked what hops where used and this was the only one). On the mouth felt a little light bodies, almost watery and the tast at first was pleasant ebough, but quickly went down hill. All hops, and it gets really bitter, I felt had they used a little more malt to balance it out it would have been much nicer. The more I thought about this beer, the less favorable I felt. I really like IPAs and maybe I'll give this another shot.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Semi-hazed orange/amber color. Very resinous nose, piney with tobaccos and a bit oniony, herbal and earthy.

Sweet caramel and a touch of honey up front, full malt body flows over the tongue, soft carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. Hop flavor is much like the nose, lots of pine and tobacco, big bitterness but pretty well balanced overall. Drying with lots of earthy lingering flavors. A big beer at 6.5%

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Photo of mactrail
3.09/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber in the nonic with a very attractive head that lasts much longer than average. Pleasant scent of flowery hops with a spicy nose. Now the car has about reached the top of the roller coaster.

Intense hoppy flavor with a harsh bitterness that comes on quickly. Tastes rather green and vegetal. A moderate amount of warm malt with a slight roasted taste, but it all gets lost on the first downhill turn. There is no reprieve from the excessive bitterness once you start sipping. This is the saliva-inducing style of hoppiness.

You want total hop domination, this is your beer. For me, it has a nice aroma but is undrinkable. From the 12 oz can bought at Whole Foods in Foggy Bottom.

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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 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 Viciousknishs
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a copper colored amber with a solid two fingers of almost light tan off white head. Great head retention with some spotty lacing.

S- very mild subdued aroma of pine and spicy woody herbal hops. A touch of caramel maltiness comes out on the finish.

T- starts off with hop flavors of pine needle and herbal spiciness. A heavy handed caramel toasty malt brings some sweet breadiness to the palate. Finishes with an asprin like bitterness with notes of grass, earth and lemon zest.

MF- syrupy astringent mouthfeel with a medium body and average carbonation.

D- decent drinkability.

Overall a underwelming IPA. A bit to malty with a disjointed bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick bubbly and light tan head into a pint glass that left nice sheeting throughout but no lacing. the body was a hazy dark amber.
s - grapefruit with some caramel and breadiness.
t - dull, citrus hops that gets a little spicier with some hints of caramel. this tastes off somehow.
m - slick and slightly thin for the style.
o - not bad but kind of boring and nondescript.

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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.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thank you goes out to woodychandler for the hook up. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of piney hops. Taste is piney hops, some malts, lots of bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I have had much better IPA's.

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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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is pretty tall, thanks to an aggressive pour - about two fingers high and off-white in shading. It fades at a moderate rate, and leaves behind small rings of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is absurdly biscuity. I also pick up some floral, piny hops behind it, but wow, this has one of the strongest bread-like components I've ever encountered in an IPA. No citrusy notes here, sadly; considering Columbus hops don't give off much of a citrus aroma, that's not really surprising.

T: Biscuit notes trail down into the flavor profile, and cluster near the opening. Hops last throughout the flavor profile, and are very floral in nature, perhaps even nectar-esque. Finishing bitterness is mild, balanced well by the malt backbone. I have to say, it grows on me the more I drink it.

M: The body is just a shade under medium. A clean, dry finish helps to scrub off any excess resin, but it will still linger slightly as more is consumed. Carbonation is about right, maybe 5% too low.

O: Very well made, but not my style of IPA. I prefer the lighter-colored, citrusy versions over the coppery, crystal-malt-and-pine ones. It's still a good IPA, especially if you're into the latter.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another brew received from Kmccabe33.. Thanks a ton Korey!!

Poured into my thin tulip... great retention and lacing.. the brew is hazy light amber...

The aroma is pretty much identical to the pale ale with a bigger citrus punch...

Flavor again... the same as the pale with a looong and lingering bitter bite and more of a citrus hoppiness... the bitterness is a bit abrasive... gets coarse on the finish.

body and carbonation are fine with a sorta creamy small bubble carbonation.

Unbalanced bitterness.. odd... okay, but needs dialed in and probably the maltiness pulled back to allow the hops to shine.


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Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright orange pour not unsimilar to thier pale ale version "the public" almost indistinguisable with exception of clarity which seemed more filitered with a more clean visional sense. The head is skimpy, quick to dissipate leaving a freckled lacing. Small misty haze with a random light visible rate of carbonation.

S: The nose had a light hint of fresh mint, pine which was very soft in comparison to their well noted pale. Fresh fragrance, just a bit light in the offering and a bit ordinary.

T: The flavor was sweet upfront, toasted grain, caramel - vienna malt sweetness, with hints of mint, pine and citrus. Lightly dry hopped citrus comes through, flowery, with a moderate level of bitterness. The hops come late to the show, saving some grace and gets a pick me up.

M: Light bodied, could of benefited from a bit more crispness, with a lightly managable carbonation factor. Slightly creamy malt texture on the tongue.

O: Overall there is a late arrival of hop bitterenss and dryness that saves this from below average regards. Drinkability is good, lightly dry hopped citrus warmth. Push comes to shove and ibu vs ibu vs style, i think there public pale is much stronger is show then this. Minus the visual and carbonation factor this has a good flavor accounting for an overall 3.5

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can with no canning date. Served in a balloon glass.

The Corruption has a cloudy amber body with ruby highlights throughout and topped by an incredible off-white cream head that shows impeccable lacing and stickage. It definitely appears to be a hoppy beer.

The aroma is a medium strength bouquet of various hop aromas, showing off primary notes of grapefruit, pine needles, and light honey malts that contribute an almost floral character.

The taste has a distinct difference from the aroma in this beer. The bitterness is there and balances the malts out, but it remains well-balanced, if not just slightly on the bitter side. Hop flavor takes the front of the palate with a light citrus and pine flavor, but then after the swallow, the hops become onion-like in the finish. Well, actually I don't know if that is the hops character or not...it might be the malts too. The carbonation is good for the style, and provides a sharpness to the mouthfeel. The Corruption is medium-bodied, and hides the 6.5% pretty well.

I was thrown off by the flavor which I perceived to be "onion-like" but was not turned off by it. I still found this to be a unique beer, and would not turn someone against picking some of this up. I personally don't find this the most compelling IPA out there, but again...it IS unique. Better than ok, but not great!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Golden orange. Hazy with a nice white head and nice lacing.

Smell - Very musty. Piney and resinous. Not the best hop aroma.

Taste - Very musty again. Pine and resin. Sweet malt. Bitterness takes over quickly.

Mouthfeel - Bitter, medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Nothing impressive. Drinkable and decently hoppy.

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Photo of CassinoNorth
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can with no dating on it from what I can tell into a DC Brau can glass.

Pours a rocky seafoam looking head that lasted the entire glass on top of medium amber hued body. Very nice looking IPA.

Huge pine notes dancing around some herbal smell I can't put my finger on. Not my favorite smelling IPA, hoping the taste picks something a bit nicer.

Taste is just about the same. Bitter outweighing the pretty sizable malt backbone on this which is a feat. Can't say I'm surprised after reading the description of this beer from the brewer, I really don't love Columbus hops as the primary hop variety. Meh.

Can't say I'd seek this out again, it's a mediocre IPA in a beer world with 100 better IPAs sitting on shelves.

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Photo of SummitVA
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky amber pour with steady carbonation. Floaties present, unfortunately.

S - Dank hop character, with plenty of pine. Sweet caramel malts and tasted bread, along with a tinge of vegetal character.

T - Firm bitterness met well by assertive toasty malts, with a touch a sweet caramel in the finish. Less hop flavor than the nose would suggest.

M - Medium. Ample carbonation lends to fullness and sharpness of the beer.

O - Obviously an older can, but this is still holding up fairly well. Will always try to work one into my rotation if I see it on draft when I'm out. When fresh, this of the better East Coast IPAs available.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A chilled can is poured into a a pint glass.

The beer is clear, with a brownish copper color. A cloud of sediment is turning the beer translucent. A large head of tan foam fills the top part of my glass and crests over the rim. A few tiny streams of carbonation can be seen within.

The beer has a pleasant hop aroma. It's a little earthy. This is a slight sensation of sweetness and pepper which is interesting.

The beer has a simple, refreshing flavor. A decent level of bitterness permeates throughout each sip. The bitterness lingers on after I've swallowed.

Medium bodied with carbonation average for the style. Not much coating, just a thin sweet layer in my mouth.

I'm glad I got to try this beer. It's pretty good for a local IPA—especially one that's in a can. If I found myself in the DC area and wanted something local, I can see myself purchasing some of this.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Frothy 2 finger foam. Orange cloudy body. Lots of lacing

S: Hops hops hops, pine, grapefruit.

T: Ok... taste is quite disappointing. I think this brew is dominated too much by simcoe hops. Too much pine-y bitterness, and nothing else.

M: Wish it had a bit more carbonation, medium thickness, smooth.

O: It's an average 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 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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The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.