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The Corruption - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

583 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%


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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thezach

Maryland

2.81/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Serving type: can

04-03-2014 03:31:40 | More by thezach
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
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!

Serving type: can

03-24-2014 00:25:41 | More by MusicaleMike
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TheSixthRing

California

3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: can

03-15-2014 04:31:58 | More by TheSixthRing
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been smashing cans of this stuff during my stay in DC. Got a six from Whole foods. May as well review it on my last night here.

A - Darkish golden with a two finger nice white head. Mild carbonation. Good lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Grassy, earthy, pissy. Falconers Flight maybe? Dank, fruity. Some pine.

T - Pissy and earthy again. Pine and grass. Sweet, syrupy fruits come out more later.

M - Good bitterness, mild carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Fairly solid IPA. I wouldn't rank it too highly, but it's well done. Good from the can, however something holds it back when you really look at it closely. I enjoyed it. Drinkability is high.

Serving type: can

03-15-2014 01:27:57 | More by tbeckett
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BoardwalkBock

New York

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased a 6 pack of corruption in CT on my way home. Not knowing anything about this beer, I was going on a whim.

A: Darker than expected. Orange, ruby grapefruit. Decent head retention.

S: At first when the beer was cold, there was not much aroma besides a faint piney and bready smell. As the beer warms, the aroma really opens up. Grapefruit, grass, pine, very light citrus and heavy malt.

T: I must say, the taste profile is odd, but somehow has won me over and made me a fan of this beer. Most IPAs, you get huge hop forwards backed by malt backbones. This IPA, opens up with a huge front of malt. Caramel, biscut, crystal. Next comes the hops. And they shine. Not much grapefruit on the taste as I expected from the nose, but the pine, citrus and grassy notes are wonderful and perfectly accentuated to balance the huge malt forwardness of the beer.

M: Pretty heavy and bitter for an AIPA. Not a bad thing.

O: This beer exceeded expectations. I will be trying other DC Brau offerings soon. Recommended. Would love them to put a born on/best by date though. Not sure how fresh this is. Seems fresh, but may not be as fresh as I think considering the huge malt forward.

Serving type: can

03-07-2014 03:22:28 | More by BoardwalkBock
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised to see this sitting on the shelves in CT

A-Pours a dark amber color. Mostly clear in body. Thinner off-white lining of foam. Good lacing.

S-Aroma is very interesting. Resiny pine and candied citrus. There is a really zesty component to the nose here, hard to put my finger on it. It's almost a lemony/pine hybrid smell. Bready, caramel malt. Reminds me a but of juniper berries or gin.

T-The flavor is also interesting. Very grassy and piney. Earthy and a bit hempy. Also plenty of candied citrus. A full caramel and bready malt balance. Something about this beer is interesting. It's almost generic except for that unique hoppy flavor that pops up...maybe a bit of chive or green onion?

M-Balanced. Moderate carbonation. Medium to high bitterness. Pretty drinkable. Lightly resiny.

O/D-I generally like my IPAs to taste differently but this one has a certain element to it that I can't explain. It's frustrating to not be able to find the right words. I usually like a different hop profile and a less robust maltiness in IPAs but this one actually works quite well for me.

Serving type: can

03-01-2014 23:25:42 | More by VelvetExtract
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Pours a reddish brown color with over an inch of head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is dank hops, pine, spicy hops, and caramel malts. The taste is more of the dank hops along with some pine. Caramel malts and bread. Bitter dank hops at the finish with some spicy hop notes. Lots of carbonation with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Not much of an alcohol presence. Overall, this is a really solid IPA I'll be buying again. Welcome to CT.

Serving type: can

02-26-2014 02:56:50 | More by PicoPapa
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is amber, opaque; head is light tan, about 1/4 inch thick and lingers pretty well, some light head lacing on the glass.

Smell is on the malty side of ipas, biscuit then caramel, not overly sweet; hops are piney, earthy, floral.

Taste is also on the malty side, though the hop presence is more prounonced than the aroma: malt is toast and biscuit then sweeter, caramel like; hops are bitter, piney, earthy, touch of grapefruit and lemon.

Mouthfeel is very good, nice lingering bitterness with the sweeter malt flavors; presence is balanced on tongue and cheeks.

Overall, a solid IPA, maybe touch on the sweeter, malty side but good hop backbone.

Serving type: can

02-18-2014 23:43:15 | More by mvanaskie13
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color; almost two inches of foam rise up to cap the liquid and leaves nice strands of lacing on the way down

Smell: Rich and dank, quite piney with a hint of caramel malt underneath

Taste: A tough of caramel at the outset, and while the malt lingers from start to finish, the piney hops take over and wallop that taste buds; pine, hop resins and a bit of pith build through the middle; reasonably balanced in the finish though, as expected, it leans to the hoppy side

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice IPA that is packed with as much flavor as one often finds in a DIPA

Thanks, Dave_Treat, for the opportunity

Serving type: can

02-16-2014 19:54:34 | More by brentk56
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ctbeerman1

Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: can

02-16-2014 00:40:26 | More by ctbeerman1
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d5001986

Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into tulip.

A: Pours amber-red with medium beige head.

S: Mainly citrus, some pine, and caramel.

T: Pine and grapefruit with strong lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body, a bit heavy on the carbonation.

O: Not a bad IPA, but nothing impressive either. It's just OK for me.

Serving type: can

02-14-2014 01:58:31 | More by d5001986
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argock

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Canned on 12-23-13 on bottom of can. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Crisp appearing bright gold, clear elixir, with staunch white, ivory head with good retention and nice lace curtains down the glass.

S: A very dank, herbal aroma from the heavy Columbus hopping, a clean very light touch of crystal malt, and a firm pale malt with light cracker quality. No alcohol or yeast character.

T: The Columbus showcase continues with a big herbal, dank, resinous, ganja-like punch in the mouth, with a heavy bitterness through the middle and finish, and minimal crystal sweetness, with a crackery pale maltiness with a light grain note. It is a beer that would be hard to drink a lot of, as the herbal, dank, musky nature is a little fatiguing along with the strong bitterness and the lack of a more prominent malt presence. No alcohol or yeast notes are present. It is a unique beer, but really a one-at-a-time type of drinking experience.

M: A solid slick, medium-bodied feel with medium carbonation and an herbal aftertaste.

O: I am glad I tried this beer -- unique to have a big, dominating Columbus presence in an IPA. Just a little hard to drink in quantity due to the big bitterness and dank, herbal flavors without much malt flavor to play off of.

Serving type: can

02-11-2014 04:27:46 | More by argock
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larryi86

Delaware

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a tulip

A- A clear deep amber with a four finger off-white head

S- Dank, pine, resin, faint hints of grapefruit rind, some wet grass.

T- Too dank, getting a nice malt backbone along with some citrus and pine, but it is all overwhelmed by the fact that it is super dank and taste like weed.

M- Medium body, smooth, crisp finish.

O- Not a bad IPA at all, just overly dank. Can't wait to try other stuff from DC Brau.

Serving type: can

02-11-2014 00:46:21 | More by larryi86
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz, no canning date

A: Pours a cloudy bright amber/orange color. Slightly eggshell like white frothy head. Good carbonation. Leaving a lot of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Very dank. Earthy. Piney. Weed. Some floral notes as well. Sweet malts and caramel meshing in as well.

T: Seems to be a fresh can. Nice earthy hop bitterness. Pine. Tip of the tongue, you get some floral notes followed with that caramel (almost nutty) sweetness. Dry finish. Some lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied.

Serving type: can

02-05-2014 14:30:33 | More by inlimbo77
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a stemmed pokal glass.

Appearance
Amber with 2 fingers of bone-white head that dissipates slowly. Excellent clarity with low-medium carbonation.

Nose
Caramel, earth, pine, florals and grapefruit zest.

Taste
Caramel cubes and biscuity maltiness. Earthy, floral, damp and spicy hop aromas. Notes of orange citrus, dried pine needles and grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Overall
Earthy and spicy. Very well balanced and easy drinking.

Serving type: can

01-13-2014 14:49:45 | More by justintcoons
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated can at 40 degrees into goblet
Got from Vintage Cellar for $12.95/6 pk
Aroma pure pine
Head small to average (ranging from 2 to 4 cm), very off-white, mostly lasting
Lacing good, forming a reticulum around the goblet
Body dark orange with some hop haze
Flavor begins bitter with a resinous bite, no alcohol, no diacetyl
The malt balances the hops well, so it finishes without the chalky astringency of many IPAs.
The body is slightly oily and the carbonation is lively.

Overall, a nice-drinking IPA, very tasty.

Serving type: can

01-12-2014 12:06:45 | More by Ozzylizard
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
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

Serving type: can

01-01-2014 18:51:47 | More by beerthulhu
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second from DC Brau. Pours a nice amber. Nice and easy drinker, even though it's heavier on the pine and resin. Smooth feel. Flavor is fairly consistent. I like it. Drank it quick. Seems a good example of an Eastern IPA. Could go for several of these.

Serving type: can

01-01-2014 06:24:37 | More by RblWthACoz
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cyclonece09

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Pours reddish amber with a nice fluffy white head. Smels of flowery hops with nice citrus notes. Tastes of piney and earthy hops, very nice combo with just enough bite. Beer is light bodied a tad heavily carbonated but still finishes well. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: can

12-11-2013 00:34:07 | More by cyclonece09
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- A murky pale amber with some golden highlights around the edges. Lots of carbonation bubbles floating up from the bottom. Creamy tan head that stays around for awhile.

S- Floral and piney hops, biscuity malt aromas. Pretty balanced aroma.

T- Lots of biscuity malts give way to some piney and earthy hop flavors. A definite hop presence, but this one is pretty balanced.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, somewhat coating and resinous.

O- A pretty good balanced IPA offering with some different qualities. The malts really come through a lot and would be nice for those looking for a malty IPA.

Serving type: can

10-05-2013 18:11:31 | More by stephenjmoore
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can > Mason Pint

A - Pours a cloudy amber color, two finger of dense off white head, thick lacing.
S - Aroma isnt really strong, but you get some big dankness up front, pine, a little toasted caramel, but the really strong dank aroma to this is pretty good.
T - Follows up with the aroma, big huge dank pine and hop resin, then you get some sweetness, toasted caramel, biscuit, a little orange zest.
M - Medium body, dry on the finish.
O - Very dank IPA, but very good, having this in can as a year round is a good idea. Definitely good for summer outside activities, but not really sessionable.

Serving type: can

10-04-2013 00:14:48 | More by Omnium
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.21/5  rDev -43.2%
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.

Serving type: can

09-20-2013 03:58:26 | More by corby112
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.9%
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%

Serving type: can

09-19-2013 22:32:00 | More by jtierney89
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delta490

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: can

09-15-2013 22:23:40 | More by delta490
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blackie

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed a number of times in a number of formats - this time a six pack of cans from WFM

a: served in a mason jar pint, deep honey amber in color, topped with a full finger of off-white head that falls back to a smattering of lingering carbonation

s: nose immediately hits with loads of smooth, juicy tropical fruits - grapefruit, orange, passionfruit - and more acidic pungent green pine, supportive caramel malt backbone offers a slightly toasted sugar sweetness while maintaining a clean base on which the hops can shine, smells great

m: carbonation around medium and quite smooth, light-medium body with a nice weight, but easily sippable

t: deliciously blended hop flavors of bright, sweet tropicals - grapefruit, passionfruit - and pungent young pine, moderate caramel malts - sweet but very clean - run until about midway before bowing out to an assertive, growing bitterness, lots of steeped hop pulp flavor lingering, dig it

o: a top-notch IPA - no way around that, surprised it doesn’t get more love, fantastic hop profile with a grain body that’s flavorful, clean, and respectful of the hops role as lead

4/425/4/4/4

Serving type: can

09-01-2013 20:34:52 | More by blackie
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The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.