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The Corruption - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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170 Reviews
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Reviews: 170
Hads: 1,048
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 46
Gots: 145 | FT: 4
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 damndirtyape
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (DOB of 05/27/15) served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange amber. Thin white head with some fine strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Citrus, orange rind, leafiness, hint of honey.

Taste: Hoppy - grapefruit, fresh cut tropical fruit, leafiness. Quick sweet middle which has a hint of honey to it. The finish is bitter and lingering, part grapefruit and just a bit metallic.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Light prickly carbonation on the tongue. A little sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite nice - very hoppy but not a palate wrecker. I suspect I could easily have a 16 oz serving of this before I would be done for the evening with this beer, and maybe I could have another 12oz can before I tired of it. Went nicely with spicy adobo pepper cashew chicken and I suspect would go with a wide range of spicy foods as well. Overall, a well done IPA. (893 characters)

Photo of JWU
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a small head from the growler obtained from Total Wine. Hoppy taste was as expected. Easy to drink and enjoyable! A respectable example of an east coast IPA. (184 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a 22 May 2015 canning date purchased in D.C.

Orange-amber body with a large, frothy head that leaves patches of sticky lacing. Not quite hazy but low clarity.

This PA has the strong aroma and taste of hops typical of a IPA, but with lower bitterness than most IPAs.

Body: light-bodied with near medium carbonation. (337 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, caramel coloring with a filmy, low profile, off-white head. Aromas of evergreen, pine needles, and wet grass, with overlays of citrus and caramel. Roasted overtones, too. Flavors are resinous and piney forward, with bitterness dominating. Undertones and highlights of grapefruit, lime, and caramel attempt to balance, but this is a hoppy offering. Mid-bodied, but bold and substantial throughout, with a resinous and bitter lingering aftertaste. The finish is slick and dry, with a solid bitter and piney linger. Good beer. (591 characters)

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.61/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (155 characters)

Photo of drtth
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer was canned about 3 months ago, but has been refrigerated for most of that time so I decided it would be worth a try.

The beer pours out into Duvel glass a hazy copper color with a 1/2" head that soon recedes to leave a think layer on the surface, some islands of foam, a small ring around the glass with some irregular patches of leggy lacing. Sipping leaves a stream of tiny speckles of lacing with a few legs.

The aroma has some gentle but full, piney hops backed up with traces of caramel malt.

The flavors initially show off a rich caramel malt backbone that quickly recedes into the background the pine and resins emerge into just bitterness. However the malt backbone re-emerges to temper the bitterness.

The mouth feel is on the full side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish tapers off into dryness with some residual bitterness in the back of the mouth.

Overall this seems a fine example of an IPA and one with lots of flavor, but that said it is not one I'll be seeking out in the future. The bitterness, for my tastes the focus is too much on the bitterness and while it does not rasp on the tongue as some do it also tends to be what this IPA is all about. (1,204 characters)

Photo of Onemoresolo
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very similar hop profile as Berkshire Brewing Co's Lost Sailor IPA. Not identical, but being a New Englander, that's the immediate comparison I made. Very enjoyable beer. (170 characters)

Photo of soze47
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good ipa that is sappy, piney, hoppy with a sizable malt backbone that provides some welcome balance. I get some grapefruit pith too. Deep browny orange hue - a little heavier on the palette than I prefer. Full bodied beer that starts sweet but leave a blanket of resiny bitterness. This one almost drinks like a dipa. (326 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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. (222 characters)

Photo of ralree
3.14/5  rDev -19.1%
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. (936 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (223 characters)

Photo of adapt313
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of BuccoFan
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.61/5  rDev -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. (293 characters)

Photo of PGD120
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
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! (933 characters)

Photo of atomicbeer
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of tbraun1
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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. (655 characters)

Photo of smanders
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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! (615 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
4/5  rDev +3.1%

I had this on tap at DCA, my first offering from these guys. The color...is prototypical IPA golden-orange. Excellent lacing. The flavor was ok...not as much citrus as is usually like. Better than average IPA. (209 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml Can as a gift brought back from Virignia, USA:
Hazy orange/amber with a 0.5cm foamy, white head that holds well initially with little movement before eventually turning patchy.

Medium strength hops & bitterness consisting mainly of pine & cedar with some sweetness & lighter malts too, giving the beer a nice balance. Some citrus & juicy fruits start to come through towards the end but the aroma could have been a little stronger.

Pine & citrus hops with quite a bitter taste but there is also floral flavours. The sweetness isn't as strong but thankfully the taste was more pronounced with some caramel/sweet malts & grapefruit. Quite nice but I was expecting a more hop filled taste that.

Smooth with a medium body & good carbonation, naturally quite bitter but it's not too strong with a dry finish & a crisp, sharp bite as well.

My 2nd DC Brau & it's another good one. I'd been told this offering was quite disappointed but I found it nice & easy to drink, the nose could have been a bit stronger but it was still and good beer & would probably be one I'd go back to now and again if it were readily available in the UK. (1,136 characters)

Photo of MarkGamber
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Picked up a six pack at Wegman's in Downingtown.

This one has a pretty decent shot of bitterness and pine. It has a pretty good body that offsets all that bitterness to a degree but it still lingers long after the last gulp is down the throat. There's also some syrupy malt that lingers on the back of the tongue after the bitterness has faded but I don't really know if that's the beer or that I got it at a supermarket. All told, it was ok but I wouldn't reach over something like Overgrown to grab this again. (513 characters)

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The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.