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The Corruption - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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175 Reviews

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Reviews: 175
Hads: 1,073
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 27.39%
Wants: 47
Gots: 148 | 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 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 tectactoe
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a radiant copper color, pretty muddled and hazy throughout, almost completely opaque. Even the edges have a tough time letting any light beam through. A nice, thick cap forms during the pour; eggshell colored, showing good staying power and leaving a nice trace of lacing behind.

The first wave of the aroma is citrusy and full of fruits. Grapefruits and oranges are abundant; the beer has a very zesty and juicy quality to it that really opens up throughout the next few successive whiffs. Some lighter, spicy hops reside in the background, somewhat secondary to the fruit notes; slightly herbal and leafy with a hint of dank, resinous oils to back them up. It's hard to tell which of these stances (heavy citrus or heavy herbal hops) will reign dominant in the flavor profile just from the aroma alone. From prior experiences, I'd have to guess the raw hop flavors will take over.

And it looks like I was right... I take a sip, and while there's a slight, initial taste of watery citrus that hits up front, the raw and spicy hops come rushing in almost instantaneously and with much more force. Spicy, peppery, ashy, and herbal; big hints of white pepper, leaves, a little bit of resin, pine, and hop oil. Citrus hits the flavor profile hard on the bitter side - pith, peels, skins, etc. For such a little guy, this beer has quite a staunch bitterness that asserts itself quickly and lasts heavily into the aftertaste. Some bready malts are in the aftertaste as well, along with maybe even a hint of caramel malt. But they only provide a very light sweetness - the bitterness is dominant, even well after the beer has left your mouth. Medium bodied, lightly oily and a touch away from being sticky, medium-high carbonation.

Not a huge fan of the spicy hop characters being so dominant, but it's done pretty well here. Would have liked a bit more citrus coming off in the flavor profile, but you can't have it all, can you? Still a pretty decent beer that I wouldn't turn down in the future.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, unknown date. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours hazy red/orange/amber with a three finger foamy off-white head that leaves rings of lacing behind and has excellent retention.

Aroma is citrus, blood orange, pineapple, fruity hops, pine, bready and caramel malt. Good strength.

Flavor is citrusy, piney, fruit and resinous hops, decent caramel malt backbone, mild sweetness, solid bitterness, mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation.

Very good IPA. Has some malt balance, but the hops ultimately shine. Been wanting to try some DC Brau stuff for a while and glad to have an opportunity to do so.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The Corruption pours a hazy amber with a moderate rocky head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind thick clumps of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't very strong but has notes of orange citrus and some sweet malt.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth, slightly chewy with mild carbonation. The flavor is sweet with some citrus hop bitterness. It begins with caramel malt and some biscuit. In the middle hoppy flavors of orange citrus and pine move in. It finishes moderately bitter. The bitterness lingers along with the citrus flavor when gone.

This is a nicely balanced beer that feels like a double IPA. However it seems to lean more on the sweet malty side.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Single can from Liquor Outlet.

Murky orange body (still appealing) topped by four fingers of bone china micro bubbles. Excellent lacing.

Big enticing citrus aroma, oranges and grapefruit, hints of pine.

Big malty foundation, thickly coats the tongue. Heavy citrus. Even heavier bitter bomb builds to the swallow.

Medium to full mouthfeel.

Alcohol levels aside, seems like more IIPA than IPA, just as the Pale seemed more an IPA. I like it, but I like the little brother more.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice vigorous and creamy off-white head. The beer itself is a beautifully clear amber with hints of orange.

The smell seems to be dominated by a mixture of grapefruit and floral hops. No hint of malts.

A big strong hop taste upfront with a sweet malty backbone running all the way through and hoppy finish. The first round of hops has a strong grapefruit taste and the final round of hops have a more pine resin taste. The malty backbone goes all the way through.

Biting carbonation and medium bodied with a smooth feel.

A very strong and very hoppy AIPA that will corrupt your tongue. This beer is one of my favorite mainstays that I can't get anywhere else but home. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy burnt orange color. The medium-sized, orange-tinted head has a dense, frothy texture. Retention is good, and some nice rings and splotches of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Big notes of resin, pine, and citrus (orange and grapefruit). Some funky/herbal tones are also present. I'm not surprised to learn that this beer uses Columbus hops. Hop aroma is at the fore, but there's a fairly firm caramel and toasted bread aroma as well, for the style. Some esters are also noticeable, giving off a bit of a raw, yeasty character.

T: Some light toastiness and moderate caramel sweetness up front. A bit maltier than many IPAs. Hop bitterness is blunt and assertive, with big pine resin, grapefruit pith, and complex herbal flavors. Sticky hop notes linger for a long while, eventually fading into some fruity ester flavor and a biting aftertaste.

M: Rather full-bodied. Some medium initial sweetness is quickly overcome by a cascade of hop bitterness, leading to the expected dry finish. There is a coating feel to the aftertaste.

O: This is a good, rough-around-the-edges brawler of an IPA. It's definitely not a West Coast-style IPA, thanks to the fairly robust maltiness and murky, estery character. Columbus hops offer a diverse and complex array of aromas and flavors, with a slightly blunt finishing effect. This is a welcome addition to DC's lacking microbrew lineup.

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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])

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is quite hazy orange amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of earthy hops in the nose along with some notes of citrus.
T: Like the smell, notes of citrusy, earthy and spicy flavors from the Columbus hops really stand out in the taste and contribute a moderate amount of bitterness. The bitterness particularly stands out and lingers through the finish, tasting a bit like pine resin hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer delivers the aroma and taste of a hoppy Imperial IPA without being full-bodied. It is very easy to drink.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one at a past Random Sunday Tasting! Served from can into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, pine, and pine hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, pine hop, citrus, and caramel. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I had heard good things about this brew going into it and definitely did not disappoint at all. A nice touch of hoppiness and a good balance of sweetness as well. I was really quite glad to see the citrus show up as just pine hop can definitely destroy a beer in my opinion. This fact made it quite easy to drink and rather enjoyable. I definitely would not mind having this one again in the future without hesitation.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy deep golden orange in color with some hints of copper and amber with a very light hint of sediment in suspension. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light beige head that reduces very slowly to a very thick film covering the surface of the beer and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit, pine, and tropical/pineapple hops with some very light hints of caramel malts.

T: Upfront this beer has a light amount of caramel malt sweetness that is quickly overtaken by the strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, pine, and tropical/pineapple hops. Moderate to strong amounts of bitterness that lingers for a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Creamy

O: I really enjoyed the combination of hops in this beer and the slightly aggressive bitterness - I rang in the 2013 New Year while drinking this one and was quite pleased with my choice. Fairly easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden - this is a beer for a true hop lover.

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Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oooo-eee, IPA in a can. Sorry I don't remember who sent this, I think it was an extra from someone and I forgot to mark it down, so if you sent it to me please let me know and I'll give you credit. Thanks, Cheers!

Pours a nice fluffy almost 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, with some layered lacing, over hazy opaque reddish orange tangerine color.

Nose has some fresh hops but not a lot, fruity with some citrus, light tangerine and orange juice, hint of pine and grassy hops as well, with a light sweet malty base.

Taste starts with malts this time, chewy slightly sweet reddish malts, little candy and caramel like malts as well. then onto hops, starting with a spicy bitter hop profile, then moving to slightly earthy and pine with just a hint of citrus and juicy flavors. The bitterness really ramps as it goes, moving to almost astringent on the finish. Finish is quite dry, long lingering spicy chewy hop profile, slightly astringent bitterness that lingers forever like I just bit into a hop pellet.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb (yay cans).

Overall pretty good, more of an East Coast style IPA, even though I don't like to classify East vs West coast IPAs, this is more of the stereotypical East Coast variety, nice malty base for balance, hops more on the spicy piny with some citrus. However, the dry finish and huge slightly astringent bitterness gives it another take as it lingers for what seems like eternity. Pretty good beer overall though.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- pours a cloudy orange with a half inch head that settles to a quarter inch with lots of lacing

Smell- hops dominate but still a very pleasant smell

Taste- bitter but not excessive not overly sweet

Mouthfeel-smooth but the hop bitterness stays on your tongue in a good way

Overall- a very good IPA I need to visit the Brewery sometime

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slight haze on a marmalade/burnt orange colored body. Head is small and bright-white. Drops to thin cap and rocky collar. Minimal carbonation. Pours a bit thicker than I would expect.

Smell: Pine resin, pithy. Earthy bitterness. Solid malt backbone has a touch of caramel sweetness with some lighter bread crust notes in the back. Touches of raw honey mingle. Bright and full of citrus. Nicely balanced.

Taste: A bit raw. Some aggressive pine resins and grapefruit flesh. Straight bitterness lingers in the back of everything. Grapefruit begins to push as the beer warms. Nice backing malt sweetness leaves the hops to do their thing. Earth and pine. Yeast punches through after the bitterness acclimates.

Mouthfeel: Drying finish. Moderate body. Carbonation runs just on the light side of medium. Easily drinkable.

Overall: Solid, not exactly memorable.

A nice approach with some overall drinkable vibes. Lacked that assertive raw that I feel is required when you go with it. Needs a bit of polish or a bit less, but what it has is neither. This can be considered a good thing.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, no bottled-on date, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy copper color, topped with a thin white head, leaves nice lacing.

S- Very hoppy, lots of citrus, pine and resin but also some dank, earthy hop notes.

T- Solid but not overpowering hoppiness layered over caramel, bready malt. The hops are similar to the nose, with a nice dose of grapefruit, orange and pine resin but also some awesome dank earthiness, also some black pepper.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, nice carbonation, has a dry finish.

O- A very nice, tasty IPA, this is definitely my favorite of DC Brau's regular offerings, definitely give this a try if you see it.

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Photo of raznug
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a hazy dark orange to a light copper color and is topped with ¾” of white head that dissipates rather slowly.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is a nice blend of citrus and grass hop aromas that blend nicely.
Taste: When I taste this beer it tends to be a typical IPA with not much standing out of the flavor not that it is a bad thing but any more for an IPA to stand out it needs to POP and this is a rather run of the mill IPA.
Mouthfeel: This runs a bit on the thin side of the mouthfeel and leaves the typical amount of hop resin left for the aftertaste.

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Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received two as extras in a trade. One given to JLindros, the other poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a slight hazy orangy copper with a nice one finger creamy white head that faded to leave a nice thin blanket. and leave light lacing.

S - Aroma is pretty solid. nice piney hops and resin with some light malty sweetness.Balanced on the heavier side of hops.

T - Taste isnt bad. Nice bitter pine notes and some malty sweetness. Actually, this is balanced quite nicely. Alcohol not noticeable with a good lingering bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, which is good so it doesn't distract from the bitter finish and mouthfeel.

O - Overall, not a bad IPA at all. Was expecting much worse from these guys. Nice and easy drinking.

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Photo of Guden
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy gold with a small white head that leaves lots of lacing.

S- Mud and grass are the most noticeable, some pine and caramel are also in the mix. Pretty interesting but not really to style.

T- Again pine and mud come through in the mix with grapefruit peel filling the middle and a finish of fairly high piney bitterness. There's also a touch of balancing fruity sweetness in the mix that keeps the bitterness from overwhelming.

M- Fairly thin with low carbonation, works pretty well for the style and goes well with the beer.

O- I really liked this one to begin with but the heavy pine bitterness and grapefruit peel taste would've been better suited with more malt, as is it drains on my senses and I have no desire for another for a little while. An interesting take on the style nonetheless.

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Photo of toodles808
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, purchased @ brewery... Poured into Goblet... This is one of my usual go to session beers... happy to review a daily hitter...

A- Hazy orange/copper hew, Definitely looks like some hop haze in there, rich fluffy white head, that persists...

S -Definitely pull that columbus Hop aroma, Dank, Resin, Getting some biscuity/bready malt under tones in the background.

T- follows the aroma... Dank,Dank,Dank from the columbus hops.... Hop dense Resin followed by a solid malt backbone, subtle sweetness at the back on the tongue yet more hop forward at the beginning... Refreshing and brisk...

M- moderate carbonation, filling, yet conservatively session-able, dry finish.

Overall- Definitely a solid staple beer... This is one of my go to session work outside / chill with the guys beers... This to me is an outstanding beer 2-3 days out of the brewery, DC Brau is putting out some great brews... I enjoy the benefit of being in there back yard, and drinking this beer routinely only days fresh...

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. can from a 6-pack purchased at the DC Brau brewery.

A: Cloudy orange with a little soapy head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Piney hops dominate, a little bit of citrus and bready malt. Distinctly Columbus hops.

T: Similar to the aroma. Really nice hop flavors in this one. Decent malt backbone.

M: Good carbonation. Drinks like a hoppy pale ale.

O: I enjoyed this one, and I love to support the local brewery.

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Photo of dontpanic5
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a kickass bitterness. It's too much for my tastes truthfully. I drank this out of the can at the Black Cat nightclub in DC. I just averaged the scores for appearance and smell from my other scores because of this. It said you can have it out of the can on the side, so it's okay! The mouthfeel is great, just the right amount of carbonation with a medium heaviness. The taste is good but too intense for me.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

DC Brau Corruption is an IPA with a wonderful complex aroma and a simple, bitter malty flavour. I wish there was more to the flavour. I remember it being better when I've had it before so maybe I'll buy some more and re-review it another time.

A: Cloudy orange colour and a decent head that fades quite quickly. 3.5

S: Fragrant hops. Floral and a little sweet. Wonderful. 4.5

T: Malty with bitterness and a little sweetness. Fresh and crisp, but there isn't as much hop flavour as I expected (or wanted)... just malt and bitterness. Maybe this is psychological, but I think I can taste aluminium. 3.5

M: A little flat. 3

O: 3

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a nonic.

Pours a very cloudy orange with huge chunks of yeast swirling around in the glass. One finger of sticky foam. Aroma is nicely hoppy, piney, sweet resin.

First sip is... quite bitter, body a bit on the thin side. Lots of pine hop flavor with a sticky mouthfeel. Malt sweetness is buried behind the hops. Long lingering bitter aftertaste, but not overly harsh.

I was a bit turned off at first by the chunky yeast swirling around in this brew, but the beer surprised me - it is a remarkably good IPA. Glad I stumbled upon this one.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1477th Review on BA
Can to Parra Tulip

No canning date

Thanks to my brother in law for this one

App- A darker glowing orange with a yellow tinge and a bit of wheat gold scattered throughout the beer. Had a nice 1-1/2" head with a semi decent amount of cling.

Smell- Smell is much better than the 1st two beers I had from DC. Had more rich citrus with a good hoppy backbone and a tinge of fuller malts on the nose. A bit thick with a little bit of white pepper and wheat.

Taste- The citrus is gone from the aroma and is a big thick beer. The beer drinks bigger than the listed 6.5%. Its a decent beer. So far the beers from DC have been decent but nothing earth shattering.

Mouth- Thicker medium body with a thick carbonation level. Strong malts with a citrus zest residual flavor. Quite a strong ABV residual flavor.

Drink- Again. So far the 3 that I have had have been meh. Noses are better than flavors. Glad I got the state ticks, but if I trade for DC. I think will be for OTWOA.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz CAN, lugged 2800 miles west by "blackie"

appearance: hazy orange body, big fluffy white head with nice sticky lace. nice.

smell: resiny, grapefruit rind, bready, caramel. strongly hopped.

taste: citrusy - grapefruit rind, sugar, pine resin, floral with herbal notes. This passes the self-proclaimed "NW IPA" test - good stuff

mouthfeel: lingering bitterness, smooth body

overall: good - look out San Diego, DC is coming... (sarcasm)

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The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.