The Corruption - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,021
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 44
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 UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drabmuh for sending me this one!

Pours a slightly murky dark orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is solely of herbal and dank hops. Taste is of intense herbal hops up front with a slight malt flavor on the finish. There is a pretty assertive bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the hop flavors are pretty intense and aggressively bitter.

Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for the hookup with a can of this. Poured into a pub glass, the brew appears a fairly clear copper color with just shy of 2 fingers worth of off-white froth. Some particulate is stuck in suspension keeping this brew from being polished. The cap maintains fairly well with a frothy coating that recedes leaving patches and webby strings of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is a mixture of hoppiness that comes across herbal, pitted, earthy and somewhat pine-like. There is a bit of juicy nearly tropical inclusion here keeping things bright and interesting. It is somewhat fruity and floral as it opens up in my glass. Under the hops is a touch of toasty grain and a hint of minerals. The warmer it gets, it becomes almost dank and weedy in character.

The taste is rindy, fruity and floral with more flavor initially than perceived bitterness. As the experience continues the hops take on more of an herbal and catty quality that blends into some weedy dank character. It is a bit cheesy across the back with some almost dirty pils quality. I say dirty but I mean that affectionately. A bit of crisp almost mineral aspect is the last thing noted in the flavor profile.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is crisp, refreshing and easy drinking. The alcohol level is very well integrated and it just works. I am very appreciate of the opportunity to give this one a try Heath, thanks again.

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 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.

Photo of Naugros
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The foam wanted to leap from the can just after I opened it. Got it to the glass in time and the head was massive, full of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom in a race to the top. The head has enough structure to raise it more than an inch above the rim after the second pour. Nice. Cloudy amber body with an inner orange glow.

The smell is very piny with a touch of grapefruit representing for the hops. The malts have a weaker representative in the form of biscuit. A very slight sulfuric tang resides in back, otherwise this smells like a pretty nice IPA.

The taste is a bit different...same elements, just in different balance. The hops and malts balance a bit better up front, but the finish is long and resinous with pine tar sitting at the back of the tongue.

A little slickness on the tongue from this medium-bodied beer. Not a bad IPA and one that I would order on tap if in the DC area, but nothing I would hunt down to bring back home. Definitely a better creation than their The Civilian.

Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of frothy off-white head. This retains with a ½ finger of rich foam, leaving back a sudsy cascade of sticky lacing. The aroma is freshly floral, piney, and a touch spicy, with bright citrus character and gentle herbal tones underneath. Malt activity lingers around the back of the nose, giving this a grainy push in spots but the main focus here is on those robust hop flavors.

The taste is a mix of grapefruit bitterness and herbal textures the whole way through, with a touch of riper fruit that sticks to the bready balancing sweetness of the malt. The hops finish this strong with a dry and resinous feel that trails pith and spice on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a softer mellow crispness to the carbonation and a good bit of easy feeling slickness that carries the alcohol here well. The overall feel here though could maybe use just a tad more pop in the mouth.

I liked this. There is a prominent herbal flavor and feel to this that got to be a little too much in the taste at times but it also helped contribute to the easy drinking and smooth feel and I think that in the end, just the overall fresh brightness of the citrus flavors here really carries this through to the finish. This is a quality IPA and I definitely see more of it in my future.

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.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: lots of carbonation; very little head; dark orange color, lacing ok
S: pleasant pine/hop aroma; sweet smelling
T: nice, complex AIPA; smooth aftertaste--very smooth; piney; goes down easily
M: thick and vibrant

Very fine beer.

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.

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.

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 Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at Union Station. Poured a hazy medium gold, with a tan creamy head, one finger high. Very nice lacing on the glass.
Smell is very fruity, peach and citrus are noticeable, ad well as a good hop character.
The taste is quite surprising! Very mellow hop character, yet certainly within the category of the style. Fruits up front, tasty malt in the middle and a nice balanced finish. I really liked this beer and will check out more of this brewery! Go D.C.!

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold w/ good head and lace retention on top of a textbook citric hop aroma and touches of sweet caramel malt. Very citric and soapy, I love the hop profile in this IPA as it is real hoppy but easy to drink and not overpowering and while it is crisp it finishes clean and slightly sweet thanks to caramel malt (that is not overpowered). Not the most complex IPA but it gets the job done and does it well.

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

On tap at ChurchKey. Pours a deep orange color with a thin off-white head. The nose is heavy with pine, grapefruit, and orange notes. The flavor is like an amped up version of their APA with a good bit of pine and citrus, a little malt sweetness, and a pretty solid finishing bitterness that lingers. The alcohol is there but well managed. Medium bodied with average carbonation leading to a long, bitter finish. What a great IPA, I really like what DC Brau is doing.

Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the bar in the Washington Hilton - poured into a shaker pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy, amber color with a low skim coat of tan foam. Light foamy lacing left behind.

S - Soapy, bitter, light sugar and caramel, citrus - especially grapefruit. Very balanced overall and even aroma with nothing overpowering anything else.

T - Sweet, sugary and malty with caramel. A firm, tight and slightly medicinal bitterness, alcohol is noticeable, citrus, grapefruit juice like...not quite west coast but a valiant attempt.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, lower carbonation, creamy, bitter, firm and very bitter aftertaste.

O - Good IPA...not great. Heavily medicinal like bitterness takes away a bit from its drinkability and overall impression.

Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber in color. Somewhat cloudy. Forms a large off-white head. Good retention. Copious lacing.

S: Fairly aromatic. Strong scent of pine and a little pine resin. Grapefruit to a lesser extent.

T: Similar to the nose. Moderate malt backbone. Some caramel malts, but not at all sweet. Hops come on strong, with flavors of pine, pine resin, and grapefruit. Earthy and somewhat woody with some herbal notes on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Strong bitterness.

O: A pretty damn good IPA. Not the best out there, but a very respectable East Coast style IPA.

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.

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

A nice, rich and rather quaffable IPA

Presentation: Growler from DC Brau's NE headquarters. Small dryboard with general growler offering notes. Tasting room staff offers a nice and diligent description of the brew, with an enticing free sample. Notes Alc. by Vol. (6.5%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy amber pour, towering frothy head with good retention, nice surface memory and rich lacing.

S - Nice resinous nose, caramel touch and back to the bitter hoppy sense.

T - Nice hoppy profile, resinous and herbal… hint of citrus in the distance. Sweet caramel. Rather malty holding the hops pretty well.

M - Medium body soft carbonation with a very creamy and smooth feel.

O - Quality IPA made in the District, and growler fresh, what is not to like.

Notes: This is quite nice, maybe like a maltier and maybe more resinous version of their Public. Now, this IPA may deserve higher notes…. Dunno, but I am partially influenced by the great sense I'm getting from the fresh cans picked up at the brewery of the Public, which I feel now its the better brew (BTW, I need to re-review that can because the fresh hop sense of that pale ale is something else.) Great local IPA in any case, about time...

Photo of siege06nd
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler of DC Brau's Corruption to help me through Hurricane Irene. Poured into my Jackie O's tulip...

A: Beautiful. A golden amber color that practically glows in the glass. A finger and a half of cream colored head slowly recedes to three quarter finger. Lacing blankets the insides of the glass. Really good head retention and lacing. Great looking IPA.

S: Mild citrus, pine, and a surprising malty sweetness. Not as hoppy on the nose as I'd prefer, but still a good smelling beer.

T: Bitter, earthy hops with a piney sweetness. Well-balanced. A maltier, sweeter IPA. Tastes a lot like a super sized version of The Public. A nice lingering bitterness on the finish. Definitely a heavier, more savory IPA. Surprisingly sweet and thick.

M: Well-balanced. Carbonation is just fine.

O: Corruption is a very tasty IPA. I prefer mine with a little more citrus character, but the malty sweetness and earthy bitterness suits Corruption just fine. Good job, DC Brau.

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

On tap at PP Dupont.

Golden amber color, much lighter than The Public. White head with adequate lacing and retention. Resiny pine and citrus nose. Flavor is similar to The Public, but has slightly more sweetness, both from malt and the resiny citrus hops. Bitter throughout, but not recklessly so. Cans of this will be nice.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

first off, huge thanks to drabmuh for a growler of this as the prize from the minimum reviews BIF. can't say thanks enough.

pours a shimmering light golden amber hue with some decent bubbles fueling a two-plus-finger light caramel white creamy head that fades to a steady ring that leaves truly stunning sticky webby lacing.

aroma is straight up ipa. rich caramel malt and honey, highlighted by green, piney hops with subtle hints of citrus. smells incredibly solid.

tastes like an ipa. this what i think of when i hear IPA. rich, earthy, sweet malts, bright, vibrant piney hops. resinous, woodsy piney hops. hints of citrusy hops with some lime, but pine shines through. sappy. delicious. well balanced yet still heavy hops. delicious.

mouth is pretty stunning. moderate body, soft but full carbonation creates a creamy mouthfeel through what would almost be a resinous, sticky heavy brew. it works beautifully.

well balanced with a hefty hoppy profile, this is almost like the quintessential ipa. everything works beautifully and it's a truly solid, enjoyable brew with just enough character to leave me wanting another visit. top notch. again, big thanks to drabmuh for the hook up... I'll definitely be iso this brewery in the future.

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 Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden-copper color with a good white head and a nice ring or two of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose is quite nice with a good dosing of piney hops plus some citrus and grapefruit. The flavor brings forward the hops as well. Nothing overpowering, but quite nice. Beautiful bitterness in the feel. Medium body and good carbonation. Looking forward to this being more widely available.

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

The third offering in the DC Brau bucket after their Penn Quarter Porter and Public releases (and just before their Citizen). So far, it may be my least fave among them, but that's only for liking the others too much.

The corruption looks and smells beautiful, and achieves an awesome hop and citrus backbone without that taste-bud-killing alpha-acidity that so often supports that skeleton. Almost always available at the usual dc beer haunts, fresh pours can be enjoyed just about all day without any flavor fatigue. This is a great one to session at DC9's rooftop bar.

Photo of localone703
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A damn solid IPA. It's not over the top (because that would be called an Imperial IPA you hop-head geek dummies) nor is it bursting with tropicals and citrus, but it does have a pervasive woody, sappy, and dash of citrusy hop persistence from beginning to end; reminding you that it is no doubt an IPA at every sniff, sip, and swallow. This is an everyday IPA, much like their Pale Ale is also a superb daily beverage (if your lucky enough to live close enough).

The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,021 ratings.