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The Corruption - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

758 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 758
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 29
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
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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Photo of TallSaint
4/5  rDev +3.4%

TallSaint, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

ThomasAWilson2, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Zbeetleman, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can received in trade with Phyl21ca - thanks!

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, apricot, resin

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and hops. There is also some grapefruit, apricot, and resin/pine.. and something almost marijuana like. It ends with a hoppy/resiny malty aftertaste.

Overall – A really good IPA with lots of interesting flavours going on. I can't find a date on the can, but it tastes fresh and very hoppy. This is something I'd buy on a regular basis if I had access to it. My first beer from this brewer and it's a winner.

spinrsx, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of TriggerFingers
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In DC for the fourth of July weekend. Picked up a 6'er at a local shop (recent dates).

A- A nice medium golden IPA. From the can its crystal clear with a nice white head that slowly fades.

S- Smells slightly herbal but not as much as I was hoping for from such a Columbus forward beer.

T- I have had countless IPA's that taste like this (and you can tell its Columbus heavy!). Not super danky, but quite herbal to say the least. No overlying sweetness from crystal and some residual grassy bitterness on the finish. Its not on the top of the heap nor anywhere near the bottom of the barrel. With that said, Its really well made, solid overall, and quite tasty! But this IPA could get lost in a shelf of other choices. At $11 for a 6 pack I can think of others I would pick. That being said, if it were a little cheaper, this would compete at a QPR all day long!

M- Nicely carbed, smooth. Nothing that I would note other than that.

O- Glad I tried it. After having some of DC Brau's beers at ACBF, I wanted to try more. This is a solid effort. B/B+. I think anyone should give this one a go!

TriggerFingers, Jul 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Cubatobaco, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a slightly amber copper color with nearly a finger of near white head, ok retention, really nice lacing. Can very easily recreate a full finger of dense, light tan head

S - resinous and grapefruity hops, some tropical fruit as well. Nice sweet malty backbone.

T - sweet malts initially, quickly followed by grapefruit bursts and hoppy resinous pine flavors. A nice kick of spice and then the sweet malty backbone returns. After taste is bitter and resinous but doesn't linger too long. Almost astringent. Could be better balanced

M - a bit heavier bodied than I'd like, medium bodied+, decent carbonation, feels thick on the tongue.

O - decent but resinous/astringency is a bit overpowering. Mouthfeel a bit thick, not bad at all just not quite ideal.

MacQ32, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of kevanb
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a DC Brau Can Glass.

The beer pours a nice copper color, hues of orange and light amber with a nice 2 finger head that is stark white, soapy in texture and has great retention with a great amount of soapy lace left behind. The aroma is of oily hops, bitter and resinous, but lacks some brightness and vibrancy with some sweet malt character behind it. No depth, hardly any balance on the nose, but yet, it's oddly inviting. The flavors are a bit subdued, lots of piney hops, earthy, grassy character, very Columbus forward with some floral qualities to it as well, that quickly turns to sweet malt, present honey and alcohol. The body is nice, juicy, coats the mouth well, moderate to lower carbonation with some creamy aspects to it as well but lacks a dry finish.

Verdict: A decent IPA from DC Brau, but far from the greatness that is OTWOA. I'm not a huge Columbus hop person, especially when it's this forward, but that being said, this is surprisingly drinkable. It's one dimensionally dank and resinous, lacks any vibrancy or brightness, but I had no problems finishing a 12oz can, nor will I have any issue finishes the rest of the 6 pack.

kevanb, Jun 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

avisong, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of GrantBrennan
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

GrantBrennan, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of justin_nj
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 6/2013.

A: Amber/orange in color and very clear. Two fingers of soapy off-white head that stuck around a decent amount of time.

S: Very piney and citrusy, mainly grapefruit but some other tropical fruits come through faintly. Sweet malt. Dank hops. Not a very strong aroma, but it smells really good.

T: Immediately hit with citrus and sweetness at the front of the tongue, which then becomes more intense in the middle of the mouth. The bread toasted malt comes through next while the hop flavor turns from citrus to a resinous flavor with a lot of pine and spice. The bitterness kicks in here in a great way and is fairly aggressive.

M: Very crisp tasting. Medium-full bodied and good carbonation. It has a stickiness about it that coats your entire mouth and allows the flavor to stick around for quite a while after swallowing. No alcohol is present at all. This thing finishes dry and makes you extremely thirsty for more.

O: A really great IPA from a not well known brewery that is consistently pumping out great beer.

justin_nj, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of CSQ1111
4/5  rDev +3.4%

CSQ1111, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

mendvicdog, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

mactrail, Jun 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

radio2525, Jun 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

krl2112, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of ryand14
4/5  rDev +3.4%

ryand14, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a hazy amber color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of citrus notes with strong bitter notes. Taste is also dominated by strong citrus notes with nice floral undertones and solid bitter finish. Body is full with great carbonation. Great mix of floral citrus and grapefruit notes.

Phyl21ca, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange with some clarity and bubbles are seen coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, piney, grassy, herbal, caramel, and bready malts.

Taste: very tasty. Major hop bomb, but very bearable. Same as above with a little bit of caramel and bready malts in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Tingly bitterness, smooth, low to medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: I like it. Happy to have scored a couple cans down in Virginia. Good to see another east coast brewery with a solid IPA.

Flounder57, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a murky gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like bitter grapefruit and resin, with some unripe apricot and herbal hops and honey malt.
T: It tasted like bitter resin and herbal hops, with some grapefruit and a bit of honey malt. It had a clean and lasting very bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice IPA, with great scent and good taste, but only ok body. The finish was pretty harsh, so it wasn't super easy to drink. Not bad, but not great.

Pencible, Jun 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

thegerm87, Jun 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

brewtus, Jun 15, 2013
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.

ThisWangsChung, Jun 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

tgeorgf, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased can for <$2 at total wine in Richmond, VA. Poured into tulip. Nice golden slightly amber color with 2 fingers of head...chewy sticky lacing remains.
Nice hop burst aroma with a bit of spiceyness.
Taste is a resinous, spicy, malty...almost rye-like. Its good but not outstanding. Its a bit over malted and resinous for me. Slightly un-balanced as its a bit too bitter for me, but its not overwhelming. Its a good IPA...if you like malty resin IPAs...good, not great for me.

DrinkSlurm, Jun 13, 2013
The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 758 ratings.