The Corruption - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

169 Reviews
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Reviews: 169
Hads: 1,035
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 45
Gots: 141 | 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 argock
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (1,346 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of Birdmarg741
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass from a growler. Enjoyed over 30 minutes.

A: Dulled orange gold. Pours in an IPA glass with a nice head with moderate retention. After settling, a substantial lacy film lingers atop the liquid and clings to the sides of the glass throughout the drinking experience.

S: Strong, very pleasant aroma. Smells of tangerine flower; a mixture of honeysuckle and citrus. Grassy notes hide underneath the citrus- even hemp for only a moment.

T: The taste upfront is less robust than what you expect from the smell. It is hoppy, certainly. Grapefruit is the predominant citrus flavor; both bitterness of the pith and the late occurring sweetness of the fruit shine through. Though citrus does not dominate the experience. Grassy floral notes come through later in the sip, and grassy hemp takes over the aftertaste, lingering in a pleasant way.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty typical mouthfeel for a traditional IPA.

O: This is certainly a great IPA; absolutely worth a try. It is easy to drink - not incredibly high in alcohol, nor is it a hop bomb that will destroy your palette for an hour. More than solid for a traditional brew in its class. (1,206 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the brew house and enjoyed again from a growler about two weeks after the fill, poured into an IPA glass and consumed over an hour.

The color is a rich chestnut marmalade with good clarity. A puffy head capped my tasting pour, and a much thicker one rose from the floor of my proper container at home. Lacing was really compelling--patterned patchy. A third of an inch of the cap remained with a lumpy center island and rim fed by broken tracks of carbonation.

The nose is full of evergreen and fruit in nice proportion. It's a little more dank when not as fresh, but then also more toasted nutty with more complex spice and herb notes. Still, the core of spruce and grapefruit plus tangerine reflect the fine use of a very good hop.

It's bitter right up front, and turns just a touch too funky for me early in the taste profile--a feature that is accentuated with any age--but not with warming as I expected it might. And, there's great complexity to round it out on a light but sturdy core of malt. It's got the clean evergreen glide you hope for with citrus and herbs riding along; hemp is a major player with bigger gulps and warming. It's smoky as the temperature rises, too. Later in swallows, creosote and spruce take over with an aftertaste that re-brightens around grapefruit pith.

Others have been thrilled with the mouthfeel, but I find it a touch thin. The body is lighter than moderate. Carbonation is nice, and aides the evolution of flavors. One hardly senses the ethanol.

I like this brew a great deal. It's easy to drink at the same time that savoring attention is rewarded. It was great with my New Year's good luck meal of pork and sauerkraut, too. Versatile and solid. (1,703 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.95/5  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. (496 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
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 (1,299 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  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. (254 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dense finger of off white head formed in the tulip glass. Dark copper to mahogany in color beer with a light haze. Good head retention and nice lacing as the beer fell into the liquidd

S: Huge pine aroma, think spruce trees. Notes of tropical candy peek through the pine, like skittles. Subtle toasty malt character is detected also.

T: Firm tropical fruit hop bitterness followed by a tittle wave of pine. The pine follows through to the end and dominates most of the pallet from there on but evolves to a more dank/dark flavor.. if that makes sense. The malt profile doesn't quite support the hop bill there is a toasty flavor detected.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. A lingering hop oil slickness is left on the pallet after a few sips.

O: If I was to summaries this beer in one word it would be 'Pine'. I would have liked a bit more malt character and some diversity in the hop flavors, but it was a flavorful beer non the less. (945 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-malt, pine, citrus, earthy, slight herbal

T-bready malt, citrus, earthy, herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent IPA, nothing sets it apart from a multitude of others (276 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of corby112
2.22/5  rDev -42.8%
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. (1,315 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -22.7%
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% (400 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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 (1,138 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As do many craft beers of late, this one comes canned. It opnes with a cascading froth that settles into a cloudy copper body topped by a sturdy vanilla crown. There is an intense blast of pine cone emanating from both can and glass (You could quaff it straight from the can....) Once on the palate, there is a sweet mix of pine needle and mango and is hoppy enough to avoid a retaining bitterness. The Corruption really makes for a fine sessional: nice balance, decent body and somewhat smooth.

Since DC Brau is based in Washington, DC, it is very appropriate to name this beer "The Corruption," which harkens back to the day of real dirty politics and "The Corrupt Bargain," an insider deal that put John Quincy Adams in the White House.

(So, who do we blame for Obama?) (774 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In commemoration of backstage politics, the same strong-arm notion of placing Adams in the White House is echoed in the strong-hop presence in this citrusy ale.

Pouring a deep honey-amber hue, the ale shows surprising clarity despite a light veil of haze. Creamy, bone-white and blanketed- the beer's foam caps its body with strong staying power but only lacing mildly.

Lead by citrus prominence, the aromas are front and center with all-things-hops. White grapefruit, equipped with juices, piths and peels all capture the zesty and crisp sense of Pacific Northwest hops along with sprucy underpinnings and fresh cut grass. With just enough toasted caramel sweetness in its scent, the hops are firmly supported.

But its in taste where the ale transpired in reverse order. First off, the toffee malts and nutty graininess gives the early palate a glimpse of "Cracker Jacks" ballpark candy. But that's short lived as the taste of hops quickly take command. Then the grapefruit, under-ripened oranges and grassy/piney taste begin its dominance in the middle before delving toward a resinous dry bitterness of grass and stem.

Medium bodied to start, the beer's creaminess and toffee sweetness fuse together for a lift and expansive mouthfeel. But as the carbonation recedes and the sweetness fades, the beer dries out beautifully and finishes with the dry, crisp, and clean bite of hops. Its resinous dryness and mild alcohol warmth adds to the beers high rate of refreshment and drinkability to close.

The Corruption is a formidable IPA that provides a bigger "toasty" malt support than what's needed for the IPA style. Also its hop character could be more aggressive in order to sell its hop dominance in all facets: aroma, flavor and bitterness. Yet as is, it suits the style well and with find a pleasant home in the bellies of many-a-hop head. (1,849 characters)

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

Good, solid hoppy AIPA. Pours a nice honey/amber color with good lacing. The slightly off white head is a good size, but retention is a bit lacking.

Nice piney hops aroma. Flavor is good. Not a total hop bomb, but piney hops rule the roost here. Good robust flavor.

Mouthfeet is good for an AIPA. Rich enough, crisp, good hops bite.

Overall a good AIPA, in a can for portability. The price is right and the flavor is good. Not a top tier AIPA but more than worth while. (472 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid comes out a dark orange color, when held up to the light, it glows a lighter orange. Nice creamcicle colored cap that comes up really thick. Bubble sizes vary among large and small. Nice lacing the whole way through, really good looking IPA.

YOu can tell this is an IPA with a lot of quality ingredients. There's an initial sweetness, some quality toasted malt sweetness, and big nice aromas of honey malts. The sweet aromas followed by some nice hop aromas. Some floral and pine, but citrus is the primary. Grapefuit, not quite ripe orange, tangerine and lemon peel, slight grassy aromas as well.

Taste is easily the best part, this is a truly outstanding tasting IPA. There is a lot of sweetness that comes from the huge malt backbone, an outstanding combination. After that the above mentioned hop profile flavors come out. According to the website there's 40 lbs of Columbus Hops used, and its evident, it's a hoppy beer. Lots of above mentioned citrus flavor as well as some natural nectar and pine aftertaste, slight grassiness. Bitterness is evident but not overwhelming. I've had less flavorful Imperial/Double IPAs.

Moutfeel is really good. Closer to full bodied with a perfect carbonation level and really smooth. Nice malt sweetness followed by the earthy hop bitterness and it's absolutely perfectly balanced. Crazy drinkable, and in the can, it's both "crushable" and savable. This beer is so freaking awesome, I'm jealous that I don't live in DC. Easily one of the best year round IPAs that are available. If I lived in DC it would be my stand by IPA for sure. (1,640 characters)

Photo of MCain04
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Dave_Treat, after I got screwed over on a trade for OTWOA, he hooked me up with some and also threw in some DC Brau extras including The Corruption. No canning date on the bottle, poured into a spiegelau tulip.

Big foamy head on this beer with great retention and good lacing. The beer itself is a murky amber-brown, not the prettiest.

Nice aroma on the nose, with citrus, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon rinds, pine needles, and sweet malts.

Surprisingly thin on the palate. Tastes very watery. Not very bitter either, IBU probably around 60. Just a shame that very little of that hop aroma comes through on the taste.

Mouthfeel is fine, average carbonation, medium body, somewhat dry finish.

Not sure if this is better fresher, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to try it again. DC Brau does other beers a lot better! (845 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very pronounced bubbly, bright white head sits atop an orangey/coppery colored ale to set a very good first impression.

The scent is quite tame but nice enough. Stiff malty backbone yields a bit of pine and floral hop aromas.

Strong biscuit flavor towards the front with malt and maple syrup flavor. Piney, floral, resinous hop flavors close out the sip. There's a very strong metallic, bitter pine aftertaste that stays on the tongue and is harshly astringent.

The Corruption invokes memories of Henry Clay, whose home is just miles from mine, so I wanted to rate this highly but the flavors simply don't appease me. (620 characters)

Photo of GJ40
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a can purchased at Chevy Chase Beer & Wine.

Golden with good clarity. A moderate off-white white head with large bubbles that dissipates quickly. Aroma is piney, grassy, earthy hops. There was less than I expected based on their pale ale. Flavor has piney, earthy hops with more hop oils than bitterness or flavor. They create quite a richness. While only a half percentage from the pale ale’s ABV, this is quite a different beer. A moderate consistency with a low carbonation.

A good beer but not exactly my style of IPA. (539 characters)

The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.