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The Corruption - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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175 Reviews

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Reviews: 175
Hads: 1,071
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 27.39%
Wants: 47
Gots: 149 | 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 WheelsPSU
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first beer as soon as I arrived at the Brewery with a few friends. The staff was very friendly and Brandon, the owner, was interacting with most groups.

Poured an amberish red/copper color with a generous tan head. Looked inviting.

The smell is herbal with a big dank hit. I couldn't smell the alcohol. A bit of a malty caramel scent after the beer warmed. So far so good.

The taste was sweeter than expected. Grain and caramel gave way to pine and a bit of dry hoppiness. The bitterness strikes late which improves the overall taste.

Not terribly crisp but nice and dry with good carbonation.

Overall a solid northwest rendition of an IPA with the late bitterness the best part.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Pours a reddish brown color with over an inch of head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is dank hops, pine, spicy hops, and caramel malts. The taste is more of the dank hops along with some pine. Caramel malts and bread. Bitter dank hops at the finish with some spicy hop notes. Lots of carbonation with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Not much of an alcohol presence. Overall, this is a really solid IPA I'll be buying again. Welcome to CT.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is amber, opaque; head is light tan, about 1/4 inch thick and lingers pretty well, some light head lacing on the glass.

Smell is on the malty side of ipas, biscuit then caramel, not overly sweet; hops are piney, earthy, floral.

Taste is also on the malty side, though the hop presence is more prounonced than the aroma: malt is toast and biscuit then sweeter, caramel like; hops are bitter, piney, earthy, touch of grapefruit and lemon.

Mouthfeel is very good, nice lingering bitterness with the sweeter malt flavors; presence is balanced on tongue and cheeks.

Overall, a solid IPA, maybe touch on the sweeter, malty side but good hop backbone.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color; almost two inches of foam rise up to cap the liquid and leaves nice strands of lacing on the way down

Smell: Rich and dank, quite piney with a hint of caramel malt underneath

Taste: A touch of caramel at the outset, and while the malt lingers from start to finish, the piney hops take over and wallop the taste buds; pine, hop resins and a bit of pith build through the middle; reasonably balanced in the finish though, as expected, it leans to the hoppy side

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice IPA that is packed with as much flavor as one often finds in a DIPA

Thanks, Dave_Treat, for the opportunity

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Photo of ctbeerman1
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nice dank ipa with soft mouth feel and plenty of pine aroma and a touch of cannibis defintly a rebuy. iwould put it in the top 25 ipas out there,buy some and expirence the goodness.plus it comes in a attractive green and silver can which will catch your eyes,glad to see it in the ct market,looking forward to try other offerings from them.

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Photo of d5001986
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into tulip.

A: Pours amber-red with medium beige head.

S: Mainly citrus, some pine, and caramel.

T: Pine and grapefruit with strong lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body, a bit heavy on the carbonation.

O: Not a bad IPA, but nothing impressive either. It's just OK for me.

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Photo of argock
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of larryi86
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.91/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Birdmarg741
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a stemmed pokal glass.

Amber with 2 fingers of bone-white head that dissipates slowly. Excellent clarity with low-medium carbonation.

Caramel, earth, pine, florals and grapefruit zest.

Caramel cubes and biscuity maltiness. Earthy, floral, damp and spicy hop aromas. Notes of orange citrus, dried pine needles and grapefruit zest.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Earthy and spicy. Very well balanced and easy drinking.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of guityler83
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of corby112
2.22/5  rDev -42.6%
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.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -22.5%
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%

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Photo of delta490
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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


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Photo of jjboesen
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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?)

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The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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