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The Corruption - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

751 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 28
Gots: 60 | 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:
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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4.16/5  rDev +7.5%

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

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

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation and medium bodied with a smooth feel.

Overall:
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.

HattedClassic, Feb 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

duff247, Feb 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ystazi, Feb 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

acurtis, Feb 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

djrn2, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

garuda, Feb 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

wesley14, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Willytee3, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

polishkaz, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Davepoolesque, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

ant880, Feb 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Lambocalrisien, Feb 11, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

Clydesdale, Feb 10, 2013
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4.59/5  rDev +18.6%

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])

MNishCT77, Feb 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Big_V, Jan 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

ZachKelly, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

oldp0rt, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

dcbeers, Jan 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

StArnoldFan, Jan 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

erogers, Jan 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

teamwiggum, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

metter98, Jan 16, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev -7%

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.

thagr81us, Jan 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

outoffocus, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Drumomatic, Jan 12, 2013
The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 751 ratings.