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The Corruption - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

908 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 908
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 39
Gots: 95 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

4/425/4/4/4

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of MCain04
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 908 ratings.