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The Corruption - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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very good

179 Reviews

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Reviews: 179
Hads: 1,100
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 27.13%
Wants: 45
Gots: 158 | 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 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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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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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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Photo of AndyAvalanche
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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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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Photo of KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I visited the brewery in northeast D.C. yesterday with a friend and my girlfriend. Left with a 64 oz. growler of The Corruption IPA, given its excellent reputation and my previous experience with On the Wings of Armageddon. Suffice it to say, D.C. Brau knows how to do hoppy beer. Poured into my Beer Geek Nation tulip.

Appearance (4.25/5): Cloudy dark copper orange, beautiful IPA on the darker side of the color spectrum for the style. Visibly carbonated, two finger head off white head. Lots of lacing on the glass' sides.

Smell (4.25/5): Very piney and grapefruity with a solid malt base to back up the potent citric and pine notes emanating from the glass. Light biscuity/bready malt lurks in the background, but of course the hops are the star of the show.

Taste (4.5/5): Hops hit with a massive amount of piney and citric hop bitterness that's reminiscent of Green Flash West Coast. Light bready notes. The yeast actually plays a big role in creating and emphasizing the pronounced fruitiness of this heavenly hoppy ale. The hops are aggressive throughout but nowhere more so than in the finish, which is massively bitter and puckering. Not palate shredding, but this here beer seriously gives you a hop fix.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): Good medium carbonation keeps this beer highly drinkable. The malt gives this beer enough body and the sheer resinousness of the hop flavor thickens it up as well. The best part of this beer's feel is the awesome puckering sensation in the finish.

Overall (4.25/5): D.C. Brau has a real winner here with the corruption. Perhaps not as insane as On the Wings of Armageddon, The Corruption is still one excellent drinking beer. I'm extremely pleased that I got it super-fresh straight from the brewery. You can't beat the intensity you get from a freshly brewed IPA. We'll be back, D.C. Brau!

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Photo of spinrsx
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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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!

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Photo of MacQ32
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of justin_nj
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.09/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Beejay
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A very dirty apricot color, nice off white head. The body of the beer is quite hazy.

S: Pine and grapefruit. A touch of resin perhaps a hint of onion, but barely perceptible. Some nice caramel sweetness. Smells real nice.

T: Hops come right out, grapefruit, pine and some citrus. The onion flavor does persist into the flavor, but it is not overwhelming. The bitterness is solid, with a touch of an earthy bite in the finish. There is enough sweetness to help balance out the hops, but not so much of a balance that it becomes boring.

M: Medium in body, carbonation is medium, with a slight bite in the finish, perhaps from carbonation, perhaps from hops. There is a slight oily feel in the finish.

O: Overall very enjoyable, I like this beer a lot. The onion type flavor I pick up is subtle enough that it doesn't bother, and makes this beer unique.

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Photo of gopens44
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great looking pour- perfect lacing and vibrant copper orange color. Nose filled with crisp and earthy bitterness which reflects the taste identically - crisp, earthy bitterness witha slightly citrusy finish that clings to the tongue in a blanket of dryness.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vibrant golden-orange body. Loads of spotty paving until the last drop.

The nose is mostly resinous pine. Herbal mint. Bready malt.

Taste is pine, herbal hops, and a pretty hefty bready malt. Great balance while maintaining solid bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, sticky, average carbonation.

I found it to be a very good IPA. It has a very nice balance and is very approachable.

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The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.