The Corruption - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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87
very good

169 Reviews
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Reviews: 169
Hads: 1,038
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 45
Gots: 143 | 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 HamdenHector
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: slightly hazy; burnt orange; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; very nice, long lasting lacing;

S: dank piney hops; a little earthy; a little floral;

T: caramel with floral up front; malt sweetness added in a mid-palate; finish is earthy and floral with moderate bitterness;

M: medium bodied; ample carbonation;

O; interesting; well made; glad I tried it, but not my style of IPA; (412 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick bubbly and light tan head into a pint glass that left nice sheeting throughout but no lacing. the body was a hazy dark amber.
s - grapefruit with some caramel and breadiness.
t - dull, citrus hops that gets a little spicier with some hints of caramel. this tastes off somehow.
m - slick and slightly thin for the style.
o - not bad but kind of boring and nondescript. (400 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (DOB of 05/27/15) served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange amber. Thin white head with some fine strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Citrus, orange rind, leafiness, hint of honey.

Taste: Hoppy - grapefruit, fresh cut tropical fruit, leafiness. Quick sweet middle which has a hint of honey to it. The finish is bitter and lingering, part grapefruit and just a bit metallic.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Light prickly carbonation on the tongue. A little sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite nice - very hoppy but not a palate wrecker. I suspect I could easily have a 16 oz serving of this before I would be done for the evening with this beer, and maybe I could have another 12oz can before I tired of it. Went nicely with spicy adobo pepper cashew chicken and I suspect would go with a wide range of spicy foods as well. Overall, a well done IPA. (893 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Frothy 2 finger foam. Orange cloudy body. Lots of lacing

S: Hops hops hops, pine, grapefruit.

T: Ok... taste is quite disappointing. I think this brew is dominated too much by simcoe hops. Too much pine-y bitterness, and nothing else.

M: Wish it had a bit more carbonation, medium thickness, smooth.

O: It's an average IPA. (332 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can to tulip:

Pours a chill-hazed mid amber with a nice looking, loose expanding head. Nice sticky lacing.

The nose is good and heavy - I'm struggling to pin this one down. There's a nice variety of hop use here. Fruity, citrus, some apple.

The taste isn't as complex as the nose would suggest. Leafy, obvious hops. The pine bite has been dialed back to spruce. Nice citric qualities.

Overall, this is a great beer. Wouldn't mind having this one added to MN distribution. (493 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

DC Brau Corruption is an IPA with a wonderful complex aroma and a simple, bitter malty flavour. I wish there was more to the flavour. I remember it being better when I've had it before so maybe I'll buy some more and re-review it another time.

A: Cloudy orange colour and a decent head that fades quite quickly. 3.5

S: Fragrant hops. Floral and a little sweet. Wonderful. 4.5

T: Malty with bitterness and a little sweetness. Fresh and crisp, but there isn't as much hop flavour as I expected (or wanted)... just malt and bitterness. Maybe this is psychological, but I think I can taste aluminium. 3.5

M: A little flat. 3

O: 3 (630 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A chilled can is poured into a a pint glass.

The beer is clear, with a brownish copper color. A cloud of sediment is turning the beer translucent. A large head of tan foam fills the top part of my glass and crests over the rim. A few tiny streams of carbonation can be seen within.

The beer has a pleasant hop aroma. It's a little earthy. This is a slight sensation of sweetness and pepper which is interesting.

The beer has a simple, refreshing flavor. A decent level of bitterness permeates throughout each sip. The bitterness lingers on after I've swallowed.

Medium bodied with carbonation average for the style. Not much coating, just a thin sweet layer in my mouth.

I'm glad I got to try this beer. It's pretty good for a local IPA—especially one that's in a can. If I found myself in the DC area and wanted something local, I can see myself purchasing some of this. (878 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: lots of carbonation; very little head; dark orange color, lacing ok
S: pleasant pine/hop aroma; sweet smelling
T: nice, complex AIPA; smooth aftertaste--very smooth; piney; goes down easily
M: thick and vibrant

Very fine beer. (260 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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. (1,396 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 FickleBeast
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a nonic.

Pours a very cloudy orange with huge chunks of yeast swirling around in the glass. One finger of sticky foam. Aroma is nicely hoppy, piney, sweet resin.

First sip is... quite bitter, body a bit on the thin side. Lots of pine hop flavor with a sticky mouthfeel. Malt sweetness is buried behind the hops. Long lingering bitter aftertaste, but not overly harsh.

I was a bit turned off at first by the chunky yeast swirling around in this brew, but the beer surprised me - it is a remarkably good IPA. Glad I stumbled upon this one. (563 characters)

Photo of cavedave
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to meyersj for this yummy beer.

Dark amber, quite clear, nice beige head that calms to partial cap and leaves beady lace on the glass.

Bitter, neutral sweet, hints of graininess, and grapefruit in a medium strength aroma.

Bitter herb heads a simple flavor profile that includes grapefruit, citrus rind, and some spicy alcohol, with pine notes coming in at the end. Dry and bitter for sure.

Medium body, low carb, highly viscous, clean finish that is very dry and lingers long.

Excellent beer showcasing my favorite bitter hop. (542 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at Union Station. Poured a hazy medium gold, with a tan creamy head, one finger high. Very nice lacing on the glass.
Smell is very fruity, peach and citrus are noticeable, ad well as a good hop character.
The taste is quite surprising! Very mellow hop character, yet certainly within the category of the style. Fruits up front, tasty malt in the middle and a nice balanced finish. I really liked this beer and will check out more of this brewery! Go D.C.! (468 characters)

Photo of Naugros
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The foam wanted to leap from the can just after I opened it. Got it to the glass in time and the head was massive, full of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom in a race to the top. The head has enough structure to raise it more than an inch above the rim after the second pour. Nice. Cloudy amber body with an inner orange glow.

The smell is very piny with a touch of grapefruit representing for the hops. The malts have a weaker representative in the form of biscuit. A very slight sulfuric tang resides in back, otherwise this smells like a pretty nice IPA.

The taste is a bit different...same elements, just in different balance. The hops and malts balance a bit better up front, but the finish is long and resinous with pine tar sitting at the back of the tongue.

A little slickness on the tongue from this medium-bodied beer. Not a bad IPA and one that I would order on tap if in the DC area, but nothing I would hunt down to bring back home. Definitely a better creation than their The Civilian. (1,007 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 djeucalyptus
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

first off, huge thanks to drabmuh for a growler of this as the prize from the minimum reviews BIF. can't say thanks enough.

pours a shimmering light golden amber hue with some decent bubbles fueling a two-plus-finger light caramel white creamy head that fades to a steady ring that leaves truly stunning sticky webby lacing.

aroma is straight up ipa. rich caramel malt and honey, highlighted by green, piney hops with subtle hints of citrus. smells incredibly solid.

tastes like an ipa. this what i think of when i hear IPA. rich, earthy, sweet malts, bright, vibrant piney hops. resinous, woodsy piney hops. hints of citrusy hops with some lime, but pine shines through. sappy. delicious. well balanced yet still heavy hops. delicious.

mouth is pretty stunning. moderate body, soft but full carbonation creates a creamy mouthfeel through what would almost be a resinous, sticky heavy brew. it works beautifully.

well balanced with a hefty hoppy profile, this is almost like the quintessential ipa. everything works beautifully and it's a truly solid, enjoyable brew with just enough character to leave me wanting another visit. top notch. again, big thanks to drabmuh for the hook up... I'll definitely be iso this brewery in the future. (1,244 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 tlazaroff
2.62/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nose has a kind of sweet juicy quality to it. I get guava and papaya predominantly.

Appearance is somewhat disappointing. It pours out a hazy orange with a slightly off-white colored head. The lacing is good, but the disappointing thing is the yeast floating in the glass. I didn't even know it was "canditioned".

Bitterness is upfront and personal from first sip through the finish, but none in the aftertaste. The hop character asserts itself in the aftertaste as a kind of floral taste. Hard to determine any other flavors due to overwhelming bitterness.

Interesting texture too, its grainy, and thats really hard to overlook. Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Overall, I've had a lot better. (705 characters)

Photo of d5001986
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (292 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 MNishCT77
4.59/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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](1,584 characters)

Photo of soze47
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good ipa that is sappy, piney, hoppy with a sizable malt backbone that provides some welcome balance. I get some grapefruit pith too. Deep browny orange hue - a little heavier on the palette than I prefer. Full bodied beer that starts sweet but leave a blanket of resiny bitterness. This one almost drinks like a dipa. (326 characters)

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a copper colored amber with a solid two fingers of almost light tan off white head. Great head retention with some spotty lacing.

S- very mild subdued aroma of pine and spicy woody herbal hops. A touch of caramel maltiness comes out on the finish.

T- starts off with hop flavors of pine needle and herbal spiciness. A heavy handed caramel toasty malt brings some sweet breadiness to the palate. Finishes with an asprin like bitterness with notes of grass, earth and lemon zest.

MF- syrupy astringent mouthfeel with a medium body and average carbonation.

D- decent drinkability.

Overall a underwelming IPA. A bit to malty with a disjointed bitterness on the finish. (678 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked this one up on a trade. I would like to try the big boy from this brewery sometime. Cheers man for sending this one my way!

Appearance: Nice hazy copper color. Decent amount of white head that dissipates to a lingering layer of lacing.

Aroma: Some floral hops, not very pungent but present. Malts are not too strong either. It is a very floral forward beer with a mild amount of citrus and tropical fruit notes.

Taste: Clean and crisp are the first two things I would say about this beer. Not a huge amount of flavor. It tastes like a light IPA. Not a bad thing if that is what they were going for. I could definitely see myself tossing back a few of these on a hot day! Its very accessible and I can give it points for that. This would be a good gateway IPA for those IPA haters you know!

Overall: Solid beer. A little bit watered down but not bad really. I enjoyed it and I would like to try others from this brewery! (933 characters)

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