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The Corruption - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

584 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%


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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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

01-15-2013 12:04:33 | More by thagr81us
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largadeer

California

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Dyan. Thanks!

Hazy, almost muddy appearance. Opaque. The head is voluminous and retention is outstanding.

Pleasant juicy orange hop aroma. A bit resinous, too, with a nicely integrated malt backbone. Very aromatic, surprisingly very nice.

Pretty tasty, too. Resinous, sticky, citrusy. Orange and grapefruit, biscuity yet dry malt backbone. Has a substantial mouthfeel, semi-sweet but not particularly bitter - this leans toward late hop additions. Body is medium-full.

Quite good.

Serving type: can

06-30-2012 07:26:35 | More by largadeer
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review #1700. I never really thought about what to review, but given that this brewery has been open for a year, and that I've drunk with the owners, it's unpardonable that I haven't reviewed any of their beers. Can from Chevy Chase.

A mildly hazy amber with a dense, creamy off-white head with great retention and nice lacing, this looks pretty good! The nose is solid. Big pine and moderate grapefruit nose with a moderate minty note as well. The malt character is relatively light, with a little bit of caramel and a mild pale malt sweetness. Solid stuff.

The palate opens with a blend of moderate bitterness and mild sweetness. The hop character is rather juicy and "smooth". The malt character is a blend of biscuit, a touch of caramel and a little honey. Resiny on the finish with a moderate bitterness and light sweetness that brings to mind honeyed toast, this beer is medium-light in body and has a rather high level of carbonation that's quite creamy. While the bitterness does feel a little lighter than it could be, it is not to the beer's detriment as it makes this beer eminently drinkable. Highly recommended.

Serving type: can

06-22-2012 01:57:44 | More by DefenCorps
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thank you goes out to woodychandler for the hook up. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of piney hops. Taste is piney hops, some malts, lots of bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I have had much better IPA's.

Serving type: can

06-29-2012 23:00:04 | More by tone77
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blackie

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Serving type: can

09-01-2013 20:34:52 | More by blackie
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Golden orange. Hazy with a nice white head and nice lacing.

Smell - Very musty. Piney and resinous. Not the best hop aroma.

Taste - Very musty again. Pine and resin. Sweet malt. Bitterness takes over quickly.

Mouthfeel - Bitter, medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Nothing impressive. Drinkable and decently hoppy.

Serving type: can

04-18-2013 00:28:41 | More by Alieniloquium
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FosterJM

California

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1477th Review on BA
Can to Parra Tulip
12oz

No canning date

Thanks to my brother in law for this one

App- A darker glowing orange with a yellow tinge and a bit of wheat gold scattered throughout the beer. Had a nice 1-1/2" head with a semi decent amount of cling.

Smell- Smell is much better than the 1st two beers I had from DC. Had more rich citrus with a good hoppy backbone and a tinge of fuller malts on the nose. A bit thick with a little bit of white pepper and wheat.

Taste- The citrus is gone from the aroma and is a big thick beer. The beer drinks bigger than the listed 6.5%. Its a decent beer. So far the beers from DC have been decent but nothing earth shattering.

Mouth- Thicker medium body with a thick carbonation level. Strong malts with a citrus zest residual flavor. Quite a strong ABV residual flavor.

Drink- Again. So far the 3 that I have had have been meh. Noses are better than flavors. Glad I got the state ticks, but if I trade for DC. I think will be for OTWOA.

Serving type: can

08-30-2012 04:08:15 | More by FosterJM
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: can

07-06-2013 01:59:29 | More by spinrsx
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received two as extras in a trade. One given to JLindros, the other poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a slight hazy orangy copper with a nice one finger creamy white head that faded to leave a nice thin blanket. and leave light lacing.

S - Aroma is pretty solid. nice piney hops and resin with some light malty sweetness.Balanced on the heavier side of hops.

T - Taste isnt bad. Nice bitter pine notes and some malty sweetness. Actually, this is balanced quite nicely. Alcohol not noticeable with a good lingering bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, which is good so it doesn't distract from the bitter finish and mouthfeel.

O - Overall, not a bad IPA at all. Was expecting much worse from these guys. Nice and easy drinking.

Serving type: can

10-31-2012 18:34:55 | More by rudzud
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold w/ good head and lace retention on top of a textbook citric hop aroma and touches of sweet caramel malt. Very citric and soapy, I love the hop profile in this IPA as it is real hoppy but easy to drink and not overpowering and while it is crisp it finishes clean and slightly sweet thanks to caramel malt (that is not overpowered). Not the most complex IPA but it gets the job done and does it well.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 13:26:43 | More by clayrock81
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been smashing cans of this stuff during my stay in DC. Got a six from Whole foods. May as well review it on my last night here.

A - Darkish golden with a two finger nice white head. Mild carbonation. Good lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Grassy, earthy, pissy. Falconers Flight maybe? Dank, fruity. Some pine.

T - Pissy and earthy again. Pine and grass. Sweet, syrupy fruits come out more later.

M - Good bitterness, mild carbonation, medium body.

O/D - Fairly solid IPA. I wouldn't rank it too highly, but it's well done. Good from the can, however something holds it back when you really look at it closely. I enjoyed it. Drinkability is high.

Serving type: can

03-15-2014 01:27:57 | More by tbeckett
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argock

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: can

02-11-2014 04:27:46 | More by argock
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Pencible

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-16-2013 19:18:16 | More by Pencible
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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into my Ithaca glass. It poured amber orange in color with a thin, sticky white lacing already leaving it's mark all over the glass. Nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows off the juicy Columbus hops pretty well. It's very resiny with notes of grapefruit, pine and a little bit of a tropical fruit component. Pretty decent malt backbone to it as well.

The taste also very hop forward. Again, it's very resiny with grapefruit and pine throughout. The finish has a bold, dry hoppiness that lingers nicely. It has just a hint of tropical fruit coming out in the hoppiness that I'm really liking.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was a very nice beer. It had a bold, juicy, resiny, bitter hoppiness that I really liked. Very enjoyable beer overall and a very nice addition to the local beer scene.

Serving type: can

04-28-2012 22:06:29 | More by billab914
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised to see this sitting on the shelves in CT

A-Pours a dark amber color. Mostly clear in body. Thinner off-white lining of foam. Good lacing.

S-Aroma is very interesting. Resiny pine and candied citrus. There is a really zesty component to the nose here, hard to put my finger on it. It's almost a lemony/pine hybrid smell. Bready, caramel malt. Reminds me a but of juniper berries or gin.

T-The flavor is also interesting. Very grassy and piney. Earthy and a bit hempy. Also plenty of candied citrus. A full caramel and bready malt balance. Something about this beer is interesting. It's almost generic except for that unique hoppy flavor that pops up...maybe a bit of chive or green onion?

M-Balanced. Moderate carbonation. Medium to high bitterness. Pretty drinkable. Lightly resiny.

O/D-I generally like my IPAs to taste differently but this one has a certain element to it that I can't explain. It's frustrating to not be able to find the right words. I usually like a different hop profile and a less robust maltiness in IPAs but this one actually works quite well for me.

Serving type: can

03-01-2014 23:25:42 | More by VelvetExtract
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderate golden-copper color with a good white head and a nice ring or two of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose is quite nice with a good dosing of piney hops plus some citrus and grapefruit. The flavor brings forward the hops as well. Nothing overpowering, but quite nice. Beautiful bitterness in the feel. Medium body and good carbonation. Looking forward to this being more widely available.

Serving type: can

05-05-2012 12:43:11 | More by WoodBrew
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man o man.... I've had this beer several times on tap here in the area but never reviewed it.

Served in a DFH pint glass.

A: Poured a non-uniform cloudy orange color, fairly bright in its appearance, and with a nice, frothy 2 finger head that settled down into about a 1/2 finger on within minutes.

S: I got a bit of that wonderful kerosene scent that I commonly associate with the great IPAs. Additionally, I'm guess there is some Nugget there. Am I correct in my assumption?

T: Hop forward indeed, and with a mid section that consisted of grapefruit and orange (but not as sweet). I didn't get any biscuit in there at all.

M: The hophead type of bitterness was present on this one, for sure. Also, the sugary sweetness played second fiddle to the hop component, and the lacing on the glass was quite substantial.

O: I'm so glad to claim this beer as my own in the DC area. Look out world.... I'm about to hog it.

Serving type: can

05-23-2012 01:49:27 | More by Chaney
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Florida9

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber in color. Somewhat cloudy. Forms a large off-white head. Good retention. Copious lacing.

S: Fairly aromatic. Strong scent of pine and a little pine resin. Grapefruit to a lesser extent.

T: Similar to the nose. Moderate malt backbone. Some caramel malts, but not at all sweet. Hops come on strong, with flavors of pine, pine resin, and grapefruit. Earthy and somewhat woody with some herbal notes on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Strong bitterness.

O: A pretty damn good IPA. Not the best out there, but a very respectable East Coast style IPA.

Serving type: growler

10-15-2011 21:50:46 | More by Florida9
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Single can from Liquor Outlet.

Murky orange body (still appealing) topped by four fingers of bone china micro bubbles. Excellent lacing.

Big enticing citrus aroma, oranges and grapefruit, hints of pine.

Big malty foundation, thickly coats the tongue. Heavy citrus. Even heavier bitter bomb builds to the swallow.

Medium to full mouthfeel.

Alcohol levels aside, seems like more IIPA than IPA, just as the Pale seemed more an IPA. I like it, but I like the little brother more.

Serving type: can

03-20-2013 21:19:27 | More by RonfromJersey
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at PP Dupont.

Golden amber color, much lighter than The Public. White head with adequate lacing and retention. Resiny pine and citrus nose. Flavor is similar to The Public, but has slightly more sweetness, both from malt and the resiny citrus hops. Bitter throughout, but not recklessly so. Cans of this will be nice.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 00:26:12 | More by yourefragile
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JayQue

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-10-2013 17:18:26 | More by JayQue
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: can

02-05-2014 14:30:33 | More by inlimbo77
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elNopalero

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing.

This pours a cloudy orange-yellow color with a wonderfully big grassy and fresh aroma. Piney, grassy, green orange flavor along with some chew. Bitterness comes across and peaks for a lasting finish. This was delicious.

Serving type: can

06-12-2012 19:37:40 | More by elNopalero
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at ChurchKey. Pours a deep orange color with a thin off-white head. The nose is heavy with pine, grapefruit, and orange notes. The flavor is like an amped up version of their APA with a good bit of pine and citrus, a little malt sweetness, and a pretty solid finishing bitterness that lingers. The alcohol is there but well managed. Medium bodied with average carbonation leading to a long, bitter finish. What a great IPA, I really like what DC Brau is doing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 19:32:37 | More by CuriousMonk
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portia99

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the bar in the Washington Hilton - poured into a shaker pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy, amber color with a low skim coat of tan foam. Light foamy lacing left behind.

S - Soapy, bitter, light sugar and caramel, citrus - especially grapefruit. Very balanced overall and even aroma with nothing overpowering anything else.

T - Sweet, sugary and malty with caramel. A firm, tight and slightly medicinal bitterness, alcohol is noticeable, citrus, grapefruit juice like...not quite west coast but a valiant attempt.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, lower carbonation, creamy, bitter, firm and very bitter aftertaste.

O - Good IPA...not great. Heavily medicinal like bitterness takes away a bit from its drinkability and overall impression.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2011 23:55:44 | More by portia99
The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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