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The Corruption - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

705 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 705
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 28
Gots: 53 | FT: 2
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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -42%

03-20-2014 22:24:21 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-29-2013 02:01:06 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 05/26/11 notes. Had on tap at The Big Hunt in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a murky deep orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, lemons, light pine, light fruit and floral notes.

t - Tastes of citrus hops again, pine hops, oranges, fruity malts. Citrus isn't quite as strong as the nose. More pine than the nose, and light bitterness.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a very solid IPA from DC Brau. The nose is pretty good full of citrus hops, and it's pretty easy to drink. I'm looking forward to trying more beers from them.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 19:39:59 | More by mdfb79
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mactrail

Washington

3/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Serving type: can

06-23-2013 06:26:01 | More by mactrail
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the cloudiest beer I've ever been served. The closest equivalent I can think of is chocolate milk. Not much head, but it does leaves a good coat of lace after each sip.

The smell is muted, but the taste is full. On the malt side, there's some sweet crystal. On the hop side, strong peppery bitterness. The aftertaste is long lasting (and bitter). The mouthfeel is well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2014 21:03:05 | More by smcolw
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-24-2013 13:20:51 | More by mendvicdog
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.21/5  rDev -43%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Canned on 9/5/13

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden copper with apricot edges and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. A little dark for the style and looks exactly like their pale ale. I don't even think the head brewer could tell them apart.

Slightly grassy, earthy aroma with some resinous pine and floral hops but overall, the aroma of this beer is really weak for the style with a ton of malt sweetness in the nose. This was canned exactly two weeks ago and the hop presence is minimal at best. Some pine needle and spruce tip but its severely muted by lots of caramel sweetness, toffee and biscuit. Very disappointing.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with earthy hop bitterness that's countered by a prominent sweet malt backbone. Again, there is some earthy/resinous, dry bitterness but the hops are almost completely overpowered by the strong malt flavors. Some grassy pine and sticky spruce tip followed by strong caramel sweetness, dark fruit, roasted nut, toffee and biscuit. Overall, this beer was a pretty big letdown for me. One dimensional hop profile and the malt character is way too strong for the style. Their pale ale is more complex, better balanced and possesses more interesting hop flavor.

Serving type: can

09-20-2013 03:58:26 | More by corby112
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

01-25-2014 17:54:07 | More by weeare138
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-29-2013 17:56:54 | More by oriolesfan4
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) is hitting it hard today thanks to summer break and a (mostly) staycation. This particular CAN was courtesy of my Westy Cuz, Colby Chandler of Ballast Point, who snagged a whole buncha beers on Saturday night during SAVOR 2012. I had left my knapsack for safekeeping and when I retrieved it at the end of the night, I could hardly lift it, thanks to his efforts! Now, lest ye think of either of us as greedos, come by Pour on Prince any Thursday after 9 PM and watch me spread the wealth.

From the CAN: "Corruption Facts[:] In 1824, Speaker of the House Henry Clay forged a coalition that secured the White House for John Quincy Adams. In return, Adams named Clay as his Secretary of State in what became known as: 'The Corrupt Bargain'".; "Please Recycle - Pack In Pack Out"; "Serve in a tulip, goblet or enjoy from the [CAN]".

From "The Crucible": Judge Hathorne to John Proctor - "This is corruption, mister!" It seems as though I am about to commit an act of CANnibalism since I am as corrupt a person as you will ever encounter, hence most people's shock and disbelief at first hearing that I am a high school English teacher.

It is becoming Night of the CANned IPAs for me and once more, the Crack & Glug did not disappoint. I ended up with a dense finger of tawny head that resembled meringue until it began to slowly fall, leaving behind some really sticky lacing. I am planning to rent a jackhammer later today to remove all of the lacing from tonight's glasses, BTW. Color was a cloudy, deep orangish-amber, not altogether unlike freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. I wish that I could report that the nose was citrus hops, but alas, it was more piney than anything. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were like Baby Bear's Beer - just right. I have been getting blown out by hops recently and while I really do not mind it, nor does the screeching Hops Monkey on my back, it CAN get old. This beer was fresh and very enjoyable. The finish was dry, but not so dry that I felt as though I were in the Sahara Desert. This was unbalanced, tipped in favor of the hops, but in such a way that it was not simply a hops onslaught. Me likee. Another cooler CANdidate!

Serving type: can

06-20-2012 09:08:26 | More by woodychandler
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at ChurchKey, it's worldwide release. And yes, I have the first pour. That's what happens when you arrive early to beat the crowds. Brewed with Columbus (Tomahawk) hops, per the advert.

A: The IPA is hazy, a lighter amber color that is closer to golden. The haze supports a few flecks of sediment suspended mid-glass. A half a finger of white head laces as I get through the glass.

S: The nose is hoppy, aggressive with a citrus punch. Resiny, I like the citrus intensity. Pepper, more noticeable in the taste, periodically pops up. Caramel malts add sweet breadiness.

T: First sip - delicious. An IPA's IPA, hoppy but not ruinous. Citrus dominates, pungent in its strength. Oily as well, the ale slides down quite easily. Behind the first wave of hops, a spicy pepper taste pops up to smooth the transition to malts. Caramel is brief though, quickly getting the ale back to the business of hops. More citrus bitterness, strong and floral, sees the ale off. An impressive offering from DC Brau. I'm already a fan after two beers.

M: The mouthfeel is bitter but approachable, showcasing the citrus strength of the Columbus hops. I'm glad that I was in the right place at the right time for this one.

O: A big tasting IPA that doesn't lead to palate fatigue. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 01:15:43 | More by akorsak
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for the hookup with a can of this. Poured into a pub glass, the brew appears a fairly clear copper color with just shy of 2 fingers worth of off-white froth. Some particulate is stuck in suspension keeping this brew from being polished. The cap maintains fairly well with a frothy coating that recedes leaving patches and webby strings of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is a mixture of hoppiness that comes across herbal, pitted, earthy and somewhat pine-like. There is a bit of juicy nearly tropical inclusion here keeping things bright and interesting. It is somewhat fruity and floral as it opens up in my glass. Under the hops is a touch of toasty grain and a hint of minerals. The warmer it gets, it becomes almost dank and weedy in character.

The taste is rindy, fruity and floral with more flavor initially than perceived bitterness. As the experience continues the hops take on more of an herbal and catty quality that blends into some weedy dank character. It is a bit cheesy across the back with some almost dirty pils quality. I say dirty but I mean that affectionately. A bit of crisp almost mineral aspect is the last thing noted in the flavor profile.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is crisp, refreshing and easy drinking. The alcohol level is very well integrated and it just works. I am very appreciate of the opportunity to give this one a try Heath, thanks again.

Serving type: can

03-23-2012 02:24:45 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-08-2014 13:52:56 | More by InspectorBob
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

A: Pours a hazy deep golden orange in color with some hints of copper and amber with a very light hint of sediment in suspension. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light beige head that reduces very slowly to a very thick film covering the surface of the beer and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit, pine, and tropical/pineapple hops with some very light hints of caramel malts.

T: Upfront this beer has a light amount of caramel malt sweetness that is quickly overtaken by the strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, pine, and tropical/pineapple hops. Moderate to strong amounts of bitterness that lingers for a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Creamy

O: I really enjoyed the combination of hops in this beer and the slightly aggressive bitterness - I rang in the 2013 New Year while drinking this one and was quite pleased with my choice. Fairly easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden - this is a beer for a true hop lover.

Serving type: can

01-02-2013 00:37:26 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

02-22-2014 14:04:06 | More by DrunkinYogi
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-18-2012 00:59:25 | More by duceswild
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-30-2013 14:15:45 | More by BARFLYB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- pours a cloudy orange with a half inch head that settles to a quarter inch with lots of lacing

Smell- hops dominate but still a very pleasant smell

Taste- bitter but not excessive not overly sweet

Mouthfeel-smooth but the hop bitterness stays on your tongue in a good way

Overall- a very good IPA I need to visit the Brewery sometime

Serving type: can

12-31-2012 03:15:43 | More by ejimhof
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-27-2014 22:52:59 | More by BillRoth
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is orange with 1/4" white head that leaves some decent lacing in its wake.

The aroma brings a pleasant dose of hops, citrus, light pine.

Refreshing and tasty, this is an enjoyable brew. Citrus and hops are the primary flavors here, though not quite as bold as I would like from a near 7% IPA. The finish is dry, with a nice lingering hop bitterness.

A solid beer from a new local brewery. I'm sure I'll have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 02:02:41 | More by Huhzubendah
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-12-2013 03:40:32 | More by Gonzoillini
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rab53

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-27-2012 03:01:15 | More by rab53
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright orange pour not unsimilar to thier pale ale version "the public" almost indistinguisable with exception of clarity which seemed more filitered with a more clean visional sense. The head is skimpy, quick to dissipate leaving a freckled lacing. Small misty haze with a random light visible rate of carbonation.

S: The nose had a light hint of fresh mint, pine which was very soft in comparison to their well noted pale. Fresh fragrance, just a bit light in the offering and a bit ordinary.

T: The flavor was sweet upfront, toasted grain, caramel - vienna malt sweetness, with hints of mint, pine and citrus. Lightly dry hopped citrus comes through, flowery, with a moderate level of bitterness. The hops come late to the show, saving some grace and gets a pick me up.

M: Light bodied, could of benefited from a bit more crispness, with a lightly managable carbonation factor. Slightly creamy malt texture on the tongue.

O: Overall there is a late arrival of hop bitterenss and dryness that saves this from below average regards. Drinkability is good, lightly dry hopped citrus warmth. Push comes to shove and ibu vs ibu vs style, i think there public pale is much stronger is show then this. Minus the visual and carbonation factor this has a good flavor accounting for an overall 3.5

Serving type: can

01-01-2014 18:51:47 | More by beerthulhu
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the tap at Meridian Pint into a shaker pint, a few days after opening night debut.

A distinct cloudy orange appearance very much like Bell's Two Hearted (perhaps darker), with a nice off cream head and that is opaque. Some minimal lacing while drinking, not much.

Bouquet seems strangely small but noticeable, even a sense something wet is coming but not completely. A distinct citrus orange and very clean wet sense.

Taste though is almost an ambush from the nose. Spiced citrus bringing the orange nose, with a very full body in feel. Palate fills with orange juice like quality and hop bitterness, leaving an afterfinish without the expected wetness that seems to be expected from the smell. There is this great orange zest bitter with the hop presence that just feels wonderful on the finish, maybe even a hint of small caramel and light brown sugar on the swallow.

Overall it seems like an ordinary IPA is coming but it isn't. The beer also feels bigger than the low ABV indicates for this style and that makes it quite a suprise. Enjoyable IPA I would grab this anytime and drink with pride for DC.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 23:19:11 | More by smakawhat
The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 705 ratings.