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The Corruption - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

751 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 28
Gots: 60 | 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:
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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Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

rab53, May 27, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%

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

beerthulhu, Jan 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

tdm168, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

billab914, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%

Another brew received from Kmccabe33.. Thanks a ton Korey!!

Poured into my thin tulip... great retention and lacing.. the brew is hazy light amber...

The aroma is pretty much identical to the pale ale with a bigger citrus punch...

Flavor again... the same as the pale with a looong and lingering bitter bite and more of a citrus hoppiness... the bitterness is a bit abrasive... gets coarse on the finish.

body and carbonation are fine with a sorta creamy small bubble carbonation.

Unbalanced bitterness.. odd... okay, but needs dialed in and probably the maltiness pulled back to allow the hops to shine.

4/4/3/3.5/3

JohnGalt1, Aug 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

PEIhop, Jun 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ShanePB, Nov 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

johnnnniee, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

iL0VEbeer, Jun 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

tobelerone, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.4%

12oz CAN, lugged 2800 miles west by "blackie"

appearance: hazy orange body, big fluffy white head with nice sticky lace. nice.

smell: resiny, grapefruit rind, bready, caramel. strongly hopped.

taste: citrusy - grapefruit rind, sugar, pine resin, floral with herbal notes. This passes the self-proclaimed "NW IPA" test - good stuff

mouthfeel: lingering bitterness, smooth body

overall: good - look out San Diego, DC is coming... (sarcasm)

dirtylou, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

Alieniloquium, Apr 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

drummermattie02, Jul 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

xnicknj, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

From tap to pint glass at ChurchKey on 5/30/11

I had the pleasure of enjoying this one with the man himself,
Brandon Skall - founder of DC Brau.

A: Rich tangelo-rust in color. It appears fairly brilliant, though this one is unfiltered. A good 1.5 finger head and some crazy, ridiculous lacing which envelops the glass.

S: Absolutely wonderful. The scent of fresh Columbus hop oil hits my nose before I even bring it to my face. It's floral beyond expression - grapefruit, fresh cut Blue Spruce and a trace of sweet alcohol. In a word: perfect.

T: Damn. This is one big league hop bomb - it's like sucking on a hop lollipop. Not for the faint of heart. The palate is immediately attacked with lush, bitter fruits and a sticky residual layer of Columbus hop oil. The malty backbone doesn't sit around and play second fiddle, as it breaks through and shows itself on the mid to finish.

M: Almost cloying. It's such a rich and dense brew. It gets into every single crevice in your mouth and lathers it with a layer of dense hop residue that isn't easy to wash away. Even a few beers later I noticed The Corruption on the back of my palate.

O: Let it be known that DC has a brewey to be reckoned with. DC Brau and their Corruption IPA ain't no joke: this is the real deal, ladies and gents. Step right up and get hopsmacked by one of the best IPA's on the market. This isn't hometown hype - it's simply great beer.

Rhettroactive, May 31, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

chippo33, May 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

WoodBrew, May 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Cynic-ale, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

tone77, Jun 29, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -7%

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.

thagr81us, Jan 15, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

DefenCorps, Jun 22, 2012
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4.01/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

spinrsx, Jul 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Boone757, Mar 16, 2013
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4.39/5  rDev +13.4%

12oz can poured into a tulip glass. bottled on 5/15/13

Pours a dark copper color with a large white head. As soon as I popped open the can the aroma hit me. Nice resiny hops that arent too overpowering. Very pleasant smell. taste is perfectly balanced between hops and malts. Slight citrus/NW taste. fruity and bitter at the same time, the combination is something you just dont find in other IPAs and its something i really dig. Extremely drinkable and sessionable. Medium body with medium carbonation.

overall this is probably the best/most solid and drinkable IPA ive found on the east coast. Its unfortunate that this is only available in DC/Nova. If it was available around me it'd be my go to IPA.

Axnjxn, May 27, 2013
The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 751 ratings.