The Corruption - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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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 argock
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (1,346 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, rich and rather quaffable IPA

Presentation: Growler from DC Brau's NE headquarters. Small dryboard with general growler offering notes. Tasting room staff offers a nice and diligent description of the brew, with an enticing free sample. Notes Alc. by Vol. (6.5%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy amber pour, towering frothy head with good retention, nice surface memory and rich lacing.

S - Nice resinous nose, caramel touch and back to the bitter hoppy sense.

T - Nice hoppy profile, resinous and herbal… hint of citrus in the distance. Sweet caramel. Rather malty holding the hops pretty well.

M - Medium body soft carbonation with a very creamy and smooth feel.

O - Quality IPA made in the District, and growler fresh, what is not to like.

Notes: This is quite nice, maybe like a maltier and maybe more resinous version of their Public. Now, this IPA may deserve higher notes…. Dunno, but I am partially influenced by the great sense I'm getting from the fresh cans picked up at the brewery of the Public, which I feel now its the better brew (BTW, I need to re-review that can because the fresh hop sense of that pale ale is something else.) Great local IPA in any case, about time... (1,208 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (1,251 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (920 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The Corruption pours a hazy amber with a moderate rocky head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind thick clumps of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't very strong but has notes of orange citrus and some sweet malt.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth, slightly chewy with mild carbonation. The flavor is sweet with some citrus hop bitterness. It begins with caramel malt and some biscuit. In the middle hoppy flavors of orange citrus and pine move in. It finishes moderately bitter. The bitterness lingers along with the citrus flavor when gone.

This is a nicely balanced beer that feels like a double IPA. However it seems to lean more on the sweet malty side. (692 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Agreed that this beer straddles the line between styles.
Drinks big and thick and even looks like a big bruiser.
Though the taste is alittle subtle it has a candied fruit taste and smell and drinks piney and resiny.
Desent. (223 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.39/5  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. (257 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-malt, pine, citrus, earthy, slight herbal

T-bready malt, citrus, earthy, herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent IPA, nothing sets it apart from a multitude of others (276 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler of DC Brau's Corruption to help me through Hurricane Irene. Poured into my Jackie O's tulip...

A: Beautiful. A golden amber color that practically glows in the glass. A finger and a half of cream colored head slowly recedes to three quarter finger. Lacing blankets the insides of the glass. Really good head retention and lacing. Great looking IPA.

S: Mild citrus, pine, and a surprising malty sweetness. Not as hoppy on the nose as I'd prefer, but still a good smelling beer.

T: Bitter, earthy hops with a piney sweetness. Well-balanced. A maltier, sweeter IPA. Tastes a lot like a super sized version of The Public. A nice lingering bitterness on the finish. Definitely a heavier, more savory IPA. Surprisingly sweet and thick.

M: Well-balanced. Carbonation is just fine.

O: Corruption is a very tasty IPA. I prefer mine with a little more citrus character, but the malty sweetness and earthy bitterness suits Corruption just fine. Good job, DC Brau. (967 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a clear plastic glass. Purchased for $3.25.

A refreshing balanced brew. An excellent representation of the IPA style. Lighter taste but not a session beer. In a can at a great price. A really good beer that I would buy again. Proud to have these in my cellar and serve to my friends. Highly recommended.

A - Amber color with a small dense light tan head that dissipates to a thin layer, which then remains throughout beer. Nice lacing.

S - Piney and floral aromas dominate, with some slight fruity sweetness.

T - Slightly sweet, a nice hoppy/malty balance, finishing with a bitter resinous that is not overwhelming. No malty dark fruit or the like.

MF - Slight sharpness but generally smooth. (721 characters)

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks to sulli520 for this. Canned Sept. 23, 2014.

A good mix of cedar & pine in the flavor; bitterness is low lying but always creeping around. Starts with a bang before tapering off some and is very dry. Overall a nice IPA. (227 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a stemmed pokal glass.

Appearance
Amber with 2 fingers of bone-white head that dissipates slowly. Excellent clarity with low-medium carbonation.

Nose
Caramel, earth, pine, florals and grapefruit zest.

Taste
Caramel cubes and biscuity maltiness. Earthy, floral, damp and spicy hop aromas. Notes of orange citrus, dried pine needles and grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Overall
Earthy and spicy. Very well balanced and easy drinking. (496 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- A murky pale amber with some golden highlights around the edges. Lots of carbonation bubbles floating up from the bottom. Creamy tan head that stays around for awhile.

S- Floral and piney hops, biscuity malt aromas. Pretty balanced aroma.

T- Lots of biscuity malts give way to some piney and earthy hop flavors. A definite hop presence, but this one is pretty balanced.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, somewhat coating and resinous.

O- A pretty good balanced IPA offering with some different qualities. The malts really come through a lot and would be nice for those looking for a malty IPA. (604 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Simple review, on tap:

Nice clear orange-golden pour with nice sustaining head and lacing.
Smell of Citra mostly, with a pine presence
West Coast style, the malt flavor touches the front of the tongue and is whisked roughly away by the pine/grass landslide that covers the back of the tongue.
The beer could use a little more balance, for me, and feels just a tad thin. However, if you like the west coast hop bombs, try a fresh one of these and see what you think. (467 characters)

Photo of GJ40
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mdfb79 for this. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an opaque orangeish golden, a finger of fluffy off white head. Good retention and a few dots and streaks of lace.

S: Malt forward with floral and decidedly earthy notes.

T: A little orange citrus, floral/earth, and sweetish malt there, but mostly covered with a sustained, non-abrasive, moderate bitterness.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Solid but a tad bitter for my taste. (434 characters)

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