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The Corruption - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

935 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 935
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 40
Gots: 106 | 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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Ratings: 935 | Reviews: 170
Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of ejimhof
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of akorsak
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.

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  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.

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
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

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3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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