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On The Wings Of Armageddon - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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On The Wings Of ArmageddonOn The Wings Of Armageddon

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Reviews: 238
Hads: 1,870
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 24.31%
Wants: 571
Gots: 220 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: russwbeck on 02-17-2012

OTWOA is a single hop beer utilizing Falconers Flight. Brewed with just enough Pale malt, Cara-60, CaraPils and Malted wheat to carry the intense hop character onto the pallet.

At first glance, it has an orange hue in the glass with a viscus, rocky head that refuses to dissipate. Upon first sniff there are dominate aromas of citrus, white grapes and grapefruit with light bread and biscut notes. After the first sip we taste a mellow bitterness that only grows as more is consumed. Moderately carbonated, deceptively smooth, refreshingly dry and extremely heady for a beer at 9.2% ABV.

OTWOA exhibits all the necessary traits to be revered as a world class Imperial IPA.
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Reviews: 238 | Hads: 1,870
Reviews by ShemRahBoo:
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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Photo of tectactoe
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to smokeypeat for this one! Gold, amber, orange, copper, rustic sunburst... pick one, any one will do. Large gradient of colors, here. A creamy, light-khaki head perches itself at about a finger and a half and just sits there, still and foamy-like, exhibiting great retention and leaving behind some sheety and spotty lacing around all the edges of the glass near the top.

On the Wings of Armageddon may be made in the country's capital, but it smells like the West Coast all the way. Citrus fruity with some peppery spice and a lighter touch of tropical essence in the back. Oranges, grapefruit pith, and some light mango-ish notes. Very hoppy, mostly hitting hard on those fruit notes, not so much in the way of the greener side of things, though some grassy hints are thrown about carelessly.

There's only a bit of pale malt sweetness on the nose, though the flavor reveals slightly more of a toffee flavor from them, along with some toasted bread, with a bit more-than-expected sweetness... Not to say that the sweetness hinders the hops at all, though, as the hops are still certainly amped up to 11. Pungent pines, assertive on the palate, dank citrus, grapefruit peels, and brash bitterness in the back. Lupulin madness in your mouth, and there's nothing you can do about it.

Bitterness lasts long into the finish and scrapes your uvula with each and every sip. Lasting dank pines and citrus into the finish with only a faint reminder of the malt that once was. This thing doesn't mess around at 9.2% ABV, with a big and bold mouth feel, aggressive carbonation, and a crisp, dry, biting finish that'll be giving you cotton mouth in no time. Fairly drinkable, though the intense bitterness may hinder it just a bit.

Nice beer, though I don't think I loved it as much as the rest of the people on this site. Good showcase of West Coast, American hops... at first, it seems like it might achieve some sort of balance, even given the high IBU and ABV, but the hops quickly engulf everything and the bitterness in the finish makes this one a slower sipper than I'd like. Still pretty damn tasty, really, just not quite the world beater everyone makes it out to be.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy glowing dark orange with eggshell foam and instant trailers. 4
Big mango and sugared pineapple nose, with herbs and glace orange underneath. 4.25
Big orange preserves and honey on white toast then just hops: oily tangerine skin zest, jagged grapefruit bitterness coming out as it goes, floral tones, and a hint of spice. 4.25
Pine needle finish and looong powdery bitter linger.
Almost medium, oily, smooth, clean, touch of salt. 4

Falconer's Flight

12 days in the can, and it’s all about the fresh hops: bright juicy citrus from a couple of different angles - tough to overstate how much off-the-tree rind aroma and taste there is here. ABV is buried; I could quaff this like a 7%er and rapidly get in trouble. Never delivers the tropical fruit that the nose promises - it’s much more straight up West Coast C-hops - the IBUs are measured, the malts are there but take a back seat, body threads the needle and the hops never cloy. 4.25

Basically, how to do a DIPA.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Shane (via Mike) for this one.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a foamy, off-white head on top, about a finger in height. Nice head retention and lacing.

S: Upfront there is some dank, tropical fruit aromas - grapefruit, orange, a bit of papaya, very resiny. Faint caramel/bready malt, but certainly underneath all of the fruity aromas.

T: Nice mix of piney bitterness and grapefruit/tropical fruit going on here. Some orange and tangerine as well. A bit bready malt mixed in.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Abv hidden very nicely.

O: Another great DIPA, having it back to back with Heady Topper I noticed some definite similarities. Want to have this one again for sure.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Kaboom we go again!

A nice three finger head, swiss cheesed a little some bubbles bigger than others nothing crazy, really slight orange hue in the head and light very light tan in color. Body is orange amber, cloudy, and also a good bit of yeast chunks in here. Clumpy lacing and holding up

Nose is biscuity malt, chewy grains, and wonderful mellow citrus hop orange like aromas. Hints of wonderful juicy hops, smells delicious as always just like on tap.

In the palate rolling malt, and juicy palate with a hint of wetness. hop oil kicking in with a great orange juicy finish and quality. Carbonation seems fairly low, but nothing flattened as the palate hits some good juiciness. Biscuity malt is there, and the great orange balance still.

Overall not as good looking, and this bottle I think might be starting to fade a bit in the hop department, but it's still a great solid brew worthy of drinking. BRING ON OTWOA IN CANS!!

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Photo of rjd722
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased from State Line Liquors on 12/18 and consumed on 12/19; 32 oz. growler fill. The keg had been tapped on 12/16.

Look: Poured into my spiegelau IPA glass. A deep, slightly hazy orange. At the right light, looks almost orange-red. The color gets lighter at the bottom of the glass. About a two-finger off-white foam head that never fully dissipates and leaves some lacing.

Aroma: Citrus (grapefruit and maybe some orange rind) and a really phenomenal mix of malt and earthy, dank hops.

Taste: A huge, juicy blast of dank, floral hops with a satisfyingly bitter bite. Refreshing citrus and a sweet malt backbone. Really great stuff, the way the various characteristics play off of each other is what sets this profile apart from others with a similar make-up.

Feel: A surprisingly light body along with a very well-done dry finish. While the initial blast of juiciness is where the refreshing elements of this beer exists, it quickly gives way to a resinous, bitter hop dominance which rides through to the end.

Glad I was able to grab a growler of this fine DIPA, I'll be looking to get some more whenever available.

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Photo of bat6
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can:

L - orange-colored. head subsides, leaves some sticky lacing

S - citrus and tropical. grapefruit, pineapple, maybe a little caramel

T- citrus and tropical again, luscious but not heavy. the grapefruit is there, maybe candied orange/tangerine, I don't get the pineapple until it warms up. Exactly the right amount of caramel malt sweetness for my palate, I love this balance between the hops and malt. The drying finish keeps it from hanging on the palate

F - a little slick in a great way but with plenty of carbonation that helps balance the beer and lift it off the palate

O - Amazingly drinkable, I can knock this back way too quick. The big flavor profile isn't overpowering by virtue of great balance, lively carbonation, and a dry finish. Obviously I'm a huge fan, I've drank a ton of this beer over the last few years and I'm always excited to get it.

I just wish it came in a tallboy, especially because of the way the sweeter and more tropical flavors emerge as it warms...

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.36/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.71/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised at how smooth the aftertaste was. It starts off very bitter and smooths out on the way down. I prefer a dipa with a bit more citrus flavor, but overall this was a very drinkable beer at 9.2%. It was a little heavier with tones of caramel or coffee. If you haven't had it, it's worth trying

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On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.