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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world-class

1,451 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,451
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 485
Gots: 121 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co. visit their website
District of Columbia, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: russwbeck on 02-17-2012)
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Reviews by SpeedwayJim:
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4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger frothy white head with good retention. Beer is a slightly cloudy dark orange peach. Lacing is spotty and sparse with average stick and thin legs. Very solid.

Super aromatic nose with notes of citrus, pineapple, cane sugar, grass and passion fruit. Very sweet and fruity with a big, bold malt body lingering in the background.

Opens tea leaf bitterness with some citrus, pineapple, passion fruit, cane sugar, and brown sugar. Grapefruit hop bitterness peaks its head towards the middle with more tropical fruit and a touch of caramel at the end. Sweet and juicy finish with some sugar in the raw in the aftertaste. Really tasty.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Lively and quenching in the mouth and sweet and warm going down. Finishes messy with a long but mellow aftertaste. Booze is there but this one's very smooth. Can barely taste the abvs.

In a style with a ton of very solid offerings, Wings definitely stands out as one of the best non-Hill Farmstead IIPAs. Nose and flavor is very unique and taste is robust but with the body, very drinkable. Worth seeking out as a great example of the east coast IIPA style.

More User Reviews:
Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of tectactoe
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.36/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Gagnowd
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a big hop head but this is so well balanced it is easy to drink and enjoy

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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