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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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96
world-class

1,676 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,676
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 540
Gots: 176 | FT: 13
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:
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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Ratings: 1,676 | Reviews: 234
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Photo of tectactoe
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of bat6
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
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...

Photo of Gagnowd
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Photo of GOBLIN
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'll have to get this again sometime. A very solid dipa. Smells fantastic and tastes great. But you better drink fast before the booziness sets in. Towards the end the alcohol takes over the taste and turns a tad syrupy unfortunately.

Photo of Mbo108
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned a month ago, just perfect. Hops are still hitting but without a bite, just a clean finish. Another gorgeous colored beer too, id stare longer but it tastes too good! Tastes nothing like a 9%er should, I could finish a 6 pack tonight. Quickly becoming one of my faves. Been drinking Hopslam and nugget nectar all week and I swear this is up there, prob ahead of NN.

Photo of HopAttack3
4.91/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up 2 cases on May 4 release, and debated that since I'd never had OTWOA, before.

This beer was cold upon pick up, allowed me to have a couple on the way out of DC since it was so cold! And it also helped having a driver too...

Canned on 5-1-13, and this beer is up there with other Imperial IPA's and even DIPA's...

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

quite a hop bomb, but damn this DIPA out of a can is delicious.

Photo of RichardMNixon
3.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Poured into DFH IPA glass and also drank part from the can as instructed, I think the latter is my preference for this beer.

Pours a straw yellow with thin head and lots of clinging to the glass. From the glass I get earthy, dirty hops with more bitterness than aroma. The smell coming from the can is actually stronger I think, lemon pine-sol and more typical tropical fruit hops. Taste follows the smell, lots of lemon and tropical fruit. Ends with a dry, chalky finish that reminds me of Pliny the Younger and Enjoy By, but I seem to be the only one disturbed by it, so maybe don't trust me on that.

I gave my scores based on the can, I'd suggest that over pouring it into a glass.
It's an interesting beer, but I much prefer their flagship IPA The Corruption.

Photo of Maurizio
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful orange in color; good head with retention. Nose is light hops, but taste is strong dank grapefruit. Juicy sweetness, but it's from the hop oils, not the malts. Mouthfeel is as expected. Surprisingly pleased with the beer--a great brew!

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received this beer from Miketd, a great man that BA is. Canned date is 4/11/14.

A- Produces a three finger thick head, a pale white, frothy, foamy head. It persists well. The body is orange and copper with a cloudy appearance.

S- Heavy citrus notes, particularly orange, are at the forefront and prominent. Some resinousness, pine and sweetness are found underneath.

T- Dank, pungent flavored hops and subtle hints of citrus, then sweet malt and bread. The hop flavors work well together.

M- Medium body, smooth, relatively light and easy-drinking, it starts sweet and gets progressively bitter and a bit spicy. The bitterness isn't incredibly intense, but it does make for a long finish.

It's a great IPA, but I don't feel like I'm finding the array of flavors I'd hoped for. I do enjoy how smooth and approachable the beer is, so that's to its favor.

Photo of toodles808
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the brewery. 22 Bomber style.

A - Slight Haze, Orange pale color, light SRM. Head retention is much better than i would expect for a 9.0+ % beer... Definitely has some alcohol legs in there.

S- Wow, Citrus,Fruits, balanced by some malt sweetness in the background... Hops hops hops, but not astringent. Very pleasantly forceful and inviting. No alc to speak of...

T -Citrus Blast, Nice Subtle sweetness to cary the hops through. Bitterness is strong, but not overpowering the flavor, aroma or balance. Definitely walks the line of a hoppy balance... Taste follows the Aroma, hop forward but restrained bitterness followed by a complement of sweetness... Nice balance, no alcohol bite to speak of... deliciously hoppy and refreshing. Nice!!!

M - Dry, Resinous and light bodied for a 9+% brew

Overall... This brewery is putting out some awesome beers, glad they are in my backyard... Probably one of the top 5 beers I have ever had. This one is a bit dangerous being 9% and being so balanced on the tongue. It was so deliciously refreshing, I put down another bomber soon after. Keep it up DC Brau!

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a hazy rusted orange with a sandstone colored 2 finger head. Good retention, leaving behind a thick layer of suds across the surface, and thick streaks of lacing that stick to the glass like glue.

Smell - Prominent citrus and tropical fruit notes. Orange and a touch of pineapple. Very faint pine. Strong bisquit-like malt scent sitting beneath the layers of hop goodness.

Taste - Plenty of orange notes upfront and throughout, ranging from juiciness to pith. Hints of pineapple and pine resin. Strong malt backbone that hints at lightly toasted bread. Finishes with a wave sweet fruitiness and light layers of citrus.

Mouthfeel - Close to full body with moderate carbonation. Goes down with relative ease.

Overall - Damn good DIPA. Very reminiscent of Drake's Hopocalypse. Similarly named, in fact. Coincidence? Probably. If you can get this beer, don't pass it up.

Photo of Roguer
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Strong pour yields about a finger of frothy white head, with relatively poor retention. Beer is a hazy, nearly opaque copper color. Can is fantastic.

Huge, huge, huge hop aroma, similar to Heady: citrus, tropical fruit, pine resin. Malts? We don't need no steenkin' malts!!! Slight flowery sweetness hiding behind a wall covered in hop vines.

Flavor follows the aroma, with a slightly stronger malt backbone. Soft, overripe tropical fruit compete with pine resin, ruby red grapefruit, and citrus peel for your attention. Powdery, biscuity malt backbone, like liquid crackers soaked in hop juice.

Mouthfeel is a little too sticky-sweet, falling prey to the DIPA syrup trap. Very lively, with a nice, minimal sting, no foaming. Long-lasting, sticky finish; the bitterness clings to your gums long after the sip is warming your belly. Extremely smooth for the ABV.

This is yet another IPA/DIPA that completely lives up to rather substantial hype. It's incredible that it's a single-hop DIPA - then again, Falconer's Flight is kind of cheating in that regard. Definitely seek this out and try it!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

thx @blackie

12oz can, graphics not my thing, served in a lovely pfriem glassware

Kind of ironically described as a "single hop beer using Falconers Flight" - Ummm, a bit of a stretch. Regardless - a bit of a hazy orange body, some nice creamy white film. Aromas of dank, grapefruit rind, bitter citrus. Lots of floral notes, tropical fruit, dank, grapefruit rind, lemon. Decent bitterness - pretty solid all around.

Photo of Bierleichen
3.24/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Not an IPA fan... As far as IPA's go this one is fantastic

Photo of gdegraff1
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tropical nose, good hop finish, easy drinking DIPA.

Photo of earlholman
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on draft at Churchkey in DC

A: A nice orange-y amber with receding one-finger white foam head. Fine looking appearance.

S: HUGE dank fruity hops right away. Sticky tropical fruit, grapefruit, almost orange/tangerine like. Tropical fruit hops punch you in the face! Very subtle maltiness. Absolutely fantastic aroma.

T: Definitely a DIPA. Huge biterness, followed with piney grapefruit goodness. Nice tropical hoppiness, orange/tangerine like citrus. Super dry. Bready malt backbone, light but enough to balance the hops. A definite hop head's beer. Awesome taste.

M: Plenty of carbonation, medium bodied. High ABV isn't noticable at all.

O: Here is hoping they make this beer with more regularity. There is a reason this is becoming one of the top east-coast DIPA's, it is fantastic. Great hop profile, well crafted and well balanced DIPA. Definitely treat yourself to this if you like anything hoppy.

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12-oz can to tulip. Canned on 8/27/2013. Consumed on 9/10/2013.

A: Orange rust body with at least two fingers worth of light tan head. The head stays for a long time, settling down (eventually) to a 1/2-finger cap. The creamy, frothy head coats the walls of the glass to a ridiculous degree. Anticipating a great mouthfeel on this one.

S: Tropical fruits galore. Mango, orange, grapefruit pith. Vigorous swirl unearths grapes and a sticky resin aroma.

T: Grapefruit and grassy hop bitterness predominates, but this leads to a juicy malt sweetness. After several seconds, there is a sharp metallic note. There is a noticeable alcohol burn on the tail end as the beer warms.

M: dry, but sticky finish. low carbonation, relatively speaking. this beer calls for lipsmacking.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a Dogfish IPA glass.

Appearance - Very hazy with a huge head on the initial pour. I slowed it down to keep it from overflowing my glass. 12 oz. can into a 19 oz. glass, you'd think I could pour vigorously. Chunky patches of a smooth creamy head and equal parts discrete bubbles. Discontinuous lacing clings to the glass.

Smell - Equal parts pine and grapefruit to the hop aroma. Some pale biscuit malt there too. Just the faintest hint of alcohol.

Taste - Citrus hop up front with a hint of sweetness that gets overtaken by pine. The resiny hops build into the back end and the sweetness drops off to a breadier malt flavor. Bitterness builds slowly.

Mouthfeel - Smooth up front, drops off to a drier body in the finish. Moderate bitterness and medium carbonation.

Overall - Impressive. Complex hop profile really helps this beer out. Even the grain profile has a couple of flavors going on with it. Really good stuff.

Photo of mjstacker
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just got a 6-pack shipped in from DC, dated 4/11... so it's 5 days old. Lot's of lacing from a somewhat minimal head, deep copper color. Darker then I expected based on the description. Nose is weak, for 5 days old I would hope for more fruit, not getting much of anything. Super smooth, almost too malty but just within my tolerance. Tastes fantastic for the ABV, can't put a finger on what it reminds me of but it's damn good regardless. I was sad to trade Bissell Brothers to get this but after having two, i'm glad i got the shipment. Solid DIPA, i'd totally trade to get again.

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Golden yellow bit cloudy upon pour and drink. Light head quickly dissolving leaving a nice lace on the glass

S - Fruity, sensitive hop profile, delicious

T - Wonderful citrus profile, followed by a bready yeast chaser.

F - Felt like a Double Ipa should . Slightly boozy with a light carbonation on the back of the throat

O - AWESOME.. loved it.

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On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,676 ratings.