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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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231 Reviews
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Reviews: 231
Hads: 1,835
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 24.54%
Wants: 579
Gots: 208 | FT: 10
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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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Nate.
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a bronzed golden amber color with a one finger white foamy head that bit up and capped just a bit over the top of the glass. (I take pride in pouring all styles accordingly, did I pour it wrong or does this beer just do that anyways?, I don't know). So this one's got a great head, let's just leave it at that and move on. Stringy lacing along the sides.
The smell had a sharp sweet to bitter citrus and clingy grinding pine underneath my nose. Light caramel malt base far underneath.
The taste shapes the bitter and sweet citrus and piney hops to flow over the caramel malt. Well balanced. Intuitively serene in the aftertaste, still invasive like the aroma in the finish.
The mouthfeel sharpens its axe on my tongue gunning down my tastebuds with harsh bitterness. About a medium in body. Leans towards a sessionable trait rather than a sipper (ABV feels slightly hidden).
Overall, a wonderful DIPA. Shows all of the traits of one. Sneaky sessionability makes me want to pound it, hmmm...probably will feel this later, oh well.

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Photo of ragnar3
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a snifter. Citrus nose with a hint of pine but highly malty with a slightly bitter finish. A solid offering but nothing I would seek out again.

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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
3.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Disclaimer- canned 9/15/15... Something might be wrong w this can..very low carb, incredibly over malted...will seek out again and re review if a change for the better emerges!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours and orangy golden color with some haziness. Has an aroma of citrus peel. Flavor is citrus peel hops with a slightly bitter finish. Leaves a bit of a crisp mouthfeel. Very nice IPA overall

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Photo of MUTINY
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, yet vibrant golden copper. 3/4" fluffy white head recedes a bit on the slower side. Retention is quite good, lacing is so-so.

S: Amazing. VERY assertive grapefruit & citrus rind wrapped in a doughy & biscuity aroma. Onion is detectable, along with faint traces of ginger. The longer I whiff, the more of a distinct lemon note emerges. This brew has a special quality on the nose.

T: Comes on with traces of tropical fruit that quickly give way to pretty bitter but deeply-flavored citrus qualities, lemon & grapefruit seem to dominate. This eases into a maltier mid-palate that reads to me as toasted biscuit...maybe even a trace of smoke. The bitterness increases again through the finish, which is a big bitter bomb of both citric & more resinous qualities. Maybe even just a hint of onion.

M: Moderate-to-just-a-bit-high carb married to a fairly dense, syrupy/slightly soapy body. It reads as appropriately heavy for the style & actually finishes comparatively crisp & dry.

O: Pretty doggone impressive. This is a deeply flavored & brilliant-smelling offering from DC Brau, easily among their best.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great looking pour. A hazy orange with a thick, frothy off-white head. Retention isn't the greatest, but decent with some spotty lacing.

Smells like sweeter, tropical fruits, some sharp hops, and some light bready malts.

Tastes crisp, with a pepperyness, orange rind, mango, and red grapefruit. The hops follow with a solid bitterness. For as quick as all of the flavors explode in the initial taste, they basically vanish just as abruptly, leaving nothing but a lingering bitterness. The pale malts flavor was unexpected for an imperial, especially considering appearence.

Outstanding body and feel. I would guess there is wheat in this. Somewhat chewy.

Great beer overall.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from growler purchased from Corks and Kegs in Richmond, Va
Look - pours a golden-hued orange color with a nice 1" white head. Retention is moderate, lacing is minimal
Smell - mango, pineapple, orange and pine.
Taste - follows the nose pretty much with a nice biscuity malt that balanced everything out.
Feel - medium but lower on the carb
Overall - very nice DIPA.

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Photo of threeviews
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can (COD: 7/31/15) into a Brussels tulip glass

A- Pours a very hazy, burnt orange color with ~1 finger of a slightly off-white head with moderate retention. (4.25)

S- Quite simple...juicy orange, citrus zest, overripe tropical fruit and a bit of pine resin. Absolutely no alcohol in the nose. (4.25)

T- A blast of orange juice sweetness followed by a sticky and dry pine resin with a hint of the malt backbone creeping in. Not overly complex, but refreshing and extremely quaffable. Like the nose, absolutely no alcohol in the taste. (4.25)

M- Medium body with ample carbonation keeps this 9.2% ABV beer dangerously drinkable. The palate is swept clean after each swig making it even harder to keep in the glass. (4.5)

O- Although slightly one dimensional, it is enjoyable nonetheless. If you ever want an education on Falconer's Flight hops, OTWOA is the epitome. I've tried this a week after and six weeks after canning and it has held up remarkably well. (4.25)

PS- Even though DC Brau is distributed in my area, this brand never makes it and I needed to trade for it which makes it difficult to obtain.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice light copper color. Chalk white head doesn't stick around long.

Smell is a nice balance between topical fruit and pine tar. Balance is very well done. Orange and a nice sticky resin present.

Taste is fruity at first moving into a nice bitterness mid palate. The tropical fruit is juicy orange, some mango, and an almost lighter stone fruit flavor lingering. Apricots and peaches maybe. Nice pine resin on the back end that hangs around and sticks to the palate. A nice malty sweet backbone hangs around and compliments the tropical flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation is nice and balanced. Not too rich, but not too light. Malt is present but not overwhelming, good backbone.

Overall an awesome DIPA. Really well balanced.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can two weeks old into a pint glass.
Appears: Brown-orange color. Slightly hazy with a finger of head. After a few sips the bubbles dissipate to a ring around the glass.
Aroma: Pineapple, mango, orange, pine, onion, pepper. Mostly tropical fruit with some slight dank elements present.
Taste: Tropical fruits up front: pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange. The middle bring in a bitterness which last throughout. The finish is back of the throat bitterness and brings in some mild dank elements with onion and pepper. Some mild alcohol warming but dangerously drinkable for 9%.
Feel: Light mouth feel with some chewyness.
Overall this is a good juicy DIPA. In the NE style in terms of taste but lacking a little in the mouth feel. Compared to other DIPA in the DC area this is easy the best I've tried.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber and very hazy. 1-inch head that dissipates quickly. Minimal bubbling.

S - Sweet fruits such as peaches and strawberries, and a little pine.

T - Sweet peach and orange peel with some piney notes. Finish is a fairly strong bitterness.

M - Body is medium with some burn.

O - Sweet and not extreme on the bitterness. Alcohol presence is not overpowering. A solid beer.

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Photo of BobbyBill
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. Biased because I'm always looking for good DIPAs in a can and this is one of the best. Beyond marketing type things that I like in Craft Beer: Packaging is solid, the name is great -
The liquid is fantastic. One of the best DIPAs in the VA / DC area.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lots of competition lately, but up until the last year or so, this was probably the best beer in The District. Unspeakably smooth and light-bodied for such a strong DIPA. Plenty of alcohol but not too boozy. Decent head, actually looks like it could be a blonde ale from the glass. Flavor quickly lets you know otherwise - perfect blend of floral, piney (like needles on the forest floor), mild light fruit and citrus, and subtle sweet malt that is never rich or heavy.

DC Brau gets a bad rap around here for being just a big hop-factory with their beers, but I suspect this is coming from people who have kept their cans of their pale ales around too long. Drink this fresh (and their others too) or on tap and you get a wonderfully complex, never over-bearing profile of flavors - and hoppy, but not obnoxiously so.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
3.45/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a fresh 12 oz can.

A: Cloudy and golden yellowish in appearance. Nice off white head that left lacing in the glass as I drank it.

S: Some citrus and floral hop aromas. Definitely picking up grapefruit and lemon.

T: Wish this was more like the aroma. Alot more malt than I thought. Diminishes the hop flavors alot. Again, this can is part of a batch that I received that was less than a week old. Hop flavors are present at the end of the sip. More bitter in the finish.

M: Medium body with some carb. Bitter finish.

O: Very underwhelmed by this. Thought it'd be more citrusy based on the aroma but it wasn't. Not sure I'd seek this out again.

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Photo of W_Des
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sick art work on the can. Pours a hazy burnt orange. Nice citrusy nose. I can get some grapefruit and tropical notes. Has some nice malt bill and finishes slightly bitter. Medium carbonation and deceptively strong. Smash two and you're feeling pretty good.

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Photo of delta490
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty dark in the bar I had this at but it looked to have a darker body and thin white/tan head. There was a nice big tropical hops and some dankiness with sticky small lacing. There is a great balance in the hops and the malt and it is incredibly easy-drinking for its ABV.

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Photo of Rammed96
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great full bodied beer with full flavor. Packs a punch with almost 10% abv. Smells of citrus with a lighter color than expected. I would love to find more!

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Photo of almostjay
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best DC local I've tried yet. I wasn't a fan of the Falconer's Flight until I got my mitts on this beer. Shockingly "light" for such a big beer which to me is a big deal. I prefer drinkable flavor over overly boozy/syrupy flavor and this beer delivers on that.

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Photo of BradfordStuckey
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark amber color. Heavy mouthfeel. Intensely malty which I wasn't the hugest fan of. Canned a little over a month ago. 4-24-15. I would have liked to have tried it a bit more fresh.

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Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft from keg into a growler then to pint glass 48 hours later. No real pop or hiss from cap. About 1 full finger of off white fluffy head. Did have lacing throughout the drink. Poured a milky amber yellow color. Cloudy. Already don't think I'll be impressed. Smells slightly of hops and citrus but real mild. Taste is much the same. Very mild smooth ipa. Little bitter so probably wet hops. Little citrus. Just sort of there for me. Good just not great. Maybe I waited too long to open the growler. Wouldn't think so but I'll revisit it later.

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Photo of JohnFriction
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased cans at the brewery. Great DIPA, not sure if it's worth the hype around here, but it's pretty tasty. I wish I could say I like this more than, say, DFH 90 Minute IPA, but not sure if I can. It has more character than some others in the style, but it can be harsher as well. It's also frickin' expensive ($20 for a 6-pack). But -- solid delicious beer.

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Photo of gopens44
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just a cool ass picture on the can. So this thing pours murky as death itself. Translucent at best with a roaring and pissed off foamy cream head that rests into a menacing, fully laced barrier.

The nose warns of a rising storm of bitter, piney, resiny torture. The taste does not relent. Slightly dank, but dank gives way to a slightly different bitter in that it attacks the tongue with that piney thing that the nose tried to tell us about. The tongue didn't listen. Now it's being pummeled straight to the crisp, almost easy drinking finish. Just a touch of cloying sweetness as if the devil himself wants to leave behind a less threatening calling card, just in case you consider it again.

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Photo of richj1970
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can dated 2/23/2015.

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with generous 3 finger fluffy off white head that seemed to last forever and leaving some nice stringy lacing.

S: Light citrus, grapefruit, floral hops, and some biscuit malts. Faint hints of pineapple and lemon.

T: Fresh squeezed citrus combined with a fairly substantial malt backbone. A touch of honey sweetness.

M: Medium body with a slightly bitter hop finish.

O: Very enjoyable DIPA. If this was in my distribution area, it would be a regular purchase.

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Photo of jooler
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thank to shanem12
Look was initially 1/2 a finger of head the after a minute, it went away. Smell is fairly malty with some nuttiness. Initial taste Nutty, with some subtle ester. It has a nice malt backbone. Also, this drinks more like 6% to me, it is actually 9.2%. Damn, they hide the alcohol pretty well.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brief initial impressions from a can (with stellar art) acquired 3 days ago (courtesy of SlothB77):

A: Pours a healthy 3 inch head of off-white colour. Average creaminess, fullness, frothiness, and thickness. Retention is excellent - easily 8 minutes.

Body colour is a yellow-copper of average vibrance, with no visible yeast particles or hop sediment.

Appears well-carbonated. A typical IPA appearance.

Sm: Fragrant and pungent. Intricate developed floral hop character, a hint of classic herbal character (with some "dankness"), and some mild citrus rind. One of the most classic hop aromas I've ever come across; this has a direct correspondence to the aroma of actual hops.

Average aromatic intensity.

TASTE: Balance is key here, in classic "East Coast style" imperial IPA fashion. Pale malts check the hop bitterness nicely, and there's plenty of hop character lent by floral, herbal, and lightly citrusy hop notes. Deep enough, with nice complexity. I like it.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, well-carbonated, medium-bodied, oily, aptly thick, and soft enough. Suits the taste nicely, but doesn't elevate the beer.

OVERALL: A very enjoyable, drinkable imperial IPA with plenty of flavour and impressive balance. The classic hop aromatics and enjoyable flavour profile make this a beer I'd return to, but not one I'd consider world class. It could well be DC Brau's best beer - I wouldn't know - but it's certainly a good one. Worth trying, but not worth seeking out.


05.13.15: Further notes from a second can below.

The dank aroma is palpable as I pour, bringing notes of caramalt, cream, grass, white grapefruit, candi sugar, floral character, and herb. The aroma doesn't indicate any booziness or yeast, but seems on the sweeter side for an imperial IPA.

Appearance is very good overall, with a healthy long-lasting head (~7-8 minute retention) and a lively yeast sediment-riddled body of copper-orange colour and average vibrance. Murky in a good way.

The remarkably soft mouthfeel is evident on the creamy open, luring the drinker in and then delivering with an apt medium body and a supple, comforting texture. Smooth and wet, letting the taste speak for itself. The taste, however, is a bit lacking - balanced though it may be. The relatively mild hop profile is comprised of grassy and floral character, some modest grapefruit citrus, and slightly resinous bitterness. A malt backbone of caramalt, candi character (an awful characteristic here), and pale malt provides the balancing sweetness, but also lends the beer a coating slimy presence on the palate.

This disguises its ABV well, but it's not a beer I'd go out of my way to drink again. I'd happily nab a 6er if I caught this on shelves, but if this is truly DC's best beer I feel bad for the District. Drinkable and worth trying, but not a world-class, unique, or special offering in its style.


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On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.