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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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DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

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.

Added by russwbeck on 02-17-2012

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Photo of MrOH
2.51/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Canned 12/27/13, bought at the brewery and placed in the fridge. Poured into my Perennial tulip.

Pours hazy orange, decent lacing, not much in the way of head retention.

Has a generic American hop aroma. Some grapefruit, a touch of resiny pine, a bit herbal and floral. Nothing stands out, and it's not as in your face as I'd expected.

Pretty much the same as the nose, plus booze and a bit of malt. Well balanced bitterness, so it's got that going for it.

A little on the heavy side, could use a bit more carbonation.

Overall, I am let down by this beer.

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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 RichardMNixon
3.33/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of WatertowerIV
3.37/5  rDev -22%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep orange, almost amber color, minimal head that dissipates quickly (probably due to higher abv) lots of white sediment. I've seen this in other IPA's before, maybe this guy's out of date?
S- Warm, sweet, and grassy, with slight citrus and grape notes
T- Bready and bitter, with a slight touch of citrus peel on the end
F-Surprisingly, pleasantly, and-perhaps-the-best-thing-about-this-beer-y, not too sticky or hard to pull back. Plenty of IIPA's are straight-up chewy, but this one's actually pretty smooth drinking.
O- Not a bad example of the style, but definitely not worth almost $20 per 6 pack in DC

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.39/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a growler into DC Brau pint glass I bought at the brewery.

Color is sort of a hazy, brownish gold. The floral character is definitely there in the aroma, and in the taste, too. Not much head, but solid lacing. Taste is okay, but there is a bready taste that doesn't mix well at all with the pine.

I love the Corruption, and I used to love The Wings, but this is the last time I buy Wings. I made multiple trips to the brewery to buy this and loved it, but then it seemed to me that there was a distinct change in flavor, and I stopped making the special brewery trips to pick it up. I thought I'd give it another shot, but it remains as unsatisfying as my latter purchases were.

IMHO, the Corruption is very underrated, and the Wings very overrated.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.39/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got a can of this at Max's in Baltimore. From notes.

A - Hazy copper pour with one finger of off white head. No visible carbonation, good lace, rings of retention.

S - Dank hop pellets, onion.

T - Orange, hop pellets, onion, citrus, resin, leafy.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, pretty bitter.

O/D - Not as good as it's made out to be. Might be the Falconer's Flight but the oniony element was a bit too much for me. It was odd, but not is a really offputting way. Decent, but not world class like it's said to be. A letdown overall.

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Photo of stevoj
3.39/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at R.F.D. in DC. Coming from the NW, this IIPA came off in taste at least, as a normal NW IPA. The extra oomph from the elevated ABV wasn't readily apparent .Hoppy for some palates, but tame for others.

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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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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 Jono0284
3.51/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a opaque golden copper and a nice white head. Smelled very hoppy with slight citrus notes . Taste was very bitter but mellowed as the beer opened up. It had a long finish and great mouth feel.

Overall the beer I enjoyed the beer but do not know if I would purchase again - a little on the bitter side for my taste.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to cw577enfield for the can.

Appearance: Slightly hazed pale orange. Rocky white head drops to a small creamy collar with a wispy cap. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Some sticky lacing.

Smell: A solid punch of grapefruit skin and flesh. Some lighter sweeter fruit, something like grape and apple. A hint of pine. Malt backbone is light and bready. Some slight caramel malt sweetness. Some cc cracker and bread. A bit earthy through the back. Lightly sweet with more grape and grapefruit as it warms.

Taste: Solid bitter pine needle. Increases with each sip. Some earthy notes with some grapefruit and grape must. Malts are really there to stop it from being hop juice. Slightly bready with a light toasted element. Some caramel malt sweetness, but it's an afterthought to the hops. A bit fruity. Lingering bitterness with some oily pine.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slight creaminess up front with a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Penguin wings.

Solid but not crazy. Maybe with a hyper fresh can it would be different. I've had it at tests a few times and it's been more aggressive. The can was missing that edge.

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Photo of Chazari99
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was very eager to try this beer, having heard several accolades about it. I was mostly disappointed, as the bitterness for this Double IPA is a bit too pronounced. For my $, there are a lot better IPAs, but this was still decent. It got better on subsequent cans/tastings.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.64/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Meridian Pint, CK and the brewery.

Pours a hazed golden orange with an average white head; moderate retention and lace. Intensely hoppy aroma with pine and citrus rind hop. Flavor is equally hoppy with citrus, citrus rind and caramel malt dominating. Minimal balance or subtlety. Medium to light body with active carbonation. Very impressive, a little too resiny and malty for my taste, but my favorite DC Brau beer to date.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky, opaque darkish golden color with a couple fingers of off white head. Largish, cola-like bubbles. Leaves moderate lacing and has good retention.

S: Big caramel, breadiness, a little earthy and piney hops which are secondary but provide nice support.

T: Caramel, bitterness, a little pine hops, finishing dry with moderate bitterness and more caramel. Lingering bitterness. The bitterness is a bit more than I tend to enjoy.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation.

O: A slightly above average, caramel-dominated IPA. There are plenty of better options off the shelf, esp. if you want lots of hop flavor.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice citrus forward hop qualities in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of NarrowG8
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber, cloudy with about a good head. Resinous and sticks to glass like a great DIPA

S - Smells AMAZING. Catty, grapefruit, clementine

T - I loved this at the brewery on tap and loved the first half glass out of the first bottle. Than, I don't know if I got a bad batch or what, but it starts out with notes that tastes citrusy, grapefruit, piney. Than I get a HORRIBLE after taste. I don't know how to describe it but it is over the top and almost ruins the drinking experience. I gave the taste AVG because I still don't know if this was just my batch or not because it tasted so amazing straight from the tap. I'll have to try this again unless I hear from others the same problem.

M - Resiny, bubbly, sticky.

O- Not sure until I try again!

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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 JohnGalt1
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kmccabe33 hooked me up with this one... Very cool trade.. thanks Korey!! Shared with a couple of folks in the tasting group...

Pours clear golden.. foamy white head dies back but leaves decent lacing.. okay.

Nose is great.. tons of citrus and tropical fruit that is bloomed too much by a little heavy pale maltiness..

Flavor is good.. but a little too much malt.. the above hoppiness is carried for a bit and then buried on the finish by the malt.. would be better if it was far drier..

Body is a touch heavy... carbonation is about right but IMO needs a bit more bubble for the body.

A good DIPA and in the right direction.. Needs to be dialed down and have more hop flavor (and a drier malt profile) and a lesser body..

Thanks a ton Korey!! The Boise peeps appreciate it!!


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Photo of HopBomb515
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper hued body forms a rocky light khaki colored head. Cloudy with sediment and a head that fades but laces the glass nicely. Hop aromas are big. Wet pine needles, citrus fruit, mango and tobacco. Caramel malt profile provides a backbone that should be big but isn't big enough for the wallop of hops in this one. Taste is grapefruit forward with the caramel malt flavor showing early and giving way fast to a very dank middle of pine and mango and finishing with a big bitterness and slight tobacco aftertaste. Sharp carbonation to start smooths out and finishes dry. This beer reminds me a lot of Jai Alai or more accurately it's big brother. I'm not a fan of the booziness. It has that overly dank way and tobacco flavors that I tend to find off putting and for me, hold this back from being a top tier DIPA.

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Photo of TimZebGir
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%

Legends confirmed by beauty
From both eye and nose
'The hell happened with the taste?

A: Hazy golden brown with creamy fluffy head (3/3)
S: Lemon and floral dominate with a healthy bit of pineapple (10/12)
T: Very solidly bitter flavor with a little bit of pineapple and that awkward salsa after taste with acrid bitter hang (14/20)
M: Delightfully dry finish to a fairly bubbly beer (5/5)
O: Not really a fan I'll be honest. I am worried that it did not travel well from dc to Boston and will try again when I'm there. Seriously though this guy is just a bitter hop bomb. Very little subtlety and that hang is just killing me. (7/10)

P.S. To clarify what is above, Falconer's Flight is a blend of hops, so calling OTWOA a single hop beer is misleading:

"A pellet blend containing a variety of the Pacific Northwest's most intriguing aroma hop varieties and additional experimental hops."

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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 Rukasu
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful light amber with a thick two-finger creamy head with a straight pour.

S - Sweet apricot and pineapple, with sour grapefruit/orange citrus

T - Grassy bitter hops, with same grapefruit citrus from the scent.

M - Despite the 100+ IBUs it isn't overly bitter. The 9.2% ABV is nicely balanced out with the intense flavor of this IIPA.

O - My favorite offering so far from DC Brau, glad I was able to get a growler of it, in addition to being able to try the cask version.

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Photo of nataku00
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a murky burnt orange with three fingers of off white head of mostly small and dense bubbles. Head dissipates after a bit with some thick swatches of foam stick to the glass. Good amount of carbonation streaming up at the edge of the glass.

Nose is mild tropical fruits, mango, papaya, dank marijuana herbal hops. Some mild citrus peel and yeast ester as well. Not as strong in aroma as I was expecting for a canned DIPA though.

Taking a sip, some citrus peel bitterness leads, mellowing to some sweeter tropical fruit flavors and apple like fruit esters. A bit of malt comes through on the taste, toasted bread and light caramel to help balance out the bitterness. Dry finish, with continue citrus peel bitterness.

Lighter side of medium body with good carbonation, keeps the tongue dry and ready for another sip. Not much alcohol flavor on this, as the hops linger on the tongue. A decent DIPA.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1/21/16 Rereviewed. Canned on 12/30/15. Three weeks old. Maybe I prefer this beer with some age?

Wow what happen the first time. But the aroma is fantastic. Raised to a 4 from a 3.


Canned on 7/3/13 (the same day the beer was tasted and reviewed). $17.99 for a six-pack at the brewery. Poured into a chalice.

I was dissapointed. This beer needs a little more malty sweetness as balance for me and the aroma was not up to par wiith most other highly touted imperial IPAs. This is why you should never listen to just one person's review. I bought into the hype, but my expectations were not met.

A - Pours a clear golden amber with a three-finger rocky off-white head, which disapates to a lasting layer. Good lacing. Pours a little thin to me.

S - Clean, piney, faint cut grass, no alcohol (+).

T - Botanical bitterness upfront with a smoother but hoppy finish. Some carmel matliness but definitely all about the hops.

MF - Medium bodiied, but a little thin. Nice carbonation. A dry finish.

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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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On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.