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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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BA SCORE
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world-class

1,251 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,251
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 456
Gots: 98 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

djrn2, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a DC Brau cervoise.

Pours a hazed light copper color with a very nice white head. Plenty of sticky lacing on the way down and great retention. The nose carries some heavy pine and citrus hops. Hop overload going on. The onslaught continues into the flavor with a very heavy citrus rind and pine presence. Really great balance between the different characteristics. Light-medium body with crisp carbonation and a nice dry, bitter finish. Very, very solid. By far the best DC Brau beer to date.

Thorpe429, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange/amber color, with soft white head, at least a couple of inches. The head stays for a long time, great retention.

Nose is fruity, citrus. Grapefruit, orange zest, very light malt and some pine coming through as well.

Taste is fruit, citrus, with a balanced bitterness. Maybe some mango, grapefruit on the buds. The malt hangs around in a very balanced nature.

This is a full bodied DIPA, but finishes nice, hides the alcohol, very juicy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is great.

nmann08, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.8%

acurtis, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

metter98, May 10, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: An impressive head tops the amber liquid and leaves copious amounts of lacing behind

Smell: Rich white grapefruit aromatics with an interesting praline character to the malt

Taste: Maple pecan praline, up front, with grapefruit flavors taking over almost immediately as the beer grows increasingly bitter and pithy; in the finish, though, there is some residual praline flavor in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a world class DIPA with a very interesting twist to the malt bill

Thanks, cp45, for the opportunity to re-visit in the can

brentk56, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As the halmark of an IPA at any strength is its hop-forward attitude, we've seen a slew of "Imperial" versions that can't follow through on its bitter promises due to an over balance of the malt needed to propel such high alcohol. Though zesty in taste and aroma, many of those are simply compromising for their lack of bitterness. Cue On The Wings Of Armageddon...

Pouring a highly hazed amber with a powdery gaze of yeast and hop matter trickling about, its appearance is rusty and unadulterated. As a thick lather of yellowish-stain foam builds upon the beer, it simmers into an even skirt across the glass, leaving broken weaves of lace in its wake.

Bold of aromas densely pack the nose with its rustic citrus peels, resinous pine and grassy tones. Everything from lemon to tropical fruit to white wine can be found in its complex hop scent. But its balance from malt is nearly as invigorating as its lavish caramel, biscuit and honey give the hops a "candied" effect.

But where the nose may seem somewhat balanced, there's really no such threat in taste. Sure, the malty matrix plays out with that honey and biscuit upstart but once the hops take hold, we can forget about all that malt sweetness. Its now the job of red and white grapefruit, orange peels, pine shavings, fresh-cut grass, floral perfumes and tangy wine-like acidity to dominate the taste thereafter. As those semi-delicate traits fade into an obscure finish, the bitterness easily supplants all that for a deeply resinous "sappy" bittering that grips the throat like an acrobat on a trapeze. Its long and pithy finish surely appeases the "West Coast" aficionados while its malty center does the same for the "East Coast".

Medium-dry in body, its rich maltiness has an impact early but not late. As its initial carbonation and residual bready-sweet textures hold together, the ale is creamy and firm. But the hops slice through all that and break it apart as it ushers in a sticky, resinous and dry finish that's usually reserved for standard American IPA.

Without the highly seductive "nuevo" hops in its arsenal, the IPA reminds me of how great high-gravity and hop-heavy beers tasted a decade ago. Where those were rustic and often times clumsy, there's no such threat here- its confident, effortless and meant for the grind of bitterness for which true hop heads yearn.

BEERchitect, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Texasfan549, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -7.8%

GRG1313, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

ygtbsm94, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -7.8%

spycow, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a hazy copper and golden body. Nice lacing. Aroma of biscuit, pineapple, orange, mango, but I think peach dominates but there is a little bit odd herbal and malt aroma with some candy sugar as well. Flavor follows with a sort of simple and one-dimensional hop presence which has some earthy and citrus presence on a malt forward bready base. Medium body and moderate carbonation. I was let down a little by the flavor after the aroma. Still a nice beer just didn't live up to the review number I saw.

kylehay2004, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a hazy copper color with a nice fluffy white head on top. The retention and lacing are really good. The smell of the beer is fruity and sweet, peach and mango aromas like crazy, there is pineapple in there too. The taste is also very good, solid malt profile followed up by a wave of fruity hop flavors with a subtle piney finish. The mouthfeel is oily and lightly carbonated, silky smooth texture with a creamy finish. Overall this beer is very good, big thanks to DaveHack for handing a can off to me. Really enjoyed it.

Knapp85, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -7.8%

SocalKicks, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Jason, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Saw this available on-tap and, naturally, there was no other beer I was interested in, for the moment.

What a great beer. Great resin tones with pine and a spicy edge. Carbonation is somewhat aggressive and nipping at the mouth. Very easy to drink. This is a great beer. A very great beer. I don't think I will see it again anytime soon, unfortunately. But I am very glad that I had the chance.

RblWthACoz, May 13, 2014
Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

nickfl, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Meridian Pint (Washington, D.C.) on 6/9/12. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep hazy burnt orange (almost like grapefruit juice); topped with a thin head of bright-white froth that has maybe a touch of an off look to it. This retains with some rich foamy edges, leaving back a thick cascade of patchy lacing which dots the sides of the glass. The aroma smells fresh, leafy, piney, and herbal in the nose, with full-on juicy smelling grapefruit character and more tropical notes of mango and pineapple. Some sweet maltiness hangs in the background here, mostly sticking to those flavors. This is bright and robust feeling in the nostrils.

The taste is once again straight up grapefruit juice bitterness on the palate, with leafy tones, spice, and pine all stretching out into a dry and resinous finish that sticks extra notes of spice and pith to the tongue with some strength. A touch of ripe tropical and herbal character and a combo of neutral grainy sweetness and a touch of tangier caramel help balance this on the edges with those fruit flavors especially adding some welcome extra complexity to this that comes in after that initial wave of hops. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a nice mouth filling creaminess to the carbonation that prickles the tongue up and down with those hops. You do get some alcohol warmth here, which really draws out the intensity of these flavors but man, this REALLY drinks smooth for the size thanks to the impeccable balance here and overall slickness of the body.

This was a DAMN fine DIPA and ranks right up there with some of the best that I’ve had for the style on the East Coast. This just has a FULL-ONE yet still well balanced hop presence to it that makes this one bad ass IPA while still staying extremely approachable to the drinker. I don’t imagine that this one will be flying under the radar for much longer. It’s that good.

Kegatron, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can thanks to Aniela! Served in a Heady Topper pint glass I believe.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, collar, and a speck or two of lacing. Hazed burnt orange body.

S - Lots of old-school 'C' hops here; guessing plenty of Columbus and Cascade? Spicy, earthy, with a bit of grapefruit peel, and perhaps some cheesy beta acids setting in; not sure of the age on this can. Malt bill seems a tad buttery, with lots of biscuit; guessing there is some pils malt in here too.

T - Super earthy, piney, and aggressively bitter. I'm usually immune to high IBUs, but this seemed somewhat heavy-handed. Lower malt sweetness, with light notes of toffee, but mostly bread and biscuit.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, dry texture, and a mild amount of lingering hop oils. Alcohol is reasonably well-hidden.

D - After reading the description of the beer, it's very clear the experience I had was exactly what DC Brau intended: low malt sweetness, intense 'C' hops (from the Falconer's Flight), a touch of CaraPils, and palate-bruising bitterness that grows over time. Kudos to them on the execution, but not at all what I want from an Imperial IPA. Will probably appeal to other palates though.

MasterSki, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, beer is amber with a slight haze, nice white head, medium and small bubbles, moderate to low carbonation, some lacing. Looks good.

Aroma is sweet and fruity, nice hops and minimal malt backbone, definitely smell the fruit salad / garden in this one.

Beer is sticky bitter with a nice full body, good finish, high bitterness at the back but not horridly so. Beer doesn't finish too dry, so the bitterness fades at an appropriate rate. I like the beer and I'd definitely have it again. In my opinion the best beer from this brewery so far.

drabmuh, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yay canned beer, just as large impending storm is about to crush us, this seemed like an apt beer, thanks to elbrooksie (reddit).

Pours a nice creamy fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice high water mark of a creamy lacing, fairly hazy honey orange color.

Nose explodes with hops, some mild citrus candied orange peel, little tropical fruit with grapefruit, hint of mango, papaya, hint of melon and fruity bubblegum, little tangerine even, into a mild spicy earthy chewy hop profile and floral hops as well, with a fairly big malt base that seems a bit sweet and candy like.

Taste starts with big hops again, spicy and chewy at first with big bitterness, into that citrus again, juicy as hell too. Citrus brings more orange juice and candied orange peel, little zest and grapefruit rind, mild melon and bit of tropical fruit also bringing a little mango and papaya. Also a touch of dank resin in the hop profile. Malts bring fair sweetness to balance the big hop bitterness, little candy and toasty reddish malts mostly. Finish dries a bit and gets very bitter, a little tangerine juice comes through before the crazy spicy chewy hops take over, bit astringent almost and salty earthy like too, and a touch of sticky malt.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, just a touch of warming booze mostly hidden, nice carbonation too.

Overall pretty nice DIPA, best beer from DC Brau by far. Good bitterness, nice balance, booze hidden well, good hop and malt profile, enjoyable.

jlindros, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of oline73
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a standard pint glass.

The beer pours an orangish amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head. As the head fades it leaves some lace on the side of the glass. The nose is full of fresh smelling hops right off the bat. There is just a touch of sweetness as well, but the hops definitely dominate. The taste follows the smell closely. The grain sweetness might be a bit more prevalent in the taste, but it still plays second fiddle to the hops. The hops remind me of juicy citrus peel with a hint of pine. I'm getting a little alcohol in the background along with the sweetness. The finish is bitter. The body is just on the thick side of medium with a very dry finish and a normal amount of carbonation.

This is a very good double IPA and I'll be quite happy if it ever makes it into regular distribution.

oline73, Mar 29, 2013
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On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,251 ratings.