Dismiss Notice
Hello, is it beer you're looking for?

Learn more about beer. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for as low as 68% off the single issue price.

Subscribe now →

On The Wings Of Armageddon - DC Brau Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
On The Wings Of ArmageddonOn The Wings Of Armageddon

Educational use only; do not reuse.

227 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 227
Hads: 1,810
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 24.77%
Wants: 576
Gots: 200 | FT: 11
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 227 | Hads: 1,810
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.

 580 characters

Photo of kylehay2004
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

 522 characters

Photo of nmann08
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

 494 characters

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

astounding ipa here, so different from everything else out there. this beer is orange in color, bronze hued with decent clarity and a great big head. it smells hoppy as heck, but the falconers flight hops are newish to my palate, they always seem to be in recipes with other varietals, not sure i have had many single hop beers with it, and certainly none this aggressive with it. some caramel malt in the base here, which is fuller bodied and sturdy, even wheaty, but its all just pillars for the enormous hop character. heavily resinous, and heavily bitter, this is a snappy beer, with a wood aspect like i often get from centennial hops, but things here are much more intense, biting almost. fresh as anything, but very assertive hop profile, it dominates any grain flavor, although without the malt body this beer would be way off. its pretty drinkable at its strength because of how dry it finishes, but this is a palate wrecker for sure, one that affects how things taste for awhile after. its very very bold, and way better than anything else i have had from these guys. very well done, and something different from the masses of big hoppy ales.

 1,152 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

 533 characters

Photo of Knapp85
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

 541 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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

 608 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

 2,349 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Can: Poured a light amber color ale with a nice foamy head with excellent retention and some good lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney notes are quite intense but still very enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by citrus and piney notes with some floral notes but not as much as I had expected with a little bit of residual sugars. Body is full with good carbonation. Well brewed and quite enjoyable but maybe not up to those super floral Vermont IPAs.

 447 characters

Photo of oline73
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

 839 characters

Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

 1,482 characters

Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

 1,901 characters

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.


 2,883 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

 395 characters

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had two 12 oz. glasses of this tonight at Pizzeria Paradiso. Poured into a stange.

a - Pours a bright murky orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citra hops, oranges, citrus hops, fruity malts, grapefruits, and pine hops. Tons of fresh hops, really really nice.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, oranges, pine hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, lemon, and a tiny bit of bitterness in the taste. Really nice once again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a light bit of bitterness.

o - Overall a really great DIPA. Had two glasses of this and two glasses of their BA PQP and honestly I think they're on the same level, depending on what you're in the mood for. OTWOA has a ton of fresh hops to it and feels more like 6.5% then 9.2%, Really hoping they make this again, because it's tied for their best beer.

 864 characters

Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -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.

 1,194 characters

Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

 562 characters

Photo of mdaschaf
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

 724 characters

Photo of stakem
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz swingtop growler gifted to me care of Kegatron. Seriously Heath you are the man. Thank you very much for the sporadic unprompted hook-ups with these brews. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears a very clouded color of golden copper. As the brew sits in my glass, it is hard not to think about fresh pressed cider as that is just what this looks like minus the 2 fingers of rich frothy yellowish pillows of bubbles that sit atop. The cap completely paints the entire wall of the glass with a sticky lace that is hard to shake off.

The aroma is fresh with juicy hops. A scent of citrus and tropical quality blends into a bit of alcohol ester and a sweetness that is faintly reminiscent of candy. There is just enough dank character that is herbal and grassy keeping this from getting off into sweet and fruity territory. At times, there is a bit of floral almost perfume-like essence overtop a toasty grain base that has the slightest touch of mineral content.

The taste has some of the toasty grain backing that was hinted in the aroma that bleeds into hoppy bitterness that has mostly herbal, grassy and pine-like flavoring. A bit of yeast presence is felt here with some fruity tinges of alcohol that really warms up across the back of the throat. The bitterness is really driven home in the aftertaste that lingers with a resinous cling that is integrated well with the array of flavoring and alcohol inclusion. At times, it is minorly catty and cheesy with the minerals coming out as the brew warms up. Once the brew gets to ideal temperatures, it has a very solid grapefruit and pitty/rindy flavor that trumps most of the rest of the character. Very well done.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It has a nice balance of character and overall is a solid package. It runs the full gauntlet of character ranging from slightly fruity and floral to herbal, dank, piney and resinous with enought alcohol to let you know its there and enough contrasting malt to keep it balanced. I really enjoyed this, thank you again Heath!

 2,074 characters

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Rustico in Alexandria.

The beer is golden hued and fairly hazy with a small white head. Aromas of pineapples, melon, citrus, fresh hops. Minimal malt presence. A hop lover's beer. Tangy and bitter with a bold, citric presence throughout. Lovely and inviting. With the high alcohol presence so well hidden, this is a Siren call. Irresistible! Delicious! The best local IPA...perhaps ever.

 400 characters

Photo of billab914
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my DC Brau glass. It poured orange amber in color with a thin but sticky white head covering the top. After the pour it immediately started leaving a thick lacing all over the glass. Great looking beer overall, love the color, the unfiltered haziness and the sticky white lacing all over the glass as I drank it. Pretty much a perfect looking DIPA in my opinion.

The first thing that I notice in the aroma is a candied pineapple like flavor. It reminds me a little of the dried, sugary pineapple chunks you can buy at the grocery store. I get some grapefruit notes with a touch of fruit punch flavors to it as well. The bready, pale malts show just enough to give it a nice base for all the juicy hoppiness. Really good aroma overall.

The taste shows more of the juicy, tropical fruit notes to it up front. The finish is where I start to get some notes of grapefruit and orange to it. The finish is also where the bitterness lingers into a dry finish. The juicy, fruity hop notes and the bitter, resiny hop flavors seem to really balance each other out well. It's got a really nice range of hop flavors to it overall. Again, the pale, base malts are light but give it just enough of a base for the hops to shine.

The mouthfeel feels towards the lighter end for a DIPA. Carbonation is about average for the style. Overall, a really great beer and one of my new favorite locals. I loved the juicy, fresh hoppiness in it. I can't wait until they can this and I can hopefully get it more easily.

 1,518 characters

Photo of woodychandler
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The good folks at Percy Street BBQ in Philly were kind enough to allow me to buy one CAN for takeaway in order to be able to review it for The CANQuest (TM). I could have done a field review and transcribed the results, but they smoke their own meats on premises and I could not guarantee as good results as I would get at Chez Woody.

From the CAN: "And so it was written ... According to Mayan and Hopi calendars, the 'transition from one world age to another' will happen on December 21, 2012. As an homage to the 'transition' DC Brau has concocted an Imperial IPA named 'On the Wings of Armageddon.'"; "CANs - Indefinitely recyclable - Pack in, pack out"; "Best When Fresh"; "Serve in your favorite glass or enjoy from the CAN".

The Crack! was followed closely by an inverted Glug, but the glass began filling so rapidly with head that I had to back off and allow the pseudo-cascade to happen, lest an overflow take place. Settling, I was left with a dense, two-finger cap of tawny head with great retention. Color was a hazy deep-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose was a riot of everything from mango and coconut to mint tea and lemon zest! Wow. Mouthfeel was thick and viscous on my tongue, like a dollop of hop pudding. The taste was equal to the nose, with all sorts of flavors vying for superiority while underlain by a caramel malt sweetness. It did not drink like 9.2%, but instead was smooth and very minty on the finish. Is it possible that it incorporated some rye? It really reminded me of a rye IPA in terms of its finish. Man, this was no playin' around, but it was a real treat to add it to The CANQuest (TM).

 1,630 characters

Photo of smakawhat
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Kaboom we go again!

A nice three finger head, swiss cheesed a little some bubbles bigger than others nothing crazy, really slight orange hue in the head and light very light tan in color. Body is orange amber, cloudy, and also a good bit of yeast chunks in here. Clumpy lacing and holding up

Nose is biscuity malt, chewy grains, and wonderful mellow citrus hop orange like aromas. Hints of wonderful juicy hops, smells delicious as always just like on tap.

In the palate rolling malt, and juicy palate with a hint of wetness. hop oil kicking in with a great orange juicy finish and quality. Carbonation seems fairly low, but nothing flattened as the palate hits some good juiciness. Biscuity malt is there, and the great orange balance still.

Overall not as good looking, and this bottle I think might be starting to fade a bit in the hop department, but it's still a great solid brew worthy of drinking. BRING ON OTWOA IN CANS!!

 981 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.32/5  rDev 0%
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.

 946 characters

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.

 435 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.