On The Wings Of Armageddon - DC Brau Brewing Co.
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District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
VERY fresh bottle from Saturday's release.
Appearance: I've heard some people say that the appearance is a bit off-putting. And while it is a bit cloudy, it doesn't really bother me. Nice bright orange color. Leaves really nice lacing.
Nose: INCREDIBLE. Lots of tropical and citrus fruits, some slight grassy/vegetal undertones. A bit of sweet pale malt, but the hops dominate.
Taste: Just as incredible and follows the nose. Again plenty of tropical fruit, sweet citrus, and some underlying vegetal bitterness (columbus like). Just bitter enough to provide outstanding balance with the hop flavor. Finishes like every world-class DIPA should..very dry and resiny.
Mouthfeel: Appropriate for style, enough carb to keep the beer from being sticky or cloying. Medium to heavy bodied, but soft and light on the palate. Drinks very easily for being 9.2% and hides the alcohol quite well.
Overall: Call me a homer (which I probably am), but this beer is stunning. Supposedly this was the last bottling before they switch to cans in 2013, which would be incredible. I honestly would put this beer up against any DIPA I've ever had with the possible exception of Heady. As good as it gets for a hop head.
Serving type: can
12-23-2012 15:32:38 | More by jacewg
4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Almost dense on the nose, it has a very sweet, resiny kind of half tropical half dank aroma to it. I could smell this beer all day long and not want to do anything else.
Beautiful, albeit slightly hazy honey color with the gradient to go with it. It has a nice thick head after the pour, but that dissipates rather quickly to leave a sea-foam-cap on the beer. Lacing is plentiful and pretty.
Wow! This beer is bitter, right up front that is the first thing that hits you. The carbonation hits like a freight train but subsides rather fast leading way to flavors of the tropics like lemon and lime citrus, light mango, and papaya. The body is quite moderate but nicely filling. This is a stellar beer, an IPA to set a new standard for the east coast.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2012 03:29:00 | More by tlazaroff
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
S: Hugh, juicy hops. Big orang, mango, peach, some spiciness. Slight alcohol, very fresh hops overall.
L: Cloudy, bright orange, some white head that dissipates. Good lacing.
T: Huge orange and mango hops up front, medium high, semi-harsh herbal and spiciness. Hint of malt sweetness but hops overwhelm. Lots of orange and mango with some grapefruit, very fruity overall but not too sweet. Very resiny finish, semi-dry.
M: Medium full body, medium carbonation, alcohol fairly well.
Really amazing, up there with the best. Unfortunately, taste not quite as good as the aroma. The taste aspect needs to be played around a bit to be up there with Heady Topper.
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2012 03:35:11 | More by bum732
4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22 oz bottle poured into DFH signature glass. Big thanks to Crabbicuss for sending this one. "Bottled in 2012, best when fresh" is all it says regarding freshness (gee, thanks).
A - Pours a fuzzy copper with a full finger of cream colored head. Cascading carbonation rushes up the sides of the glass. Totally opaque body. Leaves behind a perfect tiered lacing.
S - Dank hops, day old grapefruit rind, sweet kiwi, and some light biscuity malts. Powerful citrus and big juicy hops are what best catch my attention.
T - The flavor is a combination of sweet and bitter. Citrus plays for both sides, making drinkability very high. Malt flavor is not in the background with brown sugar, caramel, and sourdough. Hops are the story here though, with juicy citrus and bitter pine. Some nice grapefruit linger.
M - Awesome feel with carbonation that matches the big flavor. Medium body, soft on the palate. No alcohol presence.
O - This is definitely a top 10 IPA for me. It does everything right and nothing wrong. Big citrus flavor and balanced hop profile make this one tasty. Solid malt presence in just the right quantity. Scary drinkable. Thanks again to Crabbicuss for sending this gem.
Serving type: bottle
11-08-2012 02:35:24 | More by NoLeafClover44
4.48/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-01-2012 23:04:33 | More by billab914
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
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!
Serving type: growler
10-17-2012 01:51:16 | More by stakem
4.15/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
22oz bottle sent by Willcarrera. Thanks!
A: Pours a murky maple-orange with a nice spongy white head.
S: Really nice orange hop sweetness, a bit resinous, with some sugary notes behind.
T: Some fresh citrus notes and piney bitterness, alcohol sweetness, a bit of an herbal character peaking through. Doughy malt body helps things along.
M: Medium-bodied with smooth carbonation.
O: This was a lot more balanced than I anticipated. Tasty.
Serving type: bottle
10-15-2012 22:29:29 | More by Etan
4.43/5 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!
Serving type: bottle
10-15-2012 18:39:02 | More by toodles808
On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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