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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1,445 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,445
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 484
Gots: 119 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of pmarlowe
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
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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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of nataku00
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of tectactoe
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,445 ratings.