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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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Reviews: 221
Hads: 1,779
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 565
Gots: 190 | FT: 10
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.
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Photo of StJamesGate
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy glowing dark orange with eggshell foam and instant trailers. 4
Big mango and sugared pineapple nose, with herbs and glace orange underneath. 4.25
Big orange preserves and honey on white toast then just hops: oily tangerine skin zest, jagged grapefruit bitterness coming out as it goes, floral tones, and a hint of spice. 4.25
Pine needle finish and looong powdery bitter linger.
Almost medium, oily, smooth, clean, touch of salt. 4

Falconer's Flight

12 days in the can, and it’s all about the fresh hops: bright juicy citrus from a couple of different angles - tough to overstate how much off-the-tree rind aroma and taste there is here. ABV is buried; I could quaff this like a 7%er and rapidly get in trouble. Never delivers the tropical fruit that the nose promises - it’s much more straight up West Coast C-hops - the IBUs are measured, the malts are there but take a back seat, body threads the needle and the hops never cloy. 4.25

Basically, how to do a DIPA. (977 characters)

Photo of bat6
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can:

L - orange-colored. head subsides, leaves some sticky lacing

S - citrus and tropical. grapefruit, pineapple, maybe a little caramel

T- citrus and tropical again, luscious but not heavy. the grapefruit is there, maybe candied orange/tangerine, I don't get the pineapple until it warms up. Exactly the right amount of caramel malt sweetness for my palate, I love this balance between the hops and malt. The drying finish keeps it from hanging on the palate

F - a little slick in a great way but with plenty of carbonation that helps balance the beer and lift it off the palate

O - Amazingly drinkable, I can knock this back way too quick. The big flavor profile isn't overpowering by virtue of great balance, lively carbonation, and a dry finish. Obviously I'm a huge fan, I've drank a ton of this beer over the last few years and I'm always excited to get it.

I just wish it came in a tallboy, especially because of the way the sweeter and more tropical flavors emerge as it warms... (1,007 characters)

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep gold, almost red in color with one finger of quickly dissipating light colored head.

S: The aroma is that of strong hops and pine with a bit of citrus backdrop.

T: Very hop forward. Fresh grapefruit and lemon hit early and lead to a malty, sweet finish. Very satisfying. 

F: Light and fizzy with enough body to have a presence. Very well carbonated.

O: This beer gets great reviews for a reason: it's fantastic. A very fresh, fruity example of the style that any hop head will fully enjoy. (510 characters)

Photo of antott0523
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy caramel color with a reddish hue at the depths of the glass. An off white head disappears leaving a slight lace.

S: Earthy and mildly resinous with notes of pine. Fresh fruit including pineapple and watermelon. This is a bold hop forward IPA. There's a fair malt backbone providing faint notes of wheat. The booze comes through with warmth

T: A burst of fresh tropical fruit including pineapple, cantaloupe and mango with a resinous and earthy tea-like finish with hints of watermelon rind. All balanced by a sturdy malt bill.

M: Slick and carbonated. Resinous tingle on the tongue that lingers.

D: Everything about this beer is big: nose, flavor, feel. The high ABV is well hidden by all these big flavors, but comes through as the beer warms. It's a nick beer. It's crisp and refreshing, but the body takes away a bit from the overall drinkablikity. There are aspects of this hop that I do not prefer, but there is no denying that this is one of the most flavorful IPAs that I have ever had. (1,022 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a can.

This pours a solid dark hued malty orange.

The aroma is drying and citrusy with some orange peel, dried grass and pine underlying it.
Not sure the age if this can but the hops are mellowed out yet still tasty with a candied orange peel and piney finish. Intense. (276 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: A burnt orange body. Fine, sticky, off-white, persistent head.
Smell: Aroma of faint, sweet grapefruit.
Taste: This has a hint of juniper berries, or something like that. A nice hop profile. Grapefruit and sweet bread. This is a fine mix of malt and hops, very unique.
Feel: A nice thick mouthfeel. Full.
Overall: This does not taste like many of the other DIPAs/Imp IPAs out there, it's something new. This is not a hop bomb. It is a combo, palate pleaser. The alcohol is disguised like a CIA officer. I will be looking for more of this beer in the future. (585 characters)

Photo of zander4dawin
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%

Fairly light in color for an imperial, light of the pallet, bright, fresh, saw dust, pine, green, sticky hops on the tongue. Easy to drink and concealed alcohol. (163 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Engine Room. Pours a semi hazy burnt orange with a half inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is lots of citrus and tropical fruits. The taste is much of the same. Tons of tropical and citrus fruits along with some white grapes, and light bready notes. Grapefruit, orange and lemon. Somewhat dank. Boozey. Finishes with more dankness and citrus. Pretty dry mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated. Very drinkable Double IPA. I was glad when i heard DC Brau was coming to CT mainly because I wanted to try this beer. Mission accomplished. Overall, certainly one of the best Imperial IPAs I have had. (601 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

Very good beer. Lots of bright citrus fruits, some resiny flavours, and a nice touch of sweet caramel malt. Moderately bitter. Very smooth and easy drinking. Really nice stuff. (176 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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 dd43
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Previous had on draft, review is based on a one month old 12 oz can poured into an ale snifter.

Pours a semi translucent deep orange/copper. Decently carbonated, leaves as much head as you're willing to create with the vigor of your pour.

Malt heaviness is apparent right away in the nose and appearance before your first sip. Well balanced between light citrus, cracker, and resinous pine. Nice malt notes during the finish with great smooth mouthfeel. Hop bitterness on the sides of the tongue are a post swallow treat. Alcohol is subdued in light of the high ABV. Its definitely present at 9.2% but you'd be forgiven to think it tastes like a standard IPA in terms of booziness.

Crafted better than Corruption, which is a fine IPA in its own right. Such a wonderful feel good beer, DC does great work. Very happy to have this available in cans, which when consumed fresh are nearly as good as from the tap. (915 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%

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."
http://hopunion.com/falconers-flight/ (936 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz can into snifter. Canned on 8/8/14.

A - Dark hazy apricot color with a 1 finger white head. Fades to a ring and leaves swaths and spots of lacing on glass.

S - Nice and fruity, with some melon and malt sweetness. Notes of citrus, tropical, with apricot and pineapple. Hints of caramel and a bit of pine.

T - Begins with sweet and fruity flavor. Dominated by caramel and citrus, tropical notes. I find the apricot, but not the pineapple in the aroma. Some grapefruit and caramel make an appearance. Finish has a nice pine bite to it.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, with an oily feel. Leaves a bitterness on the palate.

O - A nice canned IIPA with a big flavor. I had it just under 3 months and imagine that it is even more flavorful fresh. (761 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12 oz can courtesy of air bnb renters from DC. Poured into snifter.
A: pours cloudy golden orange, half finger brilliant white foam head, some subtle stringy lacing
S: first sniff brings orange oil to mind, citrus, some honey suckle, sweet malt, grapefruit, slight earthy hop aroma too
M: medium body, thin creamy texture coats the tongue
T: grapefruit, citrus, orange, the hop profile is there but the malt balances out very well, sweet malt, pine resin, some earth/fresh dirt notes
O: wow I'm impressed with this brew! This brew is pretty well balanced-hops vs.malt. They must have some awesome yeast strain.... (614 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
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 papat444
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%

Thanks to sulli520 for this. Canned 09/19/14.

Killer aroma of fuzzy peaches, Flavor is rich of apricots and ends in a dry tea like finish with hints of tobacco leaves. Awesome DIPA. (182 characters)

Photo of mozif
4.84/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great offering from DC brau. One of the best imperial ipas out there. Hazy orange with strong pine and citrus notes. Very well usage of falconers flight. Only negative I could say is consistency in batches. I wish this hit distro and not just brewery only! So good. (265 characters)

Photo of MWilcox20
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Awesome Imperial IPA. Strong Hop notes on the nose but the taste has enough sweetness to balance it out. No warmth at all! Doesn't taste anywhere close to 9% abv. I could crush a sixer of these without thinking twice. Was lucky enough to get this in a trade and after having it I can say it's DANG good but not world class. Definitely worth trying! (348 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'll have to get this again sometime. A very solid dipa. Smells fantastic and tastes great. But you better drink fast before the booziness sets in. Towards the end the alcohol takes over the taste and turns a tad syrupy unfortunately. (234 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper body with lace rings down the glass. An earthy, funky citric hop aroma with minimal sweet malts. Smooth, very hoppy of the citric variety along with a crisp, dry finish. The beer is balanced, not too hoppy, thanks to a little bit of grape flavors from hops as well and touches of bready/caramel sweetness. Overall, a well-balanced and designed IPA that is a great sipper. (393 characters)

Photo of Rbodacious
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I feel as if I have been wanting to taste this one
for years.
Now it is done.
Hype :Deserved.
Grateful I am.
Being a semi-local brewrey , DC Brau has impressed me before ie; The Corruption IPA.
OTWOA has really been an urban legend to me.
A: Deep rich blurry orange.
S: Fruit salad caramel drizzle.
T: Pineapple citrus peppery burst evolves to a seemingly never ending dry hop finish.
Incredibly smooth for 9.2 abv = get comfortable enjoy and stay.
First sample was a goblet at lunch, now a growler shared tonight.
Thank you Lost Dog Cafe.
This beer excels from beginning to END. It's Armageddon! (632 characters)

Photo of EveningCordial
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


A- out of a can so all I can judge here us the creepy winged fucker, looks cool though.

S- lots of citrus. Grapefruit and orange with just a touch of pine and grass.

T- super hopped. Like the smell, there's lots of citrus and fruit. Definitely a bitter bite being a DIPA, but not too dry or bitter. Alcohol present though.

M- light to medium bodied. Carbonation very noticeable.

O- very good DIPA. Has a small bite, but mist things do with high ABV. I'd buy this again and again if given the chance. Definitely my favorite out if DC area for now. (556 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am sure I have had this before, but obviously had not reviewed it. Overall it's a solid hopped-up, yet fairly balanced, DIPA. It probably tends slightly to the maltier/sweeter side for me, with the grapefruit bitterness also being more rind in nature than pulp (hope I remember what I mean by this). The end pull is on the dry side, which I like.

A: cloudy orange, slightly dirty, but with a fairly nice amount if head, lacing is pretty strong.
S: bit grainy (wort tea-like) some orange rind, general citrus fruity, bit of dank
T: cereal grainy, orange citrys in the malt beginning that lasts through the taste. There is a little more bitterness mid-taste with grapefruit coming in to play a bit.
M: definite draw on the tongue and roof of mouth, medium full body, subdued but obvious carbonation.

Edit: read the previous review after mine and it struck a chord, and with another sip, I like the "lemon + mint" description for my end taste. (945 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Roguer
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Strong pour yields about a finger of frothy white head, with relatively poor retention. Beer is a hazy, nearly opaque copper color. Can is fantastic.

Huge, huge, huge hop aroma, similar to Heady: citrus, tropical fruit, pine resin. Malts? We don't need no steenkin' malts!!! Slight flowery sweetness hiding behind a wall covered in hop vines.

Flavor follows the aroma, with a slightly stronger malt backbone. Soft, overripe tropical fruit compete with pine resin, ruby red grapefruit, and citrus peel for your attention. Powdery, biscuity malt backbone, like liquid crackers soaked in hop juice.

Mouthfeel is a little too sticky-sweet, falling prey to the DIPA syrup trap. Very lively, with a nice, minimal sting, no foaming. Long-lasting, sticky finish; the bitterness clings to your gums long after the sip is warming your belly. Extremely smooth for the ABV.

This is yet another IPA/DIPA that completely lives up to rather substantial hype. It's incredible that it's a single-hop DIPA - then again, Falconer's Flight is kind of cheating in that regard. Definitely seek this out and try it! (1,096 characters)

On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.