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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: 231
Hads: 1,837
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 24.77%
Wants: 580
Gots: 209 | 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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Reviews: 231 | Hads: 1,837
Photo of BuccoFan
3.39/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a growler into DC Brau pint glass I bought at the brewery.

Color is sort of a hazy, brownish gold. The floral character is definitely there in the aroma, and in the taste, too. Not much head, but solid lacing. Taste is okay, but there is a bready taste that doesn't mix well at all with the pine.

I love the Corruption, and I used to love The Wings, but this is the last time I buy Wings. I made multiple trips to the brewery to buy this and loved it, but then it seemed to me that there was a distinct change in flavor, and I stopped making the special brewery trips to pick it up. I thought I'd give it another shot, but it remains as unsatisfying as my latter purchases were.

IMHO, the Corruption is very underrated, and the Wings very overrated.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy golden, slight grayish cast, with a powerful head, and some lacing.

S - Crunchy hop nose, lemon and pine, a bit of cattiness, and various tropicals.

T - Less fruit, more dank pine, with some pineapple, lemon, and a full malt note hitting honey. Strong bitter cut in the close that builds over the course of the beer.

M - For as boozy and fully hopped as this is, the feel is restrained, with the building drying managed though present.

O - Glad I got a chance to have this on tap, and it was a well executed DIPA to be sure. The flavor did not quite deliver on the smell, with the fruit notes more subdued than I hoped, but the bitterness is well managed with a solid malt backbone. I'd drink this one again.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can into tulip. Pours hazy opaque honey brown-orange with tall head, settles to a finger of bone-colored foam. Eventually just a cap. Aromas include citrus, resin, mint, buttery malts. Tastes of resin, pine hops, citrus hops, leaves, minimal malt sweetness, and a touch of alcohol. Medium bodied, with creamy/slick mouthfeel, soft carbonation, and a dry finish that builds in bitterness.

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Photo of -Rick
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber like color. Big heavy notes of malty, sweet hops in the nose. Could smell it from across the room. The taste is similar to the nose. Malt, pineapple, and an almost caramel like sweetness. This is a big double IPA, a great sipper!

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Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Golden yellow bit cloudy upon pour and drink. Light head quickly dissolving leaving a nice lace on the glass

S - Fruity, sensitive hop profile, delicious

T - Wonderful citrus profile, followed by a bready yeast chaser.

F - Felt like a Double Ipa should . Slightly boozy with a light carbonation on the back of the throat

O - AWESOME.. loved it.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored DIPA, that is opaque. Intense tropical aroma, with a taste that is very juicy and refreshing. Very balanced overall, easy to drink and very good

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Photo of LanguedocRocks
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Could put up a fight for the best DIPA in the DC/VA/MD area. Drinker beware! This is an incredibly smooth 9.2% beer, so it can get dangerous fast. Bright, juicy, citrus hop flavors, finishing with a sweet, but muted malt base.

I will say the past couple months the cans have not been very consistent. The best batch I had was back in August 2014. I prefer to have it on tap since the sweetness is toned down, and doesn't have consistency problems. Job well done!

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

We crack a pair of cans, pouring into our oversized tasting snifters. It pours a thick and syrupy looking beverage the color of golden butterscotch. It holds a quick three-quarter finger of soapy, loose, and large eggshell colored bubbles. This leaves punctate and corded lacing in its wake, and a film of leopard print across the top of the liquid. Haze is chill, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be moderate yet slow. The aroma is a bit of a booze and malt bomb hot off the top, fronting notes of heavy caramel maltiness, soft burnt wheatiness, grumbles of pale and amber graininess, warm and buttery biscuits, warm cereal grain, and fusel ethanol, even at its coldest fridge temperature. Balancing notes of gentle banana bread esters, celery, stark vanilla bean coolness, mossy earthen mineral, fruity nectary and citric hoppiness, sweet brown grassiness, white candy sugars, black pepper and gingerbread spiciness, and warm cherry pie swoop in to aid. To follow, the taste offers brightly bittering citric and earthen herbal hoppiness, warming and bready pale and caramel malts, harsh spikes of booze, silky wheatiness, orange peel and lemon seeds, plastic and medicinal phenols, spent cinnamon sticks, brassy, dirty honey sugars, sweet red bell pepper vegetals, squeezed mango syrup, gravel, clay, and old, dried mossiness. The end and aftertaste wash through with a curious pseudo-cedar flavoring, along with a more sappy and piney hop resin bite. This results in a heavily lingering bittering ruddiness. The body is full and syrupy, and the carbonation is near flat. Slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop are all light and also somewhat noncontributory, while the mouth is left initially wetted and watered, only to become heavily puckered and lightly abraded. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back as a sipper, albeit an eager sipper.

Overall, this is rather a unique DIPA. We certainly get all of the fresh zestiness that everyone is raving about, but we feel that this quality, in particular, is what makes it unique. In our tasting experience it didn’t kick you in the teeth right off the bat with power, but rather, the ingredients themselves seemed just more savory, organic, authentic, and straight from the vine. Not so much “fresh” in the sense that we find people overuse it to mean robust. We also would like to applaud the fact that they utilize Falconer’s Flight hops here, which are certainly a strain that tends to fly under most radars. For hooking us up with a sixer of this tasty wonderment, we would like to send a shout out to Joe at CT Liquors. All that said, we would certainly say that the balance is hard lined, with neither component really outdoing the other. One major negative, however, was the feel. It felt oily and thick on the drag, yet thin to the lips, which didn’t really support the flavorful beer behind it. We would recommend drinking this guy a touch colder, and as fresh as possible to get the most bang for your buck.

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Photo of Mbo108
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned a month ago, just perfect. Hops are still hitting but without a bite, just a clean finish. Another gorgeous colored beer too, id stare longer but it tastes too good! Tastes nothing like a 9%er should, I could finish a 6 pack tonight. Quickly becoming one of my faves. Been drinking Hopslam and nugget nectar all week and I swear this is up there, prob ahead of NN.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of bat6
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
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...

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of antott0523
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like grapefruit and mango, with some lemon zest and and sweet honey.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and unripe mango, with some lemon zest and herbal hops and sweet honey. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick with smooth carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a beautiful beer, with delicious scent and taste that was dank without being catty, and tropical without being too sweet. Perfect balance. The body was solid also, and the finish was fairly smooth with only a little alcohol warming, so it was pretty easy to drink. One of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of mabermud
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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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.

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Photo of dd43
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of TimZebGir
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%

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."

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Photo of Ri0
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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....

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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.

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On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.