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On The Wings Of ArmageddonOn The Wings Of Armageddon

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DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

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.

Added by russwbeck on 02-17-2012

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Photo of BobbyBill
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. Biased because I'm always looking for good DIPAs in a can and this is one of the best. Beyond marketing type things that I like in Craft Beer: Packaging is solid, the name is great -
The liquid is fantastic. One of the best DIPAs in the VA / DC area.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lots of competition lately, but up until the last year or so, this was probably the best beer in The District. Unspeakably smooth and light-bodied for such a strong DIPA. Plenty of alcohol but not too boozy. Decent head, actually looks like it could be a blonde ale from the glass. Flavor quickly lets you know otherwise - perfect blend of floral, piney (like needles on the forest floor), mild light fruit and citrus, and subtle sweet malt that is never rich or heavy. Seriously, balance perfected here.

DC Brau gets a bad rap around here for being just a big hop-factory with their beers, but I suspect this is coming from people who have kept their cans of their pale ales around too long. Drink this fresh (and their others too) or on tap and you get a wonderfully complex, never over-bearing profile of flavors - and hoppy, but not obnoxiously so.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
3.45/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a fresh 12 oz can.

A: Cloudy and golden yellowish in appearance. Nice off white head that left lacing in the glass as I drank it.

S: Some citrus and floral hop aromas. Definitely picking up grapefruit and lemon.

T: Wish this was more like the aroma. Alot more malt than I thought. Diminishes the hop flavors alot. Again, this can is part of a batch that I received that was less than a week old. Hop flavors are present at the end of the sip. More bitter in the finish.

M: Medium body with some carb. Bitter finish.

O: Very underwhelmed by this. Thought it'd be more citrusy based on the aroma but it wasn't. Not sure I'd seek this out again.

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Photo of W_Des
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sick art work on the can. Pours a hazy burnt orange. Nice citrusy nose. I can get some grapefruit and tropical notes. Has some nice malt bill and finishes slightly bitter. Medium carbonation and deceptively strong. Smash two and you're feeling pretty good.

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Photo of delta490
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty dark in the bar I had this at but it looked to have a darker body and thin white/tan head. There was a nice big tropical hops and some dankiness with sticky small lacing. There is a great balance in the hops and the malt and it is incredibly easy-drinking for its ABV.

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Photo of Rammed96
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great full bodied beer with full flavor. Packs a punch with almost 10% abv. Smells of citrus with a lighter color than expected. I would love to find more!

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Photo of almostjay
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best DC local I've tried yet. I wasn't a fan of the Falconer's Flight until I got my mitts on this beer. Shockingly "light" for such a big beer which to me is a big deal. I prefer drinkable flavor over overly boozy/syrupy flavor and this beer delivers on that.

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Photo of BradfordStuckey
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark amber color. Heavy mouthfeel. Intensely malty which I wasn't the hugest fan of. Canned a little over a month ago. 4-24-15. I would have liked to have tried it a bit more fresh.

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

Draft from keg into a growler then to pint glass 48 hours later. No real pop or hiss from cap. About 1 full finger of off white fluffy head. Did have lacing throughout the drink. Poured a milky amber yellow color. Cloudy. Already don't think I'll be impressed. Smells slightly of hops and citrus but real mild. Taste is much the same. Very mild smooth ipa. Little bitter so probably wet hops. Little citrus. Just sort of there for me. Good just not great. Maybe I waited too long to open the growler. Wouldn't think so but I'll revisit it later.

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Photo of JohnFriction
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased cans at the brewery. Great DIPA, not sure if it's worth the hype around here, but it's pretty tasty. I wish I could say I like this more than, say, DFH 90 Minute IPA, but not sure if I can. It has more character than some others in the style, but it can be harsher as well. It's also frickin' expensive ($20 for a 6-pack). But -- solid delicious beer.

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Photo of gopens44
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just a cool ass picture on the can. So this thing pours murky as death itself. Translucent at best with a roaring and pissed off foamy cream head that rests into a menacing, fully laced barrier.

The nose warns of a rising storm of bitter, piney, resiny torture. The taste does not relent. Slightly dank, but dank gives way to a slightly different bitter in that it attacks the tongue with that piney thing that the nose tried to tell us about. The tongue didn't listen. Now it's being pummeled straight to the crisp, almost easy drinking finish. Just a touch of cloying sweetness as if the devil himself wants to leave behind a less threatening calling card, just in case you consider it again.

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Photo of richj1970
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can dated 2/23/2015.

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with generous 3 finger fluffy off white head that seemed to last forever and leaving some nice stringy lacing.

S: Light citrus, grapefruit, floral hops, and some biscuit malts. Faint hints of pineapple and lemon.

T: Fresh squeezed citrus combined with a fairly substantial malt backbone. A touch of honey sweetness.

M: Medium body with a slightly bitter hop finish.

O: Very enjoyable DIPA. If this was in my distribution area, it would be a regular purchase.

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Photo of jooler
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thank to shanem12
Look was initially 1/2 a finger of head the after a minute, it went away. Smell is fairly malty with some nuttiness. Initial taste Nutty, with some subtle ester. It has a nice malt backbone. Also, this drinks more like 6% to me, it is actually 9.2%. Damn, they hide the alcohol pretty well.

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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.


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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.

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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On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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