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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

Brewed by:
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.

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

Great looking pour. A hazy orange with a thick, frothy off-white head. Retention isn't the greatest, but decent with some spotty lacing.

Smells like sweet. Tropical fruits, some sharp pungent hops, and some light bready malts.

Tastes crisp, with a pepperyness, orange rind, mango, and red grapefruit. A solid bitterness follows. For as quick as all of the flavors explode in the initial taste, they basically vanish just as abruptly, leaving nothing but a lingering bitterness. The pale malts flavor was unexpected for an imperial, especially considering appearence.

Outstanding body and feel. I would guess there is wheat or oats in this. Somewhat chewy.

The flavors kind of pull a hit and run here. Not much depth, but it is very good while it lasts. Outstanding beer though. Incredibly balanced.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from growler purchased from Corks and Kegs in Richmond, Va
Look - pours a golden-hued orange color with a nice 1" white head. Retention is moderate, lacing is minimal
Smell - mango, pineapple, orange and pine.
Taste - follows the nose pretty much with a nice biscuity malt that balanced everything out.
Feel - medium but lower on the carb
Overall - very nice DIPA.

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Photo of threeviews
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can (COD: 7/31/15) into a Brussels tulip glass

A- Pours a very hazy, burnt orange color with ~1 finger of a slightly off-white head with moderate retention. (4.25)

S- Quite simple...juicy orange, citrus zest, overripe tropical fruit and a bit of pine resin. Absolutely no alcohol in the nose. (4.25)

T- A blast of orange juice sweetness followed by a sticky and dry pine resin with a hint of the malt backbone creeping in. Not overly complex, but refreshing and extremely quaffable. Like the nose, absolutely no alcohol in the taste. (4.25)

M- Medium body with ample carbonation keeps this 9.2% ABV beer dangerously drinkable. The palate is swept clean after each swig making it even harder to keep in the glass. (4.5)

O- Although slightly one dimensional, it is enjoyable nonetheless. If you ever want an education on Falconer's Flight hops, OTWOA is the epitome. I've tried this a week after and six weeks after canning and it has held up remarkably well. (4.25)

PS- Even though DC Brau is distributed in my area, this brand never makes it and I needed to trade for it which makes it difficult to obtain.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice light copper color. Chalk white head doesn't stick around long.

Smell is a nice balance between topical fruit and pine tar. Balance is very well done. Orange and a nice sticky resin present.

Taste is fruity at first moving into a nice bitterness mid palate. The tropical fruit is juicy orange, some mango, and an almost lighter stone fruit flavor lingering. Apricots and peaches maybe. Nice pine resin on the back end that hangs around and sticks to the palate. A nice malty sweet backbone hangs around and compliments the tropical flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation is nice and balanced. Not too rich, but not too light. Malt is present but not overwhelming, good backbone.

Overall an awesome DIPA. Really well balanced.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can two weeks old into a pint glass.
Appears: Brown-orange color. Slightly hazy with a finger of head. After a few sips the bubbles dissipate to a ring around the glass.
Aroma: Pineapple, mango, orange, pine, onion, pepper. Mostly tropical fruit with some slight dank elements present.
Taste: Tropical fruits up front: pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange. The middle bring in a bitterness which last throughout. The finish is back of the throat bitterness and brings in some mild dank elements with onion and pepper. Some mild alcohol warming but dangerously drinkable for 9%.
Feel: Light mouth feel with some chewyness.
Overall this is a good juicy DIPA. In the NE style in terms of taste but lacking a little in the mouth feel. Compared to other DIPA in the DC area this is easy the best I've tried.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber and very hazy. 1-inch head that dissipates quickly. Minimal bubbling.

S - Sweet fruits such as peaches and strawberries, and a little pine.

T - Sweet peach and orange peel with some piney notes. Finish is a fairly strong bitterness.

M - Body is medium with some burn.

O - Sweet and not extreme on the bitterness. Alcohol presence is not overpowering. A solid beer.

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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 Emersonio
4.98/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pour: 12oz can into a tulip glass. Appearance: Very hazy and deep amber to orangish. Medium white head that settles over time. Lots of lacing present. Aroma: Very grassy. The aroma pops right out of the can. Hops are present in bold ways. Taste: Very grassy and earthy. Can hint notes of alcohol given the ABV. Lots of juicy hop notes. Aftertaste: Very consistent. Grassy throughout with some slight peppery heat on the back end. Overall: Incredible beer. Loved it! Excellent: 5 out of 5.

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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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On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.