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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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96
world-class

1,557 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,557
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 532
Gots: 153 | FT: 16
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 rodmanfor3
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank side by side with hopslam, and felt this was far superior

Photo of hopley
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LanguedocRocks
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

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

Photo of TheBrewo
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Mbo108
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of oldsailor
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of widoublel8
4.86/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of miggy_smalls
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sigmund4216
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Locke
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of breadwinner
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Afroman
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SenatorSpaceman
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of waston
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SweetChicken
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaken0ss
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of kvgomps
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DeadWalkerAir
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DaveAnderson
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Burkbom23
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,557 ratings.