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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: 238
Hads: 1,868
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 24.31%
Wants: 571
Gots: 219 | FT: 11
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DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States | website

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: 238 | Hads: 1,868
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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Photo of papat444
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

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Photo of mozif
4.84/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of MWilcox20
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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!

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Rbodacious
4.75/5  rDev +10%
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!

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Photo of EveningCordial
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
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 citrus 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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
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).

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Photo of Roguer
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Saw this available on-tap and, naturally, there was no other beer I was interested in, for the moment.

What a great beer. Great resin tones with pine and a spicy edge. Carbonation is somewhat aggressive and nipping at the mouth. Very easy to drink. This is a great beer. A very great beer. I don't think I will see it again anytime soon, unfortunately. But I am very glad that I had the chance.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received this beer from Miketd, a great man that BA is. Canned date is 4/11/14.

A- Produces a three finger thick head, a pale white, frothy, foamy head. It persists well. The body is orange and copper with a cloudy appearance.

S- Heavy citrus notes, particularly orange, are at the forefront and prominent. Some resinousness, pine and sweetness are found underneath.

T- Dank, pungent flavored hops and subtle hints of citrus, then sweet malt and bread. The hop flavors work well together.

M- Medium body, smooth, relatively light and easy-drinking, it starts sweet and gets progressively bitter and a bit spicy. The bitterness isn't incredibly intense, but it does make for a long finish.

It's a great IPA, but I don't feel like I'm finding the array of flavors I'd hoped for. I do enjoy how smooth and approachable the beer is, so that's to its favor.

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

S- Not much at fridge temp..light apricot as it warms. You can smell the sweetness possible dankness, not sure. Kind of smells like all the average hops combined.
A-Dark orange, hazy. The head settles to a nice lacing. After a half an hour there is a white yeasty coating going on the bottom of the glass.
T-Striking candied pine note, reminds me of an American style barleywine. A solid malt backbone does its best to balance the extreme Falconers Flightiness. I guess I’m just not a fan of this blend of hops. I’ve tried many types of ale brewed with this variety and it is not my bag of hops. Gritty and volatile. There is some balance to the hops when it is warmer but it’s not enough to be great. “Bitter at best, with some other fruity notes”
M-It is bitter. Sweet and sticky, imperial it is. Lingering bitterness.
O- This can was less than a month old, more of a barley wine than an IPA. It is not bad. .but it is also not great. Twas’ my first beer from DC Brau. I had moderate expectations for this IPA and it barley delivered on them. Give me a fresh 90 Minute any day of the week. Maybe if I had slammed this straight from the can I would have enjoyed it more. I can say with absolute confidence that Falconers flight is a second tier hop mix/variety.

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Photo of alexk307
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned 4/11/2014

A : Drinking straight from the can. I prefer it this way as less of the carbonation is lost while drinking. Beautiful orange and red color with a thick white head when poured into a glass.

S: I could honestly attach a can to my nose for the rest of my life and just smell this intoxicating scent forever. Mango, orange, tangerine, with a little bit of pine. Smells artificially sweetened, like a bowl of fruit loops or fruity pebbles.

T: Lots of fruit! Again mango and tropical fruits. Bready/biscuity malt character. Nice and pleasant bitterness to finish out the beer.

M: Prickly and fully carbonated.

O: This is up there with the best DIPAs produced on the East Coast. I recommend taking a trip to their brewery and picking up as much of this as possible.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brick orange with a soft golden hue and a thin head of khaki foam that fell quickly and left a bit of a ring and some slippery lace as it drank. Nose is a blast of dank herbal, tropical mango and sexy caramel. There's some sweet earth underneath it all and some citric tartness on top. There's even a moment of peppery spice before you discover the earthy christmas tree pine. taste is intense. Firm malt lays down deliberately and fully on the palate creating a sweet canvas for an eminent ripe mango with a splash of grapefruit. . The herbal is pungent and leafy and the pine is earthy and steadfast. All these flavors roil and roll, reaching their individual peaks while the malt stands firm and unmoving. In fact it creeps forward with a bit more earth to remind you that armageddon is coming. Then it strikes! The bitter. It's a stronger hop bitter than it actually seems because of the staunch malt and it lasts well into the finish with some stickiness and a bit of resin to coat the throat and leave a lingering caramel in the aftertaste. The fruit has been removed from you and the this is the end of time.

This beer is not what I was expecting. It is the definition of intense. For an DIPA it is truly complex and that is rare. Layered, lasting, urgent, forceful. This is no shy beer. I love it!

Thank you @Shroud0fdoom.

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

1782nd review on BA
Can to Speigleau Tulip

Thanks to Reaser and Hodge for this one.

App- A darker orange color with a bit of a caramel brown mixed in. The bottom is a bit lighter in the bell of the glass. A big fluffy 2 finger head was there and stayed for a bit with a bit of really good cling in the glass.

Smell- To me this was the epitome of a east coast IPA. Big malt bill with a ton of caramel behind it and a small amount of hops to balance. A little bit of citrus on the nose.

Taste- This was more of a pine and resin with a full malt flavor. I didnt get too much citrus but got more phenol alcohols off of the 9%. A little unbalanced bit was flavorful and a sipper for sir.

Mouth- A bit of a dry medium body with a fuller medium carbonation. More of the pine and resin and a little spice remained on the finish.

Drink- It was good. Just not what I was expecting. I am glad this was a can at 12oz.

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Photo of u2carew
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Hazy and bronze in color. Semi-sticky lacing.
S) Earthy sweetness. Hints of spruce and orange.
T) Piney. Peppery. Hints of peach and caramel. Alcohol in the finish.
M) Medium body. Chewy. Alcohol warmth in the finish.
O) A delicious brew. Glad I bought a 6-pack.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Last of four from a trade with PA-Michigander. Thanks, man! I've enjoyed every ounce to this point, and figured I should give it a review. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a snifter.

A- Pour yields about a pinkie of a creamy off-white head. Held up to the light, this beer is a deep, solid, glowing orange. Some residual lacing. Bubbles continue to rise, feeding the film on top.

S- This bouquet is nice. Mostly some dank, earthy/grassy pine and bright, juicy tropical fruits. Of these fruits, pineapple is the most noticeable. There is also some grapefruit and orange zest. Pretty well done. I'm thinking there's a little too much malt which subdues the hops.

T- The taste is about as dry as I would have guessed judging by the nose. The dryness washes everything down leaving a lingering bitterness on the palette. I'm getting a lot of the same influence that was discerned in the aroma. Maybe just a little more grapefruit here, though. Really tasty.

M- Even for an imperial IPA, this is pretty heavy. Medium mouthfeel with mid-light carbonation. Perhaps a bit too oily for me. It's not offensive. I would just prefer it to be more crisp and clean. Still, not bad.

O- A solid imperial IPA, all things considered. I seem to have enjoyed this less and less the more I've had it. Maybe I got an off batch? Who knows. But the last 8 cans I had did not seem to match up to the first few. Will seek this out in the future to see if I can figure out. Regardless, it's a well made beer.

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On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.