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On The Wings Of Armageddon - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 220
Hads: 1,778
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 564
Gots: 190 | 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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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (860 characters)

Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (1,277 characters)

Photo of alexk307
5/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,339 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (916 characters)

Photo of u2carew
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of jbwimer
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (1,484 characters)

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

Poured from a 12 oz can into a willibecher. If there's a date on the can, I can't read it.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber/medium orange-brown and leaves a finger of sticky white head.

Smell: Resin, mild pine, malts, hint of citrus.

Taste: Citrus, some pine, resin, malts. Nice hop dominant, but with some good malt backbone.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. Smooth, slightly bitter mouthfeel.

Overall: A very nice, hop forward IPA, but very well balanced. Definitely a treat to drink. ABV is very well hidden. (532 characters)

Photo of mjstacker
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just got a 6-pack shipped in from DC, dated 4/11... so it's 5 days old. Lot's of lacing from a somewhat minimal head, deep copper color. Darker then I expected based on the description. Nose is weak, for 5 days old I would hope for more fruit, not getting much of anything. Super smooth, almost too malty but just within my tolerance. Tastes fantastic for the ABV, can't put a finger on what it reminds me of but it's damn good regardless. I was sad to trade Bissell Brothers to get this but after having two, i'm glad i got the shipment. Solid DIPA, i'd totally trade to get again. (582 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper hued body forms a rocky light khaki colored head. Cloudy with sediment and a head that fades but laces the glass nicely. Hop aromas are big. Wet pine needles, citrus fruit, mango and tobacco. Caramel malt profile provides a backbone that should be big but isn't big enough for the wallop of hops in this one. Taste is grapefruit forward with the caramel malt flavor showing early and giving way fast to a very dank middle of pine and mango and finishing with a big bitterness and slight tobacco aftertaste. Sharp carbonation to start smooths out and finishes dry. This beer reminds me a lot of Jai Alai or more accurately it's big brother. I'm not a fan of the booziness. It has that overly dank way and tobacco flavors that I tend to find off putting and for me, hold this back from being a top tier DIPA. (822 characters)

Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich golden color with a monster head that settles nicely with some thick lacing.

S: Aromas of biscuit, pine, grapefruit and some mustiness.

T: Taste is bitter grapefruit with a big malt presence, a little cracked pepper on the tongue. finish is dry with a resinous quality.

M: Medium to full body with decent carbonation.

O: A pretty good showcase of falconers flight hops and very well hidden 9.2% ABV. (423 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, no date on can but drank about a month after it arrived in the store

A- pours a slightly hazy amber orange color with a two-finger foamy off-white head that retains long after the pour, short sticking lace left behind

S- tropical fruity hop aromas of cantaloup, mango and guava, floral and peppery, buttery biscuit malt on the backend to balance it out, the biscuity malt is quite prominent

T- tropical flavors follow the nose with more emphasis on cantaloup, melon and guava. Hints of piney hops and cracked pepper transition into a big toasted-bread malt backbone that leads to a sweet caramel finish, more pine on the linger

M- medium-viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a huge creamy mouthfeel that fills the mouth, super smooth and chewy finish with just a touch of alcohol warmth on the linger

O- great variety of hop flavors packed into a can, however I tend to go for a little less malt in DIPA’s. The mouthfeel was so smooth and definitely easy to drink, given the ABV (1,027 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Big thanks goes out to Wil for the box of cans, this on included! This hefty IIPA glugs from the can blood orange in color with haze enough to make seeing through the body impossible. I got a little overzealous on the pour and dumped the yeast as well... The head is dusty white and incredibly creamy. It actually looks like a nitro pour. Thick foam coats the glass on the way down.

Whoa! That's a juicy, bitter pill. Citrus pithy galore, grapefruit and orange. There's a touch of tropical in there that's tough to pinpoint but what really sets this IIPA apart from the rest is the crushed aspirin bitterness. Yes, you can actually smell the bitterness. A solid dose of caramel tries to keep some semblance of balance but it doesn't come close. With warmth comes resin.

Bitter crushed aspirin and resinous sticky pine kick about the tastebuds like child's play. A flash of caramel pops up in the middle before pithy and zesty citrus wash over the tongue. Grapefruit and orange are bitter to the extreme. Peppery mango flashes through ghost-like on the swallow before aspirin bitterness assault over the tongue again. There's a strong malt base, for any other IPA, but not for this one. It barely keeps up.

There is a good heft to the body, steadily between moderate and heavy. It feels like there will be some stick with each swallow but it's squashed by saliva sapping dryness and a bitterness that will punish you. The bitterness actually invades every nook and cranny of my mouth. I can't say the drinkability is very high with this being the case.

Wings of Armageddon is one of the more bitter beers I've had in a while. DC Braun set out to make this a bruiser and they've succeeded on all counts. Pithy, resinous, aspirin, this beer has every bitter hop characteristic you could think of. Whew, watch out! Thanks, Wil! (1,837 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.39/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got a can of this at Max's in Baltimore. From notes.

A - Hazy copper pour with one finger of off white head. No visible carbonation, good lace, rings of retention.

S - Dank hop pellets, onion.

T - Orange, hop pellets, onion, citrus, resin, leafy.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, pretty bitter.

O/D - Not as good as it's made out to be. Might be the Falconer's Flight but the oniony element was a bit too much for me. It was odd, but not is a really offputting way. Decent, but not world class like it's said to be. A letdown overall. (549 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler, filled today, poured into a snifter

A- A hazy bright/glowing orange in the light with a two finger off-white head.

S- Tropical fruits, mango, grapefruit, pine, dank.

T- Very dank and piney finish, citrus, tropical fruits, some caramel malts. Really hoppy.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- This is an awesome IIPA, would love to try a fresh can. Very happy that I was able to buy a growler. This is a beer I will not pass on, dank bitterness reminds me of The Corruption, but this is amped up and balanced. (526 characters)

Photo of Cubmaster938
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting on tap at Capital Ale House Fredericksburg VA

Appearance: moderately rocky light tan head with some lacing. Very light haze; coppery amber color.

Smell: herbal and citrus/grapefruit. A hint of sweetness in the malts.

Taste: grassy bitterness followed by well balanced buscuit/cracker maltiness. Long, smooth finish. Good sturdy mouthfeel. (351 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a hazy rusted orange with a sandstone colored 2 finger head. Good retention, leaving behind a thick layer of suds across the surface, and thick streaks of lacing that stick to the glass like glue.

Smell - Prominent citrus and tropical fruit notes. Orange and a touch of pineapple. Very faint pine. Strong bisquit-like malt scent sitting beneath the layers of hop goodness.

Taste - Plenty of orange notes upfront and throughout, ranging from juiciness to pith. Hints of pineapple and pine resin. Strong malt backbone that hints at lightly toasted bread. Finishes with a wave sweet fruitiness and light layers of citrus.

Mouthfeel - Close to full body with moderate carbonation. Goes down with relative ease.

Overall - Damn good DIPA. Very reminiscent of Drake's Hopocalypse. Similarly named, in fact. Coincidence? Probably. If you can get this beer, don't pass it up. (889 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a snifter.

Deep amber with 2 fingers of fluffy, off-white head. Excellent retention and clarity.

Grapefruit, dank, spicy, woodsy, caramel, and toffee.

Very unique hop profile. Distinct watermelon notes along with candied tangerine, mango, and grapefruit. Dank florals with a spicy, woodsy edge. Touches of spearmint. Caramelized candy sugars with dollops of honey. Smooth yet resinous finish that sticks around with additional notes of grapefruit zest.

Medium-plus bodied, oily, sticky, moderately bitter, and dry.

This has a similar Columbus character that THE CORRUPTION has but is unique unto itself. Spicy, dank, woodsy, and most importantly, easy drinking. (728 characters)

Photo of hops202
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau IPA glass.

At first pour the beer looks pretty amazing. Has a very hazy reddish copper color that looks amazing. Smell has some sweet fruit along with the citrus and pine resin - Mango and pineapple come to mind. Taste is absolutely delicious!! Lots of grapefruit, resin, pine, and some sweetness to match the bitterness. Great aftertaste as well. Top Notch! (392 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Th beer comes in a very dark reddish amber with a beige fluffy head.

The aroma has some over ripe, almosr rotten tropical fruit and grapefruit. There’s some resinous pine and sweet bready malt. Lots of dankness and some green marijuana character.

The flavor follows of this cedar/oak woodiness along with riping green leaves, grass, and wood sap. There are big notes of resinous pine. There’s a medium plus bready malt in the middle with creamy carbonation. The finish is medium minus bitterness, but aggressively dries. The beer flies off the palate quite quickly leaving some leafy hops on the finish.

The beer drinks like a single IPA. It’s extremely different with its interesting hop notes (Falconer’s Flight) and huge drying on the finish. (756 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is orange/ dark copper color. Head was fairly substantial and had some staying power. Nice lacing.
Odor was citrus(grapefruit mostly) and some floral with a tin bit of sweet.
Taste starts with hop bitterness. Grapefruit and general citrus with a heavy does of green. Floral notes persist throughout and sweet malt is present in the background. Mouth feel is moderate and not heavy. Bitter finish and a little dry.
Overall, a great IPA. Complex and deep with many different flavors. (495 characters)

Photo of Maurizio
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful orange in color; good head with retention. Nose is light hops, but taste is strong dank grapefruit. Juicy sweetness, but it's from the hop oils, not the malts. Mouthfeel is as expected. Surprisingly pleased with the beer--a great brew! (253 characters)

Photo of Jono0284
3.51/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a opaque golden copper and a nice white head. Smelled very hoppy with slight citrus notes . Taste was very bitter but mellowed as the beer opened up. It had a long finish and great mouth feel.

Overall the beer I enjoyed the beer but do not know if I would purchase again - a little on the bitter side for my taste. (335 characters)

Photo of ItsMe
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Usual snifter on hand to house this puppy.

two can limit at my local shop. excited to try this.

this baby pours a hazy tangerine with a frothy 2 and half finger head. looks delicious.

smells so very juicy. orange, mango, grapefruit. west coast nose.

big grapefruit, resin, pine, with a nice very faint malt to coat an excellent bitterness.

this beer is worth hunting down, if you're a hop head. (402 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

*12 Oz. Can* You ever get something you always wanted? Then you find out it is not what you expected? Well that isn't the case with this one. The look on this brew is unfiltered. Hazy burnt orange body with a frothy 3 finger frothy off white head. I have to keep smelling this beer to keep picking up more aromas. The first wave of scent is Rawness! Resinous wood with some Floral tones. Then it gives way to hints of citrus fruits and tropical fruits as well. Pears makes a presence only for a while. The malts are caramel and honey wheat. Very nice! Ok, I am aching to sip this beer. I almost jizzed my pants just anticipating the flavor of this brew! The flavor is just like the nose touches on. Caramel and wheat toast with dense resinous cedar. Pineapples and Papaya mixed with a little citric bite. This beer finishes semi dry with a resinous dank hop aftertaste. The bitterness isn't all that sharp, which is a good thing. The feel of this brew is Medium smooth body with soft carbonation.

Overall: This beer is very, very good. Is it worth the hype. It is in my case. But that's only because DC Brau has captured hop flavors without it eating the enamel off your teeth. The bitterness is balanced. I like the direction brewers are going in with making hop bombs and not bitter bombs. Don't get me fugged up, I love bitter IPAs just its been done too many times. I will Recommend this beer if you love raw, resinous and tropical IIPAs. If you like Tongue Shredders this one isn't for you. (1,497 characters)

On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.