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Yonder Cities - DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

65 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%


Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co. visit their website
District of Columbia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: blackie on 03-16-2013)
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a honey color verging on golden; the head leaves some strands of lacing behind as it descends

Smell: Grapefruit and spicy Belgian yeast esters

Taste: A clean malt bill highlights the citrusy hops and the Belgian yeast with the yeast adding a peppery dimension after the swallow; well-attenuated finish

Mouthfeeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: One of the best examples of the Belgian IPA style I have encountered, this is another winner for DC Brau

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 21:00:27 | More by brentk56
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to BA Kegatron for splitting this growler with me. Poured into a snifter, it appears a clouded yellow color with a white head that fades leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

The aroma includes a yeasty note of bubblegum with a contrasting herbal citrus hop aspect that gets a little rindy to grassy. As it warms up, more of the focus changes back to that preciously mentioned yeasty spice feel.

The flavor is a bit rindy from the hops. The flavor gets somewhat similar to breakfast fruits/pulp and earth to grassy bitterness. There is a soft amount of grain presence but for the most part, the focus of this brew is on the hops and yeast spice.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol was integrated well in this. Belgian IPA's are somewhat finicky. I think the yeast profile often clashes with any moderate hopping rate. In this case it wasnt bad and quite frankly I would probably try this again if the opportunity presented itself.

Serving type: growler

06-18-2013 18:19:21 | More by stakem
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nimrod979

Maryland

4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a growler poured into a DC Brau can glass.

Appearance: Very light and very hazy straw color with a thick pillowy two finger white head. Dense 1/4" head retention lacing throughout.

Aroma: Citrusy hops with a slight tropical twist. Lemongrass, peppery spice and some farmhouse funk.

Taste: Citrusy and yeasty up front. Pineapple, grapefruit and lemon zest all come to mind before it picks up a little with some hints of Belgian funk and a spicy peppery and bready yeast finish. Very clean flavors, finish is

Mouthfeel: A little lighter than medium yet packs considerable carbonation and an aggressive hop profile and Belgian spice. In other words, it's very drinkable but has huge flavors.

Serving type: growler

06-14-2013 00:23:15 | More by nimrod979
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Jaded straw color. Big, fluffed head, even for a 2 oz. sample in a plastic cup. The body is hazy but it still manages to glow.

S-Interesting nose. The yeast, in accordance with the chipper malt unique hoppiness makes for a nice scent. The veggies are a mixture of Euro noble hops and intricate, bold U.S. varieties if I were to guess.

T-Hoppy and multifaceted. Yeasty and spicy with a great, airy, sweetened cracker malt. The hops are neat. Pineapple hops, citrus with a certain tangy element, and some grass. Pretty cool.

M-Drinks easy. Maybe a bit too aggressive on the carbonation. Slick feel. A bit resinous and moderately bitter.

O/D-It had some great elements but for some reason I wasn't very enamored with it. There was a ton to enjoy here but I oddly didn't find myself enjoying it as a whole.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2013 01:37:26 | More by VelvetExtract
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Crabbicuss

Maryland

4.99/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While I had the opportunity to try this the first time it was brewed this review is from the SECOND batch made. Poured from a growler (purchased 6-1 at the brewery) into a Kuhnhenn goblet.

A - Pours a beautiful golden straw color with an opaque hue which illuminates the body. Initial results from the pour display a lofty head with nice patchy lacing clinging to the walls of the goblet. As the head dissipates a nice half finger milky cap resides, gently fed by streaming micro carbonation immersing from the bottom of the glass.

S - This is where the experience begins. The aroma constitutes a strong bready presence (sour dough, peppery with spice) which is followed by an effervescent emission of lemon grass, grapefruit and a slight hint of tropic sweetness summoning mango or semi ripe pineapple possibly apricot.

T - Up front there is an introduction of doughy malt immediately superseded by a nice acidic blast of hop tannins, citra maybe simcoe. The finish envelops a semi sweet accolade slightly spiced encompassing the back of the palate which invites another sip to solve the query. There's a wide range of flavors inundating my taste buds which displays a most acute precision regarding ingredient balance and exact brewing thus commandeering my curiosity and desire to resample this beer again and again.

M - While it's my opinion that the mouth feel is more light than medium there is a very complex transition which lathers the back of the palate upon finish. Though the sip is carbonous and sprightly it infuses tremendous flavor profiles which envelop and capture the pure experience of tasting this beer.

O - I find this particular beer to be traditional yet brash with a harmonious "Union" between two very contrasting styles. This Saisson with an American IPA alchemy forges a solid and collusive style which embodies techniques ranging between these days and yesteryear. I'm not sure if DC Brau will make this again but personally would love to see this appear as a rotating offering if not a year round staple. FYI, if you have the opportunity to try this I would highly recommend you bogart the chance, Cheers!

Serving type: growler

06-02-2013 22:28:21 | More by Crabbicuss
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow, very active white head. High carbonation with alot of bubbles

Smells like a grapefruit, lots of citrus and piney hops. It blends well with the farmhouse funk smell.

Tastes exactly like it smells. Grapefruit hits you first, exploding on your tongue. Followed by the pine. This is a very unique beer.

The mouthfeel is good. Very bubbly, similar to champagne. No alcohol taste and its extremely refreshing.

Overall, this beer is amazing and I hope they can it soon.

Serving type: growler

06-02-2013 18:27:53 | More by nmann08
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Screw-top growler received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Aliza!

First stein pours with a 1 1/2" off-white head over the cloudy golden brew. Head holds on and on, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is pine and spicy yeast.

Taste starts sweet and lightly tart, soft in the middle, with a moderate bitter close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with drinkability is oh-so easy. Glad I have a growler of this one...

Serving type: growler

04-20-2013 21:12:46 | More by ppoitras
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler on 4/6/13 from the brewery.

Served in a DC Brau tulip because because I live here and it was easy for me to get. If you want to fight about it, send me a Beermail and we'll set up a time and place.

A: Looked like a Witbier injected with orange steroids. Very murky, bubbly, and with a huge pillowy white head that left its mark on the glass as I siphoned it.

S: Whoa.... Like a spruce tree. The Belgian yeast blended very well with the citrus and farmhouse-y funk. Truly inviting.

T: What the hell is this? It's unlike anything I've ever tried. It had the hop profile of a West Coast IPA, the earthy, dankness of a Belgian Saison, and the citrus component of freshly squeeze Florida orange juice.

M: Spritzy and bubbly, like a fine champagne and with the glass lacing of a true champ.

O: This is the 2nd best beer that DC Brau makes. Please make more!

Serving type: growler

04-06-2013 20:56:15 | More by Chaney
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Titans77

Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler on 4/6/13 from the DC Brau Brewery

A - a very hazy bright yellow body accompanied by a half finger of bright white head that disappeared rather quickly. Looks like a Saison IPA hybrid.

S - Pungent pine and grapefruit right up front. Very dank hop aroma and some background funk similar to a Saison.

T - Grapefruit followed by pine up front. Finishes with the funky spice character found on the nose.

M - medium to light body. No presence of alcohol on the mouthfeel. Crisp with a "wet" mouthfeel. A great beer to enjoy on a spring day.

O - I hope they bring this beer back later on down the road. Very very unique IPA that seems fitting for a spring/summer day. It is a shame that today was the last day they will have Yonder Cities available for a while.

Serving type: growler

04-06-2013 19:17:27 | More by Titans77
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is easily DC Braus second best beer, it is really refreshing and has plenty of hops. It falls more in the unfiltered/farmhouse IPA-saison category for me over Belgian ipa since it doesn't have that distinct Belgian yeast taste or feel to it for my palate, but has an earthy and herbal hoppiness to it that is quite nice.

The color is really nice, very hazy orange tinged golden color with a decent white fluffy head and some lacing. Very nice look.

The smell is awesome, it is very bright and hoppy right out of the glass, no subtlety here. Grassy and citrus tinged hops dominate, it reminds me very much of a west coast ipa in its earthy hoppiness with just enough honey soaked malt to give it some foundation.

The flavor is great as well, it has a hefty biscuity malt backbone added to the plant heavy hop flavors that aren't as dominant as the aroma but definitely still slightly bitter and bright, especially present in the aftertaste which is quite nicely dry and clean. The feel has nice body which makes me think unfiltered ipa. Some citrus in the flavor with just a touch of orange rind and lemon grass. I also get some banana as the beer warms up. A 'spicy' feel with nice carbonation.

Overall a very fine beer, it's really really nice and deserves its great rating so far.

Serving type: growler

04-02-2013 21:51:35 | More by Dreadnaught33
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a golden, almost pilsner color with a white fluffy head. Head falls to a small ring for the duration of drinking. Nice and light colored. Great lacing.

Aroma: Holy s**t! I love citrus and this is just about as citrusy at it gets. The Simcoe and Citra interact perfectly with the saison yeast. Big notes of grapefruit, apricot, some tangerine. Super juicy. Lots of estery, peppery yeast character with a bit of sulfur. Incredible smelling.

Taste: Great flavor as well. Moderately bitter with nice semi-sweet citrus tones. Nice spicy yeast character. Long, hoppy, juicy finish that dries out but lingers. A touch of funkiness with the saison yeast. Very light malt presence. The hops and yeast are the stars here.

Mouthfeel: Light and lively on the palate. Medium bodied. Very easy drinking. Bitterness builds on the finish and balances everything out nicely.

Overall: DC Brau now has two beers that I'd put up against anything. This won't get the recognition of OTWOA as it's not a style that everyone likes. But in my opinion this is every bit as good. Incredible stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2013 19:02:55 | More by jacewg
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a nonic pint glass at Meridian Pint. Originally had samples of this on Armageddon release day and was really impressed and needed to make a mental note to revisit this one. From notes.

A cloudy but orb glowing murky yellow, with lots of green hues all throughout the glass. The brew is topped with a half finger of head that is exceptionally creamy looking and bright white.

The nose absolutely rips of fresh fleshy grapefruit hop profile. Sticky yeasty mild funk farmhouse a tad, and a good hint of sweet milky cream. Hints of pepper and spices also. It's a really nice balance, but the grapefruit really takes off.

Palate brings all the goodness hinted on the nose. This really tastes like a perfect grapefruit hop beverage. Literally fresh squeezed in the morning. Quenching juicy hop palate with a hint of wet, and mild powdery funk sense. The hop angle brings out even hints of mango, and even manages to finish crisp with some dense malts, and peppery spice.

Overall this is just a great new creation from these guys, this one really shocked me I was not expecting it to be this good, but it is.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2013 13:12:35 | More by smakawhat
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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

Brewery filled growler. Hazed gold with a billowy bright-white head. Retains with a rich foaminess that soaps the sides of the glass with sticky swathes of lacing. The aroma blows up in the nose, with a robust mix of fresh floral, light pine and ripe tropical fruit flavors that include pineapple, mango, apricot and grapefruit. Sweet malt doughiness sits along the back while an earthy spiciness works in perfectly with those hop flavors. This just has a fresh hoppy power to it in the nose that kicks ass! The taste is just as good, with zesty grapefruit bitterness and a smack of tart lemon flavor. Ripe and sticky tropical fruit from the nose are all present and seem to be emboldened by the earthy and spicy esters of the Saison yeast. Neutral malts add a slightly sweet underpinning to the festivities. The finish is dry with an earthy pithiness and lingering spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slick easy creaminess that glides effortlessly across the palate. There’s a touch of light warmth here but this is overall very smooth and drinkable for a 7% beer. Wow! I’ve had some good beers from D.C. Brau and this collaboration with Union Brewing is right up there! It’s about as perfect of a marriage between an IPA and Saison as you’re going to find and I can’t recommend it enough if you see it around on tap. Well done!

Serving type: growler

03-27-2013 16:55:15 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler served in a DC Brau cervoise "fancy pants" glass. Are you making more of this? If the answer is "no", stop what you are doing and go make more of this. This is a collaboration between DC Brau and Union in Baltimore. I have yet to have a Union beer but this beer is truly amazing. This is the best beer I've had from DC Brau to date. Right amount of hops, right amount of saison-y yesaty goodness. Very awesome, blow me away, I would hurt myself drinking this beer sort of beer. More please, a lot more.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a nice white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention. Looks good.

Aroma is hoppy, sweet, candy, esters, earth, mild sulfur (could be from hops or yeast). Hop aroma is somewhere between grapefruit and apricot with a mild earthiness in there. The esters from the yeast are peppery and sweet.

Beer is light and wet with a nice level of moderate bitterness. Great yeast cutting through, maybe a little more yeast character? Lemony and pepper, mild pepper cutting through, great ester profile, earthiness in the midpalate, great wet finish. The beer finishes bitter with the hops, leaving this mild lingering fruitiness in the mouth, a very nice beer. A repeat for sure. I really enjoyed this beer. If this were 4.5% ABV and available retail for home consumption I would have cases of this. Love it. I will be returning for more.

Serving type: growler

03-19-2013 16:01:03 | More by drabmuh
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blackie

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler from the brewery into a goblet

Produces a low white head with the pour, the beer itself a fully hazed golden yellow in color. Lemon and grapefruit hop notes on the nose with peppery saison yeast, both fairly assertive. Crisp, clean malts. Lemongrass. Apricot. Tangerine. Light-medium in body with a lively carbonation. Crisp malt body, lots of lemon, yeasty pepper, and grapefruit on the palate. Finishes fully bitter with yeasty spice, lingering long. A nice blend of spicy saison and american hops, with lemon and yeast playing a big role.

Serving type: growler

03-16-2013 18:19:09 | More by blackie
Yonder Cities from DC Brau Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.