Alpha Domina Mellis | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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87
very good
72 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
dcbrau.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by HattedClassic on 10-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
72
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.62%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Aewachiw
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JOldewurtel
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lettsgo3
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmasher85
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Similar in theory to Hopslam, though not as tasty, this is a good DIPA with a honey presence that is less present in this year's batch compared to last year's. Too bad, because that makes it harder to rate. If I'd only had the most recent batch, I'd call it a bitter, resinous IPA with a decent malt presence and some underlying sweet, floral notes, and not bother going out of my way for it in the future. However, the first time I had it over a year ago, it was rich, fully-flavored with honey, piney hops with just a bit of citrus - not quite as masterful as DC Brau's Wings of Armageddon, but certainly a worthy addition to their catalogue. So my recommendation: remember it and try it next year.

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Photo of Eden
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good. Better than OTWOA Not loaded with flavor but I like it. 2/16 BBH

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Photo of ions
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imbibehour
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at the brewery in a sample, and then growler filled and poured into a DC fancy pants tulip glass. Kept chilled and drank within 2 hours from tapping.

Bright deep orange body color with some tan carbonation coming through, and fairly clear with a bit of opaque quality. Head is soapy and nearly tan but with a bigger white appearance, and manages a soapy three fingers. Manages excellent lacing and shampoo like rings, a real nice looking IPA.

Hop aroma heads for dank earth and tea mix. Orange pekoe notes pop in with a bit of a weedy like quality on the nose as well. Sweet caramel just a touch manages to bring everything together very nicely and balance the bitterness as well, almost with a floral sweetness coming out. Very nice.

Palate sticks to the basics, with a good unique hop angle. Moderate body with a simple malt backbone, manages to just let the hops take centre stage. Front forward pine and slight juice quality but bends easily to earthy and dry angles. Bit of a dry mouth finish but also gives to herbal tea like qualities and flavors for the aftertaste. A bit peppery hot as well interestingly, but tolerable which makes for a bit of fun too.

A good solid IPA from the brau gang once again and one with some fun also.

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Photo of Emersonio
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

64 oz. growler shared by RussianDragon. Golden orange to copper body, moderate haze, an inch of white head. Earthy malts, dank hops, biscuit, pine resin. What I would describe as "balanced" which is generally not my ideal. I prefer hop forward, modern examples of the style. Medium bodied and robust. less bready character and more fresh hops, please. Fun to try.

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Photo of khahn34
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of razorsdescent
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IPAchris
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dduquette
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of _RL_
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BuccoFan
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SierraFlight
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Two ounce taster at the brewery. Aromas are tropical fruit, honey, grassy, dank. Flavors follow. Not sure about the honey. Their tasting notes are correct - long lingering bitter finish.

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Photo of tykechandler
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dcbeers
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarrettBoots
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blinky1717
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dur921
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GCBrewery
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Austin_Cohen
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Alpha Domina Mellis from DC Brau Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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