Alpha Domina Mellis | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HattedClassic on 10-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 72
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 smakawhat
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 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 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 Hopsandwich
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I get a lot of resinous hops in this one. The resin lingers on the tongue as it sits. Full of citrus flavors and the fact that it is unfiltered contributes to the piney hops and citrusy nose and lingering taste. DC Brau has done it again, I am a huge fan that has been following them since they opened ( and since OTWOA was in 22's) keep on knocking them out o the park guys!!!

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives cloudy, with the amber liquid capped by an inch or so of foam; nice lacing action

Smell: Citrusy and piney, with grapefruit and tropical tones

Taste: There is a solid caramel malt base to this beer that is quickly overtaken by the citrusy hops; grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors mingle with the pine but in the aftertaste there is a different, almost woodsy character which may be what the experimental hops impart

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and a bit flabby, with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice DIPA though I am not crazy about either the aftertaste or the mouthfeel

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Photo of jacewg
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep orange. Good lacing. Not a lot of retention

Aroma: Smells really nice. Lots of tropical fruit, citrus, and pineapple with a big underlying dank, piney quality. A bit of malt stickiness

Flavor: Nose quite on par with the aroma. Hop flavor is outstanding with lots of juicy tropical fruit notes with citrus hints. What holds this beer back, to me, is the hop bitterness from the experimental variety. It has a soapy, spicy, woody quality that is a bit off-putting to me. I appreciate the bitter punch, but would prefer it to be a bit cleaner.

Mouthfeel: A touch sticky but not cloying. Lifts off the palate and never gets into barleywine territory.

Overall: Another fine Double IPA from DC Brau. This has the potential to be great with a bit cleaner bittering hop. As it stands, happy to drink this any time for a hop fix.

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

32oz brewery filled growler. Pours a hazed copper with a sudsy bright white head. This stays rich, leaving back a good bit of frothy patchy lacing down the sides of the glass. The nose is a straight up grapefruit and pine bomb from the start but some softer notes of grains, herbs and tropical fruit emerge and help soften the edges as this warms. The taste is very similar, with juicy citric grapefruit and a strong resinous feel leading the way. Softer notes of dough, tropical fruit and herbal dankness try their best to help balance this out but the bitterness and pine just stick to the tongue in a pretty strong finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a gentle crispness that sits on top of a more slick and creamy feel underneath. The higher alcohol here is mostly well hid as far as smoothness goes but it does rather embolden the more assertive aspects of this. Maybe a tad too much in spots. While the flavor profiles here are as bold as any of the other great IPAs that DC Brau produces, this packed much more of an aggressive punch than I was expecting. For those that love their DIPAs flavorful and abusive, this is a must.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark orange amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-tropical fruit, malt, hints of citrus and honey, pine

T-grainy malt, tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine, light sweetness of honey, moderate bitter finish with an off aftertaste that is difficult to describe

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-this beer would have rated muchbhigher for me if not for the aftertaste, just couldn't get by it and it made the beer unpleasant to me

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

64 oz. growler purchased at the brewery on Sat., 10/26/13., unknown birth date (likely several weeks old now), consumed in my The Bruery wide-mouth snifter glass over several hours on the day of purchase

A: 2/3 - deep orange-golden coloration, poor clarity (can see but cannot read through...murky with lots of hop haze), thick 2-3 finger soapy white head dissipates into 1/4 finger with soapy frother remaining throughout consumption, moderate-to-large alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - lots of dank/pine-y/resin-y hop character from the Simcoe, Mosaic (and maybe the experimental hop varietal); some honey sweetness and booze for balanace

T: 17/20 - on the anterior tongue, the dankness continues with moderate pine bitterness bordering on astringency; it the middle of the mouth, there continues to be really intense resiny flavors that make this beer almost chewy; I know it's listed as 8.5% ABV on the site but was listed as >10% ABV on the board, which is definitely present; lingering aftertaste that some will perceive as unpleasant considering its dank intensity (I like it though)

M: 4/5 - thick hop oils coating the tongue, large alcohol presence in the mouthfeel, appropriate carbonation; the only problem for me is that it is a little thick such that it more closely resembles a barleywine than an IPA

O: 8/10 - definitely more American barleywine/triple to OTWOA's more DIPA, it's another solid offering but it's not as good a beer as a fresh can of OTWOA; definitely worth consumption and let's see if they continue to make this with or without the experimental hop; generally though, DC Brau needs to fine their IPAs and improve the quality of their carbonation

TOTAL = 41/50

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Photo of Tkay1225
4.69/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had at the DC Brau brewery on it's born date. Bought a growler as well as a case of OTWOA. The appearance is a hazy thick golden yellow. The aroma brings notes of honey, nectar, pineapple, and mango. The taste is sweet but not overpowering is balanced well with the malts. I get tastes of pineapple, honey, almost a juicyfruit gun type of flavor and it finishes with a grapefruit bitterness. Personally I enjoyed this DIPA more than OTWOA, it's truly an awesome beer. Would be sad if this beer is not released in cans or at least released seasonally.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very vigorous head and leaves some nice creamy white lacing. The beer itself is a dark orange the resembles the color of honey (Because when one of your ingredients is honey, well duh.). The dark orange also has some brown notes to it and the beer itself is fairly clear.

The hops and the honey smells mix very well and much better than the usual malt mixture that is often used to balance things out. Overall, the beer has a fairly tropical smell that resembles pineapple and another that resembles orange.

Strong sweet taste and tropical flavored hops. The honey really comes out in the beer and does a better job of balancing the hop taste than the malts. The hops taste very similar to the smell in that they provide a pineapple taste. The beer finishes with some light hop bitterness.

Heavy bodied with very little carbonation. The beer feels a bit thicker than most DIPAS but is pretty velvety on the tongue.

A very good DIPA and one that I hope that they continue making, can, or at least bring back seasonally. The honey certainly adds something to the traditionally thick DIPA feel and sweetens the taste a bit more than the malts usually do.

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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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