Alpha Domina Mellis | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by grover37:
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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Photo of imbibehour
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
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 CavemanRamblin
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of earlholman
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Dduquette
2.75/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
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 BuccoFan
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UlfAndreas
5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of GarrettBoots
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.48/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MNishCT77
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KatyC
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Eden
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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Alpha Domina Mellis from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 72 ratings