Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Solar Abyss | DC Brau Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Solar AbyssSolar Abyss
BA SCORE
4.32/5
Outstanding
191 Ratings
Solar AbyssSolar Abyss
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Single-hopped Mosaic imperial IPA.

Added by frickprick on 02-15-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#944
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
191
pDev:
8.56%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
15
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 191 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of ericmakara
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Personally prefer it to OTWOA

29 characters

Photo of HOMEPL8
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mpontiakos
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Brian29
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amstokesdb9
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbakondi
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kuges
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Thick lacing that stays for the duration, slightly hazy golden amber hue. A great looking brew. Lots of Mosaic hop in the nose with a slight over-the-top aroma of 10% abv and elevated hoppiness ... expected and very welcomed IMO for the style. A punch in the palate to start as the bitterness drops hard, cedar and exotic fruit with citrus rind in tow for the flavor. Warming and a bit estery but controlled by a malt backdrop that holds this DIPA together. Serious drinking, fun drinking. DC Brau always makes me happy to be a beer drinker.

 578 characters

Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft
L: Golden yellow color with a soapy head.
S: Full of tropical fruit (peach, mango, grapefruit) mixed with lemon, lime, and some dank elements.
T: Lemon upfront followed by dankness (onion, pepper, jalapeno). No notes of bitterness or alcohol for a 10% DIPA.
F: medium bodied
Overall a nice dank DIPA. I prefer OTWOA but this is still a great beer.

 356 characters

Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. This little brewery in the nation's capital is doing great things. This one was juicy and dank. I was very impressed with the happiness and balance.

 153 characters

Photo of devilfluff
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of rudzud
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade. Can date 6/26/15.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a hazy orange hue with a thin one finger head that fades slowly to leave light lacing and a thin creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of caramel, sweeter malts, earthy spicy hops, pine, not much alcohol on the nose.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Lots of caramel and sweeter malts. More spicy, earthy, piney mosaic hops. Nice vibrant bitterness on the finish with the alcohol hidden nicely.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, good bitter finish with the alcohol hidden very well.

O - Overall this was a pretty decent beer, alcohol hidden very well. My only knock would be the amount of sweeter caramel malts that were in the aroma and taste. Could be due to age though.

Serving Type: can

 771 characters

Photo of Eden
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

e it's really great

19 characters

Photo of Aewachiw
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SveNss0N
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OGShotzy
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jas45678
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Todd
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Fruity, Hoppy, Citrusy, Piney

Solar Abyss drops quite cloudy out of the can; orange-amber with a thin, creamy lace. Expect a big fruity, citrusy, and piney Mosaic hop aroma. Super creamy and medium-bodied with a malty sweet base it hides its booziness well in the fresh fruity, juicy, piney, resiny and earthy hop profile. A slight oiliness coats the palate and carries all of this into a long and flavorful hoppy linger. Quite the journey, but I wish this one looked as delicious as it tasted.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #103 (August 2015).

 553 characters

Photo of waddellc2
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Solar Abyss from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 191 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.