Solar Abyss
DC Brau Brewing Co.

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #117
Ranked #1,068
4.33 | pDev: 8.55%
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
Solar AbyssSolar Abyss
Notes: Single-hopped Mosaic imperial IPA.
Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 190 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
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

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Photo of Todd
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
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).

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Photo of Rammed96
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An amazing beer. No wonder the first batch sold out completely in the first week. Very flavorful citrus notes but not overwhelmingly strong for such a high ABV. I thought this was going to a super heave beer. It tasted like orange clouds floating in my mouth.

I want more!!

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An extra from a trade recently. Never had anything from DC Brau before. All in all this was an above-average imperial IPA. I enjoyed Solar Abyss, but nothing about it made me wish I had more.
Copper/hazy appearance, with minimal head ((from other reviews, I am assuming this is due to the canned date.
Strong mosaic nose. Like everyone is saying, lots of onion. Nose reminds me of recent Stone Enjoy By bottles.
Pretty darn malty with a hint of citrus. Mosaic hops are present and done well. Abv is hidden relatively well.
Mouth feel has average carbonation and needs a bit heavier body, in my opinion.
A good beer for being and extra in a trade. Would like to try other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This review is being posted late, but was assembled after enjoying a fresh can born on 6/26/15 and shipped with love -- thank you my DC connection!

Pours a loosely hazy orange-amber under a foamy/bubbly off white head kissed with sunshine. Retention isn't great, but lacing is compelling with open suds and sticky sheets on an IPA glass.

The nose almost rings with floral essences and orange colored fruits--mango, melon, and a squeeze of cara cara. The evergreen is there, but much more a player in the mid-gulp taste than the scent. I almost smell cranberries in the cool breeze of burying my nose in the glass...

There's an almost fruity sweetness right up front; and I don't get the burst of chewy pine until after there's been a bitter, citrus-spraed dance of papaya and tropical notes and peaches. The showcase for the Mosaic is really remarkable, though I wish I had some more malt strength to round it out. It is balanced out by an almost nutty aftertaste at the end that I do really like.

The feel is driven by above average carbonation and some astringency, and is just a little thin on the tongue. But it does linger nicely without being too oily or boozy. To me, it's the brew's finest attribute.

Overall, I'm thrilled to experience what DC Brau does with Mosaic here. I know the intent is not to create the big beast that is OTWOA... but I do wish for more malt. Perhaps it would have flattened out the lively hops, though. So I'm not complaining. A word of caution--this brew must be consumed fresh and quickly, even in well-minded cans. It's fragile; if you haven't consumed all of your last batch, you've already waited too long. Don't let a gangly funk eclipse this supernova. Quaff!

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Photo of MUTINY
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a just-slightly hazy deep-gold, copper...almost amber. 1/2" white head that recedes somewhat quickly. Retention & lacing are both minimal.

S: Holy moly, massive grapefruit with a delightful slight-funk. Some grassy notes wrapped in spicy citrus zest with a bitter note underneath. Not subtle at all, brutally amazing!

T: Comes on with a faint hit of doughy malt followed immediately by HUGE grapefruit with more of that citrus zest in tow. Mid palate becomes increasingly bitter & spicy, black pepper, maybe nutmeg. The finish is a return to the juicy grapefruit quality balanced perfectly against a pretty darn oily bitterness.

M: Moderate carb married to a light but decidedly malty body. It's a bit slick & quite refreshing.

O: Absolutely stunning! One of the very best Mosaic single-hop brews to have passed my lips.

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Photo of apasternak
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very different than their flagship OTWOA, this DIPA was less malty and more floral. The hops provided more citrus and hid the 10% ABV very well. I wish they would make this more than 1x per year

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Photo of scbeerman
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Hazy, dull orange with ok head retention - not a standout here.
Smell is classic Mosaic - green onion galore, maybe a little fruitiness somewhere in there.
Taste is very similar to the smell. Green onions, a little orange juice flavor, some malt sweetness but not enough to balance out the overwhelming mosaic flavor. Still good though
Mouthfeel is pretty much average for a big DIPA.
Overall, this one is a Mosaic green onion bomb. Tastes almost exactly like Ballast Point Grunion in every aspect - uncanny. I like Mosaic, but this isn't the best use of it I've seen.

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Photo of caffeineTX
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 6/27/15 poured into a Sam Adams Better Beer glass

Pours cloudy orange with a good 1 inch white head

Nose has an over powering garlic/onion aroma

Taste is light onion with some mosaic pushing forward citrus/pine notes. This beer has a great malt/hops balance for a DIPA.

Mouth feel is a little thin, not what I would expect from a DIPA that looks this cloudy.

Overall this is a very solid DIPA and I hope I can revisit this in the future with a batch that is a little more fresh.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large creamy off white head. Color is a golden orange.

Flavor is dank and weedy. Has some onion flavor as well. Very hop resiny and sticky. Dank would be a word word descriptor for this beer.

Hides it's abv fairly well. Has a somewhat decent malt backbone. Pretty solid dipa.

If the can didn't say mosaic on it, I don't know if I would have gathered that. I didn't get the tropical citrus flavors out of it like others did.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice fluffy white head that dissipates a bit quickly for my tastes. The beer itself is a beautiful hue of an orange pale amber that is clear. The look is very good and surprisingly light colored for a Double IPA.

The beer smell is hop forward and very good. The beer smell has a nice heavy sweet bitterness to it. The notes seem to be mainly tropical ones in the form of orange and pineapple. There is also a tiny bit of malt sweetness but it gets lost in the hops.

The beer taste is very hop forward and unashamed about it. While there seems to be a light malt sweetness to keep things from getting hoppy and bitter, the hops definitely dominate this brew. The hop notes seem to be more of a strong pineapple flavor with a bit of orange to it. It's definitely tropical with a bit of a pine note. However, there is also seems to be a small alcohol note that comes and goes.

The feel is very good and fantastic. The body is smooth with a very nice fluffy carbonation that lightens up the body. The body is medium heavy but feels lighter.

Overall, DC Brau has certainly proven itself to be adept at creating hop forward IPAs with a light malt presence and this beer is no exception. While similar to its other beers, this one definitely stands out as a good and easy to drink DIPA.

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Photo of Eziel
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very tasty DIPA. I personally love the high ABV hop bombs like this and I think the fruity Mosaic hops work great. Standard appearance, great nose, not super thick. Overall, I think this is top notch.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent variation of OTWOA. The mosaic hop jumps right out in both smell and taste. Citrus first, followed by a slight earth flavor, I've seen some say am onion flavor. Not in a bad way, just the back end bitterness of the mosaic.

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Photo of KSOZE
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is wonderful, but the taste is missing something (definitely has the tropical/citrus standard of Mosaic hops) and has a bit of off-putting booziness to it. The mouthfeel is underwhelming as it is slick and oily.

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Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer explodes out of the glass of classic Mosaic as I was able to guess the hop before looking at the can.

The beer pops of citrus, tropical, melon, grapefruit, a medium bready sweetness in the middle, along with some herbaceous and dank bittering on the back. The alcohol is very well masked for a 10% DIPA.

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Photo of antoines15
3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very cloudy in the glass, not much head at all. The nose is all mosaic in the first half and then gets a bit oniony? Is that a word? Oniony? Taste is too malty for me. I suppose that's just personal preference, but just know that it has a moderately heavy malt presence. Mouthfeel is on par for a DIPA, but there's that onion again. I can't imagine how some beers (including this one) have such high ratings. A 4.38? Really? It's an average beer. 3 stars.

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Photo of uvachief
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz fresh can into a pilsner glass. Pours a golden yellow orange with a full finger of fluffy white head. Smells of orangr, melon and grapefruit with a lot of hops. Tastes like a wet hopped IPA but loaded with citrus. Still bitter but buried. Clean and crisp. Easy to drink. Solid.

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Photo of -Rick
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rusty orange look. This beer has a nice malty hop smell, with sweet citrus notes also. The taste is of big citrus hops, mostly tropical flavors. A great offering.

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is of nearly the same cloudy, yellowish hue that marks the Wings. Strong pine for the aroma, as expected. Feel is not as full bodied as I expected, but it is not weak either. Taste is pretty much piney, hoppy goodness that I think once marked the Wings, before it changed. Very happy I was able to get a six pack.

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Photo of almostjay
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally got around to having this on tap (have had it in cans several times before). What was already one of my top beers is now solidly in the conversation for my absolute favorite.

This is a textbook "modern" IPA. Just straight up mango, pineapple and other tropical/stonefruits all over the nose and they don't let up in the taste. This is exactly what I'm looking for in an IPA nowadays and there are now a bunch of beers that tease you with hints of this profile, but only a few that really follow through. This one totally does. Holy cow.

Also, I'm not usually a fan of beers this big, but the 10% is an afterthought (bonus?) on this one. Drinks like a 7%. Unbelievable beer.

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Photo of mozif
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great offering from dc brau and definitely one of the best ipas from the dc region. Unsure if it tops otwoa when it was at its peak. Amazing nose full of citrus fruit, pine, and dank. It hides the abv very very well. The malt is balanced but still a bit prevelant for my taste. I wonder what a citra equivalent would taste like. Definitely worth seeking out if you're a hop head.

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Photo of ctjoumas
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a little darker and cloudier than expected, but only because I was expecting a citrusy clear look. Thick foamy head and smell is very citrusy. Fairly effervescent mouthfeel and grapefruit, almost with a touch of lemon, that coats your mouth and hangs around a bit...but in a good way. Very drying after affect but still holds the citrus flavor. Definitely a great ipa.

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