Solar Abyss | DC Brau Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
190 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
Ratings:
190
Reviews:
39
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
8.64%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 190 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by Dreadnaught33:
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tried this (finally) on tap at whole foods in DC on p street. From my understanding, it's on the wings with mosaic hops in place of falconers.

A beautiful orange hue with golden edges, the brew has a ring of white head and nice lacing on the st bernardus goblet. More transparent than the normal DIPA but very pretty.

The smell and taste both really highlight the earthy, herbal and aggressive hop bill of mosaic hops. I wasn't totally familiar with this varietal before this and it's very well displayed especially in the taste which bursts with flavors ranging from honey sweet, bracingly bitter, tangy fruit, and again an strong herbal twist that is really intriguing. The aroma has a little less of the malt and focuses only on hops, which is fine by me!

The feel is great and just what I like in hoppy dipas: on the one hand bitter, dry and sweet, but with a sudsy frothy feel with a lingering finish. Crisp and easy to drink at such an abv.

Overall another winner from DC Brau. I could drink a lot of this.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Jason
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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 amstokesdb9
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jtladner
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnyb
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brians52
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbakondi
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of earlholman
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of ERAUPike2005
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Juicy hop bomb here. So smooth. Somehow better than OTWOA. I hope this becomes part of the permanent rotation.

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Photo of needMIbeer
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bunuelian
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ConradKenney
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kaos
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BuccoFan
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
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 apasternak
4.75/5  rDev +11%
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 BostonDuke
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of waddellc2
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of macesq
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mkirkland80
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Moses_Malone
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VeganUndead
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Personally prefer it to OTWOA

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Photo of Boilerup
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Solar Abyss from DC Brau Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 190 ratings.
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