Solar Abyss | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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191 Ratings
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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:
191
Reviews:
39
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
8.64%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 191 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by SlothB77:
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4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Fresh growler into tasting glass.

OK, the nose is the strongest part of this beer. Absolutely overpowering strawberry and grapefruit. Extremely potent. Some pineapple too.

First sip was surprisingly smooth. I was expecting hops, instead I got a honey, syrupy, smooth mix of citrus and pine. Less strawberry and grapefruit in the taste. Very smooth finish. The hops sink in on the next few sips. The body is a little thicker than I expected it would be.

The honey and sweet make the feel smooth and heavy-bodied and overpower the bitter and hops. Finishes dry. Significant carbonation. Very fresh.

Finally, the distinctive DC Brau pine balance/ dankness that you get in the On the Wings of Armageddon is present here as well.

Solar Abyss may be their best yet. OTWOA is great. Solar Abyss may be better.

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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 191 ratings.
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