Space Reaper
DC Brau Brewing Co.

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American Imperial IPA
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Ranked #7,184
4.05 | pDev: 14.07%
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
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Notes: And so it is and it shall be... The end of one DIPA is the beginning of another. Somewhere between the world we know and the ones we don't lies the Space Reaper. Its cosmic might shines bright through the multiverse. This Double IPA may not unlock all the secrets of this universe, but it will show you what lies beyond the palate, with a generous reaping of mosaic hops, sure to take you on the ride of your afterlife.

Mosaic hops are known for a complex array of tropical fruit, citrus, berry, herbal, earthy and pine characteristics.
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Photo of ExtraStout
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams glass. 9.2 ABV & 100 IBU. Space Reaper incorporates Mosaic hop with Canadian 2-row, Cara-Pils, C-60, Wheat malts, and dextrose.

There’s enough of a malt backbone to support the immense hop presence. The brew hits all the notes that one would expect from a huge DIPA with a complex aromatic array of mango, citrus, berry and tropical fruit with an agreeable herbal and light cedar note to round it out. First sip communicates a large, refreshing dose of hop bitterness followed up by a light, malty, sticky, resinous, cedar-like finish with hints of stone fruit and Guava.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an IPA light orange, aroma is floral, piney, really resinny, taste is heavy, slight citrus alot of pine and a touch of malt. It tastes like a 9.0%. But I really like it. Great job. P.S. Cool can.

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Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a Pilsner glass.

Golden blonde. Good clarity. Slight chill haze.

Passion fruit, peach rings, wintergreen, dank, pine, and candy sugar.

Big green dankness, pine resin, and wintergreen. Both earthy and floral. Light touches of peach and passion fruit. Light candy sugar and honey maltiness.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, smooth, dry, and moderately bitter.

A welcome return to the Old School IPA. Very resinous and moderately bitter. Easy drinking for the abv.

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Photo of incognito369
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look -- Dark Orange
Smell -- Sweet smelling reminds me of Bells Mars IPA
Taste -- Taste doesn't necessarily follow smell, sweet tasting
Feel -- medium body
Overall -- Its an ok DIPA, I really dig the can, the smell again reminds me of Bells Mars IPA but the taste isn't good

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Photo of OldeGolde
2.81/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

LOVE the art on the can. ENJOY the soft mouthfeel and round sweet pillow upon which the hops are borne. LIKE how the ABV is nestled into the drink. but OVERALL agree with others that it's good but not top-tier. It doesn't offend but it doesn't mind-bend either. A must-try for all DMV area people (and collect that CAN!) but don't try to house a few in one sitting. You will get space reaped for sure.

PS i DIG the way the carbonation holds throughout drinking and bears the hops up. pairs well with chip n salsa. CHEERS!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned date of 06/09/16

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and orange in color. Finger width, off-white head that displays fair retention before it dissipates to a thin, broken layer of suds. Quite a bit of sediment floating around. Not much for lacing aside from a few small spots.

Smell - Orange and caramel make up the bulk of the nose. Hints of floral character and a touch of booze.

Taste - A balanced attack. Notes of orange pith, floral and earthy hops met by caramel and bready, slightly toasted malts that flatten out by mid-taste. Aftertaste is light caramel sweetness and even less ring of citrus character.

Mouthfeel - On the fuller side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick texture leads to a smooth, drinkable quality with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Just a hair outside the ideal freshness date, but not so old that the hops are diminished to the point of ruination. Would I like to try this fresher? Yes, but from what I've had here I wouldn't go out of my way for it. Good beer overall, but it doesn't capture the taste buds quite like the best DIPAs do.

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Photo of Pencible
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy gold with sediment and some white head.
S: It smelled like fresh oranges, with some pineapple and dried mango and candied apricots.
T: It tasted like oranges and grapefruit, with some sweet mango and pineapple and honey malt. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a nice IPA, with very sweet tropical scent and taste. Wish it was more balanced with added bitterness. The body was ok, and the finish was smooth with fairly well hidden alcohol, so it was pretty easy to drink. Not top tier, but still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of maximum12
2.73/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to SadMachine for dropping this extra on me recently - DC Brau & barred owls are always welcome here. 12 oz. Heinlein-inspired can.

The pour is filtered orange. Nose is crackers, sharp hops, lemon.

Space Reaper is malty. This one has a malt backbone bigger than a T-Rex What hops there are fall into the dank, swampy, dull category. Peat, muck, super mild bitterness, caramel. Pawned half off on my wife, who seems to be enjoying it more than I am.

Not my ideal IPA profile, nor, really, in my top 242. Give me hops or give me a stout! Not even mediocre.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.82/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

With a moderate beige head dying to a thin film with a clingy ring, the beer is an almost opaque amber, with tons of suspended yeast particles floating about. You can spin the glass a half turn and make it look like Saturn, which in and of itself is kind of beautiful, but, for beer, off-putting.

I smell whole wheat and oat bagel first. Weird. Then buttery toffee, grapefruit, and soft cheddar.

Taste is big time pine resin, caramel, and grapefruit.

Feel is very pillowy and creamy, yet it's still super dry and pretty bitter, but not a tongue thrasher.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a trade, not bad, not great. Fairly chewy and full bodied. Very resinous hoppy pine hoppy. GOod beverage, but seems to toe the line of a great IPA of yester year...missing the juiciness of the modern IPA. feels like this one would gracefully turn into a barleywine.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kjohn510 for this awesome extra. Deep orange body with a big, fluffy off-white head. Aroma is big notes of toasted bread, orange juice, even hints of toasted coconut. Flavor is lightly toasted bread, hints of citrus, some tropical flavors (still getting a little coconut). Feel is medium-full bodied, medium carbonation, sticky and lingering. I thought this would be more hop forward and a little less sweet/bready. Overall not bad and interesting flavors, but not something I would recommend.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a clear orange amber color that looks nice except for one thing. The beer has quite a bit of what I hope is sediment in it. (I'm reviewing the second can I opened; the first had the same problem.). Otherwise, it would look nice but for the sediment.

The smell is pretty good. It has a nice tropical orange smell to it with a very light malt smell.

The taste is good. It has a nice bit of the tropical taste but the beer has a bit of strong malt note that kind of takes the edge off of the hop.

The feel is heavy bodied but smooth. It's definitely very drinkable despite it's style.

Overall, decent but not worth the price I paid.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Space reaper poured in a snifter.

Look is a darker IPA with 1/4 inch lacing.

Smell is nice, you can smell the mosaic hops.

Taste is amazing. Love mosaic hops and this DIPA is happy, balanced, and a touch of citrus notes.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and easy to drink. I could crush these, but it wouldn't be smart.

Overall a great double IPA. I drank a growler on tap, which was amazing, but the cans are great also. Beautiful art work on the can and cool name. dC Brau followed up their hit wings wth this treat. Would drink again...and again.

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Photo of kas23
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Let's cut to the chase here. For those of you thinking "Oh, wow. They've finally brewed Solar Abyss again!" Think again. While this beer supposedly is a mosaic single hop, it is completely a different beer than SA. Malt is different (too much in addition). Beer much darker in color. Taste is mostly malt with some mosaic for good measure. Sweet aftertaste - not good.

For those of you who just want 9.2% in a small package, this beer is for you. For those of you wondering what happened to Solar Abyss (which did have carbonation problems, so I won't put it on a pedestal) and want it again, this is you classic bait and switch. Don't waste your time.

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Photo of DankScuba
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Beautiful, hazy orange. Still somewhat see-thru. Foamy white head.

S: Very mosaic hops. Lemony, dank resin.

T: Sweet, fruity, dank. A touch of bitter on the back end, but not much. Quite malty in the middle.

F: Appropriate for the beer style. Pretty malty.

O: Pretty great beer. I would love to see less bitter IPAs grow as a style in the DMV.

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Photo of Nightmare1972
4.81/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I prefer on the wings of Armageddon but this beer is still fantastic! Pours a great head with really good lacing, I had both in IPA glass and in a tulip glass. Art work is best I have seen, drink local!!

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like the mostly murky orangey gold body with its thin little creamier head. It's white and still leaves a modicum of small sticky lacing. The aroma is good but a little restrained. It doesn't really punch you so much as offer a cordial handshake of biscuit and caramel malts and a little bit of pine resin. The taste is about the same but a little more blended. It is fairly thick bodied and almost smooth. This is OTWOA's little brother.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a DC Brau fancy pants glass, you go AWOO! Time is a flat circle canned June 9th 2016.

Deep orange, and a bit chestnut brown body colored. Quite opaque, but with just enough of a nice orange glow along the edges. Head creation is a booming easy four fingers but controlled off the pour, slightly yellow in color, and loaded with pill like lacing and foamy retention. Slowly but settles to a nice half foamy puck.

Hop aroma manages a nice earth tone, a bit of lemon squeaks in, and quite a good amount of dank character. Lots of hints of soil and thick earth coming through and dominating the bouquet. Malt angle is pretty quiet and just lends to stay out of the way.

Palate has a bit of a lighter feel for a DIPA which is nice. Slightly pasty yeast character in the mid palate mixing in with the hops. Dry tasting malt but with a nice hop flavor that brings quite a bit of dank and soil earth character. Real clean finish, with lots of soft pine warmth and an almost wintergreen aftertaste and soft bitterness. Just a smidge of tropics and citrus is just aching ever so slightly on the finish.

A pretty interesting creation, but seems like they could have done so much more. Drinks real well for such a high abv too.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Maybe the best can label art ever!? I had to try one. Picked up one can at Total Wine. The pour is a hazy golden brown, thick looking. The nose is malty crackers, not much fruitiness detected. Taste is malt forward, sweet, a with a slightly bitter aftertaste. This is not a hop bomb. Reminded me a bit of Sneaky Pete. A nice effort, but not compelling.

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Photo of jrubenst12
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reaper is a new offering from DC Brau, which was previously Solar Abyss. I've now had it on draft and in a can. It's a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. I was a huge Solar guy - felt it was the best IPA offered in the DC Metro area (granted this was before Aslin opened). While it's tough to remember the precise specifics when I last drank Solar one year ago, I do feel it was a fair bit above Space Reaper. Solar Abyss just had a juicier and more flavorful feel, which is definitely my style.

All this said, Reaper is an excellent beer. It tastes like a more hopped up On The Wings of Armageddon and that is a good thing. I'm looking forward to drinking more cans of this!

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Photo of MattXT
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a large tulip, drank, repeated. Pretty dark orange color, ample head, surprisingly acceptable carbonation given DC Brau's history. Smell was grassy, tropical, and a bit malty. Taste was super malty, some Mosaic showing through but well hidden behind the malty sweetness. Finish was a little hot, but given the 9.2%, I was accepting of that. I really wanted to love this one, but I found it to be unbalanced, leaning way too far to the malt side of things (much like most of the mediocre I/IPAs in the area). I'd prefer it be a little drier and balanced, perhaps subbing some dextrose in the bill to get it there. At the end of the day, its pretty good and I like it, but I'm not about to drop $18.99+ for another 6er.

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Photo of oskinker
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was a big fan of Solar Abyss (i'm a slut for Mosaic hops) so when I heard this was the exact same beer, I was excited. I will tell you it's not quite the same beer but that's not a bad thing. The ABV is a little bit lower this go around down from 10% to 9.2, just like OTWOA. Smell is quite tropical with a hint of peach on the pour I had at the brewery. On first sip you get that rush of Mosaic, aggressive and citrus, touch of dank but this beer had a noticeable bitterness on the finish I felt wasn't present with Solar Abyss. OTWOA and Solar Abyss both finished up with a nice malty sweetness that helped these booze bombs. The hint of bitterness this batch makes it a more well round IPA IMHO. Nice job by the DC boys, a pretty crushable beast this is.

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Photo of rockaroo
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Orangey color, serious foam. great can art.
Has the green onion taste and the tropical taste going against other with the perfect amount of malt.
Has a "great product of the earth" thing going on without being to boozy.
$19 a six pack of cans and I may go buy 2 cases. Ferocious great beer. man who made this beer>great job.

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Photo of Beers-es
1.78/5  rDev -56%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

From a 10-day-old can, pours a dark orange with a nice finger of head. Unfortunately, that's the best part of this beer. Smell is mostly a weird, somewhat unpleasant maltiness mixed with buttery diacetyl. Kind of yuck. Taste is only slightly better, with some pine mixed with the malt and less diacetyl than the smell. Feel is fine. Not a good beer really, had to dump the rest of the glass. The sample I had on tap was definitely better, but I'm reviewing this pretty expensive and pretty crappy can. Cannot recommend.

Edit: So now I've had 4 cans from the 6-pack, and been unable to finish 3 of them. This stuff smells nasty, tastes almost as bad, and it's borderline disgusting--sort of a sickening petroleum-malt cut with buttery diacetyl. What I had on tap was like a different beer--good, not great, but drinkable at least. These are the last cans of DC Brau I'll spend money on.

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Space Reaper from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 95 ratings