The Corruption
DC Brau Brewing Co.

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DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
American IPA
Ranked #2,452
Ranked #18,306
3.86 | pDev: 10.62%
Jun 24, 2022
May 21, 2011
Very Good
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Notes: The Corruption™ IPA is DC Brau's take on a Pacific Northwest IPA. Brewed with Pale 2 row, C-10, Honey and Victory malts. Exclusively hopped with 40 lbs of Columbus hops per brew to ring in at 80 IBU. "The Corruption" comes in at 6.5% ABV. This beer straddle's the line between IPA and Imperial IPA and has a supportive malty backbone with an assertive hop presence that smacks your mouth with a dank, resinous bitterness followed by pleasant aroma's of pine sap and burnt spruce.
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Reviewed by BucBasil from Rwanda

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from the tap at DCA airport in DC. The beer is a pure orange colour with a foamy head that dissipates after a minute or so. Aroma is piney and citrus peel with a bit of balancing honey sweetness. Nice. Taste is more piney with a bitter kick at the end. Some soap in the mix. Overall, an ok IPA with a great smell but maybe missing a little balance in the taste. I like the bitterness but it feels like it is missing something.
Jun 24, 2022
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Rated by BikeChef from District of Columbia

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Hadn’t had one of these in a while. Holds up as a very solid west coast IPA, with dank hops and a good dose of bitterness. Underrated here.
May 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Solid look. Clear orange, off white head, lots of lacing. Sharp pine and spearmint nose, with a base citrus note beneath. The taste flips it, with citrus out front, a bit of cracker malt, and a tannic dry finish. A bit harsh, but a decent IPA.
Apr 13, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
nice refreshing ipa crisp and hoppy
Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 3.38 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

Jan 09, 2022
Rated: 3.62 by striles from Oregon

Jan 07, 2022
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can served in a tulip. Can says 111121 on the bottom. Day 11 of the 12 beers of Christmas from Brewvana.

Pours slightly hazy, amber in color, smallish head that collapses to not much with medium lacing. Smell is piney and citrus, very light breadiness.

Taste is moderate grainy sweetness up front, and then a pretty slow, very strong resinous bitter finish. Pine, grapefruit zest. Very bitter.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and very, very dry. Overall, this is a very nice old school west coast IPA.
Jan 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Stooven from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This is incredibly bitter. Looks and smells actually more East Coast than West (with which I associate a dankness). I enjoy bitter; I have been seeking bitter for the past year or so as I tire of hazies and NEIPAs. But I can imagine this would be a turnoff to many beer drinkers. To me, it was just OK. This is a combined review from the several places I had it on tap the weekend of October 8, 2021 in hotels and restaurants in central DC.
Oct 11, 2021
Rated: 3.27 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Oct 04, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by chimwe_

Aug 29, 2021
Rated: 4.05 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Jul 25, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12oz can into a tall glass. Canned 5/3/21, so 2 months old.

Looks great in the glass. Slightly hazy dark amber body with a generous white head leaving spidery lacing.

Hoppy aroma, pine with a little grapefruit.

On tasting, its extremely bitter, pretty much following the nose, pine and grapefruit peel. Any malt base is crushed under the assault.

Mouth between medium and full, finish strongly bitter, and very lasting.

Overall, while I kinda like this, a bit more malt for balance would have been much better. Can't imagine wanting more than one at a time.
Jul 02, 2021
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Reviewed by Saraband7

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is a nice one. High IBU and it feels like the description says —- nice cross between a hoppy pale ale and an imperial. Bitter in a good way. Earthy. Tasty. Sharp and biting flavor. Very satisfying.
Jun 26, 2021
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Reviewed by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: Pours a clear amber with a half inch white head.
S: Big hop aroma. Fresh.
T: Bitter and piney up front, supportive malt backbone, dry finish.
F: Medium bodied
O: Well done WCIPA
Jun 17, 2021
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Reviewed by TheRandall from Indiana

4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This beer is at least a 4. The 3.8 it currently has is sad, and a reflection of people rating beers they do it understand. This is a complex beer with a underestimated blend of malt and bitterness. Very unusual. Very good.
May 08, 2021
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Reviewed by mpyle from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pale amber color, quite clear, nice creamy white head with good retention.

Big hop aroma with grapefruit and pine, also a hint of caramel sweetness.

Big fruity, slightly sweet flavor up front. The same grapefruit and pine noted in aroma very evident in initial flavor profile. Bitterness kicks in quickly, and has an old school IPA finish with a lot of lingering earthy bitterness. Nice to taste an IPA that doesn't skew highly fruity.

Medium body and carbonation, no astringency but the hop bitterness definitely impacts the mouthfeel. A bit drying.
Mar 28, 2021
Rated: 3.52 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Oct 31, 2020
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Reviewed by brewerburgundy from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can, New Belgium glass, canned 8/25/20.

The amber color is autumnal and the small but thick head is an equally comforting ivory. Small amount of lace.

Floral, lots of classic grapefruit citrus, hint of lavender.

This is the classic grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit west coast IPA. Good strong bitterness, yet a clean finish.

Dry, medium-light body with medium carbonation.

Solid (now) old school west coast IPA. Make west coast IPAs great again!
Sep 26, 2020
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Reviewed by BergBeer from Hawaii

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12oz can into a spieglau glass

Look: Crystal clear amber yellow with a thick white head. Lots of activity.

Smell: Hoppy and fresh. Fruity and piney PNW hops with a big balancing malt with hints of honey.

Taste: Bitter piney hops on the attack gives way too a clean whole wheat toast with honey on it body. The hops reflag on the finish to dry it all out.

Feel: Medium bodied. Quite bitter throughout. No acidity. Light sweetness. A hint of alcohol. Dry finish.

Overall: A fantastic west coast style IPA. I could drink a bunch of this.
Sep 19, 2020
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Reviewed by Rschis16 from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Mostly hazy deep burnt amber in color with a thick off white head that left some lacing as it dwindled. Big and bold piney aromas hit your nose pretty hard, some harsh resiny flavors do their part to the nose too, promising big hop flavors. Some deep rooted caramel notes round out a pretty good nose. Big oily, resiny hops are the highlight of this one, giving a bold dose of hops that highlight the profile, but are delicately balanced by caramel and toasted bread malts that just add enough of an edge to keep this beer from going out of balance. The hops can leave a linger harsh note, but they are pretty quickly compensated for by the malt bill. The mouth feel is a little thick, maybe a higher carbonation would have swept some of those big bitter notes away, but this isn't one to complain about for a hop head. Maybe a little one note in it's direction, but it's heading in the way it's intended
Sep 18, 2020
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Reviewed by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12oz. can served in a shaker pint. Pours a burnt orange hue with a hazy clarinet and a tight, quarter inch, off-white head. Nose expresses earthy/resiny notes. Taste consistent with nose - there's a sticky medicinal bitterness in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively carbonation and mild astringency. Overall, a solid example of the style. A nice throwback to days long past.
Sep 10, 2020
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Surprised I hadn't reviewed this yet, I drink enough of it. I suppose I always just assumed that I had.
Clear copper, nice off-white head, good retention and lace
Grapefruit zest, pine, and dank aromas
Grapefruit rind and pine flavor, caramel malt. Probably too bitter for most folks, but I like it
Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation
One of my go-tos.
Aug 26, 2020
Rated: 3.18 by AAG from New York

Aug 08, 2020
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
April 9th, 2016 - DC Brau's cheeky beer names continues with the bitterness of political corruption, and a dark, almost maudlin beer. The smell is steely and metallic, and the flavor pleasantly bitter, with a surprisingly hood balance. Long aftertaste and mildly sweet but without any clear fruity notes.
Aug 07, 2020
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Reviewed by Jaasoares from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
An IPA with an overload of malt and resin lending a bitterness you would expect of a more west coast IPA. Overall and ok IPA without being exceptional.
Jul 16, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia

Jun 08, 2020
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Cloudy, deep amber appearance with a large, off white head and good lacing. Pungent aroma of citrus and herbal hops. Dry, bitter flavors as the hops turn resinous and citrusy. A mild touch of sweetness buried in the aftertaste. Nicely constructed palate, with a medium body and a well carbonated mouthfeel.
May 22, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by Tbone2131 from Connecticut

Feb 06, 2020
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Reviewed by Taybeh from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On my way out of town at the airport, and they’ve got this in 12 oz cans and plastic cups...let’s do it! As a native PNWer, this takes me back to the old’s a little rough and bitter and piney, with a little grapefruit edge; the malt doesn’t really do much work other than provide a little caramel sweetness, maybe a little burnt toast...substantial body. One-note (though a good one, for me). Bitter lively hoppy and dry finish. Nothing special, but solid offering. Happy to have had it.
Jan 12, 2020
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Reviewed by CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours clear bronze with a chunky, compact head. The aroma is of caramel malts and citrusy hops in equal parts. The taste is malty for an IPA with lots of cookie dough mixing with grapefruit, lemon hops. Some harsh alcohol heat in there too. Medium to full body with sparse carbonation. The finish is lightly bitter with lingering toasty malts.

A pretty good IPA with a lot of malt presence. Worth a try if you like malty IPAs.
Jan 07, 2020
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Reviewed by rapayn01 from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I had a pint of this on tap at a DC restaurant after attending a workshop in June 2018. It was a fairly tasty IPA. The brew is presumably named for the local industry.
Jan 02, 2020
Rated: 3.32 by nrbw23 from Ohio

Nov 16, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by robebo44 from Virginia

Nov 13, 2019
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Look: It pours golden and clear with a full slightly off white head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has a strong stone fruit and pine aroma. There are some grainy sweet elements from the malt and a bit of bread.

Flavor: It has a grainy sweet and bread malt backbone with stone fruits and pine. There are also very low citrus elements.

Feel: It has a medium body with slight alcohol warming.

Overall, slightly hop forward with a noticeable malt backbone.
Nov 11, 2019
Rated: 3.78 by yancot from Canada (ON)

Oct 23, 2019
Rated: 3.83 by muchos from Pennsylvania

Oct 20, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by Nunya from Ohio

Sep 08, 2019
Rated: 3.92 by jakecattleco from California

Sep 02, 2019
Rated: 3.63 by Sulty from Massachusetts

Jul 28, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by marcrech from Brazil

Jul 08, 2019
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