The Corruption
DC Brau Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
Ranked #3,118
Ranked #16,686
3.88 | pDev: 10.82%
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
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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brewerburgundy from California

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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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BergBeer from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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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Rschis16 from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
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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MrOH from Maryland

4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
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
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -18%
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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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
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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CAMRAhardliner from Canada

3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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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rapayn01 from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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
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VoxRationis from New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a Sam Adams tasting pint; canned 10/17/18, code GREEN.
A: Pours a hazy, orange-amber color with ochre highlights, a two plus finger, foamy, light wheat colored head, solid retention of more than a cap and sticky rings of lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, bread rind, toffee, pine, and maybe some citrus.
T: Dry. Flavors largely follow the nose with more molasses than caramel; peppery, spicy bitterness eliminates any remnant of sweetness and leave a tinging, bitter presence on the tongue.
M: Medium bodied with robust carbonation.
O: This is very reminiscent of one of the better made, dry, West Coast IPAs. Probably a lot like what the original British IPAs tasted like when they went in the bottle. Long story short, I enjoyed it: I find myself increasingly appreciative of IPAs without the added lactose sweetness. Have to confess I like the name too; somehow fits.

Jun 04, 2019
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap at some little bar at Ronald Reagan Airport. 20 oz of golden, clear liquid with a finger of tightly packed bubbles on top. Really refreshing NW IPA, with all the classic characteristics: biscuit and toast aroma with grapefruit and pine, solid malt backbone kicked against pine resin and citrus pith. Worth the airport markup.

Feb 09, 2019
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Horation from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Man, what a beer. East Coast, so you would expect malty IPA with a touch of hops. Au Contraire Pierre. It's hoppy as crap, just like those west coast IPA's. No detection of alcohol, but stronger than a mule. This beer is citrusy, grapefruity, and flavorful as hell. I highly recommend it. And it's in a can - a huge bonus for those who feel guilty lugging all those clangy bottles around. And it smells great, too. I'd serve it to my grandmother.

Sep 13, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice dank, piney IPA with a good amount of citrus aroma and flavor as well. It has a nice malt backbone but it not too sweet at all. Nice old-school East Coast IPA.

Jun 21, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, served in a shaker pint. Pour is cloudy medium copper body, amber-orange hued, one finger white head, short retention, bits of lacing. Smell is caramel, grass and resin, a bit of floral notes, trace citrus zest. Flavour is a fair bit of sweet caramel, pale malt, floral and grassy notes, a bit of a herbal, leafy bitterness, touch of grapefruit and zest. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, mild-moderate leafy bitterness that lingers a fair bit. Solid IPA, nothing mindblowing but reasonably well constructed.

Mar 23, 2018
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. can into Siegelau IPA glass. It pours a hazy, honey-amber color with over a finger of foamy, bright white head and extensive lacing. It was canned on 1/10/2018 and the nose is subdued and mostly malt. Little fruit or hop presence. The taste is similar. It's mostly caramel malt with a dose of very bitter hops at the finish. In fact, I haven't had many IPAs that open so sweet and end so bitter. Again, the taste may be impacted by the fact that it's 2 months old. This ale is moderate in carbonation and the 6.5% ABV allows for easy drinking. Overall, the dichotomy between sweet and bitter was jarring at first but it grew on me as I drank it. I'd like to try it fresher and on draught.

Mar 15, 2018
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Grace777 from Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Stuck in Reagan National, ready to seriously lose it with the non-sensical delays. I mean, when it’s snowing sideways and the plan is for much more, how much discretion is left?? Cancel it, seriously, you’re not hurting our feelings, we just want to plan. All that said, it gave me the opportunity to sample a solid IPA from DC Brau: The Corruption. After one, I couldn’t have cared less about the delays or where I was headed. Just outstanding taste and color. Finishes strong like traditional IPAs, but not so much that you can’t taste the delicious airport fare consumed with a plastic fork. Lacks the citrus punch I usually like but dutifully did it’s job in a pinch. Would get it again. With or without the airport histrionics.

Mar 02, 2018
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

canned 11.3.17
"Happy freshness"
poured 12.21.17 into a teku glass
Deep amber, good carbonation, two finger off white dense, creamy foam cap, good lacings
Aroma of pine, spicy pepper, whiff of malt base
Pine hop bitter bite
Bitterness bites upfront and lingers, suds up nicely
Good beer

Dec 22, 2017
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spelingchampeon from Delaware

3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can to 16oz Spiegelau. Pours darkish orange. Billowy head, collapsing quickly. Light lacing that fades quickly.
Smells like an orange malt bomb..little else. Taste is mostly sweet malts, orange heavy ..with very little hop or bitterness in the mix. MF is too smooth to be a straight IPA.

This beer might be old, but the date was unreadable.

Nov 29, 2017
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Rogerlb from California

3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can is marked "Swampy 7/05/17." Not sure what that means but okay. Drinking this 4 months after birth, which may be a bit late for a DIPA.

Pours golden amber, slightly opaque, but mostly clear with no carb bubbles and no head but for a thin lace top. Neon orange is quite attractive. Aroma is slight pine and citrus. Nothing to write home about.

Taste is piney, citrus p front (pineapple mostly) and mango, with an increasing hops presence. Pretty typical IPA, and the IBU feels low here. They're reporting 80? I really don't feel that at all.

The 6.5% ABV is not there at all, feels more like a sessionable beer. Is it weak? Let's call it toothless.

An increasingly piney/ bitter aftertaste makes me want to call this a typical west coast IPA even though it's from DC. (Right?)

Nov 15, 2017
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haines710 from Delaware

4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a cold pint on tap at the Tenley Bar & Grill when visiting DC last weekend. Nice head with beautiful citrus aroma and dank fruity taste. Loved this west coast style IPA and will definitely look for more.

It’s a few years later and I’m now finding this in cans in Delaware. Definitely more of a west coast ipa and not a hazy. This one has a little more malt than citrus. Nice brew year round.

Oct 24, 2017
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Funk Teku glass, canned on 7/10/17. Pours a very attractive orange amber, with a one finger sticky white head, that leaves nice thin streaks of lace behind.

Smell is apricot, caramel, tangerine, pine, and grapefruit.

Taste follows apricot, tangerine, and caramel upfront with pine and grapefruit in the finish balanced very well.

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, plenty of life, wouldn't say it is dry, and drinks easy enough at its ABV.

Overall this is a nice beer, reminds a little of Dales Pale Ale. Thanks @jzeilinger for this can.

Aug 23, 2017
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DoctorZombies from Florida

3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale Amber draught pour with white head; solid ring and moderately heavy lacing; excellent clarity. Earthy pine nose. Earthy, dull, bitter pine hop taste. Medium lite body with moderate carbonation. Dull, bitter hop linger. An ok IPA.

Jul 08, 2017
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ocelot2500 from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky, burnt orange with a frothy white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and some earthy hops.

Tastes of the bright hops layered over a solid malt base. Hops lead off with notes of grapefruit, pine, and grass. This gives way to caramel malt with toasted bread and toffee. More hops add in with an earthy, spiciness. Finishes fairly clean with a bit of lingering hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a nicely done IPA.

Jun 15, 2017
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