The Corruption
DC Brau Brewing Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #2,883
Ranked #14,567
3.88 | pDev: 10.82%
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
Very Good
The CorruptionThe Corruption
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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Photo of hman43
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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
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.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
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.

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Photo of Horation
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.

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Photo of Lucular
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
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.

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Photo of Grace777
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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
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

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Photo of spelingchampeon
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.

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Photo of Rogerlb
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?)

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Photo of haines710
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.

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Photo of SawDog505
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.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
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.

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Photo of DJMonet
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Don't pass up the opportunity to dip into the Nation's Capital's Corruption! This strong IPA is the taste profile classic early '90's bitter-hoppy IPA. But a bit more on the bitterness. Amazingly, it's refreshing on a hot day, so pack a couple for that round at Rock Creek Park Golf Course. But drink too many and you'll blow the back nine- it's 6.5% alcohol borders on a double IPA. The can is totally fine (it's "view" is nice, but not essential), but drop in after your round to any of our very friendly watering holes and maybe you'll get Corrupted!

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Photo of Sheppard
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel bronze. It doesn't have the haze of the new fangled IPAs, but The Corruption is a nice crispy, resiny IPA that isn't necessarily sexy, but definitely good.

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Photo of rjal
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from can. Extremely malty with a smell of a brown ale instead of IPA. Taste as it smells but more like an IPA. More bitter finishing taste with an unkind feel.

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Photo of nick_perry
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange/red color, medium head. Aromas and notes of citrus, hops, and a hint of rosemary. Crisp and a bit dry. Lingering finish. This was the first beer I had from a can and liked.

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Photo of IronLover
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber orange in color with good clarity. Poured with a short, creamy, off-white foam with good retention. Medium malt and caramel aromas with medium pungent spicy hop aroma. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation a light creamy feel. Light warming sensation through the middle. Medium high pungent, spicy flavors up front with medium caramel maltiness. Medium high bitterness through the middle. Spicy hops and caramel malt from the middle to the end. Finished semi-dryly with a lingering, but pleasant hop bitterness. A malty IPA with pleasant hop character.

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Photo of digboy
2.99/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I bought this beer (marked 10/25/16) in DC area when I was visiting in November but this review is for my last can now in January. I can say that the flavor appears to be the same that I remember. I bought it because of a high review on BA but I was quickly thinking "meh"... I like it slightly more now.

Pours to deep copper with a very slight haze. Head dissipates very quickly. The aroma is weakly malty. There is an off scent I can't quite place but it is thin enough to not be offensive. This beer delivers on the malt backbone and the malt flavors are sufficiently balanced to be intriguing. The hops are hard to detect. Let me repeat: I do not detect any of the piney/floral/fruit hops that others point out. Odd. This malt-forward profile continues into the aftertaste though a lingering bitterness finally kicks in at the end. The flavor is slightly sweet due to some caramel hints, which I think redeems this brew.

Overall I am not left feeling like I want to get this again but I want to be clear that it falls on the side of a good beer so I would still recommend for those wanting to try local brews in northern VA - especially if you are into NW IPAs. [Edit] - actually I would try this again just to see if the lack of hop flavor is an anomaly. I would like to see how a juicy hop profile could compliment the ample malt flavor.

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Photo of NextOfKin
2.45/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Since the year that DC Brau came on this scene this had been my go to home town IPA. It was a hazy, resinous hoppy standout beer. Now sadly, it's been neutered. I had thought it was my imagination but then I started hearing similar comments from other people.

It's now completely filtered, blandly hopped and totally generic. I had hoped that I had just gotten an off batch but it been about a year now and it's still hobbled. I can't imagine why the signature beer would be undermined this way. It's not a terrible beer by any means but quite forgettable. It's genuinely Corrupted now.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the more common IPAs in my new home turf. Head dies quickly on top of a blonde copper color Nose is balanced and a little boozy.

Solid citrus and medicinal hops with decent malt backbone. Texture is oily and fairly tight. This is drinkable and not embarrassing but for 12.99 a sixer its not great value. Serviceable but little more.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque, deep gold, producing 2 fingers of frothy, somewhat lasting, light tan head that leaves a frost-like coating of thick lace. Aroma is a nice balance of caramel malt & citus/resinous pine/floral hops. Taste is a less balanced mix of resinous pine, grapefruit/orange zest, flesh & pith & floral hoppiness with the caramel malt trailing just behind. Finishes very juciy & slightly sweet but transitioning to a bitter & malt aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, very juciy, slightly wet finish, bittering nicely in the aftertaste. MOUTHWATERING.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at BWI served chilled in a pint glass.

The color is copper with light haziness and off white head with fine bead and lace that clings ok. The smell is pine-like with mild spiced hop aroma and gentle malt with slight toasted grain accent. The feel is medium high bitterness with medium high carbonation and low sweetness with mild astringent hop finish with mostly dry texture and slight resinous mouth coating of the palate with low alcohol in the feel.

The taste is very good with a lot of hop flavor with slight greenish pine and subtle spicy quality with mild malt that has a toasted quality with gentle herbal hop quality lingering in the mostly dry finish with some bitter flavor and spice to hide the alcohol which is slightly noticeable in the flavor. This is s solid IPA, very well crafted does not exceed my expectations but it does taste fresh and is nothing to complain about either recommended highly.

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The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1291 ratings