The Corruption | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by akorsak on 05-21-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
193
Ratings:
1,195
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
27.13%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
188
For Trade:
3
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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to IrishColonial for this one...

A: Pours a murky orange/red with about a half finger of off-white head. The foam settles quickly the is a little bit of lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is pine, grapefruit, lemon, and a touch of malt. Slight onion in this too, that I hope doesn't translate to the taste.

T: Pine and slight onion right up front. There is a bit of sweetness in the middle, but the hops dominate this beer. Now don;t get me wrong, it's not like I'm drinking a Founder's Devil Dancer, but there is a good touch of huge hop in here.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's got a lot of flavor, but it's a bit stinging in the back end for a 6.5% beer.

O: I'm not a huge fan of this one. I preferred the Pale much more than this. Maybe my taste-buds are a bit out of whack after a 14 hours work day, but this just isn't doing it for me. However, I'm extremely pleased to have been able to try this brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) is hitting it hard today thanks to summer break and a (mostly) staycation. This particular CAN was courtesy of my Westy Cuz, Colby Chandler of Ballast Point, who snagged a whole buncha beers on Saturday night during SAVOR 2012. I had left my knapsack for safekeeping and when I retrieved it at the end of the night, I could hardly lift it, thanks to his efforts! Now, lest ye think of either of us as greedos, come by Pour on Prince any Thursday after 9 PM and watch me spread the wealth.

From the CAN: "Corruption Facts[:] In 1824, Speaker of the House Henry Clay forged a coalition that secured the White House for John Quincy Adams. In return, Adams named Clay as his Secretary of State in what became known as: 'The Corrupt Bargain'".; "Please Recycle - Pack In Pack Out"; "Serve in a tulip, goblet or enjoy from the [CAN]".

From "The Crucible": Judge Hathorne to John Proctor - "This is corruption, mister!" It seems as though I am about to commit an act of CANnibalism since I am as corrupt a person as you will ever encounter, hence most people's shock and disbelief at first hearing that I am a high school English teacher.

It is becoming Night of the CANned IPAs for me and once more, the Crack & Glug did not disappoint. I ended up with a dense finger of tawny head that resembled meringue until it began to slowly fall, leaving behind some really sticky lacing. I am planning to rent a jackhammer later today to remove all of the lacing from tonight's glasses, BTW. Color was a cloudy, deep orangish-amber, not altogether unlike freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. I wish that I could report that the nose was citrus hops, but alas, it was more piney than anything. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were like Baby Bear's Beer - just right. I have been getting blown out by hops recently and while I really do not mind it, nor does the screeching Hops Monkey on my back, it CAN get old. This beer was fresh and very enjoyable. The finish was dry, but not so dry that I felt as though I were in the Sahara Desert. This was unbalanced, tipped in favor of the hops, but in such a way that it was not simply a hops onslaught. Me likee. Another cooler CANdidate!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing.

This pours a cloudy orange-yellow color with a wonderfully big grassy and fresh aroma. Piney, grassy, green orange flavor along with some chew. Bitterness comes across and peaks for a lasting finish. This was delicious.

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Photo of tlazaroff
2.62/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nose has a kind of sweet juicy quality to it. I get guava and papaya predominantly.

Appearance is somewhat disappointing. It pours out a hazy orange with a slightly off-white colored head. The lacing is good, but the disappointing thing is the yeast floating in the glass. I didn't even know it was "canditioned".

Bitterness is upfront and personal from first sip through the finish, but none in the aftertaste. The hop character asserts itself in the aftertaste as a kind of floral taste. Hard to determine any other flavors due to overwhelming bitterness.

Interesting texture too, its grainy, and thats really hard to overlook. Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Overall, I've had a lot better.

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Photo of SummitVA
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky amber pour with steady carbonation. Floaties present, unfortunately.

S - Dank hop character, with plenty of pine. Sweet caramel malts and tasted bread, along with a tinge of vegetal character.

T - Firm bitterness met well by assertive toasty malts, with a touch a sweet caramel in the finish. Less hop flavor than the nose would suggest.

M - Medium. Ample carbonation lends to fullness and sharpness of the beer.

O - Obviously an older can, but this is still holding up fairly well. Will always try to work one into my rotation if I see it on draft when I'm out. When fresh, this of the better East Coast IPAs available.

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Photo of Chaney
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man o man.... I've had this beer several times on tap here in the area but never reviewed it.

Served in a DFH pint glass.

A: Poured a non-uniform cloudy orange color, fairly bright in its appearance, and with a nice, frothy 2 finger head that settled down into about a 1/2 finger on within minutes.

S: I got a bit of that wonderful kerosene scent that I commonly associate with the great IPAs. Additionally, I'm guess there is some Nugget there. Am I correct in my assumption?

T: Hop forward indeed, and with a mid section that consisted of grapefruit and orange (but not as sweet). I didn't get any biscuit in there at all.

M: The hophead type of bitterness was present on this one, for sure. Also, the sugary sweetness played second fiddle to the hop component, and the lacing on the glass was quite substantial.

O: I'm so glad to claim this beer as my own in the DC area. Look out world.... I'm about to hog it.

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Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can to tulip:

Pours a chill-hazed mid amber with a nice looking, loose expanding head. Nice sticky lacing.

The nose is good and heavy - I'm struggling to pin this one down. There's a nice variety of hop use here. Fruity, citrus, some apple.

The taste isn't as complex as the nose would suggest. Leafy, obvious hops. The pine bite has been dialed back to spruce. Nice citric qualities.

Overall, this is a great beer. Wouldn't mind having this one added to MN distribution.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderate golden-copper color with a good white head and a nice ring or two of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose is quite nice with a good dosing of piney hops plus some citrus and grapefruit. The flavor brings forward the hops as well. Nothing overpowering, but quite nice. Beautiful bitterness in the feel. Medium body and good carbonation. Looking forward to this being more widely available.

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into my Ithaca glass. It poured amber orange in color with a thin, sticky white lacing already leaving it's mark all over the glass. Nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows off the juicy Columbus hops pretty well. It's very resiny with notes of grapefruit, pine and a little bit of a tropical fruit component. Pretty decent malt backbone to it as well.

The taste also very hop forward. Again, it's very resiny with grapefruit and pine throughout. The finish has a bold, dry hoppiness that lingers nicely. It has just a hint of tropical fruit coming out in the hoppiness that I'm really liking.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was a very nice beer. It had a bold, juicy, resiny, bitter hoppiness that I really liked. Very enjoyable beer overall and a very nice addition to the local beer scene.

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Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can with no freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed orange amber, three fingers of head hold strong

SMELL: Piney, mint, oily hop resin, hemp seeds, ruby red grapefruit, grape nuts, mild tropical esters, bread crust

TASTE: Fruity hop resin, raw pine, very smooth, aggressive bitterness, slightly biscuity, yeast, fruity esters, light tobacco, grapefruit rind, faint lime zest, more bitterness, drying finish

Yeah, these guys nailed the style and then some ... it took over my taste buds for a while to boot. A must if you have not tried it yet.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drabmuh for sending me this one!

Pours a slightly murky dark orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is solely of herbal and dank hops. Taste is of intense herbal hops up front with a slight malt flavor on the finish. There is a pretty assertive bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the hop flavors are pretty intense and aggressively bitter.

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Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for the hookup with a can of this. Poured into a pub glass, the brew appears a fairly clear copper color with just shy of 2 fingers worth of off-white froth. Some particulate is stuck in suspension keeping this brew from being polished. The cap maintains fairly well with a frothy coating that recedes leaving patches and webby strings of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is a mixture of hoppiness that comes across herbal, pitted, earthy and somewhat pine-like. There is a bit of juicy nearly tropical inclusion here keeping things bright and interesting. It is somewhat fruity and floral as it opens up in my glass. Under the hops is a touch of toasty grain and a hint of minerals. The warmer it gets, it becomes almost dank and weedy in character.

The taste is rindy, fruity and floral with more flavor initially than perceived bitterness. As the experience continues the hops take on more of an herbal and catty quality that blends into some weedy dank character. It is a bit cheesy across the back with some almost dirty pils quality. I say dirty but I mean that affectionately. A bit of crisp almost mineral aspect is the last thing noted in the flavor profile.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is crisp, refreshing and easy drinking. The alcohol level is very well integrated and it just works. I am very appreciate of the opportunity to give this one a try Heath, thanks again.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Canis Major Becker
A ~ Pours a hazy Amber with a peach tone to it. Good medium bead carbonation with a little cap of head.

S ~ Seaweed, Sharp pine, & hemp. There's mango & pineapple fading into sugary fruit snacks (of the corn syrup variety)
Really nice nose.

T ~ Mango & Pineapple following through that fades fast into a pine sap finish. Simple, yet powerful fruit flavors with a mild grassyness to it.

M ~ Fresh & simple flavors with beautiful balance & a crisp finish. No heat, just a ton of finesse.

D ~ Drinkability is extremely high with tons of flavor. An exercise in simplicity. Simply a great IPA. I could knock back quite a few of these. Keep up the canned IPAs!

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Photo of GPHarris
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a three-fingers thick bubbly and light tan head into a pint glass that left nice sheeting throughout but no lacing. the body was a hazy dark amber.
s - grapefruit with some caramel and breadiness.
t - dull, citrus hops that gets a little spicier with some hints of caramel. this tastes off somehow.
m - slick and slightly thin for the style.
o - not bad but kind of boring and nondescript.

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Photo of Naugros
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The foam wanted to leap from the can just after I opened it. Got it to the glass in time and the head was massive, full of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom in a race to the top. The head has enough structure to raise it more than an inch above the rim after the second pour. Nice. Cloudy amber body with an inner orange glow.

The smell is very piny with a touch of grapefruit representing for the hops. The malts have a weaker representative in the form of biscuit. A very slight sulfuric tang resides in back, otherwise this smells like a pretty nice IPA.

The taste is a bit different...same elements, just in different balance. The hops and malts balance a bit better up front, but the finish is long and resinous with pine tar sitting at the back of the tongue.

A little slickness on the tongue from this medium-bodied beer. Not a bad IPA and one that I would order on tap if in the DC area, but nothing I would hunt down to bring back home. Definitely a better creation than their The Civilian.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of frothy off-white head. This retains with a ½ finger of rich foam, leaving back a sudsy cascade of sticky lacing. The aroma is freshly floral, piney, and a touch spicy, with bright citrus character and gentle herbal tones underneath. Malt activity lingers around the back of the nose, giving this a grainy push in spots but the main focus here is on those robust hop flavors.

The taste is a mix of grapefruit bitterness and herbal textures the whole way through, with a touch of riper fruit that sticks to the bready balancing sweetness of the malt. The hops finish this strong with a dry and resinous feel that trails pith and spice on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a softer mellow crispness to the carbonation and a good bit of easy feeling slickness that carries the alcohol here well. The overall feel here though could maybe use just a tad more pop in the mouth.

I liked this. There is a prominent herbal flavor and feel to this that got to be a little too much in the taste at times but it also helped contribute to the easy drinking and smooth feel and I think that in the end, just the overall fresh brightness of the citrus flavors here really carries this through to the finish. This is a quality IPA and I definitely see more of it in my future.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A chilled can is poured into a a pint glass.

The beer is clear, with a brownish copper color. A cloud of sediment is turning the beer translucent. A large head of tan foam fills the top part of my glass and crests over the rim. A few tiny streams of carbonation can be seen within.

The beer has a pleasant hop aroma. It's a little earthy. This is a slight sensation of sweetness and pepper which is interesting.

The beer has a simple, refreshing flavor. A decent level of bitterness permeates throughout each sip. The bitterness lingers on after I've swallowed.

Medium bodied with carbonation average for the style. Not much coating, just a thin sweet layer in my mouth.

I'm glad I got to try this beer. It's pretty good for a local IPA—especially one that's in a can. If I found myself in the DC area and wanted something local, I can see myself purchasing some of this.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: lots of carbonation; very little head; dark orange color, lacing ok
S: pleasant pine/hop aroma; sweet smelling
T: nice, complex AIPA; smooth aftertaste--very smooth; piney; goes down easily
M: thick and vibrant

Very fine beer.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a copper colored amber with a solid two fingers of almost light tan off white head. Great head retention with some spotty lacing.

S- very mild subdued aroma of pine and spicy woody herbal hops. A touch of caramel maltiness comes out on the finish.

T- starts off with hop flavors of pine needle and herbal spiciness. A heavy handed caramel toasty malt brings some sweet breadiness to the palate. Finishes with an asprin like bitterness with notes of grass, earth and lemon zest.

MF- syrupy astringent mouthfeel with a medium body and average carbonation.

D- decent drinkability.

Overall a underwelming IPA. A bit to malty with a disjointed bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of TAMU99
2.4/5  rDev -38%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was forgettable. No discernable smell. Standard citrus flavors without anything special. Mouthfeel and appearance were equally bland. I suppose you could drink a lot of it, but why? I will not order this one again especially when there are other good beers from this brewery.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with the GBX crew tonight, was nice to get down there to see you guys finally!

deep rich dark orange tinted amber with a nice full two fingers of head on the top.

aroma was full of deep citrus hops and pine resin. It had a very fresh smell to, thick with neverending waves of hoppiness and a slight malty earthen smell way deep in the back trying to round it out. like sticky, icky dank nugs.

. From the first sip it was a full on bath of citrus hops. Deep flavors of orange, tangerince and a touch of grapefruit washed over the tongue. As it warmed some hints of sugar and pineapples rounding it out. A very nice earthy backround provided all the neccasary balance in this one.

Great smooth creamy feel. This was a nice light to medium bodied ale that was more then adequatly carbonated and really had a nice feel, and wonderful freshness, great score

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at Union Station. Poured a hazy medium gold, with a tan creamy head, one finger high. Very nice lacing on the glass.
Smell is very fruity, peach and citrus are noticeable, ad well as a good hop character.
The taste is quite surprising! Very mellow hop character, yet certainly within the category of the style. Fruits up front, tasty malt in the middle and a nice balanced finish. I really liked this beer and will check out more of this brewery! Go D.C.!

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold w/ good head and lace retention on top of a textbook citric hop aroma and touches of sweet caramel malt. Very citric and soapy, I love the hop profile in this IPA as it is real hoppy but easy to drink and not overpowering and while it is crisp it finishes clean and slightly sweet thanks to caramel malt (that is not overpowered). Not the most complex IPA but it gets the job done and does it well.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at ChurchKey. Pours a deep orange color with a thin off-white head. The nose is heavy with pine, grapefruit, and orange notes. The flavor is like an amped up version of their APA with a good bit of pine and citrus, a little malt sweetness, and a pretty solid finishing bitterness that lingers. The alcohol is there but well managed. Medium bodied with average carbonation leading to a long, bitter finish. What a great IPA, I really like what DC Brau is doing.

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the bar in the Washington Hilton - poured into a shaker pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy, amber color with a low skim coat of tan foam. Light foamy lacing left behind.

S - Soapy, bitter, light sugar and caramel, citrus - especially grapefruit. Very balanced overall and even aroma with nothing overpowering anything else.

T - Sweet, sugary and malty with caramel. A firm, tight and slightly medicinal bitterness, alcohol is noticeable, citrus, grapefruit juice like...not quite west coast but a valiant attempt.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, lower carbonation, creamy, bitter, firm and very bitter aftertaste.

O - Good IPA...not great. Heavily medicinal like bitterness takes away a bit from its drinkability and overall impression.

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The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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