The Corruption
DC Brau Brewing Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #2,875
Ranked #14,467
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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Reviews: 217 | Ratings: 1,288
Photo of RocketFrogDavid
2.92/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had been hearing really good things about DC Brau so I visited their brewery yesterday. This beer had a nice amber color but nothing special. The smell was teh best part of the beer, really nice Columbus Hops aroma (I asked what hops where used and this was the only one). On the mouth felt a little light bodies, almost watery and the tast at first was pleasant ebough, but quickly went down hill. All hops, and it gets really bitter, I felt had they used a little more malt to balance it out it would have been much nicer. The more I thought about this beer, the less favorable I felt. I really like IPAs and maybe I'll give this another shot.

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

A nice, rich and rather quaffable IPA

Presentation: Growler from DC Brau's NE headquarters. Small dryboard with general growler offering notes. Tasting room staff offers a nice and diligent description of the brew, with an enticing free sample. Notes Alc. by Vol. (6.5%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy amber pour, towering frothy head with good retention, nice surface memory and rich lacing.

S - Nice resinous nose, caramel touch and back to the bitter hoppy sense.

T - Nice hoppy profile, resinous and herbal… hint of citrus in the distance. Sweet caramel. Rather malty holding the hops pretty well.

M - Medium body soft carbonation with a very creamy and smooth feel.

O - Quality IPA made in the District, and growler fresh, what is not to like.

Notes: This is quite nice, maybe like a maltier and maybe more resinous version of their Public. Now, this IPA may deserve higher notes…. Dunno, but I am partially influenced by the great sense I'm getting from the fresh cans picked up at the brewery of the Public, which I feel now its the better brew (BTW, I need to re-review that can because the fresh hop sense of that pale ale is something else.) Great local IPA in any case, about time...

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Photo of siege06nd
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler of DC Brau's Corruption to help me through Hurricane Irene. Poured into my Jackie O's tulip...

A: Beautiful. A golden amber color that practically glows in the glass. A finger and a half of cream colored head slowly recedes to three quarter finger. Lacing blankets the insides of the glass. Really good head retention and lacing. Great looking IPA.

S: Mild citrus, pine, and a surprising malty sweetness. Not as hoppy on the nose as I'd prefer, but still a good smelling beer.

T: Bitter, earthy hops with a piney sweetness. Well-balanced. A maltier, sweeter IPA. Tastes a lot like a super sized version of The Public. A nice lingering bitterness on the finish. Definitely a heavier, more savory IPA. Surprisingly sweet and thick.

M: Well-balanced. Carbonation is just fine.

O: Corruption is a very tasty IPA. I prefer mine with a little more citrus character, but the malty sweetness and earthy bitterness suits Corruption just fine. Good job, DC Brau.

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

On tap at PP Dupont.

Golden amber color, much lighter than The Public. White head with adequate lacing and retention. Resiny pine and citrus nose. Flavor is similar to The Public, but has slightly more sweetness, both from malt and the resiny citrus hops. Bitter throughout, but not recklessly so. Cans of this will be nice.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

first off, huge thanks to drabmuh for a growler of this as the prize from the minimum reviews BIF. can't say thanks enough.

pours a shimmering light golden amber hue with some decent bubbles fueling a two-plus-finger light caramel white creamy head that fades to a steady ring that leaves truly stunning sticky webby lacing.

aroma is straight up ipa. rich caramel malt and honey, highlighted by green, piney hops with subtle hints of citrus. smells incredibly solid.

tastes like an ipa. this what i think of when i hear IPA. rich, earthy, sweet malts, bright, vibrant piney hops. resinous, woodsy piney hops. hints of citrusy hops with some lime, but pine shines through. sappy. delicious. well balanced yet still heavy hops. delicious.

mouth is pretty stunning. moderate body, soft but full carbonation creates a creamy mouthfeel through what would almost be a resinous, sticky heavy brew. it works beautifully.

well balanced with a hefty hoppy profile, this is almost like the quintessential ipa. everything works beautifully and it's a truly solid, enjoyable brew with just enough character to leave me wanting another visit. top notch. again, big thanks to drabmuh for the hook up... I'll definitely be iso this brewery in the future.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an awesome IPA, I hope to be seeing a constant flow of this beer in the District! Had this on tap at Pizzaria Paradiso in Dupont Circle a few weeks ago.

A: Has a dark orange to amber color that is very hazy, a ring of head and not a lot of lacing.

S: Very bright citrus and tropical fruit in the nose with the awesome 'weed' smell you get in great hoppy beers. Dry malts, flowers and more grass. Amazing aroma, a welcome surprise I was not expecting out of this beer, but really my friend Tony (ahalloin) and I could not get enough of the aroma.

T: Amazing citrus, grapefruit, dry biscuits, lemon grass, flowers, and pine. Weed dank hops! Great taste for a true hophead with only a little nice smoky malt for balance.

M: Sticky yet also smooth and satisfying, nice lingering bitter finish with just enough carbonation.

Overall this is DC Brau's best beer yet, and I am very excited about it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

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

The third offering in the DC Brau bucket after their Penn Quarter Porter and Public releases (and just before their Citizen). So far, it may be my least fave among them, but that's only for liking the others too much.

The corruption looks and smells beautiful, and achieves an awesome hop and citrus backbone without that taste-bud-killing alpha-acidity that so often supports that skeleton. Almost always available at the usual dc beer haunts, fresh pours can be enjoyed just about all day without any flavor fatigue. This is a great one to session at DC9's rooftop bar.

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Photo of localone703
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A damn solid IPA. It's not over the top (because that would be called an Imperial IPA you hop-head geek dummies) nor is it bursting with tropicals and citrus, but it does have a pervasive woody, sappy, and dash of citrusy hop persistence from beginning to end; reminding you that it is no doubt an IPA at every sniff, sip, and swallow. This is an everyday IPA, much like their Pale Ale is also a superb daily beverage (if your lucky enough to live close enough).

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Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served on draft at Churchkey in a snifter. Beer is amber and clear with a nice mildly off white head low carbonation and some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is nice, piny, mild citrus, good.

Beer is medium to light in body with decent bitterness on the backend of the mouth and palate. The forward is a little malty but not distractingly so. A very nice beer overall, I'm really impressed. I'd have this again for sure.

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Photo of ahalloin
4.59/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Paradiso Dupont.

Pours a slightly dark golden, mostly clear fluid. A slight reddish tint makes for a handsome presentation. In addition a nice white fluffy head tops the beer, depleting to a small ring of lacing.

The aroma is killer. It may be the best straight IPA aroma I've had. Super dank Columbus hops dominate putting off smells reminiscent of grapefruit and pine. A slight stone fruit sweetness is also detectable.

The taste follows the awesome aroma very well with big grapefruity hops nestled in a bed of pine sap. Resiny! Some malty sweetness but barely. The burning of the hop flavor just dominates this bad boy. The finish is big and bitter and it will corrupt your taste buds.

Medium bodied beer as I would expect for a straight 6.8% IPA. Nice effervescence as the carbonation lifts the pungent hop aromas out of the glass to my nose and dries the palette making it difficult to not grab another sip right away.

Overall, I have to say this is one of the best IPAs I've ever had, and I've had probably 12 of the top 15 on BA. I predict it won't be long before this beer breaks the top 20 in the IPA category. Of course that depends on when they can get around to making enough to satisfy the corruptables of DC.

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

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is orange with 1/4" white head that leaves some decent lacing in its wake.

The aroma brings a pleasant dose of hops, citrus, light pine.

Refreshing and tasty, this is an enjoyable brew. Citrus and hops are the primary flavors here, though not quite as bold as I would like from a near 7% IPA. The finish is dry, with a nice lingering hop bitterness.

A solid beer from a new local brewery. I'm sure I'll have this again.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tap to pint glass at ChurchKey on 5/30/11

I had the pleasure of enjoying this one with the man himself,
Brandon Skall - founder of DC Brau.

A: Rich tangelo-rust in color. It appears fairly brilliant, though this one is unfiltered. A good 1.5 finger head and some crazy, ridiculous lacing which envelops the glass.

S: Absolutely wonderful. The scent of fresh Columbus hop oil hits my nose before I even bring it to my face. It's floral beyond expression - grapefruit, fresh cut Blue Spruce and a trace of sweet alcohol. In a word: perfect.

T: Damn. This is one big league hop bomb - it's like sucking on a hop lollipop. Not for the faint of heart. The palate is immediately attacked with lush, bitter fruits and a sticky residual layer of Columbus hop oil. The malty backbone doesn't sit around and play second fiddle, as it breaks through and shows itself on the mid to finish.

M: Almost cloying. It's such a rich and dense brew. It gets into every single crevice in your mouth and lathers it with a layer of dense hop residue that isn't easy to wash away. Even a few beers later I noticed The Corruption on the back of my palate.

O: Let it be known that DC has a brewey to be reckoned with. DC Brau and their Corruption IPA ain't no joke: this is the real deal, ladies and gents. Step right up and get hopsmacked by one of the best IPA's on the market. This isn't hometown hype - it's simply great beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 05/26/11 notes. Had on tap at The Big Hunt in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a murky deep orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, lemons, light pine, light fruit and floral notes.

t - Tastes of citrus hops again, pine hops, oranges, fruity malts. Citrus isn't quite as strong as the nose. More pine than the nose, and light bitterness.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a very solid IPA from DC Brau. The nose is pretty good full of citrus hops, and it's pretty easy to drink. I'm looking forward to trying more beers from them.

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Photo of enoisone
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Meridian Pint in D.C..

Nice looking orange hue and just the right amount of head.

Wonderful nose of pine,resin and citrus.

Really good resiny Columbus hop coating of the tongue.This is one of my favorite hop characteristics along with grapefruit and pineapple.

Again, nice pine resin coating of the tongue along with a good bitter aftertaste. Love it.

I had very high expectations after 1st tasting their Pale Ale.
They certainly lived up to it with this IPA.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the tap at Meridian Pint into a shaker pint, a few days after opening night debut.

A distinct cloudy orange appearance very much like Bell's Two Hearted (perhaps darker), with a nice off cream head and that is opaque. Some minimal lacing while drinking, not much.

Bouquet seems strangely small but noticeable, even a sense something wet is coming but not completely. A distinct citrus orange and very clean wet sense.

Taste though is almost an ambush from the nose. Spiced citrus bringing the orange nose, with a very full body in feel. Palate fills with orange juice like quality and hop bitterness, leaving an afterfinish without the expected wetness that seems to be expected from the smell. There is this great orange zest bitter with the hop presence that just feels wonderful on the finish, maybe even a hint of small caramel and light brown sugar on the swallow.

Overall it seems like an ordinary IPA is coming but it isn't. The beer also feels bigger than the low ABV indicates for this style and that makes it quite a suprise. Enjoyable IPA I would grab this anytime and drink with pride for DC.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at ChurchKey, it's worldwide release. And yes, I have the first pour. That's what happens when you arrive early to beat the crowds. Brewed with Columbus (Tomahawk) hops, per the advert.

A: The IPA is hazy, a lighter amber color that is closer to golden. The haze supports a few flecks of sediment suspended mid-glass. A half a finger of white head laces as I get through the glass.

S: The nose is hoppy, aggressive with a citrus punch. Resiny, I like the citrus intensity. Pepper, more noticeable in the taste, periodically pops up. Caramel malts add sweet breadiness.

T: First sip - delicious. An IPA's IPA, hoppy but not ruinous. Citrus dominates, pungent in its strength. Oily as well, the ale slides down quite easily. Behind the first wave of hops, a spicy pepper taste pops up to smooth the transition to malts. Caramel is brief though, quickly getting the ale back to the business of hops. More citrus bitterness, strong and floral, sees the ale off. An impressive offering from DC Brau. I'm already a fan after two beers.

M: The mouthfeel is bitter but approachable, showcasing the citrus strength of the Columbus hops. I'm glad that I was in the right place at the right time for this one.

O: A big tasting IPA that doesn't lead to palate fatigue. Well done.

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The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1288 ratings