The Corruption
DC Brau Brewing Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #2,845
Ranked #14,322
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.
Reviews: 217 | Ratings: 1,288
Photo of TheDoctor
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: On tap

Ruddy copper, clear little to no head. Bready malt richness with a slightly citrusy earthy piney hop presence. Well-balanced flavor, not super aromatic, what I get follows the flavor: dry, slight resin, clean finish. Munich malt, rich layered slightly toasted maltiness. Prefect balance. Tasty, well made "west coast" IPA.

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Photo of Hornet2003
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this in DC with an "Obama Burger" from Good Stuff Eatery in Crystal City.

Look: A little darker than the average IPA. Copper coloured.

Smell: East coast hop aroma. A little grassier and spicier without the tropical fruits. It's obviously more malty and in the style of an East Coast IPA. As a west coaster who is used to all west coast beers, this is amazingly refreshing.

Taste: slightly sweet, lots bitter. Loving the malt backbone keeping the grassy hope in check.

Feel: Had this on draught. Typical keg-beer carbonation. Appropriate for the style. Not sticky, clean feel overall.

Overall: I really enjoyed this IPA in the setting I had it. Especially after being bombarded for so long with west coast styles. I can't say it dulls my affinity for fruitier IPAs, but it reminds me of some of the great, more traditional IPAs out there.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark color for an IPA; almost an amber. Almost no head, white and Lacey. The smell has a pretty noticeable BO whiff to it; I'm sure it's the variety of hops. The taste is outstanding with amazing grapefruit notes, and maybe just a little on the watery side. All in all an amazing beer and will definitely seek it out again.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy amber orange with a very small off white head. There are some floating particles as well. No retention and very few spots of lacing. Smell is subdued but decent. Sweet bready malts, pine, floral and a touch of citrus are most apparent. Taste is the same. Pretty well balanced with a bitter finish. Feel is medium and sticky. Overall a solid beer. Not the best, but I wouldn't kick her out of bed or anything.

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Photo of beertunes
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beatjunkee for this one, from NBS BIF #3 ninja box! Canned on 2/24/16. 12oz can poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear, amber-gold color with just a cap of off-white head that very low retention and no lacing.

A nice blast of citrusy grapefruit hops hit the olfactory sense as soon as I cracked open the can. Upon a more snuggly sniff, a solid base of malts showed through as well. The situation was pretty similar on the tongue; solid, slightly sweet malts, bright citrusy hops, a touch of floral hops, and no real yeast aspect.

The body was a bit on the fuller side of medium, was smooth, and had a bit of sticky finish. Drinkability was good, I had no issues drinking it. Overall, I found this to be a pretty solid version of a classic NW IPA. This beer would fit right in on tap at most breweries and bars up here in the rainforest. Certainly worth a shot if you have the chance.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a great IPA! The quality on this can is somewhat variable - some batches are better than others - but when it's good, it's very good, and when it's great, it's heavenly. Pine, sticky resin, European-style floral hop notes (like sitting in a French garden in Spring), with some grapefruity citrus. So much flavor, I've been known to shake my head and smile every time I crack open a can. For true hop-heads only, but so worth it!

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Photo of ksimons
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 3/16/16
Pours a orange copper color with a thin layer of white head. Aroma is pretty light, but am getting light caramel malt with citrus and pine. Tastes of a caramel malt body, bitter pine, and light citrus. Medium body and crisp carbonation. Overall a nice drinkable IPA.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cans from the brewery. A small amount of hops, heavy on malt in the scent. Heavy on the tongue and not as easy to drink as many other Columbus heavy IPAs I have tried. Decent beer, but heavy on the malt and heavy to drink for the IPA. Decent, but nothing to search out.

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Photo of WilliamIrwin
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this in a pint glass at the American Tap Room in the Washington Reagan (DCA) Airport.

L: copper, burnt orange with a 1 finger foamy white head

S: There isn't much of a smell. The only weakness to this beer in my opinion. There's a light pine scent, but very subtle.

T: Explosion of fruits and hops, dank and resiny with some pine. Best part about the beer, and that's why we drink right?

F: Foamy, medium-bodied with a little more than average on carbonation. Well balanced mouthfeel.

O: A very good local beer. I would definitely drink this again. Cheers!

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Photo of KevCan
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pretty reddish copper. Darker than I expected. Small off-white head.

Smell: Lots of fresh hops.

Taste: Flavorful. Not too bitter. Excellent balance. I'm not used to actually tasting malt in an IPA.

Feel: Medium bodied. Slightly sticky.

Overall: Great IPA. I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn't a hop bomb.

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Photo of stevoj
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Orange / amber in color with nice fluffy head, but after that it s just average. Some nice astringent hops in the flavor, aroma seems almost sour. Malt and hops, with some tart hoppiness on the finish.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can in a nonic.

Deep orange-copper color, reddish even, with a sturdy 1F linen white head. Ring and web lacing. Pretty.

Citrus, floral and pine hops with toasted malt aromas. Slightly sweet caramel.

Citrus and earthy pine hop flavors with some crisp malt, toasty and caramel.

Silky smooth medium body feel. Good carbonation. Dry hop tang finish with a lasting bite.

A very good solid brew. Hoppy yet not a bitter bomb. Nicely balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Note to try to wrangle a fresher batch next time in DC. Gifted a sixer from an out of town guest. Drank straight from the can. Heavy pine and malt base but very light on the citrus in both aromatics and taste. Even the pine was had an earthy characteristic that gave off an air of herbal tea.

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Photo of rjd722
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Gringos and Mariachis in Bethesda. Pours a deep orange-amber with a nice, two-finger foam and great lacing. Aroma is dominated by piney, hoppy tones. The taste is again very piney, earthy, with slight malt and honey. Resinous mouthfeel, dank aftertaste, very pleasant and extremely drinkable. Excellent example of a NW IPA, really love this local brew!

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours like mahogany with a thick white head. a darker-colored IPA but looks great.

smells like pine and malt. some sweetness to it as well. maybe a little honey too.

tastes like bitter pine. nice combination of malt/fruit/pine. definitely a piney IPA but also sweet with a solid malt backbone.

goes down smooth, easy drinking. i love "lower" ABV full IPAs.

overall this is a pretty good IPA. definitely closer to the "pine" side of the hop spectrum as opposed to "fruit". would drink this again for sure. honestly i waited a while to get this. my local stores offer their other main beers but not this one, until now!

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark orange with a white head that hugged the edges of the glass after dissipating. Grapefruit, pine, sweet malt and maybe some bread in the nose. The taste is sweet and citrusy for a moment before the super bitter hops comes in and throws all that riffraff out in the street like Patrick Swayze in Roadhouse. The hops are huge but maybe at the expense of a great balance.

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Photo of Roby923
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The nitro tap at the Hawk in DC made this IPA special. Good hop presence, lighter on the malt side. First brew tried from DC. Definitely looking forward to trying some more.

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Photo of babaracas
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy darker orange with foamy white head, spray of lace on the glass. Smell: orange, pine, biscuit, a little toffee. Taste: pine, orange, caramel, lightly bready. Medium bodied, sugary feel. Not terribly interesting but well made.

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

Had this on draft at Smokehouse Live in Leesburg. Seem to be pretty good, but I honestly didn't get a good opportunity to evaluate it very well. That, and having some spicy nachos with it may not have given it a fair shake. It was good enough that I would go back to it however.

Had it again on 4-30-16 dcPrime, much better. Adjusted scores accordingly.

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Photo of Buck89
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass. Beautiful bright orange-amber with a bright white head. The nose was a but muted, with pine, some caramel, and some orange. Taste followed suit, with a nice assertive piney bitterness, followed by an orange/citrus finish backed up with a subtle sweet malt backbone. A very nice IPA.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this out of a can for the first time yesterday up at the Cloverleaf since it's on their fall PhD list. I never heard of these guys before but the design was great and so was the reference to Henry Clay when explaining how the moniker came about. While not a palate wrecker or a hop bomb, this was strong enough and a solid attempt at straddling the line between an IPA and an IIPA, while being full enough at the same time!

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Overall, this is a very middling IPA. Had in a can, poured into a glass, served at a bar

Smell was malty and barely hoppy in an herbal way.

Taste was bitter and herbal. Maybe it wasn't super fresh. I'll have to give it another shot some time

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (DOB of 05/27/15) served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange amber. Thin white head with some fine strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Citrus, orange rind, leafiness, hint of honey.

Taste: Hoppy - grapefruit, fresh cut tropical fruit, leafiness. Quick sweet middle which has a hint of honey to it. The finish is bitter and lingering, part grapefruit and just a bit metallic.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Light prickly carbonation on the tongue. A little sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite nice - very hoppy but not a palate wrecker. I suspect I could easily have a 16 oz serving of this before I would be done for the evening with this beer, and maybe I could have another 12oz can before I tired of it. Went nicely with spicy adobo pepper cashew chicken and I suspect would go with a wide range of spicy foods as well. Overall, a well done IPA.

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Photo of JWU
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a tumbler glass

A- a clear amber, with a little bit of off white head. Some ok lacing.

S- Lots of hempy, piney, touch of grapefruit hop notes, with some crusty bread.

T- Aggressively bitter. Lots of oily, piney, hempy, tobacco ridden hop notes. Touch of ruby grapefruit. Minty on the backend.

M- lighter side of medium, with ample carbonation. Very drying on the finish.

O- it's unique, but I can't say I'd seek it out.

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

Pours a hazy amber with a small head from the growler obtained from Total Wine. Hoppy taste was as expected. Easy to drink and enjoyable! A respectable example of an east coast IPA.

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