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 mvanaskie13
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is amber, opaque; head is light tan, about 1/4 inch thick and lingers pretty well, some light head lacing on the glass.

Smell is on the malty side of ipas, biscuit then caramel, not overly sweet; hops are piney, earthy, floral.

Taste is also on the malty side, though the hop presence is more prounonced than the aroma: malt is toast and biscuit then sweeter, caramel like; hops are bitter, piney, earthy, touch of grapefruit and lemon.

Mouthfeel is very good, nice lingering bitterness with the sweeter malt flavors; presence is balanced on tongue and cheeks.

Overall, a solid IPA, maybe touch on the sweeter, malty side but good hop backbone.

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Photo of ksimons
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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 FriedSlug
3.87/5  rDev 0%
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 scotorum
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Info on the can notes it's called "The Corruption" after the notorious alleged 1824 backroom deal between John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay in which Clay gave Adams his electoral votes so Adams could win the Presidency and forestall the election of Andrew Jackson. When Clay was subsequently appointed Secretary of State by Adams, many people thought it was in return for the "gift" of votes from Clay, and that it had all been planned in advance by the two. Belief in "The Corrupt Bargain" was a big reason that Jackson beat Adams in 1828. Most historians however seem to think Clay was a natural choice for Secretary of State because of his foreign policy experience, and that Clay despised fellow frontier politician Jackson. In any event there is no proof that the Corrupt Bargain was actually made. But the can historian does not mention that.

Canned 3/19/14, so still pretty fresh. Bought in Connecticut a week or so ago, we don't get DC Brau in Mass.

Poured from the 12 oz,. can into a Lawson's snifter

a; Deep clear amber with a great finger thick offwhite head which receded to thin even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Pretty intense citrus,.

t; Medium piney hop bite over a solid medium/caramel malt base.

m: Medium with nice body,.

o: Tasty and enjoyable! Rather dark and malty for an IPA, more reminiscent of a good English Bitter, but more bitter than most of those, making it a good American style English Bitter. Cut not that much below the more expensive Green Flash Palate Wrecker DIPA that I like so much. Just maybe a little less malt flavor under the hop bite.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
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 Dreadnaught33
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
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 kevanb
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a DC Brau Can Glass.

The beer pours a nice copper color, hues of orange and light amber with a nice 2 finger head that is stark white, soapy in texture and has great retention with a great amount of soapy lace left behind. The aroma is of oily hops, bitter and resinous, but lacks some brightness and vibrancy with some sweet malt character behind it. No depth, hardly any balance on the nose, but yet, it's oddly inviting. The flavors are a bit subdued, lots of piney hops, earthy, grassy character, very Columbus forward with some floral qualities to it as well, that quickly turns to sweet malt, present honey and alcohol. The body is nice, juicy, coats the mouth well, moderate to lower carbonation with some creamy aspects to it as well but lacks a dry finish.

Verdict: A decent IPA from DC Brau, but far from the greatness that is OTWOA. I'm not a huge Columbus hop person, especially when it's this forward, but that being said, this is surprisingly drinkable. It's one dimensionally dank and resinous, lacks any vibrancy or brightness, but I had no problems finishing a 12oz can, nor will I have any issue finishes the rest of the 6 pack.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Frothy 2 finger foam. Orange cloudy body. Lots of lacing

S: Hops hops hops, pine, grapefruit.

T: Ok... taste is quite disappointing. I think this brew is dominated too much by simcoe hops. Too much pine-y bitterness, and nothing else.

M: Wish it had a bit more carbonation, medium thickness, smooth.

O: It's an average IPA.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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 u2carew
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can
A) Pours with a two finger head, tight, creamy, slightly off-white in color. Slightly hazy body copper in color. Sticky lacing one the drink down.
S) Piney. Flowery citrus.
T) Earthy, pungent hop bite from the beginning. The malt mix in subtly. Hints of caramel. Slight touches of black peppers.
M) Medium-light body. Slightly dry finish. Mellow hop tannins.
O) A delicious IPA. I will be drinking another one.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Semi-hazed orange/amber color. Very resinous nose, piney with tobaccos and a bit oniony, herbal and earthy.

Sweet caramel and a touch of honey up front, full malt body flows over the tongue, soft carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. Hop flavor is much like the nose, lots of pine and tobacco, big bitterness but pretty well balanced overall. Drying with lots of earthy lingering flavors. A big beer at 6.5%

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of elgiacomo
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, unknown date. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours hazy red/orange/amber with a three finger foamy off-white head that leaves rings of lacing behind and has excellent retention.

Aroma is citrus, blood orange, pineapple, fruity hops, pine, bready and caramel malt. Good strength.

Flavor is citrusy, piney, fruit and resinous hops, decent caramel malt backbone, mild sweetness, solid bitterness, mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation.

Very good IPA. Has some malt balance, but the hops ultimately shine. Been wanting to try some DC Brau stuff for a while and glad to have an opportunity to do so.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into snifter

A: very slight haze nice amber color very little head

S: Very earthy piney hops almost a little pepper

T: lots of that very earthy hop taste with some malt on the end to erase bitterness very floral and herbal

M: not bad medium to lighter almost seems a little watery

O: This isn't bad I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again very reminiscent of The Bissell Brothers The Substance. I would definitely drink it again if I came across it though it's refreshing.

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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 FickleBeast
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a nonic.

Pours a very cloudy orange with huge chunks of yeast swirling around in the glass. One finger of sticky foam. Aroma is nicely hoppy, piney, sweet resin.

First sip is... quite bitter, body a bit on the thin side. Lots of pine hop flavor with a sticky mouthfeel. Malt sweetness is buried behind the hops. Long lingering bitter aftertaste, but not overly harsh.

I was a bit turned off at first by the chunky yeast swirling around in this brew, but the beer surprised me - it is a remarkably good IPA. Glad I stumbled upon this one.

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Photo of Buck89
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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 CNoj012
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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 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 WheelsPSU
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first beer as soon as I arrived at the Brewery with a few friends. The staff was very friendly and Brandon, the owner, was interacting with most groups.

Poured an amberish red/copper color with a generous tan head. Looked inviting.

The smell is herbal with a big dank hit. I couldn't smell the alcohol. A bit of a malty caramel scent after the beer warmed. So far so good.

The taste was sweeter than expected. Grain and caramel gave way to pine and a bit of dry hoppiness. The bitterness strikes late which improves the overall taste.

Not terribly crisp but nice and dry with good carbonation.

Overall a solid northwest rendition of an IPA with the late bitterness the best part.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

DC Brau Corruption is an IPA with a wonderful complex aroma and a simple, bitter malty flavour. I wish there was more to the flavour. I remember it being better when I've had it before so maybe I'll buy some more and re-review it another time.

A: Cloudy orange colour and a decent head that fades quite quickly. 3.5

S: Fragrant hops. Floral and a little sweet. Wonderful. 4.5

T: Malty with bitterness and a little sweetness. Fresh and crisp, but there isn't as much hop flavour as I expected (or wanted)... just malt and bitterness. Maybe this is psychological, but I think I can taste aluminium. 3.5

M: A little flat. 3

O: 3

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Photo of cavedave
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to meyersj for this yummy beer.

Dark amber, quite clear, nice beige head that calms to partial cap and leaves beady lace on the glass.

Bitter, neutral sweet, hints of graininess, and grapefruit in a medium strength aroma.

Bitter herb heads a simple flavor profile that includes grapefruit, citrus rind, and some spicy alcohol, with pine notes coming in at the end. Dry and bitter for sure.

Medium body, low carb, highly viscous, clean finish that is very dry and lingers long.

Excellent beer showcasing my favorite bitter hop.

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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 Clydesdale
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy burnt orange color. The medium-sized, orange-tinted head has a dense, frothy texture. Retention is good, and some nice rings and splotches of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Big notes of resin, pine, and citrus (orange and grapefruit). Some funky/herbal tones are also present. I'm not surprised to learn that this beer uses Columbus hops. Hop aroma is at the fore, but there's a fairly firm caramel and toasted bread aroma as well, for the style. Some esters are also noticeable, giving off a bit of a raw, yeasty character.

T: Some light toastiness and moderate caramel sweetness up front. A bit maltier than many IPAs. Hop bitterness is blunt and assertive, with big pine resin, grapefruit pith, and complex herbal flavors. Sticky hop notes linger for a long while, eventually fading into some fruity ester flavor and a biting aftertaste.

M: Rather full-bodied. Some medium initial sweetness is quickly overcome by a cascade of hop bitterness, leading to the expected dry finish. There is a coating feel to the aftertaste.

O: This is a good, rough-around-the-edges brawler of an IPA. It's definitely not a West Coast-style IPA, thanks to the fairly robust maltiness and murky, estery character. Columbus hops offer a diverse and complex array of aromas and flavors, with a slightly blunt finishing effect. This is a welcome addition to DC's lacking microbrew lineup.

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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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The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.
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