The Corruption | DC Brau Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
200 Reviews
The CorruptionThe Corruption
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
dcbrau.com

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:
200
Ratings:
1,217
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.88%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
197
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 200 | Ratings: 1,217
Photo of SomethingClever
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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 drtth
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer was canned about 3 months ago, but has been refrigerated for most of that time so I decided it would be worth a try.

The beer pours out into Duvel glass a hazy copper color with a 1/2" head that soon recedes to leave a think layer on the surface, some islands of foam, a small ring around the glass with some irregular patches of leggy lacing. Sipping leaves a stream of tiny speckles of lacing with a few legs.

The aroma has some gentle but full, piney hops backed up with traces of caramel malt.

The flavors initially show off a rich caramel malt backbone that quickly recedes into the background the pine and resins emerge into just bitterness. However the malt backbone re-emerges to temper the bitterness.

The mouth feel is on the full side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish tapers off into dryness with some residual bitterness in the back of the mouth.

Overall this seems a fine example of an IPA and one with lots of flavor, but that said it is not one I'll be seeking out in the future. The bitterness, for my tastes the focus is too much on the bitterness and while it does not rasp on the tongue as some do it also tends to be what this IPA is all about.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, no bottled-on date, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy copper color, topped with a thin white head, leaves nice lacing.

S- Very hoppy, lots of citrus, pine and resin but also some dank, earthy hop notes.

T- Solid but not overpowering hoppiness layered over caramel, bready malt. The hops are similar to the nose, with a nice dose of grapefruit, orange and pine resin but also some awesome dank earthiness, also some black pepper.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, nice carbonation, has a dry finish.

O- A very nice, tasty IPA, this is definitely my favorite of DC Brau's regular offerings, definitely give this a try if you see it.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Goblinmunkey7
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slight haze on a marmalade/burnt orange colored body. Head is small and bright-white. Drops to thin cap and rocky collar. Minimal carbonation. Pours a bit thicker than I would expect.

Smell: Pine resin, pithy. Earthy bitterness. Solid malt backbone has a touch of caramel sweetness with some lighter bread crust notes in the back. Touches of raw honey mingle. Bright and full of citrus. Nicely balanced.

Taste: A bit raw. Some aggressive pine resins and grapefruit flesh. Straight bitterness lingers in the back of everything. Grapefruit begins to push as the beer warms. Nice backing malt sweetness leaves the hops to do their thing. Earth and pine. Yeast punches through after the bitterness acclimates.

Mouthfeel: Drying finish. Moderate body. Carbonation runs just on the light side of medium. Easily drinkable.

Overall: Solid, not exactly memorable.

A nice approach with some overall drinkable vibes. Lacked that assertive raw that I feel is required when you go with it. Needs a bit of polish or a bit less, but what it has is neither. This can be considered a good thing.

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Photo of ksimons
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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 scotorum
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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 kevanb
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Buck89
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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 timmy2b
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
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 +18.1%
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 damndirtyape
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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 sukwonee
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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 CNoj012
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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 IronLover
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
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 WheelsPSU
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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 u2carew
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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 -22.3%
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 elgiacomo
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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 GPHarris
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
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 TheDoctor
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
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 FickleBeast
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 cavedave
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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 dbl_delta
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 05/17/16 into a pint glass. Pours a clear, rich amber color with an off-white head that dissipates quickly. Initial impression is citrus and pine, with a nice malt sweetness. Medium mouthfeel. I had a Stone Enjoy By immediately before this, and The Corruption is quite similar. Flavors are a little more muted, it's not as sweet, and it's maybe a little thinner mouthfeel, but Corruption is right up there in the same category.

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The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,217 ratings.
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