The Corruption | DC Brau Brewing Co.

The CorruptionThe Corruption
BA SCORE
3.86/5
1,236 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#9,002
Reviews:
206
Ratings:
1,236
pDev:
10.88%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
201
Trade:
3
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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a 22 May 2015 canning date purchased in D.C.

Orange-amber body with a large, frothy head that leaves patches of sticky lacing. Not quite hazy but low clarity.

This PA has the strong aroma and taste of hops typical of a IPA, but with lower bitterness than most IPAs.

Body: light-bodied with near medium carbonation.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy deep golden orange in color with some hints of copper and amber with a very light hint of sediment in suspension. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light beige head that reduces very slowly to a very thick film covering the surface of the beer and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit, pine, and tropical/pineapple hops with some very light hints of caramel malts.

T: Upfront this beer has a light amount of caramel malt sweetness that is quickly overtaken by the strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, pine, and tropical/pineapple hops. Moderate to strong amounts of bitterness that lingers for a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Creamy

O: I really enjoyed the combination of hops in this beer and the slightly aggressive bitterness - I rang in the 2013 New Year while drinking this one and was quite pleased with my choice. Fairly easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden - this is a beer for a true hop lover.

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Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oooo-eee, IPA in a can. Sorry I don't remember who sent this, I think it was an extra from someone and I forgot to mark it down, so if you sent it to me please let me know and I'll give you credit. Thanks, Cheers!

Pours a nice fluffy almost 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, with some layered lacing, over hazy opaque reddish orange tangerine color.

Nose has some fresh hops but not a lot, fruity with some citrus, light tangerine and orange juice, hint of pine and grassy hops as well, with a light sweet malty base.

Taste starts with malts this time, chewy slightly sweet reddish malts, little candy and caramel like malts as well. then onto hops, starting with a spicy bitter hop profile, then moving to slightly earthy and pine with just a hint of citrus and juicy flavors. The bitterness really ramps as it goes, moving to almost astringent on the finish. Finish is quite dry, long lingering spicy chewy hop profile, slightly astringent bitterness that lingers forever like I just bit into a hop pellet.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb (yay cans).

Overall pretty good, more of an East Coast style IPA, even though I don't like to classify East vs West coast IPAs, this is more of the stereotypical East Coast variety, nice malty base for balance, hops more on the spicy piny with some citrus. However, the dry finish and huge slightly astringent bitterness gives it another take as it lingers for what seems like eternity. Pretty good beer overall though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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 nickfl
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber in the nonic with a very attractive head that lasts much longer than average. Pleasant scent of flowery hops with a spicy nose. Now the car has about reached the top of the roller coaster.

Intense hoppy flavor with a harsh bitterness that comes on quickly. Tastes rather green and vegetal. A moderate amount of warm malt with a slight roasted taste, but it all gets lost on the first downhill turn. There is no reprieve from the excessive bitterness once you start sipping. This is the saliva-inducing style of hoppiness.

You want total hop domination, this is your beer. For me, it has a nice aroma but is undrinkable. From the 12 oz can bought at Whole Foods in Foggy Bottom.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Rifugium
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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 billab914
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 smithj4
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the cloudiest beer I've ever been served. The closest equivalent I can think of is chocolate milk. Not much head, but it does leaves a good coat of lace after each sip.

The smell is muted, but the taste is full. On the malt side, there's some sweet crystal. On the hop side, strong peppery bitterness. The aftertaste is long lasting (and bitter). The mouthfeel is well balanced.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
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 duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +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 mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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 mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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 Slatetank
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at BWI served chilled in a pint glass.

The color is copper with light haziness and off white head with fine bead and lace that clings ok. The smell is pine-like with mild spiced hop aroma and gentle malt with slight toasted grain accent. The feel is medium high bitterness with medium high carbonation and low sweetness with mild astringent hop finish with mostly dry texture and slight resinous mouth coating of the palate with low alcohol in the feel.

The taste is very good with a lot of hop flavor with slight greenish pine and subtle spicy quality with mild malt that has a toasted quality with gentle herbal hop quality lingering in the mostly dry finish with some bitter flavor and spice to hide the alcohol which is slightly noticeable in the flavor. This is s solid IPA, very well crafted does not exceed my expectations but it does taste fresh and is nothing to complain about either recommended highly.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Golden orange. Hazy with a nice white head and nice lacing.

Smell - Very musty. Piney and resinous. Not the best hop aroma.

Taste - Very musty again. Pine and resin. Sweet malt. Bitterness takes over quickly.

Mouthfeel - Bitter, medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Nothing impressive. Drinkable and decently hoppy.

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The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 1,236 ratings
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