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 Pencible
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a murky gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like bitter grapefruit and resin, with some unripe apricot and herbal hops and honey malt.
T: It tasted like bitter resin and herbal hops, with some grapefruit and a bit of honey malt. It had a clean and lasting very bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice IPA, with great scent and good taste, but only ok body. The finish was pretty harsh, so it wasn't super easy to drink. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one at a past Random Sunday Tasting! Served from can into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, pine, and pine hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, pine hop, citrus, and caramel. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I had heard good things about this brew going into it and definitely did not disappoint at all. A nice touch of hoppiness and a good balance of sweetness as well. I was really quite glad to see the citrus show up as just pine hop can definitely destroy a beer in my opinion. This fact made it quite easy to drink and rather enjoyable. I definitely would not mind having this one again in the future without hesitation.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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 DrinkSlurm
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased can for <$2 at total wine in Richmond, VA. Poured into tulip. Nice golden slightly amber color with 2 fingers of head...chewy sticky lacing remains.
Nice hop burst aroma with a bit of spiceyness.
Taste is a resinous, spicy, malty...almost rye-like. Its good but not outstanding. Its a bit over malted and resinous for me. Slightly un-balanced as its a bit too bitter for me, but its not overwhelming. Its a good IPA...if you like malty resin IPAs...good, not great for me.

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Photo of argock
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Canned on 12-23-13 on bottom of can. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Crisp appearing bright gold, clear elixir, with staunch white, ivory head with good retention and nice lace curtains down the glass.

S: A very dank, herbal aroma from the heavy Columbus hopping, a clean very light touch of crystal malt, and a firm pale malt with light cracker quality. No alcohol or yeast character.

T: The Columbus showcase continues with a big herbal, dank, resinous, ganja-like punch in the mouth, with a heavy bitterness through the middle and finish, and minimal crystal sweetness, with a crackery pale maltiness with a light grain note. It is a beer that would be hard to drink a lot of, as the herbal, dank, musky nature is a little fatiguing along with the strong bitterness and the lack of a more prominent malt presence. No alcohol or yeast notes are present. It is a unique beer, but really a one-at-a-time type of drinking experience.

M: A solid slick, medium-bodied feel with medium carbonation and an herbal aftertaste.

O: I am glad I tried this beer -- unique to have a big, dominating Columbus presence in an IPA. Just a little hard to drink in quantity due to the big bitterness and dank, herbal flavors without much malt flavor to play off of.

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Photo of blackie
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed a number of times in a number of formats - this time a six pack of cans from WFM

a: served in a mason jar pint, deep honey amber in color, topped with a full finger of off-white head that falls back to a smattering of lingering carbonation

s: nose immediately hits with loads of smooth, juicy tropical fruits - grapefruit, orange, passionfruit - and more acidic pungent green pine, supportive caramel malt backbone offers a slightly toasted sugar sweetness while maintaining a clean base on which the hops can shine, smells great

m: carbonation around medium and quite smooth, light-medium body with a nice weight, but easily sippable

t: deliciously blended hop flavors of bright, sweet tropicals - grapefruit, passionfruit - and pungent young pine, moderate caramel malts - sweet but very clean - run until about midway before bowing out to an assertive, growing bitterness, lots of steeped hop pulp flavor lingering, dig it

o: a top-notch IPA - no way around that, surprised it doesn’t get more love, fantastic hop profile with a grain body that’s flavorful, clean, and respectful of the hops role as lead

4/425/4/4/4

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Photo of MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-malt, pine, citrus, earthy, slight herbal

T-bready malt, citrus, earthy, herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent IPA, nothing sets it apart from a multitude of others

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Photo of FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1477th Review on BA
Can to Parra Tulip
12oz

No canning date

Thanks to my brother in law for this one

App- A darker glowing orange with a yellow tinge and a bit of wheat gold scattered throughout the beer. Had a nice 1-1/2" head with a semi decent amount of cling.

Smell- Smell is much better than the 1st two beers I had from DC. Had more rich citrus with a good hoppy backbone and a tinge of fuller malts on the nose. A bit thick with a little bit of white pepper and wheat.

Taste- The citrus is gone from the aroma and is a big thick beer. The beer drinks bigger than the listed 6.5%. Its a decent beer. So far the beers from DC have been decent but nothing earth shattering.

Mouth- Thicker medium body with a thick carbonation level. Strong malts with a citrus zest residual flavor. Quite a strong ABV residual flavor.

Drink- Again. So far the 3 that I have had have been meh. Noses are better than flavors. Glad I got the state ticks, but if I trade for DC. I think will be for OTWOA.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very pronounced bubbly, bright white head sits atop an orangey/coppery colored ale to set a very good first impression.

The scent is quite tame but nice enough. Stiff malty backbone yields a bit of pine and floral hop aromas.

Strong biscuit flavor towards the front with malt and maple syrup flavor. Piney, floral, resinous hop flavors close out the sip. There's a very strong metallic, bitter pine aftertaste that stays on the tongue and is harshly astringent.

The Corruption invokes memories of Henry Clay, whose home is just miles from mine, so I wanted to rate this highly but the flavors simply don't appease me.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a clear plastic glass. Purchased for $3.25.

A refreshing balanced brew. An excellent representation of the IPA style. Lighter taste but not a session beer. In a can at a great price. A really good beer that I would buy again. Proud to have these in my cellar and serve to my friends. Highly recommended.

A - Amber color with a small dense light tan head that dissipates to a thin layer, which then remains throughout beer. Nice lacing.

S - Piney and floral aromas dominate, with some slight fruity sweetness.

T - Slightly sweet, a nice hoppy/malty balance, finishing with a bitter resinous that is not overwhelming. No malty dark fruit or the like.

MF - Slight sharpness but generally smooth.

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Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber in color. Somewhat cloudy. Forms a large off-white head. Good retention. Copious lacing.

S: Fairly aromatic. Strong scent of pine and a little pine resin. Grapefruit to a lesser extent.

T: Similar to the nose. Moderate malt backbone. Some caramel malts, but not at all sweet. Hops come on strong, with flavors of pine, pine resin, and grapefruit. Earthy and somewhat woody with some herbal notes on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Strong bitterness.

O: A pretty damn good IPA. Not the best out there, but a very respectable East Coast style IPA.

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

A- A murky pale amber with some golden highlights around the edges. Lots of carbonation bubbles floating up from the bottom. Creamy tan head that stays around for awhile.

S- Floral and piney hops, biscuity malt aromas. Pretty balanced aroma.

T- Lots of biscuity malts give way to some piney and earthy hop flavors. A definite hop presence, but this one is pretty balanced.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, somewhat coating and resinous.

O- A pretty good balanced IPA offering with some different qualities. The malts really come through a lot and would be nice for those looking for a malty IPA.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Simple review, on tap:

Nice clear orange-golden pour with nice sustaining head and lacing.
Smell of Citra mostly, with a pine presence
West Coast style, the malt flavor touches the front of the tongue and is whisked roughly away by the pine/grass landslide that covers the back of the tongue.
The beer could use a little more balance, for me, and feels just a tad thin. However, if you like the west coast hop bombs, try a fresh one of these and see what you think.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The Corruption pours a hazy amber with a moderate rocky head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind thick clumps of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't very strong but has notes of orange citrus and some sweet malt.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth, slightly chewy with mild carbonation. The flavor is sweet with some citrus hop bitterness. It begins with caramel malt and some biscuit. In the middle hoppy flavors of orange citrus and pine move in. It finishes moderately bitter. The bitterness lingers along with the citrus flavor when gone.

This is a nicely balanced beer that feels like a double IPA. However it seems to lean more on the sweet malty side.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a stemmed pokal glass.

Appearance
Amber with 2 fingers of bone-white head that dissipates slowly. Excellent clarity with low-medium carbonation.

Nose
Caramel, earth, pine, florals and grapefruit zest.

Taste
Caramel cubes and biscuity maltiness. Earthy, floral, damp and spicy hop aromas. Notes of orange citrus, dried pine needles and grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Overall
Earthy and spicy. Very well balanced and easy drinking.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing.

This pours a cloudy orange-yellow color with a wonderfully big grassy and fresh aroma. Piney, grassy, green orange flavor along with some chew. Bitterness comes across and peaks for a lasting finish. This was delicious.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange with some clarity and bubbles are seen coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, piney, grassy, herbal, caramel, and bready malts.

Taste: very tasty. Major hop bomb, but very bearable. Same as above with a little bit of caramel and bready malts in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Tingly bitterness, smooth, low to medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: I like it. Happy to have scored a couple cans down in Virginia. Good to see another east coast brewery with a solid IPA.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a slightly amber copper color with nearly a finger of near white head, ok retention, really nice lacing. Can very easily recreate a full finger of dense, light tan head

S - resinous and grapefruity hops, some tropical fruit as well. Nice sweet malty backbone.

T - sweet malts initially, quickly followed by grapefruit bursts and hoppy resinous pine flavors. A nice kick of spice and then the sweet malty backbone returns. After taste is bitter and resinous but doesn't linger too long. Almost astringent. Could be better balanced

M - a bit heavier bodied than I'd like, medium bodied+, decent carbonation, feels thick on the tongue.

O - decent but resinous/astringency is a bit overpowering. Mouthfeel a bit thick, not bad at all just not quite ideal.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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 JayQue
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good, solid hoppy AIPA. Pours a nice honey/amber color with good lacing. The slightly off white head is a good size, but retention is a bit lacking.

Nice piney hops aroma. Flavor is good. Not a total hop bomb, but piney hops rule the roost here. Good robust flavor.

Mouthfeet is good for an AIPA. Rich enough, crisp, good hops bite.

Overall a good AIPA, in a can for portability. The price is right and the flavor is good. Not a top tier AIPA but more than worth while.

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Photo of 57md
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with over a finger fluffy head that lingered for some time and left decent lace behind. The nose is delightfully hoppy. The flavor profile is well balanced with hearty malt and bitter hops blending together very well. The finish has a lingering hop bitterness that is reasonably potent for a single IPA.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Agreed that this beer straddles the line between styles.
Drinks big and thick and even looks like a big bruiser.
Though the taste is alittle subtle it has a candied fruit taste and smell and drinks piney and resiny.
Desent.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pours a nice vigorous and creamy off-white head. The beer itself is a beautifully clear amber with hints of orange.

Smell:
The smell seems to be dominated by a mixture of grapefruit and floral hops. No hint of malts.

Taste:
A big strong hop taste upfront with a sweet malty backbone running all the way through and hoppy finish. The first round of hops has a strong grapefruit taste and the final round of hops have a more pine resin taste. The malty backbone goes all the way through.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation and medium bodied with a smooth feel.

Overall:
A very strong and very hoppy AIPA that will corrupt your tongue. This beer is one of my favorite mainstays that I can't get anywhere else but home. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of Chaney
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man o man.... I've had this beer several times on tap here in the area but never reviewed it.

Served in a DFH pint glass.

A: Poured a non-uniform cloudy orange color, fairly bright in its appearance, and with a nice, frothy 2 finger head that settled down into about a 1/2 finger on within minutes.

S: I got a bit of that wonderful kerosene scent that I commonly associate with the great IPAs. Additionally, I'm guess there is some Nugget there. Am I correct in my assumption?

T: Hop forward indeed, and with a mid section that consisted of grapefruit and orange (but not as sweet). I didn't get any biscuit in there at all.

M: The hophead type of bitterness was present on this one, for sure. Also, the sugary sweetness played second fiddle to the hop component, and the lacing on the glass was quite substantial.

O: I'm so glad to claim this beer as my own in the DC area. Look out world.... I'm about to hog it.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at ChurchKey. Pours a deep orange color with a thin off-white head. The nose is heavy with pine, grapefruit, and orange notes. The flavor is like an amped up version of their APA with a good bit of pine and citrus, a little malt sweetness, and a pretty solid finishing bitterness that lingers. The alcohol is there but well managed. Medium bodied with average carbonation leading to a long, bitter finish. What a great IPA, I really like what DC Brau is doing.

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The Corruption from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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