On The Wings Of Armageddon
DC Brau Brewing Co.

On The Wings Of ArmageddonOn The Wings Of Armageddon
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #59
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
96
Ranked #628
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 8.76%
Reviews:
302
Ratings:
2,109
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DC Brau Brewing Co.
 
District of Columbia, United States
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SCORE
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On The Wings Of ArmageddonOn The Wings Of Armageddon
Notes: OTWOA is a single hop beer utilizing Falconers Flight. Brewed with just enough Pale malt, Cara-60, CaraPils and Malted wheat to carry the intense hop character onto the pallet.

At first glance, it has an orange hue in the glass with a viscus, rocky head that refuses to dissipate. Upon first sniff there are dominate aromas of citrus, white grapes and grapefruit with light bread and biscut notes. After the first sip we taste a mellow bitterness that only grows as more is consumed. Moderately carbonated, deceptively smooth, refreshingly dry and extremely heady for a beer at 9.2% ABV.

OTWOA exhibits all the necessary traits to be revered as a world class Imperial IPA.
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On the Wings of Armageddon from DC Brau. Purchased 11/10/20 for $2.31 (Including tax and discount) for 12 oz can ($ 0.192/oz) from State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD. Reviewed 12/30/20.
Stamped on bottom of can “TAKE OFF 10/20/2020 3371”. On room temperature shelf at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 56.3 degrees.
Appearance – 4.5.
First pour – Straw (SRM 3), clear.
Body – Pale gold (SRM 4), hazy. When held to direct light, same but translucent with slight effervescence noted.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), ivory, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a six to eight mm crown fed two places by effervescence, and a rocky partial cap. Head retraction leaves torn curtain lacing.
Lacing – Excellent! Wide irregular band of tiny to small bubbles having alpine stalagmites and Indian subcontinent stalactites. See also above.
Aroma – 4.5 – Citrus mixed with pine with some follow-up resin, no malt, no yeast. Lasts although it weakens.
Flavor – 4.5 – Begins with a bit of resiny wood (!) (not oak), a little malt, no yeast. No alcohol (9.2 % ABV, as marked on container) found in either nose or taste but a slight gastric warming does occur. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Ends with a medium woody bitterness.
Palate – 4.25 – Medium, almost creamy, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.5 Excellent old school IPA, bitter and flavorful. I could drink a TON of these if they were only available in my area!

Dec 30, 2020
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.52/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ozzylizard for this one, from a LIF box during the recent NBS BIF #12. 12oz can (dated 10/20/20) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a clean, clear dark gold color with over an inch of white head that had very good retention and moderate lacing.

Big, bold hops (citrus mostly, but some pine) at the front of the nose, with a touch of malt sweetness at the back end.

Same on the tongue, with a nice bitterness on the finish.

The body was medium-full, smooth, and had a bit of a sticky-sweet finish.

Drinkability was very good, the alcohol was nicely integrated into the beer.

Overall, a nice old-school ImpIPA. Worth trying if you see it.

Nov 26, 2020
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can purchased from the fridge as a 4-pack for $12.99. Canned on 10/20/20, so this is exactly 5 weeks old.

Look: Has a west coast all-the-way kind of look to it. Beautiful orange bordering on amber color. This is essentially clear, with just a fine suspension of particulate floating in there. Tiny bubbles are rising up in the glass. A nice two finger head on the pour has dissipated to a whispy white foam on the edges of the glass.

Smell: Very pungent initially with oniony notes. Lots of resinous pine and orange rind, dank and peppery notes. Very earthy. Subtle sweetness underneath. As I get into it, I can pick up on other fruit flavors like mango, grapefruit, and cantaloupe. Also getting green bell pepper.

Taste: Mmmm. It's dangerously drinkable at 9.2% ABV, especially considering how hoppy this beer is. Kudos to DC Brau for striking this kind of balance also between hop aroma and flavor and maltiness without producing overpowering bitterness. Up front, this beer exhibits a lot of sweetness - tastes very much like candied orange. Then the sweetness is quickly overtaken by pithy hop bitterness - notes of pine and grapefruit zest. The finish is very dry and welcomed with this kind of beer because the alcohol is so high and it takes a lot of malt to make a beer like this, really works well. While the finish is decidedly bitter, it doesn't linger so long and your palate feels ready to dive right back in for another sip.

Feel: This is a medium bodied with a moderately oily mouthfeel. It's drinks relatively light and crisp given the weight of it.

Overall: It's one of the better west coast double IPAs that I have had. Considering that this is 9.2% ABV and the massive amount of hops and malt that was used to brew this beer, it's extremely well made. It's not my favorite of this style, but I definitely enjoy it. A nice showcase of the Falconer's Flight proprietary hop blend.

Nov 25, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a pint glass. Canned 10/20/20, so not even 3 weeks old.

Looks fantastic in the glass. Clear deep golden yellow body. Small bright white head persists in decent form throughout leaving excellent lacing.

Strong hoppy aroma.

On tasting, it's one aggressive beer. Highly bitter with a drying grapefruit hit. However, it's also heavily malty and quite sweet. They both duke it out in the mouth with no clear winner, except for me, who is loving it.

Mouth closing in on full, finish bittersweet followed by a dryness.

Overall, another beer I've been wanting for a while. Usually older than 3 months when it appears around here. Excellent DIPA.

Nov 08, 2020
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Kinger22 from Virginia

4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden brown with a very small head that quickly fades away. No strong pine or citrus smells from this beer, just the smell of amarillo hops. The taste of caramel malt hops our at first, followed by notes of citrus including mango. The mouth feel afterward is decently heavy, but not all that heavy for an Imperial IPA with 9.2% ABV.

May 14, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger finely pored ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: not much aroma; what's there is grapefruit, bread, and a little lemon;

T: big malt backbone with grapefruit and some orange; boozy; moderate bitterness all the way through;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; ABV is warming, but not hot;

O: I'm always happy to drink a DIPA with some bitterness; however, other than that bitterness, not enough hop character to satisfy me;

Apr 23, 2020
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Savan from Minnesota

2.72/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I POOURED into a 16oz white castle glass that celebrates 95 years of that great establishment, I however had no white castle to eat with my drink.... anywho, poured somewhat aggressively and this gave very little ... foam on top ;)
The smell was that of a wet basement (which can be misleading when it comes to flavor, mind you). NOW onto taste... Its not terrible, there are definitive caramel notes from the malt present, unusual for an IPA in my experience. it finishes with a strong hops flavor that isn't all to surprising. Overall a good example of Imperial IPA 4 easy drinkability . In my opinion, not a disappointing buy, but not as good as I had imagined.

Apr 12, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.26/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Canned a month ago.

L -- Golden orange body with total clarity and a finger of white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Some retention and great lacing
S -- Caramel malts, citrus candy, candied pineapple, brown sugar. Quite sweet and malty
T -- As expected from the aromas, this is a big, malty DIPA that reminds me of some of Lagunitas big hoppy offerings, or Hopslam
F -- Big mouthfeel, medium carb. Fairly soft but quite sweet
O -- Glad to finally get a chance to try this. Not quite a standout in the field anymore, but nothing too offensive

66/100

Mar 04, 2020
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Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really dig this. Its hugely reminiscent of fatheads hop juju. Its massively hoped and very bitter. It has a big, big malty presence too that I'm ready appreciating alongside the bitter hops.

In 2020 this beer definitely isn't trendy per style or taste but I'd drink this 100 times over the best NEIPA out there.

Mar 03, 2020
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JeffPuff from Maryland

4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I haven't had a OTWOA in awhile, so I was very happy to find it on tap at my favorite local place for drafts - Foster's Grille in La Plata! Excellent Imperial IPA, with a 9.2% kick that really sneaks up on you. DC Brau continues to produce a delicious and local winner! Just like the Nats and the Caps

Feb 28, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours like a big old school imperial IPA. Dark gold to amber hue - quite clear with an unfiltered transparency, very little head formation, a big, tenacious, airy collar with large popping bubbles - substantial film atop the beer, and a nice amount of visible effervescence, which is something I always love to see. With a little swirl, the beer clings to the glass, indicating that this is going to have a pretty girl malt backbone.

Nose: Like the appearance, this beer has all the aromatic trademarks of a classic old school IPA. However, right off the bat, one can tell this is unique. No C-hop pine or pungent citrus to be found. This is hopped exclusively with Amarillo, and it's very evident that this isn't a typical West Coast-style IPA. There's a ton of candied white grape and melon, which dominate the hop aroma. There's a very strong candied pineapple note, and a hint of passionfruit as well. There is a colourful bouquet of classic floral aromas, and in this case, they're similar to thebones in Pliny The Elder - magnolia, gardenia, lilac, and orange blossom. The malt brings tons of floral manuka honey and sticky caramel which pretty much candies all the fruity hop notes. There was an assertive aroma I could not figure out - it's mango flavouring. Not ripe mango, but mango flavoured juice. That is precisely what it is, front and center.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with an initial kick if caramel malt, which itself is quite heavy and sweet, although it could be sweeter, but I'm very glad it's not. That mango juice flavour comes flooding out of the gates, and washes over the palate with a flavour very reminiscent of a particular mango beverage from an iced tea company named after a Southwest state. Still plenty of sweet white grape, and a hint of melon as well. Some tangerine and grapefruit enter the mix, and become progressively pithier as we approach the finish. At this point, something very interesting happens. A touch of acidic hop burn - just a touch - comes in, and tingles the palate while bringing a tangy ripe pineapple note as well. Clearly, they dry-hopped this pretty heavily, and I have never encountered that hop acidity in anything other than a New England-style IPA. It really makes this pop. Now, we get into the finish where all the hoppy floral notes dry out, and the citrus element becomes quite pithy, and moderately bitter, though not as much as some might expect. The sweet, sticky malt dries out nicely. A dry conclusion with a whisper of bitter and a ton of boiled hop floral notes.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is essentially full-bodied. It's not actually all that sticky or syrupy, but 9.2% ABV can only hide so much before it reveals itself as weight. It's a drinkable IPA, and just about as crisp as it can be given the ABV. There's a smooth texture to the malt, and yes, a touch of stickiness, but that hop acidity helps to cut through that, and the effervescence is plentiful for a beer this size. Fairly wet until the finish, where there are some drying components.

Overall: This is quite an interesting imperial IPA. A style that modern craft beer culture has really sort of marginalised. It's nice to see this classic IPA format, imperialised, and dry-hopped with a single varietal. Very drinkable, very balanced, not too sweet, not too bitter, and a very eclectic blend of flavours for one little hop. I would recommend this to anyone who appreciates the classic hoppy style of yesteryear, and I will gladly revisit it.

Jan 27, 2020
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very amber in color right out of can. Head was non existent. Nose displays a hint of caramel, but also can tell by the nose the Abv is high. Taste is full of hops and afterwards the Abv hits. Great beer.

Jan 27, 2020
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear with a smaller than expected head and a little bit of lace. Nose has nice resiny hops with some booze. Expecting this to be pretty piney and dank from the smell. Big boozy IPA with a good amount of flavor and combined with a lot of alcohol on the tongue and throat. Tastes like the alcohol of an 11% beer. Not particularly balanced and not something I'd drink more than one of at a sitting, but old school hops, pine, and a punch in the face keeps this a pretty good beer. A little on the sweet side for my taste. Very good but not as good as the ratings here indicate.

Dec 21, 2019
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JediMasterLenin from District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a snifter.

Look: Pours a deep, relatively opaque orange-amber. Dense, off-white head of fine foam has fantastic retention and leaves lacing galore on the glass.
Smell: Aroma is relatively tame, considering. Mostly orange, grapefruit and pineapple. With a light earthiness throughout.
Taste: Much more intense. Big notes of grapefruit, tangerine/orange, pineapple and pine meet with an equally intense sweet maltiness, and a slightly boozy/warm finish.
Feel: Medium body, made a bit softer by that smooth fluffly head that just wont quit.
Overall: An attractive, delicious, dangerous IIPA. Sweet, bitter, strong, well balanced. Tops for DC Brau.

Nov 02, 2019
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass from the can.

Appearance: Semi hazy body with me and Bubbles creating a whitehead which was subtle initially rising roughly one quarter of an inch off the body. Settles after one step but looks very delicious the beer.

Smell: has like hops in floral notes on the aroma. Simple but not bad.

Taste: complex and sweet hops with a very malty feel. Touch sour makes you think of yellow grapefruit but it is subtle. If there is anything I notice in the beer it is that it feels a little bit like a New England IPA in disguise.

Mouth: very sticky beer feels like honey malts grape juice and oranges all at once and it sticks with you for a very long time.

Overall: absolutely my favorite beer that I have had tonight I was in the mood for IPAs and this one delivered like the cherry on top. Salud!

May 14, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours reddish orange. Tastes of grapefruit, orange, and hop bitterness. Solid overall with good mouthfeel and balance between the hoppiness and the citrus.

Mar 25, 2019
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EmperorBevis from England

4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another present from Pix to compensate for missing out on the US trip due to me putting working hard & looking out for my colleagues above sucking up to management.
Copper body with great white head
Full resinous aroma
Such a well balanced beer biscuity present malt, grapefruit with a lemon hint

Feb 28, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Ginger Man in Boston, MA.

This one pours a dark reddish-orange, clear, with a big fluffy head and lots of lacing.

This smells cleanly resinous, with bready malt, orange and lemon hop character, and some grapefruit.

This is very old school, but in a definite good way. It’s got a bracing but refreshing bitterness, with a supportive but not overwhelming malt backbone. There’s some bright grapefruit and lemon character, with a fairly clean finish.

This is medium bodied and pretty creamy, with a great level of drinkability, and a typical level of carbonation.

I’ve wanted to try this for a long time now. Fans of haze and pure juice only need not apply here.

Feb 03, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally at last I got to try this one. Been on the list for a long time, thanks to a friend in the district for helping me out! The smell is hypnotizing with the resiny hops: grapefruit, orange, hop bitterness, biscuit malt, lemon zest and grass. Taste has this hop blast, but otherwise simple on the resulting base revealed. Missing that x-factor to push it over the top against other DIPA's. Nice airiness and crispness to the body with contrasting hop textures and smooth malt

Dec 20, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine, one finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of pale and mildly caramel malt, citrus hops, orange, grapefruit, light stone fruit. Flavor is lightly caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, orange, grapefruit, pine needles, apricot. Finishes with long lingering piney hops and fleeting caramel. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess, good mouth feel. A really nice, classic imperial IPA that is surprisingly West Coast in style from the opposite coast. Both the citrus and pine notes are forward, but well balanced and flavorful. This is my favorite style of IPA and this is a fine one. Glad I had the chance to try this.

Nov 28, 2018
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1,000th review. Light orange in color with an initially hazy appearance that clarifies a bit. Poured with a short, creamy white foam with medium retention. Pleasantly pungent pearl onion aroma with tropical notes, over-ripe pineapple, and medium maltiness. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Medium creamy feel that tapers to prickly, boozy warmth from the middle to the end. Pungent earthy hop flavors with tropical undertones. Solid malty backbone throughout. Medium high, spicy bitterness through the middle followed by earthy herbal and malty flavors and mellow booziness to the end. Finished semi-dryly with spicy hop and light caramel malt notes and lingering pine bitterness. Malty backbone nicely balanced the pungent hop character. Hop aromas and flavors, although on the intense side, have a mellowness that makes this very drinkable. Along with well hidden nearly 10% abv and creamy feel, this was fabulous.

Nov 01, 2018
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing a one month old can thanks to @jzeilinger.

Pours an orangish-amber color with head and lacing.

The smell is loaded with citrus hops and some pine.

The taste follows with the pine in the front but it's very well balanced.

The mouthfeel is slightly slick and thick.

Overall this is very good. The balance is incredible and it's scary easy to drink for the abv.

Oct 27, 2018
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genesis72 from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An incredible beer. Strong and bitter, with a wonderful color and a beautiful head. The smell is quite good: this is a beer that even once I have finished, Ill go back to smell the can. One of my favorite Imperial IPAs!

Mar 24, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- pours clear golden orange w/1 finger off white head

Aroma- grapefruit and mango with some grainy sweetness

Taste- follows nose; sweet bready malt up front followed by mango than intense grapefruit bitterness

Feel- medium light bodied

Overall- DIPA with intense hop flavor kept in check by a nice malt backbone

Feb 14, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes out to Craig for this.

On The Wings of Armageddon...
Nothing apocalyptic about this beauties appearance. Coming out of the can, it looks like liquid gold. It's polished apple juice amber color is brilliantly clear wearing a coarse bubbled, rocky, and just off white foam as a crown. It layers the glass in sheets, sip after sip.

The aroma is familiar and inviting, with its attention staying true to classic grapefruit, orange, and damp pine. A simple candy and caramel sweetness lies beneath, but is almost disguised completely.

Orange and grapefruit citrus take lead once again, with marmalade like sweetness. A lightly toasted grain and wild flower honey are centered before an intense burst of sappy pine plant a forest on the tongue.

Though there is an initial shock of sweetness, this feels just right. It starts with a tingling of carbonation before complimenting the sappy notes in the aroma and flavor with a rich and sticky feel seamlessly. The bitterness is elevated, and wonderfully so, as it cuts through the sturdy body. As it warms, so mimics the alcohol warmth

I've seen this beer a bit on this site, and have since wanted to try it. I can't say how thankful I am. It's refreshing to have an unapologetic kick in the teeth every once in a while from a bold and abrasive IIPA. My kind of IIPA. I'll gladly welcome Armageddon if it tastes like this.

Thanks again Craig. Cheers!

Feb 08, 2018
On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 2109 ratings