On The Wings Of Armageddon
DC Brau Brewing Co.

On The Wings Of ArmageddonOn The Wings Of Armageddon
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #61
Ranked #569
4.34 | pDev: 8.76%
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
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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Reviews: 287 | Ratings: 2,082
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
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!

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Photo of npolachek
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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
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

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

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Photo of REVZEB
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

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Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

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Photo of IronLover
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.

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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.

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Photo of genesis72
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!

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Photo of bret717
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

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Photo of Lingenbrau
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!

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can to Becher. Pour is dark Orange, little lacing, dissipating head to a hint of resemblance.
Aroma is hoppy, citrus and lightly malted. Taste is bold citrus and malt. MF is very smooth, with low bitterness for a single hopped brew.

There is not a lot going on with this beer... but it's in your face good.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bold, bitter West Coast bomb.

Pale copper body, totally opaque. Huge off-white head of different sized bubbles, very silky and tons of textural lacing.

Malt-dominated, subdued aroma profile. Dank, piney, citrusy, with a little sweet stone fruit towards the end. But front and back is all bready, biscuity malt.

Bold citrus peel bitterness on the first wave over the tastebuds, partially balanced by a nice bready sweetness. Pine resin, lemongrass, raw greens, plenty of grassiness, and a heaping dose of semi-sweet grapefruit towards the end, which is really wonderful. The mild ruby red sweetness tries to linger but is eventually overtaken by the initial pithy bitterness. Finishes semi-dry but with almost no sweetness but plenty of lingering pucker. In your face but nicely layered, if you like the bitter, resinous West Coast style.

Feel is medium-bodied with a ton of carbonation, which make for a substantive but not sticky texture. Not boozy at all, but as the beer warms you start to pick up a little heat, and the boldness of the overall experience intensifies.

I've had this beer a number of times over the years, and have had different experiences in different instances. This is probably the first time I've really gotten to sip slowly and think through the experience, and I have a new found appreciation. Really great beer for when you're in the mood for that West Coast thang.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can served in a pint glass. Canned on 10/04/17.

Pours a clear amber with a small head and not much carbonation. Smell is booze, citrus, and hop resin.

Taste is a little boozy, strong honeysuckle, grapefruit rind finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly effervescent, moderately thick. It's good.

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Photo of citizencane
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale copper-gold with minimal head and some lacing into glass. Smell is of bitter hops, malt, and some tropical fruit. Taste is where this shines- notes of orange, apricot, and assorted tropical fruits with a bit of malt to balance. Crisp and well carbonated but no harshness, bitterness, or thinness. ABV is remarkably well hidden. Overall, very solid offering.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Into a tulip. The appearance has a hazy copper/brown color with a one finger white foamy head that once it dies there’s some sporadic lacing. The smell bittersweet citrus hops to caramel malts almost perfectly combined. The taste is bittersweet once again through the previously mentioned flavors. On the palate, it sits about a medium on the body with a modestly dosed coating of caramel to citrus hops laying across my mouth and tongue. Overall, in my opinion, this is a great DIPA well worthy of having again. I had another can and thought it was excellent with some tuna and crackers.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.12/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was not impressed with this beer, which was a let down for myself since OTWOA has been on my tick list for some time. So why didn't I enjoy it? Mainly, I found the flavor and mouthfeel to be too abrasive. The beer was too boozy and too viscous. My palate has been leading me lately to more subtle beers, such as Czech pilsners, Kölsch, Belgian singles/table beer, etc. This may be a case of wrong place wrong time for my palate.

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Photo of mynie
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

32 ounce crowler poured at Wine Source in Baltimore. Drank about 72 hours later.

Pours dark amber with a nice head and a surprising amount of fizz for a beer of its size. The head is rocky and retentive, and the body looks firm.

Smells bready and fruity, a firmer malt profile than what you get with most contemporary DIPAs. And while the fruit still leans toward the tropical you also get older school nodes of pine.

Tastes... really good. One of the smoothest and most interesting large IPAs I've had in ages, yet still light enough to be refreshing. Tastes malty and fruity up front, with notes of mango and peat. Getting more biscuity and piney in the middle, and finishing clean with nodes of tropical fruit and just a tinge of earthiness.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours cloudy orange color with nice dense white head. Strands of lacing all down the glass.

Aroma - Tropical fruit, mango, orange, grapefruit. Pine mixed with just a hint of malt mostly fruit.

Taste - Great mostly mango and pineapple tropical flavors. There is some orange with just a touch of grapefruit peeking in. There seems to be a hint of the alcohol but not much, slightly bitter toward the backend.

Feel - Medium bodied good carbonation pretty dry finish.

Overall - The flavors are amazing, I was expecting a little more alcohol but it was well hidden. A great DIPA.

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4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 3/28/17
12 oz. can poured into a tulip style pint glass.

Pours a deep, slightly hazy golden orange. The one and a half finger, near white head is comprised of mostly big bubbles and dissipates fairly quick into a thin cap that regenerates with a swirl of the glass. The nose is pronounced and fruity with mainly grapefruit and mango aromas. There is also a hint of sweet biscuit malt. Tastes of bitter grapefruit and pine apple, not as fruity as the nose, with an underlying malt profile. The finish is mostly dry with a slight lingering bitterness. The carbonation is on the low end and it's a little frothy in the mouth. As far as body is concerned, I would call this a middle weight.

This is a solid (not a juice bomb) DIPA and for me another good local option that I can enjoy fresh.

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4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2/2/17

Pours rich honey gold and super lively carbonation bubbles. Slight haze but mostly clear. Full one finger head which hangs around quite a while. Decent lacing. Great appearance.

Strong grapefruit smell, very citrusy, mango. Potent.

First sip as not as citrusy as the nose suggests but it's a full balance of sweetness and bitterness. Cracker and sweet kids breakfast cereal flavors. Decent heft of hop bitterness, some peach, grapefruit, and apricot.

Approaching full bodied and carbonation isn't as active on the palate as its appearance. Slight lingering bitterness hangs around. No alcohol heat.

A very good DIPA and fits the style well with the balance it brings. It's not overly hoppy so may disappoint someone looking for a bomb.

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Photo of thebeers
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed, chestnut-tinted orange color with a solid two finger of airy, near-white foam that leave decent lacing.

Initially fruity aroma of mango and peaches, gives way to pine and peppery spice, which continue into the taste. They're met with moderate bitterness, with just a ghost of fruitiness behind.

Refreshingly light-bodied for the style, with a strong prickliness in the mouthfeel as well.

A fine beer.

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3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fairly fresh can brought to me from a friends trip to D.C.

I will summarize by saying just an average DIPA that for me to go on for anything more than that is wasting time.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold color with a serious head on the pour that left lacing behind. A funky citrus nose that dominates the taste and mingles with a malty bitterness. A very nice IPA with a little something different to enjoy.

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Photo of smanders
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got a growler of this from TW - $25 for 64 oz.

Appearance - cloudy dark copper with minimal head.

Smell - This is why I love DIPAs! Fruit juice with a kick! If I had to complain, I would say it's a little more mango than I normally care for, but I'm willing to capitulate on this point considering the other high marks of this ale

Taste - Yes! No surprises here. Have you had PtE? Imagine that with a little more mango. Really fantastic melding of tropical fruit and just a dash of pine/resin; very slight. Hard to believe this is over 9% abv.

Mouthfeel - I could drink this all afternoon and not get full...of course, I would fall over after a couple, but it's not because the mouthfeel is heavy.

Overall - DC Brau has done it again; another exemplar for the style. I am blessed that this beer is made within 20 miles of my house! Cheers!

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