On The Wings Of Armageddon
DC Brau Brewing Co.

On The Wings Of ArmageddonOn The Wings Of Armageddon
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DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #153
Ranked #1,153
4.31 | pDev: 8.82%
Mar 09, 2023
Feb 17, 2012
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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Ratings by ao125:
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Reviewed by ao125 from Virginia

4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Serving: On Tap / Growler

Aroma: Grapefruit, Mango, Pineapple

Appearance: Copper

Taste: You get the bitterness from the 100+ IBUs and the clean tropical and citrus flavors mask the 9.2% ABV nicely.

Overall: This a great IIPA, along the same lines as Oskar Blues’ GUBNA. Hopefully they put this one back out in summer. I can’t think of anything I’d rather sip on while flipping burgers by the grill.
Feb 21, 2012
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Mar 09, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Dec 11, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by tonystanhope from Florida

Apr 04, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Jan 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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
Rated: 4.36 by bl00 from Pennsylvania

Dec 27, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois

Dec 19, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by Jaasoares from Virginia

Dec 06, 2020
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.52/5  rDev -18.3%
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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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +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
Rated: 4.25 by whatsgoody from Vermont

Jul 20, 2020
Rated: 3.9 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia

Jun 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Kinger22 from Virginia

4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Rated by Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Can Feb 2020, delicious imperial Ipa that grows as it warms, tons of subtle complexity. Well done!
May 02, 2020
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
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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Reviewed by Savan from Minnesota

2.72/5  rDev -36.9%
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
Rated: 4.02 by szmnnl99 from Michigan

Apr 08, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Apr 04, 2020
On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 2112 ratings