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On The Wings Of Armageddon | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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On The Wings Of ArmageddonOn The Wings Of Armageddon

Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by russwbeck on 02-17-2012

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Reviews: 261 | Ratings: 1,972
Photo of daliandragon
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy amber orange with abundant sediment and an impressive, offwhite wet head that leaves spotty lace. Citrus and medicinal hops are the major player in the nose.

Stiff mouthfeel makes this dangerously quaffable because the alcohol presence is minimal. The same citrus and medicinal mixture as in the nose is now flavored with pine resin in the finish and aftertaste. Malt balance is scarce but fasintly detectable. One of the better DIPAs I can remember having.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark yellow with some good head.
Taste: the bitterness hit you in the face, but then it mellowed out quickly. Quite floral and citrusy. Malty also.
An excellent IIPA.

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Photo of joekoz007
3.45/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into an ipa glass.
Pours clear, amber color with 1 finger off white head. Moderate lacing.

Smell is sweet and biscuity. Minimal hop aroma...especially for a dipa.

Taste is malty sweet at the start and finishes with a mild bitterness. A bit too sweet and slightly lacking in hoppiness. Elevated alcohol content hidden very well.

Light to moderate carbonation for a light mouthfeel.

Overall, a good example of a dipa. There are better local examples such as Union Double Duckpin and Union Chubbler but I wouldn't turn one of these down if offered another.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Bottom of can says 071316.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- Earthy hop character with a bit of dankness on the tail end and a solid dose of semi-sweet malt.

T- Nice balance between earthy hop flavor and malty sweetness. Very easy to drink for the ABV and a moderate bitterness.

M- Somewhat soft but with a decent amount of hop bite. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I think the drinkability is where this DIPA shines. Not anything earth shattering character-wise but it goes down so easy for how strong it is. Glad I finally got to try it.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz. can picked up yesterday (delivered to store same day). Dark honey color, light head that dissipated quickly. Nose is subdued caramel with hints of orange zest and honey. Taste is a very nice balance of malt, some grapefruit, and very nicely hopped finish -- plenty of punch without overwhelming. This is a very solid DIPA - drinkable and balanced. I had a draft of this a few months back at the brewery and was even better than this can (yeah, I Know I get a "no crap" award for that statement). Cans of Wings are hard to come by outside of the brewery - hoping they continue to kick more out in the future.

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Photo of AMBNT_notes
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I got this on tap at Dry 85 in Annapolis MD.
MY first impressions of the beer before tasting were very good. It has a pretty clear amber look to it, but not much head. The head did not hold throughout the drinking, and there was no lacing. The smell is wonderful, its a very pleasant citrus smell.

This is a very well balanced DIPA. The hop characteristic is very good, but there was nothing that really stood out to me that set it aside from other good DIPA's. However, this is still a very good beer. It is not a hop bomb in your mouth, its pleasantly balanced with a hair of bitter hop at the very end. Overall, I would drink this again and buy a six-pack of it.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a can, pours a hazy amber with a white lasting head. Aroma is hop-forward with some citrus. Flavor is far more caramel/malty, grapefruit is pronounced, and there's ample hops bitterness at the end. Carbonation is decent and the mouth-feel is satisfying Really nice.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler into pint glass. Pours a beautiful clear amber, with a substantial off-white head. Initial impression is tropical fruit, citrus and floral up front, well tempered by a fairly sweet malt presence. Slight alcohol warming. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink for a 9.2 percenter. Slightly bitter finish with citus notes. Great balance between hops and malts. Thick of it as a slightly sticky Heady Topper.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.52/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear amber with some miniscule floaters and a large, foamy khaki head that vigorously clings to the glass.

Smell is lime, Nilla wafers, followed by catty pungent hops.

Sharp toasted, nutty caramel taste, with a bitter piney bite, while lemon-orange citrusy hops fill in the background.

Moderate to thin body, low carb.

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Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is caramelly sweet, with lightly sour notes of grapefruit, and I actually get what people are defining as grape notes. Odd, but it bridges the grapefruit and sticky malt sweetness.

Flavor is overly sweet, herbal, becoming resiny and grassy early, finishing moderately bitter and earthy. Notes of pine surface in the aftertaste, as well as hints of grapefruit pith. At only 3 weeks old, I expected more, given the ratings. Flavor improves slightly as it warms.

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Photo of tone77
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A thanks goes out to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a hazy, orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, pine. Taste is pine, resin, citrus, some malts, moderate bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Nightmare1972
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

citrus and tropical. grapefruit
Extremely drinkable, gone before you know it, carbonation is perfect.
Great balance between the hops and malt.
Pours a a slight hazy orange with a great head in a tulip glass.

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Photo of Tommo
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So i understand this is supposed to be great, but its just not my style. Reminiscent of heady, but maltier and more bitter. In the new age of IPAs, this was lackluster. Pine and malt up front, deep dipa bitterness on the back, subtle but decent aromatics. decent

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Photo of Buck89
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color with a foamy white head. Good lacing. Aromas of citrus, grape, pine, and dark bread. Moderately bitter taste - orange, grapefruit, pine, resin. Also fairly malty with dry bread and biscuit. Nice warming at the finish - hides the big ABV well.

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Photo of WatertowerIV
3.37/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep orange, almost amber color, minimal head that dissipates quickly (probably due to higher abv) lots of white sediment. I've seen this in other IPA's before, maybe this guy's out of date?
S- Warm, sweet, and grassy, with slight citrus and grape notes
T- Bready and bitter, with a slight touch of citrus peel on the end
F-Surprisingly, pleasantly, and-perhaps-the-best-thing-about-this-beer-y, not too sticky or hard to pull back. Plenty of IIPA's are straight-up chewy, but this one's actually pretty smooth drinking.
O- Not a bad example of the style, but definitely not worth almost $20 per 6 pack in DC

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy amber, thin white head fades to a ring that lasts, soapy lacing. Big aroma of citrus, melon, grapes. Huge taste in this brew, caramel malt sweetness and bold hops collide but mesh together nicely. The hops are piney and woodsy with grapefruit peel present. Little to no alcohol presence, surprising for the high abv. Medium silky soft mouthfeel. So glad I got to try this one finally, even better than I hoped for.

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Photo of ksimons
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a dark hazy golden orange with a thin layer of white head that leaves a ring around the top

S-smell is of citrus, tropical fruits, malt, and pine

T-taste is very similar to the smell with citrus, tropical fruits, and a piney finish

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a very hopped up DIPA with enough malt and tropical fruits to make drinkable

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - copper/amber type color, clear in appearance
Smell - Dank, pine, grapefruit, savory notes, earthy
Taste - Tons of onion/garlic notes in this one. Grapefruit, pine, citrus and some unripe pineapple come thru as well

Overall - HUGE DIPA here. Tasty as well but semi disappointed to be honest.

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Photo of stevoj
3.39/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at R.F.D. in DC. Coming from the NW, this IIPA came off in taste at least, as a normal NW IPA. The extra oomph from the elevated ABV wasn't readily apparent .Hoppy for some palates, but tame for others.

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Photo of Slack
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold to deep gold in color with a fair amount of head and some lacing.

Citrus, pine, and dank hops on the nose.

Taste is malty, citrus, piney, sweet, and hoppy.

Mouthful is medium and somewhat creamy with higher than normal carbonation.

This pretty much defines a DIPA. I am glad i tried it (even though I dont care for the style). I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of IPA's.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Off memory as I had it while out for lunch and wasn't taking any notes. Sunglow crayola; a finger of soapy head; lacing was somewhere between minimal to moderate. Pronounced smells of grapefruit attack the nasal cavity with each lift of the glass which, for me, was the showcase of the beer. Taste follows with a pronounced breadiness and just a smidgen of vegetal character. Nice dry finish. I really enjoyed this beer and have no issues with any glowing reviews it receives. Give this one a try if you're fortunate enough to come across it.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off - piney hops smells burst out of this can on cracking it open. Pours sunset gold, quiet, quite cloudy.

Fresh cut grass / floral scent. Wonderful

Immediate flavor is citrus, orange peel pineapple. Some slight breadiness Makes a creamy smooth transition into slightly dry almost chardonnay middle, and a spicy hoppy finish was just an ounce of burn. It's decadent.

Creamy feel, would prefer a little less carbonation.

Terrific DIPA

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Description: dark golden, amber color, almost like apple cider and quite clouded. The smell was initially piney but it gave off more fruity, floral flavors as I got into it. Up front, the taste was quite hoppy and I would characterize it as a West Coast IPA with a bitter bite. But the finish and aftertaste had some sweetness and the fruit/floral from the aroma became more apparent. Had sort of a pineapple, mango taste which provided a good balance. The mouthfeel was meatier and more viscous than a normal IPA, some of which might have been due to the low carbonation.

Suggested food pairing: Pizza with sausage and/or bacon. Preferably 'and'.

If you like this beer then you should also try: Heady Topper

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely have it again) Alright, here comes a borderline sacrilegious comment: OTWOA reminded me of Heady Topper, but OTWOA was better. There, I said it. In fairness I've only had HT once and the date was kind of mashed so I don't know how old it was; it could have been the first HT ever for all I know. On the other hand, the OTWOA was just a few weeks old. The OTWOA showed great balance between sweet and bitter and the smooth, heavy mouthfeel worked for me.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange-brown, two finger head dissipates quickly. Smell is up front hoppy. Taste is very rich, with a long finish. Feel is smooth, creamy, thick. Not overly carbonated. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 2.5-week-old can, pours a deep orange with a finger of off-white head that settles to a solid film that lasts the whole glass. Decent lacing. Smell is fantastic. I can smell grapefruit from 3 feet away. Closer inspection reveals layers of pine and something earthy and ripe, along with some caramel malt, though the hops are the main event. Some oranges and dank as well.

Taste is tons of grapefruit and spicy, resinous pine, with hints of orange and a bit of sweet malt to balance, then a long grapefruit finish. Appropriately bitter for a IIPA, but nothing crazy. There's some alcohol in there, but not much considering the ABV.

Feel is creamy and smooth, on the full side of medium, and very drinkable. There is a bit of sticky resin feel, but it's not out of place. Overall this is a really good IIPA. Cans have just appeared for the first time in my neighborhood (Northern Virginia), and I hope it becomes a regular thing.

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