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.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of BJB13
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of hopflyer
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -12.3%
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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Photo of surfcaster
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
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 -4.9%
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 +10.2%
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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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
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. Think 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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