On The Wings Of Armageddon | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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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2,013
Reviews:
272
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
8.84%
 
 
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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a hazy copper and golden body. Nice lacing. Aroma of biscuit, pineapple, orange, mango, but I think peach dominates but there is a little bit odd herbal and malt aroma with some candy sugar as well. Flavor follows with a sort of simple and one-dimensional hop presence which has some earthy and citrus presence on a malt forward bready base. Medium body and moderate carbonation. I was let down a little by the flavor after the aroma. Still a nice beer just didn't live up to the review number I saw.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice citrus forward hop qualities in the aroma and flavor.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

astounding ipa here, so different from everything else out there. this beer is orange in color, bronze hued with decent clarity and a great big head. it smells hoppy as heck, but the falconers flight hops are newish to my palate, they always seem to be in recipes with other varietals, not sure i have had many single hop beers with it, and certainly none this aggressive with it. some caramel malt in the base here, which is fuller bodied and sturdy, even wheaty, but its all just pillars for the enormous hop character. heavily resinous, and heavily bitter, this is a snappy beer, with a wood aspect like i often get from centennial hops, but things here are much more intense, biting almost. fresh as anything, but very assertive hop profile, it dominates any grain flavor, although without the malt body this beer would be way off. its pretty drinkable at its strength because of how dry it finishes, but this is a palate wrecker for sure, one that affects how things taste for awhile after. its very very bold, and way better than anything else i have had from these guys. very well done, and something different from the masses of big hoppy ales.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a hazy copper color with a nice fluffy white head on top. The retention and lacing are really good. The smell of the beer is fruity and sweet, peach and mango aromas like crazy, there is pineapple in there too. The taste is also very good, solid malt profile followed up by a wave of fruity hop flavors with a subtle piney finish. The mouthfeel is oily and lightly carbonated, silky smooth texture with a creamy finish. Overall this beer is very good, big thanks to DaveHack for handing a can off to me. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of nmann08
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange/amber color, with soft white head, at least a couple of inches. The head stays for a long time, great retention.

Nose is fruity, citrus. Grapefruit, orange zest, very light malt and some pine coming through as well.

Taste is fruit, citrus, with a balanced bitterness. Maybe some mango, grapefruit on the buds. The malt hangs around in a very balanced nature.

This is a full bodied DIPA, but finishes nice, hides the alcohol, very juicy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is great.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As the halmark of an IPA at any strength is its hop-forward attitude, we've seen a slew of "Imperial" versions that can't follow through on its bitter promises due to an over balance of the malt needed to propel such high alcohol. Though zesty in taste and aroma, many of those are simply compromising for their lack of bitterness. Cue On The Wings Of Armageddon...

Pouring a highly hazed amber with a powdery gaze of yeast and hop matter trickling about, its appearance is rusty and unadulterated. As a thick lather of yellowish-stain foam builds upon the beer, it simmers into an even skirt across the glass, leaving broken weaves of lace in its wake.

Bold of aromas densely pack the nose with its rustic citrus peels, resinous pine and grassy tones. Everything from lemon to tropical fruit to white wine can be found in its complex hop scent. But its balance from malt is nearly as invigorating as its lavish caramel, biscuit and honey give the hops a "candied" effect.

But where the nose may seem somewhat balanced, there's really no such threat in taste. Sure, the malty matrix plays out with that honey and biscuit upstart but once the hops take hold, we can forget about all that malt sweetness. Its now the job of red and white grapefruit, orange peels, pine shavings, fresh-cut grass, floral perfumes and tangy wine-like acidity to dominate the taste thereafter. As those semi-delicate traits fade into an obscure finish, the bitterness easily supplants all that for a deeply resinous "sappy" bittering that grips the throat like an acrobat on a trapeze. Its long and pithy finish surely appeases the "West Coast" aficionados while its malty center does the same for the "East Coast".

Medium-dry in body, its rich maltiness has an impact early but not late. As its initial carbonation and residual bready-sweet textures hold together, the ale is creamy and firm. But the hops slice through all that and break it apart as it ushers in a sticky, resinous and dry finish that's usually reserved for standard American IPA.

Without the highly seductive "nuevo" hops in its arsenal, the IPA reminds me of how great high-gravity and hop-heavy beers tasted a decade ago. Where those were rustic and often times clumsy, there's no such threat here- its confident, effortless and meant for the grind of bitterness for which true hop heads yearn.

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3.41/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brief initial impressions from a can (with stellar art) acquired 3 days ago (courtesy of SlothB77):

A: Pours a healthy 3 inch head of off-white colour. Average creaminess, fullness, frothiness, and thickness. Retention is excellent - easily 8 minutes.

Body colour is a yellow-copper of average vibrance, with no visible yeast particles or hop sediment.

Appears well-carbonated. A typical IPA appearance.

Sm: Fragrant and pungent. Intricate developed floral hop character, a hint of classic herbal character (with some "dankness"), and some mild citrus rind. One of the most classic hop aromas I've ever come across; this has a direct correspondence to the aroma of actual hops.

Average aromatic intensity.

TASTE: Balance is key here, in classic "East Coast style" imperial IPA fashion. Pale malts check the hop bitterness nicely, and there's plenty of hop character lent by floral, herbal, and lightly citrusy hop notes. Deep enough, with nice complexity. I like it.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, well-carbonated, medium-bodied, oily, aptly thick, and soft enough. Suits the taste nicely, but doesn't elevate the beer.

OVERALL: A very enjoyable, drinkable imperial IPA with plenty of flavour and impressive balance. The classic hop aromatics and enjoyable flavour profile make this a beer I'd return to, but not one I'd consider world class. It could well be DC Brau's best beer - I wouldn't know - but it's certainly a good one. Worth trying, but not worth seeking out.

B-

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05.13.15: Further notes from a second can below.

The dank aroma is palpable as I pour, bringing notes of caramalt, cream, grass, white grapefruit, candi sugar, floral character, and herb. The aroma doesn't indicate any booziness or yeast, but seems on the sweeter side for an imperial IPA.

Appearance is very good overall, with a healthy long-lasting head (~7-8 minute retention) and a lively yeast sediment-riddled body of copper-orange colour and average vibrance. Murky in a good way.

The remarkably soft mouthfeel is evident on the creamy open, luring the drinker in and then delivering with an apt medium body and a supple, comforting texture. Smooth and wet, letting the taste speak for itself. The taste, however, is a bit lacking - balanced though it may be. The relatively mild hop profile is comprised of grassy and floral character, some modest grapefruit citrus, and slightly resinous bitterness. A malt backbone of caramalt, candi character (an awful characteristic here), and pale malt provides the balancing sweetness, but also lends the beer a coating slimy presence on the palate.

This disguises its ABV well, but it's not a beer I'd go out of my way to drink again. I'd happily nab a 6er if I caught this on shelves, but if this is truly DC's best beer I feel bad for the District. Drinkable and worth trying, but not a world-class, unique, or special offering in its style.

B-

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Photo of brentk56
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: An impressive head tops the amber liquid and leaves copious amounts of lacing behind

Smell: Rich white grapefruit aromatics with an interesting praline character to the malt

Taste: Maple pecan praline, up front, with grapefruit flavors taking over almost immediately as the beer grows increasingly bitter and pithy; in the finish, though, there is some residual praline flavor in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a world class DIPA with a very interesting twist to the malt bill

Thanks, cp45, for the opportunity to re-visit in the can

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Photo of oline73
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a standard pint glass.

The beer pours an orangish amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head. As the head fades it leaves some lace on the side of the glass. The nose is full of fresh smelling hops right off the bat. There is just a touch of sweetness as well, but the hops definitely dominate. The taste follows the smell closely. The grain sweetness might be a bit more prevalent in the taste, but it still plays second fiddle to the hops. The hops remind me of juicy citrus peel with a hint of pine. I'm getting a little alcohol in the background along with the sweetness. The finish is bitter. The body is just on the thick side of medium with a very dry finish and a normal amount of carbonation.

This is a very good double IPA and I'll be quite happy if it ever makes it into regular distribution.

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7%

Can: Poured a light amber color ale with a nice foamy head with excellent retention and some good lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney notes are quite intense but still very enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by citrus and piney notes with some floral notes but not as much as I had expected with a little bit of residual sugars. Body is full with good carbonation. Well brewed and quite enjoyable but maybe not up to those super floral Vermont IPAs.

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Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothman
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light onion and tropical citrus. Grapefruit and pineapple. Earthy and weedy. Dank.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
4.3 out of 5 based on 2,013 ratings.
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