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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.

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

Poured from a 12 oz can into a willibecher. If there's a date on the can, I can't read it.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber/medium orange-brown and leaves a finger of sticky white head.

Smell: Resin, mild pine, malts, hint of citrus.

Taste: Citrus, some pine, resin, malts. Nice hop dominant, but with some good malt backbone.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. Smooth, slightly bitter mouthfeel.

Overall: A very nice, hop forward IPA, but very well balanced. Definitely a treat to drink. ABV is very well hidden.

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Photo of mjstacker
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just got a 6-pack shipped in from DC, dated 4/11... so it's 5 days old. Lot's of lacing from a somewhat minimal head, deep copper color. Darker then I expected based on the description. Nose is weak, for 5 days old I would hope for more fruit, not getting much of anything. Super smooth, almost too malty but just within my tolerance. Tastes fantastic for the ABV, can't put a finger on what it reminds me of but it's damn good regardless. I was sad to trade Bissell Brothers to get this but after having two, i'm glad i got the shipment. Solid DIPA, i'd totally trade to get again.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper hued body forms a rocky light khaki colored head. Cloudy with sediment and a head that fades but laces the glass nicely. Hop aromas are big. Wet pine needles, citrus fruit, mango and tobacco. Caramel malt profile provides a backbone that should be big but isn't big enough for the wallop of hops in this one. Taste is grapefruit forward with the caramel malt flavor showing early and giving way fast to a very dank middle of pine and mango and finishing with a big bitterness and slight tobacco aftertaste. Sharp carbonation to start smooths out and finishes dry. This beer reminds me a lot of Jai Alai or more accurately it's big brother. I'm not a fan of the booziness. It has that overly dank way and tobacco flavors that I tend to find off putting and for me, hold this back from being a top tier DIPA.

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Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich golden color with a monster head that settles nicely with some thick lacing.

S: Aromas of biscuit, pine, grapefruit and some mustiness.

T: Taste is bitter grapefruit with a big malt presence, a little cracked pepper on the tongue. finish is dry with a resinous quality.

M: Medium to full body with decent carbonation.

O: A pretty good showcase of falconers flight hops and very well hidden 9.2% ABV.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, no date on can but drank about a month after it arrived in the store

A- pours a slightly hazy amber orange color with a two-finger foamy off-white head that retains long after the pour, short sticking lace left behind

S- tropical fruity hop aromas of cantaloup, mango and guava, floral and peppery, buttery biscuit malt on the backend to balance it out, the biscuity malt is quite prominent

T- tropical flavors follow the nose with more emphasis on cantaloup, melon and guava. Hints of piney hops and cracked pepper transition into a big toasted-bread malt backbone that leads to a sweet caramel finish, more pine on the linger

M- medium-viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a huge creamy mouthfeel that fills the mouth, super smooth and chewy finish with just a touch of alcohol warmth on the linger

O- great variety of hop flavors packed into a can, however I tend to go for a little less malt in DIPA’s. The mouthfeel was so smooth and definitely easy to drink, given the ABV

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Photo of joe1510
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Big thanks goes out to Wil for the box of cans, this on included! This hefty IIPA glugs from the can blood orange in color with haze enough to make seeing through the body impossible. I got a little overzealous on the pour and dumped the yeast as well... The head is dusty white and incredibly creamy. It actually looks like a nitro pour. Thick foam coats the glass on the way down.

Whoa! That's a juicy, bitter pill. Citrus pithy galore, grapefruit and orange. There's a touch of tropical in there that's tough to pinpoint but what really sets this IIPA apart from the rest is the crushed aspirin bitterness. Yes, you can actually smell the bitterness. A solid dose of caramel tries to keep some semblance of balance but it doesn't come close. With warmth comes resin.

Bitter crushed aspirin and resinous sticky pine kick about the tastebuds like child's play. A flash of caramel pops up in the middle before pithy and zesty citrus wash over the tongue. Grapefruit and orange are bitter to the extreme. Peppery mango flashes through ghost-like on the swallow before aspirin bitterness assault over the tongue again. There's a strong malt base, for any other IPA, but not for this one. It barely keeps up.

There is a good heft to the body, steadily between moderate and heavy. It feels like there will be some stick with each swallow but it's squashed by saliva sapping dryness and a bitterness that will punish you. The bitterness actually invades every nook and cranny of my mouth. I can't say the drinkability is very high with this being the case.

Wings of Armageddon is one of the more bitter beers I've had in a while. DC Braun set out to make this a bruiser and they've succeeded on all counts. Pithy, resinous, aspirin, this beer has every bitter hop characteristic you could think of. Whew, watch out! Thanks, Wil!

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Photo of bylerteck
3.39/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got a can of this at Max's in Baltimore. From notes.

A - Hazy copper pour with one finger of off white head. No visible carbonation, good lace, rings of retention.

S - Dank hop pellets, onion.

T - Orange, hop pellets, onion, citrus, resin, leafy.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body, pretty bitter.

O/D - Not as good as it's made out to be. Might be the Falconer's Flight but the oniony element was a bit too much for me. It was odd, but not is a really offputting way. Decent, but not world class like it's said to be. A letdown overall.

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Photo of larryi86
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler, filled today, poured into a snifter

A- A hazy bright/glowing orange in the light with a two finger off-white head.

S- Tropical fruits, mango, grapefruit, pine, dank.

T- Very dank and piney finish, citrus, tropical fruits, some caramel malts. Really hoppy.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- This is an awesome IIPA, would love to try a fresh can. Very happy that I was able to buy a growler. This is a beer I will not pass on, dank bitterness reminds me of The Corruption, but this is amped up and balanced.

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Photo of Cubmaster938
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting on tap at Capital Ale House Fredericksburg VA

Appearance: moderately rocky light tan head with some lacing. Very light haze; coppery amber color.

Smell: herbal and citrus/grapefruit. A hint of sweetness in the malts.

Taste: grassy bitterness followed by well balanced buscuit/cracker maltiness. Long, smooth finish. Good sturdy mouthfeel.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a hazy rusted orange with a sandstone colored 2 finger head. Good retention, leaving behind a thick layer of suds across the surface, and thick streaks of lacing that stick to the glass like glue.

Smell - Prominent citrus and tropical fruit notes. Orange and a touch of pineapple. Very faint pine. Strong bisquit-like malt scent sitting beneath the layers of hop goodness.

Taste - Plenty of orange notes upfront and throughout, ranging from juiciness to pith. Hints of pineapple, mango and pine resin. Strong malt backbone that hits on caramel and lesser notes of lightly toasted bread. Finishes with a wave sweet, juicy fruitiness and light layers of citrus.

Mouthfeel - Close to full body with moderate carbonation. slick texture gives way to an easy, nigh quaffable finish.

Overall - Damn is this a fantastic DIPA. Very reminiscent of Drake's Hopocalypse. Similarly named, in fact. Coincidence? Probably. If you can get this beer, DO NOT pass it up.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a snifter.

Deep amber with 2 fingers of fluffy, off-white head. Excellent retention and clarity.

Grapefruit, dank, spicy, woodsy, caramel, and toffee.

Very unique hop profile. Distinct watermelon notes along with candied tangerine, mango, and grapefruit. Dank florals with a spicy, woodsy edge. Touches of spearmint. Caramelized candy sugars with dollops of honey. Smooth yet resinous finish that sticks around with additional notes of grapefruit zest.

Medium-plus bodied, oily, sticky, moderately bitter, and dry.

This has a similar Columbus character that THE CORRUPTION has but is unique unto itself. Spicy, dank, woodsy, and most importantly, easy drinking.

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Photo of hops202
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau IPA glass.

At first pour the beer looks pretty amazing. Has a very hazy reddish copper color that looks amazing. Smell has some sweet fruit along with the citrus and pine resin - Mango and pineapple come to mind. Taste is absolutely delicious!! Lots of grapefruit, resin, pine, and some sweetness to match the bitterness. Great aftertaste as well. Top Notch!

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Photo of dar482
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Th beer comes in a very dark reddish amber with a beige fluffy head.

The aroma has some over ripe, almosr rotten tropical fruit and grapefruit. There’s some resinous pine and sweet bready malt. Lots of dankness and some green marijuana character.

The flavor follows of this cedar/oak woodiness along with riping green leaves, grass, and wood sap. There are big notes of resinous pine. There’s a medium plus bready malt in the middle with creamy carbonation. The finish is medium minus bitterness, but aggressively dries. The beer flies off the palate quite quickly leaving some leafy hops on the finish.

The beer drinks like a single IPA. It’s extremely different with its interesting hop notes (Falconer’s Flight) and huge drying on the finish.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is orange/ dark copper color. Head was fairly substantial and had some staying power. Nice lacing.
Odor was citrus(grapefruit mostly) and some floral with a tin bit of sweet.
Taste starts with hop bitterness. Grapefruit and general citrus with a heavy does of green. Floral notes persist throughout and sweet malt is present in the background. Mouth feel is moderate and not heavy. Bitter finish and a little dry.
Overall, a great IPA. Complex and deep with many different flavors.

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

Pours a beautiful orange in color; good head with retention. Nose is light hops, but taste is strong dank grapefruit. Juicy sweetness, but it's from the hop oils, not the malts. Mouthfeel is as expected. Surprisingly pleased with the beer--a great brew!

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Photo of Jono0284
3.51/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a opaque golden copper and a nice white head. Smelled very hoppy with slight citrus notes . Taste was very bitter but mellowed as the beer opened up. It had a long finish and great mouth feel.

Overall the beer I enjoyed the beer but do not know if I would purchase again - a little on the bitter side for my taste.

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Photo of ItsMe
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Usual snifter on hand to house this puppy.

two can limit at my local shop. excited to try this.

this baby pours a hazy tangerine with a frothy 2 and half finger head. looks delicious.

smells so very juicy. orange, mango, grapefruit. west coast nose.

big grapefruit, resin, pine, with a nice very faint malt to coat an excellent bitterness.

this beer is worth hunting down, if you're a hop head.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

*12 Oz. Can* You ever get something you always wanted? Then you find out it is not what you expected? Well that isn't the case with this one. The look on this brew is unfiltered. Hazy burnt orange body with a frothy 3 finger frothy off white head. I have to keep smelling this beer to keep picking up more aromas. The first wave of scent is Rawness! Resinous wood with some Floral tones. Then it gives way to hints of citrus fruits and tropical fruits as well. Pears makes a presence only for a while. The malts are caramel and honey wheat. Very nice! Ok, I am aching to sip this beer. I almost jizzed my pants just anticipating the flavor of this brew! The flavor is just like the nose touches on. Caramel and wheat toast with dense resinous cedar. Pineapples and Papaya mixed with a little citric bite. This beer finishes semi dry with a resinous dank hop aftertaste. The bitterness isn't all that sharp, which is a good thing. The feel of this brew is Medium smooth body with soft carbonation.

Overall: This beer is very, very good. Is it worth the hype. It is in my case. But that's only because DC Brau has captured hop flavors without it eating the enamel off your teeth. The bitterness is balanced. I like the direction brewers are going in with making hop bombs and not bitter bombs. Don't get me fugged up, I love bitter IPAs just its been done too many times. I will Recommend this beer if you love raw, resinous and tropical IIPAs. If you like Tongue Shredders this one isn't for you.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a copper color. The one-finger off-white shaded head is quite dense and thick, and also offers great retention. There's also plenty of lacing left on the glass.

S: At first, it's a pretty standard DIPA, with primary notes of grapefruit and caramel. But something funny happens once it warms up a bit - it develops some great fruity tones, like apricot, mango, melon, peach, and even some apple. The malts remain moderately prevalent throughout, bringing a more defined breadiness than the average DIPA. Hell, I'm pretty damn impressed.

T: A large wave of bitterness hits immediately. While I'm getting a lot of the fruitiness from the aroma, I'm also getting a shitload of weed, especially in the midtaste. The malt integration is excellent - many, MANY DIPAs tend to be too sweet for my tastes, but this one's malt backbone is balanced well...and complex. I'm getting caramel, toffee, apple, apricot, melon, sugar cookie, mango, and the aforementioned shitload of weed. It's both contemplatively deep AND a shameless punch in the face - how is that not awesome?!

M: It's medium bodied, dry finishing, and drinkable, but that's not what makes the feel so great. No, that would be the way the hop resins absolutely coat every inch of the mouth. This feature does a great job of making it seem less sweet than it might really be, and I'm thankful for that. Carbonation is pretty vibrant.

O: Gotta love great, local DIPAs like this one. DC Brau hasn't impressed me in the past, but I can safely say this lives up to the hype. I don't know what else to say other than seek it out.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally got to try this at ChurchKey in DC. 12 ounce can for $9. Should have bought the 6 pack from the brewery for $18. Oh well.

A- opaque and hazy orange color with an uneven top of foam that just sat there.

S- grapefruit, orange, pine, and a splash of the booze. I didn't pick up too much of the malt backbone.

T- Every tropical fruit imaginable especially apricot and tangerine. Was not expecting this DIPA to be so very fruity but it's great. The herbal piney character eventually takes shape as the beer warms.

M- slick mouthfeel with a drying finish.

Overall this was fantastic. Not overly bitter for a 9% DIPA and dry tropical in taste. The alcohol was well hidden. DC Brau needs to start sending this to Brooklyn!

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a Burley Oak snifter

They were just released into Maryland late January/early February, so this is about a month old or two tops.

Just opened one of my OTWOA cans and WOW. My nose wasn't even near the opening and the air around me was just suddenly filled with this great floral hop aroma. There is something to be said for a great DIPA in a can.

A: Brown, slightly amber body with a thin pencil head that leaves little lacing.

S: First off, I must say I was surprised to learn just before I hit the review button that this was a single hop DIPA. This is extremely floral. It literally smells like a field of flowers. It is nature in a bottle. I get almost no malts or pine, with only minor citrus undertones like that spray you get off an orange when you zest it. There is just an X factor here that I can't place but just smells amazing.

T: I've had it on tap at Max's (4.25) for the DC Brau debut party, where it was probably a tad fresher (first beer of the night and a whole pint). I feel like with this slight increase in age on this can, you notice a bit more of that stiff malt base poking through, which is nice if you like that kind of thing. The hops here showcase predominately hop notes, in contrast to the nose. But that is not to say that there is no floral notes here at all. It is just a good refreshing DIPA that is very well balanced with a pleasant aftertaste that isn't overbearing. You get more sweet malts as it warms.

M: Nice mouthfeel here. Massaging bumpy feel, without that crisp and rough carbonation.

O: Just a great DIPA. Bar impressions off of a pint are one thing, but there are distractions and then the rest of the night. Sitting down with a can by yourself is another thing. Glad to have another great East Coast DIPA that is sought after. However, it should be noted that it will only be draft only in MD after this initial wave of cans, so no trading for me. That being said it will be easier to get than HT. A great DIPA brewed close to home, such good news.

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Photo of fire34fighter
4.86/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Love this beer and its bitterness which is a surprise because it's not something I usually look for in a beer. Tons of hop and bitter flavor with tons of citrus notes. I've had both the cans and on tap and prefer tap but cans are still really solid!

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Photo of koutkid41
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly cloudy, orange/copper color. Nice 2 finger frothy head. Nice retention.

S: I get a lot of melon (honeydew, watermelon) upfront then some grapefruit, pine and caramel undertones. Some grass on the back end but not bad.

T: Strong melon (honeydew, watermelon) then some pine and resin. Nice lingering hop flavor and some bready malt to back it up. Something uniquely different for me, like it.

M: Dry, medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

O: A nice intro to this brewery for me, really interested honeydew flavor I haven't gotten before. Wouldn't mind having on a nice summer day despite the ABV lol.

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Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yay canned beer, just as large impending storm is about to crush us, this seemed like an apt beer, thanks to elbrooksie (reddit).

Pours a nice creamy fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice high water mark of a creamy lacing, fairly hazy honey orange color.

Nose explodes with hops, some mild citrus candied orange peel, little tropical fruit with grapefruit, hint of mango, papaya, hint of melon and fruity bubblegum, little tangerine even, into a mild spicy earthy chewy hop profile and floral hops as well, with a fairly big malt base that seems a bit sweet and candy like.

Taste starts with big hops again, spicy and chewy at first with big bitterness, into that citrus again, juicy as hell too. Citrus brings more orange juice and candied orange peel, little zest and grapefruit rind, mild melon and bit of tropical fruit also bringing a little mango and papaya. Also a touch of dank resin in the hop profile. Malts bring fair sweetness to balance the big hop bitterness, little candy and toasty reddish malts mostly. Finish dries a bit and gets very bitter, a little tangerine juice comes through before the crazy spicy chewy hops take over, bit astringent almost and salty earthy like too, and a touch of sticky malt.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, just a touch of warming booze mostly hidden, nice carbonation too.

Overall pretty nice DIPA, best beer from DC Brau by far. Good bitterness, nice balance, booze hidden well, good hop and malt profile, enjoyable.

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Photo of Omnium
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On Tap at House of 1000 Beers

A - Clear lighter gold with a finger of white fluffy head, medium on lacing.
S - Lots of pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, bready malt, a little astringeng.
T - Grapefruit attack! There's seriously so much grapefruit flavor in this its kinda crazy. There's also a big piney hop bite at the end, a moderate bread malt balance.
M - Dry, extremely dry and malty on the feel, kinda weird.
O - Its a good IPA for sure, I wouldnt want more than one in a sitting, its kinda abrasive, but there's a ton of grapefruit flavor, which if thats what you like you're in luck

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On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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