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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 | website

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 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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Photo of Spiral517
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every time I have one of these I like it even more. Gorgeous light copper color. Great hoppy, citrus aroma. Flavor is wonderful, especially the slightly bitter, fruity finish. Great mouthfeel and refreshing drinkability. Highly recommended! Get one if you can and enjoy!

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Photo of theandychrist
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

75 beers rated and this is my first review.
A: rich copper
S: pine and earth, very subtle barnyard
T: follows the nose, but with a lot of pine. This iipa strays from the citrus/tropical hop profile so ubiquitous to the style, and in a good way
M: exactly where it should be
O: fsw double jack is my go - to iipa, but I think this may have just taken the cake.

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Photo of d5001986
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into tulip.

A: Hazy amber-red with large off-white head.

S: Lemon, grapefruit, resinous pine, and a little alcohol.

T: Malt forward, sweet with resinous pine and lemon. Some lingering bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and a bit too much carbonation.

O: Nice hop profile and well balanced. Great.

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Photo of 57md
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a copper color with a finger of head. The head dissipated down to a thin film which retained for awhile. The nose is hoppy with some citrus notes. The hop bitterness is the feature of the flavor profile but the malt comes through pretty well thus making this a nicely balanced offering. There are some citrus notes on the finish that blend well with the bitterness.

This is an excellent example of a DIPA style. I obviously need to sample more DC Brau beers.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can from 6-pack received in trade from siege06nd.

Orange-copper elixir poured into SA glass. 2-finger, rocky, off white head crowns this brew. Plenty of thick lacing coats the glass.

Pineapple, mango, grape, plenty of hoppy aromas. Some subtle pine and spice round out the abundance.

Nice, bitter hops with a major league citrus profile colored by the awesome grapey, hoppy taste. Nice!

Medium body, well carbonated, alcohol well hidden.

Wonderful DIPA by a stellar brewery.

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Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A tight tan head dresses up sharp for the show. Color is amber with some thin orange hues.

Pungent, earthy hops rise prominently above some notes of orange, pine and subtle caramel.

a bit hot going down with tons of piney hops, more caramel, orange rind and faint notes of cotton candy and vanilla for accompaniment.

An assertive DIPA that isn't afraid to push the bitterness past 10, but levels the sound with a strong rhythm section.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy but bright tangerine orange colored body. Produces a beige colored dense pillowy head that hangs around for a while, leaving a thick, sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Bitter hops jump out of the glass. White wine grapes. Grapefruit. Orange peel. A bit of pine and sweet malt.

T: Heavy caramel malt upfront before a load of hops smack you across the face. Grapefruit rind bitterness is strong and lingers. A bit of lemon juice sweet. Subtle pinecone in the background.

M: Full body. Heavy carbonation. Oily. Warm booze in the finish. Crisp.

O: Finally got to try the local DC favorite, and it doesnt disappoint. Unsure of when it was canned, as there was not date, but tastes really nice. Great balance of sweet and bready malts meshed with citrus sweet and bitter hops.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. can purchased at the brewery for the release of the new batch today, canned on 1/17/14, poured into my FFF Teku glass and drank over ~30 minutes.

A: 4/5 - amber-brown coloration (recall it being more golden on past consumption), impressive clarity (could both see and read through it, and I distinctly recall there being a significant hop haze on past consumption), initial thick, rocky head with large suds (some still clinging to the sides of the glass) that subdues into subtle glass lacing, moderate alcohol legs

S: 11/12 - smelling this only one day after canning, this is hophead's heaven - lots of dank, resiny, pine needle qualities with some background herbal/grassiness and citrus flavors, especially lemon and tangerine; just an awesome smelling beer!

T: 18/20 - on re-tasting (after initial review on 5/23/13), there is an moderate hop bitterness on the front of the tongue that quickly develops into a complex hop middle-of-the-mouth character -again, piney, resiny qualities admixed with grassy/herbal flavors (almost weed-like) and some mild citrus fruit; there is a bread, biscuity quality for balance; finishes totally dry and invites subsequent sips

M: 5/5 - moderate-to-full bodied; chewy and complex with moderate alcohol notes; perfect mouthfeel for style

O: 9/10- this is a re-review but I think that I said it fully on 5/23/13: "I've had (many) of the world-class imperial IPAs, and, when fresh, I'd put this one up there with any of them; the complexity of Falconer's Flight really shines though with many different flavors from the different hop varietals (Citra, Simcoe, Sorachi Ace, etc.); the distribution is unfortunately limited at present, but I count myself exceptionally lucky to now have some an amazing brew released quarterly in my backyard; if you're in the greater D.C. area, it's worth the wait, and, if you're not, it's absolutely worth the trade"

TOTAL - 44/50

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Photo of markgugs
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz. can into my Lawson's IPA tulip

A: A beautiful orange-burnt sienna in color, fairly murky. Solid cream-colored head that doesn't last too long but leaves nice splotchy lacing. If this were poured over ice it would look thirst-quenching.

S: Tantalizing wafts of tropical fruit (pineapple), citrus (grapefruit), and perhaps some stone fruit (peach) hit your nose, supported by honeyed baked goods. Maybe a hint of feet (yes, feet, lol).

T/M: Here is where this beer shines, truly world-class. Honeyed sweetness hits the tongue, a little tang from citric-based acid, then wham! All hops. And then more hops, especially during a lengthy finish. Delicious! Love the mouthfeel as well, half-creamy, half-fizzy. This beer rocks.

O: Would love love love to try this on draught some day, but for now, I'm thankful I have 2 more cans! Fantastic DIPA, one of those beers that makes you feel silly for chasing whales.

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On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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