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 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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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really dont have anything bad to say about this beer. A big, really nice, flavorful IPA...one of the better IPAs I have enjoyed in a while. Picked up a six-pack dated 12/27 from the brewery and drank on 1/12...so right at about two weeks old. Pours a nice amber gold, nice big hoppy smell and taste...really nice balance...not super bitter...overall great!

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Photo of MrOH
2.51/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Canned 12/27/13, bought at the brewery and placed in the fridge. Poured into my Perennial tulip.

Pours hazy orange, decent lacing, not much in the way of head retention.

Has a generic American hop aroma. Some grapefruit, a touch of resiny pine, a bit herbal and floral. Nothing stands out, and it's not as in your face as I'd expected.

Pretty much the same as the nose, plus booze and a bit of malt. Well balanced bitterness, so it's got that going for it.

A little on the heavy side, could use a bit more carbonation.

Overall, I am let down by this beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of reebtaerG
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just got a six pack cans fresh from DC Brau brewery

A-poured can into New Belguim globe glass with a hazy golden color with two finger white head. Great lacing and head last throughout.

S-wonderful and big aromas of citrus and pine with a orange zest

T-awesome sweet malt with a melon and orange with a dry finish with the hops and grapefruit and pine

M-very well balanced with the hops and malts, great carbonation, great mouthfeel

O-great imperial IPA, was quite impressed, glad I got 2 fresh six packs at the brewery!

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Photo of KYGunner
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The pour comes out cloudy, almost murky in an apricot color. The head was stiff and held out for some time.

The scent starts with a malt aroma but then is overcome by a huge hop aroma. The hop character is diverse but not gamey or swampy. Fresh hop cone or flower comes out as a savory herbal scent follows. To top it off I get apricot towards the end.

The flavor follows the scent but the malt seems to be at the backbone and the hop cone really stands out. The hops are actually overwhelming, in a good way, as this avoids the cannabis elements and seems to concentrate on the floral and fruity elements. The fruit elements are not as easy to discern and it ends in a bold citrus taste.

This drinks like a near sessionable beer with little astringency and almost no pithy bitterness.

This is a very impressive beer and one of the few that overcame expectation and delivered.

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Photo of dav3290
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade from a guy in DC. About 2 weeks old (wish they dated the cans).

A - Hazy orange in the glass, reminds me a lot of Heady

S - Smell is the best part of this beer, orange juice, tropical fruits. Amazing.

T - Amazing, so juicy and fruity. Tried my hardest to let it warm up but I was gulping it down with each sip. Very drinkable. Don't taste the 9.2% at all.

M - Medium

O - One of the best DIPA's I've ever had. Up there with Heady but doesn't quite surpass it. Still an amazing beer that I wish was more widely distributed. O and it comes in six packs!

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Photo of guityler83
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass with moderate heat the foam built a two finger slightly yellowish off white head composed of mixed sized bubbles. Retention was long and it left chunks of bubbles on the edge of the glass. The liquid is a murkey dark amber with a noticable amount of sediment formed at the bottom.

S: Strong tropical melons, honey dew, watermelon and strawberry with some dank pine resin in the background. Darker fruit malt character peeks through the massive hop nose in the way of raisins and stone fruit. Some toast also present.

T: A firm tropical fruit, melon bitterness that evolves over the pallet into over ripened mango and strawberry flavors combined with the underlying pine. The malt profile detected in the nose is all but lost in the taste but there is a slight breadiness that keeps the beer from being all hops.

M: A nice creamy mouthfeel with this beer. Moderate carbonation and body. A slight bit of alcohol warming sensation, but this beer is dangerously drinkable at 9.2%

O: Right up there with HT and PtE but with a different hop profile. Not sure how fresh the can I had was but the only complaint I had was there was no canned on date.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
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 jvillefan
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden yellow almost orange body that is very very hazy. There is a decent off ivory colored one finger head.

S: Dank hops is the dominate aroma here. There is some biscuit aroma in the background but the dominate aroma is tropical fruit, grass, and pine. Well done.

T: Tropical fruits are the first thing you get. This leads into an intense bitterness followed by a blending in of caramel and biscuit.

M: Heavy body with great carbonation.

O: A very good IPA. Well done DC Brau.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is a cloudy orange color with a 2 finger off white head.
Aroma is insane orange and apricot marmalade, candy, tropical.
Taste is bitter up front with hinges of tropics, fruit and super bitter on the back end with pine notes that just linger. The bitterness in this beer sets it apart from any ipa I have every tasted.
Just a super incredible IPA, I'm very impressed and pleased!
I need more!

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz, 10/18/13 canning I think
Tulip glass

A: Pours out a rust colored orange. Completely opaque. Some floating yeast sediment. Seems to be nicely carbonated. Full finger of off white head.

S: Lots of big tropical sweet fruits: papaya, mango, overripe peach, orange, etc. Some pine notes. Sweet malt bill.

T: Big attack of bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Lots of pine. Then you get that sweet fruit: again papaya and mango and orange marmalade. It's a hop bomb but being a DIPA there is certainly some malt character to match it. Drinks fairly easily. Finish is dry with lingering bitterness.

M: It's a big medium.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DC Brau Brewing Co. - On The Wings Of Armageddon, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a cloudy caramel amber with a massive soapy head that retains well. Exceptional lacing.

Smell - Aroma is perfect. An ever so slight sweet caramel malt with a dank citrusy hop face melter on top.

Taste - Malt backbone is just that, it's simply the vehicle that a massive grapefruit and pine hop blast rides in on.

Mouthfeel - Sits bitter but fades nicely. Heavy-medium bodied with low carbonation. Surprisingly not boozy and great drinkability. I wanted another right after!

Overall - Thsi is phenomenal! What a great brew. This is a hop head dream come true. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of ltjska04
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Gmr75 for sending this as part of the recent "CAN-CAN" BIF.

A: Poured into a tulip glass, this guy's not much to look at. Super hazy light orange, not unlike Heady. I get that it's unfiltered and saw the yeast pour into the glass, but it's still rather ugly and doesn't retain foam like I expected.
S: Smells like pine & grapefruit candy. The aroma leaps out of the glass, beckoning to take a sip. Tons of hops but also a good amount of malt.
T: The hops smack you in the face for sure, but the maltiness is no slouch either. Sweeter than I like in a DIPA but it balances the bitterness well. Layers of hop flavors mingle over the malty base and keep things interesting until the end.
M: Full and creamy yet very drinkable. It's hard to put this one down.

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On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
4.31 out of 5 based on 1,990 ratings.
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