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 SHDoyle
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Description: dark golden, amber color, almost like apple cider and quite clouded. The smell was initially piney but it gave off more fruity, floral flavors as I got into it. Up front, the taste was quite hoppy and I would characterize it as a West Coast IPA with a bitter bite. But the finish and aftertaste had some sweetness and the fruit/floral from the aroma became more apparent. Had sort of a pineapple, mango taste which provided a good balance. The mouthfeel was meatier and more viscous than a normal IPA, some of which might have been due to the low carbonation.

Suggested food pairing: Pizza with sausage and/or bacon. Preferably 'and'.

If you like this beer then you should also try: Heady Topper

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely have it again) Alright, here comes a borderline sacrilegious comment: OTWOA reminded me of Heady Topper, but OTWOA was better. There, I said it. In fairness I've only had HT once and the date was kind of mashed so I don't know how old it was; it could have been the first HT ever for all I know. On the other hand, the OTWOA was just a few weeks old. The OTWOA showed great balance between sweet and bitter and the smooth, heavy mouthfeel worked for me.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange-brown, two finger head dissipates quickly. Smell is up front hoppy. Taste is very rich, with a long finish. Feel is smooth, creamy, thick. Not overly carbonated. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 2.5-week-old can, pours a deep orange with a finger of off-white head that settles to a solid film that lasts the whole glass. Decent lacing. Smell is fantastic. I can smell grapefruit from 3 feet away. Closer inspection reveals layers of pine and something earthy and ripe, along with some caramel malt, though the hops are the main event. Some oranges and dank as well.

Taste is tons of grapefruit and spicy, resinous pine, with hints of orange and a bit of sweet malt to balance, then a long grapefruit finish. Appropriately bitter for a IIPA, but nothing crazy. There's some alcohol in there, but not much considering the ABV.

Feel is creamy and smooth, on the full side of medium, and very drinkable. There is a bit of sticky resin feel, but it's not out of place. Overall this is a really good IIPA. Cans have just appeared for the first time in my neighborhood (Northern Virginia), and I hope it becomes a regular thing.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: dark and stormy, betraying some malts. Pretty standard dark-apricot colored malty IPA look.

S: Smell of sweet malts, ripe fruits (citrus and some melon). No pine or resin on the nose.

T: BIG taste. Yum! Juicy, juicy, juicy. Unexpected with such a malty look and smell. This drinks light too!

F: luscious, creamy mouthfeel.

O: a delicious brew! Challenging, thought provoking, and stimulating. Wish I had access to this all the time. Thanks @jrubenst12

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Photo of jrubenst12
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I feel like this is one of the more underrated IPA's out there. OTWOA is nearly perfect. It's the best beer brewed regularly in DC, without any doubt. I'm a huge fan of OTWOA and think it stacks up next to the big boys. Add a solid ABV in the mix and it's even better considering how fresh and delicious it tastes.

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Photo of rjd722
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased from State Line Liquors on 12/18 and consumed on 12/19; 32 oz. growler fill. The keg had been tapped on 12/16.

Look: Poured into my spiegelau IPA glass. A deep, slightly hazy orange. At the right light, looks almost orange-red. The color gets lighter at the bottom of the glass. About a two-finger off-white foam head that never fully dissipates and leaves some lacing.

Aroma: Citrus (grapefruit and maybe some orange rind) and a really phenomenal mix of malt and earthy, dank hops.

Taste: A huge, juicy blast of dank, floral hops with a satisfyingly bitter bite. Refreshing citrus and a sweet malt backbone. Really great stuff, the way the various characteristics play off of each other is what sets this profile apart from others with a similar make-up.

Feel: A surprisingly light body along with a very well-done dry finish. While the initial blast of juiciness is where the refreshing elements of this beer exists, it quickly gives way to a resinous, bitter hop dominance which rides through to the end.

Glad I was able to grab a growler of this fine DIPA, I'll be looking to get some more whenever available.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours orange red with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and floral notes, very inviting. Tastes of faint grain with great citrus and slight earthy hops. Beer is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall a superb beer.

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Photo of corby112
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, bright golden orange/tangerine color with lighter apricot colored edges and a one finger frothy white head that very quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind. Very nice color but the retention isn't very good.

Floral earthy hop aroma with dank resins, fresh cut grass and earthy pine countered by candied topical fruit sweetness a sweet malt backbone and a touch of booze. Earthy quality isn't as strong as suspected with some grass and pine but the citrus/tropical fruit presence really stands out with melons, pineapple, ruby red grapefruit and candied orange peel. Sweet caramel malts wih some toffee, biscuit and a grainy cracker presence. A little malt heavy for my preference but otherwise smells pretty good.

Full bodied with a blast of dank, sticky hop bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes, malt backbone and boozy sweetness into a bone dry finish. The earthy bitterness and dank, resinous hop character is much stronger than the nose suggests with dank, sticky nugs, grassy pine and spruce up. This is countered by sweet tropical/citrus fruit. Again, it's very sweet with an almost candied fruit slice character that provides a nice counter to the earthy bitterness. Juicy blood orange and curaƧao along with lemon curd and candied fruit slice. Sweet malt backbone with caramel, toffee and faint toast. Strong boozy sweetness in the finish with lot of alcohol flavor and a decent amount of heat. I usually don't enjoy his but it doesn't interfere with the juicy hop flavors too much. Still, this beer would be amazing if it was a touch less malty and the booze was toned downed three or four notches.

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

Thanks Nate.
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a bronzed golden amber color with a one finger white foamy head that bit up and capped just a bit over the top of the glass. (I take pride in pouring all styles accordingly, did I pour it wrong or does this beer just do that anyways?, I don't know). So this one's got a great head, let's just leave it at that and move on. Stringy lacing along the sides.
The smell had a sharp sweet to bitter citrus and clingy grinding pine underneath my nose. Light caramel malt base far underneath.
The taste shapes the bitter and sweet citrus and piney hops to flow over the caramel malt. Well balanced. Intuitively serene in the aftertaste, still invasive like the aroma in the finish.
The mouthfeel sharpens its axe on my tongue gunning down my tastebuds with harsh bitterness. About a medium in body. Leans towards a sessionable trait rather than a sipper (ABV feels slightly hidden).
Overall, a wonderful DIPA. Shows all of the traits of one. Sneaky sessionability makes me want to pound it, hmmm...probably will feel this later, oh well.

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Photo of ragnar3
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a snifter. Citrus nose with a hint of pine but highly malty with a slightly bitter finish. A solid offering but nothing I would seek out again.

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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
3.3/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Disclaimer- canned 9/15/15... Something might be wrong w this can..very low carb, incredibly over malted...will seek out again and re review if a change for the better emerges!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours and orangy golden color with some haziness. Has an aroma of citrus peel. Flavor is citrus peel hops with a slightly bitter finish. Leaves a bit of a crisp mouthfeel. Very nice IPA overall

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Photo of MUTINY
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, yet vibrant golden copper. 3/4" fluffy white head recedes a bit on the slower side. Retention is quite good, lacing is so-so.

S: Amazing. VERY assertive grapefruit & citrus rind wrapped in a doughy & biscuity aroma. Onion is detectable, along with faint traces of ginger. The longer I whiff, the more of a distinct lemon note emerges. This brew has a special quality on the nose.

T: Comes on with traces of tropical fruit that quickly give way to pretty bitter but deeply-flavored citrus qualities, lemon & grapefruit seem to dominate. This eases into a maltier mid-palate that reads to me as toasted biscuit...maybe even a trace of smoke. The bitterness increases again through the finish, which is a big bitter bomb of both citric & more resinous qualities. Maybe even just a hint of onion.

M: Moderate-to-just-a-bit-high carb married to a fairly dense, syrupy/slightly soapy body. It reads as appropriately heavy for the style & actually finishes comparatively crisp & dry.

O: Pretty doggone impressive. This is a deeply flavored & brilliant-smelling offering from DC Brau, easily among their best.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great looking pour. A hazy orange with a thick, frothy off-white head. Retention isn't the greatest, but decent with some spotty lacing.

Smells like sweet. Tropical fruits, some sharp pungent hops, and some light bready malts.

Tastes crisp, with a pepperyness, orange rind, mango, and red grapefruit. A solid bitterness follows. For as quick as all of the flavors explode in the initial taste, they basically vanish just as abruptly, leaving nothing but a lingering bitterness. The pale malts flavor was unexpected for an imperial, especially considering appearence.

Outstanding body and feel. I would guess there is wheat or oats in this. Somewhat chewy.

The flavors kind of pull a hit and run here. Not much depth, but it is very good while it lasts. Outstanding beer though. Incredibly balanced.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from growler purchased from Corks and Kegs in Richmond, Va
Look - pours a golden-hued orange color with a nice 1" white head. Retention is moderate, lacing is minimal
Smell - mango, pineapple, orange and pine.
Taste - follows the nose pretty much with a nice biscuity malt that balanced everything out.
Feel - medium but lower on the carb
Overall - very nice DIPA.

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Photo of threeviews
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can (COD: 7/31/15) into a Brussels tulip glass

A- Pours a very hazy, burnt orange color with ~1 finger of a slightly off-white head with moderate retention. (4.25)

S- Quite simple...juicy orange, citrus zest, overripe tropical fruit and a bit of pine resin. Absolutely no alcohol in the nose. (4.25)

T- A blast of orange juice sweetness followed by a sticky and dry pine resin with a hint of the malt backbone creeping in. Not overly complex, but refreshing and extremely quaffable. Like the nose, absolutely no alcohol in the taste. (4.25)

M- Medium body with ample carbonation keeps this 9.2% ABV beer dangerously drinkable. The palate is swept clean after each swig making it even harder to keep in the glass. (4.5)

O- Although slightly one dimensional, it is enjoyable nonetheless. If you ever want an education on Falconer's Flight hops, OTWOA is the epitome. I've tried this a week after and six weeks after canning and it has held up remarkably well. (4.25)

PS- Even though DC Brau is distributed in my area, this brand never makes it and I needed to trade for it which makes it difficult to obtain.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice light copper color. Chalk white head doesn't stick around long.

Smell is a nice balance between topical fruit and pine tar. Balance is very well done. Orange and a nice sticky resin present.

Taste is fruity at first moving into a nice bitterness mid palate. The tropical fruit is juicy orange, some mango, and an almost lighter stone fruit flavor lingering. Apricots and peaches maybe. Nice pine resin on the back end that hangs around and sticks to the palate. A nice malty sweet backbone hangs around and compliments the tropical flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation is nice and balanced. Not too rich, but not too light. Malt is present but not overwhelming, good backbone.

Overall an awesome DIPA. Really well balanced.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can two weeks old into a pint glass.
Appears: Brown-orange color. Slightly hazy with a finger of head. After a few sips the bubbles dissipate to a ring around the glass.
Aroma: Pineapple, mango, orange, pine, onion, pepper. Mostly tropical fruit with some slight dank elements present.
Taste: Tropical fruits up front: pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange. The middle bring in a bitterness which last throughout. The finish is back of the throat bitterness and brings in some mild dank elements with onion and pepper. Some mild alcohol warming but dangerously drinkable for 9%.
Feel: Light mouth feel with some chewyness.
Overall this is a good juicy DIPA. In the NE style in terms of taste but lacking a little in the mouth feel. Compared to other DIPA in the DC area this is easy the best I've tried.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber and very hazy. 1-inch head that dissipates quickly. Minimal bubbling.

S - Sweet fruits such as peaches and strawberries, and a little pine.

T - Sweet peach and orange peel with some piney notes. Finish is a fairly strong bitterness.

M - Body is medium with some burn.

O - Sweet and not extreme on the bitterness. Alcohol presence is not overpowering. A solid beer.

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

Love this beer. Biased because I'm always looking for good DIPAs in a can and this is one of the best. Beyond marketing type things that I like in Craft Beer: Packaging is solid, the name is great -
The liquid is fantastic. One of the best DIPAs in the VA / DC area.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lots of competition lately, but up until the last year or so, this was probably the best beer in The District. Unspeakably smooth and light-bodied for such a strong DIPA. Plenty of alcohol but not too boozy. Decent head, actually looks like it could be a blonde ale from the glass. Flavor quickly lets you know otherwise - perfect blend of floral, piney (like needles on the forest floor), mild light fruit and citrus, and subtle sweet malt that is never rich or heavy. Seriously, balance perfected here.

DC Brau gets a bad rap around here for being just a big hop-factory with their beers, but I suspect this is coming from people who have kept their cans of their pale ales around too long. Drink this fresh (and their others too) or on tap and you get a wonderfully complex, never over-bearing profile of flavors - and hoppy, but not obnoxiously so.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
3.45/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a fresh 12 oz can.

A: Cloudy and golden yellowish in appearance. Nice off white head that left lacing in the glass as I drank it.

S: Some citrus and floral hop aromas. Definitely picking up grapefruit and lemon.

T: Wish this was more like the aroma. Alot more malt than I thought. Diminishes the hop flavors alot. Again, this can is part of a batch that I received that was less than a week old. Hop flavors are present at the end of the sip. More bitter in the finish.

M: Medium body with some carb. Bitter finish.

O: Very underwhelmed by this. Thought it'd be more citrusy based on the aroma but it wasn't. Not sure I'd seek this out again.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.98/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pour: 12oz can into a tulip glass. Appearance: Very hazy and deep amber to orangish. Medium white head that settles over time. Lots of lacing present. Aroma: Very grassy. The aroma pops right out of the can. Hops are present in bold ways. Taste: Very grassy and earthy. Can hint notes of alcohol given the ABV. Lots of juicy hop notes. Aftertaste: Very consistent. Grassy throughout with some slight peppery heat on the back end. Overall: Incredible beer. Loved it! Excellent: 5 out of 5.

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Photo of W_Des
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sick art work on the can. Pours a hazy burnt orange. Nice citrusy nose. I can get some grapefruit and tropical notes. Has some nice malt bill and finishes slightly bitter. Medium carbonation and deceptively strong. Smash two and you're feeling pretty good.

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Photo of delta490
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty dark in the bar I had this at but it looked to have a darker body and thin white/tan head. There was a nice big tropical hops and some dankiness with sticky small lacing. There is a great balance in the hops and the malt and it is incredibly easy-drinking for its ABV.

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On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Co.
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