For Others | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
All-Citra single-hopped DIPA.

Added by ao125 on 10-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of earlholman
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz brewery filled growler into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear golden copper, topped with several fingers of rich bright-white head. This retains with a stiff ½ finger which is smooth across the surface of the glass, drenching the sides of the glass with sticky rings of lacing. The aroma is ripe and sticky in the nose, with tropical notes of pineapple, mango and orange. A combination of floral, herbal and piney notes, along with some light fruity bubblegum character hangs on the edges, while a gentle backing sweetness is present but mostly gets lost amongst all of that delicious smelling fruit character.

The taste has a fresh blast to it of sticky ripe tropical fruit, which mingles with mostly neutral feeling malt sweetness. Grapefruit and light resins run down the middle of the tongue, leaving the finish dry, bitter and piney feeling. The overall fruity and light yeast feel here though keeps this very smooth, balanced and accessible despite the more aggressive hop flavors that are present. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm and crisp feel on the tongue but then much, much smoother and creamy feeling the rest of the way. Just a touch of alcohol warmth is present, as this is about a drinkable as you can get for a 8%+ ABV on a Double IPA.

This turned out really nice. This was a really solid showcase for those Citra hops in general and I liked how the yeast here really paired up well with them, almost being absorbed by the fruitiness of the hops and leaving only a light phenolic character on the sides and finish of the profile that helped smooth things out even more. Please bring this back again!

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Photo of imbibehour
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the growler into a large snifter glass at the Smoke & Barrel DC Bottleshare. From notes.

A somewhat light and cloudy orange body, with a faint off white head, not much retention going on this, with some speckled lacing.

Bouquet hits with a slight soft pine, and a little bit of pickle. There's a little bit of mild alcohol heat hanging off this ever so slightly, and some stick malts. Hop forward dominant and probably the best part on the nose.

Taste brings an almost doppel sticky malt quality, but with a slightly lighter/wet sense. Strangely yeasty, perhaps that's where I am sensing some stickiness? Tropical fruit punch a bit here too, but with a slightly watery body. Definitely has the booming big hop IPA thing going, but strangely all the pieces don't seem to be there.

Overall not too bad and quite memorable, but not really drawn to this. Could have again though.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours some nice head that stays for a while and leaves some pretty good lacing.

A nice strong grape fruit smell dominates the nose with a hint of sweet malt. Otherwist, it's a strong blast of hops to the nose.

Tastes as it smells. A lot of grapefruit hops taste with a slight undertone of malt.

Medium-bodied bordering on full bodied. This is certainly one of the lighter-bodied Imperial IPAs that I have had.

I think this is a pretty good IPA and certainly worth paying the extra money for it. The For Others most favorably similar to as a stronger version of the Public Ale than the Corruption. If you can get while it's still on tap, I would definitely try it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Myst
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks go to Kegatron for sharing this growler with me. Poured from a 32oz fliptop into a tulip. The brew appears a clouded color of gold with a deeper copper coloring through the body and lighter yellow hints around the edges. A creamy white topping sits atop and maintains a thin film throughout the duration. It is almost surreal the way bubbles of carbonation fade through the solution so slowly and break on the surface in support of the cap.

The aroma is juicy with almost a fresh hop character about it that is somewhat vegetative. Quite fresh with a tropical hop aspect that comes off with a hint of melons, cantaloupe, grass and faintly like pineapple. There is a slight suggestion of fruity alcohol ester and sweet caramel grain base but really the aromatics here are all about the hops.

The taste is just as hoppy as the aroma and surprisingly really brings the hop flavor without much perceived bitterness. Just like the aroma suggests, the flavor includes a hint of something along the lines of cantaloupe and other not to distinct melon flavoring. Slight hint of pineapple before going into a bit of herbal bitterness. The alcohol shows itself here with a minor solvent ester that sharpens things up and focuses a bit on some herbal and grassy components towards the back.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate to lower level of carbonation which is understandable for the delivery. It is thick and viscous at times but really displays a nice freshness and array of hop flavoring to take in. The alcohol is very well integrated here and makes for a solid experience that I would not mind having again. Thank you much for sharing this Heath!

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Photo of jacewg
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review ever, after hundreds of "ticks." Single hopped DIPA using only the much loved Citra hop.

Appearance - pours pretty cloudy with a light orange color. One finger head that fades pretty quickly but leaves really nice lacing as you drink

Smell - Citra, citra, citra - sweet citrus and tropical hop flavors - some yeasty esters and very, very light malt

Taste - No bitterness whatsoever, this beer is all about the hop flavor. As said in previous reviews, citra lovers will go nuts over this beer. Sweet, tropical, citrusy hops. As easy drinking as an 8.2% DIPA gets. Incredible hop flavor, but almost leaves me wanting a touch more bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well-carbed, even for a week old growler.

Overall: DC Brau knows how to make a hoppy beer. I'd give the slight edge to On the Wings of Armageddon, but this is better than Deus Ex Machina, which is also very, very good.

So happy to have this brewery in my backyard.

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a variety of DC Brau glassware.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a nice soft white head, moderate retention, some lacing, good carbonation, looks like a beer.

Aroma is sweet with hop candy like citra aroma you'd expect. Not as powerful as hoping but still a nice nose.

Beer is medium to light in body, moderately bitter on the finish, not too bitter, the hops are nice and understated, there are a lot of citra beers out there right now and this is in the upper half. There are definitely better 100% citra IPAs available but this was quite good, very drinkable and I'd have it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is orange with a mild haze, sporting an inch of thick, white head. The aroma offers fresh hops, tangy citrus. The flavor is a bit earthy, though certainly hop forward. Notes of melon, canteloupe, citrus. The Citra hops come in mid to late palate with surprisingly little bitterness. Malt presence is in the background, but there enough to make this beer what I consider a balanced IPA. Alcoholic warmth is subtle. The feel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. The growler seems to have held up just fine. Overall, I thought this was pretty tasty, but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to IrishColonial for the growler.

A. Pours a hazy pale orange with a solid half finger of head that recedes rapidly. A quarer finger lingers with spotty lacing.

S. Loads of citrus, pineapple, orange, mango, and some zesty herbal notes. This one is all hops with some faint mild biscuit. Gorgeous bouquet.

T. Follows the nose with a ton grapefruit, tangerine, candied orange, herbal bitterness, and fain resin. Very yeasty as well with a slightly drying finish. Excellent.

M. Very well balanced. Finish is bitter without being overwhelming. Tropical flavors blend well with bitterness. A fruity, drying finish with yeast bitterness. Ridiculously smooth for an IPA.

O. Wow, DC Brau knows how to make a beer. A little bit more one dimensional than OTWOA, but no less impressive and delicious. Very sweet, very tropical, and very well balanced. Not a lot of heft, but that is just fine. A fantastic easy drinking DIPA that will send citra fans into a coma. I really hope they revisit.

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Photo of djre4orm
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Crabbicuss
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, well... well. Where to begin. Truth be told, first taste was from a plastic tasting glass at the Brau. Immediate need for 4 growler fills was soon to follow (to share the wealth of course). Reviewed pouring from a growler fill to a 16 oz Tulip (DC Brau, obviously).

A - Pours a mild to semi-"dirty" amber (cloudy straw) with massive head regularly residing to a 1/2 inch head with nice lacing and a semi-pillowy head left to rest. Spotted and noticeable lacing etching the side of the glass leaving a sticky random tease.

S - Massive whiff of Citra, exactly what it was meant to be IMHO! Pineapple, Honey(suckle), mild grass. There is a sweeter aroma defining this beer, one of subtle undertones: Mango, Tropic nuance, Orange and something left to linger until the taste.

T - There is a definitive bite of sweet bitterness introducing this beer. Sticky, fresh and ripe fruit bearing a solid dosage of solid Citra hops with a quelling follow of qualified malts putting this taste at it's advantage! Extremely balanced and fulfilling.

M - This is where I personally have to SOAR this beer!! The inhabitance of this beer in my mouth is one in which I am not so familiar with, but MOST astounded by. The resonance of this ale, regarding aroma, smell and taste duration, which permeates my palate and holds it's mouthfeel demonstrates perfect balance of Hops to Malt with the proper brewing process, making this one a pure HOMERUN!!! I just can't shake the taste and really don't want to.

O - Obviously, I have nothing but great things to say about this very special beer. I realize that it was made for a special occasion and will most likely not be reproduced but do recognize it's phenomenal presence. A true gift in which I was pleased to share. Just another top notch product from the Brau. Most folk's wouldn't believe that something like this could be made on the East "side" though it was and it most certainly brought it.

To close, I will say that folks will need to pay more attention to the "goings on" down there at DC Brau as Jeff and Co. have some dynamite that tends to be set off about every other month. One who snoozes most certainly loses.

Review by Crab, Oct 24, 2012


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Photo of ao125
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: deep orange and a little cloudy.

Smell: grapefruit, honeysuckle, and a little Belgian funk.

Taste: a big sweet explosion of grapefruity citrus. The 8.2% alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: I think this is one of my favorite IPAs. I'm not used to citra hops paired with Belgian yeast, but I think it works really well. I mentioned honeysuckle before, and it's a aroma I don't often find in IPAs. Winner winner chicken dinner.

Growler from the brewery, poured into a tulip glass.

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Photo of billab914
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Columbia Firehouse. Light amber in color with a thin, sticky white head to it. Nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a bright, juicy, tropical fruit hoppiness to it. Peach, mango, pineapple and everything I love about Citra hops jump out at you.

The taste follows through with lots of mango and peach with a little pineapple as well. It's got a bit of a Hawaiian punch thing going as well. The base malts are very light, allowing the Citra hops to shine.

The mouthfeel is light and easy drinking with moderate carbonation. Great beer overall, I love Citra hops and this showed them off wonderfully. Between this and Wings, I've loved what they have been doing recently.

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