Yonder Cities | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by blackie on 03-16-2013

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was over to visit Jeff Lebo at his Brew Mountain Eco-Inn in York Haven, PA a couple of weeks ago & he had this CAN sitting out for sharesies. I told him that it was one that I had not previously reviewed & rated for The CANQuest (tm) so he assented to allowing me to take it away. He will get it back, albeit empty & rinsed, for his massive CANlection.

From the CAN: "DC Brau & Union Craft Brewing"; "Farmhouse India Pale Ale"; "Art by Matt Leunig/scrapedknee,com"

I knew nothing about this one, so the Crack! of the vent was followed with a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was pouring clear, so I stopped about 3/4 of the way in & gave it a vigorous in-glass swirl. This resulted in just under two fingers of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head that quickly reduced to wisps, leaving decent lacing behand. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a light funkiness, but I was not getting much in the way of hops. A check of the site's Style Guide shows that this is acceptable. Mouthfeel was medium. Man, it was definitely funky in terms of its taste. I thought that the verbiage of the label suggested Saison yeast, but it tasted powerful enough to perhaps have been Brett. Wow! The flavor had an odd cheesiness along with a mildewed newspaper quality, like old newspapers stored in the attic. Bizarre. Still, the style guidelines suggest that as an emerging style, it is wide open. Also, I want to clarify that I did not dislike it. It was simply very odd & unexpected. Since people often say that about me, I would be wrong to say it about a beer. Finish was dry, clearly yeast-driven and very funky. It was a one & done for me, but YMMV.

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Photo of BabaBeer
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kbrown
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wander4
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours clear yellow color with decent white head that quickly dissipates. Not much lacing.

Aroma - Lots of orange, grapefruit and lemon. some grassy hints as well.

Taste - Nice balance between the funk and the IPA flavors. Orange, grapefruit a touch of hops some pine. The funk is there along with some lemon and straw.

Feel - Medium body, prickly carbonation and a pretty dry finish.

Overall - A really well done beer, flavors are well balanced.

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Photo of mflamar
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of petewheeler
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Big_V
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright, slightly hazy orange body, white head, thin and wispy, lots of lacing.

S - Pepper and dank, spicy hops. A line of pith.

T - Open with fruit, mango, grapefruit, a hint of mint and licorice, pepper and spiciness, a bit of sweetness, then moderate bitterness in the close.

M - Brisk carbonation, prickly drying, and a bit of chewy resin.

O - This is a nice, bold, drinkable IPA built from a combination of typical modern IPA notes (tropical and citrus notes, muscular bitterness without being punishing) and elements I'd link to the Belgian aspect (spice and peppery hits). It works, it's good, and it's unique.

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Photo of BJB13
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into a nonic style pint glass.

About one finger of white foamy head sits atop a slightly cloudy golden orange pour. The head dissipates fairly quick. The nose was juicy and inviting though the fruity notes, citrus, pineapple and tropical, were more pronounced from the tap at the brewery than the cans I took to go. The taste is a bit pungent and citrusy with moderate hop bitterness that lasts through the semi dry finish. There is just enough of a malt presence for me to call it balanced. Light bodied and easy drinking I found these going down pretty quick. There was some tongue bite from the carbonation at first but this smoothed out.

Recommended. I would definitely drink more of these.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells fruity and a little spicy. Tastes much the same, plus some dank, sticky hops. Slightly medicinal Belgian yeast notes that remind me of Raging Bitch. Bubblegum and a little booze - drinks a little bigger than 6.5%. Pretty tasty but not quite spectacular.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can with no date review combined with rating done of beer on tap at brewery:

Pours fairly clear, but a haze blurs items behind the beer a bit. Head is average after settling, a little rush with each tip fades fast.

There is a Belgian yeast note in the can version that wasn't as obvious at the brewery. It adds a mustiness to the fruity notes, shrouding them a bit more than I'd like (again, the fruit was more forward off the tap). Pear and pine cone out a bit with a deep whiff.

Taste does have a Belgian yeast not with a nice clean but noted malt profile. The musty note doesn't hurt the taste, which is a tad less vibrant in the can. Peach and a tart citrus, a light pepper countering that a tad. Dries out a tad on a lighter body than I recall at the brewery.

A nice beer that I enjoyed a tad more at the brewery. The can has no date, but I'm guessing is from their anniversary a month ago. The Belgian IPA meets a bit of juicy hops is how I'd describe it in general.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fmccormi
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 12oz can to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stem). No freshness or packaging date present, from what I can tell, but this was canned very recently and hit the shelf at DC Brau less than a week ago. Refrigerated over 24hrs prior to consumption.

Appearance (3.75): This pours out a solid finger of bone white, crackly foam capping a very slightly hazy, 24ct golden colored body. The head doesn’t stick around super long, but it leaves nice sudsy spots on the sides of the glass along with a thin, residual film at the surface. Lacing would be underwhelming for an American IPA, but the yeast’s heritage cuts into those expectations a bit. Definitely looks more like an above average saison.

Smell (5.0): Oh, this nose . . . vibrant peach and apricot, guava and passionfruit, fresh cut grass and dried straw, a nice, somewhat musty funk, green grape skins, underripe bosc pear, floury baking soda biscuits and common crackers, a touch of almost cheesy funk, and more herbal, grassy tones round out the aroma. The passionfruit’s musky side, mixed with the musty, slightly funky part of the nose, really come together beautifully, and the mixture of macerated grape skins and hay absolutely click.

Taste (4.25): It leads for a split second with a musky papaya flavor, followed by some mellow, melon-y notes offset by tart citrus zest and very grassy, herbal flavors that hook up a set of phenolic tones produced by the yeast. Rather than tasting particularly medicinal, they come off with more of an herbal and “barnyard” type of vibe, allowing it to meld a bit more organically with the pale, crackery, dry, biscuity malt body. I really like the juxtaposition of funky, musky fruit flavors and herbal, musty, and crackery yeast and malt flavors. The finish trails off with a mostly grassy, herbal bitterness that subsides quietly. No booze present on the palate.

Mouthfeel (4.25): It enters with a moderately dry, medium-weight body with a peppery, very fine-pointed carbonation that spreads out evenly, foams up modestly, and resolves into an herbal-tinged, lean, crackery dryness. It’s very drinkable stuff.

Overall (4.5): Okay, so I have some thoughts on this beer. First, I think it’s very good to excellent from the can; second, I think it’s phenomenal on draft. If you see it on tap, ORDER IT IMMEDIATELY. Third, this is the best all-around “Belgian IPA” I’ve had in a long time, and has for years been one of my favorites, up there with Duvel Tripel Hop and Houblon Chouffe. That said, it’s different from both of those beers: the former is a super hoppy, crisp, and dry as a bone; the latter is yeastier, chewier, still dry and super hoppy, but more rustic in nature. This beer is kind of like a smaller version of the latter’s approach to Belgian IPAs, but leaning a little more saison than Belgian Pale. The bottom line is that this beer is excellent, and I love the crap out of it. I’d love to see this in regular rotation at DC Brau! Highly recommended.

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Photo of DCgolfpro
2.95/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of polopaul20
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cj8311
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of cysiam
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of KevMo84
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of runlikeakenyan
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of bmur112
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Rmbr2
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pauljunk
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of OB1
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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