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Belgian IPA
Ranked #6
Ranked #2,995
4.23 | pDev: 9.46%
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
Yonder CitiesYonder Cities
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 87 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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MrOH from Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold, thin white head, retention and lace a bit lacking
Dank. Overripe pineapple, mango, orange. A touch of honey
Flavor follows aroma. Honey a bit more pronounced.
Nice mouthfeel. Has the flavor of the NEIPA, but without the heaviness on the palate
I dig it.

Sep 24, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Jul 10, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Apr 25, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Apr 18, 2017
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Apr 17, 2017
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Mongrel from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -9%
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.

Apr 17, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Apr 15, 2017
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fmccormi from California

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Apr 12, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a honey color verging on golden; the head leaves some strands of lacing behind as it descends

Smell: Grapefruit and spicy Belgian yeast esters

Taste: A clean malt bill highlights the citrusy hops and the Belgian yeast with the yeast adding a peppery dimension after the swallow; well-attenuated finish

Mouthfeeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: One of the best examples of the Belgian IPA style I have encountered, this is another winner for DC Brau

Jun 19, 2013
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to BA Kegatron for splitting this growler with me. Poured into a snifter, it appears a clouded yellow color with a white head that fades leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

The aroma includes a yeasty note of bubblegum with a contrasting herbal citrus hop aspect that gets a little rindy to grassy. As it warms up, more of the focus changes back to that preciously mentioned yeasty spice feel.

The flavor is a bit rindy from the hops. The flavor gets somewhat similar to breakfast fruits/pulp and earth to grassy bitterness. There is a soft amount of grain presence but for the most part, the focus of this brew is on the hops and yeast spice.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol was integrated well in this. Belgian IPA's are somewhat finicky. I think the yeast profile often clashes with any moderate hopping rate. In this case it wasnt bad and quite frankly I would probably try this again if the opportunity presented itself.

Jun 18, 2013
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nimrod979 from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a growler poured into a DC Brau can glass.

Appearance: Very light and very hazy straw color with a thick pillowy two finger white head. Dense 1/4" head retention lacing throughout.

Aroma: Citrusy hops with a slight tropical twist. Lemongrass, peppery spice and some farmhouse funk.

Taste: Citrusy and yeasty up front. Pineapple, grapefruit and lemon zest all come to mind before it picks up a little with some hints of Belgian funk and a spicy peppery and bready yeast finish. Very clean flavors, finish is

Mouthfeel: A little lighter than medium yet packs considerable carbonation and an aggressive hop profile and Belgian spice. In other words, it's very drinkable but has huge flavors.

Jun 14, 2013
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Jaded straw color. Big, fluffed head, even for a 2 oz. sample in a plastic cup. The body is hazy but it still manages to glow.

S-Interesting nose. The yeast, in accordance with the chipper malt unique hoppiness makes for a nice scent. The veggies are a mixture of Euro noble hops and intricate, bold U.S. varieties if I were to guess.

T-Hoppy and multifaceted. Yeasty and spicy with a great, airy, sweetened cracker malt. The hops are neat. Pineapple hops, citrus with a certain tangy element, and some grass. Pretty cool.

M-Drinks easy. Maybe a bit too aggressive on the carbonation. Slick feel. A bit resinous and moderately bitter.

O/D-It had some great elements but for some reason I wasn't very enamored with it. There was a ton to enjoy here but I oddly didn't find myself enjoying it as a whole.

Jun 11, 2013
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Crabbicuss from Maryland

4.99/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While I had the opportunity to try this the first time it was brewed this review is from the SECOND batch made. Poured from a growler (purchased 6-1 at the brewery) into a Kuhnhenn goblet.

A - Pours a beautiful golden straw color with an opaque hue which illuminates the body. Initial results from the pour display a lofty head with nice patchy lacing clinging to the walls of the goblet. As the head dissipates a nice half finger milky cap resides, gently fed by streaming micro carbonation immersing from the bottom of the glass.

S - This is where the experience begins. The aroma constitutes a strong bready presence (sour dough, peppery with spice) which is followed by an effervescent emission of lemon grass, grapefruit and a slight hint of tropic sweetness summoning mango or semi ripe pineapple possibly apricot.

T - Up front there is an introduction of doughy malt immediately superseded by a nice acidic blast of hop tannins, citra maybe simcoe. The finish envelops a semi sweet accolade slightly spiced encompassing the back of the palate which invites another sip to solve the query. There's a wide range of flavors inundating my taste buds which displays a most acute precision regarding ingredient balance and exact brewing thus commandeering my curiosity and desire to resample this beer again and again.

M - While it's my opinion that the mouth feel is more light than medium there is a very complex transition which lathers the back of the palate upon finish. Though the sip is carbonous and sprightly it infuses tremendous flavor profiles which envelop and capture the pure experience of tasting this beer.

O - I find this particular beer to be traditional yet brash with a harmonious "Union" between two very contrasting styles. This Saisson with an American IPA alchemy forges a solid and collusive style which embodies techniques ranging between these days and yesteryear. I'm not sure if DC Brau will make this again but personally would love to see this appear as a rotating offering if not a year round staple. FYI, if you have the opportunity to try this I would highly recommend you bogart the chance, Cheers!

Jun 02, 2013
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nmann08 from Virginia

4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow, very active white head. High carbonation with alot of bubbles

Smells like a grapefruit, lots of citrus and piney hops. It blends well with the farmhouse funk smell.

Tastes exactly like it smells. Grapefruit hits you first, exploding on your tongue. Followed by the pine. This is a very unique beer.

The mouthfeel is good. Very bubbly, similar to champagne. No alcohol taste and its extremely refreshing.

Overall, this beer is amazing and I hope they can it soon.

Jun 02, 2013
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Screw-top growler received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Aliza!

First stein pours with a 1 1/2" off-white head over the cloudy golden brew. Head holds on and on, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is pine and spicy yeast.

Taste starts sweet and lightly tart, soft in the middle, with a moderate bitter close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with drinkability is oh-so easy. Glad I have a growler of this one...

Apr 20, 2013
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Chaney from District of Columbia

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler on 4/6/13 from the brewery.

Served in a DC Brau tulip because because I live here and it was easy for me to get. If you want to fight about it, send me a Beermail and we'll set up a time and place.

A: Looked like a Witbier injected with orange steroids. Very murky, bubbly, and with a huge pillowy white head that left its mark on the glass as I siphoned it.

S: Whoa.... Like a spruce tree. The Belgian yeast blended very well with the citrus and farmhouse-y funk. Truly inviting.

T: What the hell is this? It's unlike anything I've ever tried. It had the hop profile of a West Coast IPA, the earthy, dankness of a Belgian Saison, and the citrus component of freshly squeeze Florida orange juice.

M: Spritzy and bubbly, like a fine champagne and with the glass lacing of a true champ.

O: This is the 2nd best beer that DC Brau makes. Please make more!

Apr 06, 2013
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Titans77 from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler on 4/6/13 from the DC Brau Brewery

A - a very hazy bright yellow body accompanied by a half finger of bright white head that disappeared rather quickly. Looks like a Saison IPA hybrid.

S - Pungent pine and grapefruit right up front. Very dank hop aroma and some background funk similar to a Saison.

T - Grapefruit followed by pine up front. Finishes with the funky spice character found on the nose.

M - medium to light body. No presence of alcohol on the mouthfeel. Crisp with a "wet" mouthfeel. A great beer to enjoy on a spring day.

O - I hope they bring this beer back later on down the road. Very very unique IPA that seems fitting for a spring/summer day. It is a shame that today was the last day they will have Yonder Cities available for a while.

Apr 06, 2013
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Dreadnaught33 from District of Columbia

4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is easily DC Braus second best beer, it is really refreshing and has plenty of hops. It falls more in the unfiltered/farmhouse IPA-saison category for me over Belgian ipa since it doesn't have that distinct Belgian yeast taste or feel to it for my palate, but has an earthy and herbal hoppiness to it that is quite nice.

The color is really nice, very hazy orange tinged golden color with a decent white fluffy head and some lacing. Very nice look.

The smell is awesome, it is very bright and hoppy right out of the glass, no subtlety here. Grassy and citrus tinged hops dominate, it reminds me very much of a west coast ipa in its earthy hoppiness with just enough honey soaked malt to give it some foundation.

The flavor is great as well, it has a hefty biscuity malt backbone added to the plant heavy hop flavors that aren't as dominant as the aroma but definitely still slightly bitter and bright, especially present in the aftertaste which is quite nicely dry and clean. The feel has nice body which makes me think unfiltered ipa. Some citrus in the flavor with just a touch of orange rind and lemon grass. I also get some banana as the beer warms up. A 'spicy' feel with nice carbonation.

Overall a very fine beer, it's really really nice and deserves its great rating so far.

Apr 02, 2013
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jacewg from District of Columbia

4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a golden, almost pilsner color with a white fluffy head. Head falls to a small ring for the duration of drinking. Nice and light colored. Great lacing.

Aroma: Holy s**t! I love citrus and this is just about as citrusy at it gets. The Simcoe and Citra interact perfectly with the saison yeast. Big notes of grapefruit, apricot, some tangerine. Super juicy. Lots of estery, peppery yeast character with a bit of sulfur. Incredible smelling.

Taste: Great flavor as well. Moderately bitter with nice semi-sweet citrus tones. Nice spicy yeast character. Long, hoppy, juicy finish that dries out but lingers. A touch of funkiness with the saison yeast. Very light malt presence. The hops and yeast are the stars here.

Mouthfeel: Light and lively on the palate. Medium bodied. Very easy drinking. Bitterness builds on the finish and balances everything out nicely.

Overall: DC Brau now has two beers that I'd put up against anything. This won't get the recognition of OTWOA as it's not a style that everyone likes. But in my opinion this is every bit as good. Incredible stuff.

Mar 30, 2013
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a nonic pint glass at Meridian Pint. Originally had samples of this on Armageddon release day and was really impressed and needed to make a mental note to revisit this one. From notes.

A cloudy but orb glowing murky yellow, with lots of green hues all throughout the glass. The brew is topped with a half finger of head that is exceptionally creamy looking and bright white.

The nose absolutely rips of fresh fleshy grapefruit hop profile. Sticky yeasty mild funk farmhouse a tad, and a good hint of sweet milky cream. Hints of pepper and spices also. It's a really nice balance, but the grapefruit really takes off.

Palate brings all the goodness hinted on the nose. This really tastes like a perfect grapefruit hop beverage. Literally fresh squeezed in the morning. Quenching juicy hop palate with a hint of wet, and mild powdery funk sense. The hop angle brings out even hints of mango, and even manages to finish crisp with some dense malts, and peppery spice.

Overall this is just a great new creation from these guys, this one really shocked me I was not expecting it to be this good, but it is.

Mar 30, 2013
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brewery filled growler. Hazed gold with a billowy bright-white head. Retains with a rich foaminess that soaps the sides of the glass with sticky swathes of lacing. The aroma blows up in the nose, with a robust mix of fresh floral, light pine and ripe tropical fruit flavors that include pineapple, mango, apricot and grapefruit. Sweet malt doughiness sits along the back while an earthy spiciness works in perfectly with those hop flavors. This just has a fresh hoppy power to it in the nose that kicks ass! The taste is just as good, with zesty grapefruit bitterness and a smack of tart lemon flavor. Ripe and sticky tropical fruit from the nose are all present and seem to be emboldened by the earthy and spicy esters of the Saison yeast. Neutral malts add a slightly sweet underpinning to the festivities. The finish is dry with an earthy pithiness and lingering spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slick easy creaminess that glides effortlessly across the palate. There’s a touch of light warmth here but this is overall very smooth and drinkable for a 7% beer. Wow! I’ve had some good beers from D.C. Brau and this collaboration with Union Brewing is right up there! It’s about as perfect of a marriage between an IPA and Saison as you’re going to find and I can’t recommend it enough if you see it around on tap. Well done!

Mar 27, 2013
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler served in a DC Brau cervoise "fancy pants" glass. Are you making more of this? If the answer is "no", stop what you are doing and go make more of this. This is a collaboration between DC Brau and Union in Baltimore. I have yet to have a Union beer but this beer is truly amazing. This is the best beer I've had from DC Brau to date. Right amount of hops, right amount of saison-y yesaty goodness. Very awesome, blow me away, I would hurt myself drinking this beer sort of beer. More please, a lot more.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a nice white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention. Looks good.

Aroma is hoppy, sweet, candy, esters, earth, mild sulfur (could be from hops or yeast). Hop aroma is somewhere between grapefruit and apricot with a mild earthiness in there. The esters from the yeast are peppery and sweet.

Beer is light and wet with a nice level of moderate bitterness. Great yeast cutting through, maybe a little more yeast character? Lemony and pepper, mild pepper cutting through, great ester profile, earthiness in the midpalate, great wet finish. The beer finishes bitter with the hops, leaving this mild lingering fruitiness in the mouth, a very nice beer. A repeat for sure. I really enjoyed this beer. If this were 4.5% ABV and available retail for home consumption I would have cases of this. Love it. I will be returning for more.

Mar 19, 2013
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blackie from Oregon

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler from the brewery into a goblet

Produces a low white head with the pour, the beer itself a fully hazed golden yellow in color. Lemon and grapefruit hop notes on the nose with peppery saison yeast, both fairly assertive. Crisp, clean malts. Lemongrass. Apricot. Tangerine. Light-medium in body with a lively carbonation. Crisp malt body, lots of lemon, yeasty pepper, and grapefruit on the palate. Finishes fully bitter with yeasty spice, lingering long. A nice blend of spicy saison and american hops, with lemon and yeast playing a big role.

Mar 16, 2013
Yonder Cities from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 87 ratings