Yonder Cities | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by blackie on 03-16-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
84
Reviews:
21
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
9.72%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by Titans77:
Photo of Titans77
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of petewheeler
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Janeinma
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of wander4
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of earlholman
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Kegatron
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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!

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Photo of DCgolfpro
2.95/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of nimrod979
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of Swift989
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of imbibehour
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Niebeendend
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of fmccormi
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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 oline73
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of lisahope27
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cj8311
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ppoitras
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
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...

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Photo of BabaBeer
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Yonder Cities from DC Brau Brewing Co.
4.32 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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