Monday, December 31, 2012

The Corruption by DC Brau

In D.C.'s growing craft beer scene, one brewery is emerging as its finest. 

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DC Brau.  "Brau," German for "Beer." 

And, last night, I had the great pleasure of enjoying their delicious take on the northwest I.P.A. named apropos to its home, "The Corruption."  

The Corruption from the DC Brau Brewing Company
Enjoyed at Churchkey, Washington, D.C. 
6.5% ABV
80 IBUs

Very tasty indeed.  

The Corruption only suffered relative to the success achieved by other superb DC Brau beers.  For example, The Corruption, while nearly as good on basis of taste and scent alone as "On the Wings of Armageddon" (OTWOA), offered much less complexity.  

The Corruption isn't a mystery.  It's a big west coast I.P.A.  But one crafted very well. 

The Corruption poured with a gorgeous dark apricot complexion. Probably more of an autumnal brown than apricot, to be exact. 

 A thick, foamy head developed and offered remarkable resiliency.   

The lacing was bubbly, like the suds of a soapy bath. 

The aroma was bold and refreshing; full of citrus goodness.  Strong floral notes in a scent that was decidedly appealing.  I sensed so very slightly a subtle malty hint. Just hiding in wait in the background.  

As beers go, The Corruption smelled delightful. 

The flavor profile reflected traditional west coast I.P.A. characteristics with special note to a long lingering aftertaste, no doubt due to the the use of Columbus hops.  

My palate was first met with piquant grapefruit that, on the back-end, finished with some pucker-inducing tartness. 

A vast  drinking experience worthy of savoring.  The bold flavor struck quickly, and, to my satisfaction, remained long.  

The Corruption is best enjoyed in sips.  Pause between tastings.  Enjoy its duration.  This is a beautiful beer whose full, wonderful character would be lost on the hurried consumer. 

This DC Brau selection is not without carbonation, which offered spiciness throughout.  

As the body of the grapefruit departed the flavor profile, I noticed the taste of its rind. Or, perhaps more precisely, a perky lemon zest.  

Do not get me wrong.  While mostly straight-forward, The Corruption was not simple.  Adding to its mix was the taste of something slightly salty, providing intrigue to an already acceptable brew.  

But, yet, it was not nearly as unique as the OTWOA which, undoubtedly, is an exceptional brew.  

Is it fair to compare The Corruption against such fierce competition?  Well, I do so only in homage to the success achieved by its creators.  

If the OTWOA is a four star beer (and, surely, it is), The Corruption is just slightly below. grants 3.5 of five possible stars.  But, more importantly, an exuberant recommendation. 


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