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The Corruption (DC Brau)

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The Corruption (DC Brau)

Thursday, 10 July 2014 12:00

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The Corruption IPA

DC Brau Brewing

Washington, DC

 

The Buzz:

        This 6.5% ABV India Pale Ale from DC Brau is undoubtedly named for the defining characteristic (for those outside the beltway, anyway) of the city of its birth. The 80 IBU bitterness pairs well with a hearty dish of political corruption, of which there is no scarcity in Washington. Simply put, it's the beer DC deserves and the one it needs right now. In spite of its nefarious etymology, however, it's damn delicious and available practically anywhere in the greater DC area.

 

 

Life of the Party:

        The Corruption is slightly darker in color than the average IPA, pouring to a fairly clear rich copper with a foamy head and a mild but firm hop aroma. The hops come to life immediately upon tongue impact but they quickly recede to a crisp, slightly dry but resinous, piney finish. This, to me anyway, is the defining characteristic of this beer: its tangy, rich hop punch that backs off to a more rounded, calmer, maltier finish than many IPAs. There is just enough malt balance to prevent The Corruption from sliding into the shadow of the many over-hopped American IPAs.

 

Potential Hangovers:

        Due to its hop-forward taste, The Corruption could turn off less seasoned or malt-favoring beer drinkers. Conversely, however, I'd argue that its quick, subtle finish could allow it to function as an introduction to the more heavily hopped end of the beer spectrum.

 

The Vibe:

        I've toured the DC Brau brewery and, like the Isla de Muerta in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, it can't really be found unless you already know where it is. Seriously, it's not labeled. There's no sign, it's just in a nondescript warehouse area. Awesome. Also slightly disappointing but still awesome: my Dad was once in DC on the night of the State of the Union address and we entered several different bars trying to find one that hadn't run out of DC Brau Corruption and we couldn't. We clearly were not the only ones that had the idea to throw back some Corruption while observing it in its full colors. You must forgive Washingtonians for being a cynical folk.

         Yet fear not, good people, for this beer is drinkable on any occasion. Political shenanigans sold separately. This beer, though intensely flavorful, could work in a small group or even a larger chilled out party setting and it comes in a can only, so there's no pretense. Here is one instance where DC bitterness goes down smooth. Drink up, America.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ DC Brau is always canned, thus no possibility of being skunked by light

+/- Some IPA enthusiasts might be a bit disappointed in the quick finish

- comes close to Imperial IPA territory in bitterness and intensity, only for true hopologists (they're called that, right?)

- not available outside the mid-Atlantic

 

P.S. - The can recommends serving the Corruption in a tulip or goblet, but mine were in the dishwasher, so gimme a break, OK? Geez.

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