Monday, April 23rd 2012
Our third and final review of the ales currently being canned by this one-year old brewery in our nation’s capitol. We reviewed DC Brau’s pale ale The Public in October 2011, and at the time we wondered what their IPA would be like. We now have the answer.
From the DC Brau site:
"The Corruption" comes in at 6.5% ABV. This beer straddle's the line between IPA and Imperial IPA and has a supportive malty backbone with an assertive hop presence that smacks your mouth with a dank, resinous bitterness followed by pleasant aroma's of pine sap and burnt spruce."
Here we go...
POUR: dark amber with a big white head that is as thick as soft-serve ice cream. A broad patchwork of lacing refused to give up the cling dream for the duration of our tasting.
AROMA: Sharp, resinous pine jumped out of the can as soon as it was opened. Frankly, not much more was able to penetrate the sappy aroma. The pine is so strong and genuine that we were mentally transported back to our favorite golf courses in northern Michigan (we admit the quality of our game is such that we spend a lot of time searching for our golf balls among the evergreens and wooded areas in general).
TASTE: we thought DC’s pale was a bitter bruiser, and its slightly bigger IPA brother takes it up a notch or two. The Columbus hops crushed our palates the instant they hit our tongue without the courtesy of offering any citrus fruit flavor to soften the blow. A solid malt backbone provided some needed caramel-like relief in the middle before the hops gave us a backhanded slap at the dry finish. A very pleasant sweet malty aftertaste stuck around long enough for us to momentarily forget the hop punishment and have yet another drink.
OVERALL: We sometimes categorize IPAs as either malty or hoppy, but we can’t do that with this one - it’s clearly both. Also, single hop IPAs can be very good but they’re often one-dimensional, so creating one that is tasty and has some complexity is no easy feat and seems to require a perfectly matched malt bill. The Corruption’s huge flavors represent a coalition between big hop flavor and big malt flavors, and does so without any crooked back-room bargaining.
Posted by Trent
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