Monday, February 3, 2014

Beer Review: On The Wings Of Armageddon

Reviewing the On The Wings Of Armageddon from DC Brau Brewing Company from Washington D.C.

Score: 96

Unknown vintage can, though it is presumably the freshest release knowing the generous gentlemen who sent me the brew (thank you Edgar!). Served in an O'so snifter and enjoyed on 01/28/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Orange color body that is not see through. Pours a finger of cream color head that settles to a thin coating and thick ring around the glass. Amazing lacing and retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Muted citrus, big, resinous hops, pine sap, orange, and earthy spice. Dank. A big dose of grassy pine and tropical citrus comes through much more as the beer warms up. 4.75/5

Taste: Resinous, slightly dank, and bitter, with a big malt backbone that does not overwhelm. Orange rind, tangerine, earthy spice, grassiness and pine. A little lemon and a touch of wood-like flavor too, though that may be the piney hops. Has a thick, honey-like sweetness on the midpalate and then a big, scorchingly bitter finish. Hugely resinous. Gets a little more citrusy when its warms up, and a little less bitter on the finish. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel:  Medium-full bodied, spot on carbonation. Oily moutheel. Malty, bitter with a little sweetness in the middle. 4.5/5

Overall: This one is tasty, but it scorches the palate a bit and is not the most sessionable due to its viscosity and malty sweet backbone. This one is quite the delicious drink in single servings, however. From a bitter hop kick standpoint, this beer reminds me of what Hopslam used to taste like several years back (at least based on my imperfect recollection), albeit with a different hop profile. This is one of the more must-try IPA out there.

Cost: $20 for a six pack of 12 oz cans.

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