Tasting: December 28, 2014
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer #: 676
On the Wings of Armageddon
At a party that took place at the end of last summer, a friend gave me a can of DC Brau’s The Corruption. I enjoyed it while he raved on and on about another beer from DC Brau called On the Wings of Armageddon. With my friend’s endorsement still ringing in my brain, I was excited to see that our New Jersey distributor posted On the Wings of Armageddon as a new release that was slated to hit stores last week. Mysteriously, they removed it from their website without explanation just a day later. My contacts said that we might see some after Christmas but it wasn’t likely.
Apparently, I wasn’t the only person a little stoked up to try On the Wings of Armageddon. Another friend went to visit family in the DC area for Christmas and he went directly to the brewery and brought a few cans home with him. As usual, he was kind enough to share two cans with me.
A little detail from DC Brau’s website:OTWOA is a single hop beer utilizing Falconers Flight. Brewed with just enough Pale malt, Cara-60, CaraPils and Malted wheat to carry the intense hop character onto the pallet. At first glance, it has an orange hue in the glass with a viscus, rocky head that refuses to dissipate. Upon first sniff there are dominate aromas of citrus, white grapes and grapefruit with light bread and biscut notes. After the first sip we taste a mellow bitterness that only grows as more is consumed. Moderately carbonated, deceptively smooth, refreshingly dry and extremely heady for a beer at 9.2% ABV.
My thoughts…On the Wings of Armageddon may very well be the most bitter beer I’ve ever had. It reminds of chewing on a tangerine rind. In researching the IBU of this beer, I get about 115 which pushes the needle into unreliable but extremely bitter territory. I can’t say that bitterness relents and I can say this isn’t for the faint of heart. Grapefruit bitterness so powerful that I’ll have to brush my teeth twice to purge my palate of the bitterness. Like a grapefruit or another bitter citrus fruit, there is some sweetness that attempts to bubble up to balance out the bitterness. It definitely fails in that area but I’ll note a rich mouthfeel, smooth carbonation and impressionable flavor. I’ll put On the Wings of Armageddon at 93 points.