DC Brau Alpha Domina Mellis
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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MALTS: 2-row, C-60 ADJUNCTS: 60 lbs of Local Wildflower Honey from Burnside Farms HOPS: Hop Union Experimental Variety, Mosaic, Simcoe, Cascade ABV: 8.5% BACK STORY: Here at DC Brau we love our hoppy beers. This is our latest attempt in seeing how many hops we can fit into a DIPA and I think we’ve hit a new mark. This beer clocks in around 100 IBU, similar to OTWOA but uses 4 different varieties instead of 1. Alpha-Domina-Mellis was also brewed with 30 lbs of Wildflower honey from Burnside Farms in Haymarket, VA that was added at the end of the 90 min boil and then 30 lbs added directly into the fermenter on the second day of primary fermentation. TASTING NOTES: Alpha-Domina-Mellis leads in with a peach-like color and a distinctive tropical / pineapple like nose with a hint of breadiness. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a huge, lingering bitterness provided by the huge dose of experimental hops that were added early in the boil. What the drinker is left with is a bitterness that won’t quit followed by a heavy tropical, fruity, "juicy fruit" bubblegum like aroma with a lingering aroma reminiscent of star fruit and stone fruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Draft at Snallygaster. Very high alpha hops with a floral and sweet stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordyrock1980 (1) - USA - NOV 18, 2013 does not count
Growler pour dark hazy peach/amber color with white creamy head that fades quickly. Super ripe pineapple aroma. Medium mouthfeel, sticky pine resin taste. Bitterness lingers on back of tongue & throat. Overall a great DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BazookaJoe (237) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 5, 2013
On draft, pours dark orange with a strong citrus grassy aroma. Flavor is fantastic with big notes of citrus and grapefruit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sitzds (291) - - NOV 3, 2013
Two ounce taster at the brewery. Aromas are tropical fruit, honey, grassy, dank. Flavors follow. Not sure about the honey. Their tasting notes are correct - long lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3203) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2013
On cask at Mad Fox Cask Beer Festival. Pours cloudy copper with an ecru head. Aromas of pine and grass. Malty backbone. Oily mouthfeel. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8380) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Tap at CK thanks to craftycarl21! Full haze reddish pour, nice lacing. Dank, sticky nose with passionfruit, maple. Taste is sharper wood and dusty, sweet maple. Palate is spicy, abrasive. Dense, sweeter. Not really my style of DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Draft, Snallygaster. Medium off-white head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, light caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, grass/pine, some grapefruit. Medium-full body, some resin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4566) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Draft at Snallygaster 2013. Poured a cloudy amber color with a white head. Aroma was fruity, with notes of fruits, citrus, plenty of tropical notes. This was so tasty - quite a nice juicy beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11327) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Draft. Cloudy amber color, white head. Beautiful tropical fruit aroma with a bit of citrus. Taste is very bitter and fruity, sticky mouthfeel. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (4847) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 19, 2013
2oz pour at the brewery is a hazy orange with some filmy white head. Nose is grassy, pithy, grapefruit, pine, soap, malt, candy. Flavor is sweet, malty, candy, lots of grass, orange, grapefruit, some honey, pine sap, soap. Full, bitter but rounded out finish. Very nice.

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