DC Brau Alpha Domina Mellis
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (2985) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Typical for the style. Lots of malt up front and big hops in the back. Nice aroma of hops. Bitter finish. On tap at Hawthornes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfish120love (1053) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Pours a hazy dark orange, with a white lacing. Aroma is citrus forward with grapefruit and resin notes. The flavor starts off sweet, but finishes bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1963) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2015
On tap at G.B.D. in D.C. Pours clear orange, medium off-white head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, spruce, dank forest floor, passionfruit. Flavor is light sweet, medium bitter, not harsh. Medium body, oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (4103) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Draft pour at Churchkey. Pours a clear copper with a white head of foam. Good retention. The aroma has big floral and green tea notes. Some citrus rind comes through in the taste. Fairly bitter. Medium body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3089) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Growler shared by RussianDragon. Thanks man! Murky orange body with a thin, off white head. Aromas of melon, orange, hops. Honey flavor. Medium sweetness. Juicy, resinous hops. Alcohol is subdued. Not as delectable as OTWOA, but still tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (17644) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2015 Draft at Meridian Pint. Hazy golden color, white head. Really nice pineapple aroma with mango and grapefruit. Taste is bitter grapefruit, lemon, dry finish. Very tasty. This one is a bit more boozy and a bit less fruity, so I have to go with the original.
Earlier Rating: 10/19/2013 Total Score: 4
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
solidfunk (5924) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Very nice, well balanced. Pours golden with OK head and lacing. Bitter finish. Some caramel, lots of citrus and a little booze. Good stuff. Tap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (4093) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2014
4 ounce pour on draft at ChurchKey. Clear golden orange with off-white head. Aromas of floral, pine, grapefruit citrus, honey, caramel. Tastes of floral, citrus, light booze, nice bitter hops. Medium body with a dry finish. Juicy mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation. Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (1222) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2014
On tap at lures, pours hazy yellow. Aroma is big tropical pineapple and melon. Taste is well balanced malt and bitter finish, I really like this

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2014
12/27/2014. On tap. Clear amber with a white head. Spicy, hoppy aromas, citrus and floral notes. Light caramel flavors followed by a hoppy finish.

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