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Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA) - Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA)Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA)

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

141 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 24
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-12-2009

Called "a Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale/India Dark Ale" by the HUB headbrewer.
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Ratings: 141 | Reviews: 63
Photo of souvenirs
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed farther north in Cascadia, in Vancouver, BC.

A: Cola black, almost impenetrable to light, a little bit reddish (like black cherry) when held to light, but mostly just black. A couple fingers of head about the colour of chocolate milk.

S: A bit piney, dark bread, no citrus or floral notes.

T: I might be crazy, but there's something about this beer that reminds me of sausages. I wouldn't really say it's smokey, but there's some sort of charred/grilled flavour going on here. Bitter and a bit piney, but not without dark malt flavours. This beer has a taste unlike any I've ever tried, and it's certainly not awful, but it's not really to my liking, either. It's the char/smoke flavour I'm not crazy about.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a large tan head.
Lots of roasty malt as a flavour along with menthol, pine and smoke. Interesting.
Flavours include coffee grounds, roasted malt, caramel, piny hops, spicy notes. Finishes with a bold bitterness with both piny and roasty components.
Carbonation is just a little high.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with a distinctive silkscreened label showing a map of "Cascadia". No kind of dating that I can find, but I know this is available in the Spring, so I'm guessing this bottle is close to six months old. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - A healthy pour yields a big frothy cocoa powder colored head of a little more than two fingers with a pillowy top of suds. Body is a deep crude oil black that lets very little light through, but there may be highlights of dark walnut. Hard to tell if that's just reflecting light. Retention is outstanding, and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell - Lots of roasted elements going on here. Coffee, cacao, toasted wheat bread, and just a faint hit of some rich, earthy hop bitterness. A bit of grassiness as well, but very little floral or citrus. None of the hop profile that I love in a good "Black IPA", but with a six month passage of time, hop aroma is going to suffer. Even though there aren't the distinctive hop profiles, I do get the sense that the hops lend some aromatic qualities to the roasty components, giving them a bit more life.

Taste - Much like the smell, the taste here is more porter-like than IPA-like. There is still an earthy bitterness to accompany burnt caramel, espresso and coffee bean flavor profiles, so the flavor is actually quite balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-heavy body with moderate carbonation. A velvety feel with a semisweet finish, like dark chocolate.

Overall, a delicious beer, but one that I can't help but wonder if it would be better with a stronger floral hop profile. It's funny, my brain would probably fooled into rating this higher if the label said "porter" instead of "black IPA". Either way, it's solid and is good enough to make me curious to try to locate a fresher bottle.

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3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Hazy, dark brown color with over one finger of persistent light beige foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Dark roasted malt features a slight peated twist, but is also leaned on by disruptive carbon dioxide. Weak floral hops come across as noncommittal and evasive.

T: Begins barely off-dry with soft roasted grain and mild hops aromatics that cultivate a derived fruity quality. Acidity is mild into the middle where some savory wood smoke develops. The finish pairs mild bitterness with leftover qualities that make a quick retreat.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic and wet on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Like many of the beers by Hopworks, this one probably performs best when it is simply consumed rather than analyzed or compared to its peers. It is capably brewed but not really noteworthy, without much ability to stand out in a crowd.

Photo of hreb
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thumbs up for the name / bottle design on this bomber. I've tried "The Audacity of Hops" and "Hop Obama" but here's a beer with a less mainstream political statement: Cascadian independence. The label clearly defines Cascadia as all of Oregon, Washington, and BC. No Northern California allowed -- nor Western Idaho. It also defines 6.5% ABV, 15° P, and 70 IBU.

Beer pours a dark brown color with a tiny head. Aroma is of spicy hops, slightly piney, but not particularly citrusy. Flavor is super mellow with a substantial load of roasted barley, giving this CDA a malt profile worthy of interest on its own, rather than just a dark backdrop for a black Northwest style IPA. The profile of the bitterness doesn't strike me as particularly dominant or otherwise an IPA, but there's enough there to bring great balance along with a piney hop profile, suggesting perhaps Amarillo more than C-hops. The malt side there are nutty flavors, toast, and chocolate. But the mouthfeel is all brown ale, not stout or porter.

Overall, supremely drinkable. Highly recommended.

Photo of 1234Jack
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

color is very dark black, only barely transparent where it meets the glass - there it's brownish red.

bitter.

roasty.

malty.

head formed with gusto, frothy, persistent.

prominent lacing that hangs on the glass from the onset.

very subtle malt-hop smell.

hop taste is noticeable followed by smokiness.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass

A- Poured a very dark brown (pretty much black) some very light red hues shining through, soapy white head with big bubbles left some chunky lace

S- Big pungent grapefruit, pine, and floral hop aroma. Really an incredible and strong hop aroma

T- Really big pungent grapefruit, piney, citrusy, and floral hops. Some really nice roasted malt character. This is a big juicy hop monster, huge lingering hop aftertaste and moderate bitterness.

M- Very dry, medium carbonation and body, quite smooth

O- This is the best Black IPA I have ever had, huge juicy hops and really nice roasted malt character. This is a world class beer in its style, a style I am often not too crazy about.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black coffee colour fully clear, so black, light struggling to pass through. On pour the sudsy thin tan head sticks around just long enough to make a show, then just fades to a single file rim a round the glass.

S: First blush of sweet malts, molasses, coco, & instant coffee followed up with the hops of pine resins, grapefruit rind and finishes with that acrid hoppy scent.

T: Similar to the smell the taste is forward with sweet malts, molasses, rye bread & coco followed quickly with hoppy pine resin & grapefruit rind. The finish is an interesting play of dark roasted coffee that's just edging over to bitter with an after taste of hoppy pine.

M: Mouth feel is at the fair side of light edging into a medium viscosity. Low on carbonation.

O:The interplay of hops and malts mix well highlighting the best qualities of both, while not overwhelming the each other. It's worth sipping this one to experience the taste profile, especially as it warms.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 picked up at Bier Thirty... Poured into my HotD goblet... Great tan head... nice lacing.... the brew is deep dark brown... verging on black... hints of read at the stem of the goblet..

The nose is near perfect balanced dark malt and pithy hoppiness... nothing is out of whack..

Flavor is perfectly astringent in all the right ways... tannic tea leaves... dark malt and slight cold brewed coffee... grapefruit zest hoppiness that lays waste from front to back...

The best thing about this brew is it never goes out of bounds... Most CDA's get PUSHY... this one is very balanced and remains very drinkable.

4/4.5/4.5/4/5

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4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

these guys nail it for the style which is a hoppy IPA with dark malts. The mouthfeel is luscious and smooth but the hops are always there waiting for the next mouthfull. I could drink this all day which is saying a lot since many BIPAs are harsh on the finish and tend to overstay their welcome. As good as Deschutes Hop in the Dark , this is a keeper

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at St Augustines.

A: Slight tan head over black/cola coloured liquid.

S: Citrus, pine, toasted malt and roasted barley.

T: Toasted malt, grapefruit, chocolate notes, barley malt and pine in the finish.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: Average drinkability, a definite sipper.

Photo of CliffBrake
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Coreylag for the chanced to try this one.

Opaque black with a minimal head produced from a fairly agressive pour.

Intriquing arome roasted grains, sour cherry and grapefruit. Complex flavor comes out as the beer warms (don't serve it too cold!) with a grainy roasted malt, herbal hops - mint and dank. The finish is a seamless blend of roasted malt character with herbal hop bitterness.

Slightly creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

A tasty black IPA/ CDA, with a bit of an attitude. Well worth a spin.

Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours just a shade lighter than lack, with ruby highlights; the creamy tan head leaves a nice pattern of lacing behind

Smell: A blend of pith and tangerine from the hops and chocolate, mocha and nuts from the malt

Taste: The battle between the malt and the hops is so intense here it is hard to tell which flavors hit the tongue first; suffice to say that the malts bring chocolate, mocha and nut flavors and those form the backbone; on top of the malts, the hops add tangerine pith; after the swallow, the flavors continue to battle, though the end result is rather balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice example of the style, displaying all of the flavor components

Thanks, gkatsoris, for the opportunity

Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

appearance: awesome bottle art - classic NW landscape. served in my kickass hilliards pint, dark mahogany body, creamy tan

smell: dry roast, leather, chocolate, leafy green hops

taste: dry, roasty, dark roast coffee, chocolate, leather, bitter hoppiness but less defined hop profile than other CDA's. spicy, licorice, espresso, hop pellet

mouthfeel: dry, roasty, bitter. pretty wild

overall: not my favorite CDA (see Stone, Shorts), but tasty stuff and for $4, hell yeah

Photo of snaotheus
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours dark blackish amber, not cloudy looking, small but persistent beige head. Smell is hoppy with malty roastiness. Smell is very good, in fact.

Taste starts out with syrupy sweetness, then coffee, then hops, and that sweetness really stays throughout. Luckily it's pretty well balanced against the bitters. It's quite nice tasting, after some ice cream.

Mouthfeel is thick and slightly sticky. Overall, this is quite good.

Photo of jpbebeau
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle to tulip, after much-belatedly raking the yard.

A: Very dark reddish-brown, near black at high volumes. Color only at the edges. Quickly dissipating light-tan head, which leaves lacing you'd expect with an IPA or DIPA.

S: Floral hops and a bit of roast. Leather. Roast, dank, leather hops and malts.

T: Initial porter-like roast malts. Piney hops hit the mid-palate. Lingering throat-puckering aftertaste.

M: Moderate weight. Pretty carbonated. Easy to drink.

Not bad; I'd drink it again, but won't seek it out. Do like the price, though. Not quite sure where I come down on CDAs yet.

Photo of scootpolute
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from the 2011 vintage, poured into a tulip glass.

Look: jet black, light tan head that leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: heavy hop punch followed with some roasted malt aromas, chocolate, fudge, a little coffee and some alcohol soaked currants. Smells quite good and inviting.

Taste: Hops, sweet currants and coffee flavors stand out, with some more hop flavor and some chocolate, a bit of currant and anise, with a bit of bitterness that seems to come more from the roasted malt than the hops. My mouth tastes like I've been eating raw hops espresso beans after drinking this beer. The alcohol is there but oddly subtle, especially considering how fresh this beer is.

Feel: full bodied, a little chewy good carbonation, just right for the style. Very smooth and easy going down!

Overall: First time I've had this one, second time I've had a beer from this brewery and both time I"ve been impressed! Delicious beer and I should also note that the price only adds to how great this beer is. At 4.99 for a bomber in a market where you should expect to spend over 6-7 for a bomber of anything and much more for a yummy porter'esk' beer like this one, this is an amazing deal.
Serving type: bottle

Photo of gkunkle
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color, almost black. I just barely get some reddish colors when I hold it up to light. Head is a light tan color and stands about a finger talk after I poured it into a tall tulip. Smell is of citrus and floral hops and has some nice roastedness coming through as well. The first taste to register is the subtle malt backbone, then almost immediately I get a strong taste citrus hops, and a touch of floral hops as well. Wrapping up the taste is the roasted malts. They don't really announce their presence until late in the sip, but it comes in well. The body of the beer is of average thickness. Carbonation is subtle, but it fits the beer well. This is a great CDA, in my opinion it is a great example of the style.

Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from "Lifesource" Salem. $4.95 Screen printed label..in the colours of the "Doug Fir" flag of the Republic of Cascadia. Mahogany dark brown ale with a nice thick creamy tan head. Great herbal,citric and pine tones from the hops in the aroma,hint of coffee from the malts. Surprising taste..very balanced but at the same time wildly swinging from the piney hops to the dark chocolate,toasted malts..then balanced again. Great mouthfeel very captivating..and a very tasty bitter after taste that lingers..like good dark esspresso coffee. Over all a very nice CDA

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with a one finger light off-white head. Good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S - Roasted malts, some hoppy pine and grass.

T - Roasted malts mostly, some of the hops do come through.

D - Perfect body and carbonation. Good balance for the style.

O - The best of the day. Try it!

Photo of Mahlik
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Deschutes snifter

A- Pours dark brown, almost black, with a two-finger creamy off-white head. Head dissipates after a minute or so. Spotty lacing left behind.

S- wonderful aroma of NW hops: citrus, pine and some "dank" hop oils. Orange aroma comes to the forefront and blends nicely with subtle chocolate notes. A nice underlying roastiness helps balance out the hops.

T- Some coffee and toasted malts hit the palate first. More subtle chocolate notes. But the resinous and citrus hops come in and dominate the rest of the sip. A solid bitterness comes over the palate.

M- Medium bodied with medium-light carbonation. For some odd reason, the body would seem thin at times. Almost no trace of alcohol. The bitterness lasts into the aftertaste.

O - I really want to like CDAs more than I usually do. In this case, I thought this was a quality beer. The NW hop profile mixed with subtle chocolate and roasty malts create a well balanced brew.

Photo of MADhombrewer
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Black. You have to hold it up right next to the light to get the reddish edges. Big bubbled tan head. 4/5

Smell- Sweet and roasted malts with a backbone of piney hops. I kinda wish it was the other way around. Very small bits of coffee and chocolate. 4/5

Taste- Sweet coffee and chocolate with a small, sharp bitterness. I wish there was more of a hop presence. It gets more bitter as it warms. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel- Good mouthfeel for the style. Medium. 4/5

Overall- Good beer. I wish the hop were more of a presence, though. 3.5/5

Photo of seanwhite
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: BLACK

S: Nose is dank hops, spicy leafy hops.

T: Low roastiness, Hopping is rather restrained. Leafy, tea-ish, tobacco, and a tiny bit piney. Bitterness level is below average for the style. This is not a hop bomb and nor is it malt heavy.

M: Finish is annoyingly chalky.

O: Very good black IPA

Photo of Rippeddisc
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flown back from PDX. No bottled date.

A - almost opaque amber brown. just a tinge of red coming thorugh. sticky head, poured 1 finger. fell away quickly

S - can smell hops with bottle sitting next to me. roasted malt with ipa nose...woah. like a hoppy brown?

T/M - toasted malt, more roast...but sweet hop actually up front, evergreen flavor, piney...even coats the mouth...yum

O - definitely a hybrid...a very very well done hybrid. both beers in harmony. pretty impressive.

Photo of evlu1441
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep dark brown colour. It's nearly black under indirect light. There is a nice tan head sitting on top that settles down to a thin film over the beer. It leaves some nice lacing.

Lots of hops dominate the aroma alongside some caramel and roasted malt. There is a smooth, almost marshmallowy vanilla aroma throughout the background.

The flavour is nice and smooth to start with dark roasted malts. It becomes slightly sweet as the aromatic hops take over and fill the mouth. It ends with some medium bitterness and lingering roasty burnt flavour mixed with fragrant hops.

Overall, this is a nice CDA! I haven't had too many, but if this beer was a bit cheaper, I'd put it high on my list!

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Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA) from Hopworks Urban Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.