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

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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

113 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 113
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%


Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Called "a Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale/India Dark Ale" by the HUB headbrewer.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-12-2009)
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Reviews by mjl21:
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mjl21

California

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Mike. 22 ounce bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Comes in at 6.5% and 70 IBUs. No bottling info is given.

A-It is a nice looking beer. It is dark brown with a large two finger sandy colored head that has some great retention. The lingering head results in some nice lacing.

S-Not as piney or citrusy as most CDAs that I have tried. The smell reminded me of homebrewed IPA wort. As it warms some subtle hints of pine show up along with some dark roasted malt. I kept waiting for the hops to stand out more and it never delivered the pine/citrus punch I wanted.

T-It begins with plenty of roasted malt flavor. Pine forest flavor is also quick to jump out. The pine is a lot more prevalent than it is on the nose. The combo works, but I still felt it could have used some more hop bite.

M-Like RR, these guys always do well in the mouthfeel department. It is smooth and creamy.

D-A decent enough beer, but would pass this one if offered a Stone SSR.

Glad I got to try this, but feel more hops are needed. Would love to try it on tap the next time I hit up PDX.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 21:12:46 | More by mjl21
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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.

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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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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.

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Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA) from Hopworks Urban Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.