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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89
very good

63 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 143
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 24
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 143
Photo of dragonWhale
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of hopworks' finest! Black with ruby highlights, this beverage is everything a Cascadian Dark should be. I know, I know, it's not what it's officially called anymore. But I like to give props to the home of hops, so it'll always have that home in my mind.
Slight chocolate and big pine control your mind. A little bit of toasty. The aroma is not overly complex, but it really doesn't need to be. The more there is, the unhappier this style gets. Roasted is subdued.
The flavor is a delight. The silky chocolate and the pine and citrus make for an enchanting beverage. This is one beer I will miss dearly when I leave the left coast. Coats your mouth going down with silky and hoppy delights. Bitter, a bit, yes, but in perfect moderation. Reasonable, and damn delightful. (776 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
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 (628 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

Not only is this beer organic, it is a certified carbon-neutral beer as well ... with the attitude of being a CDA (Cascadian Dark Ale). This is PNW style all the way.

Deep dark brown, only a shade or two away from black. Lots of head comes from a healthy pouring. Pleasing citric, hemp-like and minty hop aroma with grilled bread in the back. Hoppiness is certainly the dominant presence here, with lots of herbal, citric, hemp seed, mint and orangey flavors. The bitterness has no problem shouting that it is the boss, though it does cede some ground to the blackness of the beer: Toasted and faintly roasted malt pops out in the middle ... perhaps a hint of unsweetened chocolate here? Light hop resin sticks, even in the aftertaste.

While this beer is screaming that it is indeed an IPA, the darkness brings a lovely fold to a pretty damn stellar beer. Whether a trend or a bona fide beer style, look no further. (975 characters)

Photo of BrutalBeerFan
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was initially luke warm on the idea of a Black IPA, seems oxymoronic to me. But after enjoying a Secession from HUB I have seen the light. And I am a proud CDA drinker looking forward to my next (Deschutes Hop in the Dark I have my eye on you!)...

I was pleasantly surprised by the balance of the CDA, wonderful hop nose, solid and moderately complex body with a nice bold hop statement to close. A many splendored and sessionable ale. Keep up the great work! (462 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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 (351 characters)

Photo of Scmm42
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I saw a segment on TV this morning about the HUB pub so I decided to check it out. I did a sampler of all 10 of their beers on tap and the Secession was the stand-out. It was described as a Cascadian Dark Ale, so I didn't know what to expect because I've never had one. I would call it a black IPA.

A - Very Dark.

S - Citrus hop aroma.

T - Yummy bitterness with a background of smoky hops.

D - Extreme. (407 characters)

Photo of velosuds
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Secession is a Cascadian Dark Ale! - per the label.

That settles it for me. I love the style and don't care much for the BJCP style guideline designation American Black Ale. Actually, according to the Hopworks inspiring label, my native state Washington, my present state Oregon, and my favorite Canadian province British Columbia are going to secede from the soon to be formed North American Union (my spin) and form a more perfect beer republic where we will enjoy our beer in the finest PNW traditions.

A-pours a beautiful dark brown, nearly black hue with a two finger light brown head with decent retention and adequate lacing.

S-Aroma is wonderful. Piney and citric hops and roasted barley.

T-Hoppy bitterness is followed by citrusy and resinous notes against a very pleasing black barley roastiness I especially like in this style, notwithstanding some beer advocates think this quality is more like a stout. I love it and will join the CDA secession movement.

M-Just a tad thin and a little dry. I like just a bit more residual sweetness to give a fuller and smoother body.

O-This is very drinkable. I have only seen this once at a grocery store in Wilsonville with a good selection of microbrews. Wish I had bought more. Most stores, including bottle shops, I frequent either never stocked this or were sold out before I had an opportunity to buy. My second favorite CDA so far. And it's ORGANIC! Well done Hopworks. (1,432 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of the body is somewhat akin to the highlights along the edge of a pint of Guiness, a rich mahogany/very dark brownish tone. Excellent lacing from the cream-colored head- sheets of it coat the glass from top to bottom.

Very fresh aromas of roasted malts, pine sap and hop resin. I'm guessing plentiful dry hopping was involved. A tasty and ejoyable beer, with plentiful bitterness of pine and burnt malts from start to lingering finish. Dry and toasty, letting the hops do their thing. A touch of melted chocolate sweetness at times. I liked this one a lot, and am a bit surprised that more people haven't reviewed it (I had it way back in July). (657 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahoganny with a light tan head, good retention, great lace.

Huge 'Cascadian' aroma: Catty, pine, tangerine, rind, floral perfume.

Hops are upfront in the flavour, pine, tangerine, grapefruit rind; slight roasted nut & biscuit, hint of cocoa and burnt caramel, solid bitterness.

Well-attenuated moderate body has some hop acidity.

A good drinker and great representation of the style. (393 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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 (762 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - deep deep deep brown, barely transparent, fluffy mocha head left random sticky lacing
S - very fragrant hops with pine and light florals, light nutty chocolaty malt presensce
T - hops are pine, floral, and lemon citrus, with a strong backbone of nutty and lightly smoky malt, super tasty
M - medium moving to thin and pleasantly bitter
O - very flavourful with a hop kick and a strong malt backbone to balance, i could drink this all day (441 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at The Bier Stein in Eugene. Served in a nonic, Secession CDA is a dark brown with a small, creamy light sand head that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is heavy hop resins, really no dark malt aromas to speak of busting though the dankness of the hops, which are great, super fresh.

Taste is fantastic, a great balance of the hug hop resins and chocolate and caramel malts. The best black IPA (aka CDA) I've ever had, yummy stuff.

Mouthfeel is nice and carbonated, super sticky resins, with a medium body.

Drinkability is very high, a delicious beer. I love how sticky and fresh the hops are, and the more brown then black malt bill. (645 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As with the Rise Up Red, Secession CDA is another highly drinkable Hopworks Ale with a nutty, alt-like character. It is similarly nutty, grainy, and woody with assertive bittering, but comes with a classic Northwestern hop aroma of piney, sensuous immediacy. A further comparison shows Secession to also be turbid, but in a deeper tone of auburn - not quite as black as the CDA (Cascadian Dark Ale) moniker might imply. Another stellar Hopworks beer. (450 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4/29/2010

An extra received in a trade with mykie73, thanks! The beer appears deep brown, nearly black, with a frothy one inch head, good retention, and scattered lacing. A deep auburn tinge is evident when the glass is held to light.

The nose displays a pleasant blend of grapefruit, pine, roasted malt, and lightly toasted nuts. Smells great.

The flavor exhibits fresh grapefruit flesh and rind as well as a little pine and a touch of sweetness. A light roast is evident and I get a dash of that nutty character in the finish. Bitterness is at a pleasant moderate level throughout, and there's just a little sweetness, though this is a dry beer. There's a decided spiciness in the finish that's faint but interesting. As the beer warms I detect a bit of subtle chocolate. The flavor is quite complex and very good.

The beer has a dry and creamy mouthfeel with an upper moderate level of carbonation. Highly drinkable. A quality beer. Recommended. (953 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ShortSnoutBrew for this one. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A -Dark brown with a half finger of espresso coloured head that disappeared immediately and left some lacing behind.

S -Citrus hops dominate up front with grapefruit and tangerine notes. The roasted malts are barely noticeable in the background. Smells like an IPA (but a really good one)!

T - Bitter hops hit the tongue first - there are grapefruit and piney notes. The malts become noticeable in the middle with some roasted chocolate and smoky notes coming through, followed by more bitterness in the finish, which lingers considerably.

M - Medium body, chewy, lightly carbonated.

D - A great example of the style. Would definitely buy this again if I could. (734 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice dark ruby red colour, finger of beige coloured head, some retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Sweet citrus hops, touch of earthiness and an abundance of caramel malts. A roasted nuttiness also seems to come through on the finish.

T - The citrus hops come through nicely off the top with the bitterness lingering and a earthy tasty to them. The malts, although tougher to detect and a little subtle, do provide a backbone of dark roasted espresso and dark cocoa.

M - Medium bodied that goes down extremely smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness. Great feel to it!

O - I quite enjoyed this Cascadian IPA, offering a nice robust amount of hops and a subtle dark malty backbone. Easily drinkable and poundable, full flavoured with a great mouthfeel. Another gem from HUB! (800 characters)

Photo of Rippeddisc
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Into a pint glass. A dark copper color with a thin dirty white head that quickly faded to the edge of the glass.

S - From a foot away I smelled pine and citrus. Closer up, pine and grapefruit with a mellower undertone of malt.

T - Total IPA at first, citrus followed by a small roasted malt bomb, ending with a nice bitter. The malt sweetness was faintly present throughout.

M - Light to medium body with a light but assertive carbonation.

O - Outstanding CDA with almost perfect balance of maltiness and hops. (518 characters)

Photo of 2BDChicago
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep clear mahgony brown. The small tan head quickly disapated.

S: Subtle citrus hop aroma surrounded by small chocolately malt. Welcome light is on.

T: Awesome mix of hop bitternes and a slight smoky malt. Fresh and dry, then a fading grassy or woodiness in the final hop notes. Not a heavy mouthfeel, but would have guessed a high abv. I very much sought to try some of HUB brews.

D: This style is not without it's controversy. Let me declare up front that I am a fan of the style. This beer shows the diversity in a young branch of a new american style. I like the sophisticated blend of piney hop resin and smoky woodiness in the dry clarity of a sweetness void. It's an adult beverage. (697 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of Spikester
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with two fingers of tan head and moderate lacings. Smell is citrus hops and coffee chocolate aromas. Taste is like a Very bold stout jacked to a full IPA level. Citrus resinous hops with a full stout malt backing. Weird but tasty. Mouthfeel is on the thin side but the hops just keep washing over the palate. A sweet and slightly bitter semi-dry finish. My first of the Cascadian Black IPA style. I had this following a Lagunitas IPA and this slammed the Lagunitas! Phew! If you like both Stouts and NW IPAs give it a try. I think you will love it. (554 characters)

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in my recent trip to Portland. I've enjoyed HUB's beers and this bottle looked pretty sweet. Not too big on black IPA's I think for me its more of a taste thing, so I'll see how this one goes for me.

A- Dark dark brown, and the head is creamy with a tight frothy head that leaves great lacing. This one looks good, almost like a creamy porter.

S- The hoppy grapefruityness is there as expected, but as I'm programmed to think of darker beers as malty and darker smelling this is sort of a mind over matter kind of game. There is a good dark maltyness that is there in the nose as well.

T- Wow this is kinda complex. I'm getting a good smokey burnt taste that brings another level to this beer. The hops are there and bright and help cut the burnt malt taste. Other black IPA's that I've had are skunky and off tasting, but this is the best one I've ever had. I think as the darker end of the IPA spectrum start to develop so will the taste profiles. Brewers will find a good combination of dark malts to be used for flavor and color along with tasty hop combination that compliment the malts the best and still give the edgy hop taste.

M- Mouthfeel is good, great carbination that helps bring the hops forward, helps keep them a separate entity from the heavy darker tasting malts.

D- Easy to drink for sure, great beer, and has helped black IPA's take a step in the right direction. (1,409 characters)

Photo of hreb
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,068 characters)

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