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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

129 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 20
Gots: 9 | 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:
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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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat diapointing for the style, as a beer. Fresh bottle from Zyn in Calgary. Black body, high IBU, more roastiness in he flavour. Lacey Lots of really roasty as in burnt parts. Hops and citrus in finish. Lace rings. Grows on me, but I am just OK on it.

Sammy, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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

brentk56, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -20%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, the label displaying a nice painted visual of a geographical representation of Cascadia - weird how there is still a border between WA and OR, but not between WA and BC - hmmm.

This beer pours a clear, rather dark reddish cola hue, with two pudgy fingers of creamy, foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves a barely-broken paint job of cobwebbed lace around the glass as everything falls away.

It smells of roasted, almost meaty bready caramel malt, watery pine notes, soft, warm citrus, and a more prominent earthy grassiness. The taste is still big on the roasted caramel malt - now with an additional grainy wheatiness - some dry coffee grounds, faint milky cocoa, and bitter grassy, citrusy, and piney hops.

The carbonation is heady in its forceful frothiness, but not actually overbearing, the body medium weight, a little airy, but fairly smooth overall. It finishes off-dry, the lessened, but still toasty malt getting pushed around by the earthy, piney hop bitterness.

A pretty good Cascadian Dark Ale, representative of the nascent style - balanced, in a high-flying sort of manner, the roasted and coffee flavours adding another dimension to the often bloated malt/hop interplay. Interesting in a distracted way, at least until the next mini style evolution comes loping along.

biboergosum, May 13, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a white head. The aroma is strong resiny hops with some roasted malt. The flavor is resiny hops with just the lightest amount of roasted malt. Still, this beer is all about the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 18, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured black with good carbonation This is a really pretty beer. Big powerful pine leaving a nice tannish cap

S: Citrus, grass mainly but hints at cocoa, espresso and black malt

T: This is a different take on a CDA. I noticed a bit more coffee, cocoa than other CDAs. Backed up with plenty of citrus hops, good amount of bittering

M: Some charring on this, medium body, tasty and a nice creaminess I was not expecting.

D: Good

barleywinefiend, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev -1.5%

LXIXME, May 20, 2013
Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

rab53, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
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

JohnGalt1, May 23, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

HopHead84, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of beertunes
2.7/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clear, deep reddish mahogany color with just a thin cap of tan head that low retention and had good retention.

In the nose, the beer had a floral hop presence up front that faded to roast and finished with some coffee scents. On the tongue the hops played a very reduced role, roast flavors dominated and the beer had an extremely heavy and unpleasant coffee flavor on the finish.

The body was thinner than typical for a style that's not known for for being solid. Drinkability wasn't that enjoyable, mostly due to the heavy roast and coffee.

Overall, a slightly below average example of a style that I'm having a hard time finding much love for. Give it a shot if you see it, or not.

beertunes, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Derek
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Derek, May 19, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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!

HuskyinPDX, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev -2%
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

dirtylou, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650mla bomber poured into pint glass april18 2011

A dark cola with a thick two finger tan head that slowly falls to a thin film that leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S a little citrus with some milk chocolate

T what I smell but stronger with some grapefruit and more chocolate, some very faint coffee and pine, nice combination of dark malts and hops

M a little coarse but nowhere near sandpaper, a little bitter bite and good carbonation

O went down pretty quick so that says something, a good beer that's worth trying

I find this an interesting style but often find myself wishing the flavor profile went one way or the other, hop bomb or dark roast, I do like them combined but its hard to wrap my head around.

wordemupg, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -1.5%

xnicknj, May 02, 2013
Photo of ccrida
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

ccrida, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to vonschplieffen for sharing.

A: Clear dark russet body with two fingers of ultra-fine, frothy off-white foam. Great body/head contrast (this really looks like a BIPA/CDA/ABA/etc), as well as retention, with light, spotty lacing left behind. Excellent.

S: Seaweed and oysters; the hops and roast combine into a decidedly briny piquancy. It's interesting, but less than stunning.

T: Piney hops, coffee roast, and clean bitterness. Simple and tasty, with (thankfully) none of the saltiness hinted at in the aroma. Solid.

M: Fairly light body, with matching carbonation. Soft, delicate, and enjoyable.

O: It's nice to see a beer of this style pull of intense flavor without a super-high ABV; too many seem to clock in over 8%, at which point the delicate contrast of flavors can get a little muddled in the heat. The bizarre smell kept this from being a real standout, but it was undoubtedly a tasty brew. I'd have another, although if I find myself in Portland I can guarantee I won't be seeking this one out. If you're a fan of the style (I'm not, although I don't find it offensive or anything), you could do a lot worse.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

CrazyDavros, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pours a brownish liquid with red esges. a light tan colored head is tight with great lace.

S-hint of roasted maltiness, dark chocolate, burnt coffee up front. herbal marijuanna hops come through big time. touch of tea leaves accompany.

T-the taste brings a light roasted malt, hints of smokiness. the herbal hops take over, touch of tea leaves and earthy. a little thinned out in the back.

M-extremely smooth on the palate, lighter body, low carbonation that falls off in the back and is a little thin in boddy.

D-pretty tasty, falls off in the back, the nose was great but the taste falls a little short of that. very earthy and dank like.

cpetrone84, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of RedDiamond
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

RedDiamond, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of canucklehead
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
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

canucklehead, May 10, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev -1.5%

twelveinches, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

strongaf, May 19, 2012
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Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA) from Hopworks Urban Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.