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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

121 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 19
Gots: 7 | 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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Pearlstreetbrewingco

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-29-2013 02:03:54 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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CrazyDavros

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 06:38:08 | More by CrazyDavros
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dvsbizzyb

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

09-11-2013 06:08:21 | More by dvsbizzyb
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 15:50:29 | More by LambicPentameter
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

08-21-2013 06:15:06 | More by rab53
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-18-2013 16:10:17 | More by FadetoBock
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dansmcd

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

08-11-2013 05:40:25 | More by dansmcd
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Noonan425

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-01-2013 00:26:52 | More by Noonan425
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afrokaze

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-30-2013 16:21:47 | More by afrokaze
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BESTIALEX

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-30-2013 04:01:52 | More by BESTIALEX
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enznevr

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-19-2013 01:16:33 | More by enznevr
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beagle75

Iowa

3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 20:45:08 | More by beagle75
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-05-2013 03:26:05 | More by Kmat10
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g_jenkins

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

06-14-2013 06:22:59 | More by g_jenkins
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harrymel

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

06-13-2013 07:59:48 | More by harrymel
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jera1350

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-12-2013 23:51:51 | More by jera1350
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DarrenStory

Oregon

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-05-2013 03:08:45 | More by DarrenStory
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spark3148857

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-28-2013 01:52:32 | More by spark3148857
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-20-2013 20:46:09 | More by LXIXME
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kemoarps

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-13-2013 18:25:36 | More by kemoarps
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Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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Laklimell

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-06-2013 21:28:37 | More by Laklimell
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-02-2013 22:41:43 | More by xnicknj
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Braz

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

04-14-2013 22:21:06 | More by Braz
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-11-2013 00:34:42 | More by JRod1969
Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA) from Hopworks Urban Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.