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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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128 Ratings

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 20
Gots: 8 | 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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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

04-04-2011 00:33:41 | More by Fatehunter
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3.93/5  rDev -3%

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.


03-29-2011 19:22:20 | More by woosterbill
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a dark ruby brown with a thin white head. Light lacing

Aroma is a nice rich citrus hops and a roasted malt.

Taste is a grassy hop with hints of citrus. Malty, Smokey and dry with a warming bitterness.

Very different beer for me. Never had a Cascadian Dark before. I like it but again it takes a little getting used to for me. I would have another.

03-29-2011 05:47:08 | More by tikibeer
Photo of 2BDChicago


4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

03-25-2011 01:44:22 | More by 2BDChicago
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

goddamn! this is good! pours dark dark brown with a cream color head, in the light you can see a faint hue of cherry red. this looks like a porter. the smell is interesting, it surprised me that it's smell seems faint. hops, and in the back ground..., pot resin. like old, sticky, scrape the pipe resin. weird, but whatever. the flavor is where this wins. this is the best black ipa ive had, black ipas are hit and miss for me but this one is all hit. spicy citrus wet northwest hops, that fade into the smoky malts, then finishes sour with hops again. love it!

03-10-2011 02:34:48 | More by aaron12
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Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

02-23-2011 02:48:15 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.47/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

02-19-2011 22:00:47 | More by Scmm42
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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

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

02-16-2011 21:54:39 | More by barleywinefiend
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New York

4.7/5  rDev +16%

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.

02-10-2011 09:07:14 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of youradhere


3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Pours black with tan head, red hues around the edges, nearly see through except for the center. Smell is subdued, some pine and black malt, but that is about it, almost as much character as a porter. Taste is bitter upfront, some pine and coffee with mango, slight chocolate. Carbonation is high and body is thin enough. Not exactly hoppy, but the flavors do well with eachother; I'll finish the bottle no prob but doubt I'll be back for seconds at the store.

02-10-2011 03:31:12 | More by youradhere
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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

4 oz. Taste @ Portland, Oregon Spring Beer & Wine Fest April 3rd, 2010. 6.5% ABV. 70 IBU's. Roasted hoppy aromatic front. Crisp toasted dry malt body. Rich balanced hop spice end. (4.0 / 5.0) Hopworks Urban Brewery--HUB--Secession Cascadian Dark Ale Sustainable Organic Beer--2011 22 oz. Bottles. 6.50% ABV. 70 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear pour. Medium mild lace rocky tan white head. Opaque dark black color. No ruby edge. Lightly burnt mildly aromatic hop front. Crisp fully fermented dry sweet toasty unbittered dark malt mild hop pine resin body. Mellow bitter earthy crusty cloying resin mild citrus clean end with hint of lingering dark malt roastiness. Confusing flavors. Tastes Pale not Black. Tasty crisp & smooth. Tasted 2/4/2011. Purchased for $5.99 @ The Ballard Market on 1/21/2011.

02-08-2011 05:16:01 | More by philbertk
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2.7/5  rDev -33.3%

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.

01-31-2011 01:42:56 | More by beertunes
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

01-11-2011 02:20:16 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.55/5  rDev -12.3%

Appears dark black with a layer of brown foam.

Smells of citrus, pine like hops and smoky roasted malts.

Taste is very much like the smell a nice roasted toasty flavor of malts is apparent; there is also a slight sweetness of malts as well. The taste ends with the citrusy flavor of hops and a medium amount of bitterness.

The mouthful of the beer is very smooth like a stout and the carbonation is medium low.

I could have a couple of these because it is well balanced. Over all a decent Indian Black Ale that's better than average.

07-18-2010 16:26:07 | More by chumba526
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3.55/5  rDev -12.3%

Thanks Kevin for sharing this brew!

A- Body is an opaque dark brown hue that pours with a foamy 2 finger off white head. Plenty of lacing is left down the glass.

S- Nose is very earthy, herbal, grassy, and mossy with a hint of roasted malt in the background.

T- Taste is very similar to the smell. This is a hoppy beer indeed-but more the medicinal, herbal remedy, hippie, going green type hop than the bright american hop profile that I am used to. A very faint roasted malt backbone is there-but the highlight here is the hops.

M- Carbonation is soft with a medium weight body.

D- This is probably more earthy than unearthly. Certainly a different, atypical type of IPA. If I was into the more earthy hop I would love this brew-but I like my hoppy beers bright or floral. Still a decent beer overall.

06-29-2010 02:41:06 | More by PittBeerGirl
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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

06-24-2010 06:57:51 | More by Spikester
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3.6/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

06-09-2010 00:29:12 | More by cpetrone84
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Chilled bomber into a glass. A gift from the ever-generous ramnuts. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a dark brown body that seems nearly black in the glass. But when held to the light, it reveals some ruby edge translucence. The head is light beige in color, rising to two fingers of height in a moderate pour of the first half of the bomber. Quite nice. Retention is great, and it deposits sticky lace on its way down.

S: Roasted malt, toast, and light chocolate. Grapefruit and pine hops -- they're there, but not as strong / pungent as I'd like.

T: Grapefruit hops for sure. Pine becomes more apparent as the beer warms, but neither hop variety has the bite I'm seeking. Roast is quite prominent, lending flavors of chocolate and some coffee to the mix.

M: Semi-dry with good carbonation. A little high to be creamy; it makes the body feel thinner and more watery than I like.

D: A solid beer. As far as black IPAs go, I prefer Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous and Clown Shoes Black IPA more.

06-07-2010 03:29:25 | More by Arbitrator
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

05-18-2010 05:53:39 | More by Mora2000
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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%


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.

04-30-2010 04:45:42 | More by HopHead84
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

04-24-2010 21:12:46 | More by mjl21
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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!

04-07-2010 00:42:04 | More by BrutalBeerFan
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Awesome extra received from RedBrewer83 recently. Thanks, Evan!

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a limitless black. No light gets through. A gorgeous tan head caps it off like the top of a milkshake. Excellent retention; leaves lots of sticky lace and webbing. This is a really pretty beer. Big powerful pine resin scents burst out to the nose. Citrus zest and some grass in there as well. Great smooth and creamy body. This one sits a little heavy. Very bitter at the onset with lots of hop presence. Sharp burnt toast on the backend. A little charring. I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. Great beer!

03-02-2010 19:21:59 | More by Onenote81
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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

02-27-2010 03:37:55 | More by Wetpaperbag
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

22 oz. bottle from John's Marketplace PDX poured into Piraat tulip 2.21.10.

Light tan one finger head, small bubbles, slow dissipation with significant lacing. Dark brown, black body, no visible carbonation, but a really great looking beer. Nose is big hop bomb, citrus and spice, some caramel and roasted malts. Taste is a little sweet up front, before the hop attack, citrus, bitter, then a spicy finish, with good portion of roasted malts for balance. I also picked up some chocolate and vanilla (!) notes. Some carbonation in mouthfeel, creamy, with a significant bitter but dry finish. Drinkability is pretty good, not too heavy. One of the better CDAs, IMO not in the league of Barley Brown's Chaos, but a worthy entrant into this emerging style. Recommended.

02-22-2010 03:33:34 | More by jdense
Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA) from Hopworks Urban Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.