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

143 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 24
Gots: 12 | 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:
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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Photo of Mahlik
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Deschutes snifter

A- Pours dark brown, almost black, with a two-finger creamy off-white head. Head dissipates after a minute or so. Spotty lacing left behind.

S- wonderful aroma of NW hops: citrus, pine and some "dank" hop oils. Orange aroma comes to the forefront and blends nicely with subtle chocolate notes. A nice underlying roastiness helps balance out the hops.

T- Some coffee and toasted malts hit the palate first. More subtle chocolate notes. But the resinous and citrus hops come in and dominate the rest of the sip. A solid bitterness comes over the palate.

M- Medium bodied with medium-light carbonation. For some odd reason, the body would seem thin at times. Almost no trace of alcohol. The bitterness lasts into the aftertaste.

O - I really want to like CDAs more than I usually do. In this case, I thought this was a quality beer. The NW hop profile mixed with subtle chocolate and roasty malts create a well balanced brew.

Photo of MADhombrewer
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Black. You have to hold it up right next to the light to get the reddish edges. Big bubbled tan head. 4/5

Smell- Sweet and roasted malts with a backbone of piney hops. I kinda wish it was the other way around. Very small bits of coffee and chocolate. 4/5

Taste- Sweet coffee and chocolate with a small, sharp bitterness. I wish there was more of a hop presence. It gets more bitter as it warms. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel- Good mouthfeel for the style. Medium. 4/5

Overall- Good beer. I wish the hop were more of a presence, though. 3.5/5

Photo of seanwhite
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: BLACK

S: Nose is dank hops, spicy leafy hops.

T: Low roastiness, Hopping is rather restrained. Leafy, tea-ish, tobacco, and a tiny bit piney. Bitterness level is below average for the style. This is not a hop bomb and nor is it malt heavy.

M: Finish is annoyingly chalky.

O: Very good black IPA

Photo of Rippeddisc
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of evlu1441
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep dark brown colour. It's nearly black under indirect light. There is a nice tan head sitting on top that settles down to a thin film over the beer. It leaves some nice lacing.

Lots of hops dominate the aroma alongside some caramel and roasted malt. There is a smooth, almost marshmallowy vanilla aroma throughout the background.

The flavour is nice and smooth to start with dark roasted malts. It becomes slightly sweet as the aromatic hops take over and fill the mouth. It ends with some medium bitterness and lingering roasty burnt flavour mixed with fragrant hops.

Overall, this is a nice CDA! I haven't had too many, but if this beer was a bit cheaper, I'd put it high on my list!

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
2.59/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a Hopworks care package via a friend in Portland.
Pours ruby black with an enormous and frothy tan colored cap. Lacing left behind isnt very sticky and slowly settles down to the rest of the brew.
Hops are a little weak and a little burnt on the nose. Im not getting alot that lures me into the glass. Theres a bit of pine to bring it slightly to earth, but overall it just smells pretty boring. Id appreciate a bigger hop profile, minus this burnt aspect that i just cant escape.
The whole front end of this appears toasted, while the backend tapers off a little watery. Any flavor i should be getting out of this just seems muttled. Half a pint glass into this, my palate is already fatigued and im just not digging it. Definitely not a winner to me. i am curious if this is a slightly older bottle, as i cant seem to find any kind of dating on the bottle. perhaps ill seek it out when its guaranteed fresh.

Photo of Sky2625
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber found out-of-season in a coffee shop cooler! Wow!

A - Medium thick pour, dark brown to black in color, but a dark mahogany when held up to the light. 2-fingered small bubble head that starts coffee brown and fades to cream colored. Sticky small bubble lace.

S - A mild nose, piney at first, quickly followed by dark roasty malt, with a small hint of coffee.

T - Initial flash of coffee flavor overridden by pine hop bitterness blanketing over a semi-sweet dark chocolate malt. Finishes with a piney hop.

M - Medium body, semi-smooth punctuated with larger carbonation bubbles, chewy finish.

D - Not too hoppy. Smooth enough for multiple rounds, and flavorful enough to keep you interested.

Photo of velosuds
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of Derek
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 650ml brown bottle, silkscreen enamel label. Pours out a very dark brown, cola hues when held to direct light. Tall creamy beige head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

Roasty malt and a big dose of leafy citrus hops on the nose.

Roasted malt and bright citrus hops right off the start in the flavour, some coffee notes in the middle, with the dry roasty malt more prominent on the finish while the hops remain ever in the background. Leafy, piney hops get their spotlight in the aftertaste.

Medium-full bodied mouthfeel, silky slick yet full texture, moderate carbonation.

A nicely balanced Cascadian Ale, the roasty astringency workes with the citrus pop of the hops, and they manage to pull off the harmony between the two. Worth checking out of you're into this style.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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

Photo of andrenaline
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
3.91/5  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!

Photo of tikibeer
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of 2BDChicago
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of aaron12
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Scmm42
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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

Photo of dragonWhale
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of youradhere
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA) from Hopworks Urban Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.