1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

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

Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA)Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

113 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 113
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA) Alström Bros
Ratings: 113 | Reviews: 62 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Sky2625
Sky2625

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 23:54:15 | More by Sky2625
Photo of velosuds
velosuds

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 01:32:43 | More by velosuds
Photo of Sammy
Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 21:29:20 | More by Sammy
Photo of Derek
Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 00:51:03 | More by Derek
Photo of biboergosum
biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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, dark reddish cola hue, with one finger of creamy, foamy beige head, which leaves a barely-broken thin paint job of lace around the glass as everything falls away. It smells of roasted, almost meaty malt, and warm citrus and pine hops. The taste is big roasted malt, some dry coffee grounds, and bitter grassy, citrus, and pine hops. The carbonation is prominent, but not 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, piny hop bitterness.

A pretty good Cascadian Dark Ale, representative of the style - balanced, in a high-flying sort of manner. The roasted and coffee flavours add another dimension to the usual bloated malt/hop interplay, and this is interesting in a distracted way, at least until the next mini-evolution comes along.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 22:27:50 | More by biboergosum
Photo of IronDjinn
IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 23:40:49 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of joemcgrath27
joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 01:35:09 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of andrenaline
andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 01:24:19 | More by andrenaline
Photo of wordemupg
wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 05:23:06 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Fatehunter
Fatehunter

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 00:33:41 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of woosterbill
woosterbill

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 19:22:20 | More by woosterbill
Photo of tikibeer
tikibeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 01:44:22 | More by 2BDChicago
Photo of aaron12
aaron12

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 02:34:48 | More by aaron12
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 02:48:15 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of Scmm42
Scmm42

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 22:00:47 | More by Scmm42
Photo of barleywinefiend
barleywinefiend

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 21:54:39 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of dragonWhale
dragonWhale

New York

4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Arkansas

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 03:31:12 | More by youradhere
Photo of philbertk
philbertk

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 05:16:01 | More by philbertk
Photo of beertunes
beertunes

Washington

2.7/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 01:42:56 | More by beertunes
Photo of BeerAdvocate
BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 02:20:16 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of chumba526
chumba526

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 16:26:07 | More by chumba526
Photo of PittBeerGirl
PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 02:41:06 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of Spikester
Spikester

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 06:57:51 | More by Spikester
Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA) from Hopworks Urban Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.