Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA) - Hopworks Urban Brewery
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.85/5 rDev -4.9%
A: Black coffee colour fully clear, so black, light struggling to pass through. On pour the sudsy thin tan head sticks around just long enough to make a show, then just fades to a single file rim a round the glass.
S: First blush of sweet malts, molasses, coco, & instant coffee followed up with the hops of pine resins, grapefruit rind and finishes with that acrid hoppy scent.
T: Similar to the smell the taste is forward with sweet malts, molasses, rye bread & coco followed quickly with hoppy pine resin & grapefruit rind. The finish is an interesting play of dark roasted coffee that's just edging over to bitter with an after taste of hoppy pine.
M: Mouth feel is at the fair side of light edging into a medium viscosity. Low on carbonation.
O:The interplay of hops and malts mix well highlighting the best qualities of both, while not overwhelming the each other. It's worth sipping this one to experience the taste profile, especially as it warms.
08-03-2012 02:57:39 | More by FondueVoodoo
4.53/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
05-23-2012 06:03:20 | More by JohnGalt1
British Columbia (Canada)
4.48/5 rDev +10.6%
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
05-10-2012 01:28:01 | More by canucklehead
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev -1.2%
On tap at St Augustines.
A: Slight tan head over black/cola coloured liquid.
S: Citrus, pine, toasted malt and roasted barley.
T: Toasted malt, grapefruit, chocolate notes, barley malt and pine in the finish.
M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.
O: Average drinkability, a definite sipper.
05-05-2012 19:49:36 | More by DaftCaskBC
4.25/5 rDev +4.9%
Thanks to Coreylag for the chanced to try this one.
Opaque black with a minimal head produced from a fairly agressive pour.
Intriquing arome roasted grains, sour cherry and grapefruit. Complex flavor comes out as the beer warms (don't serve it too cold!) with a grainy roasted malt, herbal hops - mint and dank. The finish is a seamless blend of roasted malt character with herbal hop bitterness.
Slightly creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation.
A tasty black IPA/ CDA, with a bit of an attitude. Well worth a spin.
04-17-2012 02:20:21 | More by CliffBrake
4.45/5 rDev +9.9%
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
04-10-2012 01:11:21 | More by brentk56
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
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
03-17-2012 02:12:31 | More by dirtylou
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
22oz bottle poured into a large mug
Pours dark blackish amber, not cloudy looking, small but persistent beige head. Smell is hoppy with malty roastiness. Smell is very good, in fact.
Taste starts out with syrupy sweetness, then coffee, then hops, and that sweetness really stays throughout. Luckily it's pretty well balanced against the bitters. It's quite nice tasting, after some ice cream.
Mouthfeel is thick and slightly sticky. Overall, this is quite good.
03-11-2012 03:25:18 | More by snaotheus
3.75/5 rDev -7.4%
22oz bottle to tulip, after much-belatedly raking the yard.
A: Very dark reddish-brown, near black at high volumes. Color only at the edges. Quickly dissipating light-tan head, which leaves lacing you'd expect with an IPA or DIPA.
S: Floral hops and a bit of roast. Leather. Roast, dank, leather hops and malts.
T: Initial porter-like roast malts. Piney hops hit the mid-palate. Lingering throat-puckering aftertaste.
M: Moderate weight. Pretty carbonated. Easy to drink.
Not bad; I'd drink it again, but won't seek it out. Do like the price, though. Not quite sure where I come down on CDAs yet.
02-27-2012 00:06:15 | More by jpbebeau
3.88/5 rDev -4.2%
22 oz bottle from the 2011 vintage, poured into a tulip glass.
Look: jet black, light tan head that leaves a nice lacing.
Smell: heavy hop punch followed with some roasted malt aromas, chocolate, fudge, a little coffee and some alcohol soaked currants. Smells quite good and inviting.
Taste: Hops, sweet currants and coffee flavors stand out, with some more hop flavor and some chocolate, a bit of currant and anise, with a bit of bitterness that seems to come more from the roasted malt than the hops. My mouth tastes like I've been eating raw hops espresso beans after drinking this beer. The alcohol is there but oddly subtle, especially considering how fresh this beer is.
Feel: full bodied, a little chewy good carbonation, just right for the style. Very smooth and easy going down!
Overall: First time I've had this one, second time I've had a beer from this brewery and both time I"ve been impressed! Delicious beer and I should also note that the price only adds to how great this beer is. At 4.99 for a bomber in a market where you should expect to spend over 6-7 for a bomber of anything and much more for a yummy porter'esk' beer like this one, this is an amazing deal.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2012 00:45:19 | More by scootpolute
4.13/5 rDev +2%
Pours a deep brown color, almost black. I just barely get some reddish colors when I hold it up to light. Head is a light tan color and stands about a finger talk after I poured it into a tall tulip. Smell is of citrus and floral hops and has some nice roastedness coming through as well. The first taste to register is the subtle malt backbone, then almost immediately I get a strong taste citrus hops, and a touch of floral hops as well. Wrapping up the taste is the roasted malts. They don't really announce their presence until late in the sip, but it comes in well. The body of the beer is of average thickness. Carbonation is subtle, but it fits the beer well. This is a great CDA, in my opinion it is a great example of the style.
02-18-2012 06:41:02 | More by gkunkle
Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA) from Hopworks Urban Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.