Event Horizon Cascadian Dark Ale - COAST Brewing Company
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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kkipple:
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Cracked into this growler with the ever generous Craytonic and that indomitable cask-tapper, Habmike.
A. Into my goblet it goes, (and you can smell the hops upon cracking the growler from feet away...) a dirty, semi-clear brownish thing, with a bit of lace on the long-lasting head. Ugly, yet charming.
S. Ugggh....hhhgghh.... - falls into a hop induced coma -
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Whew. Sorry, had to come 'round. With ZERO exaggeration, this is in the top 5 hoppiest beers I've ever smelt. Just an absurd over-abundance of pungent, resiny, grapefruit presence. Massively intense, a Van Damme kick to the nostrils. There is a throwaway line about roasted malt, but really, this has zero balance and is just silly. If you like hops, God (and Coast Event Horizon Cascadian Dark Ale) is on your side.
T. Yeah... this is INTENSELY hoppy, especially for a 6.5% beer. Short, punchy bitter blast. Pine resin, grapefruit, green henge, etc. Seems rather proof-of-concept. There actually is some sweetish roast malt to be had, but I fear it's more for color than anything else. Wild stuff, yet remains drinkable for a glass or three, somehow.
M / D. On the thin side, nicely carbonated, the bitterness descends by stages on your tongue, but by the time it has lessened, you've already taken another sip. Drinkable to excess, like most Coast beers.
Event Horizon is a silly beer, one that really doesn't need to be dark at all, but really is just a shot of hop juice to your senses. The phrase "tongue ripper" seems apt. Recommended, but only if you love the bitter cones!
Serving type: growler
09-15-2010 22:57:47 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
3.66/5 rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Closed For Business.
Black, thick. Dark, thick tan head. Scents of fresh cut grass, citrusy hops, some smokiness. Taste is hop dominated with hints of bitter chocolate, coffee and smoke. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low carbonation. Overall, good drinkable beer, well balanced with nice hop bitterness
Serving type: on-tap
10-03-2013 19:04:53 | More by mattsdenney
4.36/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
22oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on: 9/25/13
A: Pours an opaque black with some browning on the edges when held to light. Just under 2 fingers width of light mocha colored head dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves lots of streaky lacing.
S: Roasted malt, black coffee, piney hops, citrus rind. Really great combination of dark and hop aromas.
T: Follows the nose, roasted malts and black coffee are the initial flavors I get. Hops come out next with sweet citrus and piney bitterness. More citrus than on the nose. Really excellent.
M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavier side (which might be my only complaint in the whole beer), drinkability is very good.
O: Great balance of dark components and hops. Exactly what a Black IPA should be in my opinion. Well done.
Serving type: bottle
09-28-2013 23:31:54 | More by zac16125
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This ale is black with a light tan head. The head was two fingers, very smooth and creamy looking and had very good retention. There was also some nice lacing left down the glass.
I first smelled chocolate and coffee. As it warmed I was able to smell what I believed to be raisins and also the grapefruit hop aromas.
The chocolate and coffee flavors dominate this beer. The grapefruit hop character is also present, just not quite as strong.
This ale is medium bodied and silky smooth despite the decent level of carbonation. Starts with the slight hop flavors then finishes with chocolate and coffee combo. It leaves a nice rich and slightly bitter coffee aftertaste.
This is an outstanding ale, very complex and rich. It is slightly expensive at 10$ for a 22 oz bottle but I'd buy it again and probably again.
Serving type: bottle
09-17-2012 01:32:54 | More by JCaweinstein
3.3/5 rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
A - over a finger of nice mocha colored head. Some large bubbles in the middle surrounded by tiny ones. Very strong lacing. Body is pretty pitch black. I'm getting light through at about 5-7mm.
S - Tons of fresh hops and then when you dive it lots of chocolate and nuts. The fresh hops overtake this one though.
T - Bitter chocolate, coffee and tobacco. Slight harsh hops. Way too bitter for me. As it warms, things start to mellow out and meld.
M - Great carbonation and full body.
O - I'll admit, I'm not a black ale fan, but this one takes it to a new level. Too much tobacco, bitterness, and harshness. Maybe this was a bad bottle, but not for me.
Serving type: bottle
09-01-2012 22:10:19 | More by RuckusDu
Event Horizon Cascadian Dark Ale from COAST Brewing Company
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