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Event Horizon Cascadian Dark Ale - COAST Brewing Company

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Event Horizon Cascadian Dark Ale
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 27
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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COAST Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikesgroove on 08-27-2010

Beer brewed like a stout but with the flavors of an IPA.
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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 26
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by drabmuh, a.k.a. The Growler King. Thanks Matt!

A: Dark brown with a crafted white colored head. The head possesses impressive retention and leaves a thick coat of lacing in its wake.

S: A healthy dose of hops. Aromas of citrus, grapefruit, and pine.

T: The taste is fine,but not as delectable as the aroma would indicate. Hops are very present throughout. This is an interesting style, and of the Black IPAs I have had, this is certainly among the best. I don't detect any of the "black" aspect of this beer. I was hoping for something that distinguish this from a traditional IPA. Perhaps a bit of roast, chocolate, or caramel for example? Maybe it's my preconceived notions that led this beer to fall slightly short of my expectations. Overall, I found it to be very enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied, with a pleasant bitterness, especially in the finish.

D: A good beer that I would definitely drink again.

Photo of mdfb79
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 09/25/10 notes. Shared by Matt (drabmuh) at a small tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black, color with two inches of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine hops, and smooth light fruit. Crazy amount of hops, smells awesome.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pine, grapefruit, smooth fruity malts. Not a lot of bitterness to the taste.

m - Smooth, medium body and low carbonation, easy to drink .

d - This is definitely a very good black IPA. I thought it smelled amazing; the smell is a crazy amount of hops. Would definitely like to try this one again.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Hilton Head Lodge this past Sunday. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a healthy off-white head. Citrus dominates the aroma, even with a little orange peel chocolate whiff. Big citrus and pine up front immediately followed by cracker maltiness. Poppin tangerine, bitter pink grapefruit rind, smooth orange smoothie. Tight hop & malt flavor, that makes for a very smooth ride. One thing that I like to do with BIPAs/CDAs is not look at the color and see if it would resemble a glass of paler color. This one is close. You get that roasted malt/porter taste for a second, but that is about it for my taste buds. Drinks like an imperial red...a hint of molasses, toffee, caramel. Smooth cookie crisp mouthfeel with a hint of bitterness. Had 32 ounces and I am good with that. Very nice offering for this new popular style and probably my favorite behind Stone's.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a remarkable beer, i was at first unsure of what this new offering from coast was going to bring me, but i was soon put to ease an simply amazed at how good this was.

the pour takes you off guard as the blackness comes from the tap and is nearly impervious to any light. think head of light tan laces the top and leaves a decent amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.

aroma is one of the most hoppy beer that i have ever come across in my life. just an amazingly hoppy beer. thick citrus notes just come across from the very first moment i get close to it. an amazing amount hops squeezed into this beer. each sip shreds the palate with a mesmerizing amount of rich nugget like goodness. such a super dry finish with an amazingly complex profile that you just cannot believe it packed into a beer that is only 6.5%, i mean come on.

overall i am floored and one of the most amazingly complex and hoppy beers i have ever had in my life. this may just be the one that throws me back into the loop.

Photo of kkipple
3.89/5  rDev -6%
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 -

... .... ... .. ... .

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!

Photo of craytonic
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FRESH Growler courtesy of Kkipple, sampled with him and habmike

Appearance: Dark brown pour with ruby-red edges, big head with nice lacing. Looks like a porter

Smell: Hops like a freight train! Grapefruit, pine resin, and citrus with a dark/roast malt backdrop. Guys gave me a hard time for snorting from the bottle

Taste: This beer has hops like Bill Gates has money. Actually a bit too many, there is a dominant bitterness on the finish. Lots of grapefruit, pine, citrus, etc with the dark malt backdrop.

Mouthfeel: Great creamy, well-carbonated mouthfeel. Not super full, ABV is only 6,5% as compared to boy king

Drinkability: So intense you can't drink a ton of it. This is good, but I prefer boy king.

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and thick, murky texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Lots of resiny hops here, along with a nice dose of malt.

T: Tasted of pine, West Coast hops, some citrus and some roasted malt. Very well balanced, with a lot of flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An easy to drink, well made, drinkable beer.

Photo of cdizinno
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased at Green's, Piney Grove, Columbia.

A: Dark, murky brown. Nice fluffy light tan head that barely recedes from the original 2+ finger thickness. Heavy lacing.

S: All kinds of fresh hops! Pine, citrus and a background of roasted maltiness.

T&M: Smooth and crisp. Pine and a mix of citrus with that lingering mild, roasted maltiness that is balanced perfectly. Background hints of mild dark chocolate from the malts, I guess? Medium bodied.

Highly drinkable. This is definitely way up there, right along with that Sculpin. This is too original not to give a perfect score due to its originality. WOW! Great job Coast, you've done it again.

Photo of jsanford
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshly-filled CBX growler into my New Belgium globe.

A - Pours a dark cola brown with slight reddish tints. The creamy khaki-colored head never quite disappears completely and actually re-forms itself if you swirl the beer. Nice sudsy lacing on the sides of the glass. Very pretty, looks more like a Porter then a IPA!

S - Hop explosion! Smells like fresh hop pellets, not sure the varietal (kinda reminds me of GUBNA, so perhaps Summit?). Grapefruit, tons of pine resin, and a slight bit of "cattiness" make for a very enjoyable nose.

T - Uhh...more hops! Grapefruit, orange and pine resin dominate, but this is far from unbalanced as the dark roasted malt makes it's presence known and provides a solid backbone for all those hops.

M - Nice and creamy, very full mouthfeel without the body being too heavy. Carbonation is spot-on, nice and crisp.

D - Very drinkable, but hop-haters stay far away as this one will melt your tastebuds. Luckily, I love hops and can see this growler disappearing waay to fast. A very interesting beer that combines the full, creamy mouthfeel of a porter with the blistering hoppiness of a DIPA. I hate to be such a Homer, but COAST really did it again, this one is phenomenal! Great job, David and Jaime!

EDIT : OK, no Summit but "chock full of Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, and Citra hops". Damn, that's a lot of hops!

Photo of GottistGut
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been on here about three years now and still haven't posted a review. Figured I couldn't pass up the chance to be first on this one.

Picked up a growler from CBX today and poured into a Savannah Craft Brew Fest tasting glass.

A: Hazy, deep amber with tints of burnt orange around the edge of the glass. Fluffy, off white, almost khaki head. Looks great.

S: Hops; all of them. Imagine grapefruits growing on a pine tree. (note: popped the cap on this growler, stuck my nose in it and just about caught a buzz off the vapors.)

T: See above. Hops dominate. Just when I think I am getting a hint of roasty malt sweetness I get slapped in the tongue by by a piece of pine.

M: Pretty good, nice carbonation. Only complaint is it feels a little thin.

D: I guess the thin mouthfeel pays off here in that it goes down real easy. Even with those hops lingering on I find myself going back for more.

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Event Horizon Cascadian Dark Ale from COAST Brewing Company
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