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Discord Dark IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Discord Dark IPADiscord Dark IPA

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Discord Dark IPA celebrates the marriage of two distinct flavors, the Dark Ale and the IPA. The traditional bitterness of an IPA is juxtaposed against a black malt canvas, creating an ale that keeps your taste buds working to discover all of the unique flavors imparted by the 5 different hops and malts.

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2.81/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with twist-off pressure cap and generic uninspired label acquired as part of a pyramid variety box at my local Vons grocery store this past Friday and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery - which I'm not all that impressed with. 6.5% ABV confirmed. Brewed with 5 different hops. Enjoy by 06/06/13. Reviewing as a Dark IPA - that's what the label calls it.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a six finger khaki colour head of decent cream, decent thickness, and pretty good (~5 minute) retention. Body colour is an extremely dark amber; I like the rich character of it. It's quasi-translucent but nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. No lacing as the head recedes. Looks pretty standard for a Dark IPA/Black IPA. No overt flaws.

Sm: Pleasant floral hop character jars a bit against the dark malt backbone. Some nice (albeit light) roast is a highlight. A bit of pine, surprisingly. I didn't expect this relative level of hop complexity from a Pyramid brew. A light soapiness suggests it may have spent a hair too long in primary fermentation. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A moderate strength aroma. Standard fare for a black IPA, with an interesting battle between malts and hops for prominence. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: I like the light roasty touches to the malty backbone. Dark malts form the foundation. Floral hop character and a bit of pine is present throughout, with some unwelcome hop bitterness hitting on the climax. The failure to tame the hop bitterness severely impacts the balance. I get a bit of chocolate malt - especially up front. Light caramel. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. It's too bitter, overall. I do like the chocolatey malty sweetness up front but it dissipates. Might have been better served as just a straight up stout; the hops and malts are clashing here. Built okay. It suffers from the usual balance issues implicit in the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch oily. Overcarbonated. Good thickness. Decent presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile rather generically. Decent execution.

Dr: I quite like the price and think this will be right up the alley of fanatics of the style. It's one of the better more interesting brews I've had from Pyramid, but admittedly that isn't saying much. I wouldn't get it again, but I'll easily finish the other two bottles in the variety box. It's not bland or uninspired; I can tell effort did go into this. But it ultimately comes off imbalanced and lackluster - and balance is key to this style.


Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 00:39:15 | More by kojevergas
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Discord Dark IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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