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Discord Dark IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Discord Dark IPADiscord Dark IPA

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: mynie on 10-09-2010

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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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.93/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Trying a big Magic Hat/Pyramid conglomerate products dark IPA. Dark cola color with ruby tinted hues, light khaki head forms thick. Aroma has an earthy ripe hop note with dark malts wrapped around your standard earthy/citric hoppy IPA accents. Flavor is like a watered down porter with alcoholic notes and black licorice that make it nearly undrinkable pine resinous, earthy, dirt ridden hops collide with a dark dry roasted malt character coming off medicinal and unpalatable. Wow, this is bad beer I'm hanging it up as far as Pyramid beers go. Harsh from the first to last sip, carbonation is on but oily resins with the dark malts pretty much ruin the style for me. Terrible simply terrible beer.

Photo of Dains
2/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of DonFrap
2/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of PintOHops
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Glass - Pint

A - A dark mahogany colored brew with little clarity. It produced a 2-finger head that fizzled away quickly. No lacing left on my glass.

S - I pick up licorice, herbal hops, and grapes upfront. I also get brown sugar and molasses underneath. Not much going on here.

T - Upfront I get licorice and brown sugar with, you guessed it, herbal hop notes. It's very similar to the smell, and it finishes with a bit of bark, charcoal, brown sugar and moderate bitterness. Malty flavors linger on the tongue a bit.

M - Lite-moderate crispness with a rather thin lite-medium body.

O - I thought the beer was just okay. The bitterness is rather low for an IPA, and I can't help but to think that it tastes a little watered down because Iv had a few Black IPA's with allot more flavor. The price is right for it but I don't think I'd buy this one again.

Photo of JosiahS
2.65/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

glass: pint

Appears to be a dark, deep ruby color with only a small ring atop the glass. No lacing. Smells of soft cocoa, grapes, kiwi, lemon rind and floral/pungent hops.

Body a bit thin, medium carbonation. Taste is a bit dry, some black cherry, grape, and a mild, dank hop flavor. Overall, this beer is meh.

Photo of troutmask96
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pyramid continues to disappoint. Smell is intriguing enough, with nice notes of toasted caramel, toffee, and even licorice, but that's where the appeal ends. Taste is a bit thin, with lingering notes of gas station drip coffee and burnt grain. This is not a beer I'll be coming back to...

Photo of hophopandaway14
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of bluckbeyes
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of rxthree
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of beertunes
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a translucent reddish-black color with over 1/4 inch of tan head that had good retention and light lacing.

The aroma had a bit of roasty malt at the front, receding to some mild floral hops, that also had just a tinge of citrus. On the tongue though, the flavors were far less well-defined than the aroma had led me to expect. The beer was, in general, a bland blend of grains and relatively soft hops. There was a very unpleasant bitter finish on the very back of the tongue that lingered far, far too long to be enjoyable.

The body was solidly typical for the style, medium-ish. Drinkability was good, except for that harsh, bitter finish. Overall, I think it'll depend on how you like the style in general. I'm not particularly a fan, so I didn't really find much here to love. YMMV. Worth trying when you see it.

Photo of ryanpj
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

C

Photo of JohnnyMc
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First beer from Pyramid.

It pours out pretty black with some reddish/amber hues.

The smell is dominated by earthy and piney hops.

The flavor is a bit odd. At first there is this hoppy flavor filled with earthy notes and it stops. Then there is a chocolate hint with roasted malts. The problem with this beer is, it didn't seem to blend together. It was like drinking two separate beers at once.

Not bad, but I won't pick up again.

Photo of yemenmocha
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours caramel colored brownish, almost like a cola basically. Medium head. Nose is surprisingly light, with light cocoa and citrus. On the palate it is noted that it is extremely light bodied, watery almost, and flavors are weak as well. Light caramel, citrusy hops, and gentle bitterness. Easy to drink, but only because there's not much there.

Photo of Dduquette
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of ZAP
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Dark brown color

S-A lot going on here. Black licorice, earthy, tobacco, a bit of smokiness...anise...

T-Earthy hops....some pine....smoky...anise....some cocoa...

M-Somewhat sharp finish....body is about right...

O-Interesting but more muddled than tasty. I can drink it but wouldn't buy it.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle best by 06/07/12 $1.69. Dark brown-red, definitely not black at all. decent head. Smells like it was dry hopped but it is not in the least bit impressive. Taste is completely average. Very boring malts with a hint of hops and nothing more. This is probably the lamest black or dark IPA I've ever had. It wasn't bad or offensive it was just completely mediocre.

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Discord Dark IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.