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Discord Dark IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Discord Dark IPADiscord Dark IPA

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52 Reviews
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Reviews: 52
Hads: 139
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 3
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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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 oberon
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by:6/15/2013.Poured into a nonic a chesnut brown with a thinner light beige head atop.Aromas are light with black malt and sweet brown sugar-like notes,not much hop presence for the style.Flavors are roasted with black malt notes with a molasses sweetness,the hops provide a mild earthy and even milder piney finish.Eh not anything to go out and look for,I usually like Pyramid offerings more than most...not this one.

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Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The spring seasonal. A dark and stormy brew with a fresh hop tang. Chestnut brown with a white cap and plenty of carbonation.

Seems to be another entry in the "Cascadian" dark IPA crowd. No so big on the fragrant hops, but it does have a pleasant nose of resins. More of the herbal bitters, and an unusual spicy note from the five hop mix, apparently. Some deep roasted malt. Light body. Bitter aftertaste. Fairly austere as the malt fades quickly.

From the 12 oz screw-cap bottle.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
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.


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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.93/5  rDev -45%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. It poured dark brown in color with a thin, spotty head scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma has a moderate hoppiness with a little citrus mixing with some herbal bitterness. I some roasted and chocolaty malts coming out as well.

The taste shows a little more of the roasted flavors to it. There is a herbal and grapefruit like bitterness coming out more in the finish. A little chocolate is there as well. Feels pretty balanced actually.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a decent beer, but not an outstanding one in the style. The hops felt a little subdued and even a little overshadowed at times for an IPA, even a dark IPA. It did feel pretty balanced and easy drinking though. Not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, good to see Pyramid's going back to a more classic label, it's about time, the recent ones were horrid,

A: Pours a super dark brown with a medium off-white head. Solid head retention, some lace.

S: Notes of pine, dark chocolate, a hint of smoke.

T: Roasted malts, pine, some greenery, fairly standard flavour, fairly light flavour overall.

M: Light to medium-bodied, on the thinner side. Creamy and smooth though.

O: An average Black IPA, I've certainly had worse. Very inexpensive, so it might be worth a try if you like the style.

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Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colored beer with a small tan colored head. Hold this up to the light and it is actually an orange-red beer.

Smell is hoppy but not to extreme with a leaf tobacco aroma. Slight chocolate and slight coffee. Pine and grapefruit are not all that strong in this one.

Starts out more savory than bitter with a little patent malt and trace of carrot in the aftertaste. Tobacco and pine with carrot. About medium bitterness there is a menthol taste here too.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall it is an OK beer but not one that has any real passion going for it. Really just another hoppy red beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a nice thick creamy one-finger plus head, which then leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, slight citrus. The taste is pretty hoppy, slightly malty, with a nice citrus note. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. This one surprised me, definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up tonight at the COOP... Poured into my little CC goblet.. very clear deep brown... nice tan head with good lacing.

Citrus zest with bits of pine ... a nice mix of chocolate and dark roast malt let you know this is dark without ever being overbearing.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the nose.... a bit of pithy bitterness trails out on the finish.

Body is a light/medium... good small bubble carbonation makes me want another sip.... Pretty good and cheap... I dig it.

All 4's.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark reddish brown. Thin fine light tan head that slowly dissipates to a thin film with slight lacing. Aroma of toasty malt, light hops and a hint of chocolate. Flavor with light toasted and biscuit malt, but dominated by bitter non-herbal, slightly citrus hops. Finishes with hop bitterness; somewhat astringent. Medium bodied with a decent mouth feel. A satisfactory dark IPA, but could use more flavorful distinct hops with some more malt support.

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Photo of Tone
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 3/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, citrus hops, pine, spice, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a very high carbonation level. Tastes of hops, roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of pale malt, slight pine, and caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend, but the high carbonation is quite unfavorable.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark ruby brown with a haze-free body and a thick finger of frothy tan foam. A good-looking dark IPA.

Smell: resiney and citrusy hop aromas are at the forefront here. The malt in the background seems to have a bit of a caramelly or crystal malt character. It actually works pretty well, in my opinion.

Taste: nicely rich malt background with a strong bitterness atop. Some of the resiny hop flavors come through, but it's mostly bitterness and a little bit of sour thrown in. Not bad, but not wonderful.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a surprisingly well-integrated carbonation and a very good creaminess. I like it.

Overall: the bitterness and light sourness don't work great for me, but otherwise it's a pretty tasty and well-crafted beer.

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Photo of beertunes
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz short-neck bottle, pours dark chestnut in color with a frothy tan head that holds good retention and leaves good chunky lacing on the glass. Aromas are malty, smells like a stout - milk chocolate and dark roasted malts fill the nose, maybe some herbal hops in the background. Tastes are again, malty like a stout. Dark chocolate, roasted malt up front, earthiness, followed by a fruitiness resembling dark fruit reminiscent of cherry and fig. Pungent, piny hop resins coat the palate on the finish, but the dark, roasted malts hold their own against the bitterness. Mouth-feel is smooth and creamy, medium bodied. Overall, I like this for what it is, but its roasted notes seem to prevail making it seem more like a weak Russian Imperial Stout. I was expecting more grapefruit and citric notes that are expected from an American IPA, whether it's black or not. Given that, it's still probably the best offering I've had from this brewery.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 060712. Pours a surprisingly light color for a CDA, it is dark copper and stunningly clear when held to light. Head is nice and fluffy, fades slow and leaves some nice lace.

Nose shows very little malt and plenty of citric, slightly catty hops. ‘Meh’ on the aroma overall.

Hops are bright and clean with a papaya/apricot tropical flavor to them. Not bad, but why make a CDA without any malt flavor? As an IPA, it is a pretty good offering and for the price would be worth having in the rotation every now and then. The hop flavors are more in the forefront than the bittering, which is nice and the freshness and clean yeast go along way for thirst-quenching enjoyment. I like it, but it falls short when comparing to the great American Black/Cascadian Dark ales out there.

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Photo of ZAP
3.16/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -10%
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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Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Pyramid's new "Ignition" series, which is Pyramid's belated attempt to break into the xTreme beer market. It's available from August to October (an odd period, in between seasons), and it's only available in kegs.

Black IPAs are the trendiest of trends and that's just because they blend two things that sound cool: darkness and IPAs. Whoever came up with this was a goddamn genius. It's like, hey, what are the words that people who don't know much about good beer think of when they think about good beer. "Uhh... black and IPA." Like, you don't even have to remember what IPA stands for and you could still know that IPA = fancy.

So there's a lot of variation in this style, which I regard as mostly as a marketing gimmick. But like everyone else in the whole world I am susceptible to marketing gimmicks and what could be considered my "taste" is basically just my preference of gimmicks. And this one, aside from being so blatant, is actually quite well done.

I would have thought it was a rye, from the smell and the pour. It's the darkest dark IPA I've ever come across. A little googling reveals that the lightly tart astringency--which is the first thing that hits you and basically defines the beer--is the result of a heavy handful of Black Carafa II. Neat. This is backed up really well with an intense, amazingly varied blend of high-alpha hops.

Really nicely done. This is easily the best, most adventurous beer that Pyramid brews.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Two fingers of head, dark brown color.

Strong pine smell with some grapefruit backup.

Balanced flavor at first, big pine tree and lemon in the middle, ends with a brunt malt. Curious and good.

Medium and sticky body, moderate carbonation.

A good DIPA.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz from Roth’s Vista Market. S.Salem. $2.99 Dark brown beer with a large and lovely tan head. Resiny/piney hop aromas balanced with a nice toasty nuttiness from the malts. Nice taste to this one..slight nuttiness/caramel then a nice wash of resiny hoppiness..followed by a semi-sweet chocolate . The palate though was a bit off i enjoyed it then there was an abrubt watery end to it,strange. Overall drinkabel and nice beer could have scored extra if the finish wasnt so abrupt and thin

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.89/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a bit of ruby mixed in and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted caramel malts and citrus hops. There are also some earthy hops and a bit of chocolate.

T - Starts off with some roasted caramel and light chocolate malts with some citrus and orange hops. Through the middle, some earthy and pine hops come through with some bitterness and a bit more chocolate flavor. The finish is a mix of roasted caramel and citrus hops with a bit of bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, roasted, and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice dark IPA. A little bit malt forward, could have used a bit more hops.

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Photo of dertyd
4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1t2oz bottle to a pint glass

A:dark blakish red color almoast looks like a porter verry thin head with light laceing

S:hoppy citruss grapefruit but with a hint of chocklate coffe malts realy nice smell

T:verry yummy beer it taste like a mix from a porter and a pale ale a little bitter but with a good malt presence this is my first dark ipa and so far I am a fan

M:nice crisp a lil dry but plesent

Overall: wow I am blown away with this beer byfar the best beer by pyramid its such a nice ballance between the malts and hops I haven't had a beer like this flavor before I am gna put this sixer back quick

Live life...drink beer:-)

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The color was reddish brown. About two fingers of head. Not too much lacing and the uneven amount didn’t stay too long. Good amount of film on the sides.

Smelled of dark chocolate malts. Also some toffee and caramel.

Tasted a bit lighter than the smell indicated. Fairly smooth and not too dark. Nothing really jumps out here, it seems to be fairly watery. I got some weak dark chocolate malts, but that was it.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt finish.

Nothing really excited me about this beer, especially after just having an Outburst Imperial IPA. Maybe I should have rated that a bit higher.

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Photo of Omnium
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Poured out a really dark brown with a ruby tint to it, explosive 2 finger of thick bubbly khakhi head, mild lacing.
S - Lots of dark fruit, some complex malt background, a touch of medicinal smell, and some earthy hops.
T - Taste follows a lot like the aroma, lots of big dark fruit taste, a touch of it is tart, then you get some dark toasted caramel, some sweeter candied kinda malt, a little bit of odd spice underneath.
M - Weird, a touch too carbonated, and papery dry bitterness.
O - Definitely complex, but it seems like this one is a little too weird, I dont think its a bad take on a black IPA, but it doesnt really have any dark roasted traits.

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Discord Dark IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.