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Discord Dark IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Discord Dark IPADiscord Dark IPA

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 5
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:
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.

(Beer added by: mynie on 10-09-2010)
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-05-2013 04:41:20 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

05-31-2013 12:30:47 | More by Mattyb79
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BFCarr

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-26-2013 16:10:47 | More by BFCarr
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Spaz7

California

4/5  rDev +13%

05-24-2013 22:18:54 | More by Spaz7
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

05-13-2013 23:55:33 | More by ejimhof
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kojevergas

Texas

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.

C

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 00:39:15 | More by kojevergas
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 05:37:12 | More by ZAP
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GraduatedCashew

California

3/5  rDev -15.3%

04-25-2013 16:08:42 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Washington

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

04-25-2013 02:41:23 | More by cre83
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beernerd1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

04-23-2013 20:54:18 | More by beernerd1
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coldriver

Texas

3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a Coke color with good head and lacing. Aroma has a bit of a chemical tinge, with alcohol, but not overwhelmingly so. Dark malt and spicy hops are prevalent, but don't seem to compliment each other particularly well with a peppery wet finish. Overall it's a decent beer with nothing too offensive to offer, but not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 23:39:04 | More by coldriver
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blurredline

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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Dduquette

Maryland

3/5  rDev -15.3%

04-16-2013 00:01:43 | More by Dduquette
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California

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

04-12-2013 23:52:22 | More by notthemediator
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

04-12-2013 01:49:39 | More by dmorgan310
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frozenjogurt

California

4/5  rDev +13%

04-10-2013 03:05:57 | More by frozenjogurt
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NickSMpls

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

04-08-2013 23:08:01 | More by NickSMpls
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California

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

04-08-2013 00:45:57 | More by brotherloco
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BESTIALEX

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

04-05-2013 05:38:58 | More by BESTIALEX
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constantine_272

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice, dark, dark brown. Not quite black. Pale white foam. Odd combination of foam color and beer color. Foam is sticky and slowly creeps down the glass wall.

S: Alcohol smell up front with a backbone of coffee and dark wood.

T: Very light on the initial taste, which gives way with a rush of hops and roasted grains. The hops give a grapefruit rind sort of flavor. It's not a bright citrus like a normal ipa, but darker and heavier and almost sour. The sourness is likely the mixing of roast with the hops. The roast has a note of walnut that finishes the taste. The roast was a aggressive. Instead of adding a richness, it added a charred taste like burnt nut shells.

M: The slight tanginess is quenching. It leaves your mouth somewhat dry leaving you wanting more. The downside is that the dryness builds fast leaving you full quickly. The flavor finishes clean getting extra points.

O: Not a bad beer. I usually like dark IPAs, but I felt the roast was a bit much; it had a burnt flavor I couldn't reconcile.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2013 01:21:23 | More by constantine_272
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captainbearcat

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

03-22-2013 13:28:08 | More by captainbearcat
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Irrationalist

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-18-2013 00:57:48 | More by Irrationalist
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brodericksloth

Oregon

3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Available February and March…good St Patrick’s beer; very dark

Two Finger creamy tan head lasts until the end of the glass; good lacing

Tastes like a hoppy stout without all the malt; still very filling. flavors hard to pick up. Some tropical fruits with a bitter piney chewy resin aftertaste. 5 different hops dominated by Cascade. Dry hopped DIPA without a lot of alcohol (could carry more alcohol with all the hops in this one)

Very similar to Thunderhead in alcohol and IBU’s but dark. Probably Pyramid's best

Good pub beer; social sipper

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 20:12:10 | More by brodericksloth
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RyanTeeter

New York

3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

a: 1 finger head that dissipates quickly into a thin layer.

s: Sweet bitterness with subtle yet consistent roasted malt notes.

t: Intense hops flavor right out of the gate. Does not linger, clears up so each drink is new and fresh. After initial bitterness, roasted flavors creep in with dark chocolate notes. Unique.

m: A middle weight mouthfeel. Crisp flavor, in-and-out - low residual flavor.

o: Overall nice, balanced flavors. I enjoy the uniqueness if flavors that typically is not associated with IPA's. Almost an American Stout flavor however leans more on the bitterness than the roasted grain.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 02:13:15 | More by RyanTeeter
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California

4/5  rDev +13%

03-03-2013 05:42:22 | More by sevenshubby
Discord Dark IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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