Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by BeardedRiker:
4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A dark IPA? I'll try it out! Oh God, I just poured it out and it looks fantastic. It looks like a stout but smells like an IPA. AWESOME! For me, Deschutes beers are a little hit or miss. I think most of their beers are decent, some I don't think are extraordinary, but they do have some that I have enjoyed a whole lot. This Cascadian Dark Ale looks like it is going to fall into the enjoyable. The tan head pours thick and frothy. It looks most tantalizing. The beer is very dark and I can barely see through the edges of it when holding it up to a light. In these respects the dark IPA looks like a stout.
How does it smell? Heavenly! It has a very floral aroma from the hops. I detect fruity and chocolaty sweetness. But that's not all. Complexity is added from the chocolate as well as coffee, bringing out a fuller, more intense smell that gives it a robustness. I already know that the beer is going to taste good. As I take a sip, I notice that the head is still there on the surface as well as some lacing on the side of my glass. That adds character.
To describe the taste of this beer will be difficult. Like the smell, the taste is as if the Cascadian Dark Ale is an IPA and a stout. Now, it's not as hoppy as an IPA and not as robust and full-bodied as a stout, but it is an enjoyable combination. The bite of hops tingles the tongue at first, followed by a plethora of flavors like sweet, fruity plum, the pine flavors evident in pale ales, some oatiness (word?) that makes it more robust, as well as smooth and sweet malts. Later comes the chocolate and coffee flavors that add some dark tones and lingering bitterness, making the beer a taste bud roller coaster of sorts. Every sip brings about a lengthy adventure through flavors or spice, bitterness, sweetness, and robustness. All this being said, I wish it was more hoppy, considering that it is an IPA. That lack of bite disappoints a bit because I love hops so much. It's also a bit watery to me. That could also be because I wish it was more hoppy.
This beer is very interesting, one of the most interesting beers I've tried, and therefore I highly recommend it. I think it has some room for improvement in terms of being more FULL of flavor, less watery, but if we're talking about flavors here, there aren't many beers I'd say come close to having the variety of flavors. Go try it!
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2011 04:37:29 | More by BeardedRiker
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4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Black with a creamy lightish brown head.
S: Lots of floral and citric hops in the nose, and maybe just a touch of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate.
T: Tons of pine and floral hops, yet not overly bitter, some citrus, some coffee and roasted malt. Hop heavy.
M: Smooth and full bodied, a bit creamy.
O: A great example of the style, and one of my favorites from Deschutes.
Serving type: on-tap
01-17-2014 21:14:16 | More by BierJager89
Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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