Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.89/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with a best by date of 8/21/14 stamped on the side of the label. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass, even though I know "black IPAs" are sort of hoppy porters.
Appearance - Pours a body that is black with just the slightest twinge of dark brown. No light passing through. Atop the body sits a two finger head of densely packed bubbles that resembles mousse and contains a fair amount of pocking on the top. The color is mocha tan. Retention is quite good, buoyed by a likely stream of carbonation rising from the glass' laser etching. Obviously, I can't see the bubbles, given the darkness of the liquid. Lacing is pronounced, leaving sticky sheets in rings as I drink it down.
Smell - Nice up front bouquet of pungent hops, with citrus and some bitterness hinting at semidark chocolate. There's also some nice earthiness, but it's hard to tell if that's coming from the hop profile or the roasted grains. And lastly, some hints of herbal pine as it warms a bit.
Taste - The citrus is far more subdued in the taste than it was in the aroma. Dark chocolate and muted orange that reminds me a bit of a chocolate covered orange, or maybe more accurately, orange-infused dark chocolate. Bitterness from the roasted malts and herbal hops as well as hints of drip coffee on the finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a lingering bitterness on the tongue.
Overall, a tasty little hoppy dark ale, but it doesn't quite stand up to my favorite two or three in the same style range. That said, I would encourage anyone who likes the interplay between bitter, roasty malt and citrusy, herbal hops to check this one out.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2014 20:08:28 | More by LambicPentameter
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4/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Serving Type - 22oz bottle
Appearance - Dark Brown With black trace, 1 inch foamy head with some nice lacing.
Smell - Smoked malts, grapefruit hops, some coffee, minor chocolate, some brown sugar, molasses, some spices.
Taste - Starts off with a grapefruity hop bite, mixed with some coffee and smoked malts. A bit tart, plenty of dark fruits also like plum and raisin. Some molasses and brown sugar provide some minor sweetness. Some smokey notes and final kick of dark fruits round this out.
Mouthfeel - Hops start out and coat the tongue. Palate picks up smoky malts, sugars and more fruits. Aftertaste is bitter, coffee and malts.
Overall - Very good. Nice amount of hops, malts and coffee. Balanced well, nothing is overpowered but this beer comes up a little thin and weak. Still, very good, and recommended for the black ipa fans.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 23:57:46 | More by wvsabbath
Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,141 ratings.