Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Philousa:
3.7/5 rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours black with very little head. A stiff swirl stirs up an earthy, soapy hop aroma, a bit of biscuit, followed by light roasted malt. Taste is dark, chocolatey malt finishing with soapy, bitter hops. This would be a much heavier beer if not for the alcohol and hop presence. Lingering bitterness stays at the back of the tongue, reminding you it's an IPA.
This is a very drinkable black IPA. The time of the year I tried it makes me wish I had it months before for freshness; it definitely would have benefited from it. Maybe I would have had some head after a stiff pour... Very solid black IPA, one of my favorites so far.
Serving type: bottle
09-09-2011 04:35:23 | More by Philousa
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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
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