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Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark AleHop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,082 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,082
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 143
Gots: 82 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
An India Black Ale.
Available - May to September
Alc. by Vol. - 6.5% (2010), 6.9% (2011)
IBUs - 75

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 05-27-2010)
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dwilson01

California

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bomber into an eastern sierra lager pint glass, sandy red mocha coloring to the head which comes up about a finger and dissipates very quickly leaving minimal lacing. they weren't kidding, it's dark in body, like a porter, not pitch black but you can only see into it at all when held up to the light.

It smells refreshing and malty at the same time, a sugary sweet roasted malt combined with a very floral hop aroma.

The taste does a balancing act, it has an earthy hoppiness to it but I honestly think it's leaning toward the malty dark ale characteristics. It has very intense coffee and chocolate notes along with a great sweet caramel character. Not much carbonation but the flavor is lightened a lot by the springtime fresh hopping in it, not bitter but all aroma and floral.

Good mouthfeel, it's full and dark ale/porter-like, I compare this beer to the new belgium 1554 but combined with a mellow smooth floral hopping that just makes this an extremely drinkable dark ale. It's got a lot of flavor with not many spice notes which is cool. I think mostly roasted malt, chocolate malt, crystal as well with some combination of very earthy hops, probably cascade and maybe some amarillo as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 07:49:20 | More by dwilson01
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Just shy of three finger's worth of slightly late to develop cascading creamy and lush medium brown colored head with a waffled top... Rock star retention... Once receded there is an ultra thick, ultra creamy, ultra lush layer of whipped lacing... The color is a deep menacing dark brown that allows just the slightest bit of light to leak in around the edges of the glass... Mostly still with just a few small carbonation streaks seen towards the top of the glass... Sheets of lacing cling to the sides of the glass...

S - A bit restrained but quite satisfying... There is a pleasant mix of earthy and noble hops... Some lightly roasted malt... A hint of milk chocolate... Perhaps just a faint whiff of vanilla is noticeable with a very deep inhale...

T - The flavor profile is dialed up several notches from the timid aroma... The slight burnt and charred character of the roasted malt dominates throughout... It yields occasionally to allow a sharp piney hop bite to emerge and impress... Perhaps a hint of bitter dark baker's chocolate... Very nice...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Limited yet sharp carbonation... Starts smooth and finishes with a bit of a burnt texture... Attention grabbing...

D - A stellar American Black Ale that lags the best in class by just the slightest of margins... A bit more aroma and a bit more of a well rounded taste and mouthfeel would elevate this one to epic... Regardless this is a rock solid offering from the fine folks from Deschutes who continue to impress me since entered the PA market... I can easily recommend without hesitation...

Serving type: bottle

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Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,082 ratings.