Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by dwilson01:
3.9/5 rDev -5.1%
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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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
4.23/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/21/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of pineapple, peach, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light coffee, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/roasted malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big pineapple, peach, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light coffee, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, peach, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, chocolate, cocoa, roast, toast, light coffee, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/roasted malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Black IPA. All around great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 03:59:02 | More by superspak
Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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