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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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92
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1,256 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,256
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 147
Gots: 105 | 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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Reviews by zhanson88:
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3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Portland Brewpub. Very pleased I got to try it on-tap.

Appearance: Hop in the Dark comes out pitch black with dark ruby hints along the edges of the glass and one finger of light espresso head. Nice lacing and head retention that lasted throughout. Great looking beer.

Smell: The malt backbone is definitely dark but not overly roasted. Lots of piney and dank hops as well. That's really all I get out of it on the nose. Good but not great.

Taste: Dark malts and a hint of coffee bitterness start this beer off. On the back end lots of dank hops. Finish is a hint of coffee and bitterness. This is probably my favorite black IPA that I've tried. Deschutes has done a very good job not making the malt character overly roasted.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Body is between light and medium and fairly smooth with medium carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. As I said before I really appreciate the lack of roasted malts which tend to make this style into a bit of a mess.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Zakk
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

The Cascadian Dark Ale, also called India Black Ale, style is taking the country by storm! Very impressed with the head, nearly black all the way through. Pleasing spicy citric hop nose cradled by a solid malt base. Smoothness digs deep. Well-rounded malt character provides a good, balanced wall for the hops to play off of; an inkling of alcohol is clean. Hops grow after each sip; finish is semidry with a linger of hops and faint dark malt. Nailed it, guys!

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of supa0525
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown/black pour with one finger of splotchy tan head. Head has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Citrus and roasted malts up front, with a bit of bitter chocolate coming trough as well.

T - One of the smoother BIPA/Cascadian/whatever dark hoppy ales are called. The citrus brightens up the dark roasty characters very nicely. Taste is full but pretty clean. Finishes dry and bitter. Enjoyable.

M - as I mentioned above, quite smooth though not exactly creamy. Earthy dry bitter mouthfeel.

O - one of the better dark hoppy ales I've had. Would
have again.

Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, "best after 5/29/10"? Pours a dark brown with a smallish light tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is roasted malts and cola, with some piney hops and a little tar.

The flavor is roasted/burnt chocolate malts, a little cola and anise, with a big roasted bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation.

Overall, an interesting "black IPA" with good bitterness. I didn't really care for the burnt/tar notes or the cola.

Photo of Dbrulet
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of mikechance
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a very dark beer with porter/stout color. A nice half inch head releases some hoppy smell. I'm getting hints of black licorice and brown sugar, but I’m getting very little else. I'm picking up very little hops. It goes down nice and easy with a touch of oily feel. The aftertaste is a little sour and unexpected (not in a good way). Overall it’s a nice beer, but I didn’t get knocked off my feet as I expected I would. The bottle didn't get the best travel conditions, so I'm going to have to try it again soon. The 21st Amendment "Black in Back" is a better Black IPA.

Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal head, dark brown/black in color, clear

Smell: roasted malt, chocolate, and faint hops

Taste: Starts with a big dose of roasted malt and chocolate, citrus hops come in the middle and blend well. As the beer warms faint notes of nut also show.

Mouthfeel: medium high carbonation, light body, a nice mix of bitter and sweet leading slightly on the bitter side.

Drinkability: This one goes down way too easy. Deschutes knows how to do dark beers and this is no exception. One of my favorites in the style and from them. I would buy this regularly if it was around here.

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4.04/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.7/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is strong pine and resiny hops. If I didn't look at the beer, I would think this is a standard orange American IPA. The flavor is pine, resin and just the slightest bit of dark malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of bsp77
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Jet black (with ruby highlights) with lasting cappuccino head and nice lacing lines.

Smell: Citrus and pine with an undercurrent of chocolate and roasted malt. For some reason, the roasted malt and American hop combination always reminds me of meat and roses.

Taste: Strong roasted barley flavor with sharp coffee and citrus hop bitterness. Nice layers of chocolate and flowers help round out the taste.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, medium body that is very smooth and creamy. Very dry finish.

Drinkability: A mixture of the best elements from a stout and an IPA. Delicious and surprisingly drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

K&B Wine Cellars
San Diego, CA

A dark as night pour but with some dark ruby edges along the edge. Big and thick, persistent, chocolate milk head. Leaves the glass supremely messy. Perfect.

A lot of roasted and chocolate malt character in the nose. A disappointing lack of hops, though some do definitely emerge as the beer warms to near room temperature. Seems to smell like a very mild stout as opposed to any kind of beer with the word "hop" in the title. Although....I want to say I smell peanut butter. How weird is that?

Definite hop bitterness in flavor along with a lot of roasted and chocolate malts. The hop profile seems to lean toward the piney side of the spectrum as opposed to the citrus.

Medium to thick mouthfeel, which is very nice in a beer like this. Still incredibly drinkable.

A great beer. I actually think the name does this beer a disservice. When I hear the name, I'm thinking a beer along the lines of Stone's Sublimely Self Righteous, but this is much maltier, more chocolatey, and chewier than that beer. Both are good; as strange as it sounds, I think a name change would be good for this beer...something I never thought I'd say.

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Best by date of 8/21/14.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger tan head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A spicy, juicy, and roasty hop forward aroma with good hints of earthy and citrus hops with dark roast. Earthy, floral, and herbal hop hints with some dank pine resin and grass. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and tangerine. Big dark roasted malt balance with hints of chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, biscuit, grains, wheat, oats, and yeast. A very solid black ale aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy, earthy, and roasty black IPA taste with big notes of pine, citrus, and dark roast. Upfront mix of earthy, floral, and citrus hops with spicy and dank notes of pine resin and grass. Good citrus notes of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, and lemon. Solid balance of dark roasted malts with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, grains, biscuit, oats, wheat, and yeast. Bold taste but nicely balanced. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Body leans towards the fuller side. Carbonation is moderate. Juicy and fairly chewy with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good black ale. Very bold taste but the hops are balanced well by the dark malt notes.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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