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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
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1,213 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 1,213
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 141
Gots: 103 | 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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Photo of Wiscodrinker
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Wiscodrinker, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep, mossy flavors in a black ale. Seriously hoppy. You just get time to catch a flavor before the bitterness sets in. Plenty of the dank, mushroomy hop flavors with resins and citrus pith. A fair amount of malt gives it a grainy taste and more than a little sweetness. Fruit compote, prunes, and burnt toast. Some sourness under the malt from charred barley. Aftertaste is more hoppy bitterness and a long smoky burn on the tongue. Not very carbonated in the mouth.

Overall, it is a strong-flavored beer that gets old, to me. It starts with an interesting flavor and gets more bitter, more grapefruity. The 2011 batch from the 22 oz bottle.

mactrail, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Rollzroyce21, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Christopherfox
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Christopherfox, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of stillalivetui
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

stillalivetui, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of vbiliyar
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

vbiliyar, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Mister_Joshy
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Mister_Joshy, May 30, 2012
Photo of hardy008
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a 1 finger medium tan head with decent retention and some lacing. The aroma has citrus, roasted coffee, and chocolate. The aroma is not very strong.

The taste is much like the aroma, and is also not very strong. Citrus, roasted coffee, a light amount of chocolate. Has decent bitterness, and very little sweetness.

Light bodied, decent carbonation, finishes dry. A decent beer, but not one I would hurry to seek out again.

hardy008, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

The darkest black IPA I have seen. Very dark espresso color. 1 and a half fingers of tan head. Good head retention with some decent splattered lace.

Aroma: Floral hops with an odd malt profile. Citrus blend with a roasted feel to it. It is bitter and roasted at the same time.

Taste: The beer brings the roasted feel to it right away with the floral hops after. Citrus blend, but I can't really distinguish the type of fruits here.This beer is incredibly odd.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and roasted. Medium bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Ends hoppy, sticky, and dry.

Overall, this beer just isn't for me. I have had much better black ipas before. It was tough drinking a bomber, but I got through it.

mothman, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not going to go into too much detail here.

A - More black than brown, solid head and retention - Good.

S - Not much in the way of hops here...a bit dull and lacking. Maybe a black pale ale opposed to IPA?

T - Black pale ale for sure. A little bit hoppy, dark malts and chocolate present with some hop bitterness and wee bits of pine but where's that citrus hop goodness that goes with IPAs? Not bad but not great.

M - pretty solid here, best aspect of the brew. Perfect carbonation and a almost creamy bitterness.

O - Nothing memorable. For my palate, I'll take Stone's SSR over this one all day, everyday. But hey, that's for me and this one might be for others.

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of javincik
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. Bottled 1 1/4 months prior to consumption.

A-Pours with a light brown two-finger head that lingers for quite some time. Near opaque black in color, brown at the edges when held to the light. Frothy head clings tenaciously to the glass.

S-Smells much like an IPA with a nice dose of pine and citrus hop aroma. Some underlying roasted and chocolate aromas also come thru, although much more subtle than the hop aromas.

T-Compared to some other Black IPAs I've had, this one just seems to overdue it on the roast. Unlike the nose, I really felt that the hops didn't have a chance to shine in this one. It's plenty bitter in the finish, but the flavors are dominated by the roast, chocolate, and coffee flavors. It really just tastes like a hoppy porter - a la Troeg's Dead Reckoning.

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation. About average for the style.

D-One bomber of this was plenty. I really had high hopes for this, but I was disappointed. I didn't feel that this beer differentiated itself from any number of hoppy porters I've had. Also, I think Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous is more drinkable despite the disadvantage in ABV.

javincik, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of shadow1961
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deschutes Hop in the Dark CDA ("Cascadian Dark Ale") pours a dense puck of beige foam over a deep black brew. Carbonation? Maybe, but this inky liquid makes it hard to tell. The nose is predominantly the now-customary west coast grapefruit hop aroma, but with tantalizing notes of apricot and a bit of ale yeast funk. The flavor, too will be familiar to IPA drinkers- hop forward, of course, but with notes of mocha as well. Mouth feel is light- surprisingly light considering how dark this stuff is, with a long, dry hoppy, grapefruit rind finish. A decent enough IPA, but the puzzling dark color isn't enough to break it out of the pack- I really want to see a little more malt here...

shadow1961, Jan 28, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $5. Dark black color with a mocha head. Smells slightly hoppy but a lot more malty. Tastes like black butte porter with a bit of orange from the hops. Overall this just wasn't hoppy enough for me like most of Deschute's IPA's and pale ales. For hoppy dark ales I would much rather have a Stone self-righteous ale.

ArrogantB, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a dark brown/nearly black color with a fluffy tan colored head.

S: A nice citrus hop aroma up front with some roast and a hint of bitterness behind it. The hops are somewhat short lived and the various malts (especially the roast) come through the rest of the way.

T: The hop flavor is not quite as intense and pronounced as I would have expected. This comes across as more of a hoppy porter than anything, but the flavor seems a bit watery at time so you do not get the full effect of the hops nor the roast/malty qualities.

M: As mentioned above, this one seems to be slightly watery with a low to moderate carbonation.

D: One of the few (only?) disappointing efforts from Deschutes. I really liked Stone 11/SSR, so I thought this one would be right up my alley, but it falls short.

womencantsail, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of Franch
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this really just didn't do it for me. my benchmark for an "A" level american dark ale is Southern Tier Iniquity, and not only was this far below that, it didn't even top Stone's Sublimely Self Righteous.

it was bad at doing both things: it wasn't very hoppy or bitter, but the roasty/malty notes didn't exist either. it seemed like kind of a generic weak IPA that was strangely colored.

Franch, Jun 16, 2011
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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.

mikechance, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown colored beer that is almost light proof. Tall brown colored head.

Smells like a carrot stick, a sensory effect of high hops and patent malt in the same beer. Scents of grapefruit and chocolate with a bit of smoke. Still though this smells like carrots.

Starts out sharply bitter and smoky. Hop and patent malt combine to make this considerably bitter. Grapefruit and chocolate flavor. Tastes like a carrot in a glass of Guinness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is just OK. This is an OK beer if you just want lots of bitterness and no nuanced hop flavors. For me I need the many different flavors and aroma of the Hop, and this beer doesn't have it.

Zorro, Sep 18, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Jodan for this extra!

Aroma:The mild aroma is composed of grass, grapefruit, and chocolate.

Appearance:Black, opaque, with a nice tan head that's slow to dissipate.

Taste:The mild sweet malt flavor contrasts with the tangy hop flavor nicely. The black malt give it some charred flavor.

Mouthfeel:Smooth, with mild carbonation.

Drinkability:This cascade dark ale is an interesting blend of stout and IPA. I like this beer a lot, but I'm not sure I could drink more than one bomber in a single sitting.

fear025, Jul 10, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at a brewers night at the Archer Ale House, Bellingham, WA. The Deschutes rep said this is the first keg in the state of Washington, but remember, he's a salesman.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lightly translucent black with a 1/2 inch of dark tan head that had good retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was very hop forward, mostly citrus, without much notable malt scents. On the other hand, the hop flavors most notable on the front of the tongue, with the roasted flavors dominating the back of the mouth. The roasted flavors were reminiscent of a Porter, and I didn't think they melded very well with the hop flavors. There was too much of a coffee note that lingered.

The body seemed to be OK for the style, but was too thin for my tastes. Drinkability was good, but it's going to depend on if you like hoppy coffee flavors.

Overall, a decent example of a style that's still finding out what it's about. If you live in Deschutes distribution area, you'll be seeing this soon and can decide for your self.

beertunes, Jun 04, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into tulip pint

A: Black/brown with nice amber hues. Thick, beige head sits on top and goes from 1 inch to 1/4 inch in about a minute. Carbonation is moderate.

S: Lots of citrus twang with grapefruit and lemon rind at first. After a bit I get some orange and tangerine. A bit of pine as well. Some chocolate aromas and sweetness from the malts. Pleasant and complex.

T: Lots of resiny hop bitterness up front. Hop flavors include grapefruit as the strongest citrus component. A bit more of that tangerine and orange I noted in the aroma. There is a hint of citrus. The bitterness is lemon rind in nature and a bit harsh for me. It really sticks in the back of my throat and doesn't sit right. The malts add a nice complexity with chocolate and a little malty sweetness. Ends with a hint of nuttiness. Overall, complex flavors, but not a fan of the bitterness that seems to persist more than most IPAs.

M: Medium bodied. More smooth than crisp when compared to other IPAs. Carbonation is right on for me. Stickiness from the bittering hops lasts longer than I would have liked.

D: All in all a pretty decent beer. I wasn't a fan of the bittering hops used due to some harshness to my palate. This may not be an issue for others. The positives are the nice citrus and pine notes that blend well with the complexity from the malts. Definitely worth a try. I may revisit this one again in the future to see if my opinion changes.

brewdoc75, Jun 08, 2010
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3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled 22 oz. bomber into a stemless 12 oz. tulip. Best by date 9.21.12.

Look- Ruby brown with two fingers of toasted coconut head. Excellent retention, plenty of thick legs and lace.

Smell- Fresh pine sap, coriander, cinnamon rolls, maple syrup, dark roast. Swirling brings out a powdery scent and a hint of alcohol.

Taste- First taste comes off as one-dimensional and somewhat plain, but revisiting as it warms reveals a number of fairly subtle flavors. Star anise and spiced Turkish coffee come to mind. piney hop presence. Vaguely lemony flavor (lemon seeds, actually) asserts itself halfway through the glass. Aftertaste is of espresso and campfire biscuits. Mineral character builds as the glass empties.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, clean, extremely easy drinking. Wish it was a bit more substantial, however- almost watery. Half of a bomber was fine, I wouldn't mind having the whole thing to myself.

Overall- Mixed feelings here; it's good, but feels like it fell just shy of being great. Decently priced, definitely worth trying.

Lawl3ss, Jul 26, 2012
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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.

Beaver13, Jul 21, 2010
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3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass, this ale pours dark brown with some crimson highlights. A half inch of foam settles out rather quickly to a mirrored surface yet yields decent off white lacing throughout.

Nose is all malts initially, with some chocolate and a bit of a roasted character. With warming the brew thins out and offers some cloaked earthy hops.

Flavor and feel are quite like a porter at first and when consumed through the foam. This segues to a dark and dense lager feel with warming and exposure as the body thins and the hop character comes forward. Still this brew is never hop forward and the malt character remains dominant. An enjoyable brew with decent depth of character yet not something that really grabs you.

HalfFull, Oct 05, 2010
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3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 11.28.11
Served in nonic pint.

So this is a beer I've had several times but never reviewed... The CDA style just seems ridiculous to me. It is basically a hoppy porter.

So, it pours like a porter-- dark, nearly black, with a rocky cap of 2 fingers leaves some nice lace and holds it's retention well.
Smell has some minty and piney notes, the pine is dry and reminds me of Arctic Panzer Wolf in an eerie way-- but only for a second. The roasted malts cancel it almost as quickly as it crept in.

Chalky chocolate and toffee sweet and roasty malts start this off before the flavor dries out with piney hops and a crisp bitterness.
The body is very much like a medium bodied porter with more carbonation.

Overall, this isn't the take I prefer when it comes to porters or ipas, but that's the beauty of creating a new style, right?
This is a decent beer, but I could imagine a much better version in the style. Not bad, but I'll be honest-- even the best beer I could possibly imagine for the style would still be a beer I would rarely buy.

AleWatcher, Aug 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

sgttibbs, Aug 04, 2014
Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,213 ratings.