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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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1,244 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,244
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 144
Gots: 106 | 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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Ratings: 1,244 | Reviews: 496 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was happy to pick this one up at Firefly. Fresh bottle good through 2011. Roasty aroma.Dark with large soapy head. Coffee, chocolate,a little anise that makes it really tasty and inetresting. Above average mouthfeel. To me a 1.5X stout with great hopiness. Good drinkability.

Sammy, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

t0rin0, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a 2 finger brown sugar colored head. Looks alone would indicate a stout or porter. Good lacing on the drink down.

S - Smells of citrusy hops and roasted malts.

T - Citrus hops and roasty dark malts. Extremely delicious in every taste down to the end of the glass. Hop bitterness is there but it pairs well with the roasty malt and neither of the two dominate.

M - Good carbonation. Smooth all the way down. Very little hop coating on the palate.

D - Extremely drinkable. Easy to drink all night with its 6.5% ABV. My vote for the best American Black Ale that I have tried so far. I wish I got more when I had the chance.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.7%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

acurtis, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks, Max.

Pours very dark, bordering on black, with a thin off-white to tan head and some good lacing. The nose is a bit muted, but brings some characteristic pine and, to a lesser extent, citrus hops. A bit of roasted character, but not too much. The taste adds a bit more roasted malt and calls back the hop profile a bit. Feel is really nice with dry roast and bitterness interacting well. Drinks well and is a nice example of the style.

Thorpe429, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2.7%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

GRG1313, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours like a stout, with a midnight brown color and a huge tan head; lacing galore

Smell: Pine cones after a fresh rain with a hint of bitter chocolate and coffee underneath

Taste: The piney flavors don't even wait for the malt to establish itself - they just take over the beer from the get go; underneath the assertive hop flavors is the bitter chocolate and coffee, but you have to swirl the beer around your mouth for a while to pick that up before the swallow; the finish provides the anticipated balance between the hops and the roasted malt flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Great example of the CDA style; this one (which was pretty fresh) packs everything together; highly recommended

brentk56, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For a style that no one can come to any confident consensus about, its flavor is nearly as illusive as its name. Is it a "Cascadian" ale, a black "American" ale or the more commonly but oxymoronish black "Pale" ale? Naming aside, is the beer more importantly an American IPA with a black hue or is it a hoppy porter?

Hop in the Dark carries the dark brown hues, appearing black in its center and plays out in an interlude to toast, cocoa and coffee flavors that settle upon the early palate and nose. Timidly sweet and malty, all that is overcast in strong citrus and floral plume.

More balanced in the middle palate than IPA but aggressively tilted toward hops compared to American robust porter, its mild caramel and toffee center links up with Whopper-type maliness, just ahead of a strong white grapefruit and orange zest component to easily outlast the beer's fleeting sweetness.

Because of its porter tone, its dry finish seems slightly thinned. However, its dry and resinous hop finish saves the "India pale" part. Yet for any IPA, I need the hop bitterness to pull much further ahead than is felt here. And with the coffee-type bitterness to assist hop bitterness, both seem to seek greater heights in taste and texture.

While the classic Oregonian Willamette valley is well represented with acute citrus bittering, I expect more tropical, orchard and citrus variety to allow the hops to take better command if its malty rival.

BEERchitect, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was wonderful, black as night with a light colored head that rose up about an inch and a half before settling down into a nice broken crown that stayed throughout the session. The aroma was very bright, lots of citrus here, orange and tangerine mostly and a wonderfully bright lemon like aroma that rose up, not at all what you would have expected from something that looked so fark. Nice medium body with a smooth and mellow carbonation and a lightness to it that again was outside what I was expecting. Smooth flavor, clean, crisp, loaded with bitter citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple here. Such a tight and very hoppy big IPA. I was very pleased with this one for sure. The alcohol was very well hidden I have to say and I was quite impressed with how smooth it came across.

mikesgroove, May 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

kylehay2004, Jul 02, 2014
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 westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2.7%

SocalKicks, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Appropriately black-ish body with a dense tan head that retains nicely.

Smell: A ton of green, sappy pine on the nose along with a touch of mint. Plenty of dark malt, too, largely dry and ashy. There's a hint of caramel, but sweetness is reigned-in on the whole.

Palate: Pine alongside orange-like citrus. There's plenty of roastiness, a hint of dark chocolate and a big resinous kick in the finish. Acidic and slightly ashy. Carbonation feels too high at first, but it settles out quickly. This is hugely flavorful and quite bitter, perhaps a bit too sharp for its own good. The mouthfeel is light and dry, a touch thin toward the finish.

largadeer, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to hopsbreath and the Support Your Team! BIF for this bottle!

I'm not a fan of the CDA appellation, but whatever. This guy pours a slightly translucent black-brown, highlighted in dark garnet, topped by about a finger or so of ecru foam. The nose comprises pine, maple syrup, milk chocolate, and caramel. The taste mostly eschews the darker elements in favor of the pine, but a firm amount of the caramel makes it through as well. It's almost as though this was only an IPA in a porter's clothing... This isn't to say it's bad, just not what was expected from the smell. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, a solid IPA, but I was kinda hoping the darker notes would persist on the tongue. Regardless, it is a fine IPA.

TMoney2591, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -2.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a damn near black, but actually brown, colour, with very slight clear edges, and one finger of creamy light beige head, which leaves rings of curtained lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of roasted caramel, and grapefruit hops, which blend very nicely. The taste is lightly toasted grain, and grapefruit, orange, and pine hops, seamlessly integrated. The carbonation is quite low, the body smooth and creamy, and it finishes nice and hoppy, the earthy, piney notes tamping down the latent smoky malt.

A pretty tasty dark hoppy ale - the Republic of Cascadia has another hefty contender for its namesake ale...

biboergosum, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, dark brown color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, grasses and pine.

T - It had a nice bitter hop bite with a piney/resiney flavor. Good roasted malt backbone provides needed balance.

M - It had a nice pop and bite on the tongue with a dry finish. Medium bodied and relatively sessionable.

D - This is a good black IPA. Love the west coast pine aromas and flavor.

zeff80, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

an excellent black ipa. pours very rich looking, thicker and an aggressive fizz happening. 2 inch tan head with nice rentention, dark brown liquid. smells like bitter pine family hops, and chocolatey roasty earthy malts. balanced but hop forward. flavor follows suit, great interplay between the rich velvet of the malt and the puckery punch of the hops. feel is lovely as well, very creamy in the mouth with a fuller body and good carbonation. overall a damn good brew, which ive now come to expect regularly from deschutes. they never ever disappoint

StonedTrippin, Jun 01, 2012
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Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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