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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
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504 Reviews
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Reviews: 504
Hads: 1,335
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 5.17%
Wants: 157
Gots: 121 | 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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 05-27-2010

An India Black Ale.
Available - May to September
Alc. by Vol. - 6.5% (2010), 6.9% (2011)
IBUs - 75
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Photo of stakem
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a teku. The brew appears a dark cola brown with an offwhite head that lasts with decent retention. Some patches of lace stick to the glass and a swirl effortlessly revitalizes the cap.

The aroma opens up smelling of coffee and chocolate maltiness before transitioning to all hops. Notes of pine and fruit with a catty dank thing as it warns. The blend of malt/hops/alcohol is nicely done and nothing over-powers the others.

The taste is that of pine upfront blending to more hop flavors that are dank, catty and then faint roastiness like coffee/earth/char. This is all oily hops mid-palate and into the finish.

This beer is a solid execution of the style. The nose gives it away as being dark with its roasted appeal but based on flavor alone, it would be very difficult to guess this is a dark ale. It is medium in body with ample carbonation level. Pretty decent per style and very aggressively hopped. If I had to drink a black ipa, id reach for this one. (981 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

A: This beer appears a black shade with approximately one inch of beige head that leaves a healthy amount of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is one of balance, with hops leading the way and malt not far behind. Resinous pine reinforced with a sturdy malt presence.

T: A decent tasting beer. Well balanced, with an overall good flavor. There are some nice dark ale notes that begin to assert themselves more as my palate adjusts and the beer warms slightly. I believe the flavors could be bolder, in regards to both the IPA and black aspects.

M: Good carbonation level and an overall nice feel.

D: A very drinkable beer that goes down smoothly. While nothing exceptional, I'd have no issues drinking it again. (757 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color with a 2" heads that slowly falls.

Smell: roasted tones, some soft citrus, and a general earthiness is easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, toast, some orange and sweet grapefruit citrus, and a moderate pine bitterness are wrapped in a light earthy tone.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long.

Overall: this beer was very easy to consume and more than one was had in the session. Nice balanced flavor. (465 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best After Date May 2010; Sampled July 2010
A big pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces an almost four-finger thick, darkly brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is quite dark, almost black and is opaque when held up to the light. Up front the beer smells of lemon-like and herbaceaous hops, but quickly becomes quite roasted in character. The roast adds an almost acidic edge to the up front hop character. Unlike most dark IPAs I have had, the dark malt character in this beer is huge; layered notes of mocha, dark chocolate, toasted grain and espresso. Interestingly enough, the sharp, acrid roast character has now become more subdued, allowing both the rich malt, as well as more of an expressive, fruity hop character to come through; aromas of tangerine, lychee and kumquat now mix in with the dark chocolate of the roast grain. The nose on this didn't start out all that great, but a little time has really allowed this to open up and it is quite enjoyable. I am digging the ample roast / dark malt character found in the nose, definitely atypical for a Black IPA, but it works here.

Smooth, with a touch of carbonation texture (my aggressive pour knocked a bunch of the carbonation out apparently), the beer tastes of a hint of roast grain, but mostly bitter, citrusy hops up front, while the finish sees a lingering, dark roasted coffee flavor that intermingles with the hop bitterness. The roasted malts contribute to the bitterness in the finish and also add a touch of burnt acidity as well as a touch of roasted grain husk like acridness. A rounded dark chocolate note in the middle is faintly noticeable underneath the more dominant hop and roasted malt character. A bit of malt sweetness is found here, though the body is actually fairly light. A second, soft pour sees a lot more carbonation surviving, which adds some fizz to the texture and also boosts the roast acidity; because of this last, it does better as a smoother, less carbonated beer. The citrus hop notes aren't as fruity and intense as one would find in a beer that doesn't have roast malt; it makes it more lemon like almost, and really mutes the tropical fruit and bright, characterful citrus character that one expects in an IPA (and that you can smell in the aroma of this beer). During certain sips though, you do get a certain sense of the tangerine / lychee character that is here, in a certain oral-nasal presence.

Interestingly enough, given how it started, the aroma ends up being the highlight of this beer for me; the flavor is certainly not bad, but the integration of dark malt and hop character just seems to work quite a bit better in the nose than it does in the mouth. (2,686 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at The City Tap House for their Deschutes event during beer week 2010, from old notes.

Muddled red with some brown and black mixed in as well, looks kinda sludgey. Ring around the glass. Semi slight dots of lace, nothing extraordinary. Smell is piney, grapefruit that's sharp, semi boozy even with the low ABV, malty but not really. Taste is a black IPA alright sharp taste of grapefruit and oily hops, resonous. Some malt in the back, not terribly complex. Medium bodied, highly carbed, kinda prickly on the tounge there, bitterness is noted. I liked this stuff, it did not blow me away, but I will look for it again when Deschutes comes to Philly in 2011!! Yep, they are finally making it out east and what a better place to start than good ol Philly. (761 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured a dark brown color with an active one inch head to it. The head faded down to a thin spotty covering, but left some very good lacing a I drank it.

The aroma has a bright citrusy and hoppy flavor to it with some notes of lemon, orange and grapefruit. A light roasty, bitterness peeks through as well. Very nice aroma overall.

The taste shows more of the roasted and burnt malts then the aroma did. The hoppy, citrusy flavors still come through with some bright grapefruit and pine notes. The finish shows a mixture of burnt and citrus flavors to it and both linger for a bit on the palate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to slightly above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it has some very good flavors to it and they mesh pretty well for the style. One of the better Cascadian Dark Ale's I've had. (883 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours dark brown with a light off-white head, above average retention, no lace.

S: Definite coffee/roast, and citrus hops.

T: Clear hop flavour of tangerine, melon and grapefruit upfront with a nice chocolate and coffee finish. While the finish was nice, the flavours did not meld to well together, awkward and disjointed.

M: Medium-bodied, with a soft fizzy carbonation, pretty long aftertaste.

D: Not one of Deschutes better efforts. The beer is kind of all over the place, the overall flavour isn't up my alley. I finished the bomber fine, but it sure took me a while, not something I'd realistically want more than 10 oz. of. (652 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till August 31st 2012.

Out of the bottle comes a big dark brown nearly black walnut body, providing a big four finger tan head, settlng down nicely and very slowly.

A very subdued nose, light malts and hint of milk chocolate, small pine hop it seems, but very closed.

Taste and palate really seems mellow. A soft bodied palate, almost creamy and chewy, with a mild roast density, and this mushy fruit hop angle. Finish hits with chewy orange and citrus on the finish, with a good controlled bitter. Bitter zest of orange oil comes through in the palate, whaffing nicely.

A real interesting take, with a mellow hop profile for this style. Nothing better from Deschutes as always, I dig it. (745 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So the bottle states 'a new style' in Cascadian Dark Ale, the style on BA is AIPA. I'll compare it to the latter...aside from appearance.

Dark brown as it pours, becomes much darker in the glass. An off-white head and some nice stickiness makes this beer look pretty darn good. A bit more chunk in the head would boost this rating.
Aroma is hoppy coffee. A pine/citrus nose at first, with deep roasted (but a bit weak) aroma sneaking in the middle.
Nice flavor. Not a huge IPA. Citrus and floral, with pine come first, then along comes a roasted flavor, but is still weak. It seems the dark roast is for looks primarily, then flavor. Expected a bit more umph.
A good mouthfeel, but expected a bit more as it warmed. I hate to say it's weak, but something is missing here. It's a darn fine beer, and easy drinking. Not sure what separates it from IPA, other than the color. Does color really separate us? :) (909 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at London Grill.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without a trace of lighter color.  Frothy two finger light beige head that slowly settles into lasting cap/ring.  The glass is left coated with chunky lacing.  

Nice hop aroma with a  good balance of earthy floral notes and sweet citrus.  Hints of pine, grapefruit and citrus rind.  This is counters by a nice roasted malt presence.  Not acrid but slightly toasted with hits of chocolate, toffee and caramel.  

Medium bodied with a blast of dry bitter hops that linger throughout but are countered by sweet citrus and slightly roasted malt.  Dry resinous pine with subtle citrus rind as well as some toasted malt, choclate, toffee and coffee bean.  Good balance of roast, sweet, bitter and dry.   Well balanced with a dry finish. (806 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7/4/2010

Poured into a snifter. A vicious pour yields a thick light brown head atop a near black body. Excellent retention. Great lacing.

The nose exhibits notes of oranges, grapefruit, and a little pine, accompanied by a pleasant moderately roasted malt character and...a dash of chocolate. I really like the roast/citrus combination.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with an enjoyable combination of citrus and roast. I detect orange pith, grapefruit flesh, grapefruit rind, and a little pine resin. There's a slight astringency to the roasted malt character, as well as a light sweetness, and bitterness is at a pleasant moderate level. Alcohol is deftly masked. The finish leaves lingering notes of citrus on the palate.

The mouthfeel is creamy and slightly dry, with a moderate level of carbonation. Very nice. This is a subtle beer, rewarding the drinker with each sip. I am the drinker. (900 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber, and pouring into a pint glass. The beer pours a dark, dark brown with amber highlights at the edges when held up to the light. The beer had an initial thick, foamy, 2-finger head that was a tan coloring, but dissipated over time. The beer has a hoppy aroma, with toffe and caramel notes, as well as fruity hints. The flavor is a bit complex, so bear with me. I'm getting a lot of different flavors, well blended, that attack the tastebuds. Bits of hops on a slightly sour malt backbone, with characteristics of molasses, bubble gum, and roasted coffee. It is full in mouth, but still remains light and crisp. The finish smooth and a little dry, and there is a bitter and hint of coffee aftertaste. The beer is extremely drinkable, and with the low ABV it is an easy going brew for the evening. Very tasty. (825 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a certainly dark, almost black colour, with a reddish tinge around the edges. Head is frothy and bubbly and extremely voluminous, leaving chunky and solid lacing around the glass. Something about it seems very three-dimensional. There's something solid, real and believable about the beer, and I like that.

Nose, expectedly, is extremely hop-forward, with Cascade citric characters being of course the dominant character. It's true, it smells like an IPA, not a dark ale; very fruity, hoppy with resin, but perhaps with a slightly roasted grain note behind it. The hops are indeed dominant though, and it has a genuine west coast IPA swing to it. It's nice.

Taste is where this beer, and the style in general, comes into its own. Initial fruity and lightly spicy hop hints come through robustly, but almost immediately a dark, roasted character wells up to remind us that this is where the beer is at, really. It ends up lending a cherry-kirsch kind of bite to the beer - the deepness giving an astringency to the otherwise dry and fragrant hop bite. Finish is very dark and rather confrontingly roasted and bitter. Surprisingly, the bitterness on the back certainly comes more from the roasted grain than from the hops. Feel is rather light, although if it were thicker, it would be harder still to place this as something other than a heavy stout.

This is a very complex and deep beer; one that requires respect and recognition. While, unsurprisingly, the dark and the hoppy characters jangle against each other uncomfortably, they also create a kind of harmony that is hard to ignore, and which demands recognition as a unique style. A fascinating brew. (1,665 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a darkish color, maybe black with a dirty white head

S: Floral and some citrus, black and chocolate malts

T: Earty, citrus and floral, black and chcolate malts. Very good

M: Well carbonated, medium to full bodied withsome bitterness in the finish

D: Very good and def worth a try (293 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop in the Dark is so deep a brownish black that it could have been born a coffee. No transparency is afforded and even highlights are out of question given this oily charcoal body. Its surface is coated in tan brownish foam which isn't complete by any means but still occupies most of the facade (and even marks its territory on the glass' sides).

The aroma, more than roasty coffee or wet leaves and pine bark, smells of smoked duck breasts. It is a thick, fatty smell with plenty of earthy, herbal seasoning. The darker notes aren't quite as dark as raw cocoa or black coffee, but they do have a similar smokiness. Enough wet forest leafiness perspires, mind you, to impart strongly earthy aromatics.

If we were to combine herbal teas with coffee we could somewhat simulate the taste of this dark ale. It has an oily astringency as well as an earthy bitterness, neither of which, however, is all that impressionable. Most 7%, 70 IBU beers aren't nearly as evenhanded as this offering. It's either the most malt-minded IPA or the most liberally-hopped stout I've ever tried.

The finish is smoky, with a coffee-ish aftertaste and leafy, bitter earthy herbals. A small amount of candied citrus makes it through but it's matched by the bitter sootiness of unrefined cocoa. This is truly a beer to give you semantic difficulties. It's a brainteaser; it has bitterness as well as roastiness, a creamy richness that is filling yet satisfyingly refreshing.

Deschutes makes an incredible porter and they have a few solid hoppy brands too; this beer, which combines the two, seems like an offering they've made just to stroke their ego. Indeed, it's a fantastic combination of both worlds: clean but burnt grain maltiness and candied fruit hoppiness, satisfying but easily quaffable. It's a beer for amateurs and connoisseurs alike. (1,833 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010; B.A. date is 26/06/10, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: very dark in colour, almost black, with deep mahogany hues when seen against light; a thick light-tan froth lasts well, on top of moderate and continuous streams of mini fizz.
S: as it says on the label - hoppy!... citrussy, apple-ly, pink grapefruit-peel-ish fruitiness, nectar-like sweetness, plus rather light-bodied maltiness and a touch of tropical fruit-like esters. Nice, even better than an IPA in that the malty department is lighter in terms of sweetness. Most interestingly, sniffing the beer with eyes closed, I couldn't really imagine this was a dark one~~
T: well-balanced & delicious, the foretaste is citrussy- & flowery-hoppy IPA on the basis of rather light-bodied dark malts with a gristy feel and undertones of coffee (only just) & herbal bitter hints; the aftertaste shows a delicately grapefruit-bits+seeds like bitter tannins, but never over the top. Nice lingering bitter-sweetness and a light chewy feel is marvellous - my palate keeps yearning for more, sip after sip...
M&D: very smoothly carbonated, medium-bodied, well-balanced dark hoppy ale - a supremely drinkable ale IMO! (1,223 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber
Best After: 7/24/10

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy light tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, chocolate/toffee. The taste is hoppy, slightly bitter, nice malt blend, a good dose of chocolate/toffee upfront. Medium body. Very Drinkable, not a hop bomb, but it sure is tasty. Well done Deschutes. (395 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this 22 today at the COOP... Wooo Hooo!! It says best after 5/29/10... I guess maybe I should have waited until the weekend. :-)

Poured into my smaller goblet... 2 finger dark an head with great retention and lacing.... the brew is pretty much black with highlites showing only when held to a bright bulb... then the deepest garnet appears.

Nose is a bright citrus hoppiness with some floral elements thrown in for good measure... the hops are balanced nicely by a bit of roasty malt.... the roastiness is there for sure, but it is in the background behind all the fresh smelling hops.

Balanced bitterness out of the gate ... more roasted malts appear on the palate than the aroma .... lite coffee and whaffs of dark dry chocolate ... there is some mild malty sweetness to tie everything together...

As this warms up, I really am appreciating the balance... bitter... hoppy... roasty... mild sweetness... The brew really meshes and is well integrated.

Nice medium/lite body with a smooth small bubble carbonation that makes it feel pretty smooth.

My only "knock" could possibly be on drinkability; just because, even given the lower ABV, this is a true sipper for me that I never see myself quickly knocking back a big glass.

Really glad Deschutes decided to bottle this "style" ... Yummy and a very good change of pace from the usual hop bombs in the PNW.

4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4 (1,401 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Holidays...at my bro in laws and he brought back a lil' piece of heaven from Oregon. The Hop In The Dark is a dark ale that hopped with cascade hops. The appearance is a opaque dark with a off-white head that is lacing nicely. The smell is big piney hops. The taste is hop/pine leaning dark ale. There isnt as much roast as I would prefer but it is still very good. The mouthfeel medium to full body with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer. (459 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cola brown with redish-brown highlights. Light khaki head with ok retention, but great lace.

S - Nice soft roast grain, pine, edge of cilantro, and a little cola sweetness.

T - Bright, bitter pine right up front. Dry, bitter grapefruit and cocoa nibs through the center. Coffee grinds, bitter chocolate, touch of dried dark fruits, and a residual grapefruit bitterness through the backend.

M - Light, brisk, smooth body.

O - An enjoyable black IPA. Nice roast character with a solid bitter backbone. (508 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark, stout like in appearance, with a rich tan-brown head that's about an inch thick. The head is just beautiful in my Alpha King glass, a really great looking beer overall.

Smell: Lots of hops, if you smelled this without looking at it first you'd be expecting an aggressively hopped DIPA.

Taste: Wow, not quite what I was expecting. The hops come through in a big way, but in the form of some tangy dark fruit flavors. Some roasty porter like flavors too. The aftertaste is a more typical piney kind of hop flavor mixed with some roastiness. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy but with good carbonation too.

Overall: One of the nicer black IPA/Cascadian dark ales I've had. All too often beers in the style end up being like a hoppy stout or like an IPA with a touch of dark malt flavor, but this one's very well balanced. Definitely more IPA than stout, but the dark malt flavors are strongly present as well, very nice balance.

7.9/10 (966 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (1,040 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: color is extremely dark brown with hints of amber-brown when held up to the light. Head is almost two fingers of light tan foam. This is extremely porteresque in appearance; I like it.

Smell: big, funky, piney, earthy hops tend to crowd out anything else that might be present, but I think I detect a little chocolatey malt aroma underneath. This is promising.

Taste: lots of rich flavors coalesce here, from the earthy, bitter hops to some tasty, chocolatey roasted malt flavors. I rather like this combination of flavors -- it is quite similar in vein to Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale. Some of the hops seem a little rough around the edges, though.

Mouthfeel: medium body; silky smooth with a moderate yet enjoyable level of carbonation.

Drinkability: I find this beer rather drinkable. I like the dark IPA style, though, so that shouldn't be a surprise. Though this beer isn't perfect, it is a relatively well-executed example of the style. (1,003 characters)

Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.