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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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1,265 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,265
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 151
Gots: 108 | FT: 1
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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 BretSikkink
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark as any stout or porter with a good sized tan head that looks to be sticking around. Lots of lacing. Nose is mildly roasted, with some dry grain and lightly bitter chocolate. Pine notes as well.

Assertively hoppy up front, this one takes a while for the malts to kick in. Once they do, there's plenty of bitterness from the roast as well as the little green cones. C-hops abound, with notes of citrus and pine resin doing the bulk of the work. On the malt end, think schwarzbier rather than stout. Mild roast, more chocolate than coffee. Dry, bitter finish is more reminiscent of iced coffee, but with a handful of hop leaves thrown in.

I've had lots of dark hoppy beers, but this one is truly outstanding. The alcohol is perfect for the brewer's intent, the body is full and creamy like a dark ale, but the overall impression is definitely IPA. Interesting hybrid, well done, and extremely drinkable.

Photo of rtepiak
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a dark coca cola pour of malt with a decent head of porter style. it has a centennial nose that is subdued that is mellowed floral soapy. the palate is bitter smokey. astringent even. has the quality of a burnt schwarzbier after it settles. chocolaty and creamy at first. but floral and acidic after a bit. i could see this being nice after some storage. had some malt issues but otherwise a consistent beer.

Photo of HosP
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got as an extra in a trade with Scottfrie. And I'm very gracious he threw this one in, very enjoyable!

A - Poured dark, not quite black. Small light brown head that left pretty fast. Left some lacing on glass.

S - I'm expecting to smell more of a malty chocolate scent, even though it has Hop in the name. Smells floral and piney with the hops giving good aroma!

T - The hops stand out in this beer. Get a good mix of chocolate malt as you drink, but the hop flavor finishes out the taste. Tastes pretty sweet, with a little bitterness that lingers at the end of a drink.

M - Nice medium body little carbonation. Very smooth beer!

D - Very good beer! If I saw this in the store for under $10 I would drink it regularly! Sweet, smooth and still gives you the hops your looking for in an IPA.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a Carolina Brewing IIPA pint glass.

Deep purple, cola color with blood orange at the edges. Head crackles and quickly recedes to a mottled sheet of light brown bubbles. Visible seeps of carbonation push through the foam from below. I like almost everything about CDA's aroma: roasty, chocolaty, hoppy, dark-fruity. It's all in near-perfect balance, with spicy hops just edging out the dark maltiness. I realize it's a fairly new 'style', but Deschutes' version smells like the epitome of an IBA/CDA.

Deliciousness ensues. Hoppy, hoppy spices and gummy tropical fruits are instantly balanced by a rich note of toasted chocolate malts and rye bread. A bit nutty, too, and the bitter hop finish lingers with ease. Mouthfeel is a tad too highly carbonated for my liking, but the crisp, dry finish fits the medium body quite well. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Deschutes does not make a bad beer. Chalk up CDA to solidifying this brewery as #1 on my list (although, honestly, they didn't need it).

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.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark as night black with a half finger tan head that left a little sticky lacing.

S: there is good mixture of roasty hoppiness with a good malt presence which also had hints of coffee and chocolate. It had a little smokey character as well.

T: nice bitter hop bite that meshes very well with the roasted malts and had chocolate and smokey accents.

M: medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation that had a roasty smokey and slight hop bitter finish.

D: very drinkable dark hoppy brew that is pretty well balanced between the hops and roasted malts.

Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears suitably dark for a Black IPA. A nice tan head forms and holds for a long time before eventually settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Mostly citrus hops in the aroma. Just a faint hint of the dark malt lingering underneath the citrus. The flavor starts off with a citrus burst of hop flavors. Then the dark malt makes an appearance with some cocoa and coffee notes. Finally the hops makes a reappearance in the finish with more citrus and bitterness. Medium body and nicely carbonated. Pleasant beer to drink. A nice beer that has nice hop flavors with a slight twist of the dark malts. One of the better examples of this develping style.

Photo of fear025
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.

Photo of Pabs311
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a rich, dark, almost black-brown with a nice sized tan head that settles relatively quickly to leave some lacing on the glass.

S- very interesting nose on this beer. good fruity hop profile with a rich, malty backbone that makes this beer smell like chocolate covered fruits.

T- As interesting as the nose. the hops are what first strike ur palate with a classic west coast fruity hop profile. this fades away to some rich, stouty maltiness with chocolate and coffee.

M/D- medium-ful bodied with lower carbonation. very interesting beer and drinks very well. i hope to see more beers like this hit the market. best of both worlds - stout & IPA

Photo of juhl31
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-looked great, for the new made up, fad style. plenty dark with a tan pillow-like head with good retention and lacing

-a bunch of grassy hops for the most part. could come up with a bit of roastiness too

-pretty weird. my buds dont know what to think. that grassy hops is in there fighting with roasty/a bit chocolaty malts. pretty good balance i think? pretty crazy beer/style

-good and full and some oilyness. one of the better qualities of the beer

-despite the weirdness and the mouth battle going on, it became more and more drinkable as it neared the bottom of my glass

Photo of Haybeerman
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, very dark brown; even on the edges. Poured a 2 finger chocolate head with excellent retention to a 1 finger cap. Solid, sticky lacing.

S: Pine, grapefruit and grass. Sweet malt in the backgrouind. Hintns of coffee and burnt toast. A little alcohol.

T: Coffee, chocolate and burnt caramel. Resiny floral hops; citrus, grapefruit and pine. There's a lot going on ahead of a long, lingering bitter.

M: Medium body; thick and almost chewy. Low carbonation. Smooth and mellow, then dry. Striking balance.

D: Great hoppy flavor and ample malt charachteristics yet a good balance. There's a lot to like about; I feel myself rating it higher than most...oh well.

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

22oz bottle, impulse buy at Andy's in Rochester, MN

appearance: cool label design - poured into my ommegang tulip - strong dark mahogany body, very light tan ring

smell: the hops are definitely alive with cascades being the most noticeable (citra, centennial also present) - grapefruit zest and pine are potent enough to make the dark chocolate malts an afterthought

taste: I generally like the "black ipa" substyle but haven't really loved any of the individual examples - I think that's roughly where I fall on this beer. The hops are really pleasant - grapefruit, orange citrus, piney with a slightly metallic finish. The chocolate coffee is present, but the hops make it difficult to pinpoint initially. Nice beer - worth a purchase.

mouthfeel: very light bitterness from the hops, remains relatively light given the malts/oats used

drinkability: just fine

Photo of clickpush
3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour 22oz bottle to tulip glass. Healthy hiss upon opening and strong pour leads to 3.5 fingers of tan head over black body. Looks great. Body is quite dark, almost stout like. Head descends slowly. Some sticky lacing and good healthy cap of head throughout consumption. Good looking beer.

Nose: Quite hoppy. Grapefruit, chocolate, strawberries, bitterness. More like an IPA than a black beer.

Mouth: Very hoppy. Strong flavors. High alcohol. Very bitter finish, both hoppy and roasty. Roastiness comes through in the end, sneaking out after the hops fizzle out. Long lingering flavor. Coffee, metal. Not a ton of complexity. Not much mouthfeel unfortunately. Thin for an IPA. Very thin for a black beer.

The beer's high point is in the glass not, unfortunately, in my nose & mouth.

Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in mid-June for $5.79.

Beer poured black with a large brown head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is citrusy hops with a hint of roasted malt in the background. Taste is roasted malts meets the citrus and pine hops and the hops win out in the balance department. Mouthfeel is very smooth, it has that velvety oatmeal stout consistency to it. Drinkability is good, the roasted element is there, very smooth, but in the end in drinks like an ipa! Nice innovative effort from Deschutes!

Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


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.

Photo of grittybrews
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a slight red tinge that turned to black with around a finger of slow-receding coffee-colored head.

Strong hoppy aroma with prominent grapefruit and just a hint of caramel malts. Fairly high carbonation and a nice mouthfeel. Intense flavor of pine and citrus followed by a touch of sour lemon. A surprisingly complex finish of light coffee, toast, and sweet caramel malts followed by more hoppy bitterness. I don't know whether I'd call this one "balanced", but it's nicely complex and fun to drink. Very tasty!

Photo of TexIndy
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Best after date of 5/29/10 on side of label. Was nearly pitch black in color. Had a large brown head that very slowly settled into a constant foam cap. Great sheeting with lots sticking.

The aroma was pine and c-hops blended with roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Really enjoyed it but would have liked the hops to be a bit more pronounced. The taste was also a blend of moderately bitter hops mixed with dry roasted malts. Good balance and interesting flavor. The only problem I have with it is that it's kinda stuck in the middle (and I realize that may be the point of the style) between satisfying my hop craving or my dark malt craving. Has good elements of both but ultimately leaves me wishing it was dominated a little more by one or the other. I usually complain about beers not being balanced but this time I'm saying it's too balanced. In the end, it's really good and worth drinking but I find that the beer I have right after this needs to be either a hop or malt bomb to set things right. Mouthfeel was medium but also had a slightly watery element to it. Good carbonation and good after-taste.

Overall, another great one from Deschutes and glad to see them continuing to push the envelope. One of my favorite breweries. Highly recommend to at least once try this new style and see if it pleases ya. May to September seasonal and available in TX. Rotation - worthy of a couple bombers or so during the season. Need to hit the G-man or Saucer and get on-tap as well. [O;Y]

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

This brew pours a slight shade above pitch black. Things are topped off by a couple of fingers worth of light khaki head. Some lacing is left down the glass.

The aroma is classic American IPA with a bit of a porter/stout layer underneath. Bright citrusy hops hit the nose first. Grapefruit dominates upfront. A bit of juicy orange is present as well. A nice floral hop quality rounds out the hops. Behind the hops is a definite roast quality. Some light coffee and chocolate notes are present. The dark roasty malts never overtake the hops in the nose.

The taste follows the nose closely. Grapefruit and light orange notes hit first. Behind the citrus is a bit of herbal hop quality. Hops waft over the tongue with a drying quality. Each sip encourages you to take another. Behind the onslaught of hops, a bit of roasty dark malt shows up. Light bittersweet chocolate comes into play. Backing things up is some light roasted coffee notes. The finish offers a nice balance between the citrusy hops and the roasted malts. Overall the finish is dry, with some lingering herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel sits squarely in the range of medium bodied. The carbonation offers an effervescent quality.

Hop In The Dark is a tasty brew. While definitely a hop heads brew, this shouldn't deter the rest. The brass hop-centric citrus quality makes a porter-esque beer into a very bright, refreshing brew. Its rare that a brew the color of used motor oil manages to be this refreshing. The Cascadian dark ale/Black IPA/Whatever seems to be here to stay. With brews like this I am glad its here to stay.

Photo of scottfrie
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with a dense cappuccino colored head that slowly reduced into a thick film that left a solid sheet of sticky lace all the way around the glass.
S: Smells strongly of grassy hops with subtle sweet malt undertones. Notes of pine and grapefruit in the hops, and a light touch of coffee as well.
T: The color of this beer is tripping me out. It's definitely a hoppy IPA. Notes of juicy citrus and fruity hops hit the palate first and then melt into a sweet and slightly roasted finish. Very juicy. Notes of pineapple and tangerine up front, with hints of coffee, chocolate, and toasted grains rounding out the finish. Aftertaste has a hint of blackberries to it as well.
M: Very mellow and delicious. Body is medium-thin, slick, and slightly watery, with a dry finish. Carbonation is light and bubbly.
D: I was fairly impressed with this beer. Great hop flavor with a wonderful smell, yet it looks like a stout. Pick one up if you like IPA's.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a darker IPA with mellow off tan head leaving good lace. Smell has a good combonation of roasted malts and floral citric hops. Taste of roasted malt with a grapefruit hoppy zing with a bit of pine thrown in. mouthfeel is medium with a good spike of carbonation going down. I'm personally not a big roasted fan, but a good IPA for those who do.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is highly hoppy - American citric, floral, fruity (lychee), and perfumy. Smells nice.

Pours black with ruby highlights with plenty of head. Looks good.

Flavor follows nose in hoppiness yet more subtle. Moderate bitterness. Some dry roasty malt. Soft nuttiness. Tastes good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

Photo of crusian
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a light black color with about and inch of head that dies semi-quickly.
first thing on the nose is HOPS. after the head subsides a bit, there is a wee bit of smoke in there.
taste is hop forward, with a bit of a citrus and smoke flavor to it, and your typical black IPA slight ash flavor. Not as hoppy as the smell would indicate, but not too bad...

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours an ominous dark chocolate color into my SA Perfect Pint with about a finger and a half of tan head that dissipates rather slowly leaving decent lacing.

Smell - A nice hop aroma with a slight roasted malts smell. Nothing overwhelming but pleasant nonetheless.

Taste - Wow, I'm really liking this. A slightly bitter hop taste off the bat followed by bitter grapefruit citrus which is encapsulated by some nice burnt malt aroma. Not too sweet, not too bitter. Slight coffee flavors become more apparent as the beer warms up, and it finishes with a slight pine/herbal note. Not a bad interplay of the flavors at all. Complex yet easily distinguishable in picking out the flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a dry finish.

Drinkability - Relatively so. Did not know what to expect with this beer (I've had other Black IPA's and didn't really care for them) but I am glad I picked it up. A very drinkable and complex beer that was very easy for me to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed the flavor profile. Not your typical IPA, obviously, but quite good.

Photo of bcm119
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black, with mahogany tinges and a frothy tan head. Roasty, coffee-like aroma, freshened by leafy/earthy hops. Coffee flavors, slightly burnt and edgy, come through first, with a generous hop bitterness. Fairly thin body for the amount of roasty flavors, but the frothy head and excellent condition of the beer gives it a nice buoyant mouthfeel. The finish is dominated by earthy, leafy PNW hops, which leave a quenching bitterness. Toasty coffee flavors linger. A very nice beer, whatever the style-- I might call it an American porter. It strikes me as quintessentially Oregonian, and it reminds me of the dark winters I spent up there.

Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,265 ratings.