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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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Ratings: 1,275
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 156
Gots: 115 | FT: 1
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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 KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brown color. The head is light tan in color, and one inch in height. It recedes slowly into nice sticky lacing. The aroma is of chocolate covered hops. There is some nice roasted malt character, and a lot of piney, citrusy hops. The taste is much like the aroma. The hops are aggressive, yet they are still very well integrated into the large malt profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is one fine beer. I'm usually not a fan a beers that try to be both malty and hoppy at the same time as they usually turn out to be a complete mess. This beer, however, is a great mixture of malt and hop. I will certainly drink this again in the near future.

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

Fun beer - poured black in a tulip glass with a one finger off-white head and a good bit of lacing.

Smell is an amazing mixture of cascade grapefruit hopiness, along with some piney hop notes and a rich roasty burning wood smokiness, some vanilla in there too...is this wood aged?

Taste (4.25) is a nice balance between malt bitterness and hop bitterness, a very good black ipa - easy drinking and not over the top but still complex - pretty dang tasty. light coffee and cocoa at certain points and prominent in the aftertaste, along with huge fruity and bitter hops....mmm.

mouthfeel is rich but not slimy

and drinkability is good, but certainly not a session beer for a 6.5%er - well nice though.

Photo of Beaver13
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
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 DogFood11
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily managed pour with desired results.

This is a rangy brew. Plenty of roasted coffee/chocolate combined with a very distinguished hop bill. The drinkability is excellent as each pull has enough balance and depth to keep it interesting throughout. @ 6.5% it is a moderate abv brew that packs a full and complete taste. Excellent.

Notes: I would seek this out. Price is moderately high from Deschutes for a bomber. Six packs would be great and I would be happy to purchase a pallet to get them started. Winner.

Photo of Mora2000
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.

Photo of RJLarse
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Hop In The Dark at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

The color is back and opaque. A foamy head caps the beer, and is quite resilient. There are three colors in the head, beige and off-white swirls of foam, and some glimmers of garnet red in the larger bubbles.

Smell is faint, with something of a pine scent I suppose.

Taste is a sweet charcoal and dark chocolate flavor, some roasted grain, with a bitter pine burst on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little thinner than I might have expected, but still slightly cloying.

Drinkable enough, especially at ABV 6.5%. I might not be my first choice for a warm summer afternoon, but ti wasn't terrible in that setting either. I'll probably look for this again in the winter months.

Photo of tombcrypt
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Looks like a stout when poured. Good slightly brown white head. Smells like a handful of northwest hops, nothing crazy.

Upon first sip, it tastes like a stout with lots of roasted and chocolate character. But then the hop flavors take over and interact with the malt flavors. Unlike anything else I've tasted. The Cascadian dark ale style is really something that needs to be explored. To top it off, it has a smooth oat mouthfeel, and the hops help cut through what would otherwise be a somewhat thick beer.

This is an awesome beer. It's a hundred degrees in my apartment right now and usually a darker beer style would be killing me but damn this beer just has so much going on I don't care.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spied this on a regular beer run. Anything with "hop" or "cascade" in the name will not escape my wrath.

Dark as heck. Slight ruby shining through, but otherwise pretty dang dark. Nice mocha colored head, resides pretty quickly. Not a ton of lacing throughout the session.

At first, tons of hops on the nose. Beer was cold, but not overly cold. As it warmed to room temp, roasted malts emerged as well.

Interestingly, the opposite occured with the taste. At first when the beer was cold, all I tasted was roasted malts, with maybe a hint of hop bitterness. I slowed down, let it warm up and the hops emerged as the beer got warmer. Odd.

Being the cascade junky that I am, this was overall a pretty dang good beer. I was a little put off at first, but the beer was just too cold. I think it needs to warm up substantially to reach its full potential. While not my favorite beer, I'd probably pick up another bottle of this in the future.

Photo of Brez07
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received via trade from oach. Best after 6/26/10. Poured in a Maine Beer Company glass (mini-snifter/chalice hybrid?)

A: Pours an opaque dark amber with a 2 finger sand colored head. Good head retention. No lacing is left on the glass

S: Starts with hop/pine, then transitions to a slightly roasty/earthy scent. Maybe even a hint of wheat? There is something else here I can't quite put my nose to

T: Hops come out a little, but I get mostly a mild roasted malt flavor. There is a dirt-like aftertaste. Also a small amount of spice

M: Light, bordering on medium mouthfeel. Leaves a fair amount of bitterness. Seems like an appropriate amount of carbonation

D: The bottle calls this a Cascadian Dark Ale, which I have never had before. Didn't really know what to expect, but I can say the experience was positive. Not sure I'd go for this again, but I enjoyed the bottle I drank

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

Pours a carbonated one finger head oily already, very carbonated looking. Dark with cola highlights.

smells like a fresh hop beer in some ways with some roasty toasty goodness to it.

Big hops, malt, roasty finish. Earthy hops but a little slick.

This is a good representation of the style. You really get a feel for what brewers are trying to accomplish with a Dark IPA. You taste the dark malts of a porter mixed with the hop power of an IPA.

Closest porter to this beer is the Anderson Valley Porter. Good stuff here

Photo of BretSikkink
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
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
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
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
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
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
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
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
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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
3.16/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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