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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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1,080 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 1,080
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 141
Gots: 81 | 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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boogercrack

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -15%

06-26-2012 16:28:23 | More by boogercrack
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

06-26-2012 02:56:24 | More by johnnyboy76
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pants678

California

2.45/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours porter/stout black with a beige foam. Looks right up my alley.

I can smell the crisp, earthy cascade hops but not much else.

Not quite a Black IPA but not that far away either. Floral, clove notes stand out and they put the mild chocolate well in the background. In the end I can't imagine I'd go back, either you have a craving for one or the other. Big plus for not being muddled.

Smooth texture from the black malt. Not particularly sharp, sculpted more like a porter in regard to carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 02:18:49 | More by pants678
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dav

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

06-24-2012 02:23:09 | More by dav
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Ami


4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-24-2012 00:23:11 | More by Ami
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sammo

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-23-2012 19:41:08 | More by sammo
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KingStephenR

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-23-2012 03:41:38 | More by KingStephenR
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the 2012 release. Thanks for sending this to me, Chris, especially after drinking the bottles you grabbed me the past two releases!

A very dark brown with a light brown head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a nice looking CDA/ABA/BIPA. Highlights are reddish brown. As for the nose? I really don't see how this isn't an excellent hoppy porter/stout. Moderately roasty with a robust hop aroma (pine and citrus), this has less caramel and more roast than most CDAs. That said, there is *some* caramel, a little bit of cocoa and perfumey hops to round out the nose. Excellent.

The palate opens with a blend of moderate bitterness and a low-level but sharp grainy bitterness, mildly acidic as well. Pine, grapefruit and a little bit of orange are all noticeable in the hop bitterness. The grainy bitterness does mask some of the hop flavor, and the light unsweetened cocoa character does enhance the sense that this really is a hoppy porter. The mid-palate is just a touch watery. Light in body with a moderate, creamy carbonation, this beer finishes with an aggressive pine bitterness, a little bit of roast and some citrus. Excellent stuff, this.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 00:22:14 | More by DefenCorps
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reyna311

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

06-22-2012 17:43:42 | More by reyna311
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MouthfulOfchris

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-21-2012 14:12:17 | More by MouthfulOfchris
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

06-20-2012 18:14:35 | More by hiphopj5
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LianoPerez

Texas

5/5  rDev +21.4%

06-20-2012 00:38:26 | More by LianoPerez
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depechemode1983

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black in color. The head is tan with good retention. A decent amount a lacing to boot.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, grapefruit bitterness and a candy sweetness towards the end. Excellent

T - Roasted peanuts, orange peel, sweet caramel and a coffee like aftertaste in the finish.

M - Thick mouthfeel. Smooth. With a lingering bubbly feel on the palate.

O - Pretty damn good stuff. Probably would be a regular if it was year round.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 07:38:10 | More by depechemode1983
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carteravebrew

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-18-2012 18:43:56 | More by carteravebrew
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rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-18-2012 05:50:49 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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CarolinaKev

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-18-2012 04:42:16 | More by CarolinaKev
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BoRaeCho

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

06-18-2012 00:34:22 | More by BoRaeCho
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-17-2012 01:35:58 | More by TheBishopco
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WesM63

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Dechutes Tulip

A: Pours a near black with a nice 2finger brown head. Decent lacing and retention.

S: Smells of pine/resin and some roasted malts.

T: Hops/pine on the tongue some dark roasted malts come in mid taste and finishes a bit watery.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Decent brew. It seems like it's missing something, as I prefer Stone's SSR better.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 01:13:46 | More by WesM63
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dachp

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-16-2012 00:47:48 | More by dachp
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shebby

Utah

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-14-2012 14:11:11 | More by shebby
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spark3148857

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-13-2012 20:15:56 | More by spark3148857
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N3rdM3t4l

Oregon

4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into standard pint, fridge temp.

A: aggressive pour got 3 fingers of frothy mocha head that is falling very slow and leaving sheets of lacing. Completely opaque black, not a photon of light makes it through this thing.

S: hops on the nose like mad, a little citrusy and a little grassy like there is cascade hops in there (I would assume so since it is a cascade black ale). Behind that is a little sweet chocolate smell from the dark malts. No burnt malt smell from the black but the chocolate shines through.

T: A little malty sweetness up front and then a big hit of hops. Almost like their Obsidian Stout but amplified hops. At least three layers of flavor; slight chocolate sweetness fades quickly into dark maltly richness and then the hops hits with fresh grassy love before it fades to a bitter on the back of the tongue that lingers. The malt reappears as it transitions into aftertaste with a touch more black and chocolate malt on the tongue to let you know why you wanted another drink.

M: Solid medium mouthfeel, rich and smooth. This goes down easy for something as high in hops it is. Not a session but easy to get lost in your glass of beer with this one.

O: A tad hoppy for my taste but really good. I would drink this one again for sure. Another winner for Deschutes (but everyone know they don't fail)

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 05:15:18 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-12-2012 01:52:24 | More by ejimhof
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-11-2012 15:48:43 | More by dtx00
Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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