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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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1,257 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,257
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 147
Gots: 105 | 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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of jvillefan
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown with a light brown two finger head that takes a couple of minutes to melt away.

S: Very strong hops yet a surprising absence of malt for a Black Ale.

T: Very good. The malt that is absent in the aroma is defiantly present in the taste. Strong hops and subtle citrus and caramel make up the rest of the fantastic taste of this beer.

M: Maybe a little over carbonated but it has good viscosity.

O: Very good beer. Nothing less is expected for a black ale coming from the Deschutes Brewery. This is a must try.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of rtaps
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black, with a 1 inch khaki head with long retention. leaving a laced rim around the glass.

Roasted malt, and hops (similar to IPA's). nutty, and i think I'm getting licorice

taste is similar to the smell. the roasted malts and hops balance very well. it's piney and nutty. the more i drink the more it seems there hints of coffee.

Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy .

overall very well balanced beer!

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

Pour is dark - looks like coffee...black with a little cream colored head.

Wow - spicy entry...almost perfume....that aspect settled as consumed.

Presents like a full flavored stout with a wicked awesome hop backing. Reminds me somewhat of a long gone brew - Roffey's Lake Effect from Michigan. Certainly, this has more of hop flavor - but it brings through many of the same threads.

I'm having a bit of a tough time with the Cascadian Dark Ale style as there are so many different takes. It is not one style. This one borders on stout - others just an IPA with some dark malts.

The mouthfeel develops well - creamy and full, backed by a snappy hop bittering. Quite spicey and complex. Excellent craft at work here - not my favorite style, but this a well crafted beer.

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

Thanks go out to n8dietz for picking this beer up for me.

Not much head after becuase of the pour, but a slow, thick film of foam forms a few seconds after the pour. Great light brown head and sticky lacing. Color is dark brown to black.

Floral and citric hop oil aromas combined with some almost burnt toast and licorice aromas make this a unique smelling brew.

Starts with a light syrup to the palate and a well balanced hop and malt bill. Toasted and heavily roasted malts. The finish is licorice, dark oarnge peel, and some burnt rye bread.

Interesting brew I'm greatful for the opportunity to taste.

Photo of ms11781
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sirdrinknp. Best by 12/30/2011. 22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a solid dark color, it looks black in the glass but looked a deep brown as it was being poured in. A nice light brown head develops, about 2 fingers high, before settling in as a soap-like cap of tan foam. Great, sticky foam lacing left on the glass.

The surprising thing about the nose is that it isn't all that strong. There is a decent amount of piny hop aroma and some subtle dark, roasty aromas but not much else. At times the roasted character seems almost burnt but that's the only thing that creeps in aside from some pine and the roastiness.

The taste is considerably better than the nose. Bitter almost from the beginning of each sip. Nice piny hop character. The roasty notes that were in the nose are here as well and, like the nose, stretch into burnt territory. There is a touch of some coffee towards the end as the bitterness ramps up a bit and dries out the finish.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is bitter and dry. Seems like it wants to be a bit thicker but never quite gets there.

Overall, this is a really good beer. Pretty straightforward. It's not trying to be anything that it isn't. It doesn't really do anything make itself stand out against the best beers of the style but it does put itself in the conversation.

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

Poured from a bomber bottle into a pub glass. Pitch black with a darker cream colored head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smells like chocolate and a pine tree with a touch of orange

Tastes very bitter upfront. Not sure if it's hop bitterness or the bitterness from the dark malt. But gives way to a nice subtle burnt caramel sweetness that's paired with piney hops. Goes down nice and smooth. So creamy.

A very nice beer for the changing of season here in AZ.

Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,257 ratings.