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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 avaldivia
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of sacrelicio
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
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
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
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of uawildcat
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.

Photo of Redrover
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was offered on tap at the Crooked Pint in Minneapolis. It was listed as a seasonal.

Served in a 10 oz pilsner/strange hybrid, the beer is dark brown bordering on black. This one has a sticky tan head and lacing.

It has roasted malts and pine from the nose.

Taste starts bitter with pine resin followed closely by dark roasted malts. There is a bit of raisins and some molasses, but mainly hops and dark malt.

It has a nice mouth that is slightly oily and coating.

3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to oversized snifter. Best by date 11/26/11, sampled 6/26/11.

A: Average head of 1 finger, creamy, light brown and long lasting. The body is black walnut or very dark mahogany. Spare lacing.

S: Baker chocolate, heavily rendered caramel with a strong roast, coming across nearly burnt due to the acridness. The hops are an intensely grassy and very dank. There is an earthiness about the aroma as well.

T: A little salty? And heavily bittered. At least more than the 70 IBUs lets on. For me, there is two types of CDAs. One's that a blindfolded person would know they were drinking an IPA, but wouldn't be able to guess the color. And those that are roasted, chocolately IPAs. This bottle of Hop in the Dark is exclusively in the latter category.

M: Medium body, perhaps a little thin. Minerally with a fizzy carbonation. Finishes dusty, astringent and bitter.

O: This beer shines much brighter on draft, where it is much more citrus forward. Just above average otherwise.

Photo of CharlieMurphy
2.95/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 2/30/11. Still smells pretty hoppy.

A: Black with dark amber tint. not even a full spread light tan head.

S: Light roast + coffee and some even lighter citrusy hops *note: I did just handle tons of fresh centennial hops bare handed* I thought this smelled a lot hoppier until I walked into another room. Smells a bit faded in both departments.

T: Mild overall, and hard to feel strongly one way or another but I think the malts have the upper hand. Has the bland flavor of an old brown ale with some lager aspects which is only met with a mild bitterness at middle-end. Virtually no hops left otherwise besides this dry bitterness.

M: A bit dry, but otherwise decent carbonation for being a little faded.

O: Unlike many other black IPAs I've had, this one isn't very good with some age on it. I should probably try this fresh.

Photo of vande
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice and dark. A blind poor could lead [sans sniffing the beer!] that it was a stout.

S: Bits of dark chocolate, coffee, malty goodness w/ nice bursts of hops throughout...

T: Cocoa, caramel malt, roastiness... subtle hops, but present enough to provide a solid balance on the palate...darkness holds this back from being a hop bomb... which is nice...

M: Smooth and creamy... nice amount of carbonation to make it come alive while in your mouth. Pleasant experience.

O: Another delightful offering from Deschutes

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

Poured into my Surly pint glass. Dark, dark brown color. Highlights are a bit lighter brown. Head is a fabulous mocha colored rocky delight. Is dissipating very slow. Sticky to the max.

Smell is dark roasted malts. A bit of coffee and chocolate flavors. Sweetness of light caramel and maybe just a bit tart. This kind of smells like Founders Breakfast Stout.

Taste is quite a bit of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Some smokiness and a bit sweet. The hops are there and a bit bitter like yellow grapefruit. Quite fantastic!!

Mouth is of a well crafted Porter but just a bit thin. Smooth consistency with a creamy carbonation. Body is medium and the finish is average.

Overall I must say this is a fantastic beer in a fantastic style. This was the one that started my love of the style but I don't believe it is the pinnacle of the category. A must try!!!

Photo of stabzmcgee
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick beautiful two-toned orange and tan head. Jet black color. Aroma is a pleasant coffee and hops smell. Flavor is like a chocolate covered coffee bean with a grassy bitterness. Thin and slick with a dry, bitter finish. Overall it is very drinkable for a Dark Ipa (a black ale or black ipa?) but tasty nonetheless.

Photo of drabmuh
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by November 28th, 2011. So this one must be pretty fresh. At the time of this review, this is the #23 top American Black Ale on the beeradvocate.com best of style lists. Served in a Russian River -tion glass.

Beer is black with a thin, tan head with low retention, some lacing, low carbonation, beer is seriously dark.

Aroma is mildly piny, with hints of fruit and some sweetness, interesting how I don't get any of the roast from the darker malts in the aroma.

Beer is medium in body with a mild bitterness at the back, there is a hop palate but this beer is mostly a sweet porter wtih some hops in it. I'm a little let down. There is close to no bitterness from the hops or the roast. This beer could have done a lot of great things, but mostly it is sweet with some hops in it. Oh well.

Photo of zachary80
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Belgium globe

Nice tan head and great lacing.
Smell is hoppy with some roastiness as well.
Lingering bitterness from malts, the taste is almost purely from the hops, seem to be more piney than citrusey.
Thin body, high carbonation.

Nothing too exciting for me on this one, would probably be better with a little more dark malt.

Photo of IllNate
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown, looks like a porter. A good amount of brown head. Decent retention.

S - Smells of piney and citrus hops, with a roast coffee mix. Very appealing.

T - Very hoppy, citric hops mostly, but piney as well. Roast malt as well. My first cascadian, and I'm liking this 'new' style.

M - Medium body, very puckering with the hops and dark malts.

O - Great all around. The style isn't made to produce session beers though. For me the high point was the smell.

Photo of garymuchow
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the contrast between the black color and dark head and the light citrus, fruity, fresh, sweet grapefruit, flowery aroma. Head sticks well and settles with a pokey pace. Not much of a malt or roast in the aroma (minor, but important knock).
Flavor fits more into a classic Am. IPA. Fully hopped and even more fully bitter, with a reasonably tasty grapefruit tartness. Hop flavors moves to the over hopped (cheesy) taste that I'm not fond of. Really subtle and upfront is a nice malty sweetness, but it's short-lived. As it warms quietly a very mild roast appears, and it grows some with further sitting. This helps balance the flavors off pretty nicely.
Soft, but amply carbonated moderate body.
A solid drink overall. Temp is an issue as it was better as it warmed.

Photo of kevanb
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes, bomber into a pint glass.

It pours a lovely dark dark brown color with hints of amber and a smooth caramel head that exposes some lovely web lacing along the sides of the glass. Smells quite hoppy with hints of pine and a touch of coffee, very inviting. The taste is great, hoppy, bitter, lots of pine. It has lots of toasted malt flavors with some espresso flavors on the backend. It goes down smoothly although I do find it leaves a bit of a cottonmouth feel afterwards.

Verdict: One damn good black IPA. It mixes some great flavors in proper balance and with a milder 6.9% ABV it makes for great drinking.

Photo of nitro0292
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, best by 12/30/11.

Poured pitch black, easy pour produced a one finger cream colored head. Looks spot on. Good retention - not Belgian levels, but the head stuck around for a while. Lacing all the way down.

Initial aroma is strong coffee, mixed with some chocolate which gently gives way to resin and citrus hops.

Taste is bittersweet roasted grains followed by grassy and resinous hops. Taste finishes with a flash of fruity esters and more bitterness, with some lingering roasted coffee quality. There is a fair amount of complexity - there are 4 distinct characteristics which blend together very nicely.

Carbonation level is just enough to sting the tongue and bring out the flavor. Medium-bodied, which feels right for what is going on here.

Overall this is one of the best BIPA/CDA/ABAs I've had. This brew truly captures both the IPA qualities and stout qualities of the style, and does them both right.

Certainly worth seeking out and I would buy again (if I ever find myself on the West Coast).

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

I picked this up in the tickers bif, jet black pour, medium white head. Big pine notes backed with some citrus and roasted malt notes on the nose. The first sip is nice and hoppy, lots of pine. It finishes with roasted malt, some bitterness. The body is medium, no alcohol notes, easy drinking. A very good black ale, not a big fan of the style, but this one is very good.

Photo of jsprain1
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours very close to black. Head is a finger and tan, but man, it doesn't last as long as I'd like.
S- Initially, it was all hops, specifically pine. As I let it warm the roasted malts really started coming through. For aroma purposes, it seems imperitive this one warms. Once it does, it's a pleasant milk chocolate, coffee, and pine.
T- Even when it warms, this one leans too far toward hop for me. Quite bitter and piney. Roasted coffee flavors show up, but it's more or less not until the finish. Too late on the malt for me.
M- Medium-light for style. Slightly prickly carbonation. Dry finish.
O- A really great aroma, but once you drink it, I feel like the hops take over too much.

Photo of woemad
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap a few weeks ago at Jones Radiator, but haven't had time to do a review until now.

Pint consumed for $3 (happy hour price). It looked like a stout, black and making light go round it, with a mocha colored head.

The nose was of piney and citrusy hops and of coffee and mollasses. Very rich aroma t5o this one.

The taste didn't disappoint. Hops hit the tastebuds first, but are immediately balanced by robust coffee notes and sweet toffee flavors. Tremendously balanced and delivering hop-wise and malt-wise simultaneously. Sharp hop note at the swallow.

Slick, oily mouthfeel, with a medium-full body.

I think I've finally been converted to the BIPA style. This is a very tasty beer, and I'd drink it again in a heartbeat.

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

Gotta love these Black ales

From a hard pour into a standard pint glass produced a 1 finger head that had good retention and a soft khaki coloring. The beer exhibited good lacing too. The beer smells of abundant roasted malts and strong citrus and floral hops. Did also enjoy the subtle earth and smokey undertones. Flavor is very similar to the smell and to compare to my favorite black ale, Sublimely Self-Ritcheous, Hop in the Dark is overall a more tame animal. Still displays a high hop profile, but more balanced with the malts. Mouthfeel is medium, fairly high carbonation, that coats the mouth well. Overall I found this to be a great addition to a growing beer style.


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

This was a treat to try... definitely something I've been looking forward to having for a while. Opaque black with moderate tan head. Nose is citrusy with a moderate hop presence on top of a bit of coffee--a little weak for what I want, but not bad at all! Flavor is really nice with a big blast of citrus hops on top of an assertive coffee/roasted bitterness. Feel is light and drinkable, overall a good example of the style, worth a try.

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