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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: 1,152
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 145
Gots: 89 | 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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New York

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from Bitterbill. Thanks Bill!

22oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - black with a foamy beige head that left a lot of lacing behind.

S - citrus hops with a hint of chocolate.

T - great balance of roasted flavors with enough hops to make any 'Cascadian' proud.

F - medium bodied with a creamy feel.

O - very good example of the style done right.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 01:45:10 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of inlimbo77


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber with best by date of 11/28/11. Thanks to eclipse54 for this. Poured into NB snifter/goblet.

A: Pours a very stout/porter-ish color black, not highly vicious like a stout though, nice two finger rich tan head, tight tiny bubbles, nice mild lacing, good carbonation, head sticks around a while

S: I got the hops first (which was great) then the toasty roasty notes come through, piney hop aroma is nice, I got some mild coffee and chocolate as well, dark chocolate, espresso, but very mild on the hops after getting that

T: Very interesting beer! I thought I'd get more IPA up front, but that comes at the middle to the back of the tongue, I got the dark chocolate flavors up front, then the nice hop bitterness and the bite at the back of the mouth, carbonation helps to clean the palate nicely, very nice smooth beer

M: medium to full bodied beer, it coats the mouth but never as much as a stout

O: Yet another SOLID brew from Deschutes, they definitely know what they are doing out there, very impressed with this one, best black IPA I have had I think, two thumbs UP!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 19:35:46 | More by inlimbo77
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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black in color with a murky appearance. Poured with a stiff beige foam that slowly reduces leaving thick sheets of lacings on the glass. Creamy mouth feel up front, but finishes with a more resinous feel. Robust carbonation. Citrus hop aromas with very subdued hints of dark roasted malt. Mostly citrus hop flavors up front with dark rosted malt flavors beneath. Roasty malt flavors slowly intensify in the middle, taking over the flavor profile and ushering in a roasted coffee flavor that carries to the end. Finishes with an interesting combination of black coffee and hop bitterness that lingers for a while. Lots of interesting textures and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2011 20:45:29 | More by IronLover
Photo of Bierlerner


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nearly black all the way through. Great fluffy head with good retention. Spots of lacing around the glass.

S- Superb. Great citrusy and piney hop aroma with a great roasted profile as well.

T&M- Medium body. Starts off with a nice chocolately and roasty malt character. Aww, and then here comes the nice hops with citrus notes through out. The carbonation is light but a tad prickly. A bit of oily pine resin sticks to the lips as you swallow and leaving a refreshing piney and dry lingering aftertaste. Great Balance here.

O- Wow. Well Done. This is one of the best ABA's I've had. Must buy more now.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 01:15:17 | More by Bierlerner
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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my Iron Horse mug.

A to begin this one pours a deep brown almost black color, with a 2 finger tan head that leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

S the nose has notes of pine from the hops, with some fainter roasty malt notes

t the taste first comes at you with a pine taste from the hops. This is balanced out by solid roasted malt backbone.

M smooth creamy mouthfeel.

Overall this is a pretty good example of an American black ale. It has a nice hop taste that is balanced out with a roasted malt backbone. This one is another win for Deschutes and shows why they are one of the best breweries in America today.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 23:40:45 | More by beerandcycling88
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In general, I have disapproved of this emerging style (starting with describing a black ale as a "black IPA," which is like saying "dry water"), but this is an excellent example that will set the bar for the day when this becomes a distinct genre, whatever the final official name may be.

Pours deep black - think a rich porter - with a fluffy, sticky white head. The aroma is the standout - hoppy and clean, indeed like a malt-forward IPA. Only as it warms does the roasted edge come through. The flavor is much more porter-like, with the dark roasted chocolate malt, toast, a little smoke, and cherry, but still with the sparkly hops. It's a little hard to tune into what sort of hops you're experiencing, but their presence is clear. The mouthfeel is surprisingly clean, with a muted, woody bitterness on the finish and a lingering citrus hop character back there somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 02:57:57 | More by Seanibus
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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - black opaque, nice beautiful head

Smell - didn't expect so much hops, some malts, caramel and roasted

Taste - same as smell more roasted malts come through

Mouthfeel - creamy, an interesting beer
Definitely worth trying out, not really a session beer though

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 04:55:22 | More by claytong
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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a really enjoyable ale -- i would buy it again. i suggest you at least give it a try. pleasant surprise -- not a "Black IPA" but a roasty, well hopped dark ale -- more roasty and bitter than a porter, not quite as round and full as a stout.

pours a lovely murky dark ruby-black. the aroma is enticing -- deep roasted malt. a little spicy. the taste follows suit -- good and roasty, nearly smokey and burnt -- but not overpowering as there is a good full malt base providing a rich creamy texture.

the bitterness is not over the top -- but you get a nice hop bite here -- definitely more on the piney side -- a good oily dose of hops.


Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 03:20:10 | More by colforbin73
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New York

3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this really just didn't do it for me. my benchmark for an "A" level american dark ale is Southern Tier Iniquity, and not only was this far below that, it didn't even top Stone's Sublimely Self Righteous.

it was bad at doing both things: it wasn't very hoppy or bitter, but the roasty/malty notes didn't exist either. it seemed like kind of a generic weak IPA that was strangely colored.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 04:37:13 | More by Franch
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3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark, stout like in appearance, with a rich tan-brown head that's about an inch thick. The head is just beautiful in my Alpha King glass, a really great looking beer overall.

Smell: Lots of hops, if you smelled this without looking at it first you'd be expecting an aggressively hopped DIPA.

Taste: Wow, not quite what I was expecting. The hops come through in a big way, but in the form of some tangy dark fruit flavors. Some roasty porter like flavors too. The aftertaste is a more typical piney kind of hop flavor mixed with some roastiness. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy but with good carbonation too.

Overall: One of the nicer black IPA/Cascadian dark ales I've had. All too often beers in the style end up being like a hoppy stout or like an IPA with a touch of dark malt flavor, but this one's very well balanced. Definitely more IPA than stout, but the dark malt flavors are strongly present as well, very nice balance.


Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 19:10:35 | More by AlexFields
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3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Portland Brewpub. Very pleased I got to try it on-tap.

Appearance: Hop in the Dark comes out pitch black with dark ruby hints along the edges of the glass and one finger of light espresso head. Nice lacing and head retention that lasted throughout. Great looking beer.

Smell: The malt backbone is definitely dark but not overly roasted. Lots of piney and dank hops as well. That's really all I get out of it on the nose. Good but not great.

Taste: Dark malts and a hint of coffee bitterness start this beer off. On the back end lots of dank hops. Finish is a hint of coffee and bitterness. This is probably my favorite black IPA that I've tried. Deschutes has done a very good job not making the malt character overly roasted.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Body is between light and medium and fairly smooth with medium carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. As I said before I really appreciate the lack of roasted malts which tend to make this style into a bit of a mess.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 05:12:09 | More by zhanson88
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3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- black in appearance, dark tan fluffy head with nice lacing and retention.

S- roasted malts, slight vanilla and coffee. Decent amount of pine hop presence.

T- Roasted malts and some citrus right up front. coffee and pine/grassy hops in the middle, with a grass/coffee bitterness (emphasis on the grass bitterness)

M- lighter mouthfeel with a creamy almost oily feel.

O- Have had several black IPA's and this is one of the better one's I have had. Could use a little more citrus hops for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 02:06:21 | More by kawilliams81
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3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hop in the Dark is brewed by Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon and is part of their Bond Street Series of beers. Hop in the Dark is an India Black Ale with 75 IBUs and a 6.5% alcohol by volume. This beer is available in 22 ounce bombers and is usually available from May – September. Brewed with Cascade, Citra, and Centennial hops this classic IPA with a dark twist is a hop-forward beer that highlights Deschutes Brewery’s diversity and creativity.

As expected from a Black IPA this beer pours a dark black accompanied with a tan fluffy head, typical of an IPA. The aroma is very nice with strong hop characteristics. The smell of the citra and cascade hops comes through the strongest and blends well with a dark roasted malt smell behind it. It’s pretty much what you would expect from an IPA turned dark.

When tasting this beer I was pleasantly surprised. There is a nice orange-zest flavor upfront from the citra hops and then the other hops and roasted malts blend together. It’s hard to define the bitterness quality in this beer but I get a blend of coffee and nuts with a carbon or wood finish. The bitterness in the hops blends well with this but it’s difficult to differentiate between the two bitterness qualities. This may be a bad trait for an IPA drinker or a good one for a porter drinker.

Within the past year or two the Black IPA has made quite the presence in the craft brew world. It seems to be a beer that splits tasters into two major groups, those who like hops and those who like porters or stouts. I feel that Hop in the Dark is a good center ground for both drinking styles, a characteristic that is surprisingly hard to find in Black IPAs. This beer is not expensive so I would suggest trying it and forming your own opinion.

My Beer Rating: 3

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 13:51:55 | More by kevosbob
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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into my Deschutes pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with a huge 2-finger tan head. Good retention and lacing on the glass.

S - Roasted malts, barley, and a pine hop presence in the distance.

T - Roasty, but a nice pine bitterness pokes through.

D - A touch gritty in the mouth, and slightly bitter.

O - Close your eyes and you might think this was a week IPA. If you haven't already, you should try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 01:25:19 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tastes are roasty/roasted hops/fruity hops, a fire, marsh water, rosemary, molasses, herbs, oolong tea(s), Californian/American yeast, pickled plums, earth, dollars, fabric, newspaper, fries, cranberries and mustiness and spiced omelets and tomatoes.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 23:45:55 | More by Jazzcrop
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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of the bottle a smooth mahogany with a fluffy mocha tan head. Three fingers high but settles very quickly resulting in a fluffy rocky head with similar rings of lace on the glass. Chocolate brown highlights, very beautiful beer.

Strong cascade hop aroma, perfume-like and stronger than the malt base, oily grapefruit and citrus are bright and sharp in the nose. Malt back bone is chocolate and roasty, comes in late and stronger as the beer warms. Something odd in the nose when cold, kinda like milkweed but fades in time. Transition of aroma is very smooth for these opposites, well integrated.

Slight pine but mostly grapefruit hop flavor comes through even from the start, lingering in the background of a rich chocolate and coffee roasted malt, very little sweetness makes the flavors mesh incredibly. Some charcoal and peat come through near the end as the grapefruit rind and citrus begin to rise. Finishes very clean with a good amount of grapefruit rind flavor mixed with a light bitterness, not stick or malty flavor. Dries well too.

Good body perhaps a tad lighter than expected but in a good way, carbonation is way down but delivers flavor well. Smooth mouthfeel and dries well for being so dark.

Another great Deschutes offering as they continue to deliver at a high click. One of the best black IPAs I've ever had and great value at 5.99 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 23:28:13 | More by rawfish
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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$5.99 for the 22oz bottle.

Best by Nov 28, 2011.

It pours a black colour with about an inch of tan foam and has lots of fine lacing. My second pour, I didn't pour as slowly so I ended up with a good close to 2 finger head of foam.

It smells hoppy and of roasted malt, about equal proportions..nice.

The taste is also of a firm hop presence of grapefruit and pine, roasted malt, a bit of sweetness here as well, bitter chocolate, and a suggestion of some coffee? Lots of nice flavours going on and it is pleasing my palate...like most of the beers from Deschutes.

Silky smooth mouth feel because of the medium body and proper carbonation, I find this super easy to drink. I'm glad Hop in The Dark finally showed up!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 01:27:22 | More by Bitterbill
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great entry from Deschutes!

Poured from bottle to tasting glass.

A: Completely opaque dark chocolate color, with a massive caramel-colored head.
S: Yeasty aroma is not overwhelming; light in the nose.
T: Coffee-flavor when it first hits the tongue, followed immediately by a nice hop booster, & chased with a slightly peppery final note.
M: Thinner than I'd expect with such a dark brew, but quite pleasant.
O: A lovely addition to the hop arsenal. I'd recommend this to Stout & Porter drinkers who want to amp their hop RDA.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 23:00:04 | More by velmalikevelvet
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my disproportionately hot wife for sending me to the store for...I forget.... to find this gem!

Okay, so this beer has different ABV, IBU, etc listed.

I hold:
22oz Bottle brewed by Deschutes Brewery. Beer is named: Hop in the Dark, Cascadian Dark Ale.
Best by: 11/28/11
ABV: 6.9%
IBU's: 70

A: Pours black and nearly creamy, kinda looks like the swill from a spit bottle (tobacco spit, chaw-chaw-chack-taw!). A single finger of peanut head is fine and loosely packed; recedes to a firmly bound sheet of the same. The sheet is confluently eeking up the sides of the glass, leaving behind curtains of the same. Where it can be found, light passes with ease and presents relief hues of mahogany.

S: I now understand why they call this a Cascadian Dark Ale. Fuck me running, this is PNW in yo' face! Pine, resin, bitter citrus, and as it's cold, a burn similar to shoveling out a mint truck - not so much a flavor, but a feel. Nuances of toasted malts merely hint in here, as it warms and opens, these tones become more noticeable: like a baseline.

T: First thing I notice is the mouthfeel (more on this later). But the nose doesn't follow through, and normally this would be sad, but in this case, it follows suite appropriately. Nice and dry toasted flour and rye bread flavors. The bitters in this are early and well braided into the beer. I feel like they took some time with this beer to actually DEVELOP A NEW STYLE rather than slap some Black Patent into the grain bill on their abandoned IPA in the basement. The hops are woven into the fabric of the malt profile. Bitterness reminds me of a fire grilled asparagus spear (young and crisp, but oiled). I'm really impressed how this all comes together.

M: Aforementioned...Creamy velvet with full body and light carbonation. This is atypical of the style IMO, and these boys did it right. A dry, sharp finish forces me to immediately reminisce about the luxury of this liquid I just swallowed (that's what she said!).

O: I was worried I wouldn't get any of this year's release because I'm headed out of the area for the month, and anticipate this will be gone once I return. But alas, the wife sent me to my local for some last minute whatever, and I just so happened to swing by the beer (and by that I mean, I looked at the beer, then had to call my wife to see what she wanted again :). With all the inconsistencies in ABV, Release dates, batches, IBU's, I'm a bit concerned this will not be a consistent recipe. They have recently touched on the fact that each batch of their Bond Series IS different, so I have no reason to believe otherwise. Oh well, I'm gonna enjoy this one!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 06:10:15 | More by harrymel
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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought over this dark ale, and I had never heard of it before; a fan of dark ales, I decided to take the tasting very seriously.

I, The Friend, brought over this bottle and we drank most of it, and then decided to put the last 1/3 in a glass and be serious and stuff. The Host and I joked around and made some serious comments about the beer which were true. The beer tasted good and I drank it in the kitchen, it had nice dry malt aftertaste, an atypical CDA.

Meanwhile, while my guest tasted and sniffed and closed his eyes, I awaited my sip. It smelled sweet, but in more of a honey way than a sugar way. It slipped down my gullet. The feel in my mouth after was surely the highlight of the sip.

I, The Friend, finds it hard to rate the appearance of a CDA. It's dark, what more to say? The smell tasted like woodberries if you can imagine that. I, The Friend have begun to suspect the host is peeing sitting down on the toilet. I've been sitting by the bathroom door listening for clues.

Back from the toilet, I felt a strange energy in the room. I don't think it the fault of "Hop In The Dark", but I was certainly experiencing a case of paranoia. Next sip (more eager this time): it's dark, sure, but it's creamy. Yup, smooth. There is a faint bitterness: as if the sides of my tongue were being scratched lightly as I swallowed. And I swallowed.

I, The Friend, find a beautiful bitter at the bottom, good stuff sits deep. I have turned on his player piano in his drawing room. The power goes out. I realize there are three HITD left. It should be a good morning. Woodberries for life.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 05:35:24 | More by mojo437
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3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfect one finger head that fills up the glass perfectly. The head is milk chocolate in color, it looks beautiful, somewhat creamy, mostly small bubbles, but a fair amount of big ones too. Great lacing throughout the glass. The head is hanging around for quite a while, it's pretty impressive, it's not going away completely either. The body is absolutely pitch black, not even hints of any other colors in this beer, even when held up to the light, maybe the darkest beer I've ever seen. Overall this beer really looks amazing, maybe it's my lack of sleep, or the fact that I'm a sucker for dark beers, but this is one of the best beers I've ever seen. The smell is just as amazing, very roasty on the smell, wondering dark roasted malt aroma coming through, very deep smell to it. There is also a nice hop note in this beer, very well balanced, I have a hard time deciding whether hops or malts are more dominant, it is very well balanced on the smell. Perhaps some cocoa in here or chocolate. Overall it's the balance, malts and nice crisp hops, very very good smell. Well the first thing I notice is the big alcohol kick, which is a little unfortunate, it's 9%, but most black IPA's hide that better than this beer does. I would say that the hops are also a little more dominant on the flavor than the malts, it's still a very good balance, just not as great as I though it would be on the smell. It's a very complex beer, it has a lot of flavors coming and going. There is one aftertaste that I really don't like though, it kinda tastes like bugs, only for a second, and it's barely noticeable, but it's there. I'm not suggesting that they put bugs in here, that's just kinda what it tastes like for half of a second. There is some nice chocolate and perhaps cocoa in here, very complex like I said. The alcohol and that bug taste are bringing this beer down for me though. Overall it's a really solid taste, it has all the factors it needs to have to be a good beer, and it for sure packs a punch, it's just off in some areas. Overall it's very nice though. I'm having a hard time deciding whether to give this beer a 3.5 or a 4, because it's a well crafted beer. I guess what it comes down to is the taste, and even though it's a very well crafted beer, I have to give it a 3.5 on the taste, just because it has some unpleasant flavors. The mouthfeel is good, the carbonation is perfect for a black IPA, and the body is a little thin up front, but it fills out in the end enough. Drinkability is a little low, but that's ok since it's 9%, it shouldn't be that easy drinking. Overall it's a very very good beer, I almost gave this beer a 5 on appearance, because the lacing almost stuck with me to the bottom of the glass, but it gave out on me a little bit at the end. The flavors are all there, it's a great brew, it just has some areas that weren't working with me today.

As I drank more and more the bug flavor petered out a little bit and the alcohol was dramatically less prominent. Out of all my reviews that I have later came back to, this is the closest I have gotten to changing my taste score, but still, this beer just isn't hitting on all cylinders for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 00:03:51 | More by MaltsOfGlory
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

Appearance. Deep deep brown with two fingers of tan head that lasts a while and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Sweet red grapefruit, some roasty grains, earthy, grassy hops.

Taste. Toasted malty grains, pine sap, grapefruit and oranges, some caramel and a lasting, slightly oily grapefruit rind and pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with smooth, less than medium carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. Good hop punch with a nice roasty malt base. What more could a guy want?

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 02:34:00 | More by Rutager
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New Jersey

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

Appearance: dark brown in color with a 2" heads that slowly falls.

Smell: roasted tones, some soft citrus, and a general earthiness is easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, toast, some orange and sweet grapefruit citrus, and a moderate pine bitterness are wrapped in a light earthy tone.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long.

Overall: this beer was very easy to consume and more than one was had in the session. Nice balanced flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 18:14:29 | More by Gavage
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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a black color with a nice tan foamy head. Head has great retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Quite a bit of hops going on here. Nice roasted malts here too. A nice burnt/charcoal smell.

T- A great balance between the hops and malts. Charcoal, roasted malts with citrus and a bit of piney hops.

M- Medium in body and nice carbonation.

O- I enjoyed this brew. Very solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 21:58:42 | More by nrbw23
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South Carolina

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

The pour was wonderful, black as night with a light colored head that rose up about an inch and a half before settling down into a nice broken crown that stayed throughout the session. The aroma was very bright, lots of citrus here, orange and tangerine mostly and a wonderfully bright lemon like aroma that rose up, not at all what you would have expected from something that looked so fark. Nice medium body with a smooth and mellow carbonation and a lightness to it that again was outside what I was expecting. Smooth flavor, clean, crisp, loaded with bitter citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple here. Such a tight and very hoppy big IPA. I was very pleased with this one for sure. The alcohol was very well hidden I have to say and I was quite impressed with how smooth it came across.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 02:32:38 | More by mikesgroove
Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,152 ratings.