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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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1,182 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,182
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 144
Gots: 98 | 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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Photo of bum732


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

S: Strong juniper or pine needles up front, a nice mint like chocolate roastiness.

L: Very dark, brown mostly, light tan creamy head with 1/4 inch retention, great lacing.

T: Smooth piney hoppy and sweet chocolate malt up front with a medium bitterness before yielding to a fairly sweet dark chocolate with some mint. Fairly dry finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Very good nice chocolate notes with the pine/mint. Another solid Deschutes offering.

07-19-2011 02:25:27 | More by bum732
Photo of DarthKostrizer


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%

Look: Jet black with 1 inch foamy tan head and great retention and spotty lacing

Smell: Very strong piney hops and roasted malt. But the hops most overpower everything

Taste: Delicious piney hops balanced out perfectly by the dark malt. Hint of coffee and bitter chocolate at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high carbonation with a dry finish

Overall: I absolutely love this style and this is my favorite of the style. This beer has wonderful balance and taste

07-17-2011 08:35:48 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of Eriktheipaman


3.93/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured a black with brown high lights. A brown head that almost looked to be off nitro it was so beautiful. Great lacing as well.

The smell was mostly of roast but there was a freshness from the hops as well.

The taste was great and well balanced. Roasted chocolate on the front, with some citrus type hops on the middle, and some more roast lingering on the tongue and back of the throat after it goes down.

A pretty good beer and a solid example of this style to say the least.

07-16-2011 01:00:51 | More by Eriktheipaman
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

Hop in the Dark is so deep a brownish black that it could have been born a coffee. No transparency is afforded and even highlights are out of question given this oily charcoal body. Its surface is coated in tan brownish foam which isn't complete by any means but still occupies most of the facade (and even marks its territory on the glass' sides).

The aroma, more than roasty coffee or wet leaves and pine bark, smells of smoked duck breasts. It is a thick, fatty smell with plenty of earthy, herbal seasoning. The darker notes aren't quite as dark as raw cocoa or black coffee, but they do have a similar smokiness. Enough wet forest leafiness perspires, mind you, to impart strongly earthy aromatics.

If we were to combine herbal teas with coffee we could somewhat simulate the taste of this dark ale. It has an oily astringency as well as an earthy bitterness, neither of which, however, is all that impressionable. Most 7%, 70 IBU beers aren't nearly as evenhanded as this offering. It's either the most malt-minded IPA or the most liberally-hopped stout I've ever tried.

The finish is smoky, with a coffee-ish aftertaste and leafy, bitter earthy herbals. A small amount of candied citrus makes it through but it's matched by the bitter sootiness of unrefined cocoa. This is truly a beer to give you semantic difficulties. It's a brainteaser; it has bitterness as well as roastiness, a creamy richness that is filling yet satisfyingly refreshing.

Deschutes makes an incredible porter and they have a few solid hoppy brands too; this beer, which combines the two, seems like an offering they've made just to stroke their ego. Indeed, it's a fantastic combination of both worlds: clean but burnt grain maltiness and candied fruit hoppiness, satisfying but easily quaffable. It's a beer for amateurs and connoisseurs alike.

07-15-2011 05:54:36 | More by biegaman
Photo of Pete27lax

New York

4.65/5  rDev +13.1%

Had this bomber in April 2011, about 10 moonths aged.

Very good look to this beer. Poured almost completely black with a light brown 1-finger head. Good retention with moderate lacing.

I got a trace of faded hops in the immediate smell, citrusy hops, grapefruit. Lots of roasted malts in the nose, coffee and chocolate are present with a bit of nuttyness perhaps. Brown sugar and caramel malts are also there with a little hint of molasses.

This beer tasted awesome! Fruity hops take over the initial taste, which was pretty surprising due to the age on the bottle. Roasted malts kick in towards the end. Dark chocolate and coffee are in the taste with caramel malts and molasses present as well. Well balanced taste was the highpoint of this black ale.

Mouthfeel was slightly lighter and thinner than i would have liked. Carbonation dies pretty quickly.

Overall this was an extremely drinkable beer. Probably my favorite black ale to date. Could easily drink a 22oz to myself. Awesome hop-malt balance with great flavors throughout. Would love to try this one fresh.

If this was an easier beer to obtain for me my cellar would be stocked!

07-14-2011 04:46:27 | More by Pete27lax
Photo of WillCarrera


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%

A- Pours a totally opaque, charcoal black with a nice thick and creamy finger of tan head. Leaves nice lacing.

S- The hops are real powerful in the nose with a touch of citrus and pine. Malts smell roasted and coffee-like.

T- The hops and malt are both huge and perfectly balanced. A big hop wave shows up right away, with long-lasting floral bitterness and a bit of citrus and pine. Malts are solid through the middle and are roasted, almost charred, with chocolate and coffee. The finish is great, with a really nice dry, heavily roasted malty finish with some great lingering hop bitterness. I mean damn.

M- Medium bodied, creamy and silky smooth with great carbonation, very very drinkable.

O- A really great beer, this is one of the only Cascadian Dark Ales I've ever had and is definitely an impressive brew. I love IPAs and heavily roasted stouts, and this beer really borrows the things that are great about both.

07-14-2011 03:44:54 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of mikechance


3.4/5  rDev -17.3%

It's a very dark beer with porter/stout color. A nice half inch head releases some hoppy smell. I'm getting hints of black licorice and brown sugar, but I’m getting very little else. I'm picking up very little hops. It goes down nice and easy with a touch of oily feel. The aftertaste is a little sour and unexpected (not in a good way). Overall it’s a nice beer, but I didn’t get knocked off my feet as I expected I would. The bottle didn't get the best travel conditions, so I'm going to have to try it again soon. The 21st Amendment "Black in Back" is a better Black IPA.

07-14-2011 01:51:13 | More by mikechance
Photo of ehammond1

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

Bottle (2011)

K&B Wine Cellars
San Diego, CA

A dark as night pour but with some dark ruby edges along the edge. Big and thick, persistent, chocolate milk head. Leaves the glass supremely messy. Perfect.

A lot of roasted and chocolate malt character in the nose. A disappointing lack of hops, though some do definitely emerge as the beer warms to near room temperature. Seems to smell like a very mild stout as opposed to any kind of beer with the word "hop" in the title. Although....I want to say I smell peanut butter. How weird is that?

Definite hop bitterness in flavor along with a lot of roasted and chocolate malts. The hop profile seems to lean toward the piney side of the spectrum as opposed to the citrus.

Medium to thick mouthfeel, which is very nice in a beer like this. Still incredibly drinkable.

A great beer. I actually think the name does this beer a disservice. When I hear the name, I'm thinking a beer along the lines of Stone's Sublimely Self Righteous, but this is much maltier, more chocolatey, and chewier than that beer. Both are good; as strange as it sounds, I think a name change would be good for this beer...something I never thought I'd say.

07-14-2011 01:07:08 | More by ehammond1
Photo of megahurts4


4.47/5  rDev +8.8%

Deschutes Hop in the Dark

Appearance: dark brown, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: wet hops, grapefruit, tangerine, and some malts.

Taste: wet hops, grapefruit and other citrus, and a faint maltiness.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is a great brew. The flavor is well balanced and appetizing. It is full flavored but not powerful.

07-12-2011 18:43:48 | More by megahurts4
Photo of DrinkThemAll


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass, first cascadian dark ale or black IPA, wont be the last...

A-Pours just about opaque black with a very nice frothy 2 finger tan or caramel head that dissipates to about half a head with very nice lacing through out...Very little carbonation bubbles present after pour, goes away quickly...

S-Malty hop sweetness with some roasted nuts and chocolate,robust has some citrus pine as well as some molasses

T-Wow! Absolutely delicious...Very smooth and balanced,very sweet malts and roasted nuts up front.The finish is what got me on this one...A chocolate nutty molasses oaked perfect balanced dry hops finish leaving you wanting more...=)

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation creamy chocolate bitterness...

O-This baby hit it out of the park...Delicious and dry at the same time, very impressed on my first CDA. Definitely going to pick up another one of these and would highly recommend this...I love deschutes

07-11-2011 08:53:41 | More by DrinkThemAll
Photo of comfortablynumb1


3.78/5  rDev -8%

Poured from a bomber into a Port Brewing pint glass...

A - Pours black with a two finger light brown head on a fairly passive pour. Head sticks around for a good amount of time, and there is lots of sticky lacing to be had...

S - Hops are prominate from first whiff with lots of roasty notes in the mix. Smells burnt...

T - Roasted malts, a hint of bitter chocolate, and a good dose of piney hops. This one rides the bitter wave all the way through. Ends on a bitter hop note with some lingering pine. Abv is well hidden...

M - Super smooth. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation...

O - My first experience with an American black ale, and I am impressed. Not sure if this is a good example of the style, but it sure is enjoyable. Definitely something I would recommend...


07-11-2011 04:10:45 | More by comfortablynumb1
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

I have recently started seeing this beer show up in a number of the Spec's around town, so I thought that I would give it a shot. Here we go:

Appearance: After a careful pour it had about 3/8" of tan foam on top that was quite creamy looking and faded slowly. There was already foam sticking to the glass. The beer itself is black, but not as much as a Stout.

Aroma: I initially got lots of fresh citrusy American hops along with some toasty notes and some chocolate. The hops are the biggest player in the aroma of the cold beer, so I assume that they will just get more pronounced. Though hoppy, overall the aroma is quite nice.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma pretty well in that the hops are the bigger player, but there is enough malt to keep things from being one-dimensional. The hops are pretty much in charge of this beer from the beginning to the finish, but there is some sweetness here and there. The finish has some chocolate from the malt, but is more dominated by the hops. the carbonation is ample and is helping to dry out the finish a bit to make the beer seem a little thinner than it is. The body is medium, but appears lighter on the palate as mentioned earlier.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good beer, and a pretty good representation of the style. This is a new style, but one that seems to be taking off quickly. I am happy with it, and wouldn't mind drinking this beer again sometime. Give it a shot if you get the chance...especially if you are a hop-head. You won't be disappointed.

07-11-2011 02:36:20 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of AAxsom


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

A- black, very dark. Gotta love the creamy head on top. Good lacing that makes it look much more like a stout than anything else.

S- amazing blend of hops and malts. I get a great balance of both, along with some cocoa. Really great overall.

T- Again, good blend of malts and hops, but on the finish there are a lot of malts that frankly aren't pleasing. The aftertaste is just not pleasing.

M- It really is unfortunate, because this could be an amazing beer. I just get bitter everything on the mouthfeel. Maybe it is just a bad bottle or I am not too big a fan of Black IPAs.

O- I really wanted to like this beer. The combo of dark and hops is awesome, but it just wasn't there. Still, Deschutes is a solid outfit and the Bond Street Series is amazing, so I can't rate this down too far.

07-11-2011 01:35:05 | More by AAxsom
Photo of LittleDon


4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

Black with a hint of light passing through. Decent head retention and great lace. Piney hops dominate the aroma, although some roasted malt is also present. Soft mouthfeel and big rich body. Perfect balance in the middle with a bit of acidity. Strong bittersweet chocolate finish.

07-09-2011 21:02:00 | More by LittleDon
Photo of doughanson78


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. First American Black Ale.

A: Very dark brown/black. Minimal light getting through around the edges making a deep deep red. Two finger mocha colored head, with awesome retention and lots of bigger bubbles. Pretty good lacing.

S: A tad on the light side (just a TAD). Great blend of pine and citrus hops. Neither one dominating the other. A fresh piney grapefruit aroma. A roasted caramel maltiness in the background. Just enough to tame the hops.

T: Piney hops upfront and throughout, with the grapefruit mingling around and tamed enough to not make you pucker. A light caramel in the middle finishing with roasted coffee notes and a slight grapefruit sourness.

M: A tad light/thin. Decent carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: A very good beer. I don't think I would expect anything less from Deschutes. Tried many by them and haven't been disappointed yet.

07-06-2011 06:13:59 | More by doughanson78
Photo of gatornation


4/5  rDev -2.7%

on tap in a pint glass

A- poured a black color with a touch of brown,red in it a nice tan head with chunky lacing showed itself as you enjoyed this

S- was pine and citrus hops with roasted malts some toffee,bread and cocoa

T- followed the nose nice citrus flavors of a porter hops with the roasted

M- medium carbonation smooth and silky malts with alot of flavor

O- a great black ipa ,top notch for the style very tasty and smooth

07-05-2011 21:42:36 | More by gatornation
Photo of robbrandes


4.15/5  rDev +1%

poured from a 22oz bomber, 'best by' date of 11/26/11.

pours as dark as a stout. nice, full off-white had, ridiculous retention and lacing.

smell is top notch - absolute hop bomb, with tons of pines, and spicy goodness. still takes a minute to get used to such a juicy hop punch from a beer looking like a stout.

taste - every bit of the hop twang of the top-notch IPAs, but then the slightly dry/bitter notes of the darker malts make for an awesome back end. very dry, leaves you wanting more...quickly.

mouthfeel - love the legs on this thing. carbonation is bumping up on the upper limit, but it absolutely works as this beer slides across the palate.

highly recommend, will gladly drink again.

07-04-2011 06:12:17 | More by robbrandes
Photo of Reidrover


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

22 oz bottle from Fred Meyer. S.Salem store.
Very dark beer almost pitch black with a gorgeous thick,creamy tan head
Nice spicy hop, grapefruit aromas..with a touch of burnt caramel in the background..
Superb taste a great blend of caramel,oats, chocolate and the traditional PNW IPA hopping.
LOvelly smooth palate. It is not too thick which makes this an excellent early summer quaffer.
Overall and excellent Cascadian Dark..this one at least is not your typical IPA coloured black.

07-04-2011 01:54:35 | More by Reidrover
Photo of DavidST


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass, drink before date of 11/28/11.

Pours a dark brown almost black color, a little light get through the edges but its basically black anywhere else, this has a large light brown head. The initial smell is mostly Cascadian hops, but underneath you get some nice roasted / caramel malts. Medium mouth feel. The taste is fantastic the immediate taste is the bitter hops but on the way down there is a nice combination of roasted malts and hoppy bitterness. Overall a fantastic beer, I consider myself a Stone fan boy, but I actually think this just might be better than the Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale.

07-04-2011 00:53:38 | More by DavidST
Photo of brownlderek


4.8/5  rDev +16.8%

A:As dark as a porter/light stout. Dark carmel hue around the edges about a half inch leading to a deep darkness at its heart. Beautiful head caps off the beer leaving a nice creamy lace.

S:Cascadian bliss filled aroma with a sweet malty undertone.

T:Sweet malts hit the tongue off the start racing toward a swirl of coffee, chocolate, carmel and finish with a smooth blend of hops. Truly a very smooth finish for the style.

M:Nice light mouth feel that rolls across the back of the tongue.

Overview:Excellent beer!! I would rate it right up there with the Stone Sublimely-Self Righteous. Having tried many Black IPA style beers as of late, this one for sure rates at the top with the best! You can't go wrong with this one!

07-02-2011 06:06:06 | More by brownlderek
Photo of Mooch273


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured black with amber hue. In the glass its appearance is like a porter; dark liquid with zero light coming through and a nice finger of mocha head. Nice lacing as the glass empties.

Hop aroma hits immediately, but no overwhelming like an IPA. Citrusy notes, but muted by the sweet roastiness of malt. Quite inviting.

Imagine mixing a light porter with a hoppy pale.... a nice blend of sweet roasted malt with the bitterness of American hops. Coffee nuttiness with a strong bitter aftertaste that you get with an IPA.

Mouthfeel is watery with a good amount of carbonation. As the liquid warms, the carbonation fades and porter-like qualities are enhanced.

This CDA is surprisingly refreshing on a warm summer night, but also something I could drink a bit more chilled during the day, despite its misleading name.

07-02-2011 04:27:51 | More by Mooch273
Photo of JackieTH


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured translucent black with mahogany highlights and a nice thick cap of dark khaki head.

Smells of citrus hop and well-roasted malt, coffee, nuts and molasses.

Taste was a delicious, balanced interplay between powerful earthy and citrus hop, roasted malt, coffee, caramel and a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Excellent presentation of bitter, sweet, and roasted elements.

Mouthfeel is medium, if just a bit on the light side this much flavor.

Overall this is an excellent example of a black ale. The 22 oz bomber was empty way before it had any right to be.

07-02-2011 03:20:00 | More by JackieTH
Photo of HaggisIBM


5/5  rDev +21.7%

Dark, Creamy, and Hoppy = Awesome beer.

pours with a great head

smells hoppy and wiffs of chocolate

tastes of hops

I can only imagine what this beer tastes like on draft. I would like to find this one on draft in the Los Angeles/Orange County area.

This is in my top five CDA.

07-02-2011 01:57:36 | More by HaggisIBM
Photo of Expedition


4.68/5  rDev +13.9%

Beautiful head. Great nose of chocolate but you can tell the hops are comin'. The flavor is perfectly balanced between hops and malt character. The IBU's are high but it is expected. I will have to try another one of these in a couple months to see what the hops do. They should mellow out a bit and really show of this brew. Highly recommended, dare I compare to Surly Bender. Yes, I shall.

06-30-2011 19:12:16 | More by Expedition
Photo of corby112


3.93/5  rDev -4.4%

Draft at London Grill.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without a trace of lighter color.  Frothy two finger light beige head that slowly settles into lasting cap/ring.  The glass is left coated with chunky lacing.  

Nice hop aroma with a  good balance of earthy floral notes and sweet citrus.  Hints of pine, grapefruit and citrus rind.  This is counters by a nice roasted malt presence.  Not acrid but slightly toasted with hits of chocolate, toffee and caramel.  

Medium bodied with a blast of dry bitter hops that linger throughout but are countered by sweet citrus and slightly roasted malt.  Dry resinous pine with subtle citrus rind as well as some toasted malt, choclate, toffee and coffee bean.  Good balance of roast, sweet, bitter and dry.   Well balanced with a dry finish.

06-28-2011 17:44:16 | More by corby112
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