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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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1,226 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,226
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 142
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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Photo of Philousa
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with very little head. A stiff swirl stirs up an earthy, soapy hop aroma, a bit of biscuit, followed by light roasted malt. Taste is dark, chocolatey malt finishing with soapy, bitter hops. This would be a much heavier beer if not for the alcohol and hop presence. Lingering bitterness stays at the back of the tongue, reminding you it's an IPA.

This is a very drinkable black IPA. The time of the year I tried it makes me wish I had it months before for freshness; it definitely would have benefited from it. Maybe I would have had some head after a stiff pour... Very solid black IPA, one of my favorites so far.

Philousa, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" light brown head that dissipated quickly over black liquid.

S: Floral and citrus hops.

T: Citrus and floral hops up front which transitions to toasted malt. It tastes like the beer has a higher level of IBUs than 70.

M: Thin viscosity with a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Better than most in the style but not as enjoyable as the imperial version, the Deschutes Hop in the Dark CDA is a good sipper. I find that the drinkability is better than most American Black Ales, and that the beer becomes more drinkable as it warms. For that reason, I suggest letting it sit out and warm up for at least 10 minutes before opening the bottle.

DaftCaskBC, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a nice black color with a two finger tan head on top, dissipating to one finger relatively quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Neither the hops nor roast qualities are overpowering as is usually the case in most black IPAs. There is a nice mix of citrus and pine as well as some roasted malt and a little bit of cocoa.

T: The taste is more of the same form the aroma, well balanced between the roast/dark malt and the hops. It is a bit more piney than citrus, with a bit of roast and chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but on the smooth side for style. Has a slight creamy texture.

O: One of the better in a style that I am not really huge on. A nice, balanced blend of the black and the IPA here.

mdaschaf, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of LiquidBread219
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Deep black in pour, decent head has some retention leaves behind some decent lacing.

S= Nice dark roasted malts on the nose I also pick up some citrus notes on this one very nice and very interesting.

T= Great Taste in this one you get the nice toasty roasted malts with the citrus hops coming out a little bit finishes nice and dry.

M= medium bodied, and it was a little bit on the thinner side.

O= Overall great beer glad I had this one one this tops any other of this style it was really good.

LiquidBread219, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Retail1LO
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from sweetwillyrolbar. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. This pours with a nice fingers width crown. Dark, as you can imagine. Light has no chance of passing through. The nose is malty. Lots of coffee and toffee. This is a sublime beer. Truly top notch. This is so smooth and drinkable. The taste mirrors the nose. Did I mention how smooth this is? I would love to have more of this.

Retail1LO, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Humulus85
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer from Deschutes; I've liked all since. Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my trusty nonic. Dark, aggressive head that kept rising. Thick as hell, with nice sticky lacing. Smell was hoppy upfront but you could tell there was some nice dark malt behind it. This might be my new favorite style. I love me some hops but the addition of good amounts of dark malt is something wonderful. It's like a stout and IPA combined. Thick yet drinkable, not too syrupy from the malt, and not too resinous from the hops. Proper bitter finish rounds off this exceptional beer...Cheers!

Humulus85, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of phiberoptik
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to deranma for the share. Brought back from Sacramento. Best By 11/28/11 Bomber.

Pours a dark, black brown, with some hints of red and a nice creamy off white head. Even deeper and darker than I expected. Beautiful lacing after a few minutes.

Profound cascade hops in the nose with a hint of roastiness right along with it. Slight roasted nut characteristic

The best of both worlds... Roasted coffee notes, some nuttiness, with a definitive piney hop flavor. Bits of dark chocolate dryness on the tongue. Clean, floral, almost soapy finish.

Medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a tasty beer. Slightly filling but still crisp and enjoyable. Another reason I wish Deschutes was local to us.

phiberoptik, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 2 finger tan head

smell: hops, roast, black patent, malts

taste: roasty, malty, hop bitterness

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: glad I got to try it. But i dont' think i'm a fan of this new style of beer.


THECPJ, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of dgilks
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark black colour with a short-lasted creamy, light tan head.

Sharp, piney hop aroma with no roasted, black malt notes. Good.

Crisp, clean malt with a hefty hit of earthy, piney hops. High bitterness. Good.

Moderately light body with moderately high carbonation. Good.

This is a nice, big hoppy ale which I really enjoy. Great flavour.

dgilks, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of endincolorado
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights, and a thick, light tan head that gradually wanes leaving pretty lacing behind with each sip.

Fragrant cascade hops are evident in the aroma followed by some faint roasty malt and a fruity sweetness.

Some Roasty malt in the flavor surrounded by lots of citrusy, bitter hops. Some nice earthy flavors come out as the beer warms a bit, followed by a dry, puckery finish that lingers almost like peppermint on the tongue.

Nice, medium body effectively delivers this beer to the palate.

Overall, this is a refreshing new sort of beer, and one that would be worth picking up a second time.

endincolorado, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of ncsutton
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark brown with a creamy head. Lots of lace on the glass

S - Smells of roasted malts and very hoppy smell

T - Starts out as a rich malt flavor but the finish is pleasantly hoppy

M - Low carbonation. A very smooth brew with the taste staying with you for awhile after you finish

O - Very good, it is the first of the style for me and I was a bit spectacle at first but this one is very good and I'm going to have to try more

ncsutton, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black color with a creamier mocha head that leaves some very generous lacing.

Big, fresh and juicy hop scent to fill the nose. A touch of cream as well.

Very roasty with coffee and dark chocolate. Bitter hop presence as well. Quite tasty.

Medium bodied, smooth and soft carbonation.

Enjoyed this one quite a bit. I would put this as one of the top examples for the style. I would definitely pick this one up again.

jera1350, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass (from notes):

A: Pours black, though not epic black like a big stout, with a thin mocha head (not as thick as a stout). Leaves good lacing.

S: Pine hops with a little floral and citrus character. Lightly roasted malts with chocolate and coffee aromas.

T: The hop character is mostly pine and not overly potent. Malt base is akin to a pale, just with chocolate and coffee notes and just a little roastiness. There's practically no bitterness from the roasted malt, which is a big plus for the style (IMO). Finish is light mocha with a little lingering bitterness.

M: Medium to slightly light body, moderate carbonation. Somewhat smooth, in between a APA and porter in mouthfeel.

O: This is what I think of when I want an American black ale. Little roasted quality with a hop character that works well with the roasted malt and chocolate/coffee flavors. The negatives are that it isn't overly aggressive, not with the hop profile nor malt base. It does make it a lot easier to drink. A solid example of what I expect from the style.

Satchboogie, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of DrJay
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark with faint brown edges. Dense tan cap with tons of thick, clumpy lacing, good head retention. Nice aroma, a combination of grapefruit and dark malts, a bit of roast and chocolate, oranges, malt. Solid bitterness from the hops as well as the dark malts with a sturdy malt backbone that was semisweet, notes of dark chocolate and roast, caramel, citrus and a hint of pine. It finished with some lingering malt sweetness and lemony citrus. Medium bodied with average carbonation level, a bit of dark grain astringency, relatively creamy texture. Overall, one of the better beers I've had in this style - packed full of flavour while still maintaining some balance.

DrJay, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of lanamj
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- nice black color with a one inch white foam head. Head retention is really residual.

S- Smells of roasted malts and fresh hops dominate this beer. I do get some chocolate on the back end.

T- Taste like a true black IPA dark malts and bittering hops. I think the malt is more present on this then the hops but a fresher bottle may prove otherwise.

M- Good going sown not thin and not thick ... its just right. Good carbonation. I could drink this all night if need be.

O- Not bad for the style. Wish it was a little more hoppy. I guess i feel that way about most black IPAs but i felt this one was just fine.

lanamj, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of beeragent
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown, forming a good 1 inch mocha creamy head. Medium spots of lace on the glass.

S - Nice aroma of spicey hops and roasted malts.

T - The roasted malt profile covers the palate at first, but is quickly taken over by the hops. Bitter cocoa in the middle before finishing in a less than harsh spicey hop finish.

M - Medium, not quite heavy body, with low carbonation. Very smooth but with the flavors staying on the palate long after the swallow.

D - This is one of the better Cascadian dark ales available IMO. It represents everything that the style should be. Highly recommended!

beeragent, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of divineaudio
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber into my deschutes snifter. best by 11/28/11.

a - a perfect pours yields a viscous, black liquid with a magnificent, dense, two finger, light brown head that eventually dies down to a thin cap. leaves some think rings of lacing and a few spots in between. really a fantastic looking beer.

s - grapefruit, molasses, fresh cut grass, some dark fruits, light piney hops. really unique nose on this beer.

taste starts out malty with notes of dark chocolate, then moves into hop territory pretty quick. i'm getting pine resin, some citrus, and a slight herbal quality that i can't place. finishes bittersweet, almost sugary. bitterness is present but doesn't linger too much leaving the palate ready for another sip.

not nearly as thick as it looks. firmly medium bodied with just the right amount of co2. smooth but slightly chewy.

overall a pretty fantastic beer. really wish i had more than 1 bottle of this. doesn't seem to be a candidate for aging, but i bet it would still be great after the hops die down a bit. cheers to deschutes for pushing the style limits (or inventing one altogether?).

divineaudio, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of mpyle
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App - opaque in color, pours a modest sized tan head, creamy and with good retention.

Aroma - Malt sweetness and piney hop aroma meld flawlessly. Some mango, and a bit of chocolate from the dark malt.

Taste - hop flavor not as prominent as in aroma, but piney and evident. Some roastiness from the dark malt, and finishes quite bitter with the roast of a robust porter.

MF - Medium body and carbonation. Hops get close to astringent on the tongue. Slight alcoholic warming

Overall - A mix of a porter and an IPA, definitely with more dark malt character than some examples. Too roasty and bitter for my taste, but a well made beer (just not my favorite interpretation of the style).

mpyle, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of GeezLynn
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, just short of black with a huge rocky cap and great retention. Impressive.

S: Citrus and pine. Smells like Cascades. Underneath that, some roasted malt, but the Cascades aren’t giving much ground.

T: Strong roasted malt base is much more assertive and hops much less pronounced here. Bitter coffee is the primary flavor, along with pine, grapefruit and hints of chocolate. Finish is long and very bitter.

M: Medium bodied and slightly oily with moderate carbonation and a bit drying effect.

Not bad, but a little too bitter and rough around the edges for my preferences. Admittedly, I’m not a fan of this style, but liked the Alaskan version much better.

GeezLynn, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 11.28.11
Served in nonic pint.

So this is a beer I've had several times but never reviewed... The CDA style just seems ridiculous to me. It is basically a hoppy porter.

So, it pours like a porter-- dark, nearly black, with a rocky cap of 2 fingers leaves some nice lace and holds it's retention well.
Smell has some minty and piney notes, the pine is dry and reminds me of Arctic Panzer Wolf in an eerie way-- but only for a second. The roasted malts cancel it almost as quickly as it crept in.

Chalky chocolate and toffee sweet and roasty malts start this off before the flavor dries out with piney hops and a crisp bitterness.
The body is very much like a medium bodied porter with more carbonation.

Overall, this isn't the take I prefer when it comes to porters or ipas, but that's the beauty of creating a new style, right?
This is a decent beer, but I could imagine a much better version in the style. Not bad, but I'll be honest-- even the best beer I could possibly imagine for the style would still be a beer I would rarely buy.

AleWatcher, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of vobr0002
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark black with a brown head that last and last.

S- citrus hop smell along with some roastiness. Smells awesome.

T- hoppy and coffee mixed together. You get the hops of an Ipa and coffee like taste of a stout. Its blended very well together.

M- almost a creamy mouthful to me, goes very well together.

O- this is a very good beer. Definately worth trying.

vobr0002, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of TVolt1
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep black with a light brown finger width of head that lasts for a few minutes. Good amount of lacing as well.

S: It has a great smell of both toasty malts and hops. The hop smell comes a little later after the toasty caramel coffee smell.\

T: Great rich, malty, coffee flavor initially but a great suprise of hoppy bitterness at the end of it that lingers for awhile.

M: Great mouthfeel. A thicker mouthfeel, good amount of time hops linger on your pallet and a great finish.

O: Overall, I love this beer! It involves everything I enjoy about beer. I love darker porter/stouts and my favorite is a good hoppy beer. I would get this beer on a regular basis.

TVolt1, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of SDtastentune
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - DARK DARK dirty motor oil, look like an imperial stout, Some head and good lace.

S - Smell is great, citrus hop smell up front, and some roast malts hidden back in there.

T - Citrus hop flavor mixed with some porter toasty'ness. Very malty but then again taste burns though with some nice hoppy bitter bite. I like this...

M - Medium to normal carbonation, nice bitter aftertaste and balanced porter malty thing mid way and beyond.

O - Overall this is one of the best Black IPA style brews I have had to date, the balance of both style's lingers in your mouth and you cant decide what you like better... Bitter hops... or malty toasty porter. I like both so this brew wins!

SDtastentune, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at San Diego Brewing Company in San Diego, Calif. Color was black coffee with about an inch of head. Layer of lace with light film on the sides.

Smelled hoppy. Also some coffee and malts.

Tasted of coffee and hops. Very dark, but very smooth. Good taste.

Smooth taste throughout. Can taste the hops, but really a good balance.

I liked this beer a lot. I’d have to give this another try, though, since we were closing down the place and I had to finish up. Just a smooth, good dark beer.

BucannonXC5, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black, huge creamy brown head, Lots of lacing.

S-Coffee roasted malts and hops.

T-Roasted malts, coffee, some not much chocolate. End bitter, solid balance.

M-Medium bodied, creamy.

O-I got this beer in a trade and I am glad I did. Really need to start having more American Black Ales, CDAs, Black IPAs or whatever you want to call them, so far this one is the best of the the limited amount I've tried. Looking forward to more from Deschutes.

rlee1390, Aug 10, 2011
Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,226 ratings.