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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,245 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,245
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 144
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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Ratings: 1,245 | Reviews: 496 | Display Reviews Only:
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

TicoCali, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

dogfish7, Aug 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

randalem, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

limefest, Dec 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

I2uss, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

grollican, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

MathNut, Jul 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Patei, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of cmichel28
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%

cmichel28, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of evyoung
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance:
-black, black, black--the dark waters of a lake at night
-brown, chocolaty head

Smell:
-sweet, almost fruity--like currant or blackberry

Mouthfeel:
-surprisingly balanced and full-bodied

Taste:
-hop bitterness goes well with the obvious coffee malts
-citrusy hops lend to the bitterness in the coffee
-just like the smell, there are hints of blackberry which work extremely well with the citrus hops

Overall:
This is the best “black IPA” I’ve tasted. I enjoy this new style because of its uniqueness and clever mix of black coffee, rye, and hops, although most other attempts overdue it with the rye malts, etc. Hop in the Dark is complex and different while still maintaining the qualities we’ve all come to love ( and are taken aback as if personally affronted if they aren’t present) in an IPA. The best black IPA--I’m sorry--Cascadian Dark Ale yet. Hands down.

evyoung, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Spectacularj1
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Very dark, doesn't even appear brown when held against a light. Head is lightly frothy with a semi-dark tinge.

S - A combination of malty and hoppy. Smell starts out as dark roasted coffee then becomes a slightly sweeter toffee. Very quickly though, the smell of piny/citrusy cascade hops takes over.

T - This beer starts out as an IPA then becomes a Porter. Starts out highly carbonated and hoppy, then quickly becomes smoother with that dark roasted malt finish.

M - Moderately carbonated beer, finishes somewhat syrupy as it goes down the hatch.

D - Every time I drink this beer I hear angels in the background singing. Hop in the Dark is part porter and part IPA but better than both, this is an amazing beer.

* Despite the BA label this beer is considered to be a "Cascadian Dark Ale"

Spectacularj1, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of brownlderek
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

brownlderek, Jul 02, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Zakk, Aug 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Very dark very good, smoky and smooth, smells like pale ale, creeper strong

moundbz, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with a large, dense foamy khaki head with excellent retention and lacing.

Nose is good but not amazing with alot of nuances. Nice nice dark roasted malt notes and deep rich but not overpowering piney hops. Faint notes of roasted nuts and coffee.

Flavor is excellent with perfect balance. A wide range of flavor but nothing standing out alone and outshining another. Very nice deep dark roasted malt character gently bouncing back and forth throughout the beer with the subtle smooth piney hops. It's doesn't have the typical transition from hop flavor to malt flavor or vice versa, but a perfect play between the two the whole way.

Medium bodied. Pretty smooth and creamy yet slightly crisp and fresh. Slightly dry finish with medium carbonation.

Overall this beer is amazing for the style and as a beer overall. I love Sublimely Self Rightous and this is even better due to the perfect balance. There is a best by date of 11/28/11 and I just think this beer is prime right now.

MrVonzipper, Aug 01, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

jkroese, May 31, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

jwg782, Aug 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Dwtucker90, Jun 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

serebeerdrinker, May 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Gregvg, Jun 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Petorian13, Nov 18, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

OregonGrown7, Jul 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

TheStashRide, Oct 08, 2012
Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,245 ratings.