Dark Side Imperial IPA | Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill

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Brewed by:
Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill
Washington, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 3
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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2.59/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had high hopes for this one but when it came to the table it looked like crap; dark cola colour with no head and cloudy. The nose was hoppy alright but not really pleasant hops. The taste was uncarbonated and totally unbalanced but not in a off the charts hoppy way but rather a off putting hop flavour. A really poor take on a darker version of an Imperial IPA which considering the general high level of brewing from these guys is surprising

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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the Dog & Pony, Dark Side CDA is a ruddy mahogany with a small off-white collar leaving light foamy lace. A little lighter then usual, but not a deal breaker by my book, more brown then porter.

Smell is good, a nice mix of citrus hops and sweet caramel malts.

Taste is very nice, well balanced with the aforementioned citrus and caramel. This a strait-forward, well made CDA that I'm really enjoying.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium light bodied. A firm but not overwhelming bitterness gives a nice snap to the finish.

Drinkability is pretty high for my money, really hitting the spot, full flavored but smooth and sessionable.

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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is not an Imperial IPA, as listed here, this is ABC's entry into the Cascadian Dark Ale (black IPA) category. Served in straight pint glass. The beer poured a very dark amber, just shy of black, with a tan head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was, as expected, very hoppy. Mostly citrus hops with some floral hop notes and just a hint of malt for a nice balance. The flavor was also very hoppy, but not in a tongue burning manner. Some citrus and floral notes blend with a hint of pine that is supported by a solid, but not overpowering, malt foundation.

The body was more substantial than a lot of IPA's and was a pleasure in the mouth. Drinkability was very good, having several of these beauties would be a joy. Overall, a fine beer that is certainly worth your time if you see it.

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Dark Side Imperial IPA from Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 8 ratings