NetherWorld Cascadian Dark Ale | Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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NetherWorld Cascadian Dark AleNetherWorld Cascadian Dark Ale
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3.81/5
Very Good
225 Ratings
NetherWorld Cascadian Dark AleNetherWorld Cascadian Dark Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada
theflyingmonkeys.ca

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Flying Monkeys Netherworld India Pale Porter.

35 IBU

Added by Sammy on 11-01-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,465
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
225
pDev:
11.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of WesMantooth
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No visible bottle date. Paid $2 for a 12 oz single

It's a very dark brown/light black with ruby red hues. Large pillow like fluffy tan head.

Aromas are full of chocolate, heavy roasted malts, ashy, and a slight hint of a blaack pepper like spice.

Taste pretty much follows suit. Tons of charred malt grains, dark chocolate, a slight spiceyness that comes across like rye, and some orange citrus hops. Aftertaste is vert ashy.

Great texture. Very creamy and full without being heavy.

This beer reminds me a lot of Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald porter. I can see where some people might not find enough hop presence. Admittedly, it is probably 60-40 in favor of a american porter, but I still think this is one of the top 3-5 black ales I have had so far. It could lose the peppery flavor in favor of some hops possibly.

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in Columbus Ohio.
Pours dark but clear mahogany with a durable tan head.
Mild malty aroma strengthens with warming. A faint hint of spices.
Flavor: about equal doses of hops and malts. The malts have sweet, toffee and dark roasted grain aspects.

O: recommended.

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Photo of jsurfs82
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I wanted to love this beer but unfortunately fell a little short. I love that they follow the original nomenclature of Cascadian Dark. Good on you Canadians. This beer is a tad lighter than some in the class but has the sticky lacing and roasted aroma and flavor. Nothing really stands tall in this beer. Everything is there to dial in to the style but the body and finish are just a little lacking. This beer almost seems like a ploy to grab attention from those whom are still unwilling to appreciate this amazing style of beer. Either that or it could be fresher or its just that damn hard to nail this style down. Only a couple have done it for me that being Sublimely Self Righteous and Wookey Jack. And I did enjoy Uranus :)

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vivid. Bright. Lively... Or, at least that's the way that the rest of the world sees the American IPA. But the crazy cats at Flying Fish see it a little differently. They see a bright beer with a dark side.

Netherworld "cascadian" dark ale harks to the cascade hop growing region as the bold grapefruit and orange peel scent that are synonymous with west coast IPA comes alive yet is in stark contrast to the deep bark-brown opaqueness and whipped mocha head that catches the eye. And then siding with the sense of sight, the taste layers on the burnt sweetness of toffee, chocolate and caramel... at least, at first.

Because the middle palate shows tremendous development as the charred sweetness of toast, toffee and chocolate drop off and the earthiness of coffee, roasted walnut and burnt embers take their place. On the flip-side of balance, the vibrant and racy hops deliver on their promises of grapefruit, orange and mango before turning toward bitterness and dryness to close.

With sweetness being a distant memory, the skelaton of malt remain in their toasty, roasty linger and their roast-derived bitterness. Likewise the hops turn deeply resinous with freshly torn pinecone, grass clippings and a fleeting glimpse of hemp. Like IPA, the hop bitterness outlasts all other trailing flavors with a coffee-like aftertaste briefly in tact.

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Photo of parintele
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ejimhof
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sdm9465
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a rocky, tan colored head. Good retention and lacework, the beer appears like a hopped up black ale. Aroma of cascade hops, some citrus and semi tropical west coast elements from other strains are available also in the smell. The taste is firmly bitter with just enough roast to counter act. Really nice execution, strong hop flavor and oily resins left on the palate. Full bodied with ample carbonation and slight creaminess before the drying hop bite sets in. Pine and grapefruit with coffee and pinch of cocoa. Hoppy and well rounded, this was a very good beer.

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Photo of JJStorm
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kerrie
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of entenduintransit
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of skaboom420
1.33/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Tastes pretty much like soap. maybe the worst beer ive ever had.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ngaron
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RStansel
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is how aromatic hops and dark malts should dance.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Flying Monkeys Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale last week for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. This one caught my eye while I was looking for some new beer to try and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks really nice, it's got a great design to it and it's very eye catching. It poured a darker brown color that took on more of crimson color when held to the light with one and a half fingers worth of creamy and bubbly medium tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some sticky and patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice mixture of citrus rind, grassy and floral hops aromas with no single hoppy aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a slight doughy aroma that goes right into the malts which impart some nice roasted malt aromas along with some grainy and light sweet malt aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma and it's what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's lighter and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with malts being the first to show up this time and they impart impart the same roasted malt and grainy aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are just a little lighter. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast which leads into the hops which impart the exacts same aspects that they did in the aroma, but it's a little lighter this time. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness that lingers just for a little bit with a pretty hoppy and slightly roasted aftertaste. This is a nice tasting Black IPA, but i wish the taste was more like the aroma.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, pretty dry on the finish, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel, but I wish it was a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and nice Black IPA, it had almost all the aspects that I look for in the style, but in the end I wanted a little more out of it, the aroma was pretty nice and true to style, but when I got to the taste all the aspects seemed noticeably lighter than they were in the aroma and I wasn't a big fan of that. This beer had ok drinkability, it's fairly smooth, a little crisp, pretty dry on the finish, not filling and the taste doesn't do the best job at holding my attention, I think one is enough for me since I don't really have the urge to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it's a good looking Black IPA. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, I just wish it was bolder. I wouldn't buy this beer again, but I might try it again if I knew it was really fresh. I can't say I would recommend it, but if you really like the style then it might be worth a try. All in all I thought this was a solid Black IPA, but nothing stood out about it and I didn't find it to be too memorable. It's not a favorite Flying Monkeys beer and it's very average for the style. Nice job guys, but with some work i think this could be a pretty nice Black IPA.

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Photo of ZacharyReichardt
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lord_Pif
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jasonwrag
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

NetherWorld Cascadian Dark Ale from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 225 ratings