Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA) | Hopworks Urban Brewery

BA SCORE
89
very good
147 Ratings
Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA)Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Oregon, United States
hopworksbeer.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Called "a Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale/India Dark Ale" by the HUB headbrewer.

Added by RedDiamond on 07-12-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
147
Reviews:
64
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thumbs up for the name / bottle design on this bomber. I've tried "The Audacity of Hops" and "Hop Obama" but here's a beer with a less mainstream political statement: Cascadian independence. The label clearly defines Cascadia as all of Oregon, Washington, and BC. No Northern California allowed -- nor Western Idaho. It also defines 6.5% ABV, 15° P, and 70 IBU.

Beer pours a dark brown color with a tiny head. Aroma is of spicy hops, slightly piney, but not particularly citrusy. Flavor is super mellow with a substantial load of roasted barley, giving this CDA a malt profile worthy of interest on its own, rather than just a dark backdrop for a black Northwest style IPA. The profile of the bitterness doesn't strike me as particularly dominant or otherwise an IPA, but there's enough there to bring great balance along with a piney hop profile, suggesting perhaps Amarillo more than C-hops. The malt side there are nutty flavors, toast, and chocolate. But the mouthfeel is all brown ale, not stout or porter.

Overall, supremely drinkable. Highly recommended.

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3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

color is very dark black, only barely transparent where it meets the glass - there it's brownish red.

bitter.

roasty.

malty.

head formed with gusto, frothy, persistent.

prominent lacing that hangs on the glass from the onset.

very subtle malt-hop smell.

hop taste is noticeable followed by smokiness.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass

A- Poured a very dark brown (pretty much black) some very light red hues shining through, soapy white head with big bubbles left some chunky lace

S- Big pungent grapefruit, pine, and floral hop aroma. Really an incredible and strong hop aroma

T- Really big pungent grapefruit, piney, citrusy, and floral hops. Some really nice roasted malt character. This is a big juicy hop monster, huge lingering hop aftertaste and moderate bitterness.

M- Very dry, medium carbonation and body, quite smooth

O- This is the best Black IPA I have ever had, huge juicy hops and really nice roasted malt character. This is a world class beer in its style, a style I am often not too crazy about.

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3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black coffee colour fully clear, so black, light struggling to pass through. On pour the sudsy thin tan head sticks around just long enough to make a show, then just fades to a single file rim a round the glass.

S: First blush of sweet malts, molasses, coco, & instant coffee followed up with the hops of pine resins, grapefruit rind and finishes with that acrid hoppy scent.

T: Similar to the smell the taste is forward with sweet malts, molasses, rye bread & coco followed quickly with hoppy pine resin & grapefruit rind. The finish is an interesting play of dark roasted coffee that's just edging over to bitter with an after taste of hoppy pine.

M: Mouth feel is at the fair side of light edging into a medium viscosity. Low on carbonation.

O:The interplay of hops and malts mix well highlighting the best qualities of both, while not overwhelming the each other. It's worth sipping this one to experience the taste profile, especially as it warms.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA) from Hopworks Urban Brewery
4.02 out of 5 based on 147 ratings.
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