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

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Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA)Secession Black India Pale Ale (CDA)

Brewed by:
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Oregon, United States

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

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Kevin for sharing this brew!

A- Body is an opaque dark brown hue that pours with a foamy 2 finger off white head. Plenty of lacing is left down the glass.

S- Nose is very earthy, herbal, grassy, and mossy with a hint of roasted malt in the background.

T- Taste is very similar to the smell. This is a hoppy beer indeed-but more the medicinal, herbal remedy, hippie, going green type hop than the bright american hop profile that I am used to. A very faint roasted malt backbone is there-but the highlight here is the hops.

M- Carbonation is soft with a medium weight body.

D- This is probably more earthy than unearthly. Certainly a different, atypical type of IPA. If I was into the more earthy hop I would love this brew-but I like my hoppy beers bright or floral. Still a decent beer overall.

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Photo of Spikester
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with two fingers of tan head and moderate lacings. Smell is citrus hops and coffee chocolate aromas. Taste is like a Very bold stout jacked to a full IPA level. Citrus resinous hops with a full stout malt backing. Weird but tasty. Mouthfeel is on the thin side but the hops just keep washing over the palate. A sweet and slightly bitter semi-dry finish. My first of the Cascadian Black IPA style. I had this following a Lagunitas IPA and this slammed the Lagunitas! Phew! If you like both Stouts and NW IPAs give it a try. I think you will love it.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pours a brownish liquid with red esges. a light tan colored head is tight with great lace.

S-hint of roasted maltiness, dark chocolate, burnt coffee up front. herbal marijuanna hops come through big time. touch of tea leaves accompany.

T-the taste brings a light roasted malt, hints of smokiness. the herbal hops take over, touch of tea leaves and earthy. a little thinned out in the back.

M-extremely smooth on the palate, lighter body, low carbonation that falls off in the back and is a little thin in boddy.

D-pretty tasty, falls off in the back, the nose was great but the taste falls a little short of that. very earthy and dank like.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bomber into a glass. A gift from the ever-generous ramnuts. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a dark brown body that seems nearly black in the glass. But when held to the light, it reveals some ruby edge translucence. The head is light beige in color, rising to two fingers of height in a moderate pour of the first half of the bomber. Quite nice. Retention is great, and it deposits sticky lace on its way down.

S: Roasted malt, toast, and light chocolate. Grapefruit and pine hops -- they're there, but not as strong / pungent as I'd like.

T: Grapefruit hops for sure. Pine becomes more apparent as the beer warms, but neither hop variety has the bite I'm seeking. Roast is quite prominent, lending flavors of chocolate and some coffee to the mix.

M: Semi-dry with good carbonation. A little high to be creamy; it makes the body feel thinner and more watery than I like.

D: A solid beer. As far as black IPAs go, I prefer Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous and Clown Shoes Black IPA more.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a white head. The aroma is strong resiny hops with some roasted malt. The flavor is resiny hops with just the lightest amount of roasted malt. Still, this beer is all about the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


An extra received in a trade with mykie73, thanks! The beer appears deep brown, nearly black, with a frothy one inch head, good retention, and scattered lacing. A deep auburn tinge is evident when the glass is held to light.

The nose displays a pleasant blend of grapefruit, pine, roasted malt, and lightly toasted nuts. Smells great.

The flavor exhibits fresh grapefruit flesh and rind as well as a little pine and a touch of sweetness. A light roast is evident and I get a dash of that nutty character in the finish. Bitterness is at a pleasant moderate level throughout, and there's just a little sweetness, though this is a dry beer. There's a decided spiciness in the finish that's faint but interesting. As the beer warms I detect a bit of subtle chocolate. The flavor is quite complex and very good.

The beer has a dry and creamy mouthfeel with an upper moderate level of carbonation. Highly drinkable. A quality beer. Recommended.

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Photo of mjl21
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Mike. 22 ounce bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Comes in at 6.5% and 70 IBUs. No bottling info is given.

A-It is a nice looking beer. It is dark brown with a large two finger sandy colored head that has some great retention. The lingering head results in some nice lacing.

S-Not as piney or citrusy as most CDAs that I have tried. The smell reminded me of homebrewed IPA wort. As it warms some subtle hints of pine show up along with some dark roasted malt. I kept waiting for the hops to stand out more and it never delivered the pine/citrus punch I wanted.

T-It begins with plenty of roasted malt flavor. Pine forest flavor is also quick to jump out. The pine is a lot more prevalent than it is on the nose. The combo works, but I still felt it could have used some more hop bite.

M-Like RR, these guys always do well in the mouthfeel department. It is smooth and creamy.

D-A decent enough beer, but would pass this one if offered a Stone SSR.

Glad I got to try this, but feel more hops are needed. Would love to try it on tap the next time I hit up PDX.

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Photo of BrutalBeerFan
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was initially luke warm on the idea of a Black IPA, seems oxymoronic to me. But after enjoying a Secession from HUB I have seen the light. And I am a proud CDA drinker looking forward to my next (Deschutes Hop in the Dark I have my eye on you!)...

I was pleasantly surprised by the balance of the CDA, wonderful hop nose, solid and moderately complex body with a nice bold hop statement to close. A many splendored and sessionable ale. Keep up the great work!

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Photo of Onenote81
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome extra received from RedBrewer83 recently. Thanks, Evan!

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a limitless black. No light gets through. A gorgeous tan head caps it off like the top of a milkshake. Excellent retention; leaves lots of sticky lace and webbing. This is a really pretty beer. Big powerful pine resin scents burst out to the nose. Citrus zest and some grass in there as well. Great smooth and creamy body. This one sits a little heavy. Very bitter at the onset with lots of hop presence. Sharp burnt toast on the backend. A little charring. I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. Great beer!

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in my recent trip to Portland. I've enjoyed HUB's beers and this bottle looked pretty sweet. Not too big on black IPA's I think for me its more of a taste thing, so I'll see how this one goes for me.

A- Dark dark brown, and the head is creamy with a tight frothy head that leaves great lacing. This one looks good, almost like a creamy porter.

S- The hoppy grapefruityness is there as expected, but as I'm programmed to think of darker beers as malty and darker smelling this is sort of a mind over matter kind of game. There is a good dark maltyness that is there in the nose as well.

T- Wow this is kinda complex. I'm getting a good smokey burnt taste that brings another level to this beer. The hops are there and bright and help cut the burnt malt taste. Other black IPA's that I've had are skunky and off tasting, but this is the best one I've ever had. I think as the darker end of the IPA spectrum start to develop so will the taste profiles. Brewers will find a good combination of dark malts to be used for flavor and color along with tasty hop combination that compliment the malts the best and still give the edgy hop taste.

M- Mouthfeel is good, great carbination that helps bring the hops forward, helps keep them a separate entity from the heavy darker tasting malts.

D- Easy to drink for sure, great beer, and has helped black IPA's take a step in the right direction.

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Photo of jdense
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from John's Marketplace PDX poured into Piraat tulip 2.21.10.

Light tan one finger head, small bubbles, slow dissipation with significant lacing. Dark brown, black body, no visible carbonation, but a really great looking beer. Nose is big hop bomb, citrus and spice, some caramel and roasted malts. Taste is a little sweet up front, before the hop attack, citrus, bitter, then a spicy finish, with good portion of roasted malts for balance. I also picked up some chocolate and vanilla (!) notes. Some carbonation in mouthfeel, creamy, with a significant bitter but dry finish. Drinkability is pretty good, not too heavy. One of the better CDAs, IMO not in the league of Barley Brown's Chaos, but a worthy entrant into this emerging style. Recommended.

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Photo of ccrida
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at The Bier Stein in Eugene. Served in a nonic, Secession CDA is a dark brown with a small, creamy light sand head that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is heavy hop resins, really no dark malt aromas to speak of busting though the dankness of the hops, which are great, super fresh.

Taste is fantastic, a great balance of the hug hop resins and chocolate and caramel malts. The best black IPA (aka CDA) I've ever had, yummy stuff.

Mouthfeel is nice and carbonated, super sticky resins, with a medium body.

Drinkability is very high, a delicious beer. I love how sticky and fresh the hops are, and the more brown then black malt bill.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of the body is somewhat akin to the highlights along the edge of a pint of Guiness, a rich mahogany/very dark brownish tone. Excellent lacing from the cream-colored head- sheets of it coat the glass from top to bottom.

Very fresh aromas of roasted malts, pine sap and hop resin. I'm guessing plentiful dry hopping was involved. A tasty and ejoyable beer, with plentiful bitterness of pine and burnt malts from start to lingering finish. Dry and toasty, letting the hops do their thing. A touch of melted chocolate sweetness at times. I liked this one a lot, and am a bit surprised that more people haven't reviewed it (I had it way back in July).

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As with the Rise Up Red, Secession CDA is another highly drinkable Hopworks Ale with a nutty, alt-like character. It is similarly nutty, grainy, and woody with assertive bittering, but comes with a classic Northwestern hop aroma of piney, sensuous immediacy. A further comparison shows Secession to also be turbid, but in a deeper tone of auburn - not quite as black as the CDA (Cascadian Dark Ale) moniker might imply. Another stellar Hopworks beer.

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