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Style:
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #53
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,063
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 11.39%
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
162
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  6
SCORE
90
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Dark HopsDark Hops
Notes: Introduced in May 2009. Black like a stout, hoppy like an IPA.

Maris Otter malt, roasted barley. Zeus and Saaz hops.

Brewed at Nøgne Ø, Norway.
Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 162 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by UCLABrewN84:
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch dark khaki head that fades to a small cap. There is some yeast or sediment floating around in the glass - kind of gross. Nice rings of lace on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and pine hops. Smells very much like a porter or stout. Taste is of roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder, dark malts, and a pine hop finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip more from the coffee/cocoa powder tastes than the hops. Mouthfeel is very good with a carbonation level that makes for a crisp and smooth drink. Overall, this is a good but surprising beer. This smells and tastes much more like a hoppy stout or porter than other beers in this category. I would definitely go for this one again.

May 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%
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4/5  rDev -1%

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Butch5555 from Illinois

2/5  rDev -50.5%

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andant from New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Mar 03, 2013
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Jeremy6566 from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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bcuz7 from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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FadetoBock from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev -1%

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leckart from California

4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really mellow but rich and toasty, which is very surprising especially for a black ipa. So many of them are over-hopped and/or bitter, but not this one. On the other hand, this one is not at all bland or watery either. This guy is super drinkable but also complex. It's in the top three black ipa's I've ever had -- and I've tasted at least a dozen of them.

Oct 04, 2013
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sammyg832 from Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Jun 27, 2014
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dcmchew from Romania

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 27, 2015
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops from Australia

4/5  rDev -1%

May 02, 2014
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MartinCalvino from Spain

3.72/5  rDev -7.9%

Sep 10, 2014
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JackieKu from Taiwan

4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 22, 2015
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IckyT2012 from Florida

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 17, 2015
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iftcoach from Germany

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 03, 2015
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AlexAfonin from Russian Federation

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 11, 2015
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black pour with khaki foam. Coffee, sweet banana and clove notes. Coffee bean, chocolate malt and dry hop flavors. Dry medium mouthfeel, dry hop finish. Some astringency but alcohol otherwise masked well.

Apr 15, 2015
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TheDogHouse from Florida

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this style. It's not a stout but there are some similarities. A little bit bitter but quite easy to drink, very flavorful. Very nice !

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oberon from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured nearly jet black with a two finger mocha colored head atop that settled slowly into a frothy mass,great retention to the head.The big citric,resiny hop aromas really took me back in a good way,I knew the hops were gonna be big but this was great.Again the hops are huge along with some dark roast,and slight woodiness.Flavors are a bit more even,the resiny hops are mixed with a healthy dose of roast and molasses-like sweetness.This is a great beer,best of the style I have had,just a great hop profile.

Feb 13, 2011
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 162 ratings