Discord Dark IPA | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Discord Dark IPADiscord Dark IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Discord Dark IPA celebrates the marriage of two distinct flavors, the Dark Ale and the IPA. The traditional bitterness of an IPA is juxtaposed against a black malt canvas, creating an ale that keeps your taste buds working to discover all of the unique flavors imparted by the 5 different hops and malts.

Added by mynie on 10-09-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
139
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
13.96%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by Sky2625:
Photo of Sky2625
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just entered this year's rotation at Pyramid Alehouse. Neither the server nor the bartender knew that Discord was listed on the chalkboard when I ordered it. Listed as "Discord Black IPA". Poured into a standard pint glass (this review from notes taken 8/6/11).

A - Poured an opaque reddish extremely dark brown with a 1/2-finger of light tan cream-colored small bubble head. Good retention, leaving a foamy cap and with thick lacing. Shines vibrant ruby when held up to the light.

S - Peachy apricot tang hits the nose first, followed by orange peel and lemon with a whiff of dark malt under the citrus hop.

T - Sharp tang first, followed immediately by floral/resiny hop. Fades into mild back of the tongue cooked/burnt malt bitterness that eases into sweet dark malt flavors underpinning a tangy apricotty/peachy citrus that carries through to the finish.

M - Moderate carbonation, fizzy on the tip and top of the tongue. Light medium body.

D - Very surprising how light and peachy/citrusy the flavor is. It's missing most of the dark malt/coffee/chocolate flavors one would expect to find in a Black IPA/CDA, and at first I was not excited about the flavor. Then I got over my expectations and actually tasted the beer...by the end of the pint I found myself really enjoying it's uniqueness.

Discord tastes more like a very good regular IPA with an apricot twist and a tiny hint of dark malt. It's quite interesting to have something so black be so light, citrusy, and refreshing. Discord indeed.

Though dubious after the first smell and taste, I ended up really liking this beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by:6/15/2013.Poured into a nonic a chesnut brown with a thinner light beige head atop.Aromas are light with black malt and sweet brown sugar-like notes,not much hop presence for the style.Flavors are roasted with black malt notes with a molasses sweetness,the hops provide a mild earthy and even milder piney finish.Eh not anything to go out and look for,I usually like Pyramid offerings more than most...not this one.

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Photo of NOLTERN
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Great head retention. Dark brown hue, just barely allows light to penetrate. Mild Pacific Northwest hop aroma. Hops on the front of the palate, a rush of dark malt, and a flourish of hops on the finish. Pretty good in the spectrum of dark IPA's I've tried this is above average.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.93/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Trying a big Magic Hat/Pyramid conglomerate products dark IPA. Dark cola color with ruby tinted hues, light khaki head forms thick. Aroma has an earthy ripe hop note with dark malts wrapped around your standard earthy/citric hoppy IPA accents. Flavor is like a watered down porter with alcoholic notes and black licorice that make it nearly undrinkable pine resinous, earthy, dirt ridden hops collide with a dark dry roasted malt character coming off medicinal and unpalatable. Wow, this is bad beer I'm hanging it up as far as Pyramid beers go. Harsh from the first to last sip, carbonation is on but oily resins with the dark malts pretty much ruin the style for me. Terrible simply terrible beer.

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Photo of WaydeRafnel
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by 06/14/12.

A: Pours a black body that allows some light through turning it dark dark brown. 1 finger yellowish-tan-white head that disspates to a film. Can actually see a little carbonation when held up to a light.

S: Some great citrus hops coming through on this aroma. Somebody said peach and I can definitely smell that too. A little roasted malt in there.

T: Floral and citrus hops to start, some malt tries to balance it out but gets overwhelmed. Lingering hop aftertaste.

M: Would never picture this beer being so dark with how it feels on the palette. Hops dont leave any unwanted sticky resins.

Overall a pretty enjoyable brew. Probably the most drinkable Dark IPA i've had.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark, near black auburn brown with a light tan head that sits just under two fingers. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of microbubbles across the surface. Fair lacing with little stick.

Smell - Floral, somewhat citric hop aroma. Lesser hints of cocoa and caramel.

Taste - Strong orange peel character upfront and throughout, with moderate cocoa and light touches of roast near the finish. Orange pith bitterness rings through the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body fair carbonation. Goes down well enough.

Overall - A decent Black IPA from Pyramid. Not a complex presentation, as the hop character is more or less a one note presence, making for a fairly uneventful drinking experience. Doubtful I'd buy this again.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.01/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A semi-agrgessive pour leads to a big tan and frothy head that leaves a ton of lace on the over-sized (like WAY oversized) wine glass that I used for this brew. Root beer brown with ruby highlights. Nice lookin' beer!

S - Malty caramel and chocolate notes with much less of a hop presence than I would have guessed. More malty and "stout-y" than the name suggests.

T - Tates more like a hoppy stout or porter than an IPA, but it is really good no matter what the style or name would imply. It is really piney on the back end though. Good stuff!

M - Big mouthfeel. Solid and chewy, with a creamy feeling after swallowing.

This is a uniquely fun beer that doesn't really fit in to any catgory, but that's totally ok with me. Good is good, and this is a goood beer!

Note: not really evaluating this one "to-style" since there isn't really a style for this beast. I am starting to see more dark IPAs on the market, but good beer is good beer, right?

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Photo of dertyd
4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1t2oz bottle to a pint glass

A:dark blakish red color almoast looks like a porter verry thin head with light laceing

S:hoppy citruss grapefruit but with a hint of chocklate coffe malts realy nice smell

T:verry yummy beer it taste like a mix from a porter and a pale ale a little bitter but with a good malt presence this is my first dark ipa and so far I am a fan

M:nice crisp a lil dry but plesent

Overall: wow I am blown away with this beer byfar the best beer by pyramid its such a nice ballance between the malts and hops I haven't had a beer like this flavor before I am gna put this sixer back quick

Live life...drink beer:-)

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Two fingers of head, dark brown color.

Strong pine smell with some grapefruit backup.

Balanced flavor at first, big pine tree and lemon in the middle, ends with a brunt malt. Curious and good.

Medium and sticky body, moderate carbonation.

A good DIPA.

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Photo of Glibber
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Dduquette
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of cletetron
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of JaredGolia
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of timbobandit
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Edgewater
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

Photo of g_jenkins
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Beermasterjarrett
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of karatebartender
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up tonight at the COOP... Poured into my little CC goblet.. very clear deep brown... nice tan head with good lacing.

Citrus zest with bits of pine ... a nice mix of chocolate and dark roast malt let you know this is dark without ever being overbearing.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the nose.... a bit of pithy bitterness trails out on the finish.

Body is a light/medium... good small bubble carbonation makes me want another sip.... Pretty good and cheap... I dig it.

All 4's.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark reddish brown. Thin fine light tan head that slowly dissipates to a thin film with slight lacing. Aroma of toasty malt, light hops and a hint of chocolate. Flavor with light toasted and biscuit malt, but dominated by bitter non-herbal, slightly citrus hops. Finishes with hop bitterness; somewhat astringent. Medium bodied with a decent mouth feel. A satisfactory dark IPA, but could use more flavorful distinct hops with some more malt support.

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Photo of Spaz7
4/5  rDev +14%

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Discord Dark IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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