Discord Dark IPA | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Discord Dark IPADiscord Dark IPA
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Discord Dark IPADiscord Dark IPA

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

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.

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4.32/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Pyramid's new "Ignition" series, which is Pyramid's belated attempt to break into the xTreme beer market. It's available from August to October (an odd period, in between seasons), and it's only available in kegs.

Black IPAs are the trendiest of trends and that's just because they blend two things that sound cool: darkness and IPAs. Whoever came up with this was a goddamn genius. It's like, hey, what are the words that people who don't know much about good beer think of when they think about good beer. "Uhh... black and IPA." Like, you don't even have to remember what IPA stands for and you could still know that IPA = fancy.

So there's a lot of variation in this style, which I regard as mostly as a marketing gimmick. But like everyone else in the whole world I am susceptible to marketing gimmicks and what could be considered my "taste" is basically just my preference of gimmicks. And this one, aside from being so blatant, is actually quite well done.

I would have thought it was a rye, from the smell and the pour. It's the darkest dark IPA I've ever come across. A little googling reveals that the lightly tart astringency--which is the first thing that hits you and basically defines the beer--is the result of a heavy handful of Black Carafa II. Neat. This is backed up really well with an intense, amazingly varied blend of high-alpha hops.

Really nicely done. This is easily the best, most adventurous beer that Pyramid brews.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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4.24/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown, basically black with a mocha head.

S: Orange, mango, coffee, dark chocolate in the nose.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, orange, mango, tangerine, a little lemon, some grapefruit peel and a little pine.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: Discord? More like accord. This style of beer is a delicious blend of roasted malt and citric/fruity happiness.

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4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pyramid Discord Black IPA is a dark berry colored beer. It's almost black until you hold it to the light. It's topped with a dense, waxy khaki foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. There are bright, citrusy hops in the aroma with notes of fresh squeezed orange juice and fresh cut fir... perhaps a hint of roast and ash. It's medium bodied and foamy. It leaves the tongue dry and rough. It's quite bitter. Pine resin fades into juniper and leaves a medicinal aftertaste. The dark malt is far in the background. This is all about the hops, for sure. This is not a timid beer, nor is it for the timid. This is a nice bitter slap in the face.

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4.14/5  rDev +16.9%
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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4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
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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4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black. Only a small amount of light shows through the edges when held up to the light. 4.5/5

Smell- MMmm. Pine hop aroma with caramel malt in the background. 4/5

Taste- Pine flavored bitterness. The malts don't really come out here. No real chocolate or roastiness to it. If I never looked at this I would assume it is a regular IPA not a Black IPA. Still it is good. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Good for the style. Nothing really jumps out here. 4/5

Overall- I really liked this. I will be getting more I am sure. I assumed this to be more of a watery IPA, but am pleasantly surprised. It does, however, lack the roastiness that I love in Black IPAs. 4/5

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4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a nice thick creamy one-finger plus head, which then leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, slight citrus. The taste is pretty hoppy, slightly malty, with a nice citrus note. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. This one surprised me, definitely worth checking out.

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4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pyramid Brewing Company--Seattle, WA--Discord Dark IPA--Ignition Series. 6.80% ABV. 65 IBU's. Tan lacy head. Opaque dark black bronze edged color. Rich floral hop front with mild roasted hint. Crisp tangy thin textured dry burnt malt hop infused body. Dry hop spice tangy end. Good taste , but maybe overpowering as a Pint serving. (4.0 / 5.0) 5 oz Taster Sampled @ Fremont Oktoberfest on 9/26/2010.

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4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
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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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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Discord Dark IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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