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%
 
 
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 139
Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +23.1%
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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Photo of BierJager89
4.24/5  rDev +20.8%
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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Photo of yesyouam
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
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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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 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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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
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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Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
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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Photo of philbertk
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
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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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 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 ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a bit of ruby mixed in and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted caramel malts and citrus hops. There are also some earthy hops and a bit of chocolate.

T - Starts off with some roasted caramel and light chocolate malts with some citrus and orange hops. Through the middle, some earthy and pine hops come through with some bitterness and a bit more chocolate flavor. The finish is a mix of roasted caramel and citrus hops with a bit of bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, roasted, and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice dark IPA. A little bit malt forward, could have used a bit more hops.

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Photo of Tone
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 3/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, citrus hops, pine, spice, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a very high carbonation level. Tastes of hops, roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of pale malt, slight pine, and caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend, but the high carbonation is quite unfavorable.

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Photo of coldriver
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a Coke color with good head and lacing. Aroma has a bit of a chemical tinge, with alcohol, but not overwhelmingly so. Dark malt and spicy hops are prevalent, but don't seem to compliment each other particularly well with a peppery wet finish. Overall it's a decent beer with nothing too offensive to offer, but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz from Roth’s Vista Market. S.Salem. $2.99 Dark brown beer with a large and lovely tan head. Resiny/piney hop aromas balanced with a nice toasty nuttiness from the malts. Nice taste to this one..slight nuttiness/caramel then a nice wash of resiny hoppiness..followed by a semi-sweet chocolate . The palate though was a bit off i enjoyed it then there was an abrubt watery end to it,strange. Overall drinkabel and nice beer could have scored extra if the finish wasnt so abrupt and thin

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very clear but dark ale, but I can't say anything about the foam, having slipped this one into the tumbler. Smell is hoppy, some alcohol phenol, and malt and sweet. A bit piney. A bit chemistry lab. Not much citrus. Taste is very good, malt sweetness coming in late, then dried fruit (maybe prune), caramel, and coffee run by fast. Mouthfeel is fast and dry and refreshing...no cloying sweetness or syrupy feeling here, and carbonation is moderately scrubbing. Bitter notes follow later and hold in a nice sustain of the hops. This was my first dark IPA, so with little to base this, I still liked it rather much and am inclined again to try the style.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark ruby brown with a haze-free body and a thick finger of frothy tan foam. A good-looking dark IPA.

Smell: resiney and citrusy hop aromas are at the forefront here. The malt in the background seems to have a bit of a caramelly or crystal malt character. It actually works pretty well, in my opinion.

Taste: nicely rich malt background with a strong bitterness atop. Some of the resiny hop flavors come through, but it's mostly bitterness and a little bit of sour thrown in. Not bad, but not wonderful.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a surprisingly well-integrated carbonation and a very good creaminess. I like it.

Overall: the bitterness and light sourness don't work great for me, but otherwise it's a pretty tasty and well-crafted beer.

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Photo of sam_bliss
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-ouncer into a tall glass

Pours a blackened amber with a few centimeters of browned head. The aroma prominently features bitter dark malts. A bit of resinous, woody hop balances caramel and smokiness. The taste is of coffee and some fruitiness. Apple-smoked toast. Mouthfeel is fresh for such a well-bodied brew. Pleasant aftertaste without any after-feel.

To make this beer pyramid took one part Snow Cap and one part Thunderhead and mixed them up real good. It turned out alright

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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 RJLarse
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a Pyramid spring sampler case. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a walnut black color, translucent with red hues shining through the glass. Creamy off white head.

Smell is roasted grain aroma, with a sweet caramel scent.

Taste is a charcoal and sweet caramel flavor with a dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly cloying with a bitter aftertaste.

Overall a good beer. More of a dry hopped porter in my book, but good just the same.

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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 BucannonXC5
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The color was reddish brown. About two fingers of head. Not too much lacing and the uneven amount didn’t stay too long. Good amount of film on the sides.

Smelled of dark chocolate malts. Also some toffee and caramel.

Tasted a bit lighter than the smell indicated. Fairly smooth and not too dark. Nothing really jumps out here, it seems to be fairly watery. I got some weak dark chocolate malts, but that was it.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt finish.

Nothing really excited me about this beer, especially after just having an Outburst Imperial IPA. Maybe I should have rated that a bit higher.

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Photo of brodericksloth
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Available February and March…good St Patrick’s beer; very dark

Two Finger creamy tan head lasts until the end of the glass; good lacing

Tastes like a hoppy stout without all the malt; still very filling. flavors hard to pick up. Some tropical fruits with a bitter piney chewy resin aftertaste. 5 different hops dominated by Cascade. Dry hopped DIPA without a lot of alcohol (could carry more alcohol with all the hops in this one)

Very similar to Thunderhead in alcohol and IBU’s but dark. Probably Pyramid's best

Good pub beer; social sipper

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 060712. Pours a surprisingly light color for a CDA, it is dark copper and stunningly clear when held to light. Head is nice and fluffy, fades slow and leaves some nice lace.

Nose shows very little malt and plenty of citric, slightly catty hops. ‘Meh’ on the aroma overall.

Hops are bright and clean with a papaya/apricot tropical flavor to them. Not bad, but why make a CDA without any malt flavor? As an IPA, it is a pretty good offering and for the price would be worth having in the rotation every now and then. The hop flavors are more in the forefront than the bittering, which is nice and the freshness and clean yeast go along way for thirst-quenching enjoyment. I like it, but it falls short when comparing to the great American Black/Cascadian Dark ales out there.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - dark brown color, with about a finger and a half's worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - hoppy, but seemingly with a higher dose of malt. Maybe some caramel or vanilla notes? Something else a little earthier there.

Taste - very much like the smell, it's hoppy tasting, but not overwhelmingly so. Likewise, the bitterness is felt just near the beginning of the middle part of the tasting. It finishes with a slight musky quality.

Mouthfeel - very well balanced, not leaning more on the watery or creamy sides.

Overall - not a bad tasting brew. Not terribly intriguing, but not at all dull either.

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Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colored beer with a small tan colored head. Hold this up to the light and it is actually an orange-red beer.

Smell is hoppy but not to extreme with a leaf tobacco aroma. Slight chocolate and slight coffee. Pine and grapefruit are not all that strong in this one.

Starts out more savory than bitter with a little patent malt and trace of carrot in the aftertaste. Tobacco and pine with carrot. About medium bitterness there is a menthol taste here too.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall it is an OK beer but not one that has any real passion going for it. Really just another hoppy red beer.

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Discord Dark IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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