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
pyramidbrew.com

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
Ratings:
139
Reviews:
52
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
13.96%
 
 
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3
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5
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with twist-off pressure cap and generic uninspired label acquired as part of a pyramid variety box at my local Vons grocery store this past Friday and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery - which I'm not all that impressed with. 6.5% ABV confirmed. Brewed with 5 different hops. Enjoy by 06/06/13. Reviewing as a Dark IPA - that's what the label calls it.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a six finger khaki colour head of decent cream, decent thickness, and pretty good (~5 minute) retention. Body colour is an extremely dark amber; I like the rich character of it. It's quasi-translucent but nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. No lacing as the head recedes. Looks pretty standard for a Dark IPA/Black IPA. No overt flaws.

Sm: Pleasant floral hop character jars a bit against the dark malt backbone. Some nice (albeit light) roast is a highlight. A bit of pine, surprisingly. I didn't expect this relative level of hop complexity from a Pyramid brew. A light soapiness suggests it may have spent a hair too long in primary fermentation. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A moderate strength aroma. Standard fare for a black IPA, with an interesting battle between malts and hops for prominence. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: I like the light roasty touches to the malty backbone. Dark malts form the foundation. Floral hop character and a bit of pine is present throughout, with some unwelcome hop bitterness hitting on the climax. The failure to tame the hop bitterness severely impacts the balance. I get a bit of chocolate malt - especially up front. Light caramel. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. It's too bitter, overall. I do like the chocolatey malty sweetness up front but it dissipates. Might have been better served as just a straight up stout; the hops and malts are clashing here. Built okay. It suffers from the usual balance issues implicit in the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch oily. Overcarbonated. Good thickness. Decent presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile rather generically. Decent execution.

Dr: I quite like the price and think this will be right up the alley of fanatics of the style. It's one of the better more interesting brews I've had from Pyramid, but admittedly that isn't saying much. I wouldn't get it again, but I'll easily finish the other two bottles in the variety box. It's not bland or uninspired; I can tell effort did go into this. But it ultimately comes off imbalanced and lackluster - and balance is key to this style.

C

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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 mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The spring seasonal. A dark and stormy brew with a fresh hop tang. Chestnut brown with a white cap and plenty of carbonation.

Seems to be another entry in the "Cascadian" dark IPA crowd. No so big on the fragrant hops, but it does have a pleasant nose of resins. More of the herbal bitters, and an unusual spicy note from the five hop mix, apparently. Some deep roasted malt. Light body. Bitter aftertaste. Fairly austere as the malt fades quickly.

From the 12 oz screw-cap bottle.

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Photo of billab914
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. It poured dark brown in color with a thin, spotty head scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma has a moderate hoppiness with a little citrus mixing with some herbal bitterness. I some roasted and chocolaty malts coming out as well.

The taste shows a little more of the roasted flavors to it. There is a herbal and grapefruit like bitterness coming out more in the finish. A little chocolate is there as well. Feels pretty balanced actually.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a decent beer, but not an outstanding one in the style. The hops felt a little subdued and even a little overshadowed at times for an IPA, even a dark IPA. It did feel pretty balanced and easy drinking though. Not a bad beer overall.

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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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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, good to see Pyramid's going back to a more classic label, it's about time, the recent ones were horrid,

A: Pours a super dark brown with a medium off-white head. Solid head retention, some lace.

S: Notes of pine, dark chocolate, a hint of smoke.

T: Roasted malts, pine, some greenery, fairly standard flavour, fairly light flavour overall.

M: Light to medium-bodied, on the thinner side. Creamy and smooth though.

O: An average Black IPA, I've certainly had worse. Very inexpensive, so it might be worth a try if you like the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of beertunes
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a translucent reddish-black color with over 1/4 inch of tan head that had good retention and light lacing.

The aroma had a bit of roasty malt at the front, receding to some mild floral hops, that also had just a tinge of citrus. On the tongue though, the flavors were far less well-defined than the aroma had led me to expect. The beer was, in general, a bland blend of grains and relatively soft hops. There was a very unpleasant bitter finish on the very back of the tongue that lingered far, far too long to be enjoyable.

The body was solidly typical for the style, medium-ish. Drinkability was good, except for that harsh, bitter finish. Overall, I think it'll depend on how you like the style in general. I'm not particularly a fan, so I didn't really find much here to love. YMMV. Worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz short-neck bottle, pours dark chestnut in color with a frothy tan head that holds good retention and leaves good chunky lacing on the glass. Aromas are malty, smells like a stout - milk chocolate and dark roasted malts fill the nose, maybe some herbal hops in the background. Tastes are again, malty like a stout. Dark chocolate, roasted malt up front, earthiness, followed by a fruitiness resembling dark fruit reminiscent of cherry and fig. Pungent, piny hop resins coat the palate on the finish, but the dark, roasted malts hold their own against the bitterness. Mouth-feel is smooth and creamy, medium bodied. Overall, I like this for what it is, but its roasted notes seem to prevail making it seem more like a weak Russian Imperial Stout. I was expecting more grapefruit and citric notes that are expected from an American IPA, whether it's black or not. Given that, it's still probably the best offering I've had from this brewery.

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3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Dark brown color

S-A lot going on here. Black licorice, earthy, tobacco, a bit of smokiness...anise...

T-Earthy hops....some pine....smoky...anise....some cocoa...

M-Somewhat sharp finish....body is about right...

O-Interesting but more muddled than tasty. I can drink it but wouldn't buy it.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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Discord Dark IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
3.51 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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