Discord Dark IPA | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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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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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 139
Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle best by 06/07/12 $1.69. Dark brown-red, definitely not black at all. decent head. Smells like it was dry hopped but it is not in the least bit impressive. Taste is completely average. Very boring malts with a hint of hops and nothing more. This is probably the lamest black or dark IPA I've ever had. It wasn't bad or offensive it was just completely mediocre.

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Photo of katybee
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the first of Pyramid's lineup that I've really enjoyed.

Surprisingly dark, for an IPA, it pours translucent cola brown, with a light 1/2" froth of tan head which quickly dissipates, but leaves a thin lacing.

I would only fault the smell as being slightly metallic, or having a burnt malty element that was disconcerting. It could be the dry hopping.

It had an unexpectedly complex taste, a slight evergreen pungeance over a grapefruit character, with some malty overtones, yet not sweet or bready. It reminded me a bit of Guinness. My one stumbling block though, would be that same 'metallic', grassy, off element, which could be the dry hopping, noticeable on exhaling over the tongue...To me it was a little unpleasant -- although I also do not like Guinness for the same reason.

Thin on the tongue, softened only by the foam.

Overall, this is an interesting change of pace from the overly citrusy varieties, and from the stouts. Sort of a "light porter" without any of the smoky elements that make smoking a cigar with it a necessity. Very drinkable; although to me, the lower abv seemed deceptive, it tasted a bit like an thin imperial. But a beer with real character -- good one, Pyramid!

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Photo of GreenCard
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown with ruby highlights, good clarity, nice layer of tan, creamy foam with good retention

Aroma: grainy, malty, and a touch of resiny hops

Flavor: smooth maltiness with an even smoother roast bitterness; not a whole lot of hop flavor or bitterness, though (i.e.- it's not very IPA-like); finishes semisweet with a lingering roast

Mouthfeel: medium body, good carbonation, fairly crisp

Other comments: Shame on Pyramid, a Portland brewery, for calling this a Black IPA and not a Cascadian Dark Ale!

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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 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 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 Bookseeb
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a very dark brown supporting an off white head and light spotty lace. Smell initially has a nice balance of the citrusy, piney hops with the lightly roasted and caramel malt. Taste has the grapefruit citrusy hops, but not overpowering. The roasted malt stands out the most in this IPA also having a dry, biscuity flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thin on the medium side with good carbonation. Not a bad brew, but nothing too complex, could use a little sweetness to round things out.

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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 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 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 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 troutmask96
2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pyramid continues to disappoint. Smell is intriguing enough, with nice notes of toasted caramel, toffee, and even licorice, but that's where the appeal ends. Taste is a bit thin, with lingering notes of gas station drip coffee and burnt grain. This is not a beer I'll be coming back to...

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a deep. Rown color with a finger of light tan head. Ok retention.

S- soft roasted malt and a touch of chocolate blend with a piney earthy hop aroma on the nose.

T- more light chocolate and roast malt flavors on the front end. Pine hop flavors with a light hop bitterness in the middle. Finishes weak with a touch of caramel like sweetness.

MF- slick mouthfeel. Light body and average carbonation.

D- ok drinkability.

Overall a pretty one dimensional brew.

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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 PintOHops
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Glass - Pint

A - A dark mahogany colored brew with little clarity. It produced a 2-finger head that fizzled away quickly. No lacing left on my glass.

S - I pick up licorice, herbal hops, and grapes upfront. I also get brown sugar and molasses underneath. Not much going on here.

T - Upfront I get licorice and brown sugar with, you guessed it, herbal hop notes. It's very similar to the smell, and it finishes with a bit of bark, charcoal, brown sugar and moderate bitterness. Malty flavors linger on the tongue a bit.

M - Lite-moderate crispness with a rather thin lite-medium body.

O - I thought the beer was just okay. The bitterness is rather low for an IPA, and I can't help but to think that it tastes a little watered down because Iv had a few Black IPA's with allot more flavor. The price is right for it but I don't think I'd buy this one again.

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Photo of JosiahS
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

glass: pint

Appears to be a dark, deep ruby color with only a small ring atop the glass. No lacing. Smells of soft cocoa, grapes, kiwi, lemon rind and floral/pungent hops.

Body a bit thin, medium carbonation. Taste is a bit dry, some black cherry, grape, and a mild, dank hop flavor. Overall, this beer is meh.

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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 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 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 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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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 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 hopwave
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another Spring seasonal black IPA hitting the shelves...

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel large goblet... typical cola brown 2 finger head, smell is hoppy goodness and roasted malt... slight pepper note

Taste follows nose... hoppy with nice roasted malt... a little harsh in the pepper at the end.

Overall another good black ipa. not my favortite because of that strong pepper at the end but still worth a shot if you see it around.

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