Discord Dark IPA | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of baconman91
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of yesyouam
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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Photo of barnzy78
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of thatdavegy
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of WaydeRafnel
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Frankieteardrop
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of JohnnyMc
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First beer from Pyramid.

It pours out pretty black with some reddish/amber hues.

The smell is dominated by earthy and piney hops.

The flavor is a bit odd. At first there is this hoppy flavor filled with earthy notes and it stops. Then there is a chocolate hint with roasted malts. The problem with this beer is, it didn't seem to blend together. It was like drinking two separate beers at once.

Not bad, but I won't pick up again.

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Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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 yemenmocha
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours caramel colored brownish, almost like a cola basically. Medium head. Nose is surprisingly light, with light cocoa and citrus. On the palate it is noted that it is extremely light bodied, watery almost, and flavors are weak as well. Light caramel, citrusy hops, and gentle bitterness. Easy to drink, but only because there's not much there.

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Photo of kdown
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of cletetron
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
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 karatebartender
4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of ldawg87801
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Capmech1
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of katybee
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
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 -1.7%
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 BobDole007
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +1.1%
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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4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

Discord Dark IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Beer rating: 40.3% out of 100 with 139 ratings
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