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Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale | Deschutes Brewery

506 Reviews
Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark AleHop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An India Black Ale.
Available - May to September
Alc. by Vol. - 6.5% (2010), 6.9% (2011)
IBUs - 75

Added by JohnGalt1 on 05-27-2010

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Reviews: 506 | Ratings: 1,343
Reviews by BeardedRiker:
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark IPA? I'll try it out! Oh God, I just poured it out and it looks fantastic. It looks like a stout but smells like an IPA. AWESOME! For me, Deschutes beers are a little hit or miss. I think most of their beers are decent, some I don't think are extraordinary, but they do have some that I have enjoyed a whole lot. This Cascadian Dark Ale looks like it is going to fall into the enjoyable. The tan head pours thick and frothy. It looks most tantalizing. The beer is very dark and I can barely see through the edges of it when holding it up to a light. In these respects the dark IPA looks like a stout.

How does it smell? Heavenly! It has a very floral aroma from the hops. I detect fruity and chocolaty sweetness. But that's not all. Complexity is added from the chocolate as well as coffee, bringing out a fuller, more intense smell that gives it a robustness. I already know that the beer is going to taste good. As I take a sip, I notice that the head is still there on the surface as well as some lacing on the side of my glass. That adds character.

To describe the taste of this beer will be difficult. Like the smell, the taste is as if the Cascadian Dark Ale is an IPA and a stout. Now, it's not as hoppy as an IPA and not as robust and full-bodied as a stout, but it is an enjoyable combination. The bite of hops tingles the tongue at first, followed by a plethora of flavors like sweet, fruity plum, the pine flavors evident in pale ales, some oatiness (word?) that makes it more robust, as well as smooth and sweet malts. Later comes the chocolate and coffee flavors that add some dark tones and lingering bitterness, making the beer a taste bud roller coaster of sorts. Every sip brings about a lengthy adventure through flavors or spice, bitterness, sweetness, and robustness. All this being said, I wish it was more hoppy, considering that it is an IPA. That lack of bite disappoints a bit because I love hops so much. It's also a bit watery to me. That could also be because I wish it was more hoppy.

This beer is very interesting, one of the most interesting beers I've tried, and therefore I highly recommend it. I think it has some room for improvement in terms of being more FULL of flavor, less watery, but if we're talking about flavors here, there aren't many beers I'd say come close to having the variety of flavors. Go try it!

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

The Cascadian Dark Ale, also called India Black Ale, style is taking the country by storm! Very impressed with the head, nearly black all the way through. Pleasing spicy citric hop nose cradled by a solid malt base. Smoothness digs deep. Well-rounded malt character provides a good, balanced wall for the hops to play off of; an inkling of alcohol is clean. Hops grow after each sip; finish is semidry with a linger of hops and faint dark malt. Nailed it, guys!

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown/black pour with one finger of splotchy tan head. Head has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Citrus and roasted malts up front, with a bit of bitter chocolate coming trough as well.

T - One of the smoother BIPA/Cascadian/whatever dark hoppy ales are called. The citrus brightens up the dark roasty characters very nicely. Taste is full but pretty clean. Finishes dry and bitter. Enjoyable.

M - as I mentioned above, quite smooth though not exactly creamy. Earthy dry bitter mouthfeel.

O - one of the better dark hoppy ales I've had. Would
have again.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, "best after 5/29/10"? Pours a dark brown with a smallish light tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is roasted malts and cola, with some piney hops and a little tar.

The flavor is roasted/burnt chocolate malts, a little cola and anise, with a big roasted bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation.

Overall, an interesting "black IPA" with good bitterness. I didn't really care for the burnt/tar notes or the cola.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mikechance
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a very dark beer with porter/stout color. A nice half inch head releases some hoppy smell. I'm getting hints of black licorice and brown sugar, but I’m getting very little else. I'm picking up very little hops. It goes down nice and easy with a touch of oily feel. The aftertaste is a little sour and unexpected (not in a good way). Overall it’s a nice beer, but I didn’t get knocked off my feet as I expected I would. The bottle didn't get the best travel conditions, so I'm going to have to try it again soon. The 21st Amendment "Black in Back" is a better Black IPA.

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Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: minimal head, dark brown/black in color, clear

Smell: roasted malt, chocolate, and faint hops

Taste: Starts with a big dose of roasted malt and chocolate, citrus hops come in the middle and blend well. As the beer warms faint notes of nut also show.

Mouthfeel: medium high carbonation, light body, a nice mix of bitter and sweet leading slightly on the bitter side.

Drinkability: This one goes down way too easy. Deschutes knows how to do dark beers and this is no exception. One of my favorites in the style and from them. I would buy this regularly if it was around here.

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4.04/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Torey
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is strong pine and resiny hops. If I didn't look at the beer, I would think this is a standard orange American IPA. The flavor is pine, resin and just the slightest bit of dark malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of SjConroy
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of GarrettB714
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of bsp77
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Jet black (with ruby highlights) with lasting cappuccino head and nice lacing lines.

Smell: Citrus and pine with an undercurrent of chocolate and roasted malt. For some reason, the roasted malt and American hop combination always reminds me of meat and roses.

Taste: Strong roasted barley flavor with sharp coffee and citrus hop bitterness. Nice layers of chocolate and flowers help round out the taste.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, medium body that is very smooth and creamy. Very dry finish.

Drinkability: A mixture of the best elements from a stout and an IPA. Delicious and surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. It pours clear black under a 1” tan foam collar. The dark malt aromas and flavors are clean, smooth coffee flavors – a light roast and not harsh or burnt and are softened by a light caramel sweetness and seasoned by a citrusy, resiny, grapefruit rind bitterness. It all works very well together.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of warmbier804
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ehammond1
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

K&B Wine Cellars
San Diego, CA

A dark as night pour but with some dark ruby edges along the edge. Big and thick, persistent, chocolate milk head. Leaves the glass supremely messy. Perfect.

A lot of roasted and chocolate malt character in the nose. A disappointing lack of hops, though some do definitely emerge as the beer warms to near room temperature. Seems to smell like a very mild stout as opposed to any kind of beer with the word "hop" in the title. Although....I want to say I smell peanut butter. How weird is that?

Definite hop bitterness in flavor along with a lot of roasted and chocolate malts. The hop profile seems to lean toward the piney side of the spectrum as opposed to the citrus.

Medium to thick mouthfeel, which is very nice in a beer like this. Still incredibly drinkable.

A great beer. I actually think the name does this beer a disservice. When I hear the name, I'm thinking a beer along the lines of Stone's Sublimely Self Righteous, but this is much maltier, more chocolatey, and chewier than that beer. Both are good; as strange as it sounds, I think a name change would be good for this beer...something I never thought I'd say.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Best by date of 8/21/14.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger tan head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A spicy, juicy, and roasty hop forward aroma with good hints of earthy and citrus hops with dark roast. Earthy, floral, and herbal hop hints with some dank pine resin and grass. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and tangerine. Big dark roasted malt balance with hints of chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, biscuit, grains, wheat, oats, and yeast. A very solid black ale aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy, earthy, and roasty black IPA taste with big notes of pine, citrus, and dark roast. Upfront mix of earthy, floral, and citrus hops with spicy and dank notes of pine resin and grass. Good citrus notes of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, and lemon. Solid balance of dark roasted malts with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, grains, biscuit, oats, wheat, and yeast. Bold taste but nicely balanced. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Body leans towards the fuller side. Carbonation is moderate. Juicy and fairly chewy with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good black ale. Very bold taste but the hops are balanced well by the dark malt notes.

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Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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