Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale
Deschutes Brewery

Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark AleHop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale
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From:
Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 10%
Ratings:
1,346
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Oct 03, 2018
Added:
May 27, 2010
Wants:
  184
Gots:
  123
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark AleHop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale
Notes: An India Black Ale.
Available - May to September
Alc. by Vol. - 6.5% (2010), 6.9% (2011)
IBUs - 75
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Ratings by Bubba83:
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3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Bubba83 from California

Poured from a bomber into a Deschutes Tulip at 45 degrees. Appears black, with dark brown around the edges, and topped off by a light tan head, 3 finger width head. Good retention and nice spiderweb lacing remains on the glass.

Smells of citrusy hops, lemon and orange mostly, with some grapefruit too. Behind the zesty hops there is a decent cocoa powder aroma along with some faint roast.

First thing I taste is toasted cocoa puff cereal, but it doesn't remain for long as the hops takeover pretty quick. The hop flavor is a pretty typical deschutes style, and reminds me a bit of Red Chair's hop profile. Lots of C hops here, but not overly fruity or juicy in nature. Finishes up with a good deal of roast, pretty tasty.

I like the mouthfeel a lot on this beer, it's somewhat thin compared to others I've had in the style but I think it works. I'm also a big fan of the texture of the head all the way through. Good level of carbonation.

Overall a very solid Black IPA, and another winner of a beer from Deschutes, seemingly the company that can't make a disappointing beer. I think I prefer Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, mostly because of the hop profile difference, but to each their own!

Jun 18, 2010
More User Ratings:
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3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by iguanodon from Utah

[Original rating 2012-09-21] Dark brown with a bit of red when held up to the light, almost black. Thin brown head that disappears quickly. Aroma is roasted malt, citrus, stone fruit. Taste is malty, sweet at first with a bitter finish. Some alcohol in the finish, a hint of cough syrup. Mouth feel is a bit thin.

Oct 03, 2018
 
4.49 by ADKbeerguy from New York on Dec 17, 2017
 
3.96 by bshefftz from California on Apr 27, 2017
 
3.75 by Rice_Nate_25 from Ohio on Dec 19, 2016
 
4 by Bjlynch83 from Oregon on Oct 16, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

Nice dark roast grain bitterness combines with hops for sharp taste and palate. Black body with abundant beige head, lots of lacing. Aroma is a mixture of IPA and stout/porter. Medium body , nice drinkability, bitter finish.

Apr 27, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Good black appearance, its dark alright, very black. Minor 1/3" tan head. Aroma hit all those grapefruit c hop notes.

Plenty bitter and impressive hop connotation. They may have used some dehusked black malt, as the bitterness while high, seems hop derived moreso than malt derived. Covers alcohol well. While not a style I'm huge on, when I think of the best in style, this one is up there. Most importantly, because the hops provide flavor, its not just an acrid bitter bomb with dark colors.

Apr 06, 2016
 
3.34 by DrAnnaNemis from Illinois on Jan 07, 2016
 
4.15 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Nov 30, 2015
 
4.03 by wethorseblanket from California on Nov 26, 2015
 
3.75 by jrob21 from Georgia on Nov 20, 2015
 
4.04 by EdwardAbbey from Washington on Oct 10, 2015
 
4.3 by Coon_Hopster from Minnesota on Oct 03, 2015
 
3.3 by firkingroovin from Illinois on Sep 22, 2015
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4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by pat61 from Minnesota

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.

Aug 19, 2015
 
3.75 by sharpski from Oregon on Aug 16, 2015
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4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by elNopalero from California

One of my favorite Cascadian IPAs, and here the name is more than fitting. A light chocolate roast and some crisp grapefruit notes with a piney, slightly resiny note on the finish. Delicious.

Aug 14, 2015
 
3.9 by kkawachi from Hawaii on Aug 07, 2015
 
4 by Ssippisam from Minnesota on Jul 27, 2015
 
4.2 by JArt from Pennsylvania on Jul 22, 2015
 
4.1 by NeverSettle from Texas on Jul 14, 2015
 
3.75 by zbooks from Texas on Jul 14, 2015
 
4 by italianstallion from Wisconsin on Jul 04, 2015
 
3.5 by aussiebeer from Illinois on Jun 24, 2015
 
4 by lotgod from Ohio on Jun 12, 2015
 
4.16 by Devman171 from Maryland on Jun 07, 2015
 
4.06 by South2NW from Oregon on May 10, 2015
 
3.89 by jordanmckell from Texas on May 08, 2015
 
4.15 by Nurt20 from Illinois on May 02, 2015
 
4.1 by Beeeeeerman from California on Apr 27, 2015
 
4.1 by Tyrawlings from Ohio on Apr 22, 2015
 
4 by ALC82 from Iowa on Apr 01, 2015
 
4.24 by Pro_Magnon from Texas on Feb 28, 2015
 
4.24 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania on Feb 24, 2015
 
4.17 by ovaltine from Indiana on Feb 20, 2015
 
4 by allstar255 from California on Feb 17, 2015
 
4.3 by AllanPatchin1016 from Ohio on Feb 17, 2015
Photo of Alohaneen
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Alohaneen from Georgia

A-black and lovely. A nice creamy tan-color head.
S-slighty fruity but slightly chocolate notes. Very faint.
T-hops are a fruity-cannot pick it. Malts are nicely toasted without overpoweing hops. Slight chocolate notes.
M-a nice big body
O- a very well balanced cascadian dark ipa. I really enjoyed this one

Feb 16, 2015
Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1346 ratings