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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Style:
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #25
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,295
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 9.98%
Reviews:
507
Ratings:
1,347
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Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  182
Gots
  123
SCORE
92
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
Reviews: 507 | Ratings: 1,347 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Rudes from North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Aug 04, 2014
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jrob21 from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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John11486 from California

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Feb 16, 2012
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oc0dyc from Washington

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark with a thick brown head

S - Very hoppy, as the name suggests. Overwhelming most of the other scents.

T - Not as hoppy as the smell would have you believe, almost chocolately quality, slight pineish flavor

M - Not as heavy as I had originally expected it to be (I expected more of a stout)

D - Very deserving of high marks, definitely will buy again - especially since it was only $4 or so on sale!

Aug 01, 2010
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JustinQ from California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Jul 17, 2012
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge dark tan head rises quickly from a cascading flurry of carbonation bubbles and resides static for near an eternity. The brew color is dark brown with some crimson hues at the edges. Lacing is almost unbroken.

Floral hops to the nose immediately. Underneath that is a hint of caramel and then some notes of toffee and cocoa.

Tastes hoppy with just the right amount of sweetness thrown in. The fusion here is just about as perfect as it gets. A little black coffee, ripened dark fruits and nutty notes mingle, but never get in the way.

Medium and viscous. Soft up front and dry going down. Some alcohol is noticed, but not much.

The best CDA I've had so far. This one blends the bitter and sweet like none I've had before and shows just how brilliant this style can be when pulled of well.

Sep 22, 2012
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Florida9 from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Appears black in the glass. Forms a fairly large, inch plus of dark tan, nearly brown head that reduces fairly quickly to a thick ring around the edge. Leaves some large blotchy spots of lacing on the way down.

S: The nose is surprisingly restrained. There is a good bit of roasted malts, some coffee, and a little cocoa. Some citrus hops blend with the mix.

T: Starts off with a slight sweetness. Then heavily roasted malts, lots of coffee, and even a slight hint of char. Cocoa and chocolate are noticeable to a lesser extent. Citrus hops show up on the end, as does an appreciable bitterness.

M: Medium in body. Appropriate carbonation. Moderate to strong bitterness.

O: Probably one of the best Cascadian Dark Ales I've experienced. Complex, yet balanced, with lots of conflicting flavors that actually blend well together. A very nice and quite enjoyable beer.

Sep 10, 2011
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spinrsx from Canada

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

Bomber - thanks to zacs for this one!

Appearance – Black/brown colour with a very large size frothy and fizzy light brown coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness of the beer and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, hops, grapefruit, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, chocolate and a hint of coffee. There is also quite a bit of hop bitterness and some juicy grapefruit/citrus flavour. It ends with a roasted malt and hoppy/citrusy aftertaste.

Overall – This is one of my favourite styles of beer and Deschutes has a done a fantastic job with it. It has a great diverse/interesting taste and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire bottle. I wish this one was available to me locally.

Nov 28, 2011
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StubFaceJoe from Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Oct 07, 2012
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BrewSTL from Missouri

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Jul 12, 2014
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BretSikkink from Mexico

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark as any stout or porter with a good sized tan head that looks to be sticking around. Lots of lacing. Nose is mildly roasted, with some dry grain and lightly bitter chocolate. Pine notes as well.

Assertively hoppy up front, this one takes a while for the malts to kick in. Once they do, there's plenty of bitterness from the roast as well as the little green cones. C-hops abound, with notes of citrus and pine resin doing the bulk of the work. On the malt end, think schwarzbier rather than stout. Mild roast, more chocolate than coffee. Dry, bitter finish is more reminiscent of iced coffee, but with a handful of hop leaves thrown in.

I've had lots of dark hoppy beers, but this one is truly outstanding. The alcohol is perfect for the brewer's intent, the body is full and creamy like a dark ale, but the overall impression is definitely IPA. Interesting hybrid, well done, and extremely drinkable.

Jul 16, 2010
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Groenebeor from California

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Jan 08, 2013
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bshefftz from California

3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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rudy0908 from Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Jul 27, 2012
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BryantForestry from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Jul 19, 2014
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Petorian13 from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Nov 18, 2011
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LittleDon from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a hint of light passing through. Decent head retention and great lace. Piney hops dominate the aroma, although some roasted malt is also present. Soft mouthfeel and big rich body. Perfect balance in the middle with a bit of acidity. Strong bittersweet chocolate finish.

Jul 09, 2011
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JackieTH from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured translucent black with mahogany highlights and a nice thick cap of dark khaki head.

Smells of citrus hop and well-roasted malt, coffee, nuts and molasses.

Taste was a delicious, balanced interplay between powerful earthy and citrus hop, roasted malt, coffee, caramel and a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Excellent presentation of bitter, sweet, and roasted elements.

Mouthfeel is medium, if just a bit on the light side this much flavor.

Overall this is an excellent example of a black ale. The 22 oz bomber was empty way before it had any right to be.

Jul 02, 2011
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dogfish7 from Texas

5/5  rDev +21.7%

Aug 08, 2012
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kmoen from California

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Mordax from Wyoming

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DucksFan16 from Alaska

5/5  rDev +21.7%

Nov 18, 2011
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ryanmac06 from Texas

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Great looking brew. Pours a very dark brown to black. Poured easily with 2 fingers of head that left great lacing throughout the drink.

S - Smells more of hops than roasted malts. If I were blind folded, I would probably think it was nothing more than a standard APA.

T - Starts off with coffee and a nice roasted character. Finishes with nice hops that add a piney bitterness to the brew. It is a complex beer that should definitely tried. I'm a bit turned off by the "night and day" distinction of the starting porter flavors and IPA finish. It has a great taste that should be able to please both crowds.

M - Mildly carbonated with a light/moderate palate feel.

D - I use this category to distinguish a rating based on my opinion of a good tasting beer vs. rating the beer for it's class. This isn't a session beer for me. I would definitely have another but I wouldn't drink more than 1 in a session. It's a good complex beer with a twist thats well balanced.

Aug 20, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1347 ratings