Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark AleHop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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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1/5  rDev -75.6%

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1/5  rDev -75.6%

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1/5  rDev -75.6%

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -39%

Photo of pants678
2.51/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours porter/stout black with a beige foam. Looks right up my alley.

I can smell the crisp, earthy cascade hops but not much else.

Not quite a Black IPA but not that far away either. Floral, clove notes stand out and they put the mild chocolate well in the background. In the end I can't imagine I'd go back, either you have a craving for one or the other. Big plus for not being muddled.

Smooth texture from the black malt. Not particularly sharp, sculpted more like a porter in regard to carbonation.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.73/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes

22 oz bomber split into a chalice

Heavy malt on the nose, mostly earthy with a smack of dirt and cream soda...smells very much like a porter. A little disconcerting based on what I was hoping for.

Hop in the dark? Really? Perhaps they're lost and having difficulty finding their way to my taste buds, cause I'm struggling to pull a significant hop presence. Beer is very thin with dark malts carrying the day. The bitter unpleasant finish may be where the hops are showcased. Unfortunately, it's not my bag.

This beer was deemed "homebrewy" by more than a few in the room. I like Deschutes, but this isn't one of their stronger offerings.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

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2.76/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. Some ruby red highlights around the edges. A large two finger and tightly packed tan head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes in a minute to a ring of small bubbles. A light watery film of lace is left.
S: Resiny pine and slightly soapy hops up front. Some grapefruit bitterness as well. A substantial, but not overpowering hop aroma. There is a light sweetness as well.
T: An odd mismatch of flavors going on. At first, resiny pine like the nose. That quickly fades to a light roasted malt flavor, which quickly moves on to a lingering grapefruit bitterness.
M/D: A medium body that is quite a bit thinner than I was expecting. Low carbonation, almost under carbonated. Not hard to drink. Nothing that particularly makes me want to come back for more though.

Once again, I feel this type of beer is just a gimmick and a bad trend. It just does not work, for me anyway. I have never been impressed with the "Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale" and this is no exception. I love Deschutes, but for once they are following instead of leading. Not something I would recommend.

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2.8/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours dark brown with a light off-white head, above average retention, no lace.

S: Definite coffee/roast, and citrus hops.

T: Clear hop flavour of tangerine, melon and grapefruit upfront with a nice chocolate and coffee finish. While the finish was nice, the flavours did not meld to well together, awkward and disjointed.

M: Medium-bodied, with a soft fizzy carbonation, pretty long aftertaste.

D: Not one of Deschutes better efforts. The beer is kind of all over the place, the overall flavour isn't up my alley. I finished the bomber fine, but it sure took me a while, not something I'd realistically want more than 10 oz. of.

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2.88/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz. brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. I had 2011's 6.9% version. Expectations are high as I've had some good brews from Deschutes in the past.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight tan colour, appealing cream lacing, good thickness, and great retention. Colour is a solid black. So far so good.

Sm: Heavy cascade hops, cream, and caramel. Simple and pleasant. Aroma is mild in strength.

T: A full bodied barley body with nice cream undertones and layered cascade hops atop. The bitterness is a bit high - especially on the open - almost resembling a mediocre IPA, but it manages to steer clear enough from that effect. Caramel and a slight chocolate note come through on the finish. It's simple, oddly imbalanced, and pleasant to drink. I wish they handled the cascade hops better. The finish shouldn't be this bitter.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a bit thick for the ABV and relative lack of flavours.

Dr: It's easy to drink for its relatively high ABV, but it does suffer from some problems with the hop balance. The price is a bit too high, but then it is an import. Dissenters may argue that it's brewed "to style", but there's certainly room for improvement.

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2.93/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: It didn't appear to be very lively, but the color and consistency seemed dead on for this type of beer.

Smell: No comments as it's not an area I can expound on.

Taste: There's plenty of roasted flavor in this one as expected with some hops coming through.

Mouthfeel: This beer was too bland for me and on the thin side. For me, it felt more on the watery side than I'd expect.

Drinkability: It's a decent beer if you liked this type of dark ales. It's definitely not one of the IPAs I would like to drink on a regular basis.

On a side note, I think this is a slightly better beer than Widmer's Pitch Black IPA. As I try more of those type of IPAs, my opinion on this beer probably will change to some degree.

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2.95/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 2/30/11. Still smells pretty hoppy.

A: Black with dark amber tint. not even a full spread light tan head.

S: Light roast + coffee and some even lighter citrusy hops *note: I did just handle tons of fresh centennial hops bare handed* I thought this smelled a lot hoppier until I walked into another room. Smells a bit faded in both departments.

T: Mild overall, and hard to feel strongly one way or another but I think the malts have the upper hand. Has the bland flavor of an old brown ale with some lager aspects which is only met with a mild bitterness at middle-end. Virtually no hops left otherwise besides this dry bitterness.

M: A bit dry, but otherwise decent carbonation for being a little faded.

O: Unlike many other black IPAs I've had, this one isn't very good with some age on it. I should probably try this fresh.

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2.99/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by 8/31/12

Huge tan foamy/soapy head. Lots of sticky foam left behind on the walls of my Duvel Tulip. Brew is thin black with lots of brown and purple.

Quite dull on the hops... Roasty and slightly pine.

Weirdly bitter... Overly pine. Lots of light airy chocolate and roasted malt. Perfect carbonation, but the bitterness/dryness ruins it, IMO.

I've had better Black IPAs...this ones a bit of a mess. There's a lot left to be desired with this brew, less chocolate and more delicate hops, to start. Semi-recommended.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of kevosbob
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hop in the Dark is brewed by Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon and is part of their Bond Street Series of beers. Hop in the Dark is an India Black Ale with 75 IBUs and a 6.5% alcohol by volume. This beer is available in 22 ounce bombers and is usually available from May – September. Brewed with Cascade, Citra, and Centennial hops this classic IPA with a dark twist is a hop-forward beer that highlights Deschutes Brewery’s diversity and creativity.

As expected from a Black IPA this beer pours a dark black accompanied with a tan fluffy head, typical of an IPA. The aroma is very nice with strong hop characteristics. The smell of the citra and cascade hops comes through the strongest and blends well with a dark roasted malt smell behind it. It’s pretty much what you would expect from an IPA turned dark.

When tasting this beer I was pleasantly surprised. There is a nice orange-zest flavor upfront from the citra hops and then the other hops and roasted malts blend together. It’s hard to define the bitterness quality in this beer but I get a blend of coffee and nuts with a carbon or wood finish. The bitterness in the hops blends well with this but it’s difficult to differentiate between the two bitterness qualities. This may be a bad trait for an IPA drinker or a good one for a porter drinker.

Within the past year or two the Black IPA has made quite the presence in the craft brew world. It seems to be a beer that splits tasters into two major groups, those who like hops and those who like porters or stouts. I feel that Hop in the Dark is a good center ground for both drinking styles, a characteristic that is surprisingly hard to find in Black IPAs. This beer is not expensive so I would suggest trying it and forming your own opinion.

My Beer Rating: 3

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3.16/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour 22oz bottle to tulip glass. Healthy hiss upon opening and strong pour leads to 3.5 fingers of tan head over black body. Looks great. Body is quite dark, almost stout like. Head descends slowly. Some sticky lacing and good healthy cap of head throughout consumption. Good looking beer.

Nose: Quite hoppy. Grapefruit, chocolate, strawberries, bitterness. More like an IPA than a black beer.

Mouth: Very hoppy. Strong flavors. High alcohol. Very bitter finish, both hoppy and roasty. Roastiness comes through in the end, sneaking out after the hops fizzle out. Long lingering flavor. Coffee, metal. Not a ton of complexity. Not much mouthfeel unfortunately. Thin for an IPA. Very thin for a black beer.

The beer's high point is in the glass not, unfortunately, in my nose & mouth.

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3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up this bomber for around $5

Poured into a pint glass forming a little over an inch of tan head. Receding slowly to leave good sticky lace cling and a very decent ring of retention.
Color is black, no light penetration.

Aroma is quite roasty with bittering dark malt, and semi sweet chocolate grain. Some citrus hop aroma beneath all this roastyness, but mostly mild and covered by the grains.
Chocolate nuttyness too, chocolate aroma is delicious and welcoming.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, like a well aerated watter with mild carbonation and a little slick feel. Really a poor feel actually that is not really pleasing.

Taste is a little sweet upfront with a charred caramel and robust roasted chocolate grain. Hops a again disguised by roasty flavors, but present way down under them. In a citrus floral form. Bittering into the finish with charred grain and pine.

This beer seemed a little strange to me. Like a friend that you hadnt seen in 20 years and were looking forward to seeing. But then you realise you really have nothing to talk about and cant wait for them to go back home and leave.

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3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a 1 finger medium tan head with decent retention and some lacing. The aroma has citrus, roasted coffee, and chocolate. The aroma is not very strong.

The taste is much like the aroma, and is also not very strong. Citrus, roasted coffee, a light amount of chocolate. Has decent bitterness, and very little sweetness.

Light bodied, decent carbonation, finishes dry. A decent beer, but not one I would hurry to seek out again.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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