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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,115
Reviews:
506
Ratings:
1,346
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
177
Gots:
125
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,346 |  Reviews: 506
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was happy to pick this one up at Firefly. Fresh bottle good through 2011. Roasty aroma.Dark with large soapy head. Coffee, chocolate,a little anise that makes it really tasty and inetresting. Above average mouthfeel. To me a 1.5X stout with great hopiness. Good drinkability.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a 2 finger brown sugar colored head. Looks alone would indicate a stout or porter. Good lacing on the drink down.

S - Smells of citrusy hops and roasted malts.

T - Citrus hops and roasty dark malts. Extremely delicious in every taste down to the end of the glass. Hop bitterness is there but it pairs well with the roasty malt and neither of the two dominate.

M - Good carbonation. Smooth all the way down. Very little hop coating on the palate.

D - Extremely drinkable. Easy to drink all night with its 6.5% ABV. My vote for the best American Black Ale that I have tried so far. I wish I got more when I had the chance.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

an excellent black ipa. pours very rich looking, thicker and an aggressive fizz happening. 2 inch tan head with nice rentention, dark brown liquid. smells like bitter pine family hops, and chocolatey roasty earthy malts. balanced but hop forward. flavor follows suit, great interplay between the rich velvet of the malt and the puckery punch of the hops. feel is lovely as well, very creamy in the mouth with a fuller body and good carbonation. overall a damn good brew, which ive now come to expect regularly from deschutes. they never ever disappoint

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For a style that no one can come to any confident consensus about, its flavor is nearly as illusive as its name. Is it a "Cascadian" ale, a black "American" ale or the more commonly but oxymoronish black "Pale" ale? Naming aside, is the beer more importantly an American IPA with a black hue or is it a hoppy porter?

Hop in the Dark carries the dark brown hues, appearing black in its center and plays out in an interlude to toast, cocoa and coffee flavors that settle upon the early palate and nose. Timidly sweet and malty, all that is overcast in strong citrus and floral plume.

More balanced in the middle palate than IPA but aggressively tilted toward hops compared to American robust porter, its mild caramel and toffee center links up with Whopper-type maliness, just ahead of a strong white grapefruit and orange zest component to easily outlast the beer's fleeting sweetness.

Because of its porter tone, its dry finish seems slightly thinned. However, its dry and resinous hop finish saves the "India pale" part. Yet for any IPA, I need the hop bitterness to pull much further ahead than is felt here. And with the coffee-type bitterness to assist hop bitterness, both seem to seek greater heights in taste and texture.

While the classic Oregonian Willamette valley is well represented with acute citrus bittering, I expect more tropical, orchard and citrus variety to allow the hops to take better command if its malty rival.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a damn near black, but actually brown, colour, with very slight clear edges, and one finger of creamy light beige head, which leaves rings of curtained lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of roasted caramel, and grapefruit hops, which blend very nicely. The taste is lightly toasted grain, and grapefruit, orange, and pine hops, seamlessly integrated. The carbonation is quite low, the body smooth and creamy, and it finishes nice and hoppy, the earthy, piney notes tamping down the latent smoky malt.

A pretty tasty dark hoppy ale - the Republic of Cascadia has another hefty contender for its namesake ale...

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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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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours like a stout, with a midnight brown color and a huge tan head; lacing galore

Smell: Pine cones after a fresh rain with a hint of bitter chocolate and coffee underneath

Taste: The piney flavors don't even wait for the malt to establish itself - they just take over the beer from the get go; underneath the assertive hop flavors is the bitter chocolate and coffee, but you have to swirl the beer around your mouth for a while to pick that up before the swallow; the finish provides the anticipated balance between the hops and the roasted malt flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Great example of the CDA style; this one (which was pretty fresh) packs everything together; highly recommended

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, dark brown color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, grasses and pine.

T - It had a nice bitter hop bite with a piney/resiney flavor. Good roasted malt backbone provides needed balance.

M - It had a nice pop and bite on the tongue with a dry finish. Medium bodied and relatively sessionable.

D - This is a good black IPA. Love the west coast pine aromas and flavor.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/21/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of pineapple, peach, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light coffee, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/roasted malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big pineapple, peach, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light coffee, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, peach, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, chocolate, cocoa, roast, toast, light coffee, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/roasted malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Black IPA. All around great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of largadeer
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Appropriately black-ish body with a dense tan head that retains nicely.

Smell: A ton of green, sappy pine on the nose along with a touch of mint. Plenty of dark malt, too, largely dry and ashy. There's a hint of caramel, but sweetness is reigned-in on the whole.

Palate: Pine alongside orange-like citrus. There's plenty of roastiness, a hint of dark chocolate and a big resinous kick in the finish. Acidic and slightly ashy. Carbonation feels too high at first, but it settles out quickly. This is hugely flavorful and quite bitter, perhaps a bit too sharp for its own good. The mouthfeel is light and dry, a touch thin toward the finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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