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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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks, Max.

Pours very dark, bordering on black, with a thin off-white to tan head and some good lacing. The nose is a bit muted, but brings some characteristic pine and, to a lesser extent, citrus hops. A bit of roasted character, but not too much. The taste adds a bit more roasted malt and calls back the hop profile a bit. Feel is really nice with dry roast and bitterness interacting well. Drinks well and is a nice example of the style.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Thanks to thirdeye11 for this one.

Nice frothy 2 finger head lots of lacing, pitch black color,

Nose is fainter, some darker malts, light creamy porter, grapefruit, light citrus hops, little grassy and mild, light caramel malts.

Taste has more roast, bit of burnt coffee, light black patent, creamy porter like but very light, some earthy almost chewy hops, it gets very bitter as it build, light citrus, spicy hops. Finishes very bitter, slight astringent and minerality, drier but a bit sticky.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied with good carb and slightly creamy.

Overall pretty good but not their best (then again they set the bar very high for themselves), but a definite tasty beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a straight-up, dense black in the glass, topped with 2 fingers of tight and foamy mocha (almost milk chocolate) colored head. Swirling the glass fires this back up to a rich ¾ finger that showers the sides with a great looking cascade of sticky and creamy froth. The aroma is floral and leafy, with some dankness that mixes with the slightly astringent roastiness of the malts. Cocoa and caramel sit with some sweetness across the back. I'm maybe getting some spiciness from the hops present here as well.

The taste is bright and hoppy up front, bitter with some gritty rind and grapefruit flavors. A flush of chocolate and caramel sweetness shore up the middle part of the profile before a backend of blackened roast pulls up the rear and finishes this with a dry and burnt bitterness that lingers with leftover notes of earth, herbs, and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy and slicker to the carbonation on the edges that then pulls together and lays a steady prickle on the tongue as you swallow. This is still very smooth for the bitterness that is involved here and the feel for a 6-7% IPA is right on the money.

This was good. I probably should have gotten into it back in August, when I bought the bottle, but it was refrigerated the whole time and seemed to have held up pretty darn well. The hops definitely still packed a punch and brought some earthy tones to the show that matched up well with the smokiness of those roasted malts. Nice easy body on this as well. I'll be seeking some bottles of this again next summer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep, mossy flavors in a black ale. Seriously hoppy. You just get time to catch a flavor before the bitterness sets in. Plenty of the dank, mushroomy hop flavors with resins and citrus pith. A fair amount of malt gives it a grainy taste and more than a little sweetness. Fruit compote, prunes, and burnt toast. Some sourness under the malt from charred barley. Aftertaste is more hoppy bitterness and a long smoky burn on the tongue. Not very carbonated in the mouth.

Overall, it is a strong-flavored beer that gets old, to me. It starts with an interesting flavor and gets more bitter, more grapefruity. The 2011 batch from the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant

Poured in to a snifter, a crystalline, dark mahogany, somewhere between a dunkel and a porter in color; a small tan head left some moderate lacing. Aroma of roasty malts, citrus and earthy hops, slightly phenolic. Not as pronounced in flavor as other CDAs I've had, but still pretty good: toasted bread, sweet malts, resin, citrus, leafy. Medium body, a little on the thin side, relatively, for the style. Still nice and enjoyable for a session.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of billab914
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured a dark brown color with an active one inch head to it. The head faded down to a thin spotty covering, but left some very good lacing a I drank it.

The aroma has a bright citrusy and hoppy flavor to it with some notes of lemon, orange and grapefruit. A light roasty, bitterness peeks through as well. Very nice aroma overall.

The taste shows more of the roasted and burnt malts then the aroma did. The hoppy, citrusy flavors still come through with some bright grapefruit and pine notes. The finish shows a mixture of burnt and citrus flavors to it and both linger for a bit on the palate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to slightly above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it has some very good flavors to it and they mesh pretty well for the style. One of the better Cascadian Dark Ale's I've had.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Picked this up in KC, er Gladstone, MO (Bubbles) yesterday, BBD of 31 Aug 2012

Pours chestnut/mahogany with 3 fingers of khaki head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Brown bread, minty hops & roastyness

T: Brown bread peppery & woody hops, pine & a touch of chicory up front. Some roasted grain as this warms along with pine & woodyness. Finishes roasty & piney with dryness, & carob

MF: Fairly chewy, moderate carbonation, good balance

Not the best of this style, but right up there nipping at their heels, Drinks sooo easy

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Photo of vfgccp
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cola brown with redish-brown highlights. Light khaki head with ok retention, but great lace.

S - Nice soft roast grain, pine, edge of cilantro, and a little cola sweetness.

T - Bright, bitter pine right up front. Dry, bitter grapefruit and cocoa nibs through the center. Coffee grinds, bitter chocolate, touch of dried dark fruits, and a residual grapefruit bitterness through the backend.

M - Light, brisk, smooth body.

O - An enjoyable black IPA. Nice roast character with a solid bitter backbone.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a nice black color with a two finger tan head on top, dissipating to one finger relatively quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Neither the hops nor roast qualities are overpowering as is usually the case in most black IPAs. There is a nice mix of citrus and pine as well as some roasted malt and a little bit of cocoa.

T: The taste is more of the same form the aroma, well balanced between the roast/dark malt and the hops. It is a bit more piney than citrus, with a bit of roast and chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but on the smooth side for style. Has a slight creamy texture.

O: One of the better in a style that I am not really huge on. A nice, balanced blend of the black and the IPA here.

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was wonderful, black as night with a light colored head that rose up about an inch and a half before settling down into a nice broken crown that stayed throughout the session. The aroma was very bright, lots of citrus here, orange and tangerine mostly and a wonderfully bright lemon like aroma that rose up, not at all what you would have expected from something that looked so fark. Nice medium body with a smooth and mellow carbonation and a lightness to it that again was outside what I was expecting. Smooth flavor, clean, crisp, loaded with bitter citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple here. Such a tight and very hoppy big IPA. I was very pleased with this one for sure. The alcohol was very well hidden I have to say and I was quite impressed with how smooth it came across.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle as an extra from PretzelCity; thanks Mark, been wanting to try this one. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip, split the bottle with my dad.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Very very dark.

s - Smells of citrus hops, roasted malts, chocolate, light pine hops, and light smoke. Really like the chocolate coming through, as well as all the hops.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, citrus hops, pine hops, and light chocolate. Definitely less chocolate than the nose and a little bitterness, but more hops coming through. Think I like the nose better.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Thicker than I was expecting, almost like a porter, but nice.

o - Overall I really liked this one; one of the better black IPA's I've had. I loved that the hops really came through in the nose and taste, and really enjoyed the chocolate in the nose. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a dark brown/nearly black color with a fluffy tan colored head.

S: A nice citrus hop aroma up front with some roast and a hint of bitterness behind it. The hops are somewhat short lived and the various malts (especially the roast) come through the rest of the way.

T: The hop flavor is not quite as intense and pronounced as I would have expected. This comes across as more of a hoppy porter than anything, but the flavor seems a bit watery at time so you do not get the full effect of the hops nor the roast/malty qualities.

M: As mentioned above, this one seems to be slightly watery with a low to moderate carbonation.

D: One of the few (only?) disappointing efforts from Deschutes. I really liked Stone 11/SSR, so I thought this one would be right up my alley, but it falls short.

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to hopsbreath and the Support Your Team! BIF for this bottle!

I'm not a fan of the CDA appellation, but whatever. This guy pours a slightly translucent black-brown, highlighted in dark garnet, topped by about a finger or so of ecru foam. The nose comprises pine, maple syrup, milk chocolate, and caramel. The taste mostly eschews the darker elements in favor of the pine, but a firm amount of the caramel makes it through as well. It's almost as though this was only an IPA in a porter's clothing... This isn't to say it's bad, just not what was expected from the smell. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, a solid IPA, but I was kinda hoping the darker notes would persist on the tongue. Regardless, it is a fine IPA.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

A: This beer appears a black shade with approximately one inch of beige head that leaves a healthy amount of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is one of balance, with hops leading the way and malt not far behind. Resinous pine reinforced with a sturdy malt presence.

T: A decent tasting beer. Well balanced, with an overall good flavor. There are some nice dark ale notes that begin to assert themselves more as my palate adjusts and the beer warms slightly. I believe the flavors could be bolder, in regards to both the IPA and black aspects.

M: Good carbonation level and an overall nice feel.

D: A very drinkable beer that goes down smoothly. While nothing exceptional, I'd have no issues drinking it again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Holidays...at my bro in laws and he brought back a lil' piece of heaven from Oregon. The Hop In The Dark is a dark ale that hopped with cascade hops. The appearance is a opaque dark with a off-white head that is lacing nicely. The smell is big piney hops. The taste is hop/pine leaning dark ale. There isnt as much roast as I would prefer but it is still very good. The mouthfeel medium to full body with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer.

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Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,345 ratings.
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