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

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Photo of FLima
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color with a dark beige big thick head with excellent retention and leaving lots of laces.
Nice citrusy aroma with notes of grapefruit, pine, chocolate and roasted malts. It has hold up pretty well; I believe this is close to their best buy date.
Bold flavor with notes of pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, char, coffee, caramels, cocoa, resin, earthy and citrus hops, lots of dark fruits and spices. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste. It has a long lasting hop and roasted notes. You can pleasantly feel its 70 IBUs.
Medium to full body with mild, though slightly fizzy carbonation with tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 6.8% abv is absent.
This is an awesome beer, flavorful and balancing its intensive flavors in an elegant and equal way. And incredibly this has aged well, gained extra points for that. Recommendable.
Ap.4,25 Ar.4,25 Sab.4,5 Sens.4,5 Cj.4,5

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Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

This is a pretty black beer - a special treat. It has an amazing head. The brew has a fresh aroma and to some degree the taste follows, but it also features some tartness and a little bit of a dirty taste and aftertaste.

It is not as malty as it could be.

It is a very satisfying brew that lingers nicely on the tongue. Recommended.

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Photo of Rootscipio
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with hint of ruby with about a half finger of head. Smells of smokey with citrusy hops. First taste is of citrusy hops followed by the earthy smokey stout flavors finishes very dry with long lingering citrus hops bitternes. Mouthfeel is creamy smokey coating of a stout but lighter like a porter.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a deep dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights and a thin khaki head. Smells of ash, toasted and burnt grain along with resinous and citrusy hops. Flavor has a caramel malt backbone with tinges of roasted malts. Fruity esters are present. Hops are big on citrus peel and have an earthy character. Finishes bone dry with a balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel is moderate in weight, with a soft and lightly tingly carbonation. This is a fine example of a black IPA.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours very dark with just a touch of brown and red peeking through the body in the light. A good sized head that is tan in color forms and retains very, very well. Lacing is also very good.

S- Starts off with a small bang of hops bitterness right up front. The hops bitterness is mainly piney and sticky in profile, and is the main flavor in the scent. Towards the back end of the smell, just a touch of dark and burnt malts kick in, but if you were blindfolded, this would register as an IPA.

T- The taste of this beer leans a little more towards a black ale than the scent does. Taste starts off with a mild hop bitterness, similar to the smell, but immediately following the mild bitterness the dark malt flavors creep in and take over. From there on out, we are talking about a dry stout as far as the flavor of the beer goes. Lighter and roasty with burnt malts and just a touch of underlying hops bitterness. Ends with a lingering flavor of a blend of dark malts and continued hops bitterness.

M- This beer is rather thick and smooth, with the dense and well retained head providing for a lot of creaminess. Alcohol is undetectable, pretty much as expected, and the beer is well carbonated. This beer is fairly easy drinking.

Overall, this is a very solid and affordable black IPA. Admittedly, the style is one of my favorites, but this beer is just done right. It isn't groundbreaking, but it is very good.

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Photo of stakem
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a teku. The brew appears a dark cola brown with an offwhite head that lasts with decent retention. Some patches of lace stick to the glass and a swirl effortlessly revitalizes the cap.

The aroma opens up smelling of coffee and chocolate maltiness before transitioning to all hops. Notes of pine and fruit with a catty dank thing as it warns. The blend of malt/hops/alcohol is nicely done and nothing over-powers the others.

The taste is that of pine upfront blending to more hop flavors that are dank, catty and then faint roastiness like coffee/earth/char. This is all oily hops mid-palate and into the finish.

This beer is a solid execution of the style. The nose gives it away as being dark with its roasted appeal but based on flavor alone, it would be very difficult to guess this is a dark ale. It is medium in body with ample carbonation level. Pretty decent per style and very aggressively hopped. If I had to drink a black ipa, id reach for this one.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark Brown With black trace, 1 inch foamy head with some nice lacing.

Smell - Smoked malts, grapefruit hops, some coffee, minor chocolate, some brown sugar, molasses, some spices.

Taste - Starts off with a grapefruity hop bite, mixed with some coffee and smoked malts. A bit tart, plenty of dark fruits also like plum and raisin. Some molasses and brown sugar provide some minor sweetness. Some smokey notes and final kick of dark fruits round this out.

Mouthfeel - Hops start out and coat the tongue. Palate picks up smoky malts, sugars and more fruits. Aftertaste is bitter, coffee and malts.

Overall - Very good. Nice amount of hops, malts and coffee. Balanced well, nothing is overpowered but this beer comes up a little thin and weak. Still, very good, and recommended for the black ipa fans.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours almost pitch black, with a slight dark red tone when tilted to the side allowing light to pass through to the head. Great head retention and a nice sticky lacing. Resembles cola as the head is khaki, when poured.

S - Nose has some cola in there, oddly enough, metallic smell with brown sugar and a touch of greenery from the hops. Seems a bit muted at the moment.

T - Dark roast coffee, bitter dark chocolate, a well-rounded hops presence that is not over powering, all followed by a sugary finish. This is what I love about Black IPA's. It's like a stout and IPA in one.

M - A tad thin, but nothing that can't be overlooked. Medium bodied and stand up well on the palate. You can swish it around and it doesn't fall apart. Clean feeling!

O - This is a very well-made, Black IPA! This style has been growing on me in the past year and would put this up there against MBC's Weez in my top five. I hope that VA can get Deschutes one of these days. Until then, I'll keep ordering and enjoying!

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber toa pint glass, enjoy by 8/21

Pours black with two fingers of mocha colored foam. Visibility is about thirty percent with some red and brown hues at the bottom. Not too bad retention, good lacing with pretty low carbonation

Smells like your average bipa. Lots of roasted chocolate and coffee malts in the front, followed by some citrus and pine. Alcohol comes through just a little on the end. I understand this isn't a super fresh bottle but the malts seem particularly strong

Taste follows pretty closely. Lots of dark chocolate and espresso notes in the front. The hop profile is still submissive to the grain bill, but a lot more present than the nose. Grapefruit and pine make up most of it. Finishes with a little bit of alcohol

Feel is thick and full. Moderate bitterness with neutral finish, alcohol hidden well, moderate bitterness. Easy to drink

Overall a solid CDA. Pretty balanced, pretty delish, it'd be nice to have a fresher one to compare with. Why the hell isn't it available in Nevada?

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Photo of RyanK252
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into BarrelHouse Brewing pint glass

A: Pours a beautiful dark brown mahogany with a healthy amount of creamy brown foam that lasts and laces quite nicely. Not a lot of light makes it through the glass.

S: To me the smell is dominated by the dark roasted malt, lots of coffee and dark chocolate, but also a little floral and pine hop note in there.

T: Bold coffee and citrus hops up front but balanced by chocolate and malt sweetness on the finish. A bit of an almost grapefruit like bitterness at the end.

M: Medium body, pretty moderate carbonation.

O: Drinks more like a hoppy porter than a strong black IPA, but very tasty.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a dark ruby brown color. On the pour a rich dense head forms with a light beige color. Makes a nice color combo. The head is long lasting with generous lacing in it's wake.

The aroma is pretty complex with two sides playing off each other. On one hand we have the aromas typical of a porter: dark malts slightly roasted with hints of cocoa and coffee. On the other hand it's hoppy though slightly more subtle due to age. Hops have a citrusy and tropical smell. Nice play.

The taste is quite good too. I personally like black IPA's with a roasted malt aspect, like this one.
The taste has a rich roasted malt taste balanced by some, but faded, bright citrusy hops.
Drinks full body and velvetty smooth. Bitter at the end.
Overall, I like this beer. I like the complexity of the smell and taste. It has a striking appearance and is easy to drink. Well made.
As it were I happen to have on Queensryche' Jet City Women which paired quite nice.

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Photo of philbe311
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Just shy of three finger's worth of slightly late to develop cascading creamy and lush medium brown colored head with a waffled top... Rock star retention... Once receded there is an ultra thick, ultra creamy, ultra lush layer of whipped lacing... The color is a deep menacing dark brown that allows just the slightest bit of light to leak in around the edges of the glass... Mostly still with just a few small carbonation streaks seen towards the top of the glass... Sheets of lacing cling to the sides of the glass...

S - A bit restrained but quite satisfying... There is a pleasant mix of earthy and noble hops... Some lightly roasted malt... A hint of milk chocolate... Perhaps just a faint whiff of vanilla is noticeable with a very deep inhale...

T - The flavor profile is dialed up several notches from the timid aroma... The slight burnt and charred character of the roasted malt dominates throughout... It yields occasionally to allow a sharp piney hop bite to emerge and impress... Perhaps a hint of bitter dark baker's chocolate... Very nice...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Limited yet sharp carbonation... Starts smooth and finishes with a bit of a burnt texture... Attention grabbing...

D - A stellar American Black Ale that lags the best in class by just the slightest of margins... A bit more aroma and a bit more of a well rounded taste and mouthfeel would elevate this one to epic... Regardless this is a rock solid offering from the fine folks from Deschutes who continue to impress me since entered the PA market... I can easily recommend without hesitation...

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is a rich completely black beer with a thick dark tan head that is long lived and leaves a great amount of lacing down the glass.

The nose is rich and complex with dominating sweet malt that has notes of bitter chocolate, coffee, grass, pine bread and floral hops.

The taste is a nice roasted malt start blended with buttery hops and a sharp hop finish. The sweetness is complex as well with notes of apple, citrus and oatmeal.

The mouthfeel is a bit watery for this one. A little more richness would nice. However not a reason to say no to this one.

Overall this one is extremely good and very enjoyable. I would highly recommend trying this one.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours cola black color with a small off white foam head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the beer is a mix of sweet chocolate and roast along with a rather stronger showing of some hop. The hop aromas ore heaviest of a pine nature, with some other aromas of a citrus grapefruit and herbal smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice smooth roasted malt flavor with a big shot of chocolate. Right from the start there is a lighter grapefruit hop flavor which gains in intensity as the taste advances to the end. Along with the increase in grapefruit, a pine hop also comes to the tongue. This is the dominant hop taste of the brew really taking over the hop profile. Along with these new hop flavors comes some flavors of a light coffee which meld rather well with the pine to leave a nice chocolaty but bitter and resinous flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to thicker side with a carbonation level that is average. The slightly thicker body is quite nice for all the roasted flavors all while the carbonation, at its moderate level, blends well the resinous hop with the roasted tastes not allowing either to really dominate.

Overall – A nice tasty black IPA with some good dark chocolate flavors and a decent resinous bite. Rather enjoyable overall.

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Photo of fannypakit
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black. Thick fluffy head with pretty good retention--left a nice ring of foam and good amount of lacing. Nose is a nice combination of pine and malt, some coffee and chocolate hidden in there as well. Balanced taste of the malt and hops, you get the hops initially with a malt backbone. Bitterness hits the tongue first and the sweetness flushes in before ending with hops again, dry finish. Mouthfeel is moderate and right in the middle, not too light and not too heavy. Well-balanced and nice carbonation, which makes it easy to drink. Overall, a solid black IPA. I like stouts and IPAs separately, not a huge fan of this style, but Deschutes makes this well.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours what I would call light black, with a frothy expresso colored head that hangs around awhile and leaves some lacing souvenirs behind.

When you stick your nose in it you get roasted malt of a porter and faint hops

Taste gives you some hops up front, then slightly sweet, faint chocolate and roasted beans in a nice malt that is thin and easy to drink. The aftertaste is just slightly bitter combination of the hops and subtle coffee, but smooth. This beer keeps hinting hoppy porter, but has enough of a touch of sweetness to make it a dark ale. I would compare it to a hoppy, sweet, Black Butte. Very good

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with a frothy cappuccino head that lingers.

Sweet, chocolatey roast malt and coffee counter skunky hops and sharp citrus in the aroma.

Grapefruit and tart orange lie at the flavor base, fairly tart, with roasty malt taking the helm mid palate, finishing slightly charred, with bitter coffee notes. Floral notes surface as it warms.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch low, and modest alcohol warmth.

Black ipas are always a toss up. This one is not offensive. The malt and hops don't clash. But, for me, they don't really improve each other, either. Seems a touch disjointed.

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Photo of richj1970
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with generous two finger head and heavy lacing.

S: Roasted malts mixed with piney and floral hops.

T: A nice hop bite combined with roasty malts.

M: Medium body and nicely carbonated. Finish is just a tad dry and crisp.

O: Very nice black IPA. Similar in a lot of respects to Lagintas Nighttime.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a shaker. A moderate pour produces 1.5 inches of a creamy, bubbly head that proves good and sticky. Deep ruby brown color with light carbonation (you need to use a flashlight).

A fairly complex and even delicate hop aroma, evoking light floral qualities, lemony citrus, and a little pine. The hop aromas don't overwhelm the malt though- you can smell some distinctly malted milk ball and caramel tones. These aroma-flavors follow through in the overall taste, and are reinforced by some dark fruit, smooth dark chocolate, and a little coffee. The citrus characters build a bit as you go, and some grassiness manifests itself but it's not too over the top. Very creamy mouthfeel with lingering but very light nutty and citrus bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden beyond maybe some gradual warming and a touch of fruitiness under the tongue. Malty goodness akin to a candy bar come through in the burps.

This is my second example of this particular style this evening, and this Deschutes version is superior to the one I drank earlier (Lagunitas). An excellent brew with a complex and satisfying flavor.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Photo of ClePaul
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes Hop In The Dark

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 84/100

Nice light coffee flavored IPA. Has a nice smooth rounded flavor and texture. Has a decant hop profile, yet isn't nothing striking. I always compare any black IPA (or the like) to Self-Rightious. It's probably not fair, I do it anyway. It's good, but my Self-Rightious

Final Verdict: Good smooth balance on coco and hops. Very smooth me drinkable~

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We pop a bomber with a best by date of 8/21/14, pouring a brew of darkest chestnut brown, with flecks of ruddy maroon around its edges, into our Great Lakes pints. It supports a two finger head of latte foam that sticks around for most of the tasting. The aroma is clean, but somewhat subdued in robustness. It gives notes of soapy and citric hops, richly roasted brown, chocolate, and caramel malts, tangerine flesh, lactic creaminess, and graphite. The hops, through the taste, too, come across much more soapy and biting, and less juicy, than one would expect from a robustly hopped cascade profile. These notes dominate, and are particularly notable in the aftertaste. Otherwise, silky black and brown maltiness, creamy café au lait, light leathers, gentle char and smoke, tobacco leafiness, sulfuric mineral, salt lick, pencil woodiness, and chemical phenols poke through. The sip is nice, with pleasant cream, froth, slurp, and smack, with tannic dryness of the malts left lingering. Although more bitter, the beer drinks back quickly.

Overall, this is more of a “serious” take on your black ale. Where many black ales will meet the dark smokiness of the malts, and any bitterness of the hops, with a sugary sweetness of inclusions, or more commonly of a secondary fruity hoppiness, here you get the unabashed raw side. While we prefer our black ales to have more of that sweeter balance, this brew works well with the chord it has struck. We do lose a fair amount of pointage on the nose, which comes across dull, and dry. Warmth does help it along a bit, as it does with the thick creaminess of the feel, but it doesn’t quite eradicate those initial misgivings. This is a very nice black ale (C.D.A. if you will), but we don’t feel it entirely and adequately represents the bulk of what you should expect from the style.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber into tulip. best by 08/21/2014.

A: pours a moderate shade of dark brown with a massive frothy head. great retention and a thick rim of lacing as well.

S: big roasted malt aroma. some resinous hop aroma in there as well. definitely get some pine characteristic. the hop aroma is certainly assertive, but all on the pine side of things. wouldn't be surprised to see that this brew utilized some American classics in the hopping.

T: a roast and hop bit. mostly in the form of bitterness right at the middle of the drink. very minor roasted malt bitterness in the finish. I think all of this is derived from a hearty hopping.

M: moderate amount of carb on a medium bodied brew.

D: overall a fairly hopped ale that is well represented from the darker grains out there. not earth shattering, but certainly a well made American black ale. as with anything hoppy, drink it now!

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Photo of hopsputin
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

a: its a silky dark black color with a nice 2 finger solid tan white head

s: so good. it s great blend of pineapple, roasted malts, dark chocolate, juicy orange/citrus hops, and the faintest hint of black licorice

t: smooth smooth smooth. right away you taste silky roasted malts and dark chocolate which fades to a zesty citrus (lemon & grapefruit). there is an initial malty sweetness which is then balanced out by a smooth grapefruit bitterness on the back of the tongue. middle of the tongue remains tasting the chocolate and roasted malts. this beer has immaculate harmonization in my opinion - great balance of roasted malts, chocolate, and juicy citrus hops.

m: its a silky medium mouthfeel with not much carbonation

o: by far my favorite black ale/cascadian dark ale. great balance, easily drinkable, and full of great flavors

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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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