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
Ratings:
1,345
Reviews:
506
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.34%
 
 
Wants:
174
Gots:
125
For Trade:
1
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of rawla
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured part of a 22 oz bomber into a goblet. Bottle had a "Best by 12/30/11" date on it, but for 2.99 a bottle, I couldn't resist. I've heard this beer holds up well for a 3-4 months.

A: The beer pours out with a very nice and consistent 1.5 inch head. Not one of the darkest IPA's I've seen, but you do have a nice charred brown opacity. Impressive lacing throughout the glass that sticks around.

S: This things holds up pretty well for being an almost expired beer. Notes of crackling firewood and smoked gouda. The hops in the nose are not explicit, but have a subtle presence. Small traces of burned caramel, toffee, and toasted almond.

T: Again, considering this Dark Ale/IPA is considered expired in 24 hours, I was IMPRESSED with the taste. You get bright notes of tangerine, grapefruit, and pine needles at the front of the tongue. The bitterness is well complemented by the pungent and citrusy hoppy profile. A very solid malt backbone that tasted like smoked salmon over wood chips. Very reminiscent of the Alaskan Smoked Porter of 2008. Very dry finish at the end with very little aftertaste. I could only imagine what a week old bomber of this tastes like.

M: A very clean and straightforward mouth feel. Nothing that really sticks around aside from the camp-fire smores toasty aftertaste, which is something I am fond of.

O: I would love to have this fresh on tap. A very solid and well-balanced Dark Ale. The lack of coffee or cocoa notes keeps it from being confused for a Porter hybrid. The flavor profile is diverse and quite fresh-tasting, considering the date on the beer. B+

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3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle
A) Pours with a big head tan in color that settles quickly leaving a sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Opaque body.
S) Fresh leather, roasted grains and spruce.
T) Even malt and hop flavor profile. Roasted and smoked grains. Spicy spruce.
M) Fizzy yet creamy. Medium body.
O) A decent brew. Doesnt have any outstanding characteristics but still a good brew. I'd consider having another one.

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4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at Doopiedoopiedoo's and Jeffo's tastingparty. I was impressed by this beer. Best after june 2010.

Poured in my Essen Christmasbeer tasting glass this beer looks very nice when poured. A very fine dark ale with some very nice coffee taste.

Black fluid, this beer can be drunk all night lond, very drinkable.

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4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to try this beer at a tasting organized by Jeffo and Doopiedoopiedoo. Read some more about the tasting on my review of The Brewery - Black Tuesday.

A - A dark brown beer with a beige head.

S - A nice mix of booze, chocolate and hops.

T - A light bitter beer with tones of chocolate and hops.

M - A bitter finish after having felt a good beer body.

O - A nice and drinkable ale with a good flavor and body.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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