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 scootpolute
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 Pint, 6 FL ozs brown bottle with an interesting animation of a hop field in the dark, in front of a mountain and the moon, 'Best-By' date clearly marked.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a clinging tan lace that seems to stay for a while...HUGE light brown head...AMAZING lacing!!!

Smell: Mildly sweet in the nose with hints of soaked currants, roasted malts and a big scent of hops.

Taste: After the luscious mouth feel come the flavour which is quite malty & hoppy... light acidic twang from the roasted malts, a little dark roasted coffee flavour and an underlying toasted biscuit taste are balanced with a perfect combo of big hop and roasted malt bitterness. The lingering after taste is of faded burnt sugar, drying grain and a slightly warming alcohol. A wonderful big hop character helps to round this brew also.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much on the heavy side for mouth feel, but VERY drinkable.

Notes: YUM! This is a growing NW 'trend' style combining the likes of porters with IPAs (aka Black IPA)...So, if you enjoy porters 'AND' IPAs, this is your beer!...this one goes down as a great one, no doubt!

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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 compass40204
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark as porter. Nice head to it, pale mocha color. Smells somewhat like a cream stout and IPA combined. I guess its appropriate for the style. Tastes like a very balanced beer, robust with lots of malt and hop easily discerned. As an emerging style, reference points are few and far between, but this one is pretty awesome.

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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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Photo of Humulus85
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer from Deschutes; I've liked all since. Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my trusty nonic. Dark, aggressive head that kept rising. Thick as hell, with nice sticky lacing. Smell was hoppy upfront but you could tell there was some nice dark malt behind it. This might be my new favorite style. I love me some hops but the addition of good amounts of dark malt is something wonderful. It's like a stout and IPA combined. Thick yet drinkable, not too syrupy from the malt, and not too resinous from the hops. Proper bitter finish rounds off this exceptional beer...Cheers!

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

Insanely generous extra from 2beerornot2beer who is fueling my addiction for all things Deschutes (best after 7/24/10).

a - Poured a deep brownish purple into my oversized snifter. A generous frothy head was present and swirling the glass left some slippery lacing but overall head was creamy.

s - Nicely balanced hop bouquet. Some soft vanilla notes in the background which really makes the flavor pop.

t - A battle between hops and malts. Again vanilla is in the mix. Exactly as promised...velvet dark of roasted malts meets the hop snap of an ipa. quite good.

m/d - smooth and creamy with a bit of a bittery but cooling bite. A touch watery which gives it a silky feel. the vanilla in the flavor really calms things down and gives it a dessert like quality and makes it easier to drink. Deschutes makes some world class beers.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a creamy lightish brown head.

S: Lots of floral and citric hops in the nose, and maybe just a touch of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate.

T: Tons of pine and floral hops, yet not overly bitter, some citrus, some coffee and roasted malt. Hop heavy.

M: Smooth and full bodied, a bit creamy.

O: A great example of the style, and one of my favorites from Deschutes.

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

A- Nearly black all the way through. Great fluffy head with good retention. Spots of lacing around the glass.

S- Superb. Great citrusy and piney hop aroma with a great roasted profile as well.

T&M- Medium body. Starts off with a nice chocolately and roasty malt character. Aww, and then here comes the nice hops with citrus notes through out. The carbonation is light but a tad prickly. A bit of oily pine resin sticks to the lips as you swallow and leaving a refreshing piney and dry lingering aftertaste. Great Balance here.

O- Wow. Well Done. This is one of the best ABA's I've had. Must buy more now.

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Photo of FARGO619
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark, stout like in appearance, with a rich tan-brown head that's about an inch thick. The head is just beautiful in my Alpha King glass, a really great looking beer overall.

Smell: Lots of hops, if you smelled this without looking at it first you'd be expecting an aggressively hopped DIPA.

Taste: Nice hops. Some roasty porter like flavors too. The aftertaste is a more typical piney kind of hop flavor mixed with some roastiness. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy but with good carbonation too.

Overall: Definitely more IPA than stout, but the dark malt flavors are strongly present as well, very nice balance.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of larryarms847
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark brown, almost black in appearance, poured a thick and frothy off-white two finger head.

Smells of malts, chocolate, slight coffe notes, and burnt caramel.

Thick and delicious chocolate, toffee, malts, and enough hops to kick through the sweetness to make this one hell of a black IPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy and thick, very satisfying.

Overall Deschutes continues to deliver with this offering.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown body, opaque in the center but a translucent maroon around the edges. The head is a finger of light tan foam that quickly dies off into a thin collar. Some ivy lace is present at the beginning, but after a few sips it deposits no more.

S: A really bright citrus aroma, like fresh-cut tangerines and grapefruit pith. A floral presence is noted, as well. Roast is present, but not dominant; it's a nice complement to the hop profile, which is forward and fleshy. As it warms, it takes on a grassy and chocolate-powder-like nose.

T: Even when cold, it puts the hops forward pretty well, though it's heavy on the citrus. It gets more nuanced, with a floral and grassy bent, as it warms. The bitterness works very well with the roast flavors -- which are, again, secondary. This is not a hoppy porter. As in the nose, chocolate emerges as the beer warms; it's a dark, powdery variety. In stronger doses, it would be too much, but it supports the hop flavors and bitterness nicely here. I got it into my head that the finish is slightly smoky; at times I'm sure I'm right, at others I'm not. Very mystifying. Outstanding for the black IPA style.

M: I'd say just under medium-bodied. Good flavor, with a slightly dry finish. Lingering roast flavors and some hop oiliness. Carbonation is appropriate.

D: I'm very impressed by this one. It makes Sublimely Self Righteous feel rough by comparison, though both are excellent beers.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Hop in the Dark

Appearance: dark brown, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: wet hops, grapefruit, tangerine, and some malts.

Taste: wet hops, grapefruit and other citrus, and a faint maltiness.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is a great brew. The flavor is well balanced and appetizing. It is full flavored but not powerful.

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Photo of vkv822
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter.

This beer pours black with a thick foamy tan head with decent retention and wonderful lacing.
After first being poured the aroma is of extremely resiny and citrusy hops with a light roasted malt backing, but as it sits, a roasty malt aroma becomes more prevalent.
The flavor was a bit off setting at first, but it is truly an enjoyable mix of bitter citrus hops, and a nutty and slight chocolate roasted malt backing. As it warms slightly the balance of these flavors becomes even more mixed and enjoyable.
It has a pleasant medium body with strong carbonation, but does not become over bearing. This is a very drinkable brew, and I do plan on picking it up again soon as I have yet to find such a well balanced mix of hops and malt.

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Photo of TVolt1
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep black with a light brown finger width of head that lasts for a few minutes. Good amount of lacing as well.

S: It has a great smell of both toasty malts and hops. The hop smell comes a little later after the toasty caramel coffee smell.\

T: Great rich, malty, coffee flavor initially but a great suprise of hoppy bitterness at the end of it that lingers for awhile.

M: Great mouthfeel. A thicker mouthfeel, good amount of time hops linger on your pallet and a great finish.

O: Overall, I love this beer! It involves everything I enjoy about beer. I love darker porter/stouts and my favorite is a good hoppy beer. I would get this beer on a regular basis.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, very dark brown; even on the edges. Poured a 2 finger chocolate head with excellent retention to a 1 finger cap. Solid, sticky lacing.

S: Pine, grapefruit and grass. Sweet malt in the backgrouind. Hintns of coffee and burnt toast. A little alcohol.

T: Coffee, chocolate and burnt caramel. Resiny floral hops; citrus, grapefruit and pine. There's a lot going on ahead of a long, lingering bitter.

M: Medium body; thick and almost chewy. Low carbonation. Smooth and mellow, then dry. Striking balance.

D: Great hoppy flavor and ample malt charachteristics yet a good balance. There's a lot to like about; I feel myself rating it higher than most...oh well.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to tturaiders for this one.

22oz bomber served in SN 30th snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown, near black, with 2 inches of head. The dark khaki head breaks down slowly and clings nicely.

S: As soon as the cap comes off I got a big whiff of fresh whole cone hops. Sensory confusion! The big piney aroma coming from a beer of this color doesn't initially compute. Hop smell is amazing. Really clean and fresh. Spruce. Faint roasted malt hiding behind the pine and just a little citrus. Its been nearly 10 minutes since I poured this and I haven't even had a sip because I'm so content with the smell.

T: Amazing interplay of flavors. Citrus flavors reminiscent of those present in some varieties of coffee. Sweet and tart orange flavors jockey for position with toasted malt and coffee. Finishes dry, with herbal and pine. Taste doesn't blow me away like the aroma, but it is very complex. This is certainly a beer that will hold your attention.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is about right. Drying finish, slightly chalky.

D: ABV is low enough that finishing a bomber won't be an issue. More importantly however, this beer is complex and above all, interesting.

I always expect good things from Deschutes, but this one surprised me. I've enjoyed beers like ST Iniquity, Victory Yakima Twilight, and Stone SSR, but Hop in the Dark was an absolute revelation. I found it to be far superior to any other CDA/BlackIPA/Whatever that I've ever had. I really wish I had a case of this instead of just a bottle. I'll be trying to get my hands on some more of this very soon.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Jet black with 1 inch foamy tan head and great retention and spotty lacing

Smell: Very strong piney hops and roasted malt. But the hops most overpower everything

Taste: Delicious piney hops balanced out perfectly by the dark malt. Hint of coffee and bitter chocolate at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high carbonation with a dry finish

Overall: I absolutely love this style and this is my favorite of the style. This beer has wonderful balance and taste

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review of a bomber marked best after 6/26/10 1017G.
A: Very dark walnut brown, poured with a big dark cream head that died to a nice bubbly one-finger head. Nice.
S: Chocolate covered oranges, dry biscuit behind, creamy oatmeal, green citrus hops, coffee liqueur alcohol. Very cool.
T: Chocolate covered oranges and sweet licorice, which dies to a roasted coffee. A creaminess with biscuit lingers for a while like milk chocolate oatmeal along with the bitter orange bite. The balance of bright green (and earthy) citrus hops with the creamy roasted malts is remarkable.
M: Creamy with big froth bubbles. Tingling cleanse on the finish.
D: Awesome. This is an excellent example of the style; much better than Sublimely Self-Righteous.

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Photo of Anaz
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer really does a great job of living up to all the hype around Cascadian Dark Ales. It's dead black and pours with full, fluffy head and lots of lacing as I get to the bottom.

The smell is bright and hoppy with a roasty character that somehow blends seemlessly with the hops. Really great.

The taste is awesome. Juicy, citrus hops that just burst forwards with the a faint coffee and malt backbone that accentuate the hops rather than contrast them. As the beer warms the malt comes forward a bit, but the hops still shine through and leave a clean bitterness that just invites another sip.

The lively carbonation and faint alcohol warmth of this beer keeps your palate alive. Not much more to say than that.

I'm going to be sad if this becomes unavailable soon, so I'll likely stock up, and it's a great bargain. It's a refreshing brew, complex if you think about it, but you don't need to analyze this beer at all to enjoy it. It's just a really well made beer that I'll reach for quite a bit until I can't get it anymore.

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Photo of beer2day
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black pour. 1 finger rich deep cream head. Not much retention, but a thick fabric of lace.

Strong sweet chocolate nose. Hops come through strong as well. I really like this style and the nose does not disappoint.

Hops more than dark come out in the flavor. Chocolate underneath but brightly hoppy. Roast chocolate finish.

Looks like it should be much richer, but surprisingly light in body.

A very sessionable dark beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber with best by date of 11/28/11. Thanks to eclipse54 for this. Poured into NB snifter/goblet.

A: Pours a very stout/porter-ish color black, not highly vicious like a stout though, nice two finger rich tan head, tight tiny bubbles, nice mild lacing, good carbonation, head sticks around a while

S: I got the hops first (which was great) then the toasty roasty notes come through, piney hop aroma is nice, I got some mild coffee and chocolate as well, dark chocolate, espresso, but very mild on the hops after getting that

T: Very interesting beer! I thought I'd get more IPA up front, but that comes at the middle to the back of the tongue, I got the dark chocolate flavors up front, then the nice hop bitterness and the bite at the back of the mouth, carbonation helps to clean the palate nicely, very nice smooth beer

M: medium to full bodied beer, it coats the mouth but never as much as a stout

O: Yet another SOLID brew from Deschutes, they definitely know what they are doing out there, very impressed with this one, best black IPA I have had I think, two thumbs UP!

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Photo of wl0307
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010; B.A. date is 26/06/10, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: very dark in colour, almost black, with deep mahogany hues when seen against light; a thick light-tan froth lasts well, on top of moderate and continuous streams of mini fizz.
S: as it says on the label - hoppy!... citrussy, apple-ly, pink grapefruit-peel-ish fruitiness, nectar-like sweetness, plus rather light-bodied maltiness and a touch of tropical fruit-like esters. Nice, even better than an IPA in that the malty department is lighter in terms of sweetness. Most interestingly, sniffing the beer with eyes closed, I couldn't really imagine this was a dark one~~
T: well-balanced & delicious, the foretaste is citrussy- & flowery-hoppy IPA on the basis of rather light-bodied dark malts with a gristy feel and undertones of coffee (only just) & herbal bitter hints; the aftertaste shows a delicately grapefruit-bits+seeds like bitter tannins, but never over the top. Nice lingering bitter-sweetness and a light chewy feel is marvellous - my palate keeps yearning for more, sip after sip...
M&D: very smoothly carbonated, medium-bodied, well-balanced dark hoppy ale - a supremely drinkable ale IMO!

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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 jeffjeff1
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this at work yesterday and shared it with a coworker.

Appearance- black color, nice head

Smell- chocolate, hops, very nice

Taste- chocolate, hops, very nice combination of flavors

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very good, I really loved this one and I will need to get more.

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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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