Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale | Deschutes Brewery

BA SCORE
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1,346 Ratings
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:
1,346
Reviews:
506
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.34%
 
 
Wants:
172
Gots:
125
For Trade:
1
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance:
-black, black, black--the dark waters of a lake at night
-brown, chocolaty head

Smell:
-sweet, almost fruity--like currant or blackberry

Mouthfeel:
-surprisingly balanced and full-bodied

Taste:
-hop bitterness goes well with the obvious coffee malts
-citrusy hops lend to the bitterness in the coffee
-just like the smell, there are hints of blackberry which work extremely well with the citrus hops

Overall:
This is the best “black IPA” I’ve tasted. I enjoy this new style because of its uniqueness and clever mix of black coffee, rye, and hops, although most other attempts overdue it with the rye malts, etc. Hop in the Dark is complex and different while still maintaining the qualities we’ve all come to love ( and are taken aback as if personally affronted if they aren’t present) in an IPA. The best black IPA--I’m sorry--Cascadian Dark Ale yet. Hands down.

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4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Very dark, doesn't even appear brown when held against a light. Head is lightly frothy with a semi-dark tinge.

S - A combination of malty and hoppy. Smell starts out as dark roasted coffee then becomes a slightly sweeter toffee. Very quickly though, the smell of piny/citrusy cascade hops takes over.

T - This beer starts out as an IPA then becomes a Porter. Starts out highly carbonated and hoppy, then quickly becomes smoother with that dark roasted malt finish.

M - Moderately carbonated beer, finishes somewhat syrupy as it goes down the hatch.

D - Every time I drink this beer I hear angels in the background singing. Hop in the Dark is part porter and part IPA but better than both, this is an amazing beer.

* Despite the BA label this beer is considered to be a "Cascadian Dark Ale"

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A:As dark as a porter/light stout. Dark carmel hue around the edges about a half inch leading to a deep darkness at its heart. Beautiful head caps off the beer leaving a nice creamy lace.

S:Cascadian bliss filled aroma with a sweet malty undertone.

T:Sweet malts hit the tongue off the start racing toward a swirl of coffee, chocolate, carmel and finish with a smooth blend of hops. Truly a very smooth finish for the style.

M:Nice light mouth feel that rolls across the back of the tongue.

Overview:Excellent beer!! I would rate it right up there with the Stone Sublimely-Self Righteous. Having tried many Black IPA style beers as of late, this one for sure rates at the top with the best! You can't go wrong with this one!

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Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,346 ratings.
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