Deschutes Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale

Deschutes Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale

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Brewed by Deschutes Brewery

Bend, OR, United States

Style:  American Black Ale

6.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Can an IPA be black? Semantics aside, this noir version adds deep roasted malts to alter the hue and slightly smooth the edges. What emerges is something deeper, less orthodox, and all its own. “We’ve brewed 22 batches of this beer at both our Bend and Portland pubs, experimenting on our customers as we perfected the recipe,” said Brewmaster Larry Sidor. “This beer has subtle coffee undertones born from a blend of oats with dark, Munich and crystal malts. Classic IPA flavors and aromas are due to courageous additions of Cascade, Citra and Centennial hops.” Take the plunge – a hop, if you will – into this new Cascadian Dark Ale. Many may never even try to swim for shore.

ID: 38328 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 14 years ago

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Overall Rank1362
Overall Percentile97.5
Style Rank14 of 342
Style Percentile95.9
Lowest Score3.1
Highest Score4.2
Average Score3.800
Weighted Score3.659
Standard Deviation0.346

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  • AIRFORCE1 681 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a chocolate black with a massive head that dissapates slowly. Aroma is extremely hoppy with a hint of spice. Taste is very mellow concidering the aroma is very strong. Tastes like coffee and cholate mixed with a little hops. Texture is very thick like chocolate milk. Finnishes off bitter and a tad dry. Overall a very nice brew.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pretty impressed with this brew. Picked up a bomber recently. Pours brownish black, fairly large head. Roasted nose, nutty, earthy and fruity. Taste is full on malt and intriquite hop notes. SMooth sweet finish.

  • HANNAH 1021 reviews
    rated 4.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours dark, but not black with impressive head and lacing (I mean, this beer reminded me why it's even called lacing--it looks like lace. I haven't seen this many times.) The aroma balances piney and dark sugar notes against moderate roastiness. The flavor boasts bitter coffee, dark chocolate, nuttiness. Very clean finish. Mouthfeel is delightful; full and soft. Absolutely loved it. Kudos to slowrunner.

  • MIKEMORROW 91 reviews
    rated 4.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Last year the malts overwelmed the hops a bit. This years Hop in the Dark is much crisper. I'm a big fan of Black IPAs. And this one just went to the top of my list.

  • FLASHPRO 1175 reviews
    rated 3.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Sampled this two weeks ago at the Portland brewpub. Pine hop and roasted caramel malt aroma is pretty standard but quality. Dark brown color and Light brown head with ok lacing. Pretty dry and hoppy finish of pine. Seems fairly average to me considering all the big players are making them.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    22oz bottle -

    Not really familiar with the Black IPA style, but the examples that I have tried I’ve enjoyed. This too did not disappoint at all. The beer pours out a jet black body, creamy 1" dense head which left behind some really nice lace patterns. Aroma had some deep pine notes, kinda woody too, a touch of damp forest...really nice. The dark malts and green/pine hop makes a great combo, like a really bitter coffee with pine needles. Strange bedfellows for sure, but it really works here and Deschutes does this up nice.

  • BEERDOG 1556 reviews
    rated 4.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    From Brewery Creek. Poured a rocky, light brown head over a body than was blacker than Toby's ....... Aroma had hops, along with notes of dark chocolate. Taste was like the aroma, with some coffee hints towards the end. Started like an IPA anda finished like a stout. Not all that great value for the $, but nice enough, I guess.

  • JLOZIER 671 reviews
    rated 3.7 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    This was nice, but a bit of a watery let-down from Deschutes. The flavors were great: rich roasted coffee and the slightest hints of chocolate. Never becomes too sweet thanks to that solid hoppy backbone that really surfaces in the aftertaste. The color is a medium brown. I was advised by my friend who brought it over to try it paired with the Humbolt Brown Ale (formerly Hemp Ale). I'd give it a shot if the price was right, but that thin consistency just kills it.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.9 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Nice fruity, piney aroma with some roasted malts as well. Nice black body with good cap and lace, mouthfeel was medium with a slight carbonation bite. Flavor was balanced nicely between the hops and roasted flavor, neither was too dominant over the other. Overall another good beer from Deschutes.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.2 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pours a medium dark 8 ball .. great lacing, good sturdy head .. screw you man, we're going to play it anyway .. a bit thin in the mouth, no typical ipa bite, just a bitter week old coffee ground roast that fucks it all up .. word .. this has done nothing to make me come around on black ipa's.. . yvan eht nioj ..

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