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RATINGS: 548   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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Can an IPA be black? Semantics aside, this noir version has subtle coffee undertones born of a blend of oats with dark, Munich and crystal malts. What emerges is something deeper, less orthodox, and all its own. After 22 trial runs in our Bend and Portland pubs, we got it right.
Malt: Pale, Crystal, Chocolate, Chocolate Wheat, Black Barley, Flaked Oats, Toasted Oats
Hops: Northern Brewer, Nugget, Centennial, Amarillo, Cascade, Citra

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 3, 2010
22oz bottle. Rating #79. Pitch black pour with maybe a hint of red in the bottom of the glass and a nice lacing tan head. Piney aroma with a very light roast aroma in the end. Nice hoppiness, nicely balanced with more light roasted malt and a very pleasant bitter aftertaste, very nice. (1279)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - JUL 3, 2010
22 Oz. Pours a dark amber brown with big creamy head and excellent lacing. Aroma is very much caramel with slight roast and grassy floral hops. Taste is very strongly malts with a just as strong hop balance making for a very very well balanced beer. Very delicious. Finish is surprisingly smooth and quiet with neither hops nor malts making too loud of an appearance resulting a fairly easy drinking beer. For my an instant hit but Deschutes, definitely would drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Served from a 22 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a dark cola brown with active carbonation and a nice light gray head. The aromas are rich with chocolate, roasted malt, a touch of toffee, and an earthy hop bouquet. The flavors continue with an earthy hop flavors, very drying at times. Nice chocolate, pumpernickel, black licorice notes . Excellent black IPA, glad to see it a style category now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jkripp (141) - Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Deschutes Hop in the Dark C.D.A is the ideal beer. With the perfect balance of hops and malt this beer soars above the many like it. Cascadian dark beers are the future if Hop in the Dark is the start.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4784) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2010
poured pitch black with a thin khaki head. nose is fresh grassy citrus hops. smooth on the palate, hoppy flavor, light florals, and a lightly roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2010
I’ve loved this style since the moment it was born upon the PNW scene and this brew provides a superlative showcase for it. Black-bodied with a crisp chocolate ringed head and froth cover. Robust chocolate oreo and floral hop interminglings in the nostrils stirs the senses favorably. Carafa body with hints of chocolate, but as smooth and flavorful a body you would expect from dehusked roasted malt. A solid reign of hoppiness swims through the body as well as moderate bitterness. Fine hoppy-chocolate fluourishing finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampesinoTino (752) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Bomber. Aroma is floral hops, ruby red grapefruit, pine resin and orange rind. Appearance is tar black with a solid inch of fluffy light brown head. Taste starts off with a strong and bitter herbal hop flavor followed by some grapefruit citrus, pine and caramel. There’s definitely a subtle roasted malt flavor in the background although it’s not nearly as strong as I was expecting. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with medium carbonation. It finishes dry and tangy with some roastiness as well. The overall flavor is very similar to other West Coast IPAs although it’s dark color and subtle Stout-like roast malt flavor obviously make it unique. Regardless, it’s a rich and refreshing brew that happens to lean a little heavier on the hops than the malt. It will be interesting to see other breweries take a shot at this new style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 1, 2010
22 oz bottle from Fred Meyer. Pours dark brown almost black with a thick foamy light tan head. Aroma is all sweet hop candy, sugary citrus, pine with some caramel and a very light scent of roasted malt. Flavor is part dry bittersweet chocolate and part bitter Pac NW hops. Medium body with mild carbonation and a smooth dry finish. Great Black IPA, very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2010
had on tap at deschutes brewpub in portland. dark body without much bitterness to it, though I could pick it out. Pretty solid

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2010
pours a light black color with about and inch of head that dies semi-quickly. first thing on the nose is HOPS. after the head subsides a bit, there is a wee bit of smoke in there. taste is hop forward, with a bit of a citrus and smoke flavor to it, and your typical black IPA slight ash flavor. Not as hoppy as the smell would indicate, but not too bad...

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