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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 64   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Swordfish Double Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA) is dark in color, with a prominent “Northwest” hoppy aroma – citrusy, piney and resinous – with sweet malt, hints of roastiness and toasted malt. The flavors strike a beautiful balance between citrusy Northwest hops and, to a lesser degree, roasted, chocolate malt or caramel notes. Despite it’s rich color, the body is more reminiscent of an India Pale Ale, not heavy like a porter or stout. It takes the very deft hands of our Fish brewers to make these flavors play well together so that they don’t fight one another. But as you’ll see with Swordfish CDA, when that perfect balance is struck, something sublime happens; the result becomes more than the sum of its parts and you’ll finally taste what makes a Casdadian Dark Ale so special. Available April 1st – June 30th in 22oz bottles & draft


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3369) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 14, 2011
Cola color,thick tan head.Piney citrus/brown sugar nose,Neutral fore,effervescent piney mid,medium strength lasting hop end.Good lace Very nice

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (656) - Pasadena, California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Bber bought in Carlsbad; big roasted aroma and a thick dark pour. Great taste a bitter IPA with roasted malt and a thick texture. Very enjoyable beer while grilling steaks on vacation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2011
Bottle from Central City Liquor Store, Surrey, BC
Dark brown, almost black color; medium sized head. There is a very nice fruity aroma (but mild), that surpasses the aroma of roasted malts. Smooth mouthfeel and lean body; strong flavor of roasted malts, some coffee; powerful resiny hopping from the middle perception till the long final; drier feeling in the end, because of the raising roasted malts.
Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2011
22oz bottle from marina market. pours a hazy, dark brown, almost black with a thick, creamy, light beige head with sticky rings of lace on the glass. aroma is great with heavy pine esters, herbal hops, and dank grass backed by by dark malts, cocoa powder, toffe malts, and subtle orange citrus with a touch of dark roast as it warms. flavor is delicious as well with bold, herbal hops, pine esters, and grapefruit citrus topped with cinnamon backed by light roast, cocoa, and a touch of toffee. palate is medium bodied with rich carbonation and a hoppy but slightly roasted finish. overall, a damn nice black ipa.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1718) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Pours a darker brown with a touch of black, off tan head. Nose is darker malt oriented with hints of cocoa and roast. Flavor brings out a velvety chocolate espresso notes blended with light touches of mild roast running across the palate. Lightly grainy, piney, and cirtusy, and finishes pleasantly hopped melding into all the other flavors. A good CDA, but I agree with Aubrey, there really isn’t anything "double" about it, except it’s price! (Which, doesn’t need to be $11...)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3444) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Very tasty CDA. Has lots of smooth dark grains, giving it notes of dark chocolate and espresso. Hops are filled with sweet pine, a nip of snappy citrus and a balanced bitterness. Bitter herbs linger in the aftertaste. Overall, it’s a great CDA/Black IPA, but I wouldn’t call it a Double CDA. It may be slightly high in alcohol for a "regular" CDA, but everything else about it is spot on and the way it should be, in my opinion.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6096) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
In short: A nice dark IPA (not quite a Black IPA) with green/herbal hops profile. Superior example of the style
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed very fresh a little over one month after the first rating.
The look: Dark mahogany body topped by a medium beige head
In long: The hoppy (but not so hoppy) nose is very green and herbal with some citrus fruits. Taste starts with a nice semi-sweet and slightly nutty toasted malt backbone that reminded me of fresh brownies. A bit lactic with milk chocolate notes. Bitterness intensity is only medium but it is very herbal and very green with notes grapefruits. There seems to be a lot of alpha acid in there but somehow the beer is rather smooth. Nice malt-hops harmony. I could drink a lot of this beer despite the Surgeon General warnings on the bottle but I pay as much attention to it as I do to the recommended serving size printed on my extra-jumbo bag of potato chips.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle from K&B. Pours a deep coffee brown/ black with a big creamy beige head, nice lacing. Big nose of grapefruit, pine, cocoa, roasted malts and resiny hops. Medium / full bodied.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2173) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle from Pacific Liquor: Poured a dark brown liquid and was topped by a thick frothy layer of foamed head. I was shocked when my nose took a whiff and found a ton of hops since I didn’t fully read the bottle and just saw “dark ale.” Aroma is completely dominated by cascade hops that boast a scent of ripe orange or grapefruit citrus flesh and peel while a faint background of fig or raisin shines through. It now has become obvious that the label was saying it was a black IPA, but it kind of made me enjoy it more not knowing beforehand that it was that style since lot of brewing companies can’t pull it off. Well, Fish Brewing Company/Leavenworth Beers did an excellent job and this black IPA will be forever embedded in my memory as one of the better ones. The flavor is perfectly balanced between dark roasted malt and a lively presence of earthy green hops that finishes with a rich succulent sweetness. Truly an amazing recipe and I’m glad I bought a bottle, nice job guys, although, I would have preferred a bit more carbonation in the palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6692) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Bottle from City Beer. Pours pitch black with a modest tan head and an aromatic cocktail of toast, citrus, pine and treacle. Now this is a deliciously well-crafted brew. The dark roasted malt blends nicely with the lighter malts and the superb hopping, resulting in a flavor that transitions smoothly from sweet to dry to bitter. Well done!


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