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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 64   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - SEP 2, 2011
A: The beer pours a very dark brown color with a tan head and some moderate lacing. S: Herbal hops and pine up front, a little bit of grapefruit and orange peel, too. Finally, at least a respectable amount of hop character. But, the victory is short lived. The roast really takes over and dominates the rest of the nose. T: The flavor offers up some of the same attributes. Herbal, piney, and lightly citrusy hops. Grapefruit and orange peel with a ligh malt sweetness and bread note. Still pretty roasty with some malt bitterness. M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. O: Nowhere near as awful as some of the other Northwest IPAs I had, but not something I’d care to come back to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (9992) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2011
A decent Black IPA. Lots of roast and the smell draws you in. slightly less than average mouthfeel, 60 IBU though bitterness seems less than that perhaps four months has made a difference. Lacey, dark appearance. More roasted malt than anything. Not as good as the smell would lead you to believe. Liam’s bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
I really have a high bar for the CDA and this one reaches but doesn’t quite make it. This one falls to far on the malty side for me. Bitterness needs to be amped a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheRealMGD (552) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Bomber from MSM. Clear dark amber pour with a brief tan head leaving heavy lace. Resinous, IPA-like nose. Smooth, medium body and fine carbonation. Starts citrus, chocolate, spruce and tangy and finishes darker and more bitter: burnt toast and coffee. A dark-roasted malt bed underlies, but the hop profile is citrus and resin. Very pleasant, the Reel Ales series has another hit!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3642) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (660) - Oceanside, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (16931) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1882) - 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...)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3501) - 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.

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