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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8094) - 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2011
bright and dank hop nose with sourish milk notes. wet and flabby body dissolves quickly and leaves the palate with a sticky and buzzing film. light soy sauce and char notes with moderate sweetness. enjoyable nose but watery body with dark caramel and cocoa malt, lightly astringent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Bomber. Pours hazy dark brown with khaki head. Nose is roasty toasted malt, resint NW hops, cacao. Tastes malty, with roasty NW hops, molasses, and a rich finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2012
22oz bottle: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Has a fresh piny hoppy nose with some sweet toasty dark malts. Starts with pretty good fullness and light caramel sweetness with assertive resiny hop flavor and bitter balance before a drier bittersweet finish. True to style and enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6695) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Bottle. Blackish beerw ith a light tan head. Big grapefruit and pine aroma. Malt and toffee flavor with light darker malts and grapefruit. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Toffee and grapefruit lingers with light darker malts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2013
22oz bomber pours into a big fat squat Sierra Nevada tulip with a clear deep dark amber body that supports ruby red and infra red hues while holding up a tight yet loose looking mocha colored head of foam and then dissipating into a ring and an island of bubbles. The aroma offers up chocolate mixed with a light degree of pine hops and then sliding into a faint dark roasted coffee bean note. A few more pulls and the chocolate reveals a more earthy side to it initially and then heading into dark chocolate toward the end of the draw. As it warms I start to pick up muddled blunted earthy citrus hops. The taste begins with notes of chocolate, some pine hops, some mild citrus and bits of dark roasted coffee. Toward midway pine hop flavor bumps up a bit as dark roasted malts nudge their way forward. I get a dash of dank earthy hops into the finish just as the dark roasted to nearly burnt malts create a little bit bigger footprint. The hops could be a bit bigger but I’m likin’ this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (6377) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle 650ml @ fonefan
Pours clear brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, citrus and grape. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long chocolate and citrus fruity finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
crossovert (6351) - Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2012
A bit ashy. Moderate sweetness overshadowed by hops and burntness. It is not a complex beer. A failed experiment.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6156) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 24, 2011
Bottle shared with Parksy. Dark brown with a medium light tan head. Luscious citrus and pine aroma, juicy and fresh. Nothing in the aroma suggests dark malts, only because the fresh hop load is overwhelming. Hops also dominate the palate, but here the malts provide the essential balance that makes this beer such a treat. It isn’t that dark traits are prominent in the flavour profile because of the hop domination, but rather the roasted malt provides a less sweet, less sticky base, allowing the hops to shine without becoming astringent or harsh. A truly unique balance, and probably the best example of the style I’ve yet tried, next to Stone’s Sublimely Self Righteous. But at nearly $11 per bottle, I probably won’t be enjoying it often.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle:   Deep deep cola, nearly black, moderate to thin frothy head, tannish, fairly nice lacing.   Hoppy nose, not much in the way of roasted malts.   Very subtle roastiness, if at all.   A bit more noticeable on the tongue, the roasted malts that is.   Otherwise this one is mainly just an IPA.   If I drank this blind, I probably wouldn’t think of this as a Black IPA as it doesn’t have a very strong roasted malt character, no campfire or charred wood, nor ash.   Well, I will say as it warms it develops those charred wood and ashy characters a bit more, but its still very IPA dominant.   Fairly smooth, body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Drinks real easy, seems very clean.   One thing I like about this is the lack of cow pasture.   Thats the one feature from most of these Black IPAs that I cannot stand.   This one finishes like a slightly toasty IPA.   Simple, straight forward, and very enjoyable.   Wouldn’t believe it to be a Cascadian Dark Ale unless I saw it.   I liked this one more than I thought I would.



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