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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9606) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9231) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doublebock (556) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Black color with feint white head. Strong aroma of sweet piney hops. Easy drinking palate as the beer goes down like a porter with mellow toasted chocolate malt flavors . A fresh hoppy bite at the end with some cola in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2012 Bomber at The Fishery Restaurant in San Diego.....how ironic. Never heard of this brewery before but they nailed this one. Great beer....maybe I’m biased because I’m a huge CDA fan.....oh sorry ratebeer.com, I mean Black IPA....lame.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bendrixian (1492) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2012
well laced and almost jet black colour. Huge hoppy aroma, roast, some corn mash/ketchup chip note and grapefruit. BIg fruity aroma are met almost perfectly by alcohol and roast. very rich, complex and super tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2011
22oz Bomber- Fish Tale Brewery - Olympia, WA
Dark brown in color, clear with a thin head. Tons of hops from the opening of the bottle. Huge dark malt and hops flavors. This was big Double IPA/malt madness. Awesome dark roast flavors big hops flavor and finish this was a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mnurda (1245) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 28, 2011
Bottled sample from Garrison Ale House. Delicious chocolate smell. Brown black in appearance. Little carbonation. Nice hop finish. Great chocolate taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1997) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Bomber. Pours a dark black pour with a nice tight java head. Nose is malty with caramel and hops. Taste is malty with chocolate notes , with beautifully balanced hops. Finish is bitter sweet, great Black IPA. Quaff Score 8 / 10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (1173) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Great balance of the dark flavors with the hops. Just an edge of the burnt over a richer chocolate with some resiny hops. Dark and creamy. Flavors of chocolate, oak, oatmeal cookie.

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