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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3355) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Root beer colored body with lacey caramel brown froth. Pleasant intermingling of pine and chocolate in the nose. Easy roast breathes through Pacific Northwest evergreen forest. Resinous, piny flavor with chocolate undertones and smoothened roast that is present, and palatable, but whose sweetness is only there to accent and harmonize off the hop panoply. Piny, spicy, mint hop finish that lingers well past the last sip.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarinaMarket (211) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Pours dark dark dark, light beige head, with hoppy aroma. Piney, stone fruit, and alcohol. Medium Mouthfeel, bitter in the middle, and lots of roasty malt. Very much like a black IPA, but with more roast. Resinous throughout, and I would guess a candidate for aging. Tasted @ 58F.

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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (1701) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 19, 2011
Forgotten review from May 9, 2011. Swordfish pours a dark brown with a two finger thick, creamy beige head with good lacing on the glass. The nose is quite strong with a perceived NW resinous hop, a large herbal note and a dark roasty malt. note of cocoa, burnt espresso and lightly fruity notes.The taste is superb with a bold roast and malt profile that balances well with a medium hop bitterness and a beautiful pine and grapefruit hop taste on the finish. Notes of pine, citrus, toast and biscuit are also found. Medium to full bodied with a beautiful drinkable taste and nice balance for a Black IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syzzer (592) - Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2011
There is a bitter bite along with molasis malts. Very dark/black. Interesting CDA as CDAs are (AKA black Ipa’s). Deschutes Hop in the Dark (CDA) is another great example of a CDA

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2012
22oz bottle.Brown pour with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pine, earth, roast, some chocolate in the background, and citrus. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, citrus, some pine, and roast.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
robforbes (2074) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2012
pours a deep dark brown with a red tint, a small khaki head, and good lacing. smell is very complex, malt, pine, hops, a touch of citrus, caramel, prunes, and some grapefruit. taste is thick, hoppy, dark fruits, roasted malt, caramel, and a touch of grapefruit. ends nicely bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3331) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Bottle; very nice looking pour, blackish with a ligther brown head of decent size. Nice, balanced aroma; lots of nice pine, earth, fruit, caramel, and roasted malt. A touch of sweetness. Nice aroma. Flavor preferred balance, subtle complexity to aggressive, over the top flavors. Subtle flavors of roasted malt and earth, chocolate and pine, with some caramel. Surprisingly drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5867) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle. Big, muddy red-tinged pour, the head thin but standing tan head. The beer delivers a warming blend of wintery flavors ... a bit spicy, a bit of molasses, a bit of woody hops. Interesting that this is a spring seasonal, it’s fitting my cold day of football quite nicely. (#5406, 1/5/2013)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6298) - 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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