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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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6023) - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with dense beige head. Fruity aroma with some evergreen. Full bodied lots of hop character. A toast note in the finish

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (5352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
22 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours dark brown / black with a reddish hue and small tan head. Aroma of rich roasted malt, espresso and potent hops. Flavour begins with caramel malt, roasted flavours and dark fruits, finishing with citrus hops and tropical fruits. Very solid.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2011
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours black with a small caramel head. Aroma of apricots, molasses, dark fruits, cherries. Flavour of dark fruits, booze and smoke. Not as complex as I had expected, but still nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (13533) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Clear dark brown pour, tan head. Nice hops on the nose followed by a coffee/roasted malt note. Flavor is a really good blend of citrus/earthy hops and some great smooth dark malts.

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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (9830) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2013
Bottle shared at Sander’s place in NYC. Pours deep brown with a creamy beige head. Nose has some burnt and dry pine, a bit of pine, cocoa. Medium sweet with lots of dry chocolate, some toasty pine, light earth. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Mellow roast fin, more toasty pine, dry grapefruit. Pretty darn tasty.


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