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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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Dawn has not arrived, But we are awake-making beer. A tribute to Oregon’s brewers, O’Dark:30 is a beguiling blend of dark malt and NW hops-A beer style as unique as our heritage.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brianprentiss (675) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2011
very happy with this one, especially on tap, one of the better BIPA’s I’ve had.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle:   Nearly black, thin to moderate light beige head, decent lacing.   Ashy nose, pale hops and roasted malts.   Slight cow pasture.   Really ashy on the tongue, more than I care for.   Seems like a Pale Ale because there isn’t much hop.   Mostly toasted malt, cow pasture, and ash.   Decent body and mouthfeel, even if a little cloying.   Needs more hops, floral, and fruitiness.   Seems more Black Pale Ale, and that doesn’t really work in my book.   Meh...


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stchloe (789) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2011
Nom nom, black IPAs nom! A wonderful reason to be a Cascadia native, our own brewing style so wonderfully represented hear. Good bitters, complex hop profile that mellows out with the dark malts. Body is heavy notes of chocolate and roasty deliciousness.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
06-Mar-11 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 17-Feb-11 for $4.49 at Whole Foods in Bend, OR) This seemingly difficult style to brew takes just the right balance, and apparently it’s tough to get it right. So many of the Black IPAs on the market are excessively bitter and out of balance, but Oakshire has truly nailed it with O’Dark:30. This beer pours medium-dark brown with translucent, amber-brown edges, and the tan head builds to nearly an inch on the pour before settling to a short, bubbly layer that leaves a dense curtain of lace on the top half of the glass. The flavor is nicely proportioned between malt and hops, with the hops offering pine and earth while the malt shows dark toast, light roast, moderate bitterness, and a noticeable amount of caramely and somewhat chocolaty sweetness, finishing with a gently smoky flavor and a touch of roasted meat. It’s quite delicious, actually, but the real success here is that the combined hoppy and roasty bitterness isn’t over the top, hitting around medium-plus, and the wonderfully toasty malts offer a touch of sweetness to serve as a lovely counterpoint to the bitterness. The nose is a bit less enthralling, but still very enticing, offering an even balance of fresh, piney hops and very toasty malts, but also a slightly grainy, almost corny aroma. The medium-full body seems perfect for the style, carbonation is medium but soft on the palate, and the beer finishes with a cleansing and refreshing dryness. I’ve had a number of Black IPAs from up and down the West Coast, and this beer is one of my favorites. Balanced, delicious, pretty in the glass, I absolutely loved it.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (8028) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2011
bottle. deep brown body. medium-sized brown head. musty, sweaty, earthy nose with green notes of leafy vegetables and soil. medium body with a chewy middle and finish. buzzing hop acid numba the tongue while moderately acidic and astringent dark malt give it a chemical cleaner flavor and fizziness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Grower pour thanks to DJ and Matt. Nearly opaque black-brown body with a lasting biege head. Rich, toasty, robust, roasty nose. Some lasting citrus, piny hops, More like a hopped up porter on the nose, but lingering hops bitterness on palate. Dry, astringent and drinkable. Refreshing, crisp, and very clean. Nice beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6888) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Courtesy of sebletitje. Pours dark brown with light brown edges and tan head. The aroma is an intriguing mix of roastiness, grapefruit and maybe pine hops too. The taste is similar with a pleasing load of grapefruit, pineapple, some pine, earthiness, dark roasted malts and chocolate flavored coffee. Yummy. The hops quickly grow to full on hop bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Did not match expectations but not in a bad way. Very smoky upfront and the hoppiness is very muted. Almost a light hopped rauch bier.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6680) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2010
Another great OR gem sent by googzoid10. brown pour, mocha head. aroma, nice citrus nose with malty touch. flavors, outstanding new beer style, perfect blend of the citrusy characteristics with the caramel malt blend. This one started on the hoppy side with a nice roasted malt/coffee aftertaste along with notes of chocolate alwasy followed by udnerlying notes of citrus and pine. Enjoyed this one a lot, the perfect marriage of the bitter and the roast, finish with a nice medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Oakshire Brewing - Eugene, OR
Dark brown in color. Dark malt aroma with the hops coming through very nicely. This was a terrific CDA or Black IPA.


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