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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Steel Toe Brewing of St. Louis Park, Minnesota has announced a limited run release of their Douglas Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA). Named after the Oregon state tree, the Douglas Fir conifer, Douglas CDA has ties to its namesake. The 7.5% ABV dark and hoppy ale highlights Goschie Farms Meridian hops from Oregon’s Willamette Valley.


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3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Looks like it pours black, but seems to be a crystal ruby red around the edges. Small off-white head. Aromas of pine, very light coffee, and another aroma which seems similar to pot. Weird. Taste is toasty like coffee, more pine and an almost curry-like hop flavor. Very interesting, pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1000) - Vermont, USA - DEC 5, 2014
650 mL bottle supplied by Stine - many thanks! Consumed with WillRunForBeer and an annoyingly needy pup. To long-stemmed white wine glass, it pours a rusted reddish-tinted mahogany dark brown with which a trim off-white ringed hewd half a finger in length stood. Aromas of Camel cigarette butts, melted wax, torrified wheat, spent grain, minced garlic, unripe guava, sweat, and licorice root. Tastes the same with the addition of skim milk, baking chocolate powder, Midwest hops, and crushed juniper berries. I had experienced more hop bitterness (keyword here: "earthiness") than chocolate or roast, so this pungent aspect had certainly taken me by surprise, but it wasn’t despised at the end of the night. Delectably sinewy. Took me a while, but I finally managed to finish my glass. A lot going on in each sip. Not really how I prefer my Black IPAs, but was still quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (851) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle shared by Radarsock. Thanks, Andrew! Pours mahogany with a clingy beige head. Aroma is toasty, caramel, pine. Flavor follows nose. A bit chocolaty up front. Balance slightly towards the hop. Roasted malt smooths out the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6951) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark brown with a hint of an amber hue and a chocolate brown that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces nicely. Aroma has some chalky dark grains with a bit of chocolate and a pine bite. Flavor has much more pine and grass with a backbone of dark grains and a bit of bitter chocolate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (595) - CROATIA - NOV 13, 2014
Tap; pours nearly black with a tan head; aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, and pine; taste is bitter chocolate and then hops; has a dry bitter finish; good black IPA

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3429) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Extra in trade, Thanks Ebin. Pours pitch black with large off white, tiny bubble head. The top faded after a minute or two to a ring. Aroma of pine, chocolatey malt, faint spruce and resinous hops. Flavor is strong pine, light roast malt and some grapefruit/light grape hop notes. Mouthfeel is perfect on this with just the right amount of bitterness. Nicely done

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4920) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle from Haskell’s, Minnetonka. Black pour with some chestnut highlights. Light khaki head. Aroma of pine cone, dirt, a bit of chocolate. Dirt-rubbed conifer. Hint of marmalade. Taste is quite bitter, dry. Pine cone, resin. Abrasive PNW bitterness. Dry cocoa and ash. Roasted malts. Very much a dry bitter bomb. Medium body, active carbonation. Pleasing, but difficult.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3398) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2014
22 oz bottle. Ebony with beige foam. Nose is pineapple, orange, light dark roast and mango. Medium body with zesty, tickling carb. Taste is pineapple, resiny pine and melon with building bitter coffee, tobacco and ash. The dark base is subdued enough to let the fruity hops shine. My kind of Cascadian IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ericular (686) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Pours a very dark brown, with light brown head that fades to a thin layer leaving great lacing. Aroma is a clean, balanced mix of moderately juicy hops and moderately roasted chocolate malts. Lots of flavor, still pretty balanced, but leaning towards the bitter end on both sides - dry cocoa and coffee bitterness and a lighter, secondary pine resin bitterness to complement. In the end, very bitter and flavorful. Just a bit too coffee bitter to become a top-notch Black IPA for me.

3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
commonshawn (444) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Tap at republic in pint glass. Black with one finger white tan head. Good lacing. Strong aroma. Malty and roasted . Full bodied. Toasted bread and bitter . Hops are there. Tastes like a black ipa, doesn’t do anything special.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1627) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Chocolate, deep sienna brown pour. Grapefruit, mint coolant plus powdered chocolate aroma; balanced and reserved. Pungent herb and gamey roast combination. A subtle, low-lying dankness. All the desirable qualities are present in measured amounts, rather than in force.

Similarly, the flavor is layered, but clean and calm. Cherry, clementine, and grapefruit are dusted gently in brown sugar and earthy chocolate malt. Comfortable, mingling, confident. Pine and ash provide a grayish, misty forest framing.

Crisp and airy palate, shielding the alcohol in its evergreen cloud. Punch of citrus mid palate precedes the gentle, bittersweet and long finish. Like so many of Jason’s beers, this is a wonderfully understated, elegant example of an often noisy, forceful style.


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