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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   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 Oregonís Willamette Valley.


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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
coreyvan (15) - Fridley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Mouth feel like a pale ale After feel bitterness of one But the grape fruit/ apricot mixed with the caramel and smoky undertones make me think porter or stout Something very different I like it


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6861) - 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 (564) - 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 (3393) - 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 (4797) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle from Haskellís, 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 (3383) - 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 (678) - 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 (424) - - 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, doesnít do anything special.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1624) - 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 Jasonís beers, this is a wonderfully understated, elegant example of an often noisy, forceful style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (5876) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Draft at the brewery. This has an aroma of oil, almost. Drinks like many of the others among this new breed of "black IPAs," a trend I donít particularly love. Yet another nice thick porter base, thrown off balance with an assertive pine oil finish. That sounds worse than it is ... this is still good. (#5659, 8/28/2014)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1178) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2014
(bottle) Pours a black color with some ruby around the edges and a large tan head that takes a long time to settle and leaves a good deal of lacing. Aroma is a nice combo of fresh and roasty scents, with an interplay between the fresh piney and juniper scents (reminds me of gin) and the roasty scents that are predominately cocoa and brownie. Never thought gin and brownies together would smell so good. Bit of a citrus element here too, but Iíd be hard pressed to identify exactly what it is. Hint of fennel in there too. Flavor isnít as good as the aroma, but whatís here is still quite nice. Again, thereís a good bunch of chocolate (not so much brownie-like, but more like dark chocolate or cocoa), roasted malt, and nice little stings of fresh juniper and pine. Again, that citrus elements peeks through towards the finish, but again I have trouble positively IDíing it (perhaps grapefruit). Actually exhaling does reveal a good dose of grapefruit. Mouthfeel is thin and carb is appropriate. No trace of the 7.5% abv and this drinks a lot smaller than it is, but maybe the thin mouthfeel assists in that perception. Overall a really solid Cascadian Dar......err, I mean Black IPA.


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