SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Pours jet black with a fluffy tan head. Smells like all sorts of rich, roasty malts and lots of pleasant hops- Cascade. Tastes malty, like barley and roastiness and also tastes very hoppy and bitter. Full-bodied with a creamy texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Deschutes Hop In The Dark CDA finishes smooth and lightly bitter, but very, VERY satisfyingly. Deschutes delivers yet again. CDA (4) - Muko, JAPAN - FEB 25, 2016 does not count
My all-time favorite beer. Very dark pour; almost black. Probably classified as an India Black Ale (IBA) if your into classifying every freakin’ thing. If you were blind-folded, you’d swear it was an IPA. Very refreshing; unusual for such a dark ale. Hints of chocolate and roasted java beans. Love this beverage. If it were a chick, I’d marry it. Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2010
22 oz bottle from Safeway - This beer is about as close to perfect as I can remember. Please update this with the correct classification. Fantastic dark malt aroma and flavor with a perfect amount of citrus and floral hops. Awesome beer. Deschutes calls it a Cascadian Dark Ale, but I believe the official style is India Black Ale now. In any case, it is not an IPA. UkrainPubCrawler (121) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2014
This is a delicoius and unique beer. A little light on the hops but still very tasty. Very smooth taste, dark color, and foamy head. MetalNHopHead (2038) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2014
If it wasn’t for the pitch black body, the aroma of this beer would make you think that you’re about to drink a hugely hoppy West Coast IPA. While there is a touch of chocolate in the smell, the pungency of the hops is what grabs your attention with big notes of grapefruit and some pine. The hop intensity definitely reveals itself in the taste but it’s countered by the roasted chocolate notes from the dark malts. The balance of flavor is just beautiful. The combination of tropical bitterness and rich, sophisticated roastiness has resulted in an ale that’s damn near perfect.
jennajlover (135) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Great black IPA or is it cascadian black ale. Dark pine hop aroma brings out the IPA part. Coffee aroma brings out the dark side. Pours black with tan head. Taste of balanced hops and dark malts. dwyerpg (6285) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 21, 2010
Smells nicely of Cascade hops. Great dark color. This is well balanced. A quick hop bite, some nice malt in the middle, hops in the finish too. Really great, tasty tasty. kidmartinek (5001) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Wow! It’s like a dream come true. Pours like a stout, opaque, almost black. Huge,thick and frothy, light, brown head. Lacing like victoria’s secret. Tantilizing bitter,resinous and citrus hop aroma with only a hint of chocolate malt. Rich, delicious flavor with both chocolate and vanila, toasted malt and a hop backend that will bite the tongue. The problem with this beer is i drink it way too fast. God substitute for water. If you love porters and IPAs, get yiur fix for both in just this one beer. If your grandma doesn’t drink beer, she will if you give her this. Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2010
This is the first black IPA that I really love! Lots of resinous and citric (grapefruity) hops, and a near perfect balance of intense roasted malt (but not burnt) with a solid background of toffee, figs, and dates. The carbonation is smooth with only a slight tingle, and the body is velvety and creamy. The finish maintains the balance, and is of lengthy duration. Highly recommended. BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Medium head. Great pine, citrus and funky hop aroma alongside the caramel and chocolate notes. The taste is in the opposite order you would think. The hops characteristics come up first and then the malty, almost bock-like malt character (minus the big sweetness of a bock). The bitter backbone stays with you for a while.
I had previously made fun of the name "Cascadian Dark Ale" for its seeming wine-like elite tone. But it really isn’t just a "Black IPA." It’s much more and I want more. Amazing brew.