CDA (5) - Muko, JAPAN - FEB 25, 2016 does not count VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark is probably an understatement. Pouring this beer and it’s closer to pitch black. In fact, I hold it up to the light and I don’t think I can see anything. Maybe some deep dark mahogany but that’s it. Head is a nice tan made up of loosely knit bubbles that stick around for a quite a while. My glass has the start of some beautiful lacing. Roasted malt hits the nose first, though there is some hop character sitting at the edges waiting to burst through. First sip is revelatory; dark malt gives way to citrus hop character. This is one of the first examples of a CDA (or black IPA, or IBA, or whatever you want to call it), and you can see why others went out of their way to emulate it. It’s this perfect cacophony of malt, followed by hops, with more malt chasing into the finish. Trying to name the flavors can be difficult. Burnt caramel, light char, orange, grapefruit, tangerine. It all works in this beer. Finishes dry and doesn’t cloy at all. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, though there’s a nice amount of carbonation to help things move along. As the beer opens there is some alcohol character present in the finish, though it never moves beyond that. I’d be really curious to see how this pairs with food. My hunch is that this would go great with a grilled steak salad. A fantastic take on a burgeoning style.
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. monk191 (2022) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2015
A nice dark. Pours a pretty deep black with a tan head. Smells of coffee and vanilla. Taste is coffee all the way, with some vanilla in the finish. Had on tap at Bay Area Brew Fest 2015. 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. mysticbrew (121) - - MAY 22, 2015
2012 bottle cracked 2015. Still holds a nice flavor, color and aroma. Tasty
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jbruner (5456) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2015
Bottle sampled at Classic City Brew Fest 2015! Pretty standard black IPA with nice roasty malts under piney hop notes. Medium bitterness, good body, mild carbonation. Not too shabby.
Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2015
Bottle. Pours a blackish brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of pine, chocolate, citrus and coffee. Flavor was roasty and mildly bitter with pine, coffee, citrus, chocolate, and grapefruit. Medium body with a dry finish. GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Dark reddish-brown pour with a brown head. Aroma is fruity hops. Taste is fruity hops, roasted malt, nice balance of roasted malt and hops. Worth the price of the bottle. Great lacing. devman171 (1223) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Bottle pours black with big brown head. Aroma is roasted chocolate and pine, taste is dry bitter coffee roast and pine, tasty mkel07 (6546) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle from Wine Emporium 220115. Hoppy dark beer that is very tasty and very moreish. Another winner from Deschutes. WABeerFiend (426) - - JAN 17, 2015
08.21.14 best by.
Poured into a mason jar style glass on 07.29.14.
A: Citrus and caramel.
A: Midnight black with some red. 1 1/2 finger tan head that retains very well.
T: Grapefruit and caramel dominate. Roastiness and cocoa are subtle.
P: Creamy and crisp. Good carbonation.
O: This is like a hoppy porter. It wasn’t as hoppy as other CDAs, but Deschutes seems to strive more for balance rather than IBU crowns.