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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 64   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Swordfish Double Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA) is dark in color, with a prominent “Northwest” hoppy aroma – citrusy, piney and resinous – with sweet malt, hints of roastiness and toasted malt. The flavors strike a beautiful balance between citrusy Northwest hops and, to a lesser degree, roasted, chocolate malt or caramel notes. Despite it’s rich color, the body is more reminiscent of an India Pale Ale, not heavy like a porter or stout. It takes the very deft hands of our Fish brewers to make these flavors play well together so that they don’t fight one another. But as you’ll see with Swordfish CDA, when that perfect balance is struck, something sublime happens; the result becomes more than the sum of its parts and you’ll finally taste what makes a Casdadian Dark Ale so special. Available April 1st – June 30th in 22oz bottles & draft

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3.8
hopdog (12549) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2012
22oz bottle.Brown pour with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pine, earth, roast, some chocolate in the background, and citrus. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, citrus, some pine, and roast.

4.7
jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2013
22oz bottle-with a tip of the glass to douglas88 for his efforts on RB!-rich/tight tan head with heavy lacing-black. A-resin, roasty dk malt-molasses/anise/licorice, resin. T-sweet roasty dk malt-anise/licorice/molasses/cocoa, resin hops with some bite and lots of flavor. This was fresh, wish dmac, piney or douglas could have been sharing this one with me!

3.1
Sammy (12205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2011
A decent Black IPA. Lots of roast and the smell draws you in. slightly less than average mouthfeel, 60 IBU though bitterness seems less than that perhaps four months has made a difference. Lacey, dark appearance. More roasted malt than anything. Not as good as the smell would lead you to believe. Liam’s bottle.

3.6
Meilby (11495) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle 650ml @ fonefan
Pours clear brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, citrus and grape. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long chocolate and citrus fruity finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.7
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Clear dark brown pour, tan head. Nice hops on the nose followed by a coffee/roasted malt note. Flavor is a really good blend of citrus/earthy hops and some great smooth dark malts.

3.7
DocLock (10689) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Bomber. Pours hazy dark brown with khaki head. Nose is roasty toasted malt, resint NW hops, cacao. Tastes malty, with roasty NW hops, molasses, and a rich finish.

3.8
BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Tap at Culmination. Very dark opaque pour with a clingy beige head. Creamy. Mild roast. Mild citrus. Quite good!

4.1
DuffMan (10434) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 24, 2011
Bottle shared with Parksy. Dark brown with a medium light tan head. Luscious citrus and pine aroma, juicy and fresh. Nothing in the aroma suggests dark malts, only because the fresh hop load is overwhelming. Hops also dominate the palate, but here the malts provide the essential balance that makes this beer such a treat. It isn’t that dark traits are prominent in the flavour profile because of the hop domination, but rather the roasted malt provides a less sweet, less sticky base, allowing the hops to shine without becoming astringent or harsh. A truly unique balance, and probably the best example of the style I’ve yet tried, next to Stone’s Sublimely Self Righteous. But at nearly $11 per bottle, I probably won’t be enjoying it often.

4.1
marcus (10227) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Bottle from City Beer. Pours pitch black with a modest tan head and an aromatic cocktail of toast, citrus, pine and treacle. Now this is a deliciously well-crafted brew. The dark roasted malt blends nicely with the lighter malts and the superb hopping, resulting in a flavor that transitions smoothly from sweet to dry to bitter. Well done!

3
3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2011
bright and dank hop nose with sourish milk notes. wet and flabby body dissolves quickly and leaves the palate with a sticky and buzzing film. light soy sauce and char notes with moderate sweetness. enjoyable nose but watery body with dark caramel and cocoa malt, lightly astringent.


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