bigben873 (257) - Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2011
March Madness 2011 --- Our bottle is actually called a dark ale
Aroma - slight malt
Appearance - dark, clear, medium head
Taste - dark IPA, not super hoppy
Palate - medium body, not a bitter finish
Overall - a solid dark IPA ludhaber (126) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2011
The beer has a pleasant hop aroma but the bittering hops dominates an otherwise clean finish. The dark malts do not contribute excessive tannins. mcberko (17815) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2011
22 oz. bottle, pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, citrus & herbal hops and a sort of stale funk. Flavour of a balance of roasted malt and herbal / citrus hops. Quite nice. Sammer (1119) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Dark soda looking pour from bottle with a thin head. Aroma is rye and earthy. Taste is slightly bitter, with notes of herbs, nuts and hay. Complex and interesting. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2011
I fell in love with this beer after the first sip. And I don’t say that often. I just found it that good. It had an enticing nose filled with chocolate and citrusy hops. Then a great mouthfeel and a dryish finish. Huge pine bursts in the mouth right off the bat. A sappy sweetness quickly morphs into an explosive bouquet of hop aromas (pine trees, flowers, wild grasses and mint). Like fresh herbs coated in a resinous syrup. Chocolate and dark grains also take hold of your olfactories. Man, what a tasty, fresh-tasting Cascadian Dark Ale. Easily one of the best I’ve ever had.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Pint – Eastside Cub Tavern - Olympia, WA Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
#3000 for me. 3-1-11
This is one of the tastiest CDA or beers out there. Over the years I have talked beer and have come up with some of my all time favs. This is one of the all times for me.
Dark brown in color, clear with a thin tan head. Nice dark malt and hops aroma. Lots of good Malt and caramel and chocolate malts mixed with the big hops. HUB does one kiss ass beer here. This will go down as one of the best. Great finish it is hard not to order another. A must for any CDA fan.
Piney hop aroma. Deep brown with faint off-white head. Pitchy, resinous hops. Roasted malt appears in the background. Medium bodies with a gentle finish. Interesting approach with formidable hops providing the majority of the flavor. bhensonb (15190) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours very dark brown with a 3 finger creamy tan head. The aroma is hop. Seems rather resin. Med plus body. Flavor is some sweet charred caramel with pine/citrus/floral/godonlyknows hop. It’s very bitter. Much more charred than other BIPAs. I can imagine a touch of coffee. The nose is great. The taste is great. It has much more oomph than 6.5% would suggest. A really great ale. Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Pours not really black but more dark brown with ruby edges. Aroma of burnt malt, hops. taste is nice, it has a lot of bitterness, some hop related, some burnt or ash flavor. Medium body, lots of carbonation but it’s not prickly. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Draft at the Issaquah Brewhouse. Pours jet black with a loose tan head. Big sweet pine and candied orange nose...sugars coming very much from the hops here but still presenting an overall effect of sweetness with very little pith or bitterness present. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Roasty toasty mid-palate with lots of sweet hop oil above that, washing out into a candied fruit finish. Has to be the sweetest black ipa I’ve tried. Pleasant, but far from the expected dryness, roastiness, and bitterness.