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Deschutes Hop in the Dark C.D.A.

While this is the first beer from Deschutes Brewery I have gotten around to writing about it is certainly not the first I have enjoyed. Hailing from Bend, Oregon Deschutes first hit our market a few months ago and has been a welcome addition with tasty year round brews such as their Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter which are available in both 6-packs and very reasonably priced bombers at around $3. Today I have a brew from their Bond Street Series, a series of hoppy ales that started at their brewpub. Cascadian Dark Ales, India Brown Ales, India Black Ales; whatever we want to call them are definitely the style of the moment but simply from the aroma I already have high hopes for this ale. Lets see how it goes. This very carbonated ale quickly produces over four fingers of tight light chocolate bubbles that quickly open up into large bubbles even when carefully poured down the side of a glass. Color is a very dark brown hue that is completely opaque. Aroma is a lovely contrast of dark roasted malts and bright bursts of citrus and floral hops that can be smelt from a foot away. The play between aromas creates a variety of esters from chocolate to bitter dark malts that is quite enjoyable. Consumed at room temperature diverse notes of plum, grapefruit, lemon, orange, roasted malts, coffee, and a solid bitterness are present. Making for one diversely flavored ale. I put the bottle back in the fridge to see how the flavor would change served a bit colder and I must say the balance between smooth roasted malt and wonderful grapefruit forward citrus is much cleaner and more well defined. The contrast between gently sweet but equally bitter roasted malt and the wonderful bitterness and vast variety of citrus esters produced by the Cascade, Centennial and Citra Hops used in this ale are really quite fantastic. Body is full but not overly heavy with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. At 6.5% ABV this ale is full of flavor, but not so strong you can’t have a few. For those interested in the style I think this was a very enjoyable and approachable take on it. If you enjoy buoyantly hoppy ales and roasted malts you might just be in heaven. Give it a shot and ride your bike.

Deschutes Hop in the Dark C.D.A.

6 Responses to “Deschutes Hop in the Dark C.D.A.”

  1. Thanks for your thoughts on this beer. I’ve seen it in the stores and have considered picking up. Now, next time I do, I will, maybe on my new bike even.

  2. You definitely should. The aroma alone is enough to make me very happy. Hope you guys are enjoying PDX (totally not jealous at all…) When are you guys coming back down and bringing us all kinds of great beer that we can’t get here? Your certainly in a prefect place to be riding a new bike, hope it’s treating you well. Cheers!

  3. Man I gotta try this. Not because I like the style, well I do, but I am impressed with how these guys are making beers so dark in color taste so ‘not dark’. Remember the homebrew India Black we had from the C.R.A.F.T. Club at the AHA conference? that was the best I’ve had so far. I’ll have to see how the professionals in Bend perform.

  4. Indeed. It is absolutely worth sampling. C.R.A.F.T.’s IBA was also very nice, as were so many of the brews that night. As far as beers in this style are consumed I think my favorite thus far is a toss up between the above Hop in the Dark and 21 Amendment’s Back in Black. Hooray for stylistic blending. Cheers!

  5. Hey there,I’m a beer writer as well. I a bit new to the game snritatg off last September with my site PintsandSteins.comThanks for the update regarding Twilight it’s one of my favorite summer beers and it will be interesting to get your take on it.Quick question: how’d you get hooked up with Deschutes? I have tried making connection in order to samples to write about, but haven’t had any luck yet.Any info is kindly appreciated!Cheers! Jason

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