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Sunday, June 06, 2010

Day 157 Drink: Deschutes Hop in the Dark Cascadian Dark Ale

Whether you call it Cascadian Dale Ale or Black IPA, you will realize you cannot trust your eyes when you take the first sip of Deschutes Hop in the Dark Cascadian Dark Ale.

Deschutes brewers ran through 22 test batches at their pubs in Bend and Portland, Ore., over several months before they settled on the final recipe. Hop in the Dark is being released as part of the brewery's Bond Street Series. The brewery uses Cascade, Amarillo, Citra and Centennial hops, with a blend of oats, dark, Munich and crustal malts.

Deschutes Hop in the Dark pours a dark brown with a decent tan head. There is a nice pine hop aroma and the flavor comes hop forward at a solid 70 IBUs. The 6.5 percent alcohol by volume ale has a slight roasted coffee background note and the oats give it a coating mouthfeel, but hops rule the day with this brew. Oregon brewers are talking up this new beer style and it will be interesting to see how it evolves as more breweries take a crack.

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