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Hop In The Dark by Deschutes Brewery, Inc.
Black IPA
6.90 % ABV

Review by tavernjef on 09/09/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 8 17 4 8 2011
Pours a nice ebon brown settling in the glass as a black solid tone that catches some deep umber and amber castings. A firm tan crown of lushly thick foam sits about a finger high, swiftly setting aside its seat to keep a light skim and thick collar of lace and a nicely placed broekn sheeting as well.

Aroma is soft and clean of some orangey fruit tones and a bit of tangerine and peach. There's a bit of deeper roastyness underneath that serves up chocolate coffee notes. Nice, but could use a boost.

Taste is well balanced, even as it sets a fairly bold hop tone of orangey citrusy tones in the front. The playful chocolate and coffee notes found in the aroma are much more evident across the palate. More so, on the end and along the finish as it pinches in some bite of hoppy bitterness, it also squeezes in some coffee burntness around the corners.

Bold, biting, yet smooth and clean medium body with a starchy quick and snappy carbonation, which helps pop the hop tones to the front.

A nice dark IPA here. Very approachable and tasty with a nice play in balance of hop tones and a darker underbelly of malts.

Price: $4.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by younger35 on 08/12/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2010
Picked up a bottle of this from Princeton’s Liquors up in Maple Grove. Loves me some Deschutes and super glad they are in Minneapolis. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a pitch ass black with a giant two finger light tan head that has some super staying power. A decent cap and collar remains along with a touch of lacing.
Smell- Nice soft notes of roasted malts with light chocolate and a touch of caramel. I’m surprised to how evident the roasted malts are in the nose. A big bouquet of piney hops jumps out of the glass at times along with a light flowery thing. I swear, if I decide this smells more malty, the malt jumps out. When I decide hops, then this gets hoppy. If a nose can be balanced, this is it.
Taste- Starts with a fairly lightly bitter hoppy bite that’s lightly herbally and piney. More on that dank side of things than fruity. Northwest one might say. A bit of grass and dandelion stem works its way in as well. The malts don’t seem as potent in the taste as they do in the nose but that’s definitely a good thing. A touch of chocolate and maybe even caramel come through in the nice dry finish.
Mouthfeel- Silky smooth with a light bit of creaminess from the super light carbonation.
Drinkability- So I’m not really the hugest Dark IPA (Cascadian Dark Ale…) fan but I really did enjoy this one. It seemed to be a bit more balanced and scaled back compared to others. Again, Deschutes makes another winner. Surprise, surpise.

Price: $6.00 Served In: Flute Glass

Review by Surly Duff on 07/12/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2010
Pours a deep black with a couple fingers of foamy blackish-light brown head. The foam settles after a while and leaves a coating of lace on the walls of the glass. A small layer of foam remains atop the brew.

Smells of smooth aromatic hops. Some nice grapefruit, lemon, and a touch of orange along with light bubble gum. Touch of roasty malt comes through along with notes of light caramel and just a hint of coffee.

Smooth roasty malt with nice light coffee and roasted notes. Next, bam, hops. Great bubble gum, light grapefruit, and grassy notes. Light coffee and char on the aftertaste. Really flavorful but also easy drinking. Medium carbonation level.

Nice drinking black IPA. Love seeing more of the style.

Price: $5.49 Served In: Snifter

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