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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