Brew Review: Hop in the Dark

27 Jul

Brew: Hop in the Dark

Brewed by: Deschutes Brewery (Bend, OR)

Style: “Cascade dark ale”, American black ale (6.9% ABV)


Part of Deschutes “Bond Street Series,” this brew explores the Cascade hop in a black IPA form. Needless to say, after trying Stone’s Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale I was very excited about this one. Could only keep it in the fridge for a week and part of that week I was out of town so I really only waited about 3 days with this bad boy waiting to be consumed.

This beauty poured out a deep thick dark black. Like a glass full of oil. There was a very nice looking deep tan head, probably 1 inch right off the pour, that settled down to coat the glass perfectly as I finished the pint.

The aroma of this is spicy Cascades all the way. There are the bitterness of the hops but in the background there are some definite roasted malts that have their fair share. The roasted malts smell like coffee with some chocolate mixed in there. Overall, a tremendous aroma, I would have been happy smelling this all day if I wasn’t so excited to actually taste it.

The taste follows suit with the aroma. I find that its not as thick as I was expecting, I guess the color is just about how much you roast your malts and nothing else as the color shouldn’t be indicative of how thick and chewy the brew is. I enjoyed the fact that this one went down a lot lighter than its color would suggest as it is summer and I didn’t need a heavy rock sitting in my stomach on a Friday night. There are oily bitter hops throughout the taste. The spicy Cascades are present all over this beer, they have definitely left their mark. The roasted malts balance the bitterness nicely and make this beer a great one.

The bitterness isn’t overpowering and the spiciness of the hops are wonderfully pleasing in this brew. I don’t think I would give it as good of a rating as the Self-Righteous, but its close. A great beer.


Overall Grade: A-


One Response to “Brew Review: Hop in the Dark”


  1. Brew Review: Beer Hop Breakfast « Average Bro's Brew Review - November 12, 2012

    […] The taste follows the aroma nicely.  There is coffee and dark bitter chocolate notes right to start with that chocolate providing a bitter finish.  The bitter finish is also helped along nicely by the roasted grains that add their own burnt and bitter notes.  The roasted flavors blend with the hops that are still present.  The hops also add some bitterness but not a ton.  I would say that this is a medium-thick bodied hoppy stout at this point.  Slides over your tongue but presents nice sharp flavors.  I wouldn’t go as far as to call it as hoppy as an American black ale but with a bit more it could come close. […]

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