Monday, October 1, 2012

Deschutes Hop in the Dark (again)

type: black IPA or "Cascadia dark ale"
origin: Bend, OR
price: $6/22oz
ABV: 6.5%
NSP: 7.0

I've already praised this beer, but I'm writing this again to remind people what a black IPA should taste like.  Not a porter, not an IPA.  Somewhere right in the middle.  Rich, full bodied, but easy on the palate, hoppy, and wonderfully smooth.

Although I can be persuaded otherwise, I still think this is, hands down, the best black IPA around, and dare I say Deschutes' finest offering besides the Abyss.

So, again, if you want to introduce yourself to the black IPA style, start here and don't look back.  But I hear from the grapevine that Wookey Jack is mighty fine, so I guess I'll just have to test that on my upcoming trip to Firestone Walker.


  1. Gotta try Alpine Ugly if it ever appears again (they had it at Toronado a while back but I haven't seen it in a while).

  2. Wookey Jack is the bomb, actually. But it's more of a Rye/Black IPA. It's a little thicker than what I think a Black IPA should be. Best Black IPA I ever had was Barley Brown's Turmoil. Not sure if it's available outside of the brewery in Baker City, OR...but it will be at the GABF this next week. If you're going, give it a shot.

    Like the blog, by-the-way.

    1. Thanks, Brian. Sambo and Chris will be at gabf - I'll demand they look for it. Cheers.

  3. Love this beer. This is the one that got me into craft brews. Wookey Jack IS delicious, but has completely different malt flavors. Both excellent beers.