While ‘dark hoppy beers’ may appear to be a recent innovation, the reality is craft brewers have been toying in this space for some time. And while this style has been given a number of monikers (‘Black IPA”, ‘India Black Ale’) we are choosing the title ‘Cascadian Dark Ale’ to reflect its unique connection with this particular region of the US – the Pacific North-West, and the hops most recognisably associated with this region. While dark in colour, a Cascadian Dark Ale should never reveal pronounced roasted notes, but rather be characterised by dark caramel and chocolate interwoven with spicy, ‘resiny’, earthy hop flavours and finish dry on the palate.
We have very deliberately selected completely different hops from our regular US IPA, favouring those typical of the North-West Pacific. The resultant beer, with a touch of poetic license, could be likened to a dark chocolate ‘Jaffa” – the aforementioned dark caramel and chocolate mingling with hints of roasted game meats (and subtle deep fruit notes) ultimately combining with resinous, earthy hops that reveal distinctive orange aromatics and flavours.
Don’t be deceived by the dark colour – this a fun beer for a rainy windy day.