From the fine people at Deschutes, this one pours deep mahogany. Cola even. With a frothy rim and foam of light mocha. On the nose, it is a West Coast US IPA - pine hoppy Cascade. Makes sense as this is a "CDA" or Cascadian Dark Ale. In the mouth, it's going in the same direction and then it's not. There beyond the tang of the hop acidities, it has toast scrapings, a bit of blackstrap. The body is curious with the combination of toffee notes from the crystal malt as well as the slick feel of oats. But you are not able to pursue them given the persistent wall of hop. A notch less or more cream would take this beer in very different direction. As interesting as it is good.
Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.
Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."
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