Recently Hood River, Oregon's Full Sail Brewing released their take on the oft named CDA (Cascadian Dark Ale), Black IPA, India Black Ale, with Bump in the Night. A few weeks into their release we elected to reach out to the brewery to track down a bottle, to see what the brewer's definition of a CDA/BIPA/IBA is to them.
Historically the style has been undefined, leaving the brewers to impart their thoughts on what this beer style meant to them. This isn't to say this was the incorrect approach, rather it demonstrated that there was much enthusiasm at embracing this style. It is worth mentioning that as of this write up, the new style name is American-style Black Ale. The name seems more confusing so we defer to the Brewers Association suggested guidelines.
American-style Black Ale is perceived to have medium high to high hop bitterness, flavor and aroma with medium-high alcohol content, balanced with a medium body. Fruity, floral and herbal character from hops of all origins may contribute character. The style is further characterized by a moderate degree of caramel malt character and dark roasted malt flavor and aroma. High astringency and high degree of burnt roast malt character should be absent. –source, Brewers Association
Bump in the Night visually pours dark with an almost reddish brown glow of clarity within. As the beer settles a biscuit tinted foamy head forms quickly but just as quickly as it appears, it recedes leaving little in regards to lace behind.
The aroma produced from this dark ale is reminiscent of the earth (green grass, soil), along with scents of pine and caramel and hints of chocolate.
Taking our first sip we are greeted by initial citrus with a caramel sweetness in the middle, before finishing with a combination of creamy chocolate and bits of coffee. Overall the weight felt was medium as it coarses its way across the tongue but there is a minimal dryness in the finish.
Consider It. While the appraisal seems a bit concerning, this isn’t a directive to avoid this beer. However, considering the plethora of other CDA or Black IPAs on the market, this might be a great beer to have side by side with other similarly designated American-style Black Ales. If you are feeling up to it, you can try this with a field green salad with some feta and walnuts. Or consider the possibility of sampling this side by side with a fresh, lightly seasoned, piece of white fish.
New for 2011, this beer is brewed in the Cascadian Dark Ale style. The array of dark malts present a full bodied beer with notes of cocoa and slight roast. This CDA has a big floral citrus hop flavor and bitterness, reminiscent of an IPA. Available in 22oz Bottles and Draught
ABV 6.5% IBUs: 65
About the photos’ author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.