image of Naked City Brewing's Growler courtesy of our Flickr page For a long time this website has fostered the practice of reviewing beers that can only be purchased on the shelf of a grocery store or brewery. Beers that normally require a bottle opener or rigid fingernail. Every once in a while we make the trip with an empty 64 ounce vessel to recover something that can't be be bar coded, or thrown into foam insulation. Today we elected to finally review a beer from Don Webb and Naked City Brewery.

image of Naked City Brewing's Hopdazzled CDA courtesy of our Flickr page For Head Brewer Don Webb Hopdazzled Cascadian Dark Ale is one of his recent demonstration regarding the American-style Black Ale.

Brewery Description

ABV: 6.2%, Dark malts lend a subtle roastiness balanced by the addition of Magnum, Simcoe, Amarillo and Cascade hops. A true NW original, this Cascadian Dark Ale is sure to satisfy the dark beer lover and hop heads alike. Brewed with Naked City staff members April Savage and Tasha Riedman.

Brewers Association Suggested Guidelines for American-style Black Ale

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

Hopdazzled Cascadian Dark Ale when poured from the growler pours dark and almost opaque, save a small bit of amber at the base of the glass. As this CDA rests into its temporary home an initial mocha (almost salt & pepper) colored foamy head forms just a half inch above the surface before receding. Further analysis after taking a few sips reveals little or no lace.

image of Naked City Brewing's Hopdazzled CDA courtesy of our Flickr pageThe aroma's given off as this beer warms up remind us of fresh cut green grass, mild toasted bread, along with a dash of nuttiness.

Taking the first sip we are greeted by a roasted barley, followed up by earthy, green grass, bitterness (some would call it floral), before finishing with an interplay of medium dark roast and floral bitterness. Overall Hopdazzled is a medium bodied Cascadian Dark Ale that has hardly any astringency.

Our Thoughts
You Should Try This. Hop Dazzled is a rebel amongst the so-called American-style Black Ales. Food pairings tend to lean towards something sharp in the dairy persuasion. If you're lactose intolerant we might invite you to try something grilled over a pile of briquettes.

It should be noted that although this beer is gone from the breweries ‘current taplist’ they do have their second attempt at making a Cascadian Dark Ale in Maria (pronounced the same way as Mariah Carey).

Recent mention of Maria Cascadian Dark Ale

abv: 6.2%, Named for the first movie studio in the U.S. built by Thomas Edison, Black Maria [muh-rahy-uh] is dark, bold and hoppy with a hint of roast.

Thoughts by your Colleagues


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.

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