Ever since the introduction of a beer, that looked black like a porter, but tasted and smelled like an india pale ale, there's been controversy. Some have classified this beer a Black India Pale Ale or Black IPA. While others have categorized the beer as a Cascadian Dark Ale. Even the United States' Brewers Association has attempted to squash any confusion with the creation of the American-style Black Ale. But so far no one is willing to come to a consensus. Personally this writer doesn't care, so long as the beer is extraordinary.
But Granville Island’s head brewer Vern doesn’t really care you classify his beer, so long as you call Cloak & Dagger Cascadian Dark Ale.
One of the newest beer-styles to hit the beer scene, Cascadian Dark Ale is named after the geographical area that inspired it. With a dominant hop flavour typical of a CDA, the hop-factor of this year’s brew has been upped; having increased the amount of aroma hops found in the beer. We kept the bitterness the same, but switched Amarillo hops for the Ahtanum variety before dry hopping with Chinook – two of the hop varieties found in Cascadia.
Though black in colour, the roast malt flavour of the brew is refined – rounded out with mildly sweet caramel malt flavours and a dry finish which is credited to the roasted malts and copious amount of hops added to the beer.
Like everything that Granville Islands taproom (in Vancouver) does, this will be a limited release beer. Look for it on the shelves at the taproom, their retail location, and throughout BC, Alberta, and Manitoba.