Hop in the dark, indeed.
Posted on July 17th, 2012
Here I thought I needed a new job, a new heart, a new mind. But, in fact, it turns out that I just needed a beer. Seriously, just take a load off, woman. You’ve done enough.
Alright, let’s get to business. I am a fan of Deschutes Brewery, and I can not lie. You other brothers can’t deny. Their “Hop in the Dark” claims to be a CDA, which this idiot, your correspondent, interprets as a “C-Something-Dunno Dark Ale” but it looks and tastes like a really good porter to me. When I was drinking it out of the bottle sober, it tasted light and fresh. Not too hoppy, not at all caramel. But then I poured it into a glass, moderately less sober, and suddenly all that dark hit me and I’m all, well maybe there is some caramel even though I didn’t notice it before. Oh yeah, definitely. Also, hand me thosh preshzels.
In my recent past, I had a conversation with someone, and I pointed out how nice it is to pretend I’m an educated consumer. I can’t actually tell you what’s in this, but I can pretend. I can say, “hm, ah yes, I see… orange-ish” and who’s going to argue with me? My tastes are mine damn it, and this beer tastes of orange. Sigh. I think about that conversation, and the ones like it, often. Such memories provide comfort. I say, there was a time. There was a time. Once upon a time.
Anyway, Deschutes’s Hop in the Dark CDA is not orange-ish. I would go so far as to call it balanced. Nothing leapt out. The caramel didn’t hit me until I saw it and let’s be honest, I was pretty drunk by then. But would I drink it again? Pshaw, it’s Deschutes! Everything they do is awesome, what are you even talking about.
Okay, I have to go back to work.