Tuesday, January 03, 2012


Bad Santa Cascadian Dark Ale, a CDA/Black IPA by Pelican Pub & Brewery.

22 ounce bomber bottle served in a tulip glass.


The pour brings a black body and a finger-thick head of light brown to the glass. Minor lacing is left behind upon each drink.

The nose is citrus peel and chocolate malts. The flavors are many and varied—roasted malts, citrus of grapefruit and lemon peel, dark chocolate, whipped cream, and a bit of stew/broth to undergird the other flavors.

The mouthfeel is thick and hearty, even as a crisp cleanness makes itself present, before finishing with a hint of cocoa chalkiness.

As it warms, the hops become a bit more piney and grassy, and there is almost a chocolate mint flavor that presents itself.

As far as I am concerned, this is a spectacular black IPA, and one of my current favorite beers. If you find it, make sure you pick up a couple of bottles!

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