Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale from the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery in Barrie, Ontario pours a cola-like dark ruby colour with a nice, creamy head not unlike a root beer float that leaves some distinctly layered lacing. This American black ale, often referred to as a “Black IPA” has a crisp, spicy aroma with a generous helping of a grapefruit-like citrus smell backed up by notes of toasted grains, malts and molasses.
The taste of Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale is malty and slightly sweet with syrup, coffee and toasted cocoa tones, as well as a subtle cherry or plum-like fruit flavour. The beer is noticeably carbonated but still a bit watery on the tongue, though there is a nice oily quality as well. The finish carries a nicely-balanced, solid bitterness and the aftertaste is slightly sweet and spicy with a soft banana note and a lingering pine-like flavour.
The packaging of Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale is primarily bright green with purple, yellow and light blue accents. There is a depiction of some sinister-looking characters made out of hops concocting a twisted purple brew in a cauldron. The back of the bottle and the six pack sleeve each have separate descriptions of the beer and the sleeve also has a brief rundown of the brewery. A bottling date can be found stamped on the shoulder of each bottle.
Netherworld Cascadian Dark Ale is a great example of the style that has solid toasted and bitter characteristics, but maintains a certain brightness. It’s easy to drink a few on their own or with salty, spicy or fatty foods. You can find this beer year-round at many LCBO and The Beer Store locations and the brewery welcomes visitors six days a week (seven during the summer months).
Type: American Black Ale
Region: Ontario, Barrie
Brewery: Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Format Purchased: 6 x 355 mL
Alcohol Content: 6.0%