There were a couple of noob dudes at a recent brew club function I heard talking about 'CDA'. I'd never heard the term before, so I did a little obligatory research. Near as I can figure, so-called 'CDA' and its associate general flavor profile is correctly described as good old American-Style India Black Ale according to the reputable style guides.
Originally Posted by BA
American-Style India Black Ale
American-style India black ale has medium high to high hop bitterness, flavor and aroma with medium-high alcohol content, balanced with a medium body. The style is further characterized by a moderate degree of caramel malt character and medium to strong dark roasted malt flavor and aroma. High astringency and high degree of burnt roast malt character should be absent. Fruity, floral and herbal character from hops of all origins may contribute to aroma and flavor.
Original Gravity (oPlato) 1.056-1.075 (14-18.2 oPlato) ● Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (oPlato) 1.012-1.018 (3-4.5 oPlato) ● Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 5-6% (6 -7.5%) ● Bitterness (IBU) 50-70 ● Color SRM (EBC) 25+ (50+ EBC)
Besides, CDA sounds like some top-heavy government agency that needs to be disbanded. So in the spirit of Ludwig Von Mises, I suggest we abandon the use of the 'CDA' acronym and never use it again.
Thank you. Carry on.