Mendocino Black IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company
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3.74/5 rDev +10.3%
Pours into a pint glass a deep garnet color with a half finger off white head atop,good color clarity in the pour.Smells of roast,earth,tea leaves,and some gummy fruitiness,and more leafy hops are there and linger but don't play a big role,somewhat of a different aroma for the style.Roasty and earthy up front with some molasses-like sweetness coming into play,mild orange peel and leafy tea hop flavors in the finish.There is a bunch of different stuff going on in this beer,Iam still trying to grasp everything.Not bad but unlike any ABA I have had.
03-21-2013 20:26:28 | More by oberon
3.43/5 rDev +1.2%
Dark crimson ruby almost black hued body with a big tan head forming thick after a vigorous pour, the head provides speckled even lacing down the sides of my pint glass. Aroma earthy herbal mint with a hint of dark chocolate earthiness. Flavor wise it hits like an earthy vegetal hop garden minimally dark roasts with a bitter finish come on. Mouthfeel is dry too dry, with an earthy dankness that leaves me wanting more balance overall it's beer that needs fine tuned.
02-21-2014 23:49:06 | More by WVbeergeek
3.44/5 rDev +1.5%
12oz undated but just purchased bottle poured into a snifter. Pours dark mahogany, looking nearly black and opaque in the glass. Clear with no sediment. Small and short-lived tan head leaves some splotchy lacing.
Aroma: unusual but with some chocolate malts and subdued hops. Hints of grapefruit rind, lemon and orange peel, as well as some more savory elements like garlic.
Taste: The hop flavor is rather low for style, as per the nose. Nonetheless, there are grassy/earthy notes from the hops as well as a touch of pine. Rather earthy throughout, with a nice orange peel note that lingers past the finish, along with a more dominant grapefruit peel bitterness and a hint of coffee.
Mouthfeel: plenty of carbonation, giving the medium-full body some tingling liveliness.
O: Given the IPA label, it needs more hop flavor. Interesting IPA variant with the addition of orange but, like many black IPAs, IMO, the sensory qualities done quite gel. I recommend a bit warmer serving temperature than for a typical IPA.
04-09-2013 23:10:35 | More by chinchill
2.95/5 rDev -13%
Appearance - Pours a near black, deep cordovan brown with a light tan finger width head. Good retention. Leaves a thin layer of microbubbles covering the surface. Nice lacing around the glass, with good stick.
Smell - Cocoa and stale coffee grounds, with orange zest that doesn't quite mesh.
Taste - Continues where the smell left off; stale coffee with touches of cocoa and cigarette ash. Funky, misplaced sweetness. Hop character is weak by comparison, only managing to impart the slightest touch of citrus throughout, and a near undetectable bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy. Goes down easy enough.
Overall - Damn, and I was looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a mess. The malt profile simply doesn't work, and the lack of a strong hop punch only magnifies the problem. Sorry Mendocino, this one's a miss.
04-05-2013 06:21:55 | More by TheSixthRing
3.28/5 rDev -3.2%
A - Dark copper pour with a decent amount of lacinbg. Opaque look with some visible carbonation.
S - Some smell of citrus, Pine Sol, and an earthy hop scent. However nothing really seems inviting and this is more like a mass produced faux craft.
T - Mild hoppy flavor and a dash of citrus tartness. Finish is clean and has a mellowed bitterness. Not really a black IPA as advertised, but a pretty pleasant tasting beer anyway.
M - Sessionability on this is solid. Has enough flavor to pair will with food and compliment nicely. Some carbonation, and leaves a mild raspy feel on the palate.
O - As with so many of the Mendocino beers, this is a decent beer but at the price point and with so many superior options, why would someone select this?
06-21-2013 00:48:00 | More by socon67
2.98/5 rDev -12.1%
A- Dark brown with a orange tint
S- Very fruity, lots of plum and apricots, also some orange with faint traces of chocolate and light coffee. Doesn't match what I think of a black IPA.
T- Earthy with the a mixture of the smells. I didn't notice much if any alcohol and ,the if any bitterness it was also very low.
M- average carbs, wasn't overly heavy, but did have a decent smoothness.
O- First the good - I liked the look and it has a interesting smell.
I personally did not care for this ones taste, seemed very muted with no pizzaz. I tend to like my drink to let you know its there. Seems a very muddled mixture of flavors.
08-12-2013 14:17:05 | More by Gryphon69
3.29/5 rDev -2.9%
A: Black body with a small, khaki colored head that retains as a long lasting thin cap.
S: The nose is light in both the black and IPA areas. Light, old coffee roastiness meets a small amount of citrus hop. Dark fruitiness seems to dominate though.
T: Citrusy hops on the front end, followed by a roastiness that slowly builds almost into a coffee flavor.
M: Light, maybe a touch watery.
O: Not bad. The beer manages to display all the elements needed in a black IPA, but doesn't do it as well as could be done. Still enjoyable enough though.
07-03-2013 04:08:00 | More by CMUbrew
3.49/5 rDev +2.9%
Found this mixed at matched at my local House of 1,000. Into a pint glass
A - Pretty good start so far a 1/2 inch of mocha head sticky lacing is nice. Beer itself is pretty close to what a Black IPA should look like... Black
S - Well it's mostly malt so I could understand the hate. Chocolate and orange peel highlighting. I take a sip.
T - Their is a mild bitterness to the finish with some roasted malts and a touch of dried orange peal. Other than that kind of boring.
M - Best part of the beer its smooth with a light to medium body.
Overall nothing worth seeking out and would much rather have their imperial stout. Still it's always nice to try something new.
10-22-2013 23:34:33 | More by DrDemento456
Mendocino Black IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.