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Mendocino Black IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Mendocino Black IPAMendocino Black IPA

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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with orange peel

(Beer added by: Jason on 03-19-2013)
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Reviews by AmitC:
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New York

4/5  rDev +18%

03-22-2013 23:29:04 | More by AmitC
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North Carolina

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
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West Virginia

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
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South Carolina

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
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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
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

10-20-2013 20:05:48 | More by BamfBacon
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New York

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
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +18%

07-18-2014 15:36:58 | More by burnzgtm
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-06-2013 21:28:33 | More by mc4z
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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

04-08-2013 23:42:00 | More by NWCraftman
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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

08-22-2014 23:32:05 | More by WhitmansNiece
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

09-03-2013 13:03:16 | More by jaydoc
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-22-2013 00:35:17 | More by enelson
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%

08-28-2014 01:36:24 | More by ryanmcd
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-02-2013 02:24:19 | More by st9647v3
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

07-11-2013 16:12:17 | More by radiofish
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-12-2013 18:21:33 | More by Kubrickx
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-29-2014 04:50:20 | More by allstar255
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4/5  rDev +18%

08-31-2014 12:27:10 | More by terrysjag
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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
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

06-26-2014 05:58:12 | More by irthesteve
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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
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4/5  rDev +18%

06-22-2014 21:08:00 | More by axxe
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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
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4/5  rDev +18%

07-05-2014 05:45:58 | More by stumac
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Mendocino Black IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.