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Mendocino Black IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Mendocino Black IPAMendocino Black IPA

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BA SCORE
78
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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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 TMoney2591:
Photo of TMoney2591
2.59/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

A black IPA brewed with orange peel? Sure, like Mikey, I'll try anything... This stuff pours a clear midnight sienna topped by over a finger of dusty khaki foam. The nose comprises onion, light leek, garlic salt, light paprika (it took me a bit of sniffing around the spice rack to figure this one out properly), a few drops of molasses, and light mixed greens. If I wanted this shit, I would've kept my nose in the spice rack... The taste holds notes of pine resin, mild dark chocolate powder, bitter greens, a hint of maple syrup, and a dash of garlic. Like the usual black IPA's that don't sit well with me, the roast and the hops don't meld, but rather clash, just not as badly as elsewhere, thankfully. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. Overall, I can't cotton this beer, really. It smells atrocious and the taste doesn't sit well on my tongue.

TMoney2591, Apr 03, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

oberon, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

chinchill, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Trashcat
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Trashcat, Tuesday at 05:15 PM
Photo of TheSixthRing
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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.

TheSixthRing, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of BamfBacon
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

BamfBacon, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of socon67
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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?

socon67, Jun 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

burnzgtm, Jul 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

zonker17, Oct 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

mc4z, Jul 06, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

NWCraftman, Apr 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

WhitmansNiece, Aug 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

jaydoc, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

enelson, Jul 22, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev +3.6%

ryanmcd, Aug 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

st9647v3, Aug 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

radiofish, Jul 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Kubrickx, May 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

allstar255, Jul 29, 2014
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2.8/5  rDev -16.7%

BBelch, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +19%

terrysjag, Aug 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Josh_951, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of Gryphon69
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

Gryphon69, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of irthesteve
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

irthesteve, Jun 26, 2014
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Mendocino Black IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.