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Mendocino Black IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Mendocino Black IPAMendocino Black IPA

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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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elNopalero

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a solid jet-coffee black with tan colored foam.

There’s not a big aroma and what’s there you have to hunt for, but I get a nice piney citrus note atop some ashy roast. It’s understated and muted.

The flavor comes across with a piney citrus grapefruit-note. There’s a muddled mess—it’s roasty! it’s hoppy! it’s smooth! it’s malty!—which in this case works. No, it’s not a hoppy porter, or an overly malty (dark) IPA, and no it’s not a dank grapefruit bomb, but yes, I liked it.

I’d have it again and as of this moment it might be my favorite of the Mendocino brews I’ve tried.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2014 06:00:07 | More by elNopalero
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paulish

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-20-2014 02:35:59 | More by paulish
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +17%

07-18-2014 15:36:58 | More by burnzgtm
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Florida

2/5  rDev -41.5%

07-15-2014 00:36:33 | More by 2-star
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mitch3114

New York

3/5  rDev -12.3%

07-13-2014 16:47:07 | More by mitch3114
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PJF12866

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-06-2014 18:55:26 | More by PJF12866
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stumac

Texas

4/5  rDev +17%

07-05-2014 05:45:58 | More by stumac
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MtOrion

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

07-03-2014 03:59:32 | More by MtOrion
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cmgage

California

3/5  rDev -12.3%

07-01-2014 23:26:39 | More by cmgage
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irthesteve

California

3.25/5  rDev -5%

06-26-2014 05:58:12 | More by irthesteve
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axxe

Maryland

4/5  rDev +17%

06-22-2014 21:08:00 | More by axxe
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

06-21-2014 00:52:20 | More by JoeMans
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HazelEyedHippie

California

4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yum! I love this! It's super dark, full of flavor and just delicious. Not for the faint of heart, perhaps, but delicious nonetheless. I would drink this any day of the week, for the flavor. It's not exactly a "thirst quencher," in the sense that there is a lot of bitterness and dark flavor, but the richness is what makes it tasty!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2014 21:24:56 | More by HazelEyedHippie
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

06-01-2014 16:47:05 | More by NJBeer265
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BucannonXC5

California

3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 12-oz. mug
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $7.49 for a 6-pack
Purchased: May 28, 2014
Consumed: May 29, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured an almost pitch-black color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Drooping, layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Average retention.

Smelled dark chocolate brownie, black coffee, dark espresso, vanilla, toffee, caramel, light smoky fire, fudge, crayon and nutty malts. Kind of digging it, but reminding me more of a dark porter or light stout than a dark IPA.

Tasted pretty average compared to the smell. Got bitter black coffee, espresso, dark vanilla, dark fudge, smoky fire, crayon and bitter, roasty nuts. Missing something. Just OK.

Full-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish.

This beer got worse as it went down. I’d say I won’t have it again, but I still have five left in this six-pack. Any takers?

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2014 06:42:00 | More by BucannonXC5
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TheMarkE

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark mocha, almost black. Moderate head and lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and citrus.

Taste: Roasted malts and orange peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with a bitter finish.

The Verdict: Fair. Drinkable, but nothing to make it worth recommending other than the price. Pretty tame, though more flavor does come out as it warms… but that’s not saying a lot.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2014 19:26:39 | More by TheMarkE
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California

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-30-2014 00:29:17 | More by beerbart
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SoonerNY

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-25-2014 21:32:52 | More by SoonerNY
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Boone757

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-04-2014 00:24:27 | More by Boone757
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EinFesteBurg

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5%

03-17-2014 00:47:40 | More by EinFesteBurg
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hickmancase

California

4/5  rDev +17%

03-14-2014 05:58:40 | More by hickmancase
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gshackles

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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jaswilson2

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -12.3%

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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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Mendocino Black IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.