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Mendocino Black IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Mendocino Black IPAMendocino Black IPA

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25 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 25
Hads: 111
Avg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 03-19-2013

Brewed with orange peel
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Reviews by saltytom:
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #75 (April 2013):

The Black IPA aka American Black Ale seems to have a solid foothold within American beer culture now. Mendocino goes off on a limb a bit with the addition of orange peel, which completely complements the style. Are we looking at a Black White Ale here? Seriously good drinking.

STYLE: American Black Ale
ABV: 6.0%

LOOK: Dark ruddy brown, good showing of lace

SMELL: Oranges, pithy, zest, toasted grain, hint of alcohol, herbal, clean

TASTE: Semi-dank, orangey, toasty, faintly roasty, smooth, bready, nutty, assertive bitterness, hoppy, kiss of alcohol, carob, resin, orange peel finish

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of BamfBacon
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of socon67
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
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?

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4/5  rDev +18%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.48/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of RyanK252
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours dark brown with a slight ruby tone and a frothy light brown head that settles to a relatively thick layer and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Roasty, kinda nutty, chocolate, coffee, pine, a hint of citrus.

T: Pine, a little citrus, grapefruit rind, roasty malt, coffee, hints of chocolate, slightly minty, with a slight almost metallic like bitter note on the finish.

M: Maybe a little on the lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Surprisingly decent black IPA. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I wouldn't turn one down either.

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2.8/5  rDev -17.4%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Gryphon69
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Mendocino Black IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
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