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Mendocino Black IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Mendocino Black IPAMendocino Black IPA

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78
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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.49%
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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braedon_peluso

New York

4.75/5  rDev +39.3%

06-10-2013 02:34:02 | More by braedon_peluso
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

4.34/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is very dark caramel brown. Two fingers of very dense, buttery, lightly tanned head dissipated slowly, leaving a webwork of foam along the glass and a creamy cap and lacing.

Smell: The usual suspects, though a touch faint. Grapefruit, orange, and a touch of pine. Underneath are hints of a malty foundation: caramel, toffee, and cocoa. Honestly, there really is not much there.

Taste: The flavor makes up for the lackluster smell. It is nothing intense, but it is superbly balanced. The grapefruit, orange, and lemon zest come on strong at first, then pine spice emerges. Counterbalancing the citrus and spice is toasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and a touch of cocoa. A dash of roasted malts offer a nice bite that complements the bitterness from the hops. Tropical fruit comes into play late, as well as some dark fruit cherry. A little odd, but very tasty. The zest lingers, probably due to the orange peel used during brewing.

Drinkability: This is good stuff, plain and simple. In terms of bitterness, it is not going to blow anybody away. But the flavor is awesome!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 04:05:33 | More by TheQuietMan22
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HazelEyedHippie

California

4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
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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burnzgtm

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +17.3%

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

Maryland

4/5  rDev +17.3%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev +17.3%

07-05-2014 05:45:58 | More by stumac
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xungmound98

New York

4/5  rDev +17.3%

11-13-2013 01:16:50 | More by xungmound98
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hickmancase

California

4/5  rDev +17.3%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +17.3%

07-20-2013 23:29:03 | More by BRYeleJR
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AmitC

New York

4/5  rDev +17.3%

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

Florida

3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep brown with a reddish tinge. It has a fluffy light tan head with excellent retention and nice lacing.

S- Roasted malt, citrus, piney hops.

T- Orange and cocoa, reminds me of chocolate covered orange peel, followed by grapefruit and citrus rind with a nice amount of bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, with moderately high levels of prickly carbonation.

O- Not bad, I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 20:51:07 | More by silverking
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elNopalero

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Jessenimmo

California

3.75/5  rDev +10%

12-02-2013 04:35:30 | More by Jessenimmo
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +10%

11-18-2013 02:56:27 | More by jsprain1
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tree777

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +10%

05-27-2013 05:19:30 | More by tree777
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MtOrion

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +10%

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

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +10%

10-20-2013 13:24:01 | More by saltytom
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JoeMans

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10%

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

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev +10%

10-06-2013 04:49:52 | More by alexanf
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +10%

04-05-2013 22:44:33 | More by BigTrubble
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oberon

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 20:26:28 | More by oberon
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Dark brown/black in color, with a generous head of tan, airy foam.
Aroma-Faint notes of piney hops, orange zest
Taste-Mix of dark toasted malt, piney hops, and orange peel, with underlying coffee bitterness that follows to the finish. Decent flavor but a bit unbalanced and muddled upon warming.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 16:13:54 | More by hosehead83
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - chestnut color, thinner foamy khaki head never really fades much
S - cocoa, orange peel, not much else
T - cocoa, caramel, orange, roasted barley, cream, semi-bitter hoppy finish
M - very creamy, smooth, medium body
O - very drinkable, but nothing extraordinary here

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 11:03:35 | More by barnzy78
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mc4z

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

07-06-2013 21:28:33 | More by mc4z
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

07-22-2013 00:35:17 | More by enelson
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Mendocino Black IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.