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Mendocino Black IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Mendocino Black IPAMendocino Black IPA

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +40.9%

braedon_peluso, Jun 10, 2013
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4.34/5  rDev +28.8%
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!

TheQuietMan22, Apr 20, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
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!

HazelEyedHippie, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

burnzgtm, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

terrysjag, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

axxe, Jun 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

stumac, Jul 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

xungmound98, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

hickmancase, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

BRYeleJR, Jul 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

AmitC, Mar 22, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

silverking, Mar 25, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

elNopalero, May 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Jessenimmo, Dec 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

jsprain1, Nov 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

tree777, May 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

MtOrion, Jul 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

saltytom, Oct 20, 2013
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

ONEBEERGIRL, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

JoeMans, Jun 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

alexanf, Oct 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

BigTrubble, Apr 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

GatorCoop, Aug 03, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev +11%
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
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3.64/5  rDev +8%
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.

hosehead83, Apr 07, 2013
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Mendocino Black IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.