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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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2/5  rDev -40.7%

2-star, Jul 15, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.7%

Jslay013, Nov 29, 2013
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2/5  rDev -40.7%

Just terrible. (sorry) Like drinking burt coffee. (cool label, just trying to say something positive!)

Tilghman, Aug 23, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

JohnGray, Sep 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

NWCraftman, Apr 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

WhitmansNiece, Aug 23, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

akttr, Jul 03, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Whiskeydeez, Apr 25, 2013
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2.59/5  rDev -23.1%
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
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

terence, Jun 21, 2013
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2.8/5  rDev -16.9%

BBelch, Saturday at 09:53 PM
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2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

TheSixthRing, Apr 05, 2013
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2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
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
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3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with barely any light getting through. Nice off-white head, nice retention, nice lacing. The aromas are full of coffee and chocolate malts. There are hints of grapefruit rind and orange peel. There are very subtle hints of onion and garlic. First sip and I'm blasted with roasted coffee. The coffee really seems to dominate. There's a nice hop bitterness, but this one lack hop flavor. Despite not having an intense hop flavor, there's a nice grassy/leafy quality. There's also a touch of pine resin. Pretty earthy. There are citrus notes, but they definitely hide in the background. Mouthfeel is really nice. It's light and has very active carbonation. It becomes fluffier and creamier the more I drink. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's pretty quaffable.

Not bad, but nothing that really wowed me. They did nail the coffee aspect, I was just hoping for more hop flavor. The potential is definitely there, I just wish it was more vibrant.

BB1313, Mar 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

TeachChefs, Aug 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11%

Golfrocket, Aug 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

jaswilson2, Mar 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11%

vidisad, Jul 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11%

mitch3114, Jul 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11%

Heavy and hard to drink. Gives a great style a bad name.

3PuttPar, Sep 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11%

mattyrubes, Nov 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

cmgage, Jul 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11%

Life-Love-Beer, Aug 23, 2014
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3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown, near black body capped with an inch of light beige froth.

Smell: Humble chocolate notes trying to dodge the ever so slightly harsh charry, ashen roasted malt scents. The hops, a bit leafy, mainly toss off touches of citrus and pine needle.

Taste: Roasted malts, charred nuts with some lighter touches of bitter chocolate. Minor creosote hints throughout. Pine and citrus notes (be it from the hops or added orange peel) with a medium degree of bitterness. Drying, ashy, astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Like its Mendocino brethren, it's just sorta okay.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 12, 2013
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3.16/5  rDev -6.2%

BjustB, Sep 01, 2014
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Mendocino Black IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.