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Mendocino Black IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Mendocino Black IPAMendocino Black IPA

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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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3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an almost opaque super dark orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, slight cocoa, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with dark roasted malt and citrus flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but there is bit too much unbalanced bitterness present in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 03:37:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 21:52:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

09-03-2013 13:03:16 | More by jaydoc
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

06-28-2013 23:53:13 | More by kylehay2004
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North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
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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2.59/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 21:37:43 | More by TMoney2591
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

03-28-2013 18:14:07 | More by JAHMUR
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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

02-21-2014 23:49:06 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-04-2013 04:33:34 | More by oriolesfan4
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

08-24-2013 03:07:14 | More by DrunkinYogi
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South Carolina

3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 23:10:35 | More by chinchill
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3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Found this mixed at matched at my local House of 1,000. Into a pint glass
A - Pretty good start so far a 1/2 inch of mocha head sticky lacing is nice. Beer itself is pretty close to what a Black IPA should look like... Black
S - Well it's mostly malt so I could understand the hate. Chocolate and orange peel highlighting. I take a sip.
T - Their is a mild bitterness to the finish with some roasted malts and a touch of dried orange peal. Other than that kind of boring.
M - Best part of the beer its smooth with a light to medium body.

Overall nothing worth seeking out and would much rather have their imperial stout. Still it's always nice to try something new.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2013 23:34:33 | More by DrDemento456
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3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-04-2014 00:24:27 | More by Boone757
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-22-2013 00:35:17 | More by enelson
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

04-25-2013 14:18:41 | More by Whiskeydeez
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

08-02-2013 02:24:19 | More by st9647v3
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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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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-06-2013 01:28:39 | More by UltimateLivewire
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3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a ruby caramel color with a slightly sunkissed tan colored head. Decent head on this one, nice retention, minimal lacing.

Aroma is kind of lacking. Not much to speak off other than "beer". Some light roasted coffee and caramel, but that is about it.

Roasty and chocolatey. There are certainly some coffee flavors in this one; cant tell if it is coffee or coffee type grains. The bottle indicates this one has orange peel and coriander, but I taste No orange or coriander. Smooth and balanced. Like the carbonation. Nice bitterness, different yet drinkable. Body is light to medium. Nice warm weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 20:40:04 | More by SaCkErZ9
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3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-16-2013 12:36:40 | More by thinwhiteduke
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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

3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
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?

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 00:48:00 | More by socon67
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Mendocino Black IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.