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Mendocino Black IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Mendocino Black IPAMendocino Black IPA

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BA SCORE
78
okay

88 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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BucannonXC5

California

3.49/5  rDev +3.3%

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 12-oz. mug
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $7.49 for a 6-pack
Purchased: May 28, 2014
Consumed: May 29, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured an almost pitch-black color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Drooping, layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Average retention.

Smelled dark chocolate brownie, black coffee, dark espresso, vanilla, toffee, caramel, light smoky fire, fudge, crayon and nutty malts. Kind of digging it, but reminding me more of a dark porter or light stout than a dark IPA.

Tasted pretty average compared to the smell. Got bitter black coffee, espresso, dark vanilla, dark fudge, smoky fire, crayon and bitter, roasty nuts. Missing something. Just OK.

Full-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish.

This beer got worse as it went down. I’d say I won’t have it again, but I still have five left in this six-pack. Any takers?

05-30-2014 06:42:00 | More by BucannonXC5
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elNopalero

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

05-15-2014 06:00:07 | More by elNopalero
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TheMarkE

California

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: Dark mocha, almost black. Moderate head and lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and citrus.

Taste: Roasted malts and orange peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with a bitter finish.

The Verdict: Fair. Drinkable, but nothing to make it worth recommending other than the price. Pretty tame, though more flavor does come out as it warms… but that’s not saying a lot.

05-12-2014 19:26:39 | More by TheMarkE
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beerbart

California

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

04-30-2014 00:29:17 | More by beerbart
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SoonerNY

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

04-25-2014 21:32:52 | More by SoonerNY
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Boone757

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

04-04-2014 00:24:27 | More by Boone757
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EinFesteBurg

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

03-17-2014 00:47:40 | More by EinFesteBurg
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hickmancase

California

4/5  rDev +18.3%

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

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

03-09-2014 06:06:33 | More by gshackles
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jaswilson2

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.2%

03-05-2014 14:32:34 | More by jaswilson2
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.43/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

02-21-2014 23:49:06 | More by WVbeergeek
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instinct2

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

12-22-2013 20:18:48 | More by instinct2
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Jessenimmo

California

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

12-02-2013 04:35:30 | More by Jessenimmo
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Jslay013

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -40.8%

11-29-2013 19:46:47 | More by Jslay013
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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

New York

3/5  rDev -11.2%

11-18-2013 01:35:34 | More by mattyrubes
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xungmound98

New York

4/5  rDev +18.3%

11-13-2013 01:16:50 | More by xungmound98
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

10-22-2013 23:34:33 | More by DrDemento456
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BamfBacon

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

10-20-2013 20:05:48 | More by BamfBacon
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saltytom

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

10-06-2013 04:49:52 | More by alexanf
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +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

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

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

09-03-2013 13:03:16 | More by jaydoc
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Illinois

3/5  rDev -11.2%

08-16-2013 00:51:17 | More by Golfrocket
Mendocino Black IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.