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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

102 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

allstar255, Jul 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11%

vidisad, Jul 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

paulish, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

burnzgtm, Jul 18, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.7%

2-star, Jul 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11%

mitch3114, Jul 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

PJF12866, Jul 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

stumac, Jul 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

MtOrion, Jul 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11%

cmgage, Jul 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

irthesteve, Jun 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

axxe, Jun 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

JoeMans, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of HazelEyedHippie
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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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

NJBeer265, Jun 01, 2014
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3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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?

BucannonXC5, May 30, 2014
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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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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

TheMarkE, May 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

beerbart, Apr 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

SoonerNY, Apr 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Boone757, Apr 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

EinFesteBurg, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

hickmancase, Mar 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

gshackles, Mar 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11%

jaswilson2, Mar 05, 2014
Mendocino Black IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.