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Mendocino Black IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Mendocino Black IPAMendocino Black IPA

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
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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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
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3/5  rDev -11%

jaswilson2, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of instinct2
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

instinct2, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of Jessenimmo
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Jessenimmo, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Jslay013
2/5  rDev -40.7%

Jslay013, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of jsprain1
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

jsprain1, Nov 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11%

mattyrubes, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of xungmound98
4/5  rDev +18.7%

xungmound98, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

DrDemento456, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of BamfBacon
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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

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

alexanf, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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

barnzy78, Sep 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

jaydoc, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of Golfrocket
3/5  rDev -11%

Golfrocket, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Gryphon69
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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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

st9647v3, Aug 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

enelson, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of BRYeleJR
4/5  rDev +18.7%

BRYeleJR, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

radiofish, Jul 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

mc4z, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of CMUbrew
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Black body with a small, khaki colored head that retains as a long lasting thin cap.

S: The nose is light in both the black and IPA areas. Light, old coffee roastiness meets a small amount of citrus hop. Dark fruitiness seems to dominate though.

T: Citrusy hops on the front end, followed by a roastiness that slowly builds almost into a coffee flavor.

M: Light, maybe a touch watery.

O: Not bad. The beer manages to display all the elements needed in a black IPA, but doesn't do it as well as could be done. Still enjoyable enough though.

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

akttr, Jul 03, 2013
Mendocino Black IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.