Mendocino Black IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company
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3.36/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
07-20-2013 03:37:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.29/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
07-03-2013 04:08:00 | More by CMUbrew
3.28/5 rDev -3%
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?
06-21-2013 00:48:00 | More by socon67
4.34/5 rDev +28.4%
Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. No freshness date.
Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is very dark caramel brown. Two fingers of very dense, buttery, lightly tanned head dissipated slowly, leaving a webwork of foam along the glass and a creamy cap and lacing.
Smell: The usual suspects, though a touch faint. Grapefruit, orange, and a touch of pine. Underneath are hints of a malty foundation: caramel, toffee, and cocoa. Honestly, there really is not much there.
Taste: The flavor makes up for the lackluster smell. It is nothing intense, but it is superbly balanced. The grapefruit, orange, and lemon zest come on strong at first, then pine spice emerges. Counterbalancing the citrus and spice is toasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and a touch of cocoa. A dash of roasted malts offer a nice bite that complements the bitterness from the hops. Tropical fruit comes into play late, as well as some dark fruit cherry. A little odd, but very tasty. The zest lingers, probably due to the orange peel used during brewing.
Drinkability: This is good stuff, plain and simple. In terms of bitterness, it is not going to blow anybody away. But the flavor is awesome!
04-20-2013 04:05:33 | More by TheQuietMan22
3.03/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
04-12-2013 21:52:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.26/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
04-12-2013 20:40:04 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.44/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
04-09-2013 23:10:35 | More by chinchill
3.64/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
04-07-2013 16:13:54 | More by hosehead83
Mendocino Black IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.