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Mendocino Black IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Mendocino Black IPAMendocino Black IPA

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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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3.25/5  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
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 24, 2013
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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
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

BRYeleJR, Jul 20, 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
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

kylehay2004, Jun 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

terence, Jun 21, 2013
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3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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?

socon67, Jun 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +40.9%

braedon_peluso, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

tree777, May 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

HisBoyElroy, May 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Kubrickx, May 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

PStriedl, May 04, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Whiskeydeez, Apr 25, 2013
Mendocino Black IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.