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Mendocino Black IPA - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Mendocino Black IPAMendocino Black IPA

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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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braedon_peluso

New York

4.75/5  rDev +38.9%

06-10-2013 02:34:02 | More by braedon_peluso
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tree777

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

05-27-2013 05:19:30 | More by tree777
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HisBoyElroy

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -5%

05-12-2013 19:25:25 | More by HisBoyElroy
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Kubrickx

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

05-12-2013 18:21:33 | More by Kubrickx
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PStriedl

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -5%

05-04-2013 23:21:51 | More by PStriedl
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

04-25-2013 14:18:41 | More by Whiskeydeez
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mkennedy119

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -5%

04-22-2013 01:39:27 | More by mkennedy119
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

4.34/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 04:05:33 | More by TheQuietMan22
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-16-2013 12:36:40 | More by thinwhiteduke
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 21:52:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 20:40:04 | More by SaCkErZ9
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jkermitj

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-09-2013 23:21:26 | More by jkermitj
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 23:10:35 | More by chinchill
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NWCraftman

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

04-08-2013 23:42:00 | More by NWCraftman
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 16:13:54 | More by hosehead83
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-06-2013 01:28:39 | More by UltimateLivewire
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

04-05-2013 22:44:33 | More by BigTrubble
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TheSixthRing

California

2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a near black, deep cordovan brown with a light tan finger width head. Good retention. Leaves a thin layer of microbubbles covering the surface. Nice lacing around the glass, with good stick.

Smell - Cocoa and stale coffee grounds, with orange zest that doesn't quite mesh.

Taste - Continues where the smell left off; stale coffee with touches of cocoa and cigarette ash. Funky, misplaced sweetness. Hop character is weak by comparison, only managing to impart the slightest touch of citrus throughout, and a near undetectable bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - Damn, and I was looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a mess. The malt profile simply doesn't work, and the lack of a strong hop punch only magnifies the problem. Sorry Mendocino, this one's a miss.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 06:21:55 | More by TheSixthRing
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-04-2013 04:33:34 | More by oriolesfan4
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.59/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

A black IPA brewed with orange peel? Sure, like Mikey, I'll try anything... This stuff pours a clear midnight sienna topped by over a finger of dusty khaki foam. The nose comprises onion, light leek, garlic salt, light paprika (it took me a bit of sniffing around the spice rack to figure this one out properly), a few drops of molasses, and light mixed greens. If I wanted this shit, I would've kept my nose in the spice rack... The taste holds notes of pine resin, mild dark chocolate powder, bitter greens, a hint of maple syrup, and a dash of garlic. Like the usual black IPA's that don't sit well with me, the roast and the hops don't meld, but rather clash, just not as badly as elsewhere, thankfully. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. Overall, I can't cotton this beer, really. It smells atrocious and the taste doesn't sit well on my tongue.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 21:37:43 | More by TMoney2591
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

03-31-2013 00:31:24 | More by HoistinBrews
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -5%

03-28-2013 18:14:07 | More by JAHMUR
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BB1313

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with barely any light getting through. Nice off-white head, nice retention, nice lacing. The aromas are full of coffee and chocolate malts. There are hints of grapefruit rind and orange peel. There are very subtle hints of onion and garlic. First sip and I'm blasted with roasted coffee. The coffee really seems to dominate. There's a nice hop bitterness, but this one lack hop flavor. Despite not having an intense hop flavor, there's a nice grassy/leafy quality. There's also a touch of pine resin. Pretty earthy. There are citrus notes, but they definitely hide in the background. Mouthfeel is really nice. It's light and has very active carbonation. It becomes fluffier and creamier the more I drink. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's pretty quaffable.

Not bad, but nothing that really wowed me. They did nail the coffee aspect, I was just hoping for more hop flavor. The potential is definitely there, I just wish it was more vibrant.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 22:46:09 | More by BB1313
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silverking

Florida

3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep brown with a reddish tinge. It has a fluffy light tan head with excellent retention and nice lacing.

S- Roasted malt, citrus, piney hops.

T- Orange and cocoa, reminds me of chocolate covered orange peel, followed by grapefruit and citrus rind with a nice amount of bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, with moderately high levels of prickly carbonation.

O- Not bad, I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 20:51:07 | More by silverking
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AmitC

New York

4/5  rDev +17%

03-22-2013 23:29:04 | More by AmitC
Mendocino Black IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
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