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NightTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2,303 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,303
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 90
Gots: 641 | FT: 5
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Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: dwagner003 on 02-14-2014

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Ratings: 2,303 | Reviews: 350
Photo of SLOTHLIFE
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sticky icky signature Lagunitas vibe. Unique.

Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours black with a tan head with nice retention and good lacing
S-lots of pine, citrus, roasted notes, coffee
T-pine and citrus bitterness up front, roasted coffee followed by unsweetened cocoa,somewhat dry finish, with lingering notes of citrus and pine
M-medium-full bodied with average carbonation
O-very nice roasty and hoppy brew. Its bold but pretty drinkable.

Photo of takusan1000
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A wonderful brew, looks and feels like a stout, tastes like something more. Complex taste of dark roasted nuts--brazil nuts, almonds, cashews--with caramel toffee malt. Assertive but not over the top hops make for balanced brew that is the opposite of boring. A silky brew that is easily drinkable, and hides its alcohol well, but not to be approached for the faint of heart. One of the most memorable new beers I've tried in a while.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Lagunitas NightTime last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this one for a little while now and since this is the first time I've seen it around I knew I had to try it out, so lets see how it goes. I couldn't decode the bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label label looks nice, it goes a little with the name and I think it's just a little eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a little over two fingers worth of creamy and bubbly slightly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they dominate the aroma of this beer by imparting some nice citrus, floral and light green hop aromas with the citrus hops seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast the leads into the malts which impart some roasted malt, light chocolate and sweet malt like aromas with the roasted malts coming through just enough. This beer has a really nice aroma, I enjoy it.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but much more balanced and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are much lighter this time. Up next comes the malts which show up a little more this time and they impart the same aspects with the roasted malts sticking out the most and there's some doughy yeast in the background. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with a citrus hop and roasted malt aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, it had good balance, but I wish the hops showed up just a little more.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style, it had pretty much everything that I look for in the style, I really enjoyed the aroma and while the taste had some good balance to it I wouldn't mind if there was just a little more hop flavors, but as a whole the hop profile was nice. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma, it was very nice and it was the highlight of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that the hops didn't show up just a little more in the taste. I would buy this beer again when In the mood for the style and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Black IPAs. All in all I was happy with this beer, Lagunitas came through with a pretty good Black IPA and that's pretty much what I expect from them. This isn't a favorite Lagunitas beer, but it is one of the better Black IPAs I've had. Good job guys this is one tasty Black IPA, keep it up.

Photo of ScottJJ
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer all around. Probably the best thing Lagunitas is putting out right now.

Photo of hardysf
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours dark black with a caramel colored head. Thin head with a roasty but nice crisp hop aroma. Really good mouth feel and thick with roasted flavors up front finishing with some bitter, dry, and piney hop flavor. Everything I am looking for in a black ipa.

Photo of churchillps
2.99/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good to try, not sure what niche it fills.

Photo of SethHudelson15
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is defiantly different. I would say that this beer is acquired in its taste. There is a certainly a pin taste that is pleasing and a slight malt combination. I feel that this would be a great beer for someone who is trying to feel a type of year. Solid/bold/satisfying/dessert a good night cap.

Photo of augustgarage
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Surprisingly dark bistre body with a desert tan cap and faint auburn highlights. The finger of soft peak foam lasts for ages and leaves dense tendrils of soapy lace in its wake.

A cascade of roast malt gives way fairly quickly to a blast of grassy/herbaceous hops in the nose. Hints of pine, coffee, and mountain air.

Elements of smoke, burnt toast, and nutty toast flavors blend into a malty whole. The hops are assertive, cutting through the tannins and acidity with a punchy accent. Catty with a touch of citrus. Simcoe? Nugget? I have no idea. Medium, faintly earthy finish. Not too sweet or overly roasty. Moderate bitterness throughout.

Good body. Pillowy yet zesty mouth-feel - perfectly carbonated. Faint warmth from the alcohol.

While not as satisfying to me as Sublimely Self Righteous (particularly a cask), this is one of the better "Black IPAs" I've sampled - worth seeking out if you are a fan of the style.

Photo of cochan
3.09/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I love Lagunitas, But this one not so much. I'll just stick with the Sucks and A Little Sumpin' Sumpin'

Photo of timontheroad
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown/black color, one finger thick tan head, great retention and lacing. Lots of nice pine and citrus in the aroma. Nice piney flavor and a bit of grapefruit in the front, nice dark roasty malts on the back end. Medium to thick mouthfeel, with just the right carbonation. This is a really tasty beer, I'm not a big fan of Black IPAs, but this one is very well done.

Photo of jefegrande
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To much pine for me. It sure looks pretty, but it's to bitter for my taste. Grapefruit and pine, little peach. What a nice thick head. Mine only alc. 7.9% by Vol.

Photo of sd123
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good black ipa but very similar hop profile to other lagunitas beers so not so exciting

Photo of maedhros09
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown black like a porter with big fluffy tan head that leaves generous lacing. Sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
Smell: Big grapefruit and piney hops, slight roastiness beneath the hops?
Taste: Sweet thick deep maltiness with big citrus and pine hops. Strong bitter finish - more depth than usual with the dark malts
Feel: Thick, smooth

Overall: A big black ale with a nice balance between sweet malt and fresh citrus hops. Thick body and lovely presentation round out this delicious and very drinkable brew.

Photo of dleigh
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best black IPA I've had--amazing peach notes.

Photo of gsmit
2.07/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Taste is more like the sole of a rubber shoe... But still rather sweet.

Photo of wketel
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet, very hoppy grapefruit after taste

Photo of I_imbibe
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Freakin great. Just drink it!

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black, but not pitch black, choppy tan head with plenty of lacing. Rich smells of earthy pines, nuts and dark fruits. Taste follows smells, flavors of raisin with a sweet lingering nutty finish. On the sweet bubbly side, some roastiness, but nothing dense, it stays light thoughout. Dangerously drinkable.with enough head stuck to the glass to have it for tomorrow's lunch.

I would consider it to be a black IPA, regardless very enjoyable

Photo of bound4er
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to almost black appearance with a big, light tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Smells of dark roasted grain, peat and earthy pine. On the palate the initial attack is roasted malts, a hint of chocolate followed by a nice lingering, piney hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy - carbonation is mild but adequate. This is without a doubt the best black ale I've had to date. This style of beer usually tastes disjointed to me but not NightTime. Lagunitas has done a great job of creating a balanced and full flavored black ale. Not to be missed.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Blacker than coffee with a mocha head, great retention, foamy thick lacing.

Aroma: Perfect balance of charred roasted grains and earthy hops. A touch of piny wood.

Taste: Charred grains, roasted malts, faint chocolate and coffee notes ... lead into the finish of slightly bitter hops and earthy pine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly dry.

Overall: Cannot explain how well balanced this is. Hoppy, yet enough roast and coffee/chocolate.

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow im glad I grabbed this best black s le ive had yet dark fruit with citrus smooth with a slight tingle going down

Photo of CIBoy10
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A wonderfully dank, hop forward Black IPA with great balance. Fantastic brew!

Photo of Glennlawless
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

When Poured it has a milk chocolate looking head...light brown is...got a big 2 inch head, that depleted slowly.

When i smelled it i got grapefruit, and even a burst of peach. Just dank hop smell...but you can also smell a syrupy sweet undertone.

Taste is very hop forward upfront but as you swallow it is immediately mellowed out by the sweet malts of the beer. CRAZY balanced, liking this a lot.

It is slightly creamy, a touch on the heavier side and i would say its more of a sipper.

Overall, this is a super solid Black IPA. super balanced and drinkable. I would defiantly buy again.

Photo of kratsmit
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

As good as it gets. Love this brew.

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NightTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,303 ratings.