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NightTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,366
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 96
Gots: 672 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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: 2,366 | Reviews: 364
Photo of fisherbray
2.87/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Lagunitas is normally a very reliable brewery, but this one looked and smelled much better than it tasted.

Photo of Myotus
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with half a fingers worth of off-white foam that dissipates into a single foam line within 10 seconds. Black in color with a brown tint. Has scattered, large white particles that can be seen floating around the edges and a plethora of them settled on the bottom. Has strong peppery aromas of rye and strong floral and piney hop aromas. Tastes how it smells except a hint (stretching it out there) of roasted malts can be found in addition to the mix. Mouth feel is light with mild carbonation. Leaves the mouth dry. Feels like your typical IPA.

Photo of Andrew041180
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed from the bottle, at probably warmer than ideal temperature.

Photo of captainkrad
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome dark IPA. Just the right amount of malt and sweetness to compliment the intense hop complexity.

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid from Lagunitas! Hop-mango smell, with almost Stout look. What?

Photo of HunterSBeerson
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown, with a good sized tan head that fades relatively quickly. Leaves decent amount of lacing down the glass. Smell is mostly hops with a bit of a chocolaty undertone. Taste mirrors the smell, assertive hops and bitterness followed by rich dark malty flavors. Feels more like an IPA than a typical dark ale. Overall, a good beer and a fine example of the style.

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black as night with a towering tan head that leaved huge amounts of lace on the way down.

Smell: Resiny hops, yeast.

Taste: Somewhat bitter, although not nearly as much as would be expected based on the smell. Quickly taken over by malts, caramel and chocolate, becomes a bit sweet. Aftertaste returns to piney hops, just a bit of bitterness lingers. Alcohol is hidden.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Great! It helps that I like stouts and IPAs.

Photo of drunkenmess
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep dark brown with hues of amber red. Nice thick frothy tan head with nice lacing thru out. Smells of citrus/grapefruit, also a little bit of coffe too? Something burnt but not strong. Defintley smell the hops. Taste isnt as bitter as expected, complex and different. Sorta bitter but also a smooth coffee or cocoa mix taste. Idk, still pretty good. That a boy Lagunitas. Cheers

Photo of edificio5
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer looked good and smelled good but was very powerful for my tastes. I am sure that this beer pairs with food really well

Photo of garymuchow
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A fantastic looking beer. Black as night with a dark head. Large dense head that lingers and laces.
Complex is the work for both the aroma and taste. While there are similarities that is not the whole story. initial whiff noted the dark malt with not so much roast but a thick syrupy, almost cooked dark extract. this was soon followed by the rich fruity (citrus and tropical) aroma. Here and there are hits of hop extract excess, but they are few are far between.
Flavor has more of the malt. Others have noted that it's stout like and I suppose there is more roast than most others for style, and possible begs the questions for differences between Black Ale and Am. Stout, but that is for another time. Anyway, there is more complexity here. There is some roast and others have noted nuttiness, and I get that too. A subdued sweetness and then the fruitiness of the hops with tropical very nice. This is not dry or bitter and seems to fade on the finish softly.
Quite a big feel with richness and softness.
Some takes are exceptional, but others show flavors that are not quite right, a mix of band blending of flavors and occasional hop excess.

Photo of Lobina
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I liked this one. Surprised I had never had it before.

Photo of E-McFarden
3.12/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black as knight with head Jumping out of the glass, and lacing almost like cobwebs across the glass. Immediate notes of aroma hops backed up by roasted malt scents. It's almost as though the bittering hops and roasted malts are battling each other here, and not so much complimenting each other. I'd like to see more balance with hops and malts here, I'm thinking some other fermentables maybe or longer aging.

Photo of sneth019
2.83/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Maybe I got a bad/old batch, super strange off flavor in this one. Love Lagunitas, but this one was a miss for me.

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.

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NightTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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