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NightTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,004
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 79
Gots: 495 | FT: 4
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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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Reviews by Nugganooch:
Photo of Nugganooch
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased from the Trader Joe’s in Santa Rosa, CA
Noted on 06/13/2014 with a hotel tumbler type glass

A: A dark cola body. Brown on the pour but nearing black once collected into the glass. Good finger plus of dark khaki suds covers over and exhibits good retention efforts. Leaves some sticky swaths of lace left clinging to the glass walls.

S: Gently dark roasted grains give suggestion to coffee and chocolate with an overall malt sweetness to the nose. Fresh green sprucey hops advance with some citrus undertones and a flicker of dank herbal likeness. Smells pretty nice with a good ratio of malty roast to hops.

T: Juicy flavors of resinous pine, citrus-tangerine, and mild dank herbs meld with a light roasted malt character. I get a combination of restrained coffee notes and cocoa without any type of harsh astringency on the palate. Pretty nice and plenty hoppy with a lower amount of actual bitterness. Slightly sweet overall with a whisper of alcohol coming through. Tasty stuff but nothing too ground breaking here.

M: Moderate body and maybe a touch on the lighter side. Nice even spritzy carbonation with a touch of bitterness on the palate. Good drying lift at the finish. Slightly sticky and resinous afterwards but fairly clean all around.

D: A solid rendition of the style although not particularly stand out from the rest of the pack. Surprised Lags took this long to come out with a Black IPA. Does have some nice juicy hop flavors and it is definitely hard to beat at the Lagunitas price point. Not my favorite Black IPA but will be revisiting this one over and over I am sure of it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Bisco42
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is delicious. I'm not incredibly familiar with black ales, but if this is any testament to what they can bring taste wise, than I will have to begin going on the hunt for more of them. Poured into a snifter that had been chilled. Bottled on 2015/01/21

L - Dark, jet black. A solid 2.5 finger head that is to color of milk chocolate, subsides gradually and the lacing is covering the entire glass. The big bubbles that reside on the middle-outside collect while tiny foam compiles towars the center. Interesting

S - The smell is so fresh, so clean. Almost like a smokey IPA with bits of bacon and firewood. This is basically the smell that would blend in with clothes that you have worn after a camping trip, mixed with fresh hops. Delicious.

T - Wow. Not what I expected at all. With this kind of color paired with the smell, it's like a smokey IPA that has a burnt taste. The burnt is good though, delicious in it's own unique way. Very unique.

F - Carbonated, but collects on the back of the tongue desiring more to wash it down. I enjoyed it.

O - I will absolutely pick up another 6er for $10.99 and look forward to the next time this is released!

Photo of secondtooth
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep black with minimal ruby highlights. I get a thick, frothy head of tan bubbles, and gorgeous, detailed, frilly lacing. Superlative!

Aroma: Delicious hops — floral, pine and tropical fruit galore. A bouquet of hop manna!

Taste: Rich and decadent melding of roasty malts and twangy bittering hops. The pair duke it out on the palate, with neither coming out ahead. Operative word here is balanced. Tons of flavor from both sides, with chocolatey malt goodness mixing it up with lovely hoppiness. This heavy brew (at 7.9%) is so easy to drink, I could easily enjoy another right away. Delicious? You bet. A real winner here from Lagunitas.

Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this since spring but couldn't find a good time to crack it. Finally a cold rainy nasty day... well night.

Porus a darker colored creamy frothy 1 finger head that fades pretty slowly, decent lined lacing, nice frothy head and lacing, super dark beer with a bit of murky brown light sneaking through.

Nose is very strong, aromates the room, yes that's a new word... big hops, not as spicy piney as I expected though, more floral and fruity, some orange peel citrus, little tangerine even, mild earthy piney notes that are more background, and touches of a tropical fruit note. Then into dark malts, a little roast and cocoa, fluffy nougat, little caramel, some nice candy bar notes, and a little chocolate covered orange. The aromas clash a bit but blend better than I expected for this style. Just a touch of booze.

Taste starts with creamy malts, rich dark malts that quickly flash into booze, strong alcoholic and slight phenolic booze, much stronger than I expected. getting through that I get into hops again, lots of floral grassy hops out front, but then into a big bitter pithy rindy, a little citrus note but big spicy bitterness like I bit into orange rind covered in spicy hop pellets. Super bitterness cuts in, astringent and mouth numbing bitterness, I guess which is why I should fear the dark? The smooth creamy malts come back with a creamy and fluffy nougat, a little cocoa and roast, bitter acrid roast with the super bitter astringent hops bring this no-mans-land feel in my mouth. Finish brings more orange, big orange peel and zest, with some phenolic booze again, quite bitter but doesn't smash the mouth with bitterness as I expected, it's actually a bit less bitter than the back end of the taste, and a little sticky dark malt lingering.

Mouth is a bit thin feeling despite a bit creamy and fluffy, it's weird, although quite a bit of carbonation, perhaps too much it's a bit distracting, and phenolic warming booze.

Overall mixed bag and kinda meh, hard to drink this for sure, between the huge bitterness of the astringent rindy hops and the acrid roasted malt (which isn't very strong but it's there), and the phenolic booze kick in the pants, and the thin feel, those unhappy flavors way outnumber the decent ones. Nose was pretty nice though.

Photo of fscottkey
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%

A: [3.00] Dark color (like Coke when poured). Also pours a head similar to Coke. Large bubbles in the 2+ finger head. The head is khaki colored. The head recedes slowly leaving patchy lacing. The bottle has a born on date (Julian date = May 14)

S: [3.75] Really nice smell. Has the smell of fruits. I want to say tropical fruits but my eyes say dark fruits and my nose says tropical fruits.

T: [3.75] Slightly bitter on the front. Moves through some tropical flavors and sweetness and finishes with a sweet coffee taste.

M: [3.25] Slightly dry and tight. There is no biting in the carbonation it is the right level.

O: [3.50] This is a 8.2% beer but there is no taste or sense of alcohol. The 65 IBUs gives a little bitter on the tip of the tongue - but doesn't make the beer harsh. The smell and taste are nice. This is not just a dark colored IPA. There are some stout-esque characters on the finish like the hint of sweet coffee.

Photo of dudeman
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in taster and later from growler into mug. 8.2% ABV; 62 IBU
It pours dark with tame head - not black as a stout or porter but not a brown ale either. Looks ah-ight.
The smell is incredible with burnt pineapple, over-ripe mango, and cotton candy.
I could inhale this all day er, night. Ends with a little biscuity whiff.

The taste is sweet then dry then bitter with lingering spiciness and tongue tingling.

You might not guess its a black IPA from the taste ifyou didn't see it first - but then at the end there is a bit of a nice cocoa malt flavor at the end.

Its very smooth with small bubbles mingling with the bitter malty spiciness.

As close to waldo as you'll get in a bottle.

Photo of Ob1wan
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sorta Sucks, but dark. Need to find more.

Photo of showme-beer20
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good dark ale. Complicated flavors yet smooth.

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an imperial pint glass a deep cola color with a half finger beige head that leaves a nice full ring of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.Some pine resin and earthiness in the nose,not much sweetness to be had.Pretty dry on the palate with mild roast and earthy with some pine and grapefruit hops lingering in the finish,I like the dryness.A good example of the style not uber hopped but hopped enough.Iam still warming up to the style,I like robust porters and I love IPA's but still have not found an ABA that I go crazy for ...yet.

Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep ebony color with a tan head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with some citrus and tropical hops.

A slightly acrid burnt note leads into tropical and citrus hop notes that play nicely together (think grilled pineapple). Hops fade into a roasted bitterness before a fairly clean finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty and worth checking out.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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NightTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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