NightTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by thecheapies:
4.19/5 rDev +1.7%
Very dark brown color with a head that rushed up, seized up, and leveled down with some serious thick lace. Excellent.
Crazy Cascadian nose with loads of pine and grapefruity citrus, but there's an element of tropical fruit here, too. Awesome black IPA nose. It's interesting how subtle notes of mango and pineapple contend with roasty chocolate malts. Simmered coffee trace and ripe pale malts, even though this beer looks like the second cousin of the American Stout. I'd be all for blindfolding someone, asking them to give this a whiff, and try to guess the color of the beer. In other words, it smells like a great toasty IPA.
I love that they call this NightTime. They ask you not to confuse it with DayTime, but the hop profile is very similar. Grapefruit, mango, assorted citrus, boisterous pine, tangerine, and raw hop leaf; but the added roast gives this a whole new element. I'm comparing this more to DayTime, during my enjoyment of it, then I am to other black IPAs. It has that unique Lagunitas hop flavor that I love. It's dialed down a tad, because of the roastiness of the dark malts. More of that coffee note, which seems a little bland, but I can't complain because it heightens the hoppy aspects of this beer even more.
The body is smooth enough. It's not as wet as I might want, but I can't say it's too light. The carbonation has a lot of charm with soft popping bubbles. Has the mouthfeel of a creamy root beer.
Nailed the style down. It might not be the best Black IPA I've ever had, but it might certainly be my favorite. A choice Cascadian Black Ale. Highly recommended.
06-07-2014 04:35:33 | More by thecheapies
More User Reviews:
3.61/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
08-18-2014 01:45:06 | More by fscottkey
3.74/5 rDev -9.2%
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.
05-28-2014 00:26:46 | More by oberon
3.88/5 rDev -5.8%
Heavy 4 finger-head. Dark nearly pitch black. Khaki head. Smells fresh fruit, chocolate and plum. Taste is nice, effervescent pine, apricot, milk chocolate, slightly dry finish. Medium body. Overall, fresh this one will go down smooth. Pair with duck burger, ostrich burger, or nut-crusted/herb-crusted goat cheese.
06-19-2014 03:36:03 | More by Beerswag
3.95/5 rDev -4.1%
Reasonably priced (as usual) Lagunitas bomber. No freshness info that I can find.
Pours very dark brown, medium khaki moderate head, small bubble film and respectable fine mini fields of stick.
Roasted malt nose with some citric hops also present.
Orange hop notes/chocolate/ dark caramel malt sums this one up for me.
Tasty. Go get some. I think this one would go well with a nice steak or with a chocolate dessert.
06-01-2014 18:46:39 | More by Billolick
NightTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,443 ratings.