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Jagged Edge IPA - Black Diamond Brewing Co.

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Jagged Edge IPAJagged Edge IPA

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BA SCORE
79
okay

144 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Diamond Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 05-13-2009)
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Reviews by dwilson01:
Photo of dwilson01
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass. A hazy golden orange color with a lively look due to the carbonation. Solid finger and a half of head dissipates quickly to a thin layer on top with nice lacing present on the glass, creamy and white in color.

Smells like a fresh garden initially but the lingering scent is foresty and wooded. Green pine needles, a tad of orangey citrus, and a sweeter aspect as well though not definable under a characteristic sweet scent.

There are a couple ways to use hops in the brewing process to get distinctly different flavors, this one definitely utilizes the bittering acids in the hops. It gives an overtly piney bitterness accompanied with a slightly sour citrus in the aftertaste. The floral aromatics are very minimal and there is not really any spicing. It's straight up hop bitterness and a nice smoothed malty sweet body, very well balanced in that aspect.

Feels great, continuing on from the taste, the mouthfeel is a well balanced IPA, not too much malt, not too much carbonation, not too much bitterness, all combine and swirl around into an enjoyable bitter brew.

Very drinkable, not a true session beer at 7.3 percent, but I for one could drink this bad boy all night! Overall it's a good representative characteristic of the American IPA style of beer, not for the light of palate though and definitely not the chosen brew to be introducing people to IPA's on.

dwilson01, May 09, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Epic lacing meets a deep golden clarity. Aroma start of juicy citrus, then to mint and then hemp seed oil; hop domination in the nose. Body fluffs from the pop of smooth carbonation. Hops are thrown down hard here. Oily resin of heep seeds to citric zest, to mild tobacco. The bitterness is stern, though the flavor rises above. Warming alcohol gives off suggestions of melon, pear, and pineapple. Quick bite of maltiness runs more bready than anything else. Hops are embedded in the palate for an extremely long linger. The name calls it as well—leans a bit harsh, but nothing a true hophead can’t handle.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 09, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

juicebox, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of mattffrost
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance Clear liight Gold color, head dissolves rather quickly, not much lace.

Smell Citrus Grapefruit, fant typical IPA smell but not has strong as others.

Taste The normal IPA taste fruity a bit bitter, not really strong but not weak either. A nice balanced taste. Does not finish bitter. Nothing really takes hold in the taste it just a nice refreshing balanced taste. Very clean.

Mouthfeel A light mouthfeel.

Drinkability I think this is a very nice drinkable beer, will not blow you away in any thing but overall its a nice session beer.

mattffrost, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of rwilde
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

rwilde, May 27, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.13/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

One of the more disappointing beers to ever rear its ugly head at the Bistro ipa festival. Pours out a decent looking yellow with moderate cloudiness, got me hoping it was merely hop matter floating throughout, but no. Aroma revealed no dry hopping, attempts at conveying a pine like smell.

Taste, all bitter mouthfeel, no lush green hop notes. Just terrible for something from the bay area. How about some hops man? Not just copper penny bitterness either. This was just all alcohol heat and bitterness.

This is one of the worst ipa's in California. It's also below average for the rest of the nation.

Beerandraiderfan, May 29, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a pale copper orange color with a bright white head forming thick with speckled lacing left behind in my glass. Aroma has some onion like Summit notes with a nice citric grapefruit hop nose. Flavor explodes with grapefruit rind citrus notes and a heavy garlic onion notes bursting through the hop profile sweet malts balance it all out not overtly so but there's a long lasting earthy vegetable like flavor. Mouthfeel has a resinous oily hop texture with even flowing carbonation, probably medium bodied if I had to choose how thick it is. Overall an interesting well spirited hopped up West Coast IPA.

WVbeergeek, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Adkins1203
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Adkins1203, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of samtrillo
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

samtrillo, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Magpie14
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: somewhat of a dead golden color with orangish-yellow in the body. The head provided a clean-white sticky display of lace. Looks pretty standard

S: hops are very earthy and spicy at first whiff. Smells fairly sweet with caramel at the helm and just a few malts. I swear the sweet notes pull softly at Belgian characteristics, mostly bubblegum. Maybe my senses are awry?

T: sweeter (honeyed caramel) side beckons the profile and the hops show up a bitter floral vibe with earthy/dirty characters. Considering the name "jagged edge," this is an "audaciously hopped" beer in most regards. A bit different. They seem to have broken away from the usual hop suspects in IPA's (cascades & centennial). For me, the malts are in the way just a little too much and more little greenies would be nice

Also, the ABV is rather high reaching into the Double IPA at 7.3% and I can not taste a lick of it, nice work

M: no problems down the hatch. Body flows well and sits at a somewhat sticky mildness. Borderline creamy as it warms up. No bitterness really hangs on the tongue, hops are timid

D: this is a good beer to change things up a bit. Make the tongue and mind sort out some other flavors for an IPA.
I could use a handful more of hops in my glass

Magpie14, May 30, 2009
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2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

Tangerine liquid, nearly clear with amber highlights. A sudsy ivory finger recedes to a small head and upthrusting collar. Sticky, thin lacing coats the sides.

Acidic, herbal, vegetal aromatics suggest hops, lemon verbena, and mint vomited up by a horse.

Soapy, fruity palate entry. Potpourri, and citrus from the hops, along with an odd malt note. Somewhat perfume-like flavor profile, but not excessively artificial. Herbal, moderately dry finish.

Medium-light bodied, creamy, and well carbonated.

With all the stunning California IPAs around, this beer is best avoided.

augustgarage, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of ElGordo
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is an orange-amber color, topped by a small, listless white head. Aroma mostly of biscuity malt, with some fruity hops and a touch of adjunct off-notes detectable. Palate is a little noisy up front, citrus and floral notes accented by biscuity sweet malt. Some astringency and adjunct malt notes come through as well. Finish is not particularly bitter, but a faint chalkiness lingers in the back of the mouth.
Body is pleasantly creamy, almost akin to that of an ESB or pub ale. Goes down easily enough, but this is hardly a standout in the crowded market for west coast IPAs - not over the top hoppy, not particularly well-balanced. Probably won't go for this again.

ElGordo, Jul 22, 2009
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3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fluffy two fingers of head on a cloudy dark straw colored body.
The aroma has lots of danky lemon, barnish smell, but nice.
The taste has bold lemon bitterness but lots of malt to hold it up. I like it.
The texture is thicker with moderate carbonation.
Enjoy it.

Fatehunter, Jun 11, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

GRG1313, May 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

GuyIncognito, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a January 2014 expiration date. Sampled on October 17, 2013.

The color of the pour is cloudy and medium amber brown with a lingering but small off-white delicate head.

Fascinating aroma. certainly I get plenty of floral and piney hops which is to be expected from from an IPA but I also get a chocolate scent.

The body is in the medium range.

The taste also has this chocolate/cocoa malt character followed by a big hoppy bitterness that lingers at the end.

puboflyons, Oct 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Chilly_E, Aug 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

mfarkas2, May 13, 2012
Photo of ocelot2500
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a tight, pillowy white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of citrus peel and herbal hops.

Tastes of the solid hops upfront layered over a decent malt base. Hops lead off with herbal notes rushing forward that quickly turn to vegetable notes. Honestly, it detracts significantly. Citrus notes make their through the shuffle and blend in with some malt sweetness. The malts offer up caramel and a bit of toffee.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this feels like a beer that could use some tweaking to become something significantly better.

ocelot2500, Apr 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

GrantBrennan, Aug 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

dav2080, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Hopmodium, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Commodore69, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of berkey
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip. From 12/02/09 notes.

Pours a very clean and clear amber. An aggressive pour creates a medium head with just below average retention for the style.

First whiff and it's clear this is no West Coast hop bomb. Citrus and herbal hop bitterness is just barely enough to hold off the sweet bready malts. Achieves a decent balance after I spend some time taking it in.

Flavor leads off with a little more citrus in the hop profile followed by an almost English IPA herbal, spicy, dry and leafy yet clean bitterness on the aftertaste. Sweet in a bready and faintly caramel way but not as much so as one might guess considering the relatively subdued hop profile and the high for the style 7.3 abv.

Fairly high carbonation and very light bodied. Easy drinking enough, although the the ABV keeps it from being sessionable. Two is usually plenty.

Altogether a very nice IPA. Have to give it to the brewer for doing something a little different and not trying to clone other popular beers in the style. Also I have to note this brewer has come a very long way. Years ago they were well below average to put it kindly (a rep had to do a lot of talking to convince me to give them another shot) but after a relatively recent overhaul of their recipes they actually make a decent brew. I used to go to local bars and see Black Diamond as the only craft option and take it as a cue to drink water or spirits but now I'll even buy it for home drinking from time to time. Quite a big change. I'm keeping a close eye to see what these guys do next.

berkey, Dec 04, 2009
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Jagged Edge IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.