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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
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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: Zorro on 05-13-2009

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Ratings: 158 | Reviews: 62
Reviews by whatthehull:
Photo of whatthehull
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Voice Noted

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - A blood red orangina color, a fluffy off white head and a bit of lacing

S - Belgian yeast up front, nice citrus hops and very sweet malt. A lot of the grain sticks out for sure.

T - Very yeasty, floral, citrus and a big bitter. Orange, lime, lemon and can taste the rind. Toasted malt and a bit acidic

M - Fluffy, carbonated, coats a bit and dries the tongue.

D - Low if you aren't a fan of IPA's, if you like IPA's this one is for you and very high

Final thought - $6 - 8 bucks, awesome IPA with a belgo style for sure

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of mattffrost
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.15/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of Magpie14
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Photo of augustgarage
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of berkey
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good beer. It is also from my hometown of Concord.

Appearance- amber goldish color, transparent

Smell- earthy, spicy hops

Taste- hoppy, malty

Mouthfeel- good mouthfeel, medium body, quite refreshing

Drinkability- very drinkable, i will have more, it was quite enjoyable. I had a few of them the other night when I was a t my girlfriend's house.

Photo of barleyroad
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Gold with a slight cloudiness
Smell- Wow you can tell there are hopps here and there are slight hints of malt.
Mouthfeel- Eventfull, this beer hits the tongue and moves around and then sits on the back.
Taste- Here we go--this is hoppy and has a great malt backbone. This beer is for the hop lover. Overall this is a good strong IPA that will go well any spicy meal, we may try this with some good german food.

Photo of DrDemento456
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Ow damn not up to a good start the color is decent deep amber yellow but the head is all wrong, way too carbonated making over two inches of head that is way too bubbly and fades out fast.
S - Ow man its very medicinal smelling with a sour tart cherry smell and some fruity hops.
T - Pretty terrible ugh why did they bottle this? It has some hops in the finish with some balance but the overall taste is sort of sour almost infected. I may pour it out.
M - light to medium, very on par with the style.

Overall I wish this beer was more "jagged edge" on hop bitterness and not infected sourness. Please don't buy this.

Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the label 75 IBUs and 16° Plato and 7.3% Alc/Vol this is a different beer from the regular IPA.

Darkly colored for and IPA, deep orange color I could call this copper colored near where brown starts. Small with head that doesn't last but doesn't quite go away either.

Both malty and hoppy. Malt is light honey and not especially complex. Pine and cedar hop scents with some lemon, this doesn't have much of a grapefruit scent. The cedar scent is a bit unusual for a beer and it was hard to place at first.

Starts out sweet with a flash of cedar wood with a sweet tea aftertaste. Pretty smooth don't know where the 75 IBUs went. Mildly bitter and that cedar taste never quite ever goes away. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Good mouthfeel.

Really good drinkability here enough taste to keep you interested yet not tiring.

Photo of shand
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jagged Edge IPA pours out a slightly hazy orange color with two fingers of head. The aroma is very nice, citrus hops, caramel malt, and a nice pine edge. The taste is a bit less satisfying, as the caramel malts run the show, the hops just provide a bit of supporting pine bitterness around the edges. The mouthfeel seems a bit too thin for the malts power, and the drinkability is solid. A good malt forward IPA.

Photo of colforbin73
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

FRESH CHECK? this bottle had J F M A M J J A S O N D on the side and F was etched out, so i am assuming this was born in february, not slated to die in february... ?

pours a rich IPA amber, cloudy, little foam.

the smell is pleasant and grassy, a decent hop aroma.

the taste is dry, bitter, grassy with a good malt flavor -- not sure what they use, but they got a lot of flavor out of the pale malt.

good carbonation and bitterness. this is not my GOTO IPA but it is a good choice.

Photo of bstave
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into Dogfish Head tulip pint glass.

A- Very nice looking brew. Big sticky head that created some very nice thick lacing. Body is translucent amber. Very nice.

S- Not getting much here. A bit more once it warmed up. Mostly big biscuit malt and some citrus hops.

T- Darn. I am getting that big nutty malt flavor that I really dislike in an IPA. The hops do come out nicely with the citrus variety. Although the hops are a nice addition and are more prevalent in the taste than the nose, I am not digging the malt flavor here.

M- Mouthfeel is nice. Good carbonation and not much heat for a bigger single IPA. Pretty smooth.

O- The appearance is top notch. The smell is lacking and the taste suffers with the big nutty malt profile. Overall, it's a different tasting IPA with the nutty malt profile, but the hops did shine nicely in the taste. Won't seek out again, however.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edited from May/June 2011:
-Fresh sample provided by piercival, who works at Black Diamond, read my original review and responded.
A+ in customer service!

Pours that golden caramel color pale with a perfect 2-finger white head. Nice fruity floral nose. Clean and vibrant with citrus. Taste is a nutty caramel and biscuit malt base with a bright peppery hop bite that is citrus and pine with some considerable spiciness. Clean bitterness overall. Light creamy texture.
*No distinct off metallic taste or sourness noted.
Still falls a bit short in terms of wow factor but a much better go at this one.

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Original Review: 3.5 Overall - C

Excited to see this brewery now distributing in SoCal, I grabbed a 6'er from the store only to realize later the bottle by date was Dec. 2010. I called the brewery to confirm and they stated their beers have a 6 month shelf life. I should have known better. May have to revisit this review if/when I can find some fresher samples.

A: Poured into my pint glass, it portrays a true golden straw pale color with a tiny near- white head that didn't care to stick around very much. Moderate lacing.

S: Dominant with sweet malt aromas and a very distinct earthy grass and pine hop profile. Picking up some slight sour yeasty notes as well.

T: This one falls more on the side of the malt forward IPA with some English-style biscuity malt and caramel accents present. However it does have a nice resinous pine hop profile with some apparent puckering to the palate from the overall bitterness. Thank the lord if it werent for that this one would never hold up. I pick up some slight citrus notes but the fruity esters really come through from the yeast. Almost has a sweet and sourness effect to it that doesnt really work here. I am getting a definite metallic aftertaste as well which has me concerned.

M: Mouthfell is okay with some decent balance between the stickiness across the tongue and creamy textures that finish rather dry and somewhat astringent.

D: Not bad for an IPA coming in over 7%ABV where the alcohol is not even present. I am thinking this could be a decent brew fresh of the taps but I just couldn't get over the sweet and sour combo with the rusty tin-like aftertaste I was getting.

I really wanted to enjoy this beer and embrace yet another Cali brewery but I dont think the IPA over 3-months on the shelves is doing it any justice here. Too many off flavors to have any type of wow factor and make me want to purchase this one again. I am hoping for, Black Diamond's sake, fresher will be a different story.

Photo of Ryan011235
1.57/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 8/24/12

The label is notched May 12

Mostly clear, sun-faded orange and amber. Two finger head of moderate sized bubbles. Overall retention is about a third of that. Pretty nice lace, too.

The aroma is timid and weak. Buttered biscuit, orange peel, pine needles, grass, herbs, caramel and.. anise cookies? What the hell? Sweet notes of marmalade. This is pretty much how you want your IPA not to smell.

The body is watery and thin and bringing along with it only half-hearted carbonation. The beer is somehow hot, slick and irritating. The feel is perfect to allow a plethora of schwag Morrow-tucky reminders to boil across my sense of taste. Herbal foliage, peppers, bitter orange rind rubbed in dirt. Stale biscuits and too much toasted bread. This is really bad.

This isn't worth finishing and isn't worth buying.

Photo of RLaurel
4.97/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of all the beers the Black Diamond Brewery produces, this is my favorite. It quenches my afternoon thirst & is reasonably priced.

It has consistent clarity with with a caramel color evenly throughout the brew and a light hop quality to the smell. It has low carbonation and tastes fantastic at room temperature. It has a light hop taste, but no bitter after taste. It tastes wonderful in my mouth & flows down very smoothly.

Perhaps it is my admiration for IPA beverages, which I believe is dominated by a west coast preference, but this is the standard which I gauge all others. Maybe because it is a reference I can readily return to. The brewery is within my neighborhood.

If you can, give this brew a try. If you enjoy slightly dark, but lightly hopped beverages with a thirst quenching quality, I think you will enjoy this one!

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler-pint, the beer is a clear, vibrant, copper-orange coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy white surface coating. Aromas of wet, resiny, bitter hops with a solid caramel backbone. Smells extremely balanced. Flavors are hop forward, with a grapefruit citrus component that amplifies the resin and bitterness of the wet hops character. Roasted caramel sweet backbone helps to keep everything on an even keel, with a touch of biscuit at the end of the palate. The aftertaste is more tangy sweet, and definitely bitter, with a slick, slightly drying finish. Very solid, flavorful, and well put together IPA. Very decent.

Photo of flexabull
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New beer at the local liquor store.

Pours a dark gold color with a faint white head, and a lot of carbonation visible.

Hard candy and brewed tea maltiness on the nose, as well as some light grapefruit hoppiness.

Taste is super dry. I sometimes comment about tasting brewed tea in a beer. This one has a huge malty tea flavor, and as commented before, a very strong dryness. Finish has a mineral hoppy flavor bite. What a unique tasting beer. This is tasty, but kind of an odd tasting IPA. Definitely seems to be more in the Belgian IPA mode.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, very crisp as well, and the dryness actually works.

Drinkability is good. This is a refreshing and interesting beer. Not sure I'd grab it again, but it's worth trying, and I'll enjoy drinking the rest of these over the weekend.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.81/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 1 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Pours a nearly lifeless cloudy orange color with just a few bubbles rising lazily to the surface. Looks pretty limp and sad.

The aroma is quite good, fresh, grapefruit like hop notes. Tropical fruit is fairly strong on this one.

The taste is bitter and hoppy with plenty of pith and rind action really grinding away. Malt sweetness makes it kind of like a hop smoothie. Sugary sweetness and American hops do a nice job with IPA flavor.

In the feel, however, the carbonation is just too mild. Its not flat but not entirely far from it. Wishing for more body.

Overall, I am not quite sure I've reviewed a beer such a way. It is OK, as far as smell and taste, but like a few other beers on the market, the feel is just way too thin. With a firmer carbonated body this beer could be solid.

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Jagged Edge IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.