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Jagged Edge IPA - Black Diamond Brewing Co.

Jagged Edge IPAJagged Edge IPA

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BA SCORE
79
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130 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%


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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RLaurel

California

4.97/5  rDev +43.2%
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!

Serving type: growler

06-24-2010 21:55:34 | More by RLaurel
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 05:22:18 | More by DrDemento456
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Cloudy orange gold with tons of head, about 3.5 fingers, big and fluffy, some of sediment on the bottom.
S - Sweet malts that give off a sour scent too, definitely astringent, grapefruit, under-ripe tart cherry, some weird spices too, some clove?
T - Extremely tart, some mild spicy traits, a hint of diacetyl, really sour grapefruit and cherry flavor.
M - Tart and clingy.
O - Bleh, this is not good at all, really weird and unbalanced IPA, too sour.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 23:51:42 | More by Omnium
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 22:24:12 | More by puboflyons
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mactrail

California

3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice looking amber orange color in the New Belgium snifter. The foam is quite admirable as well. Decent sudsy mouthfeel. This seems like another well-made brew from Black Diamond.

Bitter twang from the start. A touch of melon, then the pine, and then it's just bitter. Brewer says this has Simcoe, Centennial, and Columbus hops. Some dark toasty flavors with a sharp sensation, but a modest malty richness. Tart finish with a dark, bitter and winey grape-skin taste.

While this has some virtues, it suffers from the usual excess of hops without as much pleasure as you might hope for. The aftertaste is like grapefruit rind on the lips. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace on Point Loma Blvd.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 05:21:08 | More by mactrail
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JAFoley

New Hampshire

3.04/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy orange. 1mm of head which quickly dissolves and not too much lacing.

S - Strong lemon/lime and apple aroma. Smells a bit cidery

T - Apple cider again. Definitely a west coast IPA in style with citrus hops but the "big malt backbone" lends a cloying sweetness that reminds me of all the off home brews I've made

M - Medium/light body and moderate carbonation

0 - The malts kill it for me. The sweetness they impart overpower the hops. This beer is definitely not lacking in flavor, it's just a flavor I don't personally enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 23:33:19 | More by JAFoley
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 23:05:36 | More by ocelot2500
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barczar

Kentucky

3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy medium to dark copper with a one inch foamy cream head that lingers, eventually leaving sheets of lacing as it dissipates.

Wet grass, resin, dank cannabis, and lime form the initial aroma, with a fairly rich caramel malt surfacing in the background. Pine, light floral notes, and grapefruit emerge.

Flavor is decidedly sweet and malty initially, very bready, with caramel malt dominating throughout. Flavoring hops of grapefruit, lime, and resin that are evident early fade to slightly bitter hops at the finish. A little cardboard oxidation emerges in the aftertaste.

Body is a touch watery, with moderate carbonation, slight astringency, and a touch of alcohol warmth.

While the flavoring hops aren't a standout, and bittering hops are not as prevalent as some, I really enjoyed this brew. Malt sweetness might be too much for some, but it suits my palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 00:25:34 | More by barczar
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kshizzle101

Washington

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A - dark range in color with a 2 inch head. Very bubbly as well

S - Grapefruit and pine hops with a hefty malt smell as well

T - Very piney, grapefruit as well. The booze hides pretty well for a 7.3% brew. A good amount of malt as well but also a metallic aftertaste

M - A little thin for this kind of beer, Pretty good carb.

Overall - A decent beer. Nothing spectacular

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 22:52:46 | More by kshizzle101
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shand

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 00:21:26 | More by shand
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PhantasIPA

Delaware

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this brew from a bottle. It pours a cloudy, golden, amber color and has about a 1/2 inch head. It has great lacing.

The smell is subtle, almost boring. It is not hoppy, piney or sweet; it is not really powerful at all.

The brew does have a nice taste to it. More sweet then bitter, meaning the malts outweigh the hops . It has balance - balance is not always easy to achieve and when it happens it usually indicates a well brewed beer. I like the taste, even though I expected more bitterness and hoppiness. I think the sweetness of the malts really mutes the hops.

Mouthfeel is really nice! The malts make for a sweet and smooth drink and the hops create enough bitterness to make you thirsty and drink more! haha

Overall it is good. I think if I were the marketing manager I would have advertised the malts more than the hops, but it is a good beer, worth a try. Not my favorite but glad I bought it and had the opportunity to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 20:01:54 | More by PhantasIPA
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Brad007

Vermont

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden amber with a thin head into my glass. Looks like an IPA and hopefully will taste like one, etc.

Piney hops greet the nose followed by buttered bread malt. Mmm. Nom nom. That's a relief so far.

Ditto on taste. Piney hops coat the mouth, obscuring the malt at the same time. Well, it is an IPA.

Lingering piney hops and some buttery malt. Love the bite of the hops. Makes it a worthwhile purchase.

Check it out.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 00:02:26 | More by Brad007
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new arrival to NH, the notches on the side indicate July 2012, is that a bottled on or exp date?
Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a huge white head that shows great retention and moderate lacing. The aroma is mostly garlic and green onions. Maybe there's a hint of bready malt, but its really hard to find. The flavor follows the aroma really well. I get lots of vegetative onion and garlic hop flavor with just a hint of sweet bready malt that is struggling to find a voice. The finish holds a bit of licorice and more of the garlic long after every sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a light syrup resinous mouthfeel. Intense vegetative hop aroma and flavor, but this seems to lack any complexity. I could drink this, but wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 02:01:43 | More by johnnnniee
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Ryan011235

Ohio

1.55/5  rDev -55.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 03:06:54 | More by Ryan011235
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 23:27:57 | More by GarthDanielson
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dmatsui

California

2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. 4-finger off-white tight head that stuck around for a while and left some nice lacing. Brew is a typical burnt-orange west coast IPA. Not too hazy, looks filtered.

Decent hop-forward nose; some tropical fruitiness to it but the sweetness of the malt plays a big role. Not the most aromatic IPA.

Some juicy hops but more in the bittering varietals. There is a burnt malt characteristic to Jagged Edge which gives it a roasty, almost coffee-esque quality. Not sure if this is deliberate or not. There's also a strong hit of minerality.

Mouthfeel is bitter, dry and astringent.

I think we've all had an IPA like this one. Not bad, but not very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 00:33:52 | More by dmatsui
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with a decent head that dissipates. Some clingy lace.

Odd nose - a sour note with some herbal essences.

Nice hop bite up front, toasted malt, a touch of fruit. Some bread crust, leading to a balance of hop and malt bitterness. A bit aggressively bitter at the end, which would make it hard to have too many in a row.

Medium body, good carbonation.

Decent brew overall. Some flaws and heavy bitter. Still very decent, although I'd like a bit more complexity and a bit more malt profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 20:52:36 | More by OtherShoe2
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 08:05:42 | More by WVbeergeek
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight malt finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice set of aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 04:41:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.13/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 20:39:32 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold, with a big, billowy head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Subtle citrus hops
Taste-Big blast of malt and hops that just barely hold each other in check. Piney and citrussy with toasted malt interwoven. This brew cries out for a spicy food pairing: Chicken wings or a blue cheese burger.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 15:40:50 | More by hosehead83
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent. This is a near perfect middle of the road AIPA. It would be over the top for other styles, but as an AIPA, it's middle of the road.

It immediately has a hoppy aroma and a beautiful color and head, The taste matches as an easy drinking aipa.

Besides looking, smelling and tasting as it should, it is strong and reasonably priced. All A's by me.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 00:07:57 | More by schoolboy
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: grassy, lemon grass-like, bready malt character all on the front end. Nice interplay of malt and hops that is unanticipated for an American IPA. Very inviting but more APA than IPA to me.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber pour with a thick and frothy white head. Retention is good.

Flavor: Up front pithy grapefruit character that is quickly supported by a doughy bread malt character. Balance is slightly bitter but the malt plays a strong second chair. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is lingering and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Slight hop derived astringency. No creaminess or alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Very quaffable IPA but puzzling. Surprised at the amount of malt character. Seems to be riding the jagged edge between APA and IPA. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 22:24:02 | More by mattcrill
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colforbin73

California

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 03:10:40 | More by colforbin73
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter, beer is slightly over carbonated. Big white head, three fingers, heavy carbonation, yellow and clear with moderate to high carbonation. Really nice retention.

All pine and malt. Strong aroma, a little medicinal.

Beer is very bitter, thin to medium in body, a medicinal lead off, an odd off flavor is present in the front half, the beer gives way to a decent palate and bitter and a decent finish. Not a repeat for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 05:13:20 | More by drabmuh
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Jagged Edge IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.