Olde Saratoga Death Wish Nightmare IPA | Mendocino Brewing Company

Olde Saratoga Death Wish Nightmare IPAOlde Saratoga Death Wish Nightmare IPA
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Average: 3.72 | pDev: 10.48%

Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 35

American IPA | 6.80% ABV

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Mendocino Brewing Company
United States

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. 
Olde Saratoga Death Wish Nightmare IPAOlde Saratoga Death Wish Nightmare IPA
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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 35
Photo of tuesunsommiel
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: clear, amber/deep yellow, creamy white head
S: coffee notes, piney hops, roasted malt,
T: Piney/grassy, some coffee notes, dark chocolate, some toffee, long-lasting bitter aftertaste
F: Oily, lighter body
O: Pretty good beer, nice color and a decent IPA. Grass/Pine hops overwhelm and a slight coffee taste makes this definitely unique and worth a try.

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Photo of CHickman
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy amber color with a solid 2 finger whipped/foamy off white head that was full of tiny bubbles, dissipating extremely slowly as the head caved in and formed craters as it settled beautifully leaving great foamy lacing. Almost perfect looking for an IPA.

The initial whiff is powerful black coffee which is piney and almost like a fake chemical odor that comes out of bags of coffee beans...I've smelt it before in coffee, but I'm glad the malty sweetness and light citrus hops came out after to tone down the coffee. Death Wish Coffee must be hard core. Some orange peel, floral spices and earthy notes like sticks and peat moss come through but in the end the coffee rules the aroma. Needs more hops IMO.

Tastes better than it smells with the coffee still up front and powerful, but now it bring it's intense bitterness along with it. The coffee grinds and ashy aspects blend better with the malt base, biscuit, toasted grains, light caramel and zesty citrus notes. The piney hops seem to add bitterness and then let the coffee bean bitterness take control again. Like the nose I was hoping for more hops and a stronger presence.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a slight texture which feels like coffee grind residue. The body is medium to heavy with average carbonation and a high level of bitterness that fades with more coffee and an espresso like sweetness. This hides the ABV completely, but in the end lack the balance I hoped for between the coffee and hops. Overall is was good for what it is (a coffee IPA), but I expected more hops to bring citrus notes, possibly some spices and subdue the coffee. Even my love for coffee couldn't force me to overlook some of the shortcomings.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This combination of coffee and IPA works surprisingly well. A smooth maltier IPA flows into overtones of coffee aroma and flavor. This seems to be a new trendy style but I'm not complaining.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, caramel-amber coloring, with a tall, foamy, fluffy, off-white head. Aromas of dark roasted and bitter coffee forward, with a solid piney resin and citrus hops character underneath. Flavors are coffee forward, roasted and bitter, with a solid backbone of pine resin, wet grass, and moss. Subtle citrus notes of tart grapefruit and lemon zest dart in and out of the palate. Smooth, somewhat light bodied, with a solid dryness to it. The aftertaste is an interesting blend of coffee, citrus, and piney hops. Smooth, slick, dry finish, with a solid lingering bitterness. Interesting beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark amber color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A strong, oddly likable aroma of coffee, hops, and some pine.

T: Tasted of a surprising amount of coffee, a lot of pine, some hops, light malt notes, a little bit of citrus (grapefruit), and a light floral quality as well. The inclusion of coffee is an interesting choice, and it does take a little getting used to, but for some reason it works well with the pine and hops.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An interesting take on the typical West Coast IPA, but somehow works. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a nonic pint to a hazy deep orange topped by a half finger of dense white head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of coffee beans with some earthy and herbal hops in the background. Very coffee forward on the nose
T: Taste is big coffee at the front with some piney, herbal and earthy hop notes. Some pine oil in the flavors but the coffee stays near the front on this one. Swallow is oily with some grapefruit rind and more earthy herbal hops with a bit more coffee.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium in body with soft but adequate carbonation and an oily finish from the hops.
O: Overall I like this a lot. It has some great coffee notes and they riff pretty well with the IPA flavors. Definitely something to try but it takes an open mind to enjoy it. I wish Stone would remake Dayman so these could be compared side by side.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a no visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high frothy white head that died down, but consistently left a short head covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of green coffee beans are present in the nose along with hints of floral and citrusy hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts off with flavors of coffee beans, but they aren't nearly as roasted as what you are typically accustomed to. There are also notes of floral hops and some hints of spicy hops towards the finish. The beer has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting coffee IPA - you get a lot of the coffee flavors without hardly any of the bitterness that you might expect from the coffee or the hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of wikked1
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coffee (a deep rich espresso sort of flavor) in a IPA? Whose sick twisted idea was this? I'm not sure but I like it and you will too if you like IPAs and coffee. it's an unexpected treat and I recently had it at Saratoga's Brewfest.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

-I had this twice last year, and then again today. This is golden, effervescent pale ale that tastes like really good coffee. (I drink black coffee; this tastes better). It is an odd pairing with a a pale (IPA), but it's okay that someone tried it.

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Olde Saratoga Death Wish Nightmare IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 35 ratings