Mendocino Black IPA | Mendocino Brewing Company

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Mendocino Black IPAMendocino Black IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States
mendobrew.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with orange peel

Added by Jason on 03-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
117
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
15%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
11
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5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of WestHam973
4.68/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very Drinkable for a Black IPA, the hops balance nicely and don't overpower the nice Black Lager taste

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4.28/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is very dark caramel brown. Two fingers of very dense, buttery, lightly tanned head dissipated slowly, leaving a webwork of foam along the glass and a creamy cap and lacing.

Smell: The usual suspects, though a touch faint. Grapefruit, orange, and a touch of pine. Underneath are hints of a malty foundation: caramel, toffee, and cocoa. Honestly, there really is not much there.

Taste: The flavor makes up for the lackluster smell. It is nothing intense, but it is superbly balanced. The grapefruit, orange, and lemon zest come on strong at first, then pine spice emerges. Counterbalancing the citrus and spice is toasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and a touch of cocoa. A dash of roasted malts offer a nice bite that complements the bitterness from the hops. Tropical fruit comes into play late, as well as some dark fruit cherry. A little odd, but very tasty. The zest lingers, probably due to the orange peel used during brewing.

Drinkability: This is good stuff, plain and simple. In terms of bitterness, it is not going to blow anybody away. But the flavor is awesome!

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Photo of HazelEyedHippie
4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yum! I love this! It's super dark, full of flavor and just delicious. Not for the faint of heart, perhaps, but delicious nonetheless. I would drink this any day of the week, for the flavor. It's not exactly a "thirst quencher," in the sense that there is a lot of bitterness and dark flavor, but the richness is what makes it tasty!

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #75 (April 2013):

The Black IPA aka American Black Ale seems to have a solid foothold within American beer culture now. Mendocino goes off on a limb a bit with the addition of orange peel, which completely complements the style. Are we looking at a Black White Ale here? Seriously good drinking.

STYLE: American Black Ale
ABV: 6.0%
AVAILABILITY: Seasonal

LOOK: Dark ruddy brown, good showing of lace

SMELL: Oranges, pithy, zest, toasted grain, hint of alcohol, herbal, clean

TASTE: Semi-dank, orangey, toasty, faintly roasty, smooth, bready, nutty, assertive bitterness, hoppy, kiss of alcohol, carob, resin, orange peel finish

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Photo of silverking
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep brown with a reddish tinge. It has a fluffy light tan head with excellent retention and nice lacing.

S- Roasted malt, citrus, piney hops.

T- Orange and cocoa, reminds me of chocolate covered orange peel, followed by grapefruit and citrus rind with a nice amount of bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, with moderately high levels of prickly carbonation.

O- Not bad, I would buy this again.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a solid jet-coffee black with tan colored foam.

There’s not a big aroma and what’s there you have to hunt for, but I get a nice piney citrus note atop some ashy roast. It’s understated and muted.

The flavor comes across with a piney citrus grapefruit-note. There’s a muddled mess—it’s roasty! it’s hoppy! it’s smooth! it’s malty!—which in this case works. No, it’s not a hoppy porter, or an overly malty (dark) IPA, and no it’s not a dank grapefruit bomb, but yes, I liked it.

I’d have it again and as of this moment it might be my favorite of the Mendocino brews I’ve tried.

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3.8/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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Mendocino Black IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 117 ratings.
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