Mendocino Black IPA | Mendocino Brewing Company

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Mendocino Black IPAMendocino Black IPA

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States

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

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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of khargro2
1.73/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Received from a friend who had the Beer of the Month Club. Poured into a standard pint glass.

L: Dark, murky liquid. Tan head that does not linger.

S: Malty, hint of citrus. Maybe black licorice.

T: Something tastes off. I've had several Black IPAs. Some are hoppier than others, but this one is overpowered by malt.

F: The best part of this beer is the slight linger of roasty aftertaste.

O: Overall, roasty malt was a theme of this beer. I ended up drain pouring the end of the beer due to lack of balance. I checked the bottle for signs of oxidation, but none were evident.

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

Just terrible. (sorry) Like drinking burt coffee. (cool label, just trying to say something positive!)

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Photo of JohnGray
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

A black IPA brewed with orange peel? Sure, like Mikey, I'll try anything... This stuff pours a clear midnight sienna topped by over a finger of dusty khaki foam. The nose comprises onion, light leek, garlic salt, light paprika (it took me a bit of sniffing around the spice rack to figure this one out properly), a few drops of molasses, and light mixed greens. If I wanted this shit, I would've kept my nose in the spice rack... The taste holds notes of pine resin, mild dark chocolate powder, bitter greens, a hint of maple syrup, and a dash of garlic. Like the usual black IPA's that don't sit well with me, the roast and the hops don't meld, but rather clash, just not as badly as elsewhere, thankfully. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. Overall, I can't cotton this beer, really. It smells atrocious and the taste doesn't sit well on my tongue.

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Photo of terence
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

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2.8/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a near black, deep cordovan brown with a light tan finger width head. Good retention. Leaves a thin layer of microbubbles covering the surface. Nice lacing around the glass, with good stick.

Smell - Cocoa and stale coffee grounds, with orange zest that doesn't quite mesh.

Taste - Continues where the smell left off; stale coffee with touches of cocoa and cigarette ash. Funky, misplaced sweetness. Hop character is weak by comparison, only managing to impart the slightest touch of citrus throughout, and a near undetectable bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - Damn, and I was looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a mess. The malt profile simply doesn't work, and the lack of a strong hop punch only magnifies the problem. Sorry Mendocino, this one's a miss.

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Heavy and hard to drink. Gives a great style a bad name.

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Gryphon69
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A- Dark brown with a orange tint

S- Very fruity, lots of plum and apricots, also some orange with faint traces of chocolate and light coffee. Doesn't match what I think of a black IPA.

T- Earthy with the a mixture of the smells. I didn't notice much if any alcohol and ,the if any bitterness it was also very low.

M- average carbs, wasn't overly heavy, but did have a decent smoothness.

O- First the good - I liked the look and it has a interesting smell.
I personally did not care for this ones taste, seemed very muted with no pizzaz. I tend to like my drink to let you know its there. Seems a very muddled mixture of flavors.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown, near black body capped with an inch of light beige froth.

Smell: Humble chocolate notes trying to dodge the ever so slightly harsh charry, ashen roasted malt scents. The hops, a bit leafy, mainly toss off touches of citrus and pine needle.

Taste: Roasted malts, charred nuts with some lighter touches of bitter chocolate. Minor creosote hints throughout. Pine and citrus notes (be it from the hops or added orange peel) with a medium degree of bitterness. Drying, ashy, astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Like its Mendocino brethren, it's just sorta okay.

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Mendocino Black IPA from Mendocino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 117 ratings
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