NightTime | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought 22oz bottle from Longs Drugs $2.49
Dark black color
Heavy mouthfeel
Medium-Light carbonation
Creamy, toasted malts with hops coming through in the end with a light bitterness aftertaste. Hides alcohol really well
Overall it was an interesting beer to try with both malt and hops coming through. Really good at this price point, but if the price was higher I would think it was just ok and probably wouldn't buy it again, but glad to try it.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22 Oz bottle. No bottling info

Pours a solid black body that turns brown when held up to the light. Great lacing, some retention

Smell is prominent ! Lots of citrus hops out front with a slight bread/grain/malt presence in the background...

Interesting... I'm getting a lot more of a malt presence in the taste then there was in the scent.

The malt presence in the taste totally folds into the feel. It's smooth and somewhat velvety.

Bravo !

While not a disciple of this style... This is the best "Black IPA" that I have had so far. It has the the scent of an IPA . The smooth feel of malty stout. and a taste that meets somewhere in the middle. (Benefits greatly from a warmer serving temperature.)

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly light proof brown with a foamy, two finger khaki head. Head foams up nicely, with good retention. Lacing is extensive. Aroma is a fantastic blend of malts, with notes of bread, biscuit, and toasted malts, and pine, spruce, and dank hops. Flavor profile opens up with dank and spruce hops, with subtle, but supportive bread and toasted malts. There is not bitterness until the finish, which leaves a bitter taste on the tongue for a while. Mouth feel is smooth, and creamy, with a medium-thickness. Overall, a well developed black american ale. It's balanced in the aroma and flavor profile, with a wonderful presentation from the first pour. It's also found at a sublime price.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of kculrich
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 22oz bottle, undated as best I can tell. Served in a tulip.

Pours nighttime black with chestnut highlights and a lush, barely restrained three-finger beige head of bouncy suds. Retention is firm for a couple of minutes before settling to bubbly islets and spiderwebs of lacing.

Smells of toffee, coffee, peaches and pineapple - toasted grains overlaid with aromatic hops.

The taste is softly bitter, mellow, roasted malt, cocoa powder, strawberry, peach, clementine, vanilla, chicory and tobacco. Just a hint of pine, grapefruit and burnt sugared coffee bitterness at the finish.

Feel is smooth and dry, light-to-medium bodied and adequately carbonated.

The 8%+ abv is virtually undetectable until you try to stand up.

Overall, a very-most excellent black ale to sit with in front of the stove and watch the snow falling out the window. It reminded me strongly of Route of All Evil, but fruitier, less earthy, more aromatic. Very nice. The bomber format kinda sucks but what can you do?

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with good head leaving great lacing.

Malt is like a fog being punctuated by hop rain. There is so much going on it's difficult to pinpoint distinct flavors. Is appropriately smooth.

Quite good.

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Photo of drtth
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a dark brown color with a dark tan 2 1/2" head with lots of leggy rings and lacing patterns on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes to a large patch or island of foam allowing some of the liquid to show. Sipping both cleans the side of the glass and creates some new scattered patches of lacing.

The aromas include some light grapefruit zest and some touches of pine resin against a background of chocolate and dark roast bread.

The flavors are strongly influenced, but not dominated, by the hops with their grapefruit, pine resin and some definite noticeable but not unpleasant bitterness which seems to be a mix of both the contribution of the hops and the contribution of the dark roasted malt. The dark roasted malt and the dark chocolate flavors are in the background but still strongly present.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some moderate, lightly prickly, carbonation. The finish begins as the grapefruit and pine flavors abandon center stage to allow some persistent bitterness to show as they all merge with the background of roasted malt. Eventually all turns quite dry with some light bitterness remaining in the back of the palate that invites another sip.

On the whole I'd say this American Black is among the best black ales (that used to be called Black IPAs and/or Cascadian Dark Ales) that I've had. (I should point out that it is the first I’ve had in a couple of years.) At the moment, the only ones I can think of that I liked as much or more are my first, (the Stone 11th Anniversary beer that eventually was re-released as the Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA) and the Victory Yakima Glory which merited an annual case during the years it was being bottled, but which is now available only occasionally on tap. This beer has been added to my shopping list to have again.

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Photo of omahawk
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a decent black ale. Not my favorite from Lagunitas, but a solid entry. Dark brown / black appearance with appropriate carbonation. Taste is somewhat carmely, with a very slight roast flavor. While I'd prefer more roast character, this beer has a good malt-hops balance.

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Photo of B7000
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: pours black with cream 2 finger head
S: Piney, earthy, coffee, resinous
T: initially sweet chocolate, with a hoppy back end. Boozy as I get halfway through the bomber.
F: Slightly carbonated, but also creamy but not to the extend of a stout. Definitely more of an IPA.

*poured in a tulip

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm going with everyone else here. A great Black Ale -- pours black with a thick slightly tan head. Aroma is hoppy, piney, quite nice.

Taste is a hoppy malty brew. Quite juicy actually. Drinks like an IPA; doesn't have the chewy malt of a stout (I'm repeating the rest of the youse here) but it is by no means thin or watery. Onion in there, pine, burnt coffee. Lot of nuance for a Lagunitas, which generally do very well but don't necessary always reach the fences.

Other black IPAs I've had have been too grainy for me without the smoothness of flavor. This is much better than others, less arrogant, well balanced. And while the ABV is pretty well hidden, it does have some slight boozy heat just to add an extra layer of thrill.

8.0% ABV, 74 IBU on the 2016 edition, different than the 2014 picture posted.

Limited release, get it this winter while you can.

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Photo of stephens101
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with burgundy hues and topped with a massive, bubbly tan froth. Herbal and resinous to the nose. Tastes of caramel and pine up front, followed by a certain roastiness and a little sweet gum for good measure. Very bitter chocolate among dark fruits are also noticed. Light to medium, smooth, and hot in all the right places.

An exceptional ABA that understands nuance, but never lets up on flavor, proving there does not have to be a distinction between the two.

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Photo of katybee
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A black IPA? Is that an oxymoron? Nope, this is one tasty beer. Straight to the flavor, without the yeasty maltyness of stout.

Pours darkest brown, with slight translucence. Quickly dissipating but creamy taupe head.
Aroma is perhaps slightly metallic, but mostly hoppy.
Pungent citrus/pine character, similar to HopCzar. A bitter, bitey, creamy blend, without the more biscuity character of stouts and porters. Perhaps slightly sweet, but with no real fruity or coffee notes at all. Mostly citrusy. Perhaps more flavor than would pair with certain food items.
Slightly smooth and chewy.

Highly palatable. Packs a punch.

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Photo of hreb
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz limited release served in pint glass. As soon as I crack the cap the aroma of green cascade hops swells through the room. That's right, this is a black IPA, not a stout like I'd thought. Smells exactly like a West coast IPA, but black in color, with a sizable tan head. Flavor is hoppy citrus/pine IPA, with a pronounced but decidedly secondary taste of blackened barley malt. Simultaneously gritty and creamy, with mild to moderate carbonation. I love the mouthfeel on this.

Great beer in a great style.

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Photo of 98green
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Hops dominate as expected from Lagunitas. Some roasty malts but not as prominent as other black IPAs. Feel a bit thin, carb is good, Abv hidden. A nice beer in a pinch but not one to seek out

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Photo of Rcaros
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a finger of creamy khaki head. Black in the glass with a little light through the edges. VERY little carbonation

Earthy dank aroma up front. Subtle roasted malt on the back.

Big hop bitterness up front, followed by dankness and a little pine, finish is sweet with a slight roastiness

Medium feel
Overall very good black ipa

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - perfect, pitch black beer with a mocha head that sticks and leaves great lacing
S - big grapefruit, pine, tropical fruits and a little bit of dankness balanced out by a roasty coffee and malt
T - follows the smell, more dank flavors - garlic_/onion/ganja in a good way, tropical pineapple, orange zest, grapefruit, and some pine, then roasty malts, light coffee
M - medium to full mouthfeel, it is legitamitely almost pillowy at the same time though, alcohol completely covered, aftertaste is roasty malts balanced by fresh hops
O - probably the best black ipa ive had to date. Perfect balance of west coast american hops and dark malts.

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Photo of stevoj
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best black IPA/CDA I’ve tried to date. Wonderfully smooth and rich, velvety mouth feel, sweet and bitter on the finish. Oily black body with small beige head, mild hops aroma, hops and roast grains blend perfectly in the taste. Yummy!

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Photo of timsoder
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice head. Hints of spice in the aroma. Surprisingly low on bitterness for a dark ale. Clean finish, not too boozy. Overall, a very nice black ale.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish color but appears black in the glass.

A nice slightly creamy, stout-like tan head.

Aroma of molasses, brown sugar, caramel.

Taste is roasted malt, licorice, fig, dark fruits.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a dark brown, near black brew with a bunch of floating yeast, with two fingers of tan head that leaves a ton of lacing. Looks fantastic. Nose is a nice blend of hops bitterness with roasted malt. Flavor is similarly well balanced, nice hoppy roastiness, a bit of chocolate, maybe a bit of coffee, some dried fruit. Major roasted malt. . Alcohol is masked perfectly. Full body. Really a great beer - would have again.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a firestone glass.Very nice smell.Malty with hoppy taste.Nice brown color with a nice 2 inch head.This is a very nice brew from Lagunitas.I would rate this right up there with the best of them.Very smooth taste.Very drinkable.Give it a try I think you`ll like it.

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Photo of Walligator
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark bottle, couldn't see how dark it was till the pour.The first scent, gotta be a porter. Wine, caramel,dark and hoppy, but no chcolate. Some caramel. Gotta be a porter. Can't taste the ABV, but after half down, can feel it. I've had BBA and porters that could'nt hold a candle to this. Laganitus just continues to blow me away with what they come up with. All hail, the brewmasters!

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Photo of dfillius
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/8/15
A: Nearly opaque DARK brown
S: Guava and roast alternating in and out of the forefront.
T: Much stronger hop than roast - Black IPA done right. Not terribly roasty though a tad bit of chocolate sneaks in later on.
M: Dry, bitter.
O: A good Black IPA, maybe just slightly roastier than ideal.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Night Time Ale brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company, with an ABV of 8.20% The bottle says 7.9%, however this brew has a higher ABV than most brews on the market. This brew pours out a deep brown color, with a nice light brown color head. This brew has the look of coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Night Time Ale is rich with grains, malts, and hops. Now for the taste, it bold and rich with flavors. You pick up on rich grains and malts. There is also a rich smoothness of hops at the end of this brew. There is alot going on in Night Time ALE. Night Time Ale has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel of Night Time is rich, bold and full bodied. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market. Overall I'm giving Night Time ALE a 4.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Lagunitas Brewing Company did a nice job with on. You really can't pick up on the high ABV of this brew, now I'm not saying that is a bad thing.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NightTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is three fingers thick and eggshell brown, with lateral lacing, and an extremely dark brown body.

Smells like wonderfully roasted malts, even with a bit of coffee tossed in there for good measure. I can also detect that classic Lagunitas tropical hop profile. I have a feeling this will be really good...

I taste a superb balance of the roasted malts & coffee taste described above that get counterbalanced by the hops used with this brew. A slight bit of mid-palate alcohol astringency that dissipates quickly, but its an 8.2% ABV so I'm really not surprised with this element coming into the blend of great flavors

The mouthfeel here is smooth and clean.

Overall, I'll give NightTime - Lagunitas Brewing Company a 4.5. I've been meaning to give Black IPA's a try, and this was my introduction into the style. I'm glad I've made this journey and hope to try others in the near future.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, very dark brown ruby when held to the light. The pour produces a nice 3+ finger, frothy, tan, lasting head that leaves a webby coating of lace. Aroma is citrus (especially grapefruit), some pine, backed by toasted bread, roasted dark malt, chocolate, dark fruits, molasses & a hint of anise/licorice. Taste has more malt character than the nose, heavy to roast, chocolate, molasses & dark fruit with a burnt note, that mingles & blends well with the hop flavors of citrus & pine, faint anise/licorice for a well balanced finish & aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, creamy, slick & coating. Well done!

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