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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Reviews: 332 | Ratings: 2,513
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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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black, nice thumb of tan head, solid retention and sporadic lacing. Nose is loaded with traditional fruity Lagunitas hops, sweet pine, and burnt toast. Citrus hops, hints of pineapple, coffee, burnt toast, and a sour earthy citrus rind lingers. Top notch black IPA, and another solid release by Lagunitas.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Color is a rich, deep brown...nearly black. Tan head, not super fluffy, good looking beer. The flavor is malt and grain, with a bunch of hops on the back end. The aroma was hoppy, more citrusy than I would have thought. Mouthfeel was not as smooth as I'd expect, but not too bad. Very nice.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brewed in the style of an American Black Ale. Available previously in 22 oz. bombers, currently brewed in 12 oz. bottled 6 pack format. Rotating seasonal release.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy crisp head of a golden tan color over a deep caramel brown body with dense mahogany highlights and moderate carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Aromas of bold citrusy hops, juicy tropical fruits, delicate pine resins with a moderate bitterness, Medium toasted caramel body with very light roast and grain impact, a pinch of black patent malt. Fairly clean, hop-driven aroma. 4

(Taste) More roast, buttery caramel grains and toasty black patent malt with a lesser citrus hop impact than the aroma suggests. Piney resins, ripe citrus grapefruits. A bit rough around the edges. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, lightly syrupy, moderately residual, clean and mildly dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style and medium+ overall. Balance is nearly even hoppy bitter and grainy malt to malt sweetness. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4.25

(Overall) An excellent-smelling Black Ale that suffers just a bit from some sharp graininess in the flavor department. Even with some time down the road, the flavor is considerably well-preserved with lots of lingering citrus juiciness and piney hop character. Another solid offering from Lagunitas, I'm very impressed with the reformatting of these ales in the more accessible 12 oz. bottled offerings and consider them amongst the best craft beer value packs available. 4

Lagunitas Brewing Company's
Nighttime Ale

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Photo of taters21
4.76/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours an oily black with a finger and a half deep tan head that lingers, receeding to a quarter inch
Smell: Juicy citrus, burnt sugar, roasty malt
Taste: Follows well with fruit, malt, coffee, and then a lingering grassy bitterness
Mouthfeel: Creamy and chewy like a stout, but with more carbonation, awesome!
Overall: Phenomenal, regardless of style, if you enjoy both IPAs and Stouts, you'll love this!

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Photo of MacMalt
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass. The color is dark-brown, nearly black, with toffee-colored head and lacing. The smell is an interesting combination of malt, dark fruit (raisin?), burnt coffee, and hoppy citrus. This beer can best be described as a hybrid between a porter and a black IPA. When sipped, the first flavor I experienced is the malt, followed by the coffee and a touch of burnt sugar and fruit for sweetness. Then the hoppy citrus-pine hits you with a moderately bitter finish. This beer has a very nice mouth feel: thick and chewy like a stout and nicely carbonated. I'm not noticing the 8.2 ABV. Overall, this a very fine offering from Lagunitas; an interesting combination of porter and IPA. I could see how fans of both would like it.

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

This is a unique hybrid: a grassy/fruity flavor with a malt spine. Slightly sweet with a bitter aftertaste. It's rich and dark in color though the head fizzles out pretty fast. I prefer to drink this without food. Would certainly buy it again.

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Photo of BigGold
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First season for this beer in Mississippi. Had from 12-oz. bottle poured into tumbler. Hits all the right notes for an American Black Ale, a hybrid style which is growing on me.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a dark beer/stout guy myself but I had to try this one. Not bad at all. Dark malts / dark fruits on the nose. Dark fruits, roasted malts, a little caramel/burnt sugary type taste. A lingering bitter after taste. Would I get it again? Probably not.....but glad I tried it.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought at brewery on July 24th. Very sad to see at home that bottling date was in January for this black IPA. Boo on you Lag. I could understand from a second rate retailer, but a 6-month old hippy beer direct from the brewery? That sucks.
Poured almost black with floating chunks of debris (hops or yeast residue). Nose is hoppy with some black malt, but not as much as expected. Flavor is well balanced between IPA and toasty notes.
Overall good, but probably not something I would search out again.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

I've heard such great things about this one for quite a while so I'm excited for it. Let's just hope it lives up to the hype.

Look - Pours black with a large three finger heavily off white head. Can't comment on carbonation as I can't see through the depths of this one. Leaves a fair amount of sticky lacing.

Smell - Really not getting much here.. Upon ten whiffs all I'm able to pick up is the malt..dabs of smoke..

Taste - Dark fruits up front consisting of plum and a touch of figs. Coffee in medium flavorings with a malty backbone that keeps it all together. Roast beef smokiness and a tinge of alcohol. The smoked meat aspect really takes its hold as the beer warms.

Feel - Body is a bit watery with virtually no carbonation. No creamy coating despite the head so it will suffer in this category.

Overall - The rating on this one may look lower than it should actually be simply based on the underwhelming smell and feel. It is a tasty beer that would be best suited to a winter night up North around the fireplace. Besides, all that truly matters after all in the taste ;).

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Despite claims that this is a black ale, its more like a dark IPA. Strong hop profiles and roasted malts come along for the ride. Tends to linger like an imperial stout. A very good beer to be honest, but the label is rather deceiving.

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Photo of far333
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown and opaque with an inch high head of oatmeal colored foam that lingers long. Low aroma of dark malt and floral hops. Flavors of darky toasted malt, root beer, caramel, leather. Subtle hops come along for the ride, this is tasty and well balanced beer. Moderate mouthfeel, even and full, some carbonation tingles.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Aroma is really dank/grassy hops with a hint of dark malts. The flavor is dank hops, dark malts, mild sweetness and a bitter/dryish finish. I paid either 5 or 6 dollars for a bomber of this, the best bang for the buck as far as beer I have ever bought.

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Photo of Tilly
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brown ale? More like a stout. Pours a super dark brown with a full brown large head that leaves a nice lace on the glass.
Hops hit the noise straight off. Caramels, burnt sugars and toffee aromas.
Taste isn't a stout. Pitted fruit, burnt sugars, caramel and toffee.
Mouth feel is a sugary, bitter mess. Very nice!
Another great beer from Lagunita!

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, looks like from this year. Served in a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Mostly black, with some very dark ruby red tints when held up to the light. Nicely persistent 1/16" tan head with fine strands and big sheets of lacing noted. Nice looking beer.

Smell: An enticing blend of burnt sugars, dark fruits, bready malts, and citrus hops.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma - well blended sweetness and bitterness. I can taste caramel, toffee, burnt sugars, sweet bready pastry, bitter fruits, pine and citrus hops. The term hop fudge or a hop danish comes to mind.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation, smooth, nicely thick. Definitely sticky.

Overall / Drinkability: A very well done beer. Not a hop bomb, but very hoppy and perfectly balanced with an equal level of malt. The bitter and sweet flavors have their own presence and distinctive tastes, and I definitely get best of all those roasted malts and hops which is typical of a ABA. A pleasant slow sipper and I will finish off the whole bottle slowly over the course of an evening, and I know I'll be done. Well done Lagunitas - well done.

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