NightTime
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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From:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #17
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,122
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 9.76%
Ratings:
2,662
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 21, 2021
Added:
Feb 14, 2014
Wants:
  149
Gots:
  811
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: Kinda like Daytime's big, dark and scary sidekick, this ale is packed full of highly roasted malts then bitterly balanced with fistfuls of the dankest hops. Not for the lunch crowd or the faint of heart.
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4.29 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 21, 2021
 
4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 16, 2020
 
4.38 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Jan 18, 2020
 
4 by bdlusa from Texas on Jun 25, 2019
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2/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Unknown vintage; drank 4/4/15 @ the Yarchives.

Dark brown appearance with khaki flotsam.

HUGE dark tan head (careful pouring!); frothy, tree-rung lace.

Pickle, smoke & orange citrus nose; odd & unappealing.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pickle, acrid smoke & creamed coffee flavors up front; faint orange juice finish.

Simply terrible.

May 29, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

22oz bottle. No dating information found.
Dark brown colored body, with reddish back lit highlights. Two fingers of light tan head, settles down to a pillowy cap. Leaves behind some small webs of lacing.
Aroma of roasted malts and flowery hops.
Taste of roasted malts (coffee and chocolate), with floral hops and a touch of citrus.
Medium plus mouthfeel. Initially smooth and then turns to drying bitterness. Very good carbonation.
Reminds me of a hopped up cola with a drying finish.

May 19, 2019
 
3.53 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 07, 2019
 
3.97 by DKGreen from California on Feb 14, 2019
 
4.25 by EN27 from North Carolina on Dec 09, 2018
 
4.5 by pvibeer from Colorado on Nov 25, 2018
 
3.82 by AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin on Oct 23, 2018
 
4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Oct 09, 2018
 
4 by JohnDon from Texas on Oct 09, 2018
 
4.18 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota on Sep 12, 2018
 
3.94 by animal69 from Louisiana on Jun 16, 2018
 
4.25 by ParkbrauFan from Iowa on Jun 16, 2018
 
4.25 by csfcmitchell from Texas on May 29, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

I love hoppy black ales and this is a favorite. Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Rich dark brown color with a nice beige head and good lacing. Citrus smell with a bit of smokiness. Pleasant roasted malt taste over a fruity citrus and chocolate base. Nice smooth, rich feel, great beer!

May 14, 2018
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3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BrodyGaston from California

I felt this one growing on me as I drank it. I noticed others commenting on how there is both coffee/chocolate, but also citrus. I agree - I taste both, and it somehow works. I've noticed that high ABV often goes unnoticed with darker beers like this. The ABV here seems perfect. Very worth the price of under $3 for a pint&6oz. bottle. I've tended towards lighter beers lately, but this one has me wanting to try more porters or stouts.

Apr 29, 2018
 
3.94 by BEER88 from Washington on Apr 27, 2018
 
3.99 by Half-full from Illinois on Apr 22, 2018
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3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TheBrewsky from California

Error 404: Bottling date not found.

Look: Dark brown near black in color. Prominent tan head formed from vigorous pour, with generous amounts of lacing.

Smell: Not much going on smell wise. I get a little roasted malts, and a citrus aroma, like grapefruit and orange. Again, really muted smell wise.

Taste: Really strange, but it somehow works. Orange and grapefruit are present flavorwise, but so is coffee and chocolate. Citrus fruit is upfront, but the finish is completely different with a a sweet chocolate/coffee finish. Can't say that I've had anything like this.

Feel: Light to medium in body, flirting towards the light side. Somewhat watery in texture, with moderate carbonation. Still a relatively easy drinking brew.

Overall: Never thought I would have a beer that encompasses chocolate, citrus fruits, and some coffee all in one. Although it does work and blend well, this isn't something I would want to frequently have. I am thankful to have tried it, and I would recommend to those interested. Cheers!

Apr 06, 2018
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3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
by beerfantastic from Texas

Finishes with a sweet chocolate coffee note.

Mar 16, 2018
 
3.99 by Knickfan3 from New York on Mar 11, 2018
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by wejohnsn from Texas

yummy dark grapefruit, IPA and stout! i love it!!very dark with tan foam and brown swirls. this is a very uniqe brew like none I have tasted before. This is highly recomended

Feb 24, 2018
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3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Tone from Missouri

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, yeast, slight roasted malt, dark citrus, esters, slight citrus hops, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level and elevated dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, alcohol, yeast, strong esters, wood, dark citrus, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, great appearance, complexity, and feel, but body is dominate by esters and overly sweet.

Feb 23, 2018
 
3.85 by RickS95 from Indiana on Feb 19, 2018
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3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by hoptheology from South Dakota

A dark, perfect shade of coffee with a sliver of almond head.

On the nose I get a lot of caramel and chocolate, with some fresh oranges and coffee beans.

The flavor starts off with fresh oranges, followed by a hint of resin, and then a nice presence of chocolate and espresso. The latter notes are overshadowed by the former ones UNLESS you're paying attention, and only then does the chocolate start to creep up to a similar level.

Feel is extremely carbonated. Prickly pricklies all the way through. A roasty, resiny finish completes the profile. Also, side note certain beers give me instant headache, this is one of them.

Overall a pretty drinkable Black IPA even if Lagunitas overall is way overrated. Somehow I have a feeling that this odd balance was not on purpose as all Lagunitas can seem to do is stick to one IPA recipe and re-brand it for everything. It's noteworthy that I do find it kind of hard to finish as it warms. Many other better beers out there, but this one isn't a total nose dive.

Feb 16, 2018
 
3.58 by chuckgietzen from Michigan on Feb 06, 2018
 
4.18 by Pens1967 from Louisiana on Jan 27, 2018
 
4.34 by ScottyB515 from Ohio on Jan 27, 2018
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3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

On tap at Das Biergarten. Black with a big creamy head. Smells of grapefruit and some roasty malt. Tastes of grapefruit, pine, chocolate, and roasted malt, in that order. Some sweet caramel and chocolate malts. Bitter back end. Lots of bitterness, really. Medium heavy. Good, but a little sweet.

Jan 24, 2018
 
3.94 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Jan 18, 2018
 
4 by Beerbuddha from Florida on Jan 14, 2018
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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 5.00 (Including tax)/22 oz bottle ($ 0.227/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
Undated bomber. Stored in a 42 degree reefer and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.25.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque, effervescent.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive pour), tan, low density, good retention time, diminishing to a frothy five to seven mm ring fed at multiple sites by effervescence. The layer is complete and rocky. Rings of thick lacing remain as the head retracts.
Lacing – Good. Narrow complete rings of tiny to small bubbles, connected to the previous rings by narrow columns.
Pour – Brown and clear.
Aroma – 4 - Light aroma of earthy hops with some spice. Weakens but lasts.
Flavor – 3.75 - Begins with a touch of malt sweetness and flavor instantly overtaken by a bitter grapefruit flavor. The bitterness remains as the aftertaste. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – 4 - Medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4 – A nice looking and smelling brew with a good mouthfeel. Unfortunately, the flavor is a slight let down with the bitterness too much to the forefront. Careful examination of the glass and label failed to reveal any dating. At least the price point is excellent.

Jan 13, 2018
 
3.75 by Furley80 from Pennsylvania on Jan 10, 2018
 
3.21 by Tbulling from Nebraska on Jan 09, 2018
 
2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 01, 2018
 
3.06 by Cordyceps from Illinois on Jan 01, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by KingTen144 from Illinois

Very dark brown with a caramel-colored head. Pleasant hoppy smell. Taste is solid, but not spectacular. Good amount of bitterness, with some of the undertones becoming more apparent as the beer warms. Overall a very good IPA.

Dec 30, 2017
NightTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 2662 ratings