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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Added by StoutSnob40 on 02-14-2014

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Ratings: 2,641 |  Reviews: 372
Photo of smutty33
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just purchased and opened. Didn't know it was 3 months old, bottled 9/11/17. I'm sure this brew is better fresh and hoppy. Right now, malts are flexing their muscles a bit too much for me. I need those hops pungent and upfront! Will update score when trying fresher bottle.

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Photo of Fishwhisperer
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GWalk612
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

excellent dark ale with a lot of beef jerky flavor/smell. really a cool beer. pours as black as your typical imperial stout but with totally different flavor profiles. really like this beer, very unique and impressive.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
2.76/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

overpowering hoppiness kills this beer. Drain pour.

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Photo of scott2269
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Daparkhu
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJSFS
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dave_ackbar
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have to agree with a previous rated, lagunitas all have the same flavor profile, with a little bit of nuance in each brew. While they all may taste similar, it’s a very good taste.
For this particular brew....
Look is darky almost reddish porter. Nice head that sticks to the side of the glass.
Smell is hoppy with hints of smoke.
Taste is light a nice hoppy ale, bitter but finishes smooth.
Feel is like a very good ale you would get in a daily lit pub.
Overall a decent beer, with that familiar lagunitas taste.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bones10
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bb-magic
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adam36
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of SirFolmarv
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of the more interesting and complex beers I’ve had recently. Feels like a true hybrid between IPA and Stout/Porter.
It pours a pitch black color with a modest head that soon dissipates. It leaves a thin ring as well as some lacing.
In the nose it feels like a typical stout/ porter at first. Hints of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee and cream. Then, a wave of hop aromas that combine citrus with a big whiff of pine resin, grass and peppermint.
Likewise, the flavors consist of a unique interplay between roasted malt, raw cocoa and espresso beans with citrus rind, grass and pine needle. What is even more unique is a minty and menthol like flavor that refreshes the mouth and cleanses the palate.
Medium to full bodied with an
uktra smooth and soft mouthfeel. The carbonation is gentle, the texture creamy and the finish semi dry. Nice balance between sweet, roasty and hoppy. As mentioned earlier, an interesting hybrid of styles.

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Photo of msscott1973
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Donkster46
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Every beer from Lagunitas tastes the same. Well, at least in terms of hop profile - dank, grassy scent with an oily citrus rind flavor. Definitely not unpleasant, but it reminds me of the chewy "hop soup" taste of every New Belgium IPA ever. The malts on this beer, though, blend that profile with the taste of wheat cereal and burnt toast, which is an interesting mix. Drinkable for the ABV, this one finishes dry, lingering like a West Coast IPA with less annoyingly-sweet malts. In all, this is a black ale I don't think I would come back to, but it's a good representation of the style: great hop presence meets a tasty dark malt bill. The fact that I got a bomber of this for $5, though, is one of the main reasons I'm happy about Lagunitas pumping out the same beer over and over in slightly different forms. Plus, that "base formula," so to speak, is pretty damn good to start with. Cheers!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas Brewing Company "Night Time"
22 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "270 7 2 2288 0753"
$4.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It says this is a limited release but I don't know exactly what that means, is this just a seasonal? And why is the dog on the label wearing sunglasses? ;) So, OK, it pours an almost completely opaque black-brown body beneath a finger-thick head of creamy tan foam. Only a thin strip of mahogany can be seen along the bottom of the glass. The aroma is a little bit chocolatey, nutty, apple-y, citrusy (mainly orange), lightly berryish, and perhaps slightly coffee-ish in the background. The flavor follows, and there is just a slight touch of black coffee to it. It's also slightly acidic, just slightly, like coffee, and probably from dark malts. It's kind of like a porter but not that chocolatey, and maybe more like a dark Belgian in the malt bill, but also because there's a lot of berry flavor going on, blackberry and raspberry. It's interesting, it's dark but it doesn't taste dark. However this is much smoother than most of the black IPAs I've had, or Cascadian dark ales, whatever you want to call them. And there's no pine! I've always felt the pine and dark acidity didn't mix well, but this has dark berry notes that fit right in. So what is this though? It doesn't say it's an IPA and it doesn't seem that bitter - whoah! It's listed at 74 IBUs, that's pretty strong and it doesn't seem like that to me. Nor does it seem like there's that much malt to balance that amount of bitterness. Interesting again!!! With this strength (8.2% abv) and bitterness I don't see any reason you wouldn't call it a dark or black IPA. So I've drank about 10 oz. now and I still have a solid creamy surface covering, and the lacing about the glass is much better than average with a lot of thin splashes and spots remaining over solid sheets of lace with rings in them from each sip I've recently taken. I'll score it a 4.25. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp, suggesting a lower carbonation level, and when I tilt my glass I can see very fine bubbles rising together to form that creamy head that it's got. It's a soft carbonation and that helps to display the malt while downplaying the bitterness. So what did I miss? I'm not sure. Look... smell... taste... feel... I guess that's it except for the overall which I kind of hit on. There's something special about the malt in that it's so dark but so soft, and so very rounded - there are no harsh edges. Then, the hops, and perhaps the fermentation, give it some light citrus but mainly the berry-like notes that liven it and complement the malt. And the alcohol never shows, although it does have some presence, almost like the wide-open sky over an open field of grain. And although it's very focused, there are also some other outside factors that sneak in, just like the alcohol. There's just a little bit of smoky roastiness to it after you've had some and it's built on the palate, and that gives it complexity. Overall it's very nice. It's one of - no, correction - it's THE most rounded and balanced black IPA/ale/Cascadian ale that I've ever had, and the hops are certainly the most unique that I've experienced as well. Once again - and I said this last time I reviewed a Lagunitas beer - Lagunitas has done it again. Absolutely worth trying.

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Photo of buzzedup
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rarigney
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with a creamy tan head that lingers a while and leaves excellent lacing. Aroma is floral hops and slightly sweet. The taste combines the floral notes with a taste of dark roasts, malt or coffee. Finish is slightly bitter with a dark roast aftertaste. Body is medium and smooth, not quite creamy. No hint of the high ABV.

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Photo of kitekid
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ob512316
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into glass.
This beer is black with a thick tan head. The smell conists of floral and tropical notes.
The tastes conists of floral noters followed by coffee, and dark chocolate. This beer feels medium bodied. Overall this beer, is the best of both worlds. Perfect example of a black IPA.

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NightTime from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 2,641 ratings