Jagged Edge IPA | Black Diamond Brewing Co.

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Jagged Edge IPAJagged Edge IPA

Brewed by:
Black Diamond Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of RLaurel
4.97/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of all the beers the Black Diamond Brewery produces, this is my favorite. It quenches my afternoon thirst & is reasonably priced.

It has consistent clarity with with a caramel color evenly throughout the brew and a light hop quality to the smell. It has low carbonation and tastes fantastic at room temperature. It has a light hop taste, but no bitter after taste. It tastes wonderful in my mouth & flows down very smoothly.

Perhaps it is my admiration for IPA beverages, which I believe is dominated by a west coast preference, but this is the standard which I gauge all others. Maybe because it is a reference I can readily return to. The brewery is within my neighborhood.

If you can, give this brew a try. If you enjoy slightly dark, but lightly hopped beverages with a thirst quenching quality, I think you will enjoy this one!

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Photo of schoolboy
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent. This is a near perfect middle of the road AIPA. It would be over the top for other styles, but as an AIPA, it's middle of the road.

It immediately has a hoppy aroma and a beautiful color and head, The taste matches as an easy drinking aipa.

Besides looking, smelling and tasting as it should, it is strong and reasonably priced. All A's by me.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.37/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into an An Brainblasta goblet in the Porterhouse Dublin Central. Reviewed from notes. Note that I often find IPAs imbalanced, so it says a lot when I really like one.

A: Two finger head of decent cream and thickness, but worse retention. Hazy yellow colour.

Sm: Citrus fruit, fruity esters, pale malts, bittering hops, and clean barley. Medium strength scent.

T: Lovely weiss body with citrus ester lacing. Heavy grapefruit. Lovely build and balance, though nothing like a standard IPA build. It's bold and I quite fancy it.

Mf: Nicely wet and smooth, but dry enough for an IPA. Brilliantly handled.

Dr: You could pound it all night and never know it was 7.5% ABV. Lovely stuff.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the label 75 IBUs and 16° Plato and 7.3% Alc/Vol this is a different beer from the regular IPA.

Darkly colored for and IPA, deep orange color I could call this copper colored near where brown starts. Small with head that doesn't last but doesn't quite go away either.

Both malty and hoppy. Malt is light honey and not especially complex. Pine and cedar hop scents with some lemon, this doesn't have much of a grapefruit scent. The cedar scent is a bit unusual for a beer and it was hard to place at first.

Starts out sweet with a flash of cedar wood with a sweet tea aftertaste. Pretty smooth don't know where the 75 IBUs went. Mildly bitter and that cedar taste never quite ever goes away. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Good mouthfeel.

Really good drinkability here enough taste to keep you interested yet not tiring.

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Photo of crvcac
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at Tonys Darts Away in north Hollywood. Browsing through the beer list in the ipa section I stumbled across this gem from black diamond brewing company ( no pun intended). Deep rich golden hue. Unsure as to what hop varietals were utilized however, smelled characteristic or pacific north west hops. Citrus and pine resonate. Tastes much like it smells. A very well balanced beer from a brewery I'll be sure to look after in the near future.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a tall, rocky head that leaves some decent lacing. The nose exhibits lots of citrus, particularly tangerine, and a good dose of sweet malt as well. Clean and pure smelling. The taste is pretty solid. Nicely balanced sweet malt and citrusy hops with a slight graininess as well. Tastes fresh. Medium bitterness and a medium body in the both. Not bad at all, and I've only seen these in bottles recently.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight malt finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice set of aromas and flavors.

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Photo of colforbin73
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

FRESH CHECK? this bottle had J F M A M J J A S O N D on the side and F was etched out, so i am assuming this was born in february, not slated to die in february... ?

pours a rich IPA amber, cloudy, little foam.

the smell is pleasant and grassy, a decent hop aroma.

the taste is dry, bitter, grassy with a good malt flavor -- not sure what they use, but they got a lot of flavor out of the pale malt.

good carbonation and bitterness. this is not my GOTO IPA but it is a good choice.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler-pint, the beer is a clear, vibrant, copper-orange coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy white surface coating. Aromas of wet, resiny, bitter hops with a solid caramel backbone. Smells extremely balanced. Flavors are hop forward, with a grapefruit citrus component that amplifies the resin and bitterness of the wet hops character. Roasted caramel sweet backbone helps to keep everything on an even keel, with a touch of biscuit at the end of the palate. The aftertaste is more tangy sweet, and definitely bitter, with a slick, slightly drying finish. Very solid, flavorful, and well put together IPA. Very decent.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy medium to dark copper with a one inch foamy cream head that lingers, eventually leaving sheets of lacing as it dissipates.

Wet grass, resin, dank cannabis, and lime form the initial aroma, with a fairly rich caramel malt surfacing in the background. Pine, light floral notes, and grapefruit emerge.

Flavor is decidedly sweet and malty initially, very bready, with caramel malt dominating throughout. Flavoring hops of grapefruit, lime, and resin that are evident early fade to slightly bitter hops at the finish. A little cardboard oxidation emerges in the aftertaste.

Body is a touch watery, with moderate carbonation, slight astringency, and a touch of alcohol warmth.

While the flavoring hops aren't a standout, and bittering hops are not as prevalent as some, I really enjoyed this brew. Malt sweetness might be too much for some, but it suits my palate.

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Photo of mattffrost
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance Clear liight Gold color, head dissolves rather quickly, not much lace.

Smell Citrus Grapefruit, fant typical IPA smell but not has strong as others.

Taste The normal IPA taste fruity a bit bitter, not really strong but not weak either. A nice balanced taste. Does not finish bitter. Nothing really takes hold in the taste it just a nice refreshing balanced taste. Very clean.

Mouthfeel A light mouthfeel.

Drinkability I think this is a very nice drinkable beer, will not blow you away in any thing but overall its a nice session beer.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good beer. It is also from my hometown of Concord.

Appearance- amber goldish color, transparent

Smell- earthy, spicy hops

Taste- hoppy, malty

Mouthfeel- good mouthfeel, medium body, quite refreshing

Drinkability- very drinkable, i will have more, it was quite enjoyable. I had a few of them the other night when I was a t my girlfriend's house.

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Photo of Brad007
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden amber with a thin head into my glass. Looks like an IPA and hopefully will taste like one, etc.

Piney hops greet the nose followed by buttered bread malt. Mmm. Nom nom. That's a relief so far.

Ditto on taste. Piney hops coat the mouth, obscuring the malt at the same time. Well, it is an IPA.

Lingering piney hops and some buttery malt. Love the bite of the hops. Makes it a worthwhile purchase.

Check it out.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: somewhat of a dead golden color with orangish-yellow in the body. The head provided a clean-white sticky display of lace. Looks pretty standard

S: hops are very earthy and spicy at first whiff. Smells fairly sweet with caramel at the helm and just a few malts. I swear the sweet notes pull softly at Belgian characteristics, mostly bubblegum. Maybe my senses are awry?

T: sweeter (honeyed caramel) side beckons the profile and the hops show up a bitter floral vibe with earthy/dirty characters. Considering the name "jagged edge," this is an "audaciously hopped" beer in most regards. A bit different. They seem to have broken away from the usual hop suspects in IPA's (cascades & centennial). For me, the malts are in the way just a little too much and more little greenies would be nice

Also, the ABV is rather high reaching into the Double IPA at 7.3% and I can not taste a lick of it, nice work

M: no problems down the hatch. Body flows well and sits at a somewhat sticky mildness. Borderline creamy as it warms up. No bitterness really hangs on the tongue, hops are timid

D: this is a good beer to change things up a bit. Make the tongue and mind sort out some other flavors for an IPA.
I could use a handful more of hops in my glass

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Photo of shand
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jagged Edge IPA pours out a slightly hazy orange color with two fingers of head. The aroma is very nice, citrus hops, caramel malt, and a nice pine edge. The taste is a bit less satisfying, as the caramel malts run the show, the hops just provide a bit of supporting pine bitterness around the edges. The mouthfeel seems a bit too thin for the malts power, and the drinkability is solid. A good malt forward IPA.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent clarity in a darkish yellow-orange beer under a smallish sea-foam head. Big piney and resiny hops fill the aroma, backed by a pretty sizeable maltiness. Tobacco and bread come to mind.

The malts may dominate the hops in this AIPA, which almost always results in an iffy beer, that has you questioning the style. This beer doesn't seem to be much different. The deep malt flavor seems to stand out and take over more than the resiny hops, which usually take over beers that they are featured in. The hops are bitter however, and do make for a nice hoppy IPA flavor that holds its own. Its possible that the resin and hop oil is taking over this beer, not the malts, but the malt character is certainly pronounced. The mouthfeel is slightly effervescent and seems to not be as crisp as I would like. This is definitely not a bad beer, and worth the buy if you're into resiny hop IPAs that have a lot of malt backbone.

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Photo of berkey
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip. From 12/02/09 notes.

Pours a very clean and clear amber. An aggressive pour creates a medium head with just below average retention for the style.

First whiff and it's clear this is no West Coast hop bomb. Citrus and herbal hop bitterness is just barely enough to hold off the sweet bready malts. Achieves a decent balance after I spend some time taking it in.

Flavor leads off with a little more citrus in the hop profile followed by an almost English IPA herbal, spicy, dry and leafy yet clean bitterness on the aftertaste. Sweet in a bready and faintly caramel way but not as much so as one might guess considering the relatively subdued hop profile and the high for the style 7.3 abv.

Fairly high carbonation and very light bodied. Easy drinking enough, although the the ABV keeps it from being sessionable. Two is usually plenty.

Altogether a very nice IPA. Have to give it to the brewer for doing something a little different and not trying to clone other popular beers in the style. Also I have to note this brewer has come a very long way. Years ago they were well below average to put it kindly (a rep had to do a lot of talking to convince me to give them another shot) but after a relatively recent overhaul of their recipes they actually make a decent brew. I used to go to local bars and see Black Diamond as the only craft option and take it as a cue to drink water or spirits but now I'll even buy it for home drinking from time to time. Quite a big change. I'm keeping a close eye to see what these guys do next.

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Photo of dwilson01
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass. A hazy golden orange color with a lively look due to the carbonation. Solid finger and a half of head dissipates quickly to a thin layer on top with nice lacing present on the glass, creamy and white in color.

Smells like a fresh garden initially but the lingering scent is foresty and wooded. Green pine needles, a tad of orangey citrus, and a sweeter aspect as well though not definable under a characteristic sweet scent.

There are a couple ways to use hops in the brewing process to get distinctly different flavors, this one definitely utilizes the bittering acids in the hops. It gives an overtly piney bitterness accompanied with a slightly sour citrus in the aftertaste. The floral aromatics are very minimal and there is not really any spicing. It's straight up hop bitterness and a nice smoothed malty sweet body, very well balanced in that aspect.

Feels great, continuing on from the taste, the mouthfeel is a well balanced IPA, not too much malt, not too much carbonation, not too much bitterness, all combine and swirl around into an enjoyable bitter brew.

Very drinkable, not a true session beer at 7.3 percent, but I for one could drink this bad boy all night! Overall it's a good representative characteristic of the American IPA style of beer, not for the light of palate though and definitely not the chosen brew to be introducing people to IPA's on.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this brew from a bottle. It pours a cloudy, golden, amber color and has about a 1/2 inch head. It has great lacing.

The smell is subtle, almost boring. It is not hoppy, piney or sweet; it is not really powerful at all.

The brew does have a nice taste to it. More sweet then bitter, meaning the malts outweigh the hops . It has balance - balance is not always easy to achieve and when it happens it usually indicates a well brewed beer. I like the taste, even though I expected more bitterness and hoppiness. I think the sweetness of the malts really mutes the hops.

Mouthfeel is really nice! The malts make for a sweet and smooth drink and the hops create enough bitterness to make you thirsty and drink more! haha

Overall it is good. I think if I were the marketing manager I would have advertised the malts more than the hops, but it is a good beer, worth a try. Not my favorite but glad I bought it and had the opportunity to drink it.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: grassy, lemon grass-like, bready malt character all on the front end. Nice interplay of malt and hops that is unanticipated for an American IPA. Very inviting but more APA than IPA to me.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber pour with a thick and frothy white head. Retention is good.

Flavor: Up front pithy grapefruit character that is quickly supported by a doughy bread malt character. Balance is slightly bitter but the malt plays a strong second chair. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is lingering and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Slight hop derived astringency. No creaminess or alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Very quaffable IPA but puzzling. Surprised at the amount of malt character. Seems to be riding the jagged edge between APA and IPA. Worth a try.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a pale copper orange color with a bright white head forming thick with speckled lacing left behind in my glass. Aroma has some onion like Summit notes with a nice citric grapefruit hop nose. Flavor explodes with grapefruit rind citrus notes and a heavy garlic onion notes bursting through the hop profile sweet malts balance it all out not overtly so but there's a long lasting earthy vegetable like flavor. Mouthfeel has a resinous oily hop texture with even flowing carbonation, probably medium bodied if I had to choose how thick it is. Overall an interesting well spirited hopped up West Coast IPA.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edited from May/June 2011:
-Fresh sample provided by piercival, who works at Black Diamond, read my original review and responded.
A+ in customer service!

Pours that golden caramel color pale with a perfect 2-finger white head. Nice fruity floral nose. Clean and vibrant with citrus. Taste is a nutty caramel and biscuit malt base with a bright peppery hop bite that is citrus and pine with some considerable spiciness. Clean bitterness overall. Light creamy texture.
*No distinct off metallic taste or sourness noted.
Still falls a bit short in terms of wow factor but a much better go at this one.


Original Review: 3.5 Overall - C

Excited to see this brewery now distributing in SoCal, I grabbed a 6'er from the store only to realize later the bottle by date was Dec. 2010. I called the brewery to confirm and they stated their beers have a 6 month shelf life. I should have known better. May have to revisit this review if/when I can find some fresher samples.

A: Poured into my pint glass, it portrays a true golden straw pale color with a tiny near- white head that didn't care to stick around very much. Moderate lacing.

S: Dominant with sweet malt aromas and a very distinct earthy grass and pine hop profile. Picking up some slight sour yeasty notes as well.

T: This one falls more on the side of the malt forward IPA with some English-style biscuity malt and caramel accents present. However it does have a nice resinous pine hop profile with some apparent puckering to the palate from the overall bitterness. Thank the lord if it werent for that this one would never hold up. I pick up some slight citrus notes but the fruity esters really come through from the yeast. Almost has a sweet and sourness effect to it that doesnt really work here. I am getting a definite metallic aftertaste as well which has me concerned.

M: Mouthfell is okay with some decent balance between the stickiness across the tongue and creamy textures that finish rather dry and somewhat astringent.

D: Not bad for an IPA coming in over 7%ABV where the alcohol is not even present. I am thinking this could be a decent brew fresh of the taps but I just couldn't get over the sweet and sour combo with the rusty tin-like aftertaste I was getting.

I really wanted to enjoy this beer and embrace yet another Cali brewery but I dont think the IPA over 3-months on the shelves is doing it any justice here. Too many off flavors to have any type of wow factor and make me want to purchase this one again. I am hoping for, Black Diamond's sake, fresher will be a different story.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fluffy two fingers of head on a cloudy dark straw colored body.
The aroma has lots of danky lemon, barnish smell, but nice.
The taste has bold lemon bitterness but lots of malt to hold it up. I like it.
The texture is thicker with moderate carbonation.
Enjoy it.

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Photo of flexabull
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New beer at the local liquor store.

Pours a dark gold color with a faint white head, and a lot of carbonation visible.

Hard candy and brewed tea maltiness on the nose, as well as some light grapefruit hoppiness.

Taste is super dry. I sometimes comment about tasting brewed tea in a beer. This one has a huge malty tea flavor, and as commented before, a very strong dryness. Finish has a mineral hoppy flavor bite. What a unique tasting beer. This is tasty, but kind of an odd tasting IPA. Definitely seems to be more in the Belgian IPA mode.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, very crisp as well, and the dryness actually works.

Drinkability is good. This is a refreshing and interesting beer. Not sure I'd grab it again, but it's worth trying, and I'll enjoy drinking the rest of these over the weekend.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Glass - Nonic

A - Hazy orange color with high visible C02. It produced a 2-3 finger head that held up pretty good. It left a splotch here and there on my glass but no lacing.

S - Dominate lemon and orange rind that's fresh smelling. A bit of pine with some grapefruit and pineapple fruit notes. It's got a tropical fruit thing going on with mild banana notes, as for the malts I don't get much at all but maybe some cracker and subtle malt sweetness.

T - A pile of pineapple, orange, lemon rind, pine, grapefruit and subtle banana, wow! It's almost a little messy but it works alright. It finishes with a zip of lemon rind and bitterness that's moderate-high. I picked up subtle toast bread and cracker flavors from the malt but it's pretty subdued.

M - Moderate-high crispness with a lite-medium body that leans on being smooth but the C02 keeps it very very crisp.

D - A good IPA with a great price tag! I paid $6.99 for a 6-pack, and I think it's definitely worth a try. At times it can be a bit too carbonated but even then I could still put down a few especially with some grub. Not bad, I might buy this again sometime and I recommend it for IPA drinkers. Cheers!

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Jagged Edge IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
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