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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 170
Photo of Ryan011235
1.57/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 8/24/12

The label is notched May 12

Mostly clear, sun-faded orange and amber. Two finger head of moderate sized bubbles. Overall retention is about a third of that. Pretty nice lace, too.

The aroma is timid and weak. Buttered biscuit, orange peel, pine needles, grass, herbs, caramel and.. anise cookies? What the hell? Sweet notes of marmalade. This is pretty much how you want your IPA not to smell.

The body is watery and thin and bringing along with it only half-hearted carbonation. The beer is somehow hot, slick and irritating. The feel is perfect to allow a plethora of schwag Morrow-tucky reminders to boil across my sense of taste. Herbal foliage, peppers, bitter orange rind rubbed in dirt. Stale biscuits and too much toasted bread. This is really bad.

This isn't worth finishing and isn't worth buying.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.08/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Turbid as pour, and a disappointing aroma lacking dry hopping got me wondering what the hell that is floating in there.

All bitterness in the flavor. So disappointing. So much metallic bitterness. There really isn't anything more to write about. Oh yeah, it was excessively boozy too. This beer is not your friend.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.15/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

One of the more disappointing beers to ever rear its ugly head at the Bistro ipa festival. Pours out a decent looking yellow with moderate cloudiness, got me hoping it was merely hop matter floating throughout, but no. Aroma revealed no dry hopping, attempts at conveying a pine like smell.

Taste, all bitter mouthfeel, no lush green hop notes. Just terrible for something from the bay area. How about some hops man? Not just copper penny bitterness either. This was just all alcohol heat and bitterness.

This is one of the worst ipa's in California. It's also below average for the rest of the nation.

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Photo of chumba526
2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears somewhat cloudy and orange colored. With a small layer of white foam.

It smells slightly citrus like, slightly metallic like and a bit floral.

There is a citrus flavor, an almost pepper flavor, and a bit of caramel sweetness in the flavor. It also has almost a yeasty taste. There is a mild bitterness that shows up in the aftertaste.
Carbonation is average for an IPA: it's about medium.

The drinkability is ok. I wouldn't mind having another one but there is nothing about this beer that would want me to drink more than one of these.

Overall not that impressive of an IPA. It's not an awful beer but it is below average for the style. I guess if you see it its worth trying but it's not a particularly good IPA.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.81/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 1 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Pours a nearly lifeless cloudy orange color with just a few bubbles rising lazily to the surface. Looks pretty limp and sad.

The aroma is quite good, fresh, grapefruit like hop notes. Tropical fruit is fairly strong on this one.

The taste is bitter and hoppy with plenty of pith and rind action really grinding away. Malt sweetness makes it kind of like a hop smoothie. Sugary sweetness and American hops do a nice job with IPA flavor.

In the feel, however, the carbonation is just too mild. Its not flat but not entirely far from it. Wishing for more body.

Overall, I am not quite sure I've reviewed a beer such a way. It is OK, as far as smell and taste, but like a few other beers on the market, the feel is just way too thin. With a firmer carbonated body this beer could be solid.

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Photo of dmatsui
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. 4-finger off-white tight head that stuck around for a while and left some nice lacing. Brew is a typical burnt-orange west coast IPA. Not too hazy, looks filtered.

Decent hop-forward nose; some tropical fruitiness to it but the sweetness of the malt plays a big role. Not the most aromatic IPA.

Some juicy hops but more in the bittering varietals. There is a burnt malt characteristic to Jagged Edge which gives it a roasty, almost coffee-esque quality. Not sure if this is deliberate or not. There's also a strong hit of minerality.

Mouthfeel is bitter, dry and astringent.

I think we've all had an IPA like this one. Not bad, but not very good.

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Photo of augustgarage
2.92/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Tangerine liquid, nearly clear with amber highlights. A sudsy ivory finger recedes to a small head and upthrusting collar. Sticky, thin lacing coats the sides.

Acidic, herbal, vegetal aromatics suggest hops, lemon verbena, and mint vomited up by a horse.

Soapy, fruity palate entry. Potpourri, and citrus from the hops, along with an odd malt note. Somewhat perfume-like flavor profile, but not excessively artificial. Herbal, moderately dry finish.

Medium-light bodied, creamy, and well carbonated.

With all the stunning California IPAs around, this beer is best avoided.

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Photo of DrDemento456
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Ow damn not up to a good start the color is decent deep amber yellow but the head is all wrong, way too carbonated making over two inches of head that is way too bubbly and fades out fast.
S - Ow man its very medicinal smelling with a sour tart cherry smell and some fruity hops.
T - Pretty terrible ugh why did they bottle this? It has some hops in the finish with some balance but the overall taste is sort of sour almost infected. I may pour it out.
M - light to medium, very on par with the style.

Overall I wish this beer was more "jagged edge" on hop bitterness and not infected sourness. Please don't buy this.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy orange. 1mm of head which quickly dissolves and not too much lacing.

S - Strong lemon/lime and apple aroma. Smells a bit cidery

T - Apple cider again. Definitely a west coast IPA in style with citrus hops but the "big malt backbone" lends a cloying sweetness that reminds me of all the off home brews I've made

M - Medium/light body and moderate carbonation

0 - The malts kill it for me. The sweetness they impart overpower the hops. This beer is definitely not lacking in flavor, it's just a flavor I don't personally enjoy.

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Photo of mfavoino
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a light amber with an orange tint to it. Slightly cloudy and a fluffy finger and a half of head recedes after a couple of minutes. Tons of sticky lacing.

Smell: Some faint citrus hops are subtle compared to the strong grainy malt aroma. Getting some yeast scents as well.

Taste: Initially subtle grapefruit hop flavor is overtaken by biting malt. A bit of earthiness to the lingering hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with above average carbonation. Alcohol is faint.

Overall: Not as hop forward or flavorful as I expected from a West Coast IPA. More malt heavy compared to others and it didn't have much flavor to compensate.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pint full of foam. After it eventually settles (and I can finish pouring and drink the darned thing) there remains a little scattered lacing and a thick film resting atop the liquid. As transparent as a filthy windshield, the amber colored looked rather inviting.
Smell is a nice blend of hops and malt with a hint of pine but that's it.
Taste is more DIPA than IPA. Well married malt and hops with a strong alcohol presence.
Medium bodied with less effervescence than expected. Maybe it all left in the copious foaming 20 minutes previous. Warming like a DIPA as well. Doubt I'll look for this again but if someone offers me one, ok.

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Photo of bstave
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into Dogfish Head tulip pint glass.

A- Very nice looking brew. Big sticky head that created some very nice thick lacing. Body is translucent amber. Very nice.

S- Not getting much here. A bit more once it warmed up. Mostly big biscuit malt and some citrus hops.

T- Darn. I am getting that big nutty malt flavor that I really dislike in an IPA. The hops do come out nicely with the citrus variety. Although the hops are a nice addition and are more prevalent in the taste than the nose, I am not digging the malt flavor here.

M- Mouthfeel is nice. Good carbonation and not much heat for a bigger single IPA. Pretty smooth.

O- The appearance is top notch. The smell is lacking and the taste suffers with the big nutty malt profile. Overall, it's a different tasting IPA with the nutty malt profile, but the hops did shine nicely in the taste. Won't seek out again, however.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear pale amber with a finger of bubbly slightly off-white head. Aromas is caramel malt, grassy hops and some yeast funk. Some flavors that I picked up on are sweet malt, some citrus hops, but mostly malt. It has a lingering sweet finish with a soft bitterness. Its medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall I wasn't at all impressed with this. The hops seemed to be stale or old and a little too much malt for my liking. The yeast in aroma was just plain odd almost Belgian-like.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is an orange-amber color, topped by a small, listless white head. Aroma mostly of biscuity malt, with some fruity hops and a touch of adjunct off-notes detectable. Palate is a little noisy up front, citrus and floral notes accented by biscuity sweet malt. Some astringency and adjunct malt notes come through as well. Finish is not particularly bitter, but a faint chalkiness lingers in the back of the mouth.
Body is pleasantly creamy, almost akin to that of an ESB or pub ale. Goes down easily enough, but this is hardly a standout in the crowded market for west coast IPAs - not over the top hoppy, not particularly well-balanced. Probably won't go for this again.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an apricot colored ale with a nice foamy off-white head. Some major spider-web lacing throughout the session.

The aroma was hoppy with some citrus fruits in the mix.

The taste had almost no sweetness at all. Some major bitterness is present with a big malt backbone but overall there was nothing special that sets this apart from other IPA's. I would have liked to see just a touch of sweetness to soothe the blend.

At 7.3% this hits you pretty quickly but multiples are definitely doable. Just not sure I would be grabbing another.

Being a local brewery I want to like this more than I do. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed. Worth giving it a shot if you can find it though.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a tight, pillowy white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of citrus peel and herbal hops.

Tastes of the solid hops upfront layered over a decent malt base. Hops lead off with herbal notes rushing forward that quickly turn to vegetable notes. Honestly, it detracts significantly. Citrus notes make their through the shuffle and blend in with some malt sweetness. The malts offer up caramel and a bit of toffee.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this feels like a beer that could use some tweaking to become something significantly better.

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Photo of illidurit
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Parish Publick House in Santa Cruz. Dark gold color with a nice lasting cap of white head. Lots of thick lacing. Aroma is pretty weak. Lots of pale malt, some citrus, and a dash of grassy and earthy hops. Flavor is toasty and malty with a grassy grapefruity hoppiness. Lightly bitter but too malty overall.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Voice Noted

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - A blood red orangina color, a fluffy off white head and a bit of lacing

S - Belgian yeast up front, nice citrus hops and very sweet malt. A lot of the grain sticks out for sure.

T - Very yeasty, floral, citrus and a big bitter. Orange, lime, lemon and can taste the rind. Toasted malt and a bit acidic

M - Fluffy, carbonated, coats a bit and dries the tongue.

D - Low if you aren't a fan of IPA's, if you like IPA's this one is for you and very high

Final thought - $6 - 8 bucks, awesome IPA with a belgo style for sure

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Photo of JosiahS
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

glass: tulip

Nice hazy mango color. It was served way too cold so the head is pretty enormous. Not much bubbles are showing.

Flowers and citrus is what i pick up first, lots of lemon. Soft malt is in the distance, just a touch of biscuit but not much else.

Taste is very similar the smell, not too much going on in this beer. There is a floral taste throughout, with a nice lemon rind bitterness. A little toast and general maltiness is present but not enough to call it a backbone. Medium carbonation, medium body.

This is OK. With such a wide variety of IPAs out there, this just seems plain and boring. I'm not much of lighter IPA that have only floral hops going for it. Won't buy this one again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter, beer is slightly over carbonated. Big white head, three fingers, heavy carbonation, yellow and clear with moderate to high carbonation. Really nice retention.

All pine and malt. Strong aroma, a little medicinal.

Beer is very bitter, thin to medium in body, a medicinal lead off, an odd off flavor is present in the front half, the beer gives way to a decent palate and bitter and a decent finish. Not a repeat for me.

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Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice looking amber orange color in the New Belgium snifter. The foam is quite admirable as well. Decent sudsy mouthfeel. This seems like another well-made brew from Black Diamond.

Bitter twang from the start. A touch of melon, then the pine, and then it's just bitter. Brewer says this has Simcoe, Centennial, and Columbus hops. Some dark toasty flavors with a sharp sensation, but a modest malty richness. Tart finish with a dark, bitter and winey grape-skin taste.

While this has some virtues, it suffers from the usual excess of hops without as much pleasure as you might hope for. The aftertaste is like grapefruit rind on the lips. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace on Point Loma Blvd.

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Photo of stcules
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light amber color. Average white foam.
In the smell the ho prevails, resinous, grapefruit, tangerine. Fresh and inviting.
A starting maltiness in the maouth, followed by the hoppiness, resinous and citrussy.
Same notes in the aftertaste, quite short.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy white head, with lots of sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some citrus. The taste is hoppy, with some malt notes, nice little citrus note. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew.

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Photo of Omnium
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Cloudy orange gold with tons of head, about 3.5 fingers, big and fluffy, some of sediment on the bottom.
S - Sweet malts that give off a sour scent too, definitely astringent, grapefruit, under-ripe tart cherry, some weird spices too, some clove?
T - Extremely tart, some mild spicy traits, a hint of diacetyl, really sour grapefruit and cherry flavor.
M - Tart and clingy.
O - Bleh, this is not good at all, really weird and unbalanced IPA, too sour.

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Photo of mjl21
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 7.3% and 75 IBUs.

A-Pours a clear copper with a one finger off white head that has a nice retention level. Lots of active carbonation and some decent streaky lace is left.

S-A very muted smell for an IPA. It does not smell old, just not very hop forward. I pick up on some light citrus which reminds me of tropical fruit bubblegum. Also get biscuity malt and a tad bit of grain.

T-The bitterness is very upfront. The minimal citrus on the nose is even more reserved on the palate. The biscuit malt comes through in the middle and it finishes with some sweet malt flavor. The hops tend to get more herbal as it warms. There is some lingering bitterness left. It tastes like a slightly more amped up Pale Ale.

M-Medium bodied and smooth from all of the active carbonation keeping the head intact. It feels a little oily in the mouth.

D-The higher ABV is well contained. It is not a bad beer, but runs more towards the APA/English IPA category.

There are so many IPA choices out here that realistically I would pass this one up next time. For those looking for a more toned down IPA, this one isn't half bad.

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Jagged Edge IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
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