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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Photo of hosehead83
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold, with a big, billowy head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Subtle citrus hops
Taste-Big blast of malt and hops that just barely hold each other in check. Piney and citrussy with toasted malt interwoven. This brew cries out for a spicy food pairing: Chicken wings or a blue cheese burger.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 thekevlarkid
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a dark golden color heading towards orange. The white head of foam lasted well and left streaks of lacing. The aroma was faint for an IPA, hoppy citrus but ill-defined and in need of a boost. The flavors were better, more of the citrus hops and grapefruit notes along with some pine and a mild malt core. Distinctly bitter and the finish, that lingered, was as dry as a bone. The mouthfeel was ok, the body medium/full and the carbonation mid-level.

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Photo of barleyroad
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Gold with a slight cloudiness
Smell- Wow you can tell there are hopps here and there are slight hints of malt.
Mouthfeel- Eventfull, this beer hits the tongue and moves around and then sits on the back.
Taste- Here we go--this is hoppy and has a great malt backbone. This beer is for the hop lover. Overall this is a good strong IPA that will go well any spicy meal, we may try this with some good german food.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: citrus, grass, hops, caramel, malts

taste: malty, grass hops, some alcohol burn, sweet, dry bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: it's alright nothing special. glad to try another brewery. better IPA's are out there.


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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 armock
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Discount Market in Manteca, CA

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of citrus hops

T - Follows the nose with citrus hops with some pine flavors as well

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - For the most part its a pretty average IPA it has an enjoyable taste that keeps you coming back for more this one is worth picking up if you see it around

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Epic lacing meets a deep golden clarity. Aroma start of juicy citrus, then to mint and then hemp seed oil; hop domination in the nose. Body fluffs from the pop of smooth carbonation. Hops are thrown down hard here. Oily resin of heep seeds to citric zest, to mild tobacco. The bitterness is stern, though the flavor rises above. Warming alcohol gives off suggestions of melon, pear, and pineapple. Quick bite of maltiness runs more bready than anything else. Hops are embedded in the palate for an extremely long linger. The name calls it as well—leans a bit harsh, but nothing a true hophead can’t handle.

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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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 StJamesGate
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an unripe apricot with a chill haze and no real head in spite of vigorous pour. Nose is pink grapefruit and some pine. Toasted almond malts with some caramel, big pure nettle bitterness in the middle, lemon pith, skunk and resin hops to end. Tight chalky finish, light to medium, not much chew or burn.

IBUs over fruit, body and just about everything else. Haven't we gotten past just seeing how bitter a beer can be?

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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 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 maximum12
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to chickencoop for dropping this into a big, impressive box of beer, which so far has disgorged a good number of solid, tasty brews. Looking for another before I call it a night.

Pours classic IPA, light gold with an infusion of orange. Smell is light to non-existent, only a muted rumor of hoppage & quiet sweetness.

Jagged Edge is just what I was looking for this evening, a solid, tasty IPA. The hops dive into the pine forest range, blanketing the slopes of my mouth with tingle. Sweet malts come in to counter, & pure-cut bitterness rounds out the package & lingers nicely. Nice drinking IPA that one could knock back with ease while watching the venison brats smoke out on the grill.

Good brew. Right in the bullseye of a solid IPA that's enjoyable, well hopped, & good to either sip or guzzle.

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Jagged Edge IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
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