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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Added by Zorro on 05-13-2009

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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Jagged Edge IPA from Black Diamond Brewing Co.
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