Saturday, May 17, 2014

Lagunitas Brewing Company Night Time Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Lagunitas Brewing Company Night Time Ale.

Commercial description: “There are two kinds. There is the DayTime kind, which is bright and welcoming and then there is the NightTime kind, which should never be confused with the DayTime. NightTime is dark and deep and may take you to unexpected places, places that the DayTime cannot. But then, the NightTime is not suited for ordinary life and ordinary tasks. In fact, NightTime may be the answer for that sort of thing, meaning that those sorts of things may never get done. Things take time in the NightTime, things slow down and you can pause (you have to, actually) and investigate carefully to find that level of objective detachment that is only possible under the spell of the NightTime. Seek the Day, but fear not the NightTime.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours dark brown, nearly black with a huge light brown head and sticky lacing.
Aroma: Big citrus and pine hops, super dank, roasted malts and a touch of chocolate.
Taste: Citrus and pine hop bitterness is balanced exceptionally with roasted malts, chocolate and a touch of coffee.
Overall: I don’t seek out Black IPAs as a rule…I’m just not a fan of them, but I’ll buy anything brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company and I am VERY glad I did.  Lagunitas Brewing Company Night Time Ale is all kinds of awesome.  This 8.2% ABV and 65 IBU beverage successfully pairs dark malts and hops in a way that left me wanting more.  And I plan to buy more.  Highly recommended!


Mark Harvey

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