Beer: Lagunitas Brewing Co. Night Time Fear the Dark
Location: Petaluma, CA
Type: Black IPA
Availability: Limited Release
Appearance: Black, lots of carbonation, off white/light tan head, good head retention throughout the glass
Aroma: Pine hops
Body & Texture: Thick, smooth, full-bodied, almost sweet upfront
Aftertaste: Fades into a nice slightly hoppy aftertaste with a toasted malty finish
MMM…mmmm….mmm…this is not my usual go-to type of beer but it sure is tasty! Quite a contrast from their Daytime IPA. This beer is thick, full bodied, and packed with flavor. The appearance will definitely make you think you’re about to enjoy a porter or stout, but when you pop that top you’ll know immediately that this beer is packin’ some serious hops. The aroma was out of this world amazing, but hey, that’s Lagunitas for you. If they know one thing, it’s how to properly hop a beer. When the beer sits in your mouth it almost feels heavy and has a tad sweetness to it, but it goes away so quickly and then that hoppiness kicks in and fades into a delicious hoppy malty balance that is really delicious.
I most likely wouldn’t drink this beer during the day, but umm…duh…it’s called Nighttime. I would definitely buy it for myself. This was another wonderful beer my dad dropped off for me to try, and I’m so thankful because now I know I need to go out and purchase some more for myself. Even if you typically see a “dark beer” and shy away from it, if you like IPA’s give this beer a chance. I really don’t think you’d be disappointed!