Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TempeBeerMan:
4.49/5 rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.
A - Pours black with dark-brown highlights, with a three finger head of khaki colored foam with good retention. Fantastic rings of lacing.
S - Moderate strength aroma of charred grains, chocolate malt, and piney West Coast hops.
T - VERY smooth taste of dark chocolate, a touch of caramel, raisin, mint, hop resin, and spruce. Malts are sweeter than any other black IPA I have tried, and the hop bill works in perfect harmony. Two things stand out here: 1) How the hops carry the bitterness instead of sand blasting your taste buds with bitter burnt grains AND super bitter hops, and 2) how well balanced this is. Excellent.
M - Heavier side of medium bodied with assertive carbonation. Body supports the flavor profile perfectly. Any thinner and this would be a fail. Hint of creaminess as well, which balances the acidity from the hops.
O - Best black IPA I have ever sampled and it's not even close. I found the hint of sweetness in the malts made this beer sing. If this came in 6 packs, I'd be buying it all the time.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2014 01:30:05 | More by TempeBeerMan
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4.01/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours a wicked dark brown color, approaching black, decent sized tan head, velvety looking, good amount of lacing clings to the glass as it empties.
Smell is huge in roasted malt with an almost coffee-like presence, pine aroma is noticeable yet quite mute.
Taste is similar to the aroma with the roasty toasty malt taking the front with a burnt bitterness finish, the pine adds in another layer of bitterness that is more civilized, the body is very full and smooth, carbonation is medium-low and gives a creamy mouthfeel.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 23:19:57 | More by deltatauhobbit
Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.