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Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPASierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

546 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 3
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaltonC on 02-23-2014)
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Reviews by TempeBeerMan:
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Near black, but truly a dark rich brown. Head is a light tan and drops to a small cap in short order. The typical sheets and swirls of lacing one can expect from Sierra Nevada. Ok head retention.

Smell: Roasted malts at the forefront quickly tempered by pine needle, a touch of grass and earth, and some citrus. Cocoa powder and a bit of dark chocolate with some caramelized malt sweetness. Pine jumps up a bit as it warms. Chocolate bars fused with some citrus rind. Very slightly burnt with some old coffee lingering in the back. Nicely balanced approach...surprise.

Taste: Grapefruit zest and oil coupled with some bitter pine needle. Solidly, but not assertively, roasted. Some mild burnt elements add some caramelized sweetness with a backing touch of almost char. Cocoa powder with some sweeter semi-dark chocolate. Slight bitterness runs through it all. Some nice solid roasted malts. A bit more grapefruit as it warms. Slightly earthy as well. Hops dominate a bit more than the nose would indicate, but not by much.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly slick on the initial sip, but cleans up quickly and finishes on point.

Overall: Peeking around the edges.

It's Sierra Nevada doing a take on a black IPA...errr....american black ale... It's good and worth drinking if nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a - black red body with two finger latté head that dissipates after a few minutes to a half finger head

s - smokey and herbal, like oregano

t - hoppy and coffee, chocolate notes add in later. Finish is citrus and chocolate based

m - Creamy, but moderate and not too heavy

o - Perfect blend of hops and flavor, but I would appreciate a heavier beer, but I guess that would be more of a stout than what this is. The flavor profile is outstanding.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Florida

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Slashytits

New York

3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had while at a local grill pub with family. The first thing you'll notice is the bright hop aromas enimating from the glass. It's not clear if they used fresh hops, but the smell is comparable to SN's annual "Celebration" seasonal. Pours a deep, dark black hue that lives up to it's namesake. Little to no head present, even with a moderately aggressive pour. As for the taste...well, the smell builds up a lot of hype, but the taste is purely middle-of-the-road IPA. Fruity, piney hops and plenty of bitterness, and not much else. The deep abyssal black hue of the brew and the special roasted malts ultimately don't matter as the bitterness overpowers any semblance of a malt profile from start to finish. It's a decently thick drink, close to stout levels of creaminess, and finishes clean with nothing lingering on the palate. It is an interesting little experiment, and I want to see where they can take it, but until they find out how to keep the hop flavour and cut the over-aggressive hop bite, I'll have to pass on any future iterations of Blindfold and it's derivitives.

Serving type: bottle

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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A two finger mocha head was poured that slowly reduced to a puffy layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Smokey, roasted coffee, earthy, bittersweet chocolate, citrus, and a little sweetness.

Taste: Ashy malts are up front, but there is toasted, chocolate, and sweetness from malts with some earthy and citrus notes in there too.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, ashy bitterness, and a bit smooth.

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Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.