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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
86
very good

652 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 4
Gots: 75 | FT: 1
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 mattknueven:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

mattknueven, Mar 03, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of tillmac62
4.25/5  rDev +11%

BOD 109/14. As advertised, this one pours just like a stout - almost black with a massive head. Lacing and retention are excellent. The nose is more IPA like, pine and floral hops over a light chocolate with roast notes. Medium body with a slick texture that is almost creamy. Below normal carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The unique flavor profile is quite nice, balanced and complex. It begins with citrus hop, then flows to pine over a light chocolate sweetness. Bitterness follows that is citric rind in nature over a very light smoke from the roast - very well balanced so each component is evident, but not over powering. The smooth finish leaves you with a lingering citric bitterness with a chocolate note. An Outstanding example of the style.

tillmac62, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Hoppin_mad
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of chip26
4/5  rDev +4.4%

chip26, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
2.95/5  rDev -23%

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with a big creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts and a little bandaid.

The flavor is acidic roasted bitter chocolate malts with some residual sweetness and sprucey hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK black IPA with lots of bitterness but it's very acidic and not well balanced.

Beaver13, Mar 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Doomcifer, Jul 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

lionnusmb, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of KolbMarley
4.25/5  rDev +11%

KolbMarley, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Meyers1023
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Meyers1023, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of bsp77
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic pint.

Appearance: Near black with nice, billowing tan head that leaves some minor lacing behind.

Smell: Pretty fruity aroma, with some coffee, chocolate and chalk.

Taste: Strong fruity taste, and not of the expected citrus and/or tropical kind. It is more berry and dark fruits. Some chocolate as well. The finish is somewhat bitter with coffee and pine.

Feel: Medium body that is fairly creamy with carbonation mostly in check. Mostly dry finish.

Overall: Tastes like a Milk Stout with a more bitter, pine-like finish. Not really a "Black IPA". Still good, but a little too fruity to compare to better examples of the style.

bsp77, Mar 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

dankjohn, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

rhinonau, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of mjtiernan
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

mjtiernan, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger light tan head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A roasty and juicy mix of citrus and earthy hops with dark malt. Earthy and floral hops with hints of grass and pine resin. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, and tangerine. Big presence of dark roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate, coffee beans, caramel, toast, biscuit, grains, and yeast. A pretty solid balanced aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty, earthy, and juicy mix of hops and dark malt. Citrus hops with juicy notes of grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, pineapple, and tangerine. Floral and earthy hops with notes of pine resin and grass. Big dark roasted malt presence with notes of dark chocolate, coffee bean, toasted bread, caramel, grains, biscuit, and yeast. A nicely balanced taste of dark roast and oily hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and fairly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A very solid Black IPA. Good presence of both hops and dark roast notes.

MattyG85, Jun 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

HeyYoMar, May 02, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

Sierra Nevada Blindfold

Sierra Nevada beer in a Sierra Nevada glass

Poured into pint glass

A: Dark like a rich porter but not quite stout

S: Again, like a decent porter or stout. Roasted malts but no hop presence . . . Where are the hops ?

T: A little dissapointed. Not because this is not a good beer. It is. It's just that I was expecting a black ipa and I got a porter.

M: Full bodied. Thick and somewhat creamy.

O: As I said above, I'm just a little dissapointed with Blindfold because it smells, looks and tastes like a porter. This might be the only complaint and I do mean only complaint that I have with S.N. And that is for my money they don't deliver on this style. Overall not a bad beer just not what I was expecting.

GOBLIN, Mar 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Jsonta, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Jeffwildcat, Apr 02, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours almost pitch black, there are ruby highlights at the edges when held toward the light, light tan head looks kind of like a dry Irish stout in the glass. Nice full thicket of head with chunky textures. Aroma dark roasted malts, earthy almost mint like herbal hop qualities. It also has a nuttiness that's complementing the dark roasted malt character with some generic ale fruitiness that may be characteristic of the hops as well. Flavor I'm getting more of that nutty character with the bitterness of the hops call me crazy but I'm experiencing something that almost comes off like peanut butter for a minute...maybe I've drank too much DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus lately, but that's what I'm getting even though I know that's not intended I think it's some interaction between the roasted malts and the hop character here. Caramelized roasted malts, dark chocolate edges more like drinking a very hoppy porter with a bit more malt expression than your average dry dark roasted malt finish, the bitterness here is definitely from the hop varieties used. A very good sipping beer complex herbal/fruity/citrus hop edge wrapped in dark nutty caramelized malts that border on complex iced coffee flavors. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied great textures on the palate, a tad oily but flowing carbonation clears that off the palate quite nicely dry herbal/dark roasted malt finish. Overall, a very good version of the style, it's hard to come by a good Black IPA, I hope this sampler remains available for awhile...I could picture myself needing more of this.

WVbeergeek, Mar 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

valkyre65, Wednesday at 01:49 PM
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

timontheroad, Apr 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

IchLiebeBierZu, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Beer21, Apr 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Rowsdower, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Auraan
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured a gorgeous deep black/brown with red highlights around the edges and a finger and a half of beautiful tan head. It looks fantastic, like a good stout. Scents of pine resin, peat moss, undertones of tropical fruit, with an emphasis on mango, notes of dark chocolate, coffee and roast malt and faint undertones of orange and lemon zest. A nice aroma that combines rich roasted malt aromas with bright fruity and pine-like notes from hops. Quite nice. Flavor begins lightly sweet, with notes of toffee and dark chocolate mingling with orange flesh and orange and grapefruit peel. Pine resin joins grapefruit peel, roast malt, black coffee and light sweetness in the middle. The finish is medium-dry with notes of pine resin, grapefruit peel, and light roast malt. Aftertaste is dry with notes of roast malt, pine resin and grapefruit peel. A good black ale flavor profile that combines a stout with IPA level hopping quite nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation and a resinous, slightly drying feel. Quite nice and very drinkable. Overall this is a pretty good American Black Ale. It has the nice hybrid of stout and IPA in its aroma and taste and combines it with a very drinkable mouthfeel. A good experiment that is worth trying.

Auraan, Aug 01, 2014
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Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.