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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

547 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 547
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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secondtooth

Indiana

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown (nearly black) with ruby highlights. A thick head of off-white carbonation. Beautiful, loopy, frilly lace.

Nose is roast coffee and mocha/bittersweet chocolate malts. Little trace of the "IPA" characteristics promised in the name.

Taste is, at first, roasty coffee and chocolate, with some definite bitterness from the hops shining through. Finishes a curious blend of bitter citrus hops and roasty malts. A tasty and enjoyable mix of styles.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 23:11:53 | More by secondtooth
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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.

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

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Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.