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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

837 Ratings
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Ratings: 837
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 7
Gots: 153 | 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:
Beer added by: DaltonC on 02-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of TonyC
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh Sierra you have done it again! Another one I can't breakdown in a review because I absolutely love this offering. Black as pitch with a nice tan brown head, which leaves a great lace. Dark roasted chocolate malty goodness, with a wonderful citrusy finish. Perfect carbonation, easy and flavorful to drink, and slightly reminiscent of my favorite beer ever, Hop Rod Rye. I hope this becomes an everyday selection, as this beer ranks up there with Sierra Nevada's best.

Photo of nizzle8287
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a bit hard with a 1:1 beer:head ratio at around 45 degrees F. into a pint mug. Head dissipates so slow leaving huge, beautiful chunks of lacing all the way around. Dark brown with burgundy around the edges, sort of looks like a porter until the smell. Smells of cascade hops, west coast style, Sierra Nevada standard like a dark Torpedo scent in a way. Deep and dark molasses and hops hit the nose with a mixed dank mustiness. Medium bodied with carbonation that makes it seem fuller than it really is. Bitter. Quite dank and tasty but not very sweet west coast hops, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses on dark bread toast with butter! Lingering aftertaste sort of like campfire blackened marshmallow. As it warms, the charred chocolate campfire treats and signature cascade hop bitterness lingers ever more. If only all beers could taste this good. Trick I think with this one is to let the aromatics out with a rough pour at just below 50 degrees F. Kind of tones down the acidity while enhancing the natural flavor.

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4.81/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really, really tried to be critical and deduct points from this beer. I really did. Sierra Nevada is just too impressive. It's the most consistent brewery by far. All the beers they come out with are at least "good." Here goes:

A: Perfect. Pitch black - and I mean opaque!. Pours a massive head with a crapload of lacing. There's nothing I can deduct from this beer. Amazing.

S: S: Exquisite. A perfect balance of malt and hops; and I mean perfect. Initial smell is one of pine and some grapefruit and lemon (the pine predominates, however). Complementing this in equal robustness is a heavily-kilned malt backbone. Lots of chocolate and coffee. I'm literally crying in anticipation for how good this beer is going to taste - tears of joy are streaming down my face.

T: Can't get any better than this. I thought Stone's black ipa would be the best that I was ever going to have. But I was wrong - dead wrong. Tastes of pine, smatterings of grapefruit and lemon are quickly superseded by robust dark chocolate and coffee. However, it should be noted that the dark chocolate and coffee aren't bitter at all. In fact, they're rather smooth and sweet. The initial taste is one of robust hops (the IPA feel), and this is followed by intense stout malt. I'm in tears over how good this beer is.

F: Very smooth, thick and biting. Great. Smoothness of a stout but bitterness of an IPA. Perfect beer.

O: I am so glad I traded for this beer. Simply marvelous.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

bought a single bottle for $1.75 @ market street just today:

a like a chocolate stout: Dark, nearly black, tan creamy head of nearly 3 fingers, settles to a thick film with ultra thick laciing ZERO clarity.

s nice but markedly diff than a standard IPA - not as sharp of a hoppy nose and a touch of sweetness

t here goes: STRONG, stone style bite of frutiy hops with a nice lingering aftertaste

m thick and creamy

d 6.8 - good buzz potential - but way to heavy to drink en masse. SAVOR THE FLAVOR

Photo of twonder23
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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4.7/5  rDev +22.4%

Pours out pitch black. Light off-white head. Head is very frothy and sticks around a good, long while. Smells of roasted, chocolatey malt and citrus/pine hops. Flavor starts off like a stout with chocolate and coffee. The hops don't take too long to kick in with oily citrus and pine needles. Heavy bitterness that lingers. Stout character returns in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel has a thickness brought on by a carbonation. It is very active on the tongue. Awesome example of a black IPA. Wish this were in 6 packs.

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4.68/5  rDev +21.9%

Photo of 1PA
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has been tried before by others but I've never had a black ipa that I would seek out again. This is the exception. Love the combo. Classic sn on the hoop character. I think this is where the other's miss. It blends ask nicely with the malt. Smooth. Finished one and wanted a second. Rare in my book

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4.6/5  rDev +19.8%

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4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.56/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.56/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of barter
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good Black IPA that is reminiscent of Hop in the Dark.

Tons of hops up front with a smooth roasty flavor on the back end. I love this style and feel that is this a great example.

-Nose is pure IPA
-Low carbonation with a light tan head
-Tons of flavor: Hops and malty goodness to round it out.

Hope Sierra Nevada makes it a regular offering.

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4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 837 ratings.