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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Ratings: 1,357
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 12
Gots: 217 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DaltonC on 02-23-2014

Blindfold blankets us in darkness yet maintains a surprisingly light body and bold, hoppy character. This black IPA emerged from our Beer Camp program and builds on Sierra Nevada’s legendary love of hops with roasted malts for depth and complexity. Like its namesake, Blindfold is a bit disorienting—the color of a stout and the intense, hop-forward flavors of a classic American IPA.
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Ratings: 1,357 | Reviews: 243
Photo of ta_hagen
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very nice BIPA, would definitely recommend.

Photo of RedWeizen83
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very good beer, will drink again.

Photo of TonyC
5/5  rDev +30.9%
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 +26.4%
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.

Photo of Golfer3Aces
4.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love the way the hops go with the roasted malt. This beer is a winner for me.

Photo of leantom
4.81/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

Photo of burnerfinger
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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 Jeffrey-Pulver
4.71/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very dark almost black color. Smells of hops, coffee, and hints of chocolate. Taste is fantastic, malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and hops. Overall fantastic. Like a stronger Guinness with hops.

Photo of goochpunch
4.7/5  rDev +23%

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.

Photo of smanders
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I still consider myself new to this style so I didn't know if this would live up to my expectations. Came as a part of the 4-way IPA 12'er, brewed on 02/10/15.

Appearance: black as pitch with a tan, firm head. Chunky lacing.

Smell: Similar to Wookey Jack (i.e. one whiff brings sweet; the next, piney citrus). I smell everything from chocolate and molasses, to citrus fruit and pine.

Taste: Awesome! The perfect combination for someone who enjoys both stouts and IPAs. Sweet, bitter, bready, hoppy. Gets even more complex as it warms.

Mouthfeel: medium. You should expect a little cloying when it looks like Quaker State.

Overall: Love it! I am a "Black IPA" fan! Hope this becomes available year-round in its own 6'ers. Thanks Sierra!

Photo of 1PA
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
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

Photo of barter
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of Prestonmg
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect mix of an IPA and a stout, wonderful beer.

Photo of mjurney
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Black color with ruby red highlights. Thick beige head.

Piney, resiny, spicy, some dark roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Hop bitterness up front, piney, resiny, herbal, leafy, a little citrusy. Dark roasted malts, burnt caramel, dark bitter chocolate, black licorice. Finish is sharp, bitter, pretty crisp. Medium bodied, sticky, a little oily, dry, very smooth.

It's a superb Black IPA.

Photo of dredmahawkus
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

really good! A stout and an IPA had a baby!

Photo of TeamMathis
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black. Tan head. Leaves a decent lace.
Smell: Roasted grapefruit.
Taste: Roasted malt, grapefruit, and pine.

I love this. Another shocker with the relatively low rating though. The look is great: deep black. Very inviting. The smell is roasted malt and grapefruit; like a roasted grapefruit. The taste is delicious in the same way, if not more so. I wish this was a regular offering.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark black with thick, brown, foamy head. Has an average amount of lacing on the side of the glass. Has a mildly piney, roasted, caramel smell. Strong roasted, malty taste up front. Can discern mainly dark chocolate. There is some coffee as well. There is a piney, bitter taste at the end. Strong, bitter aftertaste that persists. This one seems to fill me up like a stout would. Very good black IPA.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Blackish brown with a 2 inch head, tons of thick, foamy lacing.

Smell - Roasty malts mixed with sweet fruits. Orange, grapefruit, lemon, some cocoa, chocolate , raisin, plums and coffee.

Taste - First sip is very roasty malts, mixed with some sweet citric fruits. Ample amount of coffee, chocolate and molasses really balance and give complexity. Nice mix of citric and dark fruits, adds a lot to the flavor. Lots of orange and grapefruit at first, then raisin and plum come in. Cocoa and chocolate are very present and balance out the bitter hop flavors.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets smoked malts, cocoa, chocolate with some citric fruits. Palate gets a lot of the same, with addition of plum and raisin. Aftertaste is malty, fruity, sweet and coffee.

Overall - This is really good. Relaly ahs a one-two punch of a ipa, and a porter, then it all ties in together to create a black ipa. Smooth, flavorful, sweet, bitter and bold, has it all. Id buy a 6'er of this for sure. Excellent brew.

Photo of ARoman
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a wide flute. The aroma is initially licorice and bakers chocolate, with undertones of sweet citrus Later in the drink, coffee gets added to the mix with a chalkiness, some caramel, and just a touch of wet cardboard. The beer is a rich, oily mahogany with a light brown, frothy dense head that leaves good lace, and has an abundant, but uneven retention. The taste is a medium high, balanced chocolate bittersweet. The texture is smooth with a creamy, foamy head. The medium-full body consists of chocolate brownie, background notes of sweet citrus, and chalk up front, and finishes with a swell of sweet citrus and caramel (in turns), that's quickly replaced by a clean chalk and spice character flavored with coffee and peanut butter. These notes mellow quickly leaving an aftertaste that's chalky, piney, and clean with hints of peanut butter. After a long time, the peanut butter disappears and is replaced by a light, pleasant grapefruit.

Photo of InkedinRi
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great dark ipa.. Has a strong porter taste. Very well made beer! Best of both worlds!

Photo of moundbz
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

starts as a porter, then comes to bitter with too much after taste.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of Treyliff
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a nearly opaque black color with a two-finger frothy, rocky and pillowy light-tan head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- slightly smoky roasted malt aroma with notes of cocoa and a hint of coffee. Piney and floral hops with some earthy & grassy notes

T- Roasty & smoky malt base gives notes of chocolate and a hint of coffee, burnt marshmallow, and some earthy notes. Hop bitterness begins to kick in around mid-palate, with an emphasis on pine and floral; some grassy & peppery notes kick in before finishing dry with a hoppy linger

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a super creamy mouthfeel that continues into an almost chewy, smooth & dry finish. The everlasting head really helps with the creamy mouthfeel, which is spot on

O- really surprised that this isn't rated higher, a very good example of the style with a perfect mouthfeel

Photo of 1ale_man
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really love it. I need to taste others of the style to compare. It'll be bad if I like them too. I'm beer poor now!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.8% ABV

A - Slivers of dark brown clarity barely show through this dark beer that's accentuated by heavy sheets of lace left on the pint from the billowing khaki foam cap.

S - Roasted malts suggest nuances of cocoa-rolled coffee beans while American hops offer notes of pine needle pulled from sticky sap for an interesting combination that works well!

T - Bitter baker's chocolate and cold espresso load the dark malts onto the tongue without hesitation while piny, earthy hops follow through with sharp bitterness that prickles the tongue.

M - Smooth and medium bodied, Blindfold is deceiving for it's dark color as is the sharp, dry bitterness from the hops, though that can be inferred from the IPA label.

O - From the original masters of the hop comes this late black IPA bloomer, Blindfold. As with the majority of Sierra Nevada's beers, it's hoppy; it's also very well done. The hop bite and flavor adds a unique twist to the chocolaty, coffee roasted malt profile that lingers on the tongue.

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Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,357 ratings.