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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

553 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 3
Gots: 47 | 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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MeganandDana

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-10-2014 23:47:58 | More by MeganandDana
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twonder23

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

05-10-2014 00:50:29 | More by twonder23
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gradergator

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

05-10-2014 00:16:40 | More by gradergator
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ascags

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-09-2014 23:32:12 | More by ascags
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robebo44

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-09-2014 23:05:19 | More by robebo44
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

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

Consumed 4/9/14

Appearance: May appear black from a distance, but it's really a deep brown upon closer inspection - some clarity and light brown around the edges - pours with a larger than average head, fades to a small cap but leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Somewhat of a balanced blend of burnt, roast, and citrus - roasty, with some nice coffee aromas - dark chocolate malt aromas, burnt malts, and some baker's chocolate - a nice amount of citrus, with some orange and grapefruit flesh and oil - everything is in moderation, which helps the aromas compete

Taste: Chocolate and citrus with a moderate amount of bitterness - like the aroma suggested, things are in a nice balance - roasty, with some hints of dark coffee and coffee beans - lightly burnt with some burnt grain flavor - dark chocolate and some semisweet chocolate - orange and grapefruit juice and zest - moderately bitter, with some hints of pine

Mouthfeel: Medium body, roasty and dry, smooth, finishes burnt, with some oil

Overall: Challenging to review when blindfolded

Sierra Nevada has dabbled with this style in the past, and I hope they return to it. I like the approach here; nothing is over the top, which stops this from smelling like someone tried to torch a pile of grapefruit peels. This is easy drinking, and I'd have another.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2014 06:10:29 | More by angrybabboon
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KeeganRohovich

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-09-2014 01:34:44 | More by KeeganRohovich
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arizcards

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up as part of the 4-Way IPA 12 pack back in early March from Total Wine for $12.99.

Beer poured black with a very nice off white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is roasty with some cocoa and hints of northwest hops.

Taste is dark cocoa with some light roasted malts. This is not overly hoppy as the hops balance the cocoa malts nicely and leave a lingering citrus pine bitterness behind.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with some light carbonation.

Overall this is definitely the best of the 3 new brews introduced in this package. Easy drinking, the flavors meld well together. Nice take on the style!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2014 01:12:07 | More by arizcards
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Continuing my "black and white night" with the black IPA from SN's new IPAs.

Appearance 3.75: Poured out a lovely, inky black. Not much head at all: less than 1/4". Decent lacing. White head.

Smell 4.0: Lovely bouquet. Fascinating blend of coffee, cocoa, toasted grains and Simcoe hops. It actually smells "strong" to me, somehow.

Taste 4.0: Front is dry, with a hint of hops. Middle is slightly malty, with a kick of high-alkaline hops; the tastes fade away into a lovely hint of grapefruit. Finish is malty with a pleasing alkaline hoppiness that hits right in the center of the palate. Then, an amazing thing happens. In the aftertaste, this crazy, unexpected malty sweetness sneaks in from the sides of the palate and washes all over in a big wave. This fades into delicious waves of toasted grains, coffee, citrus and pine that lasts for many minutes.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Conditioning was delicious, creamy and satisfying.

Overall 4.0: This is a brew that really sneaks up on the imbiber. It seems trendy, goofy -whatever-- but there is a real depth to this beer that far outweighs any initial reaction one might have to it. The best example of this style that I have tried and definitely worth an investment if you are a fan of stouts and are wondering what the "Black IPA" is like.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2014 05:48:07 | More by BeerDocT
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Yogidaddy

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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2365

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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WVBeerFan

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-06-2014 03:02:21 | More by WVBeerFan
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REY_CORTEZ

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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DJoe

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.1%

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thatoneguymike

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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jngrizzaffi

Texas

4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
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 a piney, bitter taste at the end. Strong, bitter aftertaste that persists. Carbonation is very evident at the end as well. This one seems to fill me up like a stout would. Very good black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 22:53:23 | More by jngrizzaffi
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BradMacMullin

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-04-2014 22:01:18 | More by BradMacMullin
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Fejj

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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Joel12

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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krh

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-04-2014 05:34:46 | More by krh
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tjsmith910

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-04-2014 01:37:58 | More by tjsmith910
Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.