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: 1,358
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 12
Gots: 219 | 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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Photo of gabedivision
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-pours black with a 1 finger kahki head

S- roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chololate, citrus

T- nice blend of citrus ipa and porter. orange juice, chocolate malt, pine, grapefruit

M-good full body, mellow, creamy with a bite. Sweet & bittter

O- this is pretty good, lots of porter/stout character nice hop tones. Black ipa isnt my bag so much but this is really tasty.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.74/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby red color. The head is about, um, 352 fingers high, and has a khaki shade. The texture is rather soapy, and the retention is rather inconsistent (usually the sign of a well-hopped beer). Some streaks of lacing are left behind.

S: There are some nice hops here - primarily herbaceous and piny in that typical SN fashion - but similar to the Snow Wit I had before this, its hop profile is rather restrained. But that's okay, the rest of the aroma is restrained as well. Wait...anyways, I'm only getting touches of brown sugar, touches of dark fruit, touches of chocolate, and that's it. I'm really let down by the aroma's lacking oomph.

T: It follows the nose well. The predominant flavor is hop bitterness - not much flavor, just bitterness. I'm getting some light caramel, brown sugar, and MAYBE a few espresso notes around the middle and back end, but nothing impressive. All in all though, this one is too bland and too generically bitter.

M: At the very least, this beer's lightness on the palate is laudable. It's somewhat dry finishing, too, so there is a bit of danger to drinking this quick. If only it weren't so bland...

O: Totally disappointing. SN's standard porter is far more enjoyable. Thankfully, I have three more opportunities to give this another chance - this wasn't so horrible that I never want to drink it again. I'm just not that enthused by such a prospect. This is honestly my least favorite SN offering to date.

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Deep dark brown with a small light tan head. This settled to a patchy dusting. Nice amount of lace.

S) The aroma has good amount of dark roasted malt, with some coffee characteristics as well. The hops is just a little pine scent.

T) Follows the nose... I needed to let this warm up a bit. Then the hops came to the party. Plenty of roast, but you get some pine and citrus peel too.

M) Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The hops is quite sticky here. Smooth overall...

O) Nice Black IPA right here... Not quite Black Top, but pretty darn good. I'd go for this again...

Photo of barnzy78
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the new 4-way IPA case. PKGD 01/21/14
L - near black with a rocky tan head that holds incredible retention
S - coffee-like roasted barley, chocolate, faint pine, earth
T - dark bittersweet chocolate, roasted barley, coffee, earth, fruit, pine, pungent bitter finish
F -medium body, creamy and pretty resinous but I dig it, dry finish
O - I really enjoyed this one, the roasted barley really comes across as coffee along with that huge chocolate profile; it's a nice counterbalance for the bitter hops

Photo of CloudStrife
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 01 21 14 inkjet on the neck of the label.

A: Pours a clear dark ruby brown appearing almost black in the glass with a slightly tanned head sitting on top. Leaves some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Bit too dark to see any visible carbonation.

S: Aroma is pleasant on this one. Initially you notice some floral and fruity hops which is complimented by a roasty quality in the malts. Bit of chocolate in the background.

T: Good balance going on here with a definitive lean toward the hopiness you would expect in an IPA. The hop fruitiness blends very well with the roasted malt giving you one whole flavor instead of a competition between the two. Decent bitterness and a touch of alcohol.

M: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Dry finish from the hops.

Overall this is a very finely tuned Black IPA that unites such a difference of flavors into one delicious blend. Worth a try.

Photo of bsp77
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the new 4 way IPA variety mixer. Dark black color, huge head typical of Sierra Nevada beers. They always seem to get the carbonation down. Aroma is bitter coffee, roasted malts, sort of boring. Flavor is mostly bitter roasted malts, not much citrus, not much hop flavor outside the bitterness. Honestly the whole Black IPA gimmick is tiresome, these are just hopped up porters and black ales. They don't taste like IPA's.

Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown color with some deep crimson highlights and a glorious, thick, milky tan head. Loads of lacing. Nose of resinous, grapefruity hops merging with dark malt and coffee. Citrus rind and piney hop oils balance with chocolaty malts to form a nicely blended flavor. Well, I say "balanced" though the hop bitterness is clearly winning over any roasty qualities. Resinous, leafy spice with a little char in the aftertaste. Feels solidly creamy in the mouth, medium bodied, and bitter. Nicely done. It's not a hop bomb in terms of aromatics, but the end result us a good example of the style.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada's Blindfold Black IPA in their new IPA variety pack last week at The Lager Mill. So far I haven't been too impressed with the two new beers I've had from the IPA variety pack and I hope this one turns out to be good, so lets see how it goes. Fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's pretty standard for Sierra Nevada and it isn't too eye catching. It poured a dark brown/black color that took on some ruby hues on the edges when held to the light with two fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice sticky and patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking Black IPA, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a nice roasted, slightly charred, slight sweet malts, light chocolate and some good coffee like aromas. Up next comes the hops which impart an earthy and pretty spicy hop aroma with a slight bit of piney hops showing up in the background. This beer had a nice aroma, but I wish the hop profile was a little more exciting and showed up a little more.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the malts still being the first to show up and they impart all those roasted malts aspects that I got in the aroma with the charred flavors sticking out a little more but there's still some nice coffee in the background. Up next comes the hops which impart an earthy and pretty spicy hop flavor with some piney hops flavors showing up a little more in the background with a high amount of medium bitterness bordering on being highly bitter and it had a roasted/charred malt and spicy hop aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but the hop profile still was a little bland, but the balance wasn't too bad.

M- A little smooth, fairly clean, a little crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel that worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a slightly above average example of a Black IPA, it was pretty true to style, but neither the malts or the hops struck me as being really well done and it just kind of fell right in the middle. This beer had ok drinkability, it was a little smooth, fairly clean, a little crisp, not too filling and the taste did an ok job at holding my attention, but I think one would be enough for me since I really don't have the urge to drink another one in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and mouthfeel, I thought they were both good and true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it wasn't bad, but but the malt aspect and the hop aspect were just ok. I wouldn't buy this beer on it's own, there's many Black IPA's that I enjoy much more then this one and I might recommend this beer to someone just getting into the style but I wouldn't call it a great example of a Black IPA. All in all I didn't think this beer was that bad, but I didn't think it was that great either, it kind of fell right in the middle in most aspects and I would much rather have B Craft Black IPA, or Short's Goodnight Bodacious. I would say that this one and Torpedo were my favorite of the mixed IPA pack, but as for the new ones this was my favorite, but as a whole I wasn't too impressed with this new variety pack and I wouldn't buy it again. Nice work guys, this was a pretty solid Black IPA.

Photo of tastybeer
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark, nearly opaque with a nice large head and plenty of sticky lace that clings all over the glass. Aroma is caramel, toffee, nutty cocoa, pine, and citrus. Floral as well. Taste is more hoppy than the aroma but with a nice dark ale maltiness. Creamy, caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, and some scattered hop flavors. Hops seem more heavily bittering and along with that this beer has a hoppy resiny mouthfeel to it. Very nice. Pretty good stuff. Maybe a little syrupy in texture around the resiny qualities.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/21/14.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee bean, and slight citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and slight citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and slightly medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mixture of roast and hop qualities all around.

Photo of lochef81
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this as part of sierra nevadas new 4 way ipa mixer. Saved it for last because it was the one that I was the most excited to try. This offering pours a deep mahogany brown with a generous and thick tan head which dissipates to a half finger of creamy film and a damn lot of beautiful lacing. The aroma is complex with lots of roasty malts carrying notes of coffee and caramel as well as a generous amount of hop notes bordering on the piney side of the spectrum. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy just as one would hope for and expect from this style of ale. The flavor is an awesome balance of deep roasted malts and bitter west coast hops. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate followed by a generous amount of citrus and pine hops. This is much more filling than one would expect. I'm tasting this along side a Goodnight Bodacious and I honestly think that this one wins out. I hope they release this on its own not just as part of a mixer.

Photo of totallyrelaxed
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really growing on me as I get deeper into the glass. Not nearly as hoppy as I expected.

A-Black/brown with just a little bit of head and lacing.

S-Coffee or almost a back tea. Small bit of lemon.

T-Almost like a wine it got better after it was open for a bit. Roasty malts, not as coffee like as I would have expected but more like an espresso shot minus the astringency. The hops are there but really blend well with the malts. Almost like you have to think about them being there to actually taste them but when you do they give you a little smack in the mouth. Really nice

M- Above average mouthfeel for sure. Thick but not too thick..

O- I don't even like this style and I enjoyed this. Got it in the 4-way variety pack and i'm impressed but not surprised by this Sierra offering. Like all of their beers it is a nice example of the style...

Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep brown with chestnut highlights and a billowing, frothy tan head that lingers indefinitely.

Roast malts dominate the aroma, with coffee grounds, chocolate, and nutty, toasted malt adding complexity. Citrus, in the form of grapefruit, is accented by pine.

Roasty, bitter coffee and nutty, burnt, toasted malt form the backbone of the flavor profile. Chocolate surfaces in the aftertaste. Grassy, resiny hops are more evident than a citrus counterpart.

Body and carbonation are moderate. The finish is slightly harsh.

Roast is a little strong for my liking, as is the bitter finish. Wish the flavoring hops were more prevalent.

Photo of Beric
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into snifter
Served: 1 March 2014

Appearance: Pitch black with some dark red undertones when held to the light. Great head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing throughout the drinking process.

Smell: Dark, roasted malts and a hint of spicy hops.

Taste: Coffee roastiness hits the palate first, and then a nice assertion of spicy, bitter hops. The hops are not the showcase here, and the fruity/floral notes from many of SN's other IPAs are muted by the strong flavors of the roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky.

Overall: Aside from the classic Torpedo, this is my favorite of the 4-way IPA pack. This is a great take on a black IPA that showcases roasted malts and a substantial hop presence without being overly bitter or too much like an RIS.

Photo of JeffH
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (part of 4 Way IPA pack)- Deep brown, nearly black and opaque pour with 2 fingers of dark khaki head. Cold the aromas are muted piney hops with a hint of coffee. As it warms the dark roast coffee aromas take over the hops. Medium bodied, this is a clean beer with nice roasted malt flavors that are quickly consumed by classic SN piney hops. The hop/chocolate bitterness on the finish lingers for quite some time.

Photo of Celtics17
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very big coffee notes on the nose,and very sweet, ice coffee like taste. This was not a Black IPA for me. I like this beer. It was hard to taste any of the hop characters in this beer. It was bitter, but I didn't get any grapefruit, pine notes. Slight grapefruit as I drink more.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 4-way IPA pack that arrived to New Mexico last week.

A- Robust, foamy and persistent head that settles into a plateau. Pitch black liquid, opaque and stout-like. Some lacing is there.

S- Piney and fruity hops, very resinous, hop spice, dark roasted malts and hints of coffee.

T- Roasted coffee hits me immediately, than chocolate, and then the hops come late on the palate and are floral and earthy with some spice. I get a nice lingering baker's chocolate taste at the end.

M- There's some coffee-like qualities to this beer, but it's also creamy and has a bit of a bite from the hops before the dry finish.

I'm becoming a big fan of Sierra Nevada and this is yet another beer I could drink regularly from them. Matter of fact, I will drink it regularly since the 12 packs are $12.99.

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Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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