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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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-15-2014 00:57:50 | More by HoppyHoppyHoppy
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RandyPuckett

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-15-2014 00:55:59 | More by RandyPuckett
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark brown/black with 1-2 fingers of light brown head. A half centimeter head persists the entire duration.

S - Somewhat bitter citrus hops in the aroma, followed by roasted coffee and sweet malt.

T - Like the aroma, this one has a good amount of grapefruit hoppiness, with some piney hop character. There is a large flavor of roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Moderate bitterness that is balanced by the sweet and roasty malt.

M - Thin-to-moderate body with moderate carbonation. I wish this were thicker, but it's not bad. It's smooth and creamy.

O - A pretty solid black IPA, especially for $1 per bottle (part of the 4-way IPA variety pack).

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2014 00:06:10 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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jsn1376

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.1%

07-14-2014 17:40:17 | More by jsn1376
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ASirahSyrah

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is masterfully made, please, make no mistakes about that; it's just not my cup of tea, per se. It's very dark, but surprisingly smooth for those of you that are concerned about that aspect of darker beers - a noteworthy amount of people prefer not to chew on the their beers, and that's what comes to mind with darker beers, but I digress... The beer is pretty fantastic, it's just not one of my favorites because, for whatever reason, I've never preferred darker beers... could be because of their consistency and overall texture. I will say that this beer might go fantastic with mesquite smoked bbq... if anybody tries that combo, let me know.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2014 00:48:09 | More by ASirahSyrah
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axxis64

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

07-13-2014 23:26:05 | More by axxis64
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LuckyJohn

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-13-2014 19:12:32 | More by LuckyJohn
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mitch3114

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-13-2014 16:54:57 | More by mitch3114
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Jpenner


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-13-2014 00:37:02 | More by Jpenner
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Bater421


4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-12-2014 23:33:33 | More by Bater421
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kornkid8600

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-12-2014 05:34:15 | More by kornkid8600
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afinepilsner

Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-11-2014 21:57:04 | More by afinepilsner
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 11, 2014.

It has a dark brown pour that appears black unless you hold it to the light. Full foamy tan head that lingers and leaves lacing.

The aroma brings out a barley and dark malt character with maybe a touch of black licorice. More malts than hops greet my nose but there are some earthy hops in there.

Medium body.

The flavor of the beer tends to be slightly sweet but also full of roasted dark malts and slightly more biting bitterness that the aroma might indicate. A better than average black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 20:46:47 | More by puboflyons
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flagmantho

Washington

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, dark brown hue, appearing nearly black but for red highlights when held up to the light. There appears to be no haze, and the head poured three fingers of creamy tan foam. I think it's quite the presentation!

Smell: overall aroma is of moderate intensity; the malty character of chocolate, caramel and toffee comes up first, followed by a mellow, earthy hop character. Not at all bad; the mix works well.

Taste: flavor is along much the same lines as the aroma. Starts off with a chocolatey malt character, filled out with a bit of brown ale. Hops are earthy and bitterness is moderate. Middle-of-the-road, but well-crafted.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a surprisingly good and well-integrated carbonation; there's a satisfying creaminess here!

Overall: this is one of the more quaffable American Black Ales out there, I would say. I feel like it's been brewed for drinkability, rather than extremity, as so many beers of the style seem to be. I rather like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2014 05:00:53 | More by flagmantho
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kwkurdziel

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-10-2014 03:45:44 | More by kwkurdziel
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chip26

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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qchic

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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lwillitz

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - immense head of medium tan over a black body with ruby highlights, excellent head retention; very nice

S - fruity, malt sweetness, citrus, dark chocolate and coffee

T - roast malts, citrus, dark chocolate, herbal hops, pepper, earthy notes, black coffee

M - oily medium body, moderate carbonation; smooth and creamy

O - I have nothing negative to say about it. Blindfold is an excellent black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2014 22:36:34 | More by lwillitz
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Metaltildeath

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-08-2014 15:45:36 | More by Metaltildeath
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nate-henry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-08-2014 06:33:09 | More by nate-henry
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Cluker

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-08-2014 02:47:10 | More by Cluker
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Jadjunk

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"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 it's namesake, Blindfold is a bit disorienting- the color of a stout and the intense, hop-forward flavors of an American IPA. Blindfold Black IPA features a blend of hop varieties whose bright, fruity aroma complements the coffee-like flavors of dark roasted malts. Brewed in the style of a Black IPA, this beer is available in the 4-Way IPA variety pack. Available in 12 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy frothed tan-white head over a near black body. Retention is very good, lacing is light and curtained. 4.5

(Smell) Fruity, herbal hops with a modest bitterness join a moderate roasted malt body with a shallow sweetness. Secondary notes of pithy citrus rind and unsweetened cocoa add further potential. Both malt and hop profile are light but well balanced for an approachable aroma. Potency is medium. 4

(Taste) Lightly roasted malt with a mild sweetness and bread malt undertones with a light herbal, peppery and fruity hop pairing. Hop bitterness is fair, but joined with the roasted malt has enough bitterness to make for a reasonably bitter IPA. Finishes on a note of citrus rind and earthy cocoa nibs. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is oily, lightly chewy, a touch dry. Carbonation is soft, generating a creamy, frothy mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is low, and off flavors very low. Drinkability is moderate. 4.25

(Overall) A very enjoyable Black IPA with an enjoyable roast flavor as well as a solid contributing hop bitterness and flavor that comes off as complex, but not complicated. For the style, it's a fairly drinkable and enjoyable beer. 4

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Blindfold Black IPA
4/5.00

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2014 02:24:43 | More by Jadjunk
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MikeDAdams

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-08-2014 00:17:36 | More by MikeDAdams
Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.