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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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very good

718 Ratings
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Ratings: 718
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 92 | FT: 1
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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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

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

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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

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3.81/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours black color with brown around the edges where the light hits it and an extremely thick foamy 2 finger tan head that was full of bubbles of all sizes and faded very slowly, leaving good lacing and a foamy tan layer on top. The head literally took a few minutes to fade and was extremely impressive; if the lace would have left rings it would have been a perfect score.

Smells of roasted malt, charcoal, piney hops, cocoa powder, lemon zest, peat moss and earthy notes; coffee, dry grass and floral hops come through late and the roasted malts win out the battle of the nose by a 60/40 margin over the hops.

Tastes similar to the nose, with roasted malt, piney hops, charcoal, lemon zest, cocoa powder, toffee, burnt coffee, peat moss, mild spices like pepper and cinnamon, earthy notes like dry grass and floral hops, and acrid dark chocolate like a S’mores held over a campfire too long. Rich, roasted and malty, with chocolate malts, coffee and piney hops showing the strongest flavor notes, so to me it was more dark ale and porter-like than IPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with mild carbonation, a heavy chewy body, and a slightly bitter aftertaste that's a combo of burnt coffee, piney hops and burnt wood. It fades almost dry and leaves a nice cocoa powder aftertaste.

Overall a good Black IPA, and even above average compared to what I’ve had, but not outstanding. Easy to drink and hoppy enough to fit in with the Sierra Nevada profile, it was a good new beer from Sierra Nevada and one that I would definitely recommend and have again.

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Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.