Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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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
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 02:24:43 | More by Jadjunk
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A delicious black IPA that takes the black seriously.
Color was indeed nearly black with a creamy espresso-colored head. Smell had the roasted malt with a more powerful west-coast hop kick as well.
Taste was great. I have had black IPAs that I thought were just like normal IPAs but colored different, this was not the case. The dark malt really gave a strong roasty-toasty flavor to the ale. Subtle coffee notes and roasted chocolate were in there too. The roasted flavor was over a sweet malt flavor that led into the sweet grapefruit floral hops and a classic IPA bitter burst at the end. Good carbonation combine with a more full-bodied IPA then is the norm, a nice combination. Overall, a well-balanced and fun IPA. Not your everyday IPA, but a real treat worth seeking out for a night time drink.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 20:24:50 | More by juanny
Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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