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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
86
very good

834 Ratings
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Ratings: 834
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 152 | 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:
Beer added by: DaltonC on 02-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of rfgetz
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Apellonious
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from mix pack, pgkgd 12/3/14, poured into an IPA glass.

A- Dark black with ruby and brown overtones. Two finger fluffy head, excellent lace retention.

S -Mix of citrus/orange, nuts, and burnt grains and mild chocolate/coffee notes.

T - More citrus mixed with malted grains, mild smoke, hazelnut.

M - Fairly mild carbonation, medium density, finished a tad bitter but not overbearing.

O - A decent, well made black IPA that doesn't try to overdo any particular aspect.

Photo of milkbone_underwear
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of timontheroad
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark black color, with some reddish highlights as I look at a light through the beer. Nice billowy two finger thick brown head that stayed nicely and left some good lacing all down the glass.
Smell: Heavy aromas of dark roasted malt, some slight chocolate notes, and just a hint of grass in the nose.
Taste: Pretty close to the smell, with the malt and light chocolate flavors dominant. Some piney hop flavors, but not what I'd expect for a Black IPA.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice carbonation on the tongue.
Overall: Almost reminded me of a slightly hoppy porter. This was just a ok beer, nothing special - not overly smitten with the style either.

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a tulip glass bottled on 12/10/14

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights

Smell: Mostly hops and some roasted notes

Taste: Lots of hop citrus and earthy notes with chocolate malt balancing out the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium with the hop bitterness coating the mouth

Overall: Probably one of the more balanced Black IPAs

Photo of Bmftbl8
1.75/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a very good black IPA. Not much carbonation or flavors. Taste like black coffee. Wouldn't recommend it.

Photo of njtmayhem
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the best black IPA I have ever had but another solid offering from SN.

Photo of TonyY
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brywhite
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a brown head that lasts. Aroma is hop bitterness and slight roast malts. Taste is light citrus and bitterness with roasted tones and a hint of coffee. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall this is a great black ipa with lots of roast and bitterness. Looks like a stout, drinks like a roasted ipa.

Photo of SenorHops
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MisledTitan
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cooker_stp
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cconsalvo
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Very dark brown, almost black body with a slightly tan thick head, which fades and leaves heavy lacing.
S - Nice blend between hop resin and roasted malts.
T - Piney hops and roasted malt battle for control. This is less hoppy than other Black IPA's (or CDA if prefer) that I've had.
M - Medium body, medium carb. Leaves the palate relatively cleanly.
O - This is a nice compliment to a mix pack, but not something that could stand out on its' own.

Photo of NJBeer265
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boca-X
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MDHopster
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not quite black, deep mahoghany would be a better description with a tan head. Nice lacing. Rye aroma blended with mild herbal hops. Flavor is rye like but maltier than hoppy, but bitters remain present. Smoother than a standard IPA but still nicely carbonated with a bit of bite.

Photo of HillbillyBlood
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Washuffizi98
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SLOPEZ_641
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeerbarian
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Phocion
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle with a packaged date of 12/03/14. Pours into my glass a dark, deep brown with about an inch of khaki, rocky head. Good retention and solid rings of lacing as the beer falls.

Dark, roasted malts dominate the aroma. Medium-roast coffee and dark chocolates are powerful, with a hint of roasted nuttiness. Hops are surprisingly mellow, with just a light indistinguishable citrus zest as well as piney aroma in the very back.

The hoppiness is much more noticeable than in the nose. Dark roasted malts combine with a piney and fruity flavor. Between the dark malts and the hoppy bitterness, a decent level of astringency is created. Dark chocolate and a drying charcoal flavor. Very dry, bitter finish.

Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Very smooth and creamy but with a harsh finish.

Black IPAs are very hit-or-miss with me, and this one is a miss. The weakest of the 4-Way IPA pack, in my opinion. Very harsh bitterness but relatively little hop flavor. Big roasted malts overpower. I'm rarely disappointed with Sierra Nevada, but it's happening now.

Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 834 ratings.