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Blindfold Black IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 9
Gots: 98 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: rab53 on 03-08-2014

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Ratings: 542 | Reviews: 71
Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-Spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Beautiful chocolate-coffee pour sits a deep midnight black in the vessel with an equally impressive bronze-tan foam capping of good holding length. Thick stratified foam rings lace the vessel on the way down while a lasting coverage sits atop.

S: Sweet caramel coffee at first, some pine and toasted apple skin upfront of moderate awareness. A trail of soft soot and ash on the finish. Aroma duration was rather short, tampering off after a promising dark start but did leave some earthy, bittering intentions.

T: Burnt chocolate and roasted bitterness, bittering earthy soot and dry hop flowers. Wet, spent coffee roast afer swallow, some burnt pine lingering about, with some flashes of burnt caramel and bakers chocolate. Nice earthy and roasty malt backing, lingering bitterness and heavy on the strength.

M: Warming bittering mouthful and roasted glow on the inner cheeks with a mineral feel of ash on the tongue. Chewy, oats body, softly carbonatted but shows some prickly presence around the tongues edges with a good weight and bittering afterfeel.

O: Overall shows a huge roasted and burnt bitterness for flavor, the hops seem to play a secondary role, some burnt pine in response, but really didn't strike me as an ipa showing. This would be a hard one to put down in multiples, very dark and roasty depth in nature and could be interpreted differently upon drinking style. Slow methodical sips reveals its heavy dark bittering and burnt nature, while more quicker sips off then tongue has a sweeter more chocolate like experience.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA. Alc 6.8% by Vol.

Dark brown, nearly black, shining crimson highlights at the edges, large, lightly tanned head, slowly slipping.

Aroma: Caramel and cocoa tones start it off, with citric hop notes bursting through. A deft blend of malt and hops.

Taste: Starts off, again, creamy, malty and chocolatey, then a sharp turn on the palate into hop country. The two sides keep up with each other, a tasty tango in the mouth. Hop bitterness hangs on just a bit in the finish, and it's stay is a happy one. Medium bodied, and moderate in every way. Here's one of the "black IPAs" (is safe to not call them Cascadian Darks, right? No Portlandites around me?) that I don't mind, and in fact, can enjoy. The clash between the two elements is not as large and loud as in the others that turned me off, and possibly away from the style entirely.

What do they tell us on the bottleneck label? "Blinfold 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 malt 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 a classic American IPA."

Photo of jadpsu
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black pour with a full tan bubbly head that has very good retention
and clinging side glass lace.
Except for the color this reminds me of the Sierra Nevada Golden IPA I
had from the same variety pack.
Aroma is tart citrus with some pine and a little burnt malts.
Taste picks up some coffee bean notes that make the exceptional citrus, grapefruit
Everything Sierra Nevada brews is done well as in this I.P.A.

Photo of Acforster2
2.56/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I did not like this beer. It looks good and smells alright. But tasted mildly bitter, malty and ashy. I am a big fan of Sierra Nevada. Maybe black ales are not for me.

Photo of Gear54
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a snifter. Got this in a SN variety pack

Jet black pour with 2 fingers of kaki head and thick lace on the glass.

Smell is malts and hops. Very subdued and not overly aromatic. Smell didn't improve as the warmed over several min.

Taste is quite different than smell. Lots of carbonation and pine. I get roasted malty flavors and some coffee/dark chocolate in the background.

Mouth feel is ok but it's not as bitter as I would have thought for a BIPA. Closer to a porter in fell even with the high carbonation.

Photo of raiderob
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a Guinness @ the pour.dark and foamy head.ocean like lacing.dirt like taste.smooth taste and finish..Prost

Photo of travolta
2.58/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Jet black, but a beautiful ruby when held up to the light. A thickish tan/brown head that has very good retention and lacing.

Nose: Some molasses and coffee,

Taste: Very crisply carbonated, tastes like a stout. Bitter and metallic. Very crisp.

Notes: This is more of a bad stout than it is a BIPA

Photo of JIMTRK16
2.56/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not very good. Bitterness is flat. Mouth feel is thin and somewhat slippery. Looks substantial but taste and complexity is not satisfying.

Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear black colored beer with a medium sized dark tan colored head.

Smells mostly of patent malt. Some grapefruit hop but not much. Not a very aromatic beer at all.

Starts out metallic and a little sweet with no strong flavor except bitterness. Little bit of roasted grain. Slight chocolate. Mild bitterness.

Reads the bottle 70 IBUs? I'm not tasting it. Drinks like a basic porter.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall 70 IBUs? Bottle was "PKGD 01/15/15 15:52" so it's not old. This is more like "Sort of hoppy porter."

Photo of ta_hagen
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very nice BIPA, would definitely recommend.

Photo of hoppygram
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one makes me question the difference between a black ipa and a stout. I am still learning. It seems more like a stout to me. I like it as a stout, but not as an IPA.

Aroma - hops aroma is minimal

Taste - coffee, some pine

Mouthfeel - good, full

Overall - I like it, but will drink it as a stout, not an ipa

Photo of LexingtonBeer
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome clean stout taste that is known for Sierra Nevada beers. Hop taste is noticeable but not overbearing. A perfectly balanced combination.

Photo of Beejay
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown/black in the glass, with a large tan head on top.

S: Dark chocolate malt aroma, coffee, and earthy hops.

T: Coffee and chocolate. The hops are somewhat subdued in the forefront, but there is a nice lingering earthy bitterness in the finish. Not as bitter as I would have thought, although what is there is subtle and smooth.

M: Medium in body, with medium low carbonation.

O: Overall a very nice beer, although I think the bitterness is a little low for the style.. Still smooth and enjoyable.

Photo of Harvest06
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black, off white head. Good lacing.
S: Citrus and pine followed by chocolate and coffee.
T: Starts with some citrus and pine hops, middle is chocolate and coffee with a nice dry bitter finish.
M: Light to medium body. Good medium carbenation.
O: Exactly what I look for in a black IPA. Well balanced, light to medium body with stout and IPA characteristics.

Btw this ale has two other entries, one discontinued and another from the original beer camp...

Photo of obrike
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This one grows on me. Very subtle black IPA, but extremely smooth. Certainly a good entry level brew for the style. SN once again puts out a winner.

Photo of KingBiscuit
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not getting much IPA here, much more a stout IMO. Maybe it's out of date.

Photo of RyanK252
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours dark brown with a slight ruby hue and a creamy khaki head that settles and laces very well.

S: Pine and light citrus hops and some roasted malt.

T: Pine and light citrus hops, maybe even some floral notes, roasted malt, strong coffee, and maybe a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This is pretty spot on for a black IPA in my books. The hops are good and assertive up front, but the dark malt pushes back too. I dig it.

Photo of Act25
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

IPA variety pack is great bargain with 4 winner beers, that I rank
Torpedo 4.3, Blindfold 4, Ruthless Rye 3.9, and Golden IPA 3.8. All good and true. No false notes.
Priced between $14-17, a great value.
Now proudly also brewed in NC like Oskar.

1stly - I am big fan of black IPAs and porters.

A - An opaque black with 1 finger of frothy tan head that lasts and laces abundantly.

S - Abundant nose. Black bread malt, wood char, mountain wet grass meadow, and piney resin hops. No fruit.

T - Followed the smell and more char, coffee, and bitter and then clean to the finish. Charcoal, woodsy, pine, and sweet thick moist slabs of black bread, that ride into a long wood smoke and pine finale.

F - A good mouthful. Oily texture. Too much carbonation? Bitter finish, but a bit of a thick feel rather than super clean ending.

Overall - this smokey black IPA is great take on the style, but I've had better.

I welcome the others but not back to back.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nose roasted malt, cocoa, pine, faint citrus, smokiness, & coffee. Taste roasted malt, chocolate, slight coffee, earthy, & grassy, pine.

Photo of moundbz
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

starts as a porter, then comes to bitter with too much after taste.

Photo of puboflyons
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle packaged 12/3/14. Sampled on January 24, 2015.

Dark brown pour to near black with big tan colored head.

A dark barley malt, licorice, and molasses aroma with a decent grapefruit, grassy hop character. Not overpowering.

Medium body.

Good roasted malt flavor, some black licorice, and a modest hop bitterness to finish.

Photo of Catracho5
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Pitch black, tan head, looks like a stout.

A: Getting nothing but roasted malts on the nose, no hoppy fruity aromas.

T: A little hoppy flavors up front, very bitter, roasted malts, alcohol, was hoping for more hop aromas.

M: Medium mouthfeel, dry.

O: I was expecting more citrusy or piny hop aromas and flavors on this, wasn't there, more roasty than hoppy, still a good tasting beer. It's almost 6 weeks old so I am not sure if the hops have died off, but it's less than I expected.

Photo of Miket13
2.74/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Tastes more like a stout than an IPA.

Photo of Donkster46
2.92/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't bad, just didn't rate too high with me. Wookey Jack is much better by comparison.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

I like the Blindfold.....its not as bold as the Stone SSRA but its an lighter version. It pours a dark opaque with think ecru head that is leaving a nice lacing. The scent carries pine and some citrus like hops. The taste carries IPA flare with coffee/roast/peat base. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall....solid.

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Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.