1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Blindfold Black IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Blindfold Black IPABlindfold Black IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

376 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 376
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 6
Gots: 45 | 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: rab53 on 03-08-2014)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 376 | Reviews: 46 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by micromaniac129:
Photo of micromaniac129
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Blindfold pours a very dark brown with a tall thick voluptuous head. The head was beige in color and stiff enough to rise above my glass rim. Lots of retention and lots of lacing.
The aroma was equally as pleasing with citrusy and piney hops rising out of the just opened bottle. In the glass plenty of roasted malts, coffee and cocoa. I like the roasted malt smell, it really smells good.
The taste was a let down. I didn't get any hops in the taste. If there would of been half as much as in the nose I would have been satisfied. Malts are light and not as pronounce either. I got some roasted malts with subtle hints of coffee and cocoa.
It feels thick and smooth on the palate with a dry bitterness.
In general I like this beer. It looked fantastic and smelled great. Now all they need to do is work on the taste.

micromaniac129, Mar 15, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

OhioBobcat, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of Fcip78
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Blindfold is not a big in your face black ipa. It does not contain a huge ABV, no long alcohol finish, no acute hop twinge. What blindfold is a well crafted, well balanced ale. Plenty of roasted malt flavor, but the blend of summit and cascade hops really brings it all together. Really well done!

Fcip78, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Doomcifer
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Beerswag, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

GreenMountainBoy, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

briandaube, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5.8%

WVbeergeek, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

richkrull, May 06, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

acurtis, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +5.8%

InfernoBoss, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev -14%

mdaschaf, May 23, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 03/04/14

Appearance - Pours deep and near black with cola brown edging and a finger's worth of khaki colored head. Good retention, resulting in a thin a layer of surface suds. Small, spotty lacing with good stick.

Smell - Notes of coffee, light chocolate and some citrus hoppiness.

Taste - Roasted coffee malt base, but this thing is mostly hops. Big citrus notes that hit on orange and grapefruit pith, along with touches of pine. Ghostly notes of chocolate. Roasted depth isn't quite where I'd like it, but the juicy orange character in the finish is nice.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair, tingly carbonation. Goes down easy enough. Fairly dry finish.

Overall - Seems to have more hop character than the original "Beer Camp" variant, while still maintaining that nice roast malt base, and for me that's a plus. This is a beer I might consider buying a sixer of from time to time... if that day were to come.

TheSixthRing, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of BamfBacon
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

BamfBacon, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

PBRmeasap1980, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of champs86
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

champs86, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of RyanOooh
4/5  rDev +5.8%

RyanOooh, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +5.8%

cjgator3, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of AnPiobaire
4/5  rDev +5.8%

AnPiobaire, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of Fatehunter
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a big foamy head on a black body. The aroma is rich roasted malt with lemon coming in second. The taste starts with smooth roasted malt with moderate lemon bitterness. Nice balance. The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation. Really good..

Fatehunter, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of chim52chim
3.25/5  rDev -14%

chim52chim, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of PretzelCity
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

PretzelCity, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of ananddullabh
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

ananddullabh, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of trubeernick
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

trubeernick, Mar 22, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.