Blindfold Black IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Blindfold Black IPABlindfold Black IPA

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 9
Gots: 97 | 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: 541 | Reviews: 71
Reviews by philbe311:
Photo of philbe311
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A – An active cascading pour yields two full fingers worth of crisp airy khaki colored head comprised of several big chunky bubbles with a slightly rocky top… Excellent retention… Once this one starts to recede partway through the session, the froth turns richer and creamier... The color is a deep rich brown that allows just a bit of light to leak in around the edges… Mostly still with just a stray carbonation bubble here and there… A bunch of carbonation clings to the sides of the glass… Gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass…

S – The nose is quite subtle… It’s a near equal mix of very lightly roasted malts and slightly pungent hoppiness… The hops take on a mix of earthy and piney… A bit of sweet milk chocolate… Some very faint coffee notes… Perhaps some light graham cracker notes as well…

T – Exactly as the nose would lead you to believe… Mostly comprised of roasted malts and hops with neither dominating… The hops start faint, crescendo in the middle and the quickly retreat… Some faint coffee and chocolate notes on the finish…

M – Medium bodied… Limited carbonation… Lush with a subtle creaminess to start… Smooth throughout… Even and consistent…

D – This one drinks more like an American Porter… That’s not a bad thing, just an observation… It’s what I’ve come to expect from most Sierra Nevada offerings… Solidly above average and not much more… A decent beer worth exploring, but not something I would revisit with regularity given the increasing number of quality American Black Ales readily available in the market place…

More User Reviews:
Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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!

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 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 TheSixthRing
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
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..

Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crimson hued mahogany with a thumb of tan head. Stellar head retention & lacing

S: Roastyness, a little bit of orange peel

T: Roasty, a bit of pine , grapefruit & charred grain up front. More pineyness & roastyness, plus a touch of minty & grapefruitty hops as this warms, a bit of astringency & chocolate. Finishes slightly chocolately with charred grain & pine, slightly dry

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, nicely balanced

My favorite of the 4 in this twelve pack, great example the style done right

Photo of morimech
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Darker shade of brown with a large tan head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

IPA levels of American hops are featured in the aroma. Tropical fruit and hints of citrus. Not getting anything from the malt.

I do not taste the black in this "black IPA". Has some really nice hop flavors of fruit and citrus. Not much sweetness is present to counter the bitterness.

Superb mouthfeel. The dark malt finally makes an impact. Medium body with a soft, slightly oily texture paired with medium-low carbonation. Well done.

Does not have the dark malt flavor that I look for in these beers. Still some really nice hop flavors and excellent mouthfeel.

Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 5/9

Pours dark black, white foam starts at 1/4 inch and settles with lacing. Chocolate malty nose, some pine. Rich malt open flavor that eases into a subtle pine mint taste. Notes of earthy coffee and dark chocolate. Oily hoppy close. Real good black IPA, balanced and chewy.

Photo of Mongrel
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Very dark brown, almost black, with good, frothy light tan head and correspondent lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, caramel and pine on the nose.

T - Bitter, roasty tobacco and chocolate notes at first, almost like a porter. This gives way to some pine and a murky melange of fruit including prune, tangerine and lime. A little espresso emerges too as the beer warms. Odd combinations, but they work for a hopped up porter sort of effect.

Medium body that's just about right, a little chalky, nothing special. Lasting roasty, almost charred finish with lime.

Overall, this one's a bit reminiscent of Avery's New World Porter. Like a porter meets a piney, Cascadian IPA. The odd combo of roastiness and hop bitterness can be jarring at first, but this one evens out just fine. A good beer with an impressively long finish /aftertaste.

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 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 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 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 n2185
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours black with two fingers of light tan head that fades into a nice cap with good lacing.

S: Roasted malts with semi-sweet chocolate dominate followed by some more subtle notes of resinous pine and char.

T: Roasted malts and bitter chocolate dominate here with burnt char and bitter pine flavors. The finish is roasted and quite bitter.

M: Medium body with slightly creamy-feeling carbonation, this beer has a nicely drinkable feel.

O: A solid beer, overall, though quite bitter. I'd like a bit more depth and less bitterness.

Photo of Spikester
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a three fingered tan head that lasts a good while and leaves rings of foamy lace. Smell is dark roasted malts coffee some cocoa nibs.
Taste is very bold with the malts and some hop bitterness in the middle. Mostly tastes like the smell. The hops are pretty well hidden by the coffee cocoa and roasted malts. Then again this beer was released quite a while ago and the hops may have just faded enough for it to resemble a really bold Porter. Mouthfeel medium to full and has a long bitter finish.
Overall a tasty beer.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ebony color with a rocky sandstone head that leaves good sized chunks of lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and a bit of citric hops.

Tastes of deep roasted malts with a more subdued hop presence. Roasted malts lead off with coffee and chocolate with a bit of brown sugar sweetness. A touch of tobacco comes in and then hops make their presence felt. Pine and citrus hops are most noticeable with a bit of floral notes. Roasted bitterness punctuates the end.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good Black IPA, but it leans more towards the malty side and the hops are more complementary.

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 JohnGalt1
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


12oz bottle picked up tonight at Brewer's Haven... Pours with a 2 finger dark tan head... great lacing... the brew is black as any porter.

Nose shows dark chocolate... dry roasty malt... piney/pithy citrus hoppiness.

Dry roasted malt... a bit ashy IMO... sorta astringent and doesn't exactly jive with the big "C" hops.

Body and carbonation are about expected... Okay, but not in my top tier of Black IPA's.


Photo of matjack85
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this single 12oz brown bottle at the Jewel-Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a very dark brown color, but only produced a ½-finger of tan head that lasted a little over a minute. Lacing was decent.

The beer was more fruity smelling than anything else with a touch of roasted malt underneath.

This is really hoppy stuff. Big doses of pine and citrus hops dominate the bready malt and coffee flavors that are underneath.

Light bodied and very smooth despite the high carbonation.

It's an IPA, so it's supposed to be hoppy, but the dark color makes you think it would be sweet and malty as well, but it isn't. If you think you'd like a slightly coffee flavored. bitter, hoppy beer, then you'll like this. I did.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- black color, thin but nice tan head

Smell- hops, roasted malt

Taste- roasted malt, some hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Very good! They did a great job with this one. Very smooth! I would love to and will have this one again!

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear amber/brown when pouring. Black in the glass with a one finger off white head.

S-Good deal of roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate good deal of earthy hops.

T-Starts with a nice roasted malt note with slight coffee and some chocolate. End with decent bitterness and a slight earthy hop note.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and creamy.

O-A well made black IPA, easily the best of the new beers from the pack.

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 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."

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Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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