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Blindfold - Beer Camp #73 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Blindfold - Beer Camp #73
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BA SCORE
84
good

144 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 03-04-2013)
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Reviews by tectactoe:
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Tried a sip of my buddy's, decided I wanted my own pint so I went back and got one the next day. As expected, pours a deep black color with only a slight shade of dark brown at the top. The light khaki-colored head sits pretty at a few millimeters and leaves some crazy-good lace, ALL the way down the glass. Very, very nice looking beer.

Aroma is full of some ashy and peppery hops, slightly piney on the nose, too. The malts bring in a reasonable amount of cocoa powder and faint coffee beans. The roast is relatively low, and I'd be willing to say the hops are actually quite a bit stronger (in the aroma) than the malts. As time goes on, some citrus notes become more and more prevalent; grapefruit being the biggest. Light wood and a little more cocoa-roast on the tail.

I take a sip and I'm not really sure what to think. Black IPAs are something that always confuse my senses, every single time. Upfront, you'd think this was a juicy IPA - the citric hops are strong and howling instantly; white grapefruit, tangerines, all encrusted in a coating of light pepper. The hop flavors are not far behind with a mild abrasion of herbal leaves and lightly resinous pine needles. Bitterness starts out mellow and peaks halfway through - nothing quite tongue scraping, though.

After the hops settle just a bit, the malts spring forward and suddenly it feels more like you're drinking a porter, albeit one that's slightly more hopped up than usual. The roasted malts peek their head out and prove to be much stronger than they seemed in the aroma. Cocoa powder, very light coffee beans, and mild woody flavors bring up the finish with a mild, lingering bitterness from the hops. Medium bodied, almost sticky but not quite - more of a slick and oily mouth feel, medium carbonation.

I never really know what to expect when I get a black IPA. Despite being a somewhat specific style, they seem very sensitive to small changes - a few tweaks and small differences in the malt or hop bill could be the difference between a great beer or a bad beer. In this case, it kind of falls somewhere in the middle. This is a good beer; not a great one, but far from a bad one. There are better black ales out there, sure, but this is still a decent choice and I would recommend it at least once to fans of this new style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2013 01:27:21 | More by tectactoe
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with a minimal cream colored head. It let's a minimal amount of light through. The aroma is roasted barley quickly followed by hops. I get some roasted barley and the odd New Zealand hops hops in the flavor. The lingering bitterness slowly fades on your tongue. Excellent balance. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Not as hoppy as the typical black IPA, but something a bit different.

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3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured no head on a black body.
The aroma is rich roasted malt with lemon. Very aromatic and nice.
The taste is smooth roasted malt with moderate lemon bitterness. Nice balance.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Really good. Too bad it isn't a regular.

Serving type: on-tap

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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California

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Malibu Sundownder Tasting Room in Westlake Village, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A wispy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance between roasty and hop aspects.

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3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Whatever you call the style, "black" is the key, and black this beer is. It grows a very nice creamy but dense and even somewhat rocky tan head that makes it to over one finger tall and takes time to dissipate. It's got lots of stick to it, and manages a good amount of mostly patchy lace that branches out a bit too after dropping a nice ring at the top.
There's an interesting combination on the nose between a sweeter malt than is typical of the style, making the cocoa milkier than the usually bittersweet note, bitterness of pine and raw plant stem (woody), and bitter/citrus combo of grapefruit peel/zest.
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Blindfold - Beer Camp #73 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.