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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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -46.2%

03-20-2013 00:10:20 | More by yourefragile
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rjcoy06

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

05-01-2013 10:24:19 | More by rjcoy06
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Emkehr

Connecticut

2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

05-23-2013 16:34:14 | More by Emkehr
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zappafrank

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

04-15-2013 15:29:30 | More by zappafrank
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.4%

04-24-2013 00:22:20 | More by ejimhof
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harrymel

Washington

3/5  rDev -19.4%

03-22-2013 02:30:45 | More by harrymel
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.4%

03-10-2013 18:35:12 | More by jenray
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Herky21

Iowa

3/5  rDev -19.4%

04-04-2013 14:36:03 | More by Herky21
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Techichi

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.4%

06-17-2013 19:41:28 | More by Techichi
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -19.4%

08-10-2013 22:06:24 | More by Rekrule
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -19.4%

03-16-2013 00:30:20 | More by Sludgeman
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DSkilling

California

3/5  rDev -19.4%

06-25-2013 07:05:43 | More by DSkilling
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep brown with a dirty white cap, fading leaving a dirty collar on the edge of the glass, some lacing present after a few moments and sips

S: Uggh. Faint pine needles, roastiness, and chocolate

T: Chocolate and roastinessupfront with a moderate hop bitterness which plays with the base malt bitterness, some pine needles in the background but this beer seems to be more about the malt base. Its somewhat creamy, Earthy at times.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, no major issues, plenty of roast n toast with cocoa covered pine needles

O: Not my favorite CDA but drinkable and not bad. Yes, I still call it a CDA!

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 14:12:17 | More by barleywinefiend
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oline73

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

03-20-2013 22:40:27 | More by oline73
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

03-21-2013 11:00:29 | More by Thorpe429
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

08-09-2013 03:08:59 | More by JTomczak
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wembly13

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

04-10-2013 15:37:18 | More by wembly13
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

04-22-2013 22:49:08 | More by thinwhiteduke
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

04-25-2013 16:55:20 | More by GraduatedCashew
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CreightonSM

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

04-13-2013 23:21:29 | More by CreightonSM
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TheSixthRing

California

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Final Gravity in Roseville, CA

Appearance - Pours a deep, near black ruby red hue, served to me with a light tan, half finger head. Fair retention, leaving a thin layer of microbubbles to coat the surface. Lacing is spotty with fair stick.

Smell - Strong coffee notes, moderate cocoa. Hop aroma is subdued, but hits on light grass and citrus character.

Taste - Follows the nose. Coffee and cocoa base, while the hops take a backseat. Cocoa notes own mid-taste and into the finish. Hops are there, but hard to distinguish; briefly touches on citrus, pine and a faint bit of grass.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. A touch of chalky grit. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - I was clamoring for a Black IPA with a solid roast malt base, but not at the sacrifice of a strong hop punch. Unfortunately that's the case here. Hops come across weak and nearly washed out. I have no idea the date of the keg, but if this was anywhere near fresh, then they need to go back to the drawing board with this one. It was a nice tasting beer, but nowhere close to where a black IPA should be. My search for the ideal Black IPA continues.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2013 22:48:09 | More by TheSixthRing
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Ego

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

growldog fill thanks to the fine folks @ the copper mine pub

eyes...
mostly black with some amber around the edges where light is trying to budge its way in, one full finger of off whiteish foam, great lacing on this one (perfect tidal blankets o bubbles caress the inner thighs of the glass as the brew shifts about from desk to mouth, columns of bubbles uniformly stream upwards as if anchored to specific points on the bottom of the black sea, the head sticks around for some chat and I am all ears

nose...
mild mannered hop with some roasted malt tone under shirt, slightly pine cone in family relations, everything is in place and sort of there, nothing bad, nothing making me take too much notice either, kind of good

taste etc...
definitely thicker than most PAs, smooth delivery with some prickly carbonation, dark roasty coffee notes that are soft and balanced out by bitters, and all this sort of sits around your mouth, the initial take is really fulfilling but then it definitely wants you to draw another sip, warming is apparent after a few sips, the hops sort of magnify after a bit making this not quite as balanced as I might like, good drinking and some good flavors .... with good balance

verdict?
a good beer, pretty solid in all categories but nothing that made me think 'wow'. worth checking out if you see it though as it does kind of carve out its own niche

Serving type: growler

04-28-2013 04:30:10 | More by Ego
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Danielr26

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

07-05-2013 21:38:03 | More by Danielr26
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-11-2013 12:29:17 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

04-01-2013 12:11:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Blindfold - Beer Camp #73 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.