Blindfold - Beer Camp #73 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 145 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
3.13/5 rDev -15.9%
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!
03-17-2013 14:12:17 | More by barleywinefiend
3.43/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
04-13-2013 22:48:09 | More by TheSixthRing
3.48/5 rDev -6.5%
growldog fill thanks to the fine folks @ the copper mine pub
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
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
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
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
04-28-2013 04:30:10 | More by Ego
Blindfold - Beer Camp #73 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.