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

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Blindfold - Beer Camp #73
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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: BEERchitect on 03-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 146 | Reviews: 25
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3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Darker brown but light goes fully through. Thicker head. Good lacing too.

S-Lacks the hoppiness I desire. Would easily guess this to be a Porter. Sturdy roast and chocolate. Light pine hops.

T-Again, the hops are too dull. They are detectable but have no personality nor are they intense.

M-Medium bodied. Almost feels thin during some sips. Hints of booze.

O/D-Not hoppy enough. This beer needs more veggies.

Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of MikeCactusGordon
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
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!

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Of all places, I had this on tap at the Apothecary Alehouse in Morgantown the other day (SN brought in a couple of kegs apparently, for a SN and DFH promotion event).

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is very attractive and impressive in this beer, as I get some skunky week, dark chocolate, licorise and dry citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this beer, and there was some nice roasty bitterness in the finish that seemed to compliment the dark chocolate and licorise flavors. Mouthfeel was medium bodied at most, and the beer was just a tad on the thin side. However, I thought that went well with the style, and as it turns out, drinkability was quite good (went for a second pint in fact).

Very glad I got to try this one. I missed the promotion on Tuesday (was at AA on a Friday), but fortunately the Alehouse got a second keg (Grace, the co-owner, noted that the first keg kicked very quickly, and that they were already almost out of the second keg), so was not sure I'd get the chance.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of flexabull
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by a friend.

Pours a deep and dark black color with a nice tan colored head.

Aromas are a bit muted, but pleasant. Light cocoa and chocolate, with hints of pine.

Taste is like the aroma, but bumped up a bit. Really earthy up front, nutty, with some dark toasted malts. There is a background of sweetness, slightly creamy, with some milk chocolate and cocoa notes. Finish is dry, with a pine resin and earthy hop bite. Almost tastes more like a hoppy porter instead of a Black IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth, soft, and a touch light. Good for the style.

Overall, a solid and interesting beer. Not quite what I expected, the hoppiness is a bit restrained, and more balanced and subtle. Nice brew, drinkable and enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra's field research team continues to demonstrate leadership, excitement, and experimentation with their Beer Camp series of beers. Showing that they are more than just the company the makes the benchmark Pale Ale, but rather dip their toes into the newfangled, homebrew-inspired Black IPA fold.

Looking nothing like a pale ale, Blindfold shares more aesthetic value with porters. Dark brown and nearly opaque, the beer casts garnet highlights through its dark hue. A medium stature, sandy-tan foam slowly releases from the beer and caps the beer with a creamy head. Strong longevity and spotty lace keeps the beer looking bold and masculine throughout the session.

Mild aromas aren't as pronounced as that of typical IPA, but come to life with porter-ish ground coffee, wood, and cocoa. Hop notes of pine needles and white grapefruit peels wrap around the dry malt scent and keep the nose balanced. Clean otherwise, the beer has a dedicated scent that's all about faint roast and sharp citrus.

Its malty early palate is a creamy porter-like taste that starts with terse chocolate and toffee sweetness. But the sweet taste is quickly evading as the dry toasty malts, campfire wood, and a dash of cocoa prefers a drier middle palate. This is where the malts are met with sharp and zesty American hop taste of white grapefruit, citrus peel, and pine. Its the pine taste that turns to resinous bitterness that grows from the middle and extends greatly into the finish for a decidedly IPA balance to close its flavor profile.

Early creaminess is quickly shun to prefer dry textures, just as the ale does in taste. Soon after the ample carbonation recedes, the citrus acidity and mild char dries the mouth and ushers in high rate of drinkability. Light astringency seems coffee-like and offers a mild pang in the beer's otherwise clean finish.

Call it a Cascadian Ale, Black IPA, or American Black Ale- but regardless of its proclamation, the beer shows off the pride of its origins with roasted character that seems to amplify bitterness and dryness with the complement that only IPA's can provide.

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