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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

146 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 146
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

JHendu, May 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

joek440, May 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

ZEB89, May 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

halo913, May 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

st9647v3, May 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

NYR_Rob, May 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

ystazi, May 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

spycow, May 03, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

rjcoy06, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Chrixsus, Apr 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

mzeld, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
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.

tectactoe, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours an opaque dark brown, with an off white head. After each sip the glass gets coated in lace.

SMELL: Dark roast coffee, cocoa powder, and just a touch of flowery hops make up a pretty solid aroma.

TASTE: Roasted malts and piney/citrusy hops upfront. Strong bitterness, but balanced nicely with malts giving off a chocolate flavor. Reminds me of a hopped up porter. Fits nicely into the American Black Ale bracket, but also is a passable American porter with all of the roasted, coffee like flavors.

FEEL: Medium to full bodied, smooth and medium carbonation level.

OVERALL: A tasty dark American beer with lots of hops. The flavors are well integrated, this is a good beer.

Stinkypuss, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Ego
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

Ego, Apr 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

jimm5626, Apr 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Jameswoody, Apr 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

GraduatedCashew, Apr 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Eric908, Apr 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

DrFunkenstein, Apr 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

ejimhof, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass at Jake's Billiards today,the color was pretty much opaque with a thinner but well sustained tan colored head.Chocolate and earthy notes in the nose,some sweetness from the alcohol crept in as well.Earthy and piney hops over top of bitter chcolate and a tinge of licorice,the alcohol sweetness is there but not overly big.Not real complex but there are some nice flavors going on.A nice find on tap here in G-boro.

oberon, Apr 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

hsus0225, Apr 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

thinwhiteduke, Apr 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Tom-Peters, Apr 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

July2Nov, Apr 22, 2013
Blindfold - Beer Camp #73 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.