Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPASierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA
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Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPASierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blindfold blankets us in darkness yet maintains a surprisingly light body and bold, hoppy character. This black IPA emerged from our Beer Camp program and builds on Sierra Nevada’s legendary love of hops with roasted malts for depth and complexity. Like its namesake, Blindfold is a bit disorienting—the color of a stout and the intense, hop-forward flavors of a classic American IPA.

Added by DaltonC on 02-23-2014

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very nice BIPA, would definitely recommend.

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5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very good beer, will drink again.

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great in a tulip. Looks like a stout or a porter with it's blackness but tastes like an IPA, if only you could buy it in a sixer, at least I never seen it in a sixer.

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of TonyC
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh Sierra you have done it again! Another one I can't breakdown in a review because I absolutely love this offering. Black as pitch with a nice tan brown head, which leaves a great lace. Dark roasted chocolate malty goodness, with a wonderful citrusy finish. Perfect carbonation, easy and flavorful to drink, and slightly reminiscent of my favorite beer ever, Hop Rod Rye. I hope this becomes an everyday selection, as this beer ranks up there with Sierra Nevada's best.

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of nizzle8287
4.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a bit hard with a 1:1 beer:head ratio at around 45 degrees F. into a pint mug. Head dissipates so slow leaving huge, beautiful chunks of lacing all the way around. Dark brown with burgundy around the edges, sort of looks like a porter until the smell. Smells of cascade hops, west coast style, Sierra Nevada standard like a dark Torpedo scent in a way. Deep and dark molasses and hops hit the nose with a mixed dank mustiness. Medium bodied with carbonation that makes it seem fuller than it really is. Bitter. Quite dank and tasty but not very sweet west coast hops, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses on dark bread toast with butter! Lingering aftertaste sort of like campfire blackened marshmallow. As it warms, the charred chocolate campfire treats and signature cascade hop bitterness lingers ever more. If only all beers could taste this good. Trick I think with this one is to let the aromatics out with a rough pour at just below 50 degrees F. Kind of tones down the acidity while enhancing the natural flavor.

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4.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love the way the hops go with the roasted malt. This beer is a winner for me.

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4.81/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really, really tried to be critical and deduct points from this beer. I really did. Sierra Nevada is just too impressive. It's the most consistent brewery by far. All the beers they come out with are at least "good." Here goes:

A: Perfect. Pitch black - and I mean opaque!. Pours a massive head with a crapload of lacing. There's nothing I can deduct from this beer. Amazing.

S: S: Exquisite. A perfect balance of malt and hops; and I mean perfect. Initial smell is one of pine and some grapefruit and lemon (the pine predominates, however). Complementing this in equal robustness is a heavily-kilned malt backbone. Lots of chocolate and coffee. I'm literally crying in anticipation for how good this beer is going to taste - tears of joy are streaming down my face.

T: Can't get any better than this. I thought Stone's black ipa would be the best that I was ever going to have. But I was wrong - dead wrong. Tastes of pine, smatterings of grapefruit and lemon are quickly superseded by robust dark chocolate and coffee. However, it should be noted that the dark chocolate and coffee aren't bitter at all. In fact, they're rather smooth and sweet. The initial taste is one of robust hops (the IPA feel), and this is followed by intense stout malt. I'm in tears over how good this beer is.

F: Very smooth, thick and biting. Great. Smoothness of a stout but bitterness of an IPA. Perfect beer.

O: I am so glad I traded for this beer. Simply marvelous.

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

bought a single bottle for $1.75 @ market street just today:

a like a chocolate stout: Dark, nearly black, tan creamy head of nearly 3 fingers, settles to a thick film with ultra thick laciing ZERO clarity.

s nice but markedly diff than a standard IPA - not as sharp of a hoppy nose and a touch of sweetness

t here goes: STRONG, stone style bite of frutiy hops with a nice lingering aftertaste

m thick and creamy

d 6.8 - good buzz potential - but way to heavy to drink en masse. SAVOR THE FLAVOR

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.73/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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