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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Photo of schickp1
1.08/5  rDev -71.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.7%

Photo of Bmftbl8
1.75/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not a very good black IPA. Not much carbonation or flavors. Taste like black coffee. Wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of NCMatt
1.94/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I didn't really know what to expect from a "Black IPA". I've had a few different black beers before, and i've had many different IPA's. Never together, and now I know why. Best way I can describe this is burnt citrus. Unappetizing for me. Literally one of the only beers I've not been able to finish and found it's way down the drain. I'm glad it was just part of the 4-way IPA variety pack I bought and not a 6 pack of just this!

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2.12/5  rDev -44.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of JIMTRK16
2.56/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not very good. Bitterness is flat. Mouth feel is thin and somewhat slippery. Looks substantial but taste and complexity is not satisfying.

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Photo of Acforster2
2.56/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I did not like this beer. It looks good and smells alright. But tasted mildly bitter, malty and ashy. I am a big fan of Sierra Nevada. Maybe black ales are not for me.

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Photo of travolta
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Jet black, but a beautiful ruby when held up to the light. A thickish tan/brown head that has very good retention and lacing.

Nose: Some molasses and coffee,

Taste: Very crisply carbonated, tastes like a stout. Bitter and metallic. Very crisp.

Notes: This is more of a bad stout than it is a BIPA

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Photo of q33jeff
2.65/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Appearance, big white head over dark black beer. Very nice looking pour.
Aroma: woody, oak,pine.
Taste: tar, formaldehyde, grains, veggie, . Bite at the end. Thought it would soften throughout,but it has not. Feel: medium carbonation, well below par.

This is the worst of the Sierra Nevada ipa’s so far, even though i am a fan of black ipa’s in general.

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Photo of Miket13
2.74/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Tastes more like a stout than an IPA.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.74/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby red color. The head is about, um, 352 fingers high, and has a khaki shade. The texture is rather soapy, and the retention is rather inconsistent (usually the sign of a well-hopped beer). Some streaks of lacing are left behind.

S: There are some nice hops here - primarily herbaceous and piny in that typical SN fashion - but similar to the Snow Wit I had before this, its hop profile is rather restrained. But that's okay, the rest of the aroma is restrained as well. Wait...anyways, I'm only getting touches of brown sugar, touches of dark fruit, touches of chocolate, and that's it. I'm really let down by the aroma's lacking oomph.

T: It follows the nose well. The predominant flavor is hop bitterness - not much flavor, just bitterness. I'm getting some light caramel, brown sugar, and MAYBE a few espresso notes around the middle and back end, but nothing impressive. All in all though, this one is too bland and too generically bitter.

M: At the very least, this beer's lightness on the palate is laudable. It's somewhat dry finishing, too, so there is a bit of danger to drinking this quick. If only it weren't so bland...

O: Totally disappointing. SN's standard porter is far more enjoyable. Thankfully, I have three more opportunities to give this another chance - this wasn't so horrible that I never want to drink it again. I'm just not that enthused by such a prospect. This is honestly my least favorite SN offering to date.

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of David19457
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not a fan of the dark Ipas

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Photo of BB1313
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Bottled on 2/14/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a light fluffy khaki head that fades slowly and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are loaded with malts. The hop aromas are basically non-existent. Subtle hints of coffee. Ultimately, the nose is very weak. The flavors aren't overly impressive to me either. Lots of earthy hop bitterness with no hop flavor at all. Very grainy. Lots of grass. Slightly roasty. Some smoke. More cocoa malts. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Some pine needles in the mix. Finishes pretty dry. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's pretty smooth and creamy. Easy to drink.

I'm not really feeling this one at all. It's just not an interesting take on the style to me. I'd love to see Sierra Nevada brew their Juniper Black Ale again..

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of cyoung35
2.82/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An over hopped, dry, dark beer with a bitterness that lingers. Very roasty on the palate and nose with a light body. Drink it with your mouth hole

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2.92/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't bad, just didn't rate too high with me. Wookey Jack is much better by comparison.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.94/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with a big creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts and a little bandaid.

The flavor is acidic roasted bitter chocolate malts with some residual sweetness and sprucey hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK black IPA with lots of bitterness but it's very acidic and not well balanced.

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Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,420 ratings