Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPASierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,414
Reviews:
227
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.13%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
259
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,414 |  Reviews: 227
Photo of Kelly_James_Tellez
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Golfer3Aces
4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
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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Photo of 31Sam13
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TimWakimika
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Goatdavemac
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SanFranJake
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vincentmass
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrcraft
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beejay
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown/black in the glass, with a large tan head on top.

S: Dark chocolate malt aroma, coffee, and earthy hops.

T: Coffee and chocolate. The hops are somewhat subdued in the forefront, but there is a nice lingering earthy bitterness in the finish. Not as bitter as I would have thought, although what is there is subtle and smooth.

M: Medium in body, with medium low carbonation.

O: Overall a very nice beer, although I think the bitterness is a little low for the style.. Still smooth and enjoyable.

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Photo of Kettle1
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattSharpless
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harvest06
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black, off white head. Good lacing.
S: Citrus and pine followed by chocolate and coffee.
T: Starts with some citrus and pine hops, middle is chocolate and coffee with a nice dry bitter finish.
M: Light to medium body. Good medium carbenation.
O: Exactly what I look for in a black IPA. Well balanced, light to medium body with stout and IPA characteristics.

Btw this ale has two other entries, one discontinued and another from the original beer camp...

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Photo of Nctide
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samsbinky
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of obrike
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This one grows on me. Very subtle black IPA, but extremely smooth. That's the best part. Certainly a good entry level brew for the style. SN once again puts out a winner.

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Photo of Lane_in_ID
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ruckus232
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KingBiscuit
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not getting much IPA here, much more a stout IMO. Maybe it's out of date.

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Photo of ajb3333
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of -Rick
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,414 ratings.
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