Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPASierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA
BA SCORE
3.82/5
1,415 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#12,348
Reviews:
228
Ratings:
1,415
pDev:
10.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
260
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,415 |  Reviews: 228
Photo of Briken
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craigbelly
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBorsato
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mxsluis
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Masonpp85
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerfan41506
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shanty76
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Libeertarian
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark with wine hues in the light. Tannish brown chunky foamy head that retains and laces very well. Aromatically it's pine, perfume, pepper, paint, dankness, roastiness, alcohol. Palate-wise, it's molasses-like roastiness, light smoke, strong black coffee, tobacco, tartness, cereal, coniferous sap, leather, vegetal and soapy bitterness, strong peppercorn in both finish and retro-olfaction. Hops in this are amazing. Medium-bodied, somewhat viscuous and chewy, with fine gentle prickles. Quite astringent with lingering bitter, smokey, and even meaty aftereffects.

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Photo of firkingroovin
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Schmaus
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thunderballroom
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nuebs
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HannahMarieGrey
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark in color. Surprisingly hoppy and dry on the finish with an espresso taste

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of terrysjag
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NilocRellim
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown almost black. Malty roasty chocolate nose. Hoppy with a roasty bitter body and underlying sweet malt. A bit dry.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A : A coffee black body with dark chocolate accents when held up to the light. The head is beige, enormous @ 3 fingers, and leaves generous lacing in flecks and spots as it recedes.

S : Maybe I should have poured this in a snifter because i'm not nosing much at all here. Some charred and roasted malts, coffee, with some faint grassy hop behind it. The volume is weak and takes a lot of effort to get a sample.

T : Lots of hop action right out front with pine and oils, and then it takes on a dark twist with fresh road tar (that taste in your mouth you get when you're smelling it as you drive by), toffee, molasses, and finally a pinch of ground coffee. The coffee and roasted flavors remain resting on the tongue at the finish. This is definitely more hop heavy than "black".

F : The carbonation is intense and electric, and behind it is a sappy dry body that when paired with the coffee and molasses develops a tarry and sticky finish.

O : It's solid but way too in-your-face. It's totally on par for what a black IPA should be, but I personally prefer Zipline's offering.

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Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chicksdiggit
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured center from 12oz bottle into a snifter. Dark brown with 2 and a half fingers of pale mocha colored head of fine to moderate sized bubbles. Thick retention and thick soapy lacing. Carbonation is contained to the center of the glass.

S: green vegetal hop aroma up front with some dank notes.

T: green vegetal notes up front and that's about the story. Lime citrus hop finish.

F: Zippy tongue but light and easy to drink.

O: Hoppier than bitter which I always appreciate. Still, not my favorite style of brew.

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Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewskifan55
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a smifter. Thanks, Alan.

A: Opaque dark brown with a tan one finger head that lingered.

S: An interesting mix here. Piney hops over dark chocolate and biscuity malts. Some coffee and nuttiness, too.

T: The mix continues. Pine dances lightly over chocolate-y malts with a nuttiness in the background. Not bad, but not an over the top Black IPA.

M: Medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: Decent, sippable, but not outstanding. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of vipera
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,415 ratings
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