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

Photo of DavidST
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Dark brown malt that almost opaque in the glass. A thin head and mild carbonation.
S-The deep dark rich barley and other malts are apparent, slight alcohol note and very soft hop aroma.
T-The dark malt provides a medium body; biscuit character, coffee flavors and a slight nut taste. Hop character comes up short and it tastes more like a light porter.
M-Smooth and creamy, fairly dry and mildly bitter.
O-Hop presence is so mild that it's hard to consider this an actual Black IPA, but it does not mean it is an enjoyable drinking experience. It should be reformulated so there more actual hop character in this beer.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A slightly rough pour gave me 2 fingers of light rocky mocha colored foam with a few larger bubbles, body appears to be a burnt sienna brown but shows a very deep dark almost translucent garnet when held to the light, slight carb in the body,

Smell - roasted malt, dark chocolate, molasses, ripe ruby red grapefruit, whiff of black licorice.

Taste - Roasted malts right off the bat, also notes of barely sweetened black coffee and bakers chocolate, the hops fight to the surface and appear more as sharp herbal notes and some brown grass, longer into the finish I get a bit of citrus pith but then astringent black coffee, dried basil and a hint of licorice dominate the finish. Oh, and there's some dried cracked peach pit in there too.

Mouthfeel - Weight is nearly medium, carb is medium and smooth at first but then provides a little scrub with some edges at the sides and back of the tongue. There is some dryness, bitterness and astringency at the end that may cause you to hesitate just a bit between sips.

Overall - This is a good black ipa. I've had worse, but I've had much better. I prefer my black ipa's to be stronger/imperial, i/e Dubhe, Self Righteous and Dark Penance. I'm glad I tried this in the ipa sampler from SN, but I would not seek this one out on it's own.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my SN balloon glass
Notes taken from 01/29/2015

A: Pours a dark brown coffee color with some reddish hues to it. Especially as the body thins out towards the edges. Not quite into the black but plenty dark with some impermeability to the light. Heady with some dark khaki suds layered over top. Mildly sticky as only a few dots and streaks get left behind.

S: Smells real piney at first with some soft citrus and herbal undertones. A drift of mild roast character moves forth from there evoking a bit of coffee and nutty chocolates. Not super aromatic but some good hop notes there and with a clean balance to it overall.

T: Taste confirms the nose as a flourish of piney hops develops up front along with a few citrus and herb notes laced in between. Builds up to that roasty malt coffee presence and a hint of mild chocolate mixed in there. Some light brown sugar sweetness. Not all that dark our ashy if you will which is nice. Avoids becoming to acrid which many of these hoppy black ales do. There is a mild amount of actual hop bitterness to this which attributes to the overall balance. Smooth and clean with the alcohol totally masked throughout.

M: Moderate filling body. Nice even level of carb keeps things lighter on the palate. Touch of bitters with the accompanying linger. Dry at the finish and mostly clean overall.

D: Sierra Nevada confirms my beliefs. That they could deliver on the epitomic Cascadian Dark Ale. Both hoppy and roasty without one component mucking up the other. Not really any type of game changer but damn well-crafted and done in great balance. One of the better options in the category I would say.

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Photo of fitz284
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Warren2621
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Muggins25
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brocko567
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DrCitrus
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of innominat
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown, verging to black without light on it. The head is a light tan, with good retention and leaving nice big sticky lacing. The aroma is a little light, more roast malt than floral hops. The taste has a little more balance but still leans to the rich roasted malt than the hops. The body is lighter, as advertised, easy drinking and smooth. This is a tasty beer, but is really closer to a lighter, hopped porter than a Black IPA.
The bottle says packaged on 3/4/15, so I wonder if that is the problem.

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

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

Photo of Zaktcc
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Given the style of beer, the color didn't come as much of a surprise. Pours a solid black color with a good two finger head. Great head retention.

S - A mix of aromas appeasing to the nose. Most dominate aroma is that of roasted malt. Hints of coffee grounds present as well.

T - On par with the scent. Fairly straightforward flavorings of roasted malt, vague hints of coffee

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Very dry finish as to be expected. Great feel, though I am personally biased towards dryer beers.

O - Great beer from SN and a fan of the style. Taste was good but I feel as though something was missing which could've enhanced it more. Very enjoyable, dry beer,

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Photo of BellsFan
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PatrickCT
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a tulip.

a: Brownish black body. Opaque. Slight ruby color around the bottom when held to the light. Deep beige two finger head, very light with nice sticky lacing.

s: Roasted malt. Hints of coffee and molasses and pumpernickel followed by floral and citrusy hops.

t: Thin roasted malt. Hints of chocolate and weak coffee. A citrus then dry, peppery hop finish.

mf: Surprisingly light and juicy once the beer warms yet with a slight caramel stickiness. Nice even finish with no after taste.

o: If Founder's Dark Penance is a weightlifter then Blindfold is a cross trainer. Malty and hoppy yet ballanced and drinkable. The style in general is a bit confusing for me. My eyes tell me one thing and my taste buds tell me something else as far as identifying it as a style. However I like the exercise of picking it apart and my enthusiasm for galaxy hops makes this go down easy.

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Photo of tharper178
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bp123
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with no penetration to light. A massive inch thick frothy beige head rests on top. Light Brussels lacing. Aroma of faint piney hops and dark malt. The flavor is a nice pairing of piney hops and dark malt. The mouth is a bit thick and slightly sticky.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really love it. I need to taste others of the style to compare. It'll be bad if I like them too. I'm beer poor now!

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Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,416 ratings
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