Blindfold - Beer Camp #73 | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BEERchitect on 03-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Malibu Sundownder Tasting Room in Westlake Village, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A wispy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance between roasty and hop aspects.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra's field research team continues to demonstrate leadership, excitement, and experimentation with their Beer Camp series of beers. Showing that they are more than just the company the makes the benchmark Pale Ale, but rather dip their toes into the newfangled, homebrew-inspired Black IPA fold.

Looking nothing like a pale ale, Blindfold shares more aesthetic value with porters. Dark brown and nearly opaque, the beer casts garnet highlights through its dark hue. A medium stature, sandy-tan foam slowly releases from the beer and caps the beer with a creamy head. Strong longevity and spotty lace keeps the beer looking bold and masculine throughout the session.

Mild aromas aren't as pronounced as that of typical IPA, but come to life with porter-ish ground coffee, wood, and cocoa. Hop notes of pine needles and white grapefruit peels wrap around the dry malt scent and keep the nose balanced. Clean otherwise, the beer has a dedicated scent that's all about faint roast and sharp citrus.

Its malty early palate is a creamy porter-like taste that starts with terse chocolate and toffee sweetness. But the sweet taste is quickly evading as the dry toasty malts, campfire wood, and a dash of cocoa prefers a drier middle palate. This is where the malts are met with sharp and zesty American hop taste of white grapefruit, citrus peel, and pine. Its the pine taste that turns to resinous bitterness that grows from the middle and extends greatly into the finish for a decidedly IPA balance to close its flavor profile.

Early creaminess is quickly shun to prefer dry textures, just as the ale does in taste. Soon after the ample carbonation recedes, the citrus acidity and mild char dries the mouth and ushers in high rate of drinkability. Light astringency seems coffee-like and offers a mild pang in the beer's otherwise clean finish.

Call it a Cascadian Ale, Black IPA, or American Black Ale- but regardless of its proclamation, the beer shows off the pride of its origins with roasted character that seems to amplify bitterness and dryness with the complement that only IPA's can provide.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft in a footed tulip glass.
Jet black body, long lasting khaki tinged foam that deposits sheets of dripping lace in the glass. Good head retention also. After a few sips the skim eventually breaks.

Smells like chocolate milk and pine needles.

Dry earthy hop bitterness, pine sap, dry roast malt, and dry pretzels. Vague notes of dry bakers chocolate. Smooth and clean, lingering bitterness in the dry finish. It's a good Black IPA, especially if your preference leans toward the dry and bitter end of the spectrum.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass at Jake's Billiards today,the color was pretty much opaque with a thinner but well sustained tan colored head.Chocolate and earthy notes in the nose,some sweetness from the alcohol crept in as well.Earthy and piney hops over top of bitter chcolate and a tinge of licorice,the alcohol sweetness is there but not overly big.Not real complex but there are some nice flavors going on.A nice find on tap here in G-boro.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler. Pours black with a couple fingers of rich and foamy mocha head. This stays robust and frothy, slathering the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma smells floral, piney and a little dank, with fresh citrus flavors and a touch of leafy spice. An underlying mix of roast, chocolate and caramel all rise up, mixing in with the hop flavors to give the nose a rich smoky twang. The taste has a crisp green bitterness to that spreads leafy citrus and pine out across the tongue, leaving this bitter, spicy and resinous on the finish. A sticky and burnt mix of roast, chocolate and caramel malts stays on the sides of the profile, doing a good job of balancing the hops and even leaving a little char behind as well in the backend. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky smooth creaminess that also harbors a bit of crispness down the center of it where those hops lay. Alcohol is well hid. I love when these Beer Camp efforts randomly show up in our area and this was a nice one, being a Black IPA of rich depth (there is a clear separation here between malt and hops yet they still balance and complement each other nicely) and a super easy drinkability for a bigger IPA. I maybe have to go back for another growler of this…

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Great Lost Bear Portland.
Comes to the table a solid dark brown/black color with a decent sized tan head that dissipates slowly leaving a fair amount of sticky lace on the sides. Smells of pine resin and a hint of green onion backed up by a bit of caramel and coffee. The flavor is lightly roasty with a fair amount of malty sweetness. Earthy spicy resinous hop flavor does a great job providing balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a resinous, almost chalky mouthfeel. Great tasting beer, but strikes me as a bit more of a hoppy porter. I'd drink more of it given the chance.

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3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a shaker pint glass at Bigby's Pour House.

Gettin' a li'l bit kinky up in here... Anyway, this stuff pours a very dark black-sienna topped by a finger of pale khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, grapefruit rind, light coffee, and very light pine resin. The taste brings in more of the same, with some extra pine and grapefruit, allowing the hops to take a slight edge over the malts on the tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a pretty nice black IPA, one that maintains a healthy balance throughout.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Blindfold - Beer Camp #73 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 151 ratings