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

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Brewed by:
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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3.78/5  rDev 0%
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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Blindfold - Beer Camp #73 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.78 out of 5 based on 150 ratings.
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