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Release Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by dmk91, Mar 23, 2013.

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  1. dmk91

    dmk91 Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2012 Virginia

    I was at a bar, and they had a special release Sierra Nevada Blindfold Blacl IPA. Was just wondering if anyone else had tried it and what they thought. The bartender said there were only 3 kegs in this whole region (SW Virginia). So I guess its a small release.
  2. emannths

    emannths Initiate (193) Sep 21, 2007 Massachusetts

  3. Broanoke

    Broanoke Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2013 Virginia

    Which bar? I live in that area.
  4. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (595) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    This is on tap at the Kegstand in Des Moines. Gonna have to try it soon.
  5. SanFranJake

    SanFranJake Initiate (0) Nov 2, 2012 California
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    They had it at Beer Revolution on Saturday.
    I had it after spending 3:30 hours at the Imperial Stout Fest next door (BA Narwhal, BA ten fidy and Cognac BA Bear Republic Baba Yaga were not to be missed), so I wasn't the best judge of...well much, but i think it was pretty solid.
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  6. smutty33

    smutty33 Defender (600) Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut
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    This was on here in Hamden,CT. a couple weeks ago.Tried a sample,very tasty.
    I believe it is from the Beer Camp series.

  7. MusicaleMike

    MusicaleMike Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 Pennsylvania

  8. RoninTK3

    RoninTK3 Aspirant (234) Nov 12, 2012 New Hampshire
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    Had this at Rhody Joes in Wakefield, RI last week. Thought it was a great black IPA.
  9. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,632) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    That must be normal allocation for some of the "lesser" areas throughout the country. 3 kegs was all that came into Morgantown as well (I was told), and in fact it might have been all that came into the state. We don't get very many limited release beers here in Morgantown, so there was a lot of interest in this beer (the bar that got all 3 kegs - Apothecary Alehouse - noted that it sold like hotcakes). I thought it was pretty tasty, and was very sorry when the bar ran through their allocation.
  10. montman

    montman Disciple (389) Mar 10, 2009 Virginia
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    I had a glass of Blindfold this past Friday at 80/20 burger bar in Norfolk, VA.
    Had never heard of it at the time, looked it up later.
  11. Lantern

    Lantern Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2011

    Thought it was decent, but not great. As much as I love IPAs, a lot of the black variety aren't that impressive.
  12. BT_Bobandy

    BT_Bobandy Defender (646) Feb 20, 2011 Ohio
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    It was good and worth a try. I wouldn't go out of my way for it though. I gave it a 4/5. True, many of the black IPA's don't do it for me, but I continue to try them when I can. I think its a style that is still evolving so I give them a shot.

    I also had it on tap at a bar. Limited release in OH as well.
  13. SenorHops

    SenorHops Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2010 Rhode Island

    The best Black IPA I've ever had was Sabbath Black Ale.
  14. jerkstore81

    jerkstore81 Initiate (0) Aug 25, 2010 Illinois

    I don't. I'm sure the OP knows he can check the reviews, but sometimes it's great to have an open discussion about a particular beer rather than reading someone's static review posted several years ago.
  15. creepinjeeper

    creepinjeeper Champion (840) Nov 8, 2012 Missouri
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    I thoroughly enjoyed 3 Floyds In The Name Of Suffering and Uintas Dubhe, so I will have to be on the look out for this. I can't imagine Sierra Nevada going wrong with this one.
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  16. dmk91

    dmk91 Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2012 Virginia

    Sharkeys in downtown Blacksburg
  17. DOTU

    DOTU Aspirant (232) Feb 11, 2011 California

    I had this at City Beer in SF last night and had to drink it quickly but didn't love it. I prefer the Black Racer and several other black IPAs.
  18. Herky21

    Herky21 Crusader (717) Aug 7, 2011 Iowa
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    that's where i tried it. Given the other Black IPAs on tap - Confluence Thomas Beck, Grainstorm, and Green Flash Odyssey - it isn't the best choice. Actually, it would be my last choice.
  19. GodlessWatermelon

    GodlessWatermelon Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2012 Maryland

    Really didn't care for this
  20. huysmans

    huysmans Disciple (351) Dec 5, 2007 New Jersey

    I had a sample at a local bar and it had almost no flavor. Sure, the sample was too cold, but the other things I sampled at the same time were also that cold and had much more aroma and flavor.
  21. ChazMania

    ChazMania Aspirant (277) Jun 13, 2006 California

    i had a pint on friday night at Sublime Alehouse in San Marcos and thought it was tasty.
  22. CoolEthan

    CoolEthan Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2013 California
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    The place I had it at listed it as a Black Ale not a Black IPA. I didn't pick up any hoppiness in it & overall thought it was pretty meh.
  23. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,020) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    I had a taster of it at my favorite local bar (ironically called The Local) and also thought it was pretty "meh" and proceeded to order a palate wrecker.
  24. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,020) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    Well it's a "Beer Camp" entry so (correct me if I'm wrong) the recipe was made by a homebrewer and Sierra Nevada used their facilities and distribution.
  25. zappafrank

    zappafrank Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2012 Ohio

    I had it. It was gross.

    Best. Review. Ever.
  26. zappafrank

    zappafrank Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2012 Ohio

    Sort of wrong. Beer Camp is a collection of people that are invited. Sometimes a group of beer enthusiasts, sometimes home brewers, sometimes specialty groups like all scientists. Basically they just help form a recipe with the SN brewers and then assist in making said beer.
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  27. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,020) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    Thanks for the clarification
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