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Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA

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RATINGS: 523   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Blindfold Black IPA features a blend of hop varieties whose bright, fruity aroma complements the coffee-like flavors of dark roasted malts. 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (10780) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle - Dark roast and pine. Jet black with a rich light brown head. Sweet roast with some piney hop. Decent.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JulienHuxley (5463) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle shared with thin white foam. Aroma is malty, light molasses. Taste is roasty, light toast, molasses,not very hoppy actually, light piney bitterness. Palate is light bodied with med-light carbonation. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (16017) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle split in the hotel lobby, RBWG ’16, 03 02/16. Extremely dark mahogany brown topped with a decent khaki head. Nose is dusty hop, straw, light charr, earthy notes, disappointingly thin. Taste comprises light pine, earthy roast, liquorice, charr, cocoa rub, red berry linger. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close doused with earthy hop bitterness. Ok CDA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6425) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottled, dark brown with cream head, earthy and burnt , has some hoppiness, smooth body and finish

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steven_B (101) - East Kilbride, SCOTLAND - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a large cream coloured frothy head. Aroma is slightly burnt malts with coffee and an earthiness to it. Smooth on the taste with a flavour of malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. Dry and bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (6565) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2015

Appearance: Black color with a fine tan head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Quite roasted, a bit tropical fruity, coffee and citric hoppy. Ok intensity.
Palate: Medium + body. Tad sweet and a fine balanced bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Pleasant citric hoppy, roasted, coffee, pine, chocolate and balanced mild round fruity flavour.
Overall impression: Tasty and lovely stuff.
Personal stats: Bottle from Martin’s Off Licence in Dublin, Ireland.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenkiGonzo (963) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle from O’Briens. Slick cola pour with a tan head. Roasty aroma with some citrus hops. Roasty malts softened with nice fresh hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rustbucket0873 (366) - Krikville, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2015
Pours very dark brown almost black eith tan head. Aroma is coffee, citrus, pine, chocolate, and roasted barley. The flavor is citurs up front followed by chocolate, coffee, roasted barley finished with piney and earthy notes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elbernays (1140) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 2, 2015
Bottle from McHughs. Pours black with reddish hue. Large tan head. Aroma is coffee, floral, tobacco, roast coffee. Coffee, chocolate tobacco, earth flavour. Lovely smooth body. Very nice example of style.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3273) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2015
12oz. bottle. Pours a medium well retained, light beige head, with slight lacing, over a clear dark brown (SRM 35) body......nose is light pine, resin, slight grapefruit peel, all from the hops, cocoa, chocolate, coffee from the roasted malts, no esters......taste is dry, light cocoa, coffee, chocolate from the malts, resin, pine, citrus all from the hops, balanced, no esters......mouth feel, light of medium body, no alcohol. This is a light Black IPA. It need more toasted malts to increase malty complexity, and more American hops to really meet the style. BJCP 7/3/13/4/6


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