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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
woodychevy (345) - - JUN 5, 2014
Totally solid Black IPA. Expect nothing less from SN. All the nice dark roasty flavors are there- chocolate, coffee, toast, raisiny, molasses with some hop presence to balance it out. Drinks pretty smooth- the hops are definitely there, but not overpowering. Solid, balanced, smooth- really good. Nothing overly exciting, but good.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kirk36 (116) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Kindergarten black ipa. Really. It's like ipa front with sambuca in the rear. I would not regularly drink this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Getbetter (815) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JUL 26, 2014
From a bottle into a goblet.The pour is a brown with a frothy white head. There’s a lot of roasty with little sweetness and syrup texture.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbaaron (1152) - Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Dark brown/ black. Big frothy lasting tan head. Modest Coffee and chocolate. Earth and some grapefruit. Great balance overall. Moderate bitterness and dryness. Not overly hoppy. Minimal roastiness. Medium body. Creamy. Nothing fancy, but Really good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierMeHoos (69) - Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle. Strong roasted malt and coffee notes mixed with floral and piney hops. Dark color with a good tan head. Roasted bitterness up front that was harsh at first but settled down. Coffee notes and toast. It's good but very strong.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
picoloC (5) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2014 does not count
A hint of prunes off the nose. A lightly smoked profile holds through to a hop finish.

1.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
HuskerTan (462) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle. A- Cola, caramel, citrus, hoppy. A- Black color, dark liquid, beige head. T- Cola, caramel, bitter, roasty, malty. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish. O- I just can’t get over how dark this is yet tasted so bitter. Not my favorite black IPA, at all. I certainly wouldn’t seek it out again. The aroma and color were about all I liked in this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (3798) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 24, 2014
12oz bottle. Looks dark. Aroma of floral and light resinous/citrusy hops, roasted malts, some coffee and dark chocolate notes, and light dough. Flavor the same with a nice blend. Average texture. A solid black IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopmelt (157) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Pours very dark brown, no light through, finger creamy tan head lots of thin lacing. Aroma tropical hops, roast and bready malt, slight citrus and earthy hops. Taste very slight bitter tropical fruit up front, roast and black malt mid mouth, earthy, tropical and roast dominate the long finish. Mouthfeel medium body, lowish carbonation, finish on the dry side, slight roast astringency. Overall great beer, I can’t say classic in style, because the style doesn’t officially exist yet, but this will prove to be one when it does, great value, classic Sierra Nevada.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbuskirk (415) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Sierra Nevada’s Blindfold is big, bold, and bitter. If you’re like me, that’s exactly how you like your Black IPA’s. Given Sierra Nevada’s reputation for making hop bombs, this black ale is every bit as aggressive as I expected. I’ve sometimes remarked that many Black IPA’s are actually more of a brown color. Not Blindfold. This brew is thick, black, and heady. Lacing is stunning and the aroma is rich. Roasted malts, subtle dark fruit, and hop aromas of grass and pine - damn appealing. The taste is just about perfect with strong coffee and a sharp hop character. While a bit more complexity would be welcome, Blindfold is a superb Black IPA. To me, the name sounds a little kinky. That’s fitting. This is a dark, sultry ale for drinkers with a serious hop fetish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
peterschreurs (14) - Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2014
12 oz bottle from a 12pack sampler poured in tulip glass. Easy to drink Black IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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