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RATINGS: 496   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2130) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Black pour with a 2 finger, ashy reddish tan head. Aroma of citrus and pine, surprisingly, not much there. Flavor is roast, roasted nuts, chocolate, molasses, light char, a little booziness, floral, citrus and pine hops. Medium body, oily, syrupy entry, medium, but sharp carbonation and still slightly oily, off dry finish. Good brew overall, nothing too interesting going on, but it’s well sorted.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3761) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Hey, it’s a California IPA...so, like, it’s hoppy and all. No surprise there. And it’s Sierra Nevada, so the quality checks out well. Well balanced, hop finish, decent malt flavors and palate (moderate body). Fine, though not my style. Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (529) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 29, 2015
Bottle from Mitsuya’s. Pours a deep brown to black color with a medium sized beige head that lasts throughout. Roasted malt, coffee aromas shine through with undertones of biscuit and pine. As it warms up the coffee stands out a bit more and some citrus peeks out on the palate as well. Medium body with average carbonation. Finish is good and bitter and lingers for quite a while. Solid black IPA.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brandon1989 (405) - Euless, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head that had great retention and left plenty of lacing around the glass. The aroma is quite complex. I pick up coffee, dark roasted malts, some brown bread, and faint hops. The taste is also rather quite complex where you pick up the chocolate and coffee up front but there still is a moderate hop bite on the back-end but I still wouldn’t guess 70 IBU’s. Great beer that is worth a try.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1327) - Florida, USA - APR 26, 2015
Bottle at home. Coffee and roasted malts are the main aroma with a grapefruit hop bite. Flavor is well balanced with a good amount of roast but the hops shine through a bit more. This style has never been my favorite but I think this is a well done brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joejames (294) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2015
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours black with red hues under light. One inch creamy tan head, some lacing, decent retention. Aroma dark chocolate and coffee beans. Taste is sweet upfront and bitters in the middle. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slick mouth feel. Finishes long and bitter. Tasting notes of coffee, dark chocolate, grapefruit, flowers, grass and tree nuts. Another fantastic offering from these guys!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aumentm (325) - North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2015
This is a seriously dark beer that has alot of hops and wonderful flavor. Tan head and lots of kick for a winter night.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShaneJ (670) - AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2015
Bottle from Plonk (April 2014). Oily brown, 1cm off-white head, floral/lavender and roast grain aromas, bitter coffee, grapefruit bitterness, slight chocolate sweetness, light-medium body, slippery texture, long dry bitter finish. Good one!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TATE (346) - Lubec, Maine, USA - APR 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours almost black with a tan head. Great coffee aroma. I was expecting over the top hop bitterness but this is a great balance of roasty malt and a finishing off bitter. The hop flavor lingers a bit more than I would like but overall this is pretty smooth and mellow and probably the best black IPA I’ve had.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
High_in_NM (19) - Los Alamos NM, New Mexico, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle from IPA Seasonal Mix Pack at local Smith’s. Very interesting alternative brew. Dead ringer for their traditional Porter with an extra helping of hops bitterness. Didn’t think I’d like it, but I did. I’d gladly buy a sixer of it if I could get it separately.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UncleKorm (1016) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2015
Bottle poured a black hue w/ a huge rocky beige head. Moderate sweet floral aromas. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are coffee, lime citrus, dark breads, and light grapefruit. Medium bodied and creamy mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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