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RATINGS: 518   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radioseer (299) - Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2014
(12 ounce bottle) Chocolate coffee and hoppy aroma. Taste is similar. Mouth feel is a little thicker than water.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (6052) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenkiGonzo (773) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rustbucket0873 (325) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elbernays (999) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3087) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (6910) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2015
Bottle from The Drink Store, Dublin. Pours clear very dark ruby with a big creamy tanned head. Aroma of cocoa, pine, coffee and even some solid liquorice, delicious and inviting aroma.Taste is rich dark malts, with resiny hops and solid liquorice in the front, some pepper and roasted notes as well, this is one of the best beers of its style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2824) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle from O’Briens Dun Laoghaire. Appearance: pitch black, thick brown head. Aroma: bay leafs, hops, leafy, slightly hoppy with chocolate and leather. Flavour: leather and smoke with some hoppiness, leafy and a lightly hopped finish. Lovely !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stravale (2567) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle from O’Brien’s, Athlone [120815]
Pitch black, frothy oatmeal head, some lacing
Aroma of soft roast, dark malts, soft piney hops, hint of lemon
Taste of smooth soft dark roast, touch of dark chocolate, soft piney hops, plenty of zesty hop, nice dark malt backbone, some coffee roast comes through as it warms up, quite complex
Palate - Soft carb, medium body, quite bitter with sweet dark malts underneath, booze well hidden. Finish as main flavour.
Overall - Good BIPA, tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRenter76 (426) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Black body with a thinish tan colored head.Aromas and flavors of earthy and piney hops over top of bitter chocolate and a tinge of licorice,some sweetness is there but not overly so.Not real complex but there are some decent flavors going on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weordie (478) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2015
Pours black with a huge off white head. Aroma is light malt, coffee and just a hint of citrus. Head is very creamy, roasted malt on the tongue with an intense bitter finish. Love it.

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