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RATINGS: 523   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1785) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Blindfold black IPA is a dark black brown beer with a thin head of off white bubbles. Nose is slightly of floral and evergreen hops. Taste is sharp on the tongue at first. malt and hops resolve nicely as on the finish into a very balance dark IPA. Body is very lively from the beginning all the way through.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koskela (496) - Marysville, California, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Floral aroma from the hops and a coffee aroma come from this very dark brew with a creme colored head. A choc coffee taste with a slight sharp bitterness and an aftertaste where the choc fades and the bitterness grows stronger in this medium bodied brew. As a black ipa i believe it to be sweeter than most and not as bitter. Not a bad brew but not a favorite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Pours from 12 oz bottle a deep black with dark tan edges and a nice off white head, with decent lacing. Flavour is roast, roasted nuts, chocolate, molasses, light char, a little booziness, floral, citrus and pine hops. Overall decent black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pabloscafe (41) - - AUG 29, 2014
A really lovelly beer this. Like a strong porter with a querky character. Not too sweet, nice hop and malt balance, without the coffee of a porter style but heading in that direction. Lovelly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (9392) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Not as deep as expected...a little more for the masses if you will. They’ve made a great black ipa before so this pretty good one was a little bit of a letdown. Really little of the chocolate & coffee versus orange peel and citrusy hops that I love. Light porter type roast with lighter than expected aroma and flavor hops with some dry bitterness at the end

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tillmac62 (658) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2014
BOD 109/14. As advertised, this one pours just like a stout - almost black with a massive head. Lacing and retention are excellent. The nose is more IPA like, pine and floral hops over a light chocolate with roast notes. Medium body with a slick texture that is almost creamy. Below normal carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The unique flavor profile is quite nice, balanced and complex. It begins with citrus hop, then flows to pine over a light chocolate sweetness. Bitterness follows that is citric rind in nature over a very light smoke from the roast - very well balanced so each component is evident, but not over powering. The smooth finish leaves you with a lingering citric bitterness with a chocolate note. An Outstanding example of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
gschrade (1010) - Collinsville, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours black with tan head. Taste roasted malt, fruit, coffee. I wasn't impressed. I would not drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jamesthebrit (415) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Aroma has a hint of smokey roasty, but also that soapy oily hop note. Some floral notes. Dove soap. Like plastic. Waxy. Looks fine. black brown. Taste is... hoppy. Oily. But smooth. Smokey notes are subtle: more so than I would like in a black IPA. Pretty malty. Plate is watery. Long finish. Hops are bitter but not overpowering. To me this is an IPA that is black, not a black ipa. Which I swear makes sense. I feel like a black IPA should marry roasty and hoppy notes (like Victory Storm King). This is more IPA than roasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7110) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
[Bottle (12oz)] Pours a very dark brown with a huge lasting frothy tan head. Some lacing on the glass. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, leafy peppery hops, chocolate, a hint of vanilla and some coffee. Flavour of toasted malt, leafy hops, notes of coffee & chocolate and a moderate bitter finish. Medium bodied. pretty good Black IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2014
As black as a stout, with a billowy, off-white colored head and beautiful, sticky lacing, I would never guess that this was any sort of IPA from its appearance. The aroma reminds me of a spiced stout, heavy on basic, roasted malts that smell like smoke from a hookah (the fruity tobacco kind, folks). Those fruity hops are what makes this beer really work. You’d even think this was a stout from the flavor if it wasn’t for the flavors of resin in the finish. I don’t think it’s as hop-forward as Sierra Nevada states, but it’s enough to catch your attention and turn this beer into something exciting and new. And it’s expecting you. The first half of the flavor, from the moment it enters the mouth until halfway through the drink, is fruity and dry, with notes of charred wood and roasted malts, husks and all. Then, halfway through, a resinous bite and some hefty bitterness washes takes control, leaving an almost lambic-like fermented fruitiness to keep you engaged. I like it… the hop bitterness really doesn’t interfere with the roasted malts at all, like a well-practiced, choreographed dance.

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