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RATINGS: 354   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rentonj7 (13) - USA - MAY 5, 2014
A: Strong pine and bright herbs from hops on nose. A: Like coffee - very inviting. Nice foamy head. T: Roasty grains, some dark chocolate in middle, lingering finish is slightly bitter. Nice balance. Hop bitterness starts to open up as the beer warms. P: Good mediummedium body, medium body, creamy, slightly bubbly finish. O: Very nicely balanced black IPA. Has enough restraint to keep you wanting more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bricktop86 (550) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Pours dark brown with a white head. Aroma of sweet grain and citrus. Taste follows nose with a roasty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
degbert (1060) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark brown-black with a high, fine-grained, cinnamon-colored head. Nose is herbal, roasty, nutty, and barnyardy -- there’s a little stable to it. On the tongue, it stays firmly down in the herbal range, with additional notes of black tea, melon, stone fruit, and a trace of that same barnyard thing; it’s rough around the edges. Not as hoppy as I’d expect. Finish is long and menthol/minty. It’s an interesting variation on the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlbeer (693) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Smells of hops and coffee. Tastes of hops, chocolate and coffee. Hop bitterness followed by dark chocolate/coffee. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Monkeyboy (11) - Newnan, Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Very nice well rounded black IPA. Sierra Nevada rarely disappoints. Smells great, tastes really good and looks dark and rich with a long lasting head. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (1946) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottled sample. Black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of spruce, espresso, dark chocolate, and white grapefruit. The interplay between the grapefruit and roast takes centre stage in the mouth, with the conifer notes taking a bit of a back seat. Both roasty and hoppy bitter on the palate. Medium bodied. Not quite as intense as the world class examples of the style, but still very good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (1939) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle part of the mixed 12 pack. Pour has black color with a thick covering of tan head that slowly melted back. Aroma has roasted malt, light chocolate, and mild but pleasant hops. Mouth feel is medium and the carbonation is average. Flavor has a fair bit of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee bitterness, and pine resin hops.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
0R9H3U5 (24) - Hudsonville, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Super good beer and a great example of what I expect when I crack open a black IPA

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2014
12 oz. bottle, thanks to Ian. Pours black, with a big, beige head. Aroma of coffee, honey, a little milk chocolate, and some floral and earthy hops. Sweet, with a fairly mild bitterness, and a clean finish. Medium body, a little thin and astringent. Overall, this is a pretty nice, mellow, balanced black IPA. Not too bad...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3226) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2014
12oz bottle 4/29/14 (Binnys Downers Grove Mix A Six)-42° in Shaker-Pours black with ruby tints. Aroma of roasted malt, hops, and slight chocolate. Taste of the same with more hops and chocolate on the back end. This medium bodied brew is darn tasty.

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