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RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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.


3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Itzjerm (1287) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Malty black in appearance and taste. Arome is more grain than hop this is not expected or desired. Flavor is malty with a clenser hop taste. Head is lasting and impressive. Much better Black IPA out there.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cobaink2 (68) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Really fantastic dark malts with a nice coffee flavor. Nice compliment of really nice floral hops. Would drink this all day in the winter.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle from Kroger. Dark pour with a huge brown head. Aroma is burned toast, kinda chocolate, and orange. Taste is pretty ashy, watery chocolate, and burned everything.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dlihcsnatas (294) - Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Got 3 of these in a sampler pack but sat these aside because most black IPA’s in my opinion are wrong and just plain nasty. Finally decided to clean out my beer fridge today and figured I either was going to drink them or pour them out. Drank one of them. Not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Actually pretty decent. Has a mocca flavor to it with that IPA bitterness. Kind of like drinking a bitter coffee with some chocolate flavoring in it. Will finish this one but the other two will go with my breakfast in the morning.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (3370) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 30, 2014
This was a joint tasting with Strykzone via Facebook Chat. The 12 ounce bottle poured very dark with a tan head that had big bubble, great retention and left good lacing. Nose of chocolate roasted malts and floral and citrus hops. Body is very rich and the mouth feel creamy. The flavor is very complex with chocolate, ripe fruit, coffee, and some really nice citrus bitterness in the finish. Really tasty and well crafted.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
docsteigs (527) - Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Very nice american style black ale. Aroma is mild roast forward with minimal hops. Nice pour. Taste well balanced mix of IPA with roasty notes. Finishes relatively dry and quite refreshing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (4933) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. This is black with just a little red. A rich thick tan head leaves lacing. The aroma is roast with chocolate and earth. An aggressive flavor. Bitterness is citrus. Throughout was chocolate syrup that you pour on ice cream. Very rich. Earth is significant. The finish is a more typical black IPA but getting there was fun. This was an exceptional black IPA. Just so much to like. Really well done.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kirk36 (133) - 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 (839) - 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 (1245) - 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.


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