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RATINGS: 420   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.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mintzmeet (201) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Coffee, leather, and citrus aromas. Black with nice head. Darkness, presumably from roasted grains. Nice blend of hops. Surprisingly light body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aquilo (541) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Black with a beautifully thick head. Coffee, leather, and citrus aromas. Flavor is bitter, but very smooth, and astringent in the aftertaste. Some juniper flavor in the finish. Another surprisingly good offering from Sierra Nevada.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndrewMichaelZ (60) - - JUL 17, 2014
Poured deep opaque mahogany into a tulip glass with a sudsy (almost creamy) light coffee colored head. Bright citrusy hop forward nose with back notes of sweetness and coffee. Medium carbonation and light mouthfeel. A reasonably balanced flavor profile of earthy hops and deep roasty malts. It's more well composed than many in the Black IPA family. A bit too cold at 46d but the flavors really came together as it warmed slightly. I'd come back again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ozarkspops (353) - - JUL 15, 2014
Dark brown pour. Fluffy khaki head. Pretty typical Sierra Nevada hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit. Hint if coffee roast. Flavor was still 80% hop flavor, but more malt flavor than in aroma. Nicely balanced. ---Rated via iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkSanta410 (268) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Pours a dark, porter like Brown with khaki head. Aroma is roast malts, coffee, pine, grass. Very balanced. Taste is coffee, roast malts, grass. Bitter. Palate is medium body, high carbonation. Pretty good!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BroSpud (1684) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2014
12oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Very malty flavors but the hops come through enough so that it is not too overwhelming and balances it out nicely. Overall another very drinkable brew from Sierra Nevada.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtdewa1 (303) - rome, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Dark black pour. Aroma of hops and roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, pine, some chocolate, hops and some citrus. Very good black ipa, smooth all the way through.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RABinCO (1274) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle into a glass. Pours deep brown with a persistent tan head. Big aroma of roast and grass. Taste is deep roast, chocolate, grass, grapefruit. Nice bitter bite.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (806) - HONG KONG - JUL 13, 2014


355 ml bottle as a gift by WheatKing at Q Club in SoHo, Central. Thanks Adam!

Looks: Deep blackish brown colour with no yeast sediments; Less than one-quarter finger head and soapy beige foam which fades in 20 seconds; Good sticky lacing with notable slight carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant grapefruit as soon as it was popped, with passion fruit, blueberry, tangerine, strong pine, floral, dark roasted malt, black coffee, molasses, light earth, yeast, lemon and grass.

Taste: Mid to light sweet dark malt, with strong roast, nuts, strong black coffee, cocoa, burnt toast, grapefruit, strong molasses, pine, earth, yeast, strong lime and strong bitter grassy hops.

Body: Mid to light body. Slick and slightly oily palate.

Mouth Feel: Very roasty dark malt in a fair but slick body. Very intense black coffee and cocoa powder, more so than the hops! Balanced by pretty thick molasses sweetness. Also expressive grapefruit, moderate pine, no ooze, palatable earth. A multi-pronged attack of senses. Kinda exciting.

Hoppiness: Intense in all fronts - fragrant grapefruit, tropical fruit, subtle blueberry, pine, floral, earth in nose. Zesty grapefruit, pine earth, strong lime and grass in taste; Bitterness is very strong but scattering, for a lasting, strong bitter-sweet finish.

After Taste: Quite dry. Roasty, fruity and strong bitter to mouth.

Comments: This is one of those typical ‘intense for intense sake’ beer - expessive Mosaic aroma, strongly roasted malt for incredibly strong coffee and cocoa, barely balanced by sweetness and piney hops, but the bitterness is not focused. It’s massive alright, but not well-balanced or impressive.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopRedHead (346) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Sipped from the bottle. Big citrus in the nose, plenty of coffee and roasted malts. Flavours are malt dominated, espresso, roasted almonds, dark chocolate. Less hoppy than I hoped, and a slightly heavier mouthfeel. Borderline hoppy stout, but still a good brew.


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