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RATINGS: 419   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CacheManyHose (175) - HONG KONG - JUN 30, 2014
From QC. Pours opaque cola-black. Tan thin head with fine carbonation and long legs. Smells quite burnt, roasted malt, bit of ash. Tastes similarly - deeply bitter/ashy but with a raisiny molasses sweetness. Quite sour. Body is thin-medium. Not bad - a bit too sour/burnt. But maybe it's just that I have such high expectations for both Sierra Nevada and black IPAs.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HKdIPA (227) - HONG KONG - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle from QClub at home. Brown-black pour with thin tan head. Aroma is very black IPA - roasted malts and coffee with piney hops. Taste starts out with rich roasted flavors then big and bitter - pine and resinous. Finish is slightly boozy and with a roasted malty sweetness. Solid black IPA especially for the price.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1538) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 29, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a 2 finger tan head. Good lace. Lots of citrus, coupled with dark malt on the nose. Flavor has the sharp notes of grapefruit and pine wrapped in a blanket of chocolate malt. A mix I can’t do justice in describing, except to say it was good. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClutchMasterson (42) - Aiea, Hawaii, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Aroma is nutty and chocolate with hints of smoke and light coffee. Head is a nice frothy offset white with 2 finger height that leaves a stuck but broken lacing. Color is pitch black much like a dark porter. Taste is deep and and aromatic with the coffee flavor lingering behind with a nice hoppy bitterness on the back. light sweetness gets you on the start with a creamy, full and sticking feeling to the palate. This is definitely a sipper beer enjoyed around a table with friends at night or on a cold day.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3497) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle from IPA sampler pack. Pours dark cola brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malts, earthy hops, faint coffee, fig, and faint ash. Flavor is dry and rich with heavy roast, dark chocolate, and espresso notes with medium hop bitterness and some faint dark fruit esters buried underneath; dry, roast finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2080) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2014
From a bottle. Pours opaque dark brown with a bubbly tan head and lots of lacing. Tastes like burnt toast, dark roasted malt, coffee bitterness, light smoke, earth, and a hint of toffee sweetness. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like coffee beans with a hint of sweet fruit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1329) - Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2014
On draught at Roscoe’s for Sierra Nevada Summit/Tap Takeover. Deep black color with dark tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and light chocolate. Taste is lightly roasted malt, chocolate, sweet citrus, and smoke. Fairly smooth, with a non-bitter citrus and roasted finish.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
samsmith33 (369) - - JUN 26, 2014
Appearance, big white head over dark black beer. Very nice looking pour. Aroma: woody, oak,pine. Taste: tar, aldehyde, grains, veggie, . Bite at the end. Thought it would soften throughout,but it has not. Feel: medium carbonation, Below par. This is the worst of the Sierra Nevada ipa’s so far, even though i am a fan of black ipa’s in general.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vikingguy (801) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Very dark brown with frothy tan head. Big fragrant piney aroma. Not big in to black IPAs but this is a good one. Big resinous piney hops. Like pine tar. Hops balanced with roasted malt. Thick mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1104) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a light tan head. Toasty burnt resinous pine and citrus aroma. Nice strong roastiness with pine hoppiness. Ashy with a little citrus. This is really, really good.


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