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RATINGS: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   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 Nevadaís 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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mensch (242) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Minty and smokey aroma, but thereís frying bacon in the air here. Flavor hops first then smooth, roasted malt flavor. A hint of dark fruit. Long bitter finish; the hop bitters play nicely with the burnt malt bitters. Itís more hop and more roast than others. Black IPA and bacon infused meatballs, yum.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
islay (890) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Pour from a 12 oz. bottle, consumed on 3-18-14. Appetizing, appealing aroma features scents of burnt sugar, resin, brown sugar, chocolate, and dark cherry. Quite nice smell. Pours dark brown with a reddish/copper/amber hue and a large amount of long-lasting, billowy, uneven, light brown head. Produces thick lacing. Flavors of dark chocolate brownie and rich, black, dark chocolate cake. Dark hot chocolate and a touch of dark fruit as well. Dark chocolate finish. Rich and delicious, though perhaps ultimately a bit too rich. That said, the richness of the malts balances the high hops dosage well. Dry aftertaste. Soft in the palate. Insubstantial palate effects. Palate could be a lot better, truthfully. Easy to drink due to the light to medium body, despite the richness of the flavor. A nice and enjoyable beer overall. I am attempting to be a tougher rater; I easily could have awarded this a 3.7 if I had rated it a few months ago.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/30/2014. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense light tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, coffee, roasted malt, light char, toast, floral, grass, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of citrus/pine hop and dark roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, pine, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange/lemon zest, coffee, roast, cocoa, light char, toast, pine, floral, grass, and floral/roast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of citrus/pine hops and dark roasted malt flavors; with a very crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice black IPA. All around good balance of citrus/pine hops and dark roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mudwhomper (52) - Madison, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Aroma is pretty faint - mild chocolate. Coffee flavor that blends into resinous piney hops. Decent but this style just doesnít do it for me

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (3093) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Bottle: Nearly black with a tall, cascading tan head. Slightly sharp, cheesy hop aroma, pine, roast, malt and smoke. Taste is bitter coffee with a moderate hop bitter... Leafy and earthy. Pretty good.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1221) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours brown with a big creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts and a little bandaid.

The flavor is acidic roasted bitter chocolate malts with some residual sweetness and sprucey hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK black IPA with lots of bitterness but itís very acidic and not well balanced.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holtguy (114) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2014
My least fave beer style is the Black IPA. This one is about what youíd expect- burnt malts and hop bitterness come together for an altogether unpleastant experience. Of course, this style appears to be popular, so I must not know what Iím talking about. And, itís not quite as bad as others Iíve tried. So, kudos to SN!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubblehouse (230) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 17, 2014
descent beer. Not really a fan of the black IPAís and iím not sure why. Very drinkable and probably better than i think.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RyanK (152) - Rhode Island, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Pours quite dark but looks red when put against light, Large foamy tan head slow to dissipate. Smells strongly of coffee, roasted malts and Chinook hops (I can make out this scent because Dogfish 60). Doesnít look too thick when pouring but it actually is rather thick, not stout-like but thick, not a lot of bubbles or bite. Hops come up first, have a bitter clash with the malt, then has a dry roasted malt finish. Bitter kind of in an ashy way, bitterness definitely defines this brew. I like this but the malt and hops could balance a lot better, worth visiting once.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2014
12oz bottle-retaining tan head with trailing lace-black with red tint. A-roasty/cocoa-med/dk malt, some pine/earthiness. T-roasty/ashy-dk malt/oat, earthy hops. Some character that comes in midpalate that doesnít work/clashes a bit.


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