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RATINGS: 380   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radioseer (299) - Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2014
(12 ounce bottle) Chocolate coffee and hoppy aroma. Taste is similar. Mouth feel is a little thicker than water.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2151) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Mostly roasted malt notes in the nose. Lesser hop notes like pine and floral there too. Appearance is dark, great lacing pattern, clear, reddish brown/black. Palate is chocolate and plenty of grittiness. The palate is rich and complex, thick, chewy, with several layers. It works well and is different take on black ipa, and particular, different from others that work well. Well belended, put together, enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Pours a very black color with a creamy light brown head. Nice hop and coffee flavor. Pretty bitter and dry with some great coffee flavors! Pretty decent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Torontoblue (85) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
Bottled 31 March 2013. Dark, black pour with thick mocha coloured head. Piney hops, coffee, roasted malt, slight anise, minty aromas. Roasted bitterness, fruity, resiny hop, coffee, herbal, liquorice flavours, bit of malt sweetness to round it a little. Medium bodied, soft mouthfeel as the beer warms. Drying, lingering bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kansascityCW (109) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Pours black with large light tan colored head. Aroma is citrus hops and light roasted malts. Taste is roasted malt first and hops second. Really nice roasted type of bitterness in the aftertaste. Nice creamy mouth feel. Overall this is a wonderful example of the black IPA style as it perfectly balances the best qualitIes of IPAs and porters/stouts.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (915) - Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Pours dark ruby red, almost black, with a large tan head. Smells hoppy and roasty, hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is mild earthy and piney hops and hints of chocolate and roast. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA finishes with a lingering almost roasted bitter bite.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (4844) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Black in color, clear with a thin tan head. Nice IPA flavors and finish great dark malt backing this was a great Black IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5812) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a small beige head. A light chocolate nose, some pine. Mostly chocolate, milky, light bitter fruity hops, pine, medium bitterness, mostly this is a porter. Hell, this is hardly a CDA at all really. Still, it’s a good beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theOptimator (283) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Aroma is coffee and sweet malt forward with a hint of citrus. Appearance is nearly black brown with small tan head. Taste is sweet coffee malt forward, brightened up by the citrus hopping. Heavy roast and bitterness are quite forward. Palate is medium full and roasty hop bitterness lingers. Overall not bad. Good for the style, but I dont really like this style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle:   Smooth Black IPA is how I would sum this one up.   Great head and lacing, soft roasted malt and hoppy aroma.   Well balanced on the tongue, roasty and hoppy with neither taking advantage or overshadowing the other.   Chewy on the tongue.   Does seem to lack the robustness of many others.   Its a bit soft at times, especially on the finish, which does come a bit too quick.   Otherwise, a nice easy drinking Black IPA.



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