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RATINGS: 383   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.


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3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zymurgeist2 (952) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Aroma is non-existent. How odd!! Black with slight brown highlights and huge, full brown head that last all day and laces nicely! Slight malt aroma as warms. Taste is mostly roast and bread, charcoal. Bitterness solidly presents itself on the back half. No hop flavor. Dry finish. Surprised by this - would be a great dry stout.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopmelt (154) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Pours very dark brown, no light through, finger creamy tan head lots of thin lacing. Aroma tropical hops, roast and bready malt, slight citrus and earthy hops. Taste very slight bitter tropical fruit up front, roast and black malt mid mouth, earthy, tropical and roast dominate the long finish. Mouthfeel medium body, lowish carbonation, finish on the dry side, slight roast astringency. Overall great beer, I can’t say classic in style, because the style doesn’t officially exist yet, but this will prove to be one when it does, great value, classic Sierra Nevada.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbuskirk (413) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Sierra Nevada’s Blindfold is big, bold, and bitter. If you’re like me, that’s exactly how you like your Black IPA’s. Given Sierra Nevada’s reputation for making hop bombs, this black ale is every bit as aggressive as I expected. I’ve sometimes remarked that many Black IPA’s are actually more of a brown color. Not Blindfold. This brew is thick, black, and heady. Lacing is stunning and the aroma is rich. Roasted malts, subtle dark fruit, and hop aromas of grass and pine - damn appealing. The taste is just about perfect with strong coffee and a sharp hop character. While a bit more complexity would be welcome, Blindfold is a superb Black IPA. To me, the name sounds a little kinky. That’s fitting. This is a dark, sultry ale for drinkers with a serious hop fetish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
peterschreurs (12) - Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2014
12 oz bottle from a 12pack sampler poured in tulip glass. Easy to drink Black IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (865) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Really good. Strong roasted malt and coffee notes mixed with floral and piney hops. Solid dark color with a good tan head. Medium weight palate with strong carbonation. Roasted bitterness up front that was harsh at first but settled down. Coffee notes and toast. Keep it coming.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rproff78 (79) - - JUL 21, 2014
Good stuff. I bought a sampler pack of IPAs from Sierra Nevada and I am pleasantly pleased.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (705) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Pours black with lots of pretty lacing, and a lasting beige head. Grape and leather aroma. Taste is more grape with currants, grapefruit, licorice. Finish is bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
paintedmaple (378) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2014
A complex brew of roast, fruit, flowers, and green grass - yet very drinkable. Another winner from SN.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222 (413) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Aroma of floral hops and roasted malt. Flavor is the same. Nice balance to the malt with the hops and full flavored. Almost a dry champagne like finish. This is really a nice beer from Sierra Nevada. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandbeyond (661) - ISRAEL - JUL 21, 2014
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Dark brown with decent beige head. Pleasant roasty aromas, grassy hops and fresh coffee. Roasted malts, coffee, medium bitterness, faint dark chocolate notes. Medium bodied, balanced and somewhat creamy. Cool.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4596) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 20, 2014
12oz bottle pours an inky black with some creamy, lacing, slightly tan head. Nose is very well balanced and spot on for the style, some pine, some dried orange peel, bread crust, malt, some burnt molasses. Flavor is similarly balanced, the brown sugar sweetness hits first, mild molasses, a little coffee grounds, mild toast, then the dried orange peel and pine needles follow. Bitter, dry finish.


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