Blindfold Black IPA by Sierra Nevada has the look of a stout with the aromas and flavors of an American IPA. I was kind of hoping that the label could be peeled off and transformed into a blindfold (maybe for a blind taste test). Alas… It’s only big enough to turn into an eye patch. At least you can role-play as a pirate (or Kenpachi) while you enjoy a flagon of this ale. On the other hand, there’s always the option to leave the label on the bottle instead of picking at it like a child… #lame
Blindfold pours a dark brown that is just a shade shy of being black. A creamy, beige head rests on the top, giving it the appearance of a proper stout. The aroma has distinctly hoppy floral/citrus notes with a dark undertone of coffee and malty sweetness. I would imagine that this smells similar to mixing hop cones into your coffee grounds before brewing a pot of joe.
The flavor is also a mixture of IPA and stout goodness. The hop and malt flavors compete in a tug of war style battle. Rich coffee hits the palate first, followed by a burst of grapefruit and lemony hop flavors. The malts then take over with sweet toffee notes, and the hops finish the profile with a slightly resiny bitterness. The body is relatively light considering the robustness of the flavor.
Blindfold Black IPA is an excellent lunchtime beverage. It bridges the gap between drinking coffee and drinking beer, and it goes great with sandwiches. I would suggest trying this with a thick, tangy Reuben. As I mentioned earlier, it also goes great with pirate role-playing. So if you like pretending to be a pirate and drinking during daytime hours, this is the beer for you!
- Appearance: Dark brown, nearly black
- Aroma: Floral/citrusy hops, coffee, malty sweetness
- Flavor: Coffee, lemon, grapefruit, toffee
- Mouthfeel: Medium
- ABV: 6.8%
- Size/Price: 12pk 12 oz. / $16 – $19
- Score: 85