Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by SnowFlowMfg:
3.95/5 rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Had this really fresh and poured into a tulip; an early September batch.
A: Pours a slightly hazy straw-amber with a decent one finger head that remained to the finish. Nice and sticky on the sides with an oily looking legs. Hard to have a beer look bad in my opinion.
S: Smells like a lighter version of Pliny but a little bit harsher, maybe. Otherwise it has the nice piney smell initially followed by a light sweetness mixed with some tropical fruits. A little bit of booze smell on the end. Smells great but not as heavenly as the Pliny.
T: I feel like this tastes like a slightly less refined and lighter Pliny. I know I keep comparing this to Pliny but I had these side by side and the two were somewhat similar. This has the strong piney hop flavor initially hitting you with bitterness holding to the end. Very slight sweetness and a little harshness from the hops in the middle but finishes smooth and clean.
M: I did not like the mouthfeel too much. It honestly felt very much like water to me. Too light both in body and carbonation. Considering the oily appearance I was a little disappointed that it didn't feel more substantial.
O: Feels like a less refined Pliny with a mouthfeel like water. Easy drinking, but not as refreshing or extraordinary as I would expect.
Serving type: bottle
09-21-2012 23:48:17 | More by SnowFlowMfg
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4.39/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Still another wonderful acquisition from BigStein88.
Love the name Blind Pig, the euphemism for speakeasies in Prohibition days. But yes RR also took it literally for chuckles, there is a drawing of a pig with dark glasses and a cane on the label.
Bottled 1/16/14. Not two months old yet.
Poured from the 16.25 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip glass.
a: Crystal clear dark gold with a two inch tall white head which receded slowly to heavy rocky surface foam and patterned lacing. Required a couple of additional pours to get a pint of it out of the bottle.
s: Intense citrus and pine, DIPA strength aroma
t: Pine hops forward with medium strength over a mild malt base. First impression is it's a hop show. Balances out better by mid-consumption. Surprisingly little hop bite lingering on the tongue.
m: Slickly smooth, medium with good body. Ongoing carbonation tingle supplements the hop bite.
o; A highly drinkable and distinguished IPA. More hop power than many, although with all the new ones out lately, this little piggy risks getting lost in the wallow. Perhaps it had more punch when it was just-out-of-the-brewery fresh. May have to wait until my next trip to Cali to find out. Still and all and as is, exceptional for mouthfeel, balance and refreshment value, worthy of its current #101 spot on the BA top 250 brews.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 05:01:12 | More by scotorum
4.31/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle from the brewery. Bottled 2-24-14 and poured on 3-4-14. Oooh fresh. Pours to my wine glass a mostly clear golden copper color with a very creamy one finger white head on top. Classic grapefruit and pine aroma, some mango and pineapple, more pine and grass. Flavor is sweet tropical fruits behind massive pine bitterness. Resinous mouthfeel, medium carbonation, and extremely smooth. I do see why this is so loved, and it is quite a fantastic IPA with a lot of heft despite the lowish ABV. Good stuff.
Serving type: on-tap
03-05-2014 05:30:36 | More by BMMillsy
4.64/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Another "How the heck have I not reviewed this beer yet" review.
Six day old sample. Poured into a pint glass.
Crystal clear copper/orange pour with a massive scoop of off-white foam. Tons of lacing throughout the glass.
Aroma is a wonderful blend of citrus and light malt. Orange, apricot, peach, pineapple and mango. Pretty much insert any citrus fruit and you can whiff it. Some pine and malt as well.
The taste is, in essence, what an IPA should be. Hoppy up front with a big malt back bone. Big citrus and the right amount of bud-tingling hops. This has that. Mouthwatering buds well after the swallow. Makes me want more and more to quench that everlasting thirst. The swallow is almost like the licking of the inside of a grapefruit rind...not the outside.
Smoooth body to this.
Overall this lives up to the hype. Everything a West Coast IPA should be and more. Smooth yet bitter but not overly to take it to the DIPA level (that's Pliny's job). I noticed the price has gone up on this bad boy but still worth it to experience the show. Too bad the Blind Pig can't. Whaaa.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 19:29:40 | More by kaseydad
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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