Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
We pop the top and pour an orangey-copper colored brew. It holds a brief one finger head of electrically active bubbles. This recedes quickly to form a film across the top of the liquid, and to leave spotty lacing around the glass. The beer holds a thin haze, with no sediment otherwise noted. Carbonation appears active. The nose meets with sweet and bitter grapefruit up front. This gives off vibes of being extraordinarily fresh and cooling. To cut this there is bittering rind and a clementine sweetness. With warmth a metallic yeast begins to seep out, and a bit of the alcohol becomes present. The malts throughout are standard and pale. As we sip we find, as in the nose, a sweet and bitter citric hop. This rides for the front of the tongue with grain, which seems to be there for only the balance, rather than as a powerhouse inclusive flavor. Bitterness takes over through the middle, but this quickly becomes more mild, with a simple malt to smooth things over. This makes way for the finish where, curiously, the sweetness returns. Now it is in the form of fresh, fruity orange. Again, clean malt helps the balance. The aftertaste breathes of fusel alcohols, bittering hops, and an earthy/mineral quality of grain and yeast. The body is medium, bordering on thin, while the carbonation is evenly medium. The mouth is treated to slick hop oils providing a basic astringency. There is decent slurp and smack to each sip. This abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.
Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the strong citric quality to the hops, and the robust nose about it. This beer showcased as a simplistic IPA with a full and bright nose, getting its point across with the fewest number of words. In the end, the flavor didn’t quite live up to the stage set by the aromas, but it is ultimately a great choice for the style.
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2011 03:28:38 | More by TheBrewo
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