Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 4,073 | Reviews: 1,304 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by magictacosinus:
4.5/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
I've had this many times, but it's so yummy that I always end up finishing it before writing a proper review. Not this time! Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Label shows that it was bottled on "10/30/12," and it was consumed on November 4th, 2012. This review is based on my notes.
Pours a golden-amber color that is about as pristine and crystal-clear looking as Pliny. Contains playful amount of bubbles that rise towards the top of the glass, complete with an initial 3 finger head. As the head settles, there's loads of cobwebby lacing that remain on the walls of the glass. Absolutely beautiful, and I don't see how it could be improved as a result.
Many people agree that Blind Pig is kind of like Pliny without the extra kick, and with the aroma, I can see why. Overall, there's an initial burst of tangy floral notes, as well as an enormous piny backdrop. Unlike Pliny, there isn't as much grapefruit fruity flavors, but it's undeniable that this has a citrus smell and oily hop aroma as all get-out, and especially smells like an enormous orange grove of sorts. The presence of alcohol is minor here, but there are still honey sweet aromas melded with slight yeastiness. If you ask me, smells pretty damn fantastic overall.
The flavor is about the same experience as the aroma, except with several key differences. For one, the tip of the tongue experiences strong pine needle flavors mixed with a hopped oiliness. At the back of the tongue, the yeastiness eventually reveals itself in an astringent manner, except that it eventually settles and the hops continue to glide everywhere. When this beer is consumed fresh, this effect is pretty magical, and tastes delicious and vibrant. Earthy notes abound, and the citrus flavor is everlasting. This is pretty much just as syrupy as Pliny, and has just as much carbonation, but somehow isn't as balanced when it comes to melding the malts with pines and hops. Definitely more floral as well. Still, very fine and smooth stuff overall.
Probably one of the best IPAs I'll ever have, this is really easy to down in several minutes for hopheads, especially considering how smooth and balanced the drinking experience is. I'm really spoiled with Pliny at this rate and always try to find it over Blind Pig... But that's unfair, and I should pack myself more with this when I have the chance. Don't think of it as a "Pliny-lite," but rather another fantastic and original offering from Russian River. So drink up!
Serving type: bottle
11-06-2012 19:25:26 | More by magictacosinus
More User Reviews:
4.43/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This brew pours a transparent deep straw color with a one-finger head that dissipates quickly and little lacing. The smell is of subtle grapefruit, pine and peaches. The flavor is juicy grapefruit, peaches and bitter citrus rind, supported by a malty, bready backbone. The mouthfeel is sticky and resiny with a slick finish. Overall, this is addictively good stuff that you dream about, much like other Russian River offerings.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 06:53:16 | More by Antnego
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,073 ratings.