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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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1,383 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,383
Hads: 5,384
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 1,820
Gots: 806 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Photo of azdback
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date 11/07/11. Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Bright golden orange color. Very few medium sized carbonation bubbles lead to a very large, three finger head that is bright white in color and very rocky and creamy in appearance. Lace is sticky at this point and looks like it wants to stay awhile.

Smell is bright citrus and sugar. Orange, tangerine, pink grapefruit and pineapple. There are some bread or yeast smells but not at all overpowering. I also get just a bit of pine resin.

Taste is much like the smell. The sweet citrus of an overripe orange is there as well as the pineapple and pink grapefruit. The earthiness is much more prevalent on the tongue. The malt bill wins over the hops, in a West Coast kind of way. Don't get me wrong, this isn't Hop Wallop. The choice of hops and yeast is still West but not over the top and tongue blasting.

Mouth is crisp and smooth, the carbonation is round and almost spritzy. Body is balanced and the finish is average and a bit on the dry side.

Overall I really did and always have enjoyed this. My pallet has change so much over the years. The first time I had this I had is side by side with Pliny and liked this much more than Pliny. How times have changed. I have had a Pliny this week and (as of now) it blows this away. Regardless of my review or comparison to Pliny, this is a must try. Thanks to Tucson25 for this extra.

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Photo of Jimmys
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler shipped to me by a friend from San Fran.

A: a slight haze on a bright orange body. creamy frothy head. good retention and lacing.

S: pine, hop resins, smells a little like ganj. a mild citrus. cactus. melon fruit.

T: a little touch of garlic. pine and resinous. finish turns into a minor malt balance, little bit of caramel, followed by a bitter bite. dry. the pine is definitely the big player on the body for me.

M: carb is moderate, body is light/medium.

D: across the board a good beer for me. this is one of those IPA's that could pass for a pale ale, or at least where the style is going these days. good brew, easy drinking.

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Photo of capra12
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on CBS day at Capone's on 8/15/09,

Appearance: Wheat in color and clear with little head.

Smell: Grapefruit rind.

Taste: Opens with bitter hops which carry to the middle. As the bitter hops subside grapefruit and piney hops are present till the finish, leaving a mildly hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Drinkability: I would have another.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle tried 10 Oct 2008.

Poured in a shaker pint. Small faintly yellow head. Slightly hazy bright gold color. Aroma of pine, some soapiness, overall light but crisp. Initial resiny bitterness gives way to a mouthfilling caramel sweetness. A second wave of resin takes over and reasserts in the finish and aftertaste. Nicely balanced. Ethanol moderate.

A close second to Pliny.

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Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Bottle from Lothore, thank you very much Tyler.

Pours a white, froth head, with a honey-golden color.

Fresh aromas of tropical, fruity hops, peach, orange and mango, along with honeyed pine and smooth caramel - finely nuanced with hints of citrus peel. Fresh, fruity hops are hovering above a sweet, honeyed malt backbone, while hints of lime acidity becomes detectable underneath. Hops sting the palate in a refreshing, dry fashion, without ever getting too aggressive. Honeyed, piny, malts wrap up the hops in a well balanced way, along with wisps of whitebread and grass, still, this beer is huge on the bitterness. The taste results in a smooth, dry ending, which is very bitter and hop driven, as malts tend to vanish. Finishes with hops lingering on the palate for a long time, developing a fascinating pleasant depth, as they turn from being fruity to a more bitter, dry impression. A classic IPA, focused on the bitterness, fantastic balanced.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed relatively fresh. I prefer this beer to Pliney, very underrated to me. Smooth and balanced, not overly malty like PTE. Very light and smooth IPA

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Photo of marvin213
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's surprisingly muddy--cloudy-looking, as if unfiltered. I do not, however, see any floating sediment--not on the original pour (1/2 bottle), anyway. A thin yet solid layer of foam--mostly small bubbles--tops her off. It looks good, but the mud puddle presentation is unexpected.

The smell is scrumptious. It might look like water, but it smells like a Glade Plug-in. Even non-beer drinkers would appreciate this aroma. It's mostly hops, but it smells so fresh and clean--there's a citrus touch characteristic of these West Coast IPAs.

The taste is somewhere in between eye and nose appeal. It actually lacks flavor. It certainly doesn't taste bad, but there's neither biting hop sting nor tart lemon zing. I was expecting big things from this Russian River beer, and I'm astonished it tastes so plain. It tastes pure and clean, and it sips so easily, but there's not a whole lot to it. I respect it as an easy-drinking American IPA, but it's hardly better than most others. I'm pleased it's not an obnoxious hop bomb, and I can't help but wonder if it's lost its stuff in the cross-country trek, but it still tastes fresh. Don't get me wrong--it's a good beer in and of itself, but under careful scrutiny (which, of course, this review provides), it ain't much better than an average IPA.

The mouthfeel is good, and particularly light for an IPA. There's no enamel pulling, but there is a dry bitterness that lingers on the tongue. The citrusy smell manifests its taste on the tip of the tongue. The aftertaste is light and remarkably watery. For a USA IPA, it goes down easy.

If RR aimed to make a light, easy-drinking beer worthy of IPA status, they've accomplished their objective. Having never had one, I had braced myself for a big ol' West Coast hophead-type of beer. Mind you--this IS that type, but it's like a little ol' hophead beer. It's actually kinda cute.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to ipa247 for this one. I've been searching for a second bottle for a while now... ever since I decided to play "Edward Bomber Hands" with my first bottle. Bottling date of 030211. Poured from a 16oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a 2.5 finger frothy, powdery white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is stringy and spotty in parts with decent retention. Attractive beer overall but the head and lace could use a little work.

S: Nose is on point with the rest of Russian River's IPAs, that is to say, outstanding and outrageous! Citrus, grapefruit, mango, papaya, and persimmon are all prominent. Hop bitterness is apparent as is some notes of cane sugar and tree sap. Incredibly aromatic, I could smell this one a mile away!

T: Opens tree sap and pine bitterness. Citrus and grapefruit hoppiness towards the middle with a mild papaya fruitiness in the back. Bitingly hoppy from start to finish which is a resin hoppiness. Aftertaste is sticky, dry, and abrasively hoppy. A one dimensional beer to be sure, but it executes that dimension perfectly.

M: Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Bubbly and lively in the mouth and abrasive and prickly going down. Finish is dry with an aftertaste that is sticky and lingers. Very much to style but nothing that really stands out here.

O: Even at almost a month old, this is a monster of a beer. Incredibly well crafted, this is a no nonsense west coast IPA that makes no excuses for itself. With all the Pliny hype that surrounds Russian River, this offering gets lost in the mix sometimes, but make no mistake, it stands toe to toe with its far more famous brothers.

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Photo of flag8r
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from KevSal, thanks!
Bottle poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A- Sadly, very little carbonation. Maybe a finger or so on the head. Orange to copper color, cloudy with micro sediment.

S- Pine, pine, and more pine.

T- Pine, hops, no malt taste here, not much citrus.

M- Somewhat light, lingers on the back of your tongue once you drink it.

D- Very tasty, but not something I'd want to slug. Maybe a good yard work beer.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Acquired thanks to ipa247.

Pours a nice golden/orange color, with a massive head, 2+ cm, even with a gingerly pour. Looks loose and billowy. A cloud of haze descends on the beer, perhaps leaving a little bit of chunky yeast in suspension. Overall, nice looking. Also leaves some very sticky lacing. The smell is that floral, citrus hoppiness. Lemon rinds, grapefruit rinds, some leaves and pollen, resins. Pretty good. The taste starts out with a little citrus bitterness, then follows with a kind of powdery sweetness. There is some malt here! But the hops are definitely winning, comes on like citrus rind, then you start to get the fruitiness, and a bit of pine and resin. Definitely a West Coast IPA, without question. Finshes dry and a bit grassy, but not overly so on either account. A nice beer. My biggest complaint would be the thin body. It is surprisingly thin bodied, not like watery, but there's no real stickiness to it, just a nice kind of denser than water feeling. The carbonation is lively, quite so, but doesn't sting too much. The beer is very good, one that would probably become a staple of my fridge if I were just a few thousand miles closer to the brewery. I found myself coming back to it, over and over, to have a little more. If only I could get it a week old, instead of a month old, though life could be much worse.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mlaroche to bringing this over from California.

Bottled on 03/26/09

Pours a golden yellow color, slight hazy, perfect sized head with a great amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is strong in the bitter department, piney with a hint of citrus.

Taste is exactly how the aroma led me to believe it would be, a strong bitter piney taste with some citrus but not enough to balance things out a bit.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a DFH IPA glass. Acquired in a trade from kflah41.. thank you so much man!

Appearance - Pours a every-so-slightly fulvous orange colored body with a thick, frothy, cloudy white head that reduces very slowly and leaves thick lacing. Very nice.

Smell - Sweet and resinous, lots of pine and caramel with hints of tropical fruits and citrus. Caramel, biscuity.

Taste - Upfront, subtle pine and caramel malt, followed by citrus peel and a watery sweet malt flavor. The finish has a resinous hop bite that lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light body, a little light for an IPA.

Overall, a so-so IPA in my opinion. This may have been the pinnacle of IPAs in it's day, but there are far better offerings that outshine it in a heartbeat.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler purchased less than 48 hours ago at the brewery. Poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear fossilized amber color with a huge, oily light tan head that slowly faded into a thick greasy film that left a network of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Perfumey notes of grapefruit, citrus, and flowers. It is pretty grassy as well.
T: Follows the nose with a blast of sweet citrus fruits, grass, and flowers. A bit of sweet, roasted malt comes out in the finish, and the aftertaste definitely reminds me of tobacco. The hop bitterness is low, and balances the syrupy malt flavors nicely.
M: Lower than expected carbonation which, combined with a body that is greasy and on the thicker side of medium, creates a very viscous and slick mouthfeel. I think a few extra bubbles could do this some good.
O: Fresher tasting out of the growler than the bottle, but the mouthfeel is still too thin for me. It’s an easy to drink brew though, and I will have no problem polishing off this growler.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to arbitrator for throwing this extra in my box.

Split and poured into my pint glass the beer is a mostly clear orange amber. About one finger of white head dissapates leaving a smattering of lace.

The aroma is the usual AIPA. Citrus fruit and hints of pine. A touch of malt to give it balace. Nothing out of the ordinary.

The flavor is pretty stock AIPA. Citrus fruits and piney hops. Not a whole lot of malt to tone down the hops. Full on bitter blast.

Medium body light carbonation. Lightly sticky.

Overall a very nice easy drinking AIPA. I would buy this on a regular basis if it was easier to come by.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangey color with nice head that quickly dissipates. Nice lacing that lasts throughout the glass. Nice piney/citrus hop flavor and smell but not overly bitter. This is a beer that I could drink alot of and hopefully one day will be able to easily.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks Reja, bottled 5/2/13 (about 3 wks old)

The beer pours a rich looking golden yellow with great effervescence fueling a dense white head that laces and remains as a thin blanketing throughout drinking. The nose presents potent notes of caramelized sugars, malt, fresh citrusy hops and subtle grapefruit. It's definitely more reserved than I'd expected; more aromatic hops would have elevated it to my expectations, without significantly altering its status as an AIPA. I think it drinks very well, distinctly malty with fresh hops lingering on the palate. It's drinkability and mouthfeel are really where this beer excels (in my opinion) presenting a rich, clean malty sweetness, layered citrus hops, and a mild, lingering bitterness that coats the palate. No grapefruit rind aftertaste, good effervescence, and a touch of caramel. Great beer that I'd soon consume again if bottles were available my way.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another tasty treat courtesy of cloudskipper.

Appearance: A rough pour into my trusty Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass shows this beer to be a cloudy, light gold colored brew. Despite the not-so-gentle pour, there's only about a quarter inch worth of head. The head fades away to virtual nothingness with only a collection of bubbles encircling the beer where it meets the glass. There is, however, a fair bit of sticky lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smell is a bit relaxed, though to be fair I just finished a PtE so my sense of smell may be slightly skewed. That being said, there's only a faint bit of citrusy goodness lurking in the nose.

Taste: A fair bit of improvement over the smell, the taste is more robust than the nose would indicate. A bitter, citrusy, grapefruity taste without much of a sweet malt to balance (though I'm not complaining). Not overly complex, but not overly simple either.

Mouthfeel: A crisp, refreshing medium body with plenty of carbonation and a good clean finish.

Drinkability: A fine tasting, easy drinking IPA. To be honest I was expecting a bit more with this one, but then again I just enjoyed a PtE so I may have set the bar a little too high. Either way, this is a tasty IPA and one that I would never turn down.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thinnish white head (small pour) and goldenrod color.

Smell is straight up citrusy west-coast hops. Kinda leafy.

The hops, as it turns out, are all in the smell. The body is quite refreshing and well-balanced. I don't even like IPAs, but quite subdued and would go great with food. Faint honey, some vegetal hops.

Crisp, bright mouthfeel adds to the 'refreshing' factor.

As a non-IPA lover, this was actually quite enjoyable. I'd consider getting a full one, given the chance.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a two fingers of head on a fairly clear straw colored body.
The aroma is a great mix of grapefruit, orange, touch of lemon and grain.
The taste is bold grapefruit bitter with lemon and a slight orange sweet finish. Nicely done.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable and bold.

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Photo of GrahamWalters
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to BA treehouse for sending this along in the n00b 3 BIF.

A - Pours a crystal clear straw color with two fingers worth of head. Head dies down fairly quickly.

S - A pleasant citrusy and piney nose, a smash of lemon and grapefruit, slightly sweet.

T - Strong bitterness with a continuation of the grapefruit and pine nose in the taste. A little watery on the back end, with no malt detected. The flavor dissapoints based on this beer's reputation.

M - Watery mouthfeel with limited carbonation. Doesn't quite support the bitterness imparted in the flavor.

D - Very drinkable and enjoyable overall. I could definitely see enjoying a few of these on a nice spring or summer day on the back deck. If only we got RR in MA...

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Photo of jnezda
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found in at Clems bottle house in a 500ml bottled just 10 days after the bottling date, how is the for fresh AB. Poured into a tulip glass since no pints available. Poured with minimal off white head that did not stick around and had little to no lacing during drinking. Smell provided great floral herby notes right from the outset that struck around nicely. The taste was another solid ipa from Russian River, not over powering but a great hop character with good malt balance. Think I may like this as much as some of my favorite west coast brews for a warm summer day. Mouthfeel was full but not viscus with a clean finish.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Horse Brass.

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with about a finger of white head. Both retention and lacing are decent.

Smell: Citrus and grapefruit notes open first. Maybe slight pineapple as well. Plenty of pine and dank hop notes as well. Nice.

Taste: The thing that stands out most to me is the amount of pine and dank hops. Also some citrus (orange rind, grapefruit, and light tropical fruit). Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is light bodied with medium carbonation. It drinks pretty smoothly and is enjoyable. Overall, it's a pretty darn good IPA, and one I would have again. Very solid.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 Pint .9fl oz bottle into my pint glass

Pours a murky golden color with a three inch slightly off-white head. Great head retention that last throughout the beer and when fades leaves spiderweb like cobs on the sides of my glass. Apart from the color the lacing is perfect.

Smell is that of tangerines and slight perfume like odor coming through.

Sweet citrus tangerine comes upfront with a slight honey flavor, some lemon, and caramel malts. As this fades there is a light pine hop bitterness that lingers in your mouth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

To give credit and since this might affect my rating score I will mention that this bottle is old. So take in consideration that my score might be a little more down cause of this.

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Photo of Telix
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at the Toronado in a pint glass. I'm clearly going to be below the average rating on this review, but I'll admit that is mostly due to the fact that I'm not a tremendous lover of West Coast IPAs.

L: A clear golden orange with minimal head, and apparently low carbonation in general. It looks fine, for sure, but nothing really amazing at all.

A: The nose is where this beer shines, in my opinion. Fresh fresh fresh, with bitter zippy hops supported by a backbone of sweetness. Pine needles in clover honey.

T: The slightest malt backbone is overrun by bitter American hops, and finishes with a tiny bit of sweetness. The tiny finish leaves the tongue feeling clean, and the intense citrus and grapefruit flavors make the beer quite refreshing. It's a bit too bitter and dry for my palate, however.

M: Thinnish but perfectly adequate. It's not a syrupy IPA - but it's the west coast, it's to be expected. A nice carbonation level makes it not thin enough to be bad, but I'd prefer a bit more body.

D: High - perhaps too high. It has a great quenching ability - almost a session beer but the high bitterness would wear you out quickly.

I think I prefer Blind Pig to Pliny, actually, but both are still a bit on the dry/bitter end for me. It's clearly well-made and worth having at least a few times in your life.

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Photo of SnowFlowMfg
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,383 ratings.