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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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3,986 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,986
Reviews: 1,302
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,370
Gots: 354 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of arfenhouse


4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

13 day old bottle.

A: Clear light copper with off-white head. Retention is good and has some lacing.

S: Mango, pineapple, sweet malts, and some tangerine. Some peach and flowery hops. A Bit of pine on the back end. Very good and tropical.

T: Not as big as the smell would lead you to believe. Tangerine and pine. Slightly sweet and grainy in the middle. Peach, grapefruit, and pine aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and medium-low carbonation. Could use more dryness.

O: Very good single IPA that's well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 07:12:37 | More by arfenhouse
Photo of ricke


4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange amber, quite a lot of sediments. Medium-sized off-white head.

The aroma is of exotic fruits, mostly pineapple and mango, grass and mild tobacco notes. Very hoppy, not a whole lot of malts manage to get through.

The flavor is tightly held and centered around exotic fruit aromas, crisp citric hops and grass. Do I also pick up some elder flowers? Medium sweetness and notes of caramel in the background. The finish is slightly perfumy and very bitter with resiny hop notes.

Moderate body and quite a lot of carbonation.

Lovely IPA. Actually comes out as the Mini-Me of of Pliny the Elder.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 20:38:06 | More by ricke
Photo of ggaughan


4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Toronado and also at the Russian River brewpub 2 days apart while on vacation.

The beer poured a nice yellow/golden color with a bright white head that laced around the glass. the aroma of this beer has a very strong hoppy smell with a balance of citrus. Very pleasing. The taste had a nice balance between the bitter hops and the sweeter malt and citrus balance. There was a nice amount of carbonation in the Bling Pig which I really enjoy. The is a very drinkable beer and a very good example of an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2006 03:45:17 | More by ggaughan
Photo of augustgarage


4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Bottled on 4/16/09, making this sample a little over 3 months old.

Body is a saffron or tangerine-yellow. Beer is unfiltered so clarity isn't an issue. Persistant off-white had settles a finger high and leaves behind a tall lightly speckled wall of lacing.

Aroma is very strong, with citrus and summer fruit esters wafting over from a foot away. Peach, grapefruit zest, strawberry, and watermelon all come to mind.

Strongly bitter at first on the palate, but quickly offset by a sweet/tart combo like sugar coated sour candy. Light bread-like malt, crisp grapefruit-like bitterness, and a long dry finish round out the flavor.

Fairly light-bodied with high carbonation; while alcohol lends some extra flavor without extra warmth. Highly drinkable.

Straight-forward, clean, to the point, and powerful without being overwhelming - this is a high quality American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 01:13:07 | More by augustgarage
Photo of Docer


4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grabbed a pint bottle.. poured into a bomber.. bottled 020209. 6.10% Alc. on this bottle.

Great stuff..

- Nice cloudy copper with fantastic lacing and creamy light head. The way a west coast IPA should look.

- Smell is of bready and rye malt with a citrus/floral hop splash. A bit musty, but it has to be. Must be dry-hopped a couple times. Pretty much the IPA you can put a wedge of lemon in.. bright lemon bitterness as well. Is this the Widmer Hefe's of IPA's?

- Bitter bite, floral and citrus hop, balanced with a bready and rye malt... very tasty. Left at a '4' because of the huge lemon citrus bite. No alcohol taste at all.

- Bitter lemon aftertaste.. but citrus, hop, rye... low carbonation... good.

- Too drinkable... the lemon bite/zest will make you want to drink your savings account away. Don't do to yourself as the government already has!

Love the Elder much better... but it's nice to see that this number is different from the Elder... they didn't just plain ferment longer or make it stronger... but yet made a very different IPA w/ the same hop characteristics..

Impressed! Loving the IPA's from Russian River Brewing Co. Wish more like it would bottle and distribute in the Portland, OR area at a great price!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 23:13:44 | More by Docer
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at Russian River in Santa Rosa. It poured a light copper almost gold very clear, with a light white head. I was pleasantly surprised how light in color this beer was. Big hop nose, grapefruit pine a little floral hop. You can’t really detect the malt in the aroma. Taste has a lot of the grapefruit rind. The pine and hop flower, I caught in the aroma were present as well. This beer really presents all of the hop characters well. It has a light sweetness that lingers throughout. Slick mouth feel Good drinkability. The great brewers seem to be able to deliver a hoppy beer that is still palatable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2006 13:51:16 | More by carln26
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into an imperial pint glass. amber color, fluffy off white head, tons of lacing.
smell is floral piney hops.
taste is more of the same, dry, hoppy, delicious, malt is there, but this baby is all hops. mouthfeel is good, not thin, but not huge either. goes down well. excellent beer, love it.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 03:31:59 | More by redneckchugger
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Horse Brass Tavern in Portland:

Poured with a great light copper hue and a persistent head. Classic IPA on the nose and palate with lots of boldness and concentration. Pretty great but less intense than the Pliny. The hops are aggressive with notes of fresh pine, citrus, and a tannic finish. If you have a choice, get Pliny the Elder, if Pliny is not available, get this!

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2009 02:33:38 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of SurlyDuff


4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A damn fine IPA, well crafted and delicious. Have a couple of concerns though, but nothing that would make this sucker any worse than an A rating...so in otherwords, this should be an ipa for many other breweries to aspire to.

Pours a fairly light amber, clear and with a decent head that hangs around.

Citrus and big pine in the aroma. Some slight diactyl and dms, but otherwise the most hoppy thing i think i've ever had. This one knocks ruination out of the lead, in my opinion.

Juicy mouthwatering hops, green herbs, dank cannabis, leafy green hop essential oil, fresh cut pine tree needles and sap. Another concern is a one-dimensional flavor, imo. This is not a very balanced beer, its a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is plenty full, perhaps a bit on the thin side, a problem easily overlooked when their Pliny offerings are there for that. A mouthcoating resin chewy feeling afterwards. Thanks Russian River, you're doing the population of Oregon a favor by distributing here, making our local breweries sweat to keep up!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 00:56:06 | More by SurlyDuff
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District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 500ml bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/2/11
*From notes

Date bottled: 4/14/11

When it rains it pours - a BIG thanks goes out to both SirRuss and Trilogy31 for hookin' this up for me in the same week!

A: It appears in the glass like a heavily oaked Chardonnay. It's a chrome yellow, and after a good pour, a lovely 2.25 finger head and sticky lacing show up for the party.

S: Fresh cut fruit tray. Like a lazy Sunday afternoon in July. Sweet tropical juices ooze out of the glass. As it warms, the citrusy hop oil becomes even more prevalent. Astounding.

T: The bitterness hits first, but mellows out to a tidal wave of grapefruit, mango and pineapple. The malt is detectable on the mid, but it's not the star of the show. It finishes light and fresh, like chewing on a stick of Juicy Fruit. It's really exceptional.

M: Slightly oily and not nearly as big as I'd expected. I will say that it leads to this one being much easier to put down, but I'm definitely dissapointed it's not a bit more robust.

O: My first experience with Russian River and their Blind Pig didn't dissapoint. The hype surrounding both this and PtE are pretty massive, and I felt that this lived up to most of my expectations.

I could easily see this being a go-to AIPA if I lived on the Left Coast, and found this to be extremely accessible. It's something I would return to more often then PtE, and could certainly put a few back if given the opportunity. Thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 16:29:14 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of Nick3


4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is straw colored and a bit hazy. Great lacing all the way down the glass. Ample carbonation fizzes its way to the 2 finger head which dies quickly. Nose is pure floral hops, it's pungeant and smells great. Taste is citrus upfront, with some lemon, and a bit bitter but the bitterness is never too powerful as the malts balance this puppy out nicely. Easy to drink and the right level of carbonation for the style. A great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 05:29:28 | More by Nick3
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: First thing I noticed was the big, two fingered, billowy and rocky white head that sits on top. It has great retention as a small head is maintained throughout. It leaves behind some scattered lacing. It is clear golden in color and a moderate amount of small bubble streams rise to the top, giving it a lively appearance. Very inviting.

S: There is a wonderful hop profile in the nose that isn't overpowering. It allows aromas of fruity esters and citrus to make their way through. Herbal, floral, and piney notes also make a significant contribution.

T: It has nice hop flavors that provide a strong piney and herbal taste. Citrus fruits again make an appearance. There is a light bitter finish due to the hoppiness.

M: This sort of has a resiny feel with a finish on the dry side. A moderate amount of carbonation allows the flavors to wander on the palate. A crisp, light bitterness cleanses the palate in preparation of another taste.

O: This is a very drinkable IPA. I would not hesitate to pick this one up again. One of the best IPA's out there. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 22:33:07 | More by BilbosNuts
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Scottfrie for this. Bottled on 6/07/10.

A- Poured nice golden color. Very slight haze with a nice white head.

S- Very easy to smell the hops in this IPA. Lots of pine and citrus hop smells throughout.

T- Like the smell, lots of hops! Good bitterness. Taste some grapefruit in it as well. Balance towards the hops and bitterness which is what I like in an IPA.

M- Medium body. Good carbonation. Very good mouthfeel.

D- Very good hoppy IPA. One of the better IPA's I've tasted. Could easily drink a couple of these in an evening!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 01:41:25 | More by HosP
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An amber pour with hints of pink and yellow. Fluffly head, good lacing.
Smells of high citrus (gf, lemon) and some leafy flower plants. Hops are in there somewhere.
Taste has the hops; nice crispness and flavor.
Medium body and great mouthfeel, leaves clean with enough taste residue to want more.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2006 00:02:51 | More by Mebuzzard
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a fairly cloudy yellow with hints of orange. the head is very minimal with a few bubbles clinging to the glass.

the beer smells of grass and grapefruit as well as a bit spicy and bready. i'm not describing it well, but it smells damn good.

the taste is the smell dead on. it finishes like a piece of fresh peeled grapefruit.

the mouthfeel is fairly light yet still maintains a slickness that tells you that you are drinking a divine ipa.

i could drink these like water i think. this is possibly my favorite offering i have tried from russian river.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 03:56:57 | More by deepsouth
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Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

510ml bottle poured into tulip 8/3/13

A clear golden yellow with a few bubbles feeding a short lived soapy two finger foam that leaves no lace, looks pretty basic

S grapefruit, peaches, sweet orange, pineapple, tangerine and mango make for a great tropical nose, faint pine and a floral aspect that works well for it, smells great

T more pine then the nose and the tropical notes are toned down ever so slightly, just a little hard toffee and some rind opposed to the flesh I was smelling

M more bubbles then I could see in the glass and a mellow bitter bite with a lingering finish of tropical rind, just a little grit after the fact

O highly drinkable and I found myself trying to take smaller sips so I could savor it for more then 5 minuets, it looks basic but no complaints elsewhere

I love my customers some days because I never would've dreamed I'd be randomly drinking one of my top wants today, cheers Ian for the random act of kindness

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 04:08:58 | More by wordemupg
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Awesome soapy, bubbly, white foam. Brew is clear as day, ok, maybe slight murky goodness. Great copper color with lots of yellows and whites. Bubble stream coming from the middle of the brew is looking pretty good...

S - Lots of citrus! There's also quite a bit of spicy notes. Rosemary, cloves, orange, pineapple, and sage all stick out on this one. Great nose. Very unique for an IPA.

T - Awesome chill in this brew...almost minty... This brew is incredibly smooth for the immense amount of flavor it puts out. Lots of great fruity flavor. Zero heat or bitterness. Great hop balance.

M - Excellent brew with awesome drinkability. Mouthfeel is very heavy for an IPA. It's awesomely smooth with wonderful carbonation. Quite creamy, without the nitro feel.

O - IMO, it's better than the Elder... Great brew. One of my all time favorite IPAs... RR nailed this one. Heck, RR does amazing jobs with IPAs, period. Tons of inescapable flavor that lingers long after your last sip.... Nice brew!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 03:41:34 | More by chugalug06
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Over the top west coast ipa. Pale, American 2 row with dextrine malt simple flavor and body. Aroma strong clean citrus rind hops. Strong hop flavor, like distilled grapefruit essence. What it lacks in balance it makes up for in deliciousness and real
coast style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 03:02:08 | More by Nay
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New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6/22/11 - Served in a Duvel Tulip. Thanks Kyle2k10!

Looks like Pliny the Elder but more yellow and less orange. Has a wisp of a head that dissipates into much sticky lacing. Vigorous carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

Smells less potent than PtE, but the aroma is still quite inviting. More fruity with the same level of citrus, albeit less piney on the nose.

The taste is smooth, balanced, complex, lingering, fruity and citrusy. Reminds me of a baby PtE with less pine and potency. Lots of grapefruit. Not too bitter at all. IPA haters would probably appreciate this beer since it's very easy to drink and not harsh at all.

Moderately light body with a good deal of carbonation. Fills the mouth with a juicy feel.

Great beer, but I miss the potent, yet smooth blast of pine. I would also like this beer to be more dry. The extreme fruitiness elevates the sensation of sweetness as it is.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 18:42:17 | More by aficionado
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden yellow color and is very clear. Nice white head on a semi-agressive pour. Lots of lacing along with sides.

S - Lots of hoppy bittnerness and citrus. A decently strong nose from this IPA.

T - Taste is very good. Lots of bitterness, citrus, and a slight sweetness on the end.

M - Light bodied, perfect carbonation, very refreshing.

D - So easy to drink...I want more!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 23:27:44 | More by Sean9689
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my modern Stone Old Guardian goblet.

Beautiful golden orange color, nice fluffy white head. Sticky, industrial strength lacing. A really beautiful beer. I love taking a sip and watching the lacing rebuild and slowly slide down the glass. Some of it just stays. Looks like it would dry there.

Smells really good. Fragrant, citrusy bitterness. Grapefruit and some mild floral undertones.

Dominant grapefruit with the rind thrown in. Mild sweetness, but lots of bitterness throughout - from start to finish it's grapefruit rind. The malty sweetness is there, but gets overpowered.

Soft mouthfeel, but reasonably carbonated. Nice balance here.

Overall, a very nice IPA. It's more hop-forward - the sweetness really takes a back seat. Not sure the balance is quite where I would want it to be after being spoiled by some world class DIPAs, but a very solid, solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 05:19:08 | More by ghetto90007
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New York

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks clear and hazy amber with two fingers of creamy white head. And might I add, a beautifully shaped bottle.

Aroma comes off as a pretty simple hop character. None off the overly citrusy characteristics. Taste is nice piney hops with a suttle back off malt. Mouthfeel is bottle-conditioned perfection.

This beer is elegant in its simlpicity. Hops meeting barley malt, and stealing its girlfriend, but being nice about it. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 01:12:03 | More by barrelman
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up @ Hi-Time in Costa Mesa (along with a bottle of Pliney). Bottled on 7/22/08 in a 500 ml/16.9 oz German-style brown bottle.

A: Hazy golden orange body crowned with a smallish white head that has considerable staying power.

S: Conifer and citrus. Pine and grapefruit. Hop oils. To the max.

T: Starts off with some malt sweetness that promptly yields to glorious hoppiness. Extremely refreshing and as balanced as an IPA can be.

M: Feels a little light and the carbonation is a bit lacking. Still the hop oils break on through to the other side...the lingering aftertaste is very pleasant.

D: Most quaffable indeed.

Never had this on tap, but sorely need to seek it out now.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 02:59:03 | More by johnnieoz
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date: 7/22/08. Consumption date 2/4/09 - almost half a year which may impact experience.

Hazy, unfiltered-style pour, just the way I like it, into a Sam Adams ultimate beer glass . Nothing major on hop aroma. Could be due to consumption well past RR's "born on" date.

Nice clean bitterness with hop flavor. Very drinkable even if the aroma isn't up to freshness standards.

Halfway through the hop aroma is become more prevalent. Maybe it was too much Shaun White Wii snowboarding just prior to initial consumption.

Overall this is a well-crafted beer from the best brewery I've had the good fortune to visit. I'd like to try Blind Pig again within a couple of months of the bottling date.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 02:02:52 | More by Yetiman420
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/11/09

Aroma: Citrus hop aroma up front with rich grapefruit rind. Crisp and bright, almost harsh hop aroma. Very little malt aroma.

Appearance: Light honey to a golden wheat with cloudiness suggesting the use of dry hopping. A thin white head blankets the beer with consistency. If you swirl the glass the foam will stick to the side but no lacing is present.

Flavor: Initially hits you with huge hop bitterness, a huge citrus bite right on the tongue. After that initial hop stab, the flavor fades out to almost nothing. The beer is surprisingly thin on malt character in the middle. The hop complexity of grapefruit, citrus and some pine are framed up very nicely, but there really isn't much to the malt to drive any sweetness into the mix. As pleasant as I find the hop character to be, you could call this beer unbalanced. There is a tendency to have a bit of a puckering effect, like the feeling of sucking on a hop leaf. The hop character comes off so bright and clean however, for a hop lover this is a real treat.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light with medium carbonation. Finishes clean except it has a puckering tannin effect. Back to chewing on that hop leaf with all the hop bitterness.

Overall: While Russian River considers the Blind Pig one of their standard IPA's, this would be a huge IPA for most breweries. I don't think I'm too far off the mark by saying for a great number of breweries in the country this would qualify as their Double IPA. The hop bitterness is extremely well defined and really does feel like you're drinking some liquid hops. If you're looking for a beer with excellent bitterness that doesn't mess around with subtle malt complexities, then this is your beer.

I'll admit some bias when drinking this beer because I know what a reputable brewery it comes from and how much I enjoy everything that Russian River puts out. If the Blind Pig was placed before me in an unmarked mason jar, I would probably tell you the beer was unbalanced and needed some biscuit malt complexity to back up all the grapefruit.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 04:59:13 | More by DanOLeary
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,986 ratings.