Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev -2.5%
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Poured from a 22 oz. capped bottle (Bottled On 121911) into a pint glass.
A strong pour yields a 1 1/2 finger cream-colored head that fades after a couple minutes to a thin, even dusting and thick, seafoam-like ring. The body is a clear golden amber with an interesting mix of both tiny and fat carbonation bubbles charging from the deepest depths of the glass to reinforce the diminishing head. Some decent but spotty lacing can be seen clinging sporadically to the sides of the glass.
Clean and balanced, the nose is a delicious mix of both citrus hops and bready malt. While the aroma of this beer isn't exactly a nostril-blaster, it does carry excellent notes of grapefruit, orange peel, and pineapple with notes of biscuits and bread crumbs in the background.
Each sip offers initial flavors of grapefruit, mango, mandarin oranges, and white bread crust. As the beer is swallowed, a pine hops flavor rushes into the picture, overwhelming all the previous flavors. As this fades, the citrus hops and bready malt flavors reemerge with a good grapefruit tang. As these flavors also taper off, a slight piny bitterness lingers as an aftertaste.
This is a beer that would be perfect on a warm spring afternoon, or a hot summer day, or a cool fall evening, or a cold winter night. It really would be perfect for nearly any occasion. The body is smooth and mellow, like a filtered fruit juice. The carbonation is just a bit fizzy but is definitely helpful.
03-02-2012 03:32:21 | More by output01x
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,195 ratings.