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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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3,599 Ratings

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Ratings: 3599
Reviews: 1287
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%

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 Jimmys


4/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-30-2014 03:38:08 | More by Jimmys
Photo of peacebone116


4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on Sunday while enjoying the Younger. Poured into a small Allagash tulip.

A: Crystal clear golden straw, with a beautiful, quickly receding cream colored head. There is delicate lace left at the edge of the glass and very fine wisps floating at the center.

N: Hop dominated, the usual suspects are evident in the nose: piney citrus and grass.

T/M: This is a very hop forward IPA. The citric piney bitterness coats the tongue, finishing cleanly. The sweet malt flavors really subside in the background, coming in very subtly to aid in the quick disbursement of bitterness. The carbonation is actually quite decent right now, despite the fact that it was poured two days ago.

This is an excellent IPA; crisp and clean, it really exemplifies the standard IPA, which in this world of Imperials and Doubles, is oft overlooked and under appreciated.

Serving type: growler

02-15-2012 02:25:41 | More by peacebone116
Photo of haazer


4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of the Hulmeville Inn. They've been gettin some real good stuff lately.

A- Golden and copper in color. A little more than a finger of condensed white head. The brew is filtered clean. There is some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Great notes of pine, some citrus and grapefruit. You can also pick up some pale malts in the background.

T- Good amounts of lemon, citrus, and sprucey hops. Very balanced IPA though with a bready pale malt backbone. As I drink the growler I do notice more grapefruit flavors. This is also very crisp.

M- Ok, drinkability since no longer rateable factors in this. This beer drinks like a dream. So easy. Light body with mid to high level of carbonation. Nothing prickly though. This is so refreshing and easy drinking. Definitely the best aspect of the brew.

O- Needless to say this growler dissapeared very fast. I can name at least 3 IPA's that come to mind that I prefer over this, but none of them drink as easy as this does. Deserves the acclaim it gets. Glad to of gotten a growler and not just a pint or 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: growler

02-08-2012 04:25:22 | More by haazer
Photo of DefenCorps


4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My original review (below) was rather terrible, so when I finally got a chance to revisit it (thanks, Chris!), I jumped at it.

Clear light amber with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a gorgeous IPA. The nose is fantastic. Bright, pungently hoppy and fruity with citrus (grapefruit? clementines? tangerines?), tropical fruit (pineapple, a little bit of mango) and no real malt character to speak of, this is rather marvelous. The palate opens with a massive hop character with a blend of resiny bitterness and a gamut of fruit flavors. There's grapefruit, pungent and resiny, pineapple with both bitterness and explosive almost acid-like brightness, and a blend of oranges and some mango. There's just a hair bit of toasted malt character present, but really, this is all about the hops and the bittering hops at that. In fact, there's so much going on that I even get a little bit of mint and just a wee bit of leather, especially on the finish. So clean, so refreshing, this beer is light in body, moderately carbonated and has a lip-smacking good finish that really lasts. Lots of resin and fruit are present, this is one of THE best hoppy beers I've ever had. Marvelous stuff
**Reviewed on: 05-14-2008 03:28:19**

Picked up a growler while at the RR brew pub

A: Crystal clear amber with a dense two-finger white head. Gorgeous lace

S: Pine, more pine, some pineapple. Sticky and sweet smelling

T: Sharp pine bit with some mild orange and grapefruit. There's a faint malt backbone. Excellent, dry finish

M: Mildly carbonated with a sticky and dry finish

D: I have a growler!

Serving type: growler

12-10-2011 23:24:42 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's my second time having the pig. This time from a Growler I picked up at the Brewery. Good price.

I smell caramel and resinous hops (high alpha acids).

The taste is of tropical fruits, mango, papaya and orange. The malts are caramel and toffee-like. The hop are piney and floral.

This clean and refreshing IPA taste even better straight from the brewery. Fresh with lots of character and amazing hop presence. Chewy malt mouthfeel with a bright bitter finish.

Unique and distinctively Russian River.

Serving type: growler

10-11-2011 03:13:21 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of scottfrie


3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-23-2011 19:49:28 | More by scottfrie
Photo of kzoobrew


4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to hophead247 for the growler. Review input from notes.

Slightly hazed golden orange body topped with a rather fluffy bone white head. The retention is rather impressive, certainly taking its time to recede. Heavy lacing clings to the walls of the glass.

The aroma is bold and assertive. Pungent pine gives way to an emerging citrus characteristic as the beer warms. Tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit aromas really begin to stand out at the half way point. The malt is barely noticeable, soft pale malt buried so far beneath any contribution is negligible.

Sharp pine and pith bite initially gives way to a burst of juicy citrus. Candied grapefruit along side bits of tangerine and pineapple. There is a steady bitterness across the palate balancing the sweeter citric flavors. Again the malt is very subdued, simply there to provide a base for the hops to build on.

Medium bodied with a smoothy, slightly chewy texture. The finish is rather dry.

Excellent IPA, undoubtedly a top tier offering. Everything about this beer is on point. The aroma and flavor is assertive but well balanced. The drinkablity does reach the dangerously high level rather quickly. If you have not had the opportunity I would advise that you seek this one out.

Serving type: growler

03-22-2011 00:05:36 | More by kzoobrew
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours light golden with a finger of fluffy head.

Smell: Great West Coast IPA aroma in this. Nice citrusy aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, mango mixed with some bitter hops and some malty sweetness.

Taste: Great taste that is full of grapefruit, pineapple and tart tangerine. Nice bite from the hops and and malty aftertaste. Very balance and very tasty. I think I prefer the taste of this to Sculpin, by a thin margin.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp and clean.

Drinkability: A very easy drinking, yet flavorful, IPA. Russian River knows what they are doing with IPAs. Fighting myself to not drink the entire growler tonight!

Serving type: growler

09-11-2010 22:55:24 | More by Axic10


4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass.

A: The pour produces thousands of tiny, little bubbles that rush furiously to the top of my glass leaving behind a rather complacent, innactive looking brew. That was interesting. An average size stark white, foamy head forms and has decent retention. The color of the body is equal parts yellow, orange and amber. Very appealing. A light haziness can be seen in an otherwise pretty clean looking brew.

S & T: Aromas of biscuits, grain, bread and a light caramel combine to make up the malt character, which is just substantial enough to hold up to the incoming hop attack. Huge citrus qualities of grapefruit & orange, big floral notes and a very light pine presence. Light sweet notes from the honey come through, as well as the additional fruits of peach, clementine and pineapple. The hops are harshly bittering on the tongue and even moreso on the finish.

M: Medium fullness to the body. Prickly and fizzy carbonation. The Blind Pig lost a few points on the finish for having an out of scale (very isolated) bitterness. Could have definitely handled another percent in the ABV.

D: Drinkability is above average. I find that the finish is somewhat hindering in this department. The first glass was delicious, the second, very good, the third, good, etc. A really drinkable beer should be very palatable and also get better from one glass to the next in my opinion. Also, I prefer this one a little colder than usual to keep the bitterness in check.

Serving type: growler

01-15-2010 13:56:27 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden amber with a small head that dissipates to a thin layer that sticks around. Nice lacing is revealed as well.

S- Grapefruit/citric and sweeter tropical aromas dominate

T- Again tropical fruit and grapefruit, but the taste is a little more balanced than the aroma (from which I pretty much only got hoppy qualities) with some nice sweet malty backing. Bitterness shines through with increasing intensity, reaching its peak near the end.

M- Light to medium bodied, good carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, a good stepping stone to enjoying something like Pliny.

Serving type: growler

11-04-2009 02:35:56 | More by anchordrinker
Photo of portia99


4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler received in trade from Koopa. Thanks a ton for this one! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a crystal clear slightly amber side of gold. Light, white head that doesn't last very long. Leaves behind a skim coat of bubbles and an uneven collar around the glass.

S - Beautiful, citrusy hops, loads of grapefruit, a nice light sugary sweetness in the background balances nicely. Great smelling beer - could just sniff this all day long.

T - Lots of grapefruit, some lemon...very citrusy. Good, crisp bitterness with an unusually smooth character. Some malty sweetness, mostly of the sugary variety - not prominant, but detectable. This seems to be a key to the incredible smoothness in this beer. This really tastes great - a sessionable Pliny.

M - Russian River beers, more than any other brewery I've sampled, consistantly has the most amazing mouthfeel for me. The carbonation is perfect - the bubbles are so fine and tiny - just gives an incredible smoothness and creaminess. Plenty of life to this beer, but the feel is of lighter carbonation.

D - Wow...I thought Pliny went down easy. Still think Pliny is a better beer, but for sitting down for an extended time, this beer is really hard to beat. Aroma, appearance and taste are really close to Pliny, but the lighter alcohol gives this much better longevity in a session. Excellent.

Serving type: growler

08-27-2009 00:40:49 | More by portia99
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange in color. A nice fluffy white head sites on top with excellent lacing.

S: The nose has an excellent fruit character with lots of citrus and perhaps even a touch of tropical fruits. There is a mild pine note to this as well.

T: The fruit flavor really shines through here, much more so than in Pliny. A nice juicy grapefruit flavor with some sweet caramel malt and a nice bitter finish.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation (which could be affected by the growler).

D: It's too bad that this is the same price as Pliny, because it would be a top rate IPA if it was made by a different brewery.

Serving type: growler

07-06-2009 05:04:36 | More by womencantsail
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New York

3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler. Pours a clear light orange with hardly any head. Aroma of citrus hops, crackery malt, and grassy hops. Flavor is bitter initially with citrusy notes in the finish. This is much better than the bottle version I had previously -- the malt base stands out better and the hops are not so bitter. Nice and supremely drinkable. I definitely joined this more the second time around.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

Serving type: growler

01-30-2009 02:30:56 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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New York

4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this growler at Big Z's beverage in Huntington, LI. Who has recently won best distributor on Long Island. I got an email from mark who says its a "must try". The color is a hazy amber color. Little to no head, with excellent lacing. The aroma is like of a piny forest of hops. The flavor is sweet, with a huge hop kick. Flavor not bitter. It has a long mouthfeel where the hops hang out on the back of your throat and it pleads for another sip. I could sit and finish the keg. This is my first experience with russian river brewing company. I cannot wait to try any and all of their beers. Keep up the good work!!!

Serving type: growler

01-23-2009 20:07:16 | More by NoahSYGG
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New York

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this on the growler fill at Big Z - an excellent find in NY! Poured it into one of those Sam Adams bubble glasses, which do not hold a full pint. Maybe it's 13 oz. - I'm not sure.

The look is sort of amber and very pleasant. I've had it bottled, and the appearance was similar, but for whatever reason it looked much more appealing out of a keg.

The smell is also very nice, certainly not overpowering and there are some subtle fruity and flowery elements that soften it considerably. I poured it gently and it had a nice head on it, and actually retained it for a while.

It's one of the most easiest-to-drink IPAs that I've had. It's certainly not too hoppy; actually the hops compliment well some of the gentler flavors like citrus (grapefruit!?). I also agree with the idea that this is pine-y too, which I like. It's a very crisp and happy beer. The alcohol level, which is substantial but not huge at 6.1%, does not overpower, and ultimately the whole thing is just very balanced. I guess that's why it got such good reviews.

I like it, and I will go back for more of it while it lasts.

Serving type: growler

01-23-2009 16:24:04 | More by rasta16ry
Photo of mattcrill


4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Huge, clear citrusy hop nose. Floral hop aromatics all over the place. Light sweet maltiness in the background but this bad boy is all about the hop.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear and effervescent with a sticky, sudsy white cap.

Flavor: Citrus, lemon zest, bittering hop resins, no malt base to speak of. Finish is dry and clean. It is amazingly smooth for being all hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and dry. No alcohol heat is present.

Overall impression: A classic West Coast IPA. This is clean and sharp. Truly a treat to cherish.

Serving type: growler

12-29-2008 01:47:46 | More by mattcrill
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3.58/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Got this growler at Capones.

Cloudy orange body with a small white head that falls to a nice lacing.Not much carbonation is in the glass.

Piney,citrusy and some sweetness.

Piney and some nice sweetness but its very balanced.

Not much carbonation but I think that was from the filling of the growler.

Good beer but to me its nothing more then a good west coast ipa.Sorry RR.I'll have it again for sure but I dont think I'll buy another growler.

Serving type: growler

11-30-2008 02:52:03 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of Overlord


4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jwolfie70 for this splendid. A thousand blessings on all his endeavors.

Pours a golden yellow with a hint of orange (very surprising color for an IPA).

The smell is overwhelmingly floral, with notes of pineapple and grapefruit. I find pineapple to be one of the rarer taste/aromas from IPAs. I have no idea what hop produces (or, maybe they add pineapple...not sure). This is one of the very, very rare beers whose odor I rate higher than the taste.

The taste is redolent with pineapple, grapefruit, some balancing sweet malt, and pine. The pine isn't in the smell, but it definitely is in the taste. I actually could do without it. It's still a very, very good IPA, but I'm not tasting the beer I'm smelling.

Great mouthfeel (Russian River knows what the *bleep* they're doing), and it must be pretty drinkable, considering I pounded the growler in one night.

Serving type: growler

05-10-2008 07:18:53 | More by Overlord
Photo of SQNfan


4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From growler shipped to me (6 days old when opened): Golden in color with a touch of amber. This still poured a great 3/4" head that dissipated slowly. The nose was filled with grapefruit, Rouquefort cheese and a touch of anise. In the mouth it had medium density, a smooth texture and was wonderfully balanced. The hops are very well balanced by some malt that leads to a beer with a bitterness/dryness but also a touch of sweetness. The malt is more noticable than the "Pliny the Elder" and keeps this beer a touch sweeter. Overall, this is a really well made beer with terrific balance that is easy to drink.

Serving type: growler

04-24-2008 20:42:02 | More by SQNfan
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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

growler poured into a pint glass.

slightly hazy golden orange with a little more than half an inch of fluffy off-white head. head retains well and leaves some rings of lace.

bright, citrusy, hoppy aroma. strong but un-abrasive hoppiness, with notes of pine and tropical fruits, but dominated by citrus.

smooth mouth feel with an unassuming carbonation and a brisk hoppiness that manages not to overwhelm. some sweet malt backing against a fresh green piney bitterness, with the citrus notes slightly more muted in the flavor than in the aroma. flavorful with a light, drinkable feel.

Serving type: growler

10-28-2007 22:31:54 | More by Prufrock
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4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an orange color with a frothy white head that builds up in my new Sam Adams glass (thanks franksnbeans). Lacing is left along the side of the glass the entire time. Smell is of herbs, earthy grass, pine and citrus. Smells like a christmas tree with grapefruit ornaments. Taste is light sweetness of the citrus followed by a moderate bitter finish. Mouthfeeling is crisp and a little oily with some lively carbonation.

Serving type: growler

09-22-2007 19:16:43 | More by genog
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4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear burned orange with lively carbonation and big creamy head that dies into sheets of lacing. Holy moley the smell! Smells like a bag of the world finest reefer! Or big juicy piney hops! Taste is nothing but the finest hops, so juicy, so piney, so delicious! A little malty balance to make this a masterpiece. Medium in the mouth with good carbonation and an awesome bitter hop finish. Sessionable? I wish I had this on demand to session. Honestly the best IPA I've had to date.

Serving type: growler

09-22-2007 18:41:27 | More by franksnbeans
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks you Taliskar for the latest growler, which by itself is a work of art replicating a Russian River bottle. Big foamy head on dark grapefruit body. Floral hops, very pleasant aroma. After 7 days, we drunk this and hardly changed from room temperature and very much liked its smoothness and taste.Understated carbonation. Just as good cool or room temp.
Had a fresh bottle 4 year later, good and smooth though not as amazing as that growler.

Serving type: growler

08-28-2007 23:09:39 | More by Sammy
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4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Visited in July, and this was the first RR beer I tasted. Excellent, and in fact so good it was difficult to bother trying all the other beers...but somehow I managed. :o)
(thoroughly) enjoyed this growler a couple days later.

From the half-gallon growler pours a golden/light amber color, with a large white head that decides it wants to stick around as a thin cap to near the bottom of the glass. A couple lines of tiny bubbles rise through the beer. Exceptional lacing with each sip. If color was just a little brighter and with just a touch better clarity this would get a "5"

The nose on this beer is a "5" without reservation. It's floral, it's piney, it's fruity, it's fan-fucking-tastic! Pale malts seemed to have received a beating here and are apparently scared to show themselves. Can't stop sticking my nose in the glass...

Great tasting IPA. Pale malt has rounded up enough buddies to feel safe showing itself, though it remains a minor character here. Raw hop flavors and juiciness are really working over the saliva glands. Bittersweet grapefruit flavors all over the place and a fresh spicy kick. Finish is lingering sharp bitterness but otherwise deliciously clean. Mouth is creamy and carbonation soft, allowing the hops to do their work. Absurdly drinkable.

Not all the beers I had on my last road trip were as good when I was able to open the growler, but Blind Pig had not lost a thing a couple days later.
Ranks right up there with AleSmith, Stone IPA, and Furious on my IPA scale (and judging from the rankings, most everyone else's scale too)

Serving type: growler

08-19-2007 21:48:31 | More by udubdawg
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Flexabull for the trade.

Comes in an absolutely wonderful growler that looks like it's from an alchemest's lab.

Very nice pour, though some signs of it having spent a week in a growler are present. Big, foamy white head dissipates fairly quickly and the bubbles aren’t as intense as they might be. Still, it’s very nice.

Very sticky, resiny pine hop smell mixed with an incredibly solid caramel malt backbone. Reminiscent of Masala Mama, though not as intensely fruity with its hops.

Once again, perfect balance. Big west coast hops are fresh, green, a sticky against a very rich caramel malt and wonderful kick of bread dough yeast. Packs quite the bit of punch without coming off as overly bitter or bready. Very nicely done.

The body’s just a little bit weak, but that’s undoubtedly due to its age. In spite of this, though, the beer is still an immensely drinkable treat.

Serving type: growler

05-15-2007 18:43:18 | More by mynie
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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,599 ratings.