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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 Sammy
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy ice tea color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Lacing is excellent on this beer, and it left rings all the way down my glass.

S - The only smells I get from this beer are citrus zest and pine tree from the hops.

T - Huge hops taste but the bitterness wasn't as extreme as I expected. Citrus/pine flavors.

M - Beer has good carbonation with a very crisp taste.

D - This is a very drinkable beer for how hoppy it smelled. It only leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. Great example of this style.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.33/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Lucky Baldwin's IPA Festival 6/13/09 - ON TAP

Pours nice orange honey color with a white head.

Light grapefruit nose with light resin character.

Medium body and medium balanced. This appears on tap to be a straightforward albeit relatively thin and simple IPA.

The strong citrus/lime character with intense hops found in the bottle was not found this time on tap. Good IPA to start a tasting; over powered, however, by others you may taste at same time.

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Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: The beer is clear yellowish orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that quickly died down and left delicate lacing on the surface and a thin collar.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grapefruit, pineapple and tangerine in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but has much more pronounced flavors of the hops along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness. The tropical fruits seem a little more.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite flavorful but most impressive is its drinkability. It goes down like a breeze.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not sure why this one is so hyped up. was dying to try it, finally did, and was rather unimpressed as far as russian river goes. to me, pliny is just such a better beer, more hops, better feel, more alive. this one pales in comparison in almost every respect. same color but maybe a little less sediment and a little less carbonation than the pliny. less resinous nose, although the hops appear to be equally fresh and pungent. citrus notes and pine notes in equal proportion, although this isnt oily at all. bitter finish after a balanced american style pale ale. lighter biscuity malt doesnt overshadow the hops, but the flavors just arent as forward and assertive as the pliny. i know its a different beer entirely, and i shouldnt compare like this, but i couldnt help thinking the whole pint that this was the inferior little brother. good feel, crisp finish, plenty bitter, drinkable as hell, but just not a standout to me. especially since we all know what russian river is capable of. good ipa, not memorable for me. ill try it again in the future though.

Edit: I get it now! Fresh from the tap at the brewery itself, this is one of the best IPAs there is, it's a grapefruit smack in the jaw, and is fantastic. As bright and potent as any beer in the game. Bumping up the score a bit based on that experience, but this doesn't travel or hold up at all in my view. Wow though from the brewery!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well this was a real nice treat. I was out to dinner and saw this one the draft list. I made sure I ordered as many as I could handle in one sitting. The beer poured out as a nice golden color with a brilliant white head on top. The lacing is nice a sticky on this one. The smell of the beer is piney and full of citrusy hop aromas. It smells so refreshing. The taste of the beer is also very nice, hopped up like crazy with a clean malt backbone. The mouthfeel is very sharp and crisp with a strong carbonation to it. Overall this beer was very good, I'm glad I finally finished the trio from Russian River. All were excellent.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy light amber color and a fluffy white head that leaves great lacing

Smell: Nice citrusy grapefruit aroma

Taste: Grapefruit flavors dominate the taste buds with a subtle amount of caramel malt in the background; the finish is long and resinous

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very smooth and surprisingly flavorful for a 6% beer; exceedingly drinkable fruity IPA

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After having the beer on tap six months ago, the beer brings back some serious memories. Opening with a crystal clear golden color, great head formation, and equalled retention. Soft but delicate hop flavor and aromatics give a juicy burst of grapefruit, orange zest, perfume, and fresh-cut grasses. Very fresh, inviting, and invigorating. Maltiness is very crisp, clean, and with a cracker-like, delicate caramel taste. Hoppy, but not unnecessarily bitter or bitey. Maltiness gives the beer structure without interfering with sweetness or mouthfeel. It is the opidome of the American IPA style! Sill, I really enjoyed it more on tap.

GABF Weekend '08: Enjoyed at the Falling Rock Tap Room. A side by side comparison of this versus the Pliney the Elder revealed that this beer had much better hop flavor, a preferred balance, and superb drinkability. The beer showcases the hop flavor and aroma beautifully with a delicate, strong balance of fresh grapefruit, orange zest, lemongrass, pine, and a clean resin-ey bitterness. This is all woven into a very malty, but lightly flavored caramel-barley malt base. The body supports the hops and sweetness well and doesn't interfere with the hop flavor at all. Finishes very clean, light, and with a long lingering hop flavor. Bitterness is somewhat light, but lends to great drinkability. Undoubtedly the best balanced IPA out there- maybe the best period.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Russian River.

Pours a nice orange-copper color with a good white head. The smell is of powerful hops and a bit of sweet malt. The taste is much the same, with overriding citrus and floral hops with some pine in the background. Mouthfeel is very good with the medium body and moderate carbonatinon, and this is one of the best-drinking IPA's that I've had. Solid work.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and floral hops are clearly dominating with some notes of bitter hops are also clearly identifiable. Taste is also dominated by a complex and well built hop profile which provide a very good and complex mix between some citrus and bitter notes. Malt profile is kept very low in the mix but can still be felt. Full body with great carbonation. Quite a handful though and not your typical session IPA.

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Photo of largadeer
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a pretty unassuming beer; no fancy tap handle, not a lot of hype surrounding it, no extreme ABV. Nonetheless, the more I drink it, the more impressed I am. The nose is fresh and fragrant, full of pine and grapefruit. The taste mirrors the nose, with an exceptionally rich, fresh, piney hop flavor. An underlying caramel sweetness is present, coming through right before the finish, giving it balance. The aftertaste is long, leaving a slight oily bitterness, but without any astringency. Quite possibly the best IPA around.

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Photo of emerge077
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange with good clarity, especially creamy foam on the surface. Slight haze of micro sediment, and some upward streams of lazy bubbles.

Pungent is the keyword for the aroma...super fresh and distinct hop aromas, ranging from grapefruit and candied orange peel, to resiny and floral. With a good swirl there are traces of pale malt and barely perceptible alcohol, but they are buried under the hop onslaught.

Deep, resiny hop flavors, fruity at first, moving into an herbal earthiness, with a dry finish. Pure and extremely balanced. Vague sweetness in the aftertaste from the malt. Very juicy and bitter at the same time. Creamy texture. One bottle isn't enough, i'll have to restrain myself from drinking the rest immediately...

Thanks to Weibull for this one!

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a golden orange color with a small, fizzy, bubbly, white head.

S - It smelled of tons of pine. Also some nice citrus and caramel notes.

T - This really jumps out with a bittter hop bite at first sip. Great burnt toast maltiness. This is a well balanced IPA with a bittersweet taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good IPA. My first RR beer has me wanting more.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received from RedwoodGeorge as part of his recent 'Home Bottling Project'. I continue to be amazed at the professionalism of the labels and caps on this series of beers. Not to mention the flawless re-bottling effort itself. Since this Blind Pig is celebrating his 2 month anniversary today, I though that I'd 'Swig A Pig' before the hops lose any of their brilliance.

Flawless bright lemony amber, a color that is both rich and radiant at once. The tremendous looking polished ivory cap absolutely oozes firm creaminess; it looks great after the pour and even better as it slowly melts. There's a fair amount of thick, sudsy lace beginning to be laid down and I'm fairly certain that a majority of the glass will be coated in the end. It's a lighter, brighter IPA look and a great one.

How does Vinnie do it? How does he unlock the pure lupulin essence of some of my favorite hop varieties and turn them into such stupendous nose candy? I'm tempted to say that this is the best IPA nose that I've ever smelled, but I've said those words before and probably will again. Top 5 at least! The beer smells like sweet and sticky pineapple chunks with lemon, orange and pink grapefruit hanging around the periphery. Tropical and tremendously terrific.

Great, great, great, great beer. I could keep writing 'great' until the pigs come home, but there's more to say. No surprise that the pale malt backbone is up to the task at hand. It lends unwavering support and is in no way overmatched, but doesn't feel a need to be a contributing member of the flavor profile. Blind Pig has that underlying sweetness (that all good IPAs/DIPAs have) that allows the bitterness and the flavor of the hops to shine with blinding brilliance. Could that be the origin of the name?

Obviously, the centerpiece of this fine ale is hops, and I'm thrilled to report that it's absolutely dripping with pure, unadulterated, bitter, citric explosiveness. I've heard Centennial and have no reason to doubt the source. Its a near perfect blend of sweet and bitter, with bitter blowing the doors off the place. Hophead nirvana in a bottle.

I have no complaints about the mouthfeel, not a single one. I defy any brewer to design an IPA (that has no aspirations whatsoever on DIPAhood) that is any more drinkable than this one. It's as lightly creamy as the most demanding craft beer drinker has a right to expect and it disappears with ridiculous ease. I see that I'm going to have to start rationing what little remains.

I have no right to be critical of RedwoodGeorge since he's responsible for sending me some of the best beers on the planet Earth. That said, here's my beef. It isn't that he didn't make this bottle a bomber like the rest, it's that he didn't send me the whole damn keg of Blind Pig. Does everything that Mr. Cilurzo touches turn to brewing gold?

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Joey for getting this one across to me so quickly. I have been itching to try this one for a while and finally a bottle is made and I can get my hands on it. Very nice 500ml bottle is served up chilled and poured into a tall pilsner glass. Consumed on 08/04/2008.

The pour was very nice, rich and lively looking for sure. A nice golden amber color was transposed into the glass. Lots of carbonation actively searching for a place to go, lands it up at the top of the glass and into the mix of a rich white frothy head. Nice two inches of head quickly races by and leaves with it a nice fluffy and intact pillow across the top that slowly deposits tones of spider web like sticky lace down the sides of the glass. This was a good looking IPA.

The aroma was pungent and fresh, dripping with hop resin so bitter you could feel it through your nose. Very floral, with big notes of orange and tangerine, hints of grapefruit and lemon, with a bit of pine tar thrown in for good measure. This was what it was all about. The flavor was more f the same, and this could have been quite possibly the best tasting IPA I have ever had. Right up there with Sculpin for sure. Huge, sticky fresh hops, loaded down with candy coated sugar. Big notes here of orange all over the place. Lots of citrus of every conceivable kind just literally dripping in here. This is what I would imagine chewing on a still growing hop vine would be like. It was intensely fresh. Nice medium body, almost chewy at times gave way with more then ample carbonation and a nice profile that really just did not let up. As for drinkability...thank you sir and may I have another! This was fantastic.

Overall I have to say this one in know way let me know down. It was the big IPA that it was meant to be while still staying true to it being completely session able. I would love to have this one hooked up to me 24/7 as it was just that good! Go and get some, you really cannot beat this for a west coast IPA.

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Photo of oline73
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Capone's on Black Friday. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a finger of fluffy white head. The head leaves a ring around the edge of the glass and a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Milder than I expected. Citrus peel hops with a very mild sweetness.

Taste: Much stronger than the smell. Bitter with a good amount of malt to balance things out. The bitterness increases throughout the sip. Citrus peel hops with a bitter and peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: This is just an awesome single IPA The hop profile is wonderful, but there is just enough malt to balance it out. Definitely have it again.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, faintly-hued, dull copper body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Pungent nose dominated by robust hop notes of pithy grapefruit, earthy lemon rinds, pineapple, and flowers.

Taste: Starts with a subtly sweet, restrained pale malt base from which to launch yourself into the hop field. Soon, a full-on barrage of sharply citric hop character and bitterness pushes its way onto the palate. Strong accents of white grapefruit and rustic lemon, with somewhat lesser undertones of fruity pineapple and pressed flowers. Medium-high bitterness. The beer remains assertively bitter all the through (and beyond) the very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A bit oily, a bit sticky even.

Drinkability: Well, there's no question, it's certainly one for the hop fiends. About as reasonably easy to drink as a cuttingly bitter India Pale Ale can hope to be.

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Photo of jlindros
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow I've never gotten to try this yet. Not sure how with all the Russian River stuff I've traded for. Finally got this thanks to RaulMatisse. Bottled on 01/13/10 so not too fresh but fresh enough.

A: Pouring into oversized snifter yields a large 1.5 finger fluffy airy head that slowly fades over the very hazy and even slightly chunkified orange nectar color.

N: Despite a couple months on it the nose is loaded with fresh musty wet hops and dry hops. Tons of pine, citrus, some grapefruit, sweet floral and fruity hops. And that's about wraps her all up, fresh sweet delicious smelling hops.

T: Oh yeah, tooons of grapefruit and pine, citrus hops, some slight chewy earthy hop taste. Pretty bitter but not overwhelming. Very juicy and tasty too. I can see that the hops have faded ever so slightly in the taste more than the aroma, but it's still delicious. A very very slight malty base, but mostly just fresh tasty hops. As it sits on the tongue I get more of the fresh musty wet hops as well. A little bit of a hop oil taste even.

M: Medium body with tons of carbonation, even a slight oily hop feel.

F: Pretty bitter still, it seems to just hold strong at a nice bitter taste the whole time, and with that on the finish it dries quite a bit. It leaves a very fresh dry hop taste in the mouth as it dries, like I just steeped fresh hops in it and took a slurp from the hoppy slur. Lots of pine and hop resins on the finish and some citrus. A very tasty beer, brings you all over the hop map, good parts at least. Worthy of the hype, or better than the lack thereof at least. Not quite as good as Pliny though.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks to brentk56 or this in the recent Secret Halloween BIF.

Pours a clear, golden orange with several fingers of poofy eggshell colored head. Solid ½ finger of retention that stays thick and foamy, flaring up magnificently and leaving a huge cascade of sticky hop lacing behind. The aroma is a nose tingling mix of floral hops, pine cones, spice, some REALLY juicy smelling citric notes, and caramel sweetness that does a very good job of balancing out the nose.

The taste is a biting, resinous hop bitterness up front that never seems to quite run wild, as it's reigned in by tangy citrus character and a silky caramel backbone. That bitterness once again rears its' head in the finish, leaving a dry and lingering feel that has you eagerly anticipating the next sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a wonderful softy and creamy texture to it that spreads out across the palette and moves the flavors along. There is also a good bit of hop oil slickness to the body and the 6% ABV is hidden very well hidden.

This is just an extremely well crafted and solid IPA from Russian River. All of the flavors that you would want in a West Coast IPA plus the look, body, and most of all, drinkibility were all top notch. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

This afternoon calls for a deluge of hops. Get some! This salvo pours a clear apple juice topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises caramel, pine, light leek, and ruby red grapefruit. The taste holds notes of grapefruit rind, mint, pine, light leek, and a much more subdued caramel. The body is a a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, heavy on the hops without overdoing it. Good times here.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap (uncommon for Russian River brews) served into N'Ice Chouffe 20cl stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottle date is 09/30/2011. Served refrigerator-cold. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Nice bittering hops over top what seems to be a lightly toasted malt and barley foundation. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Pleasant bittering hops over top a very nicely constructed lightly toasted malt and barley foundation. It's a touch too bitter, but it's nicely built overall, and rather balanced, though its relative simplicity makes this easy to accomplish. I do quite like it.

Mf: Crisp, pleasant, unobtrusive, smooth, and wet. Suits the flavour quite nicely.

Dr: Very drinkable and of nice quality. Thought it's my least favourite style, I'd readily have it again - especially if it were offered on draught. It's not as special as other beers from Russian River, but it's wonderfully hoppy and pleasant. It will satisfy true fans of the style; this is an IPA done right, not the "dump as many hops in as possible and call it good" school of brewing.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired from fogdog courtesy of the 2009 Secret Bunny BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of strong floral hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste is extremely well-balanced with a strong but not over-powering burst of grassy hops and sweet citrus, plus some caramel in the background. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but it works perfectly for this beer. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is definitely one of the very best IPA's that I've had. It's the type of beer that is worth drinking a lot of for a whole evening.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson for getting a draft of this for me at the drafting room- 10oz pour in a goblet.

A - A light haziness in the golden appearance w/ amber hues, overall a very attractive ale. The head is thin and has an off white shade w/ very small bead

S - The aroma has it! Mango, pineapple and golden grapefruit w/ piney hop notes and lemony, citrus peel blend. The mild tropical hints are just pungent and combine w/ hop notes that indicate a bitter yet fragrant beer

M - A dry citrus bite w/ medium carbonation and bitter herbal texture w/ tangy grapefruit acidity. The mouthfeel has intensely bitter quality that lasts long after the swallow giving a dry texture on the palate and yet has mild sweet malt in with the bitter to keep it from feeling too harsh, just a shadow of malt

T - The taste has sweet mango, grapefruit witha a gentle lemon zest tinge. The flavor of malt is there but the focus here is the hops with have an herbal bitter element after the grapefruit-flesh of the grapefruit flavor, not the zest really. The light pepper in the flavor adds a grassy ting to the IPA, with mild malt and resinous hop flavors melding, barely a touch of alcohol in the flavor

D - This is a fantastic IPA, superb bitter, yet dry and refreshing qualities outweigh any negatives. There is a potent hop dose utilized and fresher Ipa's there are few. I really consider this one of the country's best examples of an American IPA- hops are not neglected in any way.

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

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

A fine, fresh, hoppy IPA. Poured a hazy copper with a nice frothy white head that laced well. Big hoppy aroma, floral and fruity, with notes of grapefruit and lemon. Taste is of pine, resin, grapefruit, lemon zest and apricot, with a sweet malty background. Leaves a resinous, bitter aftertaste; crisp and drying. Medium-bodied and very drinkable.

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