Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev -0.7%
I was very excited to try this on tap at Monk's Café in Philly. Pours the standard IPA look, though this one might reside on the lighter side of things (as opposed to the amber side of the IPA spectrum). Hugely aromatic, very fresh grapefruit and vine aromas--hops rule here. Taste is equally dominated by the grapefruit citrus hops, giving it a crisp edge. Very clean and easy drink, smooth in the mouth. Feel is good, though not so much so as to distinguish this from other good IPAs. Great one here.
07-08-2010 20:34:55 | More by LordAdmNelson
4.65/5 rDev +6.7%
Many thanks to brother BA mikesgroove for this gem. Consumed on 11/01/08.
Golden in color with a pillowy white head. Left great, sticky lace throughout the glass.
Aromas whafting with complete, unabashed, piney, citrusy hoppy goodness. Very fresh in the nose and hardly abrasive.
Smooth on the palate, very much so actually. Amazingly fresh and vibrant hoppy flavor with great bitterness to boot. Long lingering on the palate with the hops. Great play, really, with the light malt character and the heavy hops... IMHO, the way an IPA ought to be. Because of that, Blind Pig shoots up the charts as one of my favorite IPAs made to date.
Fantastically drinkable, mid-level in body, and highly sessionable based on above notes. My first venture into Russian River was a highly successful one. Splendid.
Many thanks to mikesgroove, again, for this one.
11-01-2008 23:36:09 | More by goindownsouth
4.25/5 rDev -2.5%
Big thanks to papollo to sending me this from his trip to Cali!
Bottle is dated 3/26/09, so just around 3 months old at this point. Pours a light honey-golden, almost like a macro. Nice puffy head, retains exceptionally well. Nice and sticky for some cool lacing patterns. Smells of subdued hops, nice standard IPA smell. Taste... very clean piney hops. Nice and on the dryer side, like I like. A bit of earthiness from the hops, also. Citrus takes a back door, comes in more on the back palate, along with a mapley slight sweetness. Pretty much comes in on the back of the roof of the mouth. Most excellent. Great mouthfeel and carbonation, nice drinkability also. Can't wait to try Pliney!
07-06-2009 23:00:19 | More by damienblack
4.4/5 rDev +0.9%
24 days old
Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. Beautiful, almost clear, orange body with a fingers worth of white, frothy, head. Keeps a nice white cap as you dink and Leaves some nice lacing behind.
Lots of orange wedge citrus on the nose. Some grassy, earthy bitterness with a touch of pine. Good nose for a regular IPA.
Sweet malts infused with citrus-laden hops on the tongue. Finishes with grapefruit pith and a nice lingering bitterness. Malts are up front, but the finish is all citrus and hop.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a good amount of bitterness throughout. Well carbonated and the body is almost chewy, yet refreshing. I love that there is a good helping of bitterness, but it never becomes astringent.
Drinkability is great. This is one of the best single IPA offerings I have ever had. Definitely in the top 5. At 6% ABV I could easily drink a few of these. Another awesome addition to the hop-forward Russian River beers.
01-27-2011 22:42:39 | More by sisuspeed
4.2/5 rDev -3.7%
a: pours a nice golden orange color with about a half inch of head that disappears steadily. Meaning that it is not as fast as some beers i have seen, but not a slow either. There is a lot of lace around the edge of the glass and atop of the beer
s: Piney, citrus hop bitterness grapefruit lemons. All of this balanced with a nice caramel malt backbone
t: similar to the aroma. The sweet caramel backbone hits you first. Second is the ths citrus hops. Lastly and nicely placed is the piney hops.
m: medium to full bodied beer with a little carbonation
overall, wow this is a good beer. I wish I could get more easily
11-14-2010 15:13:20 | More by happygnome
4.36/5 rDev 0%
510 ml bottle poured into a SN tulip
A: Pours a beautiful crisp clear yellow almost light orange with a soapy looking white head. Medium carbonation and some good lacing. Great looking beer.
S: Nice citrus and pine character with great balance and smoothness. A little dank but mainly citrus and also a little fruity sweetness. An amazing smelling beer for sure. Really juicy.
T: Nice smooth bitterness and a lot of hop flavor. Nice and dry with a lot of hop character without being too over the top or bitter ass hell. Balance is definitely there and you can tell Vinnie knows wtf he's doing.
M: Medium carbonation and dry, which lends to a nice refreshing finishing bitterness. Great beer for sure.
O: An amazing beer I would not mind having everyday. Of course I'd prefer their other more well known and more popular beers but this is also along those lines. Well worth the try and a must have RR beers in my book.
05-24-2014 22:30:41 | More by MarioM
4.33/5 rDev -0.7%
pours a beautiful golden caramel color with hints of lemon. Nice thick one-finger eggshell head with decent sheets of lace.
Aroma is impressively strong; floral and citrus hops backed by pine hop notes. Juicy floral and citrusy hops dominate. smells even fruitier and fresher on tap than I remember in bottles.
Juicy. hefty fruit, orange, lemon, grapefruit, floral hops and some herbal green hops. malts are prevalent, for sure, but the hops really shine through. The sugars of the malts keep the hops from overwhelming. impressive.
Mouth is perfect for an IPA. it tends toward the thick and viscous side like grapefruit juice. I can almost taste the pulp. Thick yet it seems crazy drinkable on tap. smooth, light, and almost refreshing.
Overall is wow. if this were still drinkability, it'd get a 5. On the whole, it's hard to find a fault with this one. While I might get slapped in the face for saying this, blind pig casts a shadow over the cowering, pretentiously over-hopped Pliny. Blind pig is king.
05-18-2011 04:46:40 | More by djeucalyptus
4.45/5 rDev +2.1%
A pint served at the Russian River Brewery.
Golden with a slight chill haze, dense head with great retention and pleny of lace. Citrus aroma with a hint of malt. Some noticeable carbonation up front. Pine middle. Bitter back end, but surprisingly light for the amount of IBUs.
10-28-2010 23:59:04 | More by LittleDon
3.48/5 rDev -20.2%
Bottle purchased from City Beer Store.
Hazy golden/orange appearance with sudsy foam around the rim of the glass.
Smells super hoppy, with notes of Christmas tree.
Taste: of course, ridiculous amounts of hops, which I assume, in combination with the apparent scarcity of this beer, is why folks have given it such a high average rating.
Mouthfeel: Pretty nice, notwithstanding the tongue-lashing that is delivered by the hops.
Drinkability: I will have difficulty making it through my bottle tonight. The hops are overboard and unbalanced.
09-24-2008 03:00:02 | More by waltonc
4.23/5 rDev -3%
Courtesy of BostonRyan, 500ml bottled on 12.12.12, consumed just under 3 months later. Hope it stayed fresh enough! Poured into a 12 oz Spiegelau snifter.
A: Golden clear color with a big 2 finger eggshell-white head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Even 3 months old the nose is still great. Nice hops, tropical fruits and grapefruit, mango, orange, and some pine with grassy notes. Great!
T: Hop taste follows the nose, but I think this one is a little too old, tastes a little stale. It's pretty dry, and otherwise well-balanced. Malt backbone gives it a good drinkability without making it too heavy.
M: Good carbonation, medium body, crisp and clean, dry on the finish.
O: I think I'd probably enjoy this better fresh, but still a really solid IPA. I'd be happy to drink it any time.
03-10-2013 03:34:58 | More by MCain04
4.15/5 rDev -4.8%
POURS. Hazy. soapy head but with sexy retention. looks a little like light orange soapy water, though. which is okay.
smells like a good one. actually the aroma is amazing. hop aroma is so strong it's almost minty, as my friend points out. what hops? Chinook? glorirapturousfreaknesssweet? I love that hop.
taste is just a bit disappointing after the killer aroma. still tastes pretty great, and gets better as it warms. balanced towards hops, of course. bitterness lingers in the finish and is excellent.
Mouthfeel is also disappointing, a bit watery. finish in the mouthfeel is good though, as the bitterness lingers leaving some astringency.
So light but with a huge amount of flavor... I could drink this, like... a lot. too bad it's clear across the country.
08-16-2008 02:04:48 | More by khiasmus
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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