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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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1,384 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,384
Hads: 5,389
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 1,820
Gots: 807 | FT: 24
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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 bbothen
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light orange/tangerine color with a noce bubbly 1 finger head.

Smells of earthy, grassy, oily, citrus, spruce hops. Somehow this smells like hops were freshly squeezed. It is awesome.

Sharp bitter hop bites your tongue with a vengeance. Big grapefruit, tangerine, grassiness make you happy. The pale maltiness balnces things out.

Crisp. Medium. Moderately carbonated.

At 6% and this delicious....it's sessionable. For me at least.

Great beer to pair with cheese, apple, or whatever else ya got. Oink.

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

Poured from a 500mL bottle (dated 7-22-08) into a pint glass.

A: Clear and golden with a decent sized white head. Next time I'll pour a bit harder in hopes of a better head.

S: Knock your socks off piney and floral hops. Even better than Elder!

T: Malty for a moment until the hops hit, and hit hard! Pine, fruity and floral. Very complex for an IPA.

MF: Medium bodied and crisp. Absolutely excellent example of the style!

D: I could drink this all day long! So harshly hoppy I can't really call it perfect, but close.

One of my favorite IPAs, beaten only by Younger and Alesmith's offering. Get your hands on it if you can get it fresh!

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice yellow color, much lighter than the Pliny I had earlier. Smells good, some of that west coast. Very hoppy flavor and only slightly bitter. Probably too easy to drink. I think Russian River will have no problem selling beer in Colorado. I will buy it all.

update 02/02/09 batch

really nice aroma of pineapple and fruit. Bitter taste, wish I bought more..

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

Big thanks to brewCzar for the chance to try this!

Clear golden copper with a billowing foamy white head. Huge lacing sticks to the side of the glass while the head never quite diminishes. Hoppy aroma hits you in the face as soon as you open the bottle and never lets up. Grapefruit, orange rind, and just a touch of cat-pee (simcoe hops?). Man, this is bitter. Not the over the top flowery bitter from a Ruination but just a smooth, clean, very well balanced bitter. A little pine in the finish and a nice resiny coating on the teeth. Feel is solid. Not spectacular but cots extremely well leading to a finish that lasts forever.

Okay I get it. This is the benchmark for the "West Coast IPA". Or, if it isn't, it should be. Six percent means it's just over sessionable and it doesn't rip your face off (not always bad!) the way a big DIPA can. Just right.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on-tap at Hollingshead...this is what I thought:

A: Golden color with huge head. Very good lacing.

S: Mixture of malts and bitter hop smell.

T: Intial taste very similar to Pliny the Elder, but a much more extreme bitter finish.

M:Creamy with medium body. Carbonation right in the middle too. Very refreshing.

D: This beer is neither balanced or unbalanced...kind of hard to describe...but very refreshing. A mild begining with a very nice bite at the end.

Overall: A very good beer. No complaints.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of RedChrome
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour produced a very light haze and a medium golden color. Inch and a half white colored head retained a few minutes. Average amount of meandering carbonation. Lacing is big sticky clumps.

Aroma is a super floral hop scent up front. Citrus presence also blends nicely to leave just a light sweet malt aroma. A true refreshing scent on the nose.

A very earthen grit to the first hit on the tongue. Malt is more present then in the aroma, and tasted like fresh biscuits. Hops quickly assert there floral and citric blend.

A nice beer that clings on the tongue. Carbonation was enough to note and shift flavor but not dominant.

A great beer. Works great with a nice sharp Italian table cheese. Huge thanks to BrewerB for this in a trade. And a big cheers to Russian River for a great offering.

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

Bottle date 7/8/08

Ahhh, we've finally come full circle. Many years ago I had my first Blind Pig in a hot tub in San Diego. Wowza, did it blow my socks off. I just remember how awfully bitter it was!
Finally, the pig has been ressurected.

Pours light, hazy gold, with a one inch head of dense white foam.
Retention is moderate and clingy lacework throughout.

Aromatics are pungent and floral.
Tangerines, pine sap, grapefruit, apricots, melons, and light, fresh malt.
Tropical fruits in a Northern forest.

Medium bodied, with a crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Bright, juicy hops lead off the pallet. Pink grapefruit, spruce resin, orange pith, and melon rind.
Drying, smooth bitterness steps forward and some mild alcohol is present when looked for.
Loaded with fruit and pine, super dry and lightly malty.

Finishes with lingering citrus fruit pith, a bit of pine bark, and plenty of firm, drying bitterness.

Better than I remember, and certainly my bitterness threshold has changed since the original.

Big ups to RblWthACoz for the hook-up..Proper!

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this fantastic brew.

Pours a clear deep yellow/orange color with a massive flufftastic white head. Nose is balls out hops and a very slight skunk. Taste is quite incredible with an awesome citrus and pine hop profile that is beaten by few if any IPAs. Like eating a bowl of pellet hops. Very nice mouthfeel, a touch dry. Drinkability is second to none here, as this one is chuggable as hell. Overall a very very good IPA that I would love to have available locally. Midnight sun IPAs are some of the best in the world, but Russian River still holds that top spot IMO. amazing beer, strongly recommended.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to jerz for this brew in a trade. Pours with a thin head. Fairly light in color for an IPA. Huge nose of pine hops. Tastes mostly of pine but with a bit of citrus. Mouthfeel is smooth & this is a drinkable big hoppy beer. Kind of tastes like the Elder minus the roids. Recommended & worth seeking.

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

Thanks goes out to cstrack for this brew.

Pours a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy/thick, off-white head, lots of nice thick/creamy sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, very hoppy, slight touch of malts, very nice touch of citrus with some pines. The taste is slight sweet, hoppy, bitter, very nice citrus/pines. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome IPA for sure, glad I finally got a chance to try it, highly recommended. Thanks Casey.

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Photo of travisd13
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a New Belium tulip.

A- Pours a golden orange with a small white head. Head lingers for a period of time.

S- Very floral / earthy hops present. Pine, citrus...faint grapefruit hits. Very little to no malt aromas.

T- Earthy hops with just enough malt to balance it a little. Alcohol is present but still very well hidden. Fininshes very nice...a good finishing bitter.

M- Lighter and smooth. A little on the sticky side. Very nicely carbonated.

D- Very drinkable!! I could drink a few of these in a sitting. One of the better IPA's I've got to try. Now they (RR) just need to send it to Seattle so I can get it more often.

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Photo of popery
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought this beer at the SOMA Whole Foods in San Francisco, after picking up a Pliny the Elder last week, and am currently kicking myself for not trying Russian River beers sooner.

Looking about exactly how I picture a good IPA, the beer pours relatively clear and beautifully golden with thin lacing. It smells of citrus and pine, not the overwhelming floral explosion of Pliny, but pleasant in its own right.

Blind Pig has great taste and feel for an American IPA. It is light and pleasant without a single sour note. The hops are delicious, and the alcohol highlights them well. There are some subtle flavors that I won't attempt to identify but am definitely able to appreciate. The beer is crisp and refreshing in both feel and taste and leaves a pleasant bitterness on the tongue.

As for drinkability, I would like to sit and drink this beer all day. Blind Pig doesn't overwhelm your senses or knock you over with flavor. It's just a great hoppy beer that could be enjoyed anytime. Sitting outside with a cooler of these on a hot day (maybe, up on the Russian River) would be a marvelous way to relax.

Note: In case anyone cares in the slightest, ABV is marked as 6.10% and not 6.00% as on Beer Advocate. Bottled on 7/8/08.

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Photo of johnnieoz
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of csmiley
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark gold with hints of copper thrown in. The white head was minimal and didn't stick around for too long. Some lacing remains.

S - Floral / earthy hops dominate. Mostly pine and grass with some forest as well. A small amount of fruitiness comes in at the tail end with grapefruit. No malt aroma to speak of.

T - Taste is impressive. Alot of earthy flavors swirling around here. Pine, tobacco, fresh cut grass and wood, leaves, etc... Easy to pick out the alcohol but it goes well with the hop profile. Malt is really just an afterthought in this beer and does not stand out at all.

M - Medium to light bodied with good carbonation. Very clean and smooth. Finish is more bitter than dry and hangs on for a bit. Very nice.

D - Drinkability is very good. I could easily have a few of these. It goes down very easy and has a very pleasant hop profile that does not get out of hand at any point. Russian River really nailed a solid brew with the Blind Pig. Highly recommended.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle
Bottled on 07/09/08

A- Pours a nice amber color with a sticky off-white head.

S- The aroma is not surprisingly filled with fresh resinous hops and hints of fruit.

T- The taste follows the aroma with a bold hop flavor with not much malt to note. Awesome west-coast IPA flavor!

M- The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy, but is a little thin and watery.

D- A really well-crafted IPA, but I don't know if I would want to drink more that one bottle in a sitting. Pretty one dimensional in flavor, but what do you expect from a West-coast IPA.

Overall, Blind Pig is another outstanding brew from Russian River. Those guys sure have their shit together when it comes to brewing. Highly recommended for all hop heads out there.

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Photo of midaszero
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange gold with a solid 2 finger of fluffy white head with sticks around and good lacing.

S - HOPS with a floral and woodsy flare

T - Roasty wood hops with some grapefruit

M - Medium body and medium carbonation

D - This is an IPA I could drink all the time assuming I always had fresh access to it.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Joey from SBD for hooking me up with this deal-bottled 7/22/2008 into Coronado pint glass...

Beautiful crisp natural honey color and ample carbonation with slight haze. Tight bready head is spot on with decent lacing

Not sure how you can get better than this-oily, floral, grapefruit hops with even backbone of caramel malt and slight alcohol burn. Perfect.

Almost ditto on taste-even citrus hop bite with malty backbone. Slight earthiness precludes perfection but this is awesome.

Mouthfeel is consistent hop pucker from back to front. No burn or aftertaste but it's a little thinner than expected.

If I had more bottles of this I could session this up all day. Incredible.

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

Thanks ricand for this one. Medium sized capped bottle. Bottled July 29, 2008, sent overnight, so as fresh as I will ever get.

Poured into a tulip; golden with some reddish hue, a nice light tan thick head, good retention and lacing.
Rich aroma, hoppy as expected, multiple fruits with a bit more orange in the mix than I expected, along wiht the usual piney and grapefruit notes. Some mild maltiness underlies the whole hoppiness; I guess it is bready. Other notes include some earthiness, but 90% of the nose is hoppy.
Bitter and hoppy upfront, citrusy with lots of oranges again, along with the usual grapefruit and other fruits. Perhaps an occasional hint of sweetness, but it is hops all along, without being overwhelming. Easy to drink, nicely done. Close to an alpha king.

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Photo of kkipple
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Keith I get to try this hyped-up hop-bomb. Courtesy of a 500ml bottle with a... well, a blind pig on the front. Hum.

Pours a hazy red gold with not much head. Looks almost identical to the Pliny the Elder we tried later in the night. Not bad, but nothing to write home about. No lace to speak of.

Mmm, hoppy goodness... the nose is the best thing going here. So hoppy it almost defies description. Grapefruit, lemon, mint (?!), and general leafy green fresh hop bitters. Reminds me of beer run through a Randall. Smells quite sweet and sugary, and the overall impression is balmy and cleansing. IPAs just don't smell much better than this.

Taste is... well, pretty basic. Hoppy, citrus bitterness and more hops are the order of the day here. The sweetness is quite restrained and nowhere what you'd think given the nose. I'd be very curious to know the hop bill for this one.

Mouthfeel is thin and light. Big hoppy finish that lingers on the palate. Finishes well, and quite drinkable.

As an overhopped West Coast IPA Blind Pig is good, but IMO there are better ones out there (Green Flash comes to mind.) Does it live up to the hype? No, but don't let that stop you from trying it.

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Photo of SolsticeDreamer
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I've had this brew, been waiting over two years for it!!

Appearance: Orangey beauty clear foamy water. Oh it sits so pretty within the glass. A lovely pour, and a stands even so lovely as you sip it down marking it's last level.

Smell: Welcoming, my hop-head within is awakened. I closed my eyes and moved beyond the citrus hops and grass to a malt aroma that brings it home.

Taste: Straight no chaser on the tongue. Malty hopped IPA. No games no lies. It is what it is.

Mouthfeel: Amazing oillyness from the hops. Great Medium body; won't leave you hanging.

Drinkability: A nice serving at a perfect ABV, I could have another but why... Save it for later, my tongue just got off one this brew and is good for the day....

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Photo of khiasmus
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

Purchased at Hollingshead's. Bottled on 7/22/08 and consumed on 8/15/08.

A- Poured from a 500mL bottle into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours a clear gold color with a white head that settles to a thick layer over the beer, leaving some nice web-like lacing after each sip.

S- The aroma is dominated by piney hops with a faint malt sweetness in the background.

T- The flavor of this beer is a bit one-dimensional, but not in a bad way. There is very little malt backing to even out the intense, piney bitterness, but the taste possesses such a raw, pure hop character that it completely makes up for any lack of balance. There is a tart and tangy flavor of citrus rind towards a very dry finish, which also yields a lasting bitterness on the palate.

M- The mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D- Due to the immense bitterness, I couldn't see myself wanting more than one 500mL bottle in one sitting. However, I had no problem polishing off one bottle, and the 6.10% ABV makes this even easier to enjoy.

This is the hoppiest single IPA I have ever had. Truly a hop head's dream. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ccrida
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Belmont Station, served in a pint glass, Blind Pig is a clear yellow with a medium sized, creamy white head that leaves very nice lace. On the paler side for an IPA, which I really like sometimes.

Smell is hoppy, big blast of grapefruit, with some sweeter florals and some gingerbread like spiciness developing as it warmed. Really nice, I'm not sure how Russian River does it, but they always manage to get this big hop aroma while at the same time keeping it softer and not as pungent as the hop bombs.

Taste is also big on the hops, but more pungent and resinous then the nose, pine and sour citrus, firm bitterness balanced by just enough sweetness to keep it relatively balanced. Not a mind blower, but damn tasty. Like Pliny, it's all about the aroma.

Mouthfeel is lighter and oily.

Drinkability is high, this is a very tasty IPA, greater then the sum of it's parts, full of flavor but not to strong or heavy. Can't wait until this is a regular here in town!

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from BrewerB in a trade - thanks! Poured the whole thing into a 22 oz. Terrapin snifter.

Appearance: A gorgeous orange-amber beer, slightly hazy, with a good, thick, rocky one-and-half finger cream-colored head with above-average retention and a reasonable amount of sticky, streaky lacing. Sparse but fine and fast carbonation.

Aroma: It amazes me what Russian River does with aroma. This beer smells fantastic - really strong mintiness, juniper, and rosemary notes stand on equal footing with grapefruit, pineapple, kiwi, and a few other tropical fruit and citrus notes. It's pungent and intense and absolutely wonderful smelling. There's also some dry, bready, lightly roasted graininess, but that's really neither here nor there - this one's all about the hops.

Taste: Similar to the Pliny (the Elder), but only in so far as the taste is a slight letdown after the mindblowing aroma. This one's nice, but nothing outstanding. It's very dry, with lots of leafy, woody, herbal notes, a few hints of orange zest, a moderate level of bitterness, and a husky, grainy, lightly toasted malt base. Not bad at all - just, not mindblowing.

Mouthfeel: Great feeling beer here - it's smooth, creamy, very even, and the slickness (from the hop oils) hits all the right spots. Good level of carbonation for all the other elements.

Drinkability: A very nice manageable level of alcohol that you don't taste even a hint of. Overall, a really good beer, and one I'd gladly have again. It's really an expectations game - when the taste is great after an average aroma, the rising tide seems to left the whole beer, but when it's the other way around ... either way, this beer is recommended.

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

Russian River- Blind Pig

Big thanks go to Mikesgroove(Mike) for this beer!

A- Bright hazy light orange with a good frothy head. Light lacing.
S- Big sweet grapefruit/ orange rind. Creamy caramel malt and pine needles thrown in for good measure.
T- Big sweet, slight bitter, citrus bite. Lemon and Grapefruit dominate. Slowly melds into a creamy caramel malt and piney hop flavor. Grapefrui dominate throughout.
M- Starts off sweet with a small bitter bite, creamy body, and a bitter pine hop finish.

Overall- Delicious, 1 of the best IPA's I've had in a while. Lives up to the hype.(Thanks Mike!)

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,384 ratings.