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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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Reviews: 1,395
Hads: 5,490
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.59%
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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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

A: snifter. nice amber color, more orange than yellow. pure white head with outstanding retention, and nice hanging lacing.

S: huge high alpha hops aroma. tons of citrus and pine, grapefruit and spruce.

T: such a well-balanced AIPA. wonderful malts with a huge amount of citrus hops, mostly grapefruit surrounded by some big pine and spruce trees.

M: so well-balanced. perfect carbonation level. clean, crisp, and extremely smooth.

D: I could drink tons of these, I just finally found a beer that could possibly replace Two Hearted as my favorite.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found this on tap at Hollingshead's Delicatessen - The appearance was very cloudy but the bartender just changed the keg and I got the first pour. Talk about FRESH this beer was like I died and gone to Heaven. Big fruity burst of Peaches and melon. The mouthfeel was very silky and thick like a beer milkshake! The drinkabilty was off the chart. I had a roastbeef and blu cheese sandwich that went pretty well with this tasy IPA.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Golden orange with a thick frothy off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Aroma of tropical and citrus fruits. Just what I want in my IPA's. The only reason I did not give it a 5.0 was beacuse the aroma is not very strong. Really have to get the nose down in there.

T - Very light sweetness up front before being dominated by the citrusy hops. Tastes of grapefruit and hints of pineapple. Perfect level of bitterness.

M/D - Medium bodied with the nice bitter IPA kick. Very tasty IPA that could be a great session beer.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

She sounds good with the cheeba, I'm very lucky to meet her. I don't be fallin' in love, I stay away from the drama.

Nah, not with this stuff. Deep golden amber, steady carbonation. Big fluffy head, excellent retention, patterns of lacing.

Smells fresh and fonky. Raw, resinous, juicy. Funky greenery. Citrusy goodness from the left coast. Pure IPA goodness, plain and simple.

Clean, green, fresh, and mean. Lots of hop goodness. About perfect here. A little pepper added to the hops, slight spice. Just what I'd hope for with this style. Lots of hops, little malt reinforcement, and just an amazing taste to it.

Mouthfeel is bitter and assertive, though not so much as a few that come to mind. Well carbonated and very smooth.

Too easy going down. Easily a top tier IPA in my book if not the best. Right up there in the realm of Sculpin and Two Hearted.

A new favorite without a doubt and one I'm glad to have tried on a few occasions now.

Thanks to jhenry04 for a few bottles of this as well as 0110x110 for the TIF treat...

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to swnicholson for the chance!
Poured from the bottle (bottled 7/9/08) to a tulip. Nice hazy orange with a sticky white head. Good retention. Some floral aromas along with some orange and grapefruit.
Great hop bite right up front. Mellows with a wonderful fruity hop lingering bitterness. Ths one is chewy and delicious. It has that extra je ne sais quois that most ipa's lack. Might be the sticky, oily, fruity hop flavor that does not just make it a hip bomb, but also gives it some balance. It is not just bitter, but full of flavor as well. Wonderful beer. Top 3 IPA's I have tried, easy.

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

Bottled July 22, 2008; Sampled August 7, 2008
Pours into my New Belgium Globe glass with a nice pungent scent and a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that has some stickiness to it. The beer is a hazy amber hue that shows a more copper hue when held up to the light. Sticky grapefruit notes mix with sweet lychee notes, which are offset in the finish by a sticky herbal note that takes on overtones of hemp oil, peppery sage and just plain, green, hop-stink. Vivaciously hoppy, this has the fruit character that I like in a good IPA as well as the balancing, dank hoppiness that is needed for balance. Quite a nice example of a beer that captures the essence of concentrated hop nectar. No real malt aromatics are noticeable, if you really dig for them there is just a wisp of toasty, pale malt, but only just.

Sharply bitter up front, then the mouth coats the palate and helps to carry the hop flavor, but the bitterness kicks back in towards the finish and lingers on in the mouth with an herbal edge to it. After my first sip I feel like I was just chewing on some fresh hops. Citrus & hop-fruit flavors of grapefruit, bergamot oil, lychee and bright tangelo make a significant showing, but are ultimately engulfed by the palate coating, herbal bitterness that is what is left lingering on in the palate after each sip has passed down my throat. Impressively quaffable, this has some heft to it with enough body to just carry the hops, but remains light enough to be drinkable like a good IPA should.

This is definitely a beer for the hopheads out there. It definitely doesn't pull any punches and is aggressively hoppy. If in the mood for an aggressive hop experience this definitely fits the bill. It doesn't get overly harsh and it is just so dang quaffable. This is much more aromatic and hop flavorful than the draught sample I had previously.

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Photo of fo5s
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle (care of swnicholson- thanks!!) poured into my sam adams glass. Bottle very clearly displays bottled on 070808. Props to russian river for displaying the date so clearly- there's no searching the bottle for a tiny stamped on date that's always illegible (think victory).

The scent of hops jumps right out as soon as I open the bottle. Pours a pale amber with a two-finger foamy head. Grapefruity smell of hops is strong and clean. Looks and smells like a great IPA to me.

Taste gives a crisp kick of hops, with appropriate bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and crisp. Drinkability is rather high, this packs a good hop punch for its 6%ABV.

This isn't a mind blowing beer, but its a top notch representation of the style. Don't kill yourself to get a bottle of this, but if you ever have the opportunity, jump on it.

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

poured into an imperial pint glass. amber color, fluffy off white head, tons of lacing.
smell is floral piney hops.
taste is more of the same, dry, hoppy, delicious, malt is there, but this baby is all hops. mouthfeel is good, not thin, but not huge either. goes down well. excellent beer, love it.

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

500 ml bottle. Bottled on 07-09-08. 6.10% abv.

Slightly cloudy, golden yellow body. Tall, thick, puffy, beige-white head lasts forever! Luscious, fresh, juicy hop nose. Big citrus and pine dominate. Some pineapple, butterscotch, and shortbread cookie are there too.

Taste starts with herbal hops bitterness and toasted malt. Big citrus and pine hops take over. Shortbread cookie and caramel malt in the background. This one is all about the hops though. Resinous pine bitterness is pervasive and numbingly delicious and appetizing. Raw citrus and sap in the finish. Medium body with a creamy feel. A quintessential West Coast IPA done to damn near perfection. I wish I could get this more easily!

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Photo of MiScusi
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a bottle of the first batch.

A- When in good lighting it pours a clear golden orange, though sometimes can look reddish orange.

S- citric, orange marmalade, a bit floral.

T- Bitter, citrus rind, grapefruity, quite floral actually. Way more floral than I remember it.

M- medium to light-medium body. Carbonation in these bottles is fine.

I must say when I first had Blind Pig a couple years ago I became an instant fan and it was my favorite RR brew. Recently I have found the regular house RR IPA to be more satisfying, though I still enjoy Blind Pig very much.
Bumping the last rating up from 4.3-->5.0 This is just an amazing IPA as I have always known but I love the mango fruit aspect to it so much... makes it so unique.

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

Bottled on 7/9/08

Appearance: It pours a hazy golden/amber color. Head is just a tad off-white and only about a finger and a half deep. It dissipated pretty quickly, but left a nice sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: The nose is very, very impressive. It's loaded with citrus sweetness. Grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and mango aromas are very prevalent. Hops are strong and are primarily citric in character. Smells like heaven. There's a healthy dose malt. Pale malts are all I'm picking up. Not noticing any caramel. It does have a bit of an earthy quality to it, though it doesn't seem to be the hops. No alcohol is noted. This is a pretty straight forward, but fantastic smelling beer.

Taste: It's damn near as good as the nose, but not quite. There's a heavy citrus aspect to this IPA. Grapefruit, pineapple, lemon and mango are noted. It's sweet, but very refreshing. Hops also are citric in quality. They really have a near perfect bitter flavor. It's extremely appetizing. Pale malts provide a little balance and character, but they don't really detract much from the bitter flavor. It is a little grainy and earthy. Alcohol is blended extremely well and is not noticeable at all. Finishes sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is pretty active, but doesn't get in the way of its smooth feel. Where's the "6" for drinkability? It is that drinkable. With abv at 6%, I'd have no trouble drinking loads of this (and I'd be thrilled to do so).

Blind Pig's an excellent IPA. Easily among the best out there. I'd prefer just a little bit more of a piney quality to the hops. But, I'm not going to complain any more than that. This is a very fine IPA. Can Russian River do anything wrong???

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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 Boilermaker88
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 500ml bottle purchased at Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora for the paltry sum of $4.99. Poured into a mug.
Appearance: clear copper color topped by a thick white head that lasted throughout and left copious lace on the glass.
Smell: just beautiful; full of resinous, pine-laden hops oils and a bready malt undertone. Hearty citric aroma.
Taste: plentiful hops bitterness; loads of citrus flavor with a solid spruce hops bite that's the backbone of this brew. Malt aspect plays only a supporting role but has a nice nutty flavor to counter all that hoppy goodness.
Feel: medium-bodied, creamy and a tad slick.
Overall, a fantastic IPA, full of flavor and aroma. Not sure how many BP's I could down but it's a sure bet I'd love every one that finds its way into my soup cooler. Highly recommended.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500mL bottle with a Bottled On date of 07/09/08. Poured into my SA beer drinking glass. Clear, golden with a near-white frothy head.
Aroma of lemon pie with a dash of pepper and piney hop goodness..
Creamy first taste of delicious froth. Dry, bitter and deliciously floral. Delicately balanced with enough malt to let the hops shine bright.
For a 6.1% IPA, I could drink this all night.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,395 ratings.