Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.18/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
02-15-2012 02:25:41 | More by peacebone116
4.65/5 rDev +6.7%
A: Pours a light golden yellow with an ample fluffy white head with good retention
S: Tropical fruits, some pine, a little resinous and slightly sweet
T: Soft and gentle flavors of citrus and pine with a solid malt backbone. Aftertaste is oily with some sweetness and a bit of citrus
M: Perfect mouthfeel. The beer is smooth and creamy without being overly thick
O: A very good beer Date on the bottle is 31 Jan so pretty fresh and purchased from the source
02-11-2012 05:05:57 | More by SHODriver
3.25/5 rDev -25.5%
Imbibed on 2/6/2012. Bottled on 1/6/2012.
Pours a clear gold straw with visibly active carbonation. One finger head settles to a thin layer. The nose is mostly bready with some tart American yeast and a good amount of piney hops. Some floral notes in the hops, but it's mostly pine. Well balanced in the nose, unheard of in West Coast IPAs! Honey biscuit, pale malt up front, turns very tart and quickly bitter. Grassy, piney hops on the tongue. Thin mouthfeel and flavor profile. Dry finish, and a bit chalky.
This is much more thin in feel and flavor than I expected, and ultimately that's what holds it back from being great. It's easily quaffable, dangerously so. I think I'm ultimately disappointed that the complexity in the aroma is not matched in the flavor. This is just a simple beer with lots of hops in it, but it's crafted well and has its own corner in the IPA world.
02-09-2012 05:21:42 | More by Philousa
4.08/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
02-08-2012 04:25:22 | More by haazer
4.53/5 rDev +3.9%
From the 500ml bottle (dated) into a standard pint glass results in a bright orange body with good clarity, topped by a nice one inch head that slowly falls into a cap of foam and lacing,fine bubbles rise up from the bottom keeping things lively, nice.
The aroma is floral hops with tropical notes of pineapple, grapefruit and a hint of pine tree, very clean, not overpowering.
Taste is superb IPA with just the right amount of Grapefruit bitter up front followed by a very nice grain like cracker, almost no sweetness, hop bitterness seals the deal, dry and refreshing, I could drink a lot of this and be quite happy.
Not as in your face as The Elder, but a very nice refreshing alternative that still has the Russian River Brewing stamp of excellence.
02-07-2012 22:36:39 | More by mudbug
4.25/5 rDev -2.5%
A-light yellow orange color with a small white head and a little lacing
S-tropical fruit and floral notes with hints of pine
T-nice tropical and citrus fruits with pine and some light floral hints
F-medium body with nice crisp moderate carbonation
O-a very nicely balanced and tasty IPA
02-07-2012 02:43:16 | More by MDDMD
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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