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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,331 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,331
Reviews: 1,313
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,461
Gots: 437 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

readicculus, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

jtk, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

PhineasGage, Dec 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

mendonjoebeer, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

naloxone, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a crystal clear medium gold, one cm of white frothy head, tons of lacing, cascading bubbles hang around for a while

S: nose features ripe tropical fruits with notes of mango, orange, and honey, caramel malts sneak in towards the end, a slight breadiness on the finish

T: tastes starts off fruity with notes of citrus zest and mango, the middle features a firm malt back bone with notes of bread and caramel, this all finishes off with a piney bitterness, there is a ton of depth in the flavor. Very tasty.

MF: light body, high carbonation

O: this is a well balanced and complex IPA it has some noteable similarities to its partner Pliny... the overall product is incredibly drinkable and refreshing

homebrew311, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

JonBoy47, Dec 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

strangebrew321, Dec 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

CelticAleMan, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

drummermattie02, Dec 12, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

rondufresne, Dec 12, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 11/07/11 into a 20oz nonic.

A. Pale amber with a good white head. The head disappears quickly to leave a ring of bubbles.

S. A bit muted, I thought. Really had to swirl the glass around to get much of an aroma, but what's there is very nice indeed. Earthy, floral hops, a bit of skunk (and in a good way, and some citrus. I'm not getting any malt in the nose.

T. Now we're hitting the good stuff. More earthiness and plenty of citrus from the hops. There's malt in there but it's not sweet, it's just providing some balance without making itself too obtrusive. Very nice finish without being too bitter.

M. On the full side of medium.

O. I got this bottle more than week ago so maybe I should have drunk it sooner but I don't think it's suffered for all of that. A seriously nice IPA with plenty of character. Definitely one to buy again.

omnigrits, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

EasyReader, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

tedho21, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

muhf41, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

marct, Dec 11, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My original review (below) was rather terrible, so when I finally got a chance to revisit it (thanks, Chris!), I jumped at it.

Clear light amber with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a gorgeous IPA. The nose is fantastic. Bright, pungently hoppy and fruity with citrus (grapefruit? clementines? tangerines?), tropical fruit (pineapple, a little bit of mango) and no real malt character to speak of, this is rather marvelous. The palate opens with a massive hop character with a blend of resiny bitterness and a gamut of fruit flavors. There's grapefruit, pungent and resiny, pineapple with both bitterness and explosive almost acid-like brightness, and a blend of oranges and some mango. There's just a hair bit of toasted malt character present, but really, this is all about the hops and the bittering hops at that. In fact, there's so much going on that I even get a little bit of mint and just a wee bit of leather, especially on the finish. So clean, so refreshing, this beer is light in body, moderately carbonated and has a lip-smacking good finish that really lasts. Lots of resin and fruit are present, this is one of THE best hoppy beers I've ever had. Marvelous stuff
**Reviewed on: 05-14-2008 03:28:19**

Picked up a growler while at the RR brew pub

A: Crystal clear amber with a dense two-finger white head. Gorgeous lace

S: Pine, more pine, some pineapple. Sticky and sweet smelling

T: Sharp pine bit with some mild orange and grapefruit. There's a faint malt backbone. Excellent, dry finish

M: Mildly carbonated with a sticky and dry finish

D: I have a growler!
4.5/4.5/4.5/4/4.5

DefenCorps, Dec 10, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 07NOV11

A: golden ale with under a finger of white soap sud which falls to a broken sheet of the same. Brilliant clarity. Spot lace is rare.
S: Tropical fruits, hints of resin, grapefruit. Sweet, light malt.
T: Good light malt base with bitter, resin, grapefruit, apricot hops. Nice.
M: Thin with lower carb, a lo impact beer. Wet finish.
O: This is a great drinking beer. It's a classically balanced IPA with malt and hop characters complementing one another. It's not what I would consider particularly crafty or even innovative. It's drinkable, and even good, but no better than say, Flower Power IMO. The elusiveness of this beer takes away from it's potential for me.

harrymel, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

whartontallboy, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

hpthebull, Dec 10, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver.

A: Clear amber with a one-finger, white, pillowy head. Good retention and some of the best lacing I've seen.

S: Smells very much like its big brother (Pliny the Elder), but more balanced. A combination of floral/citrusy/piny hops is well balanced with a mild malty breadness.

T: Again, tastes like a sweet and malty pliny. Definitely not underhopped for an IPA, though...if anything errs on the side of a double. This IPA is unique in that, while it is excellently balanced, it also provides plenty for West Coast hopheads. Starts all IPA - floral/citrus/pine (quite a bit of the latter) - but finishes crisp, clean, and a tad sweet.

M: Not highly carbonated; this one finishes crisp and clean without relying on CO2.

O: Despite living in Pliny's shadow, this beer is delicious and just as good. It's also a bit cheaper, and a better choice if you're stuck driving.

tylerprince, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

lewisasset, Dec 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

cletusdog, Dec 09, 2011
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,331 ratings.