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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

4,053 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,053
Reviews: 1,303
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,387
Gots: 368 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
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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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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2011 04:46:40 | More by djeucalyptus
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drewba

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - translucent sparkly golden yellow with a white finger and a half head after an aggressive pour. The head dies quickly but has some bubbles along the edge and some nice legs for the duration of the beer.

S - Fresh citrus, most notably lemon and mango with some pine resin in the back end. Not a big aroma, but it does smell nice.

T - Very floral, soft grass, dull lemon & lime, with a subtle grapefruit and pineapple flavor towards the end that slowly grows into a nice building bitterness. Very minimal malt presence - i'm getting a little bit of buttered toast (not in a roasty, or charred way) but that doesn't bother me in the least. This is super tasty and incredibly easy to drink.

M - medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel thanks to the perfect carbonation.

O - Delicious, spot on mouthfeel, low bitterness = me flying through a bottle. One of my shorter reviews thanks to me drinking this really quickly. Not a terribly complex or nuanced beer, but really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 02:42:02 | More by drewba
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bobhits

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/14/11 and consumed on 5/14/11. Thanks to UCLABrewN84 for this in a recent trade!

There is something about the color of this beer I just love. A hair darker than the lightest IPAs but far lighter and more orangey than some of the darker almost ruby colored ones. Tall white head and good lacing is here and clearly a must.

The aroma isn’t as powerful as other reviews I’m seeing. This stone IPA glass generally does wonders for enhancing the nose so I’m not sure. What is here however is splendid. Fresh floral hops with the lightest of malts backing it.

This non imperial IPA at 6% is showing perhaps why most IPAs are still a bit stronger. The malt back is a touch weak and the hops aren’t nearly as strong as many are claiming. Instead this is a delicate hop flavor, very floral and certainly bitter. The malt truly is here just to make this beer work but like a child seen and not heard. If I could get this on tap in the summer I could see this being just about perfect.

The mouth is very good for the style. A touch lighter in body than some of the bigger IPAs, but perhaps a bit more carbonated. This makes for as I said above a great summer beer to drink.

I want to like this beer more. I want to get why this beer makes the top 100 and frankly I don’t get it. An extremely good IPA, but it just doesn’t have that something special to put it in the exceptional category.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 18:59:51 | More by bobhits
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Retsinis

California

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle recently (dated 3/28/11) since the Total Wine near me is always out of Pliney, but this will do.

A: Poured from the 500 ml bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. The beer pours a cloudy, and rich orange color with a creamy off white head, that quickly settled, but left a good half inch of foam on top throughout, depositing some decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: I get scents of pine hops, citrus, bread, orange zest, tangerine, grapefruit, and some mild pineapple.

T: Mirrors the nose quite nice, with a moderate initial bitterness that is not too dry, followed with complex layers of tropical fruit, backed by a mild malty bread sweet backbone. Notes of grapefruit, lemony zest, orange peel, and pine. The mellow bread and mild caramel malt provide a good backbone to the hops as well.

M: A medium cream and oily texture, with a soft medium level of carbonation. Very clean, and drinkable.

O: Great IPA. Fresher the better of course, but this was not too bad. Have had it fresh on draft at Russian river in April 2010, which was great too. I prefer Pliney the Elder, but this is not a bad consolation either.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 23:45:33 | More by Retsinis
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/14/11.

A: Almost clear, but not quite, melted orange sherbet, with about a finger or so head that died down to a nice froth rather quickly.

S: Citrus air freshener: orange, candy sugar, apricot, and a decent bit of malt... more than I was expecting anyway.

T: I got a bit of lemon mixed in the citrus concoction, with added some complexity. The hops hit the palate hard initially, but the finish was surprisingly smooth.

M: The carbonation was spot on, the bitterness was quite the palate wrecker, but the yeasty finish washed over the grapefruit alkalinity, making it highly drinkable.

O: The hype was warranted!... especially considering the fact that this was only $4.50/bottle. Yummy!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 00:36:47 | More by Chaney
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Yagman3000

New York

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed in a snifter from a few bottles I obtained from a west coast connection. Really nice color... Thin head that dissipated rather quickly into a hop oil slick laying happily on top.

Smells of bitter hops without a lot of fruitiness.

Tastes delicious and is a hop bomber without the fruits of Pliny... A definite cousin to this beer.

Mouthfeel is it's best trait. Really syrupy and it's lace just clings to the side of the glass upon tilting.

Overall an excellent beer but couldn't go with an all out exceptional because of its one trick pony attributes (but it's one he'll of a trick!).

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 02:01:03 | More by Yagman3000
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served an amber-orange color with a firmly sticky white cap at a snifter at Toronado. Lacing is nice, great look.

Fairly hoppy, a bit of an understatement. Once the head settles there's a strong pineapple and grapefruit aroma with hints of bubblegum wafting up. Nice and strong.

Malts are pale, mildly sweet, and unobtrusive. Sweet enough to hold the drinker's attention, but not to distract from the hopping. Citric Centennial hops are al over, bitter but not overpowering.

Body is thinnish but keeping well within IPA territory. This beer is frightfully drinkable. Worth the hype.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 00:08:41 | More by BretSikkink
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dlmccabe1

Maryland

4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The aroma of this beer is phenomenal. It has a really fresh hop smell that sets it apart from some of my other favorite IPAs like Bell's Two Hearted and Victory Hop Devil. Really well balanced with moderate bitterness that balances out and finishes loooong. It has a great full mouthfeel for an IPA and it's really pretty stellar. Lacing stays on the side of the glass sticks around for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 01:52:52 | More by dlmccabe1
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 500ml bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/2/11
*From notes

Date bottled: 4/14/11

When it rains it pours - a BIG thanks goes out to both SirRuss and Trilogy31 for hookin' this up for me in the same week!

A: It appears in the glass like a heavily oaked Chardonnay. It's a chrome yellow, and after a good pour, a lovely 2.25 finger head and sticky lacing show up for the party.

S: Fresh cut fruit tray. Like a lazy Sunday afternoon in July. Sweet tropical juices ooze out of the glass. As it warms, the citrusy hop oil becomes even more prevalent. Astounding.

T: The bitterness hits first, but mellows out to a tidal wave of grapefruit, mango and pineapple. The malt is detectable on the mid, but it's not the star of the show. It finishes light and fresh, like chewing on a stick of Juicy Fruit. It's really exceptional.

M: Slightly oily and not nearly as big as I'd expected. I will say that it leads to this one being much easier to put down, but I'm definitely dissapointed it's not a bit more robust.

O: My first experience with Russian River and their Blind Pig didn't dissapoint. The hype surrounding both this and PtE are pretty massive, and I felt that this lived up to most of my expectations.

I could easily see this being a go-to AIPA if I lived on the Left Coast, and found this to be extremely accessible. It's something I would return to more often then PtE, and could certainly put a few back if given the opportunity. Thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 16:29:14 | More by Rhettroactive
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jcartamdg

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a ccb pint. Pours a golden amber with a 2 finger head. Very clear and crisp, lots of carbonation. Aromas of citrusy hops, smells like summer. Taste has a good balance of malts and hops bitter but not too bitter, just enough to make you want more. Very smooth and refreshing, this is a near perfect ipa! Blind pig flies under the radar due to pliny, but it really deserves more recognition!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 12:51:20 | More by jcartamdg
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MrKennedy

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle obtained via a trade with SolomonGrundy. Bottled on April 14, 2011, consumed on May 6, 2011.

Golden coloured, slightest hint of orange and with a clear appearance. It has a white head of tiny, compact bubbles of foam.

Piney, citrus aroma that is perhaps a little less noticeable than i envisaged.

Tasting slightly sweet early, a some pungent bitterness early and with a resiny, slightly bitter aftertaste, this really delivers.

Body is perfect for the style, highly drinkable, with the ABV being well masked like most West Coast IPA's.

Overall, a quality IPA, hop forward, but retaining good balance. i would recommend to anyone and it is a beer that is well worth seeking out. Thanks SolomonGrundy for the trade!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 06:37:29 | More by MrKennedy
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aval89

California

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 04-14-11

A: bright clear orange.. lots of bubbles streaming up.. got a beautiful 2.5 finger head in my NB globe.. head stuck around for a long time..

S: sweet orange & pine dominate the nose.. touch of lemon zest as well.. caramel does pull through, as well as some mild bready tones..

T: mild grapefruit, tangerines, & sticky pine.. after the hop show, some caramel malts & light biscuits pull through.. finish is lemony bitterness with some floral hops & some toasty malts..

Mf: great carbonation makes for a nice mf.. medium bodied..

O: very great IPA.. has some resemblance of PtE but not greatly..

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 06:36:40 | More by aval89
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ehammond1


4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Perfectly clear golden orange. Leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

Pungent citrus hops in the nose, little to no malt character. This beer is on the sweet and fruity side for an IPA but I think that's a a terrific way to lean.

Incredible, sweet, pungent, citrusy, bitter taste; there's a ton of flavor here for a beer only punching a bit over 6% ABV. Remarkably good.

Medium bodied, smooth yet amply carbonated. Exceptional.

An absolute gem of an IPA. It ranks with the best I've ever tried. An incredibly drinkable, delicious beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 05:05:42 | More by ehammond1
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ccm414

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 1 pint .9 fl oz bottle...

A- A heavy pour produced an exceptional 3 finger rocky-looking head that reduced to a nice foam. Some nice lacing around the glass. A dark orange-to-golden color, a tiny bit hazy, but crisp looking. Not much carbonation from the glass after the pour.

S- Leafy citrus hops all the way and I like it. Slightly piney.

T- Slightly sweet citrus at first, quickly followed by much bitterness. Almost like citrus (grapefruit) rind. Little maltiness noticeable, but more of an afterthought. Great balance here. A dry, bitter finish.

M- Refreshingly light and creamy that has a nice hop bite. Not much carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable. Being light, with great hoppiness, I would grab for one of these more often it was more available in New England (thanks to my brother living in San Diego!)

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 23:48:27 | More by ccm414
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angrygrimace

California

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a nice one finger head which dissipates slightly after the pour but does hang on.

Aroma is mostly sweet smelling flowery hops. It's a strong hops aroma but still quite sweet smelling.

Taste is hoppy with a nice bitterness towards the back. Not nearly as much hop kick as we've all come to expect from west coast IPA styles, but very very drinkable and with a nice character. There's a little bit of malts in there with the hops to give it some balance. Not an unbalanced IPA at all. Some newer IPAs just go for the hop bomb and throw everything else to the wind, but I don't detect that in this beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, you could drink a few of these beers if you had the money to do so.

Overall, it's an excellent beer with a very nice, drinkable character.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 21:39:45 | More by angrygrimace
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours a murky golden color with some yellow hues in the light. There is a gorgeous two finger white head that hangs on for a long time. Excellent retention that completely coats the sides of the glass.

S: There is a very hop centric nose with a hint of malt in the background. Large notes of citrus, pine, and skunky pot with a bit of toasted bread.

T: The hops are front and center. Dank citrus hops with a nice bitter resinous finish. The malt is present, but quite subtle.

M: Medium bodied with a pleasant light carbonation.

O: Great, great IPA. At 6% I could drink this all day long.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 22:13:11 | More by Neffbeer
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a gold with slight amber. Fluffy white head that faded and didn't retain any lacing.

The smell wasn't in your face over powering but it was still easy to pick up some citrus.

The taste was pretty easy to wrap your head around with a nice back bone of malt, citrus hops, and bittering hops.

I remember liking this beer more a year ago. Its not bad at all just hard to stand up to all the other west coast IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 16:01:11 | More by Eriktheipaman
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Trilogy31

California

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at torando. Came out looking an orange amber without much head from a pint glass. Nose was typical of a solid ipa/borderline apa, piney hoppy bitter notes, citrus was mostly lemon and a nice bready note. Taste was very refreshing and easy drinking pretty much following the nose. The hops brought a slight floral character along with a touch of grapefruit and a pleasant forest note with a good malt backbone. Very well done i just find that pliny and blind pig are both very good beers i was just hoping for more complexity out of them. Blind pig to me really tasted similar to pliny with just a different malt bill.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 02:29:57 | More by Trilogy31
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Preismj

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Red amber, not very thick, heft 1 inch head on a moderate poor. White and fluffy with moderate lacing.

s: wonderful floral bouquet which hints at bitter hops. Citrus scent common of IPAs with a serious sweetness in the back. It is definitely malty sweet stemming from roasted nuts and notes of vanilla and fruit.

t: overly bitter in the front as this is very hop forward but fades out fast. Makes way to a fruity sweetness and a roasted almond. I can't tell if I'm getting vanilla or not but there is something else in her. A lingering bitterness sits with you when this goes down, but it hints at a syrupy sweetness that makes your mouth crave another sip. Very potent flavor for a 6% beer, though a tad abrasive on the bitter earthy hop note.

m: nice and smooth. Light to mid body with a perfect crisp carbonation. not enough staying power on the coat that it provides, but still a perfect fizz for the style and flavor.

o: great IPA from RR. Haven't been disappointed by them yet. The PtE is surely better and this is too bitter (comparatively speaking) given the lower abv. If i could get this often, I'd go for it now and again but there are a few IPA's I'd rather spend the time pursuing. Perhaps I'll attempt revisiting this once more down the road, though overall very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 02:46:05 | More by Preismj
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a snifter

A- One finger head, very clear, golden clear straw appearance, nice carbonation, excellent lacing, very attractive IPA
S- Aroma is excellent, hops, citrus, grapefruit, very refreshing and attractive aroma.
T- Malts are apparent, nice bitter hoppy flavor, hints of citrus and pine but nothing overpowering, nice bitterness that I love in IPA’s.
M- Full mouth feel, well carbonated, very balanced.
O- Easy drinkability, very refreshing taste, did not live up to the aroma, but still a solid IPA from Russian River that I would drink on a regular basis if it was available.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 22:35:30 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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Fluke828

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Harpoon Limited Edition Snifter.
Bottle dated 03/22/11.
Rec'd in a trade with floraday.

A-> Gentle pour yields about .5 finger head of white foam with a bit of lacey bubbles clinging to the walls of the snifter as this quickly dissipates. Clear and pale copper/amber in color with some pretty good, spread out nucleation.

S-> Bouquet is very fruity, like muddled grapefruit. Definitely get grapefruit up front for sure in the nose, with a bit of hoppy pine as well. Also getting a faint floral spiciness with a leafy/grassy undertone.

T-> Taste is fairly inline with the nose. Get a nice smooth hop bite initially and then the grapefruit and sweet blood red orange flavors take over with the pine coming back in the middle. Finishes somewhat dry with a crisp hop taste that leaves a splendid blend of pine hop resin and sweet citrus fruits on the palate.

M-> Mouth feel is medium bodied with good carbonation but not overpowering or overdone. Fairly light in body to a certain extent for the style but after all this isn't a double IPA, which is important to keep in mind with the texture of this beer. It is just an IPA...a very well balanced one at that.

O-> Glad I finally got to try this one. Very well balanced with the hops and the sweetness. It was nice to try the beer that sort of sneaks under the radar with all the attention that Pliny always gets and make no mistake this is a wonderfully crafted brew. Even after a few days over a month in the bottle this one stands up for itself in a crowded field and I could even see this as a porch beer down @ the beach house this summer. Fantastic. Will definitely seek out another Blind Pig or 4, and maybe try to catch a couple closer to the bottling date. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 02:40:14 | More by Fluke828
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. People have sent me this before, but this particular bottle is thanks to psiweaver.

Appearance - Golden straw colored with a big white head. Hazy, but not sedimenty looking. Traces of head remain with loads of lacing.

Smell - HOPS. Citrusy hops. Orange and grapefruit hops. No malt smells at all.

Taste - HOPS. Citrusy hops. Orange and grapefruit hops. No malt taste at all. This is hop juice. The most pared down way of delivering hop flavor. Not even a hint of sweetness to make it easier to drink. As much as I like hop bombs (like PtE), this isn't balanced at all. It's bitter, then it's bitter, then it's bitter some more.

Mouthfeel - Because of the low malt character, it's thin. Even for a single IPA, it's very thin. The carbonation feels high, even though I don't think it is very high. Just the nature of ti makes it seem that way.

Overall - It's very tasty, if you're into huge hop bombs. It's actually quite impressive that a single IPA at 6.1% can have this much hoppiness. The downside is that it really isn't balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 03:18:55 | More by Alieniloquium
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misinformed

California

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 4/20/11, bottled 3/2/11. Tulip glass.

A- An overzealous pour produced close to 3" of rocky off-white head. Clear glowing pale orange beer. The head dropped off to a dusting but left behind some nice long trails of lacing.

S- Vibrant citrus/sweet orange. Great smell.

T- Nice smooth bitter hops all around. Citrusy and leafy. No trace of the malt. The light bitter finish starts of weak, but grows over the course of a bottle.

M- Medium bodied. Very strong active carbonation which I liked. At first it seems a bit thin, but it coats the mouth nicely over time.

O- A nice smooth bitter IPA. All hop flavor, no malt, which is OK with me. Definitely hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 07:28:43 | More by misinformed
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zrab11

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber color with a fluffy 1 1/2 finger head, good lacing

S-Piney notes followed by hops and more hops with some citrus

T- Really hoppy upfront. with alittle piney in the middle and finishs with more hops

M-Medium Bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall this is just a Big hop bomb ipa. Which is ok and it gets the job done. Wish it had alittle more going on with it . but overall it is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 02:15:34 | More by zrab11
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stageseven

Delaware

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nightwing002 for the bottle.

Ap - Beer pours a crystal clear gold. 1/2 finger of big bubbles & white foam with decent retention.

Ar - Extreme hops, citrus & leafy. Very little malt quality on the nose, completely dominated by the hops.

T - Citrus, a little plant, decently bitter backbone. Not much malt again. Maybe a little biscuit. A bit vinous as well with a good chunk of resin.

M - Pretty light bodied, a little high carbed for my tastes. Amazing that this beer can be so light and crisp. Hop resins coat the mouth pretty well.

O - Very good, especially for a standard IPA. This really seems like it belongs more in the DIPA category, if not for Pliny. Very enjoyable, especially since it's a pretty fresh bottle, from 3/11.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 00:21:22 | More by stageseven
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,053 ratings.