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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,949 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,949
Reviews: 1,359
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,663
Gots: 618 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 4,949 | Reviews: 1,359
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I think I'd have to agree with quite a few others opinions that Blind Pig is a tastier and more enjoyable IPA than Pliny. Won't compare the two though I just set that up.

A: liquid is a really lovely shade of peach in color, slightly hazy from dry hops(?)... creamy, velvety white head which stays around in a collar....

S: bright yet delicate (like freshly-cleaned laundry) perfumy fruits, vaguely citrus (orange/lemon) in character... all about the hops though it could be understandably, arguably confused for (being in concert with) Belgian-like esters.... the slightest hint of pale and light crystal malt in there as well.... overall, lovely but none-too-unique

T: predominantly a blend of fruit flavors (in no particular order of intensity): orange, lemon, cantaloupe, pineapple.... the hops seem almost entirely fruity aside from a subtle pine or flower stem quality... little, if any, alcohol.... the vaguely sugar-cookie-like malt has only a hair of sweetness, if any, merely serving as a magic carpet carrying the elegant hops

M: how the hell can one brew a beer this damn smooth?!... mid-range in body, but feels very much lighter.... it all quietly slips away.... super soft and cushiony dry

O: ridiculously drinkable above anything else... not the tastiest (in other words, most memorably-flavored) IPA but certainly one of the most well-constructed and well-balanced

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle born on 11//22/2011 - consumed on 1/1/2012 (Happy New Year!). Pours a deep gold with very good head and lacing. Nose is sweet malt, lemon, and floral. Complex hop profile with lemons, grapefruit, pine, floral, and vanilla. The sweet malt that I noted in the nose is rather subdued in the taste.
How does Russian River get such an amazing mouthfeel in their beers? Delicate but at the same time oily and in your face. A little thin perhaps, although that contributes to the delicacy. Very nice dry finish and tongue numbing aftertaste that begs you to take another sip.
An excellent IPA from Russian River!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First time having one of these from the bottle... Thanks Lt. Sour
A- Poured into a Duvel tulip... starts with a nice finger thick head with good retention. A light coating of lacing lingers on the wall of the glass. Beer is a crisp light amber color with light activity

S- Lots of grapefruit with a hint of sweetness

T- Like the nose... pure grapefruit. Unlike the nose... no sweetness

M- A little thin, lighter body with light carbonation

O- I enjoyed this one more than the other times when I've had it on draft. This bottle is just over a month old so maybe the kegs I've had were a bit older. All in all... an excellent beer. One of the best IPAs I've ever had


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A: Golden-amber color, clear, light head, good lacing.

S: Light piney hop smell with malt in the nose.

T: Very clean, well balanced IPA. Pine-citrus hop flavor blends with a clean malt flavor. Good hop bite at the finish.

M: Smooth malt feel, perfect for style.

O: Like the little brother of Pliny the Elder, it shares some of its flavor profile. Great IPA.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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