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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

4,948 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,948
Reviews: 1,359
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,664
Gots: 619 | 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:
Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Ratings: 4,948 | Reviews: 1,359
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cstromberg57 for this one. The "littler" version of Pliny the Elder, which makes complete sense. They look, smell and taste very similar, but Pliny is just...more. Bottle dated 10/18/11. I wonder if it's a little past it's prime, but no matter, it is a very tasty beer. Nice honey gold with the underlying shimmery orange/red glow of a fine IPA. Citrus and floral notes. Taste follows nose with a good hoppy bite. This is my fifth RR offering. If I had ready access to this brewery, I'd probably be drinking it's output more than anything else.

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

A: Deep golden color, crisp white head, looks pretty thick, leaving syrupy residue on the glass

S: Great. Crisp, piney, lots of good floral notes, a bit of citrus fruits as well. A really really west-coast IPA smell.

T: Very good. Got some very forward piney hop bitterness up front, that transitioned to almost a navel orange taste, and evolved into what I would compare to eating an orange with the skin on kind of flavor.

M: A bit thick, but pretty much how an IPA should feel

Overall, I really loved this one. I would definitely buy it more often if I had easier access to it.

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

Had on tap at the Falling Rock Tap House in Colorado.

A - Very clear, clean looking beer. It has sort of a heavenly glow to it. Plenty of beautiful white head - I am at about 73 percent looking at this beer. Leaves rings of lacing.

S - Piney...Batman style (zing zang boom pow crash)... fresh, sexy hops. Lemon, apricot, really wakes you up and clears your nose up.

T - Bing Bang Bong Boom... The hops have a party on my taste buds. Very hoppy with a balanced bitterness. If I hadn't had the Pliny and Heady Topper, this would be my favorite IPA. Nice finish and really sticks with you. Very well done.

M - Just the right amount of bitterness, fruity sweetness, and hops. Feels so smooth and balanced on the palate.

D - So great to have this bad boy on tap. What a great bar.

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

Bottled on date 11/07/11. Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Bright golden orange color. Very few medium sized carbonation bubbles lead to a very large, three finger head that is bright white in color and very rocky and creamy in appearance. Lace is sticky at this point and looks like it wants to stay awhile.

Smell is bright citrus and sugar. Orange, tangerine, pink grapefruit and pineapple. There are some bread or yeast smells but not at all overpowering. I also get just a bit of pine resin.

Taste is much like the smell. The sweet citrus of an overripe orange is there as well as the pineapple and pink grapefruit. The earthiness is much more prevalent on the tongue. The malt bill wins over the hops, in a West Coast kind of way. Don't get me wrong, this isn't Hop Wallop. The choice of hops and yeast is still West but not over the top and tongue blasting.

Mouth is crisp and smooth, the carbonation is round and almost spritzy. Body is balanced and the finish is average and a bit on the dry side.

Overall I really did and always have enjoyed this. My pallet has change so much over the years. The first time I had this I had is side by side with Pliny and liked this much more than Pliny. How times have changed. I have had a Pliny this week and (as of now) it blows this away. Regardless of my review or comparison to Pliny, this is a must try. Thanks to Tucson25 for this extra.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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