Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev -1.8%
Big thanks to augustgarage for this one. Tonight's the Blind Pig/Pliny sequential comparison. The first part will be my blind pig review, the second part will be my thoughts after following with a pliny the elder.
Cheers! This beer was poured into a wide-mouth snifter and was bottled 5 weeks ago.
A- Wonderful golden hue and creamy eggshell white head. A very aggressive pour is the right call for this beer; looks fantastic. Head settles 2 or 3 minutes into a half finger of creamy goodness. Lacing is pretty impressive.
S- The aggressive pour into the snifter left a nice, complex head and unlocked a LOT of aromas here. The pine resin and citrus hops are here, although a bit restrained (in a good way). Smells like pure hops, no alcohol or bitterness comes into play. Hell yeah.
T- Follows the nose, a tasty IPA. Good citrus hops, slightly piny and peppery, but very solidly blended and incorporated into the overall taste. Not a grand slam, but for a single IPA, this beer is a great effort. Quaffable, the taste sticks with you and makes you want more.
M- Crisp, moderate body, amazing lingering power. Pretty good overall.
D- High. I'd down more of this in a second if I had the chance. A solid IPA. A great example of a west coast IPA. If you get a chance to get a fresh one, go for it, highly recommended.
09-03-2009 22:46:16 | More by ShogoKawada
4.05/5 rDev -7.1%
Poured into a tall tulip, this is one of the paler IPAs you'll see. Huge head that rose above the lip of the glass and hung on for dear life for the next half hour.
Hop flavor is across the board, mostly astringent and piney. West Coast to be sure, there is no sweetness or maltiness. This is just a hoppy beer.
Worth the hype, RR doesn't disappoint often.
08-29-2009 04:31:42 | More by joshuadlight
4.47/5 rDev +2.5%
Growler received in trade from Koopa. Thanks a ton for this one! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.
A - Pours a crystal clear slightly amber side of gold. Light, white head that doesn't last very long. Leaves behind a skim coat of bubbles and an uneven collar around the glass.
S - Beautiful, citrusy hops, loads of grapefruit, a nice light sugary sweetness in the background balances nicely. Great smelling beer - could just sniff this all day long.
T - Lots of grapefruit, some lemon...very citrusy. Good, crisp bitterness with an unusually smooth character. Some malty sweetness, mostly of the sugary variety - not prominant, but detectable. This seems to be a key to the incredible smoothness in this beer. This really tastes great - a sessionable Pliny.
M - Russian River beers, more than any other brewery I've sampled, consistantly has the most amazing mouthfeel for me. The carbonation is perfect - the bubbles are so fine and tiny - just gives an incredible smoothness and creaminess. Plenty of life to this beer, but the feel is of lighter carbonation.
D - Wow...I thought Pliny went down easy. Still think Pliny is a better beer, but for sitting down for an extended time, this beer is really hard to beat. Aroma, appearance and taste are really close to Pliny, but the lighter alcohol gives this much better longevity in a session. Excellent.
08-27-2009 00:40:49 | More by portia99
4.33/5 rDev -0.7%
500ml bottle, nice to see from a US brewery.
Pours an orange copper with nice puffy head which retains fairly well.
Familiar floral/citric/pine hop scent; subdued, rather than overpowering.
Hoppy character is nicely mellow in this brew; pine note is understated and blends well with an orange & tangerine flavor which is only slightly sweet. Slighty sour, slightly dry in the finish.
This is an easy-drinking IPA; many of the style taste of liquid hops, while Blind Pig complements with hops leaving quite the quaffable brew. Easy to see why this is so popular in the areas it is available.
08-26-2009 15:16:48 | More by Natural510
4.47/5 rDev +2.5%
Had this out of the bottle on an IPA tasting night after having had it a few times on tap. I have to say that I prefer this version to that on tap, which surprised me, as I tend to think IPAs usually are just as good, if not better, on tap. Bottle was only 4 weeks old though, and that's a good sign.
Appearance: Pours an amber-yellow-orange color with nice 2-finger white head, laces properly with medium sized carbonation bubbles and periodic wavy lace. Nice and simple.
Smell: Clean, piny hops, Simcoe, maybe? Less hoppy in the nose than the big-brother Pliny the Elder, but still very hoppy and pleasant. Citrusy hops, with some pineapple and pear-like sweetness roll around the piny nature, but this is sweeter than the big brother as well. Nice malty presence as well, but it's all about the hops. A hoppy, yet slightly malted, nose, and one I found more hoppy than on-tap.
Taste: Tasty. I know that's not very descriptive, but it's the truth. The hop presence rings true, with very nice up-front bitterness that strikes first, followed by a balanced hop smattering of pine, sweet fruit, and grass. Really well worked. I find this, however, slightly less hoppy, bitter, and altogether just under the level of PtE, but it's not fair to compare this brew to that on so many levels. The taste here is decidedly its own, and it's a very good one at that.
Mouthfeel: Bitter up front, like a good hoppy IPA should be in my opinion. Finishes carbonated just enough, with a more fruity than hoppy finish, with almost a grapefruit sweetness. ABV is not harsh at all, and totally masked by the hop presence.
Drinkability: It's fantastic, for sure, and the only thing that keeps this from being a 5 in any category is me wishing for just a bit more complexity. Fresh out of the bottle, much like Pliny, is the way to go here, simply a fantastic and very drinkable beer. This is a beautiful brew that I would pick up much more often if it weren't always sitting right next to Pliny, and for the same price, no less. But again, a very, very worthy brew that I consider to be among the top 3-4 single IPAs out there.
08-26-2009 03:14:09 | More by nomomentwasted
3.98/5 rDev -8.7%
Poured from a 1 Pint .9fl oz bottle into my pint glass
Pours a murky golden color with a three inch slightly off-white head. Great head retention that last throughout the beer and when fades leaves spiderweb like cobs on the sides of my glass. Apart from the color the lacing is perfect.
Smell is that of tangerines and slight perfume like odor coming through.
Sweet citrus tangerine comes upfront with a slight honey flavor, some lemon, and caramel malts. As this fades there is a light pine hop bitterness that lingers in your mouth.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.
To give credit and since this might affect my rating score I will mention that this bottle is old. So take in consideration that my score might be a little more down cause of this.
08-23-2009 22:12:25 | More by tr4nc3d
4/5 rDev -8.3%
Reviewed on CBS day at Capone's on 8/15/09,
Appearance: Wheat in color and clear with little head.
Smell: Grapefruit rind.
Taste: Opens with bitter hops which carry to the middle. As the bitter hops subside grapefruit and piney hops are present till the finish, leaving a mildly hoppy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied
Drinkability: I would have another.
08-22-2009 02:01:35 | More by capra12
4.6/5 rDev +5.5%
On tap at Russian River on 7/19/09. We had to revisit on a Sunday afternoon for all-day happy hour!
A - Slightly hazy golden/light orange body with lively stream of carbonation and one-finger creamy off-white head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and deposited thick swatches of lace all around the glass.
S - Citrusy and perfumy hop aroma with some mild piney accents. The aroma is definitely quite hoppy for a British-style IPA. Sweet caramel malt and toasted grains provide a bit of a contrast to the heavy hop aroma. A subtle waft of alcohol also emerges as the liquid warmed up a bit.
T - Bold hop presence up front suggesting citrus fruit, especially grapefruit, as well as some lighter perfumy and piney notes. Sweet caramel malts balance the fairly aggressive hop character. Finishes with an assertive hop bite with a toasted grainy malt character.
M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and plenty of residual hop oils to add a touch of slickness to the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation results in a pretty full, creamy mouthfeel with a touch of prickle. Slightly dry finish with fairly assertive hop bitterness that lingers for a while on the palate.
D - Fantastic every day IPA with plenty of hop character and flavor to please most hop heads. Plus it's sessionable at only 6.1%. This might be second to only Sculpin in the realm of straight-up IPAs.
08-19-2009 02:53:51 | More by ffejherb
4.65/5 rDev +6.7%
A- Clear pale golden with cloudlike fluffy white head. Very sticky lacing. Head dissipates down to a foamy covering, but still leaves a decent lacing.
A- WOnderful perfumey hop aroma. Lots of citrus smells, very grapefruity.
T- Very hoppy flavor, but not to the point of drinking pure hope juice. Sweet, but with a balanced bitterness. Very smooth flowery hop taste throughout, nothing that is so extreme that I feel my enamel is being eaten. Bitter aftertaste.
M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very light and refreshing.
D- Yes. I would choose this beer anyday. It's more of a session beer than a hop bomb like pliny, however I'm not sure that I could enjoy more than one of these at a time. The aroma and flavor are great.
08-19-2009 02:29:31 | More by gpogo
4.2/5 rDev -3.7%
There is nothing I can say to accurately describe this beers beauty. Pours a light orange with a tall, frothy, meringue like head that dissipated very slowly and stuck to the glass for as long as it could.
The smell is primarily pine hops with some light citrus and fruit sweetness going on in the background. It really smells like a less intense PtE.
Man this beer is bitter, this is a west coast IPA by definition. The pine hop flavor is damn near overwhelming, that really is almost all you can taste. I think somewhere in the background there may be some malt but really all I can taste are hops.
Not too much carbonation, nice body that is on the lighter side of medium, this beer is easy to drink. (Especially with it getting closer and closer to 100* here every day.)
08-14-2009 22:11:27 | More by mullenite
4.55/5 rDev +4.4%
L: Cloudy and hazy golden; pretty frothy, foamy head
S: Fresh hoppy scent/ big grapefruit scent with other citrus nodes
T: Great flavor on front side/ slightly watery on back end/ the grapefruit and other citrus elements are present in the flavor as well.
F: Great mouth feel at front with an even coating of the mouth; on the back end it is a bit watery
D: Fantastically smooth and drinkable IPA
08-12-2009 02:56:50 | More by dbossman
4.08/5 rDev -6.4%
Poured from bottle to a beer flute. Bottled on 03 03 09.
Cloudy golden brown, almost orange with a cream white head that disapated quickly but comes back with a quick swirl.
Very citrusy nose, could almost be grapefruit juice, followed up with a light malt scent, exact LME.
The great hop aroma is gone on the taste and only a light hop citrus remains. Maltly with a very bitter enjoyable finish. Tart as well, maybe the best quality.
Mouth feel is round up front and then melts away.
This is pretty good but I really like my IPAs with a little more spice in the nose and more hops in the flavor, but this is very balanced. The tart bitterness is great and makes you go back for more. You could have a few for sure.
08-10-2009 00:14:19 | More by nicholasdes
4.33/5 rDev -0.7%
Had this on-tap at Russian River as well. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a straw color with no sediment. An off-white 1/2 inch head forms and reduces to a thin, full coverage lacing. Carbonation readily visible.
The aroma is as expected with a healthy dose of citrus and piney hops. There is also a floral component.
The taste is again very good with a reasonable dose of citrus/pine hops flavor. There is also a nice level of sourness that makes it more complex and tasty. A mild malty sweetness.
The mouthfeel was light/medium bodied. The sourness is quite pleasant leaves a nice dry and bitter feeling at the finish. A bit heavy on the carbonation but it smooths out the flavor some.
Overall, this is a good beer. This is a very good beer and I only wish it was easier to get my hands on.
08-07-2009 00:38:23 | More by SykDoc
4.3/5 rDev -1.4%
This historic brew was poured into a pint glass from the 500 ml bottle. This was the beginning of a long night for me and for documenting purposes this was followed by a PtE.
A - A slighly merky orange with a two finger off-white head. Good sheets of lacing.
S - Citrus hops but not so much to knock you back.
T - Very good hop flavors with a good malt background for 6.1%
M - A little chewy for such a light IPA.
D - Off the charts, I wish I had this on tap.
08-04-2009 13:44:21 | More by KCHopHead
4.5/5 rDev +3.2%
Big thanks to vasdef42 for this extra in the trade!!
Bottled on May of 2009 and consumed with a delicious Panang Curry
A: Pours a cloudy golden color that produces a nice fluffy two finger head. The lacing is pretty damn good as well as the retention.
S: Right off the bat are floral and bittering hops which are quite aggressive, along with grapefruit and other citrus notes. Nicely balanced by the malts.
T: Very similar to the nose...Grapefruit is pretty big in this one along with another citrus (possibly orange or lemon peel), followed by some nice malts to balance the intense hops. The hops are not so much bitter as floral, aromatic, and piney.
MF/D: Bitter finish, a little dry, medium/full sized body.
Definitely a delicious IPA
07-29-2009 23:26:42 | More by scottyshades
3.7/5 rDev -15.1%
Had this as part of a tasting session with a buddy a while back. Poured a gold color with thin white head that faded pretty quickly and left sparse lacing. Smelled of citrus hops. Tasted like pine hops and malt. Pretty darn smooth. I could easily drink a few more of these...
07-28-2009 15:54:12 | More by NewGeneric
4.33/5 rDev -0.7%
Served in a 16oz standard pint glass.
Pours a light amber with a moderate head that dissipates gradually.
Orange and pine dominate the nose. Little malt or alcohol can be deteced as the hops dominate.
Strongly bitter and citrusy, like orange rind. The malt backbone perfectly balances the hops, having an almond cookie-like taste to match the bitterness.
It has a light-moderate body, especially for an IPA. Carbonation is strong but not unpleasant.
The balance of this beer makes ordering another a no-brainer.
The Blind Pig is an exceptional IPA. Arguably one of, if not THE, best-crafted IPAs in existence.
07-27-2009 20:10:22 | More by JimsArcade
4.33/5 rDev -0.7%
Bottled 500ML. Served in a pint glass. Bottled on: 04-16-09
A - Light gold. Cloudy. Slightly unfiltered. Very tall 2-3 finger pure white thick foamy head. Full lacing that sticks all the way to the top of the glass. Little carbonation
S - Sweet hoppy aroma. Citrus with deep pine scent. Mandarine/Tangerine smells. Small amount of malty/vanilla aromas mix within.
T - Hops in the forefront. Orange and tangerine citrus flavors. Slightly spicy. Bitter but not overly so. Great bitterness for an IPA. Spicy aftertaste that tends to linger. Sweetness hidden within.
M - Medium consistency. A little chewy. I think the low carbonation level makes it feel on the thicker side.
D - Very good beer. Could drink a couple of these, but don't know if I could do a whole session. Would drink this beer after others if you were reviewing different beers back to back since the hops kinda took over my mouth.
Overall this is great beer. I love IPA's and this is a great one.
07-27-2009 01:39:44 | More by oxnard111
4.2/5 rDev -3.7%
Slightly hazed, bright apricot colored with a thick and frothy head of off-white foam that lingers a long long time.
Fresh and inviting aroma of floral and citrus hops, slightly resinous and somewhat piney.
Juicy hops flavors, like the nose it runs the gamut from floral to orange juicy, tangerine and grapefruit rind, subtle pine. A honied malt backbone rides beneath. Very flavorful, not overly bitter. Good balance of malt and bitterness. Sappy pine builds in the finish and lingers.
Even mouthfeel, medium carbonation. A very tasty and highly drinkable beer. Many thanks to joerodiii for sending this one my way.
07-27-2009 00:23:32 | More by far333
4.45/5 rDev +2.1%
Picked up as part of a case from O'Shea Brewing in late May for $4.04 a bottle. Bottled on 3-3-09. Finally getting around to reviewing this after a number of pints.
Beer poured a golden orange with a three fingered white head that is leaving a nice sticky lacing behind. Nose is wonderful, full of floral hops. Taste is light on the bready malts and heavy on peach, citrus, and pine hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Overall drinability is near perfect. This is a great example of the IPA style with hops heavy and the malts running lightly in the background.
07-26-2009 23:34:16 | More by arizcards
4.38/5 rDev +0.5%
500 ml bottle, about three months old.
Pours clear, the color of polished brass, with a pillowy, off-white head that leaves great rings and chunky lacing.
Nose heavy on pineapple, backed by pine, grapefruit, and orange. Somewhat like Stone, but less sweet. Faint bread/caramel malt aromas in there, but hard to extract from the strong hop aromas.
Ooh but this is yummy! Sweet citrus subsides to bitterness and peach. I like a little more malt in there, but it probably wouldn't go down so smooth. Finish is somehow both full of hop oils and very dry, which, along with the light-medium body, helps this be an incredibly drinkable IPA. The bitter finish may be true for the style, but I prefer IPAs that match it with some more malt sweetness (Stone) or diacetyl (Maui). All in all, though, this is a great American IPA. Hats off yet again to the brewers at RR.
07-24-2009 19:47:34 | More by jbsteiny
4.58/5 rDev +5%
Appearance - Golden yellow with a hint of amber. Poured the last bit of it hard to obtain some fluffy white head which quickly subsides and leaves decent lacing.
Smell - Very obvious pine smell to me with citrus (pineapple) right there with it. I have sat here and smelled it a few times now and am still thoroughly enjoying the scent.
Taste - At first there is a hint of sweetness which is overtaken by citrus, pine, and hops.
Mouthfeel - Thickness is a medium with a bit more carbonation than expected, which is not a bad thing for this brew.
Drinkability - Very high! I thoroughly enjoy this beer (thought I give a slight edge to Pliny the Elder). Overall, an amazing drink and it is hard to stop at one.
07-24-2009 02:51:22 | More by SpdKilz
4.45/5 rDev +2.1%
Tasted many times, this is from a 3/26/09 bottling.
Golden slighly copper color. White head.
Big hop aroma, some pine/resin, grapefruit and citrus.
Light body, hop forward. Less body than many other IPAs which allows the hops to stand forward.
Firmly bitter, but it's surrounded by big west-coast hop flavors. No grassy flavors that usually smother beers with this amount of hops.
Mouthfeel: hop bitterness and flavor lingers throughout.
07-21-2009 15:20:43 | More by joebrewer
4.28/5 rDev -1.8%
Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Bottled on 4/16/09, making this sample a little over 3 months old.
Body is a saffron or tangerine-yellow. Beer is unfiltered so clarity isn't an issue. Persistant off-white had settles a finger high and leaves behind a tall lightly speckled wall of lacing.
Aroma is very strong, with citrus and summer fruit esters wafting over from a foot away. Peach, grapefruit zest, strawberry, and watermelon all come to mind.
Strongly bitter at first on the palate, but quickly offset by a sweet/tart combo like sugar coated sour candy. Light bread-like malt, crisp grapefruit-like bitterness, and a long dry finish round out the flavor.
Fairly light-bodied with high carbonation; while alcohol lends some extra flavor without extra warmth. Highly drinkable.
Straight-forward, clean, to the point, and powerful without being overwhelming - this is a high quality American IPA.
07-21-2009 01:13:07 | More by augustgarage
4.65/5 rDev +6.7%
Consumed about six weeks after it was bottled.
Bright lemon with some apricot and a hint of grapefruit balanced by a subtle sweetness from the malt. The sweetness is perfect and only comes into play in the aftertaste. The beer poured a really creamy head that actually lingered a bit (always makes me happy). Left a beautiful layer of lace on the glass. The appearance is a hazy golden orange.
The nose evolves from acidic hoppy goodness to a more sweet fruity citrus perfume as the beer comes closer to room temperature. The beer is incredibley smooth, although I expect nothing less from Russian River.
I can't get enough of this beer! It gets better and better as I sip it.
07-20-2009 02:25:09 | More by wd40
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,201 ratings.