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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

4,069 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,069
Reviews: 1,303
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,396
Gots: 370 | FT: 18
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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Atlas1

Texas

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

I brought this bottle of Blind Pig home with me from Denver back in October. I was there for the GABF and stopped off at the Argonaut to grab a few beers not available in Texas. Thank god for bubble wrap.

Poured into a belgian snifter to capture the aroma best. Looks like apple juice. Clear light amber color with a thin, but sticky, head on top. Some lace. The nose is big on hops, bursting with piney grapefruit. It really reminds me of the nose on the Victory Hop Wallop, and this is a good thing. Very big and hoppy, but a beautiful aroma. The taste is very hoppy, but lighter than I expected it to be. The nose is a bit deceptive, because this beer comes across a bit fruitier, and less piney, in taste than in smell. That's okay with me, though. Still, there is plenty of citrus here to satisfy most hopheads. Some funky bitter-dry aftertaste finishes it off. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected. Clean and dry.

A great IPA, this Blind Pig. It's not as over-the-top as its cousin, Pliny the Elder, but it's still delicious. This bottle was fresh, but I can imagine that it's even better when it's straight from the brewery. I would love to be able to get this beer here in TX. Maybe one day. Until then, I'll have to make more trips to Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 00:49:27 | More by Atlas1
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SirSketch

Massachusetts

4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to gford217 for the LIF and trade!

Varies in color from light yellow to light orange. Small head with beautiful lacing and a head that clings like hell. Huge grapefruit and lemon aroma. Complex malt characteristics and spice scents.

The hop taste is the most fresh I've ever tasted. The bitterness is perfect and so well balanced with the malt character. Grapefruit and lemon are apparent here as well, and some more tropical fruit flavors. It is medium to full bodied and very sticky in the mouth and throat. The taste stays long after you swallow. Awesome flavor, but not too overwhelming to drink easily.

This is the closest I have come to rating a beer as perfect, and I believe I was right in doing so. This beer is amazing and is sure to please any hop-head, such as myself!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 00:44:26 | More by SirSketch
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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

500 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks to brentk56 or this in the recent Secret Halloween BIF.

Pours a clear, golden orange with several fingers of poofy eggshell colored head. Solid ½ finger of retention that stays thick and foamy, flaring up magnificently and leaving a huge cascade of sticky hop lacing behind. The aroma is a nose tingling mix of floral hops, pine cones, spice, some REALLY juicy smelling citric notes, and caramel sweetness that does a very good job of balancing out the nose.

The taste is a biting, resinous hop bitterness up front that never seems to quite run wild, as it's reigned in by tangy citrus character and a silky caramel backbone. That bitterness once again rears its' head in the finish, leaving a dry and lingering feel that has you eagerly anticipating the next sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a wonderful softy and creamy texture to it that spreads out across the palette and moves the flavors along. There is also a good bit of hop oil slickness to the body and the 6% ABV is hidden very well hidden.

This is just an extremely well crafted and solid IPA from Russian River. All of the flavors that you would want in a West Coast IPA plus the look, body, and most of all, drinkibility were all top notch. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 13:52:34 | More by Kegatron
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hero27

Minnesota

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

500 ml bottle.
6.1% abv
Bottled on 9/30/08

Courtesy of "bring" in trade, thanks again!

Pours a light gold..many flecks of sediment floating about..huge head of eggshell-colored foam sits on top unwavering...
Aroma is heavenly..an absolute tribute to fresh hops.. Overpowering citrus..grapefruit, orange, lemon, banana, and pine sap..yowsa.
For as much hop taste as this packs, it could easily be considered a double ipa. It's obviously not, considering the relatively low-abv, but still..this packs a wallop.
Endlessly drinkable...Russian River defies normalcy once again with this incredible IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 02:12:16 | More by hero27
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bifrostguard

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Translucent rusty copper color with a moderate fluffy off white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Effervescence is on the level of Alka Seltzer.

S - Piney and citrus hops backed by a malt sweetness. Pine sol is the closest thing that comes to mind. Outstanding for an IPA of such a low weight.

T - Bitter. Pine and citrus hops are severely imbalanced towards pine. A solid malt backbone is overpowered by the bitterness of this brew. Very tasty indeed.

M - Moderate in body and lively in carbonation. Dries out the palate quite nicely without being too overbearing. Watery around the edges and as perfect as I could imagine.

D - I tend to think of this as a more sessionable version of Pliny with a comparable but pinier taste. Very enjoyable and won't knock you on your butt as quickly as its double IPA counterpart. After having both a bunch of times now I actually prefer Blind Pig. Yes, you will drink a lot of these and yes, you will still feel great in the morning.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 05:03:37 | More by bifrostguard
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drumrboy22

Colorado

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

Poured from bottle into a DFH snifter. Pours a clear, orange color with a small rocky white head. Soft carbonation and light lacing around the glass.

Aroma was a mix of pine and citrus hops. Fairly sweet and malty.

Big, bitter, hoppy taste. Long bitter finish.

Very tasty beer.

Well worth tracking down a bottle. Makes a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 03:51:29 | More by drumrboy22
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TasteTester

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as an "I'm sorry" beer from SmokingmeX. Stand up guy.

A-A light golden amber. 1 finger of head on a heavy pour. Meant to stir up the bottom and dump it on top but I forgot. Lacing lasts top to bottom.

S-Sweet, citrus, bitter hops. No aroma of alcohol.

T-Near perfect for an IPA. Bitterness is spot-on. Citrus is subtle and sweet. Notes of pine.

M-Not as sticky as I like. It does cling to the mouth a bit after swallowing.

D-Would drink it all day long. Perfect session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 03:42:00 | More by TasteTester
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Vancer

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, the ol' Piggy pours a clear amber, topped with a frothyhead of ivory in the Bitburger pilsner glass. The rocky top certainly leaves thick ring laces on the way down.

Very nice aroma of citrus, grapefruit and pine. These qualities arise in the quaff, as it it pricks on the tongue. Bit of the woody resins finish this one off. Only a surprising 6.2%, has the body and taste of most DIPAs.

Top notch IPA, very tasty and good if you can get it local. The shipping costs will prohibit me from enjoying this one very often.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 00:31:03 | More by Vancer
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Donnie2112

Alaska

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

bottled on 22JUL08 meaning that this beer is about 4 months old, I don't know if there will be some distinct reduction in hops, I think it should be ok
pale yellow in appearance, nice little bit of head that chills out on top of the beer nicely. gorgeous lacing that hangs out on the side of the glass. When I up turned the bottle into my imperial pint glass there was a bit of cloudiness that filled my glass.

earthy earth earthy, the aromas are very herbal and again earthy with a bit of pepperiness and and some distinct citrus rind smells

HOP FORWARD! the nice slightly biscuity malts serve simply as a carrier for the hops, it's extremely dry on the malt side of things and ten it delivers the hops and they offer the whole spectrum, peppery, lemony citric rind and a lot of earthiness

medium light body and medium light carbonation lots of astringence

This beer is a total vessel for the deliverance of hops. That seems to be the whole point of it. I prefer an IPA with a bit more malty sweetness to counter act the obvious bitterness of the hops and create a balance that contrasts and pops out a lot more flavor from both. That said, this is a single IPA and it is expected to be a bit dryer. I like this one, it's rather high grade stuff and I would be happy to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 04:28:40 | More by Donnie2112
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Hophead101

Pennsylvania

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

drank on 11.12.08 at home. got in a trade - thanks russpowell.

i was almost afraid to drink this given all of its hype. but i could not avoid the inevitable. this beer pours an awesome crystal clear yellowish orange color with a fantastic head. truly one of the best looking beers i have seen. the head was nice, thick and bubbly and stuck around for quite a bit, and when it was gone, left a nice lacing in the glass.

the aroma was nothing but hops (go figure). it had an oily hop smell, sweet flowery and hints of lemon in there as well. so now for the taste, WOW. crisp hops at first, only because my mouth was clear and not 'hop' acclimated. the taste quickly softens to a smooth hop taste coating the entire mouth. the flavor spread across the the palate nicely. it left a hoppy finish and aftertaste, but not in a bad way at all.

great beer. one of the best IPA's around. only wish i could get more of here in PA.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 02:02:43 | More by Hophead101
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my appetizer before I went and had my Pliny the Elder. Both of these were available at the Falling Rock Tap House on tap.

Light Gold color with very little head. No visible carbonation and some very nice lacing.

Very fresh floral and grapefruit/citrus aroma. Really nice.

Wow, a fantastic IPA. Hop bomb with a Grapefruit focus with the flavor. Yet still balanced and with a nice malt backbone. A touch of cracker in the background that works well with the hops...

Rather light in body and really refreshing. Wonderful drinkability. I would drink this all night, had Pliny not been on the menu.

A great IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2008 01:33:02 | More by Reagan1984
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BeerandBlues2

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours hazy orange with an average, white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, hay, straw), heavy hops (flowers, pine, citrus), average yeast (dough, sweat) with notes of apple, pear, and peach. Medium bodied, mineral texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity, and heavy bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 02:50:45 | More by BeerandBlues2
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

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

Just got this today in a trade with bring. Thanks for the opportunity to try this! 500 ml bottled on 9/30/08.

A- slightly translucent diluted golden color with a slight orange tint. Pours with a healthy white foamy headwhich eventually fades to 1/2 finger and leaves plenty of lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Wonderful. Big, bright, and hoppy. A perfect blend of pine, citrus, and spicy goodness.

T- The flavor doesn't measure up to the smell but it's still decent. Mild spicy hop flavor is the main character upfront with a bit of citrus and grassy flavors in the background. Some pine citrus resiny bitterness comes through for the finish with medium strength and linger for awhile.

M- Medium carbonation and smooth,oily body. Oily characteristics are great, but a bit on the thin side.

D- I was really looking forward to trying this one. My 3rd RR brew. Good IPA overall but it doesn't really stand out to me. A bit over hyped IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 01:51:14 | More by PittBeerGirl
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blklab2007

Connecticut

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

bottle brewed 6 weeks ago poured into a tulip glass has a nice orange ice tea color and a thick one finger white head that retained rather well and laced the glass nicely. aroma has juicy grapefruit hops, citrus peels, pine, orange zest, and underlying malts. perfumed and enticing. mouth feel is medium with biting carbonation and good coating. flavor is all about the hops, (pine, grapefruit, citrus), sweet enough to keep the bitterness down, and just enough caramel malt to keep the hops balanced. finish has a long duration of hops coating. very good and extremely fresh tasting.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 01:50:12 | More by blklab2007
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Spikester

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16.9 ounce bottle. About three weeks from bottling date.
Pours amber with a sizable white head and copious lacings.
Aroma is piney-resinous.
Taste is a crisply bitter citrus grapefruit orange hop blast. After the initial taste it settles down to a nicely bitter IPA with just enough malts to make it a smooth drinker.
The downside is I only bought one bottle. I will enjoy this beer anytime I can find it.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 11:13:29 | More by Spikester
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egajdzis

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Cask at O'Brien's] Poured a lightly hazy, copper color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus fruits, pine resin, floral hops and faint malts as well. Taste was super, tangerine and other citrus fruits, more pine and a strong grapefruit bitterness. The IBUs are incredible on this one.

Serving type: cask

11-10-2008 00:03:21 | More by egajdzis
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lhaqq

California

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear light golden body and small white head.
S: Strong smell of guava, a bit smokey. Also some papaya and passion fruit.
T: Guava, with a big citrus finish.
M: Round and creamy.
D: Really smooth and drinkable. Will definitely get it again, either next time I'm at RR or else next time I find it in a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2008 05:59:22 | More by lhaqq
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jim102864

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The second and final bottle of Blind Pig from the small shipment of Cali selections I made while visiting Holiday Liquors in Escondido.

The appearance is a hay colored gold with a small but very sticky head that webbed the glass with each pull from my nonic. Steady carbonation throughout the sampling.

Aroma was piney with evergreen and yet somewhat floral and sweet. Hoppiness abounds, yet it's not over the top, though I expected a fairly aggressive nose and got it.

Taste was dominated by hop bitterness which brought the evergreen and pine combination into the flavor. Suprisingly understated which was at tad disappointing. Smooth for an IPA.

Mouthfeel was slick and satisfying.

A fairly drinkable beer and could easily be enjoyed for multiple rounds. A good brew that I would recommend to IPA fans.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 12:10:30 | More by jim102864
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rxdrewthejew

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My other RR IPA find at Beverage Warehouse last weekend. Bottled September 5, 2008. The bottle keeps telling me not to age it, so I figured I'd better drink it before I went out of town for a week. Fairly aggressive pour into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with not much in the way of bubbles. The head is white, got about 2 fingers that fades to a thin film with a few fluffy bubbles. Lacing is nice.

S: Strong grapefruit hops and not much else.

T: Grapefruit hops dominate from start to finish, but I also note some floral, pine and grass hops in there as well. Not much sweetness to the malt, but there is some malt character-enough to give it a good balance at any rate.

MF: Medium-thin body with moderate carbonation. Hops are not that heavy on the tongue, even if they are a major part of the palette. Not much warming, and the alcohol isn't particularly noticeable.

D: Excellent West Coast IPA. Lots and lots of hops, but not too bitter to be undrinkable. Good balance for an IPA, which is impressive to me because the malt is so understated. I am a fan of grapefruit-dominant IPAs, so this is a winner for me. Low alcohol, smooth mouthfeel and great flavor make this an easy drinker. It was nice to find this here in LA, and hopefully it'll be something not to hard for find for the foreseeable future.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 04:48:40 | More by rxdrewthejew
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bkilpatr

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. 11/03/08. Bottled on 090508.

Pours a clear, bright golden orange color with nearly three fingers of soft beige head. The head dropped slowly and left some nice lacing. Aroma is strong with piny and citrusy hops with some malt in the background.

Taste starts with a bit of sweet caramel malt. That's quickly followed by a rush of piny and citrusy hops. Plenty of grapefruit flavor and a bitter finish. Seems a bit unbalanced with the hops, it could use a bit more malt.

Feel is decent on this beer. It seems a bit thin or watery. Doesn't quite seem right to me. Ample carbonation, medium body. Drinkability is pretty good. It's not too bitter and goes down fairly smooth.

Overall, a decent IPA. If you like an IPA on the very-hoppy side then you might like this. But it's a bit unbalanced for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 03:25:39 | More by bkilpatr
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rye726

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at Backcountry Pizza in Nederland. Pours an orangish brown with a silky beige head. Nice lacing.

Nose has citrus fruits, piney hops and sweet malts.

Taste is a delicious blend of bready malts, fresh fruits and floral hops. Medium body is very well carbonated. Near perfect example of teh style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2008 06:00:29 | More by rye726
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

500ml bottle received as an extra from Mauerhan (thanks Topher). Bottled on 072208 and served in my Ayinger Becker. Poured a translucent orange-gold with tiny bubbles in solution. 1.5 inch fluffy white head embedded with craters left behind strands of lacing as it receded. Nose was sweet grapefruit, piney hops and a light grainy quality in the back. Grapefruit sweetness is diminished in the mouth and hops bitterness is amplified. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a bitter/astringency that lingers between quaffs. Top notch IPA. Not my style per se, but I can really appreciate the quality of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 03:00:50 | More by Jwale73
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to brother BA mikesgroove for this gem. Consumed on 11/01/08.

Golden in color with a pillowy white head. Left great, sticky lace throughout the glass.

Aromas whafting with complete, unabashed, piney, citrusy hoppy goodness. Very fresh in the nose and hardly abrasive.

Smooth on the palate, very much so actually. Amazingly fresh and vibrant hoppy flavor with great bitterness to boot. Long lingering on the palate with the hops. Great play, really, with the light malt character and the heavy hops... IMHO, the way an IPA ought to be. Because of that, Blind Pig shoots up the charts as one of my favorite IPAs made to date.

Fantastically drinkable, mid-level in body, and highly sessionable based on above notes. My first venture into Russian River was a highly successful one. Splendid.

Many thanks to mikesgroove, again, for this one.

Zum wohl!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 23:36:09 | More by goindownsouth
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Goldfish

New York

4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 500mL Bottle (That's 1 pint .9 Fluid oz). Has brew date of 09/05/08. Very enticing amber-ish color. Nice full head. - Starts to evaporate almost immediately though. Leaves lacing all the way down the glass - an intricate array of stalagmites and stalagtites (sp?). Carbonation continues throughout the entire drinking experience.

S - Piny and Hoppy notes attack the nostrils. You want to stick your whole face in this beer.

T - Hoppy goodness. (Brevity is better or I could go on all day)

M - Plays with the tongue. Your mouth tingles with the flavor.

D - Could drink this all night and all day. A great tasting beer. Bud Light says they have drinkability. Well Bud tastes like crap in a bucket. This tastes like heaven and you still could drink it all day.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 21:44:59 | More by Goldfish
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle courtesy of FrancisWeizen.

A: The ale opened without much fanfare. No hiss, no nothing. On pour though, a sizeable head, over three fingers, conjures up. Extensive lacing results. The ale has a cuprous yellow color, a touch hazy but still nice to look at.

S: The ale packs a two-fer. Piney, resiny hops, loaded with arboreal and citric notes, are met by a thick caramel backbone. Surprisingly well-balanced for a hop bomb.

T: Much like the nose, the body is a two-pronged attack with both elements working nicely together. The hops are lively and thick, oozing with citrus peels and pine needles. The bitterness is pleasant, never overpowering. The caramel malt backbone adds a very grainy biscuity flavor. A good IPA.

M: Lots of hops and malts, well-balanced with a nice citrusy finish. This was on my wants list for a while and I am not disappointed.

D: The ale has a relatively low alcohol level that never rears it head. I'd be happy with a six pack of 500 mL bottles.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 20:13:39 | More by akorsak
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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