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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

4,067 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,067
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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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: Gold with fluffy, white head, good retention, excellent lacing. It just doesn't look better than this.

S: Big piny, citrus & rind hop aroma, candied fruit & hints of toffee.

T: Solid piny bitterness up front, tangerine, lemon zest, candied pineapple and a little toffee.

M: Well attenuated, moderate body is smooth, with little hop acidity and a crisp finish.

D: Very drinkable.

An all around great brew.

Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the Halloween '08 treat!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 20:12:47 | More by Derek
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

After having the beer on tap six months ago, the beer brings back some serious memories. Opening with a crystal clear golden color, great head formation, and equalled retention. Soft but delicate hop flavor and aromatics give a juicy burst of grapefruit, orange zest, perfume, and fresh-cut grasses. Very fresh, inviting, and invigorating. Maltiness is very crisp, clean, and with a cracker-like, delicate caramel taste. Hoppy, but not unnecessarily bitter or bitey. Maltiness gives the beer structure without interfering with sweetness or mouthfeel. It is the opidome of the American IPA style! Sill, I really enjoyed it more on tap.

GABF Weekend '08: Enjoyed at the Falling Rock Tap Room. A side by side comparison of this versus the Pliney the Elder revealed that this beer had much better hop flavor, a preferred balance, and superb drinkability. The beer showcases the hop flavor and aroma beautifully with a delicate, strong balance of fresh grapefruit, orange zest, lemongrass, pine, and a clean resin-ey bitterness. This is all woven into a very malty, but lightly flavored caramel-barley malt base. The body supports the hops and sweetness well and doesn't interfere with the hop flavor at all. Finishes very clean, light, and with a long lingering hop flavor. Bitterness is somewhat light, but lends to great drinkability. Undoubtedly the best balanced IPA out there- maybe the best period.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2008 19:36:57 | More by BEERchitect
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

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

this is the end in some ways of a long circle of trading. The ending: many thanks to jhenry04 for the chance to try this beer! Your generosity is appreciated.

A - brilliant golden straw color with a nice frothy white head.
S - pithy, resiny pine hops dominate with a wisp of background malts.
T - practically a parade of pithy, piney hops bolstered by a light sweet malt note and a hint of citric hops.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp dry finish.
D - quaffable, piney hoppy with a good solid bite but not acrid, overly bitter or harsh. I could drink a few of these with friends over an evening and be happy and standing.

the beginning of the story - my intro to pliny the elder came via Dave in CA who's a great BA and he geve me a bonus blind pig mug from the RR brewpub. almost 2 years later I now have had the blind pig in that mug!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 00:27:06 | More by barleywinebrewer
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy orange color with a huge fluffy white head. It also has great lacing. The aroma is an initial hop pop in the old olfactory system. There are definite fruit (grapefruit), floral and slight caramel notes. The taste is initially very hoppy - bitter. There are grapefruit note and a slight hint of sweetness. It is a bit one-sided with hops...could use a bit more malt backbone for balance. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. There is a residual slickness that coats the tongue. Overall, this is an excellent hoppy brew. Definitely works to satisfy a lupulin urge.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 22:50:45 | More by barefootbrewer
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jasonjlewis

Texas

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

Nice big head with excellent retention with a cloudy orange color.

Huge grapefruit flavor, citrusy, resiny, a bunch of hop varieties seem to be used in this one.

Taste is of a huge hop profile. Grapefruit, resiny, citrusy, spiciness comes through. Malt backbone only provides body and balance for the beer.

The mouthfeel is crisp and dry. It maintains a slight amount of astringency.

Go drink this beer, stop reading my review.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 06:22:53 | More by jasonjlewis
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

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

Ahh, my first foray into Russian River beers, thanks to BGThang. And it won't be my last (thanks yet again...)!

Appearance - pours into a tasting glass with a hazy, fairly basic gold/straw color. A finger of white, sticky foam forms up, clinging to everything it touches. Melts down quite slowly, nice retention.

Aroma - fresh and piny, spicy and rich with grapefruit. I can just barely pick up a hint of caramel style malt.

Taste - a quick and clean base malt, a touch of biscuit. The hops appear quickly, springy and alive with citrusy grapefruit up front and a tart oranginess on the swallow. A biscuit and bitter orange aftertaste, resolving to a dry piny flavor on the finish. Pushing a little medicinal there too, but it's a minor thing.

Mouthfeel - crisp, slightly creamy eith a medium body.

Drinkability - a special treat; you folks out west are in good hands with these to quench your thirst. A big thanks, Ken, for hooking me up with this delicious Top 100 brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 03:47:48 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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kasper

New York

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

A: Pours an orange/amber with vibrant straw-colored highlights. Multi-finger soapy off-white head leaves sheets of white lacing peeling down the glass.

S: Aromas are largely citric hops: pink grapefruit, mandarin orange, lime, mint, and bready malts.

T: A bit piney, then slightly citrusy, but hop loaded all-the-way-through. There's a nice, smooth, mildly-sweetened malt background the whole way through, and sweetest up front. Tad soapy; strongly bitter -- all goes together well.

M: Medium bodied, liberally carbonated, and smooth.

D: Yeah, this is a nice beer. It's pretty heavy and hop-y, however. I couldn't drink em all night. Elder is smoother and most balanced, despite being stronger.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 03:26:16 | More by kasper
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leif86

California

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear yellow/golden brew. Nice, full bodied and frothy head - very thick and lasts a while. Leaves great lacing.

S: Mmmm... fresh hop smell - some pine and citrus.

T: Hops are great here - a little piney, a little tangerine, and very refreshing. A little alcohol flavor up front and a little sweet. The bitterness stays with you for a while.

M: Pretty perfect carbonation. Slightly sticky

D: This is what more IPAs need to be. Please and thanks to have some more.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 01:21:45 | More by leif86
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Who wears a boy tie anymore? Pours a mostly cloudy orange color with a more light tan hue through out. A good fizzy white head which settles down after some time. Good retention and lacing.

The nose is more along the lines of a west coast ipa. Nice herbal and citrus notes mixes well with a stronger piney hop note. Some nice fruity notes, grapefruit and a touch of pineapple. Some lighter notes of malt, mostly grainy and a touch of kettle caramel as well. Some alcohol but not over the top. Pretty clean yeast overall.

The taste is similar. Nice hop presence with a hint of bittering. Would have like a bit more balance but the finishing hops leaves a piney and citrus twist into the finish. Some soapy and kettle hop notes into the finish that is a bit of a deterrent. The malt falls off though, with a more muttled grainy and non-distinct sweetness. Really would have liked more complexity and clarity there. Some yeasty note but nothing over the top.

The body is a bit sweet and would like it to be a bit smoother. Carbonation is a bit low, which could help out. Overall a decent IPA with a great hop presence, but IMO really lacks the distinct malt backing to make it a great beer. Good drinkability though.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 22:19:45 | More by Oxymoron
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xpimptastikx

Texas

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

Thanks to Midaszero for the extra.

Pours a clear golden with minimal off with head. Smells bitter, piney, and with a hint of citrus. Tastes less bitter than the smell, but still a nice bite. Feels good in the mouth, very smooth. Leaves a nice lasting bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 17:06:57 | More by xpimptastikx
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TheodorHerzl

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice clear golden hue with a rather fluffy white head
Sl: Lots of ripe citrus fruit and pink grapefruit rind with a good shot of pine stickiness. Daddy likey!
T: Citrus fruit are again center stage with ripe tangerines, oranges, and lemon zest. There is a slight "soapy" quality to this beer as well that isn't really doing it for me at the moment.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a good crisp bite on it as well
D: A really nice IPA. I am not a fan of "soapy" IPA's, but this one had that quality for me. It just isn't my thing, but I still found this beer to be very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 16:38:17 | More by TheodorHerzl
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

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

Big thanks to 0110x011 for this one in my LNBA BIF box!

A-Slightly hazy orangish golden yellow. A thin white head reduces to a thin film and leaves spotty lace.

S-A wonderful blast of "west coast" hops. Citrus and pine followed by a bit of sweetness. Upon warming notes of apple and pear come through as well.

T-A sharp, bitter hop bite rises up and assualts your taste buds, wonderful! Underlying sweetness balances things well. The citrus and pine hops swirl around in a dance of flavours.

M-Medium-light with an incredible sharp crispness. Long lasting bitterness.

D-A wonderful West Coast IPA. Maybe just a bit thin in body but otherwise tough to beat...see it's "Elder" brother though!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 07:08:10 | More by Deuane
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tayner

Arizona

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

500 ml brown bottle, bottled on 7-9-08

pours an amber color with a small white head and only scant lacing

smell is green floral citrus hop flavor

taste is up front bitter citrus pith, some mild palate malt with a floral bitter finish. not as "green" tasting as PtE

mouthfeel is creamy and oily, very coating.

easier to drink alone than pliny but would not hold up as well to spicy food.. but would still hold up enough quite likely. more sessionable than pliny, but they both have their place.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 01:36:07 | More by tayner
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Biscuit033

Pennsylvania

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

A: Gold with a small white head and great lacing.

S: Earthy, piney, lemon zest, and some grapefruit, with some hints of caramel.

T: Citrusy, earthy, caramel, vanilla, and some piney notes.

M: Smooth and creamy with a long bitter finish.

D: This is an extremely drinkable IPA especially at 6%. This may be my favorite west coast IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2008 20:27:59 | More by Biscuit033
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ZAP

Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-An almost glowing golden color...nice lacing on the glass.

S-The smell is sweet citrus...ripe oranges, pinneaples, and tangerines....a mild caramel like maltiness blends in nicely

T-Similar, but different that the nose...where the nose leads one to think sweet fruit cocktail, the taste is actually sharply citrus, with piney notes as well. The fruits on the taste are unsweetened pink grapefruit, and orange peel.

M-Seems one-sided....more of a hop juice style IPA than a juicy flavorful IPA....malt seems to be missing in the body....finishes very dry and bitter

D-Depends on what you want in an IPA and what you like. This is as bitter an IPA as I've had but lacks the overall juicy hop notes I like. I much preferred Pliny to this. I always like to compare the big hitters to our state's best known canned IPA Surly Furious (which is kind of in the middle of the IPA and DIPA area imho). Personally I think Furious is a better beer. The bitterness is about the same but Furious has a better overall flavor to me. I know others really like this and it has won many awards but for me it is not an elite IPA because it is too one-sided and lacks the juicy flavorful hop elements I enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 00:27:12 | More by ZAP
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johnd513

Michigan

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

A big thanks goes to ducksfan for this one.
This beer pours a clear golden color with a nice frothy white head that gets smaller as the beer is drank and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Smells of citrusy grapefruit. The taste is citrusy and dry with grapefruit flavors. This beer has a medium body and is nicely carbonated. Drinkability is good I could easily have a few of these if this beer was readily available to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 21:44:47 | More by johnd513
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adamparker05

California

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

Picked up at Holiday Wine Market in Escondido (San Diego), CA. Super friggin' excited to try after having a love affair with Russian River's Pliny the Elder and Damnation.

Pours a mellow gold, honeyed color with nice, slightly fluffy head.

Aroma is standard hoppiness; citrus. Little bit of pine nettles.

Taste is awesome; doesn't pack an "-over-hopped" punch like some IPA's nowadays. Herbal with a nice balanced hop taste and Zingy mouthfeel with slight bitter finish.

Sooo drinkable. If I had a 6pk I wouldn't be able to refrain from drinking the whole thing tonight.

It's scarce- buy it without thinking twice.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 03:46:36 | More by adamparker05
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangey color with nice head that quickly dissipates. Nice lacing that lasts throughout the glass. Nice piney/citrus hop flavor and smell but not overly bitter. This is a beer that I could drink alot of and hopefully one day will be able to easily.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 03:04:27 | More by mikereaser
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will be the second beer I have tried from Russian River, Supplication being the first, and Pliny soon to be the third. Many many thanks to my big sister, Christian for tracking it down during her stay in San Diego. Poured in to a snifter so as to hopefully rouse some of the aroma. Beer was served just above room temperature, chilled is a good way of putting it. Appearance is a cool gold, and heading is about one finger. The head quickly fades in to a thin white lacing with good retention. Oily hops come to mind first in the aroma, then come citrus fruits such as pineapple and tangerine. Mild earth smells also show themselves to an extent. Taste is composed of grassy hop resins, bit of tobacco, cream and orange jump in at times. Mouthfeel is intense in its bitterness. It leaves the tongue feeling a little numb. Malt presence could possibly be lifted a bit to balance the hops, but overall this is still hardly a problem. Blind Pig strikes me a being a session IPA for people who really bitter, hoppy brews, I wish I had a few more bottles. Final thoughts: This is a very solid India Pale. I wasn't exactly blown away, but that is fine. Instead, I am left feeling very satisfied and refreshed. I can imagine this being a regular in my fridge if only it were available in my state...maybe one day. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 02:44:20 | More by jamie2dope
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rhinos00

Colorado

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shout out to mattolesh for sending me another quality brew from Russian River.

Poured cold from a 500 mL bottle into a Founders pint glass.

A- A cloudy, hazy golden color. White head dissipated quickly and laced the glass as the beer was consumed.

S- The hops definitely stood out on this one. Lots of hops mixed citrus fruit, very similar to Pliny the Elder.

T- Fruit was definitely prevalent, but the hops dominated this one. As it was consumed I thought the malt flavor might try to kick in, but that never happened.

M- Medium bodied and had soda like carbonation at points. The feel of the beer was thinner than some of the other IPAs I have had.

D- A very easy drink! I could drink this all day, especially at 6.0% abv.

Overall, I think this was a quality IPA. The only complaint I have with this one is that I wish the consistency of the beer was little thicker. At certain points, it felt as if I was drinking soda water (the taste still being excellent). Other than that, a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 02:06:01 | More by rhinos00
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stumac

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I dig the label...."Don't age me!"

I had this right after I drank the Surly Furious. Going from a huge bodied IPA to a sessionable IPA was not a good idea...

pours a golden color with a quickly fading white head. great lacing. the nose is floral and spicy hops. the taste is very bitter, bitter hops, floral hops, subtle sweet malts. medium to full body, medium spritzy carbo. good brew...

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 15:47:59 | More by stumac
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roan22

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a nonic pint. Rarely available in these parts (Philly)...so every drop is to be savored, its that good.

The appearance is a hazy orangey amber with great foam and lace. The aroma, the depths of which draw you in so deeply, is like a pine forest, and an herb garden (rosemary, what an awesome pungent spiciness), with orange and grapefruit essences and perhaps ginger.

The taste is so smooth, SO drinkable, every sip commands you to have another one. Its clearly the pinnacle of west coast IPAs...hoppy, juicy, delicious lip-smacking bitterness. Nothing about this beer slams you in any negative way, its perfectly brewed. And it just won a silver medal at the GABF 08.

I, among so many other Philadelphians, anxiously await Russian River shipment time every year. To Vinny, thank you for continuing to send your perfect IPAs to my city! Cheers

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2008 02:22:09 | More by roan22
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GJ40

North Carolina

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

Sampled from a 500ml bottle purchased at City Beer Store in SF.

A - Golden with a slight haze and a thick white head. Nice lacing.

S - A floral, fruity hop aroma. As with Pliny, it's like opening a fresh packet of hop pellets.

T - A great balance of hop flavor and citrusy, grapefruit bitterness. A bit more bitter than Pliney. And the lower alcohol (6.1%) lets the hops play a bigger role. I think I actually prefer this one to Pliny.

M - Good body and carbonation.

D - I could drink this beer all day long. It's everything I like in an IPA and nothing I don't.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 11:56:41 | More by GJ40
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beerorRIP

New Jersey

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

on tap @ monk's in philly

Full pint pour gives a yellow-orange color (the lighting isn't the best in the front bar at night). Gives a one fingerish head which did hang for a little bit. Sticky lacing is all over the glass throughout.

Smells like west coast IPA to me! Citrus (grapefruits, a bit of lemon) and some pine coming though, even a bit of a floral mark. Malt? Sorry didn't find that one here.

HOPS. That is what i tasted. There was a moment when the malt tried to show up. Then more hops just smashed it out. Citrus. Pine. Big American Hops.

Carbonation is good for the style, enough to keep you wanting more, and not flat. The mouthfeel is not sticky like some IPA's end up being.

Was surprised to find this on tap at Monk's, but hey it was good for me! Looking forward to more of this... but i've not seen it in bottles around the NJ area, much less on tap!

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2008 23:20:57 | More by beerorRIP
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deepsouth

Mississippi

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a fairly cloudy yellow with hints of orange. the head is very minimal with a few bubbles clinging to the glass.

the beer smells of grass and grapefruit as well as a bit spicy and bready. i'm not describing it well, but it smells damn good.

the taste is the smell dead on. it finishes like a piece of fresh peeled grapefruit.

the mouthfeel is fairly light yet still maintains a slickness that tells you that you are drinking a divine ipa.

i could drink these like water i think. this is possibly my favorite offering i have tried from russian river.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 03:56:57 | More by deepsouth
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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