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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

4,797 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,797
Reviews: 1,344
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,587
Gots: 548 | FT: 16
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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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.82/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an orangy color with a two finger head and nice carbonation.

Smell is juicy fruity hops, grapefruit, peaches, tangerine.

Taste is very nice up front, bitter toward the tail, leaves a hoppy bite in the aftertaste lingering on the palate. A bit grassy and some pine, a bit like pliny but has some differences too.

Very light bodied. A very well done single ipa.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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

16.9 oz bottle shipped from Tim.

Appearance: Beautiful clear, bright orange gold color. Soft white head with average retention, but leaves some excellent lacing.

Smell: Blast of citrusy hops aromas. Sweet orange, bitter grapefruit. A hint of pine. Little whiff of caramel malt.

Taste: Lots of bitter hops flavor. Mainly grapefruit with a little orange zest. Dash of pine sol in there too. Defintely a very hop forward beer with a weakish malt backbone. Its very bitter thoughout with a hint of sweetness long after you swallow it.

Mouthfeel: Just slightly on the thin side. Not watery though. Good carbonation. Finishes dry and clean, without a lot of resiny tongue stickiness.

Drinkability: Well I'm pounding through this. A nicely unbalanced IPA for when you want a lot of hops and want to drink a few.

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled July 9th, 2012.

A - Pours a clear gold with a slight amber hue. Frothy off-white head.

S - Clean pineapple and grapefruit. A good amount of pine as well.

T - Strong pine hops with clean malts. Bitter hop, orange peel finish.

M - Such a crisp beer. finishes dry. Very drinkable.

O - Not as well balanced as Pliny but not far behind. Takes the pine/orange peel route.

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.89/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

And again my thanks go out to BrewerB for this fantastic extra.

500mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a beguiling mix between a golden yellow and a copper orange, if you but those two colors together the result is bling pig. The beer is topped with a sticky and pockmarked one inch head that settles into a nice half inch cap that fades into a ring and leaves bits of lacing here and there.

S: This beer, I believe, is the definiton of what an American IPA should smell like. Sweet sweet citrus: mango, grapefruit and pineapple mixed with a healthy dose of nutty pine and a mild backbone of caramel malty sweetness.

T/MF: Taste is equally fascinating, a healthy dose of pine and grapefruit rind mixing together, mildly phenolic with a slight herbaly mediciny twang that is not that bothersome to me. This beer strikes some kind of balance between earthy and fruity with a solid amount of malty smoothness on the back end to balance about the bitterness of this beer. Given additonal warmth the beer opens up into more of a mellony pineapple profile while still maintaining that same pine opening. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly sticky but also incredibly smooth but could perhaps benefit from the tiniest increase in carbonation, otherwise flawless.

D: Insanely drinkable, tastes like a DIPA but drinks like an IPA a marvel of balance between malts and hops. An absolute wonder from the west coast. I think I'm in love with Russian River.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 510 ml bottle dated 1/16/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a clear light honey yellow with almost a finger of off-white head, nice lacing. Good carbonation.

S-Aromas of pine/resin, citrus, floral notes, tropical fruit.

T-Taste improves from smell with notes of pine/resin, floral hops, citrus, light caramel and bread.

M-Nice mouthfeel with a semi-dry finish with a medium body.

O-Overall a great IPA by Russian River. I want more.

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3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/6/09 Pint at O'Briens.

Appearance is golden with moderate head.

Smell is hoppy / floarl / piney.

Taste matches smell but with a slight flintiness. Little hint of alcohol, hops are out front. Two steps down from the Elder in hoppiness and taste. Mouthfeel is light and hoppy.

Overall, a more session-freindly version of Pliny the Elder, although the taste is does not do as much for me. Still very drinkable, but I may be spoiled from excessive Pliny exposure.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,797 ratings.