Blind Pig Imperial IPA | The Blind Pig Brewery

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Average: 3.92 | pDev: 7.65%

Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 11

American Imperial IPA | 9.50% ABV

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The Blind Pig Brewery
Illinois, United States

Notes: Rotating availibility. 
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 11
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3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the brewpub on 5/12/11
Served in a tulip glass
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This version of the BPB's DIPA is a malt-forward look towards the style. Though mentioned as a So-Cal style and highly hopped, the citrus and tropical nature of that version just doesn't seem to come through for me. I felt a bit disappointed with this one.

The bartender's pour creates a 2cm head of thick, off-white bubbles that has good retention, taking a few minutes to settle to a ring around the glass and a large island of foam atop the body. Significant lacing is left along the sides of the glass. The body itself is a hazy golden orange color, surprisingly light in tone. Some carbonation is still visible in this unfiltered DIPA.

The aroma reminds me of caramel malt, honey, and grapefruit and bitter hops. I was a bit surprised at how different this was relative to the APA on tap the same night in terms of obviousness of hop usage and strength. The imperial IPA seems to be lacking, relative to that less-alcoholic cousin.

Taste is heavy on malt presence, at least relative to expectations, in this beer. Seems to be pale and caramel malt base providing a good deal of backbone and sweetness to this beer. The hops used are Apollo and Centennial, according to the menu, but I'm not getting an intense citrus/grapefruit character, just enough to remind me of their presence. Not really impressed with the malt-forwardness on display with this DIPA.

Beer has a medium-heavy body, adequate for the ethanol content and malt amount used to get it there. Carbonation is well-suited, so the effect is a pleasantly flowing, slightly foamy mouthfeel as it is sampled. Finish is expectedly dry from hops and sugars.

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3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blind pig imperial IPA is more astringent than piney with a foam head over translucent yellow/orange murky beer. Served in a tulip. Earthy straw-like aroma in the background with hints of lemonpeel in the nose. Stinging peppery finish that lasts a looong time, blooming through pepper to lemon and grapefruit pith to tea astringency, them the long peppery burn to the close.

After warming, the grapefruit rind and pith smell and taste is much more pronounced. A hint of vanilla appears faintly in the nose, hints of jasmine and jasmine tea in both nose and palate.

Blind Pig is a great brewpub, and its older sister beer bar around the corner provides more variety on tap and hundreds of bottles, if no homegrown tastes. I envy the UofI students & faculty who can call this their local.

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3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy copper orange color. A perfect two finger head forms with excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace are left behind.
S: Big citrus hops up front. Grassy and floral as well. Plenty of sweetness for balance. Love the Simcoe hops here (seems to be a brewery favorite).
T: Follows the nose with a big citrus hop flavor. Some floral and grassy flavors. A fairly strong bitterness as well. Resiny pine flavors that adds up to a big and complex hop character. Though not as enjoyable as the nose IMO. Some sweetness for balance.
M/D: A medium to full body that is low on the carbonation. Just a bit to much of a syrupy and resiny consistency for me. Really easy to drink considering the ABV. The alcohol is well hidden. I could have more.

This is a really good DIPA. Not my favorite, but well made. Hop heads will love it. Something I would recommend.

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4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tapped and readily available at The Blind Pig Brewery. Vertically tested with Port Hop-15.

A finger of bone-white froth tops a cloudy amber-brown body with deep orange trim; little lacing and brief duration on the tulip cost an otherwise good-looking beer a better appearance score. Big, hoppy nose, plush with the Simcoe hops advertised on the trademark Blind Pig menu. Citrus to spare--tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit; splendid smell.

Good, balanced taste, with the hop and citrus flavor well balanced with ample caramel malt. This has really good flavor, but is a style of DIPA that doesn't quite have the hop punch that I love. In particular, the malt is a little more pronounced that I like DIPAs. However, this is unquestionably tasty, really good DIPA, just not the big, beefy hopped-up DIPA that hop lovers crave.

Much of this has to do with the mouthfeel, which is good and, at times, rears up with that good, gritty, resiny hop texture. But for the most part, this has a restrained IPA mouthfeel. The balance is good, a nice trademark of Blind Pig brewing. People not quite as enamored with hops as I might enjoy this even more, so I'm willing to allow for that. It is, though, a beer all-too easy to rip down.

Another delicious, distinct offering from The Blind Pig. While I'd love this to be a little heavier on the tongue with hops, this is no doubt very good beer, a DIPA well worth a go.

[My Port Hop-15 review to follow]

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Blind Pig Imperial IPA from The Blind Pig Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 11 ratings