Blind Pirate
Monday Night Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 10.81%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
171
From:
Monday Night Brewing
 
Georgia, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 171
Photo of wescamp29
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not usually a blood orange fan but the taste wasn't overpowering. Hints of caramel mixed with grapefruit and pine make this a solid IPA. Would buy again

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber, almost brown orange body, hazy, half inch tan head
Malty fruits. Apricot, lychee, pine, orange
Woody malt, grassy pine, candied orange peel. Tastes boozy
A little harsh on the tongue
Not a very subtle DIPA. Mostly a back of tongue, malty/earthy ipa, very little citrus or florals. It's decent. the blood orange version is better

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Aroma: Strong bitter grapefruit. -Appearance: Dark iced tea with thin off white head. -Taste: Slow burning whiskey like alcohol presence & strong grapefruit bitterness with a slightly lemony after bite. -Palate: Medium - Full bodied with lingering bitterness. -Overall: Good Imperial IPA that I would compare or describe as a Cold Jim Beam with hops.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother brought me a 6 pack of different beers from this brewery when he came home to Cleveland to visit from Atlanta . Thanks Mark! Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a slightly cloudy/hazy medium amber/copper color and it has lots of streams of tiny bubbles rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. There is also a slightly off white, fluffy looking head that's an inch thick when first poured and that has good retention and good lacing too. Aromas of come fairly biscuit, caramel malt sweetness that gives way to some piney, floral hops along with a bit of dark fruit as well. Has a nice, slightly biscuit caramel malt presence upfront with some sweetness that gives way to piney, floral, earthy hops with some citrus and perhaps a bit of pineapple and or mango. Has mainly crispy, slightly smooth, somewhat frothy, just slightly prickly, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean, dry finish. Very easy to drink, as the 8.2% ABV masks itself well. A pretty good beer all around here. I hope to get to drink more offerings from this brewery in the future.

Eric

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Photo of brentk56
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color capped by an ecru head; very nice retention and a smattering of lace

Smell: Caramel and wort

Taste: Caramel and sweet wort flavors, up front, with some earthy bitterness in the middle; the finish is sweet

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; slight warmth

Overall: Not sure why this is being marketed as a DIPA as this is far from true to the style; might not be a bad English barleywine

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite beer in the world is Piraat, so when I see a double IPA with a pirate theme...instant purchase!

Appearance 4.0: Pours out an opaque, chestnut brown. Some particulates dancing around, which is a good thing. Nice, 1/2" head. Good lacing.

Smell 4.5: Wow! Huge hops nose on this baby. Piney, citrusy, also hints of pineapple, malt and good old-fashioned booze.

Taste 4.25: Front is just a little sweet. Middle is where wave after wave of hops, malt, and a slight hint of booze swirls around your tongue and makes you want to drink the whole thing in one mighty gulp and then drink another one. Finish dries everything out nicely and also features a very pleasant sour taste. Aftertaste is long and pleasant: just an overall hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel 4.25: Really nice and well-planned level of carbonation that serves to accentuate the experience. Full on the palate, as well.

Overall 4.25: Very enjoyable brew. Big, hoppy and slightly boozy, this baby is a great winter warmer. I like how -on the label-- the Monday Night guys give you a pictorial list of things that go good with the beer. I can also recommend this beer as a sessioner. Just don't do it the night before you go back to work. I've had like three. I think. What was I writing about? What am I doing here? Where are my pants?

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Photo of do_ob
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark amber/cherry with about 1/2 a finger of white foam. Quickly fades down into a thin, even film. Strong alcohol on the nose, along with dark fruit and sweet malt. Honestly smells like a strong barleywine. Heavy and dense in the mouth, and also quite smooth. Sweetness and a hint of pine up front with lots of malt on the back end. A bit of alcohol kickback on the aftertaste, with lots of sweetness.

Overall, an interesting DIPA. If I had tasted this one blind (no pun), I might've thought it was a barleywine. There's so much overpowering sweetness, it's hard to pinpoint any kind of hoppiness. Still, labels aside, this is a pretty good beer. Underrated, if you ask me.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, medium amber with particulates, producing 2 fingers of beige, frothy, shortlived head that leaves a thin wash of lacing. Aroma is bready caramel malt, earthy floral/herbal, grapefruit, pineapple, spicy & pine hops. Taste is caramel malt, orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit & pine. Alcohol manifest more as bitterness & spice than warmth. Slightly off balanced as it starts & finishes more malty than hoppy. Aftertaste is caramel malt, resinous pine bitter, lightly astringent with fruity hints & the only portion of the sip that is more happy than malty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, clean, juicy & lightly drawing.

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Photo of JLSIV
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear to slightly hazy copper with an impressive two finger medium bubble head, excellent retention and lacing. More sediment than I would have liked, probably held the rating back a little.

Aroma was resinous, with a little malt, I did not detect any citrus. I was expecting a little more nose, but not having rated any other IIPAs before, I still felt it was a good to above average in this

Taste was some herbal, earthy hops up front, followed by some alcohol and a little malt, then a sharp slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was medium, good to very good carbonation, very warm afterglow, and I detached some chew, more than I expected.

Overall I beer that would sneak up on you, excellent with food, the high ABV cuts and refreshes the palate well. Easier drinking than I thought or expected. My first Monday Night Brew, I would go again, especially if I could find it on tap.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: BP displays an amber-brown body, a bit hazy, and layered with an inch-high head of off-white foam with good staying power.

Smell: Resinous, citrusly citric of the edgy hops atop the toasted grains and dry caramel with a flicker of the alcohol presence held within.

Taste: Toasted pale-malted grains with a little bit of lightly nutty caramel. Floral, piney and resolutely citrusy, with grapefruit and even lemon-lime. Accumulating medium-high bitter holds onto those tastebuds through the citric, grainy, lightly boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A little chewiness present.

Overall: It works; an above-average IIPA.

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Photo of Tone
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of pine, floral, hint of citrus, alcohol, yeast, slight caramel malt, and hops. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, citrus, hint of floral, strong hops, slight yeast, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, body, aroma, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of richj1970
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Pours a golden brown with one finger soapy white head. Some nice lacing.

S: Pine needles and earthy hops. Light citrus. Grapefruit.

T: Caramel and cracker malts mixed with light citrus hops.

M: Medium body with a slightly sweet, slightly bitter finish.

O: Easy drinking basic DIPA.

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Photo of mverity
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber in appearance. Some thin white head and same thin white collar. Aroma is slightly citrusy with a nice subtle malt sweetness and slight hoppy pineyness. Some lacing. Bitter piney hops in the taste. Something is definitely off with the hops in the flavor. Stale, old hops? Too dry? Something... Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: darker than usual for a ipa. Dark amber. Huge head on an aggressive pour. Thick fluffy off white head and lacing. Very handsome brew IMO.
Smell: nice but a little back for a dipa. Some grapefruit and sweet floral. Seems to be a malt forward dipa.
Taste: a little more hop bite in the taste. Some bitterness and grapefruit up front balanced by a weaker malt presence. A bitter and mostly dry finish.
Overall: nothing to knock your socks off. Pleasant enough.

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Photo of hoppyserpent
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Color is on the darker end of the spectrum for IPAs while aroma tends toward sweet with only hints of the hoppy/citrus. Mouth feel is quite luxurious and pleasant. Taste is initially sweet/malty, reminiscent of an English ale, transitioning to a double's estery side on swallow, then the nice bitter finish remains with the inhale. Paired with its respectable ABV this is an intriguing , better than average brew that I'd be glad to quaff again.

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Photo of maximum12
1.66/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks to AtlCarl for this bottle, among many others. New brewery for me, & new breweries are always welcome here! 22 oz. bomber split with my wife after a night of good beer at a friend's birthday gathering.

Pour is dynamic orange with a healthy heaping of carbonation. Nose is earthy & sweet with a whiff of herabl garden, not following the IIPA playbook. I don't find that particularly encouraging.

Blind Pirate might have been better off in Bath & Beyond. This is a sweet, soapy bomb of an...IPA, I suppose. As it warms up there emerges a taste of damp, humid earth, which isn't doing the Dove any favors. Finish? Anti-bacterial.

What started as not terribly good has devolved into undrinkable. I hope this isn't representative of the brewery, because this is an easy call. Drain pour. My wife is doubling up on that call. This is a really bad beer.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 220z bomber picked up at Greens on Buford Hwy

A - Deep amber, no clarity, lots of head, and sticky lace left on the glass. Looks great! Not like most DIPA's

S - Big and hoppy, malty sweet.

T - Surprisingly sweet. Almost overwhelming. Not bad, just unusual in a DIPA. No bitterness here, malt sweetness overwhelming.

M - Highly carbonated, smooth

O - Surprised they call this a DIPA. Tastes much more like a strong ale. Best Monday night brew I have yet had. Weekends are overrated.

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Photo of dankspank420
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour from a growler from The Stout Bros into a snifter.

Pours a deep reddish brown with nice fluffy head and good lacing.

Nice round smell or pine. Not too hoppy. Little tart, citric fruits.

Tastes a little sweeter than it smells to me. Well balanced.

Really good mouthfeel. Nice and chewy and round.

Their best beer in my opinion, just edging out Drafty Kilt.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 7.49. No bottle date but the brewery just bottled this for the first time in May. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours a dark ruby/brown with a one finger fluffy ecrue head. The head settles to a thin misty layer that laces quite well.

Smells of earthy and floral hops with some bready sweetness. Subtle. Different.

While the nose is fairly subdued, the flavor packs a pretty intensely bitter whallop. Initial assault of bitter earth, flower petals and pine bark. Followed by pepper, faint lemon peel, cracker, an almost rye-like spice and just a touch of alcohol. Not what I expect or seek in a DIPA but interesting.

Medium body with carbonation dialed just a little too high for my tastes. Long dry bitter earthy finish.

I certainly like this more than their Eye Patch IPA but it would seem they are shooting for a flavor profile a bit different than what I typically go for. I won't deny that this is a quality brewed DIPA but this is more focused on earthy floral notes rather than the piney citrusy hops that I lean towards. It was worth a try to support this new brewery and it's something a little different. That said, I don't see a repeat purchase in my future.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"A pirate without the use of his eyes is a bitter man indeed. And this Blind Pirate's bitterness is only batched by his boldness. He doesn't care if you enjoy the citrusy, spicy combination of hops on your tongue, the faint herbal notes in your nose, or the exquisite balance of caramel malts looting your senses. The Blind Pirate is a bold, bitter ale not for the weak in spirit. Just don't ask him if you can borrow his sight glass. He gets offended. Brewed in the style of an American Double IPA. Monday Night's first 22 oz. release, no word on whether this will be a one off, a seasonal or a year round release.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served north of 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a billowing gold cream-tone head of a creamy froth consistency. Body color is a deep caramel amber, mildly hazy with a mellow, moderate carbonation. Retention is very good, lacing is medium thick and droopy. Appearance-wise, this rises to the occasion along with most DIPAs. 4.25

(Smell) Very inviting hop bouquet- hints of citrusy, fruity and resinous hops with lesser spicy, piney and earthy varietals. The malt body is a very clean malt base of bready medium toasted caramel with a mild drop of sweet buttery malt essence and a pinch of fruity esters- faint hints of pear, tangerine and banana are most driving. The balance is nice, and the hops, while not maximally potent, are a driving invitation to sip on this beer. 4.25

(Taste) The hops vanish into the background with the malt blend- the taste is a fairer balance in regards to the malt character and hop profile, but overall much shallower in preserving the delicates of the aroma. A faint piney note and some resin showcase the hop profile, but not nearly in a way that is as bright and citrusy as the aroma did. The malt profile is a mellow, straight-forward caramel malt, slick and clean. Balance is pretty nice. Yeast character is a touch louder than usual with a fruity ester character, expect some mellow bananas and clove approaching the medium dry finish. A strong ethanol sting on the peak of the finish dulls the tastebuds and sharply hampers the drinkability. I was hoping that the flavors would reproduce much of what the aroma gave off, but the flavor goes for much more malt focus than hop focus and really only showcases a fraction of its hop potential. Where did that awesome hop aroma go to? 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is a semi-thick slickness with a touch of creaminess. Mellow carbonation, medium bitterness and a good balance. Starkly dry finish. Alcohol presence is a medium/high, a bit sharp on the finish with a straight-up-ethanol punch in the face. Paired with the dry finish, this is a gradual sipper with a sneaky ABV. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. The textures are nice, but the alcohol could use some taming. 3.5

(Overall) A decent first attempt at a double IPA, a bit rough around the edges, however. Hops may have gone in too early in the boiling process and fizzled away. There's a great deal of hop character in the nose, but not much of it carries over to the flavor. Malt character is enjoyable and the balance is nice, but there's just too many distracting off characters that lie front-and-center. The ethanol character on the finish is very intense and doesn't make for as easy a drinking experience as it should. 3.75

Monday Night Brewing's
Blind Pirate
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3.63/5.00

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Photo of alk3kenny
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wanted to really really like this local brew and I like it but not really really... pours a nice copper brown color good retentive head smell isnt slap in the face with hops which I usually look for taste has hops but not a palate destroyer. Is it my fav dipa? No would i drink it again over other selections yes. I really like drinking local not a hunt it down gotta have it brew butbabsolid effort for sure. Especially from a brewery that wants you to be able to drink their beer every day.

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Blind Pirate from Monday Night Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 171 ratings