Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an IPA glass. Bottled on 4/16, consumed on 4/24

A - Clear golden straw color with fairly active carbonation. Big 2 finger head. Very pretty beer.

S - I'm getting a lot of sweet dankness. Maybe hints of orange and tropical fruits. I'm thinking there is some malty sweetness mixed in there.

T - I can't really say what I'm getting here. It's a little muddled in the hop profile. Kind of dank. A little bit citric. NO malt. I dig it.

M - Prickly carbonation with a very mild bitterness. It lingers for a bit on the tongue. Light bodied and easy to drink.

O - Rock solid. Not amazing. But rock solid.

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Photo of HollyHops
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on 1/19/16 and reviewed from notes. Served out of a brown 500 mL bottle with a bottling date of 12/10/15. Poured into the IPA-specific glass from Speigelau.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a translucent amber-red hue with darker crimson colors where the foam cloaks the liquid in shadow and brighter, more golden tones down near the bottom of the glass. Just the slightest bit of haze. Crowning the beverage is a towering three and a half fingers of beige head consisting if tight carbonation bubbles, giving it a creamy look. Retention is excellent and it leaves sticky lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Smell (4.25) - A quintessential "West Coast IPA", with big notes of citrus and grapefruit dominating the aroma. A healthy amount of bitterness, but bright and invigorating, waking up the senses. Some light sweetness as well, but fleeting--just enough to keep that delicious citrus zest bitterness in check. As it begins to warm, there is a little more presence from the alcohol and some pine resin as well.

Taste (4.25) - Not a whole lot different to report here from the aroma. The star players are the citrus zests and bitterness, with plenty of pink grapefruit pith and just a subtle hint of the sweeter character of orange peel. Malt is more present and less sweet than it was on the aroma, providing a delicious toasted rye undercurrent to the citrus and pine.

Feel (4.25) - Medium-to-light in body--just enough to give it some heft, but still remain fairly refreshing and drinkable. Carbonation is moderate to high and the finish is mostly dry.

Overall (4.25), an IPA that is well in balance and allows the drinker to really get a lot of mileage out of the experience. It's not a fruit bomb or a crazy bitter, and it allows the grains to make their presence felt without overpowering. I would drink this all the time if it were easy to get here in the Mitten.

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Photo of rypkr
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of M1A2
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MastaShonuf
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of dwoolley1
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of TexIndy
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle (bottled on 7/23/08) into a pint glass. It was a hazy golden color with a tinge of orange and tons of tiny yeast bits floating around. It had a carb fountain in the center and great lacing. It had a finger and a half of white head that slowly, slowly dissipated into a thick foam that was constantly fed by the carb. The bottle strongly encourages you to drink fresh and not let age. I checked a couple places and this was the freshest I could find in Denver during my trip so hopefully still a good example.

The aroma was excellent. Classic IPA aroma with strong citric and floral hops. Good balance as they were not too overpowering. Did open up the sinuses after a couple deep whiffs. The taste was also classic IPA. Starts out smooth with a really pleasing taste and then right at the end you get the hop hit. Again, well balanced and stays shy of a hop bomb which makes this one very drinkable. Not a session beer but I can definitely drink a whole one and still have use of my tongue at the end unlike some the hop bomb tongue shredders. Mouthfeel excellent with clean start, hop bite and then quick reset.

Overall, an excellent beer that I'm glad I finally got to try. Well worth the hype. Another great one from RRBC which is quickly becoming one of my favorite brewers. Highly recommend and it's worth the effort to get.

Earned a permanent spot on my wants list.

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Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of srw
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of eldoctorador
2.5/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ari32
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of mscudder
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Bottle from Lothore, thank you very much Tyler.

Pours a white, froth head, with a honey-golden color.

Fresh aromas of tropical, fruity hops, peach, orange and mango, along with honeyed pine and smooth caramel - finely nuanced with hints of citrus peel. Fresh, fruity hops are hovering above a sweet, honeyed malt backbone, while hints of lime acidity becomes detectable underneath. Hops sting the palate in a refreshing, dry fashion, without ever getting too aggressive. Honeyed, piny, malts wrap up the hops in a well balanced way, along with wisps of whitebread and grass, still, this beer is huge on the bitterness. The taste results in a smooth, dry ending, which is very bitter and hop driven, as malts tend to vanish. Finishes with hops lingering on the palate for a long time, developing a fascinating pleasant depth, as they turn from being fruity to a more bitter, dry impression. A classic IPA, focused on the bitterness, fantastic balanced.

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Photo of HRamz3
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of kdown
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Booner818
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of erialbill
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of artoolemomo
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zimm
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of NHbeerfishing
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Washuffizi98
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of cfrances33
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly (6/22/12). Served in a shaker.

Pour: Golden orange with minimal cloudiness. Finger of fluffy white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus nose. Not much malt to be found, maybe a little towards the bottom and it warmed up.

Taste: Citrus at first, followed by pine in the middle, and a bready, light caramel malt at the end.

Mouthfeel: Hops are juicy, but overall pretty light and dry. Very drinkable.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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