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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Photo of bret27
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at this brewery called Russian River? Pretty nice spot! Had right after some sub-par ipa called "pliny the older?"

Appearance: Golden yellow, little hazy, off white lacy head.

Smell: Bitter hoppy. Citrus, piney, cedary. Little more bitter than pliny's refreshing floral aroma.

Taste: Same as smell. W/good malt backbone but not too much. Not quite as strong as pliny, but just as good in a different way. Dry bitterness finishing off. Refreshing!

Mouth: Really perfect for American IPA sytle. Not too thick, not too thin. Good balance.

Overall: Beautiful. If someone had given me this beer and told me it was called Beatification, I would reply, "that makes sense." For a standard IPA very balanced and refreshing w/just enough bitterness to keep it interesting. There's a reason RR gets the hype. If they never invented PtE, this one might creep up in its place.

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Photo of Foxman
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy orange amber, bright and seemingly backlit. A finger of meringue white head swells and settles in a cycle that runs apace. Swells of lacing wave along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is an homage to edgy dry citrus hops, lightly floral, genuinely spicy, and as crisp as a freshly starched dress shirt. Not to mention, a draft of pine washes in, like a breath from a damp forest. Underneath lingers a sweet malt presence that speaks of caramel and berries, and even a touch of melon.

Upon sipping, the hops make a mockery of any pretension of balance, but oh, are they joyous tilting that scale, with dry, biting grapefruit, freshly sliced from the rind, and a more distant tingle of lemon zest and mandarin orange. And pine again rides behind, with a needle of coniferous spiciness. The malt, while well subjugated, is nonetheless a good soldier, marching in a lightly sweet caramel identity that also hints at a tree-borne fruitiness. The malt goes softly biscuit as the hops divert the flow toward a crisp, clear dryness that offers up a distinctive, impressive bitterness. It may not be balanced, by my is it wonderfully complex in its interplay between hops and malt.

Between light and medium bodied, the malt is almost instantly undone by the scorched-earth bitterness of the hops.

Maybe the location and company influence my new-found love affair with this nectar, but I don't care, I love it, and I'm not going to question my feelings! As good as it smelled, I had no idea the flavor would come across as exceptional as it did. In fact, this beer would be, far and away, my top session IPA were it not so freaking rare in my area. It's so clean that having another is an animal instinct. I almost never have two of the same when I'm at Monk's, but this specimen became one of the rare exceptions. Should I ever get near this again, I really doubt I'll drink anything but Blind Pig. Until it's gone, or I'm gone.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle along with a bunch of other RR stuff in a trade with Jhenry04, thanks Jason.

A light copper color with an off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing around the glass.

Smells great. Citrusy, piney, bitter. Some nice caramel malt in there too.

Tastes great too. Huge citrus hop flavor up front, lemony and orangy. In the middle the malt backbone is noticeable, just enough for a little balance, not especially strong. Piney and bitter in the finish.

Bitterness in the end finishes dry, but generally the beer has a rather oily feel to it.

This is a fantastic IPA, and I could drink it all night.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Toronado in San Francisco. Pours golden with some orange highlights- somehat lighter in color than many ipas. Healthy white head that sticks around some. Nice piney hoppiness in the nose with a hint of orange. You can smell the bitterness and tell this is going to be good. Small amount of dry malt in the background. Wow! Super hoppy beer, with lots of sticky resin. Big pine taste with some lesser citrus notes, especially orange, for balance. Much hoppier than most other ipas I've had and absolutely delicious. Long, lingering bitterness. I wouldn't exactly call this balanced, but it does have some malt backbone for support. Its just that the hop attack is so relentless that the malt gets a little overwhelmed. Who cares, its great. Mouthfeel is perfect as well. Good body, perfect level of carbonation, and ends with a spicy creaminess. Love this beer, but it definitely burns the tastebuds out a bit. Use in moderation. I'd buy this in a second if it was bottled and in my area.

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Photo of cheggly
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

presented in a snifter glass, good yellow/orange color with fine white head. Left modest lace.

aroma strong piney/ floral hop character; attractive (to me) and encouraging to that first taste

mouth feel full; taste carries the initial hop character well balanced with the malt... tending more towards a double IPA perhaps... the finish with good lingering citrus note.

overall an excellent ale of a style I personally enjoy

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Photo of ncvbc
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

She sounds good with the cheeba, I'm very lucky to meet her. I don't be fallin' in love, I stay away from the drama.

Nah, not with this stuff. Deep golden amber, steady carbonation. Big fluffy head, excellent retention, patterns of lacing.

Smells fresh and fonky. Raw, resinous, juicy. Funky greenery. Citrusy goodness from the left coast. Pure IPA goodness, plain and simple.

Clean, green, fresh, and mean. Lots of hop goodness. About perfect here. A little pepper added to the hops, slight spice. Just what I'd hope for with this style. Lots of hops, little malt reinforcement, and just an amazing taste to it.

Mouthfeel is bitter and assertive, though not so much as a few that come to mind. Well carbonated and very smooth.

Too easy going down. Easily a top tier IPA in my book if not the best. Right up there in the realm of Sculpin and Two Hearted.

A new favorite without a doubt and one I'm glad to have tried on a few occasions now.

Thanks to jhenry04 for a few bottles of this as well as 0110x110 for the TIF treat...

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Photo of corby112
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes:

Pours a clear golden yellowish orange color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that has decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Uber fresh dank resinous hop aroma that is bursting with tropical and citrus fruit notes as well as some earthy pine and subtle malt. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple, mango and lemon peel.

Chewy body that's on the fuller end of the spectrum with lots of extremely fresh juicy hop flavor and slight bitterness that lingers throughout. As in the aroma, there are lots of tropical and citrus fruit notes as well as some earthy pine needle and slight malt characteristics. Again, I'm picking up hits of mango and pineapple as well and grapefruit and citrus peel. Slight earthy resinous hops balance out the sweetness and their is just a touch of pale malt to balance out the bitterness. The ABV is extremely well masked makng this delicious beer dangerously drinkable. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained a bottle of this fantastic brew from at a local Whole Foods.

Poured a very welcoming yellow gold with a frothy white head followed by phenomenal retention and lacing.

The aromas are intense, for a lack of better words. My review of the smells don't do this thing justice. Filled my nostrils (and room) with hoppy goodness, with pine and grapefruit citrus notes hanging in there. I would have to say that this is one of the best smelling beers I've ever had.

Taste of this IPA was astonishing, to say the least. It definitely delivered in the hop department and balanced out very well with its malt sweetness that remains subtle but evident throughout the entire session and finishes with a nice bitter bite.

This IPA was medium body as expected with a substantial amount of carbonation making this beer even better. It adds another dimension to the whole experience.

This IPA has a fantastic drinkability. With a 6% ABV I could easily drink and enjoy this fantastically well made IPA all day long.

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Photo of regspeir
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Teresa's - draft into standard pint glass
Pours a cloudy, golden amber with a two-finger white head which dissapates into a frothy coating. Lacing is abundant, lasting and beautiful. Nose is a mild hop aroma with some grassiness and pine and some citrus, especially oranges and grapefuit. Taste is a wonderful hop bitterness, oranges, grapefuit, pineapple, mango. Bitterness never leaves but never completely overcomes some sweetness in the back that holds as well. Mouthfeel is really interesting rough edges on a medium to light brew - great fun. Finish is somewhat dry and bitter but never too much. Drinkability at this reasonable ABV is guaranteed. I want another NOW.

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this at the brewpub while I picking up a Growler of Pliny . Aroma of citrus hops and a nice dark golden color and a small pub style head and thin lacing. Mouthfeel was delightful and very crisp and refreshing. Flavor was of various citrus and fruits such as orange and apricot. Good long bitter and dry finish. A very good IPA, ranking up there with the very best. A hopheadÂ’s delight.

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Photo of dylanrossi
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: 6/22/11
Bought directly from the Brewery.

Appearance: Golden, brassy, and hazy. Thick, dense, foamy cream colored head that lasts longer than most. Some lacing leftover.

Smell: Heavy hit of hops. Aroma is fresh, floral, and piney. Some lingering juicy grapefruit present as well. Really couldn't imagine the nose on this one getting much better.

Taste: Starts out surprisingly mellow, hops come on slow but soon explode with tons of juicy citrus flavor. Lots of lemon and some grapefruit. All of which settles down at the finish, leaving behind some faint and extremely pleasant bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body, some carbonation but not so lively that it detracts from the flavor. Refreshes your palate and leaves you craving another sip.

Overall: As for American IPA's (single, not double/imperial etc), this is one of the best I've experienced. Delightful aroma and a great combination of sweet and bitter.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and golden hued,...lush, enormous white head, ...beautiful...a lace-leaver...

Aroma is flat-out piney hops, prickly, sparkly, tingly, tangy, yum...ferociously fresh flavor, pineapple and apricot, lemon, and pine cones...damned fresh...I love it! God, I love it!

Taste it, already...slides on board the palate assuredly and provides the same fresh, vibrant hoppy flavor that blessed the nose. Zips merrily along the tongue, blazing bitterness, but balanced beautifully with zesty flavor. Never, never quits...so easy to drink, and so ample in it's hoppy bounty...

Not too anything, this, and just right with all the appropriate ingredients, especially for the hopheads in the house....medium-bodied, with a lightly bitter, fruity finish...holy crud, I could spin every superlative off the top of my head and still feel like I've missed a few...every IPA I've tasted from Russian River has been amazing, and this continues that trend...if Vinnie is capable of making a bad one, I don't want to know...

...huge thanks to IrishSnake for the growler!

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Photo of CraftEyeDoc
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: super clear golden yellow, nice carbonation leaving a 1.5 finger head and small amount of lacing as you drink

S: nice grassy slightly piney with a decent amount of citrus

T: very balanced and matches well to the nose, very light and crisp, very low malt flavor which lets the hops shine, great after taste that just lingers on your tongue

M: Lovely, light to mod body

O: classic IPA not overly bitter and so easy to drink

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 510 mL bottle into a pint glass, golden amber colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: fruity hops, mango, pineapple

T: beautiful hop profile, bitter up front, middle is fruity sweetness, finish turns bitter with slight pine, tropical fruit

M: vibrant carbonation, medium body

O: top notch IPA in the west coast style

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good Googly Moogly!!! Love this!

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Immediate 2-inch thick fluffy white head, which dissipated slowly but left lots of sticky lacing behind. Thin white collar remained throughout. Medium bubbles and carbonation. Color was light orange amber, but mostly clear. What swept me off my feet here was the lovely nose -- perhaps the best citrusy, piney grapefruit nose I've ever experienced, with subtle hints of orange, mango, and papaya. On the palate -- pine, pine, pine and sweet bitter grapefruit. Just fabulous! A textbook IPA in structure, with voluptuous sexy flavor profile. Hops are strong, but not overpowering, and alcohol is totally masked/subdued. Mouthfeel is good & chewy. Overall impression is as impressive as any IPA or DIPA I've ever tasted. If you don't absolutely love this, then you've obviously got your head up your ass.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Another "How the heck have I not reviewed this beer yet" review.

Six day old sample. Poured into a pint glass.

Crystal clear copper/orange pour with a massive scoop of off-white foam. Tons of lacing throughout the glass.

Aroma is a wonderful blend of citrus and light malt. Orange, apricot, peach, pineapple and mango. Pretty much insert any citrus fruit and you can whiff it. Some pine and malt as well.

The taste is, in essence, what an IPA should be. Hoppy up front with a big malt back bone. Big citrus and the right amount of bud-tingling hops. This has that. Mouthwatering buds well after the swallow. Makes me want more and more to quench that everlasting thirst. The swallow is almost like the licking of the inside of a grapefruit rind...not the outside.

Smoooth body to this.

Overall this lives up to the hype. Everything a West Coast IPA should be and more. Smooth yet bitter but not overly to take it to the DIPA level (that's Pliny's job). I noticed the price has gone up on this bad boy but still worth it to experience the show. Too bad the Blind Pig can't. Whaaa.

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Photo of sarahspat
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks again, raoulduke37!

Pours cloudy peachy light orange color with a sizable fluffy off-white head; lacing is considerable.

Great aromas happening here: citrus... candied white grapefruit and candied pineapple, fresh pear, pine in the background. This brew has an amazing nose. Makes my mouth water.

The taste 100% lives up to the smell; everything I appreciate in the smell shows up again in the taste. Delish! Candied tropical fruits flourish in the perfect amount of bitterness to make this IPA really work.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, but the carbonation is great. Blind Pig is a very well-crafted IPA. It doesn't get much better than this. It's like a better version of Two Hearted, which is still a very good beer. Couldn't be more drinkable if it tried.

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Photo of JonathanC
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great IPA, it's no Pliny but it is still part of the family to me.
This beer is always a pleasure to find and I wouldn't fail to grab it if an oppurtunity presented itself.
Blind pig provides a strong taste with a smooth finish. Very hoppy! The taste lingers in your mouth leaving you thirsty for more. If you enjoy a solid IPA definitly give blind pig a go.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a filtered golden color with 1 finger of a well-retained head. Great lacing.

Aroma is a burst of grapefruit pith and citrus. Some underlying pine notes with a nice amount of malt sweetness. A bit of a caramel notes also.

Taste is fantastic... I actually like it better than Pliny. It's more crisp and less sweet. The hops are the star, and the crispness and moderate level of carbonation only elevate the taste more. A very creamy mouthfeel. More grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Good stuff.

Overall, this is a great IPA! I see it pairing well with beer cheese bites. It gets a 93/100.

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Photo of mtrentm
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful honey golden color with a nice pillowy two-finger white head leaving nice sticky lacings on the glass.

S: WOW! The aroma of fresh hops comes rushing out of my glass! Very grassy, floral, citrus, lots of grapefruit. I could just sit here & smell this all day!

T: Not as big as the nose suggests but very well balanced. Starts off with a little bit of biscuity malt then moves on to an assertive hop bitterness. Again lots of floral & grassy flavors finishing with grapefruit.

M: Light-Medium bodied mouthfeel. A little oily, not much alcohol presence.

D: Very drinkable IPA. I love everything that Russian River Brewing is doing & love turning new people on to their great brews! If you haven't gotten the chance to experience them you are missing out.

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Photo of pwoody11
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Easter gift from my Sister visiting from San Diego..

Poured nicely. Color is orange with some brownish hues. White head.

All I get from the aroma is hops. Both citrusy and floral. Very pleasant on the nose. Really makes me want to drink it, but smells so good I inhale through the nose with each sip.

As the nose would suggest, the taste is very hop dominated, but somehow the bitterness seems to be a little subdued. You know its there, but it's not destroy your palate bitter like the nose leads you to believe. Very nicely balanced with the malts.

I really enjoyed this one. Hope my Sister will ship more when she gets home.

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Photo of AltBock
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try Blind Pig on tap at Capone's Black Friday on 11/28/2008. They served it to me in a Budweiser pint glass. It's probably going to be the only time these two breweries will ever be in a sentence together. It was the only thing they had and it was clean. That's good enough for me.

This Russian River beer poured a hazy and bright sunshine yellow color. On top of this hazy and yellow IPA was a creamy 1 inch head of pure white foam. This head had excellent retention that left behind a small white film and a huge amount of sticky white streaks of lace around the glass.

The aroma was so hoppy that I could smell it 1 foot away. The aroma was hopped up with bitter citrus hops, about 2 tons of tart grapefruit, pine, and a subtle splash of lemon peel and coriander. The aroma was only the beginning when it came to the hops.

The taste was also hugely hopped, but in a different way. I could taste all the bitter citrus hops gather what hop energy it could get and just when the taste was about to overwhelmed with hops, they settled off. It was a great hop experience. Hiding behind all the hops was a ton of tart grapefruit, a hint of lemon peel, a splash of coriander, pine needles, and extremely subtle amount of toasted malts. I'm surprised any malts made it through that massive hop wall.

This 6.0% IPA was full bodied and featured a full flavored hoppy aftertaste of bitter citrus hops, tart grapefruit, and a splash of lemon peel. This hoppy aftertaste was long lasting. Make sure you have a glass of water nearby to cleanse your palate. You'll need it!

Wow! What a pleasure to try on tap! I'm not sure the bottled version would be as good as the on tap version, but I'm sure it's up there. If you find out that your local bar has this on tap, make sure you show up early to try this wonderful Russian River beer.

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Photo of mjd83goblue
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle. Thanks to torchednoodle for the trade!

Pours quite hazy with a thick billowing head. A few yeast particles floating around.

A big punch of sweet fresh lemony raw hops. Just phenomenal. Also makes you think it will be stickier than it actually is.

Ripping hops for a regular IPA. Slightly unbalanced, with the hops winning the battle. A touch of a cooked cereal taste in the finish, but I'm just being picky.

Actually, a tad thinner than some of my other favorite IPAs. With that said, I would drink this at every opportunity. Fantastic beer, even though I'd probably take a Pliny over it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a perfectly pale see through copper color. Thick slightly off white head, long lasting fine evenly spread detailed lacing. I love the spiel about the blind pig, I never caught the connection with the namesake of this white whale. Aromatics are amazing the highlight of this fine single IPA super grapefruit, floral aggressive West Coast hop additions. There's also a touch of vegetal/onion notes but not overbearing this stuff is nice. This stuff is fresh from a shipment from South Bay Drugs, bottled 9/29/10. It doesn't get much fresher, I just ordered the Pliny they just got in as well. Flavor is excellent bitter dry finish up front hints of cracker semi sweet malt tones wrapped with fresh bursting hops. The hop flavors provide herbal, dry grassy, citrus in this case grapefruit, and a touch of floral veggie notes. Super dry bitter finish this stuff is ideal for drinkability. Medium bodied slightly slick with hop oils, mild easy going carbonation with a bone dry finish. Drinkability overall is killer a beer I could buy a keg of and introduce mainstream beer drinkers to hops, but why waste this nectar on newbies. I earned this experience, not this best single IPA but it's definitely up there.

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Photo of bpfishback
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just over a month bottling, in a DFH snifter.

A- Honey colored, with nice two finger head. Head sticks around for awhile and has a very nice appearance.
S- Pungent hoppy citrus with resiny undertones.
T- Citrus, possibly orange with a creamy bitter finish
M- Amazing.Great creamy light and refreshing feeling.
D- Extremely drinkable. Great lawnmower beer, imo.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,667 ratings.
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