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Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
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4.36/5
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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#313
Reviews:
1,451
Ratings:
5,799
pDev:
8.72%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,898
Gots:
993
Trade:
25
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Ratings: 5,799 |  Reviews: 1,451
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2.5/5  rDev -42.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ralphw56
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Gatch
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/6/12.

A: Golden-yellow with a fluffy, white head. No lace and little retention.

S: Malt up front. Hops are there but great balance.

T: Again, very balanced. Delicious, fruity hops. Everything is subdued and comes together to create a great beer.

M: So smooth. Little to no carbonation. Way too easy to drink. Insane.

O: A damn good, balanced IPA. Worth the hype? Probably.

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Photo of ninaturner
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of deebo
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of Duhast500
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt. 9oz. bottle into a Playboy pint glass.

The color is a mostly clear orange/gold with a finger and half of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a nice floral feel with a deep grassy flavor that makes me think of late summer and fresh cut grass. A little hint of pine needle in the nose as well.

The taste is a strong hop flavor that is quite bitter. It takes a minute to get through the strong bitterness but some spicy grassy flavor comes through. Some good citrus flavor with a good orange pith is in the taste and is there after breaking through the hop wall of bitterness and has a bit of malty flavor that is still there in the background

The feel of this beer is a bit big with the bitterness giving this beer a handful. It goes eventual subside and goes down smooth. A great west coast IPA.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Scotchboy
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From sstorck, thanks a lot man!

Bottle to pint glass. Looks like this was bottled beginning of June.

A: Lighter body than most IPA's you see, closer to straw than gold. Off white head has tight white bubbles and sticks to the glass fairly well. Good carbonation.

S: High quality IPA nose, with tons of ripe tropical fruit, dried papaya, some distant orange & grapefruit zest, and pine, loads and loads of pine.

T: Hop forward with pine bitterness. A little grapefruit. Supremely drinkable, with medium bitterness and dryness.

MF: A lighter medium body that borders on creamy at times, refreshing and dry. Medium carbonation.

O: Totally sessionable IPA with a great nose, good flavors and bitterness, and a nice mouthfeel. A go-to beer if I ever had one, now if only I lived in Cali...

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Photo of dansmcd
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of MammothTarantula
3.81/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of htomsirveaux
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle tried 10 Oct 2008.

Poured in a shaker pint. Small faintly yellow head. Slightly hazy bright gold color. Aroma of pine, some soapiness, overall light but crisp. Initial resiny bitterness gives way to a mouthfilling caramel sweetness. A second wave of resin takes over and reasserts in the finish and aftertaste. Nicely balanced. Ethanol moderate.

A close second to Pliny.

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Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of CGMLS3
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Kurzman
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bauermj
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of kdown
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of lovindahops
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of KAP1356
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's Black Friday event poured into a pint glass by Matt Capone himself...

A - Very nice, inciting beer. Pours a beautiful golden-yellow color that is just the slightest bit hazy. A very frothy, foamy, pillow of an eggshell white head forms about 2 fingers big and sits for a while. Very, very inticing look.

S - Big hits of pine and citrus coming right out of the top of this one. Citrus takes the lead on the nose after a while with a bit of sweetness coming through as well.

T - BIG hit of hops right up front. Citrusy, crisp, grapefruit taste along with some great sticky pine. Really great hop integration here. The hops are bitter but still keep a sweetness to them which is really quite nice.

M - Nice mouthfeel; more on the thinner side since it's just an American IPA. Not as resinous as I thought it would be. A nice carbination adds nicely to the palate.

D - Another dangerously drinkable RR IPA. Incredibly well balanced and easy to drink. Very refreshing and one that you keep wanting to drink. Hopefully I can snag a few bottles of this sometime.

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3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml, dated 07-22-08. Moderately fresh I guess.

A - As gold as gold can get. I can't find any off colors, although its perhaps a bit on the darker side. The head is pearly white and about 2mm in height. Very well retained. Little carbonation and on the inside, although I would say the haze indicates this must be bottle conditioned.

S - holy smokes - noble hops. Very floral hop nose. Spicy and aromatic. Very edgy sweet grapefruit notes, citrus. No malts to describe here. Welcome to the west coast.

T - This thing is all bitter to me - up front and all the way through. Mid-stream shows a bit more floral hops. Some almost honey flavors mid-stream. At the end i get a bit of the grapefruit hops. Aftertaste is 110% bitter - a big whammy.

M - Strong in carbonation, but light in body. This beer feels very dry - as if it was cleanly fermented. Filling - it does build on you.

D - Easily drinkable. However, not all that refreshing. ABV is manageable. Carbonation, while hefty, does not wear down my palette.

My first RR expedition - While a solid IPA, it does not equal the orgasmic expectations that BA created for me.

Btw, I could have not picked a better brewery for my 200th review. Surpassing a milestone with this beer was more than I expected.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of beagle75
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 0.5 liter bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, dark golden color with one finger of persistent off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright clean grapefruit citrus, with faint cracker and spices also detectable.

T: Begins off-dry with crisp pale malt at the forefront. Citrus and spicy hop aromatics are present in balance, but do not demand the center of the drinker's attention. A stale or stagnant flavor is detected just before the restrained bitter finish arrives--but does not linger.

M: Thin viscosity, very wet on the palate, yet also slightly sticky. Carbonation is very light, almost as if cask-conditioned.

D: The drinkability of this beer is through the roof--it disappears effortlessly and only disappoints the drinker when it inevitably yields an empty glass. Truly the little brother of Russian River's other notable IPAs--the sensory qualities detected here remind the drinker that, while each is distinct in its own way, there is much in all three that unifies them as genetically-gifted blood relations.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 5,799 ratings
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