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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

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Photo of GClarkage
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/13/05- Purchased at the Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- Growler fill at the brewery.

Appearance- Darker golden pour with a large inch plus head and better than average lace.

Smell- Probably the most bitter hop scent I have set my nose too. Even after a week in the fridge the smell never decreases. Almost a burning hop scent. Lots of pine in the nose.

Taste- Good hop/malt balance....pretty damn bitter with a nice pine essence. A bit of grapefruit as well. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated with a burning hop feeling. Almost a bit too over the top.

Drinkability- Very drinkable as long as you like hopped the hell out beers. Taste buds will be gone after a couple of pints of this. Congrats Vinnie... you did it again!

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Photo of ShanePB
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle sent to me by smarcoly, thanks again for another tasty beer. Split with a friend and poured into two tulip glasses.

A: Clear golden orange body with a thick sudsy white head. Thin, tight retention cap with some larger bubbles around the edges. Minimal lace is present but still is nice and sticky.

S: Bright orange peel and juicy orange flesh. A touch of white grapefruit, papaya and some acidic lemon zest. It's certainly citrus forward however it's not too aromatic in the way of hitting you with the flavors in a bold fashion. This seems a bit more reserved compared to other "West Coast" IPAs.

T: Bitter citrus and floral hops coat the palate initially, followed quickly with a rush of citrus fruits. Bitter orange peel, sweet grapefruit and a touch of lemon rind towards the end. A very minimal malt base is hidden underneath the bright citrus flavors however it does help take the bitter edge off the beer.

M: Very creamy with low carbonation throughout the beer. It finishes quite dry however it's welcomed and leaves a residual stickiness on the palate. A signature body from Russian River, and perhaps even West Coast IPAs in general. Simply wonderful.

Certainly not my favorite IPA that RR makes however it's still a very flavorful and balanced one at that. Bright, clean, bitter and balanced, this is yet another beer that reminds me exactly why I love the style so much.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights which had good retantion with a 2 finger head that left great bubbly sticky lacing on the glass.

S: big floral sweet piney hops dominate the nose with good malt character that had citrus, caramel, and grapefruit notes. There also seems to be faint tangrine and mango notes as well.

T: great flopral piney hop flavors with grapefruit that helps intesify the bitterness which had citrus caramel accents. The malts are not as powerful but do help out on the balance; great taste.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet but bitter crisp finish.

D: Russian river really know how to brew an IPA an this one is no exception. Blind pig is very drinkable and love the fact that I have access to it on a daily.

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Photo of tempest
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ortino's Northside. $5 for a 10 oz pour. Appeared a clear gold with a thick white head. The aroma is an intoxicating mix of pineapple, grapefruit, floral perfume and pine - amazing. I only wish the flavor could match that amazing smell. Yeah, it's pretty awesome, with a more herbal grapefruit taste and hint of biscuity malts, but the aroma is just top notch. The bitterness level is also pretty spot on. This is damn good IPA.

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Photo of Duff27
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 08/01/11

A- Two inches of frothy white head. Beer color is golden with a an orange hue. A few effervescence streams float slowly upwards. Clumpy, scattered lacing. A+ head retention.

S- Citrus immediately...think grapefruit and oranges.

T- Yum. Overpowering citrus, with a hint of that danky onion-character that shows up in certain IPAs. Nice sweet malt backbone but the hops overpower if just by a bit. Would guess at a higher ABV.

M- Well carbonated with tongue-stinging bubbles. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- I thought long and hard about it and came to the conclusion that this beer has no weak spots...maybe even could have given the 'appearance' a perfect '5' rating. Well deserving of the status it carries in the beer world. I found this to be slightly more enjoyable than Pliny The Elder...I know, blasphemy. Thanks stupac2!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An amber pour with hints of pink and yellow. Fluffly head, good lacing.
Smells of high citrus (gf, lemon) and some leafy flower plants. Hops are in there somewhere.
Taste has the hops; nice crispness and flavor.
Medium body and great mouthfeel, leaves clean with enough taste residue to want more.

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Photo of Gavage
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: slightly cloudy golden yellowish / light orange color with a two finger head that slowly fades. Some light lacing develops during the session.

Smell: loads of pine and grapefruit rise from the glass. Very enjoyable.

Taste: nice malt sweetness balanced by pine, grapefruit, and green grapes. Alcohol is well hidden as the hop bitterness is strong but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, lightly crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness rides the tongue for a while.

Drinkability: a wonderful IPA that could be consumed all night long. Can't get a better representation of the west coast style IPA than this one.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last night provided me with possibly the worst beer experience yet. However, I hope get that sour taste out of my mouth with one of the highest regarded IPA's around, now in bottles! Lots of anti-aging propaganda on the label, so I plan to drink it five days after I purchased it from Old Town Liqour in Temecula. On to the beer:

Poured gently into an Imperial Pint glass...absolutely lovely to look at! Faded washed out orange with a glow to it, and a head with very good retention. The nose has a good kick of hops with a balance of sweet tropical fruits and a malty backbone to keep it in check.

I have to say this is a very impressive tasting beer. Some pear shows up at the door, but gets smacked down by a barrage of hops with a metallic punch to it and a mix of tropical and piney fruits. The bitterness in the aftertaste is long lasting and is the ecstacy to the hophead part of me. Sounds like it would be hard to take another sip, but this is one of the easier West Coast IPA's I've had to drink.

How do you control such a bitter IPA so well? Russian River has it down, which is seen in both Pliny's, and now Blind Pig.

(Come to think of it, they should have named this Manbearpig. I'm super cereal. Alright, excelsior!)

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Photo of liamt07
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Sammy, 500ml into a tulip. Bottled May 9, 2011. My first RR ever!

Pours almost liquid gold, with a bright white head. Filtered and clear body. Nose has lots of bright citrus, orange, some light caramel and slight sugar notes. Mild tropical notes behind the citrus. Taste hits with some bitter pine and citrus, a bit of grain, and again, some tropical notes behind this. Loads of fruit, a bit of a caramel-sugar cookie sweetness and a bitter pine finish. Smooth and bitter feel, with an immense drinkability. I'm happy to have tried this, but this leaves me a bit of a sad panda (for the time being at least) knowing that Ontario is nowhere close to this quality of an IPA.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a moderate, fast dissipating head, leaving lacing. Hoppy aroma. Hops, citrus; hoppy finish. Somewhat muted, like a watered down Pliny the Elder. OK, but don't see the point. I'm not getting the same positive experience as other reviewers. Purchased from a rarely visited store, so maybe an old bottle. If I'm lucky enough to see this again, I'll revise the review.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Exiled.

Hands down, this is one of the best IPAs I have ever tasted.

The beer pours a light orange/gold with a white head. The smell is very piney and very pungent. Very resinous. The flavor is similar with a huge resinous hop flavor. The hops also provide some earthiness but not a whole lot of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thick and very drinkable. I wish I could drink this more often.

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Photo of aasher
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to nickd717 for this one. Bottle is dated 2/14/11. It's an excellent beer to commemorate the end of the regular season for my Boilermakers. It pours a beautiful gold in color, very translucent and clear with a one finger frothy white head. It smells of dry piny hops with bitter grapefruit. It's very piny with a light malt finish. The flavor is riddled with pine cones with a slightly sweet and bitter grapefruit aftertaste. It's definitely a solid IPA. It drinks light and is pretty drinkable but it really gives you cotton mouth. Luckily this fades the longer you drink it. It eventually turns mouth watering. It's probably one of the most drinkable IPAs around. I'm definitely thankful for the tick.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to cstrack for this brew.

Pours a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy/thick, off-white head, lots of nice thick/creamy sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, very hoppy, slight touch of malts, very nice touch of citrus with some pines. The taste is slight sweet, hoppy, bitter, very nice citrus/pines. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome IPA for sure, glad I finally got a chance to try it, highly recommended. Thanks Casey.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Shared with siege06nd. Thanks to Gambac for supplying!

A: Aggressively poured into British pint. Keeps a half finger of foamy white head. It is a nice light transparent orange color. Looks great.

S: Smell is mostly sweet tropical fruit. Mango mostly, with some hints of peach. Hints of citrus but not as much as I expected. Also a grainy malt presence that is very pleasant but a bit musty. None of the piney hops that I expected but smells delicious.

T: More of the hops and citrus come through but still not as much as I expected. One of the more floral tasting beers I've had; hibiscus or other tropical flower?? Extremely well balanced with the grainy malt notes. Aftertaste is orange with some lingering hop bitterness. However, not getting the grapefruit and pine intensity that I like in IPAs.

M: Delicious creamy mouthfeel, almost like a cream ale/IPA. Smooth and drinkable. Could tip these back all day.

O: This is a good beer. If this was readily available at the local bottle shop, I would buy and drink the sh*t out of this. The balance and creaminess is top of the line for an IPA. However, I think the Pizza Port Wipeout IPA wipes the floor with this (and other IPAs that will not be named). Recommended but don't buy into the hype as many of your off the shelf IPAs will more than suffice.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap many times and i'm finally ready to review this IPA. Served in a 15oz stemmed glass at Union Jacks.

A- RR Blind pig looks like a bold ipa with a mix of orange and gold colors with a slight haze to it. A medium sized off white head that faded very quick leaving patches of lace around the glass. I've noticed that RR IPA offerings don't produce much head bottle or draft.

S- I could smell this for days, it's just that inviting. A very pungent punch of different hop styles giving of a lot of citrus grapefruit scents. Some lemon scents and possibly some orange intertwined. Also a lot of piney and resiny tones come forth. Some illegal weed scents come to mind. Some malts present but can't break through the hop amounts.

T- The first sip i was in hop heaven as they took control. Blind pig is very bitter with not only hops but the pine is quite strong also. I get some more earthy qualities as this pig warms. few sips to detect the trace amount of malt that is there. Not the most balanced IPA out there, but still tasty.

M- A good amount of carbonation and a medium body give this a great mouthfeel, although others in my party disagreed. A bit on the thick side for an IPA while the resin and oily factors are strong also. The bittering effects are quite felt in the mouth after a few sips. Aftertaste stayed with me for a long while.

D- Blind Pig is quite drinkable but truth be told i enjoyed the nose the most, as i smelled it for 10 minutes before taking the 1st plunge. I prefer to drink this while eating something to tame the pig at times. The abv is low leaving this a session candidate but i would not go over two bottles or pints in a sitting.

RR can do no wrong in my eyes, i'm glad i live in SEPA!!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July 22, 2008; Sampled August 7, 2008
Pours into my New Belgium Globe glass with a nice pungent scent and a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that has some stickiness to it. The beer is a hazy amber hue that shows a more copper hue when held up to the light. Sticky grapefruit notes mix with sweet lychee notes, which are offset in the finish by a sticky herbal note that takes on overtones of hemp oil, peppery sage and just plain, green, hop-stink. Vivaciously hoppy, this has the fruit character that I like in a good IPA as well as the balancing, dank hoppiness that is needed for balance. Quite a nice example of a beer that captures the essence of concentrated hop nectar. No real malt aromatics are noticeable, if you really dig for them there is just a wisp of toasty, pale malt, but only just.

Sharply bitter up front, then the mouth coats the palate and helps to carry the hop flavor, but the bitterness kicks back in towards the finish and lingers on in the mouth with an herbal edge to it. After my first sip I feel like I was just chewing on some fresh hops. Citrus & hop-fruit flavors of grapefruit, bergamot oil, lychee and bright tangelo make a significant showing, but are ultimately engulfed by the palate coating, herbal bitterness that is what is left lingering on in the palate after each sip has passed down my throat. Impressively quaffable, this has some heft to it with enough body to just carry the hops, but remains light enough to be drinkable like a good IPA should.

This is definitely a beer for the hopheads out there. It definitely doesn't pull any punches and is aggressively hoppy. If in the mood for an aggressive hop experience this definitely fits the bill. It doesn't get overly harsh and it is just so dang quaffable. This is much more aromatic and hop flavorful than the draught sample I had previously.

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewpub, Santa Rosa, CA.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resinous balmy citrus hop.

The taste consisted of an assertive piney and sweet orange hop with a full doughy and subtly sweet malt framework.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a superior IPA.

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Photo of biegaman
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow complexions this bright and clear are usually reserved for pilsners and pale ales. IPAs tend to be more amber in tone but then again a Blind Pig doesn't see colour. And I like to think I don't view the world that way either. So I say this light body is good - it probably means unencumbered hoppiness and isn't that what we're here for anyhow?

There are beers that have this level of flaming citrusy, candied fruitiness. There are beers that have this level of pungent, grassy herbals. There aren't many beers, however, that have this level of both, and very few that can pull off the dualism so well. Malts don't even cross the mind in this soapy, bitter, stinky scent. Good riddance to 'em! I'm under a hop spell.

The malts are about as consequential to the taste as the Diet Coke is to a Big-Mac combo. According to the flavour, they don't exist at all. In this world, all there is is pink bubblegum notes and bitter renditions of breakfast citrus fruits and just a faint token of Northwest forest pine. The entire mouth becomes a cocoon of soapy, acidic hoppiness.

A lot of IPAs float like butterflies but sting like bees - not Blind Pig. It's as sweet-natured as an actual blind pig (can you imagine? The poor thing. SO cute!) except for the fact that it's only menially sweet and is, in actuality, quite bitter. But not too bitter, mind you. I bet a lot of novices would find this as refreshing and tasteful as the connoisseurs that praise it.

Vinnie Cilurzo is kind of the Leonardo of the beer world: he is both artist and scientist, a masterful creator at everything he does. While Blind Pig is one of his simpler works, it is no less absorbing. It is a salt-of-the-earth agreeable, true grit hoppy offering that I could drink until I was a blind pig. This and it's brothers Pliny are rightfully royal family in the IPA world.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bottles of Blind Pig at Belmont Station a couple of weeks ago... shared one.. tonight.. this one is all mine.... poured into my Chimay goblet.

1" bubbly head.. nice cap and a surprising ring of lace.. the brew is only slightly hop-hazed pretty clear honey..

nose is lemon and tangerine zest dominated by pineapple hoppiness.. some grapefruit.. and just enough pale malts.

not what else to say about the flavor other than.. WOW!! Mirrors the smell identically... huge fruity hop flavors... Kaffir lime leaves.. clean.. yet oily.. just enough pale malt goodness to bring the hops to their full glory... never ever goes over to the bitter side.. just very very drinkable.. body is fairly lite.. lending very much to me wanting another sip.. quaff.. bottle.. (can I get a keg?)

There is no doubt Blind Pig would be a household regular if I had it locally... now... we just need to make sure, somehow, that Idaho is the next state on the evergrowing list of places to get Russian River.

4/4.5/5/4/4.5

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Photo of yourefragile
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle, dated 6/7/10, eh, fresh enough. Poured into a nonic.

Thought I reviewed this already so this will be brief. Appearance is nearly perfect, a radiant, clear golden copper color with active carbonation supporting an thick off white bubbly head that coats the glass in rings of sticky lacing and has great retention. Aroma is bitter and hoppy, with mild citrus sweetness, but dominated by citrus rind and earthy bitterness. The pale malt backbone provides a sturdy, yet unobtrusive balance to all of the hops. Mouthfeel is also perfect for an IPA, creamy, medium thick, well carbonated and smooth. One of the best examples of an American IPA, loads of bitter hops that are infinitely drinkable.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Hollingshead's Delicatessen, in Orange, CA, always wanted to try this one, here's my chance,

A: Pours a golden yellow, out of the tap, with some orange highlights, a good white head makes the experience, good retention and lacing, poured into a German mug.

S: Smells heavily of hops, a lot of pine and citrus.

T: Very good, big pine notes start upfront, melding into some grapefruit and tropical fruit, a bit of pineapple and papaya, though overall pine dominates, with a bit of cedar, the malt is there, but this is a hop beer, very good.

M: Smooth, and crisp for an IPA, lots of tingling carbonation, and the hops give it a bit of an oily feel, a delight to put into my mouth.

D: Great drinkability, one of the best IPAs I've ever had, great sessionability even at 6.0%, Russian River strikes again, making another great IPA for the hophead's enjoyment.

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Photo of Zorro
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled thanks to RedwoodGeorge and his most Excellent trade!

Pours a clear golden beer with a slightly off white head. This looks much like a good lager in my glass.

Smell is agreeably very hoppy. Strong very pine and eucalyptus hop aroma with no citrus scent in it at all. Additional hop aroma of mint is very strong to the nose here. Malt scents are minimal here but there is a faint light aroma of malt that is slightly honey like.

Taste is fairly light malt wise like a golden ale. While the malt is doing a whole lot of nothing the hops are quite busy entertaining your tongue! Good strong West Coast style hops provide lots of pine and grapefruit flavor. This is an assertively bitter beer but not a harsh one. In my book I cold almost call this a strongly flavored Pale Ale but it really is an AIPA to non-warped West Coast palettes.

Mouthfeel is good but a bit light.

A nice drinkable IPA here that is strong but not too over the top. This here is a beer that shows West Coast hops in all their glory. But to be honest this is a rather strong beer that probably will shock many and delight all the hopheads. If you are not a hop head drink 3-4 of these and you will be!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 510mL bottle into a tulip. Bottled 10/21/16.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate haze and a finger of frothy tan foam atop. I like it.

Smell: earthy, grassy, herbal hops. There's a little bit of sweetness underneath as well; I like it but the overall effect is pretty low-key -- it doesn't really pop.

Taste: the hops are a bit richer here than in the aroma, and the bitterness is quite high. Earthy, herbal flavors combine with the light sweetness to create a nicely satisfying quaff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess for an IPA.

Overall: I like Blind Pig quite well; I feel like the aroma could use a little more oomph but other than that it's a tasty and nicely drinkable beer.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a lovely IPA, one that often gets overlooked because of its bigger brother, the infamous Pliny. I wish we could get a straight-up IPA of this quality consistently in NY and NJ.

This bottle was extremely fresh, a mere 6 days old, and poured crystal clear and light gold in color. Smallish creamy head that falls slowly, excellent lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Lots of tropical fruit in the nose, mainly pineapple with grapefruit, lemon and orange behind it; nicely resinous. Powerfully hoppy with an aroma noticed from 3 feet away.

Tremendous fresh hop taste with tons of tropical fruit esters, again mostly pineapple and grapefruit, very slight sweet malt presence underneath but it’s extremely subdued. Tons of citrus with more orange and lemony notes as well. Good bitterness that lingers into the finish.

The mouthfeel is also perfect, lightly creamy and just a touch sticky, medium body with just enough carbonation to give it a little life but not so much that it becomes prickly or bloating. Extremely smooth. Definitely top notch and not to be missed.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%

Bottle received in a trade.

Pours an orange-ish amber color, with a foamy, soapy one inch head, and a ton of lacing, sheets upon sheets of it.

Smells like pineapple, orange, tons of pine, very tropical.

Tastes great, an incredibly easy drinking and flavorful hop bomb here. Just the slightest hit of a pale malt backbone, but this is mostly a story of hops, and more hops. Bitter pine, but not overly so, and some grapefruit, candied pineapple, etc. Just really, really tasty.

This one has a medium body, with a great, billowy, slightly creamy, but crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Lives up to the hype. Just real nice.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,689 ratings.
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