Mind Circus
Russian River Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #863
ABV:
7%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,604
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 6.92%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
95
From:
Russian River Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  10
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: Mind Circus IPA has a mild bitterness and a thick, luscious mouthfeel. This style of IPA is what is being called in the beer world a “Hazy IPA” Dominantly herbaceous and grassy, with moderate tropical notes as well as some bright citrus. This unique hazy IPA gains its flavor of grapes and grass from the Nelson hops, and its tropical notes of pineapple and mango from the Strata hops. It is unfiltered leaving a “haze” and some yeast for more texture. Oats were also used to add to the softer mouthfeel and hazy appearance.
Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 95 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by BAsbill:
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BAsbill from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jun 13, 2020
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Crusher81a

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 17, 2020
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alexsergio from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 11, 2020
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kmoen from California

4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 13, 2020
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JonB25 from Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 25, 2020
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EMH73 from New York

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 21, 2020
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heymikew from California

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vinnie,
I don't know how you do it but this is a great example of an artful approach to market adaptation that is unique and fabulous like all your other products.

May 23, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 08, 2020
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estruntz from Maryland

5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oct 09, 2019
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jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 22, 2020
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mrcraft from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 22, 2020
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jxmichael from California

5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy, peach-colored with a small sudsy head that dissipates quickly.

S: Fruity, bright.

T: Strong grapefruit up front, medium mouthfeel with a smooth, soft finish. No hop "bite" and very smooth from start to finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel, pillowy soft with absolutely no alcohol burn.

O: This is an excellent offering from Russian River. Full of flavor, smooth and extremely easy to drink without being too sweet. Pillowy soft feel with tons of flavor. I will definitely be picking this one up again!

Dec 25, 2020
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nmann08 from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dec 24, 2020
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wilymobastardo from California

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 25, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, golden tangerine colored body; nice head, fairly dense and soapy. Standard hazy IPA citrus pith with a touch of cereal grains; a mild bit of grapefruit. The taste exudes toasted cracker, wheat and oats with a nice touch of grapefruit and lemon; moderate hop bitterness presence; mildly pepper-like. Medium-heavy body; coarse and prickly on the palate; citric juiciness with a bit of acidic and alcohol dryness.

This beer is certainly tasty but with a few soft spots. The look appears fine although the head is rather weak and not as creamy or dense as I've noticed other hazies. And the smell, while okay, is rather muted. The flavor and mouthfeel are the saving graces of the beer.

Nov 17, 2020
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paulish from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 28, 2020
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gshak from Texas

4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from a 7 day old bottle that had been stored in the fridge from day 1.
This is THE best IPA from Russian River, and one of the best ones I've had the pleasure of drinking.
Near perfect visuals of bright yellow. Aromas of all fruits tropical, and the combination of taste with that perfect mouthfeel that only the folks at Russian River can conjure up. This one's a winner all around.

Aug 31, 2020
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kjkinsey from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 23, 2019
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NJ908Jimmy from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just expect more from RR. Which I guess is a blessing and a curse for certain breweries. Very solid overall, just not a ton going on. Could easily find a better local brew in a 4pk

Jan 05, 2021
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DunzDog from California

5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I generally prefer regular IPA's but I do enjoy a good hazy IPA occasionally. When it comes to Russian River, I always expect excellence and this is exactly what this beer is. Very nice aroma and mouthfeel. This beer is not over the top juicy like some hazy IPA's can be. Very balanced beer - I will be drinking many more of these.

Aug 08, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Feb 22, 2020
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 22, 2020
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kdown from California

4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 03, 2019
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edsanchezz28 from California

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

excellent new brew, recommend by bar tender as well at winsor location prior to having the younger.

Feb 12, 2019
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CJNAPS from California

4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Feb 02, 2019
Mind Circus from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 95 ratings