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Blind Pig IPA by Russian River Brewing Company
American IPA
6.10 % ABV


 
Review by duhast500 on 10/17/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2010
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.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 06/09/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 0
Old Review
500 ml bottle I got from Douglas14. Thanks a lot again, man. Served up in an imperial pint.

A: Pours a really nice, honey yellow/brown color. Held to the light you get a lot of clean, yellow color. It has a slight haze to it. The pour yielded about a finger of, fluffy, foamy, white head. The head has pretty nice retention and has a ton of stickiness to it. Carbonation has a shitload of activity in this beer. Lots of carbonation bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. Really good looking IPA.

S: Man, you can really smell the hops. Just a ton of grapefruit and citrus aromas from the hops. The only thing coming out is the hops though. The presence is nice but not very complex.

T: Taste is actually really damned good. The hops are big and heavy with grapefruit, slight piney goodness and citrus. The hops has a really nice initial bite, but that is cut quickly by a good amount of bready malt. The malt is sweet and really balances this beer nicely with what tastes a bit like some honey sugary goodness. You get some nice pineapple flavors coming through in the sweetness. Slight bit of peppery spice in here as well. It really doesn't have any thing too crazy going for it, but the balance is damned near perfect.

M: Medium in body this beer does have a touch more wateriness to it than expected. Carbonation level is hign, and it goes down pretty easy and it is damned refreshing. ABV is very light and nice in the feel. Aftertaste is mostly of some good hops flavor.

D: This brew is highly drinkable and very nice. It is incredibly well balanced and damned tasty. Its not the most mind blowing IPA, but the balance is the incredible part of the brew. This really is an easily chuggable IPA. Nice for sure. She may not be the chick at the bar with largest rack, but she has curves in all the right places and, best of all, she was an easy close.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-24-2009 04:03:48

Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by Ricarrdo on 02/28/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 12 19 5 9 0
A perfect lighter style IPA from the genius brewer at Russian River – this could be a lighter style “Pliny the Elder” with less alcohol (around 6%). This is a perfect “chugging” IPA for a nice summer afternoon or a nice beer to kick back with while watching the Super Bowl. It pours a light amber with a full IPA head. It is slightly piney, grapfruity, resin, motor oily and hoppy on the smell and the taste follows through with all of those smells – albeit lighter, but, nevertheless, wonderful mouth feel with some viscosity. This rating is for the beer out of a 16.9oz. bottle.

Price: $5.00 Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/08/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 10 17 4 9 0
Pint Bottle

Bottled 7/8/08

I get the opportunity to try my first Blind Pig thanks to a recent trade with BrewerB, thanks a million Brian. Blind Pig pours deep golden with a just a bit of haze but fairly good clarity. When backlit this beer appears more straw golden and it really highlights the big carbonation bubbles that explode to the surface. A standard pour brought forth a two finger creamy white head that became ruddy and craggy as it settled to a solid crown. The head left sticky peaks and valleys of lacing on its way down the glass. The more beer that leaves the glass the better the lacing gets. Blind Pig is a good looking IPA.

Ahhh....Left Coast IPA all the way. A quick hit of pine kicks things off but the real showcase to the hop profile is the ripe juicy fruitiness. Ruby red grapefruit plays a big role as well but there is a surprising amount tropical citrus in here as well; mandarin oranges, tangerine, and papaya all make appearances. Then along comes a surprisingly grassy note before sugared grapefruit joins the mix. It smells to me like all pale malts were used in this beer and there is a very cake like maltiness giving this beer a solid backbone. Every time I stick my nose in the glass I'm greeted by a mouthwatering mix of wonderful hoppiness.

The flavor follows the aroma stride for stride and I love every second of it. Mildly sweet cake like malts start off the flavor profile but falls quickly to the wayside. A quick flash of pine hits right off the bat before all those delicious citric qualities take over. I'll save you the repetition and just say this beer is juicy. Big pine comes right back through and the final, lingering bitterness relies on the grassy aspect of the hop additions. This really is a delicious IPA. There is a great depth of flavor that keeps growing and growing.

The mouthfeel is exactly where it should be. The body is smooth and somewhat creamy with a moderate mouthfeel. The carbonation has enough oomph to help this beer work its way through and there's a solid bitterness left in its wake. The bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue and it's one of those enamel eater IPAs.

The big hoppiness, moderate body, and moderate abv all make for one hell of an easy drinker. One pint is simply not enough; a sixtel, maybe, but not a pint. This beer is semi-dry with a delicious hop profile that just continues to grow.

I've had my eye on Blind Pig for a couple years. I tried a few times to set up a growler trade with no luck so I'm glad this beer is finally bottled and I have the opportunity to try it in excellent condition. I wouldn't hesitate trading for this again and I like the fact it's bottled in pint bottles. The price would put a halt to buying as much as I'd like but it is a delicious IPA. Thanks again for the treat Brian!

Reviewed: 7/26/08

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 0
Thanks to srandycarter for some Pig.

Pours a clear brassy golden color. One finger of smooth cramy white head - excellent retention. Gobs of lacing adhere to the glass.

Aroma is of grapefruit and tangerine. Floral. Somewhat sweet - honey malt spine. Very Nice.

Taste follows the nose very well. Good amount of tongue assaulting grapefruit, balanced quite well with the sweet malts doin their thing in the background. Bitter - but not overly so. A bit grainy in taste.

Moderate in body, crisp, smooth yet dry and abrasive mouthfeel. Carbonation is adequate.

I really enjoyed this. Very refreshing, easy to drink, very hop forward.
Randy sent me two bottles of the Pig... I drank one immediately - and it was the better of the two. Dammit. Should have reviewed that one - and I knew it too. Get this fresh - enjoy it fresh.
Thanks Randy!
Recommended.

Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by bakes on 07/19/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 2009
Many thanks to WeeHeavySD for the bottle!

Bright burnished gold with a white head that lasted from first sip until last. Staying power. Aroma is of earth and pine and grapefruit and not a lot of malt save for a faint toastiness.

I hear Big Head Todd and the Monsters singing "Bittersweet Surrender" right off the rip. The initial slightly toasty caramel and not so slightly bitter, pine and grapefruit hoppiness work so well together. Stays in balance all the way through, a mild malty sweetness coming in in the middle, with the bitterness holding court until the end, when a toastier, almost autumn-leaf sort of flavor of the hops and malt combining hits - one of my favorite flavors in any beer, and used to very good effect here. Mouthfeel is moderate, making this insanely drinkable, but a tetch more chewiness would make it nigh on perfect.

Damned fine brew.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by smellysell on 01/15/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 8 18 4 9 2008
Appearance
Pours a light hazy gold with lots of bubbles. The head is stark white and has good retention, leaving spotty lacing.

Smell
The aroma smacks you in the face with huge earthy, piney hops but there isn’t a whole lot else going on.

Taste
There is a very pleasant honey flavor up front. Rolls into a wide variety of hop flavors: pine, grapefruit, and tangerine. Finishes with an enjoyable bitterness, but not too much by any means. The sweetness from the honey balances the hoppiness out perfectly.

Feel
Has a medium body with heavy carbonation, which works perfectly. The finish is very clean and crisp. Great drinkability, I could polish off MANY of these.

Overall
This is a fantastic IPA. Very well balanced and the complexity of hop flavors is astounding. If I could get this here it would definitely be a staple in my fridge. I know they are VERY different styles, but I’ll take this over Pliny any day.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 12/13/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 17 4 9 2008
Color is medium yellow/copper. Smell is all hops. Citrus, pine, lemon/grapefruit. Very slight pepper aroma too. But this one is pretty much all hops. And that's a very good thing. Taste starts with hops bitterness right up front. Then settles down with the citrus and orange rind taste. Chew on a piece of orange rind, and that's pretty much exactly what you first taste. Oily, citrus goodness. The taste sticks around quite a while after each drink.

Overall, you can certainly see why this one gets so much talk. It's just plain good. All hoppy citrus goodness. And easy to drink despite that notable bitterness.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Surly Duff on 09/12/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2008
Thank you Dill for this brew. 500ml bottle bottled on 07/09/08.

Pours a slightly hazy medium copper-yellow with a finger or two of foamy off-white head. The foam settles slowly and leaves a nice sticky layer of lacing coating the walls of the glass. Millions of tiny bubbles constantly rise from the bottom of the glass.

Take a sniff and you get kicked in the nose with grapefruit. LOTS of grapefruit. Other citrus like lemon peel and a hint of orange are mingled in too. A nice bit of caramel malt is able to make it's way through the thick fruity citrus and has a touch of light toffee with it.

Light caramel and a touch of toffee at first. Lots of little bubbles on the tongue bring big fruity hops next. Grapefruit is the most prominent as in the nose. Sweet and juicy. Lemon and orange peel come in too. Smooth and slightly sweet malt balances the big hops wonderfully. Bit of biscuit on the end and a bit of sticky pine. Citrus sticks around in the mouth for a bit after every sip.

Wonderful beer all around. Really wish we got it here in bottles or on tap. Mmmm.....

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 08/08/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 17 5 9 2008
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.

Price: $4.50 Served In: Stange

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