Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Russian River Blind Pig

There's a lot to like in this review! Firstly it's a collab Skype review with one of my favoriter BeerTubers - !! Second of all, it's RUSSIAN RIVER beer - you know, those guys that make Pliny the Elder (and the Younger)!? Thirdly, this beer was sent to me in a trade I did with Ryan aka (thanks for the beer!). "Blind Pig" is kind of the redheaded stepchild of Russian River's IPA family as it's only a single IPA. But I've had many regular IPAs that have been great, and considering RR's reputation, I was really anxious to review this one, especially with a San Francisconian who lives around the corner from the brewery!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (624) - Albany, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Got a 500ml bottle in a trade with StumpyJoeJr (thanks, Ryan!). Poured into a tulip glass. My bottle was about a month old at the time.

Appearance: Clear gold/pale color - which is unusual for an IPA. Almost completely tepid after pouring. Forms a generous frothy, bright white head which retains pretty well but doesn’t lace the glass much.

Smell: Very fruity smelling and similar to Russian River’s world-famous Pliny The Elder DIPA. Yellow grapefruit and some tropical fruits plus light, perfumery flowers.

Taste: The first few swigs are fantastic and exemplify West Coast-style IPAs with strong, citrusy bitterness. The palate is notable dry, though, and the hops definitely linger. It seems like this beer was dry hopped and maybe a little too much so. There’s also an iced tea-like flavor present to impart some sweetness and make it slightly refreshing up front, but for the most part it’s a rather simple, 2-chord palate.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly flat and dare I say watery. I would not call this a crisp beer nor a refreshing beer as a whole. For so much flavor it should probably be more full-bodied.

Drinkability: As is the case with many beers of the style, Blind Pig is quite quaffable at first, until the hops saturate your tongue and dry your mouth out. The thin body makes it a smooth beer to drink, but the dryness becomes cloying turning it into a sipper.

Overall a good American IPA and a great example of the West Coast style. Probably a great beer to have with a hearty or spicy meal. The 6.1% ABV is amazing since it has the robustness of a much stronger beer, but I wouldn’t recommend drinking more than one bottle at a time.

Grade: 8/10

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