Russian River Brewing Company Blind Pig IPA
What the brewers say
“Full-bodied, very hoppy, citrus, pine, fruity notes with nice dry, bitter nish!”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Evergreen forest, grapefruit, crayons, and Play-Doh. Slightly briny? Very nice juicy hops character with orange, grapefruit, and slight lemon.”
Flavor: “Medium bitterness with a rather light body. Slight new-shoe-like taste with a growing bitterness that extended well into the aftertaste and continued to grow. As it warms the rubber goes away, and we are left with a dank hops note with a touch of garlic. This beer has a nice body with a smooth character. The pine is showcased in the hops, and the grapefruit citrus notes help round out the hops profile. The beer is nicely balanced between the hops bitterness and flavor.”
Overall: “Dank hops notes with slight pine. Moderate bitterness that didn’t come out until it warmed slightly. An IPA that leans toward the resiny and dank side of the spectrum. Some citrus brightness keeps it from being too sticky. Perhaps better suited to contemplative stormy evenings than daytime revelry. This beer came together very well with pleasant hops and not too much bitterness.”
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