Russian River Blind Pig

Of Course Russian River does not distribute in New Jersey, bummer!  So in order to get the Russian River Blind Pig IPA, I was fortunate to have a fellow beer connoisseur in California who couldn’t get Allagash Beer.  So I sent him some Allagash Beer and he sent me some Russian River and New Belgium Beers.  This review is a result of beer lovers working together to help one another enjoy, taste, and appreciate beer from other regions of the country.russianriver_blindpig2

Appearance:

The Blind Pig pours a hazy golden orange color with a pretty dense creamy head.   There is a bit of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass, but the hazy nature of the beer obscures most of the bubbles.  There is quite a bit of lacing going on as the head subsides from the original poor.

Aroma:

I was expecting a fairly strong aroma, after having Pliny the Elder a couple months back .  I found quite the opposite, a very mild pine aroma with a hint of cotton candy in the background.  I’ve been drinking a lot of hop monsters of late; this is a nice kick back to more of a “traditional” American IPA.

Russian River Blind Pig

Russian River Blind Pig

Taste:

The taste follows suit with the aroma.  It not over done, but done enough so that you can tell what your drinking.   Right off the bat, this beer has a significant malt backbone, giving the beer a good thick mouthfeel without getting very sweet.  The maltiness gives way to an ever-present building of bitterness.  There is a good balance of sweetness and citrus on the back end that keeps the growing bitterness in check.  It ends with a nice dryness making me want another sip.

Overall Impression:

I’m enjoying the simply complex nature of this beer.  Without going overboard on the hops, but still having an abundance, you are able to enjoy many different flavors.  I would have enjoyed a bit more on the aroma, but it works with the flavors.  Two things I really enjoyed about this beer.  1, the bitterness was strong but held in check so you don’t start to get a burnt flavor that I’ve been experiencing with a lot of heavily hopped beers.  2, the dry finish along with the bitterness that didn’t compound its self after each sip made this a very enjoyable IPA.

Glassware: Tulip

Calories: With an Original Gravity of 1.060 and a ABV of 6% means this beer finished with a Final Gravity of around 1.014 giving you about 205 Calories per 12oz serving

Simply Beer Rating: 91, If you find it give it a try!

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2 Responses to “Russian River Blind Pig”

  1. JT Says:

    The Russian River Beers are all about fresh beer. I am pouring a Blind Pig right now and there is a vibrant hop aroma. Maybe yours had aged too long otherwise I agree with your review. I like the dryness without the strong astringency that this beer carries, really letting the hops work.

    I also enjoy it poured in a .5L bullet glass. The Spaten rastal glass is my favorite version of this type.

  2. Simply Beer Says:

    @JT – Unfortunately getting a hold of Russian River beers is not an easy task for me since they don’t distribute to NJ, So trying another Blind Pig would be a bit difficult. I believe the beer I had was 5-6 months old, so it probably did loose some aroma but I wouldn’t think it would be that significant.

    I still have a Pliny the Elder to drink which was bottled in May, hopefully I’ll get to it soon….


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