Monday, December 5, 2011
Russian River Blind Pig IPA
Russian River Blind Pig IPA, a standard offering and one of the few Russian River brews usually accessible in Southern Oregon, poured a transparent gold into the glass with a soapy white head and tiny suspended yeat particles moving about. The nose brought forward soft, subtle notes of mango, pineapple, and melon with no detectable bitterness.
Russian River Blind Pig IPA opened with sweet mango and pineapple over semi-sweet caramel. There was a subtle undercurrent of bitterness that slowly rose to the forefront as the ale faded. The hop flavors, as opposed to the bitterness, were the star of the show.
Russian River Blind Pig IPA is the little brother to Pliny the Elder in every way... lighter, less alcohol, and maybe just a little bit less interesting. Taking that comparison way, Blind Pig is a must try ale.