zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at OíBriens & Liarís Club. Pours a clear golden color with a nice looking medium sized head and just a little bit of lacing. Aroma is HOPS and more hops... so yummy smelling. Pine and the slightest floral hint hit the nose as well. Flavor is all hops with hints of grapefruit and floral tones underneath. This is an absolutely fantastic beer and I love the fact that itís on regularly at two of my favorite beer joints! Another great RR beer (not surprising).
ChazMania (639) - Pasadena, California, USA - JUN 12, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2008 Tap at Najas in Redondo Beach. Very good, thick and rich flavor. I would certainly order again. Worth having a few more. I think every Russian River beer I have sampled has been exceptional.
Re rated: 4/27/08. to a 4.0 Again, I had this at Najas, they had it listed as Blind Pig Double IPA, which I questioned. I had a Pliny and then Blind Pig, if Pliny is a double (which it is) BP is a single. Its delicious, one of the finest single IPA I have encountered.
Emil (6070) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Golden colour with a big white head. Grapefruit, hop aroma and a dry grapefruit, floral hop taste. Medium to full body with a very dry finish.
joergen (17353) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden coloured with a white head.
Aroma of hops and grape fruits with notes of pine needles.
Flavour of fruits, hops and grape fruits with notes of pine needles.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was on tap at Liarís Club. The aroma had light pine, malts, and fruit notes with an earthy texture and oranges, and grapefruits. The beer poured an orangish brown color with yellow hues, no head and almost no lacing. The flavor had citrus like grapefruits, oranges, then pine with an earthy note and light malt and caramel. The mouthfeel was light and crisp with a good bitterness.
GG (1980) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Bistro/Hayward - This is simply one outstanding IPA. Russian River doesnít EVER fail to deliver and this IPA is nothing less that expected. Aroma is citrusy and floral. Appearance is a bright, clear orange/light orange in color with a rather small head (this was pouring it out of my pint glass into a proper tulip glass too). Mouthfeel is medium in body, lightly carbonated. Flavor is a near perfect balance between hoppy delight and malty goodness. A ton of orange/citrus/grapefruit combo in the flavor along with the strong malt backbone makes this incredibly balanced. Top notch IPA, and would beat the pants off of some IIPAís.
ABUSEDGOAT (1937) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at OíBriens. Had this side by side with their IIPA as well as a few others. Ligher amber body than the IIPA, as well as a less assertive aroma. Still, this didnít mean much. Huge piney citrusy aroma. I really strugged to detect where the hops were from for some reason... no idea. This IPA was different from a lot Iíve had from Cali. Still really hoppy and bitter and I thought it was well balanced as well.
Bartzilla (500) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another absolute winner from Russian River. These folks understand the importance of adding obscene amounts of hops to their beers. This is no exception. A well balanced IPA from nose to belly.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2006 Pours a lovely golden color, with a nice fluffy head. Some pine flavors mixed with a wonderful piney hop taste. This stuff smells amazing. If you have ever opened a very fresh bag of Northern California Marijuana, thatís what I smell. Amazing stuff. The original IIPA.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Too cool, Iím live on line@OíBrienís rating a pint of Blind Pig: Lightly hazy golden amber color with a small (bar pour) white head. Sweet pineapple citrus nose. Flavor starts fruity sweet turning grapefruit bitter with a long dry grapefruit rind finish. Medium bodied, smooth and dry with moderate carbonation.