Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Blind Pig IPA

Today I'm drinking Blind Pig, an IPA brewed by Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, California. Ed Roberts brought this and two others from Russian River back from his recent trip with the Total Wine team to Wine Country. The label on my 500mL bottle depicts a Blind Pig holding a cane. There are tons of warnings and pleas to drink this fresh, so I'm glad to see mine was bottled on 080411, just 12 days ago. Nice.

Let me type out what the bottle says around the label and in the story off to the side, so you can easily read it. Yeah, I know. You're welcome. That's just the way I roll.

Around the edge of the label...
KEEP COLD, DRINK FRESH, DO NOT AGE! CONSUME BLIND PIG FRESH, OR NOT AT ALL! RESPECT HOPS, CONSUME THIS IPA FRESH! KEEP AWAY FROM HEAT! THIS BEER DOES NOT GET BETTER WITH AGE! PLEASE DO NOT AGE ME! DO NOT SAVE FOR A RAINY DAY! BLIND PIG IS FOR SAVORING, NOT FOR SAVING! WE RESPECTFULLY ASK THAT YOU DO NOT AGE THIS BEER! HOPPY BEERS ARE NOT MEANT TO BE AGED! AGE YOUR CHEESE, NOT BLIND PIG IPA!
 And the story, which I also photographed for you...
Ask for a "blind pig" in a saloon during prohibition and you might just get a beer... During prohibition, using the term "blind pig" discretely meant many different things. Sometimes it was the secret code given to a bartender to receive a beer. In other places, it meant that you paid a small fee to see a "blind pig", and along with the viewing you'd get a beer, or something else... And what type of glassware would your "blind pig" be served in? An unmarked mason jar of course. In those days, A mason jar was known as a pig, and an unmarked mason jar was known as a Blind Pig.

Use the term discretely today and you'll get Russian River's Blind Pig IPA, a bold IPA packed full of hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness. Please keep Blind Pig IPA refrigerated and consume fresh to experience the immense hop character. Unlike many of our other beers, Blind Pig IPA is not meant to be aged.

Good head. Beautiful tropical fruit and orange aroma, very fresh with light pine. Absolutely delicious flavors! Fruity orange and pineapple, so juicy and fresh. Hoppy citrus and pine do attack the initial light malty sweetness and swing the pendulum to the bitter side, but not overly so. That bitterness carries all the way to the end. Along the way, some spicy nips pop in and out providing a great feeling in the mouth. You finish with some lingering bitterness and a bit of dryness left behind by the 6.10% alcohol. Mmmm.

Great carbonation and creamy texture. Sweet and bitter at the same time, hard to describe. Refreshing and awesome! An All-Star IPA and one to be copied. Get it when you can. Oh, and drink it fresh in case you missed the entire sermon!

The Blind Pig -- Kindle

Russian River Rat (Beach Reading) -- Kindle

Fast, Fresh, and Green -- Kindle

4 comments:

dale said...

Love the label and the instructions. I'd really want to try this and other RR brews. Some day....

Patrick said...

Yeah, this is a great IPA. RR just has those down.

Brad said...

Desperately trying to get my hands on Blind Pig and Pliny to review! Glad you hear you enjoyed it. Cheers!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Fun label. Tasty beer. I got the beer only because of local friend traveling to CA.

And RR has a lot down, IPAs just one castegory. Love that brewery!