Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Russian River Bling Pig IPA

Another fine brew from the Russian River brewery in Santa Rosa, California. I had the chance to sample this thanks to a generous Beer Advocate who took the time to hand bottle bombers using a counter pressure filler directly from a keg. This beer was brewed Jan. 21, 2006 and hand bottled on Jan. 27, 2006. Heck, he even made his own sweet labels for the bottles! Now, onto the brew:



The Bling Pig IPA is lovingly poured into my tulip glass with a brilliant clear golden orange color with a half inch of bubbly white head atop the brew. Aromas of fresh hops reach out and smack me across the face. Hefty handfuls of cirtic, grapefruity hop oils are married with an equally blissful and intense green piney aroma. Sweet crystalline, caramel backdrop as well, but the hops are everything here. Sweet fresh cone goodness and pure lupulin love.

First sip brings a slighty doughy, crystal malt backed with a swirl of caramel. The hops waste no time bursting in with a mix of piney, grapefruit and citrus flavors. Sweetness quickly gives way to a blast of bitterness that envelopes the mouth. Fresh green hop leaves and oils are abundant while still playing nicely with the malt backbone. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and hoppy burps.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with a fast paced carbonation. Goes down easily and keeps me coming back for more. A tasty IPA that can easily be sessioned at 6%. Thanks to RedwoodGeorge for this one, handbottled via a counter pressure filler straight from a keg. Vinnie and everyone at Russian River know the way to a hop lovers heart! Very happy to have had the chance to sample it and hope to do so again sometime.

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Overall I gave this IPA a 4.45 out of 5. Truly an exceptional, tasty beer.

Check out what else Vinnie and Russian River are brewing up by surfing over to www.russianriverbrewing.com