Russian River – Blind Pig IPA

Russian River - Blind Pig IPA…I was trying to decide between two Russian River Brewing IPAs; Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig. I have had Pliny on a few different occasions and it’s always a winner, but I opted for the Blind Pig this time around because I’ve never had it…

The beer

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Silver Medal, 2007 GABF (American IPA)
Gold Medal, 2006 World Beer Cup (American IPA Category)


 

The venue

The Crow Bar and Kitchen
I went out to dinner at a place in Corona Del Mar, CA called The Crow Bar and Kitchen with a handful of friends. It’s an American gastro pub with a large array of salads, flat breads and burgers. Between the bottled beer and draft beer selections available there is more beer on the menu than there are entrees. The menu changes with the seasons as they use locally grown produce, and they always seem to have a new specialty grilled cheese sandwich every time I go there. So if you’re a foodie and/or a beer aficionado, this place comes highly recommended.
crow bar and kitchen | 2325 e.coast highway, corona del mar, california 92625 | 949.675.0070

The review

I ordered a Blue Cheese Burger with Duck Fat Fries and wanted a beer that wouldn’t get lost in all that flavor. So I immediately skipped over the lagers, hefeweizens, and amber ales and started looking for an IPA. They had a really good selection, and I was trying to decide between two Russian River Brewing IPAs; Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig. I have had Pliny on a few different occasions and it’s always a winner, but I opted for the Blind Pig this time around because I’ve never had it. I chose well.

The glass showed up at the table and I was greeted with a nice honey colored ale with a finger-width of head. In the typical west coast IPA style it had the citrus and pine notes you’d expect. And a full-bodied flavor that definitely held its own along side my meal and still was very drinkable. It wasn’t as strong as Pliny, but just as enjoyable and will be welcomed in my fridge anytime. This is a 4 cap beer in my book.

Cheers,
Erik

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