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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

5,067 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,067
Reviews: 1,373
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 1,719
Gots: 671 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Ratings: 5,067 | Reviews: 1,373
Photo of toronadotornado
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Toronado - San Francisco, CA - draft

Photo of GMan310
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer had it at the brewery and just a great IPA

Photo of bisonfort
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had in San ramon. Light colored. Hoppy. Great flavor.

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale amber (SRM 9) with thick white head; copious lace; great clarity and carbonation. Lemon nose with a whiff of grass and pine. Up front, citrusy hop/grass that is mellow pine in the middle; finish leaves a lite bitter hop taste on my tongue. Lite plus mouthfeel. Very tasty lighter IPA; hops are subdued with good balance between bitter and citrus.

Photo of calitrie1486
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. Reminds me more of a pale ale then an IPA, but then again that could be because I did a side by side with Pliny! Def worth a try but not worth the hassle to get. . .

Photo of kimghamburger
2.92/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not worth all of the fuss. There's hundreds of better beers to worry about getting.

Photo of MissSmisje
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/16/15. Pine, resin, and grapefruit. Very hop forward but not a hop bomb. Lots of pine in the nose. Prefer it to the PtE I had last night, but that was was getting little long in the tooth. Would love to do a side by side of fresh BP and fresh PtE

Photo of Webbydag1
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect on a warm day. Light and refreshing with plenty on citrus aromas and notes and a strong malty piney bite.

Photo of Osseous
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into IPA speiglau. Golden Amber color. SRM ~13. One and a half fingers width of white head. Constant trail of bubbles. Smell was incredible: pine needles, juniper, and grapefruit citrus. Taste was clean and refreshing: crisp beginning with a building of piney bitterness. Punch of grapefruit and hints of orange. Great resurgence of creamy foam upon agitation. Moutfeel was crisp and clean, ultimately refreshing without being too light. Overall, a heavy hitting IPA that stands formidably against most conventional DIPA. Great beer from a great brewery!

Photo of Ghrymm
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 510ml bottle dated 01/26/15 . Nice golden pour, slight white head but nice lacing.Nice citrus floral nose and a great burst of hops.
A very nice solid IPA.

Photo of Shane_Gr
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this one slightly better than Pliny the elder. Slightly less bitter.

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle date 2-28-15, poured into a teku-really great IPA, kind of a perfect representation of the west coast style. Thoroughly enjoyed it, looking forward to more..

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pliny light. Looks like PtE, smells like PtE, but doesn't have that "next level" flavor profile of Pliny. So damn good though

Photo of RichKent
3.69/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Stone Garden's and Bistro in San Diego

Pours a very clear amber with minimal head.

Smells lightly of citrus hops with a little tropical goodness.

Tastes fine, but somewhat disappointing. Is it possible for a beer to be too balanced? If so, that applies here. Just the right amount of malt flavor balanced by just the right amount of citrus from the hops. Mouthfeel and carbonation are perfect, and this is a VERY easy drinking beer. All that said, it's missing something. It's simply not juicy enough - not hoppy enough - not unfiltered enough. I like big hoppy, juicy, dank IPAs, and Blind Pig drinks a lot more like a session pale ale.

Blind Pig is a classic, and it's a good beer, but it's getting a little long in the tooth. I wouldn't go out of my way to find it again, but I'd happily drink a few on tap if it was available. My wife loved it, so ymmv.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Orthodoxkardia for this one.

510mL bottle. Pours a translucent light amber color with a thin layer of head. Lots of lacing.The aroma is grapefruit, orange, mango and pine. The taste is more of the piney hops with some grapefruit and citrus notes. Bitter but with a nice amount of malt flavor. Some more pine and a hint of floral notes towards the end. Grapefruit and orange finish. Very drinkable. Light mouthfeel. Overall, outstanding IPa.

Photo of JonnyBoyy
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I would choose this beer over Pliny the Elder.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Beechwood BBQ in Seal Beach of into shaker pint. Crisp and piney. Good not great.

Photo of abravo52
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Top 3 IPA for me, much smoother and more subtle than Pliny IMO.

Photo of NickSD
3.11/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I think this is a very average IPA it just really doesn't have a lot of flavor.

Photo of 31Sam13
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Russian River never leave me hanging...always a surprise in the utmost positive...and their old standards are legendary...I miss NorCal...and so should you!

Photo of 805_YungHopsMcGeeZax
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional flavor that increases the more I drink. Sessionable for sure. Quality ingredients that don't destroy my fragile antibiotic ridden stomach. Lingering flavor that makes me craze another one instantly.

It is hard to find another IPA that can top this one folks. Pliny is great but a totally different animal in my opinion. The piggy never fails me in bottle or on tap.

Photo of Hesscabob
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I thought it was every bit as good as Pliny the Elder.

Photo of McSmack
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poor Blind Pig gets little recognition compared to Pliny. Blind Pig is just as good as Pliny the Elder.

Photo of HopBomb515
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light amber with a touch of orange and a big white fluffy head that laces well. Very straightforward nose, it smells like grapefruit. Taste follows with a touch of honey like sweetness and big grapefruit flavor. Simple but very good profile. Nice bright carbonation and a dry finish. This is a great IPA, simple but executed so well.

Photo of TheReeasor
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best single IPA almost a double well ok a double either way it is great..pineytsr grassiness. Been drinking this since temecula days.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,067 ratings.