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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

5,021 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,021
Reviews: 1,366
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 1,712
Gots: 649 | 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: 5,021 | Reviews: 1,366
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.

Photo of Ian_B
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very clear, translucent orange-gold with a thin white head.

Aroma of Cara cara oranges and sweet pine; maybe a bit of mango.

Tastes closely follows the nose; pretty sweet, dark orange with a soft but notable piney balance. The finish moves toward slightly bitter orange/grapefruit; definitely a west-coast style balance. Mostly sweet and light malt, but with a touch of toast or bread to accompany the resinous finish.

Medium to well-bodied, smooth, with a light carbonation. A very slightly crisp finish.

Overall a very nice, drinkable, west-coast style American IPA. Pairs fantastically with Jeff Bridges' "Sleeping Tapes."

Photo of Tbub18
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this bad boy from a great west coast BA'er thanks again @wesasmith!

A: Nice amber color, bubbly with a small white head that didn't stick around for long.

S: Great pine hoppy aromas. Getting some citrus as well but its west coast pine all the way.

T: Taste certainly follows the nose--solid hop bomb comes at the palate, but softens with a nice balance of malt. Grapefruit flavor, maybe some pineapple.

M: A little high on the carbonation, but great medium mouthfeel.

O: I can see why there's buzz around this beer--PTE gets the glory but don't overlook this solid IPA from RR. Hard to find much here I don't like, but I guess the nose could have been slightly more fragrant and back off on the carbonation a bit. Would love to have this again and glad I had the chance to try this one!

Photo of dutesanch
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this 3 weeks old as a gift from a great friend and fellow BA. Taste was a very crisp hop bitterness that didn't hurt like some IPAs. Not as refreshing as Pliny but very quality. Pours a clear dark orange with bright white head and lacing. Smells of pine and fresh mountain foliage with a hint of citrus hiding. Very refreshing but if given the choice I'd give the nod to Pliny.

Photo of dmgeng
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A big shout out to Hopasouras for hooking me up with this beer on my first beer trade!
After tasting Pliny, this was the next beer for me to try and I wasn't disappointed.

A - Beautiful pale orange color. Very clear like it was bottled in the middle of the bright tank with a fluffy coarse white head and great lacing that keeps a foam cap the entire time.

S - Good hop fragrance with citrus and a tilt toward the fruitier hops. There is some orange, pine, and herbal that are very similar to Pliny but this one has more of a tropical fruit character and more of a malt tone. Less fragrant than the great Pliny but I really love the slight mango fruit character.

T - Great hop flavor. More flavor than the smell would suggest but the same notes come through. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, mango, and then there is some resin and herbal. This one is less balanced with more the focus on the hops but with an objective of drinkability. The bitterness is lighter than any DIPA but is still there giving credence to the amount of hops present. It is very clean through out which is a hallmark of a more sessionable beer and not necessarily a more full-flavored, palate wrecker.

M - Medium to light mouth-feel with medium carbonation. It has plenty of flavor but is not going to dissuade you from drinking more or switching gears to a different beer or beer style. Maybe follow this up with a Consecration.

Overall, this is a very good example of a West Coast IPA. The more tropical fruit character and a notch down in the overall intensity definitely make the Blind Pig different than Pliny but still very tasty. If you get the chance to get your hands on Russian River I would stick with Pliny but if you've had the DIPA before I would strongly recommend getting this IPA.

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Photo of Jaxbrew
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on multiple occasions, which is awesome for PA! Not my favorite, but a solid representation of what an American IPA should be.

Photo of Forplay678
4.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My go to everyday beer

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I prefer it to Pliny and it seems to be harder to find. A great IPA and I dare say the best example of an IPA I have tasted.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,021 ratings.