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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

5,006 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,006
Reviews: 1,364
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 1,705
Gots: 643 | 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: 5,006 | Reviews: 1,364
Reviews by Hojaminbag:
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle along with a bunch of other RR stuff in a trade with Jhenry04, thanks Jason.

A light copper color with an off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing around the glass.

Smells great. Citrusy, piney, bitter. Some nice caramel malt in there too.

Tastes great too. Huge citrus hop flavor up front, lemony and orangy. In the middle the malt backbone is noticeable, just enough for a little balance, not especially strong. Piney and bitter in the finish.

Bitterness in the end finishes dry, but generally the beer has a rather oily feel to it.

This is a fantastic IPA, and I could drink it all night.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BobbySue22
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured a darker shade of gold, almost amber. Had a very small head that was gone within minutes.

Aroma: Had a very hoppy aroma which was very pleasant. The hops gave off nice aromas of both citrus and pine.

Taste: The flavor was what you would expect from a west coast style IPA, full of citrus notes and some good hop bitterness that lingered a bit on the tongue. A nice subtle malt backbone added to flavor of this delicious IPA.

Mouthfeel: Nice full-bodied beer that had a nice amount to of hop bitterness lingering on the tongue. Had a nice dry and bitter finish.

Overall: A great example of a west coast style IPA. Loved the citrus and pine aromas as well as the citrus and malt backbone in the taste. Easy drinking IPA as it does not have an overwhelming amount of hop bitterness but enough to taste and appreciate the hops. Very good brew.

Photo of MarioM
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

510 ml bottle poured into a SN tulip

A: Pours a beautiful crisp clear yellow almost light orange with a soapy looking white head. Medium carbonation and some good lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Nice citrus and pine character with great balance and smoothness. A little dank but mainly citrus and also a little fruity sweetness. An amazing smelling beer for sure. Really juicy.

T: Nice smooth bitterness and a lot of hop flavor. Nice and dry with a lot of hop character without being too over the top or bitter ass hell. Balance is definitely there and you can tell Vinnie knows wtf he's doing.

M: Medium carbonation and dry, which lends to a nice refreshing finishing bitterness. Great beer for sure.

O: An amazing beer I would not mind having everyday. Of course I'd prefer their other more well known and more popular beers but this is also along those lines. Well worth the try and a must have RR beers in my book.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado. Tasted side-by-side a pint of the Elder. My first impression is shock that this IPA has considerably more about juniper/pine than the 2xIPA from the same brewer. This beer’s aroma is intense, painful even. My tongue is freaking out as if I were about to dip it into a vat of citric acid. The juniper in this aroma is just plain ferocious. Inhaling Blind Pig is like having a bully grind your face into a juniper bush on the playground. My eyes are starting to water. Taste is more about sensation then flavor. It stings, it burns, it pricks, it bites, it kicks, and it growls. Beyond that and the thick pine oils I can taste pineapple and apricot but that’s about it (I don’t mind one but. This rocks). Finish is light, dry, and citric. Body is on the lighter side of medium. Appearance is similar to Plinny the Elder, just a tad lighter shade of golden amber leaning toward yellow with a thinner, shorter lived white head. Outstanding IPA, not for the faint of heart or hops. Just damned adventurous.

Photo of ricke
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange amber, quite a lot of sediments. Medium-sized off-white head.

The aroma is of exotic fruits, mostly pineapple and mango, grass and mild tobacco notes. Very hoppy, not a whole lot of malts manage to get through.

The flavor is tightly held and centered around exotic fruit aromas, crisp citric hops and grass. Do I also pick up some elder flowers? Medium sweetness and notes of caramel in the background. The finish is slightly perfumy and very bitter with resiny hop notes.

Moderate body and quite a lot of carbonation.

Lovely IPA. Actually comes out as the Mini-Me of of Pliny the Elder.

Photo of brownbeer
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock

Very clear pale gold.

Floral and citrus nose(similar but not quite as pungent as two hearted).

Clean, fresh hop profile with faint pine and grapefruit.

Very drinkable and balanced. A slight bitter punch in the finish is appropriate. Very good but not my favorite.

Photo of xVERITAS
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver, CO.

The beer pours a yellowish-copper and is very murky looking. It has a unique aroma of citrusy pine and almost a hint of grass. It tasted quite similar to PtE but was more bitter (not in a good, hoppier way, either). It was kind of a bland PtE. I personally was turned of visually by the murkiness of it. Don't get me wrong, it tasted good, but it was nothing in comparison to some of the other RR beers.

I would recommend it, but don't search for it. If you come open it, go for it.

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JDV and pintsized for sharing.

A-Clear orange-reminded me of sunset orange colrs
S-Grapefruit on sniff, grapefruit on a bigger whiff, grapefruit when I walked 10 feet away
T-Sweet light honey malt upfront, then surprisingly grapefruit and a slightly grassy hop taste leading to a lingering bitter finish.
M-Medium body, great crisp carbonation, tingles a little in the mouth.
D-Lingering bitterness took away from drinkability for me but overall fantastic brew and would seek out again.

Photo of wrycon
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to TicoCali for the bottle. Nice extra.

Bottled: 10-18-11

Drinking this while looking at my new (real) Xmas tree and watching DVR'd Premier League soccer. Lovely environment.

Looks great. Golden straw with significant carbonation. As I roll it around, a small off-white head appears and has minimal retention on the edges. Great nose. Really floral with deep tangerine, grapefruit, and a deeper almost mango. Robust. Tastes fantastic. A very clean, pure IPA. The initial taste is sweet and bitter, with that deep citrus feel from the nose. Neither the sweetness nor the bitter overpower and the flavor undulates throughout. It retains a clean crispness and ends nicely. A good, hoppy IPA that knows what it is and carries itself very well.

Like It? Yes, Very Much So

Photo of newk340
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a thin layer of foam that leaves light lacing, opaque copper in appearance.

S: hoppy! citrus and pine hints linger.

T: an explosion of hops, mild hints of malts and lemon zest linger on the tongue.

MF/D: sizzle of flavor that quickly dissipates into light foamy bubbles as it slides down the throat.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Tunes: edIT - ashtray

Photo of NWer
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Date bottled 1/21/11
Consumed 2/14/11
The main problem with this beer is it is PtE's little brother.
Very nice brassy pour into a pint glass. Smooth but I'm possibly having a Lupulin Threshold Shift because the hops just aren't there.
Well, they are really which is fine. If I wanted more hops, I'd have a Pliny.
Very well balanced. Too bad it isn't widely distributed so more people can enjoy this gem.

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

Clear golden pour with an almost ideal head, looks beautiful as it slowly reduces to a nice lacey skin with clumps of froth on the surface and around the rim. Noseful of hoppy goodness.

Very hoppy, very bitter, yet much more drinkable than the over-the-top IPAs. It rides that edge, and even pushes it, but still I can drink a few of these, and I can't say that about a lot of the hop heavy brews.

Paired with a dry Jersey jack from Spring Hill farms in Petaluma. Pretty tasty combo.

Photo of Hamburgers
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden with one finger white head. Head slowly vanishes leaving little lacing on glass. Aroma big with citrus fruit, pine and slight grass notes. Flavor is more grass and citrus, with a touch of funk. Slight maltiness and packed with hops. Light and refreshing with medium bitter finish.

Photo of dill
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on tap in a pint glass.

A - a golden yellow color with a bit of lacing around the top.

S - grapefruit. lots of grapefruit and some pine.

T - grapefruit. and hops. i really like this beer. the hop bitterness comes on a bit earlier than in pliny the younger and isn't quite as intense, but it seems to last a bit longer.

M - medium bodied with a bit of a creamy texture in the mouth.

D - definitely an easy one to drink if you like hoppy ipa's. i could have a few of these for sure and then want it again the next day.

Photo of marvin213
3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's surprisingly muddy--cloudy-looking, as if unfiltered. I do not, however, see any floating sediment--not on the original pour (1/2 bottle), anyway. A thin yet solid layer of foam--mostly small bubbles--tops her off. It looks good, but the mud puddle presentation is unexpected.

The smell is scrumptious. It might look like water, but it smells like a Glade Plug-in. Even non-beer drinkers would appreciate this aroma. It's mostly hops, but it smells so fresh and clean--there's a citrus touch characteristic of these West Coast IPAs.

The taste is somewhere in between eye and nose appeal. It actually lacks flavor. It certainly doesn't taste bad, but there's neither biting hop sting nor tart lemon zing. I was expecting big things from this Russian River beer, and I'm astonished it tastes so plain. It tastes pure and clean, and it sips so easily, but there's not a whole lot to it. I respect it as an easy-drinking American IPA, but it's hardly better than most others. I'm pleased it's not an obnoxious hop bomb, and I can't help but wonder if it's lost its stuff in the cross-country trek, but it still tastes fresh. Don't get me wrong--it's a good beer in and of itself, but under careful scrutiny (which, of course, this review provides), it ain't much better than an average IPA.

The mouthfeel is good, and particularly light for an IPA. There's no enamel pulling, but there is a dry bitterness that lingers on the tongue. The citrusy smell manifests its taste on the tip of the tongue. The aftertaste is light and remarkably watery. For a USA IPA, it goes down easy.

If RR aimed to make a light, easy-drinking beer worthy of IPA status, they've accomplished their objective. Having never had one, I had braced myself for a big ol' West Coast hophead-type of beer. Mind you--this IS that type, but it's like a little ol' hophead beer. It's actually kinda cute.

Photo of Beaver13
3.08/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle. Pours goden yellow with a frothy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is pretty subdued (esp after Pliny). There are some sweet sugary malts and a little melon and some peppery hops.

The flavor is some sweet malt and fruits with a kind of abrasive charcoal hop bitterness in the finish that has a good amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I didn't really care for the hop flavor profile. I was surprised considering how much I liked the Pliny (which was much more balanced). Given the same price, I would take the Pliny over this any day of the week.

Photo of mverity
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice pale gold in color with a great amount of bubbly white head that persists. Lacing also fantastic. Aroma is of grapefruit and sweet/bitter grassy hops. Taste is really good. Subtle sweetness that reminds me of fresh cut St Augustine. The bite of the hops is slight, but well balanced. I'm surprised that this beer is so drinkable. I've killed a full tulip already. Mouthfeel is light, bubbly, and has a nice hop sting. Might have to get a growler of this beer instead of Pliny my next trip to RR.

Photo of tjthresh
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with just a little bit of haze. Thick and sticky pure white head. Aroma is full of clean citrus. Grapefruit and bubble gum. The flavor comes off as pine right down to the prickly bitter finish. Medium body, but drinks fairly light. Long bitter finish. I can surely see why the west coast guy sing Blind Pig's praises.

Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Skourtis for the bottles of this fine nectar
500 ml bottle, Bottled on dating "093008" = FRESH. The label tells me "This beer does not get better with age! Please do not age me!" Not being one to go against the brewers wishes... This one pours lighter golden amber, slight haze, larger dark eggshell head, which shows better then average retention, nice puff/fluff, tons of outstanding, fine lace, vibrant floral hop nose. Simply great ale. Fresh hops in all their bittering/flavoring glory, sweet malts laying the under carpet down. Fine stuff, this would be a go to beer, if they distributed in my area....

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

Many thanks to RedwoodGeorge for this one.
A pale copper color with two full fingers of some of the whitest head I've seen in a while...most of it sticks around and what recedes, produces some sticky, web-like lacing.
Real nice in the nose...pine hops, kind bud and a decent caramel malt backbone.
The taste is fantastic...juicy hop oil coats the pallet without being cloying. Malt profile gives it a semi sweet flavor that kills some of the bittering effects that hit you up front.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied...very smooth with just enough carbonation for me.
Goes down so easy...this would be my go to beer if I lived near RR...love the bigger beers, but I'd never be disappointed with what this brew has to offer.

Photo of Mora2000
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Exiled.

Hands down, this is one of the best IPAs I have ever tasted.

The beer pours a light orange/gold with a white head. The smell is very piney and very pungent. Very resinous. The flavor is similar with a huge resinous hop flavor. The hops also provide some earthiness but not a whole lot of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thick and very drinkable. I wish I could drink this more often.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to jerz for this brew in a trade. Pours with a thin head. Fairly light in color for an IPA. Huge nose of pine hops. Tastes mostly of pine but with a bit of citrus. Mouthfeel is smooth & this is a drinkable big hoppy beer. Kind of tastes like the Elder minus the roids. Recommended & worth seeking.

Photo of Prospero
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The appearance was a golden caramel color with a white frothy head. The head retention seemed better than most IPAs, but after a couple minutes it faded. The aroma is quite strong, but it's a fantastic blend of flowers, citrus like oranges and hints of pine. In terms of taste, this beer has it all and was very fresh! Perfect balance of toasted caramel malts giving it just the right amount of sweetness. The sweet caramel and hints of honey, along with the perfect amount of bitterness coming from the hops was just was like a symphony on the tongue and an overture for the nose. I'd say it's a medium-bodied ale, probably on the heavy end for IPAs, but I'll tell you what this ranks up there as probably my favorite IPA of all time. Thin creamy mouthfeel. Drinkable? Heck yea, pour me another!

Photo of magictrokini
3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap @ O'Brien's. Pours clear gold with a nice white head. Floral hop aroma, some pine, and just a little grapefruit. Sharp hop taste up front, resin flavors dominating the citrus, with a caramel back. Overall, a great IPA with strong hop flavors but with a light body.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,006 ratings.