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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

4,306 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,306
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,456
Gots: 432 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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Reviews by kinnaird:
Photo of kinnaird
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

I'm not a hophead by any means, but this beer is hop heaven.

2 finger, eggshell white, soapy head on a bright, golden body.

Super resinous, pine, grapefruit, a bit of earth. Smells amazing.

A minuscule amount of grapefruit and pine, and a powerful, tastebud-wrecking shot of hoppy bitterness. Not balanced in any way, shape, or form in a good way.

Clean, dry, astringent.

Judging this beer simply as it's trying to be, it's perfect. It is the quintessential West Coast, American IPA. Drinkability is great. Highly recommended.

kinnaird, Oct 07, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of aszatk01
3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

aszatk01, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

DaPeculierDane, May 22, 2006
Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

DanGeo, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of ricke
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

ricke, May 27, 2010
Photo of DavyJones
3.75/5  rDev -14%

DavyJones, Apr 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

OhioBobcat, Sep 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

CavemanRamblin, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of jono0101
3.75/5  rDev -14%

jono0101, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

brownbeer, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of abeerdude
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

abeerdude, May 17, 2013
Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Schlais, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of xVERITAS
3.96/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

xVERITAS, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of hotglassmama
5/5  rDev +14.7%

hotglassmama, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of hopsleeroy
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

hopsleeroy, Jul 27, 2008
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Dabeel, Jun 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

SanFranJake, Nov 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

delaced21, Tuesday at 03:03 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

surfwahine, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

SkiBum22, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of readicculus
5/5  rDev +14.7%

readicculus, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of wrycon
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%

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

wrycon, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of jose_alehouseSD
5/5  rDev +14.7%

jose_alehouseSD, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of newk340
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

newk340, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

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

orbitalr0x, Mar 09, 2006
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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,306 ratings.