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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,948 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,948
Reviews: 1,359
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,663
Gots: 619 | 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: 4,948 | Reviews: 1,359
Reviews by magictacosinus:
Photo of magictacosinus
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I've had this many times, but it's so yummy that I always end up finishing it before writing a proper review. Not this time! Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Label shows that it was bottled on "10/30/12," and it was consumed on November 4th, 2012. This review is based on my notes.

Pours a golden-amber color that is about as pristine and crystal-clear looking as Pliny. Contains playful amount of bubbles that rise towards the top of the glass, complete with an initial 3 finger head. As the head settles, there's loads of cobwebby lacing that remain on the walls of the glass. Absolutely beautiful, and I don't see how it could be improved as a result.

Many people agree that Blind Pig is kind of like Pliny without the extra kick, and with the aroma, I can see why. Overall, there's an initial burst of tangy floral notes, as well as an enormous piny backdrop. Unlike Pliny, there isn't as much grapefruit fruity flavors, but it's undeniable that this has a citrus smell and oily hop aroma as all get-out, and especially smells like an enormous orange grove of sorts. The presence of alcohol is minor here, but there are still honey sweet aromas melded with slight yeastiness. If you ask me, smells pretty damn fantastic overall.

The flavor is about the same experience as the aroma, except with several key differences. For one, the tip of the tongue experiences strong pine needle flavors mixed with a hopped oiliness. At the back of the tongue, the yeastiness eventually reveals itself in an astringent manner, except that it eventually settles and the hops continue to glide everywhere. When this beer is consumed fresh, this effect is pretty magical, and tastes delicious and vibrant. Earthy notes abound, and the citrus flavor is everlasting. This is pretty much just as syrupy as Pliny, and has just as much carbonation, but somehow isn't as balanced when it comes to melding the malts with pines and hops. Definitely more floral as well. Still, very fine and smooth stuff overall.

Probably one of the best IPAs I'll ever have, this is really easy to down in several minutes for hopheads, especially considering how smooth and balanced the drinking experience is. I'm really spoiled with Pliny at this rate and always try to find it over Blind Pig... But that's unfair, and I should pack myself more with this when I have the chance. Don't think of it as a "Pliny-lite," but rather another fantastic and original offering from Russian River. So drink up!

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 aszatk01
3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

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 DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +3%

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 DavyJones
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of OhioBobcat
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of jono0101
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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 abeerdude
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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 hotglassmama
5/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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