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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,608 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,608
Reviews: 1,323
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,509
Gots: 482 | FT: 17
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 suspect:
Photo of suspect
4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Big thanks to my bro-in-law Jon for the fresh Blind Pig hookup. Bottled 4/13/12.

A: Crystal clear golden color. Mildly aggressive pour leads to a thick, frothy one-finger head that fades to wispy swirls. Lacing is not all that thick but is consistent.

S: Super sticky hoppy smell. Fresh grapefruit hop with pine-soaked resin. It smells as if I rubbed fresh hop oil in the palm of my hands and pulled it to my nose. Not to be outdone is the thick malt backbone big enough to balance such a huge hop punch. So delicious.

T: Follows the exact same road that the nose takes with huge citrus presence and grassy notes. Wonderful malt flavor profile here as well makes this beer so freaking delicious.

M: Creamy, sticky mouth coating of hop oils makes this a most excellent mouth feel. Perfectly carbonated and a perfect finish.

O: Absolutely perfect IPA. I don't think there is a beer that Russian River makes that even has a hint of suck. At one week and one day old it's at the peak of freshness and it's absolutely wonderful.

suspect, Apr 22, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of BobbySue22
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

BobbySue22, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of MarioM
4.36/5  rDev 0%
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.

MarioM, May 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

aszatk01, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.53/5  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.

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%
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.

ricke, May 27, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

DavyJones, Apr 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

t2grogan, Oct 09, 2014
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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 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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

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

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

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

xVERITAS, Oct 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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

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

cjn40277, Nov 03, 2014
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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, Sep 09, 2014
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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
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

readicculus, Dec 14, 2011
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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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