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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,952 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,952
Reviews: 1,359
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,668
Gots: 619 | FT: 19
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Ratings: 4,952 | Reviews: 1,359
Photo of Foxtrot
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained a bottle of this fantastic brew from at a local Whole Foods.

Poured a very welcoming yellow gold with a frothy white head followed by phenomenal retention and lacing.

The aromas are intense, for a lack of better words. My review of the smells don't do this thing justice. Filled my nostrils (and room) with hoppy goodness, with pine and grapefruit citrus notes hanging in there. I would have to say that this is one of the best smelling beers I've ever had.

Taste of this IPA was astonishing, to say the least. It definitely delivered in the hop department and balanced out very well with its malt sweetness that remains subtle but evident throughout the entire session and finishes with a nice bitter bite.

This IPA was medium body as expected with a substantial amount of carbonation making this beer even better. It adds another dimension to the whole experience.

This IPA has a fantastic drinkability. With a 6% ABV I could easily drink and enjoy this fantastically well made IPA all day long.

Photo of regspeir
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Teresa's - draft into standard pint glass
Pours a cloudy, golden amber with a two-finger white head which dissapates into a frothy coating. Lacing is abundant, lasting and beautiful. Nose is a mild hop aroma with some grassiness and pine and some citrus, especially oranges and grapefuit. Taste is a wonderful hop bitterness, oranges, grapefuit, pineapple, mango. Bitterness never leaves but never completely overcomes some sweetness in the back that holds as well. Mouthfeel is really interesting rough edges on a medium to light brew - great fun. Finish is somewhat dry and bitter but never too much. Drinkability at this reasonable ABV is guaranteed. I want another NOW.

Photo of rkuhnel
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this at the brewpub while I picking up a Growler of Pliny . Aroma of citrus hops and a nice dark golden color and a small pub style head and thin lacing. Mouthfeel was delightful and very crisp and refreshing. Flavor was of various citrus and fruits such as orange and apricot. Good long bitter and dry finish. A very good IPA, ranking up there with the very best. A hophead’s delight.

Photo of dylanrossi
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: 6/22/11
Bought directly from the Brewery.

Appearance: Golden, brassy, and hazy. Thick, dense, foamy cream colored head that lasts longer than most. Some lacing leftover.

Smell: Heavy hit of hops. Aroma is fresh, floral, and piney. Some lingering juicy grapefruit present as well. Really couldn't imagine the nose on this one getting much better.

Taste: Starts out surprisingly mellow, hops come on slow but soon explode with tons of juicy citrus flavor. Lots of lemon and some grapefruit. All of which settles down at the finish, leaving behind some faint and extremely pleasant bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body, some carbonation but not so lively that it detracts from the flavor. Refreshes your palate and leaves you craving another sip.

Overall: As for American IPA's (single, not double/imperial etc), this is one of the best I've experienced. Delightful aroma and a great combination of sweet and bitter.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and golden hued,...lush, enormous white head, ...beautiful...a lace-leaver...

Aroma is flat-out piney hops, prickly, sparkly, tingly, tangy, yum...ferociously fresh flavor, pineapple and apricot, lemon, and pine cones...damned fresh...I love it! God, I love it!

Taste it, already...slides on board the palate assuredly and provides the same fresh, vibrant hoppy flavor that blessed the nose. Zips merrily along the tongue, blazing bitterness, but balanced beautifully with zesty flavor. Never, never quits...so easy to drink, and so ample in it's hoppy bounty...

Not too anything, this, and just right with all the appropriate ingredients, especially for the hopheads in the house....medium-bodied, with a lightly bitter, fruity finish...holy crud, I could spin every superlative off the top of my head and still feel like I've missed a few...every IPA I've tasted from Russian River has been amazing, and this continues that trend...if Vinnie is capable of making a bad one, I don't want to know...

...huge thanks to IrishSnake for the growler!

Photo of MYJELLOMISFIT
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm finally going to review this beer. I have been trying to steer away from it for reasons unknown.

A: Looks like an IPA. Wonderful hazy golden colored body topped with a whipped cream tinted head. Head broke down to lacing fairly quickly but hung like snow on a screen window to the side of my glass.

S: Piney, grapefruit, other dark fruit like fig or cherries comes out as the beer warms.

T: Mmm hops. Not a full slam of "pow" hop flavor but a nice build of the bitter units. The citrus is minimal and more on the floral, bright, side of the street. Sun is now shining from the inside of my mouth. Refreshingly crisp and clean beer. More malty backbone come out as it warms as well, helping the balance of the intense hops and malt.

M: Heavy and wet just like my women. A little slick on the tongue - oily? Just like I like ... ok ok enough of the gutter talk. Very nice mouthfeel with perfect carbonation.

D: Drinkability is killer. I could just keep pouring them down. ABV at 6%?? Are you joking? I want another one. But RR has one thing down ... If you only want one ... they have the perfect sized bottles.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to srandycarter for this one.

Pours somewhat hazy golden color, not much head, but plenty of carbonation is apparent.

Scent of hops and citrus, simple and sweet, the ideal scent for an IPA, absolutely wonderful.

Taste is very hoppy, with the hops dominating, but great citrus as well with a faint sweet maltiness.

Mouthfeel is tart and soapy, nothing special, but still good.

One of the most drinkable beers I have ever had.

Photo of Soonami
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The best IPA I have had in a while. I had this on-tap at Local 44 in West Philly, served in a pint glass

A- The beer was a tawny amber, with a very fluffy, full head of foam. This is exactly what an IPA should look like.

S- Immediately I was struck by the aroma of grapefruit and resinous pine with the sweet phenolic tinge of tropical fruits like pineapple and banana

T- Perfect balance of hop bitterness, malt and acidity

M- Refreshing with biting carbonation and good cling on the tongue.

D- I had two in a row and probably could've had another, but sometimes the bitterness just gets to be too much

Photo of rringler
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very clear, golden amber appearance, with 3/4 finger, off-white head.

Smell: Clean, malty, hoppy, grassy.

Taste: Strong roasted malty start, without a lot of caramel, but is balanced well by good hop finish. Does a good job of hiding its alcohol.

Mouth: Medium body, lightly oily, good carbonation.

Overall: One of my favorite beers. Strong malt and hops, without the piney flavor of Pliny.

Photo of kdoc8
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this in a half-liter bottle from the Bier Stein in Eugene. It always takes a back seat to Pliny, but this is one nice IPA. Pours out with a nice white bubbly head, and is crisp and clear golden-orange in color. Smells fantastic, with lots of floral aroma. The taste is also very floral and I get a hint of orange. No taste or hint of alcohol anywhere in the taste...seems as though more of the complexity in the taste comes out when it's colder and it loses it's complexity as it gets warmer. Otherwise very drinkable and nice for a hot day.

Photo of nataku00
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a fluted chalice. Vibrant and clear dark orange color, with an initial finger and a half of off white head. Some light carbonation visible through the beer.

Nose is grapefruit and orange peel, with some pineapple/tropical fruit as well. A small hint of fresh pine needles in the background.

Grapefruit dominates initially, bitter and refreshing through the tongue. Some herbal hops mid tongue and into the finish. Bitter, but not tongue numbing bitter, which is nice.

Light bodied IPA, finishes relatively dry with only a small hint of citrus peel lingering. Carbonation is not too aggressive, which helps if you're also eating, but is enough to really cleanse your tongue.

This IPA would be excellent with a good meal, as it doesn't make everything you eat taste bitter, and ABV is low enough that you would retain most of your senses.

An excellent IPA if you can get it, and dare I say it, on par with PtE for flavor.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a review I wrote while enjoying this brew at the RR brewpub in Santa Rosa two weeks ago.

a - golden color, tons of bubbles, huge head with great retention and lacing, slight haze, truly beautiful beer

s - huge citrus smells permeate the aroma, nice slight maltiness that lends just enough support to the big hoppiness, no alcohol evident

t - big hoppy bitterness up front, lots of citrus, lemon and orange, body has a light malt backbone, finish is quite bitter with very little alcohol

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet finish that's easy on the palate

d - quite drinkable, the perfect IPA to drink all night, intense taste but it doesn't wear out the palate

Spectacular IPA by RRBC. This beer definitely deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the Plinys.

Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into two pint glasses. Extra special thanks to LarryG for sending this in our recent trade. Special thanks to pops for the assist.

Bottled On 091509

A: Pours a crystal-clear, pale gold with a huge, soapy, slightly off white head perched on top. Crazy amounts of lace were left behind!

S: Pungeant, rank, stinky hops. Pine, pineapple, apricot, grass clippings, and mango. The inside of my nose felt like it was coated with resinous hops!

T: Unholy amount of hops! Slight caramel sweetness, for balance, spicy pine, and tropical fruit. Spicy floral/piney hops...unbelievable!

M: Sticky, juicy, and perfectly astringent. Snatches of spiciness and caramel sweetness keep things in total balance.

D: Holy crap! This really is one of the best in the world. So incredibly drinkable and only around $5 a bottle? I. Need. More.

Photo of BeerBucks
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brettmarlowe
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Prototypical IPA. Not so overdone as most are.

Photo of Patrick2012
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in 16 oz Tulip Glass

A: Medium amber color, foamy white head that leaves a little bit of lacing but not much

S: Nice Citrusy smell with some pine in it. not a super strong smell.

T: Hoppy and a little malty with the citrus fruit taste still in there. Very bitter but a little bit of sweetness shows. Pine is also in the mix and sticks out nicely. overall a great taste

M: Bitterness at the back of my tongue, not a very intense aftertaste but it's good

O: Very good IPA that Russian River has made. A lot like Pliny but a tad lighter. I enjoyed drinking this very much.

Photo of kbeals
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery as part of a recent road trip.

A- Bright amber/copper in color with a thick gleaming white head. Fantastic head retention and lacing throughout the entire brew. Just a great looking beer.

S- Oh wow, tons of citrusy hops with a bit of sweetness to round it out nicely. This is really what an IPA should smell like. So well rounded, not necessarily balanced though. I don't really expect "balance" in a West Coast IPA anyways ;)

T- Damn, flawless. Such a divine blend of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, it all seems to be there. There's even a slight caramel flavor to it as well, something I wasn't really expecting but is much appreciated.

M- Smooth, light-medium body. Well-carbonated.

D- Man, I could drink a ton of this stuff, but the sheer enormity of flavors is nearly a turnoff. An excellent beer and perhaps my new favorite IPA. I wish I would have bought a few bottles of it now.

Photo of JayQue
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first beer I ordered through the mail - from South Bay Drugs in Imperial Beach CA.

A very impressive IPA!!! Poured into my Weeping Radish Brewery pint glass. Pours a dark gold, completely clear, with a good size white head. Good head retention and heavy ladder like lacing.

Smell is of strong floral hops.

Tastes great!!! Based on the smell, I was expecting a fairly harsh floral hops taste with strong bitterness (fine for me because I am a hophead). The floral hops were there but the taste and mouthfeel were almost pillow-like soft and smooth....like the IPA counterpart to a Helles lager. There is hoppiness and bitterness but the overall effect on the tongue and palate is soft. Mouthfeel is a hair light but the combination of taste and soft feel more than make up for this.

Drinkability is awesome. I could swill this all night!!! A pity this is not available here in Virginia. A truly great beer.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft at O'Brien's

Appearance is a clear amber hue, thin white layer of dense head, big thick lacing all over the glass

Smell is huge hops --grapefruit, pine resin, grass, lemon zest--, sweet bread malt tones linger in the background

Taste is moderate-full hop flavors, sweet grapefruit and citrus balance out the more bitter pine resin, hints of bread and grain malts are barely perceptible, finishes dry and bitter

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, thick and oily texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability is high, great flavor and body for a single IPA at 6%, solid throughout, no glaring shortcomings for this style, definitely a favorite and repeat performer, this ranks on my short list of top single IPAs

Photo of Somebody_Else
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Same as everybody else: bottled 5/02/2013

Poured into a cold large glass Just big enough to hold the entire 17.25 oz after a little sip.

Seductive honey color with a thumb-width cream-colored head which dissolved into a thin line with light delicate lacing.

I got a good hops whiff when I opened the bottle but after the pour the smell was pretty weak. Later, as the beer warmed a little, I got good honey and malt smells, but somewhat light on the citrus or pine.

Great flavor! Loads of hops but surprisingly light on the bitterness. It's there, just not the massive IBUs of some. Now... I LIKE high IBUs and might normally downgrade an IPA for being too light, but this beer pulls it all together. This is the taste I want.

Mouthfeel? I call it after-taste. After the swallow you get the resiny hops clinging to the tongue and supplying plenty of recycled flavor. I sort of pump my tongue to cycle this past my nose. I dare say this is my favorite part of any big-hops beer. Now I sort of like Palate Wrecker better for this -- not for quality, but for shear quantity and durability of the aftertaste. For aftertaste quality, this Blind Pig is as good as it gets, in my opinion.

Overall: YES. What else can I say?

Photo of Leoa5140
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%

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 muttyd
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Orange/straw with a thick foamy white head.

S - Florally aroma with loads of citrus, and pine. Some bready maltness comes through.

T - As expected, it follows the nose. Grapefruit tartness balanced by bready malts, bitter hops, and clean dry finish. Citrus/hops/malt sweetness is in perfect balance.

M - Bubbly on the tongue with medium body.

D - Holy crap is this drinkable. I could drink these all night. Another excellent brew by RR.

Photo of Michael_DaBeers_IV
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very great beer. Was recommended from a worker at Total Wine. Supposedly very rare. I was definitely pleased with my purchase and would buy it again. I prefer Pliny the Elder, but definitely a good choice nonetheless. Definitely recommend you try it if you ever get the chance.

Photo of nniicckkww
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Bottled on 01/21/2011 and sampled on 02/06/2011. The freshest IPA I've had from Russian River.

Remarkably clear for a hoppy beer. Yellow gold color with 1/2'' white head that left a pleasing lacing on the glass. Aroma of grapefruit and citrus with slight pineyness.

Moderate carbonation is just enough for the style. Any more and it would be fizzy. Citrus hops up front. Lots and lots of grapefruit. Toasty, biscuit body is just perceivable and perfect. Piney resin finish with more grapefruit. Not bitter but not sweet. Very balanced yet seriously hop forward. Dry.

I could drink this beer all night. It's simply delicious. Compared to the hype that Pliny gets, this is my go-to IPA from Russian River. AMAZING.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,952 ratings.