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Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Reviews: 1,412 | Ratings: 5,597
Photo of IronLover
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light orange with a hint of amber in color with a very slight haze. Respectable white head that reduced to a white cap. Big floral tropical aromas, papaya, mango and grapefruit. Buttery smooth feel that rides the carbonation. Taste is all hops. Lots of tropical flavors similar to the aromas, tropical and citrusy flavors that overwhelm any malt character. Finishes with a bitter pine hoppy ending. The intense hop flavor took a little edge off of the drinkability.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on-tap at Hollingshead...this is what I thought:

A: Golden color with huge head. Very good lacing.

S: Mixture of malts and bitter hop smell.

T: Intial taste very similar to Pliny the Elder, but a much more extreme bitter finish.

M:Creamy with medium body. Carbonation right in the middle too. Very refreshing.

D: This beer is neither balanced or unbalanced...kind of hard to describe...but very refreshing. A mild begining with a very nice bite at the end.

Overall: A very good beer. No complaints.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Extremely bold. Hops, mostly grapefruit, some pine. Oily hops, I can tell already that the hops will be on my tongue about an hour after I'm done drinking this brew. Some sweet caramel malts make it past the hops, but barely.

Appearance: Super clear, pale gold. Creamy off-white head. Slowly dissipates, leaving a thin creamy layer and good lacing.

Taste: More pine than the smell indicated. Mild grapefruit. Very sweet malts shining through. Oily hops, will taste for hours, not that there's anything wrong with that.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Super oily. Doesn't dry the tongue at all.

Overall: Bold enough with both the hops and malts. Excellent aftertaste. Sweet caramel malts and of course the oily hops on the tongue.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a hazy slightly darker golden color. you can see tiny particles floating in the beer. there is a 2 finder white head when the beer is poured, that slowly recedes leaving lacing on the glass, and a small cap on the beer. The smell is slightly piney and resinous, with the main hop aroma being citrusy with a small hint of the malt. the taste is very citrusy and juicy upfront with a small amount of malt character to hold it together with the bitterness. the mouthfeel is good and dry, almost completely dry, except for the small amount of sweetness lent from the malt. this is a drinkable beer, that i would consume more often if it were locally available and reasonably priced.

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Photo of Lothore
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer had a huge 2 finger head right off the tap which seemed to get bigger as I drank it and left tons of lacing. It was a light orange color.

S- Smell was of piney hops with a small amount of a citrus kick. The hops smelled like the amazing scent of adding hops to a wort boil, almost no other IPA that i've had has recreated this smell

T- Taste was very hoppy for a standard ipa, with blended citrus notes. Sweet pine taste seemed to dominate followed by a rich grainy fullness.

M- Very crisp and carbonated but not as viscous as some of RR's other offerings. Went down very smooth.

D- This beer was very drinkable. It did seem to me that it was stronger than 6 percent but none the less it went down fairly easy.

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Photo of robbrandes
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear, golden hue, not a huge initial head, but excellent retention. as expected, the nose is crazy hop-foward - lots of pine, a bit of the citrus twang.
taste - still a good blast of pine on the hops, the citrus almost dissappears and is replaced with more grassy/earthy notes. really nice mouthfeel, good clean finish leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of vdoz3
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle (bottled 090710) as a trade extra (thanks Paul) poured into a 500ml Founders tulip glass. "Don't save Blind Pig for a rainy day!" warns the bottle; I didn't have to wait, I got it yesterday and when the heavens opened on my way home from dinner I knew there was but one option for me in the fridge.

It pours with a nice head that even near the bottom of the glass has left rings of lacing where the head subsided. The smell is total tropical fruits with a sharp grassy back end. The taste continues the fruit but quickly turns into floral notes as the hops die down leaving a rounded, malty finish that's not too sweet at all. The lingering taste is a little bit sweet though, along with a definite hop-induced drymouth that probably won't come off my tongue until I brush my teeth. Not that I, personally, want it to.

Awesome brew. If only IPAs, in general, were easier to session. As far as this one goes, kind of takes control of your palate for the rest of the night. I don't know if I could have another one, or anything else, after. Edit: just noticed it's only 6.1%abv. If I were a bigger hophead than I am I would definitely go for one more. A hop bomb this strong holds its own against 7.5%+ offerings, I thought for sure it was higher.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a very light clear orange with about a 1 finger head thats lasts a couple minutes. It has nice lacing because as the head falls it leaves chunky rings of head around the glass.

The aroma is very nice and balanced. Its light in strength but a perfect match of citrus and hops.

The taste is pretty light and you get no sweet. The start is pretty plain then goes to a light bitter from mid to finish. Light mouthfeel decently drinkable.

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Photo of Momar42
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 072812 into Duvel tulip

A - clear deep orange with nice fluffy head. Head dissipates fairly quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S - west coast hops dominate. Quite a hoppy nose as expected. Not as abundant nose as I was looking for but still solid for an IPA.

T - hops don't really announce themselves on the palate until the back end. There is a peppery quality to the finish. Smooth overall but honestly lacking abit of body. One dimensional hop profile but what it does it does well.

M - spot on for the style. Smooth and creamy with a nice bite at the end. It's a RR so this shouldn't be much of a surprise.

O - no, this isn't PtE but I didn't expect it to be. This is a quality IPA from a truly fantastic brewery. The aroma could be slightly more pronounced and the flavor profile a tad more robust. Otherwise extremely good. I wouldn't pay a premium for this but I would love to have it on draft anyday and would never turn it down.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, faintly-hued, dull copper body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Pungent nose dominated by robust hop notes of pithy grapefruit, earthy lemon rinds, pineapple, and flowers.

Taste: Starts with a subtly sweet, restrained pale malt base from which to launch yourself into the hop field. Soon, a full-on barrage of sharply citric hop character and bitterness pushes its way onto the palate. Strong accents of white grapefruit and rustic lemon, with somewhat lesser undertones of fruity pineapple and pressed flowers. Medium-high bitterness. The beer remains assertively bitter all the through (and beyond) the very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A bit oily, a bit sticky even.

Drinkability: Well, there's no question, it's certainly one for the hop fiends. About as reasonably easy to drink as a cuttingly bitter India Pale Ale can hope to be.

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Photo of easement
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours with golden color with light head.

S - fruit/floral aromas.

T - very malty with some hops. not as much hops as I was expecting.

M - just right. slightly syurpy, but still thin.

D - highly drinkable. good balance, but i would like more hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of dd43
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quintessential resiny bitter west coast IPA. Filtered to be perfectly translucent, fairly rich in color with some amber highlights. Pine and citrus peel on the nose, flavors are somewhat dank and a good bit of caramel malt. The alpha acids came through in the finished beer in a big way. For a 6%ish IPA you will get your money's worth of IBUs here. West coast IPA fans will be in love.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice clear golden hue with a rather fluffy white head
Sl: Lots of ripe citrus fruit and pink grapefruit rind with a good shot of pine stickiness. Daddy likey!
T: Citrus fruit are again center stage with ripe tangerines, oranges, and lemon zest. There is a slight "soapy" quality to this beer as well that isn't really doing it for me at the moment.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a good crisp bite on it as well
D: A really nice IPA. I am not a fan of "soapy" IPA's, but this one had that quality for me. It just isn't my thing, but I still found this beer to be very tasty.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- sweet hops, bitter, oily

color- honey

clarity- clear with suspended sediment

smell- fresh hops

body- medium-smooth, bitter

appearance- light color, nice white head

overall impression- nice drinkable ipa

notes- slightly fewer bittering hops would make this a nearly perfect ipa to session with. stoked to know this is being bottled. this review is for a 2008 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: pint

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful honey color, bright off white head, that fades fairly quickly. Smell is an amazing cornucopia of hops with grapefruit & pine notes both present. Taste is a bit of a let down compared to the amazing aroma. I know it's an ipa, and as such a healthy dose of hops is expected, but a bit more balance would've been more enjoyable. Mouthfeel is great, not too sticky, not too watery. A really good ipa. Here in the NW we're a bit spoiled, so maybe i'm biased. But still, a great beer that i would enjoy having again.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/6. Drank 1/26.

Bubbly white head, see through golden color, and good lacing and head retention.

Big pine notes with some prominent citrus. A little melon and tropical fruit.

Pine and citrus hops. Malt comes across bready.

Medium-light body, smooth, creamy, and medium bitterness.

Easy drinking IPA that delivers great aroma and flavor.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's a good beer, but either I had a not-quite-up-to-par sample, or it's a bit too old (it was bottled 12-2008 and I'm drinking it 3-2009). I enjoy it, but not A or A+ material.

A: Hazy, light amber color. Almost orange. Very little head. Very fine carbonation.

S: Amazing. Apricot, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and honey. I almost want to burst out into song with "these are a few of my favorite things" it smells so good.

T: Not nearly as sweet as it smelled, but still not bad at all. Balanced bitterness from the hops with fruit flavors from the hops, all of which is pretty balanced by the malt, although the malt is losing out here a bit in the battle for flavor dominance.

M: Relatively thin texture compared to how it looked. Not very carbonated either. Still probably a medium-bodied beer on the whole, and probably thick for a non-imperial IPA.

D: Highly desirable to consume, but the odd texture (from relatively thinness of the body combined with the low carbonation) and the bitterness winning out on the balance war, makes me knock it down a point or so, even though the flavor and especially scent are good.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber with 1/2" of of dense, soap-like head that has great retention. The nose has notes of bready malts, grapefruit, and floral hops. The taste is light bready malt up front with a faint pineapple, citrusy, floral, bitter hop finish. The bitterness stays on the palate well after the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a solid IPA. Well balanced with nice malt character and a very great hop presence.

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Photo of iadler
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

A- Pours a translucent gold with a two finger head that slowly dissipates into a thick cap leaving nice sheets of lacing. Another good looking RR IPA.

S- Citrus and tropical notes with lemon, grapefruit, orange zest, mango and pineapple. Bready malt follows after with a hint of pine and grass.

T- More bready malt in the taste with a nice amount of grapefruit, orange zest and lemon. Tropical notes are present, but not nearly as noticeable.

M- Medium carbonation and a light to medium body. Finishes dry and a bit bitter.

O- I enjoyed this, but this a little too malt forward. A easy drinking IPA, but a little too expensive for what it is IMO.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Brownish orange in color with a 1 inch head and good retention and lace

Smell: Very subtle earthy piney citrusy hops. Hints of orange and lemon

Taste: Taste follows suite. Very light piney hops at the forefront with some nice citrus flavor in the middle a little bit of orange peel

Mouthfeel: Light body and medium carbonation levels. Very easy to drink very nice on the palate with a slightly dry finish.

Overall This is definately my favorite RR beer and maybe one of my favorite IPA's. On a hot summer day like today this beer definately comes in handy

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a great white head that last. Slight citrus malt scent. Slightly bitter somewhat citrus hips but with a big malt backbone. Medium body and carbonation. Pretty good but Pliny is better. Had them back to back.

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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 6/13/10.

On tap at the Local 44 served in a pint glass. This brew appears a slightly hazed light orange color with less than a finger of white creamy head. Minimal retension with slight patchy lacing effect. The nose of this brew is both herbal and slightly citrusy. The flavor has both citrus an herbal bitterness as hinted by the aroma. The malt backing is a very clean grainy character that imparts minimal sweetness. A lingering flavor of the grain and hop bitterness is left in the mouth that increasingly gets more herbal as the brew warms. Medium feel with a modest level of carbonation.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into goblet. Pours orange/golden, huge fluffy white head, retention, clear, active, some lacing. SMELL is grapefruity hops up front, a prominent sweet malty influence balances the pungent hops. Very nice. TASTE is sharp piny and citrusy hop flavors backed and blending with caramel malty sweetness. They struggle for dominance and compliment each other, but in the end the hoppy bitterness takes over and lingers. FEEL mild fiz and tingle, pleasantly rich and full texture. Some warming and drying in the sharp bitter finish that lingers. OVERALL has an aggressive hoppy attitude and bold attributes that make it seem like an imperial/double amped up something or other, but is fairly mellow in abv. Often balanced it drops its pretentions and packs a solid west coast IPA punch.

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Photo of cetherid
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass

A.

Pours a hazy dark orange/honey color. About 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Leaves a huge amount of lacing.

S.

Citrus and pine, a little like PtE but more subtle. Hops don't smell as fresh as a pliny, but still a good smelling beer.

T.

Similar to nose but with a slight maltiness in there. A little citrus rind taste in there as well. Bitterness is there there and lingers for a little while.

M.

about medium bodied with lots of carbonation. The bitterness lingers a bit on the tongue for a little bit after each sip.

D.

pretty high drinkability. Low ABV but I'd opt for a Sculpin over this. Reminds me of what an old Pliny would probably taste like. Being made my RR, I'd definitely grab a fresh pliny over this any day. it's still a great beer, but it's hard to choose this over something else. I definitely wouldnt pass one up however. If I mysteriously saw this in the stores here I'd snatch them up too

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a seethru auburn-tinted brown with two-finger white head that died quick with lace patches and had a very hoppy nose; pine and citric hops along with grapefruit and touches of breadiness and caramel malt. Light to medium bodied and easy going down the hatch, the hops are dominant and have a great earthy, citrusy and grapefruit taste along with minimal fruit sweetness. Beer is balanced by sweet and dry malty backbones, and finishes not bitter but dry and crisp and makes you want to have another drink. Skirts the edge between overly hoppy/DIPA and just a right balance for an IPA between hops and malts and is an excellent brew.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,412 ratings.