Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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97
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4,704 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,704
Reviews: 1,330
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,525
Gots: 511 | FT: 18
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of TexIndy
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle (bottled on 7/23/08) into a pint glass. It was a hazy golden color with a tinge of orange and tons of tiny yeast bits floating around. It had a carb fountain in the center and great lacing. It had a finger and a half of white head that slowly, slowly dissipated into a thick foam that was constantly fed by the carb. The bottle strongly encourages you to drink fresh and not let age. I checked a couple places and this was the freshest I could find in Denver during my trip so hopefully still a good example.

The aroma was excellent. Classic IPA aroma with strong citric and floral hops. Good balance as they were not too overpowering. Did open up the sinuses after a couple deep whiffs. The taste was also classic IPA. Starts out smooth with a really pleasing taste and then right at the end you get the hop hit. Again, well balanced and stays shy of a hop bomb which makes this one very drinkable. Not a session beer but I can definitely drink a whole one and still have use of my tongue at the end unlike some the hop bomb tongue shredders. Mouthfeel excellent with clean start, hop bite and then quick reset.

Overall, an excellent beer that I'm glad I finally got to try. Well worth the hype. Another great one from RRBC which is quickly becoming one of my favorite brewers. Highly recommend and it's worth the effort to get.

Earned a permanent spot on my wants list.

Photo of blackie
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

was fairly excited to come across the Blind Pig at Falling Rock in Denver

a: served with a gorgeous head of off-white bubbles atop the thoroughly hazed golden beer, fantastic retention and lace that doesn't quit, looks perfect

s: a structure of cleanly fruity grain holds aloft a monster dose of citrus peel and pine hops, aromas of peach and grape add interest on the malt end, the hop aroma is fantastic and reeks of pure west coast freshness and intensity

m: carbonation lively and smooth, body around medium, soft and pleasant on the palate while carrying the flavors very well

t: pale malts provide delicate fruit flavors of peach and grape while killer flavors of pine and grapefruit hops power straight through the center, asserting a poweful, scorchingly beautiful bitterness upon the back end, the hops are fresh, vivid, resinous - pick a descriptor for a Cali hop bomb and it's there, just pure goodness

o: a top tier ipa in a field shared with very few others, it drinks perfectly and pounds all my hop pleasure buttons - it's truly a beer-tragedy that RR isn't available to me regularly

Photo of kirkpjr
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a St Bernardus chalice. Bottled 1/13/10.

A: Pours golden yellow with a nice 1 finger head. The head lingers and starts to develop some lacing. A few floaters but I may have poured in a little sediment at the end.

S: Orange and citrus hop burst. Very clean smell with no malt present. One of the best smelling IPAs I've had.

T: The citrus hops dominate the taste. Very strong tasting orange, citrus, and a little tropical fruit notes. Finishes very clean and crisp. The beer is balanced, but no malt is predominant in the flavor profile.

M: Moderate carbonation. Resinous hops stick to the tongue. A mix of creamy from the carbonation but very crisp in the finish.

D: I really wish I had access to this IPA all the time. Would be a regular in the fridge. I can't imagine what this would taste like in fresh draft or days after it is bottled.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into chalice glass, bottled on Aug 4th

A: golden Amber color with a frothy white head.

S: floral, piney, fruity hoppy goodness, nice amount of sweet malt as well.

T: good mix of piney bitterness and malt. Finishes a little dry.

M: medium bodied, a little on the sticky side. Dry finish.

O: tastes like a dipa, this beer is so good. It's no elder, but a damn near perfect example of the style.

Photo of xhcadamx
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Golden delicious with a white head that lingers and lacing as if it were Victorian curtains.

S - Floral hops and more Floral hops

T - Floral Hops. Perfect blend of hops and malt. Well balanced for how HOPPY this IPA is.

M - Medium bodied very easy to drink.

D - I had two of these at the brewpub without effort. Goes down so smooth.

Photo of DaveHS
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a rusty orange with 1/2 inch of eggshell white head. Leaves beautiful rings of lacing.

S-Smells like sticky weed, piny hops, grapefruit, tangerines.

T/M-Not as intensely hoppy as the nose suggests, but delicious. A biscuity malt flavor beneath the alternately bitter and piny hops adds a beautiful balance.

D-Awesome.

Photo of velosuds
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on 06/07/10. Purchased at the Whole Foods in San Rafael, CA while on vacation.

A-Pours a gorgeous golden-orange color with a two finger, bone white head with great retention and copious, sticky lacing. Beautiful appearance.

S-Floral and citrus hops are wonderfully fragrant. The aroma is very inviting. Apricots, grapefruit, and pine resin come to mind. This is about the best smelling normal IPA I have enjoyed. Fragrance this bold is normally found in DIPAs.

T-Grapefruit and piney hops are aggressive but balanced by delicate malt sweetness from the pale and caramel malts. Extremely well constructed.

M-Very smooth and extremely well balanced. Carbonation is perfect.

D-Phenomenal, if you can find it, hence the lower rating. This is the most sessionable, great smelling, great tasting IPA I have ever had. In the past 18 months, I have seen this in bottles only once in Salem, OR. Damn shame. Wish it were more readily available.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Russian River.

Pours a nice orange-copper color with a good white head. The smell is of powerful hops and a bit of sweet malt. The taste is much the same, with overriding citrus and floral hops with some pine in the background. Mouthfeel is very good with the medium body and moderate carbonatinon, and this is one of the best-drinking IPA's that I've had. Solid work.

Photo of themind
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like a toned down version of Pliny The Elder. This is an excellent beer with a great balance of hops and citrus. If I could get this on a regular basis, I would. The difference for me when speaking of Pliny is the pine aroma and taste.

Bottom Line: The Pig Delivers.

Photo of jjhbrfdds
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow with a solid well formed head,peaks well and begins to pit leaving mountain like striations of foam and lace,this is one of the finest heads on a beer I have seen in years,as the head dissipates this beer tells you instantly its an IPA citrus floral west coast hops hit your nose,well balanced sweet acid and a solid west coast hop finish,man I could drink a ton of these,Fresh and on tap is all I could think of,but as for my bottle it was still an exceptional IPA

Photo of Derek
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with fluffy, white head, good retention, excellent lacing. It just doesn't look better than this.

S: Big piny, citrus & rind hop aroma, candied fruit & hints of toffee.

T: Solid piny bitterness up front, tangerine, lemon zest, candied pineapple and a little toffee.

M: Well attenuated, moderate body is smooth, with little hop acidity and a crisp finish.

D: Very drinkable.

An all around great brew.

Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the Halloween '08 treat!

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

damn, george, this is gonna be a great m-f- week!

very light beer in appearance, yellow with golden orange tunnel down the center.. lots of bubbling activity. with force, this beer created itself a nice creamy head that sank fast to an all-covering cream topper. solid lacing.

big malty odor, reminiscent of candy apples. fruity, acidic hops smell fresh from the hop sacks.. shining with the beer equivalent of new car smell. inviting nose.

the body on this beer is a bit bigger than i expected for 6%, and the bitterness plays into the beers kong-like stature. the bitterness and piney hop resins first.. the bitter lingers a bit longer as a physical sensation on the tongue but disappears soon after begging another sip. and sip you will, as this beer is not the refreshing chugger of an ipa that most six-percenters are. very floral, very fruity in a red, seeded fashion. something about this beer also brings clean laundry to mind. just very neat and well-executed.

this is the first r.r. ipa i've had the pleasure to enjoy, and i hope im not blowing my load on the first date... but i think this stuff is just amazing. carefully just shy of being west coast overdone but still unique enough to be notable. thanks again, g.

Photo of bamadog
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Special thanks go out to calinalu for sending this as an extra in a recent trade. I cracked this out at beerman207's place at a recent tasting. Review is from notes taken on 5/14/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a light coppery/golden orange color; starts with a short 1/2 finger white head that fades quickly to an uneven skim; body is a little cloudy and shows a metric ton of sediment floating throughout; lacing is between spots and a full curtain, depending on the side of the glass that you're looking at.

Smell: Very nice hoppiness -- juicy and bitter grapefruit and orange peel; quite strong and straight forward, gotta love a beer that just comes at you like this and lets you know exactly what it's going to be like from every facet.

Taste: Very nice, and again straightforward; very nice hop bitterness with excellent citric flavors of grapefruit and orange peel; a bit of juicy orange as well; very light malt backing that offers just enough balance to allow the hops to rule this beer without being all bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice body of light to moderate weight; carbonation is lively, but soft and foamy in the mouth and it really bubbles those awesome flavors throughout the mouth; very light and moderate stickiness left on the roof of the mouth and cheeks.

Drinkability: All damn day! This beer is great and I'm glad I finally got to try one. Great flavors, excellent smell, straightforward approach and a pretty moderate ABV would allow this to drank from dawn to dark, to dawn again.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to comfortablynumb1 for the bottle.

Apperance: Chill haze on a marmalade (dusky orange) colored beer. Head is bright-white, sticky, chunky, and dwindles to some nice lacing at the edges of the beer/glass. Chill haze drops pretty quickly. Leaves the beer almost perfectly clear.

Smell: Big juicy citrus flesh. Orang and grapefruit dominate. Some tropical aromas (mango). Nice solid biscuit rounds out the back. Some sweet caramel malts as well. Pine and some pith comes out as the beer warms. It's so decadently west coast. Nicely balanced with a slight tip of the hat to the hops. Loads of depth and clean aromas.

Taste: Dank, resin, pine, and most of all, citrus. Big oily hops everywhere. The malts are heavy enough to offer some balance, but they don't quite measure up. More aggressive than the nose would have indicated. Marmalade. Minty and earthy as well. Loads of flavor, and damn if it isn't spot on.

Mouthfeel: Nice moderate carbonation. Body is slightly creamy and slick as all hell. Deliciously oily. Drinks super smooth.

Overall: This truly is a paragon for the American IPA. The flavors are nicely balanced and the complexity is almost unmatched. Decidedly drinkable.

Photo of spoons
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a tulip.

The color is a coppery golden yellow with an amazing white head.

Smell is in your face. If you havent had this I hope one day you know the feeling. Smells of lychee, grapefruit, pine, and deliciousness....

The taste has a great hoppy bitterness in the back of the mouth. A touch of citrus and sweetness underneath the hops. A damn near perfect IPA. Best i've had to date.

Overall...go and get it because if you havent had it you are missing out.

Photo of aknight
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle with a thin white head which dissipates fairly quickly. This beer smells hoppy but not sweet. Citrus and pine notes. The taste is wonderful, all hops and citrus, I can tell there is some malt in there I'm just not sure exactly where it is. The hops are amped up in this one without much malt to balance them out. This is a wonderful hop bomb without the sugary sweetness that usually accompanies this level of hops. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but not at all unpleasant. This is a very drinkable beer and would be a good choice for a sessionable IPA.

Photo of devilishprune
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Russian River Blind Pig 1/16/11

A. Hazy and honey colored with a slight amount of bubbles clinging to one side of the glass.

S. Pine and grapefruit off the top.

T. Blasted with hops right off the bat following the smell. Grapefruit and a lot of pine are lingering along with the bitterness. Just the right amount of sweetness for an IPA. Very balanced.

M. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation.

D. I could have several of these due to the lightness. Awesome.

Of the RR IPAs that I've had, this one is definitely my preferred.

Photo of mryuk
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a filtered amber-gold with a finger of head.

smell is piny hops, not overpowering.

taste is extremely light and crisp with good strong piny hop flavor start to finish.

mouth is light with good carbonation.

drinkability is extremely good. a toned down version of pliny the elder but just as smooth and enjoyable.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Golden orange with a thick frothy off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Aroma of tropical and citrus fruits. Just what I want in my IPA's. The only reason I did not give it a 5.0 was beacuse the aroma is not very strong. Really have to get the nose down in there.

T - Very light sweetness up front before being dominated by the citrusy hops. Tastes of grapefruit and hints of pineapple. Perfect level of bitterness.

M/D - Medium bodied with the nice bitter IPA kick. Very tasty IPA that could be a great session beer.

Photo of lhaqq
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear light golden body and small white head.
S: Strong smell of guava, a bit smokey. Also some papaya and passion fruit.
T: Guava, with a big citrus finish.
M: Round and creamy.
D: Really smooth and drinkable. Will definitely get it again, either next time I'm at RR or else next time I find it in a bottle.

Photo of hurleymanvw
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you MMAJYK for the brew.

Poured a beautiful orange color. With a slight white head and minimal lacing.

Smelled wonderful of citrus (grapefruit) with a hint of pine and malt. I was ready for a hop bomb. I didn't expect what i got.

Taste was drivin by the pine with a nice compliment of hops and malt. Citrus was throughout the beer making the mouthfeel very light and perfectly carbonated.

Finish was very piney/woody with a nice hop bite. A very nice/different IPA. I love that i have tried this beer and this redition of an IPA. Very surprising and i highly recommend for the experience.

Photo of bbothen
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light orange/tangerine color with a noce bubbly 1 finger head.

Smells of earthy, grassy, oily, citrus, spruce hops. Somehow this smells like hops were freshly squeezed. It is awesome.

Sharp bitter hop bites your tongue with a vengeance. Big grapefruit, tangerine, grassiness make you happy. The pale maltiness balnces things out.

Crisp. Medium. Moderately carbonated.

At 6% and this delicious....it's sessionable. For me at least.

Great beer to pair with cheese, apple, or whatever else ya got. Oink.

Photo of seand
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a large red wine glass. Bottled 03/25/09, about a month old.

A: Pours a light, translucent golden amber with about a finger of bubbly white head. Head settles down leaving some foam on the surface. Nice lacing.

S: Piney fruity hop scents. Not a strong smell, but what's there is nice.

T: Well balanced. The hop flavor is certainly present, but not over the top like some other American IPAs. Pleasant mild hop aftertaste.

M: Good carbonation, medium body.

D: Easy to drink. ABV is low enough you could have quite a few of these. Would go great with a warm Summer day.

All around a very good IPA, with nothing out of place or over the top.

Photo of Sseign
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, 'nother local up to the plate...Pours a nice clear amber, ok head that winnows itself down to a wisp of carbonation with some fine lace. Nose is loaded with hops and some other items, some sweet pear and maybe some vanilla..Pretty nice and very robust aromas. Flavor is like the nose - very robust and hoppy. This is a very "Crisp" tasting IPA. Flavors are forward yet not overpowering. Like biting into a pear flavored apple, if that makes any sense. Beautiful hop character to this. Evolves from one hop bite to another seamlessly. This is really good beer, but VERY hop forward, like many West Coast ales. Finish is long and bitter in a good way. Great beer, but at $4.29/pint+9 oz. it's not what you might call inexpensive...worth it though

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,704 ratings.