Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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Reviews: 1,344
Hads: 5,190
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.89%
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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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Reviews: 1,344 | Hads: 5,190
Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Dark golden pour with an incredible lacing. The carbonation resembles champagne with their small, uniform, and consistent bubbles.
S- I get earthy, grassy, and resiny. Slight citrus and floral qualities could be perceived.
T-Very dry and very clean drinking beer. There is certainly a spicy and earthy flavor. The finish is bitter but not overwhelming. IBUs???
M- Light bodied. Bready.
O- I love it, but for the same price I'd opt for a PtE. Overall, a great example of the style. I'd like a full keg... (512 characters)

Photo of Anthony1
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fogged gold amber with a creme head. Soapy, hoppy nose. Sharp floral and citrus tones. I got a lot on the flavor. Earth, smoke, citrus, floral, and soapy hops. Real thick earthy character mostly. Feel is low on carbonation and the liquid is fine. Pretty easy to drink and an overall earthy IPA. (302 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7-23-09. This might not be the freshest Blind Pig but I got it on a trade with a user from a car related site.

A- Big white thick and cake like head sits atop a clear, pale orange beer. The head has great retention and moderate lacing.

S- Not very powerful. Its hoppy and floral along with a bit of citrus.

T- Very tasty. Its piney and citrusy. The flavor could use a bit more punch but it might be because this beer is 6 months old already.

M- Medium and smooth body. Goes down well.

D- A pretty highly drinkable IPA. (535 characters)

Photo of bosox941827
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle into Harpoon IPA imperial pint glass; poured cold, warmed as tasted; bottling date of 10/29/2010
A - Cloudy light orange, that cleared somewhat as it warmed; bit of a foamy head that thinned out
S - I mean, just fantastic - like I imagine what Jim Koch gets in that Sam Adams commercial where he rubs the fresh hops between his hands; very earthy, piney and citrusy. Great nose.
T - A bit one-dimensional; get a bit of malt up front, but then the hop assault comes in and though quite tasty, it is also a bit unbalanced, with an edge to it. It got better as the beer warmed up, with some more complexities revealed beneath the pine and grapefruit and some more malt character. Actually like this beer much more than its "big" brother, Pliny.
M - A bit thin to start; carbonation is fairly low and the feel became a bit more substantial towards the bottom of the glass.
D - Decent drinkability, again much more than a Pliny.

This is a good beer, but not as earth-shattering as the preponderance of reviews led me to believe. I consider myself a hophead, but I can run off 5 IPAs better than this one without an effort. Glad I tried it, would get it again without a thought, but it's in the crowd, not at the front of it IMO. (1,238 characters)

Photo of xVERITAS
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of Kbennett113
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear yellow. The head had great retention and left a decent lacing.

Aroma was very floral and a slight note of orange peel and grains of paradise.

Mouth feel was a little thin but the flavor is very bold. The flavor was piney, grassy with hints of black pepper and straw or hay.

This beer finishes very long and leaves a resin feel on the tongue, with notes of orange pith and kiwi rind. (401 characters)

Photo of natemort13
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/19/11

Beer pours a golden orange. Thin white head that sticks around.

Smell: Citrus, mainly orange. Some bready malt. Little bit of grass and grapefruit.

Taste: Pine, caramel malt, the underlying sweetness of the malt really balances out this ipa. As it warms I'm getting some rose petal and mint. Super clean and smooth finish with lingering hop bitterness. Alcohol present in the finish.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth for an ipa. Medium bodied

very well done balanced ipa. (490 characters)

Photo of latercol
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice amber color. Sounded good when I poured it if that counts for anything. Excellent lacing. some slight cloudyness.

smell is citrusy and pine notes, good smell but I am not blown away.

taste bitter hops, grapefruit peelings. Good but not the best.

Mouthfeel smooth with a sticky finish.

A good IPA but certainly not the best IPA. it is drinkable but I was expecting a lot more from both this and Pliny the elder, which I had last night. (452 characters)

Photo of chrisafari
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber brown with thin white head. Aroma is hops, hops and hops with subtle roastiness and pine. Flavor begins roasty and citrusy and finishes with nice hops in the throat and sinus. Medium body with very nice mouth feel. Very good India Pale Ale. (252 characters)

Photo of mfavoino
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Apex in Portland, OR on 2/20/12.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass and shows a yellow-gold color with a one finger head that receded quickly. Looks like a lot of carbonation.

Smell: Reminds me of a more subdued Elder with citrus and pine notes.

Taste: Soft citrus and pine flavors typical of a West Coast IPA on the front end. Bready and sweet malt flavors balance it out quickly. Flavor is very subtle compared to other RR beers.

Mouthfeel: Easy to drink and smooth. Above average carbonation in this one.

Overall: A good, straightforward IPA. A more simple and less complex IPA from RR. (612 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice slightly hazy amber orange colored body with a white head with freakin sticky lacing.
The ring with floating island cap that lasts for the whole beer is beautiful.

"Pliny the Baby" has a similar hop character to it, with a nice citrus forefront with subtle pine. The flavor actually looks just like the color would lead you to expect.

Smoother mouthfeel with medium-light carbonation. Drink this one all night. (417 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap @ O'Brien's. Pours clear gold with a nice white head. Floral hop aroma, some pine, and just a little grapefruit. Sharp hop taste up front, resin flavors dominating the citrus, with a caramel back. Overall, a great IPA with strong hop flavors but with a light body. (268 characters)

Photo of Preismj
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Red amber, not very thick, heft 1 inch head on a moderate poor. White and fluffy with moderate lacing.

s: wonderful floral bouquet which hints at bitter hops. Citrus scent common of IPAs with a serious sweetness in the back. It is definitely malty sweet stemming from roasted nuts and notes of vanilla and fruit.

t: overly bitter in the front as this is very hop forward but fades out fast. Makes way to a fruity sweetness and a roasted almond. I can't tell if I'm getting vanilla or not but there is something else in her. A lingering bitterness sits with you when this goes down, but it hints at a syrupy sweetness that makes your mouth crave another sip. Very potent flavor for a 6% beer, though a tad abrasive on the bitter earthy hop note.

m: nice and smooth. Light to mid body with a perfect crisp carbonation. not enough staying power on the coat that it provides, but still a perfect fizz for the style and flavor.

o: great IPA from RR. Haven't been disappointed by them yet. The PtE is surely better and this is too bitter (comparatively speaking) given the lower abv. If i could get this often, I'd go for it now and again but there are a few IPA's I'd rather spend the time pursuing. Perhaps I'll attempt revisiting this once more down the road, though overall very nice. (1,290 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SkinnyElvis for this one.

This beer is a hazy golden peach with a lasting sandy film of white.

Smells of nectarines and sweet pine needles with an overall crisp dryness. The green vegetable essence of this one is rather nice.

The taste starts out with a crisp woody pine that's quite dry that is followed up by a dry earthy grain that reminds me of whole wheat toast crust and dinner rolls. The balance here is quite good, but it's <gasp!> a little dry for my liking.

Feels thick with a slight but aggressive carbonation that is quite clean.

Not too bad. If you like aggressive dryness, this one's for you. (627 characters)

Photo of freeeekyyy
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A very good, citrusy IPA of the west coast variety. I enjoyed it very much. Appearance was golden, with moderate head and good retention. Smell was fantastic, like raw hops. Man I love that smell. Taste was slightly piney, and a little grapefruit. Mouthfeel was moderate, not super heavy or light. Drinkability was very good, I could drink 6 of these quite easily. (364 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A- Very light honey color. With huge white head and good lacing.

S- Light sweet malts and pine hops.

T- Again very light malt flavor with lots of pine hops in the middle and at the finish.

M- Thin bodied. Very easy drinking with moderate carbonation.

O- Good IPA. Not sure if it's A good, but still a solid ipa. Could definitely drink more of this. Thanks Duff27! (392 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this today in a trade with bring. Thanks for the opportunity to try this! 500 ml bottled on 9/30/08.

A- slightly translucent diluted golden color with a slight orange tint. Pours with a healthy white foamy headwhich eventually fades to 1/2 finger and leaves plenty of lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Wonderful. Big, bright, and hoppy. A perfect blend of pine, citrus, and spicy goodness.

T- The flavor doesn't measure up to the smell but it's still decent. Mild spicy hop flavor is the main character upfront with a bit of citrus and grassy flavors in the background. Some pine citrus resiny bitterness comes through for the finish with medium strength and linger for awhile.

M- Medium carbonation and smooth,oily body. Oily characteristics are great, but a bit on the thin side.

D- I was really looking forward to trying this one. My 3rd RR brew. Good IPA overall but it doesn't really stand out to me. A bit over hyped IMHO. (948 characters)

Photo of jpaltan
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

straw yellow with a thick head that leaves a thick trail of bubbles down the side. the nose on this beer is outstanding. Smells of grapefruit, very citrusy, some malt in the background, maybe some bready notes too. Taste is rather perfumey. very floral, quite bitter towards the end to balance it out a bit. strong residual bitterness on the tongue. some grapefruit in the taste as well. mouthfeel is nicely carbonated to help wisk away some of the floralness. beer is rather sticky in the finish which coats the tongue in bitterness. drinkability is relatively high. (567 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to brdc for sending this my way. It's not to often that I get to pour a Russian River beer into my Russian River shaker glass so I dusted it off just for this. Appears a lightly cloudy, golden yellow color with a healthy two fingers of white foam. Smells of hops - pine, citrus(mainly lemon), and sweet malt. Just like the nose, the taste lets you know there's hops in here. Bitter hops prevail with notes of pine needles, lemon, grapefruit, lime and orange peel followed by a nice mildly toasted caramel malt backbone. Slightly oily on the tongue with medium carbonation and body. Wow, this went down rather quickly. I prefer a little more balance in an IPA (Two Hearted is my standard), but this was really great and I'll certainly seek it out again. (759 characters)

Photo of matttttYCE
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a regular shaker pint glass. This beer has a slightly off-white nearly 1 finger high head. Color of the beer is bright and clear yellow amber color. Head doesn't stick around long at all, leaving just a light dusting over top and a bit more pronounced ring around the glass.

S - Aroma is very hoppy, bright citrus (orange zest I'd say) and maybe some grapefruit, lots of sticky, sweet pine, almost leafy, some bitterness to the scent, maybe some light peach and tangerine also, and a healthy backbone of light bready malt (but one that is certainly taking a backseat to all the hops).

T - Piney, resinous, again almost leafy, quite bitter (in a good way), citrus (though not as much as in the nose and it's more lemon zest), even less tangerine/grapefruit/peach but notes of those are there. Also a bit of honey sweetness and light bready malt in the taste.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Carbonation is moderate, about where it should be for an IPA, body is medium and drinkable, consistency is smooth and wet, and the finish is a bit lingering, sticky, and wet leaving tastes of hop bitterness and bitter citrus, maybe hints of tropical fruit and honey also.

O - Overall, this beer was good and certainly worth a try, but there are better, cheaper, and more available IPAs in my area. That said, this is still quite a good IPA. I'm certainly happy I got the chance to try it, but it's not quite worth a road trip to the brewery just to try this one. That's what Pliny the Elder is for, really. Blind Pig was more of a bonus. (1,535 characters)

Photo of elricorico
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours quite clear orange in colour. A stead pour forms a two finger, off-white head. Little bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, doesn't seem to effect the clarity of the beer though. Lacing in abundance.

Definitely citric to the nose. Sweetness jumps out first, like a mandarin orange, then grapefruit rind. Way down in there somewhere is a hint of bready malt.

Hops all the way. A reasonable citric sweetness up front followed by a long (and sometimes a little coarse) ride of citric bitterness.

I find this one to be a little on the thin side. Carbonation is ample but the body lacks a little texture.

Good beer, but not quite to the level I hope to find in a Russian River bottle. (697 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I missed this while at Russian River last year. I've had the opportunity to have this in the bottle, and on tap at three different locations.
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white cap that slowly fades into a mild cap that never fades away. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of super hop juice, citrus, grapefruit, pine, herbs, and black pepper.
Taste is a big drop off with the flavors. From the samples I've had, it just seems to be a bit watered down. It's a let down from getting excited with the kick-ass aromas to actually getting to taste it.
Mouthfeel is bitter, medium bodied, citrusy, with a bitter finish. (647 characters)

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1-11-11. Poured into a Darkness snifter.

Pours a lazy golden orange hue. About a half inch of head. Pretty minimal lacing. What a wonderful smelling beer. Sweet floral and pine. Citrus and hop aroma mixed in the bunch too. Delightful. The taste isn't quite like it smells. Kinda medicinal actually. The carbonation and hop hit your tongue immediately but then then left with a slightly off, kinda medicinal flavor. It's not bad though. As it warms the taste opens up a bit more. It is slightly muted over all though. The carbonation is very good and goes down well enough. I'd like to take on a slightly fresher example of this and compare my notes. (661 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Date 12.11.09
Pours a clear light straw color with a small white head. Aroma is over the top great with citrus pine and grapefruit - a very delicious smelling brew. The taste doesnt quite live up to the smell , but I still think this is a good IPA. Mouthfeel on this one is slightly lighter than what I remember of PTE, but not watery.

I like an IPA a litter sweeter than this one - it has a dry finish and an a bitterness that I enjoy with some additional sweetness.

Medium to light carbonation . Drinkability is medium for me (541 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My thanks to my friend JohnParadee for this bottle!
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours a medium clear amber with half a finger of head.
Smells lightly hoppy, lightly bready.
Taste is in line with aromas. Nice mild hop profile in balance with malts.
Mouthfeel was clean, making it very drinkable.
Overall, a mild, light and easy drinking west coast style IPA. Hops very subtle and perfectly balanced with malts. (426 characters)

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,344 ratings.