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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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3,592 Ratings

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Ratings: 3592
Reviews: 1286
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%

Brewed by:
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 tarheels86


3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500mL and various tap pints. This is one of those IPAs that I have never enjoyed. No matter how fresh, this one and I do not match well.

500mL. Poured a clear to slight hazy orange, glowing with a large, rocky, cream head that left massive lacing of Jesus. Aroma is massive mango pulp, resinous hops. Taste is dry, void, saw dust, bitter, thin. Not fresh (?). I’ll take another Sculpin and Alpine Duet. K thx bye. 7/9/2010 8/5/6/3/12=3.4

Tap at Toronado SF. The pour is a clear orange with a small but sticky white head. Aroma of fresh citrus, pineapple, and caramel. Taste is dry, earthy, potpourri, bitter, lemony. As it warms, sweet Valencia oranges come into play for some sugary body. Less full and less fruity compared to PtE. But overall it is super fresh, quenching, and neither malt forward or malt forward. Yum! 2/4/2011 8/4/7/4/14=3.7

500mL thanks to OaklandBrewer. Consumed exactly one month after bottling. Pours a crystal clear light orange to deep gold. Thicker, off-white head. Thick rings of lace. Looking good. Nose is thick orange peel, rich citrus, melon character. Approaching an 8 for nose. Taste is sharp, bitter, lots of citrus rind. Nice stuff, could use some extra butterscotch thickness. Perhaps a little dry with nice hints of kumquat and meaty jackfruit. Nice refreshing, lighter mouthfeel. 3.7 is about right. Nice stuff though there are plenty of better IPAs in the sea.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 21:52:05 | More by tarheels86
Photo of aforbes10


3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco. Wasp-colored yellow with watery lacing. Reserved hop odor, some cold grapefruit. Astringent grapefruit bitterness, very bitter and dry. Citrusy and mildly one-dimensional, though the malt is enough to support the hops, which is always good. Some sweet lemon. Medium bodied. Overall, its an aggresive beer, but a little bit of a one trick pony. Despite not having anything amazing to say about this beer, however, I have to admit i drank it swiftly and with gusto. So high marks for drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2007 04:18:42 | More by aforbes10
Photo of BeerStine


3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured in to a large chalice. Bottled on 09/05/08.

Pours a copper color with white fluffy head and residuals floating throughout. Medium carbonation. Sticky lacing left behind as the beer is drank. Smells of sugary malts and a light smell of fruity hops. Earthy, leathery malts complimented by a mild citrusy/fruity hops flavor. Mild bitter aftertaste. Light mouth feel with medium/low carbonation. I could definitely drink several of these beers. Overall I was fairly surprised how mild this beer was. After all, the label describes the beer as "...a bold IPA packed full of hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness." I didn't get this. Maybe I got a bad bottle or maybe because I drank it 119 days after it was bottled? Who knows? Not what I expected but still a good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 21:12:41 | More by BeerStine
Photo of hellbilly


3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

by way of psprings cause he felt bad letting this sit around... bottled 7/22/2008. in all fairness this is going on six months old. still, fantastic though not optimal.

pours a hazy orange gold iced/ tea color with a soft white head.

lots of citrus on the nose... grapefruit, orange and pineapple blend with caramel and non resinous pine.

the flavor is the same... tart pineapple (not the golden ones), tangerines, caramel/maltiness, grass, floral hops and an earthy finish which is persistently parching. very clean. pleasant medium body with a creamy mouth feel. the malts are balanced nicely hoppy dryness and near bitterness.

it's nice now. i can't imagine it fresh!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 17:10:04 | More by hellbilly
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle dated 102208, making it about 6 months old. Appears to have been kept in a refrigerated section at the beer store in Denver.

Appearance: Golden yellow, mediocre haed, some lacing but not great.

Aromas of hops: Piney, citrusy, some orange and grapefruit and pinecone.

Taste was definitely an IPA, as there were lots of hop flavors and bitterness to go around. But not really a lot of depth of flavor or balance.

Leaves a lingering bitterness on the palate, but is relatively thin bodied.

Overall, this is an okay IPA, but I am wondering if the high ratings stem more from it being brewed by Russian River than the actual flavor of the beer itself.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 21:08:50 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received from tzanio in a recent trade. Thanks! Bottled on 3/3/09.

Poured into my pint glass a murky goldish orange with a big frothy white head resting on top. This dissipates pretty quicky to a thin sheet on top. Great lacing rings all around glass. Smells great! Huge piney hops all over the nose. Sweet floral tones mixed with definitive citrus, make this a very wonderful smelling beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp and yet slightly wet. A little more watered down than I wanted. Flavor is big time bitter up front, and finishes spicy. This beer is absent of a decent sweet malty balance. This finishes a little harsh and acrid. This could be a little more balanced, but still a great IPA. Glad I had the chance to try it. Thanks, Tzanio.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 17:27:00 | More by Onenote81
Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove


3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Date 10/30/2009. Drank 12/5/2009.

A - Middle Amber/Golden color with light head that faded quickly.

S- Good smell of Citrus, Pineapple, Lemons, Pine, Hops, Malt. Expected more Hops smell.

T- Light malt, citrus, grapefruit, more bitter than expected

M- Kind of watery with high carbonation.

D- A beer I will definitely drink again especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 04:25:17 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pumpkin orange with a big off-white head. Nice gobs of lacing left behind. The smell was malty overall (and very light) which is a surprise, being that it is pretty freshly bottled. I do smell some small floral, citrus and pine notes though and they're pretty nice. The taste kept with the nose, I just felt that it was a little to mellow of an IPA. The mouth was a bit thin. Not bad, I'm curious to try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 02:25:15 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Photo of adman08


3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Nice golden color with the slightest hint of red. nice white head that leaves minimal lace.
S-Kind of a funky earthy, herbal smell. Lots of pine. Probably fuggles hops.
T-Citrus, herbal, earthy and pine flavors with a very nice malt sweetness. Good balance.
M-Light, slightly malty, good hop dryness in the finish.
Overall, an interesting IPA. I'm used to a more citrus biterness thses days but this is more piney and earthy to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 02:08:25 | More by adman08
Photo of zrab11


3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber color with a fluffy 1 1/2 finger head, good lacing

S-Piney notes followed by hops and more hops with some citrus

T- Really hoppy upfront. with alittle piney in the middle and finishs with more hops

M-Medium Bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall this is just a Big hop bomb ipa. Which is ok and it gets the job done. Wish it had alittle more going on with it . but overall it is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 02:15:34 | More by zrab11
Photo of alexhahn82


3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium gold amber, almost no head, but poured by a well versed bar tender expecting a good tip (good tip = no head)

S - Pine, citrus, overall not too fragrant.

T/M -- Crisp, clean, hops, hops, hops. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp. Awesome IPA flavors.

O - Impressive, had my first Pliny 5 years ago, never ventured over the the PIG side. And wish I would have earlier, this is a top 10 IPA all day, delivers more than the average DIPA. MUST TRY.

PP (Price Point) - $7 for a fresh pint less than 50 miles away from the brewery, spot on for the price, good stuff at this price!!

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 01:45:30 | More by alexhahn82
Photo of jim102864


3.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The second and final bottle of Blind Pig from the small shipment of Cali selections I made while visiting Holiday Liquors in Escondido.

The appearance is a hay colored gold with a small but very sticky head that webbed the glass with each pull from my nonic. Steady carbonation throughout the sampling.

Aroma was piney with evergreen and yet somewhat floral and sweet. Hoppiness abounds, yet it's not over the top, though I expected a fairly aggressive nose and got it.

Taste was dominated by hop bitterness which brought the evergreen and pine combination into the flavor. Suprisingly understated which was at tad disappointing. Smooth for an IPA.

Mouthfeel was slick and satisfying.

A fairly drinkable beer and could easily be enjoyed for multiple rounds. A good brew that I would recommend to IPA fans.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 12:10:30 | More by jim102864
Photo of jbone78


3.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, boys and girls, this is my 100th review! And I am excited to do it!

A buddy of mine brought me a few of these from Cali, he did good.

As suggested on the label, I poured this bad boy into a mason jar. I like mason jars. Pours nearly golden with a fluffy head. Smells citrusy. I don't smell very well, so all I can pick up is that pine/citrus smell that these beers have. The taste to me is good, but not great. I like the hop character flavors, but it finishes a bit bitter. It's not a ton of bitterness, but not my forte. Overall drinkability is good and I am going to enjoy the rest of my beers.


Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 02:47:55 | More by jbone78
Photo of NewGeneric


3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this as part of a tasting session with a buddy a while back. Poured a gold color with thin white head that faded pretty quickly and left sparse lacing. Smelled of citrus hops. Tasted like pine hops and malt. Pretty darn smooth. I could easily drink a few more of these...

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 15:54:12 | More by NewGeneric
Photo of ne0m00re


3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 500 mL bottle (dated 03/01/2010) into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Golden amber with a dense creamy white head that slowly died to a good film and collar that had constant bubbles slowly running up the middle.
S: Bright citrus and piney hops with a bready, earthy sweet malt. There is some subtle blackberry and banana characteristics.
T: A strange rustic twang and bitterness, with the hops leafy like spinach. There is a sweet bread backbone and a subtle but lingering resiny hops with very light blackberry flavor.
M: Somewhat syrupy with a frothy carbonation and dry afterfeel.
D: Pretty good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 04:25:18 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 07/18/11. RR 'tion glass.

A: Pours crystal clear pale gold with a solid one and a half finger block of white foam. Good retention, some lacing.

S: Nicely integrated grass, floral, and a bit of tropical fruit, but the smell is pretty faint. The head kind of smells like orange vanilla.

T: Faint pineyness and a moderate dosage of bitter. Not a ton of flavor.

M: Light carbonation and medium-light body is appropriate for the beer.

O: Tastes good, is well constructed, a nice refreshing summer beer, but not a stand out. This seems more like a pale ale or bitter, and I don't mean that in a bad way. Just that I was expecting more of a hop parade.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 05:13:24 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of kojevergas


3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap (uncommon for Russian River brews) served into N'Ice Chouffe 20cl stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottle date is 09/30/2011. Served refrigerator-cold. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Nice bittering hops over top what seems to be a lightly toasted malt and barley foundation. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Pleasant bittering hops over top a very nicely constructed lightly toasted malt and barley foundation. It's a touch too bitter, but it's nicely built overall, and rather balanced, though its relative simplicity makes this easy to accomplish. I do quite like it.

Mf: Crisp, pleasant, unobtrusive, smooth, and wet. Suits the flavour quite nicely.

Dr: Very drinkable and of nice quality. Thought it's my least favourite style, I'd readily have it again - especially if it were offered on draught. It's not as special as other beers from Russian River, but it's wonderfully hoppy and pleasant. It will satisfy true fans of the style; this is an IPA done right, not the "dump as many hops in as possible and call it good" school of brewing.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 02:20:32 | More by kojevergas
Photo of sukwonee


3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into RR Pint Glass

A: 2-3 finger head, clear light orange color, decent lacing

S: Maybe there is something wrong with my nose these days!! I can't smell much from any of the beers I reviewed past few days!!! I smell little pine, citrus, grapefruit - typical Westcoast IPA, but relatively weak on this one. Not impressed.

T: All hops - very little malt, imo. It has a very short-lived taste. It doesn't linger on and on like Pliny does. It's not bad. Hop character is very similar to Pliny, but the taste fades much quicker. Pine, Citrus, Grapefruit. Not as oil as Pliny.

M: Light body, but low amount of carbonation (wish it had a bit more).

O: I think I am having this beer a bit too warm, but I wasn't super impressed - although it's a good beer. Zombie Dust, Red Racer IPA, Odell IPA are all much better than this brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 04:49:24 | More by sukwonee
Photo of SacoDeToro


3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at RR Brewing Co.

The beer was a bright golden yellow with a small white head that quickly disappeared.

The aroma was bursting with herbal, earthy, and citrusy hops.

The flavor of the beer was dominated by intense hops that were a little coarse for my taste. Don't get me wrong, I love mad flavor, but I prefer hoppiness that leans towards the resiny, citrusy side.

The maltiness of the beer was crisp and light.

The carbonation seemed good and the mouthfeel was light.

This is a reasonably solid beer, but a little rough on the edges for me. Pliny (the Elder and Younger) are both superior offerings from RR in my opinion. Still, grab a pint when you see it on tap. This beer's relatively rare.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2006 15:32:06 | More by SacoDeToro
Photo of hoppymeal


3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey gold in color, slight haze, with a decent sized, fairly bright white fluffy head that slowly recedes leaving some lacing behind. Aroma is a nice sweet citrus aroma of grapefruit, tangerines and mangoes. A softer sweetness of cotton candy accentuates this and a strong grassiness in the aroma as well. Taste follows with a good amount of lemon, grapefruit, and citrusy hops as well as a large dose of grassiness that cresendoes towards a good sized bitterness that is also slightly peppery. Mouthfeel is light to medium, prickly hops and carbonation on the tongue up front transisition to a peppery bite at the back and a drying finish. Very drinkable ipa, could session this one without much trouble. Really enjoyed the decent amount of pure bitterness. Thanks Scott for the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 01:27:40 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of Dubbercody


3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle picked up locally, yeah, that's pretty cool.

Really nice hop nose, clean hops, gives me a the chills just sniffing it. Recently bottled 072308...bout as fresh as they get for what I can see.

Nice bitterness that doesn't get washed out. Leaves the pine, fruity hop flavor all over the mouth, like licking resin off my teeth. Doesn't have the malt to hold back the hops, this scrubbed my tongue and left it scared more than the Elder.

I liked it, nice beer.

Thank the gods I've developed a love for IPA's....

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 23:35:54 | More by Dubbercody
Photo of BeerandBlues2


3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours hazy orange with an average, white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, hay, straw), heavy hops (flowers, pine, citrus), average yeast (dough, sweat) with notes of apple, pear, and peach. Medium bodied, mineral texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity, and heavy bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 02:50:45 | More by BeerandBlues2
Photo of Bighuge


3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy light orange body. Bubbly ivory white head. Lace is abundant and web like. Aroma is outstanding. Everything that is good about hops with a little backdrop of sweet malt. It's fresh, grassy, piney, abundantly citrusy and fruity with pineapple and grapefruit nuances. Exquisite nose. The body of this beer is light and thin. Carbonation quite low. Bitterness quite high. The bitterness is actually pretty scathing for an IPA. Jagged and rough. Hop flavors are more in the background, with some lemon rind and grassiness coming to mind. Malt load could use a little boost to add a little more balance, a little more body and a little more flavor. This is decent. Although Smelling the beer was the climax of this experience. If/when I order more Russian River, I'll definitely be hitting up the Elder (and the Younger hopefully) before hitting this up again.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 18:39:03 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Jeffo


3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this at the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger thicker looking white head with great retention. Perfectly clear with medium carbonation evident. Amber-orange in color when held to the light, though more gamboge when not. A good film remains until the end and leaves lots of lacing down the glass. Pretty nice looking.

SMELL: Pale malts with big grapefruit and mango notes all around. Very bold. Some hints of pine as well, but mostly citrus and mango hop notes.

TASTE: Pale malts again, but soon overwhelmed by citrus grapefruit and lots of pine flavors. More piney than the nose had indicated. Finishes with a mouthful of bitter hops and pine, which remain throughout the bold and long lasting aftertaste. Strong and bold hoppy flavors here, though a little heavier on the pine than I'd expected.

PALATE: Medium body and quite light and creamy on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes quite astringent on the palate. This one is much more astringent and puckering than I'd like. Much more astringent than others in the style. Very off-putting, unfortunately.

OVERALL: Everything turned out nicely on this one, except the feel just did it in. The astringency made it difficult to drink and really hurt the overall enjoyment of the beer. Too bad, because all my other senses were definitely pleased with the situation. Won't be picking this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 20:52:40 | More by Jeffo
Photo of klshanks


3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 L bottle poured into a 16 oz tulip glass. Got in a BIF from ahurd, thanks! Been wanting to try for a while.

Appearnce- Orangish honey, slightly hazy beer with 1/2 inch head. Looks like I really want to drink it!

Aroma- Grassy bitter aroma in the front of the nose, and it finishes a bit sweet and boozy. Not bad, but not great.

Taste- Bitter, not much citrus flavor. A bit more of a malt body than I expected.

Mouthfeel- Like I said, a little bit more of a body than I expected. Not bad by any means. A little bit sticky to the sides of the mouth.

Drinkability- While I'm not nearly as big of a fan as Pliny, I would definitely come back to this beer at times. There's certain beers that I feel are good representations of their style, but I wouldn't necesarily come back to them. This one, while there are little things I don't like about all of it, when you combine everything, it kind of works. It goes down pretty smooth and I'd drink it again

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 01:36:06 | More by klshanks
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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