Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,704 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,704
Reviews: 1,330
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,525
Gots: 510 | FT: 18
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 coldmeat23
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Bottled on: 01-03-11
Thanks go out to jmgrub for this hook-up!

Mmmm...This looks very inviting. It's a nice lighter shade of amber in color. It has an almost orange tint to it. It has two-fingers of dense, bone-white colored, foam on top. The retention is very good and the lacing is nicely clumpy, but not very sticky.

Oh, yeah. Tropical and citrus hops dominate this one. Peach, apricots, grapefruit, white grapes, pineapple, tangerines, mangoes....it just goes on and on. Lighter hints of grapefruit rind and sappy pine needles. There is a nice touch of almost caramel sweetness, from the malts, providing a beautiful touch of balance.
This nose is phenomenal!

This really follows the nose very well. The fruits are not quite so distinct as they were, in the nose. They are all still here, though. They are just kind of melded together somewhat. The caramel sweetness is still very light...just enough to provide balance. The finish is dry and has a good kiss of hop bitterness.

This is medium-bodied with medium carbonation, which suits it well. It is very smooth and lightly creamy with a crisp finish.

The just over 6.00%abv is nowhere to be found inside of this glass. Combine that with the beautifully hop fruitiness and you've got a beer that I could drink all night long.
Absolutely delicious!

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Beer is a slightly hazy golden orange, featuring a small white head that retains beautifully for quite some time at the top of the brew and hangs around as super sticky, everpresent lace on the pint glass.
S: Wonderfully inviting bouquet of herbs, florals and hints of citrus rinds.
T: As promised by aromas, taste is herbal and floral on top of a malty backbone that holds 'til the very last drop; this is an incredibly balanced IPA.
M: Medium-bodied with balanced carbonation; not too overpowering residue hangs out on palate.
D: This IPA contains flavors, aromas and mouthfeel that I would expect from a DIPA--in fact, it's like a milder/slightly maltier version of Pliny the Elder. I would recommend this beer in a heartbeat. I can't wait to buy a few more bottles!

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

Thanks a lot to whitefire (acquired in a beer trade). Dying to try this. Bottled, 01/31/12.

Nice golden amber hue. Bright off-white head of two fingers. Great stick and density.

Pineapple, tangerine, pine, and grassy hops with a sweet hop oil undertone. Crackery malts. Wonderfully clean aroma, that is the key. Nice tropical fruit character.

Incredibly clean palate with a burly bitterness level. Nice citrusy hop bite with some tangy tropical fruit flavors and insane crispness from the malt bill. The finish is amazing. Lingering bitterness, dry, and supple fruitiness.

Top of the line. Great drinkability. Great brushy carbonation. Medium body with supreme smoothness.

This was a serious treat. Wish this was available out my way. Such a supreme drink.

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

Yes! Huge thanks to Carleton for this one. Great orange honey color with a loose bubbly white head. Citrusy and bubble gum hops on the nose, a sweet fruity and pungent aroma. A blast of fresh juicy, fruity and citrus. The hops create an almost chewy texture. Perfect balance of bitter hop flavor and malt. One of the best ipas I've had period..

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bbothen for sending this bottle from the Epic NFL Confidence Pool! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Hazy gold, with a one-finger white head that has moderate retention. Good visible carbonation.

S: Tropical fruit and bright orange citrus hops up front, then floral hops, hints of sweet resin and just the faintest background of light cracker malts. Extremely nice.

T: Follows the nose - hop profile hits up front, with tropical fruitiness, floral and piney resin first. The combination gives a bittersweet impression as the fruit flavors provide a lot of sweetness. Then a modest light cracker malt flavor, followed by citrus rind bitterness and a touch of spicy hops in the hang.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is very well-hidden.

O: Thanks to bbothen, I finally had an opportunity to drink Blind Pig and Pliny the Elder together - both under a month old. I think I prefer the Blind Pig in a lot of ways, which was a bit surprising considering how much I like Pliny. Very well done, and highly recommended. Excellent beer.

Photo of brodericksloth
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted side by side with pliny the elder at russian river yesterday
Less piney than pliney more tropical nice summery yellow color; very clear. ample long lasting head. Great pub beer on draft.
Good balance of hops and malt; hop dominated blend of Chinook, Cascade, Amarillo,Simcoe, and Centennial hops. not overpowering easy to drink
Lighter style than pliney...both excellent in there own ways. pliney more suitable sipper
Good spring beer. well hidden alcohol. not filling nice lingering aftertaste
Very impressed by how good all of the beers were; no losers. the sours were the big surprise; consecration truly amazing

Photo of BierJager89
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A; Slightly dark golden color, white head.

S: Notes of pine, and mandarin orange in the nose.

T: Pine, citrus, hops, and a pleasant bitterness in the flavors.

M: Medium bodied, smooth for an IPA, very drinkable.

O: Superior to Pliny the Elder, Inferior (though only slightly), to Pliny the Younger.

Photo of Moshulu
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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