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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,943 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,943
Reviews: 1,359
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,661
Gots: 614 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 4,943 | Reviews: 1,359
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4.56/5  rDev +4.3%

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4.56/5  rDev +4.3%

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4.56/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of Prospero
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The appearance was a golden caramel color with a white frothy head. The head retention seemed better than most IPAs, but after a couple minutes it faded. The aroma is quite strong, but it's a fantastic blend of flowers, citrus like oranges and hints of pine. In terms of taste, this beer has it all and was very fresh! Perfect balance of toasted caramel malts giving it just the right amount of sweetness. The sweet caramel and hints of honey, along with the perfect amount of bitterness coming from the hops was just was like a symphony on the tongue and an overture for the nose. I'd say it's a medium-bodied ale, probably on the heavy end for IPAs, but I'll tell you what this ranks up there as probably my favorite IPA of all time. Thin creamy mouthfeel. Drinkable? Heck yea, pour me another!

Photo of mutterfudder
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received in trade from htomsirveaux. Thanks! Bottled 10/31/09, poured into a Stone IPA glass.

A - Copper color with a rich, foamy head. The head stuck around as long as the beer and laced nicely down the glass. Pretty!

S - Piney, floral hop smells. If you like IPA's at all, this will smell just about as good as it gets. Powerful but not overpowering.

T - Holy hops batman! There is a nice hop wallop up front, with a nice subtle malty backbone that provides immediate counterplay to the hops. A finishing flavor of sweetness blends nicely with the powerful hop notes to finish off the swig. Very nice, well balanced with strong hop flavor.

M / D - Mouthfeel is nice, if a little to "slick" in the mouth than I'd like. I like that the hop flavor sticks around a bit and lingers lightly on the tongue. Drinkability? I could go all night with this one.

Pliny might get all the attention, but don't forget Blind Pig. It may not be as "Extreme!" but it might be just as good when half the hop power is good enough.

Photo of dbhall
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle. Good head with a lot of carbonation. smells great! citrus and hops fight jockey for position. amazing hops w/ citrus taste. mouthfeel is a little watery, but nothing to complain about. this is incredibly drinkable. i really wish i had two bottles. maybe not the best ipa ive ever had, but one of them. west coast what can you say. great beer

Photo of jsanford
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled on 9/7/10, drank on 10/22/10

A - Pours a beautiful glowing gold with a dense, fluffy white head. Great retention, leaves nice lacing on the glass.
S - Lots of pungent hops ; orange zest, grapefruit pith and pine resin dominate.
T - The hop profile is crisp and clean. Tastes almost juicy, absolutely dripping with pungent citrus hops (grapefruit and mandarin orange) and more pine resin.
M - Again, very crisp and refreshing. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. The bitterness lingers on the tongue for some time.
D - I could probably live on this, especially at only 6% ABV. This is a true treat, and does not deserve the second-fiddle status it has when compared to PtE.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked this up at Whole Foods a few weeks ago.

Appearance- amber color, good size head

Smell- Hops, very nice

Taste- Hops, very delicious

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very nice, Russian River always does a splendid job. I am always greatly satisfied with their beers.

Photo of RyanK252
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%

Bottle poured into Russian River nonic pint glass

A: Pours deep golden yellow with a frothy off white head that hangs around a while and laces well.

S: Citrus and pine hops dominate the nose, with a very light malt sweetness behind.

T: Big citrus hops up front, grapefruit tangerine and a touch of lemon and lime, some pine, with a just enough malt backbone.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, very crisp and drinkable.

O: While it isn't Pliny, it still holds it's own as a very tasty IPA. More than happy to review this one for my 100th on BA.

Photo of brewtus
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured bottle into tulip. pours bright orange, clear, two finger white head
S-sweet piney hops, breads, pineapple, honey
T- starts slow, very sweet tropical fruits, pine, melon,again some honey, hint of bubblegum
M- thin, very easy to put back
O- not overly hoppy, tons of sweet tropical fruits, this beer is very refreshing and drinkable. Almost not Malt character, but not a hop bomb. I'm really glad I finally got to try this. This reminds me a lot of zombie only much fruitier.

Photo of velosuds
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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 aaronyoung01
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KidsDoc
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After having the beer on tap six months ago, the beer brings back some serious memories. Opening with a crystal clear golden color, great head formation, and equalled retention. Soft but delicate hop flavor and aromatics give a juicy burst of grapefruit, orange zest, perfume, and fresh-cut grasses. Very fresh, inviting, and invigorating. Maltiness is very crisp, clean, and with a cracker-like, delicate caramel taste. Hoppy, but not unnecessarily bitter or bitey. Maltiness gives the beer structure without interfering with sweetness or mouthfeel. It is the opidome of the American IPA style! Sill, I really enjoyed it more on tap.

GABF Weekend '08: Enjoyed at the Falling Rock Tap Room. A side by side comparison of this versus the Pliney the Elder revealed that this beer had much better hop flavor, a preferred balance, and superb drinkability. The beer showcases the hop flavor and aroma beautifully with a delicate, strong balance of fresh grapefruit, orange zest, lemongrass, pine, and a clean resin-ey bitterness. This is all woven into a very malty, but lightly flavored caramel-barley malt base. The body supports the hops and sweetness well and doesn't interfere with the hop flavor at all. Finishes very clean, light, and with a long lingering hop flavor. Bitterness is somewhat light, but lends to great drinkability. Undoubtedly the best balanced IPA out there- maybe the best period.

Photo of FiremanChris
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of goatgoat
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint. Bottled on 9/15/09, so not super fresh.

Pours a clear lemon with a light honey tint. Thick meringue head and beautiful lace. Slightly sweet aroma with heavy citrus and some tropical hints. Nothing but hops in the taste. There must be some backbone there, since it's much more enjoyable than hop water... but I can't pick it out. A long lasting clean bitterness in the finish.
Light in the mouth and a nice dry finish. Resiny sort of feel. Keeps you sipping.
Not a super-complex-keeps-you-thinking beer. But an incredibly nice drinking IPA.

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4.55/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of xnicknj
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

on tap at varga in philly - i cant believe i havent reviewed this already

Pours clear burnt orange with a thick bubbly white head, tons of patchy lacing all over the glass, bubbly retention and collar.

Staunch grapefruit and rind in the nose, followed by orange and and more citrus. Pine and resin, faint tropical notes, thinner malt and caramel. Practically no trace of alcohol.

Starts up bitter and aggressive with tons of grapefruit. Humongous citrus character with pine underneath. Faint tropical notes with apricot and pineapple before the malt bill. Bready caramel tones. Finishes bitter and juicy, almost no alcohol.

Medium body, nice carbonation, sticky and dry, exceptionally drinkable. One of the better examples of the style, I wish I could have this whenever I wanted.

Photo of dickroop
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this on tap at the RR Brewpub itself.

It looked medium amber and clear, not much head but extensive lacing. It smelled like hop-head heaven. Simcoe hops seemed to dominate, a combination of floral and citrus.

Taste was very good, a great hop blast, well supported and well balanced. Overtones of licorice and small fruity notes. Mouthfeel was mildly astringent, clean finish, a little watery. Drinkability was outstanding, low enough in alcohol be almost be sessionable, and delicious and satisfying with every sip. Great stuff.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. nice amber color, more orange than yellow. pure white head with outstanding retention, and nice hanging lacing.

S: huge high alpha hops aroma. tons of citrus and pine, grapefruit and spruce.

T: such a well-balanced AIPA. wonderful malts with a huge amount of citrus hops, mostly grapefruit surrounded by some big pine and spruce trees.

M: so well-balanced. perfect carbonation level. clean, crisp, and extremely smooth.

D: I could drink tons of these, I just finally found a beer that could possibly replace Two Hearted as my favorite.

Photo of Bradaplast
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leif86
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear yellow/golden brew. Nice, full bodied and frothy head - very thick and lasts a while. Leaves great lacing.

S: Mmmm... fresh hop smell - some pine and citrus.

T: Hops are great here - a little piney, a little tangerine, and very refreshing. A little alcohol flavor up front and a little sweet. The bitterness stays with you for a while.

M: Pretty perfect carbonation. Slightly sticky

D: This is what more IPAs need to be. Please and thanks to have some more.

Photo of Eddiehop
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of timtim
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 12.19.11, so just about two weeks old. pours a very bright dark gold/light amber color with a white head that leaves good lace. nose is tropical fruit (pineapple grapefruit?) and hints of flowers with a touch of sweet malt backbone. just wonderful. like cutting a pineapple in the middle of a citrus grove. taste is grapefruity and filled with pine, grass and all the proper hop notes. just enough sweetness to round it out, but finishing bitter and fairly dry. medium body that begs to be schwilled. wow. i've always opted for the other "well known" RR brews, and am kicking myself for sleeping on this one. fantastic.

Photo of Baraka
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle

pours a light gold with a solid head. Nose is all citrus hops, this is definitely high on the hoppy spectrum for a single IPA. Taste is similar, with a very refreshing and dry finish. Not much balance to be had; the malts barely make themselves known through the amazing west-coast hops. Incredibly drinkable, if perhaps not quite as complex as its bigger brother Pliny. Still, this is a world class IPA by an incredible brewery that I wish I could drink on a daily basis!

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,943 ratings.