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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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Reviews: 1,357
Hads: 5,249
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.87%
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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: 1,357 | Hads: 5,249
Photo of Preismj
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
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 -9.3%
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 -9.3%
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 -9.3%
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 -9.3%
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 -9.3%
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 -9.3%
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 -9.3%
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 -9.7%
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 -10%
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 -10%
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 -10%
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 -10%
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)

Photo of slayer3604
3.89/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a 3 finger head and settled to 2 and a half fingers. Yellow and fizzy beer.

S- Pine, citrus and pine. Lots of good hop went into this beer!

T- A light light body that unleashes grapefruit and a floral push that ends up in the back of your mouth. The aftertaste is very dry and sticky.

M- spicy, light, and dry. this would be awesome with triple cream cheese, or spicy food...good lord.

D- For all the hype, i really wasnt that impressed. I have no reason to hate on this brewery, i loved pliny a lot more, though. (527 characters)

Photo of Hopine
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer. It is bitter but very drinkable. Most of the reviews are spot on. Good beer but no Pliny.
I think this a great hoppy IPA and would compare it to similar IPA's from Northern California- Stone comes to mind.
Give it a shot but at 6.00pt I thought it not quite the value. (285 characters)

Photo of stumac
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I dig the label...."Don't age me!"

I had this right after I drank the Surly Furious. Going from a huge bodied IPA to a sessionable IPA was not a good idea...

pours a golden color with a quickly fading white head. great lacing. the nose is floral and spicy hops. the taste is very bitter, bitter hops, floral hops, subtle sweet malts. medium to full body, medium spritzy carbo. good brew... (391 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy orange with a small but sticky white head.
Smells mostly of citrus hops, grapefruit, a little pineapple with a mild malt backbone.
Taste is very citrusy with a funky, earthy note in the middle and finish. Very strange and not something I'd expect from an IPA. Slightly sweet yet bitter and dry in the finish.
Feels dense and creamy with slight, tight carbonation.
This is probably better right out of the tap. My bottle was a few months old. (457 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into Founders snifter. Big thanks to DeanoMac for this one. Bottled 7/28/12, less then 3 weeks ago.

A- Pours a slightly hazy slightly brownish orange golden. About a quarter of a finger of white foamy bubbly head that has decent retention but eventually fades to almost no head. Slightly below average carbonation.

S- Citrus orange hops, a little bit of grapefruit, some mangoes, about average aroma strength.

T- Orange hops, light lemon, some grapefruit, a little bit tangy, finishes with a light hop taste that is fairly bitter and a tiny bit of booze. Light orange, lemon, grapefruit aftertaste. Nice citrus taste, but finishes a little bit too bitter for my taste.

M- Medium to slightly light bodied, easy to drink, average carbonation.

O- This was a decent IPA, but definitely not one of my favorites especially from Russian River. I enjoyed this beer however it didn't have the flavor that I was hoping it would have and finished a tiny bit too bitter for my liking. I recommend trying this beer out, but I wouldn't say it's a must have. (1,069 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Monk's in Philadelphia, PA at 2/28 Russian River tasting event.

A: Pours a nice, light orange color. Minimal head and lacing on the glass. Mild carbonation. Not too much bubbling. Clean looking beer.

S: Nice hop profile in the nose, but nothing greatly overpowering. I get some floral hops and a malt backbone. Doesn't jump out and bite you though.

T: Good floral and citruy hop flavor with a nice clean finish. Malts are mild but there. Just a really nice clean IPA.

M: Clean, crisp, and easy drinking. Doesn't coat the mouth much. Watery.

D: I had two that day, and could have gone on. at 6% ABV you could easily session this brew.

Overall, the Pig doesn't disappoint but it isn't Elder or Younger catagory. I would definitely enjoy this brew agin in the future. (789 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured I was due for a revisit and frankly I'm not certain if I have ever had this on out of a bottle. Bottle on date is 090710. Or three days under a month old.

A: Bright light orange honey colored and pretty darn bright. Though there is a little bit of a haze present. Bone white head which a pancake batter like consistency.

S: Funky weird hop aroma going on. Skunk weed and evergreen. Resinous for sure.

T: Piney bitterness right off the bat but not overwhelming. Burnt orange peel followed with a malty cereal like quality.

M: Tingly and sticky.

D: High. (568 characters)

Photo of theopholis
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Body is a light gold color with hints of a rich honey color. Continually effervesces. Head is a small, tight white affair with no retention but decent lacing.

Aroma- Good, strong hoppy aroma, with lots of citrus and pine coming though. A hint of malt in the background.

Taste- Mmmmm...Hoppy....arghghgh (said in Homer Simpson voice). Seriously, Good strong hop backbone with some citrus and piney notes in the taste (more subdued than the nose). Some malt sweetness comes through, but not much.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, but a bit on the heavy, sticky side. Leaves a nice lingering aftertaste. CO2 level is just right. The beer continues effervescing hop resins all the way down your gullet.

Drinkability- This ain't the hoppiest beer in the world, but any hop-head should enjoy it. Quite frainkly, it should have a little more maltiness and malt sweetness, but this stuff ain't bad. (899 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had as part of a heavenly beer sampler at the brewery.

This one came to me with a thin layer of foam atop a clear yellow body. The head persisted for a little while.

Aroma was grapefruit, grapefruit, and more grapefruit. That was all I got. As a hophead, I appreciated this.

Taste followed aroma... a huge blast of grapefruit hops that made me shudder at first. Not that this was a shudder of dislike... in fact I loved it. But sometimes, even something pleasurable can take you by surprise when it just jumps in your face and hits you with both fists.

Mouthfeel was puckering, but good.

Drinkability was good... I could have gone for a pint of this rather than the 2 ounce sample. However, I don't know if I could take more than a bomber of this stuff in one sitting. (773 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Who wears a boy tie anymore? Pours a mostly cloudy orange color with a more light tan hue through out. A good fizzy white head which settles down after some time. Good retention and lacing.

The nose is more along the lines of a west coast ipa. Nice herbal and citrus notes mixes well with a stronger piney hop note. Some nice fruity notes, grapefruit and a touch of pineapple. Some lighter notes of malt, mostly grainy and a touch of kettle caramel as well. Some alcohol but not over the top. Pretty clean yeast overall.

The taste is similar. Nice hop presence with a hint of bittering. Would have like a bit more balance but the finishing hops leaves a piney and citrus twist into the finish. Some soapy and kettle hop notes into the finish that is a bit of a deterrent. The malt falls off though, with a more muttled grainy and non-distinct sweetness. Really would have liked more complexity and clarity there. Some yeasty note but nothing over the top.

The body is a bit sweet and would like it to be a bit smoother. Carbonation is a bit low, which could help out. Overall a decent IPA with a great hop presence, but IMO really lacks the distinct malt backing to make it a great beer. Good drinkability though. (1,216 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the RR Brewpub in Santa Rosa.

A: golden amber; excellent clarityr. Somewhat weak head still leaves good lacing.

Aroma: mild for style; floral with hints of herbs and honey.

Flavor: some light malts evident in the finish and aftertaste.

Fee:l smooth; body is light for style; rather low carbonation.

O: excellent excepting mouthfeel. (350 characters)

Photo of mdvatab
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle into pint glass. Tasted side-by-side w/ PtE.
Bottled on 7/18/11.

Aroma: Light herbal, grassy hops. Aromatic hops accompanied by graham cracker, hay, and honey sweetness. Aroma is much more restrained than expected.

Appearance: Golden body w/ a very sligt hint of orange. Very slight chill haze. White head disappears somewhat quickly. Minimal lacing.

Flavor: Dank "hemp", herbal, medicinal hop flavor. Just enough sweetness present, but which eases into a strong, lingering bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation. Medium-light body. Some smooth creaminess, followed by slightly drying, tannins.

Overall: Definitely a tasty one. Came across as a bit on the light side (aroma & flavor), but that can be expected when drinking Blind Pig side-by-side w/ PtE. A pretty tasty IPA to enjoy earlier on in a session! (858 characters)

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,357 ratings.