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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,780 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,780
Reviews: 1,344
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,575
Gots: 546 | FT: 16
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a St Bernardus chalice. Bottled 1/13/10.

A: Pours golden yellow with a nice 1 finger head. The head lingers and starts to develop some lacing. A few floaters but I may have poured in a little sediment at the end.

S: Orange and citrus hop burst. Very clean smell with no malt present. One of the best smelling IPAs I've had.

T: The citrus hops dominate the taste. Very strong tasting orange, citrus, and a little tropical fruit notes. Finishes very clean and crisp. The beer is balanced, but no malt is predominant in the flavor profile.

M: Moderate carbonation. Resinous hops stick to the tongue. A mix of creamy from the carbonation but very crisp in the finish.

D: I really wish I had access to this IPA all the time. Would be a regular in the fridge. I can't imagine what this would taste like in fresh draft or days after it is bottled.

Photo of DaveHS
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a rusty orange with 1/2 inch of eggshell white head. Leaves beautiful rings of lacing.

S-Smells like sticky weed, piny hops, grapefruit, tangerines.

T/M-Not as intensely hoppy as the nose suggests, but delicious. A biscuity malt flavor beneath the alternately bitter and piny hops adds a beautiful balance.


Photo of Lak9ers
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of SenatorSpaceman
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Russian River.

Pours a nice orange-copper color with a good white head. The smell is of powerful hops and a bit of sweet malt. The taste is much the same, with overriding citrus and floral hops with some pine in the background. Mouthfeel is very good with the medium body and moderate carbonatinon, and this is one of the best-drinking IPA's that I've had. Solid work.

Photo of Nachojon
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very crystal clear, strong presence of bubbles. Almost lager like in appearance lacking the haze of most IPAs. 1/2 head dissipates into thin white layer that hangs on throughout. Minimal lacing.

S- Warm hops, not so piney or citrusy, a little drier more a dry hop smell. Very pleasant. The smell and appearance definitely deceive you on what you are about to taste.

T- Awesome. Just great. People who say it's better than Pliny are delusional but with the pleasure one gets from this it's almost an excusable delusion. Warm hops, chewy citrus peel, and some malt in there.

M- Strong carbonation, crisp as can be, definitely one I would drink all day errrday. Nice bitter finish.

O- A great beer. My second RR and damn they know their stuff. Not disappointed, thanks Dad.

Photo of kborning
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Homebrew2014
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of bamadog
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Special thanks go out to calinalu for sending this as an extra in a recent trade. I cracked this out at beerman207's place at a recent tasting. Review is from notes taken on 5/14/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a light coppery/golden orange color; starts with a short 1/2 finger white head that fades quickly to an uneven skim; body is a little cloudy and shows a metric ton of sediment floating throughout; lacing is between spots and a full curtain, depending on the side of the glass that you're looking at.

Smell: Very nice hoppiness -- juicy and bitter grapefruit and orange peel; quite strong and straight forward, gotta love a beer that just comes at you like this and lets you know exactly what it's going to be like from every facet.

Taste: Very nice, and again straightforward; very nice hop bitterness with excellent citric flavors of grapefruit and orange peel; a bit of juicy orange as well; very light malt backing that offers just enough balance to allow the hops to rule this beer without being all bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice body of light to moderate weight; carbonation is lively, but soft and foamy in the mouth and it really bubbles those awesome flavors throughout the mouth; very light and moderate stickiness left on the roof of the mouth and cheeks.

Drinkability: All damn day! This beer is great and I'm glad I finally got to try one. Great flavors, excellent smell, straightforward approach and a pretty moderate ABV would allow this to drank from dawn to dark, to dawn again.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to comfortablynumb1 for the bottle.

Apperance: Chill haze on a marmalade (dusky orange) colored beer. Head is bright-white, sticky, chunky, and dwindles to some nice lacing at the edges of the beer/glass. Chill haze drops pretty quickly. Leaves the beer almost perfectly clear.

Smell: Big juicy citrus flesh. Orang and grapefruit dominate. Some tropical aromas (mango). Nice solid biscuit rounds out the back. Some sweet caramel malts as well. Pine and some pith comes out as the beer warms. It's so decadently west coast. Nicely balanced with a slight tip of the hat to the hops. Loads of depth and clean aromas.

Taste: Dank, resin, pine, and most of all, citrus. Big oily hops everywhere. The malts are heavy enough to offer some balance, but they don't quite measure up. More aggressive than the nose would have indicated. Marmalade. Minty and earthy as well. Loads of flavor, and damn if it isn't spot on.

Mouthfeel: Nice moderate carbonation. Body is slightly creamy and slick as all hell. Deliciously oily. Drinks super smooth.

Overall: This truly is a paragon for the American IPA. The flavors are nicely balanced and the complexity is almost unmatched. Decidedly drinkable.

Photo of joepais
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Flexabull for this long time want. I split this bottle with a college buddy who started to get into craft brews and liked IPA's so it was even more of a treat.
Bottle poured into snifters produced a nice two finger white head that settled down to a thick lace. The body of the brew was cloudy golden amber in color.

It had a great hop forward nose plenty of citrus and floral grassiness. It was just what I expected in a RR brew. The flavor was well balanced for a west coast IPA which was surprising to me. You do get the hops bitter first but the sweet malt balance was a shock to me but pleasantly so. It had a medium feel to it with good carbonation.

This was a great drinking IPA one I was proud to share with a craft brew newbie I was glad to try this one and wished I had more

Photo of macrosmatic
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
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 aknight
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle with a thin white head which dissipates fairly quickly. This beer smells hoppy but not sweet. Citrus and pine notes. The taste is wonderful, all hops and citrus, I can tell there is some malt in there I'm just not sure exactly where it is. The hops are amped up in this one without much malt to balance them out. This is a wonderful hop bomb without the sugary sweetness that usually accompanies this level of hops. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but not at all unpleasant. This is a very drinkable beer and would be a good choice for a sessionable IPA.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Falling Rock Tap Room in Denver

APPEARANCE: The first thing that struck me about the appearance of this beer was how much it looked like Pliny the Elder. It was golden, crisp and completely clear with a thin white head that receded rather quickly and without much lacing. As the glass went down, it did lace a bit, but just a few wisps here and there.

SMELL: A very strong and pleasant aroma, not quite as intense as Pliny, but close. It was floral and sweet with a hint of pine. Overall, very nice aroma.

TASTE: This is an absolutely delicious beer. In fact, taste-wise, I think I like this better than Pliny. Flowers hit the palate up front and then faded into a nice, what I perceived as almost a cola-like flavor (not sure what that is, prune?) before a fantastic bitterness takes over to wipe the palate clean except for a faint apple and mild citrusy pucker.

MOUTHFEEL: Very nicely carbonated with a tickling sparkle that compliments the bitter finish and aftertaste very nicely. The beer sits very light as well, and given that there is a distinct lack of alcohol in the taste, it would be very easy to get deep into a few Blind Pigs before realizing you've had a few too many.

OVERALL: My notes say "Good lord, this is an excellent beer." I had tried it once before, but I was distracted and not paying attention to the excellent aroma and mouthfeel and certainly not appreciating the complexity of flavor. Of course, I'm not completely sure until I do a side-by-side, but I may like this a touch better than Pliny. Either way, it's a buck cheaper a pint and a little easier to track down.

Photo of brodericksloth
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
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 mryuk
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a filtered amber-gold with a finger of head.

smell is piny hops, not overpowering.

taste is extremely light and crisp with good strong piny hop flavor start to finish.

mouth is light with good carbonation.

drinkability is extremely good. a toned down version of pliny the elder but just as smooth and enjoyable.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Golden orange with a thick frothy off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Aroma of tropical and citrus fruits. Just what I want in my IPA's. The only reason I did not give it a 5.0 was beacuse the aroma is not very strong. Really have to get the nose down in there.

T - Very light sweetness up front before being dominated by the citrusy hops. Tastes of grapefruit and hints of pineapple. Perfect level of bitterness.

M/D - Medium bodied with the nice bitter IPA kick. Very tasty IPA that could be a great session beer.

Photo of BierJager89
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
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 RobertColianni
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

10oz. pour into a Duvel Tulip at Hawthorne's Cafe in Philadelphia.

A: Translucent amber body with no tones. Thick, white, frothy head that lingers and produces tons of spotty lacing.

S: A perfectly build, slightly citrusy IPA.

T: Grapefruit dryness jumps out heavily as undertones of Lemon back it up.

M: A slight dryness and relaxing level of carbonation in the forefront with nothing overdone and an easy tingle from hop resins.

OVERALL: Blind Pig is a beautiful IPA. It's easy on the stomach, has great head, and is very juicy, but not overbearing. This is what IPA's were like before the "Hop Bomb" era. Thin, balanced, and drinkable with a perfect amount of citrus spiceness and all of the tonal flavors you'd expect from a West Coast IPA and the IPA style in general. Very 2007-2010.

Photo of thecheapies
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
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
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
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..

Photo of WiggyKGB
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Golfer3Aces
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Jemonster
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, I let this beer sit for too long. It was bottled on 11.10.10 and I'm just now getting to it on 2.8.11.

A: Golden honey colored with floating particles (maybe due to its age). White head and fine carbonation.

S: Smells like peaches and sweetness along with hops and wood.

T: Really good! I liked the flavor of Pliny more, but this has a lot of that similar character. Fruity peaches.

M: Nice and smooth and a little fizzy.

D: I gotta get this one again when its super fresh and give it another go.

Photo of jjhbrfdds
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow with a solid well formed head,peaks well and begins to pit leaving mountain like striations of foam and lace,this is one of the finest heads on a beer I have seen in years,as the head dissipates this beer tells you instantly its an IPA citrus floral west coast hops hit your nose,well balanced sweet acid and a solid west coast hop finish,man I could drink a ton of these,Fresh and on tap is all I could think of,but as for my bottle it was still an exceptional IPA

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,780 ratings.