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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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1,383 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,383
Hads: 5,383
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 1,820
Gots: 806 | FT: 24
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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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Joey for getting this one across to me so quickly. I have been itching to try this one for a while and finally a bottle is made and I can get my hands on it. Very nice 500ml bottle is served up chilled and poured into a tall pilsner glass. Consumed on 08/04/2008.

The pour was very nice, rich and lively looking for sure. A nice golden amber color was transposed into the glass. Lots of carbonation actively searching for a place to go, lands it up at the top of the glass and into the mix of a rich white frothy head. Nice two inches of head quickly races by and leaves with it a nice fluffy and intact pillow across the top that slowly deposits tones of spider web like sticky lace down the sides of the glass. This was a good looking IPA.

The aroma was pungent and fresh, dripping with hop resin so bitter you could feel it through your nose. Very floral, with big notes of orange and tangerine, hints of grapefruit and lemon, with a bit of pine tar thrown in for good measure. This was what it was all about. The flavor was more f the same, and this could have been quite possibly the best tasting IPA I have ever had. Right up there with Sculpin for sure. Huge, sticky fresh hops, loaded down with candy coated sugar. Big notes here of orange all over the place. Lots of citrus of every conceivable kind just literally dripping in here. This is what I would imagine chewing on a still growing hop vine would be like. It was intensely fresh. Nice medium body, almost chewy at times gave way with more then ample carbonation and a nice profile that really just did not let up. As for drinkability...thank you sir and may I have another! This was fantastic.

Overall I have to say this one in know way let me know down. It was the big IPA that it was meant to be while still staying true to it being completely session able. I would love to have this one hooked up to me 24/7 as it was just that good! Go and get some, you really cannot beat this for a west coast IPA.

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Photo of vacax
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10 days ago. Pours rich golden orange with a big fluffy white head. Good retention and an excess of lacing adorns the spent glass. Aromas waft into my nose in elegant waves of papaya, pineapple, pine, and mango. The flavor is equally tropical as the nose, but is actually a lot more floral and herbal. Despite the incredible nose, this is only moderately bitter, matched by the juicy fruit and flora, and not excessive on the palate or alcohol (which is reserved for the DIPA). Medium in body, with a lively prickly carbonation. Delicious, intense, yet approachable. A paragon of the style. I know of no better version of the India Pale Ale.


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Photo of jwc215
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to bitterbill for this one!

500 ml bottle - bottled on 07/09/08:

Pours clear golden (then hazy upon second pouring) with a creamy/bubbly white head that descends a bit to stay as a thick, frothy cover. Thin lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of citrus and pine all-over-the-place. Robust, aromatic hoppiness.

The taste is citric (grapefruit and orange) with pine. Bitterness is rounded out by a sweet maltiness in the finish. Smooth. Chewy medium-to-full bodied.

Nice hop profile to say the least - an ode to the Pacific NW in a bottle. A hop-head's delight. The citric and piney notes work well together. But, this isn't just a boat-load of hops. The malt comes in at just the right time to tie things together and adds another level of complexity and balance. A deliciously hoppy IPA!

Thanks again for this gem, Bill!

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Photo of pnkRed
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At my first sip I knew I was drinking something special. This is the beer that came before Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger. The hop character is similar, but less bitter, and the malt is a lot smoother than the elder. At 6% you can session the DIPA! Floral, citrus, and piney aromas destroy the nose as you let the bitterness scrape your taste buds clean and cling to your palate. This can step in Elder's place when he's not around.

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Photo of Zerric
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle poured into my trusty Stone glass

a- golden dark with a nice head, which did last throughout the drink

s- citrus defintly but the hops smell was delitful, little pine as well.

t- like it smelled, wonderful citrus come through the botterness, allows the flavors to get through perfectly. dry finish.

m- easy light body. carbonation is light as well.

d- i would drink this bottle all day every day. just a darn good beer. luckily picked up a case. ill guard it with my life.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

golden orange, slight haze, nice creamy white head and lacing. floral hop aromas mostly in the nose with some citrus, grassy, and tropical fruit notes as well. lightly sweet biscuity malts are dominated by a lemony hop bitterness that is neither harsh nor smooth. well carbonated leading to a frothy mouthfeel. almost light bodied. hoppy, bitter, drying finish comes out clean. could drink a lot of these. Enjoyed this even more than pliny the elder and wish it were available in my area.

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Photo of kevinv
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 04/16/2011. Consumed late April at ~2 weeks old. Reviewed from my backlog of notes...

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange-copper with a huge 3-finger fluffy white head. Great head retention and delicate lacing.

S - Grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, orange, light pine, and just overall terrific. Powerful floral hop aromas with a slight malt profile to back it up.

T - Extremely fresh and crisp hop flavors of orange and grapefruit. This one brings the bitterness and ample hops that hop-heads crave. Wonderful. Again, a nice pale malt helps round out the sweetness in this IPA. Dry and bitter finish. Slight oily resinous feeling lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium bodied brew with a medium carbonation.

O - Overall, this is a clear favorite of mine. I honestly try to be conscientious about how many "5.0" scores I give out, but this one really hits the mark and is every bit deserving of the high scores BA's give it. It's amazing how drinkable this IPA is. There's no question that this would be my go-to-IPA all year long if it was available locally. I know this comparison has been made plenty of times, but even with as good as Pliny tastes, Blind Pig takes the cake for me.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Toronado.

A: A very light pale golden color. A nice sized white head. Quite a bit light in color than I'm used to seeing in an IPA.

S: Lots of piney hops and lots of fruit.

T: The first taste to hit the palate is that of the hops. The great thing about the hops is that they are not that bitter, but rather they are absolutely delicious. Following the hops is a big burst of juicy fruit. Probably the most fruit I've ever gotten out of an IPA. Grapefruits, orange, melon, etc. This is simply an extremely tasty beer.

M: Very good mouthfeel: light, refreshing, nicely carbonated.

D: This rates very high on the drinkability scale. It's well balanced, goes down smooth, finishes crisp and refreshing. I highly recommend this brew, especially for IPA lovers such as myself. Is it the best IPA that I've ever tasted? Maybe, a side-by-side tasting would do better to answer that question. I know it's certainly in the discussion.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, golden-orange color, with a nice-sized, sticky white head. Aroma is great. Full of pine, pineapple and grapefruit. The taste is just as the nose would suggest. Great hop flavor in the form of mostly grapefruit and pineapple. There is a pleasant bitterness present. This is a great IPA that would be one of my go to beers if I had access to it.

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Photo of Osseous
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into IPA speiglau. Golden Amber color. SRM ~13. One and a half fingers width of white head. Constant trail of bubbles. Smell was incredible: pine needles, juniper, and grapefruit citrus. Taste was clean and refreshing: crisp beginning with a building of piney bitterness. Punch of grapefruit and hints of orange. Great resurgence of creamy foam upon agitation. Moutfeel was crisp and clean, ultimately refreshing without being too light. Overall, a heavy hitting IPA that stands formidably against most conventional DIPA. Great beer from a great brewery!

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Photo of da_beers
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Got in a trade for some HT. First time having, was blown away to say the least.

A - Light golden straw, similar to Pliny in that regard. Small head and crystal clear pour.

S - Sweet malts, light hops, citrus scents of grapefruit and others. Full bodied scent for sure.

T - Starts with sweet malts, very light hoppyness. Great balance, its amazing really. Bitterness comes at very end, yet still ends with the smooth sweetness.

M - Light to med. body. Smooth across the palate, smooth carbonation as well.

O - Great beer, so smooth, I probably said "smooth" 10 times in this review, but really thats what screams at me. It is crazy drinkable - simply great beer.

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Photo of UnderPressure
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Clear orange beer. Nice one finger head. Great retention. Great lacing.

A really nice American hop aroma with a balance of sweet, slightly spicy malt.

The flavor is to die for! Fantastic hop flavor. Citrus, floral, resiny, maybe a little pine. Adequate bitterness. A perfect malt balance. Awesome.

Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation. Long lasting dry finish.

This IPA is out of this world. Right up there with Pliny. Very west coast American. Definitely drink it fresh.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excellent look. More golden in color that other IPA's but the head, oh that head. Creamy in color and texture that looks like a topo map of the Rockies. Wow! Tons of sticky lacing.
A wonderful aroma of floral, citrus, pine fills the olefactory senses.
Usual IPA flavors but RR just does it better. This has a lot of everything with out too much of anything. Perfect IPA flavor with out being too big.
Mouthfeel is smooth yet sharp.
I wish I had another bottle.
Thanks flexabull. I'm jealous that you get to drink this all the time.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at RR

Pour was a strong yellow with light orange and amber. Light white head. Nice lacing on the walls of the glass.

Tons of citrus with a blend of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and pine to add something else. Very vivid and bright.

This was quite bitter with white and red grapefruit up front followed by a pine and orange flavor. Malt body was light and clean.

Mild carbonation, light body, slight resin like sticky feeling.

This was far more bitter than I am used to with blind pig. Either way, this is still one of the top 3 IPAs in the world.

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Photo of uberabr
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this one on tap at RR on Saturday and actually preferred it to the Russian River IPA and Pliny the Elder. Drank from a pint. Appearance is similar to their other IPA's, hazy yellow amber with some gold and some darker reddish hues. No head thanks to the Neanderthal behind the bar. Smells of cascade and a bouquet of floral and piney hops. Taste was excellent. A wonderfully rich combination of bitter pine, fruity hop, and some mouth-watering candy sweetness. It was similar to Pliny but had a rich backbone of fruity syrup that made it stand out. Mouthfeel and drinkability were excellent as with all RR beers. This was definitely one of the best IPA's I've tried lately.

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Photo of largadeer
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a pretty unassuming beer; no fancy tap handle, not a lot of hype surrounding it, no extreme ABV. Nonetheless, the more I drink it, the more impressed I am. The nose is fresh and fragrant, full of pine and grapefruit. The taste mirrors the nose, with an exceptionally rich, fresh, piney hop flavor. An underlying caramel sweetness is present, coming through right before the finish, giving it balance. The aftertaste is long, leaving a slight oily bitterness, but without any astringency. Quite possibly the best IPA around.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into pint glass. deep golden color with a nice white head. i was instantly hit by an intense mix of serious hops, lemon citrus and pine scents. WOW this beer smells intense.

first taste surprises. with a smell that is so intense one would expect extreme bitter. but its not. yes there is a nice little bite on the back end. but there is an awesome flavor. full flavor. smoooth. but like i said a hint of bite on the tail end. this beer basically drinks itself its so good. if it is this good out of a bottle i cant wait to try it off tap.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clean yellow color with a orange-ish hint and a white head. In the aroma, grapefruit and orange citrus and a mango like hint. In the taste, grapefruit and orange citrus, and big pine like hop presence. Almost like chewing on a hop and orange rinds. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel. with a semi dry grapefruit rind aftertaste. A smooth, big west coast IPA. Fantastic!

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Photo of Gavage
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: slightly cloudy golden yellowish / light orange color with a two finger head that slowly fades. Some light lacing develops during the session.

Smell: loads of pine and grapefruit rise from the glass. Very enjoyable.

Taste: nice malt sweetness balanced by pine, grapefruit, and green grapes. Alcohol is well hidden as the hop bitterness is strong but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, lightly crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness rides the tongue for a while.

Drinkability: a wonderful IPA that could be consumed all night long. Can't get a better representation of the west coast style IPA than this one.

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Photo of bosco7
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub.

Beautiful pale color that has perfect clarity. Nice head with quality lacing.

Big pine, ruby red grapefruit, and grassy aromas. Uber aromatic. NICE!

Lots of pungent grapefruit pulp, orange rind, and pine flavors. Malt is understated yet noticeable. Not as much alcohol on the tongue as Pliny. Clean bitterness that makes this oh so drinkable.

If I did not love Pliny the Elder so much I would have this more often. One of the best IPAs ever made.

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Photo of bifrostguard
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Translucent rusty copper color with a moderate fluffy off white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Effervescence is on the level of Alka Seltzer.

S - Piney and citrus hops backed by a malt sweetness. Pine sol is the closest thing that comes to mind. Outstanding for an IPA of such a low weight.

T - Bitter. Pine and citrus hops are severely imbalanced towards pine. A solid malt backbone is overpowered by the bitterness of this brew. Very tasty indeed.

M - Moderate in body and lively in carbonation. Dries out the palate quite nicely without being too overbearing. Watery around the edges and as perfect as I could imagine.

D - I tend to think of this as a more sessionable version of Pliny with a comparable but pinier taste. Very enjoyable and won't knock you on your butt as quickly as its double IPA counterpart. After having both a bunch of times now I actually prefer Blind Pig. Yes, you will drink a lot of these and yes, you will still feel great in the morning.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My original review (below) was rather terrible, so when I finally got a chance to revisit it (thanks, Chris!), I jumped at it.

Clear light amber with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a gorgeous IPA. The nose is fantastic. Bright, pungently hoppy and fruity with citrus (grapefruit? clementines? tangerines?), tropical fruit (pineapple, a little bit of mango) and no real malt character to speak of, this is rather marvelous. The palate opens with a massive hop character with a blend of resiny bitterness and a gamut of fruit flavors. There's grapefruit, pungent and resiny, pineapple with both bitterness and explosive almost acid-like brightness, and a blend of oranges and some mango. There's just a hair bit of toasted malt character present, but really, this is all about the hops and the bittering hops at that. In fact, there's so much going on that I even get a little bit of mint and just a wee bit of leather, especially on the finish. So clean, so refreshing, this beer is light in body, moderately carbonated and has a lip-smacking good finish that really lasts. Lots of resin and fruit are present, this is one of THE best hoppy beers I've ever had. Marvelous stuff
**Reviewed on: 05-14-2008 03:28:19**

Picked up a growler while at the RR brew pub

A: Crystal clear amber with a dense two-finger white head. Gorgeous lace

S: Pine, more pine, some pineapple. Sticky and sweet smelling

T: Sharp pine bit with some mild orange and grapefruit. There's a faint malt backbone. Excellent, dry finish

M: Mildly carbonated with a sticky and dry finish

D: I have a growler!

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Photo of Hendry
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden honey color, filtered and clear as a bell with a generous two finger soapy white head, lively carbonation,solid lacing.

The nose is subdued when making the inevitable comparison to Pliny, which has more going on with the seductive phenols and tropical infusion. There are floral hints in there along with some light clementine, and a piney presence of hop goodness in the spotlight.

Taste is an altogether different game: Blind Pig offers a splendid blast of clementine juiciness, some candy like malt sweetness,and a distinct pungent hop kick. Medium to full bodied, mothfeel is sticky & chewy hops,oily and flavorful. Smooth easy drinking with no alcohol detected.

Russian River knows how to make great liquids, and Blind Pig is a fine example. Get a bunch of these if you can get your hands on them, highly recommended.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

East coast guy gets to visit Russian River, wow, how lucky am I? Poured into a nonic pint glass at the brewery.

This pig pours a clear dark golden hue with a one finger fluffy white head that leaves a thin layer throughout. Stickiness is damn good, just what I expected for this brewery. Smell is a sweet fresh piney hop burst with a nice earthy/dirty hop undertone. Nice caramel malt scent is mixed in quite well with the gritty hops. Taste is of big earthy hops, just how I like my IPA's. Has a very nice bittering effect on the tongue, but not over-powering. Sweet grapefruit hops seem to surface about midway through with a nice caramel malt balance as well. Aftertaste is somewhat dry, but very clean. In my opinion, perfect tasting IPA. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Such a treat on tap. I could easily put these down one after another. By far one of the best IPA's I've had to date, and I've had a couple ;)

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy orange with a nice off white head that laces the glass well.

S-Big big grapefruit combined with a strong pine hop presence. Tropical fruit notes are clear as well. Smells very delicious.

T-Incredibly dry and bitter. Big pine! Much more bitter than I was anticipating. The grapefruit and fruity hops notes are detectable as well. This beer is quite powerful but it is not one sided. Quite complex as well. Don't let the pig on the front fool you. Tongue burning deliciousness.

M-Great mouthfeel. Has the mouthfeel of a IPA but the taste of a DIPA. Slick and nicely carbonated.

D-Very drinkable. Alcohol is masked perfectly. One of the more intense tasting IPAs i've had. Once again, Russian River blows my mind.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,383 ratings.