Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,704
Reviews: 1,330
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,525
Gots: 508 | FT: 18
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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 tendermorsel
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great extra from a recent trade. Thanks Dan!

Poured a great straw color with plenty of long lasting foamy head. Smell was ok. Not quite as floral as I remembered with previous glasses of this.

Great hoppy taste. Citrus fruits up front. Pine needles on the back end. Very bitter. All hops. Little malt in the background. Mouthfeel was quite oily from the extreme level of hops in this beer.

Quite a drinkable IPA. I could have a few of these in a session for sure.

Reccomended. A great IPA.

Photo of abfraser
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Two full fingers of foamy head; great retention, strong lacing on the glass, beautiful golden color

S: Piney, citrusy hops...and lots of them

T: Hop explosion; phenolic, piney, citrusy bitter goodness. Hops aren't overwhelming and don't blow away the palate

M: Great creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation

D: Extremely drinkable given the 6.1% abv.

A great IPA. The expansion of RRBC means bottles are plentiful in the Bay Area--a wonderful thing.

Photo of jmalex
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm lucky enough to have pretty consistent access to this beer on tap, but a trip to the Bay Area allowed me to grab a bottle and bring it home with me.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory becker a hazy bronzed gold. A huge bone-white head sits on top and slowly drops to a rocky, large-bubbled cap with loads of lacing.

SMELL: No surprises here. Big aromas of citrus and pine just overwhelm... in a good way. The malt really struggles to find its way through, but maybe that's okay. The hops are the star for sure.

TASTE: A far more balanced flavor and the malt gets it's chance to be noticed. It's basically all sweet pale malt with a hint of toast and caramel. A firm bitterness backs it with the same pine and citrus grapefruit flavors coming to match, but giving a slightly sweet slickness as well. Very good and exceptional balance for an IPA.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium light body or maybe even lighter. The dryer the better, and this comes through. The carbonation is slightly low but still within limits.

DRINKABILITY: Very good. Several pints is the correct serving size for this, and I'm kinda bummed that I only have one.

A damn good beer for sure, but maybe not quite worthy of being in the top tier of IPAs. But I'll certainly never complain if I have one. This is definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of Kaiser81
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date of 7/21/10

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A - Clear orange with a little more than a finger width of head. nice lacing is left on my glass

S - Solid grapefruit smell with a few other tropical fruits. I think I get some nectarine in there.

T - Sweet side of grapefruit mixed with other non distinct tropical fruits.

M - Kind of a heavy body with light carbonation

D - Goes very nicely on warm summer's day in San Diego

Photo of mntlover
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

George's Unauthorized Home Bottling Project, Brewed 1/21/06 Bottled 1/27/06 Thanks for all the trouble George.

Pours a deep golden color lightly hazy with a thumb sized white/cream colored head that looks thick and foamy even though its short. Head falls to a ringed pond scum that laces well.

Smell is nice sweet malt with nice floral hops hitting fast and quick while pouring but vanish way too soon, again I might of imagined them. After pour and deep inhaling a more normal fruity /pine hop presence is all thats left along with some spicey peppery mint that blend into the pine aromas also.

Taste is hops right away on a light malt base big citrus flavors grapefruity, tangerine, apricot lots of grapefruit rind like bitterness with lots of almost pepper like spice thrown in and a long linger pine resin that sticks on the roof of your mouth along with the lingering spice. On big ass hop bomb here. Enjoyable little too much peppery like spice for my tastes to be rated better but still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is approaching medium nice lively carbonation guess all those hop oils don't have much body to them :)

Drinkability is good one big nice hoppy IPA not much balance but then again hop heads don't need balance. I personally don't see how Vinnie sells anything else when the Younger is on tap, thanks again for all the hard work George.

Photo of bb8189
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with Blind Pig - thanks to ironlung for throwing this one in as an extra in a trade.

500ml bottle dated 12/15/08 poured into tulip.

A - mildly cloudy, honey colored - quite nice looking. Just about 1 finger of head that diminishes slowly but never totally leaves. Minimal lacing as she works her way down the glass.

S - floral hops, citrus/grapefruit and a note of caramel indicating a hint of malt present behind all the hops.

T - lots of grapefruit with some pine backing it up. Hops bitterness dominates the initial taste, but the malt sweetness reigns it back in a bit at the end. Quite a nice balance - skewed slightly toward hops (after all, this IS an IPA), but not overdone.

M - medium bodied with little carbonation. Certainly not thin.

D - Excellent - lingering hops and perfectly reasonable abv make this one a nice session beer. Instructions: open, drink, repeat.

Yet another beer that makes me sad that I live so far from all these west coast classics.

Photo of twelvsies
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a recent beer haul from Colorado. Supposedly some version of this is claimed to be the first "West Coast IPA" so I feel like I'm drinking a little part of history here. Nice and clear amber, good healthy long-lasting head and lacing. Lots of pine and floral hops in the nose. Grainy but light malts take a backseat, but do a decent job at supporting the main flavors of this beer. This is a really nice tasting ale for sure, but I think the best thing about it is that it's so damn drinkable and so flavorful with out being a double IPA and with out being too high in ABV. If I had more I would drink it right now. Russian River knows how to do an IPA. Sho nuff.

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up after recent trip to RR. Bottled on 9/15, drank today so just over a month old. Poured into tulip. Fluffy, white head, good retention and lacing, golden and pretty clear. Smell is strong of citric and pineapple hops, a weird deep spruce smell too (if that makes any sense). Very floral. Taste was good but not as bitter as I expected. Nice balance of citric hops, a piney bitterness on the back of my throat. Slightly dry and bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was nice, not too thin or thick. Very smooth. Overall a great beer. I would take a Pliney over this but this is nothing to complain about!

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mucho thanks to JWD for this bottle.

Poured from the bottle a cloudy apple juice color with a small but foamy white head. The head left a lot of healthy lacing down the glass.

An earthy and hoppy aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, pine resin, and flowers.

A big, bitter hoppy punch of grapefruit, pineapple and pine balanced with a bit of caramel malts. The bitterness lingers thru to the finish but does not distract from the experience.

Light-to-medium bodied, slick and crisp, with a moderate carbonation.

Nt quite in the same category as Pliny, but very easy to drink and enjoy.

Photo of IrishColonial
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Shared with siege06nd. Thanks to Gambac for supplying!

A: Aggressively poured into British pint. Keeps a half finger of foamy white head. It is a nice light transparent orange color. Looks great.

S: Smell is mostly sweet tropical fruit. Mango mostly, with some hints of peach. Hints of citrus but not as much as I expected. Also a grainy malt presence that is very pleasant but a bit musty. None of the piney hops that I expected but smells delicious.

T: More of the hops and citrus come through but still not as much as I expected. One of the more floral tasting beers I've had; hibiscus or other tropical flower?? Extremely well balanced with the grainy malt notes. Aftertaste is orange with some lingering hop bitterness. However, not getting the grapefruit and pine intensity that I like in IPAs.

M: Delicious creamy mouthfeel, almost like a cream ale/IPA. Smooth and drinkable. Could tip these back all day.

O: This is a good beer. If this was readily available at the local bottle shop, I would buy and drink the sh*t out of this. The balance and creaminess is top of the line for an IPA. However, I think the Pizza Port Wipeout IPA wipes the floor with this (and other IPAs that will not be named). Recommended but don't buy into the hype as many of your off the shelf IPAs will more than suffice.

Photo of kimcgolf
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great hoppy beer from Russian River. Though not quite as good as the two Pliny's this did not disappoint at all. Poured to a hazy golden orange, with a strong citrus grapefruit hop nose and taste, a tingly, bitter mouthfeel, and a crisp long finish.
Great job RR!!

Photo of mavbrew
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml to DFH snifter. Bottled on 01/03/11.

A: Pours a light amber color with a finger thick, frothy white head that slowly dissipates, leaving little lacing.

S: Has a piney hop scent to it, as well as a bit of a toasted smell as well. Slight fruity undertones coming through the toasty notes.

T: Slight bitters upfront, but they are quickly overshadowed by the malts, slightly toasted and a bit of a bready characteristic. Following is a slight fruity undertone, much like the smell, it is overshadowed but subtly pokes through.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a slight tingly feeling and a dry finish.

D: Has similar characteristics of Pliny, just on a lesser scale. This is an excellent IPA, nicely balanced, just like PtE and not a trace of alcohol present. A definite must try IPA.

Photo of jackorain
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 500 ml bottle is very cool. The label is very cool

I noticed a significant amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle before I opened it and it was very easily agitated. For this reason, I poured this very slowly. I poured a little more aggressively when the Stone Levitation stemmed glass was ¾ quarters full. The liquid was a bright, crystal clear, straw color with a copper hue when held to the light. It was topped with a bright white tight foam. The head receded slowly but consistently to a beautiful lace, tall collar and splotchy, bubbly coat.

The aroma is outrageous. It begins with incredible amounts of pine and citrus hops. The citrus becomes very complex as you take it in deeper. Tangerine, navel orange, ruby red grapefruit. A bit of biscuit comes through in the aroma as well.

The initial flavor rush is a very pungent pine hops with a strong, sharp, brash bitterness that pushes through into the middle. The middle then brings some biscuit and caramel malt sweetness. This is quickly pushed aside by the hops, which come through with a more pine and some citrus. The citrus is mostly grapefruit and grapefruit pith here, not as complex as the aroma. The finish is a long pasting bitterness.

A medium to light body is back up by a vibrant and tingly carbonation. The liquid wets the palate quite a bit, to the point of feeling slightly watery at times.

This is a very good IPA. I could have several. The sharpness of the bitterness would make me look to something else.

Thanks For Reading

Photo of mattsdenney
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A gift from my sis-in-law who brought a bomber from San Fran to Nashville for Christmas (along w/ some Pliny too).

This one pours clear, light gold in color with a thick white bubbly head. Good lacing and retention with the head receding slowly. Smells like citrus and fruity hops, sweet grapefruit, fresh cut grass. The taste mirrors the smell with fruity citrus up front and finishes w/ grassy, earthy hops and lemon rind. The taste is a little weaker than I would have expected. The body is light and slightly watery, very little carbonation to speak of. I enjoy the flavor of this beer, just wish there was more of it. A little too thin in my opinion but still leaps and bounds better than most normal-strength IPA's out there. Glad I got to try it.

Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Briens. Hazy gold color with a thick white head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine at first with some lemon and resin as it warms up. Very hoppy and smooth with a nice dry finish. Extremely refreshing. I could drink this beer all day. An amazing West Coast IPA.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled on 22JUL08 meaning that this beer is about 4 months old, I don't know if there will be some distinct reduction in hops, I think it should be ok
pale yellow in appearance, nice little bit of head that chills out on top of the beer nicely. gorgeous lacing that hangs out on the side of the glass. When I up turned the bottle into my imperial pint glass there was a bit of cloudiness that filled my glass.

earthy earth earthy, the aromas are very herbal and again earthy with a bit of pepperiness and and some distinct citrus rind smells

HOP FORWARD! the nice slightly biscuity malts serve simply as a carrier for the hops, it's extremely dry on the malt side of things and ten it delivers the hops and they offer the whole spectrum, peppery, lemony citric rind and a lot of earthiness

medium light body and medium light carbonation lots of astringence

This beer is a total vessel for the deliverance of hops. That seems to be the whole point of it. I prefer an IPA with a bit more malty sweetness to counter act the obvious bitterness of the hops and create a balance that contrasts and pops out a lot more flavor from both. That said, this is a single IPA and it is expected to be a bit dryer. I like this one, it's rather high grade stuff and I would be happy to drink it again.

Photo of farrago
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presents a big foam on the pour, a good deal of very large bubbles, settles down to the surface quickly leaving a thick, sticky lacing behind. Medium orange to autumnal yellow in color, more transparent at the rims, good brightness throughout. There's a toasty crispness to the nose, the white and pink grapefruit accents penetrate but not violently, retains some honeyed bread crust and cereal aspects, light guava, pineapple, nectarine fruit scents, the malty smoothness is sneaky and mostly before it all dissolves, mainly milk chocolate powder. Medium-bodied, a touch lighter than expected given the expressiveness of the nose, the carbonation more broad than fine, lifts things like an air balloon rather than hang glider. The grapefruit, tangerine, lemon citrus sweeter here and, by the same token, the malts more present and soothing. More grass and grain than bread or cereal, a measured rawness to it. A breeze of spring flowers comes through at the end. Admirable alternation between balanced integration and letting the dog off the leash in the park.

Photo of nd5282
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This refreshingly hoppy beer did not disappoint. Not intensely hop ridden but still noticeable within the aftertaste. The hops finished off with a sweet and pleasantly strong aroma. With a clear golden appearance this beer is both easy to drink and quite satisfying as well.

Photo of klewis
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/19/08
ABV listed at 6.10%

A: Pours golden with a moderate, frothy head. Heavy lacing.

S: Good hop aroma. Pine, lemon, and some grass.

T: Smooth, complex hop taste with flavors of pine and citrus and a light floral character. More bitter than your typical 6% IPA and lacking any malt balance, yet still tasty.

M: Huge body for the ABV with very light and fine carbonation giving it a very soft, silky texture. Quite dry with a lingering bitterness.

D: An IPA that is quite smooth and tasty, yet the bitterness might be an obstacle to some.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a snifter

A- One finger head, very clear, golden clear straw appearance, nice carbonation, excellent lacing, very attractive IPA
S- Aroma is excellent, hops, citrus, grapefruit, very refreshing and attractive aroma.
T- Malts are apparent, nice bitter hoppy flavor, hints of citrus and pine but nothing overpowering, nice bitterness that I love in IPA’s.
M- Full mouth feel, well carbonated, very balanced.
O- Easy drinkability, very refreshing taste, did not live up to the aroma, but still a solid IPA from Russian River that I would drink on a regular basis if it was available.

Photo of TATTORSO
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ~ Bottled 07-08-08. 500 ml Into an unmarked mason jar. This beer pours a hazy, clouded golden color with a firm, foamy head. Towers of tiny bubbles build through the glass & settle at the bottom of the head, supporting the remaining crown of foam. Broken patches of sticky lace line the jar. This beer is "purdy as a pig."

S ~ Powerful hop presence from the onset. There's a combination of citrus rinds ~ bitter grapefruit with notes of orange peel and floral piney hops & dewey wet grass. As the beer warmed I thought I picked up a sneak of malt?? The nose is fresh & clean. Very appealing.

T ~ First sip cold is a hop assault. Citrusy, piney, sharp hops with a soft balance of malt.
The finish is dry, crisp & bitter. The taste is primarily hops as it was intended, but is suprisingly well balanced & not completely one dimensional. As the beer warmed the edges softened a bit & rounded out. Following the nose ~ refreshing & approachable. Wish there was a little more malt in the background.

M ~ Fuller than I expected. Smooth & well carbonated. There's an oily resin that clings to the lips as well as the jar.
Crisp & tart with a sharpened, bitter finish. After the astringent tongue beating there's a lingering bitter aftertaste on the tip of my tongue & at the top of my throat...almost a medicinal heat.

D ~ Enjoyable and perhaps the best IPA that I've sampled to date. (Surly Furious comes to mind) Very managable ABV thats well concealed. A little over hopped to be something I'd session with on a regular basis. A quality offering from Russian Rivers. Certainly worth a try & very approachable. Pick up a pig if you get a chance.

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to N. Ketchum for the opportunity to drink another tasty brew.

Poured out of a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a tulip style pint glass.
Freshness date is 8/4/11.

A) A clean looking orange with a good two inches of foamy white head, with nice retention and ample lacing.

S) This is quite fragrant, strong grapefruit presence, nice floral aromatics, light pine scent.

T) A good balance of malt and hops,creates a nice tangy brew. There is a pleasant citrus flavor, that melts into earthy tones. The finish has some bitterness, and is slightly dry.

M) A medium bodied brew, that is somewhat lightly carbonated. It feels a bit slick on the palate. There is some persistence to the finish, but not in an unpleasant way.

O) Drank my first bottle of this last weekend, after enjoying my first bottle of Pliny. I'm glad I had another bottle of Blind Pig, and that I held off on the review. I would have tried my best not to compare the two, but it may have been inevitable. In the end, Blind Pig is a damn fine IPA, and should be recognized as such.

Photo of woosterbill
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

500ml bottle, dated 10/22/10, courtesy of jethrodium, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Crystal clear pale amber body with an inch of creamy tan foam. Average retention and some light lace. Simple, and simply attractive.

S: Extremely clean, fresh lemon, grapefruit, and faintly resinous hops. No malt at all, which is just fine with me. Great, but not nearly as intense or complex as I was dreaming about. Just a really clean, solid dose of hops.

T: Completely, utterly dry, with nothing but wave after wave of hops. Excellent IPA, but a little watery on the finish, which surprised the hell out of me. Crisp and refreshing, but not overwhelmingly flavorful.

M: Fairly light bodied with very low carbonation. Smooth and slick, but not memorable.

D: So clean, bitter, and dry that I could drink it all day. Amazingly drinkable.

Notes: Huge thanks to Jared for sending a couple fresh bottles my way. I shared both of them, and everyone who got to try it agreed with me: this is a super dry, super tasty, and incredibly drinkable IPA - but it's not quite superlative. My expectations were probably way too high, but (unlike Pliny the Elder) Blind Pig didn't manage to live up to them completely. I'd love to be able to drink a few on a nice warm summer day, but I won't be trading for any more.

Cheers!

Photo of indiapaleale
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright peachy golden with two inches of nice thick, white, fluffy head. Great pour, very similar to PTE.

Smell is fresh citrusy hop-goodness. Its also got a bit a fresh cut grassy sort of smell but overall its lots of grapefruit and fresh west coast hops. Nice and piney.

Taste is a quick bitter smack to your senses that is followed by a bit of malt sweetness but not as much balance as PTE. Its definitely a good IPA but it lacks the balance of some of the bigger combatants. If you are a fan of hop bitterness and tongue drying IBUs this is the one for you.

Its not that I don't like it, cuz I do. I just was expecting a little more balance which would have made it incredible.

Definitely worth a shot but I wish I'd brought back two Pliny the Elders instead of one of each.

Photo of snaotheus
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours slightly cloudy yellow-orange-copper with a pleasing head and pleasing carbonation. Smell is very pleasant, straw, yeast, bread, hops of both floral and spicy character.

Taste is not a hop fest. To me, very slightly lacking in hops. This is not to say it's absent, just balanced more toward malty yeasty goodness than bitter hoppy goodness. I don't consider this a flaw, really, just not perfectly to my taste.

Mouthfeel is thick and round and fluffy.

Still a very solid beer. I like it.

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