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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,871 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,871
Reviews: 1,354
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,634
Gots: 581 | FT: 17
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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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Photo of mavbrew
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
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 Feelmebone
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
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 klewis
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
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 jhawkvol
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of starrdogg
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Trilogy31 for sending this one along as an extra.

It's a really nice looking beer, pours a largely clear yellow-orange with a medium fluffy white head. It's got a really nice sweet citrusy hop aroma with bit of biscuity malt lurking as well. The flavor isn't quite as citrusy as the smell would indicate. A semi-sweet biscuity malt hits first which transitions nicely into a nice hop bitterness. The flavor doesn't blow me away, but it's nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall this is a well-crafted IPA that is rather on the bitter side, it's not too sweet or citrusy, but comes together nicely.

Photo of Ian_B
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very clear, translucent orange-gold with a thin white head.

Aroma of Cara cara oranges and sweet pine; maybe a bit of mango.

Tastes closely follows the nose; pretty sweet, dark orange with a soft but notable piney balance. The finish moves toward slightly bitter orange/grapefruit; definitely a west-coast style balance. Mostly sweet and light malt, but with a touch of toast or bread to accompany the resinous finish.

Medium to well-bodied, smooth, with a light carbonation. A very slightly crisp finish.

Overall a very nice, drinkable, west-coast style American IPA. Pairs fantastically with Jeff Bridges' "Sleeping Tapes."

Photo of woosterbill
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
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.


Photo of brandon911
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thisisxxmyIPA
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear orange copper color though with recognizable sediment. This sediment does not, however, make the beer hazy. Thick white head from the pour. Dissipates very slowly, and stays frothy and foamy. BEAUTIFUL lacing.

S- Very citrusy hop aroma, and sweet small dominate the aroma. Small background of malt mianly coming through as sweetness. Like a light Elder aroma.

T- Sharp hops on the front, light pale malt notes, with a pleasing drinkable pine-like finish. Not immensely bitter, very well balanced.

M- Mouthfeel suits this beer very well. Medium-high carbonation give this beer a creamy feel which I really appreciate in IPAs.

D- Very drinkable. Again, I have to thank tbadiuk for organizing this trade. He's got some Allagash coming his way.

Photo of julian
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear golden yellow with a slight coppery hue. Nice white creamy head that dwindles slowly leaving a pretty good blanket on the surface. This is probably right around 6-7 SRM. 4.5

S: Trademark Russian River IPA nose. Lots of hoppy pine aroma, minimal citrus. I think I could pick RR IPAs blind out of a lineup by now. 4

T&M: Taste is a piney, earthy bitterness, but not overwhelmingly so. Slight lemony zest on the back-end. There’s an adequate malt bill in this, but it’s definitely unbalanced, the way I like my IPAs! Nice and hoppy! It’s crisp, refreshing and resinous in aftertaste. This one definitely wants you to remember it! 4 / 4

O: While not as perfect as PtE or PtY, this is in it’s own right a little brother of both of these and is a great IPA. I got nothing else to say other than it’s not PtE/PtY. Must...drink...MOAR! 4.5

Photo of kimcgolf
4.14/5  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 pagriley
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Shinck14
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IntriqKen
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the IPA fest at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena.
Pours a light pale golden color with lots of foamy white head that is incredibly sticky and lasting.

Aromas are a burst of hops...light fruits...pine oil, grapefruit peel and just a hint of sweet amber or pale malt.

This comes off as a light IPA with sweet malt in the beginning and then really nice citrus peel hops, some floral, orange, and grapefruit peel.

Incredibly drinkable and dangerously addictive.

Photo of ScottCoffee
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I heard raves about Russian River and now I know why. Very nice for its style. Hoppy taste, almost like juniper berries, but still drinkible. Color and smell are both outstanding. I had to go to San Deigo to find it as none of the Vegas stores carry it.

Photo of TaySuth
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/19/2011

Appearance: Pale amber color with a white, one finger head that slowly recedes leaving behind tons of lacing. Lots of carbonation rising from the bottom.

Smell: The aroma is smooth and hoppy. Lots of fruit and citrus. Could be a little more aromatic.

Taste: Great taste from the grains and a fantastic blend of hops. Very pleasant bitterness. The taste is very balanced though not quite as balanced as Pliny.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation and a nice body.

Overall: An excellent IPA that I will definitely be buying again.

Photo of airohead2001
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to glazeman for this one. Bottled on 6/7/10 - nice and fresh.

A - Beautiful looking IPA - hazy copper with a one finger head with nice retention and decent legs. Looked very similar to Pliny the Elder.

S - Citrus hops up front, followed by piney hops. The best part of the aroma was the sweet malt backbone that followed the scent of the tropical fruit and piney hops.

T - Outstanding. In my opinion, this one is better than Pliny the Elder. The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the malt backbone in the finish is slightly less pronounced in the taste than it is in the aroma. The hop layers in Blind Pig are out of this world - oranges, tangerines, mango, and lemons followed by intense Christmas trees. Just wonderful.

M - Pretty good. A bit under-carbonated for a regular IPA, but still a great mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. As this one warmed up a bit, the layers of hops became even more pronounced and kept me wanting more. One bottle is surely not enough.

Photo of Murchmac
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in a bottle which reads Bottled on 070808. That's pretty damn fresh! Love the label, DO NOT AGE! Only wish I was drinking it out of a mason jar...

Had this beer tons on tap at Toronado, needed to try it out of a bottle.

Pours a clear copper orange with lots of bubbles and carbonation comin up. Nice foamy head. Lacing that stays with it like a schooner cutting through frothy seas.

Sweet citrus, malts, and piney aromas. Crisp, fresh, Clean as a whistle, like Irish Spring soap and deodarizer.

Tastes a lot creamier than I remember. Thin bristlelike pine needles scrape the inside of my tongue while alternating sweet malts and grapefruits kick whats left of my tongue around.

Great mouthfeel. Has the resiny taste any good DIPA has, but this one is sweet to taste.

If I had to blindly run around a sty and wrestle a greased pig for another one of these beers i'd do it. Fortunately I can just buy one.

Photo of mntlover
4.15/5  rDev -5%
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 bunnyhustle
4.15/5  rDev -5%
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
4.15/5  rDev -5%
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 TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

This afternoon calls for a deluge of hops. Get some! This salvo pours a clear apple juice topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises caramel, pine, light leek, and ruby red grapefruit. The taste holds notes of grapefruit rind, mint, pine, light leek, and a much more subdued caramel. The body is a a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, heavy on the hops without overdoing it. Good times here.

Photo of berebrando
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good Beer! I bought it at Whole Foods in Tustin, CA (moved to Blind Pig because we haven't been getting the same Pliny the Elder shipments around here).

This is one of Russian River's deliciously hoppy IPAs. I was at the brewery for the release of the Younger (epic!) and Blind Pig was one of four or five IPAs they had on tap (including Blind Pig, the Elder, the Younger, Russian River IPA, and one more, if my blurry memory serves me well). It's good, but it's not Pliny good (great!).

I'm drinking it tonight from a pint glass, probably at a colder temperature than it deserves. The appearance, in this lighting, is a light-orange. Occasionally, bubbles emerge from the bottom, leaving a little layer on the top - though, the head from the pour has all-but disappeared. The smell is lighter than I expected, with the most prevalent essence being pine (maybe a pine forest following a summer monsoon), though there is also a little citrus. Taste is good, but it doesn't have the crispness I've come to love in IPAs like the Younger and Sculpin from Ballast Point. It tastes hoppy and bitter - it's a good level of bitterness, and it's well balanced, like many of the Russian River brews.

This beer is very drinkable! I would most certainly recommend it - and I'd also recommend the brewery, it's an experience to remember!

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a RR snifter. Bottle two weeks old...

A - Pours a golden honey color with a fluffy two finger off white head on a farily passive pour. Head dissipates a good pace, but there is some lacing to be had here...

S - Grapefruit, pine, citrusy hops, and maybe a hint of oranges...

T - Lots of grapefruit up front followed by some pine, bready malts and a touch of honey. Finishes with some lingering grapefruit, and a decent hop bitterness...

M - A nice thick mouthfeel for the style. On the higher end of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

D - Not my favorite from the style, but still an all around good and balanced brew. Actually perfer this one to Pliny...


Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,871 ratings.