Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,704 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,704
Reviews: 1,330
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
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Gots: 511 | FT: 18
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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:
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(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of DIM
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We went out for dinner last night after a long, but ultimately a great, day. I was very happy to see this on-tap.

a: This was a slightly dark golden color with some amber highlights. It was served to me with a short, frothy white cap that faded to lace.

s: Huge, fresh hop aromas of grapefruit with a little pine. This was sweet as well, with aromas of vanilla and caramel.

t: Mirrored the smell for the most part, but I was surprised by how sweet this was. Not a classic west coast IPA at all, this had a sturdy malt backbone that tasted of vanilla cookies and caramel. Plenty of hops here as well, flavors of bitter citrus with a little pine.

m: Very creamy with a nicely sticky body.

d: Great IPA to toast some good news with!

Photo of gpcollen1
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some of these reviews mad e me laugh and some made me cry - but on with the beer.

Served at about 40 degrees or so. Poured a light golden amber into my Harpoon .5L IPA glass. A huge head rises and slowly settles with tons of lace.

Aroma is strong toward the citrus with almost a floral sweetness - very nice considering it is 2 months old.

Hits the mouth quite smooth and then a roll of citrus sweet malts usher in the carbonation - which in turn, rolls the bitterness across the tongue. A silky dry and bitter finish leaves you wanting more for sure.

What a nice IPA. May not be as mind blowing as some claim - at least according to my taste buds - but quite a nice drinker and quite a good IPA.

Photo of alohaC
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Toronado. What more can you say? It’s the grandpappy of IPAs. Pours a nice, somewhat hazy orange with a surprisingly light, thin head. Big piney and grapefruit hops waft from the glass, so you know what you’re in for. The hops take over your first sip and really show no mercy to the malt in the background. A bit unbalanced. This is straight up, O.G. West Coast IPA style. Lots of grapefruit and pinestraw. Good body with a clean, crisp and pretty dry finish. IPAs have come a long way since Vinnie first brewed this in the mid-90s, but this still holds court with the better ones of today. Cheers to a legend.

Photo of everetends
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle I got from Douglas14. Thanks a lot again, man. Served up in an imperial pint.

A: Pours a really nice, honey yellow/brown color. Held to the light you get a lot of clean, yellow color. It has a slight haze to it. The pour yielded about a finger of, fluffy, foamy, white head. The head has pretty nice retention and has a ton of stickiness to it. Carbonation has a shitload of activity in this beer. Lots of carbonation bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. Really good looking IPA.

S: Man, you can really smell the hops. Just a ton of grapefruit and citrus aromas from the hops. The only thing coming out is the hops though. The presence is nice but not very complex.

T: Taste is actually really damned good. The hops are big and heavy with grapefruit, slight piney goodness and citrus. The hops has a really nice initial bite, but that is cut quickly by a good amount of bready malt. The malt is sweet and really balances this beer nicely with what tastes a bit like some honey sugary goodness. You get some nice pineapple flavors coming through in the sweetness. Slight bit of peppery spice in here as well. It really doesn't have any thing too crazy going for it, but the balance is damned near perfect.

M: Medium in body this beer does have a touch more wateriness to it than expected. Carbonation level is hign, and it goes down pretty easy and it is damned refreshing. ABV is very light and nice in the feel. Aftertaste is mostly of some good hops flavor.

D: This brew is highly drinkable and very nice. It is incredibly well balanced and damned tasty. Its not the most mind blowing IPA, but the balance is the incredible part of the brew. This really is an easily chuggable IPA. Nice for sure. She may not be the chick at the bar with largest rack, but she has curves in all the right places and, best of all, she was an easy close.

Photo of drseamus
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft at the Toronado. Light amber body with a thin white head. The aroma is all wicked strong grapefruit. The flavor is much the same; big grapefruit flavor with backing malt and good bitterness. Medium body that seems more alcoholic than it is. All around a classic big west coast IPA.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From sstorck, thanks a lot man!

Bottle to pint glass. Looks like this was bottled beginning of June.

A: Lighter body than most IPA's you see, closer to straw than gold. Off white head has tight white bubbles and sticks to the glass fairly well. Good carbonation.

S: High quality IPA nose, with tons of ripe tropical fruit, dried papaya, some distant orange & grapefruit zest, and pine, loads and loads of pine.

T: Hop forward with pine bitterness. A little grapefruit. Supremely drinkable, with medium bitterness and dryness.

MF: A lighter medium body that borders on creamy at times, refreshing and dry. Medium carbonation.

O: Totally sessionable IPA with a great nose, good flavors and bitterness, and a nice mouthfeel. A go-to beer if I ever had one, now if only I lived in Cali...

Photo of tbart75
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock

Very clear pale gold.

Floral and citrus nose(similar but not quite as pungent as two hearted).

Clean, fresh hop profile with faint pine and grapefruit.

Very drinkable and balanced. A slight bitter punch in the finish is appropriate. Very good but not my favorite.

Photo of mondegreen
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into an Allagash tulip. Bottled on 01/03/11.

Pours an attractive clear golden with an appropriate near white head. Russian River males some very nice looking beers.

Nose is a nice blend of citrus hops and bready malts.

Taste is moderately bitter with a balanced (if slightly thin) hop presence. Finishes with lingering bitter grapefruit.

Medium bodied, well carbonated. Ever so slightly slick.

This is an easy drinking IPA. Not as assertive as big brother Pliny (nor should it be), Blind Pig is a solid entry in the American IPA category.

Photo of jpbebeau
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened up a 500ml bottle dated 010612 that I picked up in San Francisco last week, poured to tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful transparent straw-yellow with one finger's worth of creamy head. Beautiful bubbles release from the bottom of the glass while moderate lacing clings to the side.

S: Delicate, ethereal piney hops. Some citrus, as well.

T: Follows the nose. Great balance, with a dry grapefruit finish that lingers.

M: Refreshing carbonation and the perfect body—lightweight but far from thin.

I would happily drink this all the time, if I could. Perfect balance, high drinkability—plus it has a pig with a cane and glasses on the label!

Photo of davidw987
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful beer. I'd like to do a side by side comparison with its brother, Pliny the Elder.

The bottle was dated Nov 19, a 60 day old beer. I believe it has been kept under refrigeration for the entire time. BTW, I love these half liter bottles. 12 oz leaves me wanting more, but 22oz is often a tad more than I really want.

The appearance was very clear golden orange. I thought the beer was filtered until my second pour, when a tiny amount of yeast floated out of the bottom of the bottle. Kudos to the brewers for such a clear beer with some residual yeast.

The smell was all about the finishing hops. I haven't brewed in over a decade, but I think I detected some Columbus hops in the mix, or maybe a small amount of Chinook. In any case, it was a complex set of hops with a distinct pineapple aroma.

A strong bittering hop was the dominant taste characteristic. I like my IPAs to have a bigger malt profile, but I had to look for that malt sweetness. The bittering hops lasted well past the swallow. I bet this would be very thirst quenching on a hot summer day.

Over all, a very good California style IPA.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review in some months, time to try again.

Pours a pretty light copper golden, slightly hazy with a thin white head that goes to a nice cover that sticks around a good long while. Very nice.

Aroma is gentle for an IPA, floral, light bready malts, only a hint of citrus. Flavor is a much stronger punch of bittering hops, lots of piney and grassy notes, sharp and bitter. But also some citrus- sour (grapefruit) rather than sweet (orange). I used to not like this, and it is still now a "once in a while" flavor for me, but very enjoyable.

A nice change up IPA, not my favorite, but good and worth having again (and again).

My original review on tap (before bottling):
Tasted a couple of pints at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA at the Blind Pig Roll-Out party starring Vinnie C. $4.50 pint or $8.00 with the proper Mason Jar Blind Pig glassware (keep the glass).

Relatively pale golden color with a nice creamy head.

The aroma was actually less pronounced than I expected- what was there was very nice floral hops, bright and clean. But not very strong.

The flavor was very good, floral hops and more hops, but not overpowering. Malt was there, but that's not what this beer is about. A lot of flavor, much more pronounced than the aroma.

The best part of this beer is its drinkability. Very well constructed and it is great to just sit there and watch the glass empty all by itself. The ABV is low enough to allow more than one.

Highly recommended.

Photo of TaySuth
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
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
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
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 smanson56
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spinrsx
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle - thanks to zacs for this one

Appearance - Mostly clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing (large bubbles) and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, grapefruit (juice and zest)

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a decent amount of hops. There is also lots of citrus going on; oranges and grapefruits both the juice and the zest. The beer finishes with a citrus and hop aftertaste that lingers on the tongue.

Overall - Definitely my kind of IPA. Lots of citrus and a nice clean and refreshing taste. It is along the lines of one of my favourites: Bells Two Hearted - but with a touch less sweetness. It has a fantastic balance and its very drinkable. If only I could get this stuff all the time.

Photo of glazeman
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle dated 6/7/2010, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a bright gold with a one finger white head that has pretty good retention and moderate lacing. Overall a pretty good looking IPA

S: First whiff blew me away. Usually I have to put my nose up to the glass and take a big inhalation to get a good idea of the smell of a beer. With this one I poured it, and could smell it while the beer was leaving the bottle. Needless to say, one of the most intense smelling IPAs I have come across. Dominated by the hop notes with a nice balance of citrusy and piney smells a little bit of grapefruit in there, but it's deeper down.

T: One of the more bitter IPAs that I have had recently. As with the nose, nice mix of pine and grapefruit on the tongue. If IPA is synonymous with hops than this beer is the epitome of an IPA.

M: Pretty good mouthfeel. Nothing that really makes it stand out, but nice level of carbonation and moderately sticky.

D: The one-dimensionality of the hops limits its drinkability somewhat for me. However it's relatively low ABV (6.1%) for a top level IPA does lend itself well to having more than one glass.

Photo of ahalloin
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tall glass, a clear golden color with a big active frothy head. Could be filtered.

The aroma is a bright piney and citrus conglomeration. Some notes of caramel sweetness come through as well. The piney hoppiness is pretty overwhelming.

The flavor is mostly hops! The nose displays a bit of citrus hops but the finish is all blunt piney hops. The aftertaste is very bitter and sticks with you.

Great beer if you are a devotee of hops.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden coloring with a nice foamy head that settles at about 1/2 inch.

S: Citrus and pine hops, lemon, peach and a hint of something tropical (mango or pineapple?).

T: Strong pine hops at the start with a nice malt backbone that kicks in right before the finish. The finish is smooth without being overly bitter. Mouthfeel is a bit light, but this one is still pretty tasty.

Photo of ramseye4
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this in a trade, I can't wait to try it out. Bottled on date on the side, with plenty of warnings to drink fresh. Can do!

A=Pours a cloudy golden color with a surprisingly small head, tons of lacing though.
S=Completely wonderful medley of hop aromas, grapefruit, and a bit of lemon zest.
T=Strong oily hops with some pine, and a faint bready malt taste. Very good combination of hops that is very pleasant on the tongue. Not a palate wrecking hop bomb, but more of a mellow array of strong hops.
M=Medium bodied, light carbonation helps to bring out the flavor
O=Good beer overall, and just another reason for me to rue the fact I live outside of Russian River's distribution

Photo of israel
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pwoods for the opportunity to try this beer

A- perfeclty clear golden in color with a constant stream of bubbles rising to the surface where a fluffy whit head resides.

S- Hops, hops and more hops and definitely no malt aromas here. some big grapefruit citrusy aromas as well as a bit of spiciness in the backdrop.

T - No surprises here, very similar to the aroma with the grapefruit and pine like hop flavors. almost a sweetness to the taste like a faint powdered sugarness.

M - Really nice in this department. the beer just washes over the tongue with all that hop juiciness but then retreats quickly to the recesses of you belly. Wouldn't call this beer dry by any means just not a lot of residual sweetness which I like a a lot.

D- May I have another...I wish this was more accessible in my area.

Photo of vfgccp
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%

A - Crystal clear, gold body. Bright, almost neon, white head with great retention and nice lace.

S - Herbal nose; pine, sage, parsley. Touch of banana and starchy plantain.

T - Bold woody hops up front with cardamon, bitter dandelion, and parsley. Lightly sweet bread crust and orange center. Pithy bitter finish.

M - Bright carbonation with a creamy and surprisingly thick body for a single IPA.

O - About as big as single IPA's get. Assertively bitter with a really nice flavor profile. Better nose on tap than in bottle.

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4.18 Blind Pig
Jay Jon Anth Vin Avg Weight
A - 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25 10%
S - 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 20%
T - 4.00 4.00 4.25 4.50 4.19 40%
M - 4.00 4.25 4.50 4.50 4.31 10%
O - 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25 20%

Photo of peacebone116
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on Sunday while enjoying the Younger. Poured into a small Allagash tulip.

A: Crystal clear golden straw, with a beautiful, quickly receding cream colored head. There is delicate lace left at the edge of the glass and very fine wisps floating at the center.

N: Hop dominated, the usual suspects are evident in the nose: piney citrus and grass.

T/M: This is a very hop forward IPA. The citric piney bitterness coats the tongue, finishing cleanly. The sweet malt flavors really subside in the background, coming in very subtly to aid in the quick disbursement of bitterness. The carbonation is actually quite decent right now, despite the fact that it was poured two days ago.

This is an excellent IPA; crisp and clean, it really exemplifies the standard IPA, which in this world of Imperials and Doubles, is oft overlooked and under appreciated.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to baycat for this one.

Bottled on 04-04-11

A - Clear golden amber body, big white head. Really good look.

S - Grapefruit, pine resin, pine wood, fresh cut grass. Nice complex hop aroma.

T - Bitter, citrus, pine, dry, Bit of tangerine on the back. Nice complex hop flavor. Well balanced with the nose.

M - very smooth, dry. An excellent mouthfeel.

O (D) - this is a great IPA. I am happy to have it. I wish I lived in CA.

Photo of rowew
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500 ml bottle, orange label with a pig in dark glasses and a cane. Several warnings to drink this beer fresh - this was bottled on 07/22/08. ABV clearly marked at 6.1

Appearance: A bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, but I left it there. Pours a clear orange color, average head with good retention.

Smell: Smells like resinous pine, with a bit of fruit. Tons of hop aroma, just a hint of malt sweetness in there.

Taste: Good combination of bitterness and hop flavors. There is more bitterness here than I expected, but it is a very nice combination. A bit puckering.

Overall impression: Certainly hop heavy - if you are hophead this one should be a must-try.

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