Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,345
Hads: 5,196
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.89%
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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 BWED
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pint tumbler pour at Monk's Cafe, Philly.

A- Golden, with a slight orange hue. Off white head with great lacing, however retention isn't great.

S- Citrus and pine. Juicy. Pineapple. Just a faint malt sweetness, but who needs it with all this juice.

T- Nice sweet pineapple and citrus. There is a bit of toasty malt as well.

M- Mellow bitterness. Juicy, wet. The finish is dry, but really great.

O- Where is the hype to this one?! This is such a fantastic little brother to Pliny, and well overlooked. I'm glad I finally got to try this one. So great, and I'll be going out of my way to find it again. (605 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light golden yellow with an ample fluffy white head with good retention
S: Tropical fruits, some pine, a little resinous and slightly sweet
T: Soft and gentle flavors of citrus and pine with a solid malt backbone. Aftertaste is oily with some sweetness and a bit of citrus
M: Perfect mouthfeel. The beer is smooth and creamy without being overly thick
O: A very good beer Date on the bottle is 31 Jan so pretty fresh and purchased from the source (457 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice big head with excellent retention with a cloudy orange color.

Huge grapefruit flavor, citrusy, resiny, a bunch of hop varieties seem to be used in this one.

Taste is of a huge hop profile. Grapefruit, resiny, citrusy, spiciness comes through. Malt backbone only provides body and balance for the beer.

The mouthfeel is crisp and dry. It maintains a slight amount of astringency.

Go drink this beer, stop reading my review. (432 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Joey from SBD for hooking me up with this deal-bottled 7/22/2008 into Coronado pint glass...

Beautiful crisp natural honey color and ample carbonation with slight haze. Tight bready head is spot on with decent lacing

Not sure how you can get better than this-oily, floral, grapefruit hops with even backbone of caramel malt and slight alcohol burn. Perfect.

Almost ditto on taste-even citrus hop bite with malty backbone. Slight earthiness precludes perfection but this is awesome.

Mouthfeel is consistent hop pucker from back to front. No burn or aftertaste but it's a little thinner than expected.

If I had more bottles of this I could session this up all day. Incredible. (689 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale yellow gold, hazy... fluffy white head,decent lacing

S - Citrusy hops up front, lots of grapefruit. Some spicy and piney hops. Mellow, straw like malt notes.

T - Smack of grapefruit and spice... great great hops taste. Some piney hop and straw like malt tones on the back end. Nice bitter, but not burning bite.

M - Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Not sticky and no aftertaste.

D - Excellent, full flavored, non overpowering IPA. Would have drank this all night if there wasnt 3 other beers i wanted to sample. (527 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pint sized bottle purchased at Willow Park in Regina. Bottled on 04/16/10. Nice and fresh considering the distance it travelled.

Poured in a pint glass. Gold/orange in colour and a little cloudy. Big bubbly white head on top with staying power and lots of sticky lacing.

Hoppy aroma highlighted by citrus notes and a hint of pine.

Nicely balanced from the start with the malt balancing out the hops. A nice juicy fruity taste that slowly evolves into a hoppy aftertaste with a moderate citrus snap. Hoppy but not abrasive.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Very smooth considering the hop presence.

This is a great American IPA. I tend to favour balance and drinkability and alot of American IPAs just go overboard with hops in my opinion. Blind Pig however manages to bring the hops to the forefront without going overboard. (843 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass. I'm surprised this is my first rating of this beer. It's medium golden with a nice frothy white head. Retention is good and scattered lacing is left on my glass.

The aroma is that of a near perfect IPA. Blind Pig has a strong citrus hop presence, imparting notes of bitter grapefruit as well as orange rind. There's also a lot of pine in the nose too. There's no noticeable alcohol, and the malt backbone is faint and crackery.

The taste is very bitter and packs a hell of a lot of hop flavor. It oozes pine and citrus hops. There' not sweetness. The crackery malt profile lets the hops run the show. No sweetness is detectable, and alcohol flavor is nowhere to be found. Bitterness is medium-high. The finish is crisp and clean. It's also very dry, and bitter. It leaves pine and grapefruit lingering on my palate.

Blind Pig is light bodied with good carbonation.
The mouthfeel is bone dry, crisp, and leaves my mouth sticky. (942 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 500ml bottle purchased at City Beer Store in SF.

A - Golden with a slight haze and a thick white head. Nice lacing.

S - A floral, fruity hop aroma. As with Pliny, it's like opening a fresh packet of hop pellets.

T - A great balance of hop flavor and citrusy, grapefruit bitterness. A bit more bitter than Pliney. And the lower alcohol (6.1%) lets the hops play a bigger role. I think I actually prefer this one to Pliny.

M - Good body and carbonation.

D - I could drink this beer all day long. It's everything I like in an IPA and nothing I don't. (567 characters)

Photo of TheseusT
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/7/10, drank 9/27/10 from a cold pint glass. Pours a beautiful amber "que lindo es" with a 1/4" head. The aroma on this is absolutely amazing, like fresh-baked pineapple upside cake wafting from an open window on a hawaiian ranch. The taste at first is wonderful, just a flood of flavor with a feel of almost impossible balance of water and creaminess, facilitated by the beautiful bead on the bubbles. The lingering bitterness may be too much for some. But all good things at a price. Including tracking bottles of this down. (535 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my appetizer before I went and had my Pliny the Elder. Both of these were available at the Falling Rock Tap House on tap.

Light Gold color with very little head. No visible carbonation and some very nice lacing.

Very fresh floral and grapefruit/citrus aroma. Really nice.

Wow, a fantastic IPA. Hop bomb with a Grapefruit focus with the flavor. Yet still balanced and with a nice malt backbone. A touch of cracker in the background that works well with the hops...

Rather light in body and really refreshing. Wonderful drinkability. I would drink this all night, had Pliny not been on the menu.

A great IPA. (620 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to brother BA mikesgroove for this gem. Consumed on 11/01/08.

Golden in color with a pillowy white head. Left great, sticky lace throughout the glass.

Aromas whafting with complete, unabashed, piney, citrusy hoppy goodness. Very fresh in the nose and hardly abrasive.

Smooth on the palate, very much so actually. Amazingly fresh and vibrant hoppy flavor with great bitterness to boot. Long lingering on the palate with the hops. Great play, really, with the light malt character and the heavy hops... IMHO, the way an IPA ought to be. Because of that, Blind Pig shoots up the charts as one of my favorite IPAs made to date.

Fantastically drinkable, mid-level in body, and highly sessionable based on above notes. My first venture into Russian River was a highly successful one. Splendid.

Many thanks to mikesgroove, again, for this one.

Zum wohl! (866 characters)

Photo of W_Des
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A really tasty beer. I get a citrus and pine in the nose and the body is well balanced with the bitterness. It pours a nice golden color and finishes slightly dry. Really drinakble IPA from Russian River. (204 characters)

Photo of amphion1065
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This past Sunday, I lucked into a freshly tapped keg of Blind Pig at Monk's Cafe - how serendipitous. 16 oz. pour into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear golden, straw-like hue. Yellow like gossamer strands, with an almost-translucent body. A one-finger white head leaves minimal lacing.

Man, we just don't make IPAs that smell like this on the East Coast. This one smells like a pine forest, with a huge, sticky, resin-filled aroma. Big notes of oranges and other citrus fruits add another layer of sweetness and the promise of a bitter hop bite.

Pure, unadulterated, fresh hops in the taste. Simultaneously fruity sweet and quite bitter, the flavor balance is fantastic. Oranges and mangos, with that very clear pine flavor, too. Pretty much a paradigm for the style.

The mouthfeel is excellent, with a high level of carbonation that enlivens the flavors at work. I could see myself drinking this exclusively if I lived near Santa Rosa.

Very easily one of the best IPAs I've ever had. The flavor of this beer belies its ABV, and it is a fantastic example of hop balance. I'll be hunting down some bottles soon enough. (1,138 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says Bottled on 010213.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before gradually lightening to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer web-like pattern of surface foam. Very resilient lacing slowly creeps down the glass.

S- An amazingly sweet hop aroma almost smells like orange soda. The malt, although restrained, is a key element in executing this sweetness. Semi-musty but the tropical fruit notes dominate bringing to mind pineapple, lemon and grapefruit juice.

T- The flavor is decidedly less fruity as the aroma at first, but the deliciously grassy/citrusy/bitter combination of tastes is sublime. Blazingly bright hops and some mildly toasty malt in the background conjoin to make an intense, yet very pleasurable drink. Alcohol makes its presence known but stealthily weaves itself into the profile. Bitterness is persistent and welcome. Juicy, vibrant.

M- Very sharp in a great way, bringing a solid bite from the hops but still somehow containing subtlety. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I think I might like this better than Pliny. Guess I'll just have to drink some more of both to find out. Either way, they're both excellent beers. (1,271 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer is a light clear golden amber color.

The aroma has grapefruit, pine, sweet orange, bright lemons floral, and a caramel sweetness to it. It does remind me of Pliny, but not as big. There's tropical fruit too.

The flavor has pine, huge grapefruit, some tropical fruit. The bitterness hits you first and then there's some sweetness, and then a slight bitterness lingers. Lots of caramel malt sweetness balances this beer out. The juicy grapefruit hits you initially and then rolls throughout the experience of the beer. Pine on the finish.

The bitterness stands out this more than Pliny. The body is medium. The mouthfeel is really light and delicate.

This beer is so darn easy drinking and clean. It has a lot of similarities with Pliny the Elder with its characteristics. It's a wonderful balance of bitterness and malt sweetness. Like it's older brother, this beer is all about balance and drinkability. (919 characters)

Photo of NCSUdo
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle, bottled 093008

A: Clear golden body under a big chunky white head. Very nice retention and very nice lace.

S: Fruity. Big citrus hops mixed with some subtle, more piney hops. Grapefruit, mango, passion fruit. Malt backbone is there. Very balanced, very nice.

T: Again, very balanced. Bitterness is about medium, citrus hop twang through out. Maltiness is there again, but hops over shadow it. Slight hint of pine as well as well as a certain peppery kick towards the tail end. Balance looks to be the theme here, although the bitterness is slightly high every other gulp or 2, but that's really splitting hairs.

M/D: Velvety mouthfeel, carbonation is low, light to medium bodied. Very, very drinkable. Very balanced IPA, nothing too heavy, nothing too light. This is about as good as it gets in every way in terms of an AIPA. You aren't going to find many, if any, AIPAs done better than this. Superb. (921 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at Backcountry Pizza in Nederland. Pours an orangish brown with a silky beige head. Nice lacing.

Nose has citrus fruits, piney hops and sweet malts.

Taste is a delicious blend of bready malts, fresh fruits and floral hops. Medium body is very well carbonated. Near perfect example of teh style. (313 characters)

Photo of SirRuss
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Radiating, opaque amber. The color is rich and full, the suspended sediment a perfect density, and the head -although brief - displays a well integrated structure and leaves behind some pretty good lacing.

S - Simple blend of citrusy hop and a touch of pine set within an airy plume of light powdered sugar.

T - Again, very simple, but so well balanced. It's a perfect -although reorganized- reflection of the nose, with the powdery sugar leading the way, and the hoppy fruits and pine owning the middle to end. It may not sound like much, but in a manner reminiscent of fine Italian cuisine, each flavor is distinct, clean, and oh so fresh.

M - Even the carbonation seems to have been well thought-out. It provides a tailor-made body on which the flavor profile neatly hangs, and leaves a dryness that -along with the hops - carries the delicate sweetness of the malt to a perfect finish.

D - Like a sumo wrestler in a zorb ball, the blind pig's powerhouse flavor profile is wrapped in a buoyant sphere of balance and body. This is a quintessential American IPA, with the versatility to succeed in any environment, and the ability to satisfy until the cows come home. (1,177 characters)

Photo of afksports
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After playing football there are pretty much two acceptable types of beer. PBR, and lower alochol by volume IPA's. Fortunately, I had this Blind Pig around. The bottle date is 9/29/10, so it's just over a month old.

That said, it's still fantastic. It pours a straw hazey golden hue, with a finger head that sustains with nice lacing. Smells like pine, but, tastes like more than that. Hoppy, some citrus, some sweetness too. Beautiful. Medium body, but it's not overly done. Perfect drinkability for a session. I'm going to come back to this early and often, as soon as I can get my hands on it.

And in the meantime I might have to find another substitute for PBR. A man can only drink so many... (700 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. HUGE thanks to KevSal for this one! Bottled 9-30-11

A: Medium straw yellow and amazing clarity. One finger white head with awesome retention and sticky lacing.

S: An awesome blend of citrus hops. Pineapple upfront and grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, light lemon and mango. Touches of sweet caramel come through.

T: Sweet caramel up front. Very nice merge into the hoppy citrus bitterness. Again pineapple is upfront mellowing the grapefruit acidity. Lots of orange peel zest, and some light lemon. The caramel stays right there through out but is taking a backseat to the hops.

M: Medium light bodied. Medium high carbonation. Super crisp and finishes very dry. Nice lingering citrus flavors.

O: What a choice. Just had a Sculpin the other day. This is right there for my favorite IPA. Almost a Pliny but a tad less balanced with hoppy bitterness standing out a bit more. Amazing IPA. (932 characters)

Photo of veinless
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 03/02/2011

Randomly decided to pick a bottle of this up to re-review it, as I wasn't happy with my original review. Enjoyed this a lot the first time around, so I'm looking forward to it.

Pours an incredibly crystal clear pale yellow-orange with an ample two-finger head that is frothy and looks like pure-white cake icing. The body of the beer looks exactly like solid amber you would find in jewelery or at museums in the fossil display. Head dissipates, but not too fast. Leaves incredible amounts of lacing, with rungs and spots both all over the glass. Bubbles continue to rise to the top of the glass for a couple minutes, adding to the beauty. I don't usually write this much about the appearance of a beer, but this one is stunning to look at.

Aroma is of pineapple and jackfruit, with candied citrus, caramel, and mandarin orange also coming to play. The malt sweetness is very balanced and never gets saccharine, while the fruits are calming and refreshing - this beer doesn't punch you in the face with its smell.

Taste follows, with a nice citrusy start, a fruity sweet middle accompanied by a slight refreshing bitterness, and a phenomenally balanced bitter/sweet/sour finish that comes together beautifully. The start is much more citrusy than in the nose, with lots of fleshy grapefruit and orange providing a nice start, and the middle has only a bit of the tropical flavors from the aroma. Pine and resin come in a bit to add complexity here, and the bitterness is at just the right level to go with everything else. The finish is gloriously neutral when everything mentioned before is added together, as the bitterness fades nicely while the sweet and citrus end up fading as well, leaving you only with a slight bitterness and a softly dry ending. I'll go out on a limb and say that this is the best finishing IPA I've ever had in terms of evening the palate out with each sip. One complaint I have is that the pine is a little much at times, but right when it feels it is too much the citrus and sweetness come in to balance it out before it gets out of hand.

Mouthfeel is incredibly well done, with a lightness to go with the flavorful body I have not seen done this well very often. Never gets watery, and never gets too heavy either. Carbonation is weak and perfect, offering a bit of life but fading quickly to allow enjoyment of flavors. Drinkability is the best in any beer I've ever had, regardless of style. 1) The abv is conducive to longer sessions; 2) the finish is neutral enough that the beer never gets boring or overpowering; and 3) the beer is flat out awesome in every regard. I've had my fair share of IPAs and DIPAs since the last time I had this, and right now this is beating all of them. Incredible beer. (2,765 characters)

Photo of skivtjerry
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light amber color, with a small sticky head. Aroma is clean pine, citrus, flowers and a touch of cannabis. This tastes great; just a tiny bit too rough to get a perfect score. Mouthfeel is likewise nearly perfect, tilted a bit too much to the bitter side. The slight malt flavors help with this though. Very drinkable, I like this better than Pliny. (357 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this fantastic brew.

Pours a clear deep yellow/orange color with a massive flufftastic white head. Nose is balls out hops and a very slight skunk. Taste is quite incredible with an awesome citrus and pine hop profile that is beaten by few if any IPAs. Like eating a bowl of pellet hops. Very nice mouthfeel, a touch dry. Drinkability is second to none here, as this one is chuggable as hell. Overall a very very good IPA that I would love to have available locally. Midnight sun IPAs are some of the best in the world, but Russian River still holds that top spot IMO. amazing beer, strongly recommended. (630 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 7/9/08

Appearance: It pours a hazy golden/amber color. Head is just a tad off-white and only about a finger and a half deep. It dissipated pretty quickly, but left a nice sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: The nose is very, very impressive. It's loaded with citrus sweetness. Grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and mango aromas are very prevalent. Hops are strong and are primarily citric in character. Smells like heaven. There's a healthy dose malt. Pale malts are all I'm picking up. Not noticing any caramel. It does have a bit of an earthy quality to it, though it doesn't seem to be the hops. No alcohol is noted. This is a pretty straight forward, but fantastic smelling beer.

Taste: It's damn near as good as the nose, but not quite. There's a heavy citrus aspect to this IPA. Grapefruit, pineapple, lemon and mango are noted. It's sweet, but very refreshing. Hops also are citric in quality. They really have a near perfect bitter flavor. It's extremely appetizing. Pale malts provide a little balance and character, but they don't really detract much from the bitter flavor. It is a little grainy and earthy. Alcohol is blended extremely well and is not noticeable at all. Finishes sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is pretty active, but doesn't get in the way of its smooth feel. Where's the "6" for drinkability? It is that drinkable. With abv at 6%, I'd have no trouble drinking loads of this (and I'd be thrilled to do so).

Blind Pig's an excellent IPA. Easily among the best out there. I'd prefer just a little bit more of a piney quality to the hops. But, I'm not going to complain any more than that. This is a very fine IPA. Can Russian River do anything wrong??? (1,748 characters)

Photo of majorhavok
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Overall a very good beer, although it tasted much more citrusy than I expected, and much more than some other hoppy RR IPA's.

Smell: Lots of citrus piney goodness

Appearance: Orange with light head but lots of lacing.

Taste: Tons of grapefruit highlights with smooth hoppy/citrus domination.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for me, but I prefer a lighter feel than most. This is thick but no chewing required for this beer.

Overall, I have a very high opinion of all of the Russian River beers I have had, and this met my high expectations. (534 characters)

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,345 ratings.