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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,950 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,950
Reviews: 1,359
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,670
Gots: 619 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 4,950 | Reviews: 1,359
Photo of KSHunt
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A: Pours an orange/amber with vibrant straw-colored highlights. Multi-finger soapy off-white head leaves sheets of white lacing peeling down the glass.

S: Aromas are largely citric hops: pink grapefruit, mandarin orange, lime, mint, and bready malts.

T: A bit piney, then slightly citrusy, but hop loaded all-the-way-through. There's a nice, smooth, mildly-sweetened malt background the whole way through, and sweetest up front. Tad soapy; strongly bitter -- all goes together well.

M: Medium bodied, liberally carbonated, and smooth.

D: Yeah, this is a nice beer. It's pretty heavy and hop-y, however. I couldn't drink em all night. Elder is smoother and most balanced, despite being stronger.

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

500ml bottle: Acquired from HopHead84 as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks Shane!

Poured into standard pint, color is hazy orange, with a three-finger creamy off-white head that quickly dissipates leaving heavy sticky lacing on the side.

First whiff and I was kicked in the teeth with heavy citrusy hops. Put the glass down for a few moments, and then gave it another sniff. While the citrus dominates, I also get pine and dry grass aromas as well.

Upon tasting, I get very little malt and the hops present so strongly in the aroma don't come driving through as I had hoped. Don't get me wrong, the grapefruity and piney hops are still there, especially in the finish. But I would love to have seen a bit more malt in the profile.

A very good IPA offering.

Photo of Jesse13713
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to MadVermin for sending this as part of our recent trade. Poured into my Danny Boy's pintglass. Bottled on this past Valentines day.

Appearance - Three fingers of quick rising head are noticeable immediately. Appears well carbonated, fresh and bubbly. A very transparent lager-looking beer. Caramelly yellow that looks sweet and inviting.

Smell - I can smell the malts in this without even trying. Smells of sweet roasted malts with toffee and caramel. A slight bitterness in the nose due to the citrus hops. Smells very spring-like and fresh.

Taste - A rougher orange rind taste all throughout. Full of citrus and overall quite complex. Surprisingly not very bitter. The aftertaste is unique and different in that it feels like I'm sucking on an unpeeled orange. Popping with flavor and balanced well all-throughout. A slight lemon zest. No single flavor really dominates over the other.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - As stated above, well-balanced and complex. Very light bodied and easily drinkable. Perfect to enjoy in any fashion. A perfect amount of bitterness, sweetness and rough citrus. A solid IPA.

Photo of tbart75
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jrsaffert
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JDV and pintsized for sharing.

A-Clear orange-reminded me of sunset orange colrs
S-Grapefruit on sniff, grapefruit on a bigger whiff, grapefruit when I walked 10 feet away
T-Sweet light honey malt upfront, then surprisingly grapefruit and a slightly grassy hop taste leading to a lingering bitter finish.
M-Medium body, great crisp carbonation, tingles a little in the mouth.
D-Lingering bitterness took away from drinkability for me but overall fantastic brew and would seek out again.

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange beer capped by a finger of microbubble foam.

S: Huge dominant citrus overwhelms most other scents. There is a malted presence but I cannot zero in on it.

T: The citrus comes through in tangerine and orange zest. Based on the smell, I was expecting a much different beer. I know this isn't a DIPA but it sure as heck smells like one. Still, medium bitterness and some sticky pine finish off the beer. Not too much to say about the malt profile. Some bready sweetness there but nothing to write home about.

M: A crisp and refreshing beer on a warm day such as today. Light bodied and a mild carbonation make this a wonderful brew. I could stand to see the body with a little more substance.

D: Yes, all day.

Photo of glass_house
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of frothyhead
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow-amber into a snifter with a small bubbly off-white head. Healthy amounts of sticky lacing around the glass as it drains.

Nose is hoppy goodness, with big notes of grapefruit, citrus and pine. Hops dominate, with just a bit of pale malt and grains trying to balance it out.

Mouth is medium to light bodied and silky with hop oils with a slightly dry, bitter finish. Medium to low carbonation. Feels a tad thin.

Taste starts with a bit of subtle honey sweetness up front and then pounds through a huge blast of hop bitterness, pine and subtle grapefruit. Prickly bitterness lingers long after it goes down.

Drinkability is high, as this is solidly delicious and relatively low alcohol.

Overall, this is a great example of a hoppy American IPA. Refreshing, not overpowering or overly bitter, and absolutely delicious. My only complaint would be in the slightly thin/watery mouthfeel and I feel like a bit more carbonation might make it even more quaffable.

Photo of The_Beer_Shark
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of afrokaze
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2/14/11, poured into tulip.

A: Pours a nice golden amber, with about 1 finger of bubbly head that quickly settles into decent lacing.

S: Wow, I could smell the citrus as I poured it without even getting my nose near the glass! Lots of orange, lemon, and grapefruit up front balanced by strong pine resin and just a little alcohol.

T: Nicely bitter, with the grapefruit notes almost dominating but not overwhelming, followed by plenty of piney hop oils and malts that are present but slightly too subdued, just enough to keep things in balance. Alcohol is barely noticeable at first, but warms just a bit along with the beer over time. Grapefruit bitterness lingers on the palate seemingly forever!

M: Adequate but a little thin, with not much carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable; feels like it's about 5% ABV and very refreshing, but not quite an all-nighter.

Overall, a really good West Coast IPA that is prototypically hop-forward, but something holds it back from greatness. I'd definitely buy it again, but it's almost too easy to pass this up for Pliny.

Photo of zoso1967
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color with a good head and decent lacing. It had a pleasant smell of piney hops with some interesting earthy notes in the background. The flavor was very complex for an IPA, and it took me a minute to pick out the toasty malt taste that I think really sets this beer apart. It of course has tons of citrus and pine tastes from American hops, and a pleasant amount of malt sweetness holding the bitterness up, but there is also a very nice amount of toasted malt flavor that seems to seamlessly mingle with all the other tastes. It made me keep coming back for another sip and was a much appreciated addition. Nice dry finish and on the lighter side of a medium bodied brew. Would make a great session IPA and paired quite well with my slightly spicy entrée. If only it was easier to come by.

Photo of smanson56
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of happygnome
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice golden orange color with about a half inch of head that disappears steadily. Meaning that it is not as fast as some beers i have seen, but not a slow either. There is a lot of lace around the edge of the glass and atop of the beer

s: Piney, citrus hop bitterness grapefruit lemons. All of this balanced with a nice caramel malt backbone

t: similar to the aroma. The sweet caramel backbone hits you first. Second is the ths citrus hops. Lastly and nicely placed is the piney hops.

m: medium to full bodied beer with a little carbonation

overall, wow this is a good beer. I wish I could get more easily

Photo of sweethome
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, unflitered golden color with nice white head.

Big nose jumps at you on the pour. Smelling the hops before even lifting the glass. Grassy, some pine and grapefruit.

Entry is bitter, a smooth maltiness for a brief moment....then an explosion of bittering hops and hop flavors...grapefuit, a little pepper, and back to building citrus and pine. Lacks much of malt backing - thats not what this beer is going for - but maybe just a touch more would take it up on flavor scale for me.

Love the mouthfeel, which is hard to comprehend given previous comment - there is enough malt to give this thick and creamy mouthfeel, but it is hidden in the flavor profile. Pushes out to the edges of the palate with silky feel...untill the bittering wins.

A stylish IPA that helped define the american ipa style - glad I finally got to try it.

Photo of natasharai
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with an off white frothy head that dissipated to a thin layer leaving some lacing. The beer is a yellow-orange golden color and is clear.

Smell: Strong hops presenting a big citrus aroma mostly of grapefruit, some sweet floral smell as well.

Taste: Sweet citrus, pine, malty caramel sweetness, hit of roasted malt, ends with a floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium bodied, leaves mouth feeling dry.

Overall: Fairly drinkable, good strong hop flavor, balanced with a sweet malt, refreshing beer.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/26/09

A - Pours a nice dark orange, slightly unfiltered, average head and decent lacing

S - Initially bitterness of hops with a slight citrus/fruit tones which fades to a toasted and fresh bread aroma

T - Dry bitterness from the hops first but quickly turns to a sweet flavor with mainly grapefruit and lemon notes. As it warms and goes through the palate it finishes with notes of pine and grassy/earthy notes.

M/D - High carbonation as most IPAs, medium body with a dry finish and slightly "chewy" but very easy to drink.

An IPA with the complexity of a DIPA but without the hostile takeover from hops, excellent IPA

Photo of jdhowe
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 05/02/13.

Bottle reads 6.25% abv.

A: Pours a pleasant clear golden color with 2 fingers of off-white bubbly head. Quickly dissipates to 1/2 finger of head and then to a film. Lacing is strong in places and nonexistent in others... inconsistent but nice.

S: Smells strongly of hops, primarily citrus character with a little malt sweetness

T: After the nice smell, I was hoping the hop flavors would step up and "wow" me when I finally took a sip, but I was a little disappointed. The flavor is nice, but not terribly strong, with citrus and pine dominating, but malt being present. It finishes with a bitterness and a flavor that is a little earthy or even grassy. Certainly not bad (and definitely well above average) but I am a little let down. After going through most of a pint and allowing it to warm a bit, the hop flavors have stepped up as expected and have actually made this quite good for an IPA. Enjoyable and highly drinkable.

M: Very pleasant. Not overwhelming, nicely carbonated, and very drinkable/refreshing. With how fast I'm tearing through this bottle, I'm surprised at just how drinkable this beer is.

O: Very glad I finally tried this. It won't become a staple beer for me, but I'm definitely not sad to have some of these on-hand. A very solid IPA.

Photo of nyrangers955
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gkunkle
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Horse Brass pub in Portland. Serves in an imperial pint. It's a nice copper color, mine didn't have much of a head, but it sounds like most think it displays a good head when they pour themselves. Smell is of strong citrus and hops. Taste has some grapefruitiness and the hops, with just a touch of malt. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. Overall, it's a dang good IPA. Sort if what one would expect from Russian river.

Photo of Goliath
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, slightly hazed, orangey/golden color with a large inch and a half slightly yellowed head. Decent retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma is awesome. Really just up my alley! Big grapefruity citrus dominates with a honey like sweetness. My mouth is already watering!

Taste is good. Not quite as great as I was hoping, but not at all bad. A nice hoppiness grabs you and leaves citrus all over the tongue. A slight malty sweetness lingers for a bit and then gives way to a piney bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. A nice carbonation tingle is quite refreshing.

Drinkability is fairly high. Flavor on this IPA is really nice, and alcohol is easily sessionable. It's quite a nice beer.

Photo of russwbeck
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden brown pour with a small white head. Small amount of lacing and minimal retention.

S: Piney with a citrus hoppiness starts off the aroma, giving way to a caramel malt finish.

T: Hops to start, hops in the middle, and hop bitterness to finish. Citrus and piney just like the smell, all based on a nice subtle maltiness.

MF/D: Light and smooth, crisp and clean. Very enjoyable drink. Wish I could have it more, but it'll be a long time until we see this sold in PA I suppose.

Photo of jstrahan
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly coudy, but clear golden color with creamy head

S - strong hop smell, with little fruit/floral aromas

T - very malty, not as much citrus as i'd like

M - nice bite, but the malt is overwhelming

D - the malt is too much for me, but moderate alcohol content makes this very smooth

Photo of erikm25
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a darkened lemon with amber and slightly charred copper highlights. Head was minimal. While the retention and lacing were not noticeable this was filled to the top of the pint glass and exuded a menacing and welcoming tone.

S: Grapefruit and citrus zest. Sharp aromas like fresh pineapple and mango coupled against a flowery backdrop. Very slight malt backbone. Overall, still very crisp.

T: Solid fresh hop taste. Despite the sharp aromas this is still very mild and floral in tastes. Smooth with a citrus and lemon tang finish. I would recommend this to anyone looking to get into IPA's but not wanting to be completely overwhelmed by stabbing hops.

M: Medium and resiny with solid carbonation.

D: Another offering that I picked up at Collins in Seattle. Very drinkable and highly recommended with their rib eye.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,950 ratings.