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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,476 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,476
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,484
Gots: 459 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of BobbySue22
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured a darker shade of gold, almost amber. Had a very small head that was gone within minutes.

Aroma: Had a very hoppy aroma which was very pleasant. The hops gave off nice aromas of both citrus and pine.

Taste: The flavor was what you would expect from a west coast style IPA, full of citrus notes and some good hop bitterness that lingered a bit on the tongue. A nice subtle malt backbone added to flavor of this delicious IPA.

Mouthfeel: Nice full-bodied beer that had a nice amount to of hop bitterness lingering on the tongue. Had a nice dry and bitter finish.

Overall: A great example of a west coast style IPA. Loved the citrus and pine aromas as well as the citrus and malt backbone in the taste. Easy drinking IPA as it does not have an overwhelming amount of hop bitterness but enough to taste and appreciate the hops. Very good brew.

BobbySue22, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty fresh bottle bought from my local supplier. Poured into my RR pint glass.

Appearance is a beautifally clear yellowish orange. Almost apple juice color. A nice foamy white head formed but faded pretty fast down to a few bubbles.

Smell is nice and aromatic. Not nearly as good as Elder's aroma but good. Citrus and grapefruit are what comes out more.

Taste is nice with a strong hop flavour but again nothing like elder. The bitterness hits you in the back of your tongue. A little plain on the malt but good tasting all together.

Mouthfeel is good. Maybe a little more carbonation would be good.

Drinkability is high because of the low ABV and because it is a good IPA all together. I still prefer stone IPA for a single IPA style but Elder has to be my fav DIPA.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of MMAJYK
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright orange, oily looking, mostly clear in the body with very sticky lace and a decent 1/4" head consisting of both micro-bubbles and looser, patchy bubbles. A beautiful beer; that's for sure.

S- Piney, resiny, citrusy. Lots of hop action going on here. The light caramel backbone is quite hidden in the back, but not in a bad way. It does its job as the supporting role to the hops quite well.

T- It's actually good and malty in the front. It is a refreshing, honey-like malt, though, that mixes well with all the citrus (oranges, grapefruit) going on. Midstream, it gets good and bitter; earthy and a tad grassy. Also, a light alcohol taste. This beer's finish is dry.

M- It is actually a lot lighter in the mouth than I had expected. It is somewhat watery, but that is being kind of picky. Carbonation is just right for the style.

D- A very drinkable American IPA. I am interested in trying more of RR's brews because it seems they put their own spin on styles we get use to overtime. I would like to try to get use to this one; fantastic!

Special thanks to jhenry04 for sending me this one in our trade.

MMAJYK, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to billinlafayette for including this as an extra! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Pours a clear golden yellow-orange with a two finger off-white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of malt, tropical fruit, and malt. The flavor is of bitter tropical fruit, smooth hop bite, with a big hop bite upon swallowing. It is medium on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this is a very nice IPA. Another one from Russian River that I wish it were available in my area. One of my favorite American IPA's I have had. Very nicely done Russian River...

thagr81us, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Gmann
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 11/19/10. Pours a golden honey color that would be clear without the tiny yeast flakes that seem to be stuck in suspension. The head is a decent size, nothing crazy for the style, settles into a light cap.

The aroma is big on the grapefruit hops, some pine, and light tropica fruit. Some freshness to it. Not super strong but nice.

Grapefruit hop flavors are dominate with a little bit a pine for an edge. An unassuming honey malt is there to support the beer but not to add any real flavor. Some earthy/musty/grassy bitter hop in the finish. Great balance between the hops and the malt. Quite flavorful without being too bitter.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Fairly thick for the style. Again, great balance; finishes with an expected bitterness but it is light.

A very balanced AIPA that showcases the hop flavor and the ABV is respectable. The flavor isn't outrageous but its good. Very enjoyable and very drinkable.

Gmann, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of moz9
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at RR and brought a bottle back. It's not the freshest bottle (about 5 weeks old), so I'm basing my review on the tap and bottle.

To be honest, after drinking this and Pliny in the same sitting (and afterwards in separate bottle sittings), I can see why people say that this rivals Pliny. It's a great beer.

The nose is very nice but not overpowering. The balance of the hops and the bite hits just perfect. The hop flavor is complex, as it hits you with citrus at first with a piney finish. Great IPA, and a pleasure to drink.

moz9, Jan 14, 2011
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass.

A: The pour produces thousands of tiny, little bubbles that rush furiously to the top of my glass leaving behind a rather complacent, innactive looking brew. That was interesting. An average size stark white, foamy head forms and has decent retention. The color of the body is equal parts yellow, orange and amber. Very appealing. A light haziness can be seen in an otherwise pretty clean looking brew.

S & T: Aromas of biscuits, grain, bread and a light caramel combine to make up the malt character, which is just substantial enough to hold up to the incoming hop attack. Huge citrus qualities of grapefruit & orange, big floral notes and a very light pine presence. Light sweet notes from the honey come through, as well as the additional fruits of peach, clementine and pineapple. The hops are harshly bittering on the tongue and even moreso on the finish.

M: Medium fullness to the body. Prickly and fizzy carbonation. The Blind Pig lost a few points on the finish for having an out of scale (very isolated) bitterness. Could have definitely handled another percent in the ABV.

D: Drinkability is above average. I find that the finish is somewhat hindering in this department. The first glass was delicious, the second, very good, the third, good, etc. A really drinkable beer should be very palatable and also get better from one glass to the next in my opinion. Also, I prefer this one a little colder than usual to keep the bitterness in check.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of ThirdLap
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

EDIT: Just realized this bottle is nearly four months old. I'll be re-reviewing once I get my hands on a fresher bottle.

I'll be brewing a Blind Pig clone in the next few days, so I figured I ought to get reacquainted with the what the finished product should taste like.

Pours a light to medium golden yellow with a fluffy off-white inch-thick head. The head dissipates after a few minutes revealing a good amount of lacing.

Nose is grapefruit, pine, and hint of vanilla. Taste is largely the same; lots of citrus with more of the pine coming forth on the swallow. Body and carbonation are both relatively light. Nothing too complex going on, just a solid and tasty IPA. Malt presence is light but reasonably well-balanced. Finish is piney, then clean and crisp.

Although Blind Pig is widely accepted as the quintessential example of a West Coast IPA, it's probably not my favorite example of the style. I suppose I've just grown to enjoy what others have accomplished with the American IPA a bit more. That said, no other IPA touches it in terms of drinkability, and its probably the IPA I would use to convert SNPA drinkers to something with a bit more 'oomph'.

Another winner from Russian River.

ThirdLap, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Yesac
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy orange. Medium bubbly foamy white head. Some messy lacing. Looks great.

S- Floral critrus fresh hops. Smells like its going to be smooth.

T- Grassy hop flavor. Just enough hop bitterness. What can I say.. this is true west coast style.. hops hops hops however there is malt at the end. Great brew.

M- So smooth.. almost creamy. Sweet bitterness is what sits on the palate.

D- Excellent drinkability. So smooth, not to powerful on the bitterness, not highly carbonated.

Yesac, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 12/11/09. Uh oh, its not terribly fresh. This could end badly.

A- pours a nice shade of gold with a 2 finger white head. Very nice lacing.

S- sweet tropical fruit hops...slight citrus in there. A little lingering pine. Awesome

T- mild, probably due to the age...tropical fruits and pine. Pretty solid, a little underwhelming...again. The age.

M- good feel, actually kinda thin which I like in a standard IPA.

D- real drinkable. Great IPA, I can only imagine how good it is fresh

bigfnjoe, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle split, poured into a tulip. Bottled on 03-01-10. Huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color that produced a good white head with tons of lacing left behind it as it dissipated.

(S)- Big, yet crisp citrus of lemon, pineapple, and lime. Dry, yet with a piney bitterness. Almost creamy on the finish.

(T)- Same like the smell. Good citrus and pine. A good, yet potent bitterness for the style.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Good citrus and pine characters. Bitter, but fitting the style well.

(D)- A great IPA with everything you would/should expect for the style. Crisp and refreshing; a great alternative summer beer to cool you off. Seek this one out if you can. I enjoyed this one.

sweemzander, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ. From notes:

Appearance: Poured with a large head. Lacing is impressive, sticky stuff, good for the style. Body was a rather meh gold color - no harm no foul.

Smell: Huge grapefruit/citrus on the front end, followed by pine. Slight toasted corn malt quality on the very back end, however, detracts. Still, the hop flavors are excellent. Malt balance is there, too, but I was surprised and disappointed to find the corn flavor.

Taste: Grapefruit, malt sweetness, and pine. As my notes put it "Just a damn fine IPA." Really shines here.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, slight astringent.

Drinkability: Endlessly drinkable for retaining such strong hop flavor.

RidiculedDisplay, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of LilMatrix
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear and golden. Nice clear white head that stays during the drink.

S - Citrus hops dominate. Orange peels with a light pine notes, not much malt.

T - Clean hop flavors come right way... very light malt backbone... and clean hop finish. Very good IPA but kinda want a bigger malt profile in the middle for better balance.

M - Clean, medium carbonation, oily, thin body.

D - This is one solid IPA and has a similar hop profile to Pliny's and is less complex. A very drinkable IPA as the hops doesn't completely blast away your palate. Another very good brew from RRBC.

LilMatrix, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple glasses of this on the Cali trip, but finally reviewed it while hanging out at the RR brewpub sunday evening.

Pours a clear yellow gold, thin white head, drops to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is nice, pine and grapefruit, caramel, apricots, lightly fruity, a bit toasty, floral, big hops, nicely mixed up. Taste is nice, very biscuity and toasty off the bat, grainy, caramel malt sweetness, grapefruit, floral, some fruit, light pine, solid spicy bitter kick in the finish, very balanced and drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and enjoyable. Nice IPA. Top 100? Not in my opinion, but very good nonetheless.

Viggo, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fresh bottle poured into a globe.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a nice pillow one finger tall white head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Tons of citric hops up front with a nice lightly toasted caramel malt core. A bit grassy with some sweetness creeping in as it begins to warm up. Very nice stuff.

T - Nice citric hop bite up front is balanced out well with a nice mix of caramel malt sweetness and crisp tropical fruits. Finish is a bit dry with some nice lingering hop bitterness. Much better this time, still one of my all time favorites but I still prefer elder to the pig.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice light, refreshing, feel on the pallet. Finish has some lingering bitterness but nothing too over the top.

D - Very high. Blind pig has very good balance with plenty of drinkability left over. I love this stuff but I still prefer elder a bit more.

orangesol, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of biglobo8971
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into RR tulip. This was bottled 18 days before consumption. Pours a pale golden yellow with ever present lacing and a 1/4 inch head. The smell of hops is the first thing that hit me. A very enjoyable beer. The taste of piney hops with just a titch of malt sweetness. A little dry, but very enjoyable. I will continue to search out this beer and will trade for it often.

biglobo8971, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of sevopie
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a light coppery-golden with a fluffy tannish colored head.

Smell - I smell a load of hops, bitter piney ones. A hint of malt peeks through, but its really all about the hops.

Taste - Hops hit you, but not as hard as you might have thought from the smell. There's a semi-sweet malt flavor, as well as a touch of butter. Bitter is what lingers on the tongue though.

Mouthfeel - Thick and oily for an IPA, still with a good bit of carbonation there.

Drinkability - If the bitter was just slightly more rounded out, this one could be a staple. As is, still pretty damn good.

sevopie, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of SolsticeDreamer
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I've had this brew, been waiting over two years for it!!

Appearance: Orangey beauty clear foamy water. Oh it sits so pretty within the glass. A lovely pour, and a stands even so lovely as you sip it down marking it's last level.

Smell: Welcoming, my hop-head within is awakened. I closed my eyes and moved beyond the citrus hops and grass to a malt aroma that brings it home.

Taste: Straight no chaser on the tongue. Malty hopped IPA. No games no lies. It is what it is.

Mouthfeel: Amazing oillyness from the hops. Great Medium body; won't leave you hanging.

Drinkability: A nice serving at a perfect ABV, I could have another but why... Save it for later, my tongue just got off one this brew and is good for the day....

SolsticeDreamer, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of BeerManDan
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not being a IPA drinker, this was a nice mellow IPA. When poured, the color was a slightly hazy medium golden yellow with a orange hue. The smell of piney aroma filled the nose. The taste of priney resins and citrus, like grapefruit, orange and a hint of lime hit the taste buds. This IPA is one of the better ales that doesn't have that heavy bitterness or super tart feel in the mouth or on the palate. Just a nice pleasant, rich taste. Another great beer from Russian River Brewing!

BeerManDan, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of JoeMayo
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I tried to ignore the hype behind the beer while I drank it, but that's easier said than done. Either way, it was a fantastic IPA.

A- Pours a dark, gold color with very little head, yet tons of lacing down my pint glass.

S- Hops and lots of them. Mostly pine in the aroma, but definately orange and grapefruit as well. Some sort of tropical fruit (mango?) squeezes a whiff in every so often.

T- The first few sips were like every other IPA I've had, however once my palate got used to the hops, I noticed that it had some pretty interesting properties. The citrusy/piney hops certainly play their parts well, however the little sweetness that there is is very unique. It's not the mild, caramelly malt that so many IPAs have way in the background. Rather, a mild and frefreshing fruity sweetness is there.

M- As it goes into my mouth, it feels so refreshing, but as soon as I swallow it, there's a brief pause, just long enough to think "Wow, that's hoppy!" It finishes very crisp and dry.

D- In spite of it's intense hoppiness, I actually could go for another, except that I don't have more :(

JoeMayo, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of clvand0
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked one of these up the last time I was in San Francisco. Pours a dark yellow color with a nice tall head that has decent retention and leaves nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of US hops that have a citrus and pine character. The flavor is quite bitter and full of that characteristic US hop with citrus and pine. The hops hang around on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium and the drinkability is pretty good. Nice beer.

clvand0, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of littlesgtpepper
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Russian River Brewery in a pint glass.

Had a thin head which disappeared quickly. A slight oil slick look remained on the top; hop oils, I presume.

This beer smells amazing, like ripe grapefruit and berries.

Tasting this beer was a pleasure from start to finish. The fresh, FRESH! hop flavor lingered all through the beer with flavors of fruit and some light malt fighting through. Although the oily feeling in the mouth kept me wanting a huge glass of water afterwards, this was very fun to drink.

This beer is very drinkable and I throw back a few of these anytime. Similar in style to Pliney the Elder, this beer is a great one by itself.

littlesgtpepper, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of dwilson01
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle of the 500ml variety into a lost abbey pint glass.

This brew is golden, straight up looks like a pale ale, a bit cloudy and a minimal amount of head on this pig.

The aroma is all hops, which I love to be sure, but it definitely hints to an ipa leaning toward the hoppier side of the balancing act that all ipa's play.

I thought three words on the initial tasting; bitter, sour, and dry. I guess these aren't unexpected, but in a distinct noticable combination with each other that is a new branch of ipa for me. Definitely , makes it complex and very interesting, I feel kinda like a blind pig tasting this this haha. The spice and bite from the hops comes through greatly and although it does get kind of dry it's still very much a drinkable brew.

I enjoy it, overall it's strong in flavor and light in body, kind of like a baby stone ruination ipa I guess.

dwilson01, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of wchesak
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to pastradul
Poured into my Spiegelau tulip glass
Bottled 041310

A - golden amber, bordering on straw colored, fingers worth off tiny bubbly white pillowy head, good long lacing developing at the start

S - navel orange, tangerine, some fresh cut grass/fresh hops

T- malt base barely shows (sweet, caramel, nectar like), a cornucopia of citrus flavors, nice and dry finish

M - high carbonation, light side of medium bodied

D - highly drinkable, no alcohol present, balance leans towards hops as it should, but not overbearing

wchesak, May 02, 2010
Photo of jethrodium
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Bottled on 3/2/11. Pours a clear copper with a one finger white head with good retention that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma is huge resinous pine with a bit of grapefruit. A little bit of pineapple and some orange peel as well. A little bit of bready malt comes through in the aroma. Initial taste has a hint of sweetness going into strong pine hops with a bit of grapefruit. A little bit of orange as well. Finish is some of the bready malt with a strong, but not too strong bitterness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Great beer. One of the best IPAs out there.

jethrodium, Mar 18, 2011
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,476 ratings.