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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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1,383 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,383
Hads: 5,385
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 1,820
Gots: 806 | FT: 24
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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 Rollzroyce21
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled date May 28, 2012, poured into Firestone Walker pint glass.

Reviewing as I drink.

S - Piney resin with orange/tangerine peel. Not the best smelling IPA, but inviting.

T - It's so nectar-y that it's got this kind of light tang or tartness to it that rolls from the front of the tongue towards the back throughout the sip. It then lingers for a second. Pine-y hops come in during the 2nd half of the sip while that tangy-ness is going on.

M - Light-bodied and drinkable. Light crisp level of carbonation.

O - Very balanced, well-crafted, and interesting. Had this both from tap and bottle on multiple occasions and never have I been disappointed. One of my TOP 5 IPA/DIPAs. Very suitable in So. CA summer weather!

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Photo of illidurit
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Toronado.

Light amber color, tan head. Really sticky lace, looks appetizing.

Smells very juicy. Pine and citrus and fruit, great layering of different hops.

Full flavored, a ton of hoppiness. Succulent pine and citrus, grapefruit, spice, pale malt, nice bitterness level.

Smooth, good carbonation, extremely drinkable. Russian River really can't do any wrong.

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Photo of wd40
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed about six weeks after it was bottled.

Bright lemon with some apricot and a hint of grapefruit balanced by a subtle sweetness from the malt. The sweetness is perfect and only comes into play in the aftertaste. The beer poured a really creamy head that actually lingered a bit (always makes me happy). Left a beautiful layer of lace on the glass. The appearance is a hazy golden orange.

The nose evolves from acidic hoppy goodness to a more sweet fruity citrus perfume as the beer comes closer to room temperature. The beer is incredibley smooth, although I expect nothing less from Russian River.

I can't get enough of this beer! It gets better and better as I sip it.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another fine masterpiece from RRBC, this is a resurrection of Vinnie's original IPA recipe from the Blind Pig Brewery.

The pour is a clear golden color with a thick white head. The sticky foam lasted through the entire drink, leaving plenty of lacing along the glass.

The smell is subtle with hints of orange, pine and grass along with a mild, pleasant malt note.

I was very surprised by the taste - it's very soft and subtle but very, very tasty. My very first reaction was "something's missing here" but what's missing is that 'in-your-face' punch of most IPAs. There's a very distinct hops taste here, no doubt about that, but it's actually scaled back a bit. There is an incredible sweet, malt note here that is a perfect balance to the light hops. The more I think about it, the more I think this is a perfect example of a "less is more" approach. There's some very distinct, clean hops notes in this IPA but by not being overpowering it actually gives you more of an opportunity to relish the flavors.

The mouthfeel is incredible - this is a very light bodied brew. The carbonation is plentiful but soft on the palate. If one of the macros were marketing this delight they'd say it was "the IPA that doesn't weigh you down"

It's hard to declare this one of Russian River's "best brews" because they're all so good but this was such a delight that I'll be keeping an eye out for its return. While most of their IPAs (Beerocracy, Parking Violation, RR IPA) seem to be related to Pliny the Elder with strong grapefruit citrusy notes, this brew appears to be more closely related to the ambrosia-like Pliny the Younger with a sweet note complimenting a more subdued citrus flavor. This one's a keeper and I'm glad Vinnie brought the recipe out of the vault!

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lynx1245 brought some goodies down for us. Thanks Trevor!

Appearance: Pours a pale gold with a pretty hefty amount of yeast sediment suspended inside. Thin, rocky, sticky white head doesn't hang around very long. Spotty lacing. EDIT: second bottle had better head and lacing than the first. Pretty impressive lacing actually.

Smell: Tons of pine and oily hop resin. Wow! Grapefruit everywhere. Caramel! Getting some earthy, herbal tones as well. Great aroma with plenty of balance.

Taste: What an awesome IPA. Reminds me a lot of Stone IPA, but with more balance. A good amount of oily hops, but not over the top. A lot of earthy tones inside. Feels... natural. Lots of caramel, butter and grapefruit as well. Just a really, really good IPA.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and very sticky. Low carbonation, but somewhat thin in terms of body. Slides right down.

Drinkability: Could drink 'em all day long. Light, fresh, and super smooth. Wish this was available in SLO.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A big shout out to Hopasouras for hooking me up with this beer on my first beer trade!
After tasting Pliny, this was the next beer for me to try and I wasn't disappointed.

A - Beautiful pale orange color. Very clear like it was bottled in the middle of the bright tank with a fluffy coarse white head and great lacing that keeps a foam cap the entire time.

S - Good hop fragrance with citrus and a tilt toward the fruitier hops. There is some orange, pine, and herbal that are very similar to Pliny but this one has more of a tropical fruit character and more of a malt tone. Less fragrant than the great Pliny but I really love the slight mango fruit character.

T - Great hop flavor. More flavor than the smell would suggest but the same notes come through. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, mango, and then there is some resin and herbal. This one is less balanced with more the focus on the hops but with an objective of drinkability. The bitterness is lighter than any DIPA but is still there giving credence to the amount of hops present. It is very clean through out which is a hallmark of a more sessionable beer and not necessarily a more full-flavored, palate wrecker.

M - Medium to light mouth-feel with medium carbonation. It has plenty of flavor but is not going to dissuade you from drinking more or switching gears to a different beer or beer style. Maybe follow this up with a Consecration.

Overall, this is a very good example of a West Coast IPA. The more tropical fruit character and a notch down in the overall intensity definitely make the Blind Pig different than Pliny but still very tasty. If you get the chance to get your hands on Russian River I would stick with Pliny but if you've had the DIPA before I would strongly recommend getting this IPA.

Glass- Imperial Nonic Pint

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Photo of drink1121
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mauerhan for this one.

A- Straw colored with light head. Slight retention.

S- Good hops up front, which is what I was looking for. Melon, apricot hops, not too much citrus. Very easy smelling hops.

T- Hops up front with light malt, very light malt. Slight bitterness at the end. Wow, this was good.

M- A little light, watery almost.

D- I could have a bunch of these. Great taste with lower abv%. Great beer.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice golden color with a respectable white head that fell to a film. Smell is off the charts. Resiny, piney hop oil, floral tangerine and slightly grassy. Wow! Taste is no disappointment either! Hops take the drivers seat, citrus and pine play well together and are followed by a grassy, earthy, white bread. Mouthfeel is slick and soapy. Full bodied hop-tastic!

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Photo of BWED
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of JGLittle
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally was able to get a bottle in a trade. Got a Bling Pig and a Pliny so got to try them side by side. Bottles were two weeks old.

Pours a nice clear orange with a nice nose. Decent head, and a more typical west coast hop forward beer. I found it very refreshing and a solid single IPA that I would buy again and again. Its clearly Pliny's little brother and its supposed to be. Looking forward to finding another.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Noxious26
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of TheseusT
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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Photo of W_Des
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of amphion1065
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,383 ratings.