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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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Reviews: 1,356
Hads: 5,245
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 1,783
Gots: 750 | 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

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Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Reviews: 1,356 | Hads: 5,245
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)

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

A - Crisp copper/orange color with a healthy sized, creamy, smooth, fluffy white head. Good retention leaving a nice thin lace.

S - Juicy hop aroma leaps out of the glass. Sweet citrus and tropical fruit, especially grapefruit and pineapple. Hints of pine are also in there. Fairly sweet but not sickly sweet. Just wonderful aroma that is inviting me to drink it immediately.

T - Just like the nose, there is no shortage of hop flavors. Juicy fruit like the nose suggested. A touch more pine than the nose. There is a nice malt backbone to the beer as well. Touch of bitterness on the finish, but not much.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Pretty smooth but a bit of a dry finish.

D - Very easy to drink. Good balance with flavors, not too bitter and just enough malt. At 6% it isn't going to knock you back like some DIPA in terms of alcohol, but it certainly will in flavor.

Notes: Great IPA. Very fruity and juicy both in aroma and flavor. Well balanced and overall just very enjoyable. Pliny may be king, but this is a prized Pig in its own right. (1,065 characters)

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

I got this growler at Big Z's beverage in Huntington, LI. Who has recently won best distributor on Long Island. I got an email from mark who says its a "must try". The color is a hazy amber color. Little to no head, with excellent lacing. The aroma is like of a piny forest of hops. The flavor is sweet, with a huge hop kick. Flavor not bitter. It has a long mouthfeel where the hops hang out on the back of your throat and it pleads for another sip. I could sit and finish the keg. This is my first experience with russian river brewing company. I cannot wait to try any and all of their beers. Keep up the good work!!! (620 characters)

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

A - This beer poured a golden amber color that produced a fluffy white head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a medley of hop aromas, I was surprised I got so much out of the beer, but pine, orange, pineapple, lemon, and grapefruit, good God, I've fallen in love

T - The taste of this beer had a nice bit of caramel malts at the beginning, but the star was quickly unleashed, the hops, and the mix of hops flowers was along the nose, but words cannot describe the taste of this beer

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This would be my favorite IPA, but I think Masala Mama wins by a hair, otherwise, this is one of the all time great beers (784 characters)

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

rather pale and clear copper color with a decent almost white head that retains and laces well.

pine, fresh cut grass, citrus rind. aroma is intoxicating. hints of tropical fruit and a touch of sweet light malts. nice.

earthy, grassy, piney with citrus providing some acidity and a little bit of bitterness. a touch of toffee and bready malts add some balance, though the delicious hops remain the focal point. leafy and fresh hop flavor. more hop flavor than hop bitterness. delicious.

a touch on the light side of medium bodied with some oily resin left on the palate and a bit of citrus in the aftertaste.

drinks amazing. easily made its way into my top few IPAs on this first tasting. bottled only 2 weeks ago, so its still drinking near or at its peak, and it shows. not a "big" beer, but its complex and flavorful. Pleasure to try. (841 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Exiled.

Hands down, this is one of the best IPAs I have ever tasted.

The beer pours a light orange/gold with a white head. The smell is very piney and very pungent. Very resinous. The flavor is similar with a huge resinous hop flavor. The hops also provide some earthiness but not a whole lot of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thick and very drinkable. I wish I could drink this more often. (420 characters)

Photo of duffcalifornia
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 9/14/11 into a SA glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden wheat yellow with a large 2" head that fades quickly to 1/2" and provides good lacing (though not as good as it's big brother Pliny).

S: Resiny hops abound with hints of grassiness. Not to continually compare BP to PtE, but this smells lighter than PtE, which is actually more inviting.

T: The smell follows the nose pretty closely. Flowery, slightly resinous hops are the primary flavor. Has a very clean finish that invites another tasty as soon as possible.

M: Adequately carbonated, with a medium-thin to medium mouthfeel.

O: I have to say, I think if I were given the choice of fresh Pliny and fresh Blind Pig, I'd have to take the Blind Pig. This isn't a knock to the Elder, but just a personal preference of not having everything turned up to 11. This is just a better balanced beer in my opinion.

thanks to furthurgone for sending this in trade. (943 characters)

Photo of dalion037
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not surprised that Russian River has made this wonderful IPA. I was given a sample of this beer at Beachwood BBQ and not told what it was.

I was very impressed with the sweet hop aroma and the great hop flavor. I could also smell and taste a heavy grapefruit flavor. There is just enough malt in the background to balance it just a tad without removing the bittery bite needed in an IPA.

This is definately drinkable! (424 characters)

Photo of Illusionist_Ryan
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Poured into tulip, pours bright orange/amber with a 2 inch white head, very clear
Smell: Hints of honey, hops, piney and citrus
Taste: Sweet with not an overpowering of hops, subtle hints of honey and fruit.
Mouthfeel: Very light and thin, easy to drink.
Overall- Not a explosion of hops but they are there. The fact that this beer is so easy to drink is attributed to the sweet notes coming through the bitter. I prefer this over Pliny the Elder.

Serving type: bottle (482 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt. 9oz. bottle into a Playboy pint glass.

The color is a mostly clear orange/gold with a finger and half of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a nice floral feel with a deep grassy flavor that makes me think of late summer and fresh cut grass. A little hint of pine needle in the nose as well.

The taste is a strong hop flavor that is quite bitter. It takes a minute to get through the strong bitterness but some spicy grassy flavor comes through. Some good citrus flavor with a good orange pith is in the taste and is there after breaking through the hop wall of bitterness and has a bit of malty flavor that is still there in the background

The feel of this beer is a bit big with the bitterness giving this beer a handful. It goes eventual subside and goes down smooth. A great west coast IPA. (851 characters)

Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My other RR IPA find at Beverage Warehouse last weekend. Bottled September 5, 2008. The bottle keeps telling me not to age it, so I figured I'd better drink it before I went out of town for a week. Fairly aggressive pour into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with not much in the way of bubbles. The head is white, got about 2 fingers that fades to a thin film with a few fluffy bubbles. Lacing is nice.

S: Strong grapefruit hops and not much else.

T: Grapefruit hops dominate from start to finish, but I also note some floral, pine and grass hops in there as well. Not much sweetness to the malt, but there is some malt character-enough to give it a good balance at any rate.

MF: Medium-thin body with moderate carbonation. Hops are not that heavy on the tongue, even if they are a major part of the palette. Not much warming, and the alcohol isn't particularly noticeable.

D: Excellent West Coast IPA. Lots and lots of hops, but not too bitter to be undrinkable. Good balance for an IPA, which is impressive to me because the malt is so understated. I am a fan of grapefruit-dominant IPAs, so this is a winner for me. Low alcohol, smooth mouthfeel and great flavor make this an easy drinker. It was nice to find this here in LA, and hopefully it'll be something not to hard for find for the foreseeable future. (1,314 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: coppery/amber color.. good lacing from a medium white head

S: grapefruit, a little grassy, a little floral...

T: a smooth spectrum of grapefruit, and floral tones... some sweet malt tones pop in and out... very balanced

M: medium body.. moderate carbonation.. nice hop bitterness at the finish

D: wonderful... can do again and again (340 characters)

Photo of PeterLemonjello
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - In between amber and orange in color. Nice lingering head with lacing down the glass. Lots of carbonation.

S - Glorious. Pine, grapefruit, wet/pungent resin, lemon

T - Fantastic. Just enough malt/caramel giving way to lots of hop bitterness and flavor. Pungent, grapefruit, lemon, orange, pine, herbal....just great.

M - Nice carbonation sensation and oily feel.

D - A pleasure to drink. Like most RR beers, it's a big beer full of big flavors but soft and clean at the same time. Just a great great beer. (514 characters)

Photo of SickBrew
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a truly great IPA! Upon pouring into my pint class whiffs of sweet bitter hops had my salivary glands a pumping. She pours clean and golden but with some small particulates floating about. Nose is off the hook, everything a like in an IPA Piney, tart, fruity and tangy - yummy. Flavor follows nose - spot on! Hops provide a blasting bitterness which is tempered with sweetness. This is very drinkable beer that just rolls over the tongue, drink after drink...I need some more please! (491 characters)

Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blind Pig

A: Crystal clear shimmering gold with white froth dome.

S: Had this one one week from bottle date and it kicks the nose nicely. Full of earthy, floral and very light bread/caramel notes.

T: A great delicious hop forward flavor reminiscent of fresh mown grass, slight citrus, with floral hops at the end. A bready biscuit characteristic trickles through the finish.

M: A deliciously medium bodied, pleasantly carbonated beer with a joyful dry finish.

O: It took me forever to getting around to reviewing this beer. It has always been freaking delicous and I honestly don't know whats with the craze towards Pliny (yes it a great beer) but Blind Pig IMO is a more gorgeous well rounded beer. (704 characters)

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,356 ratings.