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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,795 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,795
Reviews: 1,344
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,585
Gots: 549 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Photo of evanfox81
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scotchboy
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From sstorck, thanks a lot man!

Bottle to pint glass. Looks like this was bottled beginning of June.

A: Lighter body than most IPA's you see, closer to straw than gold. Off white head has tight white bubbles and sticks to the glass fairly well. Good carbonation.

S: High quality IPA nose, with tons of ripe tropical fruit, dried papaya, some distant orange & grapefruit zest, and pine, loads and loads of pine.

T: Hop forward with pine bitterness. A little grapefruit. Supremely drinkable, with medium bitterness and dryness.

MF: A lighter medium body that borders on creamy at times, refreshing and dry. Medium carbonation.

O: Totally sessionable IPA with a great nose, good flavors and bitterness, and a nice mouthfeel. A go-to beer if I ever had one, now if only I lived in Cali...

Photo of tjthresh
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with just a little bit of haze. Thick and sticky pure white head. Aroma is full of clean citrus. Grapefruit and bubble gum. The flavor comes off as pine right down to the prickly bitter finish. Medium body, but drinks fairly light. Long bitter finish. I can surely see why the west coast guy sing Blind Pig's praises.

Photo of mondegreen
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into an Allagash tulip. Bottled on 01/03/11.

Pours an attractive clear golden with an appropriate near white head. Russian River males some very nice looking beers.

Nose is a nice blend of citrus hops and bready malts.

Taste is moderately bitter with a balanced (if slightly thin) hop presence. Finishes with lingering bitter grapefruit.

Medium bodied, well carbonated. Ever so slightly slick.

This is an easy drinking IPA. Not as assertive as big brother Pliny (nor should it be), Blind Pig is a solid entry in the American IPA category.

Photo of jpbebeau
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened up a 500ml bottle dated 010612 that I picked up in San Francisco last week, poured to tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful transparent straw-yellow with one finger's worth of creamy head. Beautiful bubbles release from the bottom of the glass while moderate lacing clings to the side.

S: Delicate, ethereal piney hops. Some citrus, as well.

T: Follows the nose. Great balance, with a dry grapefruit finish that lingers.

M: Refreshing carbonation and the perfect body—lightweight but far from thin.

I would happily drink this all the time, if I could. Perfect balance, high drinkability—plus it has a pig with a cane and glasses on the label!

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review in some months, time to try again.

Pours a pretty light copper golden, slightly hazy with a thin white head that goes to a nice cover that sticks around a good long while. Very nice.

Aroma is gentle for an IPA, floral, light bready malts, only a hint of citrus. Flavor is a much stronger punch of bittering hops, lots of piney and grassy notes, sharp and bitter. But also some citrus- sour (grapefruit) rather than sweet (orange). I used to not like this, and it is still now a "once in a while" flavor for me, but very enjoyable.

A nice change up IPA, not my favorite, but good and worth having again (and again).

My original review on tap (before bottling):
Tasted a couple of pints at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA at the Blind Pig Roll-Out party starring Vinnie C. $4.50 pint or $8.00 with the proper Mason Jar Blind Pig glassware (keep the glass).

Relatively pale golden color with a nice creamy head.

The aroma was actually less pronounced than I expected- what was there was very nice floral hops, bright and clean. But not very strong.

The flavor was very good, floral hops and more hops, but not overpowering. Malt was there, but that's not what this beer is about. A lot of flavor, much more pronounced than the aroma.

The best part of this beer is its drinkability. Very well constructed and it is great to just sit there and watch the glass empty all by itself. The ABV is low enough to allow more than one.

Highly recommended.

Photo of dutesanch
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this 3 weeks old as a gift from a great friend and fellow BA. Taste was a very crisp hop bitterness that didn't hurt like some IPAs. Not as refreshing as Pliny but very quality. Pours a clear dark orange with bright white head and lacing. Smells of pine and fresh mountain foliage with a hint of citrus hiding. Very refreshing but if given the choice I'd give the nod to Pliny.

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of israel
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pwoods for the opportunity to try this beer

A- perfeclty clear golden in color with a constant stream of bubbles rising to the surface where a fluffy whit head resides.

S- Hops, hops and more hops and definitely no malt aromas here. some big grapefruit citrusy aromas as well as a bit of spiciness in the backdrop.

T - No surprises here, very similar to the aroma with the grapefruit and pine like hop flavors. almost a sweetness to the taste like a faint powdered sugarness.

M - Really nice in this department. the beer just washes over the tongue with all that hop juiciness but then retreats quickly to the recesses of you belly. Wouldn't call this beer dry by any means just not a lot of residual sweetness which I like a a lot.

D- May I have another...I wish this was more accessible in my area.

Photo of vfgccp
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%

A - Crystal clear, gold body. Bright, almost neon, white head with great retention and nice lace.

S - Herbal nose; pine, sage, parsley. Touch of banana and starchy plantain.

T - Bold woody hops up front with cardamon, bitter dandelion, and parsley. Lightly sweet bread crust and orange center. Pithy bitter finish.

M - Bright carbonation with a creamy and surprisingly thick body for a single IPA.

O - About as big as single IPA's get. Assertively bitter with a really nice flavor profile. Better nose on tap than in bottle.

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4.18 Blind Pig
Jay Jon Anth Vin Avg Weight
A - 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25 10%
S - 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 20%
T - 4.00 4.00 4.25 4.50 4.19 40%
M - 4.00 4.25 4.50 4.50 4.31 10%
O - 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25 20%

Photo of lsummers
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw yellow/orange with a two finger head. Smells of floral piney hops with a touch of sweetness. Taste is well balanced and hits upfront with the bite of the sweet piney hops and a touch of citrus lemon. There's a spice quality of something like lemon-grass that adds a small bite to the flavour. A touch of the nutty malt comes through on the end although incredibly covered by the hop notes. Mouthfeel is pretty stellar with its upfront bite and clean chewy character that keeps it drinkable.

Overall Blind Pig is a fantastic example of a west coast ipa. It may be a bit hard to find but it's worth the trouble.

Photo of peacebone116
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on Sunday while enjoying the Younger. Poured into a small Allagash tulip.

A: Crystal clear golden straw, with a beautiful, quickly receding cream colored head. There is delicate lace left at the edge of the glass and very fine wisps floating at the center.

N: Hop dominated, the usual suspects are evident in the nose: piney citrus and grass.

T/M: This is a very hop forward IPA. The citric piney bitterness coats the tongue, finishing cleanly. The sweet malt flavors really subside in the background, coming in very subtly to aid in the quick disbursement of bitterness. The carbonation is actually quite decent right now, despite the fact that it was poured two days ago.

This is an excellent IPA; crisp and clean, it really exemplifies the standard IPA, which in this world of Imperials and Doubles, is oft overlooked and under appreciated.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to baycat for this one.

Bottled on 04-04-11

A - Clear golden amber body, big white head. Really good look.

S - Grapefruit, pine resin, pine wood, fresh cut grass. Nice complex hop aroma.

T - Bitter, citrus, pine, dry, Bit of tangerine on the back. Nice complex hop flavor. Well balanced with the nose.

M - very smooth, dry. An excellent mouthfeel.

O (D) - this is a great IPA. I am happy to have it. I wish I lived in CA.

Photo of stimulus
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear orange with a light white head that leaves solid lacing along the glass.
S: Fresh piney hops dominate the aroma for this one.
T: Piney hops fall on the background of a light malt base.
M: Crisp, clean, light bodied with medium carbonation.
D: I'm following this up with a bottle of PtE, and I hope that this a good preview, very drinkable, even sessionable IPA.

Photo of jvillefan
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very similar to Pliny the Elder. A golden yellow with a two finger head.

S: Very hop heavy with subtle undertones of pine and citrus.

T: Very bitter. Extremely strong hops with a small amount of pine, citrus, and malt in the background.

M: Nice carbonation and viscosity. It enhances the bitterness of this beer.

O: Very good IPA. Once again Russian River delivers.

Photo of spinrsx
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle - thanks to zacs for this one

Appearance - Mostly clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing (large bubbles) and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, grapefruit (juice and zest)

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a decent amount of hops. There is also lots of citrus going on; oranges and grapefruits both the juice and the zest. The beer finishes with a citrus and hop aftertaste that lingers on the tongue.

Overall - Definitely my kind of IPA. Lots of citrus and a nice clean and refreshing taste. It is along the lines of one of my favourites: Bells Two Hearted - but with a touch less sweetness. It has a fantastic balance and its very drinkable. If only I could get this stuff all the time.

Photo of HunterSBeerson
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ramseye4
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this in a trade, I can't wait to try it out. Bottled on date on the side, with plenty of warnings to drink fresh. Can do!

A=Pours a cloudy golden color with a surprisingly small head, tons of lacing though.
S=Completely wonderful medley of hop aromas, grapefruit, and a bit of lemon zest.
T=Strong oily hops with some pine, and a faint bready malt taste. Very good combination of hops that is very pleasant on the tongue. Not a palate wrecking hop bomb, but more of a mellow array of strong hops.
M=Medium bodied, light carbonation helps to bring out the flavor
O=Good beer overall, and just another reason for me to rue the fact I live outside of Russian River's distribution

Photo of rowew
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500 ml bottle, orange label with a pig in dark glasses and a cane. Several warnings to drink this beer fresh - this was bottled on 07/22/08. ABV clearly marked at 6.1

Appearance: A bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, but I left it there. Pours a clear orange color, average head with good retention.

Smell: Smells like resinous pine, with a bit of fruit. Tons of hop aroma, just a hint of malt sweetness in there.

Taste: Good combination of bitterness and hop flavors. There is more bitterness here than I expected, but it is a very nice combination. A bit puckering.

Overall impression: Certainly hop heavy - if you are hophead this one should be a must-try.

Photo of cheesy26
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brownbeer
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock

Very clear pale gold.

Floral and citrus nose(similar but not quite as pungent as two hearted).

Clean, fresh hop profile with faint pine and grapefruit.

Very drinkable and balanced. A slight bitter punch in the finish is appropriate. Very good but not my favorite.

Photo of longbeachjamie
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of davidw987
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful beer. I'd like to do a side by side comparison with its brother, Pliny the Elder.

The bottle was dated Nov 19, a 60 day old beer. I believe it has been kept under refrigeration for the entire time. BTW, I love these half liter bottles. 12 oz leaves me wanting more, but 22oz is often a tad more than I really want.

The appearance was very clear golden orange. I thought the beer was filtered until my second pour, when a tiny amount of yeast floated out of the bottom of the bottle. Kudos to the brewers for such a clear beer with some residual yeast.

The smell was all about the finishing hops. I haven't brewed in over a decade, but I think I detected some Columbus hops in the mix, or maybe a small amount of Chinook. In any case, it was a complex set of hops with a distinct pineapple aroma.

A strong bittering hop was the dominant taste characteristic. I like my IPAs to have a bigger malt profile, but I had to look for that malt sweetness. The bittering hops lasted well past the swallow. I bet this would be very thirst quenching on a hot summer day.

Over all, a very good California style IPA.

Photo of moz9
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of Matt411
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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