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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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world-class

4,860 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,860
Reviews: 1,353
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,623
Gots: 579 | 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:
Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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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.

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

POURS. Hazy. soapy head but with sexy retention. looks a little like light orange soapy water, though. which is okay.

smells like a good one. actually the aroma is amazing. hop aroma is so strong it's almost minty, as my friend points out. what hops? Chinook? glorirapturousfreaknesssweet? I love that hop.

taste is just a bit disappointing after the killer aroma. still tastes pretty great, and gets better as it warms. balanced towards hops, of course. bitterness lingers in the finish and is excellent.

Mouthfeel is also disappointing, a bit watery. finish in the mouthfeel is good though, as the bitterness lingers leaving some astringency.

So light but with a huge amount of flavor... I could drink this, like... a lot. too bad it's clear across the country.

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

On tap at Toronado, SF, CA

Poured with 1/2inch of head, lots of sticky lace. Orange-red colour with mild carbonation. Aroma is oily, sticky, resiny, and piney with a slight floral nicety as well. Any malt is completely overpowered.

In the flavour, the balance definitely leans towards the hops. Grapefruit citric acidity becomes extremely piney with a lot of aniseed and fennel backed up by a light crackery malt and just a little bit of vanilla as well. This beer bites real hard. Medium carbonation, sticky as hell, Dry, Dry, Dry. Very drinkable but dosen't pretend to be balanced, it's just a hop bomb. An exceptionally flavoured IPA though.

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

We went out for dinner last night after a long, but ultimately a great, day. I was very happy to see this on-tap.

a: This was a slightly dark golden color with some amber highlights. It was served to me with a short, frothy white cap that faded to lace.

s: Huge, fresh hop aromas of grapefruit with a little pine. This was sweet as well, with aromas of vanilla and caramel.

t: Mirrored the smell for the most part, but I was surprised by how sweet this was. Not a classic west coast IPA at all, this had a sturdy malt backbone that tasted of vanilla cookies and caramel. Plenty of hops here as well, flavors of bitter citrus with a little pine.

m: Very creamy with a nicely sticky body.

d: Great IPA to toast some good news with!

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

Served on draft at the Toronado. Light amber body with a thin white head. The aroma is all wicked strong grapefruit. The flavor is much the same; big grapefruit flavor with backing malt and good bitterness. Medium body that seems more alcoholic than it is. All around a classic big west coast IPA.

Photo of evanfox81
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Scotchboy
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
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 -4.3%
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 -4.3%
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 -4.3%
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 -4.3%
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 -4.3%
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.

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,860 ratings.