Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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97
world-class

4,700 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,700
Reviews: 1,329
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,525
Gots: 506 | 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:
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(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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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 dgilks
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden colour with a dense white head. Good head retention and great lacing.

Fresh, crisp, fruity hop aroma with some melon notes. Nice and floral.

Soft malt flavour with lots of crisp, delicious and bitter hops. Grapefruit.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A really good IPA with plenty of citrus and pine. Well balanced for a West Coast style IPA.

Photo of magine
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Teresa's - hazy orange minimal head lots of lace. Brew has big hop nose, citrus and grapefruit maybe. Brew has big hops, crisp start, pineapple, corriander, some slick oil in the finish. Real good crisp finish that has some tart bitterness. Very drinkable brew here, a standout . Great stuff; An exceptional IPA here.

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap; poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - a crisp, clear yellow, with minimum carbonation. A thin, soapy white head that leaves moderate lacing.
Smell - a subtle blend of citrus and pine character; I dig the fruity sweetness. A bit underwhelming (if a 4.0 rating could be considered underwhelming!), as I had very high expectations.
Taste - very balanced flavors; smooth and complex blend of hops and malts!
Feel - lighter body that produces a welcomed, refreshing bitter finish!
Overall - very good IPA, though I wouldn't consider the home run that it's rating suggests.

Photo of longbeachjamie
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

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

500ml bottle poured into a standard tulip. Bottled on 041312.

A: A smooth pour provides a nice white two-finger head. Body is a very clear slightly amber golden with rising bubbles. Nice lacing...average retention.

S: Sweet malt and fairly intense citrus, and slightly spicy pine resin. Very inviting.

T: Lots of pine and grapefruit. Nicely bitter. The hops dominate the malt. Finish is short and a bit watery. Flavor profile reminds me of SN Torpedo turned up to 11.

M: Mostly dry and moderately abrasive. Body is light-to-medium and carb is on the fizzy side.

O: Not as bright and complex as its big brother Pliny, but certainly a deliciously drinkable IPA that is a showcase for hops and the West Coast style.

Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed, bright apricot colored with a thick and frothy head of off-white foam that lingers a long long time.

Fresh and inviting aroma of floral and citrus hops, slightly resinous and somewhat piney.

Juicy hops flavors, like the nose it runs the gamut from floral to orange juicy, tangerine and grapefruit rind, subtle pine. A honied malt backbone rides beneath. Very flavorful, not overly bitter. Good balance of malt and bitterness. Sappy pine builds in the finish and lingers.

Even mouthfeel, medium carbonation. A very tasty and highly drinkable beer. Many thanks to joerodiii for sending this one my way.

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

Solid IPA. Nice pour, clear golden copper with a 2 finger dense off white head. Nice retention and lacing. Smell is citrus and pine, with the citrus being the dominant character. Touch of tropical fruit, but the nose leans more toward lemon and orange.

Follows the nose. Starts with pine and then rounds into nice notes of lemon and orange. A touch of pineapple is there, but is shadowed by the lemon and orange flavor. Touch ofcaramel from the malt, but barely noticeable. Nice brew.

Photo of Matt411
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of zoso1967
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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 mullenite
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is nothing I can say to accurately describe this beers beauty. Pours a light orange with a tall, frothy, meringue like head that dissipated very slowly and stuck to the glass for as long as it could.

The smell is primarily pine hops with some light citrus and fruit sweetness going on in the background. It really smells like a less intense PtE.

Man this beer is bitter, this is a west coast IPA by definition. The pine hop flavor is damn near overwhelming, that really is almost all you can taste. I think somewhere in the background there may be some malt but really all I can taste are hops.

Not too much carbonation, nice body that is on the lighter side of medium, this beer is easy to drink. (Especially with it getting closer and closer to 100* here every day.)

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

A: 3 finger just off white head with good texture. Beer is a beautiful golden amber with good active carbonation, but the head lacks dexterity.

S: It's citrusy, reminds me a little bit of sweet tea. The bitter comes through pretty strong. This smells like a hop head's session beer.

T: And that pretty much describes the taste too.

M: Little lighter than normal, but good.

Photo of happygnome
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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 natasharai
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Hallertau
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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 ChaseTheAce
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

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

Pours a cloudy light orange, with a quarter inch of fluffy white head. Smells strongly of citrus and pine. Taste is very bitter, with a moderate amount of grapefruit and other citrus. Just a little bit two-dimensional with the flavor--it was a bit weak, and the bitterness overpowered the citrus part of it. Carbonation is just right, and the lightness makes it a very drinkable beer. Overall, an impressive IPA, but the flavor could have been a notch more complex.

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

having just tried my first PtE, what better to move onto than my first Blind Pig (again, props to portable for the kind trade). bottled 11-19-10.

A-almost a twin of PtE, perhaps a bit more orange and with less of a powerful and lasting head, still poured a hazy straw yellow which turned orange when viewed in my glass.

S-nice balance of sweetness and hopiness. much more subtle than PtE, but same upfront hop profile which smells great...much less citrus and sweetness though.

T-solid IPA. mostly bitter pine tasting. i wasn't blown away by this beer as with PtE, but it is a solid IPA. missing a lot of the sweetness and citrus that makes PtE so great (i guess it isn't really fair to compare this to PtE, but I just had one and coming from the same brewery, i somewhat expect similar characteristics, which there are...this is just a different take). to me this beer is essentially just liquid hops.

M/D-pretty bitter aftertaste but an easy drinker. another one for the hop-heads, but not filling at all and it's a super smooth brew.

Photo of thain709
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Deuane for sharing this one.

A - Pours with a golden amber body that has carbonation bubbles running through it...the head is two fingers tall and white in color...it recedes to a full cap and leaves decent lacing

S - All hops...mainly sweet and juicy citrus (grapefruit, orange, lemon) but there is some piney notes coming through

T - The hops dominate the flavor profile as well...which is not a bad thing...they start off with a sweeter side and the citrus hops shine more...there is a nice caramel malt backbone in the middle which adds body and a little bit of flavor...the piney hops come in at the finish and leave a crisp bitterness

M - Medium bodied...crisp, bitter, dry

O - I finally got to try a Russian River IPA...this one was about a month old when we consumed it...it's all about the hops...nice citrus flavors with a dry, bitter finish

Photo of gkunkle
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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 primaldiscord
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

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

Served an amber-orange color with a firmly sticky white cap at a snifter at Toronado. Lacing is nice, great look.

Fairly hoppy, a bit of an understatement. Once the head settles there's a strong pineapple and grapefruit aroma with hints of bubblegum wafting up. Nice and strong.

Malts are pale, mildly sweet, and unobtrusive. Sweet enough to hold the drinker's attention, but not to distract from the hopping. Citric Centennial hops are al over, bitter but not overpowering.

Body is thinnish but keeping well within IPA territory. This beer is frightfully drinkable. Worth the hype.

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

Bottle dated 020209, got as an extra, thanks! I was afraid since I have had fresher BP that this would pale in comparison, it kinda did. The hops weren't as lively and the citrus, although bright, wasn't quite what I remember it to be. This was still a great drink, the color was fantastic, aromas were very good lots of grapefruit. I'd be drinking this fresh if it were more available.

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

A: 375 ml with a bottling date of 07/09/08 served into a Sam Adams glass. Thanks to session1979 for sending this along as an extra! Beer is slightly hazy with a pale golden color and a 1+ finger head of off-white foam. Great retention that eventually settles to a thin, rocky surface layer. Fine & sticky lacing clings down the entire length of the glass as I drink. Little active carbonation noticeable.

S: Hops, hops, & more hops. Hugh pine and floral aromas prepare me for the bitterness to follow. Not so much in the way of citrus, but a nice, bready malt base asserts itself as the beer warms.

T: The bittering hops are definitely the king here, but the balance between them and the pale malt base is exceptional. Great piney bitterness mixed with a doughy, yeasty malt is the dominant taste. Bitter finish lingers on the palate for awhile, but never becomes overpowering.

M: Medium-bodied with a crisp, tingly mouthfeel. A bit thin compared to some bigger DIPAs (which this could certainly hold its own against), but very appropriate for the style.

D/O: Overall the balance is what makes this IPA a standout in the category. Neither the malt bill nor hop profile are overly complex or layered, but both are blended together superbly to create a beer that is tasty, very hoppy, and extremely drinkable. With its reputation it's tough not to compare it against other HTF DIPAs, but this one does just about everything right for an IPA.

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,700 ratings.