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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,778 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,778
Reviews: 1,344
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,575
Gots: 545 | FT: 16
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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 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.

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

500ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Bottled on 4-8-10.

A - Golden straw with a tinge of orange. Big rocky three-finger head that takes 2-3 minutes to drop down to a fairly thick cap. A bit of sheeting on the glass instead of lacing.

S - The comparison to its big brother PtE is obvious, with plenty of citrus -- grapefruit and lemon stand out. A bit of pine. It doesn't linger quite as long as I would want, which is the only bad thing I can think of. Outstanding.

T - More of the aroma; lots of light citrus, but not quite as strong as it would imply. The hops really stand out, with a long bitter finish. I get hints of vanilla and some floral notes in the finish. Very good, but not quite as good as I've been led to believe. No detectable alcohol at all.

M - Creamy but light, if that's possible. Carbonation keeps it dancing across your tongue but it drops away at just the right time.

D - At 6%, this goes down very easy. I could see myself going through a 4 or 6-pack of this with no problem at all.

O - The Pliny that you want to drink when you want to drink a lot. A great lawnmower beer even if the abv is just slightly higher than most lawnmower beers. I just wish the price were a bit below that of its brother.

Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle received as an extra from Mauerhan (thanks Topher). Bottled on 072208 and served in my Ayinger Becker. Poured a translucent orange-gold with tiny bubbles in solution. 1.5 inch fluffy white head embedded with craters left behind strands of lacing as it receded. Nose was sweet grapefruit, piney hops and a light grainy quality in the back. Grapefruit sweetness is diminished in the mouth and hops bitterness is amplified. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a bitter/astringency that lingers between quaffs. Top notch IPA. Not my style per se, but I can really appreciate the quality of this brew.

Photo of russwbeck
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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 DAS30
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of lsummers
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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 inkyplus
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

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

On draught at Belmont Station, served in a pint glass, Blind Pig is a clear yellow with a medium sized, creamy white head that leaves very nice lace. On the paler side for an IPA, which I really like sometimes.

Smell is hoppy, big blast of grapefruit, with some sweeter florals and some gingerbread like spiciness developing as it warmed. Really nice, I'm not sure how Russian River does it, but they always manage to get this big hop aroma while at the same time keeping it softer and not as pungent as the hop bombs.

Taste is also big on the hops, but more pungent and resinous then the nose, pine and sour citrus, firm bitterness balanced by just enough sweetness to keep it relatively balanced. Not a mind blower, but damn tasty. Like Pliny, it's all about the aroma.

Mouthfeel is lighter and oily.

Drinkability is high, this is a very tasty IPA, greater then the sum of it's parts, full of flavor but not to strong or heavy. Can't wait until this is a regular here in town!

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

Poured from a 17oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. Born-on date on label. Singel purchased from Skee Vue Liquors (Breckenridge, CO) for $4.69.

A: Light orange/amber with copious off-white 1-2 finger head with a ncie layer of lacing.

S: Heavenly aroma of nearly every hop characteristic -- leafy, herbal, pine, citrus, and tropical fruit

T: The flavor, while good, is heavily dominated by pine and citrus with more than a hint of alcohol. The malt side of flavor is lacking -- it is mainly pale malts that are guarding the vault, and they are barely getting the job done.

M: Decent but very drying with low carbonation. Aftertaste is low and steely hops.

D: A pretty drinkable IPA but it is a bit too raw for my taste.

Photo of erikm25
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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 ArrogantB
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice yellow color, much lighter than the Pliny I had earlier. Smells good, some of that west coast. Very hoppy flavor and only slightly bitter. Probably too easy to drink. I think Russian River will have no problem selling beer in Colorado. I will buy it all.

update 02/02/09 batch

really nice aroma of pineapple and fruit. Bitter taste, wish I bought more..

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

A - Light amber/orange with a nice 1 finger head. Beautiful lacing, lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S - Citrus hops! Lots of grapefruit aroma.

T - Hops in your face, lots of citrus and bitterness.

M - Medium body with good amounts of carbonation. Goes down extremely smooth, good bitterness on the back end.

D - Could drink this all night, easily. Perfect in the sun on a patio somewhere.

Photo of cheesy26
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T100Mark
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

17.25 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Bright yellow color. A little hazy. A nice head made up of very fine bubbles. Good stickage.

Smell - Lemon rinds.

Taste - Big hops up front. Citrus. Slight spearmint flavor.

Mouth - Fizzy yet buttery.

Overall - Hoppy with a twist. I made mention of the spearmint flavor and the buttery mouth. California IPAs can be very crisp (bitter?). This California IPA is a little smoother than most. A fine, sophisticated ale.

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

Bottle date 10/22/10
Poured into a pint glass with half an inch of head.
Straw yellow with some floating yeast.
Plenty of carbonation.
Aromas of mellow pine and some passion fruit. Soapy?
Starts of with some grapefruit and follows with a signature fission river hop dose.
Well balanced and not as harsh as it's older brother pte.
I feel bad because I can pick them up near by. Great one overall.

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,778 ratings.