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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,470 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,470
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,480
Gots: 458 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of RedChrome
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour produced a very light haze and a medium golden color. Inch and a half white colored head retained a few minutes. Average amount of meandering carbonation. Lacing is big sticky clumps.

Aroma is a super floral hop scent up front. Citrus presence also blends nicely to leave just a light sweet malt aroma. A true refreshing scent on the nose.

A very earthen grit to the first hit on the tongue. Malt is more present then in the aroma, and tasted like fresh biscuits. Hops quickly assert there floral and citric blend.

A nice beer that clings on the tongue. Carbonation was enough to note and shift flavor but not dominant.

A great beer. Works great with a nice sharp Italian table cheese. Huge thanks to BrewerB for this in a trade. And a big cheers to Russian River for a great offering.

RedChrome, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of SkunkWorks
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle dated 11/19/10 and consumed on December 12, 2010. Poured into an Irish pint glass. Thanks jenray for the trade and the chance to drink this beer!

Look: slightly hazy, light copper color with a fairly thin slightly off white head. I gave it a relatively aggressive pour and came away with a one finger head. The head is bubbly and retains exceptionally well, leaving nice lacing on the sides of the glass. A good amount of carbonation is visible as well. Good looking IPA.

Smell: piney, fruity, lemony, grapefruity hops are what dominate the nose. Not much in the way of malt. The aroma is what I would expect from a West Coast IPA. Good.

Taste: grapefruit hops are really forward but not as dominant as I would've expected given the nose. There are also caramel malts in the taste, so the taste is a bit more balanced than the nose was. Some other citrus flavors like lemon, fruity flavors like pineapple and a bit of floral hops are in there as well. Not very in your face with the hop flavors but rather just right.

Feel: nice and sticky mouthfeel, which I really like. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Nice mouthfeel.

Drink: could easily drink this one all night long.

Overall, a nice IPA from Russian River. I'm not completely overwhelmed by it but it is definitely a very good IPA. I would recommend getting this if it is available to you and trading for it if its not. Glad I had the chance to try it. Cheers!

SkunkWorks, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Lunch
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a 16.9oz. bottle (thanks to davidsk for the trade) into my new Blind Pig mason jar at around 45 degrees (11/17/09).

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a slight orange hue capped out with a nice and chunky two finger head with decent retention and exceptional spider lacing. Almost identical to it's older brother, Pliny.

S: A nice bouquet of pine, flowers, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and tropical fruit.

T: Similar to the smell with pine, flowers, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and tropical fruit hitting the palate with a nice bitterness, which is never harsh.

M: Medium-bodied with nice carbonation and a slightly slick mouthfeel.

D: Exceptionally drinkable and only 6.1% abv. Easily sessionable.

Overall this is a nice beer that I would certainly pick up quite often if it were available in my area. Recommended

Lunch, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of sidetracked
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with tons of off-white head. Some lacing.

Smell is mango, citrus, orange peel, grapefruit, and slightly sweet malts. The hop presence seems lessened when left unagitated. Some floral and piney hops at times too.

Taste is bitter grapefruit and orange peel upfront leading to a light caramel malt middle. Bitter finish of grapefruit and pine.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall of a solid IPA with a good hop presence and minimal malt.

sidetracked, May 29, 2010
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ML into a snifter/ bottled on 11-19-08

P: Pale yellow from the bottle, sits a clear honey gold in the glass. Healthy 2 fingered head is shiny white, thick & puffy with really good retention. Left nice strings of lace as it settled.

A: Citrus & piney hops like grapefruit, lemon, orange rinds, and toasted malts. Nothing over the top here, but it's pretty powerful.

T: Same thing with the taste. Nothing earth-shattering or life-changing, but this is a rock solid West Coast IPA with tons of flavor. Big, beautiful, bright hop flavors shine with grapefruit pith, lemon, oranges, and pineapples with pine needles and a floral presence to boot. Toasted malt underneath is sturdy, but stays out of the way of the hop parade. Caramel and a touch of honey try their hardness to subside the bitterness, but are severely outmatched.

M & D: Medium-bodied, sharp & crisp, smooth with a good bite. Drinkability is awesome, especially because it's 6.1%, but these hops will probably burn your tongue out after a few if you're not a certified hop-freak.

Notes: This is a very bold IPA. Bitter overall with a dry finish, and a long hoppy aftertaste that aims to please. I've had DIPA's that boast as much raw hop power as this one. Nothing out of this world, but a very good beer that I really enjoyed. Highly recommended

sweetbrew82, Feb 12, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Cask at O'Brien's] Poured a lightly hazy, copper color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus fruits, pine resin, floral hops and faint malts as well. Taste was super, tangerine and other citrus fruits, more pine and a strong grapefruit bitterness. The IBUs are incredible on this one.

egajdzis, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of olmatty
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a thin sudsy whte head with light lacing and poor retention, beer is a tawny gold.

Smell- Powerful aroma of fresh piney hops.

Taste- Moderate backbone of pale malts, grains have a cereal quality, against a big, piney citrus rind hop body. Long lasting hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated, very full bodied, sticky and resinous mouthfeel

Drinkability- A beautiful robust bodied IPA, big hop presence which diminishes drinkability.

olmatty, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of Azurescens
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle with bottled on date 6/22/11 poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 7/17/11.

A: Pours a clear golden orange with fluffy off-white head that leaves some good lacing around glass.

S: Nose is full of pine and citrus hops with some sweet malt sneaking in behind all of the hops.

T: Lots of hop bitterness up front with pine and citrus notes that fade to reveal some pale malt.

M: Really clean and crisp hop bitterness, medium-light body with moderate carbonation that finishes very dry.

O: Delicious IPA, really drinkable, very similar to Pliny but with less hops and malt.

Azurescens, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Hamburgers
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden with one finger white head. Head slowly vanishes leaving little lacing on glass. Aroma big with citrus fruit, pine and slight grass notes. Flavor is more grass and citrus, with a touch of funk. Slight maltiness and packed with hops. Light and refreshing with medium bitter finish.

Hamburgers, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of smerrell
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden honey color, with a bright white head that lingers.

S: piney hops with a pleasant sweetness

T: The bitterness is very present, and the hops are the star of the show.

M: Highly carbonated, Blind Pig is bubbly, with a surprising dry finish.

O: While I cannot complain about this, I think it had a lot to live up to, in comparison to Pliny. At the end of the day, I'm glad that I tried it, and enjoyed it, but didn't care for the very dry finish

smerrell, Mar 01, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/20/13

A: Semi Hazy pale orange body. Off white fizzy head that clings to the glass fully as the head slowly subsides.

S: Piney and grassy upfront. Lots of citrus. Faint bready malt.

T: Fantastically balanced. Sweet citrus and resinous pine and bitterness round out the finish. A bit of hay and biscuit malt.

M: Crisp and smooth. Oily. Medium body. Medium carbonation.

O: Less "in-your-face" than Pliny, but just as balanced. A simple IPA, yet still bursting with flavors. Grateful to get to try.

Justin_Neff, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of MCain04
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Courtesy of BostonRyan, 500ml bottled on 12.12.12, consumed just under 3 months later. Hope it stayed fresh enough! Poured into a 12 oz Spiegelau snifter.

A: Golden clear color with a big 2 finger eggshell-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Even 3 months old the nose is still great. Nice hops, tropical fruits and grapefruit, mango, orange, and some pine with grassy notes. Great!

T: Hop taste follows the nose, but I think this one is a little too old, tastes a little stale. It's pretty dry, and otherwise well-balanced. Malt backbone gives it a good drinkability without making it too heavy.

M: Good carbonation, medium body, crisp and clean, dry on the finish.

O: I think I'd probably enjoy this better fresh, but still a really solid IPA. I'd be happy to drink it any time.

MCain04, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of stealth
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking clear golden brew with a large head. Steady carbonation and nice lacing as you drink. Abundant citrusy grapefruit aroma. Sweet hops taste fades to a strong bitter finish.

Very similar to Pliny - more bitter on the finish and not quite as balanced, but still a delicious brew.

stealth, Feb 27, 2012
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4.24/5  rDev -2.8%

clay_i, Sep 12, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev -2.8%

FightinIrish88, Jun 09, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev -2.8%

taospowder, Oct 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

OhioBobcat, Sep 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

CavemanRamblin, Aug 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

abeerdude, May 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Schlais, Nov 20, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

warnerry, Sep 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

megamass, Mar 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Jason, Mar 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

LGB362, Mar 28, 2014
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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