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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,333 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,333
Reviews: 1,313
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,461
Gots: 437 | FT: 19
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 MADhombrewer
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear and golden with a nice off white head. Great lacing after sips.

Smell- Extra piney and dry with a small amount of malt. Very good aroma! This is what an IPA should smell like IMO.

Taste- Piney as in the smell. The taste has more malt than the smell did. Good bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel- A bit thick for an IPA but still very good.

Drinkability- Not as good as some 6% IPAs but I would have no problem having 2 or 3.

We don't get this in bottles in Portland anymore so I have to find it on tap. I love this beer an think about it often. I am hoping we get it back in bottles soon.

MADhombrewer, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Hazy orange body with a thin white head.

s: Huge sticky tropical citrus nose. Grapefruit being the most prominent, but by no means not the only aroma.
Couldn't ask for more.

t: Sweet malty front, with a grapefruit explosion in the finish. Enough mat for balance, but still a hefty dose of hop bitterness. More bitter than Pliny the Elder.

m: creamy and smooth. leaves a bitter layer on the tongue.

d: An IPA I wont soon forget. One of the best I have had. Vinnie over at Russian River is one gifted SOB. This and Pliny the elder are two of the finest crafted beers I have been fortunate enough to experience. My compliments to the brewer.

BradLikesBrew, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of Sideswipe
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft into a 20oz mug at Barley and Hops

Blind Pig arrives with two fingers of white foam atop the clear, amber colored beer. Aromas of citrus and bready malt combine in the nose. Flavors of orange and grapefruit rind up front balanced by notes of fresh biscuits. Bitter citrus abounds in the finish along with a bit of pine resin and oak. Nice bitter aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. Creamy texture. A phenomenal IPA from Russian River. This one never disappoints. Recommended.

Sideswipe, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go out to mikesgroove for providing this. It arrived yesterday, and since the bottle tells me not to age it, down it goes!
Hazy dark gold with a two finger cap of light beige foam off the pour. About a finger's worth stuck around for a long time, producing some slightly chunky lacing. Lots of pine in the aroma, a bit powdery too, with notes of pineapple and various citrus fruits (grapefruit and lemon mostly). A little malt sweetness made itself known up front, but this was quickly joined by hops, citrus and tropical fruits, then gave way to a solid grapefruit bitterness that lingered long into the finish. Quite a depth of hop flavour, wave after wave hits the palate yet doesn't seem to dull the tongue. Medium bodied with a rich texture, plenty of carbonation that leaned towards some creaminess, sort of dry too. Great stuff. This is the type of balance I like in an AIPA, hop flavour and bitterness front and center, but with a malt backbone that doesn't wither under the lupulin onslaught.

DrJay, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of jmeyers78
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass ware: Pint glass

A - Pale gold with a nice 1/4" thick white head

S - Hops, hops and more hops. More specifically citrus and pine

T - Right off the bat I noticed the bitterness...a very pleasant bitterness. This offsets well with the malt backbone. Very, very drinkable

M - Nice. Creamy and balanced.

O - A very good IPA. I can definitely see where the hype came from. If this beer was more readily available to me it would definitely be a staple of mine

jmeyers78, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Brillig
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Quotations

Perfect IPA appearance. Nice golden color with a beautiful fluffy snow-white head that stuck around.

Great piney, citrusy hop taste. Exactly what I look for in a west coast IPA. I compared directly to a Lagunitas, which I've enjoyed in the past, and the Lagunitas didn't hold a candle.

This is an outstanding IPA that I'll keep my eye out for in the future.

Brillig, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of travisd13
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a New Belium tulip.

A- Pours a golden orange with a small white head. Head lingers for a period of time.

S- Very floral / earthy hops present. Pine, citrus...faint grapefruit hits. Very little to no malt aromas.

T- Earthy hops with just enough malt to balance it a little. Alcohol is present but still very well hidden. Fininshes very nice...a good finishing bitter.

M- Lighter and smooth. A little on the sticky side. Very nicely carbonated.

D- Very drinkable!! I could drink a few of these in a sitting. One of the better IPA's I've got to try. Now they (RR) just need to send it to Seattle so I can get it more often.

travisd13, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of adamparker05
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up at Holiday Wine Market in Escondido (San Diego), CA. Super friggin' excited to try after having a love affair with Russian River's Pliny the Elder and Damnation.

Pours a mellow gold, honeyed color with nice, slightly fluffy head.

Aroma is standard hoppiness; citrus. Little bit of pine nettles.

Taste is awesome; doesn't pack an "-over-hopped" punch like some IPA's nowadays. Herbal with a nice balanced hop taste and Zingy mouthfeel with slight bitter finish.

Sooo drinkable. If I had a 6pk I wouldn't be able to refrain from drinking the whole thing tonight.

It's scarce- buy it without thinking twice.

adamparker05, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 7/8/08

Ahhh, we've finally come full circle. Many years ago I had my first Blind Pig in a hot tub in San Diego. Wowza, did it blow my socks off. I just remember how awfully bitter it was!
Finally, the pig has been ressurected.

Pours light, hazy gold, with a one inch head of dense white foam.
Retention is moderate and clingy lacework throughout.

Aromatics are pungent and floral.
Tangerines, pine sap, grapefruit, apricots, melons, and light, fresh malt.
Tropical fruits in a Northern forest.

Medium bodied, with a crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Bright, juicy hops lead off the pallet. Pink grapefruit, spruce resin, orange pith, and melon rind.
Drying, smooth bitterness steps forward and some mild alcohol is present when looked for.
Loaded with fruit and pine, super dry and lightly malty.

Finishes with lingering citrus fruit pith, a bit of pine bark, and plenty of firm, drying bitterness.

Better than I remember, and certainly my bitterness threshold has changed since the original.

Big ups to RblWthACoz for the hook-up..Proper!

brewandbbq, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fiveo2270 for this one brought straight back from the Brewery!!

A- Pours a hazy yellowish gold (maybe some sort of orange) color with a nice creamy colored head that recedes to a layer of bubbles on top of the brew. Great amount of lacing down the glass.

S- A lot of hops here Earthy, piney, oily and mainly citrus. A great smell. I can't really pick up any malts here.

T- Again the hops here are awesome and jumping right at me. Just a touch of hops here to throw a little balance but the hops clearly dominant.

M- Medium body, good carbonation, smooth and creamy.

D- Highly recommended here. Very great taste and just plain solid.

nrbw23, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of nomomentwasted
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of the bottle on an IPA tasting night after having had it a few times on tap. I have to say that I prefer this version to that on tap, which surprised me, as I tend to think IPAs usually are just as good, if not better, on tap. Bottle was only 4 weeks old though, and that's a good sign.

Appearance: Pours an amber-yellow-orange color with nice 2-finger white head, laces properly with medium sized carbonation bubbles and periodic wavy lace. Nice and simple.

Smell: Clean, piny hops, Simcoe, maybe? Less hoppy in the nose than the big-brother Pliny the Elder, but still very hoppy and pleasant. Citrusy hops, with some pineapple and pear-like sweetness roll around the piny nature, but this is sweeter than the big brother as well. Nice malty presence as well, but it's all about the hops. A hoppy, yet slightly malted, nose, and one I found more hoppy than on-tap.

Taste: Tasty. I know that's not very descriptive, but it's the truth. The hop presence rings true, with very nice up-front bitterness that strikes first, followed by a balanced hop smattering of pine, sweet fruit, and grass. Really well worked. I find this, however, slightly less hoppy, bitter, and altogether just under the level of PtE, but it's not fair to compare this brew to that on so many levels. The taste here is decidedly its own, and it's a very good one at that.

Mouthfeel: Bitter up front, like a good hoppy IPA should be in my opinion. Finishes carbonated just enough, with a more fruity than hoppy finish, with almost a grapefruit sweetness. ABV is not harsh at all, and totally masked by the hop presence.

Drinkability: It's fantastic, for sure, and the only thing that keeps this from being a 5 in any category is me wishing for just a bit more complexity. Fresh out of the bottle, much like Pliny, is the way to go here, simply a fantastic and very drinkable beer. This is a beautiful brew that I would pick up much more often if it weren't always sitting right next to Pliny, and for the same price, no less. But again, a very, very worthy brew that I consider to be among the top 3-4 single IPAs out there.

nomomentwasted, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of futura123
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to a pint glass

A : honey amber golden with a thick white head with excellent lacing

S :The smell is subtle with hints of orange peel, pine along with a mild, pleasant sweet malt note.

T : There is an incredible sweet, malt note here that is a perfect balance to the light hops. There's some very distinct, clean hops notes in this IPA but by not being overpowering it actually make the end note linger in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: light- medium body with good carbonation.

This is an excellent IPA that gets overlook because of the big brother PtE. The orange notes of Blind Pig is more prominent than citrusy of PtE. This beer becomes rare and rarer to find since most people go for PtE since they are the same price range. IMO, Blind Pig holds it own ground and I have to drive a little further each time to make sure get some Pigs together with PtE. Thanks Vinnie for such a wonderful concoction.

futura123, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of westsidemiller
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really what can I say about this beer that has not been said already. A load of hops in the aroma, the smell of pine is definitely persistent. Lovely copper color. Then to the taste, wow lots of hops, yet not overpowering. Smooth finish for being as hoppy as it is. I was expecting to be punched by the hops, but I was just pushed in the face a little bit. Nice smooth mouth feel. This is a surprisingly drinkable IPA for the amount of hop kick it exudes. Loved the beer and can't wait to go and have another one.

westsidemiller, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of billshmeinke
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold color with a hint of orange in the middle. Fat two finger white rocky head. Chunks of lacing left behind.

Really nice hop blast in the nose. Citrus fragrance of orange peel. Also, dank and pine. Some sweet malts.

Taste is citrusy with orange peel, lemon and grapefruit. Bitter resin and some minty pine as well. A bit of sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty well carbonated. It is smooth and creamy as well. Russian River IPAs have such great mouthfeel.

Really drinkable.

billshmeinke, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of BrewerB
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma includes prominent hop notes - grapefruity/orange/citrus with some grassy notes. Very small amount of pineapple quickly dissipated. Moderate to mid-low level of malty sweetness. Citrus/orange like hops lingered on throughout. Clean fermentation, no signs of esters. Slight increase in the malt level might help the score.

This American IPA pours a medium gold color. Clarity is excellent. Formed a tight, thin white head which retained itself well during my session.

Flavors are most prominently piney and grapefruity/citrusy. Malt is clean. The dry finish is very pleasing and you are left with a lingering bitterness we expect from our adored IPAs. Bitterness is moderately intense. No diacetyl. Malt backbone provides a nice platform for the hop character though a bit of a boost might improve the beers drinkability.

Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Smooth bitterness is pleasing and non-astringent.

Overall it's quite drinkable thanks to a dry finish and very fresh hop flavor. Good mix of American hops with a supportive malt backbone. Like a lot of IPAs, I feel this one could benefit from an ever-so-slight increase in malt. Not sure I'd make it past a second pint with an intact palette. They say a score of 5 should be rare and the increased malts are the only thing I feel can improve the beer. Everything else - appearance, hop flavor, bitterness level, finish, mouthfeel, etc is spot on.

Glad we've finally got this in bottles!

BrewerB, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Brian for this great extra! Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a hazy light amber color with a thick two inch white foamy head. Very good head retention and it left excellent lacing on my glass.

The aroma is floral and hoppy with a strong grapefruit and pineapple citrus presence. It also has some pine and a slightly herbal spice to it along with a little sweetness. Excellent aroma for an IPA in my opinion.

The taste is hoppy as expected with some strong citrus flavors like the nose. It starts out with a sweet hoppy flavor but the bitterness really comes into play in the finish, balancing the sweetness out some.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's a fantastic tasting IPA and very easy drinking.

Overall one of the best IPA's I have had, and I have had the pleasure of having it a few times now fresh. it really shines in the balance it has between the sweet hoppy flavor and the bitter finish. Would gladly drink this anytime.

billab914, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of hardy008
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/7/10.

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a nice two finger foamy white head with very nice retention and lacing. The aroma is nothing short of amazing. Pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, and pine. This should be outstanding.

The taste is everything the aroma advertises. Pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, and pine. Just a superb IPA. I could drink this all the time, if it was available in MN.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth, easy to drink. Has a nice combination of hop bitterness and sweetness, with the hop bitterness being more dominant, as it should be. I wish this beer was more readily available online. I would buy it all the time if it was, along with Pliny the Elder of course.

hardy008, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of stoutfiend27
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle received as extra in recent trade with Ghengis22 thanks James...bottled on 3-3-09 poured into duvel tulip

a-rusty copper orange color 1 finger head that dissipated quickly..lovely lacing and nice bubbles from the carb

s-grassy, piney and citrusy..very floral...sort of sweet

t-hop forward of course but nice citrus hops with some bitterness from middle to end..

m-oily and medium bodied..nice fizz from the carbonation....

d-absolutely fantastic could drink this stuff all night if more available...

stoutfiend27, May 19, 2009
Photo of wvsabbath
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Burnt orange mellow yellow, nice creamy 2 inch head, lots of lacing

Smell - Nice piney hop, malt and spice and fruit aromoa.

Taste - Pretty much as the smell indicates, nice piney grapefruit hop kick behind some nice malts. Really smooth and mellow. Plenty of citrius flavors, and some spices top this off.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth and easy on mouth. The hops have some slight kick on the tounge but really nothing to dominate the mouth. A glass of water or piece of cheese later and your ready to go.

Drinkabilty - Simular to pliny but not as pine bitter, more malt presence and not as strong. Fantastic at 6% drink up a few and enjoy. A real treat, i think i like this more then pliny, maybe....

wvsabbath, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of kzoobrew
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to hophead247 for the growler. Review input from notes.

Slightly hazed golden orange body topped with a rather fluffy bone white head. The retention is rather impressive, certainly taking its time to recede. Heavy lacing clings to the walls of the glass.

The aroma is bold and assertive. Pungent pine gives way to an emerging citrus characteristic as the beer warms. Tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit aromas really begin to stand out at the half way point. The malt is barely noticeable, soft pale malt buried so far beneath any contribution is negligible.

Sharp pine and pith bite initially gives way to a burst of juicy citrus. Candied grapefruit along side bits of tangerine and pineapple. There is a steady bitterness across the palate balancing the sweeter citric flavors. Again the malt is very subdued, simply there to provide a base for the hops to build on.

Medium bodied with a smoothy, slightly chewy texture. The finish is rather dry.

Excellent IPA, undoubtedly a top tier offering. Everything about this beer is on point. The aroma and flavor is assertive but well balanced. The drinkablity does reach the dangerously high level rather quickly. If you have not had the opportunity I would advise that you seek this one out.

kzoobrew, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of srroos
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle (dated 7-22-08) into a pint glass.

A: Clear and golden with a decent sized white head. Next time I'll pour a bit harder in hopes of a better head.

S: Knock your socks off piney and floral hops. Even better than Elder!

T: Malty for a moment until the hops hit, and hit hard! Pine, fruity and floral. Very complex for an IPA.

MF: Medium bodied and crisp. Absolutely excellent example of the style!

D: I could drink this all day long! So harshly hoppy I can't really call it perfect, but close.

One of my favorite IPAs, beaten only by Younger and Alesmith's offering. Get your hands on it if you can get it fresh!

srroos, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Amdy
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great beer, Currently drinking one straight from the bottle. This is Something you can drink all day, this bottle is from 01 12 11, still holding up its flavor/hoppyness, not watered down/flat tasting. I cannot wait to get a newer bottle release of this to update the review. Nom!

Amdy, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of tommcsweeney
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If Pliny is their double IPA then Blind Pig is their single/regular IPA. While true Russian River Brewing Company does brew a Russian River IPA as well, I'm of the opinion that Blind Pig was Vinnie's first, and therefore the precursor to Pliny The Elder.


tommcsweeney, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of ONUMello
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

510ml bottle dated 4/3/14 poured into a tulip
A: Orange color with a one-finger head
S: Very fresh, immediately jumps from the bottle as soon as it's opened. A pleasant combination of citrus/pine/floral hops but caramel/malt providing a solid background
T: Matches the nose; tastes incredibly fresh. Again a great balance of hops and malt yet packs tons of flavor for its 6%
M: Medium-bodied, very crisp and refreshing
O: One of the better IPAs I've had. Fresh, flavorful and refreshing

ONUMello, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Brabander
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was drank by me a couple of months ago at a houseboat tasting in Amsterdam. Vanlingleipa, Frank, was our host during a fabulous tasting.

Frank spoke highly about this beer and this was one of the better beers we had that day...and boy we had some beers .

The blind pig is very drinkable and very hoppy with a darkyellow fluid.

Brabander, Jul 17, 2012
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,333 ratings.