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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,610 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,610
Reviews: 1,323
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,508
Gots: 485 | 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 cocoapuph
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden bronze. Head was full but fizzled away pretty quickly. Smelled strong of grapefruit, lemon and pine trees.

First sip bite my tongue with pine needles and grapefruit rinds. Nice and hoppy, but not overbearing. Prefect balance with the rest of the beer's profile. Leaves a sweet aftertaste.

Really like this beer and would even say I would choose this over PtE.

cocoapuph, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of boothbeer
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle in a trade from nickd717. Thanks for getting me some great Russian River beers! Cracked this one for the first day of my last semester of law school.

Pours a bright amber; almost orange color. 2 fingers width of large white foamy head that retains well and leaves nice lacing on the glass. But there are some dark specs in the beer that sink to the bottom- hopefully just hops.

Smells of pine, orange peels, and some grapefruit. Definitely picking up citrus smells. Very nice aroma. This is what I look for in an IPA.

Tastes of pine/hops and bitterness and finishes with a lot of the citrus I smelled. This beer is in your face, but in a great way! Its not overpowering; there are a lot of great hops flavors, but the citrus complements them very well.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel for an IPA. Medium carbonation. The hops dont dry the mouthfeel out. Its actually pretty slick for how hoppy this beer is.

I could drink a lot of this IPA. Not too high of an ABV and an all around good beer. Just wish I had access to this whenever I wanted it!

boothbeer, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of dsa7783
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Memphis Tap Room in Philadelphia...
An all-around teriffic depiction of the style and one of the better American IPA's I've had the pleasure of recently sampling...
Copper, light-bronze appearance with minimal head and minor lacing...
Smell: Rich hops, piney, and thick...
Taste: More mellow than I had expected, yet the beauty of this beer lies in its drinkability... Extremely well balanced with hints of hops and vines...

dsa7783, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle obtained via trade with RedwoodGeorge. Thanks for the opportunity... Brewed 1/21/2006, hand-bottled via counter-pressure system 1/27/06.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" off-white head over the almost clear dark golden brew. Frothy head fades gently, with bits of lace here and there. Aroma is super-duper piney hops, with some light fruitiness, and an inkling of sweetness underneath it all. Flavor is what the nose indicated, lots of hops, but just enough malt to take the edge off, with a nice cuttingly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice, especially for as hoppy as it is, and drinkability is also very acceptable. Another great offering from "George's Unauthorized Home Bottling Project".

ppoitras, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of blklab2007
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle brewed 6 weeks ago poured into a tulip glass has a nice orange ice tea color and a thick one finger white head that retained rather well and laced the glass nicely. aroma has juicy grapefruit hops, citrus peels, pine, orange zest, and underlying malts. perfumed and enticing. mouth feel is medium with biting carbonation and good coating. flavor is all about the hops, (pine, grapefruit, citrus), sweet enough to keep the bitterness down, and just enough caramel malt to keep the hops balanced. finish has a long duration of hops coating. very good and extremely fresh tasting.

blklab2007, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of MPLS
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought this one from an online beer retailer along with numerous other Russian River beers that I have not tried before. Decided to break out a couple of bottles for some nice springlike BBQing.

A: Nice lively dark gold liquid, small 1 cm head, nothing drastic with lacing, but still present.

S: More toned down than the imperial IPAs I have been drinking lately, but very pleasant. A big earthy pine aroma with some citrus to boot. I forgot to pay attention to the brew date, but it was fresh.

T: It pains me to think that we cannot get Russian River in the midwest, there IPAs are delicious. This guy isn't overwhelming, but exquisite earthy, rose, and lemon citrus.

M: Carbonation gives it a lively mouthfeel, nice and sharp on the front of the tongue.

D: If this were available, total summer session beer. Low ABV with a delicious hoppy presence.

MPLS, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of t420o
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/1/11

Consumed 6/14/11

A- Aggressive pour produces a 1-1/2 finger semi frothy off white head. beer is clear and yellow-golden in color.

S- Sweet candied grapefruit, orange, mango. Its a very nice tropical fruit smell that I love in IPA's

T- This is a truly wonderful beer. It's IPA's like this that originally made me fall in love with hops. The taste is of candied tropical fruits such as mango, papaya, orange, grapefruit, and a slight bitterness throughout that perfectly compliments the candied tropical fruit taste perfectly.

M- Nice smooth mouthfeel. Good carbonation level

O- Excellent drinkability. One of the better IPA's I've ever had. An impressive balance of bitterness and candied tropical fruits makes this beer near perfect to me

t420o, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of alenonbeeradv
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - a frothy sticky head. nice bold but clear body.

s - piney and resiny like the bottle but more fruit and vivid floral aromas from the tap.

t - a lot more malt taking over. the bottle seems a little more bitter and hoppy where the tap seems a lot more earthy and handleable. very clean.

m - pretty mellow and smooth but still an adventure. as i said before a lot mote tame than the bottle in terms of taste and mouthfeel.

o - of my favorite go tos of ipas. pliney rarely dissapoints too. quite a privelege to try on tap.

note: i kept this review brief due to a future review of
the bottle. for now this will suffice.

alenonbeeradv, May 20, 2011
Photo of hiku7
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this IPA. Had it before in bottles, and had it on tap for the first time tonight at E.J. Phair in Concord, CA. Great to see it as a draught offering.

A - Pours a clear amber with a white head. Gothic spires sticky lacing.

S - Hops hops hops, piney, resiney, citrusy.

T - Complex hop cocktail that lingers in a very good way. A front-loaded caramelly sweetness is also noticeably present.

M - Medium bodied that feels right for this brew.

D - Big IPA, but I could drink more than one.

Overall, I love it.

hiku7, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces fairly quickly to an extremely thin film that covers the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit/tangerine hops and much lighter hints of tropical/pineapple hops.

T: Upfront there is a solid amount of pale malts with some caramel sweetness but the real dominant flavors are those of the hops - strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit/tangerine and moderate amounts of tropical/pineapple. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness that fade quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront and slightly sticky in the finish.

O: Extremely easy to drink and enjoyable - a very nice aroma and taste but the best aspect of this beer is how easy it is to drink (I think I could drink these all day long and never tire of it). Lots of hops present but they do not overpower.

dbrauneis, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow I've never gotten to try this yet. Not sure how with all the Russian River stuff I've traded for. Finally got this thanks to RaulMatisse. Bottled on 01/13/10 so not too fresh but fresh enough.

A: Pouring into oversized snifter yields a large 1.5 finger fluffy airy head that slowly fades over the very hazy and even slightly chunkified orange nectar color.

N: Despite a couple months on it the nose is loaded with fresh musty wet hops and dry hops. Tons of pine, citrus, some grapefruit, sweet floral and fruity hops. And that's about wraps her all up, fresh sweet delicious smelling hops.

T: Oh yeah, tooons of grapefruit and pine, citrus hops, some slight chewy earthy hop taste. Pretty bitter but not overwhelming. Very juicy and tasty too. I can see that the hops have faded ever so slightly in the taste more than the aroma, but it's still delicious. A very very slight malty base, but mostly just fresh tasty hops. As it sits on the tongue I get more of the fresh musty wet hops as well. A little bit of a hop oil taste even.

M: Medium body with tons of carbonation, even a slight oily hop feel.

F: Pretty bitter still, it seems to just hold strong at a nice bitter taste the whole time, and with that on the finish it dries quite a bit. It leaves a very fresh dry hop taste in the mouth as it dries, like I just steeped fresh hops in it and took a slurp from the hoppy slur. Lots of pine and hop resins on the finish and some citrus. A very tasty beer, brings you all over the hop map, good parts at least. Worthy of the hype, or better than the lack thereof at least. Not quite as good as Pliny though.

jlindros, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange in color. A nice fluffy white head sites on top with excellent lacing.

S: The nose has an excellent fruit character with lots of citrus and perhaps even a touch of tropical fruits. There is a mild pine note to this as well.

T: The fruit flavor really shines through here, much more so than in Pliny. A nice juicy grapefruit flavor with some sweet caramel malt and a nice bitter finish.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation (which could be affected by the growler).

D: It's too bad that this is the same price as Pliny, because it would be a top rate IPA if it was made by a different brewery.

womencantsail, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at stone brewery.

Orange to gold in color. Plenty of carbonation left a good head, and lacing was nice.

Smelled and tasted wonderful. Oily hops dominate, along with citrus and pine and just a touch of bready malts.

The body is medium and quite dry, leaving a bitter aftertaste that lingers on nicely.

Right up there with PtE for an on-tap beer, great stuff.

AlCaponeJunior, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

4th review on BA.

Bottle poured to mug

App- Golden honey colored with a nice 2 finger head that sat for a minute and bubbled away. Left a nice haziness on the swirl and the lacing slides every so gently down the glass.

Smell- Very citrus IMO. It was similar to walking around in a fruit section of the farmers market to me, a little lemon, a little more tropical at times, hard to put a finger on it.

Taste- Great begining and finish to this one. Wakes up the taste buds while screaming out for another sip to keep that great flavor coming. After it warmed a little while I made dinner, some more calm flavors woke up for the 2nd half of the beer.

Mouth- Very dry as you take each sip but the malt and hops play well together on this one.

Drink- Keep em coming please if the store I got mine at didnt have a 1 bottle limit. For a IPA and not being such a fan, I found a new fav to always try to have at home.

FosterJM, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Biscuit033
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with a small white head and great lacing.

S: Earthy, piney, lemon zest, and some grapefruit, with some hints of caramel.

T: Citrusy, earthy, caramel, vanilla, and some piney notes.

M: Smooth and creamy with a long bitter finish.

D: This is an extremely drinkable IPA especially at 6%. This may be my favorite west coast IPA.

Biscuit033, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice, hazy orange/amber with a puffy two finger head that dissipates very slowly with a lot of lacing behind.

S - I love the smell, a great blend of piney bitter hops and grapefruit/citrus. I feel like it's difficult to find something this blended. Exception smell

T - At first, it's hard hit of those grapefruit and citrus hops, very sweet, before the bitterness from those piney hops come in and linger through the finish. Very good.

M - Medium mouthfeel, neither coats the mouth or dries it. It packs a punch.

Overall - A fantastic IPA. Perfectly balanced. West-Coast to the end. Great work.

BeerBuckeye, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, my first foray into Russian River beers, thanks to BGThang. And it won't be my last (thanks yet again...)!

Appearance - pours into a tasting glass with a hazy, fairly basic gold/straw color. A finger of white, sticky foam forms up, clinging to everything it touches. Melts down quite slowly, nice retention.

Aroma - fresh and piny, spicy and rich with grapefruit. I can just barely pick up a hint of caramel style malt.

Taste - a quick and clean base malt, a touch of biscuit. The hops appear quickly, springy and alive with citrusy grapefruit up front and a tart oranginess on the swallow. A biscuit and bitter orange aftertaste, resolving to a dry piny flavor on the finish. Pushing a little medicinal there too, but it's a minor thing.

Mouthfeel - crisp, slightly creamy eith a medium body.

Drinkability - a special treat; you folks out west are in good hands with these to quench your thirst. A big thanks, Ken, for hooking me up with this delicious Top 100 brew.

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of Schmaltzy
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice golden light amber color with 2+ fingers of white head that later died to less than 1 finger head and left great lacing all over my glass.

S- Wow heavy citrus hops, mostly freshly cut grapefruit, almost a little of mango/pineapple sweet malt flavors on the back end.

T- Really similar to the smell, heavy citrus hops especially grapefruit followed by some slight mango flavors and slight malt flavors. Definately more of a one sided hop bomb, Pliny is more balanced.

M- Nice carbonation, medium body and tons of citrusy hoppy flavors throughout.

D- Very easy to drink, almost easier than Pliny because it has less of a malt prescence. Very nice beer, less balanced but nice.

Schmaltzy, May 10, 2010
Photo of ChicagoTom
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was very anxious to sit down and enjoy this RR brew that I got in a trade for some Midwestern brews. I too had to take a few sips to see what I was really tasting. Nothing was overbearing neither in smell or taste but not that there was a lack of anything. This is just a drinkable brew that you can sit down and enjoy with some food. Definitely will have another when given the opportunity.

Smell= Light citrus aroma
Taste= Very light in hops
Lacing= Barely any
Mouth-feel= Hoppy carbonation
Color= Topaz

ChicagoTom, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of WakeandBake
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle thanks to CaryTheDude. A dull golden color body with a big soapy white head,light to medium carbonation and tuns of stricky lace. Aroma is hoppy, piny,floral and citrus rind,Very nice. Flavor is bitter with some pine up front, a very tasty caramel malt backbone,more citrus hops,a bit of resin,hints of peppercorn,orange peel,just plain juice and balanced,very very good, a nice bitter finish with a hoppy aftertaste, medium body without being sticky feeling at all. A very drinkable top shelf IPA for sure.

WakeandBake, May 01, 2009
Photo of emmasdad
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color, with a nice, big white head. I remember drinking this beer years ago (early '90s) at the old Blind Pig brewery, although details from those days escape me. This one smells strongly of hops...beautiful floral/grassy/citrusy hops. More floral hoppiness on the palate, balanced nicely by the sweet malt presence. Not sure how similar this one is to the original, but it is certainly a worthy legacy.

emmasdad, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of micromaniac129
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Jamison pour house.
Pours a brillant and very clear honey color with a lager white dense head leaving fine lacing.
Carbonation wants abit.

Smell is very flavorful with citrus being the predominate aroma flavor. Malts are light and sweet letting yourself enjoy the hop bouquet.

Taste is of citrus hops with grapefruit being dominate in flavor. Malts are nicely balanced and have a clean freshness about themselvies.
Pleasently bitter with being kicked in the tongue.

Feels smooth and slick with a medium mouthfeel.
Bitter at end. Clean and very little aftertaste.

Overall, a great beer plenty of flavor and bitterness without being killed by mega alcohol thats in most DIPA's.
Bottom line is a good DIPA substitute for those of us who can't handle those big monsters.
I hate IPA's that are just bascally bitterness and no flavor. IPA's I think are made for hop flavor too.

micromaniac129, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a bright gold color with very, very active carbonation and a thin, white lacing across the top. It pretty much looks awesome.

S - Very tangy lemon, zesty citrus fruit and pine. Crackery malt, but the citrus portion of the aroma is very pungent...smells awesome too.

T - Big grapefruit, citrus, crackery caramel malt underneath which lays a firm foundation for the massive wall of hoppy bitterness. Has some lemon pepper aftertaste that lingers in the mouth for a very long time after the sip. Finishes very dry and practically sucks the spit off your tongue.

M - Medium bodied, strong metallic pepper aftertaste.

D - Almost perfect for an IPA. Is this the little 'Bro to PtE? Hats off to Vinnie and the crew, absolutely LOVE this beer.

jzeilinger, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at Russian River on 11/27

A: This beer pours a clear copper color with a 1/2 finger of offwhite thick creamy head. Decent head retention that leaves spotty lacing along the glass.

S: Nose is of floral and piney hops with a nice muted maltiness.

T: Taste is bitter up front. A real floral bouquet of hops at the forefront that blends in to a nice rich maltiness in the middle. Finish has a sharp pine and grassy hops that leave a nice bite to the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, slightly creamy at first with a nice dry and bitter finish.

D: Another damn highly drinkable beer from Russian River! Well blended, goes down easily, and is certainly sessionable.

Jayli, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of fatmusic14
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Falling Rock. Written from notes 12/27.

A - rich amber, tons of lacing, head that keeps hanging around. A really inviting look.

S - cinnamon, lemon zest, earthy - really brings out that hop and forest element, but not overpowering. Swims up into your nostrils as you drink it.

T - tastes of the scent, in a very pure way. Pine, citrus, hint of spice and chili. Just enough bitterness to remind you its an ale. Top notch.

M - leaves a tremendous aftertaste. Great carbonation and drinkability.

O - close to perfect.

fatmusic14, Dec 28, 2012
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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