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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,234 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,234
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,434
Gots: 412 | FT: 18
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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nandemo1

Virginia

3/5  rDev -31.2%

12-18-2011 20:50:15 | More by nandemo1
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Rubalaca

California

3/5  rDev -31.2%

03-19-2014 02:28:31 | More by Rubalaca
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chalkfullof

California

3/5  rDev -31.2%

02-02-2012 06:59:57 | More by chalkfullof
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hawkmage

California

3/5  rDev -31.2%

12-31-2011 17:02:57 | More by hawkmage
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travolta

California

3.03/5  rDev -30.5%

App: White, foamy head. Bright/light copper, very clear except yeast. Minimal retention and lacing.

Nose: Biscuits, citrus, big profile, a bit of vanilla and banana nut bread. Sweet nose with a hint of pear at the end.

Taste: Perfect carbonation. Slightly syrupy finish, dry in the middle, pineapples and mangoes, not much else.

Notes: Not as good as it was when brewed in Temecula.

02-26-2012 02:35:24 | More by travolta
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -29.4%

500 ml bottle. Pours goden yellow with a frothy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is pretty subdued (esp after Pliny). There are some sweet sugary malts and a little melon and some peppery hops.

The flavor is some sweet malt and fruits with a kind of abrasive charcoal hop bitterness in the finish that has a good amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I didn't really care for the hop flavor profile. I was surprised considering how much I liked the Pliny (which was much more balanced). Given the same price, I would take the Pliny over this any day of the week.

08-27-2008 05:22:10 | More by Beaver13
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claspada

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -28.9%

Aromas of extremely pungent pine, fresh lemon, grapefruit, and faintly resinous hops. No malt at all; fairly clean.

The taste is completely and utterly dry, with nothing but wave after wave of citrusy and resiny hops assalting your tastebuds. I really cannot stomach such a hop bomb with no malt balance or detectability for that matter. If you are into this kind of thing you will love this beer but I prefer the ability to taste my next beer without having to eat a meal to cleanse my pallate.
The mouthfeel is fairly light bodied with very low carbonation. Smooth and slick, but not memorable.

Overall a miss for me just because of my style preferences, but I can see how some would enjoy.

01-03-2011 18:50:26 | More by claspada
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champ103

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -28.9%

A: Pours a hazy reddish/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Huge resiny pine up front and center. A large bitterness. Nothing else.
T: Again, huge pine that dominates. Bitterness lingers on for ever. Nothing else but a sharp bitterness.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Really sticky and syrupy. Pretty hard for me to finish. I just get fatigued trying to finish this.

I really like RR. PtE is one of my favorite DIPA's. I thought I was going to like this, but there is nothing to take away from the palate burning pine and bitterness. Not for me.

07-18-2010 23:06:32 | More by champ103
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RunDWP

California

3.15/5  rDev -27.8%

It's one of the hardest beers I've ever rated. Some things about it are great, but I'm afraid other things about it are not so great. I'm in the minority here, when I say this isn't one of the better West Coast IPA's. What's even more surprising, at least to me, is that I love Pliny the Elder from Russian River, but really have not warmed up to this at all.

Things start well with a chunky light tan head that refuses to go away floating on top of the hazy orange brew. And the aroma works for me, with mostly floral and slightly citrus hop notes dominating. And then I take a sip and...well, there's some citrus and floral character to the hops, but also a lot of bitterness there that really isn't pleasent, almost like chewing on a tire. Some malt is in there, but I just found this a bit harsh and astringent, and dare I say, a bit watery. I could drink this OK, but not as easily as a lot of other IPA's I've had.

I call them as I see them and sorry to say, I don't think this one deserves all the praise people heap onto it.

02-11-2009 03:25:41 | More by RunDWP
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -27.1%

2009 rate. I think something was wrong with this bottle so I should revisit this. I really dig both Plinys so I understand this should be a beer I enjoy given how great the brewery is.

Pours a strangely-light clear straw with a quickly receding head. Not the burst of hops I expected. Really subdued. A bit watery in the mouth, with a strange, harsh finish. Some nice characteristics, certainly drinkable, but absolutely below-average. I’ve had a dozen better IPAs in the last week. I have really enjoyed Russian River, but this is a strange offering.

07-31-2011 02:46:08 | More by JAXSON
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Phelps

Arizona

3.2/5  rDev -26.6%

Bottled 12-06-10 and kept in refrigeration until I bought it last week. Poured into a tulip.

Russian River makes some beautiful IPAs. Blind Pig pours a pale gold, lustrous and awe-inspiring in its clarity. A half-finger head of foamy off-white crowns the gorgeous nectar, collapsing slowly to a top layer that -- while thin -- is rather sticky, gripping the sides in impressive webs of lace.

Nice hops in the aroma, but I'm more impressed by the malt: crackers and caramel in decent portions. There's a bit of sweet lime, grapefruit and a good amount of dank character.

The flavor is nice, though very subdued. Crackers, grapefruit peel, some honey, maybe even a hint of basil. A light bitterness grabs the sides of the tongue without much strength.

The body is a soft medium and a fizzy medium-light carbonation bubbles up the brew as it moves about.

Pliny and now this. Russian River's IPAs age like milk, even when they're in the fridge the whole time. This is drinkable enough, but it seems it's become a rather middling IPA. I'll seek it out on tap in the future.

01-14-2011 06:25:07 | More by Phelps
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BucBasil

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -25.9%

Poured from the pint bottle into a large snifter.

A: The beer is a hazy dark orange color with 2 fingers of incredibly quickly dissipating off white head.

S: Slightly citrusy with a good balanced character. Odd sort of medicinal smell in there somewhere and a soapy (?) character. Very hoppy. Not much balance.

T: Wow - intensely bitter with no balance. Not my cup of tea, but strong hop character. Sappy bitterness all the way through - I feel like I'm chugging sap and earwax. Slight citrus flavor in there somewhere of orange rind and pulp. This one is all bitterness. Jesus.

Notes: I don't think I'll be coming back to this one. I very much enjoyed Pliny and the bitter yet balanced character it brought to the table. This one is way too unbalanced brutally bitter-for-no-real-reason way. Hard to get through the whole bottle.

The bottle explains that a "Blind Pig" was a term for beer you would get during prohibition. This definitely could pass as moonshine...

02-27-2011 05:10:41 | More by BucBasil
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

03-17-2012 12:30:24 | More by aszatk01
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joeyjoey104

California

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

08-10-2014 09:23:04 | More by joeyjoey104
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macesq

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

06-15-2014 02:21:41 | More by macesq
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Dayman766

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

02-04-2014 23:28:25 | More by Dayman766
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Burntknuckles

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

07-30-2014 19:38:23 | More by Burntknuckles
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Billquirk

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

05-09-2014 19:31:18 | More by Billquirk
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lillitnn92

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

05-05-2014 13:51:17 | More by lillitnn92
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jme015

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

04-29-2014 16:55:55 | More by jme015
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whatsajessica

California

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

02-22-2012 00:42:10 | More by whatsajessica
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Bluecane

New York

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

04-21-2013 06:07:45 | More by Bluecane
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jwat

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

04-25-2012 21:03:05 | More by jwat
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Flashyspoons

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

10-15-2013 23:27:36 | More by Flashyspoons
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sjrodriguez

California

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

08-14-2014 04:56:35 | More by sjrodriguez
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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