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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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3,615 Ratings

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Ratings: 3615
Reviews: 1287
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%

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 DIM


4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We went out for dinner last night after a long, but ultimately a great, day. I was very happy to see this on-tap.

a: This was a slightly dark golden color with some amber highlights. It was served to me with a short, frothy white cap that faded to lace.

s: Huge, fresh hop aromas of grapefruit with a little pine. This was sweet as well, with aromas of vanilla and caramel.

t: Mirrored the smell for the most part, but I was surprised by how sweet this was. Not a classic west coast IPA at all, this had a sturdy malt backbone that tasted of vanilla cookies and caramel. Plenty of hops here as well, flavors of bitter citrus with a little pine.

m: Very creamy with a nicely sticky body.

d: Great IPA to toast some good news with!

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2009 12:51:59 | More by DIM
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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the brewery several times before I know what a awesome beer it is.

A- Comes with a 1.5 finger head, and has a nice clear amber hue. Makes my mouth water.

S- Starts off with a very complex hop profile with a slight citrus/fruit aroma which comes to a bready malt finish.

T- Very complex hop flavors. Dry bitterness flows into a fruity taste of grapefruit and blackberry tannins. It finishes with notes of pine citrus.

M- High carbonation. medium body with a dry finish Slightly warming as it finishes from alcohol.

O- This is am amazing IPA, maybe my personal favorite. It has all the right hop notes with out overpowering anything. Just the right amount of malt backbone. Perfect.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2009 17:18:41 | More by DwnTwnBwn
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4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours perfect orange with a thick one finger head. Not much retention, but thick sheets of lace are left behind.

S - big grapefruit and orange peel hops first. This is a HOPPY sombitch for sure. Some nice peachy fruit and bready notes come through for just the right balance. Some tropical fruit and floral notes as well.

T - Citrus of all kinds, tropical fruits, and pine form a delectable combination of IPA goodness. Definately on the citric/fruity side of the hop spectrum, with just enough malt backbone.

M - a bit prickly, but still smooth. Medium finish.

D - very high. Another pint, please!

A modern classic, and for good reason. An exellent beer, to say the least.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 22:14:57 | More by 0110x011
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4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pig came to me a slightly clouded amber with a slight head.
There was a fairly floral scent.
It had a pleasently bitter bite to it, both up front and aftertaste. There was the usual citrusy notes of the style, most notably tart lemon. It finished very dry but smooth and is definetly a beer I want more than one of.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2009 00:22:24 | More by schmitter
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New York

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Monks in Illadelphia.

A: Really nice looking copper color. The lacing on this beer was super impressive. Everything you want in an IPA.

S: Hops. Hops. Hops. Smelled good in the hop district. That was all this beer had with a distinctly west coast slant. Honestly that is all you want and it was perfect.

T: Really awesome. I had a fresh bottle of this a few months back and the draft version really blew it away. The hops totally overpower anything else going on but when they taste like this who cared. Quite bitter but that is why we play this game.

M: Just a delight on the tongue.

D: There was talk for a little while of abandoning all other plans and sessioning Blind Pig for hours. To the BAs out west I am jealous. This is an amazing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2009 02:01:46 | More by aerozeppl
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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.

Serving type: growler

07-06-2009 05:04:36 | More by womencantsail
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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at deep ellum during the cantillon/de la senne event on april 24, 2009, week's end of the craft brewers conference.

classic amber. almost clear. nice creamy, foamy head. slowly fades to thin layer. amazing lacing.

aroma: fresh, fresh, fresh! fresh cut pine needles and citrus, both fruit and zest (grapefruit, touch of lemon), into a comparatively subtle but solid caramel maltiness and some apple esters.

taste: great balance, although tilted towards to fresh hops, of course. light caramel gives just enough sweetness, along with apple notes and the citrus tones from the hops. moderate bitterness with light resins. again, very fresh.

medium body, quite smooth, but of course that resinous hop note. moderate but prickly carbonation livens things up.

one last thank you to max and vinnie for making this happen!

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2009 15:23:40 | More by tai4ji2x
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3.3/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Lucky Baldwin's IPA Festival 6/13/09 - ON TAP

Pours nice orange honey color with a white head.

Light grapefruit nose with light resin character.

Medium body and medium balanced. This appears on tap to be a straightforward albeit relatively thin and simple IPA.

The strong citrus/lime character with intense hops found in the bottle was not found this time on tap. Good IPA to start a tasting; over powered, however, by others you may taste at same time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2009 05:45:05 | More by GRG1313
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - poured a cloudy golden-honey color with a long lived white head that laced quite well. Patches of bubbles all over the place! Good head retention.

S - Hops galore! Citrusy and sweet with a tiny hint of pine resin and sweet maltiness. Grapefruits are most distinguished but some bread, grains, and pine resin are thrown in the mix.

T - Very good! Sweet malty start draws out to a lasting, lingering, bitter finish. The taste is similar to the description of the smell but a bit more grassiness and only a hint of grapefruit rinds.

M - smooth and well carbonated. Very bubbly so I swirled it a bit to get rid of some carbonation.

D - Pretty good, I would have another but I'd have to be in the mood.

Overall - Review from notes (April 2009) served at Monk's Cafe. A decent representative of an American IPA. Honestly, I'm not sure this would do it for me all the time but to be fair, it is undoubtedly a good beer. Russian River never fails.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2009 03:03:59 | More by DmanGTR
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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a hazy pure copper color with an inch of frothy and clean white head. The bubbles leave thick, full rings down the sides of the glass.

Mild citrusy and piney hops are the dominant scent...they are muted a bit more than I would like, but I can tell that this beer is going to be well balanced, because I can smell some sweet malts in the background.

The hops come through much stronger than I expected from the aroma. Piney hops give way to a sticky malty sweetness that lingers and mingles with citrusy hops in the finish.

Nice smooth texture despite a tingly carbonation. This was one of the best balanced IPAs that I have tried yet!

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2009 23:08:09 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The best IPA I have had in a while. I had this on-tap at Local 44 in West Philly, served in a pint glass

A- The beer was a tawny amber, with a very fluffy, full head of foam. This is exactly what an IPA should look like.

S- Immediately I was struck by the aroma of grapefruit and resinous pine with the sweet phenolic tinge of tropical fruits like pineapple and banana

T- Perfect balance of hop bitterness, malt and acidity

M- Refreshing with biting carbonation and good cling on the tongue.

D- I had two in a row and probably could've had another, but sometimes the bitterness just gets to be too much

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2009 15:06:30 | More by Soonami
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at Local 44 in West Philly

bold ipa with a slightly hazy orange/gold hue....smallish head that fades quick...patches of lace around the glass

citrus....grapefruit...some lemon/orange....lots of piney hops

i think they call this Blind Pig because you could close your eyes and know there were hops in this...a hop-heads heaven...very bitter...not much balance between the hops and malts but still very tasty

excellent carbonation with a medium body....somewhat of a thick IPA

drank 1 of these on an empty stomach but if i had some food in front of me this could easily be a 2 to 3 pint session beer....semi-low ABV along with the awesome hop presence makes this one to really savor

RR can do no wrong in my eyes, i'm glad i live in SEPA!!

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2009 02:22:07 | More by SPRichard
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4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great hoppy beer from Russian River. Though not quite as good as the two Pliny's this did not disappoint at all. Poured to a hazy golden orange, with a strong citrus grapefruit hop nose and taste, a tingly, bitter mouthfeel, and a crisp long finish.
Great job RR!!

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2009 17:55:24 | More by kimcgolf
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4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass. I'm surprised this is my first rating of this beer. It's medium golden with a nice frothy white head. Retention is good and scattered lacing is left on my glass.

The aroma is that of a near perfect IPA. Blind Pig has a strong citrus hop presence, imparting notes of bitter grapefruit as well as orange rind. There's also a lot of pine in the nose too. There's no noticeable alcohol, and the malt backbone is faint and crackery.

The taste is very bitter and packs a hell of a lot of hop flavor. It oozes pine and citrus hops. There' not sweetness. The crackery malt profile lets the hops run the show. No sweetness is detectable, and alcohol flavor is nowhere to be found. Bitterness is medium-high. The finish is crisp and clean. It's also very dry, and bitter. It leaves pine and grapefruit lingering on my palate.

Blind Pig is light bodied with good carbonation.
The mouthfeel is bone dry, crisp, and leaves my mouth sticky.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2009 02:18:18 | More by HopHead84
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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draught at the brewery. Gold with a white head. Huge hoppy aroma of pine and grapefruit. Dry, lightly toasted pale malt with lots of bitter, piney hop flavor. A little lighter bodied and dryer than RRIPA, with a very dry and clean finish and lingering bitterness. A pretty big hop charge, but the profile isn't quite as interesting as RRIPA. Love the dry, clean malt profile though

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2009 23:11:47 | More by bulletrain76
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Horse Brass, fresh keg:) since it only last about two days once it goes on-line.

Pliny the Elder's little brother, straw colored body under effervescent two-finger head with lingering lacing. Hops and pine dominate the nose, a bit less malty than PtE. Pine, grass and grapefruit on the tastebuds, with a really nice lingering astringent hoppy finish. The thing I am most struck about is how divine this is on tap compared to its bottled brethren, even when the bottle is relatively fresh-I saw RR products at John's Marketplace that had been bottled within the last 10 days. I did a comparison later with the bottle version, and the keg won hands down. The best comparator I can think of is Bridgeport's IPA, which is high praise. An exemplar of the style, and given its relative lack of availability back east, part of the Holy Grail for BAs.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2009 15:24:49 | More by jdense
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4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ortino's Northside. $5 for a 10 oz pour. Appeared a clear gold with a thick white head. The aroma is an intoxicating mix of pineapple, grapefruit, floral perfume and pine - amazing. I only wish the flavor could match that amazing smell. Yeah, it's pretty awesome, with a more herbal grapefruit taste and hint of biscuity malts, but the aroma is just top notch. The bitterness level is also pretty spot on. This is damn good IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2009 04:33:48 | More by tempest
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New Jersey

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...

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2009 01:46:44 | More by dsa7783
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3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to do a vertical - Blind Pig, Pliny the Elder, and Pliny the Younger:

A: Nice pale golden hue. A bit of frothy head that reduced down.

S: Smelled mildy hoppy, with a bit of ginger. Also stone fruit but not near as strong as the PTY.

T: Tasted like a nice IPA - but when compared to PTY and PTE, it is a rather watered down version. Not a spectacular taste but would go down quite well on a hot summer day. Nice baseball beer.

M: Nice carbonation, light flavors, light mouthfeel.

D: Went down just fine. Is a nice all-around IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2009 04:11:29 | More by HatTrick
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

like the elder review this is from notes,

A: i enjoyed this, for an ipa the color was lighter but not too off from normal amber hazy ipa shades, the head was nice and frothy, and while it died down it did stick around a while
S: like the elder it starts out a little but hoppy with the aromatics associated with it but dies out somewhat quickly
T: very smooth, painfully smooth. the hop and malt characters are in such harmony here. its not going to blow you away but it will lull you into a happy state, its a little light bodied, and someone compared it to 60 min in body which i wouldn't completely disagree, this is a very well rounded beer that id love to drink all the time.

very good beer, enjoyed it a lot .

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2009 02:25:54 | More by Redwood21
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New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: slightly cloudy golden yellowish / light orange color with a two finger head that slowly fades. Some light lacing develops during the session.

Smell: loads of pine and grapefruit rise from the glass. Very enjoyable.

Taste: nice malt sweetness balanced by pine, grapefruit, and green grapes. Alcohol is well hidden as the hop bitterness is strong but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, lightly crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness rides the tongue for a while.

Drinkability: a wonderful IPA that could be consumed all night long. Can't get a better representation of the west coast style IPA than this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2009 10:14:43 | More by Gavage
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3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/6/09 Pint at O'Briens.

Appearance is golden with moderate head.

Smell is hoppy / floarl / piney.

Taste matches smell but with a slight flintiness. Little hint of alcohol, hops are out front. Two steps down from the Elder in hoppiness and taste. Mouthfeel is light and hoppy.

Overall, a more session-freindly version of Pliny the Elder, although the taste is does not do as much for me. Still very drinkable, but I may be spoiled from excessive Pliny exposure.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2009 23:24:34 | More by MickeyHops
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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear gold with no head.

S: Piney/citrus hop flavor. There's a touch of sweetness in the background.

T: Bitter right on the front of your tongue then moving to the citrus hops over your tongue.

Very easy drinker. I'm glad they bottle it. Gives me hope to get it shipped to Madison!

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2009 21:24:21 | More by madtowndmb1
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4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ. From notes:

Appearance: Poured with a large head. Lacing is impressive, sticky stuff, good for the style. Body was a rather meh gold color - no harm no foul.

Smell: Huge grapefruit/citrus on the front end, followed by pine. Slight toasted corn malt quality on the very back end, however, detracts. Still, the hop flavors are excellent. Malt balance is there, too, but I was surprised and disappointed to find the corn flavor.

Taste: Grapefruit, malt sweetness, and pine. As my notes put it "Just a damn fine IPA." Really shines here.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, slight astringent.

Drinkability: Endlessly drinkable for retaining such strong hop flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2009 02:47:32 | More by RidiculedDisplay
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Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One more pint from Hollingshead Deli, Anaheim.
Pours slightly hazy, copper orange, with a short tight, tan colored head. The aroma has lots of sharp citrus hops. Clean and fresh. Biting hoppy flavors, grapefruit and other citrus, pine resin, long lasting aftertaste. Very hoppy, but still quite smooth and drinkable, not so much bitterness that it burns up your taste buds. Dry finish keeps you coming back for more. A very good West Coast IPA, and a local favorite judging by the number of pints that were being poured on this evening.

Note to self: Ranked #84/100 Top Beers on Planet Earth, #7 American IPA when I tried it

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2009 20:50:34 | More by BigBry
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,615 ratings.