Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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world-class

5,135 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,135
Reviews: 1,383
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 1,751
Gots: 704 | FT: 18
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Photo of number1bum
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin and his crappy fantasy baseball team for this beauty.

Pours a hazed orange amber color, with a very creamy and dense off-white head. Keeps a chunky lace and leaves a lot of stick.

Smell smacks you right in the nose with grapefruity hops. Also quite resiny and piney, and it's just dripping with hoppy goodness. Malt? Who needs it?

Taste is also super hoppy and is very good, but there's something about it that's holding me back from exalting it much more than that. There's a sort of sharp cheesy flavor to the hoppiness that just seems odd. Ample hop bitterenss, as well, and again not a whole lot of malt balance.

The body doesn't hold up its end of the bargain here. It's medium but feels thinner, and isn't as creamy as it should be given the level of hoppiness.

This is quite a good IPA, but does not quite reach the level of greatness in my book. Absolutely worth getting your hands on, though.

Photo of callmemickey
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: coppery/amber color.. good lacing from a medium white head

S: grapefruit, a little grassy, a little floral...

T: a smooth spectrum of grapefruit, and floral tones... some sweet malt tones pop in and out... very balanced

M: medium body.. moderate carbonation.. nice hop bitterness at the finish

D: wonderful... can do again and again

Photo of Domingo
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even though this has likely been around longer (assuming this is pretty close to the original homebrew recipe), I can't help but compare this to the Odell IPA I'm so familiar with. Honestly, they're VERY similar, which is actually a great thing. I personally think the Odell IPA is the best one in the country and this brew is nearly identical. Perhaps great minds think alike?
Light copper color with a head that laces like few others can.
Grapefruit, floral overtones, even a hint of spearmint.
Everything goes down painfully easy, and I love the slightly larger bottle as it's just the right size.
No doubt about it - this is great.
I had this with a Mediterranean-style pizza with feta and olives and this worked amazingly well. It's actually a pairing I'd revisit.
Anyway, if you can get this in your area, you should buy it.
It's at the very least tied for my favorite IPA.

Photo of ironlung
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this on tap @ hollingsheads in Orange back in early August. I'd never herd of it but the tap handle looked cool and it said ipa. I speak that language! I loved the stuff. Kenny always has something worth checking out. So get down there if your in the area! This Review is from a bottle i got at Coit Liquor on Union St. in the city.

A: Hazy Amber. Pours with a nice head into mom's 1984 Oktoberfest Big Bear lake mug. Guess I was 3 when we attended that 1 lol.

S: Musty onion is that amarillo?

T: Hopped to perfection in my book(wich is hard) but still so totally drinkable. HARD to accomplish, top notch Vinny!!

M: Crisp, snappy. Perfect carbonation. Nothing about this beer is overbaring.

D: Very high. A great all-night beer if you have the $!

Photo of PhxHorn
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light orange, with a quarter inch of fluffy white head. Smells strongly of citrus and pine. Taste is very bitter, with a moderate amount of grapefruit and other citrus. Just a little bit two-dimensional with the flavor--it was a bit weak, and the bitterness overpowered the citrus part of it. Carbonation is just right, and the lightness makes it a very drinkable beer. Overall, an impressive IPA, but the flavor could have been a notch more complex.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to pwoods for the opportunity to try this. 500ml bottle with a born on date of 07-22-08. Neat bottle with a humorous blind pig on the bottle - go figure!

A: Pours a clear, medium amber with uber-sticky lacing running up the walls of my tulip- looks mind-baffling!

S: Rich pine all over the place! You can't miss this if you tried! Holy crap - pine all over the place. In addition, I smell some light caramel. Wow, super rich nose...

T/M: The best part... Medium bodied and waxy.... Bitter, dry, resinous pine hop flavors mixed with caramelized malts balanced together wonderfully. This is reminiscent of Pliny the Elder (Duh, same brewer) - only not as sharp and biting. Dry, bitter lingering finish. Delicious!

To all the hop heads out there - try this one out. Highly drinkable and worth a try. Thanks pimpp, DOH, I mean pwoods!

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to brdc for sending this my way. It's not to often that I get to pour a Russian River beer into my Russian River shaker glass so I dusted it off just for this. Appears a lightly cloudy, golden yellow color with a healthy two fingers of white foam. Smells of hops - pine, citrus(mainly lemon), and sweet malt. Just like the nose, the taste lets you know there's hops in here. Bitter hops prevail with notes of pine needles, lemon, grapefruit, lime and orange peel followed by a nice mildly toasted caramel malt backbone. Slightly oily on the tongue with medium carbonation and body. Wow, this went down rather quickly. I prefer a little more balance in an IPA (Two Hearted is my standard), but this was really great and I'll certainly seek it out again.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle along with a bunch of other RR stuff in a trade with Jhenry04, thanks Jason.

A light copper color with an off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing around the glass.

Smells great. Citrusy, piney, bitter. Some nice caramel malt in there too.

Tastes great too. Huge citrus hop flavor up front, lemony and orangy. In the middle the malt backbone is noticeable, just enough for a little balance, not especially strong. Piney and bitter in the finish.

Bitterness in the end finishes dry, but generally the beer has a rather oily feel to it.

This is a fantastic IPA, and I could drink it all night.

Photo of KeefD
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BradLikesBrew for this one! Hope you enjoyed the Surly, man!

Poured a surprisingly golden yellow color with orange highlights in the middle turning more yellow as it extends out to the glass. A nice rocky head forms on top after a steady pour leaving behind some chunky lacing.

Strong aroma of pine resin, citrus, honey and some floral notes. Can't get much better. For an IPA, it has the nose of a DIPA that other breweries can only dream of.

Very assertive hopping on this beer. It's not overly bitter, but has a nice citric, hop flavor that doesn't tear apart the tongue. Bready, toasty malts that are present but don't take away from the citrusy, oily, hop flavor. It's got a certain sweetness, but this quickly washes away and becomes very dry on the finish.

Creamy on the tongue, very mild carbonation. Alcohol warming can be felt, but that's ok. This thing's a little rough around the edges, but I like that in an IPA.

All in all, a great hoppy brew. Just the way I like em. I can't drink too many of these intensely hoppy beers in one sitting these days. But it was fantastic, and a pleasure to have just one!

Photo of Silenus89
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass, nice golden color and good foamy head.

S. Piney and floral hops dominate

T. Malty at first then bitter of hops

MF. Medium body with good carbonation. Dry mouthfeel

D. This is a very drinkable beer i wish i bought more to have. I like this offering from RR better than Elder.

Photo of waltonc
3.55/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from City Beer Store.

Hazy golden/orange appearance with sudsy foam around the rim of the glass.

Smells super hoppy, with notes of Christmas tree.

Taste: of course, ridiculous amounts of hops, which I assume, in combination with the apparent scarcity of this beer, is why folks have given it such a high average rating.

Mouthfeel: Pretty nice, notwithstanding the tongue-lashing that is delivered by the hops.

Drinkability: I will have difficulty making it through my bottle tonight. The hops are overboard and unbalanced.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle to a pint glass the liquid is light gold with good carbonation. The head is white close to 2 fingers and leaves little lace.

The smell is quite interesting, notes of citrus hops, lemon grass, pine needles, and bitter fruits.

The taste follows and is quite complex, citrus such as grape fruit, orange peal, lime twist, and lemon zest. The malt is a bit light but does not seem to be a major defect in the fesh hop delight. It finishes with a dry earthy tone.

The mouth feel is good, nice carbonation and medium body.

The drinkability is very good it really is a must try and fresh lives up to the hype. Prosit, MK

Photo of Chinon01
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear golden with spotty steady head.

Smell & Taste - Caraway seed. Dry and lean. Nice hop balance with malt. Metallic too. Finish has a bite similar to a North German style Pilsner.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Both are interesting. Mouthfeel is grain and malt dissolving into hoppiness. Drinkability is good again due to metallic bite in the finish.

Photo of Brillig
4.48/5  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.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mikesgroove for this bottle! An extra in a recent trade.

Pours a golden amber color with about an inch high head of white bubbles. Nice rings of sticky lacing are left to decorate my glass.

Very strong, fresh smell to it. Pine and citrus dominate. There's a nice little hint of a "green" floral hop in there, also. Malts are beaten away and cannot be found...but that's not a bad thing.

The flavor is the liquid version of the smell. Nicely bitter citrus hops followed by the woody pine resin. Slight bit of sweetness tries to achieve a balance along with some toast. This one is dry from start to finish. Tasty treat right here, boys. Tasty treat indeed.

Solid medium body with active bubbles. Aftertaste is very dry and a little bitter and thats how I like 'em. The sheer hop presence alone makes this one a winner in my book, but with the abv being only 6% this climbs to the upper echelon of brews to fulfill my bitter desires. Thanks so much, Mike, for this awesome beer.

Photo of LittleBreeze
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks mikesgroove...

Very Good beer. Big hoppy and citrus flavors. Crisp and rather smooth. I would have liked a bit more malt in the finish. However that is a minor complaint. Not as complex as I tend to like my beers. But it is enjoyable. Drinkability is high. As a matter of fact, at 6% I wouldn't mind a keg of this in the den.

Photo of treyrab
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade, thanks Oxymoron! Poured this into my pint glass...

A: Pours a semi-hazy light copper with a nice two finger head; This is a light colored IPA with nice carbonation floating up the glass. The resiny hops stick and lace the side of the glass very well.

S: The smell is just how a great IPA should smell. A great blend of citrus hops along with grapefruit, orange, and some other tropical fruits. Pine hops come in also from the nose, but the hop scent is not overpowering in this one.

T: I was a little surprised at the taste. I had a West Coast IPA last night and it was far better in my opinion. The hops in Blind Pig were fair - a decent citrus hop combo blended with a nice pine hop flavor. The malt backbone is kind of lost.

Overall, I was expecting much more from this one to be quite honest. It is a good IPA however, just less than I was expecting.

Photo of Seanibus
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great West Coast style IPA. This beer lives up to the hype.

Pours golden with a lovely, thin head and amazing lacing. The smell is huge, citrusy and pineapple-like. The taste is malty and tea-like, with lovely citrusy, grapefuity hops. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin but refreshing. This is a highly drinkable example of the style.

Photo of MMAJYK
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright orange, oily looking, mostly clear in the body with very sticky lace and a decent 1/4" head consisting of both micro-bubbles and looser, patchy bubbles. A beautiful beer; that's for sure.

S- Piney, resiny, citrusy. Lots of hop action going on here. The light caramel backbone is quite hidden in the back, but not in a bad way. It does its job as the supporting role to the hops quite well.

T- It's actually good and malty in the front. It is a refreshing, honey-like malt, though, that mixes well with all the citrus (oranges, grapefruit) going on. Midstream, it gets good and bitter; earthy and a tad grassy. Also, a light alcohol taste. This beer's finish is dry.

M- It is actually a lot lighter in the mouth than I had expected. It is somewhat watery, but that is being kind of picky. Carbonation is just right for the style.

D- A very drinkable American IPA. I am interested in trying more of RR's brews because it seems they put their own spin on styles we get use to overtime. I would like to try to get use to this one; fantastic!

Special thanks to jhenry04 for sending me this one in our trade.

Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on July 22 2008

Pours a mostly clear gold/bronze with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Very good head retention & above average lacing

S: Tons of pine & grapefruit 7 a touch of tropical fruit, almost pulled a 5.0

T: Lemony & grapefruitty hops, a touch of breadyness up front. More citric hops bite, slight breadyness as this warms, along with some honey malt, & dryness & a touch of pineapple. Finishes grapefruity & bready. Almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Creamy with perfect carbonation & medium body

Very drinkable, a super AIPA! A bit more malt depth & flavor complexity is need to rate this higher

Photo of jjayjaye
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to paulthebeerguru for the opportunity to consider this one.

Pours a hazy and surprisingly light golden amber color with a huge stiff white head that resists fading. A ton of Belgian lacing, some 3D. The smell is aggressive, refreshing, floral and piny yet tropical in nature with a nicely balanced sweet underpinning. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied and tangy with hop presence. The piny character lingers nicely. A real easy drinker. The 6% ABV is well integrated and quite sessionable. Wow! Really glad to see this one enjoying a wider distribution. My first review of a Russian River product; enjoyed Pliny the Elder and Younger at Mugs Ale House before i began reviewing.

Photo of Offa
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I think this is absolutely one of the best IPAs around, with definite hop dominance, but plenty of malt character, flavour, range, and depth to back this up and keep it very interesting.

It is pale amber with a pretty big off-white head.

The aroma is mosty grapes, raisins, some wine and fruit, with grapefruit, lemon, general citrus, and a hint of pine.

The taste is similar, with the same elements and range as the aroma. None of the hop elements, grapefruit or otherwise, is too strong so they all are evident. Each element is fairly restrained, for example compared to the Russian River IPA, where the grapefruit tends to dominate all, and the hops are nicely complemented by the sweet, raisiny-fruity character of the malt and alcohol. In sum, it has a lot of character and a lot of flavour, with the rich range more than making up for the relatively restrained nature of each element, a wonderful trait all too rare for IPAs. It's highly drinkable and great with food or alone.

Photo of westsidemiller
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of OHLRangers
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle: Acquired from HopHead84 as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks Shane!

Poured into standard pint, color is hazy orange, with a three-finger creamy off-white head that quickly dissipates leaving heavy sticky lacing on the side.

First whiff and I was kicked in the teeth with heavy citrusy hops. Put the glass down for a few moments, and then gave it another sniff. While the citrus dominates, I also get pine and dry grass aromas as well.

Upon tasting, I get very little malt and the hops present so strongly in the aroma don't come driving through as I had hoped. Don't get me wrong, the grapefruity and piney hops are still there, especially in the finish. But I would love to have seen a bit more malt in the profile.

A very good IPA offering.

Photo of sholland119
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange amber with a solid white head and nice lacing.

Nose is dominated by citrus hops with some grassy hop notes behind and a modest amount of malt.

Lots of hop flavors of various kinds throughout. Grapefruit kicks it off, followed by a grassy hop note and piney hops in the finish. A bit of malt balances out the finish.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp with moderate carbonation.

Exceptionally drinkable. Relatively low ABV for the style combined with awesome flavors make this a pleasure to drink at a session level. Well worth the wait.

HV

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,135 ratings.