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Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Reviews: 1,411 | Ratings: 5,595
Photo of westsidemiller
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of OHLRangers
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
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.


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Photo of SickBrew
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a truly great IPA! Upon pouring into my pint class whiffs of sweet bitter hops had my salivary glands a pumping. She pours clean and golden but with some small particulates floating about. Nose is off the hook, everything a like in an IPA Piney, tart, fruity and tangy - yummy. Flavor follows nose - spot on! Hops provide a blasting bitterness which is tempered with sweetness. This is very drinkable beer that just rolls over the tongue, drink after drink...I need some more please!

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Photo of abfraser
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Two full fingers of foamy head; great retention, strong lacing on the glass, beautiful golden color

S: Piney, citrusy hops...and lots of them

T: Hop explosion; phenolic, piney, citrusy bitter goodness. Hops aren't overwhelming and don't blow away the palate

M: Great creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation

D: Extremely drinkable given the 6.1% abv.

A great IPA. The expansion of RRBC means bottles are plentiful in the Bay Area--a wonderful thing.

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Photo of DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful honey color, bright off white head, that fades fairly quickly. Smell is an amazing cornucopia of hops with grapefruit & pine notes both present. Taste is a bit of a let down compared to the amazing aroma. I know it's an ipa, and as such a healthy dose of hops is expected, but a bit more balance would've been more enjoyable. Mouthfeel is great, not too sticky, not too watery. A really good ipa. Here in the NW we're a bit spoiled, so maybe i'm biased. But still, a great beer that i would enjoy having again.

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Photo of mentor
3.51/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle from the first delivery to Colorado (bottled 072208). Two finger of oranged yellow head over a hazed and particulated straw liquid (orange tint). Smells like a hop pellet. Grassy, oranges, lemon, with minimal lemon pith.

Tastes brutal hop flavored with strong grassiness, noticable hop bitter, and mild supporting malt. Hop flavor is oranges, dry pith, lemon, and some pine. Hop bitter is rough grassy cohumulone with drying hop oils. There is a bitter component that comes across to me as soured, iron, and pink grapefruit pith. Esters of peaches and pears are reassuring. The hop flavors are so much I can't pick out any malt flavors. Just a mild sweet underneath all the other factors. Md-light body and moderately carbonated.

I find this beer disjointed. Flavors are conflicted and the rough edges of some flavors fight to leave a pukey dry in the back of the throat. This beer is complex in hoppiness, but not tremendously drinkable. Tastes like chewing on hop bits.

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Photo of hurleymanvw
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you MMAJYK for the brew.

Poured a beautiful orange color. With a slight white head and minimal lacing.

Smelled wonderful of citrus (grapefruit) with a hint of pine and malt. I was ready for a hop bomb. I didn't expect what i got.

Taste was drivin by the pine with a nice compliment of hops and malt. Citrus was throughout the beer making the mouthfeel very light and perfectly carbonated.

Finish was very piney/woody with a nice hop bite. A very nice/different IPA. I love that i have tried this beer and this redition of an IPA. Very surprising and i highly recommend for the experience.

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Photo of corey0212
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this from raiser in the New Trader BIF Redux!!

Pours a beautiful glowing orange/gold color, damn near the perfect color for an IPA. Big frothy off-white head fades extremely slowly, leaving incredible amounts of lacing. Big juicy grapefruit on the nose, tangerine, pine, caramel malty goodness. Taste delivers on all the aromas, much heavier on the pine, crazy amounts of citrus taste, some pineapple. This is just a phenomenal IPA, everything you could want in an American IPA, and I'm quite pleased I got to try this. My 2nd Russian River brew, and I couldn't be more impressed with this brewery.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw colored gold in color. About half a inch of head develops on the pour. Smell is very citrusy and juicy. Wonderful. Taste is even more citrusy and juicy hops than appear in the nose. Light, bitter, but exploding with juciness. I love this. It's an overused expression, but, I could drink this all day long and never tire of it. I might even go out on a limb and say that I'm enjoying this more then the PtE. Would love to have this around regularly.
Many thanks to golubj for sending me this bottle.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ML/16.9 fl.oz. brown bottle with a 'Bottled On:' date of 072308. Poured to a Widmer pint glass. Label shows 6.10% ABV

Label, unlike the pictured 'unauthorized' version, is a rusty orange-brown with the 'Blind Pig' superimposed. Ringing the logo are many admonitions: DRINK FRESH, DO NOT AGE, NOT FOR SAVING etc. There's also an interesting paragraph about the term 'blind pig' - a prohibition era code for a beer, an unmarked mason jar...or something else.

A: An unfiltered copper orange - a fog of tiny suspended bits. It doesn't bother me that this is so relatively opaque (i.e. I can't see my hand through the glass); what bothers me is how little carbonation there is and how quickly the barely one-finger head melts away. The near-white cream dwindles to a thin film, but does leave a fine-looking lace in drooping bands. Color is lovely and lace is beautiful so a 'good' score seems apt.

S: Resinous pine and a pithy, almost dirty, grapefruit. Nostril-tingling tartness (I could actually feel this in my sinuses, a weird dull-throbbing after a big whiff!) coupled with an intensely 'green' lupulin infusion. Just enough sweet malt (more notable with some warming) to counterbalance.

T: If you like your hops BIG you'll love this one - spicy; bracingly bitter; juicy, cheek-drawing citrus rind. I don't recall many, if any, IPAs I've with quite this type of 'hop explosion'. That being said, this isn't really the type of IPA I enjoy; it comes of as boldly flavorful yet somewhat unbalanced. I tried this beer recently on draught with a friend who's a professed 'hop-head' and he actually felt the same way - too bitter without enough malt balance.

M: Probably my favorite aspect of this beer. Creamy, and smooth with a long-lasting hopping sitting firmly on the back of the tongue. Not quite 'pucker-inducing', but 'salivation-causing' or 'appetite-whetting' are descriptors that come to mind. Medium-full in the mouth.

D: Lives up to it's reputation as an intense, flavorful 'West Coast' IPA. Despite that fact, Blind Pig really didn't win me over. This beer has plenty of rave reviews and I can't discount them; mine is that this needs some balance to make it more palatable for my own tastes. Still, it's absolutely worth seeking out - judge for yourself.

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Photo of mnapier
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Service Glassare, 12 ounce pilsner. Service Temperature, 40 degrees.

Through the glass I catch a strong clarity with a dawn like quality between the orange and yellows. The beer pours a strong white foamy head that dies quickly but leaves a mess of lace along the inside of the glass.
A waft of floral, & spice introduces itself before giving way to the hopped pine, along with some earth tones with each swirl of the glass into my glass.
Taking a sip I detect the familiar earth tones alongside with some slight spice and pine back-end. A nice caramel malt makes an appearance but only for a moment. A linger of bitterness prevails as I continue to allow the beer to work its way around.
The mouthfeel is overall well balanced.

Overall, a great lawnmower beer or just one to celebrate the exodus of summer on a nice day.


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Photo of Bierguy5
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml. bottle, 6.1% ABV. Pours a very clear, light golden color. Nice white rocky head. Great head retention, and lace.

Floral and pine hop aroma, not overly intense. Not much else going on, just a soft showcase of hops.

Simple malt backbone, maybe a bit bready and lacking caramel. Good amount of floral and citrusy bitterness. Very well balanced, while still showing off the hops.

Medium body, with light carbonation. Very easy to drink. A simple, solid IPA that is not over the top.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.71/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle picked up locally, yeah, that's pretty cool.

Really nice hop nose, clean hops, gives me a the chills just sniffing it. Recently bottled 072308...bout as fresh as they get for what I can see.

Nice bitterness that doesn't get washed out. Leaves the pine, fruity hop flavor all over the mouth, like licking resin off my teeth. Doesn't have the malt to hold back the hops, this scrubbed my tongue and left it scared more than the Elder.

I liked it, nice beer.

Thank the gods I've developed a love for IPA's....

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Photo of bennetj17
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper with dense white foam. Head is 1/2 inch holding well. Smell is intense with citrus pine hops, very clean, and only lightly malt focused with a touch of caramel.

The flavor actually tastes more balanced than I remember when I tried it on tap. You can really see how much a few weeks in a bottle can affect the hops. The hoppiness is still pretty intense, with an grassy-orange character that is very nice. The malt tries to pair with a some sweet bread and a hint of caramel. Ultimately the hops win out leaving you with a sharp bitterness that drives at the tongue. Medium body, with carbonation that is decently sharp.

I'm very pleased that this beer is more accessible now, but I realize the importance of drinking it as fresh as possible. An ultimate beer for hop-heads, the bitterness is quite intense. I could keep coming back to this time and time again...

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Photo of grub
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at the brewpub aug 31/08.

pours crystal clear golden amber with a small very dense fine white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is good. piney, slightly powdery hops. bit of orange peel. orange and tangerine. bread and cracker. hint of alcohol.

taste is great. just over medium bitterness level. orange with a bit of peel. grapefruit. whole wheat bread. bit of toasty character too. biscuit. bit of cracker. light alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body and just less than medium carbonation.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. solid malt base. good hop character. a solid ipa.

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Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple glasses of this on the Cali trip, but finally reviewed it while hanging out at the RR brewpub sunday evening.

Pours a clear yellow gold, thin white head, drops to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is nice, pine and grapefruit, caramel, apricots, lightly fruity, a bit toasty, floral, big hops, nicely mixed up. Taste is nice, very biscuity and toasty off the bat, grainy, caramel malt sweetness, grapefruit, floral, some fruit, light pine, solid spicy bitter kick in the finish, very balanced and drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and enjoyable. Nice IPA. Top 100? Not in my opinion, but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of benito
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver.

Blind Pig is an absolutely delicious IPA: golden/amber, with moderate carbonation and excellent (thin) head retention. Huge earthy/piney/herbal hop aromas and a full wallop of hop flavor. The bitterness is well balanced with a smooth malty finish, and it is hop flavor that lingers. Very light alcohol warming, which suggests its kinship with the Pliny beers. It is shockingly refreshing and easy to drink given the strength and style.

I like that this is an IPA where hop flavor is really the showcase. The malts are nicely used to restrain it from being too hop-heavy, but still, this is a hop lover's IPA.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice golden color with a bit more haze then Pliny the Elder. Thead is fluffy white with chunky lacing.

S- The hops are sweet and fragrant. Wonderful citrus smell that make this beer sing.

T- There is a fresh crispness about this beer. The hop character is not quite as sweet as I was thinking, but still very tasty. This beer is like eating a regular grapefruit, including the sour pith. Thats the type of taste I'm getting in my mouth at the moment.

M- Feels good in the mouth, the bitter after taste is definitely something that takes some getting used to.

D- Easy to drink, and over all tastes great.

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Photo of maximum12
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to srandycarter for sending this one my way, with a birth date of 7/22/08. Poured into an old mason jar.

Pours a murky orange with some serious carbonation & a silly white head. Smell sends shock waves up my nose - holy hops! The only IPA I've had that could stand up to that smell is Surly's Furious, my favorite. Good stuff!

Taste is strong hops. There's a quick slash of hops & then silence. The hops are good, though. I like hops! I think they are searing away most of my taste buds. The IBUs on this have to be around 543. As the beer warms a bit I'm enjoying this more.

I'd like to sample a whole bottle of this, or have a couple, to see how it tastes through a slow sitting. Only the second Russian River beer I've tasted, & it's very good. Fantastic hops front & center & only the lack of complexity keeps this off the top tier of beers for me; but it's really, really close. Great stuff. I'm going to need to try this one again in the future.

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Photo of chrisafari
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber brown with thin white head. Aroma is hops, hops and hops with subtle roastiness and pine. Flavor begins roasty and citrusy and finishes with nice hops in the throat and sinus. Medium body with very nice mouth feel. Very good India Pale Ale.

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Photo of RodBurg
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Russian River in Santa Rosa, served in a pint glass. It has a nice clear amber color to it, very small head which left nice lacing for its size.

Smell has pine, spice, and grapefruit up front and slight honey in the background.

Tastes like hops. Yummy. Grapefruit, pine, spice meld nicely around a light malt. Very drinkable and went quite well with the pizza I got.

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Photo of goschool
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: The pour is hazy lightish gold topped by two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell: The nose has fresh hoppy pine, grapefruit, and grass up front and ever so slightly sweet peach, mango, and orange.

Taste: The flavor profile has everything that's in the nose and they're all that they could be and more. The grass and pine are juicy, as are the citrus and tropical fruit, which also bring a hint of sweetness without tasting sugarfied. It's super hoppy, but it's crisp and refreshing and it doesn't smack you in the face with bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It's light to medium bodied and wet without feeling watery with lively carbonation.

Drinkability: No question, this would be my desert island beer. It's loaded with flavor, yet easy drinking, crisp, and refreshing. As close to a perfect beer as I can imagine.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange color. Pours a big two finger off white head that slowly dissipated to a skim thickened around the rim. Generous lacing.

S: Lots of and variety of hops; citrus dominates, but also pine, and oily herbs. Didn't notice until I was about done, but no malt aroma.

T: Hops right up front; not in a bad way. A touch of earthy grain for a little balance.

M: Medium body and well carbonated. Smooth and creamy in the mouth.

D: Highly recommended this beer. Great taste.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,411 ratings.