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

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Photo of RocketCityVol
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter

A: translucent golden yellow with a thin white lace head. S: Pine, tropical and floral aromas. T: tastes of pine, mango, and orange with a hoppy malt backbone. M: Medium bodied that coats the tongue. O: basically a lighter version of Pliny the Elder. Very good IPA.

Photo of Antnego
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a transparent deep straw color with a one-finger head that dissipates quickly and little lacing. The smell is of subtle grapefruit, pine and peaches. The flavor is juicy grapefruit, peaches and bitter citrus rind, supported by a malty, bready backbone. The mouthfeel is sticky and resiny with a slick finish. Overall, this is addictively good stuff that you dream about, much like other Russian River offerings.

Photo of Kbennett113
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear yellow. The head had great retention and left a decent lacing.

Aroma was very floral and a slight note of orange peel and grains of paradise.

Mouth feel was a little thin but the flavor is very bold. The flavor was piney, grassy with hints of black pepper and straw or hay.

This beer finishes very long and leaves a resin feel on the tongue, with notes of orange pith and kiwi rind.

Photo of Spordy
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

At the brewpub I had the tasty priveledge of drinking this citrus delight. Smelled and tasted like the storage rooms at tropicana juice company. Great clarity, great carbonation, great taste, less filling, where do I stop? This is what all breweries should strive to brew. Once you have one every other beer in the workd is at least a little disappointing. No joke. I am ruined. Until I can get back to Santa Rosa that is.

Photo of BobbySue22
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured a darker shade of gold, almost amber. Had a very small head that was gone within minutes.

Aroma: Had a very hoppy aroma which was very pleasant. The hops gave off nice aromas of both citrus and pine.

Taste: The flavor was what you would expect from a west coast style IPA, full of citrus notes and some good hop bitterness that lingered a bit on the tongue. A nice subtle malt backbone added to flavor of this delicious IPA.

Mouthfeel: Nice full-bodied beer that had a nice amount to of hop bitterness lingering on the tongue. Had a nice dry and bitter finish.

Overall: A great example of a west coast style IPA. Loved the citrus and pine aromas as well as the citrus and malt backbone in the taste. Easy drinking IPA as it does not have an overwhelming amount of hop bitterness but enough to taste and appreciate the hops. Very good brew.

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the RR Brewpub in Santa Rosa.

A: golden amber; excellent clarityr. Somewhat weak head still leaves good lacing.

Aroma: mild for style; floral with hints of herbs and honey.

Flavor: some light malts evident in the finish and aftertaste.

Fee:l smooth; body is light for style; rather low carbonation.

O: excellent excepting mouthfeel.

Photo of EveningCordial
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, poured into pint glass

A- Yellow, amber hue. Nice short, frothy and white head with ample lacing. Fair amount of carbonation.

S- Fruits and grass. Reg grapefruit, orange zest, and other citrus tones. Some leaves, grass, and pine take the backbone. Small malt presence and alcohol hidden.

T- Well balanced between the fruits, leaves, and malts. Pretty juicy and the above mentioned fruits still come through, as well as a little bitterness from the grass and pine taste.

M- Light bodied. Crisp and refreshing and plenty of carbonation present. Slight dryness after going down.

O- Great IPA. I thoroughly enjoyed this IPA and will revisit it whenever the opportunity arrises. It might be just a bit overhyped. To be fair, I had this right after a pint of Pliny, which stole the show. Blind Pig was also very good though.

Photo of andrewjraab
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden copper with a foamy white head. Nice retention and stick all the way down.

S - Citrus hops, piney, caramel malts.

T - Layers of hops, fruity, piney, balanced by a sweet malty backbone, but finishes dry and hoppy.

O - Very solid IPA - glad I finally got a chance to try it.

Notes - received in a trade - bottle date was 1/16/14 so it is almost 5 months old - not sure how this impacted the flavor, but I would love to try again fresh.

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap; poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - a crisp, clear yellow, with minimum carbonation. A thin, soapy white head that leaves moderate lacing.
Smell - a subtle blend of citrus and pine character; I dig the fruity sweetness. A bit underwhelming (if a 4.0 rating could be considered underwhelming!), as I had very high expectations.
Taste - very balanced flavors; smooth and complex blend of hops and malts!
Feel - lighter body that produces a welcomed, refreshing bitter finish!
Overall - very good IPA, though I wouldn't consider the home run that it's rating suggests.

Photo of MarioM
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

510 ml bottle poured into a SN tulip

A: Pours a beautiful crisp clear yellow almost light orange with a soapy looking white head. Medium carbonation and some good lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Nice citrus and pine character with great balance and smoothness. A little dank but mainly citrus and also a little fruity sweetness. An amazing smelling beer for sure. Really juicy.

T: Nice smooth bitterness and a lot of hop flavor. Nice and dry with a lot of hop character without being too over the top or bitter ass hell. Balance is definitely there and you can tell Vinnie knows wtf he's doing.

M: Medium carbonation and dry, which lends to a nice refreshing finishing bitterness. Great beer for sure.

O: An amazing beer I would not mind having everyday. Of course I'd prefer their other more well known and more popular beers but this is also along those lines. Well worth the try and a must have RR beers in my book.

Photo of Beersmuggler
3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of hplascencia1024
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've had in bottle and on tap. This is for the bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: Hazy, yellow-orange hue
S:piny, floral, citrus notes
T: Amazing. Definitely hop forward, nice strong bitter bite to it. earthy grassy, slight malt bill, just amazing
M: light, smooth, and bitter!
O: Amazing beer! I could drink this everyday and never get tired of it!

Photo of JohnnyJam
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to R and C for picking this up for me when they went to CA.

Poured form a 510 ml bottle with the date code clearly printed on the label (3/26/13) into a pint glass and get 1 1/4 finger of head.

A: Pours a light gold color about the color of iced tea and I get 1 1/4 finger of head that is rocky and has big bubbles. The head dissipates slowly and leaves more than just a covering on top of my glass. There is a lot of beautiful sticky lacing from the top to the bottom of the glass.

S: Not a big smell of hops but a nice aroma of citrus hops.

T: This is really fruit basket of taste. Taste of tropical fruit like pineapple and mango and some red grapefruit.

O: This beer is smooth and refreshing. I don't think it's a hop-bomb but a more subtle taste that goes down smooth. It is full-bodied and lightly carbonated. Just a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of sallustfire
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a beautiful golden color with substantial white foamy head. There is a slight haze.

S - Overwhelming citrus hop aroma

T - Substantial bitterness and citrus hop flavors.

M - Smooth, smooth.

O - Outstanding example of a West Coast IPA on the smoother side with an abundance of citrus hops.

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I stopped by Russian River last weekend while I was out in the Sonoma valley for a wedding. During the 45 minute wait, I decided to get a Blind Pig and Pliny.

Blind Pig was very unassuming looking actually. Kind of like a standard looking IPA. a basic pale gold tint and a bit sticky looking. Not much lace. I guess I was expecting the second coming after hyping my trip to Russian River so much.

Then the aroma hits. Its just fresh hops right to your nose. Very good. Extreme amounts of grapefruit and grass in the nose. Even a bit of something flowery. The best part of the beer.

The taste did not live up to the nose but it was still really good. Again, fresh west coast hops with strong citrus bitterness. The hops linger and are a bit dry.

This beer was great in the nose and the first few sips of the beer. Then it became cloying and dried my tongue out. Pretty decent overall, but I couldn't have a second. That being said, for a thin big hopped IPA, it was quite satisfying. That nose was great and drinking it extremely fresh on tap at RR made it that much better

Photo of Murph-Dawg
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Was fortunate enough to come across some Blind Pig and Pliny the Elder in a beer trade.

Again fortunate, this was a extremely pleasing beer. Aromatic, yet also very flavorful and bold. Has a soapyish taste to it, one I enjoyed a lot. I will certainly trade for and attempt to find more if I can.

Excellent beer over all!

Photo of kflorence
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden, copper with a thin layer of bubbly foam atop. Carbonation levels look pretty tame. There's a bit of lacing as you drink, but overall it looks to be a bit thin.

S: Hops dominate the aroma, but it isn't particularly aromatic. Mostly floral with tropical fruits, banana and some pine. Light biscuity malts linger in the background with a bit of alcohol.

T: Quite similar to the smell on the palate. Pretty decent mix of toasted biscuit and citrus hops up front. Lots of grapefruit. Finishes crisp and dry with a bitter, grapefruit on the tongue.

M: Carbonation is a bit more lively on the tongue than the appearance let on, but this one is still on the lighter side of medium bodied. There is a bit of chewiness in there, but I could use a bit more body. The thinness does add to its drinkability, however.

O: Overall this is a solid IPA with a decent amount of flavor that is quite sessionable, however it pails in comparison to some of its Russian River brethren. I'd seek this out again if I'm in the mood for a lighter IPA as it would make a great fridge beer and a superb starter IPA for those who are a bit more timid with their hop tolerance. Cheers!

EDIT: having now had this several times, including on tap, I think my first bottle may have been a bit old. Aroma and taste improved noticeably in later tastings, especially on tap. Still not as complex or flavorful as Pliny the Elder, but I think it surpasses it in terms of something I'd like to drink often.

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden sunrise orange with a fluffy white head. The head dissipates leaving a generous amount of lacing on the glass. Smells of pine, floral and citrus flavors. The taste is very much the same with some malt flavors in the back end. This goes down very easy and it is very smooth. Not overly bitter, but some bitterness lingers. Overall, a very solid IPA.

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Blind pig is the IPA of IPAs. It is amazing the work Russian river does. I live in SoCal and it is actually harder to find this than Pliny. Every time I get my hands on this beer it never sits in my refrigerator more than two days, and I doubt that it sits anywhere longer than that.

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

510ml bottle dated 4/3/14 poured into a tulip
A: Orange color with a one-finger head
S: Very fresh, immediately jumps from the bottle as soon as it's opened. A pleasant combination of citrus/pine/floral hops but caramel/malt providing a solid background
T: Matches the nose; tastes incredibly fresh. Again a great balance of hops and malt yet packs tons of flavor for its 6%
M: Medium-bodied, very crisp and refreshing
O: One of the better IPAs I've had. Fresh, flavorful and refreshing

Photo of Gregaroo
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Update:
4-6-15 - Monk's back bar after Phillies home opener loss. Still one of the best IPAs around.

Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big fluffy white head. Slightly hazy, translucent brew: gold and orange straw that easily lets through light sources, shifting its appearance constantly. Lively and bubbly. Excellent head retention and excellent lacing.

Big grapefruit and pine notes, with a hint of dank cat musk, tropical fruit, and lemon. Malt presence is tricky to pick out behind all the up-front hops, but it's mostly pale biscuit and floral/honey in the background.

Flavor is less bitter and brightly hoppy than the aroma indicates; much more mellow. Pine and pale malts up front, with a huge dose of Mosaic fruit and dankness on the back end. Crisp and clean.

Bright, light-bodied (but plenty of flavor), semi-dry finish with long-lasting hops on the palate. Very drinkable.

This is a solid IPA. I don't feel it lives up to its big cousin, PtE, at all - but then, it's lighter and lower ABV, so it occupies a different beer niche. It's closer to the hoppy APAs so many companies are putting out now. Enjoy this with lunch or on a warm day.

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an IPA glass. Bottled on 4/16, consumed on 4/24

A - Clear golden straw color with fairly active carbonation. Big 2 finger head. Very pretty beer.

S - I'm getting a lot of sweet dankness. Maybe hints of orange and tropical fruits. I'm thinking there is some malty sweetness mixed in there.

T - I can't really say what I'm getting here. It's a little muddled in the hop profile. Kind of dank. A little bit citric. NO malt. I dig it.

M - Prickly carbonation with a very mild bitterness. It lingers for a bit on the tongue. Light bodied and easy to drink.

O - Rock solid. Not amazing. But rock solid.

Photo of PPOmaha
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11 days ago.

Aroma: tangerine peel, mango, slightly catty. Sweet crusty malt aroma in the background. What is there is awesome but not huge. No DMS, no diacetyl.

Appearance: Gold to light amber. White rocky head that lingers for several minutes.

Taste: Balanced malt flavor, pretty neutral bitterness. Earthy hop profile with just a hint of citrus. No diacetyl, no DMS.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy, medium high carbonation.

Overall: Great beer, the best IPA out there, that isn't a double ipa. Still has the character that IPAs had 10 years ago and the reasonable 6.25% ABV. Not a bitter mess. Aroma is a bit more prominent when I've had it on tap.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.89/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My thanks to my friend JohnParadee for this bottle!
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours a medium clear amber with half a finger of head.
Smells lightly hoppy, lightly bready.
Taste is in line with aromas. Nice mild hop profile in balance with malts.
Mouthfeel was clean, making it very drinkable.
Overall, a mild, light and easy drinking west coast style IPA. Hops very subtle and perfectly balanced with malts.

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