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

5,127 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,127
Reviews: 1,383
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 1,746
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

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Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Photo of wd40
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed about six weeks after it was bottled.

Bright lemon with some apricot and a hint of grapefruit balanced by a subtle sweetness from the malt. The sweetness is perfect and only comes into play in the aftertaste. The beer poured a really creamy head that actually lingered a bit (always makes me happy). Left a beautiful layer of lace on the glass. The appearance is a hazy golden orange.

The nose evolves from acidic hoppy goodness to a more sweet fruity citrus perfume as the beer comes closer to room temperature. The beer is incredibley smooth, although I expect nothing less from Russian River.

I can't get enough of this beer! It gets better and better as I sip it.

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

Poured into Guinness pint glass
Bottled 9/30/11

Pours a yellow-amber-orange color, very effervescent, with about a half fingers worth of white head. The head slows into a nice layer on top of the brew, lasting the whole way down. It also leaves gorgeous rings of lace down the entire glass. The dominating scent i am detecting is citrus. To be more exact, peach, orange, and lemon rind. There is also a nice hoppy bitterness to it. Taste follows the nose, citrusy up front, but a sharp hop bitterness keeping it in check. It is followed by a slightly malty flavor that keeps everything balanced. This is very carbonated, but not overly-carbonated, just how i like my IPA's to feel. You can feel the bubbles dancing on your tongue. This is another solid brew by Russian River that I am glad to say that I can find just about anytime that I want.

Photo of StrongAleSkeptic
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear amber with a sudsy head that quickly diminishes. The lacing has some dynamic legs that succumb to gravity and work their way downward to the surface.
S - Floral bouquet of piny hops permeate the majority of the nose on this one, igniting a fervor to quickly get to the sipping exercises.
T - Taste is phenomenal. Amber malts quickly transform into citrusy, spicy hops with some piny notes intermingled. Well-balanced bitterness with a perfectly simple malt bill that accentuates the hops.
M - Very clean and quaffable with an initial spiciness that rounds out to a nice wet finish. Medium body all around with an especially sessionable quality to the texture.
O - Awesome, awesome IPA. One of the most well-rounded, well-balanced, clean IPA's I have had the pleasure to try. Crisp and clean and refreshing! Vinnie knows his craft well.

Photo of BitterPachyderm
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mad thanks to fetus for sending me a much sought after brew!! Been waiting a year to get my hands on one of these fine swine beers!

Poured from a 500 bottle into my SN pint glass. It is starting to sound like I need some new glassware! It had a bottled on date of 072308? No clue what that meant, so would love to know when it was truly bottled, but on to the review...an aggressive pour gave me a three finger off-white head that was nice and sticky. Beautiful lacing that lasted throughout! He looked a bit cloudy which I found a bit surprising. Was a deep golden yellow, almost auburn.

Damn did this smell heavenly! A perfect boquet of citrus hops and a bit of spice. This is what smelling balanced is all about.

The taste floored me. There was a sweetness up front with a nice little citrus-hop kick of bitterness in the back. It's backed up solidly with a touch of malt. I am impressed!

The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy...almost perfect!

Drinkability-Hell Yeah! I could put down a couple of these in a sitting and be perfectly content.

Overall, the sweetness in the taste is so damn good! I think that I found an IPA that I can sink my pallet into. Send me more ASAP!!!

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

A nice drinker if you have better access than I do in Chicago.

A light pour produces about 1/3 head for the pour. Straw yellow and hazy - non-chill haze. Aroma is all hops - primarily grassy and spicy. As you drink it down there's a nice sticky lace.

Taking a slug reveals this to clearly be an A-IPA (nicely non-imperial) but still very hop-dominant. Same hop tastes aroma but with some juicy (pink grapefruit?) citrus. But balanced with smooth malty backbone which keeps the edge off the hops.

The mouthfeel is clearly medium - very manageable for a bold IPA. Finish is slightly bitter/sweet (literally) but still light. Very drinkable - like I said above, if I had access I'd pound a few of these badboys in a sitting.

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 Keyportnick
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 01-02-13

A- clear pale golden

S- bright lemon, hint of spice and malt.

T- bright lemon, malt and earthiness

M- light body, strong carbonation

O- fantastic. Wish I could have it every day in the summer. Drank a hopslam yesterday and I enjoy and prefect the lighter body and big hops.

Photo of W_Des
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A really tasty beer. I get a citrus and pine in the nose and the body is well balanced with the bitterness. It pours a nice golden color and finishes slightly dry. Really drinakble IPA from Russian River.

Photo of Bajasith
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Elegant copper/amber huge with a decent two finger creamy head that laced very well...

Huge citrus and pine aroma almost creamy with a sensation of freshness.

Flavor profile focuses on citrus rind of a hop bite with a thick creamy and incredibly smooth mouthfeel with a hint of sweetness. Hop taste resonates without brutalizing the palate as the carbonation and alcohol give a vibe going down dry.

Excellent IPA that blends well with any spicy meal.

Photo of ThirdLap
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

EDIT: Just realized this bottle is nearly four months old. I'll be re-reviewing once I get my hands on a fresher bottle.

I'll be brewing a Blind Pig clone in the next few days, so I figured I ought to get reacquainted with the what the finished product should taste like.

Pours a light to medium golden yellow with a fluffy off-white inch-thick head. The head dissipates after a few minutes revealing a good amount of lacing.

Nose is grapefruit, pine, and hint of vanilla. Taste is largely the same; lots of citrus with more of the pine coming forth on the swallow. Body and carbonation are both relatively light. Nothing too complex going on, just a solid and tasty IPA. Malt presence is light but reasonably well-balanced. Finish is piney, then clean and crisp.

Although Blind Pig is widely accepted as the quintessential example of a West Coast IPA, it's probably not my favorite example of the style. I suppose I've just grown to enjoy what others have accomplished with the American IPA a bit more. That said, no other IPA touches it in terms of drinkability, and its probably the IPA I would use to convert SNPA drinkers to something with a bit more 'oomph'.

Another winner from Russian River.

Photo of gtn80
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance was a nice copper color with a bright white head. Head dissipated quickly.

Aroma was amazing, tons of grapefruit hops, lots of juicy citrus.

Taste was great, nice malt backbone for all those hops. Again, tons of juicy, fruity, citrusy hops. Bitterness is very present, and lasts into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was nice, well carbonated beer, but not too high for the style.

Drinkability was fine, got though the bottle myself, alcohol wasn't too much, bitterness isn't mouth puckering. Great IPA.

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

Reviewed 4/20/11, bottled 3/2/11. Tulip glass.

A- An overzealous pour produced close to 3" of rocky off-white head. Clear glowing pale orange beer. The head dropped off to a dusting but left behind some nice long trails of lacing.

S- Vibrant citrus/sweet orange. Great smell.

T- Nice smooth bitter hops all around. Citrusy and leafy. No trace of the malt. The light bitter finish starts of weak, but grows over the course of a bottle.

M- Medium bodied. Very strong active carbonation which I liked. At first it seems a bit thin, but it coats the mouth nicely over time.

O- A nice smooth bitter IPA. All hop flavor, no malt, which is OK with me. Definitely hits the spot.

Photo of skivtjerry
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light amber color, with a small sticky head. Aroma is clean pine, citrus, flowers and a touch of cannabis. This tastes great; just a tiny bit too rough to get a perfect score. Mouthfeel is likewise nearly perfect, tilted a bit too much to the bitter side. The slight malt flavors help with this though. Very drinkable, I like this better than Pliny.

Photo of bwd110
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle courtesy of jadamski1 poured into SA sensory glass

bottled on date: 03/03/09

A: Golden straw, little murky. Big lush white head. Nice sudsy lacing. Looks like this will be quite refreshing after a day working in the yard.

S: Nice hoppy aroma, citrusy - grapefruit and pineapple notes and lemon rinds. Undertone of floral hops as well.

T: Piney bitterness upfront, very dry beer. light malt backbone to smooth everything out a little. Citrus hops make their presence in felt in the finish.

M: light to medium body. decent carbonation - maybe a light zap on the way down. This certainly isn't a sticky or chewy ipa.

D: Drinkability is damn good. Light - ish, refreshing, not sticky or cloying. Could drink this for awhile.

Photo of ghetto90007
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my modern Stone Old Guardian goblet.

Beautiful golden orange color, nice fluffy white head. Sticky, industrial strength lacing. A really beautiful beer. I love taking a sip and watching the lacing rebuild and slowly slide down the glass. Some of it just stays. Looks like it would dry there.

Smells really good. Fragrant, citrusy bitterness. Grapefruit and some mild floral undertones.

Dominant grapefruit with the rind thrown in. Mild sweetness, but lots of bitterness throughout - from start to finish it's grapefruit rind. The malty sweetness is there, but gets overpowered.

Soft mouthfeel, but reasonably carbonated. Nice balance here.

Overall, a very nice IPA. It's more hop-forward - the sweetness really takes a back seat. Not sure the balance is quite where I would want it to be after being spoiled by some world class DIPAs, but a very solid, solid IPA.

Photo of Fluke828
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Harpoon Limited Edition Snifter.
Bottle dated 03/22/11.
Rec'd in a trade with floraday.

A-> Gentle pour yields about .5 finger head of white foam with a bit of lacey bubbles clinging to the walls of the snifter as this quickly dissipates. Clear and pale copper/amber in color with some pretty good, spread out nucleation.

S-> Bouquet is very fruity, like muddled grapefruit. Definitely get grapefruit up front for sure in the nose, with a bit of hoppy pine as well. Also getting a faint floral spiciness with a leafy/grassy undertone.

T-> Taste is fairly inline with the nose. Get a nice smooth hop bite initially and then the grapefruit and sweet blood red orange flavors take over with the pine coming back in the middle. Finishes somewhat dry with a crisp hop taste that leaves a splendid blend of pine hop resin and sweet citrus fruits on the palate.

M-> Mouth feel is medium bodied with good carbonation but not overpowering or overdone. Fairly light in body to a certain extent for the style but after all this isn't a double IPA, which is important to keep in mind with the texture of this beer. It is just an IPA...a very well balanced one at that.

O-> Glad I finally got to try this one. Very well balanced with the hops and the sweetness. It was nice to try the beer that sort of sneaks under the radar with all the attention that Pliny always gets and make no mistake this is a wonderfully crafted brew. Even after a few days over a month in the bottle this one stands up for itself in a crowded field and I could even see this as a porch beer down @ the beach house this summer. Fantastic. Will definitely seek out another Blind Pig or 4, and maybe try to catch a couple closer to the bottling date. Cheers!

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

From growler shipped to me (6 days old when opened): Golden in color with a touch of amber. This still poured a great 3/4" head that dissipated slowly. The nose was filled with grapefruit, Rouquefort cheese and a touch of anise. In the mouth it had medium density, a smooth texture and was wonderfully balanced. The hops are very well balanced by some malt that leads to a beer with a bitterness/dryness but also a touch of sweetness. The malt is more noticable than the "Pliny the Elder" and keeps this beer a touch sweeter. Overall, this is a really well made beer with terrific balance that is easy to drink.

Photo of jkendrick
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, golden color with minimal head and lace

S: Citrusy, mostly grapefruit. Also some pine and pineapple and a touch of malt in the back

MF: medium-bodied with a nice prickly carbonation

T: Wonderful citrus (grapefruit and orange) and pine and pineapple hops flavors are given plenty of space as the malt takes a backseat

D: It's a little bitter in the finish

Photo of JimsArcade
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16oz standard pint glass.

Pours a light amber with a moderate head that dissipates gradually.

Orange and pine dominate the nose. Little malt or alcohol can be deteced as the hops dominate.

Strongly bitter and citrusy, like orange rind. The malt backbone perfectly balances the hops, having an almond cookie-like taste to match the bitterness.

It has a light-moderate body, especially for an IPA. Carbonation is strong but not unpleasant.

The balance of this beer makes ordering another a no-brainer.

The Blind Pig is an exceptional IPA. Arguably one of, if not THE, best-crafted IPAs in existence.

Photo of THoff94
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Good. Tried after a couple other beers and 2 Pliny's. A very good IPA but hard to judge after Pliny.

Photo of uberabr
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this one on tap at RR on Saturday and actually preferred it to the Russian River IPA and Pliny the Elder. Drank from a pint. Appearance is similar to their other IPA's, hazy yellow amber with some gold and some darker reddish hues. No head thanks to the Neanderthal behind the bar. Smells of cascade and a bouquet of floral and piney hops. Taste was excellent. A wonderfully rich combination of bitter pine, fruity hop, and some mouth-watering candy sweetness. It was similar to Pliny but had a rich backbone of fruity syrup that made it stand out. Mouthfeel and drinkability were excellent as with all RR beers. This was definitely one of the best IPA's I've tried lately.

Photo of Med
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to brewCzar for the chance to try this!

Clear golden copper with a billowing foamy white head. Huge lacing sticks to the side of the glass while the head never quite diminishes. Hoppy aroma hits you in the face as soon as you open the bottle and never lets up. Grapefruit, orange rind, and just a touch of cat-pee (simcoe hops?). Man, this is bitter. Not the over the top flowery bitter from a Ruination but just a smooth, clean, very well balanced bitter. A little pine in the finish and a nice resiny coating on the teeth. Feel is solid. Not spectacular but cots extremely well leading to a finish that lasts forever.

Okay I get it. This is the benchmark for the "West Coast IPA". Or, if it isn't, it should be. Six percent means it's just over sessionable and it doesn't rip your face off (not always bad!) the way a big DIPA can. Just right.

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

Picked this one up in LA about two weeks ago and brought it back home with me. Bottle date within 60 days of drinking. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Really nice looking IPA. Big white head, crisp clear light orange/gold, with tons of lacing. Smells of pine, grapefruit, lemon, and a hit of malty sweetness in the back. Flavor follows the nose, and this one is super delicious. It's nicely hopped, but the balance between the pale malts and hops is really remarkable. Very clean, crisp, on the lighter side of medium bodied. Super easy drinking. If this were readily available around me, it would be my go-to IPA. Alas, it is not, but I am really glad I tried it. Will try to get it again.

Photo of cpone
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours clear golden body swirling with tons of lively carbonation. Creamy/soapy white head.

S: First whiff is fresh pine, grassy hops followed immediately with juicy/sweet strawberry and some citrus.

T: Solid hop bitterness up front balanced with slightly sweet malts and grapefruit.

M: Medium body - matches the balance of the flavor well. Finish is slightly thin.

D: All. Day. Long.

Photo of jnezda
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found in at Clems bottle house in a 500ml bottled just 10 days after the bottling date, how is the for fresh AB. Poured into a tulip glass since no pints available. Poured with minimal off white head that did not stick around and had little to no lacing during drinking. Smell provided great floral herby notes right from the outset that struck around nicely. The taste was another solid ipa from Russian River, not over powering but a great hop character with good malt balance. Think I may like this as much as some of my favorite west coast brews for a warm summer day. Mouthfeel was full but not viscus with a clean finish.

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,127 ratings.