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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

4,087 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,087
Reviews: 1,304
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,403
Gots: 375 | FT: 17
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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deebo

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -31.2%

02-19-2013 15:12:06 | More by deebo
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

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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zenithberwyn

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

10-17-2013 23:47:52 | More by zenithberwyn
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krl2112

Illinois

3/5  rDev -31.2%

07-10-2013 22:07:25 | More by krl2112
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beachbum1975

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 01:14:32 | More by beachbum1975
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beerman999999

New York

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-14-2011 18:50:58 | More by beerman999999
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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-31-2013 01:23:36 | More by Kevincredible
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Toronado and also at the Russian River brewpub 2 days apart while on vacation.

The beer poured a nice yellow/golden color with a bright white head that laced around the glass. the aroma of this beer has a very strong hoppy smell with a balance of citrus. Very pleasing. The taste had a nice balance between the bitter hops and the sweeter malt and citrus balance. There was a nice amount of carbonation in the Bling Pig which I really enjoy. The is a very drinkable beer and a very good example of an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2006 03:45:17 | More by ggaughan
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Beerswag

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

10-06-2013 17:42:41 | More by Beerswag
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_morandi_

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

07-14-2014 19:47:29 | More by _morandi_
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patrick802

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

05-04-2014 20:06:46 | More by patrick802
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an orangy golden amber with a nice 3/4" head. Beautiful ribbons of lacing and wonderful head retention.

The aroma is piney citrus, sweet caramel malt and sweet pink grapefruit. Smells gorgeous.

The taste is pure pink grapefruit balaced against toasty, caramel malt which gives way to a tasty green leafy hops, all in spectacular balance.

The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety while at the same time tongue-tickling.

It's a joy to drink and I only wish I had ready access to this benchmark American IPA so I could drink more.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 14:18:36 | More by MeisterBurger
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NWer

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Date bottled 1/21/11
Consumed 2/14/11
The main problem with this beer is it is PtE's little brother.
Very nice brassy pour into a pint glass. Smooth but I'm possibly having a Lupulin Threshold Shift because the hops just aren't there.
Well, they are really which is fine. If I wanted more hops, I'd have a Pliny.
Very well balanced. Too bad it isn't widely distributed so more people can enjoy this gem.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 04:54:52 | More by NWer
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Devi0us

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-07-2011 09:58:47 | More by Devi0us
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-08-2012 17:25:46 | More by bluesplit63
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-04-2014 22:17:28 | More by ONovoMexicano
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zenwatts

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-21-2012 18:38:49 | More by zenwatts
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Shilt

Virginia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-28-2012 04:40:34 | More by Shilt
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roostor07

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

11-13-2013 16:52:50 | More by roostor07
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sfprint

Germany

4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks as good as an IPA can get. Nice apricoty cloudy color with a not so dense head. Beautiful color, makes me wish it was warmer outside.

S: Apricoty, like the color oddly enough, sweet. Not super strong, but really amazing.

T: The least bitter IPA I've ever had. And somewhat smooth for an IPA too. Difficult to describe. Hoppy of course. Some pine. The body is smooth and creamy, very different. There's a vanilla ice cream flavor in there, right in the middle of the flavor. The aftertaste is bitter like an IPA, but not so strong.

M: Soft with a carbonation sparkle on top.

D: Not poundable, but i think this one is just fantastic. Yet the sum of it's parts somehow seem less than as individual traits, which is strange to say. I think this is my highest rated review yet. Best IPA I've ever had. Different, and quite special.

Holy crap, what a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 09:34:53 | More by sfprint
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

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

Had this a few times now, I guess it's time to review it. Received in a few different trades thanks to MiScusi and swnicholson. Thanks!

Most recently, Half liter bottle (7/09/08) into a Bruery-Branded Tulip. Beautiful golden caramel color, the glass helps to form a one inch off white head that leaves a thick abundance of lacing.

This holds up over time a lot better than Pliny, but still almost 6 months down the road has shown some deterioration. Fresher bottles I have had were nothing short of amazing- this one is still surprisingly vibrant in the nose.

Great citrus, pineapple all over the place in the aroma. I can't stop wanting to smell this beer.

Bitter enough to get my IPA fix, but more importantly bitter enough so that my friends won't raid my stash. Great stickiness about the hop flavor that coats your tongue. A slight background of a sweetness from the caramel malt really lets the hop flavor shine rather than an overbearing straight forward bitterness.

I could drink this all day if I had regular access to it. I suppose my bias is toward sessioning IPAs but this one goes down the hatch easy. For me, it's a catch 22- I don't have regular access to it, so I want to savor it when I get the chance, but it goes down so smooth!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 22:13:40 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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beergod1

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-31-2013 13:28:30 | More by beergod1
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bschinelli

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

09-09-2013 15:50:22 | More by bschinelli
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mpenning13

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.3%

05-14-2014 14:11:01 | More by mpenning13
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours a murky golden color with some yellow hues in the light. There is a gorgeous two finger white head that hangs on for a long time. Excellent retention that completely coats the sides of the glass.

S: There is a very hop centric nose with a hint of malt in the background. Large notes of citrus, pine, and skunky pot with a bit of toasted bread.

T: The hops are front and center. Dank citrus hops with a nice bitter resinous finish. The malt is present, but quite subtle.

M: Medium bodied with a pleasant light carbonation.

O: Great, great IPA. At 6% I could drink this all day long.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 22:13:11 | More by Neffbeer
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,087 ratings.