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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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3,965 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,965
Reviews: 1,301
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,358
Gots: 351 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of waltonc


3.48/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 03:00:02 | More by waltonc
Photo of Lothore


4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer had a huge 2 finger head right off the tap which seemed to get bigger as I drank it and left tons of lacing. It was a light orange color.

S- Smell was of piney hops with a small amount of a citrus kick. The hops smelled like the amazing scent of adding hops to a wort boil, almost no other IPA that i've had has recreated this smell

T- Taste was very hoppy for a standard ipa, with blended citrus notes. Sweet pine taste seemed to dominate followed by a rich grainy fullness.

M- Very crisp and carbonated but not as viscous as some of RR's other offerings. Went down very smooth.

D- This beer was very drinkable. It did seem to me that it was stronger than 6 percent but none the less it went down fairly easy.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2007 01:51:09 | More by Lothore
Photo of paulthebeerguru


4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. nice amber color, more orange than yellow. pure white head with outstanding retention, and nice hanging lacing.

S: huge high alpha hops aroma. tons of citrus and pine, grapefruit and spruce.

T: such a well-balanced AIPA. wonderful malts with a huge amount of citrus hops, mostly grapefruit surrounded by some big pine and spruce trees.

M: so well-balanced. perfect carbonation level. clean, crisp, and extremely smooth.

D: I could drink tons of these, I just finally found a beer that could possibly replace Two Hearted as my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 19:29:46 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of MarioM


4.36/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 22:30:41 | More by MarioM
Photo of treyrab


4/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 23:24:41 | More by treyrab
Photo of Lukafer


4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-30-2013 22:10:11 | More by Lukafer
Photo of Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -31.2%

06-24-2014 16:21:37 | More by Caudalie
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District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

08-04-2013 19:57:37 | More by scottDC
Photo of seand


4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a large red wine glass. Bottled 03/25/09, about a month old.

A: Pours a light, translucent golden amber with about a finger of bubbly white head. Head settles down leaving some foam on the surface. Nice lacing.

S: Piney fruity hop scents. Not a strong smell, but what's there is nice.

T: Well balanced. The hop flavor is certainly present, but not over the top like some other American IPAs. Pleasant mild hop aftertaste.

M: Good carbonation, medium body.

D: Easy to drink. ABV is low enough you could have quite a few of these. Would go great with a warm Summer day.

All around a very good IPA, with nothing out of place or over the top.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 20:23:33 | More by seand
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-16-2013 17:02:43 | More by bradfordjohnson
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-07-2012 01:48:39 | More by rkarimi
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

02-20-2013 21:33:18 | More by pschul4
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

05-06-2013 18:33:20 | More by Yabev15
Photo of mjl21


4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle dated 12/5/08.

A-Pours a semi hazy peach color. One and a half inch head. Sticky ring sticks around with nice lacing remaining on the glass.

S-Nice West Coast nose. Lots of citrussy goodness going on with pine in there also.

T-Citrus come through. Bitterness stays on the palate. Crisp finish.

M-Smooth drinking with a dry finish.

D-Easy to knock these back as it is not strupy.

One of my favorites IPAs. Smells and taste great. Glad I have the ability to easily get it on tap or in bottles.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 22:12:08 | More by mjl21
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-19-2013 14:40:38 | More by jl28r1
Photo of LittleDon


4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint served at the Russian River Brewery.

Golden with a slight chill haze, dense head with great retention and pleny of lace. Citrus aroma with a hint of malt. Some noticeable carbonation up front. Pine middle. Bitter back end, but surprisingly light for the amount of IBUs.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2010 23:59:04 | More by LittleDon
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-06-2013 11:09:04 | More by bmmortale
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-26-2014 03:02:12 | More by Marco_Gtz
Photo of Natural510


4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, nice to see from a US brewery.

Pours an orange copper with nice puffy head which retains fairly well.
Familiar floral/citric/pine hop scent; subdued, rather than overpowering.
Hoppy character is nicely mellow in this brew; pine note is understated and blends well with an orange & tangerine flavor which is only slightly sweet. Slighty sour, slightly dry in the finish.
This is an easy-drinking IPA; many of the style taste of liquid hops, while Blind Pig complements with hops leaving quite the quaffable brew. Easy to see why this is so popular in the areas it is available.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 15:16:48 | More by Natural510
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

09-09-2013 15:50:22 | More by bschinelli
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-05-2012 03:38:30 | More by phishphorce
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-14-2013 17:26:32 | More by KimenTshom
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

05-30-2014 20:34:59 | More by drdiesel9483
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

07-26-2013 15:58:32 | More by harsley
Photo of Magpie14


4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this bottle is readily waiting consumption

A: the body is a vibrant gold mixed with hazy orange tones. Upon further inspection the edges hold golden yellow when held up to the window, nice look. My glass is stained with a reasonable amount of sticky lace and a thin layer of dingy lather remained throughout the entire drink. A certain quality exists in the presentation of this beer

S: the cap popped off an instant pineapple chunks, grapefruit wedges, and orange rinds filled my nasal cavity. Need I say, a few needles of pine and even some tropical fruit notes can be whiffed. For an AIPA this little piglet is loaded

Now the moment of truth...

T: and I am not disappointed. What I always look for in my first sip in any hoppy beer is where the malts sit. This pig's pale malts sit proudly where they should and keep the focus on hops while maintaining a quiet contribution to the brew. This piglet has no apples in its mouth as it beckons fruity hops that are all over the board with sticky pineapple, lemons, oranges, and maybe an ever so soft hint of passion fruit crusted with pine needles. Otherwise, it is safe to say that this is a zesty hop citrus based IPA. All these flavors are punched with a soft caramel coating making the hops a slight bit sticky sweet, tasty!

M: no complaints in this category at all. For what it holds the feel is top notch and an airy type of creamy. The body is neither heavy nor mild, a fair spot in between fits right. It leaves a nice hop resin on the tongue and kept me begging for more

D: this beer is bonkers great. Drinks like no other IPA I have had and is loaded with flavors...delightfully delicious!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 21:18:11 | More by Magpie14
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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