Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,345
Hads: 5,196
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.89%
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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 eyncognito
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy light orange and a white, 1 finger head, okay retention and a beautiful sheet of lacing. Aroma is a good blend of tropical fruits-pineapple, grapefruit, sweet melon and more floral hops and a light pine and grass edge, only a hint of malt-light and biscuity. Wonderful, intoxicating, not overwhelmingly so-very inviting.

Flavor delivers on the promise of the nose. Oranges, pineapple-not a whole lot on the grapefruit front-but it is rough and jagged on the mouth, only it is not so pithy. Instead, the pine and grass hop flavors take over, blending perfectly with the citric flavors. Somewhat lacking in the mid-palate for a malt presence, but the light, biscuit malt is pleasant nonetheless. Mouthfeel is incredibly light, almost airy with light carbonation.

Infinitely drinkable, I wish this was available on tap in Wisconsin, instead I know exactly what I'll drink whenever I visit California. Despite Blind Pig's weak malt presence, I'm judging it according to the West Coast style of American IPA, in which case, this a flawless IPA. Some may like a maltier IPA (I know I do sometimes), but you'd be hard pressed to find its equal, let alone a superior IPA. Highly recommended, a must. (1,207 characters)

Photo of Elendinn
3.4/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Venti's Cafe, served in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance - amber honey, effervescent, and a half-finger's worth of white head -- thin, but retains well. Looks perfect, for the style.

Smell - like a forest; pine and floral hops, shortcake, and some faint malt. Gorgeous.

Taste - grapefruit; a very astringent, bitter, piney hop flavor; some faint, lingering malt, ultimately overpowered by the hops.

Mouthfeel - very carbonated, light-bodied, and refreshing, but far from smooth -- burns the tongue a bit.

Drinkability - the astringency makes this a difficult beer to drink for me. Refreshing on a hot day, but relegated to those who like their tongues decimated by hops. (687 characters)

Photo of likestoswallow
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle from Beverages4 less in Santee.

A: A slightly hazy dark gold color with a big sudsy white head that had great retention and left some lacing.

S: The aroma is pretty simple with pine and ripe sweet citrus.

T: The flavor is hops forward with a good biter bite followed by cotton candy and more biter hops on the backside.

M: Full, smooth and creamy, long finish with bitersweet notes.

D: Goes down easy, this concoction is biter without any harshness, its very clean and tasty. My go to IPA. Recommended try. (524 characters)

Photo of Wegbier
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle says 07/22/08
I want to try this one again when I can find it fresh.
The appearance is yellow to amber honey with a head that barely holds on the whole way down. I drank this beer in two separate pours because of glass size and to my shock this is a very cloudy ipa giving it a deep amber look.

the smell is enjoyable it gives way very well to the taste of grassy, spicy and light amount of citrus hops, there is maybe a hint of malt or ester but they are lost in the bitter finish of hops.

the bottle says drink it fresh or dont drink it at all, it would have been better to wait for the store to show a fresher one because drinkability is low for the rep that this has.
my second pour is more drinkable with the slight extra yeast taste to smooth it out (768 characters)

Photo of Antnego
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of Hands22
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/30/2011, drunk on 10/17/2011. Poured from 500 mL bottle into a snifter. 

A- Dark gold to light copper in color. Poured a creamy white head which reduced to a thin film of white bubbles. Brilliant clarity. 

S- Hops! Citrus bursts out, lots of grapefruit. Little bit of alcohol noticeable. 

T- The same citrusy hops are present as is some grass. However, there is a noticeable malt character with a somewhat bready taste (not sweet). Tastes slightly boozy. 

M- Although there is high hop bitterness, the beer is full and creamy. Medium-high carbonation tingles nicely. 

O- A complex and well balanced IPA. Really appreciate the malt character and how it keeps the hops from overwhelming the beer. (717 characters)

Photo of chrisafari
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of PeterLemonjello
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - In between amber and orange in color. Nice lingering head with lacing down the glass. Lots of carbonation.

S - Glorious. Pine, grapefruit, wet/pungent resin, lemon

T - Fantastic. Just enough malt/caramel giving way to lots of hop bitterness and flavor. Pungent, grapefruit, lemon, orange, pine, herbal....just great.

M - Nice carbonation sensation and oily feel.

D - A pleasure to drink. Like most RR beers, it's a big beer full of big flavors but soft and clean at the same time. Just a great great beer. (514 characters)

Photo of OTB
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Bottle poured into tulip. Nice copper salmon color with a very tight creamy inch thick cap that hangs on to the glass leaving wave length patterns as I sip down. Nose is pretty straight forward with nice citrus fruits and pine forest. Flavor is along the same lines with very nice lemon and mango notes, bitter hops and a nice blanket of bready malt to keep it all cohesive, very nice balance. Blind Pig is a quality IPA often overshadowed by it's siblings but worth seeking out for a nice citrusy bitter balanced brew. (525 characters)

Photo of MeowTom
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an unfiltered hazy gold with a nice head that sticks around for a bit and then disappears. I'm torn to say if that might affect appearance, because of how it disappears all together. I will leave it at a 4, but just remember I might be somewhat closer to a 3.7 range.

S- Great smell hops, apples, citrus and pine.

T- A sticky piney hop taste. There is a smooth hopiness that blooms into a more bitter after taste. A fresh crisp hop flavor is very present. This is a great APA hoppy beer that has some very well thought out ideas. I think I remember reading somewhere that he brewed this to cover up some of the flaws in old brew equipment at Blind Pig and then when he went to RR he cleaned the recipe up a bit, and it shows.

M- Medium body and great carbonation. Compliments the beer very well.

O- A very very good American IPA that has a wonderful piney hop flavor that makes me feel like I am in a pine forest. Would highly recommend it as a classic APA style beer. Another fine beer from Russian River. I might get some slack, but in many ways I think this is better than Pliny the Elder. I know Pliny is a double, but if the hop choices made with Blind Pig are just awesome. (1,196 characters)

Photo of Ambiorix
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach. Deep golden pour with a fine off-white head that leaves a wonderful amount of lace on the glass. Nose and taste are citrusy, grapefruit hops with an elegant malt backbone. Finish is just the right amount of hop bitter without being too biting. An excellent IPA. (298 characters)

Photo of Silenus89
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass, nice golden color and good foamy head.

S. Piney and floral hops dominate

T. Malty at first then bitter of hops

MF. Medium body with good carbonation. Dry mouthfeel

D. This is a very drinkable beer i wish i bought more to have. I like this offering from RR better than Elder. (305 characters)

Photo of duffcalifornia
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 9/14/11 into a SA glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden wheat yellow with a large 2" head that fades quickly to 1/2" and provides good lacing (though not as good as it's big brother Pliny).

S: Resiny hops abound with hints of grassiness. Not to continually compare BP to PtE, but this smells lighter than PtE, which is actually more inviting.

T: The smell follows the nose pretty closely. Flowery, slightly resinous hops are the primary flavor. Has a very clean finish that invites another tasty as soon as possible.

M: Adequately carbonated, with a medium-thin to medium mouthfeel.

O: I have to say, I think if I were given the choice of fresh Pliny and fresh Blind Pig, I'd have to take the Blind Pig. This isn't a knock to the Elder, but just a personal preference of not having everything turned up to 11. This is just a better balanced beer in my opinion.

thanks to furthurgone for sending this in trade. (943 characters)

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

A: golden honey color, with a bright white head that lingers.

S: piney hops with a pleasant sweetness

T: The bitterness is very present, and the hops are the star of the show.

M: Highly carbonated, Blind Pig is bubbly, with a surprising dry finish.

O: While I cannot complain about this, I think it had a lot to live up to, in comparison to Pliny. At the end of the day, I'm glad that I tried it, and enjoyed it, but didn't care for the very dry finish (456 characters)

Photo of alenonbeeradv
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - a frothy sticky head. nice bold but clear body.

s - piney and resiny like the bottle but more fruit and vivid floral aromas from the tap.

t - a lot more malt taking over. the bottle seems a little more bitter and hoppy where the tap seems a lot more earthy and handleable. very clean.

m - pretty mellow and smooth but still an adventure. as i said before a lot mote tame than the bottle in terms of taste and mouthfeel.

o - of my favorite go tos of ipas. pliney rarely dissapoints too. quite a privelege to try on tap.

note: i kept this review brief due to a future review of
the bottle. for now this will suffice. (623 characters)

Photo of cbwufpack
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark golden orange with thin head. Not quite the carbonation I expected to see
S- bold citrus rind aroma. Slight soapy smell.
T- pretty nice hop profile but doesn't match PTE profile. Grapefruit and orange bite.
M- Very light ...a little under carbonated.
O- This is a good but not great IPA. (295 characters)

Photo of ccm414
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 1 pint .9 fl oz bottle...

A- A heavy pour produced an exceptional 3 finger rocky-looking head that reduced to a nice foam. Some nice lacing around the glass. A dark orange-to-golden color, a tiny bit hazy, but crisp looking. Not much carbonation from the glass after the pour.

S- Leafy citrus hops all the way and I like it. Slightly piney.

T- Slightly sweet citrus at first, quickly followed by much bitterness. Almost like citrus (grapefruit) rind. Little maltiness noticeable, but more of an afterthought. Great balance here. A dry, bitter finish.

M- Refreshingly light and creamy that has a nice hop bite. Not much carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable. Being light, with great hoppiness, I would grab for one of these more often it was more available in New England (thanks to my brother living in San Diego!)

Cheers! (845 characters)

Photo of berebrando
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good Beer! I bought it at Whole Foods in Tustin, CA (moved to Blind Pig because we haven't been getting the same Pliny the Elder shipments around here).

This is one of Russian River's deliciously hoppy IPAs. I was at the brewery for the release of the Younger (epic!) and Blind Pig was one of four or five IPAs they had on tap (including Blind Pig, the Elder, the Younger, Russian River IPA, and one more, if my blurry memory serves me well). It's good, but it's not Pliny good (great!).

I'm drinking it tonight from a pint glass, probably at a colder temperature than it deserves. The appearance, in this lighting, is a light-orange. Occasionally, bubbles emerge from the bottom, leaving a little layer on the top - though, the head from the pour has all-but disappeared. The smell is lighter than I expected, with the most prevalent essence being pine (maybe a pine forest following a summer monsoon), though there is also a little citrus. Taste is good, but it doesn't have the crispness I've come to love in IPAs like the Younger and Sculpin from Ballast Point. It tastes hoppy and bitter - it's a good level of bitterness, and it's well balanced, like many of the Russian River brews.

This beer is very drinkable! I would most certainly recommend it - and I'd also recommend the brewery, it's an experience to remember! (1,328 characters)

Photo of mutterfudder
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received in trade from htomsirveaux. Thanks! Bottled 10/31/09, poured into a Stone IPA glass.

A - Copper color with a rich, foamy head. The head stuck around as long as the beer and laced nicely down the glass. Pretty!

S - Piney, floral hop smells. If you like IPA's at all, this will smell just about as good as it gets. Powerful but not overpowering.

T - Holy hops batman! There is a nice hop wallop up front, with a nice subtle malty backbone that provides immediate counterplay to the hops. A finishing flavor of sweetness blends nicely with the powerful hop notes to finish off the swig. Very nice, well balanced with strong hop flavor.

M / D - Mouthfeel is nice, if a little to "slick" in the mouth than I'd like. I like that the hop flavor sticks around a bit and lingers lightly on the tongue. Drinkability? I could go all night with this one.

Pliny might get all the attention, but don't forget Blind Pig. It may not be as "Extreme!" but it might be just as good when half the hop power is good enough. (1,016 characters)

Photo of ajramirez1
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Color was golden color with a clean look. Smell is a bit hoppy but not overwhelming. Taste is very good with just the right amount of hops. Not too much hops but just the right amount...very good ipa. Not complaints, but not same tier has Elder...
A- (262 characters)

Photo of emagana
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 10/22/10
Poured into a pint glass with half an inch of head.
Straw yellow with some floating yeast.
Plenty of carbonation.
Aromas of mellow pine and some passion fruit. Soapy?
Starts of with some grapefruit and follows with a signature fission river hop dose.
Well balanced and not as harsh as it's older brother pte.
I feel bad because I can pick them up near by. Great one overall. (401 characters)

Photo of thatsfine
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my pint glass. Pours a dark orange color with almost a finger of head that retains well and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is a lot of hops and citrus. Sweet smelling.

Taste is the same as the nose. Pine finish. This is great. A slightly bitter finish.

This is on the thinner side of a medium bodied IPA. Very refreshing.

This is outstanding. If I could drink this every day I absolutely would. I think about two of these would be perfect. (477 characters)

Photo of dalion037
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not surprised that Russian River has made this wonderful IPA. I was given a sample of this beer at Beachwood BBQ and not told what it was.

I was very impressed with the sweet hop aroma and the great hop flavor. I could also smell and taste a heavy grapefruit flavor. There is just enough malt in the background to balance it just a tad without removing the bittery bite needed in an IPA.

This is definately drinkable! (424 characters)

Photo of jeffmart22
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden color with just a fingers worth of head that dissipates. Light lacing on the glass. Good,refreshing looking beer.

A - Really nice pine and floral notes with a hint of citrus . It has an almost organic smelling malt backbone like hay. Some sweet malt and biscuit notes.

T - Starts with just a slight sweetness that amediately takes a back seat to an extreme hop bitterness. The flavor duration is long with the bitterness lingering throughout. Very drinkable and refreshing.

M - Light to medium in body. Tart and mouth watering. Extremely dry finish.

O - Really great beer, wish I had easier access to this one. (639 characters)

Photo of BS68280
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on my trip over to San Diego. Poured from a bottle marked 6-7-10 on 7-7-10. I've had it's big brother a couple times now (even though i have failed to find in so far on this trip), so i am excited to see how this stacks up.

A: Golden orange with between 2 and 3 fingers of foamy tan head. It took it's time diminishing and is leaving nice lacing.

S: Citrusy hops with a little bit of pine also. A little bit of carmel malt but it is hard to get to through the hops. Smells damn good.

T: Right along with the smell on this one. Lots of citrus up front, oranges and grapefruit mostly, followed by more pine than i was expecting. Goes down great and leaves a dry bitter aftertaste. Only soft hints of the carmel malts.

M: Lighter bodied, medium carbonation, oily.

D: Great but it doesn't have too much alcohol to hide. (838 characters)

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,345 ratings.