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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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1,384 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,384
Hads: 5,388
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 1,821
Gots: 807 | FT: 24
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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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Reviews: 1,384 | Hads: 5,388
Photo of Baraka
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle

pours a light gold with a solid head. Nose is all citrus hops, this is definitely high on the hoppy spectrum for a single IPA. Taste is similar, with a very refreshing and dry finish. Not much balance to be had; the malts barely make themselves known through the amazing west-coast hops. Incredibly drinkable, if perhaps not quite as complex as its bigger brother Pliny. Still, this is a world class IPA by an incredible brewery that I wish I could drink on a daily basis!

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Photo of fatmusic14
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Falling Rock. Written from notes 12/27.

A - rich amber, tons of lacing, head that keeps hanging around. A really inviting look.

S - cinnamon, lemon zest, earthy - really brings out that hop and forest element, but not overpowering. Swims up into your nostrils as you drink it.

T - tastes of the scent, in a very pure way. Pine, citrus, hint of spice and chili. Just enough bitterness to remind you its an ale. Top notch.

M - leaves a tremendous aftertaste. Great carbonation and drinkability.

O - close to perfect.

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Photo of LukeD23
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle - Beer is a nice copper to gold bright beer. Very nice color for an IPA. Bone white head

Aroma - fantastic, very earthy, hints of fresh cut grass, and orange peel, and a very slight backround of pine trees. Very rounded hop aroma

Taste - Solid, at 6.1% this is a huge hop flavor beer. Sweet hop flavors of orange and sage, what a wonderfully drinkable IPA.

Mouthfeel - could not be better in my opinion for an IPA, mild body, finishes dry, but its not thin. It makes this an extremely drinkable IPA

Drinkability - I would love to have another, but I live on the east coast....oh well. Great beer

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Photo of trekbiker3000
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served in a Chimay chalice glass. Golden yellor color with not much head, but some lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma was full of fresh hops. The flavor matches the aroma. It is very hoppt. A perfect beer for hopheads. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, cleansing the palate with all the hop bitterness. This is very drinkable, but if your not a fan of hops, stay away from this beer and leave it for those of us that like over the top brews.

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Photo of jraycee
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to 0110x011 for this bottle! My first Blind Pig. I've been looking forward to this!

Pours a beautiful light honey like amber, with a nice foamy head that leaves thick lacing.
Smell is like someone shoved some fresh piney hop cones up your nose, just a hint of malt as the head fades towards the end.
Taste is a little more balanced although the beautiful piney hops flavor dominates hints of pale malts and grain. Flowery cannabis aftertaste.
Beautiful beer that lives up to its billing here as one of the best American IPAs. I'd drink it all the time if I could.

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Photo of Packforever1976
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled into my imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber with a smallish white head. Very nice clarity. Head thins out fairly quickly. Nice lacing.

S: Initial smell reveals nice grapefruity hops, some pine as well. The malts are there, but the hope dominate the nose. Very nice.

T: Wow, the hops are right there in the front. Very similar taste to what I smell. The sweet malts are there just enough to balance things out, but the hops are the star of this show! Very tasty.

M: Very nice mouthfeel. Nice slick hoppy goodness. Proper level of carbonation, just right thickness.

D: This beer defines drinkability. Goes down so easily. Too bad this is my only one, but I will enjoy it thoroughly!

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Photo of steadydose
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Nice, golden brown, with a nice solid cap. Some sediment floating in the glass.

S: Good hop scent, piney, citrusy, classsic.

T: Delicious, nice bitterness on the finish, Clean taste, hop dominated flavor, without all the sweetness.

M: Good carbonation, no complaints here, combined with a soft mouthfeel.

D: All day drinkability. Perfectly simple, clean and refreshing.

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Photo of beerorRIP
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ monk's in philly

Full pint pour gives a yellow-orange color (the lighting isn't the best in the front bar at night). Gives a one fingerish head which did hang for a little bit. Sticky lacing is all over the glass throughout.

Smells like west coast IPA to me! Citrus (grapefruits, a bit of lemon) and some pine coming though, even a bit of a floral mark. Malt? Sorry didn't find that one here.

HOPS. That is what i tasted. There was a moment when the malt tried to show up. Then more hops just smashed it out. Citrus. Pine. Big American Hops.

Carbonation is good for the style, enough to keep you wanting more, and not flat. The mouthfeel is not sticky like some IPA's end up being.

Was surprised to find this on tap at Monk's, but hey it was good for me! Looking forward to more of this... but i've not seen it in bottles around the NJ area, much less on tap!

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Photo of KCHopHead
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This historic brew was poured into a pint glass from the 500 ml bottle. This was the beginning of a long night for me and for documenting purposes this was followed by a PtE.

A - A slighly merky orange with a two finger off-white head. Good sheets of lacing.
S - Citrus hops but not so much to knock you back.
T - Very good hop flavors with a good malt background for 6.1%
M - A little chewy for such a light IPA.
D - Off the charts, I wish I had this on tap.

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

Looks clear and hazy amber with two fingers of creamy white head. And might I add, a beautifully shaped bottle.

Aroma comes off as a pretty simple hop character. None off the overly citrusy characteristics. Taste is nice piney hops with a suttle back off malt. Mouthfeel is bottle-conditioned perfection.

This beer is elegant in its simlpicity. Hops meeting barley malt, and stealing its girlfriend, but being nice about it. Good beer.

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Photo of Telix
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at the Toronado in a pint glass. I'm clearly going to be below the average rating on this review, but I'll admit that is mostly due to the fact that I'm not a tremendous lover of West Coast IPAs.

L: A clear golden orange with minimal head, and apparently low carbonation in general. It looks fine, for sure, but nothing really amazing at all.

A: The nose is where this beer shines, in my opinion. Fresh fresh fresh, with bitter zippy hops supported by a backbone of sweetness. Pine needles in clover honey.

T: The slightest malt backbone is overrun by bitter American hops, and finishes with a tiny bit of sweetness. The tiny finish leaves the tongue feeling clean, and the intense citrus and grapefruit flavors make the beer quite refreshing. It's a bit too bitter and dry for my palate, however.

M: Thinnish but perfectly adequate. It's not a syrupy IPA - but it's the west coast, it's to be expected. A nice carbonation level makes it not thin enough to be bad, but I'd prefer a bit more body.

D: High - perhaps too high. It has a great quenching ability - almost a session beer but the high bitterness would wear you out quickly.

I think I prefer Blind Pig to Pliny, actually, but both are still a bit on the dry/bitter end for me. It's clearly well-made and worth having at least a few times in your life.

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Photo of SirRuss
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Radiating, opaque amber. The color is rich and full, the suspended sediment a perfect density, and the head -although brief - displays a well integrated structure and leaves behind some pretty good lacing.

S - Simple blend of citrusy hop and a touch of pine set within an airy plume of light powdered sugar.

T - Again, very simple, but so well balanced. It's a perfect -although reorganized- reflection of the nose, with the powdery sugar leading the way, and the hoppy fruits and pine owning the middle to end. It may not sound like much, but in a manner reminiscent of fine Italian cuisine, each flavor is distinct, clean, and oh so fresh.

M - Even the carbonation seems to have been well thought-out. It provides a tailor-made body on which the flavor profile neatly hangs, and leaves a dryness that -along with the hops - carries the delicate sweetness of the malt to a perfect finish.

D - Like a sumo wrestler in a zorb ball, the blind pig's powerhouse flavor profile is wrapped in a buoyant sphere of balance and body. This is a quintessential American IPA, with the versatility to succeed in any environment, and the ability to satisfy until the cows come home.

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4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1 pint .9oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a coppery orange with about a finger of head that shrinks to a thin cap. Gradients of lacing expose each delicious sip.

S: Huge pine and grapefruit hoppyness assault the nose. I can't wait to see what my tongue thinks...

T: Resinous, piny, leafy hop flavors smother my palate. A slightly sweet malt background follows to balance the euphoric bitterness. Somehow, this brew is only rated at 72 IBU's. It tastes much hoppier than that to me.

M: Medium mouthfeel with just enough carbonation.

D: Yes, please.

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Photo of jmeyers78
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass ware: Pint glass

A - Pale gold with a nice 1/4" thick white head

S - Hops, hops and more hops. More specifically citrus and pine

T - Right off the bat I noticed the bitterness...a very pleasant bitterness. This offsets well with the malt backbone. Very, very drinkable

M - Nice. Creamy and balanced.

O - A very good IPA. I can definitely see where the hype came from. If this beer was more readily available to me it would definitely be a staple of mine

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Photo of anonymoose
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This bottle is almost two months old at the time of review. The beer comes in an amber color. There isn't much aroma. A little bit of malt and pine. The taste is a pretty standard west coast malt character with some great hop flavor coming through. I think I would enjoy a fresher bottle more.

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Photo of audiojon
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't know what to expect from the brewery behind Pliny the Elder, but this was a nice surprise! Turns out this brew got its start at a Temecula micro, but recently got picked up (saved?) by Russian River. Appearance was lovely, very nice amber hue. Smell was also lovely, obviously hoppy. Taste was delicious! It reminded me of a lighter Ruination, not as balanced as Pliny, but lots of great in your face hop character. Insanely drinkable at 6%, this is a must try from one of my favorite breweries.

Highly recommended, this may become a great session beer... where are the bottles?

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Photo of silentdonkey
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach CA.

A: Poured a beautiful crystal clear golden orange. Has a nice one finger frothy white head. Leaves a beautiful lattice lacing.

S: Smells similar to Pliny. Makes you just want to dive in and bathe in it. Smells of citrus and pine. Lots of hop resin.

T: Perfectly balanced IPA. The hops and malt pair perfectly. There is a nice earthy floral start to the hop bitterness that transitions into a citrus and pine finish. A subtle malty sweetness rounds it out.

M: It has a very nice creaminess with an excellent crisp finish. Mild carbonation.

O: Another stellar beer from RR. A really enjoyable IPA. Perfectly balanced, yet extremely complex hop profile. Get this one fresh on tap and you will be blown away.

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Photo of monkeylovebeer
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Russian River's Blind Pig IPA pours a golden wheat straw color with a thick head the color of clouds ... clouds in heaven. Too much hyperbole? Dig that fresh aroma of hops.

The crew up in Santa Rosa really knows their hops. If either Pliny was a little too astringent for your taste, the Blind Pig is your animal. Whereas those multiple IPAs filled the senses with grapefruit and piney goodness, this American IPA tends to a more subtle citrus finish and a better balance between the florals and the sweet malt notes.

Just as on their fantastic Pliny the Elder, the bottle warns against aging this beer. Right...

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Photo of PPOmaha
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of bb8189
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with Blind Pig - thanks to ironlung for throwing this one in as an extra in a trade.

500ml bottle dated 12/15/08 poured into tulip.

A - mildly cloudy, honey colored - quite nice looking. Just about 1 finger of head that diminishes slowly but never totally leaves. Minimal lacing as she works her way down the glass.

S - floral hops, citrus/grapefruit and a note of caramel indicating a hint of malt present behind all the hops.

T - lots of grapefruit with some pine backing it up. Hops bitterness dominates the initial taste, but the malt sweetness reigns it back in a bit at the end. Quite a nice balance - skewed slightly toward hops (after all, this IS an IPA), but not overdone.

M - medium bodied with little carbonation. Certainly not thin.

D - Excellent - lingering hops and perfectly reasonable abv make this one a nice session beer. Instructions: open, drink, repeat.

Yet another beer that makes me sad that I live so far from all these west coast classics.

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Photo of JonathanG
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap, served in a pint glass at Hops & Pie.

On the nose, mainly orange citrus fruit and bitter grapefruit dominate, along with a bit of pine. There is a hint of tobacco on the nose. Semi-earthy malt notes on the palate to balance out the hops. he citrus notes linger on the palate, with grapefruit dominating and orange hanging in the background.

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Photo of nniicckkww
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Bottled on 01/21/2011 and sampled on 02/06/2011. The freshest IPA I've had from Russian River.

Remarkably clear for a hoppy beer. Yellow gold color with 1/2'' white head that left a pleasing lacing on the glass. Aroma of grapefruit and citrus with slight pineyness.

Moderate carbonation is just enough for the style. Any more and it would be fizzy. Citrus hops up front. Lots and lots of grapefruit. Toasty, biscuit body is just perceivable and perfect. Piney resin finish with more grapefruit. Not bitter but not sweet. Very balanced yet seriously hop forward. Dry.

I could drink this beer all night. It's simply delicious. Compared to the hype that Pliny gets, this is my go-to IPA from Russian River. AMAZING.

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Photo of Hamburgers
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden with one finger white head. Head slowly vanishes leaving little lacing on glass. Aroma big with citrus fruit, pine and slight grass notes. Flavor is more grass and citrus, with a touch of funk. Slight maltiness and packed with hops. Light and refreshing with medium bitter finish.

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Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Briens. Hazy gold color with a thick white head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine at first with some lemon and resin as it warms up. Very hoppy and smooth with a nice dry finish. Extremely refreshing. I could drink this beer all day. An amazing West Coast IPA.

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4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ~ Bottled 07-08-08. 500 ml Into an unmarked mason jar. This beer pours a hazy, clouded golden color with a firm, foamy head. Towers of tiny bubbles build through the glass & settle at the bottom of the head, supporting the remaining crown of foam. Broken patches of sticky lace line the jar. This beer is "purdy as a pig."

S ~ Powerful hop presence from the onset. There's a combination of citrus rinds ~ bitter grapefruit with notes of orange peel and floral piney hops & dewey wet grass. As the beer warmed I thought I picked up a sneak of malt?? The nose is fresh & clean. Very appealing.

T ~ First sip cold is a hop assault. Citrusy, piney, sharp hops with a soft balance of malt.
The finish is dry, crisp & bitter. The taste is primarily hops as it was intended, but is suprisingly well balanced & not completely one dimensional. As the beer warmed the edges softened a bit & rounded out. Following the nose ~ refreshing & approachable. Wish there was a little more malt in the background.

M ~ Fuller than I expected. Smooth & well carbonated. There's an oily resin that clings to the lips as well as the jar.
Crisp & tart with a sharpened, bitter finish. After the astringent tongue beating there's a lingering bitter aftertaste on the tip of my tongue & at the top of my throat...almost a medicinal heat.

D ~ Enjoyable and perhaps the best IPA that I've sampled to date. (Surly Furious comes to mind) Very managable ABV thats well concealed. A little over hopped to be something I'd session with on a regular basis. A quality offering from Russian Rivers. Certainly worth a try & very approachable. Pick up a pig if you get a chance.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,384 ratings.