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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,685 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,685
Reviews: 1,326
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,518
Gots: 501 | 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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Photo of Kadonny
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 10/18/2010 gotten via trade with dabecassis. Thanks David.

A: A medium orange color with a one finger white fluffy head. Nice glass lacing, but not a ton.

S: Citrus and pine hop smells with some caramel sweetness.

T: Nice hop punch (of course) with loads of pine and citrus goodness. I got some nice orange and tangerine tones on this one coupled with some grapefruit and pineapple. A bit of grassiness with a pretty hefty caramel malt presence. Finish turns bitter but not overly so with no hints of alcohol. Nice.

M: Medium, a bit thinner than Pliny (of course) with not as much tingly bitterness. No alcohol traces at all.

D: High, this is Blind Pig afterall.

Overall another treat enjoyed from bottle. I just love the Russian River IPAs, top notch. This is rightfully so the little brother of PtE, but it's still a damn fine beer.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/26/09

A - Pours a nice dark orange, slightly unfiltered, average head and decent lacing

S - Initially bitterness of hops with a slight citrus/fruit tones which fades to a toasted and fresh bread aroma

T - Dry bitterness from the hops first but quickly turns to a sweet flavor with mainly grapefruit and lemon notes. As it warms and goes through the palate it finishes with notes of pine and grassy/earthy notes.

M/D - High carbonation as most IPAs, medium body with a dry finish and slightly "chewy" but very easy to drink.

An IPA with the complexity of a DIPA but without the hostile takeover from hops, excellent IPA

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mkirkland80
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Boilerfood
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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

A-Pours a rusty orange with 1/2 inch of eggshell white head. Leaves beautiful rings of lacing.

S-Smells like sticky weed, piny hops, grapefruit, tangerines.

T/M-Not as intensely hoppy as the nose suggests, but delicious. A biscuity malt flavor beneath the alternately bitter and piny hops adds a beautiful balance.


Photo of greg4579
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of rkarimi
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of suckaj
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of wdarcy77
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of MrDave
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Thishops4u
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Agold
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of cvm4
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled July 9th, 2012.

A - Pours a clear gold with a slight amber hue. Frothy off-white head.

S - Clean pineapple and grapefruit. A good amount of pine as well.

T - Strong pine hops with clean malts. Bitter hop, orange peel finish.

M - Such a crisp beer. finishes dry. Very drinkable.

O - Not as well balanced as Pliny but not far behind. Takes the pine/orange peel route.

Photo of halo3one
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of SHODriver
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light golden yellow with an ample fluffy white head with good retention
S: Tropical fruits, some pine, a little resinous and slightly sweet
T: Soft and gentle flavors of citrus and pine with a solid malt backbone. Aftertaste is oily with some sweetness and a bit of citrus
M: Perfect mouthfeel. The beer is smooth and creamy without being overly thick
O: A very good beer Date on the bottle is 31 Jan so pretty fresh and purchased from the source

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Blind pig is the IPA of IPAs. It is amazing the work Russian river does. I live in SoCal and it is actually harder to find this than Pliny. Every time I get my hands on this beer it never sits in my refrigerator more than two days, and I doubt that it sits anywhere longer than that.

Photo of seavercm
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Piddmeista
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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

Recieved this bottle courtesy of nickd717. Thanks a ton Nick for a major want of mine!

Bottled 7/10/09. Not the freshest but I'm definitely not complaining.

Poured into a Darkness tulip. Pours a hazy straw golden color with a tint of orange. Huge white head sits for a while before shrinking to a rocky and chunky terrain of foam. Leaves tons of lacing all over. A great looking beer.

The nose is still surprisingly hoppy. Three months time hasn't done much to tone down the hops in this one. Big citrus and floral hops smell, with a significant piney bitterness as well. I do get a glimpse of the malt backbone, but it's a glimpse, nothing more.

In the taste department, the malt comes out a little more, but this is still very hoppy. Grapefruit and cirtusy hops play games with your tastebuds, with a light and subtle piney bitterness that lingers for a while. Sweet malt backbone does a nice job of balancing this one out.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with a very appropriate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, this is a damn good session beer.

Another solid IPA from Russian River. I almost wish I lived in Cali, if not for Pliny and Bling Pig. I haven't even had PtY yet?!?!?! This is just the tip of the iceberg, and I'm liking what I'm seeing.

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

Thanks to Mikesgroove for this bottle! An extra in a recent trade.

Pours a golden amber color with about an inch high head of white bubbles. Nice rings of sticky lacing are left to decorate my glass.

Very strong, fresh smell to it. Pine and citrus dominate. There's a nice little hint of a "green" floral hop in there, also. Malts are beaten away and cannot be found...but that's not a bad thing.

The flavor is the liquid version of the smell. Nicely bitter citrus hops followed by the woody pine resin. Slight bit of sweetness tries to achieve a balance along with some toast. This one is dry from start to finish. Tasty treat right here, boys. Tasty treat indeed.

Solid medium body with active bubbles. Aftertaste is very dry and a little bitter and thats how I like 'em. The sheer hop presence alone makes this one a winner in my book, but with the abv being only 6% this climbs to the upper echelon of brews to fulfill my bitter desires. Thanks so much, Mike, for this awesome beer.

Photo of kornkid8600
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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