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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,598 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,598
Reviews: 1,323
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,507
Gots: 482 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Thishops4u, Feb 13, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +2.3%

rkarimi, Jun 07, 2012
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.

cvm4, Jul 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

kbnooshay, Nov 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Joecaddie, Dec 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

mjw1200, Apr 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

zenithberwyn, Oct 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

whitenads, May 05, 2014
Photo of Backer2004
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a nice surpise to see two Russian River brews last night at our Charlotte Oktoberfest meeting. Pliny the Elder was the one I had my eyes on the whole time, but let me tell you . . . this one is just as good, if not even more drinkable. Nice piney hops that we just don't get on the east coast as much. Lots of flavor all the way, a must try.

Backer2004, May 29, 2009
Photo of tewaris
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml. (16.9 oz.) bottled 05/09/2011 poured into a pilsner glass.

Crystal clear liquid gold with a good off white dense head. Surprisingly the retention is just average but the lacing is real good.

I am not a big fan of the aroma that although very good, is rather weak, and a tad maltier than the blast I was hoping for. The hops are weedy and spicy, and come along really well in the taste. Very bitter with minty, spicy and pungent notes on the backdrop of a light malt base; somehow Blind Pig feels like chewing on tobacco/tea leaves, but in the most delicious way.

The mouthfeel is not as crisp, but that could be the temperature. Finish is bone dry and the body is below medium. A real easy drinking, lower alcohol, low gravity, hop heavy IPA. Belongs in the league of Masala Mama and Furious in every respect but aroma. But then, I have always had the said beers fresh, and even on cask so the comparison might not be fair.

I like it, very much!

Appearance 4/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 4.5/5; Mouthfeel 4.5/5; Overall 4.5/5

tewaris, Jun 02, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

greg4579, Aug 10, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Twal, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of everetends
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle I got from Douglas14. Thanks a lot again, man. Served up in an imperial pint.

A: Pours a really nice, honey yellow/brown color. Held to the light you get a lot of clean, yellow color. It has a slight haze to it. The pour yielded about a finger of, fluffy, foamy, white head. The head has pretty nice retention and has a ton of stickiness to it. Carbonation has a shitload of activity in this beer. Lots of carbonation bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. Really good looking IPA.

S: Man, you can really smell the hops. Just a ton of grapefruit and citrus aromas from the hops. The only thing coming out is the hops though. The presence is nice but not very complex.

T: Taste is actually really damned good. The hops are big and heavy with grapefruit, slight piney goodness and citrus. The hops has a really nice initial bite, but that is cut quickly by a good amount of bready malt. The malt is sweet and really balances this beer nicely with what tastes a bit like some honey sugary goodness. You get some nice pineapple flavors coming through in the sweetness. Slight bit of peppery spice in here as well. It really doesn't have any thing too crazy going for it, but the balance is damned near perfect.

M: Medium in body this beer does have a touch more wateriness to it than expected. Carbonation level is hign, and it goes down pretty easy and it is damned refreshing. ABV is very light and nice in the feel. Aftertaste is mostly of some good hops flavor.

D: This brew is highly drinkable and very nice. It is incredibly well balanced and damned tasty. Its not the most mind blowing IPA, but the balance is the incredible part of the brew. This really is an easily chuggable IPA. Nice for sure. She may not be the chick at the bar with largest rack, but she has curves in all the right places and, best of all, she was an easy close.

everetends, Jan 24, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

dtivp, Aug 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

1Sundown2C, Apr 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

mixed_master7, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of kzoobrew
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to hophead247 for the growler. Review input from notes.

Slightly hazed golden orange body topped with a rather fluffy bone white head. The retention is rather impressive, certainly taking its time to recede. Heavy lacing clings to the walls of the glass.

The aroma is bold and assertive. Pungent pine gives way to an emerging citrus characteristic as the beer warms. Tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit aromas really begin to stand out at the half way point. The malt is barely noticeable, soft pale malt buried so far beneath any contribution is negligible.

Sharp pine and pith bite initially gives way to a burst of juicy citrus. Candied grapefruit along side bits of tangerine and pineapple. There is a steady bitterness across the palate balancing the sweeter citric flavors. Again the malt is very subdued, simply there to provide a base for the hops to build on.

Medium bodied with a smoothy, slightly chewy texture. The finish is rather dry.

Excellent IPA, undoubtedly a top tier offering. Everything about this beer is on point. The aroma and flavor is assertive but well balanced. The drinkablity does reach the dangerously high level rather quickly. If you have not had the opportunity I would advise that you seek this one out.

kzoobrew, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of BucBasil
3.23/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the pint bottle into a large snifter.

A: The beer is a hazy dark orange color with 2 fingers of incredibly quickly dissipating off white head.

S: Slightly citrusy with a good balanced character. Odd sort of medicinal smell in there somewhere and a soapy (?) character. Very hoppy. Not much balance.

T: Wow - intensely bitter with no balance. Not my cup of tea, but strong hop character. Sappy bitterness all the way through - I feel like I'm chugging sap and earwax. Slight citrus flavor in there somewhere of orange rind and pulp. This one is all bitterness. Jesus.

Notes: I don't think I'll be coming back to this one. I very much enjoyed Pliny and the bitter yet balanced character it brought to the table. This one is way too unbalanced brutally bitter-for-no-real-reason way. Hard to get through the whole bottle.

The bottle explains that a "Blind Pig" was a term for beer you would get during prohibition. This definitely could pass as moonshine...

BucBasil, Feb 27, 2011
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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

SHODriver, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock

Very clear pale gold.

Floral and citrus nose(similar but not quite as pungent as two hearted).

Clean, fresh hop profile with faint pine and grapefruit.

Very drinkable and balanced. A slight bitter punch in the finish is appropriate. Very good but not my favorite.

brownbeer, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle thanks to CaryTheDude. A dull golden color body with a big soapy white head,light to medium carbonation and tuns of stricky lace. Aroma is hoppy, piny,floral and citrus rind,Very nice. Flavor is bitter with some pine up front, a very tasty caramel malt backbone,more citrus hops,a bit of resin,hints of peppercorn,orange peel,just plain juice and balanced,very very good, a nice bitter finish with a hoppy aftertaste, medium body without being sticky feeling at all. A very drinkable top shelf IPA for sure.

WakeandBake, May 01, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

pearljam118, May 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

ttylicki, Apr 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

loren01, Aug 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Beezee, Feb 18, 2012
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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