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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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Reviews: 1,394
Hads: 5,485
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 1,854
Gots: 843 | FT: 23
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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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: 1,394 | Hads: 5,485
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 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 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 tregan_20
4.99/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received two bottles in a West Coast to East Coast trade.

A: Golden coloring, slightly orange. Off white head with great lacing.
S: Very citrusy and piney. Smells juicy!
T: Nice sweet pineapple and citrus flavors throughout, with a small amount of toasty malt.
M: Slight bitterness with a juicy, wet feel. The finish is somewhat dry.
O: This is a fantastic beer which is overlooked sometimes due to the hype that Pliny the Elder receives. I would definitely recommend a fresh Bling Pig to anyone, cheers!

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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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Photo of TATTORSO
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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Photo of eyncognito
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Elendinn
3.4/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of likestoswallow
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Antnego
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Wegbier
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
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

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Photo of Hands22
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of chrisafari
3.93/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of OTB
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion, this does not fall far behind PtE, and I'd consider this a great substitute if you're having trouble locating any Pliny. It's got that great west coast bitterness, loaded with hop aroma and taste, tropical fruit essence, and a dank mouthfeel.

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Photo of MeowTom
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Ambiorix
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Silenus89
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of duffcalifornia
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of smerrell
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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Photo of alenonbeeradv
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of cbwufpack
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,394 ratings.