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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,785 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,785
Reviews: 1,344
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,581
Gots: 549 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Photo of Kenai4
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of rapidsequence
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle shipped from Tim.

Appearance: Beautiful clear, bright orange gold color. Soft white head with average retention, but leaves some excellent lacing.

Smell: Blast of citrusy hops aromas. Sweet orange, bitter grapefruit. A hint of pine. Little whiff of caramel malt.

Taste: Lots of bitter hops flavor. Mainly grapefruit with a little orange zest. Dash of pine sol in there too. Defintely a very hop forward beer with a weakish malt backbone. Its very bitter thoughout with a hint of sweetness long after you swallow it.

Mouthfeel: Just slightly on the thin side. Not watery though. Good carbonation. Finishes dry and clean, without a lot of resiny tongue stickiness.

Drinkability: Well I'm pounding through this. A nicely unbalanced IPA for when you want a lot of hops and want to drink a few.

Photo of richbrew
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Twal
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of mkirkland80
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of IPAIsaac
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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 dleiner
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of cbnz
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of brheuer
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.89/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

And again my thanks go out to BrewerB for this fantastic extra.

500mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a beguiling mix between a golden yellow and a copper orange, if you but those two colors together the result is bling pig. The beer is topped with a sticky and pockmarked one inch head that settles into a nice half inch cap that fades into a ring and leaves bits of lacing here and there.

S: This beer, I believe, is the definiton of what an American IPA should smell like. Sweet sweet citrus: mango, grapefruit and pineapple mixed with a healthy dose of nutty pine and a mild backbone of caramel malty sweetness.

T/MF: Taste is equally fascinating, a healthy dose of pine and grapefruit rind mixing together, mildly phenolic with a slight herbaly mediciny twang that is not that bothersome to me. This beer strikes some kind of balance between earthy and fruity with a solid amount of malty smoothness on the back end to balance about the bitterness of this beer. Given additonal warmth the beer opens up into more of a mellony pineapple profile while still maintaining that same pine opening. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly sticky but also incredibly smooth but could perhaps benefit from the tiniest increase in carbonation, otherwise flawless.

D: Insanely drinkable, tastes like a DIPA but drinks like an IPA a marvel of balance between malts and hops. An absolute wonder from the west coast. I think I'm in love with Russian River.

Photo of juliusseizure
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of HookemHoos
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this straight from the bottle 3 weeks after bottling. Pours orange/golden color with a thick white head. The smell was citrus and very earthy. Taste starts off very clean which turns to hoppy bitterness on the back end. Overall, I consider it a top-notch IPA. I'm not sure it's my favorite IPA, but one that I would definitely have consistently when available.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of reebtaerG
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 510 ml bottle dated 1/16/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a clear light honey yellow with almost a finger of off-white head, nice lacing. Good carbonation.

S-Aromas of pine/resin, citrus, floral notes, tropical fruit.

T-Taste improves from smell with notes of pine/resin, floral hops, citrus, light caramel and bread.

M-Nice mouthfeel with a semi-dry finish with a medium body.

O-Overall a great IPA by Russian River. I want more.

Photo of ithinkimasofa
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of nanobrew
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ncvbc
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

She sounds good with the cheeba, I'm very lucky to meet her. I don't be fallin' in love, I stay away from the drama.

Nah, not with this stuff. Deep golden amber, steady carbonation. Big fluffy head, excellent retention, patterns of lacing.

Smells fresh and fonky. Raw, resinous, juicy. Funky greenery. Citrusy goodness from the left coast. Pure IPA goodness, plain and simple.

Clean, green, fresh, and mean. Lots of hop goodness. About perfect here. A little pepper added to the hops, slight spice. Just what I'd hope for with this style. Lots of hops, little malt reinforcement, and just an amazing taste to it.

Mouthfeel is bitter and assertive, though not so much as a few that come to mind. Well carbonated and very smooth.

Too easy going down. Easily a top tier IPA in my book if not the best. Right up there in the realm of Sculpin and Two Hearted.

A new favorite without a doubt and one I'm glad to have tried on a few occasions now.

Thanks to jhenry04 for a few bottles of this as well as 0110x110 for the TIF treat...

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4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a GI tulip

A - Soft golden glow. The beer is decently opaque as only a small amount of light shines through. Clean looking beer and slightly reflective. Poured a nice, rocky, pillowy, white one finger head.

S - Pineapple, lemon peel, and slight orange. Citrus is definitely the main profile in the nose. There is a slight bready malt that comes through as well. It just sits there as a slight undercurrent in the nose. This is definitely a nice, fragrant nose.

T - The first notes are citrus as I get lemon and orange peel. There is a nice bready, almost rye-like bread note that comes through in the middle and provides a good balance to the citrus flavors. The finish is a nice mix of sweet orange, bready malt, and slight hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

MF - Medium body with a light syrupiness to it. Has a nice carbonation that goes with it.

O - Solid IPA from RR. It is definitely good and easy to drink. However, while this is good, I feel like it is Pliny the Elder's little brother. It doesn't have the same wow factor that Pliny has that makes you want to have more and more of it.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.46/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of warriorsoul
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to RedwoodGeorge for this one.
A pale copper color with two full fingers of some of the whitest head I've seen in a while...most of it sticks around and what recedes, produces some sticky, web-like lacing.
Real nice in the nose...pine hops, kind bud and a decent caramel malt backbone.
The taste is fantastic...juicy hop oil coats the pallet without being cloying. Malt profile gives it a semi sweet flavor that kills some of the bittering effects that hit you up front.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied...very smooth with just enough carbonation for me.
Goes down so easy...this would be my go to beer if I lived near RR...love the bigger beers, but I'd never be disappointed with what this brew has to offer.

Photo of Lunch
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a 16.9oz. bottle (thanks to davidsk for the trade) into my new Blind Pig mason jar at around 45 degrees (11/17/09).

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a slight orange hue capped out with a nice and chunky two finger head with decent retention and exceptional spider lacing. Almost identical to it's older brother, Pliny.

S: A nice bouquet of pine, flowers, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and tropical fruit.

T: Similar to the smell with pine, flowers, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and tropical fruit hitting the palate with a nice bitterness, which is never harsh.

M: Medium-bodied with nice carbonation and a slightly slick mouthfeel.

D: Exceptionally drinkable and only 6.1% abv. Easily sessionable.

Overall this is a nice beer that I would certainly pick up quite often if it were available in my area. Recommended

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

Big thanks to vasdef42 for this extra in the trade!!

Bottled on May of 2009 and consumed with a delicious Panang Curry

A: Pours a cloudy golden color that produces a nice fluffy two finger head. The lacing is pretty damn good as well as the retention.

S: Right off the bat are floral and bittering hops which are quite aggressive, along with grapefruit and other citrus notes. Nicely balanced by the malts.

T: Very similar to the nose...Grapefruit is pretty big in this one along with another citrus (possibly orange or lemon peel), followed by some nice malts to balance the intense hops. The hops are not so much bitter as floral, aromatic, and piney.

MF/D: Bitter finish, a little dry, medium/full sized body.

Definitely a delicious IPA

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,785 ratings.