Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,345
Hads: 5,196
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.89%
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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: 1,345 | Hads: 5,196
Photo of pnkRed
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At my first sip I knew I was drinking something special. This is the beer that came before Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger. The hop character is similar, but less bitter, and the malt is a lot smoother than the elder. At 6% you can session the DIPA! Floral, citrus, and piney aromas destroy the nose as you let the bitterness scrape your taste buds clean and cling to your palate. This can step in Elder's place when he's not around. (439 characters)

Photo of frothyhead
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow-amber into a snifter with a small bubbly off-white head. Healthy amounts of sticky lacing around the glass as it drains.

Nose is hoppy goodness, with big notes of grapefruit, citrus and pine. Hops dominate, with just a bit of pale malt and grains trying to balance it out.

Mouth is medium to light bodied and silky with hop oils with a slightly dry, bitter finish. Medium to low carbonation. Feels a tad thin.

Taste starts with a bit of subtle honey sweetness up front and then pounds through a huge blast of hop bitterness, pine and subtle grapefruit. Prickly bitterness lingers long after it goes down.

Drinkability is high, as this is solidly delicious and relatively low alcohol.

Overall, this is a great example of a hoppy American IPA. Refreshing, not overpowering or overly bitter, and absolutely delicious. My only complaint would be in the slightly thin/watery mouthfeel and I feel like a bit more carbonation might make it even more quaffable. (980 characters)

Photo of aknight
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle with a thin white head which dissipates fairly quickly. This beer smells hoppy but not sweet. Citrus and pine notes. The taste is wonderful, all hops and citrus, I can tell there is some malt in there I'm just not sure exactly where it is. The hops are amped up in this one without much malt to balance them out. This is a wonderful hop bomb without the sugary sweetness that usually accompanies this level of hops. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but not at all unpleasant. This is a very drinkable beer and would be a good choice for a sessionable IPA. (572 characters)

Photo of brodericksloth
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted side by side with pliny the elder at russian river yesterday
Less piney than pliney more tropical nice summery yellow color; very clear. ample long lasting head. Great pub beer on draft.
Good balance of hops and malt; hop dominated blend of Chinook, Cascade, Amarillo,Simcoe, and Centennial hops. not overpowering easy to drink
Lighter style than pliney...both excellent in there own ways. pliney more suitable sipper
Good spring beer. well hidden alcohol. not filling nice lingering aftertaste
Very impressed by how good all of the beers were; no losers. the sours were the big surprise; consecration truly amazing (622 characters)

Photo of Nay
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Over the top west coast ipa. Pale, American 2 row with dextrine malt simple flavor and body. Aroma strong clean citrus rind hops. Strong hop flavor, like distilled grapefruit essence. What it lacks in balance it makes up for in deliciousness and real
coast style. (265 characters)

Photo of calise1122
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shipped with Pliney and other CA goods from Joey at Southbay! Poured on Halloween into a 20z Guinness pint with Velvet Underground Sister Ray playing in the background on a perfect Halloween Friday. The Belgium beer fest fell on Halloween a couple of years ago and Blind Pig would have been one hell of a costume, better than my Sponge Bob get up.

A: Pours golden, almost hazy apple juice color with a big three finger foamy white head that is not going anywhere soon. Good carbonation, great lacing.

S: Peach, pine, hops, orange zest, sugar cane

T: nice tingle on the ton, lots of hops and a citrus explosion. It is times like this where I wish my palate was more complex... there a lot of different citrus, fruit driven notes in here, but I just can't single them out... maybe its from drinking too much 5-Alive growing up. Definitely a lot of pine, maybe some brussels sprouts... its bitter, but by no means too acidic... really well made and flawlessly balanced

M: Very crisp on the finish, medium in body, tingles my tongue and glides around the mouth very smoothly.

D: Yes

Great beer!! (1,097 characters)

Photo of haywire77
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/4/11 poured into a SA perfect pint glass

Poured a gorgeous copper honey color with a large 3 finger bone white head that would make any other IPA jealous. Best lacing and retention I think I've seen.

The smell is almost like someone dashed salt on a pile of very ripe grapefruit and pine resin. Oh, and then maybe poured some soap on top. Not an overpowering scent, but very steady.

Taste is all piney hops and bitter. Just the way a good IPA should be. Not blown out of the water, but very impressed with my first ever offering from Russian River.

The mouthfeel is the second best part of this beer for me, next to the appearance. The carbonation is perfect, and the hops tingle on my tongue long after the sip is gone. Very dry and clean toward the end.

Overall this is a fantastic IPA. I would drink this all the time if it were readily available in PA. I received this and a PtE in my trade box and figured that I should try this one first as not to be disappointed after the Pliny. This beer was good enough to hold it's own against almost anything. (1,075 characters)

Photo of AVDeuph
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, dated to 3-26-09. Received via trade thanks to ironlung.

A: The beer pours a VERY pretty and tasty-looking rich orange cream color. It is definitely a great color for an IPA and looks very appetizing. One-finger head, though I gave it a somewhat soft pour.

S: A thick and powerful American hop aroma.

T: Heavy on the grapefruit essences, semi-dry with a clean finish.

M: This is relatively heavy for a single IPA, and seems to be bridging the gap toward a DIPA. Well carbonated.

D: Goes does very easily, as it fits my requisites for drinkability: great taste, medium body and well carbonated, and no overwhelming alcohol (obviously).

A really good IPA, I'm glad I had the chance to try this one. (719 characters)

Photo of LilMatrix
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear and golden. Nice clear white head that stays during the drink.

S - Citrus hops dominate. Orange peels with a light pine notes, not much malt.

T - Clean hop flavors come right way... very light malt backbone... and clean hop finish. Very good IPA but kinda want a bigger malt profile in the middle for better balance.

M - Clean, medium carbonation, oily, thin body.

D - This is one solid IPA and has a similar hop profile to Pliny's and is less complex. A very drinkable IPA as the hops doesn't completely blast away your palate. Another very good brew from RRBC. (584 characters)

Photo of amneziak
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Blind Pig pours an especially pale orange color with minimal cloudiness. It's such a pale shade of orange that it almost borders on yellow. For an IPA, this is unquestionably one of the lighter looking beers I've seen. The color is topped off with a soft foamy white head that only allows for about one finger to appear. There is a normal amount of lacing which makes one wonder if this will be a run-of-the-mill beer with nothing new and exciting to add to the IPA family.

Smell: The nose on this beer is a huge improvement from my perception of the color. It has a very bright and beautiful hoppy smell with the traditional characteristics of grapefruit and pine. There is less of a pineapple or peach aroma that is sometimes associated with a west coast IPA. While the aromas don't just force themselves out of the glass, there is a nice bit of it going on here.

Taste: Immediately this is a great IPA - no two ways about it. It has all the bitterness you want, but it's very refreshing and light tasting. The flavor even improves if you give it a quick little swoosh throughout your mouth. There are also some nice subtle floral components that sneak in from time to time that make this quite intriguing. At the end, I get a nice aftertaste of soft summer peach. Very good tasting beer!

Mouthfeel: Aside from the flavor itself, the mouthfeel is best characteristic of this beer. There is a perfect amount of bitterness and the flavors are just very well-balanced on the palate. Because of this, I'd say this is one of the more easily drinkable IPAs I've come across. There is nothing left on the palate that is dissatisfying, just nice crisp hop bitterness.

Overall: Blind Pig is like a very dependable friend. At 6.0% ABV, I could drink this beer all week. It's sturdy, very well-balanced, and extremely drinkable. It's not the best IPA on the block by any stretch of the imagination, but it's ten times more balanced than many of the IPAs I've had. In the end, this is a very successful IPA that I will definitely pick up the next time I'm in Colorado or California. Have I said before that there should be a movement to get Russian River beers to more states? Well there should... (2,206 characters)

Photo of shrek806
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Surly Darkness snifter. Thanks to Stupac2 for the 500ml bottle.

This lovely specimen poured a light and crisp orange/yellow with a tight 1/2 inch foam head and some serious sticky resin-like lacing.

The smell is tropical fruit all the way-Mango-grapefruit-a hint of peach maybe.

The tatse is so smooth. Much more balanced than i imagined based on the smell. The tropical fruit taste hits you up front. But, after a bit the fruit subsides, and the floral and pine take over, only to finish with just the right amount of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a tad thin, but nothing earthshattering. It still finishes with a good amount of body and flavor.

The overall drinkability is top-notch.

5/5 (709 characters)

Photo of itsfreeasinbeer
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light gold with a finger of head. It's apparent from the cloudiness that this is an unfiltered brew.

S: Lemon

T: Delicious citrus hops. Hoppy enough to be a DIPA, but it lacks any depth to the malt that is more characteristic to the higher gravity DIPAs.Alcohol is undetectable. Nice bitter grapefruit hop finish.

M: Moderately carbonated and sticky.

D: This is a good IPA that is well focused. The only fault I can find is that, well, Pliny is its older brother (and younger). (485 characters)

Photo of rringler
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very clear, golden amber appearance, with 3/4 finger, off-white head.

Smell: Clean, malty, hoppy, grassy.

Taste: Strong roasted malty start, without a lot of caramel, but is balanced well by good hop finish. Does a good job of hiding its alcohol.

Mouth: Medium body, lightly oily, good carbonation.

Overall: One of my favorite beers. Strong malt and hops, without the piney flavor of Pliny. (407 characters)

Photo of hurleymanvw
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you MMAJYK for the brew.

Poured a beautiful orange color. With a slight white head and minimal lacing.

Smelled wonderful of citrus (grapefruit) with a hint of pine and malt. I was ready for a hop bomb. I didn't expect what i got.

Taste was drivin by the pine with a nice compliment of hops and malt. Citrus was throughout the beer making the mouthfeel very light and perfectly carbonated.

Finish was very piney/woody with a nice hop bite. A very nice/different IPA. I love that i have tried this beer and this redition of an IPA. Very surprising and i highly recommend for the experience. (598 characters)

Photo of beerfan99
4.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle

A: Amber/orange color with a faint white head. Carbonated well to leave a lasting head. White lacing on the glass tracked my progress.

S: Incredible hop aroma.

T: Hop flavors match the aroma. Perfect balance between hops and malt.

M: Very pleasing to the palate. Hop bitterness leaves a dry feeling, which only makes me want more.

O: An excellent single IPA from Russian River Brewing Company. My only complaint is that Vinny does not distribute his IPAs in bottles to the East Coast. (503 characters)

Photo of BeerStine
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured in to a large chalice. Bottled on 09/05/08.

Pours a copper color with white fluffy head and residuals floating throughout. Medium carbonation. Sticky lacing left behind as the beer is drank. Smells of sugary malts and a light smell of fruity hops. Earthy, leathery malts complimented by a mild citrusy/fruity hops flavor. Mild bitter aftertaste. Light mouth feel with medium/low carbonation. I could definitely drink several of these beers. Overall I was fairly surprised how mild this beer was. After all, the label describes the beer as "...a bold IPA packed full of hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness." I didn't get this. Maybe I got a bad bottle or maybe because I drank it 119 days after it was bottled? Who knows? Not what I expected but still a good beer overall. (790 characters)

Photo of RichKent
3.69/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Stone Garden's and Bistro in San Diego

Pours a very clear amber with minimal head.

Smells lightly of citrus hops with a little tropical goodness.

Tastes fine, but somewhat disappointing. Is it possible for a beer to be too balanced? If so, that applies here. Just the right amount of malt flavor balanced by just the right amount of citrus from the hops. Mouthfeel and carbonation are perfect, and this is a VERY easy drinking beer. All that said, it's missing something. It's simply not juicy enough - not hoppy enough - not unfiltered enough. I like big hoppy, juicy, dank IPAs, and Blind Pig drinks a lot more like a session pale ale.

Blind Pig is a classic, and it's a good beer, but it's getting a little long in the tooth. I wouldn't go out of my way to find it again, but I'd happily drink a few on tap if it was available. My wife loved it, so ymmv. (875 characters)

Photo of b3barron
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle poured into a tumbler. Consumed on Christmas Eve day.

A - Careful pour yields a frothy 2-finger head with good retention and sticky lacing down the glass. Light copper color with lots of suspended material.

S - Citrusy and piney hops along with light biscuity malt. Grapefruit is prominent. Smells fresh.

T - Piney hops up front then becoming more citrusy and floral. Faint but sweet malt presence. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness. Balance is to my liking for an IPA.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the lighter-side for an IPA which I like.

D - Very high. I could easily drink a 6er. Among the most drinkable IPAs I've tried.

I wish I had a Racer 5 to compare this to but it seemed comparable. If this were available to me it would be a welcome addition to my IPA rotation. (819 characters)

Photo of OHLRangers
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle: Acquired from HopHead84 as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks Shane!

Poured into standard pint, color is hazy orange, with a three-finger creamy off-white head that quickly dissipates leaving heavy sticky lacing on the side.

First whiff and I was kicked in the teeth with heavy citrusy hops. Put the glass down for a few moments, and then gave it another sniff. While the citrus dominates, I also get pine and dry grass aromas as well.

Upon tasting, I get very little malt and the hops present so strongly in the aroma don't come driving through as I had hoped. Don't get me wrong, the grapefruity and piney hops are still there, especially in the finish. But I would love to have seen a bit more malt in the profile.

A very good IPA offering. (763 characters)

Photo of stageseven
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nightwing002 for the bottle.

Ap - Beer pours a crystal clear gold. 1/2 finger of big bubbles & white foam with decent retention.

Ar - Extreme hops, citrus & leafy. Very little malt quality on the nose, completely dominated by the hops.

T - Citrus, a little plant, decently bitter backbone. Not much malt again. Maybe a little biscuit. A bit vinous as well with a good chunk of resin.

M - Pretty light bodied, a little high carbed for my tastes. Amazing that this beer can be so light and crisp. Hop resins coat the mouth pretty well.

O - Very good, especially for a standard IPA. This really seems like it belongs more in the DIPA category, if not for Pliny. Very enjoyable, especially since it's a pretty fresh bottle, from 3/11. (745 characters)

Photo of JoshuaCain
3.4/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a surprisingly vibrant and bright coppery lemon color with a immense frothy head. great retention and lacing.
could smell the hops coming from the glass while it was still on the table. very floral and citrus notes up front.
taste is pure hops. pine and resin flavors up front, with an appealing grassy/earthy type of finish. not much in the way of malt at all.
mouthfeel is nice, a medium body with very lively carbonation, very enjoyable.
overall a very solid IPA, worth trying if you can find it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. (545 characters)

Photo of AAxsom
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AndrewK for this great bottle!

A- very excellent copper color with average carbonation. Great, pillowy head.

S- amazing citrusy aromas. I get just a bit of a grainy smell as well. This smells just incredible.

T- WHOA! talk about a change of pace - I get tons of great caramel malts and tremendous, bready, yeasty notes. the smell is completely different from the taste, and I love it. Amazing malts for an IPA.

M- I get a weird aftertaste with this beer. The smell and the taste are so unique that the balance is tough. This is bitter from the hops and a bit funky from the bread taste.

O- great, really good IPA. I love the malts with this beer. Such a different and great IPA. (693 characters)

Photo of Amdy
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great beer, Currently drinking one straight from the bottle. This is Something you can drink all day, this bottle is from 01 12 11, still holding up its flavor/hoppyness, not watered down/flat tasting. I cannot wait to get a newer bottle release of this to update the review. Nom! (280 characters)

Photo of iLovehops23
3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pop top on this one two months too late (i think). Can smell hop aroma but its not very pungent. It's like smelling fruit juice that are not fresh . Orange to golden orange in color, with half inch whittish head and minimal lacing which goes away quick. Citrusy in flavor, pineapple and other tropical fruits. Malty with sweetness. Bitter but not as hoppy as a double IPA like it's sister Pliny the Elder. Smooth and dry, very, very drinkable. all in all not the one of the best ipa's ive ever had but i've got to hold pliney responsibale for setting the standers so high for me on this one. with all that said maybee i should try one fresh not two and half months old. (669 characters)

Photo of MarkGamber
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

On tap at Teresa's in Wayne, PA.

Gold colored, not so much orange as with many other IPAs I've been drinking lately. It smelled pretty good, with a lot of hops and florals. The taste was excellent. Very smooth, light with lots of fruit and flowers, not a hint of bitterness anywhere. (284 characters)

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,345 ratings.