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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: 1,371
Hads: 5,316
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 1,806
Gots: 775 | FT: 22
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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: 1,371 | Hads: 5,316
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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Photo of ccm414
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 1 pint .9 fl oz bottle...

A- A heavy pour produced an exceptional 3 finger rocky-looking head that reduced to a nice foam. Some nice lacing around the glass. A dark orange-to-golden color, a tiny bit hazy, but crisp looking. Not much carbonation from the glass after the pour.

S- Leafy citrus hops all the way and I like it. Slightly piney.

T- Slightly sweet citrus at first, quickly followed by much bitterness. Almost like citrus (grapefruit) rind. Little maltiness noticeable, but more of an afterthought. Great balance here. A dry, bitter finish.

M- Refreshingly light and creamy that has a nice hop bite. Not much carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable. Being light, with great hoppiness, I would grab for one of these more often it was more available in New England (thanks to my brother living in San Diego!)


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Photo of berebrando
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good Beer! I bought it at Whole Foods in Tustin, CA (moved to Blind Pig because we haven't been getting the same Pliny the Elder shipments around here).

This is one of Russian River's deliciously hoppy IPAs. I was at the brewery for the release of the Younger (epic!) and Blind Pig was one of four or five IPAs they had on tap (including Blind Pig, the Elder, the Younger, Russian River IPA, and one more, if my blurry memory serves me well). It's good, but it's not Pliny good (great!).

I'm drinking it tonight from a pint glass, probably at a colder temperature than it deserves. The appearance, in this lighting, is a light-orange. Occasionally, bubbles emerge from the bottom, leaving a little layer on the top - though, the head from the pour has all-but disappeared. The smell is lighter than I expected, with the most prevalent essence being pine (maybe a pine forest following a summer monsoon), though there is also a little citrus. Taste is good, but it doesn't have the crispness I've come to love in IPAs like the Younger and Sculpin from Ballast Point. It tastes hoppy and bitter - it's a good level of bitterness, and it's well balanced, like many of the Russian River brews.

This beer is very drinkable! I would most certainly recommend it - and I'd also recommend the brewery, it's an experience to remember!

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Photo of mutterfudder
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received in trade from htomsirveaux. Thanks! Bottled 10/31/09, poured into a Stone IPA glass.

A - Copper color with a rich, foamy head. The head stuck around as long as the beer and laced nicely down the glass. Pretty!

S - Piney, floral hop smells. If you like IPA's at all, this will smell just about as good as it gets. Powerful but not overpowering.

T - Holy hops batman! There is a nice hop wallop up front, with a nice subtle malty backbone that provides immediate counterplay to the hops. A finishing flavor of sweetness blends nicely with the powerful hop notes to finish off the swig. Very nice, well balanced with strong hop flavor.

M / D - Mouthfeel is nice, if a little to "slick" in the mouth than I'd like. I like that the hop flavor sticks around a bit and lingers lightly on the tongue. Drinkability? I could go all night with this one.

Pliny might get all the attention, but don't forget Blind Pig. It may not be as "Extreme!" but it might be just as good when half the hop power is good enough.

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Photo of ajramirez1
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Color was golden color with a clean look. Smell is a bit hoppy but not overwhelming. Taste is very good with just the right amount of hops. Not too much hops but just the right amount...very good ipa. Not complaints, but not same tier has Elder...

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Photo of emagana
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 10/22/10
Poured into a pint glass with half an inch of head.
Straw yellow with some floating yeast.
Plenty of carbonation.
Aromas of mellow pine and some passion fruit. Soapy?
Starts of with some grapefruit and follows with a signature fission river hop dose.
Well balanced and not as harsh as it's older brother pte.
I feel bad because I can pick them up near by. Great one overall.

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Photo of thatsfine
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my pint glass. Pours a dark orange color with almost a finger of head that retains well and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is a lot of hops and citrus. Sweet smelling.

Taste is the same as the nose. Pine finish. This is great. A slightly bitter finish.

This is on the thinner side of a medium bodied IPA. Very refreshing.

This is outstanding. If I could drink this every day I absolutely would. I think about two of these would be perfect.

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Photo of dalion037
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not surprised that Russian River has made this wonderful IPA. I was given a sample of this beer at Beachwood BBQ and not told what it was.

I was very impressed with the sweet hop aroma and the great hop flavor. I could also smell and taste a heavy grapefruit flavor. There is just enough malt in the background to balance it just a tad without removing the bittery bite needed in an IPA.

This is definately drinkable!

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Photo of jeffmart22
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden color with just a fingers worth of head that dissipates. Light lacing on the glass. Good,refreshing looking beer.

A - Really nice pine and floral notes with a hint of citrus . It has an almost organic smelling malt backbone like hay. Some sweet malt and biscuit notes.

T - Starts with just a slight sweetness that amediately takes a back seat to an extreme hop bitterness. The flavor duration is long with the bitterness lingering throughout. Very drinkable and refreshing.

M - Light to medium in body. Tart and mouth watering. Extremely dry finish.

O - Really great beer, wish I had easier access to this one.

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Photo of BS68280
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on my trip over to San Diego. Poured from a bottle marked 6-7-10 on 7-7-10. I've had it's big brother a couple times now (even though i have failed to find in so far on this trip), so i am excited to see how this stacks up.

A: Golden orange with between 2 and 3 fingers of foamy tan head. It took it's time diminishing and is leaving nice lacing.

S: Citrusy hops with a little bit of pine also. A little bit of carmel malt but it is hard to get to through the hops. Smells damn good.

T: Right along with the smell on this one. Lots of citrus up front, oranges and grapefruit mostly, followed by more pine than i was expecting. Goes down great and leaves a dry bitter aftertaste. Only soft hints of the carmel malts.

M: Lighter bodied, medium carbonation, oily.

D: Great but it doesn't have too much alcohol to hide.

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Photo of pnkRed
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of frothyhead
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of aknight
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of brodericksloth
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of Nay
4.32/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of calise1122
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
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!!

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Photo of haywire77
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of RichKent
3.69/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of AVDeuph
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of LilMatrix
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of amneziak
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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...

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Photo of shrek806
5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.


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Photo of itsfreeasinbeer
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
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).

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,371 ratings.