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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,609 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,609
Reviews: 1,323
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,509
Gots: 484 | FT: 17
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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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
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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3/5  rDev -31.2%

Caudalie, Jun 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

CesarLopes, Jun 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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

Hopbully, Jun 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

NJB145, May 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

loren01, Aug 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Beezee, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

cfh64, Aug 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

assman79, Apr 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

PhineasGage, Dec 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

AlexM, Jun 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

carmike813, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

crob3888, Aug 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Roger85, Apr 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

bsm80x, Jul 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jbriggs7, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of JMScowcroft
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Russian River Brewing Company - Blind Pig IPA

Got this from a trade with a friend, had already had Pliny but wanted this as well, in fact I am always looking to try stuff from Russian River because they are a phenomenal brewery!

Look - Pours a clear filtered (I call it West Coast Style now, little joke) copper amber with a small fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Abundant sticky lacing. Great looking brew.

Smell - Some sweet, almost a deep amber-type caramel malt with a smooth pine/resin and slight citrus hop overlay. Mouth-watering.

Taste - Smooth snappy crisp malt with fresh but sweeter and chewier hops than is typically seen, quite unique! Both the hops and malts are slightly bready.

Mouthfeel - Insanely smooth, not at all boozy. Not overly sticky but also not overly dry, right in the middle, phenomenal! Perfect blend and carbonation.

Overall - This is a gem, I thought this was amazing, smooth, and just sweet enough and it was a great representation of this style. This is the perfect example of what I love about these West Coast brews and Russian River in general.

JMScowcroft, May 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

mmcnaughton, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

jbuddle, Jan 22, 2013
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,609 ratings.