Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev -6%
500ml bottle. Bottled on 3/26/09. Served in a shaker pint. Poured a pale gold with two fingers of white head. Citrus hop aroma. Light to medium bodied with medium amount of carbonation. Crisp hop bitterness up front. Dry hoppy finish with a good amount of mouth pucker. Very easy drinking beer.
06-28-2009 21:56:54 | More by homebrewhawk
4.28/5 rDev -1.8%
A damn fine IPA, well crafted and delicious. Have a couple of concerns though, but nothing that would make this sucker any worse than an A rating...so in otherwords, this should be an ipa for many other breweries to aspire to.
Pours a fairly light amber, clear and with a decent head that hangs around.
Citrus and big pine in the aroma. Some slight diactyl and dms, but otherwise the most hoppy thing i think i've ever had. This one knocks ruination out of the lead, in my opinion.
Juicy mouthwatering hops, green herbs, dank cannabis, leafy green hop essential oil, fresh cut pine tree needles and sap. Another concern is a one-dimensional flavor, imo. This is not a very balanced beer, its a hop bomb.
Mouthfeel is plenty full, perhaps a bit on the thin side, a problem easily overlooked when their Pliny offerings are there for that. A mouthcoating resin chewy feeling afterwards. Thanks Russian River, you're doing the population of Oregon a favor by distributing here, making our local breweries sweat to keep up!
03-13-2009 00:56:06 | More by SurlyDuff
4.13/5 rDev -5.3%
Part of a recent beer haul from Colorado. Supposedly some version of this is claimed to be the first "West Coast IPA" so I feel like I'm drinking a little part of history here. Nice and clear amber, good healthy long-lasting head and lacing. Lots of pine and floral hops in the nose. Grainy but light malts take a backseat, but do a decent job at supporting the main flavors of this beer. This is a really nice tasting ale for sure, but I think the best thing about it is that it's so damn drinkable and so flavorful with out being a double IPA and with out being too high in ABV. If I had more I would drink it right now. Russian River knows how to do an IPA. Sho nuff.
03-24-2009 16:06:21 | More by twelvsies
4.33/5 rDev -0.7%
I was very excited to try this on tap at Monk's Café in Philly. Pours the standard IPA look, though this one might reside on the lighter side of things (as opposed to the amber side of the IPA spectrum). Hugely aromatic, very fresh grapefruit and vine aromas--hops rule here. Taste is equally dominated by the grapefruit citrus hops, giving it a crisp edge. Very clean and easy drink, smooth in the mouth. Feel is good, though not so much so as to distinguish this from other good IPAs. Great one here.
07-08-2010 20:34:55 | More by LordAdmNelson
4.65/5 rDev +6.7%
Many thanks to brother BA mikesgroove for this gem. Consumed on 11/01/08.
Golden in color with a pillowy white head. Left great, sticky lace throughout the glass.
Aromas whafting with complete, unabashed, piney, citrusy hoppy goodness. Very fresh in the nose and hardly abrasive.
Smooth on the palate, very much so actually. Amazingly fresh and vibrant hoppy flavor with great bitterness to boot. Long lingering on the palate with the hops. Great play, really, with the light malt character and the heavy hops... IMHO, the way an IPA ought to be. Because of that, Blind Pig shoots up the charts as one of my favorite IPAs made to date.
Fantastically drinkable, mid-level in body, and highly sessionable based on above notes. My first venture into Russian River was a highly successful one. Splendid.
Many thanks to mikesgroove, again, for this one.
11-01-2008 23:36:09 | More by goindownsouth
4.25/5 rDev -2.5%
Big thanks to papollo to sending me this from his trip to Cali!
Bottle is dated 3/26/09, so just around 3 months old at this point. Pours a light honey-golden, almost like a macro. Nice puffy head, retains exceptionally well. Nice and sticky for some cool lacing patterns. Smells of subdued hops, nice standard IPA smell. Taste... very clean piney hops. Nice and on the dryer side, like I like. A bit of earthiness from the hops, also. Citrus takes a back door, comes in more on the back palate, along with a mapley slight sweetness. Pretty much comes in on the back of the roof of the mouth. Most excellent. Great mouthfeel and carbonation, nice drinkability also. Can't wait to try Pliney!
07-06-2009 23:00:19 | More by damienblack
4.4/5 rDev +0.9%
24 days old
Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. Beautiful, almost clear, orange body with a fingers worth of white, frothy, head. Keeps a nice white cap as you dink and Leaves some nice lacing behind.
Lots of orange wedge citrus on the nose. Some grassy, earthy bitterness with a touch of pine. Good nose for a regular IPA.
Sweet malts infused with citrus-laden hops on the tongue. Finishes with grapefruit pith and a nice lingering bitterness. Malts are up front, but the finish is all citrus and hop.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a good amount of bitterness throughout. Well carbonated and the body is almost chewy, yet refreshing. I love that there is a good helping of bitterness, but it never becomes astringent.
Drinkability is great. This is one of the best single IPA offerings I have ever had. Definitely in the top 5. At 6% ABV I could easily drink a few of these. Another awesome addition to the hop-forward Russian River beers.
01-27-2011 22:42:39 | More by sisuspeed
4.45/5 rDev +2.1%
A pint served at the Russian River Brewery.
Golden with a slight chill haze, dense head with great retention and pleny of lace. Citrus aroma with a hint of malt. Some noticeable carbonation up front. Pine middle. Bitter back end, but surprisingly light for the amount of IBUs.
10-28-2010 23:59:04 | More by LittleDon
4.36/5 rDev 0%
510 ml bottle poured into a SN tulip
A: Pours a beautiful crisp clear yellow almost light orange with a soapy looking white head. Medium carbonation and some good lacing. Great looking beer.
S: Nice citrus and pine character with great balance and smoothness. A little dank but mainly citrus and also a little fruity sweetness. An amazing smelling beer for sure. Really juicy.
T: Nice smooth bitterness and a lot of hop flavor. Nice and dry with a lot of hop character without being too over the top or bitter ass hell. Balance is definitely there and you can tell Vinnie knows wtf he's doing.
M: Medium carbonation and dry, which lends to a nice refreshing finishing bitterness. Great beer for sure.
O: An amazing beer I would not mind having everyday. Of course I'd prefer their other more well known and more popular beers but this is also along those lines. Well worth the try and a must have RR beers in my book.
05-24-2014 22:30:41 | More by MarioM
4.2/5 rDev -3.7%
a: pours a nice golden orange color with about a half inch of head that disappears steadily. Meaning that it is not as fast as some beers i have seen, but not a slow either. There is a lot of lace around the edge of the glass and atop of the beer
s: Piney, citrus hop bitterness grapefruit lemons. All of this balanced with a nice caramel malt backbone
t: similar to the aroma. The sweet caramel backbone hits you first. Second is the ths citrus hops. Lastly and nicely placed is the piney hops.
m: medium to full bodied beer with a little carbonation
overall, wow this is a good beer. I wish I could get more easily
11-14-2010 15:13:20 | More by happygnome
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,237 ratings.