Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,704 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,704
Reviews: 1,330
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,524
Gots: 507 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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

Recieved this bottle courtesy of nickd717. Thanks a ton Nick for a major want of mine!

Bottled 7/10/09. Not the freshest but I'm definitely not complaining.

Poured into a Darkness tulip. Pours a hazy straw golden color with a tint of orange. Huge white head sits for a while before shrinking to a rocky and chunky terrain of foam. Leaves tons of lacing all over. A great looking beer.

The nose is still surprisingly hoppy. Three months time hasn't done much to tone down the hops in this one. Big citrus and floral hops smell, with a significant piney bitterness as well. I do get a glimpse of the malt backbone, but it's a glimpse, nothing more.

In the taste department, the malt comes out a little more, but this is still very hoppy. Grapefruit and cirtusy hops play games with your tastebuds, with a light and subtle piney bitterness that lingers for a while. Sweet malt backbone does a nice job of balancing this one out.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with a very appropriate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, this is a damn good session beer.

Another solid IPA from Russian River. I almost wish I lived in Cali, if not for Pliny and Bling Pig. I haven't even had PtY yet?!?!?! This is just the tip of the iceberg, and I'm liking what I'm seeing.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mikesgroove for this bottle! An extra in a recent trade.

Pours a golden amber color with about an inch high head of white bubbles. Nice rings of sticky lacing are left to decorate my glass.

Very strong, fresh smell to it. Pine and citrus dominate. There's a nice little hint of a "green" floral hop in there, also. Malts are beaten away and cannot be found...but that's not a bad thing.

The flavor is the liquid version of the smell. Nicely bitter citrus hops followed by the woody pine resin. Slight bit of sweetness tries to achieve a balance along with some toast. This one is dry from start to finish. Tasty treat right here, boys. Tasty treat indeed.

Solid medium body with active bubbles. Aftertaste is very dry and a little bitter and thats how I like 'em. The sheer hop presence alone makes this one a winner in my book, but with the abv being only 6% this climbs to the upper echelon of brews to fulfill my bitter desires. Thanks so much, Mike, for this awesome beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of carln26
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at Russian River in Santa Rosa. It poured a light copper almost gold very clear, with a light white head. I was pleasantly surprised how light in color this beer was. Big hop nose, grapefruit pine a little floral hop. You can’t really detect the malt in the aroma. Taste has a lot of the grapefruit rind. The pine and hop flower, I caught in the aroma were present as well. This beer really presents all of the hop characters well. It has a light sweetness that lingers throughout. Slick mouth feel Good drinkability. The great brewers seem to be able to deliver a hoppy beer that is still palatable.

Photo of zenithberwyn
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of Murchmac
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in a bottle which reads Bottled on 070808. That's pretty damn fresh! Love the label, DO NOT AGE! Only wish I was drinking it out of a mason jar...

Had this beer tons on tap at Toronado, needed to try it out of a bottle.

Pours a clear copper orange with lots of bubbles and carbonation comin up. Nice foamy head. Lacing that stays with it like a schooner cutting through frothy seas.

Sweet citrus, malts, and piney aromas. Crisp, fresh, Clean as a whistle, like Irish Spring soap and deodarizer.

Tastes a lot creamier than I remember. Thin bristlelike pine needles scrape the inside of my tongue while alternating sweet malts and grapefruits kick whats left of my tongue around.

Great mouthfeel. Has the resiny taste any good DIPA has, but this one is sweet to taste.

If I had to blindly run around a sty and wrestle a greased pig for another one of these beers i'd do it. Fortunately I can just buy one.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of bobhits
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/14/11 and consumed on 5/14/11. Thanks to UCLABrewN84 for this in a recent trade!

There is something about the color of this beer I just love. A hair darker than the lightest IPAs but far lighter and more orangey than some of the darker almost ruby colored ones. Tall white head and good lacing is here and clearly a must.

The aroma isn’t as powerful as other reviews I’m seeing. This stone IPA glass generally does wonders for enhancing the nose so I’m not sure. What is here however is splendid. Fresh floral hops with the lightest of malts backing it.

This non imperial IPA at 6% is showing perhaps why most IPAs are still a bit stronger. The malt back is a touch weak and the hops aren’t nearly as strong as many are claiming. Instead this is a delicate hop flavor, very floral and certainly bitter. The malt truly is here just to make this beer work but like a child seen and not heard. If I could get this on tap in the summer I could see this being just about perfect.

The mouth is very good for the style. A touch lighter in body than some of the bigger IPAs, but perhaps a bit more carbonated. This makes for as I said above a great summer beer to drink.

I want to like this beer more. I want to get why this beer makes the top 100 and frankly I don’t get it. An extremely good IPA, but it just doesn’t have that something special to put it in the exceptional category.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of RedHaze
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half liter, bottled on 072208. Courtesy of MASPuros.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one finger fluffy white head. The lacing is just great, leaving circles from the top of my glass all the way down.

Smell; mildly citric, with some pineapple and melons, with a little pine tree going on as well. A little bit of a biscuity aroma let's me know that there's atleast a little malt presence in there. Overall, the aroma wasn't quite as over the top hoppy as I was expecting.

Taste; whoa, there's the hops. Orange peel, pineapple, tangerines, pine needles, bitterness but not puckering. So much much hop flavor, yet it doesn't destroy your tongue (atleast not completely). I could almost pick out a different citirc/tropical fruit on every sip throughout the entire glass.

MOuthfeel is medium bodied with a slight, oily feel due to the hops, and the drinkability, is really damn good.

Had this about an hour after getting home from the gym, and it was a great beer the relax with. perfect beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of themind
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like a toned down version of Pliny The Elder. This is an excellent beer with a great balance of hops and citrus. If I could get this on a regular basis, I would. The difference for me when speaking of Pliny is the pine aroma and taste.

Bottom Line: The Pig Delivers.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy orange color with a huge fluffy white head. It also has great lacing. The aroma is an initial hop pop in the old olfactory system. There are definite fruit (grapefruit), floral and slight caramel notes. The taste is initially very hoppy - bitter. There are grapefruit note and a slight hint of sweetness. It is a bit one-sided with hops...could use a bit more malt backbone for balance. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. There is a residual slickness that coats the tongue. Overall, this is an excellent hoppy brew. Definitely works to satisfy a lupulin urge.

Photo of magine
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Teresa's - hazy orange minimal head lots of lace. Brew has big hop nose, citrus and grapefruit maybe. Brew has big hops, crisp start, pineapple, corriander, some slick oil in the finish. Real good crisp finish that has some tart bitterness. Very drinkable brew here, a standout . Great stuff; An exceptional IPA here.

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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