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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,380 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,380
Reviews: 1,314
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,469
Gots: 447 | FT: 18
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

mgr78704, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

PeakedInHighSchool, Mar 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

ScottP, Feb 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

zenwatts, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of sfprint
4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks as good as an IPA can get. Nice apricoty cloudy color with a not so dense head. Beautiful color, makes me wish it was warmer outside.

S: Apricoty, like the color oddly enough, sweet. Not super strong, but really amazing.

T: The least bitter IPA I've ever had. And somewhat smooth for an IPA too. Difficult to describe. Hoppy of course. Some pine. The body is smooth and creamy, very different. There's a vanilla ice cream flavor in there, right in the middle of the flavor. The aftertaste is bitter like an IPA, but not so strong.

M: Soft with a carbonation sparkle on top.

D: Not poundable, but i think this one is just fantastic. Yet the sum of it's parts somehow seem less than as individual traits, which is strange to say. I think this is my highest rated review yet. Best IPA I've ever had. Different, and quite special.

Holy crap, what a great beer.

sfprint, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of beachbum1975
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to pwoods for the opportunity to try this. 500ml bottle with a born on date of 07-22-08. Neat bottle with a humorous blind pig on the bottle - go figure!

A: Pours a clear, medium amber with uber-sticky lacing running up the walls of my tulip- looks mind-baffling!

S: Rich pine all over the place! You can't miss this if you tried! Holy crap - pine all over the place. In addition, I smell some light caramel. Wow, super rich nose...

T/M: The best part... Medium bodied and waxy.... Bitter, dry, resinous pine hop flavors mixed with caramelized malts balanced together wonderfully. This is reminiscent of Pliny the Elder (Duh, same brewer) - only not as sharp and biting. Dry, bitter lingering finish. Delicious!

To all the hop heads out there - try this one out. Highly drinkable and worth a try. Thanks pimpp, DOH, I mean pwoods!

beachbum1975, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of LittleDon
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

LittleDon, Oct 29, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Thishops4u, Feb 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

sgregory, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of ggaughan
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Toronado and also at the Russian River brewpub 2 days apart while on vacation.

The beer poured a nice yellow/golden color with a bright white head that laced around the glass. the aroma of this beer has a very strong hoppy smell with a balance of citrus. Very pleasing. The taste had a nice balance between the bitter hops and the sweeter malt and citrus balance. There was a nice amount of carbonation in the Bling Pig which I really enjoy. The is a very drinkable beer and a very good example of an IPA.

ggaughan, Jan 26, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Hopsiam14, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

IPAIsaac, Jul 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Beestin, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of NWer
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Date bottled 1/21/11
Consumed 2/14/11
The main problem with this beer is it is PtE's little brother.
Very nice brassy pour into a pint glass. Smooth but I'm possibly having a Lupulin Threshold Shift because the hops just aren't there.
Well, they are really which is fine. If I wanted more hops, I'd have a Pliny.
Very well balanced. Too bad it isn't widely distributed so more people can enjoy this gem.

NWer, Feb 15, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

patrick802, May 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Devi0us, Dec 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

rodlavers, Jun 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Sanchezrox23, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Bunuelian, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of MeisterBurger
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an orangy golden amber with a nice 3/4" head. Beautiful ribbons of lacing and wonderful head retention.

The aroma is piney citrus, sweet caramel malt and sweet pink grapefruit. Smells gorgeous.

The taste is pure pink grapefruit balaced against toasty, caramel malt which gives way to a tasty green leafy hops, all in spectacular balance.

The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety while at the same time tongue-tickling.

It's a joy to drink and I only wish I had ready access to this benchmark American IPA so I could drink more.

MeisterBurger, Jul 14, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

cbnz, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Sarge3130, Oct 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

HeadyTheElder, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of DenverHopHead
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap; poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - a crisp, clear yellow, with minimum carbonation. A thin, soapy white head that leaves moderate lacing.
Smell - a subtle blend of citrus and pine character; I dig the fruity sweetness. A bit underwhelming (if a 4.0 rating could be considered underwhelming!), as I had very high expectations.
Taste - very balanced flavors; smooth and complex blend of hops and malts!
Feel - lighter body that produces a welcomed, refreshing bitter finish!
Overall - very good IPA, though I wouldn't consider the home run that it's rating suggests.

DenverHopHead, May 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

bluesplit63, Dec 08, 2012
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,380 ratings.