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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,789 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,789
Reviews: 1,344
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,582
Gots: 550 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a 16.9oz. bottle (thanks to davidsk for the trade) into my new Blind Pig mason jar at around 45 degrees (11/17/09).

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a slight orange hue capped out with a nice and chunky two finger head with decent retention and exceptional spider lacing. Almost identical to it's older brother, Pliny.

S: A nice bouquet of pine, flowers, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and tropical fruit.

T: Similar to the smell with pine, flowers, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and tropical fruit hitting the palate with a nice bitterness, which is never harsh.

M: Medium-bodied with nice carbonation and a slightly slick mouthfeel.

D: Exceptionally drinkable and only 6.1% abv. Easily sessionable.

Overall this is a nice beer that I would certainly pick up quite often if it were available in my area. Recommended

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

Big thanks to vasdef42 for this extra in the trade!!

Bottled on May of 2009 and consumed with a delicious Panang Curry

A: Pours a cloudy golden color that produces a nice fluffy two finger head. The lacing is pretty damn good as well as the retention.

S: Right off the bat are floral and bittering hops which are quite aggressive, along with grapefruit and other citrus notes. Nicely balanced by the malts.

T: Very similar to the nose...Grapefruit is pretty big in this one along with another citrus (possibly orange or lemon peel), followed by some nice malts to balance the intense hops. The hops are not so much bitter as floral, aromatic, and piney.

MF/D: Bitter finish, a little dry, medium/full sized body.

Definitely a delicious IPA

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled during Stone's 11th Anniversary event.

Straw yellow color, good head retention and lacing.

Big hop aroma--chewy citrus smells of lime, lemons, grapefruit, bitter orange peel.

Taste--Hops again, grapefuit, lemons, caramel malt A great IPA, bitter and refreshing (so far one of my top IPA's I have tasted).

Mouthfeel- Hops attacking my taste buds but I don't care! Good carbonation.

Drinkability? Yes, I have the ability to drink some more. Goes down great with some Arrogant Almonds!

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 10/18/2010 gotten via trade with dabecassis. Thanks David.

A: A medium orange color with a one finger white fluffy head. Nice glass lacing, but not a ton.

S: Citrus and pine hop smells with some caramel sweetness.

T: Nice hop punch (of course) with loads of pine and citrus goodness. I got some nice orange and tangerine tones on this one coupled with some grapefruit and pineapple. A bit of grassiness with a pretty hefty caramel malt presence. Finish turns bitter but not overly so with no hints of alcohol. Nice.

M: Medium, a bit thinner than Pliny (of course) with not as much tingly bitterness. No alcohol traces at all.

D: High, this is Blind Pig afterall.

Overall another treat enjoyed from bottle. I just love the Russian River IPAs, top notch. This is rightfully so the little brother of PtE, but it's still a damn fine beer.

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4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Easter gift from my Sister visiting from San Diego..

Poured nicely. Color is orange with some brownish hues. White head.

All I get from the aroma is hops. Both citrusy and floral. Very pleasant on the nose. Really makes me want to drink it, but smells so good I inhale through the nose with each sip.

As the nose would suggest, the taste is very hop dominated, but somehow the bitterness seems to be a little subdued. You know its there, but it's not destroy your palate bitter like the nose leads you to believe. Very nicely balanced with the malts.

I really enjoyed this one. Hope my Sister will ship more when she gets home.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/26/09

A - Pours a nice dark orange, slightly unfiltered, average head and decent lacing

S - Initially bitterness of hops with a slight citrus/fruit tones which fades to a toasted and fresh bread aroma

T - Dry bitterness from the hops first but quickly turns to a sweet flavor with mainly grapefruit and lemon notes. As it warms and goes through the palate it finishes with notes of pine and grassy/earthy notes.

M/D - High carbonation as most IPAs, medium body with a dry finish and slightly "chewy" but very easy to drink.

An IPA with the complexity of a DIPA but without the hostile takeover from hops, excellent IPA

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of DaveHS
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a rusty orange with 1/2 inch of eggshell white head. Leaves beautiful rings of lacing.

S-Smells like sticky weed, piny hops, grapefruit, tangerines.

T/M-Not as intensely hoppy as the nose suggests, but delicious. A biscuity malt flavor beneath the alternately bitter and piny hops adds a beautiful balance.


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4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 2/4/14;

Pours a very clear golden color with diminishing head.

Smells of sweet malt, honey, light citrus and tropical floral notes. Similar to Pliny.

Clean, crisp sweet malts up front followed by round tropical and light citrus tones. The finish ends long and dry with just a little too much lingering grapefruit bitterness.

Effervescent, slightly creamy carbonation which fits the clean and crisp character and medium light mouthfeel.

What a great IPA. Not the hop bomb that Pliny is but not certainly lacking in character. This would be in my regular rotation if available. The flavor opened up as the beer warmed. A near perfect IPA - my only gripe is the excess bitterness on the finish.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,789 ratings.