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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,613 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,613
Reviews: 1,323
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,508
Gots: 486 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

TechTriumph, Sunday at 05:18 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

KevdoggNasty, Mar 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Teddy-Pickles, May 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

nhirsch04, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of WheelsPSU
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I stopped by Russian River last weekend while I was out in the Sonoma valley for a wedding. During the 45 minute wait, I decided to get a Blind Pig and Pliny.

Blind Pig was very unassuming looking actually. Kind of like a standard looking IPA. a basic pale gold tint and a bit sticky looking. Not much lace. I guess I was expecting the second coming after hyping my trip to Russian River so much.

Then the aroma hits. Its just fresh hops right to your nose. Very good. Extreme amounts of grapefruit and grass in the nose. Even a bit of something flowery. The best part of the beer.

The taste did not live up to the nose but it was still really good. Again, fresh west coast hops with strong citrus bitterness. The hops linger and are a bit dry.

This beer was great in the nose and the first few sips of the beer. Then it became cloying and dried my tongue out. Pretty decent overall, but I couldn't have a second. That being said, for a thin big hopped IPA, it was quite satisfying. That nose was great and drinking it extremely fresh on tap at RR made it that much better

WheelsPSU, May 10, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +7.3%

RyanCrawford, Oct 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

MichaelLamb, Aug 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

emaciated, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of OlieIPA
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on-tap at Hollingshead...this is what I thought:

A: Golden color with huge head. Very good lacing.

S: Mixture of malts and bitter hop smell.

T: Intial taste very similar to Pliny the Elder, but a much more extreme bitter finish.

M:Creamy with medium body. Carbonation right in the middle too. Very refreshing.

D: This beer is neither balanced or unbalanced...kind of hard to describe...but very refreshing. A mild begining with a very nice bite at the end.

Overall: A very good beer. No complaints.

Serving type: on-tap

OlieIPA, Aug 20, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= Basically golden yellow a little hazy in it maybe a little orange in color in this one as well.

S= Pine hops strong in this one some grapefruit.

T= Taste is just like the nose lots of pine and a little grapefruit.

M= Smooth ipa nice carbonation very good beer.

D= Very drinkable easy to drink and very smooth really enjoyable.

LiquidBread219, Jan 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

ElGordito, Oct 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

AndrewSmith, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

SierraJosh, Oct 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

MJSawyer, Nov 15, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into my Russian River tulip...

Pours a nice, hazy golden orange with about two fingers of soft white head...some lacing is left behind...

Nice citrus fruit hop presence in the nose. Orange and grapefruit with a slight earthy/dry aroma...

Piny and citrusy, a bit more bitter and dry than expected. Not as resinous or sticky as expected either. Getting more of the earthy/piny dry bitterness than the sweet and oily fruity hop taste...a bit of malt pokes through, but overall this is a pretty one sided, dry hoppy IPA...

Medium bodied, a bit thinner than expected, slightly slick with decent carbonation...

Pretty good IPA, although I prefer the Alpine IPA's I recently tried...would drink again however.

hawks10, May 13, 2010
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4.44/5  rDev +1.8%

sirhc3034, Sep 09, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft into a 20oz mug at Barley and Hops

Blind Pig arrives with two fingers of white foam atop the clear, amber colored beer. Aromas of citrus and bready malt combine in the nose. Flavors of orange and grapefruit rind up front balanced by notes of fresh biscuits. Bitter citrus abounds in the finish along with a bit of pine resin and oak. Nice bitter aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. Creamy texture. A phenomenal IPA from Russian River. This one never disappoints. Recommended.

Sideswipe, Oct 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

sclitch, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Moheban, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of jethrodium
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Bottled on 3/2/11. Pours a clear copper with a one finger white head with good retention that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma is huge resinous pine with a bit of grapefruit. A little bit of pineapple and some orange peel as well. A little bit of bready malt comes through in the aroma. Initial taste has a hint of sweetness going into strong pine hops with a bit of grapefruit. A little bit of orange as well. Finish is some of the bready malt with a strong, but not too strong bitterness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Great beer. One of the best IPAs out there.

jethrodium, Mar 18, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

davelag, Jul 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

weaksauce, May 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

fergster75, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

alwaysplayin, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of t420o
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/1/11

Consumed 6/14/11

A- Aggressive pour produces a 1-1/2 finger semi frothy off white head. beer is clear and yellow-golden in color.

S- Sweet candied grapefruit, orange, mango. Its a very nice tropical fruit smell that I love in IPA's

T- This is a truly wonderful beer. It's IPA's like this that originally made me fall in love with hops. The taste is of candied tropical fruits such as mango, papaya, orange, grapefruit, and a slight bitterness throughout that perfectly compliments the candied tropical fruit taste perfectly.

M- Nice smooth mouthfeel. Good carbonation level

O- Excellent drinkability. One of the better IPA's I've ever had. An impressive balance of bitterness and candied tropical fruits makes this beer near perfect to me

t420o, Jun 15, 2011
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,613 ratings.