Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,345
Hads: 5,196
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.89%
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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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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

A fine, fresh, hoppy IPA. Poured a hazy copper with a nice frothy white head that laced well. Big hoppy aroma, floral and fruity, with notes of grapefruit and lemon. Taste is of pine, resin, grapefruit, lemon zest and apricot, with a sweet malty background. Leaves a resinous, bitter aftertaste; crisp and drying. Medium-bodied and very drinkable. (388 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a perfectly pale see through copper color. Thick slightly off white head, long lasting fine evenly spread detailed lacing. I love the spiel about the blind pig, I never caught the connection with the namesake of this white whale. Aromatics are amazing the highlight of this fine single IPA super grapefruit, floral aggressive West Coast hop additions. There's also a touch of vegetal/onion notes but not overbearing this stuff is nice. This stuff is fresh from a shipment from South Bay Drugs, bottled 9/29/10. It doesn't get much fresher, I just ordered the Pliny they just got in as well. Flavor is excellent bitter dry finish up front hints of cracker semi sweet malt tones wrapped with fresh bursting hops. The hop flavors provide herbal, dry grassy, citrus in this case grapefruit, and a touch of floral veggie notes. Super dry bitter finish this stuff is ideal for drinkability. Medium bodied slightly slick with hop oils, mild easy going carbonation with a bone dry finish. Drinkability overall is killer a beer I could buy a keg of and introduce mainstream beer drinkers to hops, but why waste this nectar on newbies. I earned this experience, not this best single IPA but it's definitely up there. (1,214 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap (uncommon for Russian River brews) served into N'Ice Chouffe 20cl stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottle date is 09/30/2011. Served refrigerator-cold. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Nice bittering hops over top what seems to be a lightly toasted malt and barley foundation. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Pleasant bittering hops over top a very nicely constructed lightly toasted malt and barley foundation. It's a touch too bitter, but it's nicely built overall, and rather balanced, though its relative simplicity makes this easy to accomplish. I do quite like it.

Mf: Crisp, pleasant, unobtrusive, smooth, and wet. Suits the flavour quite nicely.

Dr: Very drinkable and of nice quality. Thought it's my least favourite style, I'd readily have it again - especially if it were offered on draught. It's not as special as other beers from Russian River, but it's wonderfully hoppy and pleasant. It will satisfy true fans of the style; this is an IPA done right, not the "dump as many hops in as possible and call it good" school of brewing. (1,225 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My last bottle of Blind Pig. Thanks to Nanoslug for this one. 500ml bottle dated from July - I'd expect fresher to be even better. (I'll try to draw on my memory of the bottle I had a few months ago to supplement this review)

A - Murky amber color, almost like unfiltered apple juice. One finger of creamy white head that dissipates quickly into a nice bubbly lace. Still some carbonation that is quickly rising to the top.

S - There's still hop bitterness, even after all these months. Floral pine and citrus hints galore, and a healthy amount of malty sweetness. Smell is a 4 right now, but was a 4.5 when this was fresher. Not going to punish this brew for waiting to long on it (I was saving it to share with my brother-in-law).

T - Starts sweet - lots of citrus and light malt at the head. The bitterness comes in at the back of my palate and lingers in the aftertaste, but it's not overwhelmingly bitter. Very well balanced. I'm wondering if the on-tap version has greater complexity that has dissipated over the last few months.

M - Resiny, smooth, creamy, with the perfect density. It's refreshing but not watery. Carbonation complements the hop bitterness by tickling the palate.

D - I could drink it all day if I could find it. 6% is imperceptible, and I love the 500ml serving size.

I've gotta get this on tap at some point - while watcing a ballgame or something. (1,381 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and golden hued,...lush, enormous white head, ...beautiful...a lace-leaver...

Aroma is flat-out piney hops, prickly, sparkly, tingly, tangy, yum...ferociously fresh flavor, pineapple and apricot, lemon, and pine cones...damned fresh...I love it! God, I love it!

Taste it, already...slides on board the palate assuredly and provides the same fresh, vibrant hoppy flavor that blessed the nose. Zips merrily along the tongue, blazing bitterness, but balanced beautifully with zesty flavor. Never, never quits...so easy to drink, and so ample in it's hoppy bounty...

Not too anything, this, and just right with all the appropriate ingredients, especially for the hopheads in the house....medium-bodied, with a lightly bitter, fruity finish...holy crud, I could spin every superlative off the top of my head and still feel like I've missed a few...every IPA I've tasted from Russian River has been amazing, and this continues that trend...if Vinnie is capable of making a bad one, I don't want to know...

...huge thanks to IrishSnake for the growler! (1,063 characters)

Photo of duceswild
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 03.24.2012 poured 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Golden in color with a white head. Good scent of hops as soon as the bottle was opened. Also get some piny and citrus.

Can taste the bitterness, but it is not overpowering. The beer is well balanced. I get a some sweatness from this which compliments it well.

Overall a great beer. (345 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ML bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 1/13/10, drank on 2/15/10.

a - Pours a nice golden color with about an inch and a half of white foam and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells mostly of hops, as well as citrus/orange, a little lemon and pine, and a maybe a hint of something sweeter like honey. Smells great.

t - Strong hoppy taste to it. Also tastes strongly of citrus/grapefruit, and pine. Has a bitter aftertaste to it. A good taste to it for an IPA, but I thought it might be a little sweeter than it was.

m - Medium body with moderate carbonation, this IPA is very easy to drink. It has a bit of a bitter aftertase.

d - Overall I thought this was a very good IPA. I thought it smelled amazing and while the taste may not have lived up to it, it was still very good. Considering the bitter hops taste it is actually pretty easy to drink, and I would definitely try this again. (904 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 091509, poured into a goblet. Beer is yellow and clear, light amber, head is white and tight, falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low to moderate.

Aroma is filled with sweet hops. There is some other sweetness in there, maybe some malt, maybe some alcohol. It smells like a great IPA.

Medium body, beer is hoppy hoppy hoppy. There isn't much of an aftertaste that comes from the throat but you can taste the bitterness that has coated your mouth for several seconds after you have finished the beer. Second taste, beer is definitely not dry, but its also not overly wet. There is some nice connectivity between the front and the back of the mouth.

This is a great great IPA. (715 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fresh bottle poured into a globe.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a nice pillow one finger tall white head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Tons of citric hops up front with a nice lightly toasted caramel malt core. A bit grassy with some sweetness creeping in as it begins to warm up. Very nice stuff.

T - Nice citric hop bite up front is balanced out well with a nice mix of caramel malt sweetness and crisp tropical fruits. Finish is a bit dry with some nice lingering hop bitterness. Much better this time, still one of my all time favorites but I still prefer elder to the pig.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice light, refreshing, feel on the pallet. Finish has some lingering bitterness but nothing too over the top.

D - Very high. Blind pig has very good balance with plenty of drinkability left over. I love this stuff but I still prefer elder a bit more. (943 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to bitterbill for this one!

500 ml bottle - bottled on 07/09/08:

Pours clear golden (then hazy upon second pouring) with a creamy/bubbly white head that descends a bit to stay as a thick, frothy cover. Thin lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of citrus and pine all-over-the-place. Robust, aromatic hoppiness.

The taste is citric (grapefruit and orange) with pine. Bitterness is rounded out by a sweet maltiness in the finish. Smooth. Chewy medium-to-full bodied.

Nice hop profile to say the least - an ode to the Pacific NW in a bottle. A hop-head's delight. The citric and piney notes work well together. But, this isn't just a boat-load of hops. The malt comes in at just the right time to tie things together and adds another level of complexity and balance. A deliciously hoppy IPA!

Thanks again for this gem, Bill! (833 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the RR Brewpub in Santa Rosa.

A: golden amber; excellent clarityr. Somewhat weak head still leaves good lacing.

Aroma: mild for style; floral with hints of herbs and honey.

Flavor: some light malts evident in the finish and aftertaste.

Fee:l smooth; body is light for style; rather low carbonation.

O: excellent excepting mouthfeel. (350 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces fairly quickly to an extremely thin film that covers the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit/tangerine hops and much lighter hints of tropical/pineapple hops.

T: Upfront there is a solid amount of pale malts with some caramel sweetness but the real dominant flavors are those of the hops - strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit/tangerine and moderate amounts of tropical/pineapple. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness that fade quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront and slightly sticky in the finish.

O: Extremely easy to drink and enjoyable - a very nice aroma and taste but the best aspect of this beer is how easy it is to drink (I think I could drink these all day long and never tire of it). Lots of hops present but they do not overpower. (1,097 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 1/15/11.

A: Slightly hazy orange with a solid one finger foam head. Great retention with decent lacing.

S: Very fresh aroma. Nice citrus fruits - grapefruit and some orange. There is a little bit of pine which adds an earthy/grassy aroma.

T: Very nice hop flavor, the grapefruit is right in the front with the orange taking a slight backseat. Has a really nice earthy/grassy flavor that I enjoy a lot. Very crisp, slight bitter finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, but drinks a little lighter. Carbonation fits very nicely. Extremely drinkable, really like this one. Russian River did well with Blind Pig. (653 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Editing review, due to obtaining a fresh bottle while in cali. Bottled 12/11/09

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a 1 finger creamy beige head. Color is a hazy peach gold. Very appealing for an IPA. Decent head retention because of the etching. Leaves some splattered lace.

Aroma: A lot of fresh floral hops. Some grapefruit citrus notes. Some honey dew. Bready malts a bit in the background. Had I not looked on BA, I would have thought this was a double. Solid smelling ipa.

Taste: Sweet at first, then comes the load of hops hit. Earthy and floral hops. Very fresh, earthy taste. Honey. Very slight alcohol peaks out in the aftertaste. Grapefruit citrus and lemons. Some caramel malts balance it out a bit, but I love the freshness.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, a little creamy in the back. Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Leaves a dry hoppy aftertaste, which is what I expected.

Overall, I think this is a staple for an ipa. Drinkable and I could easily have more. Some IPAs I can drink more of and this is one of them. Good beer and a great price. (1,082 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Exiled.

Hands down, this is one of the best IPAs I have ever tasted.

The beer pours a light orange/gold with a white head. The smell is very piney and very pungent. Very resinous. The flavor is similar with a huge resinous hop flavor. The hops also provide some earthiness but not a whole lot of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thick and very drinkable. I wish I could drink this more often. (420 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 6/13/10.

On tap at the Local 44 served in a pint glass. This brew appears a slightly hazed light orange color with less than a finger of white creamy head. Minimal retension with slight patchy lacing effect. The nose of this brew is both herbal and slightly citrusy. The flavor has both citrus an herbal bitterness as hinted by the aroma. The malt backing is a very clean grainy character that imparts minimal sweetness. A lingering flavor of the grain and hop bitterness is left in the mouth that increasingly gets more herbal as the brew warms. Medium feel with a modest level of carbonation. (622 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle sent to me by smarcoly, thanks again for another tasty beer. Split with a friend and poured into two tulip glasses.

A: Clear golden orange body with a thick sudsy white head. Thin, tight retention cap with some larger bubbles around the edges. Minimal lace is present but still is nice and sticky.

S: Bright orange peel and juicy orange flesh. A touch of white grapefruit, papaya and some acidic lemon zest. It's certainly citrus forward however it's not too aromatic in the way of hitting you with the flavors in a bold fashion. This seems a bit more reserved compared to other "West Coast" IPAs.

T: Bitter citrus and floral hops coat the palate initially, followed quickly with a rush of citrus fruits. Bitter orange peel, sweet grapefruit and a touch of lemon rind towards the end. A very minimal malt base is hidden underneath the bright citrus flavors however it does help take the bitter edge off the beer.

M: Very creamy with low carbonation throughout the beer. It finishes quite dry however it's welcomed and leaves a residual stickiness on the palate. A signature body from Russian River, and perhaps even West Coast IPAs in general. Simply wonderful.

Certainly not my favorite IPA that RR makes however it's still a very flavorful and balanced one at that. Bright, clean, bitter and balanced, this is yet another beer that reminds me exactly why I love the style so much. (1,401 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious IPA! Very pleasant citrus and floral aroma. A nice lingering aftertaste, with hints of grapefruit and fresh hops. This beer really has everything I'm looking for in an IPA. The drinkability is insanely high. Blind Pig is amazingly tasty and refreshing, and would be easily chuggable. Fresh hops with a wonderfully smooth feel. It would be a regular beer for me, if only it was available where I live. (412 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/13/05- Purchased at the Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- Growler fill at the brewery.

Appearance- Darker golden pour with a large inch plus head and better than average lace.

Smell- Probably the most bitter hop scent I have set my nose too. Even after a week in the fridge the smell never decreases. Almost a burning hop scent. Lots of pine in the nose.

Taste- Good hop/malt balance....pretty damn bitter with a nice pine essence. A bit of grapefruit as well. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated with a burning hop feeling. Almost a bit too over the top.

Drinkability- Very drinkable as long as you like hopped the hell out beers. Taste buds will be gone after a couple of pints of this. Congrats Vinnie... you did it again! (771 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July 22, 2008; Sampled August 7, 2008
Pours into my New Belgium Globe glass with a nice pungent scent and a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that has some stickiness to it. The beer is a hazy amber hue that shows a more copper hue when held up to the light. Sticky grapefruit notes mix with sweet lychee notes, which are offset in the finish by a sticky herbal note that takes on overtones of hemp oil, peppery sage and just plain, green, hop-stink. Vivaciously hoppy, this has the fruit character that I like in a good IPA as well as the balancing, dank hoppiness that is needed for balance. Quite a nice example of a beer that captures the essence of concentrated hop nectar. No real malt aromatics are noticeable, if you really dig for them there is just a wisp of toasty, pale malt, but only just.

Sharply bitter up front, then the mouth coats the palate and helps to carry the hop flavor, but the bitterness kicks back in towards the finish and lingers on in the mouth with an herbal edge to it. After my first sip I feel like I was just chewing on some fresh hops. Citrus & hop-fruit flavors of grapefruit, bergamot oil, lychee and bright tangelo make a significant showing, but are ultimately engulfed by the palate coating, herbal bitterness that is what is left lingering on in the palate after each sip has passed down my throat. Impressively quaffable, this has some heft to it with enough body to just carry the hops, but remains light enough to be drinkable like a good IPA should.

This is definitely a beer for the hopheads out there. It definitely doesn't pull any punches and is aggressively hoppy. If in the mood for an aggressive hop experience this definitely fits the bill. It doesn't get overly harsh and it is just so dang quaffable. This is much more aromatic and hop flavorful than the draught sample I had previously. (1,859 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap many times and i'm finally ready to review this IPA. Served in a 15oz stemmed glass at Union Jacks.

A- RR Blind pig looks like a bold ipa with a mix of orange and gold colors with a slight haze to it. A medium sized off white head that faded very quick leaving patches of lace around the glass. I've noticed that RR IPA offerings don't produce much head bottle or draft.

S- I could smell this for days, it's just that inviting. A very pungent punch of different hop styles giving of a lot of citrus grapefruit scents. Some lemon scents and possibly some orange intertwined. Also a lot of piney and resiny tones come forth. Some illegal weed scents come to mind. Some malts present but can't break through the hop amounts.

T- The first sip i was in hop heaven as they took control. Blind pig is very bitter with not only hops but the pine is quite strong also. I get some more earthy qualities as this pig warms. few sips to detect the trace amount of malt that is there. Not the most balanced IPA out there, but still tasty.

M- A good amount of carbonation and a medium body give this a great mouthfeel, although others in my party disagreed. A bit on the thick side for an IPA while the resin and oily factors are strong also. The bittering effects are quite felt in the mouth after a few sips. Aftertaste stayed with me for a long while.

D- Blind Pig is quite drinkable but truth be told i enjoyed the nose the most, as i smelled it for 10 minutes before taking the 1st plunge. I prefer to drink this while eating something to tame the pig at times. The abv is low leaving this a session candidate but i would not go over two bottles or pints in a sitting.

RR can do no wrong in my eyes, i'm glad i live in SEPA!! (1,737 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber with 1/2" of of dense, soap-like head that has great retention. The nose has notes of bready malts, grapefruit, and floral hops. The taste is light bready malt up front with a faint pineapple, citrusy, floral, bitter hop finish. The bitterness stays on the palate well after the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a solid IPA. Well balanced with nice malt character and a very great hop presence. (460 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: slightly cloudy golden yellowish / light orange color with a two finger head that slowly fades. Some light lacing develops during the session.

Smell: loads of pine and grapefruit rise from the glass. Very enjoyable.

Taste: nice malt sweetness balanced by pine, grapefruit, and green grapes. Alcohol is well hidden as the hop bitterness is strong but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, lightly crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness rides the tongue for a while.

Drinkability: a wonderful IPA that could be consumed all night long. Can't get a better representation of the west coast style IPA than this one. (683 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Hollingshead's Delicatessen, in Orange, CA, always wanted to try this one, here's my chance,

A: Pours a golden yellow, out of the tap, with some orange highlights, a good white head makes the experience, good retention and lacing, poured into a German mug.

S: Smells heavily of hops, a lot of pine and citrus.

T: Very good, big pine notes start upfront, melding into some grapefruit and tropical fruit, a bit of pineapple and papaya, though overall pine dominates, with a bit of cedar, the malt is there, but this is a hop beer, very good.

M: Smooth, and crisp for an IPA, lots of tingling carbonation, and the hops give it a bit of an oily feel, a delight to put into my mouth.

D: Great drinkability, one of the best IPAs I've ever had, great sessionability even at 6.0%, Russian River strikes again, making another great IPA for the hophead's enjoyment. (870 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Skourtis for the bottles of this fine nectar
500 ml bottle, Bottled on dating "093008" = FRESH. The label tells me "This beer does not get better with age! Please do not age me!" Not being one to go against the brewers wishes... This one pours lighter golden amber, slight haze, larger dark eggshell head, which shows better then average retention, nice puff/fluff, tons of outstanding, fine lace, vibrant floral hop nose. Simply great ale. Fresh hops in all their bittering/flavoring glory, sweet malts laying the under carpet down. Fine stuff, this would be a go to beer, if they distributed in my area.... (622 characters)

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,345 ratings.