Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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Ratings: 5,136
Reviews: 1,383
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 1,753
Gots: 703 | FT: 18
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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 yourefragile
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle, dated 6/7/10, eh, fresh enough. Poured into a nonic.

Thought I reviewed this already so this will be brief. Appearance is nearly perfect, a radiant, clear golden copper color with active carbonation supporting an thick off white bubbly head that coats the glass in rings of sticky lacing and has great retention. Aroma is bitter and hoppy, with mild citrus sweetness, but dominated by citrus rind and earthy bitterness. The pale malt backbone provides a sturdy, yet unobtrusive balance to all of the hops. Mouthfeel is also perfect for an IPA, creamy, medium thick, well carbonated and smooth. One of the best examples of an American IPA, loads of bitter hops that are infinitely drinkable.

Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Brian for this great extra! Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a hazy light amber color with a thick two inch white foamy head. Very good head retention and it left excellent lacing on my glass.

The aroma is floral and hoppy with a strong grapefruit and pineapple citrus presence. It also has some pine and a slightly herbal spice to it along with a little sweetness. Excellent aroma for an IPA in my opinion.

The taste is hoppy as expected with some strong citrus flavors like the nose. It starts out with a sweet hoppy flavor but the bitterness really comes into play in the finish, balancing the sweetness out some.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's a fantastic tasting IPA and very easy drinking.

Overall one of the best IPA's I have had, and I have had the pleasure of having it a few times now fresh. it really shines in the balance it has between the sweet hoppy flavor and the bitter finish. Would gladly drink this anytime.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An amber pour with hints of pink and yellow. Fluffly head, good lacing.
Smells of high citrus (gf, lemon) and some leafy flower plants. Hops are in there somewhere.
Taste has the hops; nice crispness and flavor.
Medium body and great mouthfeel, leaves clean with enough taste residue to want more.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last night provided me with possibly the worst beer experience yet. However, I hope get that sour taste out of my mouth with one of the highest regarded IPA's around, now in bottles! Lots of anti-aging propaganda on the label, so I plan to drink it five days after I purchased it from Old Town Liqour in Temecula. On to the beer:

Poured gently into an Imperial Pint glass...absolutely lovely to look at! Faded washed out orange with a glow to it, and a head with very good retention. The nose has a good kick of hops with a balance of sweet tropical fruits and a malty backbone to keep it in check.

I have to say this is a very impressive tasting beer. Some pear shows up at the door, but gets smacked down by a barrage of hops with a metallic punch to it and a mix of tropical and piney fruits. The bitterness in the aftertaste is long lasting and is the ecstacy to the hophead part of me. Sounds like it would be hard to take another sip, but this is one of the easier West Coast IPA's I've had to drink.

How do you control such a bitter IPA so well? Russian River has it down, which is seen in both Pliny's, and now Blind Pig.

(Come to think of it, they should have named this Manbearpig. I'm super cereal. Alright, excelsior!)

Photo of tempest
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ortino's Northside. $5 for a 10 oz pour. Appeared a clear gold with a thick white head. The aroma is an intoxicating mix of pineapple, grapefruit, floral perfume and pine - amazing. I only wish the flavor could match that amazing smell. Yeah, it's pretty awesome, with a more herbal grapefruit taste and hint of biscuity malts, but the aroma is just top notch. The bitterness level is also pretty spot on. This is damn good IPA.

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Excited about this one! Thanks to xhuskr for the trade. Bottled on August 4th 2011 we good to go!

A great crystal clear body colored dark gold almost orange but a distinct dark yellow. Very little slow rising carbonation from the bottom, with a head that forms tightly and antique off white. A very solid cap that stays together and clumps.

Classic grapefruit mushy ripe nose. Sweet. Solid not much else though.

Taste is hop pine at first with a good malt balance. Texture is ok if slightly wet, but finish follows a dry citrus hop. Lingering hop grapefruit bitter in aftertaste but doesn't bring the citrus felt on the nose. Sort of mild toast bread then grapefruit later, but also a roof top drying sense in the palate also.

Overall a solid but straightforward IPA I think, not that blown away by this however. Good beer no complaints but feels like a one trick pony. But I will get on this ride anytime.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Toronado in San Francisco. Pours golden with some orange highlights- somehat lighter in color than many ipas. Healthy white head that sticks around some. Nice piney hoppiness in the nose with a hint of orange. You can smell the bitterness and tell this is going to be good. Small amount of dry malt in the background. Wow! Super hoppy beer, with lots of sticky resin. Big pine taste with some lesser citrus notes, especially orange, for balance. Much hoppier than most other ipas I've had and absolutely delicious. Long, lingering bitterness. I wouldn't exactly call this balanced, but it does have some malt backbone for support. Its just that the hop attack is so relentless that the malt gets a little overwhelmed. Who cares, its great. Mouthfeel is perfect as well. Good body, perfect level of carbonation, and ends with a spicy creaminess. Love this beer, but it definitely burns the tastebuds out a bit. Use in moderation. I'd buy this in a second if it was bottled and in my area.

Photo of corby112
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes:

Pours a clear golden yellowish orange color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that has decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Uber fresh dank resinous hop aroma that is bursting with tropical and citrus fruit notes as well as some earthy pine and subtle malt. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple, mango and lemon peel.

Chewy body that's on the fuller end of the spectrum with lots of extremely fresh juicy hop flavor and slight bitterness that lingers throughout. As in the aroma, there are lots of tropical and citrus fruit notes as well as some earthy pine needle and slight malt characteristics. Again, I'm picking up hits of mango and pineapple as well and grapefruit and citrus peel. Slight earthy resinous hops balance out the sweetness and their is just a touch of pale malt to balance out the bitterness. The ABV is extremely well masked makng this delicious beer dangerously drinkable. Highly recommended!

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

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. People have sent me this before, but this particular bottle is thanks to psiweaver.

Appearance - Golden straw colored with a big white head. Hazy, but not sedimenty looking. Traces of head remain with loads of lacing.

Smell - HOPS. Citrusy hops. Orange and grapefruit hops. No malt smells at all.

Taste - HOPS. Citrusy hops. Orange and grapefruit hops. No malt taste at all. This is hop juice. The most pared down way of delivering hop flavor. Not even a hint of sweetness to make it easier to drink. As much as I like hop bombs (like PtE), this isn't balanced at all. It's bitter, then it's bitter, then it's bitter some more.

Mouthfeel - Because of the low malt character, it's thin. Even for a single IPA, it's very thin. The carbonation feels high, even though I don't think it is very high. Just the nature of ti makes it seem that way.

Overall - It's very tasty, if you're into huge hop bombs. It's actually quite impressive that a single IPA at 6.1% can have this much hoppiness. The downside is that it really isn't balanced.

Photo of weeare138
3.89/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I missed this while at Russian River last year. I've had the opportunity to have this in the bottle, and on tap at three different locations.
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white cap that slowly fades into a mild cap that never fades away. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of super hop juice, citrus, grapefruit, pine, herbs, and black pepper.
Taste is a big drop off with the flavors. From the samples I've had, it just seems to be a bit watered down. It's a let down from getting excited with the kick-ass aromas to actually getting to taste it.
Mouthfeel is bitter, medium bodied, citrusy, with a bitter finish.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear, very light amber gold, with a huge and frothy head of yellow-white bubbles. Lacing is good, and the head retention is quite incredible. I'll have to chew through some suds to get to the beer, no doubt.

Deliciously hoppy nose - massive sweet fruit backed with gritty, resinous hops. Hints of bitter cherry, apricot and plantain, with pine resin and sawdust over the top. Extremely fragrant, and powerful.

Palate is less robust, with a subtle, but pleasant hop character riding over the top of a smooth, buttery sweetness. Some pepper mid palate, with a light, sweet afterpalate. No grittiness on the back. Mouthfeel is deliciously smooth, adding to the soft, comforting nature of this IPA.

Not an extreme IPA - certainly not packed with bitterness on the palate. My guess is the hop quota in this brew is used up late, imparting massive fruit aromas, but little bitterness. This leaves it extremely drinkable - very smooth and refreshing. An excellent and tasty little IPA.

Photo of Zorro
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled thanks to RedwoodGeorge and his most Excellent trade!

Pours a clear golden beer with a slightly off white head. This looks much like a good lager in my glass.

Smell is agreeably very hoppy. Strong very pine and eucalyptus hop aroma with no citrus scent in it at all. Additional hop aroma of mint is very strong to the nose here. Malt scents are minimal here but there is a faint light aroma of malt that is slightly honey like.

Taste is fairly light malt wise like a golden ale. While the malt is doing a whole lot of nothing the hops are quite busy entertaining your tongue! Good strong West Coast style hops provide lots of pine and grapefruit flavor. This is an assertively bitter beer but not a harsh one. In my book I cold almost call this a strongly flavored Pale Ale but it really is an AIPA to non-warped West Coast palettes.

Mouthfeel is good but a bit light.

A nice drinkable IPA here that is strong but not too over the top. This here is a beer that shows West Coast hops in all their glory. But to be honest this is a rather strong beer that probably will shock many and delight all the hopheads. If you are not a hop head drink 3-4 of these and you will be!

Photo of HopHead84
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass. I'm surprised this is my first rating of this beer. It's medium golden with a nice frothy white head. Retention is good and scattered lacing is left on my glass.

The aroma is that of a near perfect IPA. Blind Pig has a strong citrus hop presence, imparting notes of bitter grapefruit as well as orange rind. There's also a lot of pine in the nose too. There's no noticeable alcohol, and the malt backbone is faint and crackery.

The taste is very bitter and packs a hell of a lot of hop flavor. It oozes pine and citrus hops. There' not sweetness. The crackery malt profile lets the hops run the show. No sweetness is detectable, and alcohol flavor is nowhere to be found. Bitterness is medium-high. The finish is crisp and clean. It's also very dry, and bitter. It leaves pine and grapefruit lingering on my palate.

Blind Pig is light bodied with good carbonation.
The mouthfeel is bone dry, crisp, and leaves my mouth sticky.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my man rhertan for bringing this back for me.
Poured a deep orange with good carbonation and nice white head. Nose is pine, grapefruit and orange peel. Taste is citrus, piney,toasted and caramel malts and a hop bite on the end. Mouthfeel is noce and chewy with the hop bite and some citrus notes. Drinability is good. I can get a sixer of Union Jack for the price of two Blind Pigs. A good IPA but not one I would seek out again.

Photo of John_M
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I know Vinnie is not a big believer in "aged" IPA's, and generally I tend to agree with him. However, I recently came across this beer at my "home town" Market of Choice in West Linn, a store notorious for not rotating its stock in a timely manner. This particular bottle of Blind Pig was dated 7/29/08.

The beer pours a protypical peachy orange color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, what can one say? This is IPA perfection. The beer has an incredible nose of wet tobacco, earth, allspice and hoppy bitterness. On the palate, this beer is off the charts. Maybe it's because the alcohol is so low (relatively), but this beer has not gained any malty sweetness, which is a typical problem for IPA's that have some bottle age. Instead.... this beer has flavors of fuji apple, wet tobacco, wet earth and a hint of cinnamon. As with the fresh version, the finish is just unbelievably dry and bitter.

IMO, a bit of bottle age has given this beer an element of complexity that the fresh version does not have. Not that there's anything wrong with fresh Blind Pig, but I'm amazed at the subtle flavor difference the beer seems to have undergone with some bottle age. Very, very impressive.

Mouthfeel is pretty light and drinkability is exceptional. As good as it gets when it comes to domestic IPA's. Excellent stuff.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from TexIndy, Thanks for the opportunity!

Pours a clear golden amber color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks to everything. Smells of caramel, biscuit, citrus, kind of sweet and malty with a bit of catty, citrusy hops thrown in. Tastes about like the aroma, lots of sweet caramel malts and lots of pine and citrus hop bite. Amazingly balanced brew! Mouthfeel is sticky and resinous, carbonation is crisp, body is medium. Great Ipa I wish I could get this more easily. Great balance great aroma.

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle courtesy of FrancisWeizen.

A: The ale opened without much fanfare. No hiss, no nothing. On pour though, a sizeable head, over three fingers, conjures up. Extensive lacing results. The ale has a cuprous yellow color, a touch hazy but still nice to look at.

S: The ale packs a two-fer. Piney, resiny hops, loaded with arboreal and citric notes, are met by a thick caramel backbone. Surprisingly well-balanced for a hop bomb.

T: Much like the nose, the body is a two-pronged attack with both elements working nicely together. The hops are lively and thick, oozing with citrus peels and pine needles. The bitterness is pleasant, never overpowering. The caramel malt backbone adds a very grainy biscuity flavor. A good IPA.

M: Lots of hops and malts, well-balanced with a nice citrusy finish. This was on my wants list for a while and I am not disappointed.

D: The ale has a relatively low alcohol level that never rears it head. I'd be happy with a six pack of 500 mL bottles.

Photo of biegaman
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow complexions this bright and clear are usually reserved for pilsners and pale ales. IPAs tend to be more amber in tone but then again a Blind Pig doesn't see colour. And I like to think I don't view the world that way either. So I say this light body is good - it probably means unencumbered hoppiness and isn't that what we're here for anyhow?

There are beers that have this level of flaming citrusy, candied fruitiness. There are beers that have this level of pungent, grassy herbals. There aren't many beers, however, that have this level of both, and very few that can pull off the dualism so well. Malts don't even cross the mind in this soapy, bitter, stinky scent. Good riddance to 'em! I'm under a hop spell.

The malts are about as consequential to the taste as the Diet Coke is to a Big-Mac combo. According to the flavour, they don't exist at all. In this world, all there is is pink bubblegum notes and bitter renditions of breakfast citrus fruits and just a faint token of Northwest forest pine. The entire mouth becomes a cocoon of soapy, acidic hoppiness.

A lot of IPAs float like butterflies but sting like bees - not Blind Pig. It's as sweet-natured as an actual blind pig (can you imagine? The poor thing. SO cute!) except for the fact that it's only menially sweet and is, in actuality, quite bitter. But not too bitter, mind you. I bet a lot of novices would find this as refreshing and tasteful as the connoisseurs that praise it.

Vinnie Cilurzo is kind of the Leonardo of the beer world: he is both artist and scientist, a masterful creator at everything he does. While Blind Pig is one of his simpler works, it is no less absorbing. It is a salt-of-the-earth agreeable, true grit hoppy offering that I could drink until I was a blind pig. This and it's brothers Pliny are rightfully royal family in the IPA world.

Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewpub, Santa Rosa, CA.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resinous balmy citrus hop.

The taste consisted of an assertive piney and sweet orange hop with a full doughy and subtly sweet malt framework.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a superior IPA.

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to cstrack for this brew.

Pours a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy/thick, off-white head, lots of nice thick/creamy sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, very hoppy, slight touch of malts, very nice touch of citrus with some pines. The taste is slight sweet, hoppy, bitter, very nice citrus/pines. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome IPA for sure, glad I finally got a chance to try it, highly recommended. Thanks Casey.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 500ml bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/2/11
*From notes

Date bottled: 4/14/11

When it rains it pours - a BIG thanks goes out to both SirRuss and Trilogy31 for hookin' this up for me in the same week!

A: It appears in the glass like a heavily oaked Chardonnay. It's a chrome yellow, and after a good pour, a lovely 2.25 finger head and sticky lacing show up for the party.

S: Fresh cut fruit tray. Like a lazy Sunday afternoon in July. Sweet tropical juices ooze out of the glass. As it warms, the citrusy hop oil becomes even more prevalent. Astounding.

T: The bitterness hits first, but mellows out to a tidal wave of grapefruit, mango and pineapple. The malt is detectable on the mid, but it's not the star of the show. It finishes light and fresh, like chewing on a stick of Juicy Fruit. It's really exceptional.

M: Slightly oily and not nearly as big as I'd expected. I will say that it leads to this one being much easier to put down, but I'm definitely dissapointed it's not a bit more robust.

O: My first experience with Russian River and their Blind Pig didn't dissapoint. The hype surrounding both this and PtE are pretty massive, and I felt that this lived up to most of my expectations.

I could easily see this being a go-to AIPA if I lived on the Left Coast, and found this to be extremely accessible. It's something I would return to more often then PtE, and could certainly put a few back if given the opportunity. Thumbs up.

Photo of liamt07
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Sammy, 500ml into a tulip. Bottled May 9, 2011. My first RR ever!

Pours almost liquid gold, with a bright white head. Filtered and clear body. Nose has lots of bright citrus, orange, some light caramel and slight sugar notes. Mild tropical notes behind the citrus. Taste hits with some bitter pine and citrus, a bit of grain, and again, some tropical notes behind this. Loads of fruit, a bit of a caramel-sugar cookie sweetness and a bitter pine finish. Smooth and bitter feel, with an immense drinkability. I'm happy to have tried this, but this leaves me a bit of a sad panda (for the time being at least) knowing that Ontario is nowhere close to this quality of an IPA.

Photo of ppoitras
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle obtained via trade with RedwoodGeorge. Thanks for the opportunity... Brewed 1/21/2006, hand-bottled via counter-pressure system 1/27/06.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" off-white head over the almost clear dark golden brew. Frothy head fades gently, with bits of lace here and there. Aroma is super-duper piney hops, with some light fruitiness, and an inkling of sweetness underneath it all. Flavor is what the nose indicated, lots of hops, but just enough malt to take the edge off, with a nice cuttingly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice, especially for as hoppy as it is, and drinkability is also very acceptable. Another great offering from "George's Unauthorized Home Bottling Project".

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bottles of Blind Pig at Belmont Station a couple of weeks ago... shared one.. tonight.. this one is all mine.... poured into my Chimay goblet.

1" bubbly head.. nice cap and a surprising ring of lace.. the brew is only slightly hop-hazed pretty clear honey..

nose is lemon and tangerine zest dominated by pineapple hoppiness.. some grapefruit.. and just enough pale malts.

not what else to say about the flavor other than.. WOW!! Mirrors the smell identically... huge fruity hop flavors... Kaffir lime leaves.. clean.. yet oily.. just enough pale malt goodness to bring the hops to their full glory... never ever goes over to the bitter side.. just very very drinkable.. body is fairly lite.. lending very much to me wanting another sip.. quaff.. bottle.. (can I get a keg?)

There is no doubt Blind Pig would be a household regular if I had it locally... now... we just need to make sure, somehow, that Idaho is the next state on the evergrowing list of places to get Russian River.

4/4.5/5/4/4.5

Photo of aasher
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to nickd717 for this one. Bottle is dated 2/14/11. It's an excellent beer to commemorate the end of the regular season for my Boilermakers. It pours a beautiful gold in color, very translucent and clear with a one finger frothy white head. It smells of dry piny hops with bitter grapefruit. It's very piny with a light malt finish. The flavor is riddled with pine cones with a slightly sweet and bitter grapefruit aftertaste. It's definitely a solid IPA. It drinks light and is pretty drinkable but it really gives you cotton mouth. Luckily this fades the longer you drink it. It eventually turns mouth watering. It's probably one of the most drinkable IPAs around. I'm definitely thankful for the tick.

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,136 ratings.