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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,460 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,460
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,480
Gots: 456 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

beernads, May 09, 2013
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4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

jwc215, Aug 22, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

DrunkinYogi, Jan 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Gueuzedude, Aug 08, 2008
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3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

kojevergas, Oct 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

oriolesfan4, Apr 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Halcyondays, Sep 11, 2007
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4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Gavage, Mar 14, 2009
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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

GClarkage, Nov 14, 2005
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

InspectorBob, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

drewone, Sep 03, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
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.

yourefragile, Jul 09, 2010
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4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

corby112, Dec 30, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

orangesol, Mar 07, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

weeare138, Dec 10, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

stakem, Aug 02, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 07, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

wrightst, May 24, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

dbrauneis, Dec 08, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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....

Billolick, Dec 02, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev -6%
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.

tempest, Mar 29, 2009
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3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

barleywinefiend, Feb 21, 2009
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,460 ratings.