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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

4,315 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,315
Reviews: 1,312
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,460
Gots: 434 | FT: 19
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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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

akorsak, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

duceswild, May 05, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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!)

DoubleJ, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of Zorro
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%

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!

Zorro, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of mothman
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

mothman, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -8.3%

ejimhof, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

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!!

BARFLYB, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

Wasatch, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

Huhzubendah, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of ppoitras
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

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".

ppoitras, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

wrightst, May 24, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

BillRoth, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

Mebuzzard, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of mdaschaf
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

mdaschaf, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

brandoman63, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

biegaman, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

John_M, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

smakawhat, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +14.7%

rab53, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

plaid75, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

tdm168, Oct 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Kelp, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Viggo
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%

Had a couple glasses of this on the Cali trip, but finally reviewed it while hanging out at the RR brewpub sunday evening.

Pours a clear yellow gold, thin white head, drops to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is nice, pine and grapefruit, caramel, apricots, lightly fruity, a bit toasty, floral, big hops, nicely mixed up. Taste is nice, very biscuity and toasty off the bat, grainy, caramel malt sweetness, grapefruit, floral, some fruit, light pine, solid spicy bitter kick in the finish, very balanced and drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and enjoyable. Nice IPA. Top 100? Not in my opinion, but very good nonetheless.

Viggo, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

billab914, Mar 12, 2010
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,315 ratings.