Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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Reviews: 1,345
Hads: 5,196
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.89%
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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 akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -6%
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. (993 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Golden with orange tints, slightly hazy but much clearer than I was expecting, 2 fingers of foamy head the remains for a while and then settles into sticky lacing.

S - Resiny hops, pine, very herbal with some citrus zest. Nice caramel malt balance.

T - Pine and grapefruit, very herbal, citrus zest followed by sweet caramel malt and a lingering piney, herbal finish.

M - Light to medium and silky smooth. This one goes down way too easy. A dry linger hop finish.

D - Packed with hops but still very drinkable and well balanced in the sense I could have several. Reminds me of a smaller version of the Pliny's. (618 characters)

Photo of calise1122
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shipped with Pliney and other CA goods from Joey at Southbay! Poured on Halloween into a 20z Guinness pint with Velvet Underground Sister Ray playing in the background on a perfect Halloween Friday. The Belgium beer fest fell on Halloween a couple of years ago and Blind Pig would have been one hell of a costume, better than my Sponge Bob get up.

A: Pours golden, almost hazy apple juice color with a big three finger foamy white head that is not going anywhere soon. Good carbonation, great lacing.

S: Peach, pine, hops, orange zest, sugar cane

T: nice tingle on the ton, lots of hops and a citrus explosion. It is times like this where I wish my palate was more complex... there a lot of different citrus, fruit driven notes in here, but I just can't single them out... maybe its from drinking too much 5-Alive growing up. Definitely a lot of pine, maybe some brussels sprouts... its bitter, but by no means too acidic... really well made and flawlessly balanced

M: Very crisp on the finish, medium in body, tingles my tongue and glides around the mouth very smoothly.

D: Yes

Great beer!! (1,097 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with fluffy, white head, good retention, excellent lacing. It just doesn't look better than this.

S: Big piny, citrus & rind hop aroma, candied fruit & hints of toffee.

T: Solid piny bitterness up front, tangerine, lemon zest, candied pineapple and a little toffee.

M: Well attenuated, moderate body is smooth, with little hop acidity and a crisp finish.

D: Very drinkable.

An all around great brew.

Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the Halloween '08 treat! (465 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After having the beer on tap six months ago, the beer brings back some serious memories. Opening with a crystal clear golden color, great head formation, and equalled retention. Soft but delicate hop flavor and aromatics give a juicy burst of grapefruit, orange zest, perfume, and fresh-cut grasses. Very fresh, inviting, and invigorating. Maltiness is very crisp, clean, and with a cracker-like, delicate caramel taste. Hoppy, but not unnecessarily bitter or bitey. Maltiness gives the beer structure without interfering with sweetness or mouthfeel. It is the opidome of the American IPA style! Sill, I really enjoyed it more on tap.

GABF Weekend '08: Enjoyed at the Falling Rock Tap Room. A side by side comparison of this versus the Pliney the Elder revealed that this beer had much better hop flavor, a preferred balance, and superb drinkability. The beer showcases the hop flavor and aroma beautifully with a delicate, strong balance of fresh grapefruit, orange zest, lemongrass, pine, and a clean resin-ey bitterness. This is all woven into a very malty, but lightly flavored caramel-barley malt base. The body supports the hops and sweetness well and doesn't interfere with the hop flavor at all. Finishes very clean, light, and with a long lingering hop flavor. Bitterness is somewhat light, but lends to great drinkability. Undoubtedly the best balanced IPA out there- maybe the best period. (1,401 characters)

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

this is the end in some ways of a long circle of trading. The ending: many thanks to jhenry04 for the chance to try this beer! Your generosity is appreciated.

A - brilliant golden straw color with a nice frothy white head.
S - pithy, resiny pine hops dominate with a wisp of background malts.
T - practically a parade of pithy, piney hops bolstered by a light sweet malt note and a hint of citric hops.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp dry finish.
D - quaffable, piney hoppy with a good solid bite but not acrid, overly bitter or harsh. I could drink a few of these with friends over an evening and be happy and standing.

the beginning of the story - my intro to pliny the elder came via Dave in CA who's a great BA and he geve me a bonus blind pig mug from the RR brewpub. almost 2 years later I now have had the blind pig in that mug! (849 characters)

Photo of barefootbrewer
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy orange color with a huge fluffy white head. It also has great lacing. The aroma is an initial hop pop in the old olfactory system. There are definite fruit (grapefruit), floral and slight caramel notes. The taste is initially very hoppy - bitter. There are grapefruit note and a slight hint of sweetness. It is a bit one-sided with hops...could use a bit more malt backbone for balance. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. There is a residual slickness that coats the tongue. Overall, this is an excellent hoppy brew. Definitely works to satisfy a lupulin urge. (632 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice big head with excellent retention with a cloudy orange color.

Huge grapefruit flavor, citrusy, resiny, a bunch of hop varieties seem to be used in this one.

Taste is of a huge hop profile. Grapefruit, resiny, citrusy, spiciness comes through. Malt backbone only provides body and balance for the beer.

The mouthfeel is crisp and dry. It maintains a slight amount of astringency.

Go drink this beer, stop reading my review. (432 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, my first foray into Russian River beers, thanks to BGThang. And it won't be my last (thanks yet again...)!

Appearance - pours into a tasting glass with a hazy, fairly basic gold/straw color. A finger of white, sticky foam forms up, clinging to everything it touches. Melts down quite slowly, nice retention.

Aroma - fresh and piny, spicy and rich with grapefruit. I can just barely pick up a hint of caramel style malt.

Taste - a quick and clean base malt, a touch of biscuit. The hops appear quickly, springy and alive with citrusy grapefruit up front and a tart oranginess on the swallow. A biscuit and bitter orange aftertaste, resolving to a dry piny flavor on the finish. Pushing a little medicinal there too, but it's a minor thing.

Mouthfeel - crisp, slightly creamy eith a medium body.

Drinkability - a special treat; you folks out west are in good hands with these to quench your thirst. A big thanks, Ken, for hooking me up with this delicious Top 100 brew. (977 characters)

Photo of kasper
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orange/amber with vibrant straw-colored highlights. Multi-finger soapy off-white head leaves sheets of white lacing peeling down the glass.

S: Aromas are largely citric hops: pink grapefruit, mandarin orange, lime, mint, and bready malts.

T: A bit piney, then slightly citrusy, but hop loaded all-the-way-through. There's a nice, smooth, mildly-sweetened malt background the whole way through, and sweetest up front. Tad soapy; strongly bitter -- all goes together well.

M: Medium bodied, liberally carbonated, and smooth.

D: Yeah, this is a nice beer. It's pretty heavy and hop-y, however. I couldn't drink em all night. Elder is smoother and most balanced, despite being stronger. (699 characters)

Photo of leif86
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear yellow/golden brew. Nice, full bodied and frothy head - very thick and lasts a while. Leaves great lacing.

S: Mmmm... fresh hop smell - some pine and citrus.

T: Hops are great here - a little piney, a little tangerine, and very refreshing. A little alcohol flavor up front and a little sweet. The bitterness stays with you for a while.

M: Pretty perfect carbonation. Slightly sticky

D: This is what more IPAs need to be. Please and thanks to have some more. (472 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Who wears a boy tie anymore? Pours a mostly cloudy orange color with a more light tan hue through out. A good fizzy white head which settles down after some time. Good retention and lacing.

The nose is more along the lines of a west coast ipa. Nice herbal and citrus notes mixes well with a stronger piney hop note. Some nice fruity notes, grapefruit and a touch of pineapple. Some lighter notes of malt, mostly grainy and a touch of kettle caramel as well. Some alcohol but not over the top. Pretty clean yeast overall.

The taste is similar. Nice hop presence with a hint of bittering. Would have like a bit more balance but the finishing hops leaves a piney and citrus twist into the finish. Some soapy and kettle hop notes into the finish that is a bit of a deterrent. The malt falls off though, with a more muttled grainy and non-distinct sweetness. Really would have liked more complexity and clarity there. Some yeasty note but nothing over the top.

The body is a bit sweet and would like it to be a bit smoother. Carbonation is a bit low, which could help out. Overall a decent IPA with a great hop presence, but IMO really lacks the distinct malt backing to make it a great beer. Good drinkability though. (1,216 characters)

Photo of xpimptastikx
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Midaszero for the extra.

Pours a clear golden with minimal off with head. Smells bitter, piney, and with a hint of citrus. Tastes less bitter than the smell, but still a nice bite. Feels good in the mouth, very smooth. Leaves a nice lasting bitterness. (263 characters)

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice clear golden hue with a rather fluffy white head
Sl: Lots of ripe citrus fruit and pink grapefruit rind with a good shot of pine stickiness. Daddy likey!
T: Citrus fruit are again center stage with ripe tangerines, oranges, and lemon zest. There is a slight "soapy" quality to this beer as well that isn't really doing it for me at the moment.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a good crisp bite on it as well
D: A really nice IPA. I am not a fan of "soapy" IPA's, but this one had that quality for me. It just isn't my thing, but I still found this beer to be very tasty. (591 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to 0110x011 for this one in my LNBA BIF box!

A-Slightly hazy orangish golden yellow. A thin white head reduces to a thin film and leaves spotty lace.

S-A wonderful blast of "west coast" hops. Citrus and pine followed by a bit of sweetness. Upon warming notes of apple and pear come through as well.

T-A sharp, bitter hop bite rises up and assualts your taste buds, wonderful! Underlying sweetness balances things well. The citrus and pine hops swirl around in a dance of flavours.

M-Medium-light with an incredible sharp crispness. Long lasting bitterness.

D-A wonderful West Coast IPA. Maybe just a bit thin in body but otherwise tough to beat...see it's "Elder" brother though! (695 characters)

Photo of tayner
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml brown bottle, bottled on 7-9-08

pours an amber color with a small white head and only scant lacing

smell is green floral citrus hop flavor

taste is up front bitter citrus pith, some mild palate malt with a floral bitter finish. not as "green" tasting as PtE

mouthfeel is creamy and oily, very coating.

easier to drink alone than pliny but would not hold up as well to spicy food.. but would still hold up enough quite likely. more sessionable than pliny, but they both have their place. (498 characters)

Photo of Biscuit033
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with a small white head and great lacing.

S: Earthy, piney, lemon zest, and some grapefruit, with some hints of caramel.

T: Citrusy, earthy, caramel, vanilla, and some piney notes.

M: Smooth and creamy with a long bitter finish.

D: This is an extremely drinkable IPA especially at 6%. This may be my favorite west coast IPA. (336 characters)

Photo of ZAP
2.95/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-An almost glowing golden color...nice lacing on the glass.

S-The smell is sweet citrus...ripe oranges, pinneaples, and tangerines....a mild caramel like maltiness blends in nicely

T-Similar, but different that the nose...where the nose leads one to think sweet fruit cocktail, the taste is actually sharply citrus, with piney notes as well. The fruits on the taste are unsweetened pink grapefruit, and orange peel.

M-Seems one-sided....more of a hop juice style IPA than a juicy flavorful IPA....malt seems to be missing in the body....finishes very dry and bitter

D-Depends on what you want in an IPA and what you like. This is as bitter an IPA as I've had but lacks the overall juicy hop notes I like. I much preferred Pliny to this. I always like to compare the big hitters to our state's best known canned IPA Surly Furious (which is kind of in the middle of the IPA and DIPA area imho). Personally I think Furious is a better beer. The bitterness is about the same but Furious has a better overall flavor to me. I know others really like this and it has won many awards but for me it is not an elite IPA because it is too one-sided and lacks the juicy flavorful hop elements I enjoy. (1,195 characters)

Photo of johnd513
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes to ducksfan for this one.
This beer pours a clear golden color with a nice frothy white head that gets smaller as the beer is drank and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Smells of citrusy grapefruit. The taste is citrusy and dry with grapefruit flavors. This beer has a medium body and is nicely carbonated. Drinkability is good I could easily have a few of these if this beer was readily available to me. (422 characters)

Photo of adamparker05
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up at Holiday Wine Market in Escondido (San Diego), CA. Super friggin' excited to try after having a love affair with Russian River's Pliny the Elder and Damnation.

Pours a mellow gold, honeyed color with nice, slightly fluffy head.

Aroma is standard hoppiness; citrus. Little bit of pine nettles.

Taste is awesome; doesn't pack an "-over-hopped" punch like some IPA's nowadays. Herbal with a nice balanced hop taste and Zingy mouthfeel with slight bitter finish.

Sooo drinkable. If I had a 6pk I wouldn't be able to refrain from drinking the whole thing tonight.

It's scarce- buy it without thinking twice. (619 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangey color with nice head that quickly dissipates. Nice lacing that lasts throughout the glass. Nice piney/citrus hop flavor and smell but not overly bitter. This is a beer that I could drink alot of and hopefully one day will be able to easily. (261 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will be the second beer I have tried from Russian River, Supplication being the first, and Pliny soon to be the third. Many many thanks to my big sister, Christian for tracking it down during her stay in San Diego. Poured in to a snifter so as to hopefully rouse some of the aroma. Beer was served just above room temperature, chilled is a good way of putting it. Appearance is a cool gold, and heading is about one finger. The head quickly fades in to a thin white lacing with good retention. Oily hops come to mind first in the aroma, then come citrus fruits such as pineapple and tangerine. Mild earth smells also show themselves to an extent. Taste is composed of grassy hop resins, bit of tobacco, cream and orange jump in at times. Mouthfeel is intense in its bitterness. It leaves the tongue feeling a little numb. Malt presence could possibly be lifted a bit to balance the hops, but overall this is still hardly a problem. Blind Pig strikes me a being a session IPA for people who really bitter, hoppy brews, I wish I had a few more bottles. Final thoughts: This is a very solid India Pale. I wasn't exactly blown away, but that is fine. Instead, I am left feeling very satisfied and refreshed. I can imagine this being a regular in my fridge if only it were available in my state...maybe one day. Cheers (1,318 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shout out to mattolesh for sending me another quality brew from Russian River.

Poured cold from a 500 mL bottle into a Founders pint glass.

A- A cloudy, hazy golden color. White head dissipated quickly and laced the glass as the beer was consumed.

S- The hops definitely stood out on this one. Lots of hops mixed citrus fruit, very similar to Pliny the Elder.

T- Fruit was definitely prevalent, but the hops dominated this one. As it was consumed I thought the malt flavor might try to kick in, but that never happened.

M- Medium bodied and had soda like carbonation at points. The feel of the beer was thinner than some of the other IPAs I have had.

D- A very easy drink! I could drink this all day, especially at 6.0% abv.

Overall, I think this was a quality IPA. The only complaint I have with this one is that I wish the consistency of the beer was little thicker. At certain points, it felt as if I was drinking soda water (the taste still being excellent). Other than that, a great beer. (1,001 characters)

Photo of stumac
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I dig the label...."Don't age me!"

I had this right after I drank the Surly Furious. Going from a huge bodied IPA to a sessionable IPA was not a good idea...

pours a golden color with a quickly fading white head. great lacing. the nose is floral and spicy hops. the taste is very bitter, bitter hops, floral hops, subtle sweet malts. medium to full body, medium spritzy carbo. good brew... (391 characters)

Photo of roan22
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a nonic pint. Rarely available in these parts (Philly)...so every drop is to be savored, its that good.

The appearance is a hazy orangey amber with great foam and lace. The aroma, the depths of which draw you in so deeply, is like a pine forest, and an herb garden (rosemary, what an awesome pungent spiciness), with orange and grapefruit essences and perhaps ginger.

The taste is so smooth, SO drinkable, every sip commands you to have another one. Its clearly the pinnacle of west coast IPAs...hoppy, juicy, delicious lip-smacking bitterness. Nothing about this beer slams you in any negative way, its perfectly brewed. And it just won a silver medal at the GABF 08.

I, among so many other Philadelphians, anxiously await Russian River shipment time every year. To Vinny, thank you for continuing to send your perfect IPAs to my city! Cheers (858 characters)

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