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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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1,385 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,385
Hads: 5,393
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 1,821
Gots: 812 | FT: 24
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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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Reviews: 1,385 | Hads: 5,393
Photo of Hophead101
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

drank on 11.12.08 at home. got in a trade - thanks russpowell.

i was almost afraid to drink this given all of its hype. but i could not avoid the inevitable. this beer pours an awesome crystal clear yellowish orange color with a fantastic head. truly one of the best looking beers i have seen. the head was nice, thick and bubbly and stuck around for quite a bit, and when it was gone, left a nice lacing in the glass.

the aroma was nothing but hops (go figure). it had an oily hop smell, sweet flowery and hints of lemon in there as well. so now for the taste, WOW. crisp hops at first, only because my mouth was clear and not 'hop' acclimated. the taste quickly softens to a smooth hop taste coating the entire mouth. the flavor spread across the the palate nicely. it left a hoppy finish and aftertaste, but not in a bad way at all.

great beer. one of the best IPA's around. only wish i could get more of here in PA.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my appetizer before I went and had my Pliny the Elder. Both of these were available at the Falling Rock Tap House on tap.

Light Gold color with very little head. No visible carbonation and some very nice lacing.

Very fresh floral and grapefruit/citrus aroma. Really nice.

Wow, a fantastic IPA. Hop bomb with a Grapefruit focus with the flavor. Yet still balanced and with a nice malt backbone. A touch of cracker in the background that works well with the hops...

Rather light in body and really refreshing. Wonderful drinkability. I would drink this all night, had Pliny not been on the menu.

A great IPA.

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Photo of BeerandBlues2
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours hazy orange with an average, white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, hay, straw), heavy hops (flowers, pine, citrus), average yeast (dough, sweat) with notes of apple, pear, and peach. Medium bodied, mineral texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity, and heavy bitterness.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this today in a trade with bring. Thanks for the opportunity to try this! 500 ml bottled on 9/30/08.

A- slightly translucent diluted golden color with a slight orange tint. Pours with a healthy white foamy headwhich eventually fades to 1/2 finger and leaves plenty of lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Wonderful. Big, bright, and hoppy. A perfect blend of pine, citrus, and spicy goodness.

T- The flavor doesn't measure up to the smell but it's still decent. Mild spicy hop flavor is the main character upfront with a bit of citrus and grassy flavors in the background. Some pine citrus resiny bitterness comes through for the finish with medium strength and linger for awhile.

M- Medium carbonation and smooth,oily body. Oily characteristics are great, but a bit on the thin side.

D- I was really looking forward to trying this one. My 3rd RR brew. Good IPA overall but it doesn't really stand out to me. A bit over hyped IMHO.

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Photo of blklab2007
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle brewed 6 weeks ago poured into a tulip glass has a nice orange ice tea color and a thick one finger white head that retained rather well and laced the glass nicely. aroma has juicy grapefruit hops, citrus peels, pine, orange zest, and underlying malts. perfumed and enticing. mouth feel is medium with biting carbonation and good coating. flavor is all about the hops, (pine, grapefruit, citrus), sweet enough to keep the bitterness down, and just enough caramel malt to keep the hops balanced. finish has a long duration of hops coating. very good and extremely fresh tasting.

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Photo of Spikester
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16.9 ounce bottle. About three weeks from bottling date.
Pours amber with a sizable white head and copious lacings.
Aroma is piney-resinous.
Taste is a crisply bitter citrus grapefruit orange hop blast. After the initial taste it settles down to a nicely bitter IPA with just enough malts to make it a smooth drinker.
The downside is I only bought one bottle. I will enjoy this beer anytime I can find it.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Cask at O'Brien's] Poured a lightly hazy, copper color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus fruits, pine resin, floral hops and faint malts as well. Taste was super, tangerine and other citrus fruits, more pine and a strong grapefruit bitterness. The IBUs are incredible on this one.

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Photo of lhaqq
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear light golden body and small white head.
S: Strong smell of guava, a bit smokey. Also some papaya and passion fruit.
T: Guava, with a big citrus finish.
M: Round and creamy.
D: Really smooth and drinkable. Will definitely get it again, either next time I'm at RR or else next time I find it in a bottle.

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Photo of jim102864
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The second and final bottle of Blind Pig from the small shipment of Cali selections I made while visiting Holiday Liquors in Escondido.

The appearance is a hay colored gold with a small but very sticky head that webbed the glass with each pull from my nonic. Steady carbonation throughout the sampling.

Aroma was piney with evergreen and yet somewhat floral and sweet. Hoppiness abounds, yet it's not over the top, though I expected a fairly aggressive nose and got it.

Taste was dominated by hop bitterness which brought the evergreen and pine combination into the flavor. Suprisingly understated which was at tad disappointing. Smooth for an IPA.

Mouthfeel was slick and satisfying.

A fairly drinkable beer and could easily be enjoyed for multiple rounds. A good brew that I would recommend to IPA fans.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My other RR IPA find at Beverage Warehouse last weekend. Bottled September 5, 2008. The bottle keeps telling me not to age it, so I figured I'd better drink it before I went out of town for a week. Fairly aggressive pour into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with not much in the way of bubbles. The head is white, got about 2 fingers that fades to a thin film with a few fluffy bubbles. Lacing is nice.

S: Strong grapefruit hops and not much else.

T: Grapefruit hops dominate from start to finish, but I also note some floral, pine and grass hops in there as well. Not much sweetness to the malt, but there is some malt character-enough to give it a good balance at any rate.

MF: Medium-thin body with moderate carbonation. Hops are not that heavy on the tongue, even if they are a major part of the palette. Not much warming, and the alcohol isn't particularly noticeable.

D: Excellent West Coast IPA. Lots and lots of hops, but not too bitter to be undrinkable. Good balance for an IPA, which is impressive to me because the malt is so understated. I am a fan of grapefruit-dominant IPAs, so this is a winner for me. Low alcohol, smooth mouthfeel and great flavor make this an easy drinker. It was nice to find this here in LA, and hopefully it'll be something not to hard for find for the foreseeable future.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. 11/03/08. Bottled on 090508.

Pours a clear, bright golden orange color with nearly three fingers of soft beige head. The head dropped slowly and left some nice lacing. Aroma is strong with piny and citrusy hops with some malt in the background.

Taste starts with a bit of sweet caramel malt. That's quickly followed by a rush of piny and citrusy hops. Plenty of grapefruit flavor and a bitter finish. Seems a bit unbalanced with the hops, it could use a bit more malt.

Feel is decent on this beer. It seems a bit thin or watery. Doesn't quite seem right to me. Ample carbonation, medium body. Drinkability is pretty good. It's not too bitter and goes down fairly smooth.

Overall, a decent IPA. If you like an IPA on the very-hoppy side then you might like this. But it's a bit unbalanced for me.

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at Backcountry Pizza in Nederland. Pours an orangish brown with a silky beige head. Nice lacing.

Nose has citrus fruits, piney hops and sweet malts.

Taste is a delicious blend of bready malts, fresh fruits and floral hops. Medium body is very well carbonated. Near perfect example of teh style.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle received as an extra from Mauerhan (thanks Topher). Bottled on 072208 and served in my Ayinger Becker. Poured a translucent orange-gold with tiny bubbles in solution. 1.5 inch fluffy white head embedded with craters left behind strands of lacing as it receded. Nose was sweet grapefruit, piney hops and a light grainy quality in the back. Grapefruit sweetness is diminished in the mouth and hops bitterness is amplified. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a bitter/astringency that lingers between quaffs. Top notch IPA. Not my style per se, but I can really appreciate the quality of this brew.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to brother BA mikesgroove for this gem. Consumed on 11/01/08.

Golden in color with a pillowy white head. Left great, sticky lace throughout the glass.

Aromas whafting with complete, unabashed, piney, citrusy hoppy goodness. Very fresh in the nose and hardly abrasive.

Smooth on the palate, very much so actually. Amazingly fresh and vibrant hoppy flavor with great bitterness to boot. Long lingering on the palate with the hops. Great play, really, with the light malt character and the heavy hops... IMHO, the way an IPA ought to be. Because of that, Blind Pig shoots up the charts as one of my favorite IPAs made to date.

Fantastically drinkable, mid-level in body, and highly sessionable based on above notes. My first venture into Russian River was a highly successful one. Splendid.

Many thanks to mikesgroove, again, for this one.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of Goldfish
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 500mL Bottle (That's 1 pint .9 Fluid oz). Has brew date of 09/05/08. Very enticing amber-ish color. Nice full head. - Starts to evaporate almost immediately though. Leaves lacing all the way down the glass - an intricate array of stalagmites and stalagtites (sp?). Carbonation continues throughout the entire drinking experience.

S - Piny and Hoppy notes attack the nostrils. You want to stick your whole face in this beer.

T - Hoppy goodness. (Brevity is better or I could go on all day)

M - Plays with the tongue. Your mouth tingles with the flavor.

D - Could drink this all night and all day. A great tasting beer. Bud Light says they have drinkability. Well Bud tastes like crap in a bucket. This tastes like heaven and you still could drink it all day.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of calise1122
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
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!!

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Photo of Derek
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of kasper
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,385 ratings.