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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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Reviews: 1,372
Hads: 5,322
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 1,810
Gots: 784 | FT: 23
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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: 1,372 | Hads: 5,322
Photo of stumac
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
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...

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Photo of roan22
5/5  rDev +15.7%
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

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Photo of GJ40
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 500ml bottle purchased at City Beer Store in SF.

A - Golden with a slight haze and a thick white head. Nice lacing.

S - A floral, fruity hop aroma. As with Pliny, it's like opening a fresh packet of hop pellets.

T - A great balance of hop flavor and citrusy, grapefruit bitterness. A bit more bitter than Pliney. And the lower alcohol (6.1%) lets the hops play a bigger role. I think I actually prefer this one to Pliny.

M - Good body and carbonation.

D - I could drink this beer all day long. It's everything I like in an IPA and nothing I don't.

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

on tap @ monk's in philly

Full pint pour gives a yellow-orange color (the lighting isn't the best in the front bar at night). Gives a one fingerish head which did hang for a little bit. Sticky lacing is all over the glass throughout.

Smells like west coast IPA to me! Citrus (grapefruits, a bit of lemon) and some pine coming though, even a bit of a floral mark. Malt? Sorry didn't find that one here.

HOPS. That is what i tasted. There was a moment when the malt tried to show up. Then more hops just smashed it out. Citrus. Pine. Big American Hops.

Carbonation is good for the style, enough to keep you wanting more, and not flat. The mouthfeel is not sticky like some IPA's end up being.

Was surprised to find this on tap at Monk's, but hey it was good for me! Looking forward to more of this... but i've not seen it in bottles around the NJ area, much less on tap!

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Photo of deepsouth
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a fairly cloudy yellow with hints of orange. the head is very minimal with a few bubbles clinging to the glass.

the beer smells of grass and grapefruit as well as a bit spicy and bready. i'm not describing it well, but it smells damn good.

the taste is the smell dead on. it finishes like a piece of fresh peeled grapefruit.

the mouthfeel is fairly light yet still maintains a slickness that tells you that you are drinking a divine ipa.

i could drink these like water i think. this is possibly my favorite offering i have tried from russian river.

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Photo of spointon
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 16.9oz (500ml) brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A= This ale poured cloudy pale golden color with a 1.5" puffy white head that slowly dropped to a thin skim. Decent lacing down the glass.

S= This was a very hoppy aromatic beer. I found grapefruit, pine, and grassy notes with just the slightest malt base underneath.

T= I was very impressed with the front end of this beer. Lots of citrus and pine notes, followed by a small burst of bakery malt. Maybe my mind was playing tricks on me but just before the finish I got a slight unpleasant flavor I just couldn't place. The finish was dry and pleasantly bitter.

MF= This beer had a much thinner mouthfeel than I expected or would have liked. The carbonation was mild and dead on for the style.

D= This was a good beer but it is hard not to compare it other IPAs I like better. Still it was damn good and well worth drinking.

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Photo of koopa
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rec'd bottle courtesy of slayer3604. Thanks for the opportunity and for being a good trader!

Appearance: A bit more golden than most IPA's I'm used too. Nice oily sheen across the top of the beer once the creamy white 2 finger head relaxes. Head has good retention and leaves a fine layer of lacing everywhere.

Smell: All floral hop oil goodness here with citrus undertones that range through lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, and orange. Beautiful smelling beer.

Tasting: An excellent tasting IPA with hops dominating and no strong malt profile to counterbalance which is a good thing. Especially considering this low malt high hop style IPA is extremely drinkable and astringency free. Nowhere near as hoppy as Pliny the Elder, but its not a DIPA so it shouldn't be.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation makes this gem creamy and medium bodied. Very nice mouthfeel indeed.

Drinkability: Probably one of the most drinkable IPA's that doesn't disappoint on the hops. Could suck these back all the time if I had more access to them.

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Photo of Cresant
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a Stone Levitation glass. Bottled on 072208. The pale golden body was hazier on the second half of the pour. The head was a creamy off-white. A film of foam remained throughout but left minimal lacing.

Smell was citrus sweet and piney, yum. Sweet bready grain. Alcohol became more evident as it warmed. Almost solvent-like.

Taste was tangy/tart. Green lingering aftertaste. Detergent-like. Grapefruit rind. A tiny amount of caramel malt sweetness peeks out from under the massive hops flavors.

Mouthfeel was somewhat oily, but a little thinner than expected. Mild/moderate carbonation.

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Photo of kinnaird
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I'm not a hophead by any means, but this beer is hop heaven.

2 finger, eggshell white, soapy head on a bright, golden body.

Super resinous, pine, grapefruit, a bit of earth. Smells amazing.

A minuscule amount of grapefruit and pine, and a powerful, tastebud-wrecking shot of hoppy bitterness. Not balanced in any way, shape, or form in a good way.

Clean, dry, astringent.

Judging this beer simply as it's trying to be, it's perfect. It is the quintessential West Coast, American IPA. Drinkability is great. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rowew
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500 ml bottle, orange label with a pig in dark glasses and a cane. Several warnings to drink this beer fresh - this was bottled on 07/22/08. ABV clearly marked at 6.1

Appearance: A bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, but I left it there. Pours a clear orange color, average head with good retention.

Smell: Smells like resinous pine, with a bit of fruit. Tons of hop aroma, just a hint of malt sweetness in there.

Taste: Good combination of bitterness and hop flavors. There is more bitterness here than I expected, but it is a very nice combination. A bit puckering.

Overall impression: Certainly hop heavy - if you are hophead this one should be a must-try.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from bottle- pours a cloudy light orange, minimal soapy head. Nose- sweet candied fruit, light piney perfume. Taste- soapy juicy grapefruit rinds, light biscuity malts. Medium bodied hop delivery vehicle. Oily hops leave a dry finish with some orange aftertaste. Very good IPA

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Photo of roadhouse
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle, bottled on 07/22/08 into a pint glass.

Appears golden with a bit of an orange hue to it with a one and a half inch bubbly off-white head. Leaves a nice amount of lacing behind.

Aroma is citrusy, lots of grapefruit, with piney notes. A very light sweet quality to it as well.

Taste is dominated by grapefruit, it's almost like actually drinking grapefruit juice. There are some piney notes as well, a bit of grassiness. Way in the back there is a slight caramel sweetness that is barely distinguishable. Finish is nice and bitter just like the aftertaste of grapefruit juice.

Mouthfeel is medium, very nice level of carbonation makes it easy drinking.

Excellent stuff. Almost as good as the Flossmoor Vishnu's Vice IPA. I don't think anything can ever top that. I cry every night because it was only brewed once.

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4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ~ Bottled 07-08-08. 500 ml Into an unmarked mason jar. This beer pours a hazy, clouded golden color with a firm, foamy head. Towers of tiny bubbles build through the glass & settle at the bottom of the head, supporting the remaining crown of foam. Broken patches of sticky lace line the jar. This beer is "purdy as a pig."

S ~ Powerful hop presence from the onset. There's a combination of citrus rinds ~ bitter grapefruit with notes of orange peel and floral piney hops & dewey wet grass. As the beer warmed I thought I picked up a sneak of malt?? The nose is fresh & clean. Very appealing.

T ~ First sip cold is a hop assault. Citrusy, piney, sharp hops with a soft balance of malt.
The finish is dry, crisp & bitter. The taste is primarily hops as it was intended, but is suprisingly well balanced & not completely one dimensional. As the beer warmed the edges softened a bit & rounded out. Following the nose ~ refreshing & approachable. Wish there was a little more malt in the background.

M ~ Fuller than I expected. Smooth & well carbonated. There's an oily resin that clings to the lips as well as the jar.
Crisp & tart with a sharpened, bitter finish. After the astringent tongue beating there's a lingering bitter aftertaste on the tip of my tongue & at the top of my throat...almost a medicinal heat.

D ~ Enjoyable and perhaps the best IPA that I've sampled to date. (Surly Furious comes to mind) Very managable ABV thats well concealed. A little over hopped to be something I'd session with on a regular basis. A quality offering from Russian Rivers. Certainly worth a try & very approachable. Pick up a pig if you get a chance.

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Photo of ibbjamin
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid $3.99 for a 16.9 oz bottle from Monument Liquor in Concord, CA. Poured into a pint glass.

This one spewed over the top upon opening despite sitting for days. Ah well.. Pours giving an inch of rather fizzy white head. Good carbonation, but not too much. A yellowish orange color. Decent head retention. Great lacing.

Citrus, grapefruit, lemon, some orange. Pine. Very powerful in the nose of the west coast ipa flavor. A good one at that. Quality all around.

Quality. Much of the same mentionings as the nose. Tasty!

Medium body. Nicely carbonated. Somewhat creamy going down; just enough to leave a great aftertaste, but not too much to jeopardize its drinkability.

Awesome big west coast ipa representation.

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Photo of number1bum
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin and his crappy fantasy baseball team for this beauty.

Pours a hazed orange amber color, with a very creamy and dense off-white head. Keeps a chunky lace and leaves a lot of stick.

Smell smacks you right in the nose with grapefruity hops. Also quite resiny and piney, and it's just dripping with hoppy goodness. Malt? Who needs it?

Taste is also super hoppy and is very good, but there's something about it that's holding me back from exalting it much more than that. There's a sort of sharp cheesy flavor to the hoppiness that just seems odd. Ample hop bitterenss, as well, and again not a whole lot of malt balance.

The body doesn't hold up its end of the bargain here. It's medium but feels thinner, and isn't as creamy as it should be given the level of hoppiness.

This is quite a good IPA, but does not quite reach the level of greatness in my book. Absolutely worth getting your hands on, though.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: coppery/amber color.. good lacing from a medium white head

S: grapefruit, a little grassy, a little floral...

T: a smooth spectrum of grapefruit, and floral tones... some sweet malt tones pop in and out... very balanced

M: medium body.. moderate carbonation.. nice hop bitterness at the finish

D: wonderful... can do again and again

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

Even though this has likely been around longer (assuming this is pretty close to the original homebrew recipe), I can't help but compare this to the Odell IPA I'm so familiar with. Honestly, they're VERY similar, which is actually a great thing. I personally think the Odell IPA is the best one in the country and this brew is nearly identical. Perhaps great minds think alike?
Light copper color with a head that laces like few others can.
Grapefruit, floral overtones, even a hint of spearmint.
Everything goes down painfully easy, and I love the slightly larger bottle as it's just the right size.
No doubt about it - this is great.
I had this with a Mediterranean-style pizza with feta and olives and this worked amazingly well. It's actually a pairing I'd revisit.
Anyway, if you can get this in your area, you should buy it.
It's at the very least tied for my favorite IPA.

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Photo of ironlung
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this on tap @ hollingsheads in Orange back in early August. I'd never herd of it but the tap handle looked cool and it said ipa. I speak that language! I loved the stuff. Kenny always has something worth checking out. So get down there if your in the area! This Review is from a bottle i got at Coit Liquor on Union St. in the city.

A: Hazy Amber. Pours with a nice head into mom's 1984 Oktoberfest Big Bear lake mug. Guess I was 3 when we attended that 1 lol.

S: Musty onion is that amarillo?

T: Hopped to perfection in my book(wich is hard) but still so totally drinkable. HARD to accomplish, top notch Vinny!!

M: Crisp, snappy. Perfect carbonation. Nothing about this beer is overbaring.

D: Very high. A great all-night beer if you have the $!

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

Pours a cloudy light orange, with a quarter inch of fluffy white head. Smells strongly of citrus and pine. Taste is very bitter, with a moderate amount of grapefruit and other citrus. Just a little bit two-dimensional with the flavor--it was a bit weak, and the bitterness overpowered the citrus part of it. Carbonation is just right, and the lightness makes it a very drinkable beer. Overall, an impressive IPA, but the flavor could have been a notch more complex.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to pwoods for the opportunity to try this. 500ml bottle with a born on date of 07-22-08. Neat bottle with a humorous blind pig on the bottle - go figure!

A: Pours a clear, medium amber with uber-sticky lacing running up the walls of my tulip- looks mind-baffling!

S: Rich pine all over the place! You can't miss this if you tried! Holy crap - pine all over the place. In addition, I smell some light caramel. Wow, super rich nose...

T/M: The best part... Medium bodied and waxy.... Bitter, dry, resinous pine hop flavors mixed with caramelized malts balanced together wonderfully. This is reminiscent of Pliny the Elder (Duh, same brewer) - only not as sharp and biting. Dry, bitter lingering finish. Delicious!

To all the hop heads out there - try this one out. Highly drinkable and worth a try. Thanks pimpp, DOH, I mean pwoods!

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

Thanks to brdc for sending this my way. It's not to often that I get to pour a Russian River beer into my Russian River shaker glass so I dusted it off just for this. Appears a lightly cloudy, golden yellow color with a healthy two fingers of white foam. Smells of hops - pine, citrus(mainly lemon), and sweet malt. Just like the nose, the taste lets you know there's hops in here. Bitter hops prevail with notes of pine needles, lemon, grapefruit, lime and orange peel followed by a nice mildly toasted caramel malt backbone. Slightly oily on the tongue with medium carbonation and body. Wow, this went down rather quickly. I prefer a little more balance in an IPA (Two Hearted is my standard), but this was really great and I'll certainly seek it out again.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle along with a bunch of other RR stuff in a trade with Jhenry04, thanks Jason.

A light copper color with an off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing around the glass.

Smells great. Citrusy, piney, bitter. Some nice caramel malt in there too.

Tastes great too. Huge citrus hop flavor up front, lemony and orangy. In the middle the malt backbone is noticeable, just enough for a little balance, not especially strong. Piney and bitter in the finish.

Bitterness in the end finishes dry, but generally the beer has a rather oily feel to it.

This is a fantastic IPA, and I could drink it all night.

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Photo of KeefD
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BradLikesBrew for this one! Hope you enjoyed the Surly, man!

Poured a surprisingly golden yellow color with orange highlights in the middle turning more yellow as it extends out to the glass. A nice rocky head forms on top after a steady pour leaving behind some chunky lacing.

Strong aroma of pine resin, citrus, honey and some floral notes. Can't get much better. For an IPA, it has the nose of a DIPA that other breweries can only dream of.

Very assertive hopping on this beer. It's not overly bitter, but has a nice citric, hop flavor that doesn't tear apart the tongue. Bready, toasty malts that are present but don't take away from the citrusy, oily, hop flavor. It's got a certain sweetness, but this quickly washes away and becomes very dry on the finish.

Creamy on the tongue, very mild carbonation. Alcohol warming can be felt, but that's ok. This thing's a little rough around the edges, but I like that in an IPA.

All in all, a great hoppy brew. Just the way I like em. I can't drink too many of these intensely hoppy beers in one sitting these days. But it was fantastic, and a pleasure to have just one!

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Photo of Silenus89
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass, nice golden color and good foamy head.

S. Piney and floral hops dominate

T. Malty at first then bitter of hops

MF. Medium body with good carbonation. Dry mouthfeel

D. This is a very drinkable beer i wish i bought more to have. I like this offering from RR better than Elder.

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Photo of waltonc
3.55/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from City Beer Store.

Hazy golden/orange appearance with sudsy foam around the rim of the glass.

Smells super hoppy, with notes of Christmas tree.

Taste: of course, ridiculous amounts of hops, which I assume, in combination with the apparent scarcity of this beer, is why folks have given it such a high average rating.

Mouthfeel: Pretty nice, notwithstanding the tongue-lashing that is delivered by the hops.

Drinkability: I will have difficulty making it through my bottle tonight. The hops are overboard and unbalanced.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,372 ratings.