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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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1,384 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,384
Hads: 5,391
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 1,819
Gots: 810 | 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: 1,384 | Hads: 5,391
Photo of Oxymoron
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

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Photo of tayner
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
2.95/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

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Photo of johnd513
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of adamparker05
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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

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Photo of rhinos00
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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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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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,384 ratings.