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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: 5,387
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 1,821
Gots: 807 | 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: 5,387
Photo of srandycarter
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear Orange honey with prominent 1 inch white head. Reduces to 1/4 inch head, pretty good retention. Soapy lacing.

S - Full hop affront!

T - Malt is sweet and juicy and nice, but the hops completely destroy it. Finish is bitter to clean.

M - Nice overall mouth. Coats everywhere and its like I can feel the hop oil covering everything. Good carbonation, medium body.

D - Not a session beer, but a wonderful IPA. Every sips begs for another. I could grow weary eventually, however.

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

Thanks to SkinnyElvis for this one.

This beer is a hazy golden peach with a lasting sandy film of white.

Smells of nectarines and sweet pine needles with an overall crisp dryness. The green vegetable essence of this one is rather nice.

The taste starts out with a crisp woody pine that's quite dry that is followed up by a dry earthy grain that reminds me of whole wheat toast crust and dinner rolls. The balance here is quite good, but it's <gasp!> a little dry for my liking.

Feels thick with a slight but aggressive carbonation that is quite clean.

Not too bad. If you like aggressive dryness, this one's for you.

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Photo of PatronWizard
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High-five to Mauerhan for the hook up.

So I'm sittin at the computer looking at some beers I wanna get, about noon, when in walks the wife with two homemade burritos, a Blind Pig bomber, and a glass. Man I must be a good husband. Let's do it...

Try the beer I mean.

Beautiful IPA. Orange amber haze. Great looking head, lacing.

Smells awesome! Man this smells good. Hops! Citrus, pine.

Taste full, and I mean chock full, of hops. Beautiful bitterness. Great tasting IPA.

I'm a huge fan of Stone Brewing and now the few offerings I've had from Russian River have been fantastic, so I'm a'liking this place too.

Overall: excellent IPA, be sure to try one before you die.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I tried to ignore the hype behind the beer while I drank it, but that's easier said than done. Either way, it was a fantastic IPA.

A- Pours a dark, gold color with very little head, yet tons of lacing down my pint glass.

S- Hops and lots of them. Mostly pine in the aroma, but definately orange and grapefruit as well. Some sort of tropical fruit (mango?) squeezes a whiff in every so often.

T- The first few sips were like every other IPA I've had, however once my palate got used to the hops, I noticed that it had some pretty interesting properties. The citrusy/piney hops certainly play their parts well, however the little sweetness that there is is very unique. It's not the mild, caramelly malt that so many IPAs have way in the background. Rather, a mild and frefreshing fruity sweetness is there.

M- As it goes into my mouth, it feels so refreshing, but as soon as I swallow it, there's a brief pause, just long enough to think "Wow, that's hoppy!" It finishes very crisp and dry.

D- In spite of it's intense hoppiness, I actually could go for another, except that I don't have more :(

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Photo of Damian
2.98/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Drank from a 1 PINT .9 FL. OZ./500 ML bottle purchased at City Beers, San Francisco, CA
Bottled on 070908
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, yellowish-amber color. Rather light for the style. The two-finger, bubbly, bright white head left thick rings of sudsy looking lacing all down the glass.

The aroma was hoppy and fruity. Citrusy with strong notes of orange, grapefruit and a hint of tropical fruits.

The taste was super hoppy and bitter from start to finish. Somewhat astringent. I could hardly detect any malt presence in this beer. The hops were crisp, spicy and grapefruit-like up front and they turned super piney by mid-palate. This intense, piney, bitter flavor carried into the dry and pithy finish. Overall, not a terribly complex beer.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied (a touch lighter than expected) with an average amount of carbonation.

This was unquestionably one of the most bitter beers I have sampled to date. I can appreciate a wide array of IPA's but there needs to be some semblance of balance for me to find them enjoyable.

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Photo of sevopie
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a light coppery-golden with a fluffy tannish colored head.

Smell - I smell a load of hops, bitter piney ones. A hint of malt peeks through, but its really all about the hops.

Taste - Hops hit you, but not as hard as you might have thought from the smell. There's a semi-sweet malt flavor, as well as a touch of butter. Bitter is what lingers on the tongue though.

Mouthfeel - Thick and oily for an IPA, still with a good bit of carbonation there.

Drinkability - If the bitter was just slightly more rounded out, this one could be a staple. As is, still pretty damn good.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml brown bottle into a mason jar.

Color is pale orange with a slight haziness. Head is ample and frothy.

Aroma is incredible - full of fresh hops. It's a good thing to follow the directions (sometimes) and I'm glad I did with this one.

Taste is fantastic as well. Lots of hops, very bitter and just barely balanced out with some sweetness. This is definately a west coast IPA done right. The taste and aroma are so fresh, it reminds me of homebrewing.

Mouthfeel is good, appropriate for the style.

Drinkability is good but I don't think I could drink something this hoppy all night. My tongue would cry for mercy.

This is an excellent beer and I'm glad that we are getting these in Colorado now. I can't wait to get some of their belgian offerings.

Note: when I was at Falling rock last week, I ordered the Elder and my friend ordered the Blind Pig. We both tried eachother's beer and his had a surprising pilsner quality to it, albeit a very hoppy pils. It's definately not found in the bottled version so I wonder what was up with the draft...

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

The Blind Pig pours a clear amber with a huge 3 finger foam head. It left some good lacing on the side of the glass, head retention was moderate.

This is my kind of IPA, bringing the strong hoppiness up to the schnauze. Bright hop smell with citrus and piney.

The taste has a good malt backbone and is really smooth for the hop characteristics it has. The IBU's give you a slight slap on the second part the the taste but not abrasive at all. In the mouth you are left with a nice tingling on the tongue and it is moderately carbonated. Overall a wonderfully solid American IPA.

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

Consumed 08/26/08.

Pours a clear, intense golden amber with plentiful bubbles throughout, rising to the pillowy, one-finger white head.

Very aromatic citrus and grassy hops. There's also salty bread aroma lurking furtively in the background.

The mouthfeel is good: thirst quenchingly wet as the beer goes in and just a touch dry on the finish. Neat trick, that.

The flavor is certainly hoppy. Duh. Citrus, grass, herbs, suggestions of spices and a good deal of bitterness from the hops bulldoze the slight caramel malt presence. Not balanced at all, but surprisingly drinkable nonetheless. While certainly hop forward, the flavor stops just short of overbearing.

As DIPA's go, this is certainly one of the best I've had.

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Photo of slayer3604
3.89/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a 3 finger head and settled to 2 and a half fingers. Yellow and fizzy beer.

S- Pine, citrus and pine. Lots of good hop went into this beer!

T- A light light body that unleashes grapefruit and a floral push that ends up in the back of your mouth. The aftertaste is very dry and sticky.

M- spicy, light, and dry. this would be awesome with triple cream cheese, or spicy food...good lord.

D- For all the hype, i really wasnt that impressed. I have no reason to hate on this brewery, i loved pliny a lot more, though.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.08/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle. Pours goden yellow with a frothy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is pretty subdued (esp after Pliny). There are some sweet sugary malts and a little melon and some peppery hops.

The flavor is some sweet malt and fruits with a kind of abrasive charcoal hop bitterness in the finish that has a good amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I didn't really care for the hop flavor profile. I was surprised considering how much I liked the Pliny (which was much more balanced). Given the same price, I would take the Pliny over this any day of the week.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.89/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

And again my thanks go out to BrewerB for this fantastic extra.

500mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a beguiling mix between a golden yellow and a copper orange, if you but those two colors together the result is bling pig. The beer is topped with a sticky and pockmarked one inch head that settles into a nice half inch cap that fades into a ring and leaves bits of lacing here and there.

S: This beer, I believe, is the definiton of what an American IPA should smell like. Sweet sweet citrus: mango, grapefruit and pineapple mixed with a healthy dose of nutty pine and a mild backbone of caramel malty sweetness.

T/MF: Taste is equally fascinating, a healthy dose of pine and grapefruit rind mixing together, mildly phenolic with a slight herbaly mediciny twang that is not that bothersome to me. This beer strikes some kind of balance between earthy and fruity with a solid amount of malty smoothness on the back end to balance about the bitterness of this beer. Given additonal warmth the beer opens up into more of a mellony pineapple profile while still maintaining that same pine opening. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly sticky but also incredibly smooth but could perhaps benefit from the tiniest increase in carbonation, otherwise flawless.

D: Insanely drinkable, tastes like a DIPA but drinks like an IPA a marvel of balance between malts and hops. An absolute wonder from the west coast. I think I'm in love with Russian River.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to srandycarter for this one.

Pours somewhat hazy golden color, not much head, but plenty of carbonation is apparent.

Scent of hops and citrus, simple and sweet, the ideal scent for an IPA, absolutely wonderful.

Taste is very hoppy, with the hops dominating, but great citrus as well with a faint sweet maltiness.

Mouthfeel is tart and soapy, nothing special, but still good.

One of the most drinkable beers I have ever had.

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Photo of Goliath
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, slightly hazed, orangey/golden color with a large inch and a half slightly yellowed head. Decent retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma is awesome. Really just up my alley! Big grapefruity citrus dominates with a honey like sweetness. My mouth is already watering!

Taste is good. Not quite as great as I was hoping, but not at all bad. A nice hoppiness grabs you and leaves citrus all over the tongue. A slight malty sweetness lingers for a bit and then gives way to a piney bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. A nice carbonation tingle is quite refreshing.

Drinkability is fairly high. Flavor on this IPA is really nice, and alcohol is easily sessionable. It's quite a nice beer.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into pint glass. deep golden color with a nice white head. i was instantly hit by an intense mix of serious hops, lemon citrus and pine scents. WOW this beer smells intense.

first taste surprises. with a smell that is so intense one would expect extreme bitter. but its not. yes there is a nice little bite on the back end. but there is an awesome flavor. full flavor. smoooth. but like i said a hint of bite on the tail end. this beer basically drinks itself its so good. if it is this good out of a bottle i cant wait to try it off tap.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice golden color with a respectable white head that fell to a film. Smell is off the charts. Resiny, piney hop oil, floral tangerine and slightly grassy. Wow! Taste is no disappointment either! Hops take the drivers seat, citrus and pine play well together and are followed by a grassy, earthy, white bread. Mouthfeel is slick and soapy. Full bodied hop-tastic!

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Photo of opwog
3.66/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Now listening to: Curtis Mayfield - If There's A Hell Below, We're All Going To Go

Thanks to Beachwood for Blind Pig on tap.

A- hazy golden color, strong head
S- Intense pine and citrus. This one wafts up from the pour.
T- Very much a West Coast hop bomb.
M- Maybe a bit over carbonated. Bitter hops can cinch up the mouth some.
D- For me, I can only handle one beer a week with this level of hop intensity.

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Photo of JBuff41413
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW! Best IPA I have ever had. Went to Libations for the first time and had to pick this up. $5 can't beat it. Poured into a pint glass and was not disappointed. The color was a beautiful golden honey with a perfect 3/4 inch white head. Carbonation slowly spewing from a geyser at the bottom of the glass. The smell was amazing, strong notes of citrus with a small amount of wood (pine). Taste was GREAT, Strong citrus( grapefruit and tangerine) with a bitterness that beautifully lingers.
As far as drinkability.... I wanted a few more. Great beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange with good clarity, especially creamy foam on the surface. Slight haze of micro sediment, and some upward streams of lazy bubbles.

Pungent is the keyword for the aroma...super fresh and distinct hop aromas, ranging from grapefruit and candied orange peel, to resiny and floral. With a good swirl there are traces of pale malt and barely perceptible alcohol, but they are buried under the hop onslaught.

Deep, resiny hop flavors, fruity at first, moving into an herbal earthiness, with a dry finish. Pure and extremely balanced. Vague sweetness in the aftertaste from the malt. Very juicy and bitter at the same time. Creamy texture. One bottle isn't enough, i'll have to restrain myself from drinking the rest immediately...

Thanks to Weibull for this one!

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Photo of jordoo
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poored into a pint glass. Thanks for sending this one Rick!

A golden honey colored body with an orange tinted hue. It displays a lage off white head that us sticky, cream and well brillaint. Excellent lace deposits all around the glass on this. As if it didn't look good enough the nose comes through evenn better, WOW! Super fresh and oozing with pine, pineapple, grapefruit and orange/lemon zest. The taste is again exceptional with the same exploading juicey hop flavors as in the nose plus some dry/spiceness on a very well done sweet malted canvase. This beer is between med/thick but with a great hop oil feel that keeps it going down smooth. Overall even though Blind Pig is extreme and bursting with flavor it is in no way overwellming. Just as well done as an IPA can be IMO.

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

a: Hazy orange body with a thin white head.

s: Huge sticky tropical citrus nose. Grapefruit being the most prominent, but by no means not the only aroma.
Couldn't ask for more.

t: Sweet malty front, with a grapefruit explosion in the finish. Enough mat for balance, but still a hefty dose of hop bitterness. More bitter than Pliny the Elder.

m: creamy and smooth. leaves a bitter layer on the tongue.

d: An IPA I wont soon forget. One of the best I have had. Vinnie over at Russian River is one gifted SOB. This and Pliny the elder are two of the finest crafted beers I have been fortunate enough to experience. My compliments to the brewer.

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Photo of fahne23
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this 500ml bottle from Lone Hill Liquors. Poured a bright golden amber color with a thin light head. Hops galore on the nose, with hints of fresh pine & citrus. A perfect balance of malt and hops, very well structured. It had a smooth, dry mouthfeel with even carbonation and left a lingering bitterness on the palate. This is a superb, very drinkable I.P.A. and makes me wish I lived closer to the Russian River.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fiveo2270 for this one brought straight back from the Brewery!!

A- Pours a hazy yellowish gold (maybe some sort of orange) color with a nice creamy colored head that recedes to a layer of bubbles on top of the brew. Great amount of lacing down the glass.

S- A lot of hops here Earthy, piney, oily and mainly citrus. A great smell. I can't really pick up any malts here.

T- Again the hops here are awesome and jumping right at me. Just a touch of hops here to throw a little balance but the hops clearly dominant.

M- Medium body, good carbonation, smooth and creamy.

D- Highly recommended here. Very great taste and just plain solid.

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Photo of jwc215
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to bitterbill for this one!

500 ml bottle - bottled on 07/09/08:

Pours clear golden (then hazy upon second pouring) with a creamy/bubbly white head that descends a bit to stay as a thick, frothy cover. Thin lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of citrus and pine all-over-the-place. Robust, aromatic hoppiness.

The taste is citric (grapefruit and orange) with pine. Bitterness is rounded out by a sweet maltiness in the finish. Smooth. Chewy medium-to-full bodied.

Nice hop profile to say the least - an ode to the Pacific NW in a bottle. A hop-head's delight. The citric and piney notes work well together. But, this isn't just a boat-load of hops. The malt comes in at just the right time to tie things together and adds another level of complexity and balance. A deliciously hoppy IPA!

Thanks again for this gem, Bill!

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

Poured into my new Sam Adams glass. I can see the bubbles from the etched circle at the bottom of the glass. It's working! It's working!

A - Straw yellow/gold. White head. Poured carefully because of the extra yeasty cloud. Floaties kinda scare me, tho I understand they're supposed to be there. Looks pretty in my new glass.

S - big hop sweet citrus. Maybe some apple/pear. yummy

T - Lots of hops. tingling hop taste. Pine hops at the back of the tongue. Still a lot of citrus. Not overly bitter and well balanced.

M - My tongue is still tingling. Lighter mouth feel. No big alcohol.

D - I gotta get more of this

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