Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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Reviews: 1,344
Hads: 5,193
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.89%
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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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Photo of younger35
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on 1/26/08, taken from notes.

Sampled this brew with a buddy on a recent visit to Russian River. Was lucky enough to have Blind Pig but they just ran out of Pliny the Elder that afternoon and Pliny the Younger ended up being tapped about 28 hours after we left. Horrible timing... Drank from a Russian River pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a semi bright yellow with hints of amber and brilliant clarity. About a half finger bright white head sits atop the yellow liquid leaving a terrific cap and collar along with plenty of sticky white lacing.
Smell- Absolutely oozing with more citrus than I thought possible to get into a beer. Oodles and oodles of fresh pineapple that seems to jump out of the glass. Mangos, lemon and tangerines waft around in the background adding even more zesty fresh tropical goodness.
Taste- Not as citrus as the nose but super fresh and fruity. The pineapple, mango and grapefruit all lend their sharp tropical goodness but not to the extent that the nose would lead you to believe. The nice malty sweetness that hides underneath lends a bit of toffee that really balances the hops beautifully. Something that reminds me of an artificial strawberry flavoring lingers in the background (not saying they use it in the beer, just has that sort of lingering goodness).
Mouthfeel- Medium to full body with a silky smooth creaminess and medium carbonation that really brings it all together.
Drinkability- What a terrific IPA. I drank a lot of DIPA's this weekend and am pretty sure this was the only regular IPA I had. That being said, I'd probably take two glasses of this over any DIPA I had (except for Racer X). Supremely fruity and supremely balanced while still letting the hops shine. Great beer that I highly recommend! (1,757 characters)

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

On tap as a guest at EJ Phair in Concord, CA.

A - Soft caramel color with a firm head, light splotches of protein.

S - A citrus/grapefruit bouquet on the nose. Abundantly hopped with these similar acids.

T - The citrus/grapefruit carried through the initial taste and did not disappoint.

M - Profound grapefruitness (is that a word?). This was a heavy hitter, strong flavored IPA.

D - Definite winner. Great job Vinny (brewer). (435 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had as part of a heavenly beer sampler at the brewery.

This one came to me with a thin layer of foam atop a clear yellow body. The head persisted for a little while.

Aroma was grapefruit, grapefruit, and more grapefruit. That was all I got. As a hophead, I appreciated this.

Taste followed aroma... a huge blast of grapefruit hops that made me shudder at first. Not that this was a shudder of dislike... in fact I loved it. But sometimes, even something pleasurable can take you by surprise when it just jumps in your face and hits you with both fists.

Mouthfeel was puckering, but good.

Drinkability was good... I could have gone for a pint of this rather than the 2 ounce sample. However, I don't know if I could take more than a bomber of this stuff in one sitting. (773 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco. Wasp-colored yellow with watery lacing. Reserved hop odor, some cold grapefruit. Astringent grapefruit bitterness, very bitter and dry. Citrusy and mildly one-dimensional, though the malt is enough to support the hops, which is always good. Some sweet lemon. Medium bodied. Overall, its an aggresive beer, but a little bit of a one trick pony. Despite not having anything amazing to say about this beer, however, I have to admit i drank it swiftly and with gusto. So high marks for drinkability. (536 characters)

Photo of Prufrock
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

growler poured into a pint glass.

slightly hazy golden orange with a little more than half an inch of fluffy off-white head. head retains well and leaves some rings of lace.

bright, citrusy, hoppy aroma. strong but un-abrasive hoppiness, with notes of pine and tropical fruits, but dominated by citrus.

smooth mouth feel with an unassuming carbonation and a brisk hoppiness that manages not to overwhelm. some sweet malt backing against a fresh green piney bitterness, with the citrus notes slightly more muted in the flavor than in the aroma. flavorful with a light, drinkable feel. (586 characters)

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

Russian River is one of the hottest breweries in the country. They are known for pushing the envelope when it comes to beer styles. Especially, IPA's and belgian wild ales.

This beer is a bit different from the typical Russian River beer. It is a hardcore, tradtional, American IPA. No bells or whistles with this one.

Pours a beautiful bright golden, slight copper color. Thick off-white head.

The aromas of hops are just the overwhelmingly strong attribute of this beer. I smell, earthy, grassy, piney, floral, citrus, cedar notes. As well as some some slight, sugar cookie, biscuity malt.

Taste is sharp and crisp. Very bitter. Slight sweet, biscuity maltiness.

Mouthfeel is sharp and crisp. Some oily hoppiness and some slightly cloying sweet malt adds to the complex mouthfeel as opposed to taking away from it.

Overall drinkability is excellent! For a brewery that's been focusing on wild sour ales and over-the-top hop bombs, I belive Vinnie presents his most tradtional and most balanced beer here, while maintaining his envelope pushing tendencies. (1,063 characters)

Photo of marksto
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sought out (along with other RR offerings) at GABF due to the well deserved reputation and ratings from this brewery.

BP IPA pours golden in color and clear with a thick, white, long lasting head. Has strong, spicy hops in the nose along with complex fruit and esters - very nice. Flavor is all about the hops and shows great hop complexity. Spicy, tangy, bitter and flavorful; with solid malt and fruit elements to back it up. An excellent beer, among the best of the great American IPA's, definitely worth seeking. (517 characters)

Photo of drseamus
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft at the Toronado. Light amber body with a thin white head. The aroma is all wicked strong grapefruit. The flavor is much the same; big grapefruit flavor with backing malt and good bitterness. Medium body that seems more alcoholic than it is. All around a classic big west coast IPA. (297 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a pretty unassuming beer; no fancy tap handle, not a lot of hype surrounding it, no extreme ABV. Nonetheless, the more I drink it, the more impressed I am. The nose is fresh and fragrant, full of pine and grapefruit. The taste mirrors the nose, with an exceptionally rich, fresh, piney hop flavor. An underlying caramel sweetness is present, coming through right before the finish, giving it balance. The aftertaste is long, leaving a slight oily bitterness, but without any astringency. Quite possibly the best IPA around. (531 characters)

Photo of genog
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an orange color with a frothy white head that builds up in my new Sam Adams glass (thanks franksnbeans). Lacing is left along the side of the glass the entire time. Smell is of herbs, earthy grass, pine and citrus. Smells like a christmas tree with grapefruit ornaments. Taste is light sweetness of the citrus followed by a moderate bitter finish. Mouthfeeling is crisp and a little oily with some lively carbonation. (423 characters)

Photo of franksnbeans
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear burned orange with lively carbonation and big creamy head that dies into sheets of lacing. Holy moley the smell! Smells like a bag of the world finest reefer! Or big juicy piney hops! Taste is nothing but the finest hops, so juicy, so piney, so delicious! A little malty balance to make this a masterpiece. Medium in the mouth with good carbonation and an awesome bitter hop finish. Sessionable? I wish I had this on demand to session. Honestly the best IPA I've had to date. (489 characters)

Photo of Lothore
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer had a huge 2 finger head right off the tap which seemed to get bigger as I drank it and left tons of lacing. It was a light orange color.

S- Smell was of piney hops with a small amount of a citrus kick. The hops smelled like the amazing scent of adding hops to a wort boil, almost no other IPA that i've had has recreated this smell

T- Taste was very hoppy for a standard ipa, with blended citrus notes. Sweet pine taste seemed to dominate followed by a rich grainy fullness.

M- Very crisp and carbonated but not as viscous as some of RR's other offerings. Went down very smooth.

D- This beer was very drinkable. It did seem to me that it was stronger than 6 percent but none the less it went down fairly easy. (727 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Toronado in San Francisco. Pours golden with some orange highlights- somehat lighter in color than many ipas. Healthy white head that sticks around some. Nice piney hoppiness in the nose with a hint of orange. You can smell the bitterness and tell this is going to be good. Small amount of dry malt in the background. Wow! Super hoppy beer, with lots of sticky resin. Big pine taste with some lesser citrus notes, especially orange, for balance. Much hoppier than most other ipas I've had and absolutely delicious. Long, lingering bitterness. I wouldn't exactly call this balanced, but it does have some malt backbone for support. Its just that the hop attack is so relentless that the malt gets a little overwhelmed. Who cares, its great. Mouthfeel is perfect as well. Good body, perfect level of carbonation, and ends with a spicy creaminess. Love this beer, but it definitely burns the tastebuds out a bit. Use in moderation. I'd buy this in a second if it was bottled and in my area. (1,001 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1/2 liter stein at Hollingshead's Deli in Orange this afternoon after a long morning

Very excited to see this on tap, first time have seen anywhere

Heard nothing but great things about it and they were all true

Hands down the best IPA I have ever had, yes it is even better than Pliny the Elder

Poured a golden yellow with a monsterous foamy head, almost two inches thick

Nice smell of citrus and faint smokiness

Taste was amazing and very hoppy, hints of pine and cascade spread throughout with a little orange at the end

Great mouthfeel and taste did not go away

Could have sat there for hours and drank this one, especially because it is only six percent alcohol, great session beer even though it is not meant for it

Would have drank another one of these today, but saw another rare draft only beer I had to try as well, greatest two beers in one day I have ever had

It is too bad this a draft only beer because I would buy a case of bottles tomorrow if I could

Yet another reason why Russian River is the best brewery in the world

Highest recommended IPA I have tasted in my beer drinking days (1,110 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Hollingshead's Delicatessen, in Orange, CA, always wanted to try this one, here's my chance,

A: Pours a golden yellow, out of the tap, with some orange highlights, a good white head makes the experience, good retention and lacing, poured into a German mug.

S: Smells heavily of hops, a lot of pine and citrus.

T: Very good, big pine notes start upfront, melding into some grapefruit and tropical fruit, a bit of pineapple and papaya, though overall pine dominates, with a bit of cedar, the malt is there, but this is a hop beer, very good.

M: Smooth, and crisp for an IPA, lots of tingling carbonation, and the hops give it a bit of an oily feel, a delight to put into my mouth.

D: Great drinkability, one of the best IPAs I've ever had, great sessionability even at 6.0%, Russian River strikes again, making another great IPA for the hophead's enjoyment. (870 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled during Stone's 11th Anniversary event.

Straw yellow color, good head retention and lacing.

Big hop aroma--chewy citrus smells of lime, lemons, grapefruit, bitter orange peel.

Taste--Hops again, grapefuit, lemons, caramel malt A great IPA, bitter and refreshing (so far one of my top IPA's I have tasted).

Mouthfeel- Hops attacking my taste buds but I don't care! Good carbonation.

Drinkability? Yes, I have the ability to drink some more. Goes down great with some Arrogant Almonds! (495 characters)

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

Thanks you Taliskar for the latest growler, which by itself is a work of art replicating a Russian River bottle. Big foamy head on dark grapefruit body. Floral hops, very pleasant aroma. After 7 days, we drunk this and hardly changed from room temperature and very much liked its smoothness and taste.Understated carbonation. Just as good cool or room temp.
Had a fresh bottle 4 year later, good and smooth though not as amazing as that growler. (445 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

East coast guy gets to visit Russian River, wow, how lucky am I? Poured into a nonic pint glass at the brewery.

This pig pours a clear dark golden hue with a one finger fluffy white head that leaves a thin layer throughout. Stickiness is damn good, just what I expected for this brewery. Smell is a sweet fresh piney hop burst with a nice earthy/dirty hop undertone. Nice caramel malt scent is mixed in quite well with the gritty hops. Taste is of big earthy hops, just how I like my IPA's. Has a very nice bittering effect on the tongue, but not over-powering. Sweet grapefruit hops seem to surface about midway through with a nice caramel malt balance as well. Aftertaste is somewhat dry, but very clean. In my opinion, perfect tasting IPA. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Such a treat on tap. I could easily put these down one after another. By far one of the best IPA's I've had to date, and I've had a couple ;) (958 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Toronado.

Light amber color, tan head. Really sticky lace, looks appetizing.

Smells very juicy. Pine and citrus and fruit, great layering of different hops.

Full flavored, a ton of hoppiness. Succulent pine and citrus, grapefruit, spice, pale malt, nice bitterness level.

Smooth, good carbonation, extremely drinkable. Russian River really can't do any wrong. (381 characters)

Photo of udubdawg
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Visited in July, and this was the first RR beer I tasted. Excellent, and in fact so good it was difficult to bother trying all the other beers...but somehow I managed. :o)
(thoroughly) enjoyed this growler a couple days later.

From the half-gallon growler pours a golden/light amber color, with a large white head that decides it wants to stick around as a thin cap to near the bottom of the glass. A couple lines of tiny bubbles rise through the beer. Exceptional lacing with each sip. If color was just a little brighter and with just a touch better clarity this would get a "5"

The nose on this beer is a "5" without reservation. It's floral, it's piney, it's fruity, it's fan-fucking-tastic! Pale malts seemed to have received a beating here and are apparently scared to show themselves. Can't stop sticking my nose in the glass...

Great tasting IPA. Pale malt has rounded up enough buddies to feel safe showing itself, though it remains a minor character here. Raw hop flavors and juiciness are really working over the saliva glands. Bittersweet grapefruit flavors all over the place and a fresh spicy kick. Finish is lingering sharp bitterness but otherwise deliciously clean. Mouth is creamy and carbonation soft, allowing the hops to do their work. Absurdly drinkable.

Not all the beers I had on my last road trip were as good when I was able to open the growler, but Blind Pig had not lost a thing a couple days later.
Ranks right up there with AleSmith, Stone IPA, and Furious on my IPA scale (and judging from the rankings, most everyone else's scale too) (1,580 characters)

Photo of trevorwideman
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado, SF, CA

Poured with 1/2inch of head, lots of sticky lace. Orange-red colour with mild carbonation. Aroma is oily, sticky, resiny, and piney with a slight floral nicety as well. Any malt is completely overpowered.

In the flavour, the balance definitely leans towards the hops. Grapefruit citric acidity becomes extremely piney with a lot of aniseed and fennel backed up by a light crackery malt and just a little bit of vanilla as well. This beer bites real hard. Medium carbonation, sticky as hell, Dry, Dry, Dry. Very drinkable but dosen't pretend to be balanced, it's just a hop bomb. An exceptionally flavoured IPA though. (651 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a review I wrote while enjoying this brew at the RR brewpub in Santa Rosa two weeks ago.

a - golden color, tons of bubbles, huge head with great retention and lacing, slight haze, truly beautiful beer

s - huge citrus smells permeate the aroma, nice slight maltiness that lends just enough support to the big hoppiness, no alcohol evident

t - big hoppy bitterness up front, lots of citrus, lemon and orange, body has a light malt backbone, finish is quite bitter with very little alcohol

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet finish that's easy on the palate

d - quite drinkable, the perfect IPA to drink all night, intense taste but it doesn't wear out the palate

Spectacular IPA by RRBC. This beer definitely deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the Plinys. (800 characters)

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

On tap at the IPA fest at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena.
Pours a light pale golden color with lots of foamy white head that is incredibly sticky and lasting.

Aromas are a burst of hops...light fruits...pine oil, grapefruit peel and just a hint of sweet amber or pale malt.

This comes off as a light IPA with sweet malt in the beginning and then really nice citrus peel hops, some floral, orange, and grapefruit peel.

Incredibly drinkable and dangerously addictive. (472 characters)

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

Had a pint of this at the brewpub while I picking up a Growler of Pliny . Aroma of citrus hops and a nice dark golden color and a small pub style head and thin lacing. Mouthfeel was delightful and very crisp and refreshing. Flavor was of various citrus and fruits such as orange and apricot. Good long bitter and dry finish. A very good IPA, ranking up there with the very best. A hophead’s delight. (400 characters)

Photo of rayjay
4.89/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maybe the ultimate IPA. Huge nose, just exploding with flowery hops. The smell is maybe the highlight of the beer. Light pale body with light pale malts. The coolest thing is, dispite all the hops (more than you'd a thought fit into a pint), it isn't intensely bitter at all. Major drinkability, very delicate flavors that were artisically brewed with the perfect touch and balance. It's simultaneously every hop lover's wet dream, and not too intimidating for anyone.

If Furious is G.W.A.R.'s version of an IPA, then this is J.S. Bach's. But then that would make Hop Devil the Beatles and Dreadnaught would be Led Zeppelin. Highly highly recommended to everyone. VInnie has a subtle touch that makes bold statements. This is art in a glass. Cheers! (753 characters)

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,344 ratings.