Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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Ratings: 5,136
Reviews: 1,383
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 1,753
Gots: 704 | FT: 18
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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 athensbeermaster
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found this on tap at Hollingshead's Delicatessen - The appearance was very cloudy but the bartender just changed the keg and I got the first pour. Talk about FRESH this beer was like I died and gone to Heaven. Big fruity burst of Peaches and melon. The mouthfeel was very silky and thick like a beer milkshake! The drinkabilty was off the chart. I had a roastbeef and blu cheese sandwich that went pretty well with this tasy IPA.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Golden orange with a thick frothy off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Aroma of tropical and citrus fruits. Just what I want in my IPA's. The only reason I did not give it a 5.0 was beacuse the aroma is not very strong. Really have to get the nose down in there.

T - Very light sweetness up front before being dominated by the citrusy hops. Tastes of grapefruit and hints of pineapple. Perfect level of bitterness.

M/D - Medium bodied with the nice bitter IPA kick. Very tasty IPA that could be a great session beer.

Photo of ncvbc
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

She sounds good with the cheeba, I'm very lucky to meet her. I don't be fallin' in love, I stay away from the drama.

Nah, not with this stuff. Deep golden amber, steady carbonation. Big fluffy head, excellent retention, patterns of lacing.

Smells fresh and fonky. Raw, resinous, juicy. Funky greenery. Citrusy goodness from the left coast. Pure IPA goodness, plain and simple.

Clean, green, fresh, and mean. Lots of hop goodness. About perfect here. A little pepper added to the hops, slight spice. Just what I'd hope for with this style. Lots of hops, little malt reinforcement, and just an amazing taste to it.

Mouthfeel is bitter and assertive, though not so much as a few that come to mind. Well carbonated and very smooth.

Too easy going down. Easily a top tier IPA in my book if not the best. Right up there in the realm of Sculpin and Two Hearted.

A new favorite without a doubt and one I'm glad to have tried on a few occasions now.

Thanks to jhenry04 for a few bottles of this as well as 0110x110 for the TIF treat...

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to swnicholson for the chance!
Poured from the bottle (bottled 7/9/08) to a tulip. Nice hazy orange with a sticky white head. Good retention. Some floral aromas along with some orange and grapefruit.
Great hop bite right up front. Mellows with a wonderful fruity hop lingering bitterness. Ths one is chewy and delicious. It has that extra je ne sais quois that most ipa's lack. Might be the sticky, oily, fruity hop flavor that does not just make it a hip bomb, but also gives it some balance. It is not just bitter, but full of flavor as well. Wonderful beer. Top 3 IPA's I have tried, easy.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July 22, 2008; Sampled August 7, 2008
Pours into my New Belgium Globe glass with a nice pungent scent and a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that has some stickiness to it. The beer is a hazy amber hue that shows a more copper hue when held up to the light. Sticky grapefruit notes mix with sweet lychee notes, which are offset in the finish by a sticky herbal note that takes on overtones of hemp oil, peppery sage and just plain, green, hop-stink. Vivaciously hoppy, this has the fruit character that I like in a good IPA as well as the balancing, dank hoppiness that is needed for balance. Quite a nice example of a beer that captures the essence of concentrated hop nectar. No real malt aromatics are noticeable, if you really dig for them there is just a wisp of toasty, pale malt, but only just.

Sharply bitter up front, then the mouth coats the palate and helps to carry the hop flavor, but the bitterness kicks back in towards the finish and lingers on in the mouth with an herbal edge to it. After my first sip I feel like I was just chewing on some fresh hops. Citrus & hop-fruit flavors of grapefruit, bergamot oil, lychee and bright tangelo make a significant showing, but are ultimately engulfed by the palate coating, herbal bitterness that is what is left lingering on in the palate after each sip has passed down my throat. Impressively quaffable, this has some heft to it with enough body to just carry the hops, but remains light enough to be drinkable like a good IPA should.

This is definitely a beer for the hopheads out there. It definitely doesn't pull any punches and is aggressively hoppy. If in the mood for an aggressive hop experience this definitely fits the bill. It doesn't get overly harsh and it is just so dang quaffable. This is much more aromatic and hop flavorful than the draught sample I had previously.

Photo of fo5s
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle (care of swnicholson- thanks!!) poured into my sam adams glass. Bottle very clearly displays bottled on 070808. Props to russian river for displaying the date so clearly- there's no searching the bottle for a tiny stamped on date that's always illegible (think victory).

The scent of hops jumps right out as soon as I open the bottle. Pours a pale amber with a two-finger foamy head. Grapefruity smell of hops is strong and clean. Looks and smells like a great IPA to me.

Taste gives a crisp kick of hops, with appropriate bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and crisp. Drinkability is rather high, this packs a good hop punch for its 6%ABV.

This isn't a mind blowing beer, but its a top notch representation of the style. Don't kill yourself to get a bottle of this, but if you ever have the opportunity, jump on it.

Photo of redneckchugger
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into an imperial pint glass. amber color, fluffy off white head, tons of lacing.
smell is floral piney hops.
taste is more of the same, dry, hoppy, delicious, malt is there, but this baby is all hops. mouthfeel is good, not thin, but not huge either. goes down well. excellent beer, love it.

Photo of alexgash
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle. Bottled on 07-09-08. 6.10% abv.

Slightly cloudy, golden yellow body. Tall, thick, puffy, beige-white head lasts forever! Luscious, fresh, juicy hop nose. Big citrus and pine dominate. Some pineapple, butterscotch, and shortbread cookie are there too.

Taste starts with herbal hops bitterness and toasted malt. Big citrus and pine hops take over. Shortbread cookie and caramel malt in the background. This one is all about the hops though. Resinous pine bitterness is pervasive and numbingly delicious and appetizing. Raw citrus and sap in the finish. Medium body with a creamy feel. A quintessential West Coast IPA done to damn near perfection. I wish I could get this more easily!

Photo of MiScusi
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a bottle of the first batch.

A- When in good lighting it pours a clear golden orange, though sometimes can look reddish orange.

S- citric, orange marmalade, a bit floral.

T- Bitter, citrus rind, grapefruity, quite floral actually. Way more floral than I remember it.

M- medium to light-medium body. Carbonation in these bottles is fine.

I must say when I first had Blind Pig a couple years ago I became an instant fan and it was my favorite RR brew. Recently I have found the regular house RR IPA to be more satisfying, though I still enjoy Blind Pig very much.
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1/29/09
Bumping the last rating up from 4.3-->5.0 This is just an amazing IPA as I have always known but I love the mango fruit aspect to it so much... makes it so unique.

Photo of prototypic
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 7/9/08

Appearance: It pours a hazy golden/amber color. Head is just a tad off-white and only about a finger and a half deep. It dissipated pretty quickly, but left a nice sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: The nose is very, very impressive. It's loaded with citrus sweetness. Grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and mango aromas are very prevalent. Hops are strong and are primarily citric in character. Smells like heaven. There's a healthy dose malt. Pale malts are all I'm picking up. Not noticing any caramel. It does have a bit of an earthy quality to it, though it doesn't seem to be the hops. No alcohol is noted. This is a pretty straight forward, but fantastic smelling beer.

Taste: It's damn near as good as the nose, but not quite. There's a heavy citrus aspect to this IPA. Grapefruit, pineapple, lemon and mango are noted. It's sweet, but very refreshing. Hops also are citric in quality. They really have a near perfect bitter flavor. It's extremely appetizing. Pale malts provide a little balance and character, but they don't really detract much from the bitter flavor. It is a little grainy and earthy. Alcohol is blended extremely well and is not noticeable at all. Finishes sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is pretty active, but doesn't get in the way of its smooth feel. Where's the "6" for drinkability? It is that drinkable. With abv at 6%, I'd have no trouble drinking loads of this (and I'd be thrilled to do so).

Blind Pig's an excellent IPA. Easily among the best out there. I'd prefer just a little bit more of a piney quality to the hops. But, I'm not going to complain any more than that. This is a very fine IPA. Can Russian River do anything wrong???

Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Joey for getting this one across to me so quickly. I have been itching to try this one for a while and finally a bottle is made and I can get my hands on it. Very nice 500ml bottle is served up chilled and poured into a tall pilsner glass. Consumed on 08/04/2008.

The pour was very nice, rich and lively looking for sure. A nice golden amber color was transposed into the glass. Lots of carbonation actively searching for a place to go, lands it up at the top of the glass and into the mix of a rich white frothy head. Nice two inches of head quickly races by and leaves with it a nice fluffy and intact pillow across the top that slowly deposits tones of spider web like sticky lace down the sides of the glass. This was a good looking IPA.

The aroma was pungent and fresh, dripping with hop resin so bitter you could feel it through your nose. Very floral, with big notes of orange and tangerine, hints of grapefruit and lemon, with a bit of pine tar thrown in for good measure. This was what it was all about. The flavor was more f the same, and this could have been quite possibly the best tasting IPA I have ever had. Right up there with Sculpin for sure. Huge, sticky fresh hops, loaded down with candy coated sugar. Big notes here of orange all over the place. Lots of citrus of every conceivable kind just literally dripping in here. This is what I would imagine chewing on a still growing hop vine would be like. It was intensely fresh. Nice medium body, almost chewy at times gave way with more then ample carbonation and a nice profile that really just did not let up. As for drinkability...thank you sir and may I have another! This was fantastic.

Overall I have to say this one in know way let me know down. It was the big IPA that it was meant to be while still staying true to it being completely session able. I would love to have this one hooked up to me 24/7 as it was just that good! Go and get some, you really cannot beat this for a west coast IPA.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 500ml bottle purchased at Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora for the paltry sum of $4.99. Poured into a mug.
Appearance: clear copper color topped by a thick white head that lasted throughout and left copious lace on the glass.
Smell: just beautiful; full of resinous, pine-laden hops oils and a bready malt undertone. Hearty citric aroma.
Taste: plentiful hops bitterness; loads of citrus flavor with a solid spruce hops bite that's the backbone of this brew. Malt aspect plays only a supporting role but has a nice nutty flavor to counter all that hoppy goodness.
Feel: medium-bodied, creamy and a tad slick.
Overall, a fantastic IPA, full of flavor and aroma. Not sure how many BP's I could down but it's a sure bet I'd love every one that finds its way into my soup cooler. Highly recommended.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500mL bottle with a Bottled On date of 07/09/08. Poured into my SA beer drinking glass. Clear, golden with a near-white frothy head.
Aroma of lemon pie with a dash of pepper and piney hop goodness..
Creamy first taste of delicious froth. Dry, bitter and deliciously floral. Delicately balanced with enough malt to let the hops shine bright.
For a 6.1% IPA, I could drink this all night.

Photo of gford217
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of thequeue poured into a snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy bright golden amber with a big fluffy white head that hangs around for quite a while leaving big clumps of lacing. The smell is huge on floral and citrus hops - grapefruit and pine just jump out of the bottle when it's opened. The taste is hops galore with grapefruit stinging the tongue with bitterness up front and pine resins lingering on the palate at the finish. There is a hint of the bready hop background, but the hops steal the show here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and sticky with hop oils. This is one of the better IPAs I have tasted and especially enjoyable for hopheads like me. Huge thanks to Praveen to sharing this beauty.

Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a straw golden color with a nice off white head that fades into a foamy top.

Nice piney aromatics with a toffee caramel finish. Like a candied hop bud. Malt is thick with a bit of a lemony ester and hints of stone fruit.

Good nicely balanced with a great malt character. Very caramel and toffee forward. Again with a nice piney earthy hop bitterness. Not overly bitter. Creamy mouthfeel with a medium finish. Nothing extraordinary but very drinkbable nonetheless.

Photo of sfoley333
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from Texas poured into Ports 7th Ann Real ale glass. Poured a golden color with tons of hazy particles of hop floating around. The head was thick white and very fluffy with great lacing. Smell is grapefruit citrus, some pine, and malt aroma. Taste is very strong fresh cut grass and pine with a dry peppery malt taste and grapefruit rind bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium body with a creamy carbonation level. The hops and mouthfeel makes this an IPA you can get addicted to. Diffently a border line double IPA with the amount of hops and high IBU taste but not with the big malt content and alcohol alot of doubles have. AS an american IPA for sure the hoppiest out there with great balance and flavor to boot.

Photo of hoppymeal
3.68/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey gold in color, slight haze, with a decent sized, fairly bright white fluffy head that slowly recedes leaving some lacing behind. Aroma is a nice sweet citrus aroma of grapefruit, tangerines and mangoes. A softer sweetness of cotton candy accentuates this and a strong grassiness in the aroma as well. Taste follows with a good amount of lemon, grapefruit, and citrusy hops as well as a large dose of grassiness that cresendoes towards a good sized bitterness that is also slightly peppery. Mouthfeel is light to medium, prickly hops and carbonation on the tongue up front transisition to a peppery bite at the back and a drying finish. Very drinkable ipa, could session this one without much trouble. Really enjoyed the decent amount of pure bitterness. Thanks Scott for the opportunity.

Photo of ATPete
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

bottled 07/09/08

Thanks Praveen!

Blind Pig pours a beautiful orange color with a huge, strong white head with lots of sticking and visible carbonation. The nose is super fresh and citrusy hop heaven, amazing. Its truly making my mouth water. Upon tasting my initial thought is, wow, what a unique IPA! Very well balanced at first, perfect hop flavor, lots of grapefruit, lemon, orange and pepper notes. The after taste is of sweet hops balanced by light malts. Medium bodied with an excellent level of carbonation. Dangerously drinkable, i cant wait to get my hands on some more of this!

Photo of Crosling
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, thanks Dr. Bill! Light golden color with a wispy foam that lasts well. Very nice nose, which is dominated by very bright woodsy hops, with other light notes of resin and lemon from the hops. Flavor hoppiness and bitterness is very bold and impressive, and lingers in the finish very well. The hops are raw, pure, well utilized and again, they linger well after the swallow. Flavor hops are similar to the nose and can best be described as very woodsy. A minor critique, it doesn't have a lot of body, but the finish makes up for it. Overall, really nice IPA.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last night provided me with possibly the worst beer experience yet. However, I hope get that sour taste out of my mouth with one of the highest regarded IPA's around, now in bottles! Lots of anti-aging propaganda on the label, so I plan to drink it five days after I purchased it from Old Town Liqour in Temecula. On to the beer:

Poured gently into an Imperial Pint glass...absolutely lovely to look at! Faded washed out orange with a glow to it, and a head with very good retention. The nose has a good kick of hops with a balance of sweet tropical fruits and a malty backbone to keep it in check.

I have to say this is a very impressive tasting beer. Some pear shows up at the door, but gets smacked down by a barrage of hops with a metallic punch to it and a mix of tropical and piney fruits. The bitterness in the aftertaste is long lasting and is the ecstacy to the hophead part of me. Sounds like it would be hard to take another sip, but this is one of the easier West Coast IPA's I've had to drink.

How do you control such a bitter IPA so well? Russian River has it down, which is seen in both Pliny's, and now Blind Pig.

(Come to think of it, they should have named this Manbearpig. I'm super cereal. Alright, excelsior!)

Photo of ddarden
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to thimbledrome for this freshly bottled RR Blind Pig hand delivered from the source. It was bottled on 9th of July, 2008. Pours a very clear copper with nice puffy white head that slowly falls with nice lacing. The pig smells like piney hops and lot of them. A little grapefruit peaks through as well.

The first taste is a nice smack of hops and a malt backbone to carry that kind of bitterness. I would have to say that is one damn fine IPA. The perfect hop bite comes through to make this a beer for hopheads. The bitterness lingers through and hangs around in a very nice way. The mouthfeel is excellent for a 6.1% abv beer and I could drink this beer all night. Very drinkable and lives up to its hype.

I tried this on-tap at RR Brewery a couple of years ago, but was not as impressed as I am by the bottled version. All in all, I am amazed at the depth and complexity of such a low alcohol beer. It has the flavor to be a 7 to 8% beer.

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JDV and pintsized for sharing.

A-Clear orange-reminded me of sunset orange colrs
S-Grapefruit on sniff, grapefruit on a bigger whiff, grapefruit when I walked 10 feet away
T-Sweet light honey malt upfront, then surprisingly grapefruit and a slightly grassy hop taste leading to a lingering bitter finish.
M-Medium body, great crisp carbonation, tingles a little in the mouth.
D-Lingering bitterness took away from drinkability for me but overall fantastic brew and would seek out again.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this from South Bay Drugs & Liquors. Thanks Joey!

Ahhh..a 500ml bottle. Time to pull out my trusty New Belgium Imperial Pint glass.

It's a nice clear medium gold in colour with a 2 finger head of foam that shrunk quickly to 1 finger but now doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon. Good sticky lacing.

The smell is of grapefruit and floral hops and is very nice. A similar nose to other IPAs that I've had but nevertheless, always a pleasure to encounter.

The taste certainly is all about the hops. Big notes grapefruit and some grass that are a bitter delight on my palate but there is *some* malt in the background. Way in the background but it's there and does provide some support and at least an attemp at balance.. Hell, that's ok with me as American IPAs go. Sometimes I'm in the mood for a more balanced example, sometimes I want the hops to dominate and permeate my every taste bud. It all depends on my mood and right now, I say "bring on the hops" and Blind Pig is not disappointing me at all in that regard.

Good medium mouthfeel with a lightish amount of carbonation. It finishes on the same note it started...bitter and delicious. And...pretty easy drinking to boot. I'm having zero problems finishing this bottle but that, in itself, is a problem if you get where I'm coming from.

And yeah, head retention is better than average as I had a feeling it would be.

Bottom line: I'm pretty darned happy that I picked this brew up and I enjoyed the bottle I drank immensely. Now, I look forward to *trying* to get some Pliny The Elder. RR really does have it all going on....

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottles on 7-8-08.

Pours a fogged gold amber with a creme head. Soapy, hoppy nose. Sharp floral and citrus tones. I got a lot on the flavor. Earth, smoke, citrus, floral, and soapy hops. Real thick earthy character mostly. Feel is low on carbonation and the liquid is fine. Pretty easy to drink and an overall earthy IPA.

Photo of Skeeter
3.38/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off...let me just say I really wanted to like "the Pig." But, despite its catchy name and highly reputable maker (Russian River Brewing Company), it left much to be desired. Too hoppy for my simple palate. Kinda overpowered my other senses.

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,136 ratings.