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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: 1,356
Hads: 5,247
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 1,786
Gots: 750 | FT: 18
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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: 1,356 | Hads: 5,247
Photo of Murchmac
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in a bottle which reads Bottled on 070808. That's pretty damn fresh! Love the label, DO NOT AGE! Only wish I was drinking it out of a mason jar...

Had this beer tons on tap at Toronado, needed to try it out of a bottle.

Pours a clear copper orange with lots of bubbles and carbonation comin up. Nice foamy head. Lacing that stays with it like a schooner cutting through frothy seas.

Sweet citrus, malts, and piney aromas. Crisp, fresh, Clean as a whistle, like Irish Spring soap and deodarizer.

Tastes a lot creamier than I remember. Thin bristlelike pine needles scrape the inside of my tongue while alternating sweet malts and grapefruits kick whats left of my tongue around.

Great mouthfeel. Has the resiny taste any good DIPA has, but this one is sweet to taste.

If I had to blindly run around a sty and wrestle a greased pig for another one of these beers i'd do it. Fortunately I can just buy one. (918 characters)

Photo of Stoneman78
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft at O'Brien's

Appearance is a clear amber hue, thin white layer of dense head, big thick lacing all over the glass

Smell is huge hops --grapefruit, pine resin, grass, lemon zest--, sweet bread malt tones linger in the background

Taste is moderate-full hop flavors, sweet grapefruit and citrus balance out the more bitter pine resin, hints of bread and grain malts are barely perceptible, finishes dry and bitter

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, thick and oily texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability is high, great flavor and body for a single IPA at 6%, solid throughout, no glaring shortcomings for this style, definitely a favorite and repeat performer, this ranks on my short list of top single IPAs (712 characters)

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

Fresh on tap today at O'Brien's Pub, served in a pint glass. A bright yellow-orange gold with just a lick of white foam head.

Smell is of white grapefruit and pine forest...sweet and citric, very hoppy.

Taste is much like the smell, which is very citrus and pine filled, not to mention tasty...almost 2x IPA, hop wise.

A very hoppy, medium bodied IPA with ultra drinkability for the hot weather months ahead. (411 characters)

Photo of bigbelcher
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Liar's Club. A very well made IPA. Supposedly was the granddaddy to the Plineys, Elder and Youngers. Personally I like the grandkids better. This was a good beer but lighter in body then the others with not a totally right balance of hops. Was good and drinkable, just not as good as some others. golden color, not much head, very citrusy hops. (358 characters)

Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Briens. Hazy gold color with a thick white head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine at first with some lemon and resin as it warms up. Very hoppy and smooth with a nice dry finish. Extremely refreshing. I could drink this beer all day. An amazing West Coast IPA. (268 characters)

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Russian River Brewpub in Santa Rosa CA (from notes)

Slightly darker amber color than their Pliny the Elder. Piney and fresh. I don't know what Russian River does but their Pliny and Blind Pig IPA's just taste so different from other IPA's.

Incredible initial aroma, not as thick as I prefer an IPA to be but that's about the only complaint. Incredibly drinkable and refreshing. (393 characters)

Photo of 1759Girl
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance> Small head, not a lot of retention, lively, clear... hard to read the rest of my notes, sorry...
Smell> HEYOUGE hoppiness with citrus
Taste> bitter start, medium hoppy middle, with a very smooth finish.
Mouf> Niiice.
Drinkability> Easy. I've had several since this tasting. (300 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jwolfie70 for this splendid. A thousand blessings on all his endeavors.

Pours a golden yellow with a hint of orange (very surprising color for an IPA).

The smell is overwhelmingly floral, with notes of pineapple and grapefruit. I find pineapple to be one of the rarer taste/aromas from IPAs. I have no idea what hop produces (or, maybe they add pineapple...not sure). This is one of the very, very rare beers whose odor I rate higher than the taste.

The taste is redolent with pineapple, grapefruit, some balancing sweet malt, and pine. The pine isn't in the smell, but it definitely is in the taste. I actually could do without it. It's still a very, very good IPA, but I'm not tasting the beer I'm smelling.

Great mouthfeel (Russian River knows what the *bleep* they're doing), and it must be pretty drinkable, considering I pounded the growler in one night. (877 characters)

Photo of SQNfan
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From growler shipped to me (6 days old when opened): Golden in color with a touch of amber. This still poured a great 3/4" head that dissipated slowly. The nose was filled with grapefruit, Rouquefort cheese and a touch of anise. In the mouth it had medium density, a smooth texture and was wonderfully balanced. The hops are very well balanced by some malt that leads to a beer with a bitterness/dryness but also a touch of sweetness. The malt is more noticable than the "Pliny the Elder" and keeps this beer a touch sweeter. Overall, this is a really well made beer with terrific balance that is easy to drink. (611 characters)

Photo of
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Russian River.

Light amber in color, just a bit cloudy. Large, creamy, off white head. Great lacing.

Aroma was primarily citrus, grapefruit and lemons. Pine and a bit o' honey in there as well.

Taste was big on the hops, but nicely balanced. Some sweetness for contrast, consisting of caramel and wheat bread. Hop character was back to the citrus, as in the smell.

Medium in body, almost creamy. Medium carbonation. Not particularly dry.

Excellent IPA, right up there with the best of them. Edged out a little by some others, but one I wouldn't hesitate to drink again and again and again... (606 characters)

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

had on tap in a pint glass.

A - a golden yellow color with a bit of lacing around the top.

S - grapefruit. lots of grapefruit and some pine.

T - grapefruit. and hops. i really like this beer. the hop bitterness comes on a bit earlier than in pliny the younger and isn't quite as intense, but it seems to last a bit longer.

M - medium bodied with a bit of a creamy texture in the mouth.

D - definitely an easy one to drink if you like hoppy ipa's. i could have a few of these for sure and then want it again the next day. (525 characters)

Photo of kajerm
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass on tap at Russian River.

Pours light amber with a finger and half of fine, lacing carbonation.

The aroma is much fruitier than Pliny the Elder, with massive grapefruit character and maybe a little mango (Amarillo?)

Tastes like it smells, with a mango-citric opening that never lets go, with a finish that is as bitter as Pliny the Elder, but much more compact.

Mouthfeel is dry and briskly carbonated; it's on the lighter side, but just heavy enough to be satisfying. The mouthfeel makes it a very easy drinker. (528 characters)

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)

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,356 ratings.