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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,063 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,063
Reviews: 1,303
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,396
Gots: 370 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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kevfujii

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-08-2012 09:09:22 | More by kevfujii
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kchannel9

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-08-2012 08:27:48 | More by kchannel9
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LambicKing

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-08-2012 05:15:13 | More by LambicKing
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towlea25

Washington

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-08-2012 02:15:15 | More by towlea25
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eaglephile

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle to pint glass, bottled on 11/22/11, drank 1/6/12.

A: Pours a 2 finger dull white, foam head that leaves lacing after a few minutes. Beer is light gold in appearance.

S: A sweetish smell, with lots of citrus hops coming through, grapefruit.

T: This is a tasty beer. Surprisingly light in flavor on the palate to start with tart citrus flavors rounding out the taste, grapefruit as others have mentioned, that linger after finishing.

M: As stated above, this is a very light IPA with a healthy amount of carbonation.

O: This is a great IPA, very refreshing that would be a great summertime or warm weather IPA. I wish I had more!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 22:02:17 | More by eaglephile
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jeffmart22

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden color with just a fingers worth of head that dissipates. Light lacing on the glass. Good,refreshing looking beer.

A - Really nice pine and floral notes with a hint of citrus . It has an almost organic smelling malt backbone like hay. Some sweet malt and biscuit notes.

T - Starts with just a slight sweetness that amediately takes a back seat to an extreme hop bitterness. The flavor duration is long with the bitterness lingering throughout. Very drinkable and refreshing.

M - Light to medium in body. Tart and mouth watering. Extremely dry finish.

O - Really great beer, wish I had easier access to this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 19:33:12 | More by jeffmart22
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of IrishColonial. Thanks Eric!

A. Pours a slightly hazy goldenrod. Half finger eggshell white head, nice and crisp. Good lacing and retention.

S. Wow, this is one of the best smelling IPAs I have ever had. Could be the first named tropical storm of the season, as the pineapple and mango flavors keep on coming. I detect a good amount of orange, peach, and just a hint of bitter resin. The bouquet on this is first rate. Amazing.

T. Not nearly as smooth as the nose indicates. Gone are the tropical notes and instead it is just a massively bitter, pinecone infused hop bomb. Some grainy malts. Kind of a thin finish. A bit one note.

M. Bitterness dominates, but it's too thin. Where are the malts? Where is the more rounded hop profile? Exceptionally drying. Too bad.

O. I remember having this 9 months ago and I thought it was better than Pliny. This bottle is less than a month old, so it is as fresh as it gets. And it is extremely disappointing. The malt profile on this is awfully thin and what you are left with is a thin, watery bite. Not even close to a great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 18:01:56 | More by siege06nd
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Stoffel

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-06-2012 21:25:42 | More by Stoffel
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a lovely IPA, one that often gets overlooked because of its bigger brother, the infamous Pliny. I wish we could get a straight-up IPA of this quality consistently in NY and NJ.

This bottle was extremely fresh, a mere 6 days old, and poured crystal clear and light gold in color. Smallish creamy head that falls slowly, excellent lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Lots of tropical fruit in the nose, mainly pineapple with grapefruit, lemon and orange behind it; nicely resinous. Powerfully hoppy with an aroma noticed from 3 feet away.

Tremendous fresh hop taste with tons of tropical fruit esters, again mostly pineapple and grapefruit, very slight sweet malt presence underneath but it’s extremely subdued. Tons of citrus with more orange and lemony notes as well. Good bitterness that lingers into the finish.

The mouthfeel is also perfect, lightly creamy and just a touch sticky, medium body with just enough carbonation to give it a little life but not so much that it becomes prickly or bloating. Extremely smooth. Definitely top notch and not to be missed.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 16:32:05 | More by tobelerone
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jmpizzo

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-06-2012 02:47:47 | More by jmpizzo
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tyamhydrogen

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled on 11/22/11. Thanks to dsgolovin for this.

A- Pours a beautiful gold with a 1 1/12 finger head. On the lighter end for an IPA. Looks to be nicely carbonated. A fair amount of lacing.

S- Good olfactory notes, but the smell doesn't blow me away. Grapefruit dominates, but I don't detect a whole lot more complexity.

T-Blind Pig tastes better than it smells IMO. Grapefruit hop flavors are present with a tiny bit of pine. Enjoyable.

M- Smooooth. Really, really enjoyable with moderate carbonation and the right amount of residual resin. A highlight of this beer.

O- Blind Pig is a really nice IPA, and a great introduction to Russian River beers. I'm excited to try the Pliny.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 01:09:00 | More by tyamhydrogen
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 12.19.11, so just about two weeks old. pours a very bright dark gold/light amber color with a white head that leaves good lace. nose is tropical fruit (pineapple grapefruit?) and hints of flowers with a touch of sweet malt backbone. just wonderful. like cutting a pineapple in the middle of a citrus grove. taste is grapefruity and filled with pine, grass and all the proper hop notes. just enough sweetness to round it out, but finishing bitter and fairly dry. medium body that begs to be schwilled. wow. i've always opted for the other "well known" RR brews, and am kicking myself for sleeping on this one. fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 00:21:28 | More by timtim
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azorie

Florida

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-05-2012 20:34:55 | More by azorie
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happy5930

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-05-2012 13:51:52 | More by happy5930
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-04-2012 22:44:31 | More by IdrinkGas
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I think I'd have to agree with quite a few others opinions that Blind Pig is a tastier and more enjoyable IPA than Pliny. Won't compare the two though I just set that up.

A: liquid is a really lovely shade of peach in color, slightly hazy from dry hops(?)... creamy, velvety white head which stays around in a collar....

S: bright yet delicate (like freshly-cleaned laundry) perfumy fruits, vaguely citrus (orange/lemon) in character... all about the hops though it could be understandably, arguably confused for (being in concert with) Belgian-like esters.... the slightest hint of pale and light crystal malt in there as well.... overall, lovely but none-too-unique

T: predominantly a blend of fruit flavors (in no particular order of intensity): orange, lemon, cantaloupe, pineapple.... the hops seem almost entirely fruity aside from a subtle pine or flower stem quality... little, if any, alcohol.... the vaguely sugar-cookie-like malt has only a hair of sweetness, if any, merely serving as a magic carpet carrying the elegant hops

M: how the hell can one brew a beer this damn smooth?!... mid-range in body, but feels very much lighter.... it all quietly slips away.... super soft and cushiony dry

O: ridiculously drinkable above anything else... not the tastiest (in other words, most memorably-flavored) IPA but certainly one of the most well-constructed and well-balanced

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 14:38:13 | More by Bouleboubier
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.7%

01-03-2012 14:35:53 | More by BigCheese
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surlytheduff

Michigan

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-03-2012 03:58:13 | More by surlytheduff
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elephantrider

Michigan

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-02-2012 22:19:04 | More by elephantrider
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BRLockwood

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-02-2012 02:54:32 | More by BRLockwood
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schwaeh

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

01-01-2012 19:24:21 | More by schwaeh
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

01-01-2012 18:59:30 | More by InebriatedJoker
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coldriver

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle born on 11//22/2011 - consumed on 1/1/2012 (Happy New Year!). Pours a deep gold with very good head and lacing. Nose is sweet malt, lemon, and floral. Complex hop profile with lemons, grapefruit, pine, floral, and vanilla. The sweet malt that I noted in the nose is rather subdued in the taste.
How does Russian River get such an amazing mouthfeel in their beers? Delicate but at the same time oily and in your face. A little thin perhaps, although that contributes to the delicacy. Very nice dry finish and tongue numbing aftertaste that begs you to take another sip.
An excellent IPA from Russian River!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 18:56:20 | More by coldriver
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emdawg

New York

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-01-2012 05:46:34 | More by emdawg
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hawkmage

California

3/5  rDev -31.2%

12-31-2011 17:02:57 | More by hawkmage
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,063 ratings.