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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

3,966 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,966
Reviews: 1,301
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,358
Gots: 351 | 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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jmeyers78

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass ware: Pint glass

A - Pale gold with a nice 1/4" thick white head

S - Hops, hops and more hops. More specifically citrus and pine

T - Right off the bat I noticed the bitterness...a very pleasant bitterness. This offsets well with the malt backbone. Very, very drinkable

M - Nice. Creamy and balanced.

O - A very good IPA. I can definitely see where the hype came from. If this beer was more readily available to me it would definitely be a staple of mine

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 19:14:14 | More by jmeyers78
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soze47

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a month and a half old bottle today on a trip to Southern Cal. Surprised to find it with that much age on it, but I'm not going to complain. Still delicious.

Appearance: Nice golden color with a pearly head that is quite sticky, especially after the second glass.

Aroma: Interesting blend of subdued, yet potent hops and malt. If the malt sweetness was not there, the hops would be less sweet than they are. As it stands, there is a nice tropical nose that leans towards clementines.

Taste: More bitter than the nose would have you believe. Nice hop/malt combo right off the bat for an initial burst of flavor, then a nice subdued secondary taste calms down before the bitter linger kicks in. The aftertaste is not so bitter that it ruins anything. It actually plays a big role in keeping this beer balanced.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: If this were in a six pack, it would be dangerous! Highly drinkable as it has a light body for the style and easy to gulp. The linger actually develops throughout the bottle in a nice way that helps lend some nuance.

Overall: Easy to understand the hype on this beer. It is obviously well crafted. The hops and malt combine for great flavors that hit in waves and build in complexity throughout the bottle. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 07:31:03 | More by soze47
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Dope

Massachusetts

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

A: Nice clear, golden amber color. Decent head that fades fast but leaves nice lacing.

S: Very hoppy as you might imagine. Nice orange aroma.

T: Very hop forward as you might expect. Orange and grapefruit it seems. Maybe a tiny bit of pine in there. Surprisingly well balanced with some bready malt coming through.

M: Mid-range mouthfeel with a surprisingly heavy aftertaste despite the otherwise clean taste.

O: Quite good IPA, top 5 easily. Very clean, crisp and well balanced. More or less perfect if you like citrusy IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 03:56:32 | More by Dope
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evilinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this from a Delirium Tremens snifter as I type this.

Bottled on 04/14/11, so I think it could* be a bit fresher, but it's still considerably fresh.

Cracked open and poured a nice orange-y golden liquid, slightly hazy, with off-white head. Very fine bubbles and a few bigger ones. Head does die down and and the drink retains a nice thin top layer of suds. Swirling around the glass produces a nice fine head. Left very nice lace around the rim of the snifter. Very shimmery in the light, with bubbles consistently rising to the top.

Smells like mango, pine, citrus peel. I think it smells good, it's not the most intense aroma I've ever had from an IPA, but still a solid nose. (Do I detect a little bit of smoked cigarette?) Not like the 4-weeks fresh Pliny I just recently had, but I'll review that one later.

This is the way I like an IPA, with the hops forward, piney and citrusy. I am a big fan of that style of hopping.

Tastes great. Bitterness on the sides of the tongue with the sweet, fruity flavors from the front of the tongue and all along the middle. It's not too bitter, it's nicely balanced. A drinkable IPA. Orange/lemon zest sweetness and dryness remain, slight pine resin. What can I say, it's a great IPA.

Mouth feel, like above, produces a lingering bitterness on the sides of the tongue, nice oily remainder after every sip. Not too thick, so it stays drinkable, but it does dominate the palate.

Perhaps I am just associating it with when I used to smoke a cigarette here and there (when I'd usually be drinking an IPA), but I keep thinking tobacco. Like after a quality, fresh cigarette, after you haven't had one in a long time. Not right upfront, but mixed somewhere in with the hop oils, sweet malt, a hike in the woods, and some exotic fruit.

Overall, I would drink this regularly if I could. Looks, smells, and tastes great. 6.1% abv is nicely balanced with a lot of hops, and a juiciness that keeps you coming back for another sip.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 01:56:08 | More by evilinc
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MrVonzipper

California

3.35/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice dark golden color with a good eggshell colored head and solid lacing. very noticeable carbonation.

Typical IPA hoppy notes on the nose; bitter citrus-grapefruit, pine

Flavor notes are exactly the same. Piney and grapefruit-citrus. It's very One Note. Flavor only coming from the hops. No malt balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodies with solid carbonation and a fresh aftertaste.

Overall I'm a little disappointed from this! I had a feeling I was going to like this a little more than Pliny the Elder, especially after reading about the two in a forum. I was very let down by how it's so just one note, being all hops. Clearly the defining character of the style, but I believe there should be more balance. I will always grab a Pliny instead of Blind Pig.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 01:05:25 | More by MrVonzipper
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chumba526

Oregon

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

Appears translucent gold in color with a small white head.

It smells of pine like and grassy hops. I also get a bit of a mild dry bread like malt smell to the ale.

It tastes of citrusy (grapefruit mostly) hops, and earthy grassy/ pine like hops. There is a mild malt sweetness that pairs nicely with the citrusy and pines like hop flavor of the beer. The beer ends with a forceful amount of bitterness. Though it is not overwhelming.

There is a crisp mouthfeel to the ale.

Overall a flavorful hop forward light refreshing and smooth tasting IPA. I have been liking that more bars around town have but putting this on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2011 23:17:49 | More by chumba526
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mikul93

California

3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden orange with light head. Carbonation streaming from the bottom of glass.

S- This beers smells WONDERFUL! Pine and hints of oranges.

T- Bitter and hoppy. Very dry.

M- Clean and dry. Smooth at first but bitter aftertaste lingers.

O- I enjoyed the beer but I definitely won't be seeking it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 00:40:30 | More by mikul93
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kevanb

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blind Pig pours a lovely clear copper color, hues of golds and oranges with just a touch of light amber, a few bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass while a nice thick white head rises about 2 fingers high out of the glass that has great retention and leaves behind a great sticky network of lacing. The aroma is great, bright and vibrant floral hops, juicy grapefruit and tangerine with some nice pine and grassy flavors at the back end, just a touch of sweet pale cereal grain comes out. The flavors are just as nice, huge grapefruit presence on the tongue, light floral notes with a big burst of bitter earthy pine and grass flavors but the brightness is still there which is remarkable, a touch of sweet pale grain at the finish reminds you that there is some malt used in this beer but this is all about the hops. The body is great, medium carbonation, a touch higher than anticipated and moderately prickly with a full body and and great dry bitter finish.

Verdict: An absolutely fantastic IPA from Russian River, it should come as no surprise that they have mastered the art of hoppy beers. The flavors across so wonderfully with such mild bitterness, this really is one of the most drinkable IPAs on the planet. This really is a must try for anyone who loves hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 00:05:18 | More by kevanb
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to baycat for this one.

Bottled on 04-04-11

A - Clear golden amber body, big white head. Really good look.

S - Grapefruit, pine resin, pine wood, fresh cut grass. Nice complex hop aroma.

T - Bitter, citrus, pine, dry, Bit of tangerine on the back. Nice complex hop flavor. Well balanced with the nose.

M - very smooth, dry. An excellent mouthfeel.

O (D) - this is a great IPA. I am happy to have it. I wish I lived in CA.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 20:59:07 | More by ColdPoncho
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kevinv

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 04/16/2011. Consumed late April at ~2 weeks old. Reviewed from my backlog of notes...

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange-copper with a huge 3-finger fluffy white head. Great head retention and delicate lacing.

S - Grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, orange, light pine, and just overall terrific. Powerful floral hop aromas with a slight malt profile to back it up.

T - Extremely fresh and crisp hop flavors of orange and grapefruit. This one brings the bitterness and ample hops that hop-heads crave. Wonderful. Again, a nice pale malt helps round out the sweetness in this IPA. Dry and bitter finish. Slight oily resinous feeling lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium bodied brew with a medium carbonation.

O - Overall, this is a clear favorite of mine. I honestly try to be conscientious about how many "5.0" scores I give out, but this one really hits the mark and is every bit deserving of the high scores BA's give it. It's amazing how drinkable this IPA is. There's no question that this would be my go-to-IPA all year long if it was available locally. I know this comparison has been made plenty of times, but even with as good as Pliny tastes, Blind Pig takes the cake for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 22:00:32 | More by kevinv
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brotherloco

California

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml. Bottled 04/14/11.

Pours a beautiful slightly hazy gold with a two finger off-white head that settles to a thin covering.

Oh I love the aroma of fresh hops. Smells of pine and citrus. Orange and tangerine emerge. Bright and resinous, some floral perfume as well. Sweet caramel mixed in the background. If you've enjoyed a Pliny, there's no doubt this is a sibling.

From the first sip the taste runs deep. Resinous dank hops and orangey citrus. A bracing bitterness moves in to the middle of the flavor and lingers on after the swallow. There's a great aroma to this beer, but it tastes even better.

Medium bodied and highly drinkable. A slightly oily texture that makes it very pleasant in the mouth. Gains some thickness over time. Great bite in the finish.

Sometimes it's hard to pick up this beer when it's sitting right next to a Pliny, but it shouldn't be ignored.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 01:41:48 | More by brotherloco
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whitemomba

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my FFF glass from the 500ml bottle. Dated 5-9-11. Drank on 5-22-11.

A - Clear orange color. Vigorous pour leaves about a finger and a half white head. Small amount of head stays throughout the whole beer. Some sticky lacing. Stays pretty bubbly.

S - Not much on the nose. I get a decent amount of citrus and floral.

T - Delicious. Not as fruity as other IPA's but very nicely balanced. Nice amount of bitterness. Pretty dry. Bits of grapefruit in the aftertase.

M - Medium carbonation. Not too sticky. Perfect amount of body.

O - Great IPA. Very high in drinkability. This bottle went pretty fast.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 23:54:23 | More by whitemomba
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alenonbeeradv

California

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

a - a frothy sticky head. nice bold but clear body.

s - piney and resiny like the bottle but more fruit and vivid floral aromas from the tap.

t - a lot more malt taking over. the bottle seems a little more bitter and hoppy where the tap seems a lot more earthy and handleable. very clean.

m - pretty mellow and smooth but still an adventure. as i said before a lot mote tame than the bottle in terms of taste and mouthfeel.

o - of my favorite go tos of ipas. pliney rarely dissapoints too. quite a privelege to try on tap.

note: i kept this review brief due to a future review of
the bottle. for now this will suffice.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 01:00:36 | More by alenonbeeradv
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful golden caramel color with hints of lemon. Nice thick one-finger eggshell head with decent sheets of lace.

Aroma is impressively strong; floral and citrus hops backed by pine hop notes. Juicy floral and citrusy hops dominate. smells even fruitier and fresher on tap than I remember in bottles.

Juicy. hefty fruit, orange, lemon, grapefruit, floral hops and some herbal green hops. malts are prevalent, for sure, but the hops really shine through. The sugars of the malts keep the hops from overwhelming. impressive.

Mouth is perfect for an IPA. it tends toward the thick and viscous side like grapefruit juice. I can almost taste the pulp. Thick yet it seems crazy drinkable on tap. smooth, light, and almost refreshing.

Overall is wow. if this were still drinkability, it'd get a 5. On the whole, it's hard to find a fault with this one. While I might get slapped in the face for saying this, blind pig casts a shadow over the cowering, pretentiously over-hopped Pliny. Blind pig is king.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2011 04:46:40 | More by djeucalyptus
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drewba

Illinois

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

A - translucent sparkly golden yellow with a white finger and a half head after an aggressive pour. The head dies quickly but has some bubbles along the edge and some nice legs for the duration of the beer.

S - Fresh citrus, most notably lemon and mango with some pine resin in the back end. Not a big aroma, but it does smell nice.

T - Very floral, soft grass, dull lemon & lime, with a subtle grapefruit and pineapple flavor towards the end that slowly grows into a nice building bitterness. Very minimal malt presence - i'm getting a little bit of buttered toast (not in a roasty, or charred way) but that doesn't bother me in the least. This is super tasty and incredibly easy to drink.

M - medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel thanks to the perfect carbonation.

O - Delicious, spot on mouthfeel, low bitterness = me flying through a bottle. One of my shorter reviews thanks to me drinking this really quickly. Not a terribly complex or nuanced beer, but really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 02:42:02 | More by drewba
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bobhits

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/14/11 and consumed on 5/14/11. Thanks to UCLABrewN84 for this in a recent trade!

There is something about the color of this beer I just love. A hair darker than the lightest IPAs but far lighter and more orangey than some of the darker almost ruby colored ones. Tall white head and good lacing is here and clearly a must.

The aroma isn’t as powerful as other reviews I’m seeing. This stone IPA glass generally does wonders for enhancing the nose so I’m not sure. What is here however is splendid. Fresh floral hops with the lightest of malts backing it.

This non imperial IPA at 6% is showing perhaps why most IPAs are still a bit stronger. The malt back is a touch weak and the hops aren’t nearly as strong as many are claiming. Instead this is a delicate hop flavor, very floral and certainly bitter. The malt truly is here just to make this beer work but like a child seen and not heard. If I could get this on tap in the summer I could see this being just about perfect.

The mouth is very good for the style. A touch lighter in body than some of the bigger IPAs, but perhaps a bit more carbonated. This makes for as I said above a great summer beer to drink.

I want to like this beer more. I want to get why this beer makes the top 100 and frankly I don’t get it. An extremely good IPA, but it just doesn’t have that something special to put it in the exceptional category.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 18:59:51 | More by bobhits
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Retsinis

California

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle recently (dated 3/28/11) since the Total Wine near me is always out of Pliney, but this will do.

A: Poured from the 500 ml bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. The beer pours a cloudy, and rich orange color with a creamy off white head, that quickly settled, but left a good half inch of foam on top throughout, depositing some decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: I get scents of pine hops, citrus, bread, orange zest, tangerine, grapefruit, and some mild pineapple.

T: Mirrors the nose quite nice, with a moderate initial bitterness that is not too dry, followed with complex layers of tropical fruit, backed by a mild malty bread sweet backbone. Notes of grapefruit, lemony zest, orange peel, and pine. The mellow bread and mild caramel malt provide a good backbone to the hops as well.

M: A medium cream and oily texture, with a soft medium level of carbonation. Very clean, and drinkable.

O: Great IPA. Fresher the better of course, but this was not too bad. Have had it fresh on draft at Russian river in April 2010, which was great too. I prefer Pliney the Elder, but this is not a bad consolation either.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 23:45:33 | More by Retsinis
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/14/11.

A: Almost clear, but not quite, melted orange sherbet, with about a finger or so head that died down to a nice froth rather quickly.

S: Citrus air freshener: orange, candy sugar, apricot, and a decent bit of malt... more than I was expecting anyway.

T: I got a bit of lemon mixed in the citrus concoction, with added some complexity. The hops hit the palate hard initially, but the finish was surprisingly smooth.

M: The carbonation was spot on, the bitterness was quite the palate wrecker, but the yeasty finish washed over the grapefruit alkalinity, making it highly drinkable.

O: The hype was warranted!... especially considering the fact that this was only $4.50/bottle. Yummy!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 00:36:47 | More by Chaney
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Yagman3000

New York

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed in a snifter from a few bottles I obtained from a west coast connection. Really nice color... Thin head that dissipated rather quickly into a hop oil slick laying happily on top.

Smells of bitter hops without a lot of fruitiness.

Tastes delicious and is a hop bomber without the fruits of Pliny... A definite cousin to this beer.

Mouthfeel is it's best trait. Really syrupy and it's lace just clings to the side of the glass upon tilting.

Overall an excellent beer but couldn't go with an all out exceptional because of its one trick pony attributes (but it's one he'll of a trick!).

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 02:01:03 | More by Yagman3000
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served an amber-orange color with a firmly sticky white cap at a snifter at Toronado. Lacing is nice, great look.

Fairly hoppy, a bit of an understatement. Once the head settles there's a strong pineapple and grapefruit aroma with hints of bubblegum wafting up. Nice and strong.

Malts are pale, mildly sweet, and unobtrusive. Sweet enough to hold the drinker's attention, but not to distract from the hopping. Citric Centennial hops are al over, bitter but not overpowering.

Body is thinnish but keeping well within IPA territory. This beer is frightfully drinkable. Worth the hype.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 00:08:41 | More by BretSikkink
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dlmccabe1

Maryland

4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The aroma of this beer is phenomenal. It has a really fresh hop smell that sets it apart from some of my other favorite IPAs like Bell's Two Hearted and Victory Hop Devil. Really well balanced with moderate bitterness that balances out and finishes loooong. It has a great full mouthfeel for an IPA and it's really pretty stellar. Lacing stays on the side of the glass sticks around for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 01:52:52 | More by dlmccabe1
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 500ml bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/2/11
*From notes

Date bottled: 4/14/11

When it rains it pours - a BIG thanks goes out to both SirRuss and Trilogy31 for hookin' this up for me in the same week!

A: It appears in the glass like a heavily oaked Chardonnay. It's a chrome yellow, and after a good pour, a lovely 2.25 finger head and sticky lacing show up for the party.

S: Fresh cut fruit tray. Like a lazy Sunday afternoon in July. Sweet tropical juices ooze out of the glass. As it warms, the citrusy hop oil becomes even more prevalent. Astounding.

T: The bitterness hits first, but mellows out to a tidal wave of grapefruit, mango and pineapple. The malt is detectable on the mid, but it's not the star of the show. It finishes light and fresh, like chewing on a stick of Juicy Fruit. It's really exceptional.

M: Slightly oily and not nearly as big as I'd expected. I will say that it leads to this one being much easier to put down, but I'm definitely dissapointed it's not a bit more robust.

O: My first experience with Russian River and their Blind Pig didn't dissapoint. The hype surrounding both this and PtE are pretty massive, and I felt that this lived up to most of my expectations.

I could easily see this being a go-to AIPA if I lived on the Left Coast, and found this to be extremely accessible. It's something I would return to more often then PtE, and could certainly put a few back if given the opportunity. Thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 16:29:14 | More by Rhettroactive
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jcartamdg

Florida

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

Poured into a ccb pint. Pours a golden amber with a 2 finger head. Very clear and crisp, lots of carbonation. Aromas of citrusy hops, smells like summer. Taste has a good balance of malts and hops bitter but not too bitter, just enough to make you want more. Very smooth and refreshing, this is a near perfect ipa! Blind pig flies under the radar due to pliny, but it really deserves more recognition!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 12:51:20 | More by jcartamdg
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MrKennedy

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle obtained via a trade with SolomonGrundy. Bottled on April 14, 2011, consumed on May 6, 2011.

Golden coloured, slightest hint of orange and with a clear appearance. It has a white head of tiny, compact bubbles of foam.

Piney, citrus aroma that is perhaps a little less noticeable than i envisaged.

Tasting slightly sweet early, a some pungent bitterness early and with a resiny, slightly bitter aftertaste, this really delivers.

Body is perfect for the style, highly drinkable, with the ABV being well masked like most West Coast IPA's.

Overall, a quality IPA, hop forward, but retaining good balance. i would recommend to anyone and it is a beer that is well worth seeking out. Thanks SolomonGrundy for the trade!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 06:37:29 | More by MrKennedy
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aval89

California

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 04-14-11

A: bright clear orange.. lots of bubbles streaming up.. got a beautiful 2.5 finger head in my NB globe.. head stuck around for a long time..

S: sweet orange & pine dominate the nose.. touch of lemon zest as well.. caramel does pull through, as well as some mild bready tones..

T: mild grapefruit, tangerines, & sticky pine.. after the hop show, some caramel malts & light biscuits pull through.. finish is lemony bitterness with some floral hops & some toasty malts..

Mf: great carbonation makes for a nice mf.. medium bodied..

O: very great IPA.. has some resemblance of PtE but not greatly..

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 06:36:40 | More by aval89
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,966 ratings.