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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,507 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,507
Reviews: 1,319
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,488
Gots: 461 | FT: 17
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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Photo of siege06nd
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.

siege06nd, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Stoffel, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
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.

tobelerone, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of jmpizzo
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jmpizzo, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of tyamhydrogen
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.

tyamhydrogen, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of timtim
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.

timtim, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of azorie
4/5  rDev -8.3%

azorie, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of happy5930
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

happy5930, Jan 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Bouleboubier
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

Bouleboubier, Jan 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

BigCheese, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

surlytheduff, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

elephantrider, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of BRLockwood
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

BRLockwood, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of schwaeh
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

schwaeh, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

InebriatedJoker, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of coldriver
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!

coldriver, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

emdawg, Jan 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -31.2%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of bbeane
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First time having one of these from the bottle... Thanks Lt. Sour
A- Poured into a Duvel tulip... starts with a nice finger thick head with good retention. A light coating of lacing lingers on the wall of the glass. Beer is a crisp light amber color with light activity

S- Lots of grapefruit with a hint of sweetness

T- Like the nose... pure grapefruit. Unlike the nose... no sweetness

M- A little thin, lighter body with light carbonation

O- I enjoyed this one more than the other times when I've had it on draft. This bottle is just over a month old so maybe the kegs I've had were a bit older. All in all... an excellent beer. One of the best IPAs I've ever had


bbeane, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

PthPndr, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

DCRA, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of icepik
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-amber color, clear, light head, good lacing.

S: Light piney hop smell with malt in the nose.

T: Very clean, well balanced IPA. Pine-citrus hop flavor blends with a clean malt flavor. Good hop bite at the finish.

M: Smooth malt feel, perfect for style.

O: Like the little brother of Pliny the Elder, it shares some of its flavor profile. Great IPA.

icepik, Dec 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev -31.2%

Corkpuller, Dec 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

jcone17, Dec 29, 2011
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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