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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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3,975 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,975
Reviews: 1,301
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,364
Gots: 353 | 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:
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(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of emagana


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

Bottle date 10/22/10
Poured into a pint glass with half an inch of head.
Straw yellow with some floating yeast.
Plenty of carbonation.
Aromas of mellow pine and some passion fruit. Soapy?
Starts of with some grapefruit and follows with a signature fission river hop dose.
Well balanced and not as harsh as it's older brother pte.
I feel bad because I can pick them up near by. Great one overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 02:42:09 | More by emagana
Photo of happygnome


4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice golden orange color with about a half inch of head that disappears steadily. Meaning that it is not as fast as some beers i have seen, but not a slow either. There is a lot of lace around the edge of the glass and atop of the beer

s: Piney, citrus hop bitterness grapefruit lemons. All of this balanced with a nice caramel malt backbone

t: similar to the aroma. The sweet caramel backbone hits you first. Second is the ths citrus hops. Lastly and nicely placed is the piney hops.

m: medium to full bodied beer with a little carbonation

overall, wow this is a good beer. I wish I could get more easily

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 15:13:20 | More by happygnome
Photo of afksports

New York

4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After playing football there are pretty much two acceptable types of beer. PBR, and lower alochol by volume IPA's. Fortunately, I had this Blind Pig around. The bottle date is 9/29/10, so it's just over a month old.

That said, it's still fantastic. It pours a straw hazey golden hue, with a finger head that sustains with nice lacing. Smells like pine, but, tastes like more than that. Hoppy, some citrus, some sweetness too. Beautiful. Medium body, but it's not overly done. Perfect drinkability for a session. I'm going to come back to this early and often, as soon as I can get my hands on it.

And in the meantime I might have to find another substitute for PBR. A man can only drink so many...

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 23:39:54 | More by afksports
Photo of BeerAndBourbon


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

Thanks for the bottle jh1982!

Bottled on 090710

A. Pours a golden orange with a two finger creamy white head that leaves lacing all over the side of the glass.

S. Tons of citrus - lemon peel, grapefruit - with plenty of piney hops and a touch of caramel backbone.

T. Tons of grapefruit and pine upfront that never truly fades. A drying bitterness at swallow that leaves you wanting another sip.

M. On the thick side of medium bodied with velvety carbonation.

D. Damn. How do they make these so drinkable? I had a PtE and now this and they're just made to drink and drink. Plus the bottles are just the right size that you don't feel bad opening another one up when you finish the first.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 00:58:42 | More by BeerAndBourbon
Photo of stimulus

New Jersey

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

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear orange with a light white head that leaves solid lacing along the glass.
S: Fresh piney hops dominate the aroma for this one.
T: Piney hops fall on the background of a light malt base.
M: Crisp, clean, light bodied with medium carbonation.
D: I'm following this up with a bottle of PtE, and I hope that this a good preview, very drinkable, even sessionable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 04:43:27 | More by stimulus
Photo of BuckeyeOne


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

Poured into a standard pint glass a light amber color with a decent head that left a web of lacing down the glass.

The smell was a sweet, crisp pine with hints of floral and citrus hops.

The taste followed the smell but with a greater emphasis on pine than citrus and floral. It was slightly bitter with a dry finish.

Well carbonated although dry on the finish. It was not resiny like I would have expected from a RR IPA.

I could drink many of these and probably would if more readily available in Seattle.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2010 01:42:29 | More by BuckeyeOne
Photo of whoneeds8


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

Big thanks to Ineedabeerhere for including this in the winnings for week 4 of the Sunday Night Football Squares LIF.

Bottle date 9/7/10
Poured today

Poured into a New Belgium glass a transparent golden orange with a two finger white head. Good lacing. There is a fresh hop scent to this beer. The taste follows the nose with a strong hop presence for a regular IPA. There is smaller amount of sweetness to this making this much more of a hopped brew. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is just right.

What kind of deal with the devil do I have to make to get RR in texas? LOL

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 22:50:24 | More by whoneeds8
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy orange with a nice off white head that laces the glass well.

S-Big big grapefruit combined with a strong pine hop presence. Tropical fruit notes are clear as well. Smells very delicious.

T-Incredibly dry and bitter. Big pine! Much more bitter than I was anticipating. The grapefruit and fruity hops notes are detectable as well. This beer is quite powerful but it is not one sided. Quite complex as well. Don't let the pig on the front fool you. Tongue burning deliciousness.

M-Great mouthfeel. Has the mouthfeel of a IPA but the taste of a DIPA. Slick and nicely carbonated.

D-Very drinkable. Alcohol is masked perfectly. One of the more intense tasting IPAs i've had. Once again, Russian River blows my mind.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 20:45:18 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Bajasith


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

Elegant copper/amber huge with a decent two finger creamy head that laced very well...

Huge citrus and pine aroma almost creamy with a sensation of freshness.

Flavor profile focuses on citrus rind of a hop bite with a thick creamy and incredibly smooth mouthfeel with a hint of sweetness. Hop taste resonates without brutalizing the palate as the carbonation and alcohol give a vibe going down dry.

Excellent IPA that blends well with any spicy meal.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 05:09:40 | More by Bajasith
Photo of HURTemHIZZY


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

Solid IPA. Nice pour, clear golden copper with a 2 finger dense off white head. Nice retention and lacing. Smell is citrus and pine, with the citrus being the dominant character. Touch of tropical fruit, but the nose leans more toward lemon and orange.

Follows the nose. Starts with pine and then rounds into nice notes of lemon and orange. A touch of pineapple is there, but is shadowed by the lemon and orange flavor. Touch ofcaramel from the malt, but barely noticeable. Nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 13:31:52 | More by HURTemHIZZY
Photo of LittleDon


4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint served at the Russian River Brewery.

Golden with a slight chill haze, dense head with great retention and pleny of lace. Citrus aroma with a hint of malt. Some noticeable carbonation up front. Pine middle. Bitter back end, but surprisingly light for the amount of IBUs.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2010 23:59:04 | More by LittleDon
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the perfect session IPA. Pours a golden orange color with a soapy white head. Has an aroma of grapefruit and pine, with hints of peach and perhaps honey. Has a nice sweet start, then comes the bitter hit with a nice creamy finish. Some sweetness through the finish. Vinnie knows his pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 01:36:28 | More by chalsk
Photo of dbhall

South Carolina

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

Poured out of a bottle. Good head with a lot of carbonation. smells great! citrus and hops fight jockey for position. amazing hops w/ citrus taste. mouthfeel is a little watery, but nothing to complain about. this is incredibly drinkable. i really wish i had two bottles. maybe not the best ipa ive ever had, but one of them. west coast what can you say. great beer

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 02:42:55 | More by dbhall
Photo of oregone


4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Above average across the board. That's a good thing. Bad side? That's exactlt what I thought as I was drinking it. Looks fine, good, nothing exciting. Smells like a solid WC IPA. Tastes good. Nothing distinctive. You get the picture.
I could certainly session this, but I'd rather go down the road for a Pelican IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 08:43:23 | More by oregone
Photo of Arenbeer


3.58/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks alot to Sdpklz for this great brew! Brewed 09-07-10 and consuming 10-23-10

A- Pours a really light yellowish orange with a thing 1 finger white head that doesn't stick around.

S- Strong lemon and mandarin orange type citrus overpower some dank pine and earth hops. Not bad

T- Strong orange and lemon citrus, almost to much. Not enough hop presence, they're kind of faded in the background. Little to unbalanced for my taste.

M- Medium to lighter body with moderate carbonation and a semi bitter dry finish but honestly pretty wet for a IPA.


Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 05:23:41 | More by Arenbeer
Photo of jsanford


4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled on 9/7/10, drank on 10/22/10

A - Pours a beautiful glowing gold with a dense, fluffy white head. Great retention, leaves nice lacing on the glass.
S - Lots of pungent hops ; orange zest, grapefruit pith and pine resin dominate.
T - The hop profile is crisp and clean. Tastes almost juicy, absolutely dripping with pungent citrus hops (grapefruit and mandarin orange) and more pine resin.
M - Again, very crisp and refreshing. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. The bitterness lingers on the tongue for some time.
D - I could probably live on this, especially at only 6% ABV. This is a true treat, and does not deserve the second-fiddle status it has when compared to PtE.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 02:11:49 | More by jsanford
Photo of ILikeGoodCider


4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. Bottled 03/01/10, about 7 months old (against brewer's no-aging recommendation - but it's been refrigerated the entire time).

A: Pours a light, golden amber w/ about a finger of bubbly white head. Head settles down leaving some foam on the surface. Nice lacing.

S: Piny & fruity hop scents. Not a strong smell, but it's nice.

T & M: Well-balanced. The hop flavor is there, but not over the top. Pleasant aftertaste. Good carbonation, medium body.

D: Easy to drink. ABV is low enough you could have quite a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 03:59:10 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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West Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a perfectly pale see through copper color. Thick slightly off white head, long lasting fine evenly spread detailed lacing. I love the spiel about the blind pig, I never caught the connection with the namesake of this white whale. Aromatics are amazing the highlight of this fine single IPA super grapefruit, floral aggressive West Coast hop additions. There's also a touch of vegetal/onion notes but not overbearing this stuff is nice. This stuff is fresh from a shipment from South Bay Drugs, bottled 9/29/10. It doesn't get much fresher, I just ordered the Pliny they just got in as well. Flavor is excellent bitter dry finish up front hints of cracker semi sweet malt tones wrapped with fresh bursting hops. The hop flavors provide herbal, dry grassy, citrus in this case grapefruit, and a touch of floral veggie notes. Super dry bitter finish this stuff is ideal for drinkability. Medium bodied slightly slick with hop oils, mild easy going carbonation with a bone dry finish. Drinkability overall is killer a beer I could buy a keg of and introduce mainstream beer drinkers to hops, but why waste this nectar on newbies. I earned this experience, not this best single IPA but it's definitely up there.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 05:39:36 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 L bottle poured into a 16 oz tulip glass. Got in a BIF from ahurd, thanks! Been wanting to try for a while.

Appearnce- Orangish honey, slightly hazy beer with 1/2 inch head. Looks like I really want to drink it!

Aroma- Grassy bitter aroma in the front of the nose, and it finishes a bit sweet and boozy. Not bad, but not great.

Taste- Bitter, not much citrus flavor. A bit more of a malt body than I expected.

Mouthfeel- Like I said, a little bit more of a body than I expected. Not bad by any means. A little bit sticky to the sides of the mouth.

Drinkability- While I'm not nearly as big of a fan as Pliny, I would definitely come back to this beer at times. There's certain beers that I feel are good representations of their style, but I wouldn't necesarily come back to them. This one, while there are little things I don't like about all of it, when you combine everything, it kind of works. It goes down pretty smooth and I'd drink it again

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 01:36:06 | More by klshanks
Photo of FosterJM


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

4th review on BA.

Bottle poured to mug

App- Golden honey colored with a nice 2 finger head that sat for a minute and bubbled away. Left a nice haziness on the swirl and the lacing slides every so gently down the glass.

Smell- Very citrus IMO. It was similar to walking around in a fruit section of the farmers market to me, a little lemon, a little more tropical at times, hard to put a finger on it.

Taste- Great begining and finish to this one. Wakes up the taste buds while screaming out for another sip to keep that great flavor coming. After it warmed a little while I made dinner, some more calm flavors woke up for the 2nd half of the beer.

Mouth- Very dry as you take each sip but the malt and hops play well together on this one.

Drink- Keep em coming please if the store I got mine at didnt have a 1 bottle limit. For a IPA and not being such a fan, I found a new fav to always try to have at home.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 01:13:52 | More by FosterJM
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Rhode Island

4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt. 9oz. bottle into a Playboy pint glass.

The color is a mostly clear orange/gold with a finger and half of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a nice floral feel with a deep grassy flavor that makes me think of late summer and fresh cut grass. A little hint of pine needle in the nose as well.

The taste is a strong hop flavor that is quite bitter. It takes a minute to get through the strong bitterness but some spicy grassy flavor comes through. Some good citrus flavor with a good orange pith is in the taste and is there after breaking through the hop wall of bitterness and has a bit of malty flavor that is still there in the background

The feel of this beer is a bit big with the bitterness giving this beer a handful. It goes eventual subside and goes down smooth. A great west coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 05:21:12 | More by Duhast500
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4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle (bottled 090710) as a trade extra (thanks Paul) poured into a 500ml Founders tulip glass. "Don't save Blind Pig for a rainy day!" warns the bottle; I didn't have to wait, I got it yesterday and when the heavens opened on my way home from dinner I knew there was but one option for me in the fridge.

It pours with a nice head that even near the bottom of the glass has left rings of lacing where the head subsided. The smell is total tropical fruits with a sharp grassy back end. The taste continues the fruit but quickly turns into floral notes as the hops die down leaving a rounded, malty finish that's not too sweet at all. The lingering taste is a little bit sweet though, along with a definite hop-induced drymouth that probably won't come off my tongue until I brush my teeth. Not that I, personally, want it to.

Awesome brew. If only IPAs, in general, were easier to session. As far as this one goes, kind of takes control of your palate for the rest of the night. I don't know if I could have another one, or anything else, after. Edit: just noticed it's only 6.1%abv. If I were a bigger hophead than I am I would definitely go for one more. A hop bomb this strong holds its own against 7.5%+ offerings, I thought for sure it was higher.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 03:30:05 | More by vdoz3
Photo of KickInTheChalice


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

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tulip. Thanks for Pretzelcity for including this in the Support Your Team BIF.

Appearance: The first thing I notice about the appearance is how light and bright it is. More of a golden copper color than the deeper orange and amber colors I expect from West coast IPA's. A tightly formed, impressive off-white head forms upon pouring and has the courtesy to stick around, leaving soft lacing on the glass.

Smell: Great tropical aroma! Pineapple dominates, with grapefruit, a bit of lemon, and mango all making my mouth water at the juicy hops I can almost taste.

Taste: Somehow the pale malt seems to provide a support structure for the wonderful hops instead of trying to match it. A light malty sweetness compliments the juicy citrus hop flavors that dominate most of each sip. Unlike some IPA's that seem to create conflict between the malt and hops, the sweetness sets the stage for the main performers, the citrus hops. It finishes clean and smooth, the sign that the recipe really holds up.

Mouthfeel: Somehow this achieves a level of creaminess I would not have thought possible with a single IPA. Great work to keep it carbonated, smooth, and deliciously creamy.

Drinkability: More. Please.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 08:08:46 | More by KickInTheChalice
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New York

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

On draft at the brewpub, Santa Rosa, CA.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resinous balmy citrus hop.

The taste consisted of an assertive piney and sweet orange hop with a full doughy and subtly sweet malt framework.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a superior IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 01:11:43 | More by plaid75
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4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After Pliny, this beer flows like water in my household...Pours a straw colored gold in color. About half a inch of head develops on the pour. Smell is very citrusy and juicy. Wonderful. Taste is even more citrusy and juicy hops than appear in the nose. Light, bitter, but exploding with juciness. I love this. It's an overused expression, but, I could drink this all day long and never tired of it. I might even go out on a limb and say that I'm enjoying this more then the PtE.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 07:33:53 | More by hophead247
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,975 ratings.