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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,324 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,324
Reviews: 1,312
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,460
Gots: 436 | FT: 19
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber with 1/2" of of dense, soap-like head that has great retention. The nose has notes of bready malts, grapefruit, and floral hops. The taste is light bready malt up front with a faint pineapple, citrusy, floral, bitter hop finish. The bitterness stays on the palate well after the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a solid IPA. Well balanced with nice malt character and a very great hop presence.

tdm168, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to comfortablynumb1 for the bottle.

Apperance: Chill haze on a marmalade (dusky orange) colored beer. Head is bright-white, sticky, chunky, and dwindles to some nice lacing at the edges of the beer/glass. Chill haze drops pretty quickly. Leaves the beer almost perfectly clear.

Smell: Big juicy citrus flesh. Orang and grapefruit dominate. Some tropical aromas (mango). Nice solid biscuit rounds out the back. Some sweet caramel malts as well. Pine and some pith comes out as the beer warms. It's so decadently west coast. Nicely balanced with a slight tip of the hat to the hops. Loads of depth and clean aromas.

Taste: Dank, resin, pine, and most of all, citrus. Big oily hops everywhere. The malts are heavy enough to offer some balance, but they don't quite measure up. More aggressive than the nose would have indicated. Marmalade. Minty and earthy as well. Loads of flavor, and damn if it isn't spot on.

Mouthfeel: Nice moderate carbonation. Body is slightly creamy and slick as all hell. Deliciously oily. Drinks super smooth.

Overall: This truly is a paragon for the American IPA. The flavors are nicely balanced and the complexity is almost unmatched. Decidedly drinkable.

Goblinmunkey7, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of duffcalifornia
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 9/14/11 into a SA glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden wheat yellow with a large 2" head that fades quickly to 1/2" and provides good lacing (though not as good as it's big brother Pliny).

S: Resiny hops abound with hints of grassiness. Not to continually compare BP to PtE, but this smells lighter than PtE, which is actually more inviting.

T: The smell follows the nose pretty closely. Flowery, slightly resinous hops are the primary flavor. Has a very clean finish that invites another tasty as soon as possible.

M: Adequately carbonated, with a medium-thin to medium mouthfeel.

O: I have to say, I think if I were given the choice of fresh Pliny and fresh Blind Pig, I'd have to take the Blind Pig. This isn't a knock to the Elder, but just a personal preference of not having everything turned up to 11. This is just a better balanced beer in my opinion.

thanks to furthurgone for sending this in trade.

duffcalifornia, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Brad007
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first RR brew, acquired in a trade.

Pours a beautiful golden color with a thin head into my glass. A good way to start!

Minty, citrusy hops greet the nose. It's still quite fresh and very enticing.

Lip-puckering bitterness followed by lightly buttered bread. Hops have a good hint of grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is very warming with plenty of lingering bitterness. Very clean finish as well.

Now this is a west coast IPA! It's certainly up there with the other great IPAs I've had over the years.

Brad007, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap (uncommon for Russian River brews) served into N'Ice Chouffe 20cl stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottle date is 09/30/2011. Served refrigerator-cold. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Nice bittering hops over top what seems to be a lightly toasted malt and barley foundation. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Pleasant bittering hops over top a very nicely constructed lightly toasted malt and barley foundation. It's a touch too bitter, but it's nicely built overall, and rather balanced, though its relative simplicity makes this easy to accomplish. I do quite like it.

Mf: Crisp, pleasant, unobtrusive, smooth, and wet. Suits the flavour quite nicely.

Dr: Very drinkable and of nice quality. Thought it's my least favourite style, I'd readily have it again - especially if it were offered on draught. It's not as special as other beers from Russian River, but it's wonderfully hoppy and pleasant. It will satisfy true fans of the style; this is an IPA done right, not the "dump as many hops in as possible and call it good" school of brewing.

kojevergas, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of GarrettMD
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark straw yellow, almost amber with 1 finger of white head with large bubbles. Not much visible carbonation if any.

S - As it should be, very hop dominant. Pine, and some lemon/orange citrus to round it out. Nice malt background as well, not too prominent, but just as much as it should be.

T - Right up front, all bitter hops followed by a spicy pine taste that once again is rounded out by the hints of sweet malts and caramel.

M - Slightly sticky, extremely bitter right off the bat as I mentioned above, and as the taste progresses it rounds itself out to a nice sweet aftertaste. Finish is slightly dry, still sticky, with sweet malts and a nice bitter reminder of the hops that were in this beer.

O - Not blown away by it, definitely still like it's bigger brother Pliny better, but still a good IPA. Nice rounded out hop bomb.

GarrettMD, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of Sideswipe
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft into a 20oz mug at Barley and Hops

Blind Pig arrives with two fingers of white foam atop the clear, amber colored beer. Aromas of citrus and bready malt combine in the nose. Flavors of orange and grapefruit rind up front balanced by notes of fresh biscuits. Bitter citrus abounds in the finish along with a bit of pine resin and oak. Nice bitter aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. Creamy texture. A phenomenal IPA from Russian River. This one never disappoints. Recommended.

Sideswipe, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of mkotsayfan
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clearish copper color with a finger of head. A great aroma of grapefruits/floral aromas along with the piney hops. The taste blasts you with the piney hops at the front, then the floral notes come through and it all balances nicely with the malts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little less carbonation than I expected. Very smooth and refreshing.

Overall a very good IPA from Russian River, and highly drinkable at 6.1% ABV.

mkotsayfan, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of ectomorph
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to McCafferty for the trade, I now have a lot of the Russian River brews marked off of my wants list.

16 oz bottle with warnings all over it to consume fresh and this bottle is less than 5 weeks old. Poured into a tulip.

A - Medium gold to light copper body, bright white head of tightly formed bubbles. Good retention and patchy lacing down the glass.

S - Loads of citrus, pine, oranges, and lemony hops with more than just a hint of sweet maltiness in the background. Very inviting and pleasant.

T - Assertive up front bitterness, but it is not at all 'biting'. Smooth into the hops bursting flavor. Again, as the nose leads the mouth follows with pineapple, orange juice, lemon, and grassy hops notes. There is a pronounced bread / biscuit malt backbone holding all this up that you just notice at the very end of the finish.

M - Medium-light bodied, moderate to high carbonation, and no sour or astringency in the aftertaste. Crisp and dry - clears well.

O - I am amazed at the level of hoppiness in the flavor with a moderate ABV and all of this with no astringency. An amazing example of a West Coast American IPA with a DIPA flavor punch.

Looking forward to the rest of these beers....

ectomorph, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of Hands22
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/30/2011, drunk on 10/17/2011. Poured from 500 mL bottle into a snifter. 

A- Dark gold to light copper in color. Poured a creamy white head which reduced to a thin film of white bubbles. Brilliant clarity. 

S- Hops! Citrus bursts out, lots of grapefruit. Little bit of alcohol noticeable. 

T- The same citrusy hops are present as is some grass. However, there is a noticeable malt character with a somewhat bready taste (not sweet). Tastes slightly boozy. 

M- Although there is high hop bitterness, the beer is full and creamy. Medium-high carbonation tingles nicely. 

O- A complex and well balanced IPA. Really appreciate the malt character and how it keeps the hops from overwhelming the beer.

Hands22, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. HUGE thanks to KevSal for this one! Bottled 9-30-11

A: Medium straw yellow and amazing clarity. One finger white head with awesome retention and sticky lacing.

S: An awesome blend of citrus hops. Pineapple upfront and grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, light lemon and mango. Touches of sweet caramel come through.

T: Sweet caramel up front. Very nice merge into the hoppy citrus bitterness. Again pineapple is upfront mellowing the grapefruit acidity. Lots of orange peel zest, and some light lemon. The caramel stays right there through out but is taking a backseat to the hops.

M: Medium light bodied. Medium high carbonation. Super crisp and finishes very dry. Nice lingering citrus flavors.

O: What a choice. Just had a Sculpin the other day. This is right there for my favorite IPA. Almost a Pliny but a tad less balanced with hoppy bitterness standing out a bit more. Amazing IPA.

doughanson78, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of amphion1065
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This past Sunday, I lucked into a freshly tapped keg of Blind Pig at Monk's Cafe - how serendipitous. 16 oz. pour into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear golden, straw-like hue. Yellow like gossamer strands, with an almost-translucent body. A one-finger white head leaves minimal lacing.

Man, we just don't make IPAs that smell like this on the East Coast. This one smells like a pine forest, with a huge, sticky, resin-filled aroma. Big notes of oranges and other citrus fruits add another layer of sweetness and the promise of a bitter hop bite.

Pure, unadulterated, fresh hops in the taste. Simultaneously fruity sweet and quite bitter, the flavor balance is fantastic. Oranges and mangos, with that very clear pine flavor, too. Pretty much a paradigm for the style.

The mouthfeel is excellent, with a high level of carbonation that enlivens the flavors at work. I could see myself drinking this exclusively if I lived near Santa Rosa.

Very easily one of the best IPAs I've ever had. The flavor of this beer belies its ABV, and it is a fantastic example of hop balance. I'll be hunting down some bottles soon enough.

amphion1065, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of BennyL1
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/30/11, so about two weeks old. Parents brought this one back from San Francisco. Really excited about this one.

Blind Pig pours a wonderfully radiant orange copper color. A good sized white cap formed along with very nice lacing on the glass. Very good looking brew.

Powerful citrus hop aroma in the nose with lots of grapefruit and orange. Even a nice touch of pine on the back end makes for a great and aromatic nose.

The nose translates perfectly to the taste. All kinds of citrus notes bombard the tongue. Bitterness is tamed ever so slightly by some malt for a great tasting IPA, maybe the best one I've ever had.

The mouthfeel on this one is superb. Medium body and carbonation. I was done with the bottle much quicker than I would have liked. Went down super easy.

Overall probably the best single IPA that I've ever had. I wish I could get this one on a regular basis. From the bottle art to the beer itself, this one is fantastic.

BennyL1, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of JonathanG
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap, served in a pint glass at Hops & Pie.

On the nose, mainly orange citrus fruit and bitter grapefruit dominate, along with a bit of pine. There is a hint of tobacco on the nose. Semi-earthy malt notes on the palate to balance out the hops. he citrus notes linger on the palate, with grapefruit dominating and orange hanging in the background.

JonathanG, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's my second time having the pig. This time from a Growler I picked up at the Brewery. Good price.

I smell caramel and resinous hops (high alpha acids).

The taste is of tropical fruits, mango, papaya and orange. The malts are caramel and toffee-like. The hop are piney and floral.

This clean and refreshing IPA taste even better straight from the brewery. Fresh with lots of character and amazing hop presence. Chewy malt mouthfeel with a bright bitter finish.

Unique and distinctively Russian River.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of soulfly1492
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Extremely bold. Hops, mostly grapefruit, some pine. Oily hops, I can tell already that the hops will be on my tongue about an hour after I'm done drinking this brew. Some sweet caramel malts make it past the hops, but barely.

Appearance: Super clear, pale gold. Creamy off-white head. Slowly dissipates, leaving a thin creamy layer and good lacing.

Taste: More pine than the smell indicated. Mild grapefruit. Very sweet malts shining through. Oily hops, will taste for hours, not that there's anything wrong with that.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Super oily. Doesn't dry the tongue at all.

Overall: Bold enough with both the hops and malts. Excellent aftertaste. Sweet caramel malts and of course the oily hops on the tongue.

soulfly1492, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Toronado in San Diego, Calif. Color was caramel amber. Small amount of head. Minimal lacing on the top. Minimal film on the sides.

Hop heavy on the nose, mainly citrus grapefruit.

A really good taste. A good mix of hops. Mainly citrus, but not too strong. Very smooth.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Smooth rules this beer.

Another good beer by Russian River. Easy to drink and smooth.

BucannonXC5, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of CaptCleveland
3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled dated 08/04/11 poured into DFH glass.
Clear, golden-honey elixir topped by thick, white bubbles, leaving a nice one-finger head that lasts about half way through the tasting. Glass thickly covered by Belgian lace.
Sticking my nose into this thing there is a bit of pine, grass, earth tones, but not much else. Expected more of a hop presence here.
Quick bitterness hits the tongue with ample carbonation. Smooth hops linger with touch of malt at the finish.
To my palate this is more tasting like an APA, especially with the 6.10 ABV. These session IPAs are nice and I favor them on a hot summer day. Kind of take the place of lawn mower beers for hopheads.

CaptCleveland, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of bastu
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to UCLABrewN84 for this one.

Bottle dated 08/04/11

Looks like an IPA, nice 1 finger frothy head, and leaves some lacing on the glass.

The smell isn't very strong but there's definatly some citrus hop aromas, and maybe some pine.

Taste follows the nose, and it's well balanced. There's not a ton of bitterness, but it has a decently dry finish and the alcohol is well hidden.

If I ordered one of these without knowing anything about it, I would definatly have another, or 3. I look forward to trying this one on tap at the brewpub someday.

bastu, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

on tap at varga in philly - i cant believe i havent reviewed this already

Pours clear burnt orange with a thick bubbly white head, tons of patchy lacing all over the glass, bubbly retention and collar.

Staunch grapefruit and rind in the nose, followed by orange and and more citrus. Pine and resin, faint tropical notes, thinner malt and caramel. Practically no trace of alcohol.

Starts up bitter and aggressive with tons of grapefruit. Humongous citrus character with pine underneath. Faint tropical notes with apricot and pineapple before the malt bill. Bready caramel tones. Finishes bitter and juicy, almost no alcohol.

Medium body, nice carbonation, sticky and dry, exceptionally drinkable. One of the better examples of the style, I wish I could have this whenever I wanted.

xnicknj, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blind Pig

Dated 7/18/11
Reviewed on 9/18/11

Pours a magnificant golden color that is almost translucent. White head sits pretty patiently and has massive bubbles throughout. Bubbly lacing.

The nose is hop forward for sure. Pine, citrus and a bit of sweet malt dominate the scent. Fresh smelling and def. inviting.

The taste is fresh and hoppy indeed. Balanced well against sweet malt, the citrus and pine flavors make for a slightly bitter, yet very drinkable brew. Some earthy flavors are nicely intertwined into the hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with prickley carbonation and a smooth finish that lathers my palate in it's flavors.

Overall, RR blows me away once again with this super balanced, super tasty IPA. ISO: a case of Blind Pig damn it!

ChugginOil, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Aug. 23- 2011. About 3.5 weeks old at review.

Pours an awesome medium gold color with an off white one finger head. Head gradually goes down to a sliver after a couple minutes. Ample carbonation and great lacing on this beer.

Nose is that of pink grapefruit, pineapple, hops, grass, lemon, and a small amount of malt in the background. I can't think of one thing to improve in this category- it's fantastic- perfectly balanced.

Taste is world class as well. This is a super hop forward beer, and the malt doesn't even enter into it for me. Almost all the nose is present in the taste, and none of the 6.1% ABV. If you're a hophead, you'll love this beer. Excellent.

Feel is medium bodied w/ a good amount of hop bitterness. Fairly dry as well, but not overly so. Very crisp, clean w/ a nice bite from the hops in the aftertaste. Aftertaste lingers for a long time.

Overall, another winner from Russian River. This is a world class beer, and I'm glad I got to try it. Highly recommended!

jayhawk73, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Pint glass. First time from a bottle for me. Bottled on 8.23.11.

A - Pours a clear orange with a one inch off-white head. Good retention and tons of lacing on the glass.

S - Strong pine scents and some grass.

T - Subtle pine, grass, and grapefruit.

D - Silky smooth, average carbonation and body.

O - RR rocks my IPA world.

HuskyinPDX, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of FreshHawk
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Crisp copper/orange color with a healthy sized, creamy, smooth, fluffy white head. Good retention leaving a nice thin lace.

S - Juicy hop aroma leaps out of the glass. Sweet citrus and tropical fruit, especially grapefruit and pineapple. Hints of pine are also in there. Fairly sweet but not sickly sweet. Just wonderful aroma that is inviting me to drink it immediately.

T - Just like the nose, there is no shortage of hop flavors. Juicy fruit like the nose suggested. A touch more pine than the nose. There is a nice malt backbone to the beer as well. Touch of bitterness on the finish, but not much.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Pretty smooth but a bit of a dry finish.

D - Very easy to drink. Good balance with flavors, not too bitter and just enough malt. At 6% it isn't going to knock you back like some DIPA in terms of alcohol, but it certainly will in flavor.

Notes: Great IPA. Very fruity and juicy both in aroma and flavor. Well balanced and overall just very enjoyable. Pliny may be king, but this is a prized Pig in its own right.

FreshHawk, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
3.65/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for a couple of these! Review #700 - w00t! Bottled 080411. 500mL bottle.

Pours a crystal clear pale gold with thick white head. Nose is all about pale caramel, grains, orange rind and lime essence. Palate is medium bodied and decently bitter for a single IPA. Astringent citrus essence dried and clears the palate. After a sip or two it seems really thin.

Notes: Solid flavor but I see why Pliny is king. This is a nice beer, though.

SFLpunk, Sep 14, 2011
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,324 ratings.