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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,695 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,695
Reviews: 1,329
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,522
Gots: 502 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of natemort13
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/19/11

Beer pours a golden orange. Thin white head that sticks around.

Smell: Citrus, mainly orange. Some bready malt. Little bit of grass and grapefruit.

Taste: Pine, caramel malt, the underlying sweetness of the malt really balances out this ipa. As it warms I'm getting some rose petal and mint. Super clean and smooth finish with lingering hop bitterness. Alcohol present in the finish.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth for an ipa. Medium bodied

very well done balanced ipa.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From an amazing score of west coast beers via trade, bottled 12/19/2011...

Poured into an imperial pint, the look is solid - a nice golden color topped with a finger or foamy white head. Plenty of lacing sticks behind throughout.

The smell has a hint of hoppiness, but it's subtle and is a harbinger of things to come in the taste.

The taste is good - a definite bitterness and the hops are there, but neither is overwhelming. I have to wonder if it'd have a bit more hop punch to it if it were a little fresher.

Mouthfeel is smooth - the carbonation is there but it's slight. There is a crispness to it with a dry finish.

Overall a good IPA that if I had regular access to I could see being my go-to everyday IPA.

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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

Shared with siege06nd. Thanks to Gambac for supplying!

A: Aggressively poured into British pint. Keeps a half finger of foamy white head. It is a nice light transparent orange color. Looks great.

S: Smell is mostly sweet tropical fruit. Mango mostly, with some hints of peach. Hints of citrus but not as much as I expected. Also a grainy malt presence that is very pleasant but a bit musty. None of the piney hops that I expected but smells delicious.

T: More of the hops and citrus come through but still not as much as I expected. One of the more floral tasting beers I've had; hibiscus or other tropical flower?? Extremely well balanced with the grainy malt notes. Aftertaste is orange with some lingering hop bitterness. However, not getting the grapefruit and pine intensity that I like in IPAs.

M: Delicious creamy mouthfeel, almost like a cream ale/IPA. Smooth and drinkable. Could tip these back all day.

O: This is a good beer. If this was readily available at the local bottle shop, I would buy and drink the sh*t out of this. The balance and creaminess is top of the line for an IPA. However, I think the Pizza Port Wipeout IPA wipes the floor with this (and other IPAs that will not be named). Recommended but don't buy into the hype as many of your off the shelf IPAs will more than suffice.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of shrek806
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Surly Darkness snifter. Thanks to Stupac2 for the 500ml bottle.

This lovely specimen poured a light and crisp orange/yellow with a tight 1/2 inch foam head and some serious sticky resin-like lacing.

The smell is tropical fruit all the way-Mango-grapefruit-a hint of peach maybe.

The tatse is so smooth. Much more balanced than i imagined based on the smell. The tropical fruit taste hits you up front. But, after a bit the fruit subsides, and the floral and pine take over, only to finish with just the right amount of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a tad thin, but nothing earthshattering. It still finishes with a good amount of body and flavor.

The overall drinkability is top-notch.


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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jegross2
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company, creators of Pliny the Elder. Blind Pig is their single IPA. Beer Advocate's composite rankings place Blind Pig as a top 10 single IPA. Thank you BeerAdvocate user LieutenantSours for hooking me up with this one!

Score: 97

Bottled 11/22/11, served in a St. Bernardus Watou snifter glass, and enjoyed 01/10/12.

Appearance: Blind Pig pours a "bright" and transparent orange color that is lighter than Pliny, if memory serves, with one finger of foamy white head that quickly settles into a ring around the glass. Excellent lacing. 5/5

Smell: Oranges, lemon, grapefruit, and other tropical citrus flavors. There is a strong grainy malt character in the aroma that comes off as creamy, sweet and smooth. Lots of pine and freshly cut grass hoppiness characters too. 4.5/5

Taste: Bright grapefruit, oranges and acidic citrus mixed with piney hops bitterness. Smooth grainy malt flavor builds on the mid-palate and in the finish as the beer layers. A high amount of prickly carbonation makes the bitterness really "pop" on the tongue. Finish is piney, hoppy, and quite bitter with a lingering citrus sweetness. Honestly, this one is on par with Pliny in my book. 5/5

Mouthfeel: My first impression is that this beer is a little lighter and has much more carbonation than Pliny, which is certainly not a bad thing. I tend to prefer my IPAs on the more carbonated side because it makes the hop characteristics really "pop" and "fizzle" on the tongue. Good carbonation makes a zesty IPA really come to life. Blind Pig is medium-light bodied with medium-high carbonation. Finish is bitter and dry, though not as dry as Pliny was. 4.5/5

Overall: Cheap, delicious and accessible. Russian River really knows how to brew this style of beer well.

Recommendation: An absolute must try IPA.

Pairings: Hamburgers or falafel? Could mix well with a spicy Mexican dish.

Cost: $6.99 for a 500 ml bottle

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,695 ratings.