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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

4,315 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,315
Reviews: 1,312
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,460
Gots: 434 | 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.

(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of gregshead
2.55/5  rDev -41.5%

A - Light orange color with an inch of head which retained itself quite well.

S - Smelled of strong hops with a little citrus mixed in.

T - Grapefruit citrus at first but then all that I tasted was an overpowering hop taste.

M - Light taste with decent carbonation.

D - Considering RR's Pliny the Elder has become one of my favorite Double IPAs, just seemed to lack the balance I have come to expect from my favorite IPAs and experienced from Pliny the Elder. Not for me. For others that enjoy the large amount of hop taste.

gregshead, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of hooliganlife
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%

On tap at RR

Pour was a strong yellow with light orange and amber. Light white head. Nice lacing on the walls of the glass.

Tons of citrus with a blend of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and pine to add something else. Very vivid and bright.

This was quite bitter with white and red grapefruit up front followed by a pine and orange flavor. Malt body was light and clean.

Mild carbonation, light body, slight resin like sticky feeling.

This was far more bitter than I am used to with blind pig. Either way, this is still one of the top 3 IPAs in the world.

hooliganlife, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Kaiser81
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%

Bottle date of 7/21/10

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A - Clear orange with a little more than a finger width of head. nice lacing is left on my glass

S - Solid grapefruit smell with a few other tropical fruits. I think I get some nectarine in there.

T - Sweet side of grapefruit mixed with other non distinct tropical fruits.

M - Kind of a heavy body with light carbonation

D - Goes very nicely on warm summer's day in San Diego

Kaiser81, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

A - Light orange in color with about an inch of head that really takes it's time receding. Fantastic lacing.

S - Big huge aroma of hops and citrus. Grapefruit, pine and sweet malts.

T - Bold and full of hops! Lots of tasty hops and pine upfront. Citrus notes are fantastic and vibrant. A really great bitterness finishes this one that makes you really want to take that next sip.

M - Somewhat on the light side. Very clean and refreshing with big bold flavors.

D - I would drink this everyday if I could. Maybe someday I will live in the right place or they will start a larger distribution!

StoneBrewFanatic, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of david131
3.65/5  rDev -16.3%

Bottled 7-21-10

A- A slightly hazy orange liquid with a craggy and creamy white head. A very light luminescent quality.

S- Citrus rind, peaches, strawberries, and caramel. Fragrant and appealing.

T- Citrus rind, sweet fruit, caramel, and a bit of an herbal quality.

M- Creamy carbonation, but it feels like something is missing at the finish. There is a lasting residual bitterness.

D- A decent IPA albeit a little one dimensional. I feel that this is maybe a little over-hyped.

david131, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of UnknownKoger
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%

purchased from Lone Hill Liquors in Claremont, CA, and then poured into my SN pint glass

Opening the bottle unleashes the heavenly scent of hops. Immediately reminds of the classic Pliny the Elder (obviously). Huge hops on the nose with subtle fruity scents hiding behind it. Pours golden/light amber. Good carbonation fuels a nice head that dies out after a minute. Taste is great. It's more subtle than I thought it would be. The hops in the taste are a bit more subdued, and the body feels quite nice in the mouth. First swallow stings a bit, but nothing much.

This is incredibly drinkable and delicious. As other reviewers have noted, Russian River really can do no wrong. This is great stuff, and I would definitely buy/drink it again

UnknownKoger, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Mavajo
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours an amber color with a fluffy white head and good retention. Nose gushes with hops, and the flavor doesn't disappoint. Tons of hops, bitterness and citrus. However, it's complimented by a good malt backboone. All in all, a delightful flavor profile that's quite tasty and refreshing.

As I sit here and try to think of a more flavorful IPA, I can't come up with any. In fact, it completes knocks the pants off every other IPA out there. If you did a blind tasting, you'd probably peg it for a DIPA - the flavor and hops are just so bold.

Will Russian River ever disappoint? Every beer they make is pure bottled joy.

Mavajo, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of thatsfine
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a bottle into my pint glass. Pours a dark orange color with almost a finger of head that retains well and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is a lot of hops and citrus. Sweet smelling.

Taste is the same as the nose. Pine finish. This is great. A slightly bitter finish.

This is on the thinner side of a medium bodied IPA. Very refreshing.

This is outstanding. If I could drink this every day I absolutely would. I think about two of these would be perfect.

thatsfine, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of IronLover
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

Light orange with a hint of amber in color with a very slight haze. Respectable white head that reduced to a white cap. Big floral tropical aromas, papaya, mango and grapefruit. Buttery smooth feel that rides the carbonation. Taste is all hops. Lots of tropical flavors similar to the aromas, tropical and citrusy flavors that overwhelm any malt character. Finishes with a bitter pine hoppy ending. The intense hop flavor took a little edge off of the drinkability.

IronLover, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Golfstudisd
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

Enjoyed on 8/1/10

The appearance is a light golden brown color. It is transparent in nature and gives the feeling that it may not bring as much to the table as it does. The hops come out early straight to your nose with the first wiff. A nice piney citrus smell with a tropical twist. The taste is what I love most about this brew. That same citrus and pine that hit my nose comes through in flavor. The hops come in right away with this one with that nice citrusy taste upfront and a long finish. Not too overwhelming but enough on the palate to keep me coming back for more. Good feel on the mouth, a bit thin but a great crispness to it. I could see myself drinking this beer everyday, nice and smooth with great hop character and flavor. One of my favorites.

Golfstudisd, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

Review from notes taken on 6/13/10.

On tap at the Local 44 served in a pint glass. This brew appears a slightly hazed light orange color with less than a finger of white creamy head. Minimal retension with slight patchy lacing effect. The nose of this brew is both herbal and slightly citrusy. The flavor has both citrus an herbal bitterness as hinted by the aroma. The malt backing is a very clean grainy character that imparts minimal sweetness. A lingering flavor of the grain and hop bitterness is left in the mouth that increasingly gets more herbal as the brew warms. Medium feel with a modest level of carbonation.

stakem, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of HosP
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%

Thank you Scottfrie for this. Bottled on 6/07/10.

A- Poured nice golden color. Very slight haze with a nice white head.

S- Very easy to smell the hops in this IPA. Lots of pine and citrus hop smells throughout.

T- Like the smell, lots of hops! Good bitterness. Taste some grapefruit in it as well. Balance towards the hops and bitterness which is what I like in an IPA.

M- Medium body. Good carbonation. Very good mouthfeel.

D- Very good hoppy IPA. One of the better IPA's I've tasted. Could easily drink a couple of these in an evening!

HosP, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of uustal
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

Pours a nice cloudy orange with a big time head. Great lacing and retention. Big pine aroma, also bits of grapefruit. Flavor follows. Huge bitter pine hops off the bat. A hint of citrus and floral as well, but the pine takes over. A little bready, semi-sweet malt before the bitter pine takes over again on the big finish.

uustal, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%

Big thanks to billinlafayette for including this as an extra! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Pours a clear golden yellow-orange with a two finger off-white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of malt, tropical fruit, and malt. The flavor is of bitter tropical fruit, smooth hop bite, with a big hop bite upon swallowing. It is medium on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this is a very nice IPA. Another one from Russian River that I wish it were available in my area. One of my favorite American IPA's I have had. Very nicely done Russian River...

thagr81us, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of klikger
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

On tap at Russian River

A - Amber; not much head, but good lacing

S - Hops reminiscent of cat urine and grapefruit are present in full force, but there is more - a fair amount of honey is joined by the occasional scent of barnyard funk. Not your typical IPA.

T - Bitter citrus rules the front end and is complimented by a slight oaky quality. In the following moments, fragrant, floral hops burst through and pair with sweet orange notes and other malt flavors. A fantastically bitter finish seals the deal; it feels as if fresh grapefruit is stuck in my teeth.

M - Medium-bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, and a pronounced bitter edge. It doesn't get better for me.

D - All of this flavor, yet nothing to keep from drinking one after the other. If I lived in an area with distribution, there would be many a strictly Blind Pig night...

This was my first (and second and third) time having Blind Pig fresh, and it blew away my previous, albeit amazing, experience. If this isn't my favorite IPA, I'm not sure what is.

klikger, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

Ok, 'nother local up to the plate...Pours a nice clear amber, ok head that winnows itself down to a wisp of carbonation with some fine lace. Nose is loaded with hops and some other items, some sweet pear and maybe some vanilla..Pretty nice and very robust aromas. Flavor is like the nose - very robust and hoppy. This is a very "Crisp" tasting IPA. Flavors are forward yet not overpowering. Like biting into a pear flavored apple, if that makes any sense. Beautiful hop character to this. Evolves from one hop bite to another seamlessly. This is really good beer, but VERY hop forward, like many West Coast ales. Finish is long and bitter in a good way. Great beer, but at $4.29/pint+9 oz. it's not what you might call inexpensive...worth it though

SolomonGrundy, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of beerdrifter
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Thanks to Eric and Doug for hooking me up with this as part of our trade. Crystal clear orange-yellow pour with a nice big head and great lacing. Really big west coast nose with tons of floral and citrus, especially oranges. The taste has hints of grapefruit and orange, along with a touch of bitter pine. Nice solid sweet malt backbone balances this one out nicely. Great crisp, dry finish makes this dangerously drinkable. It's not quite Pliny the Elder, but still a solid IPA from a great brewery.

Picked up another bottle of this from a recent trade. Bottled 3 June 2014. Clear orange-yellow pour with a foamy two finger head with good retention and great lacing. The nose is resiny and herbal with hints of pine, grapefruit, tangerine, and orange peel. The taste is all West Coast with huge piney, resiny hops up front, balanced out nicely with a solid malt backbone. Hints of bitter orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, caramel, and grass. The mouthfeel is crisp and tingly with incredible balance and a nice bitter, dry finish. Overall, this was fresher than my first taste, and it definitely made a difference. A top notch West Coast IPA that I highly recommend!

beerdrifter, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Duttonic
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

A- Deep yellow, bubbly, two fingers of white head, medium lacing.

S- Hoppy, spicy, citrus/lemon/grapefruit, floral, maybe pepper.

T/M- Hops, spice, citrus, very bubbly, creamy, airy, great lingering aftertaste, but not prolonged.

D- Excellent. Not overpowering, but great example of what I think represents the style.

I think craft beers like this are what make me contemplate living on the west coast. Try this if you get the chance, you won't regret it.

Duttonic, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 12/11/09. Uh oh, its not terribly fresh. This could end badly.

A- pours a nice shade of gold with a 2 finger white head. Very nice lacing.

S- sweet tropical fruit hops...slight citrus in there. A little lingering pine. Awesome

T- mild, probably due to the age...tropical fruits and pine. Pretty solid, a little underwhelming...again. The age.

M- good feel, actually kinda thin which I like in a standard IPA.

D- real drinkable. Great IPA, I can only imagine how good it is fresh

bigfnjoe, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Elendinn
3.3/5  rDev -24.3%

On tap at Venti's Cafe, served in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance - amber honey, effervescent, and a half-finger's worth of white head -- thin, but retains well. Looks perfect, for the style.

Smell - like a forest; pine and floral hops, shortcake, and some faint malt. Gorgeous.

Taste - grapefruit; a very astringent, bitter, piney hop flavor; some faint, lingering malt, ultimately overpowered by the hops.

Mouthfeel - very carbonated, light-bodied, and refreshing, but far from smooth -- burns the tongue a bit.

Drinkability - the astringency makes this a difficult beer to drink for me. Refreshing on a hot day, but relegated to those who like their tongues decimated by hops.

Elendinn, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.1/5  rDev -28.9%

A: Pours a hazy reddish/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Huge resiny pine up front and center. A large bitterness. Nothing else.
T: Again, huge pine that dominates. Bitterness lingers on for ever. Nothing else but a sharp bitterness.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Really sticky and syrupy. Pretty hard for me to finish. I just get fatigued trying to finish this.

I really like RR. PtE is one of my favorite DIPA's. I thought I was going to like this, but there is nothing to take away from the palate burning pine and bitterness. Not for me.

champ103, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of hrmhrm
4.95/5  rDev +13.5%

Looks as nice as any amberish beer.

Smell makes me want to drink it, now.

Taste is great, right up there with the same brewery's Plinys.

Mouthfeel is nice and hoppy, the way I like it.

I don't know what drinkability is. Any beverage is "drinkable" technically. Any help here?

Russian River beers are hard to find, even in California. Why is that? Are they inept at distribution or something? These beers should be enjoyed the world over.

hrmhrm, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of velosuds
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on 06/07/10. Purchased at the Whole Foods in San Rafael, CA while on vacation.

A-Pours a gorgeous golden-orange color with a two finger, bone white head with great retention and copious, sticky lacing. Beautiful appearance.

S-Floral and citrus hops are wonderfully fragrant. The aroma is very inviting. Apricots, grapefruit, and pine resin come to mind. This is about the best smelling normal IPA I have enjoyed. Fragrance this bold is normally found in DIPAs.

T-Grapefruit and piney hops are aggressive but balanced by delicate malt sweetness from the pale and caramel malts. Extremely well constructed.

M-Very smooth and extremely well balanced. Carbonation is perfect.

D-Phenomenal, if you can find it, hence the lower rating. This is the most sessionable, great smelling, great tasting IPA I have ever had. In the past 18 months, I have seen this in bottles only once in Salem, OR. Damn shame. Wish it were more readily available.

velosuds, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of fear025
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Thank you to Jodan for this extra!

Aroma:Sweet grapefruit and apricots in the aroma.

Appearance:Pale gold in color, nice head retention and lacing.

Taste:The hops hit very hard on the first sip. After that, mild malty sweetness make a pleasant pairing with the citrus flavored hops. The flavors drop away quickly through the midtaste and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:There is some astringency because of the huge hop bill in this beer, but aside from that it's very drinkable, almost creamy. There is a moderate amount of carbonation, that makes this beer refreshing to drink.

Drinkability:I really enjoyed this beer, the malt gives it a mildly sweet palate upon which the brewer was able to paint great hoppy flavor. It's got so much flavor, that while it might be able to be sessionable, I believe it would be a waste to drink it that way.

fear025, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of glazeman
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%

500 ml bottle dated 6/7/2010, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a bright gold with a one finger white head that has pretty good retention and moderate lacing. Overall a pretty good looking IPA

S: First whiff blew me away. Usually I have to put my nose up to the glass and take a big inhalation to get a good idea of the smell of a beer. With this one I poured it, and could smell it while the beer was leaving the bottle. Needless to say, one of the most intense smelling IPAs I have come across. Dominated by the hop notes with a nice balance of citrusy and piney smells a little bit of grapefruit in there, but it's deeper down.

T: One of the more bitter IPAs that I have had recently. As with the nose, nice mix of pine and grapefruit on the tongue. If IPA is synonymous with hops than this beer is the epitome of an IPA.

M: Pretty good mouthfeel. Nothing that really makes it stand out, but nice level of carbonation and moderately sticky.

D: The one-dimensionality of the hops limits its drinkability somewhat for me. However it's relatively low ABV (6.1%) for a top level IPA does lend itself well to having more than one glass.

glazeman, Jul 10, 2010
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,315 ratings.