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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,470 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,470
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,480
Gots: 458 | 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 mondegreen
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into an Allagash tulip. Bottled on 01/03/11.

Pours an attractive clear golden with an appropriate near white head. Russian River males some very nice looking beers.

Nose is a nice blend of citrus hops and bready malts.

Taste is moderately bitter with a balanced (if slightly thin) hop presence. Finishes with lingering bitter grapefruit.

Medium bodied, well carbonated. Ever so slightly slick.

This is an easy drinking IPA. Not as assertive as big brother Pliny (nor should it be), Blind Pig is a solid entry in the American IPA category.

mondegreen, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of steve8robin
3.33/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this bottle on a recent trip to CA. 1 PT bottled on 01/03/11. Let's see...

A: A super clear light honey golden with a huge 1+ inch tan head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: Smells og a very good blend of earthy hop and malty bready citrus. Very, very well blended smelling. Hints of lemon and mild cherry on the back. Very good.

T: Wow, this is a bit of a disappointment at first. After the nose, I expected much more. I get a slight metallic hop upfront with some bready citrus in the middle and some grapefruit on the backend. Ok.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A very dry finish. Decent.

D: Goes down harder than it should for the ABV. Eh.

All in all, wow! This brew started off stellar, but ended up mediocre. The appearance and smell were so good! The other categories is where this brew falls short. Definitely try if you like RR, but Elder is better IMO.

steve8robin, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of jbone78
3.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, boys and girls, this is my 100th review! And I am excited to do it!

A buddy of mine brought me a few of these from Cali, he did good.

As suggested on the label, I poured this bad boy into a mason jar. I like mason jars. Pours nearly golden with a fluffy head. Smells citrusy. I don't smell very well, so all I can pick up is that pine/citrus smell that these beers have. The taste to me is good, but not great. I like the hop character flavors, but it finishes a bit bitter. It's not a ton of bitterness, but not my forte. Overall drinkability is good and I am going to enjoy the rest of my beers.


jbone78, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of paulozanello
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a translucent light orange color with a beige head showing moderate retention and lacing.

Aroma is just wonderful: lots of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon.

Taste follows and starts extremely light with citric and fruity hop notes, mainly grapefruit and orange. The bitterness is also very mild and it works well leaving the hop juice to do it's thing.

Body is extremely light. It is really amazing how high the drinkability is. Carbonation is moderate to high. Aftertaste is light and delicate.

One of the most delicate, smooth and soft IPAs that I've ever had. I would dare to say this is the most drinkable IPA in the world. Totally worth it. I'd love to session this one, too bad I can't get it on a regular basis.

paulozanello, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orangish yellow. With a good amount of whit head with giant bubbles. Geat lacing. Smells of grapefruit and citrus. A bit of pine on the now as well... A solid mouthfeel and lot of hops on the tongue. Wow. I think this one is better than pliny! Very tasty and highly drinkable

Urbancaver, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best single IPAs out there and I can see the argument for the best single IPA, but there are plenty of others on par with this beer as a single. None IMO have as good of finish however and at only 6.1%, it packs more hop goodness in flavor than most 7%- 7.5% single IPAs out there so that's a testament to Vinnie as a MASTER brewer. Without a doubt especially when it comes to Hops. Rant over.

A - clear, somewhat thin but looks good and golden but a see-through clear golden if that makes much sense.

S - As tangerine and pine is to Pliny - Blind Pig is Grapefruit, Oranges and pine and lots of earthiness. Fruity citrussy and dry at the same time.

T - CRISP! Mouthfeel 6.1% but so much hop flavor again in such a low ABV DIPA. Grapefruit dominated orange BLAST along with piney hops. Dry, clean and bitter. A bit more bitter than PTE but the Grapefruit ratio to fresh cut grass is amazing. How is all this Hop flavor packed into such a low ABV IPA?

M - Almost perfect. Carbonation isn't overdone, just showcases the hops at the forefront which is what Vinnie does best.

D - Bar None - this is the most sessionable IPA on the planet. Sierra Nevada's Anniverary Ale was the current champ for me when it came to drinkability butr with all the hop profile packed into this beer...we have a WINNER!

A must try.

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of abuliarose
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a large snifter, revealing hazy golden body under a finger of pale and airy head. Some lacing. Decently pretty, this pour. Smells like honey and hops with a slight mealy malt undertone. Good smells.

Tastes fresh and bitter with a refreshing malty earthiness underneath the touch of citrus rind. Nutty aftertaste. Not sweet but not at all dry. Mouthfeel is silky with a tingling carbonation. On the heavier side of medium-bodied. Intensely drinkable and full-flavored.

Probably my favorite AIPA, this one did not disappoint.

abuliarose, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of sisuspeed
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24 days old

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. Beautiful, almost clear, orange body with a fingers worth of white, frothy, head. Keeps a nice white cap as you dink and Leaves some nice lacing behind.

Lots of orange wedge citrus on the nose. Some grassy, earthy bitterness with a touch of pine. Good nose for a regular IPA.

Sweet malts infused with citrus-laden hops on the tongue. Finishes with grapefruit pith and a nice lingering bitterness. Malts are up front, but the finish is all citrus and hop.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a good amount of bitterness throughout. Well carbonated and the body is almost chewy, yet refreshing. I love that there is a good helping of bitterness, but it never becomes astringent.

Drinkability is great. This is one of the best single IPA offerings I have ever had. Definitely in the top 5. At 6% ABV I could easily drink a few of these. Another awesome addition to the hop-forward Russian River beers.

sisuspeed, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of letsgopens
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been chomping at the bit to pop this one for a few days now. Bottled on 12/6/10 and handled well from my understanding. Pours a crystal clear, maze/amber with some bright gold highlights. A thick cap of proud, soapy froth perched on top. The head holds its shape well and fades to some nice rings and erratic wisps. A small number of rising bubbles float quickly to the surface.

Bright citric hop notes pop out of the glass and up my nose. Juicy, ripe pink grapefruit and tangelo zest. Some resinous pine and floaty, light, toasted malt. A hint of buttery biscuit and plenty of floral notes as well. Summary: The aroma is blissful hoppy but still nicely balanced.

The carbonation is the first big surprise. Not nearly as effervescent as I'd imagined but certainly a pleasant surprise; the carbonation is mellow and very fine with a delayed fizzle on the tongue. The nature of the carbonation really helps to bring the resinous and oily hop flavors to the forefront. Floral and bright with citrus zest abound. Grapefruit and cumquat with clementine and mild buttery vanilla. Very well balanced with toasty biscuit and faint toffee. Extremely well balanced and constructed with genuine care and consideration for the ingredients. As it warms I get mild notes of soapy spice and peppery warmth that mingles pleasantly with lingering bitterness.

The carbonation and lingering pleasant bitterness are the story of the mouthfeel. A perfect balance of matted bitterness and fluffy carbonation really make the brew and accentuate the flavors.

Wildly drinkable. A unique balance of big hop flavors, amazing mouthfeel, and unparalleled drinkability. One of the best crafted renditions of the style I've experienced. I'm personally not a hype-fanatic, but this one lives right on up to it.

letsgopens, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of busterthecat
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into pint glass to accompany lunch.

A- A smooth amber. A thick rocky head that leaves great lacing.

S- Mild zesty/ tropical fruit. Some pine and sweet orange.

T- Zesty fruity hops, a smooth and mild bitterness. Some piney resin with some sweetness in body.

M- Medium bodied, smooth. very enjoyable, lingers gently, hops not overpowering on palate.

D- Very high, no alc. An awesome daily drinker that is very affordable.

busterthecat, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

This afternoon calls for a deluge of hops. Get some! This salvo pours a clear apple juice topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises caramel, pine, light leek, and ruby red grapefruit. The taste holds notes of grapefruit rind, mint, pine, light leek, and a much more subdued caramel. The body is a a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, heavy on the hops without overdoing it. Good times here.

TMoney2591, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of gkunkle
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Horse Brass pub in Portland. Serves in an imperial pint. It's a nice copper color, mine didn't have much of a head, but it sounds like most think it displays a good head when they pour themselves. Smell is of strong citrus and hops. Taste has some grapefruitiness and the hops, with just a touch of malt. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. Overall, it's a dang good IPA. Sort if what one would expect from Russian river.

gkunkle, Jan 25, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 12.06.10
A-clear and orange with white lacy head.
S-grapefruit and pine. Very nice
T-nice hop taste through out. Some honey and floral notes. I think its better than pliney, but thats just one mans opinion.
M-medium bodied and smooth. Nice hop aftertaste
D-awesome. Goes down fast and smooth

really sets the ipa standard

brew3crew, Jan 25, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey colored with an inch and a half of white head and tiny bubbles. Leaves lacing down the glass.

Smells like grapefruit and pine, with a bready smell mixed in.

Taste follows smell. Lots of pine and grapefruit mixed into the bready malts.

Mouthfeel is moderate with plenty of carbonation. Carbonation clears the palate after the sip.

Drinkablity is high. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

bs870621345, Jan 24, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a modified tulip glass

Thanks to hannydawg for this beer

Pours a golden orange color with fairly decent not too long lasting white foam on the surface. There is a decent not of pine, the closest I've come to smelling the tree itself in this beer. The flavor itself wasn't nearly as bitter as I was expecting the most flavor I got was of the 2-row barley used in the grist bill. I still think the beer was good, there was a residual sweetness to it, but in all honesty I wasn't going crazy over it. Still I'm glad to have had it, it was a good very highly drinkable IPA.

Vdubb86, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of birderbeerer
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly translucent golden approaching copper. White bubbly head that collects unevenly. Lace coats the glass, almost like a film.

Beautiful aroma! Flowers, pineapple, grapefruit, some pine. A very light, sweet, tart, and sharp scent. Something about this aroma is different. Pure hop.

Taste follows the aroma but is more bitter, and piney on the back. But mainly a big floral hop taste followed by pineapple juiciness and a piney, bitter dryness. Some butter and white bread malt but it's far behind the hops that dominate this beer through and through.

Dry and sticky aftertaste that makes me want more.

Great, immense hop flavor without getting very big as a beer. It's not so much a truck load of hops as it is enhancing and isolating the hop flavors.

birderbeerer, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of boudreaux
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - pours smooth and softly; about a 2 finger head

S - strong, fresh hop aroma; like fresh cut grass; citrus, bitter fruit notes

T - true to the smell; bitter fruit and hope flavors; extremely dry, hoppy taste; so good it makes you pucker

M - rounded mouthfeel

D - I would drink this beer and I would drink it again and again.

boudreaux, Jan 16, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Augustgarage for this one- my second Russian River experience (Pliny was first). Bottled on 11-19-10, poured into my Dfh tulip glass on 1-15-11. Pours a yellow-orange color, very little foamy head that quickly dies, leaving very little glass lacing. Some hop aromatics on the nose, a little pine and grapefruit, but nothing overpowering or out of the ordinary here. On the first taste, the hops are present but seem subdued. With what I have read about RR, this one is sadly probably past its prime and has lost some of its luster. Still a very good ipa that I would love to drink again, and hopefully have a fresher bottle or find it on tap.

lnashsig, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of LiquidBread219
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= Basically golden yellow a little hazy in it maybe a little orange in color in this one as well.

S= Pine hops strong in this one some grapefruit.

T= Taste is just like the nose lots of pine and a little grapefruit.

M= Smooth ipa nice carbonation very good beer.

D= Very drinkable easy to drink and very smooth really enjoyable.

LiquidBread219, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.2/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 12-06-10 and kept in refrigeration until I bought it last week. Poured into a tulip.

Russian River makes some beautiful IPAs. Blind Pig pours a pale gold, lustrous and awe-inspiring in its clarity. A half-finger head of foamy off-white crowns the gorgeous nectar, collapsing slowly to a top layer that -- while thin -- is rather sticky, gripping the sides in impressive webs of lace.

Nice hops in the aroma, but I'm more impressed by the malt: crackers and caramel in decent portions. There's a bit of sweet lime, grapefruit and a good amount of dank character.

The flavor is nice, though very subdued. Crackers, grapefruit peel, some honey, maybe even a hint of basil. A light bitterness grabs the sides of the tongue without much strength.

The body is a soft medium and a fizzy medium-light carbonation bubbles up the brew as it moves about.

Pliny and now this. Russian River's IPAs age like milk, even when they're in the fridge the whole time. This is drinkable enough, but it seems it's become a rather middling IPA. I'll seek it out on tap in the future.

Phelps, Jan 14, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at RR and brought a bottle back. It's not the freshest bottle (about 5 weeks old), so I'm basing my review on the tap and bottle.

To be honest, after drinking this and Pliny in the same sitting (and afterwards in separate bottle sittings), I can see why people say that this rivals Pliny. It's a great beer.

The nose is very nice but not overpowering. The balance of the hops and the bite hits just perfect. The hop flavor is complex, as it hits you with citrus at first with a piney finish. Great IPA, and a pleasure to drink.

moz9, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of Ghenna
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper with an initial 2 fingers of very white head, but quickly recedes leaving a layer that lingers forever.

Huge pine hop nose, super pronounced. Not so strong that it is offensive, but it is really nice- coming from a non-hophead.

Really pleasant hop flavor- not a punch or anything, but nicely nuanced. As it warms up a little it does develop a bit of soap flavor.

This is a nice IPA, typical of what you would expect from a West Coast hop heavy IPA. As you would expect from RR's non-sour beers, there is a lot of hop nuance too. For a person who is not fond of overly hoppy beers, this is one that I could see stocked regularly in my fridge.

Ghenna, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a Blind Pig a day after I had Pliny the Elder. This was another beer I held high expectations as I was told this beer gave off a close resemblance to Pliny the Elder although some claimed Blind Pig was better. The beer gave off a hazy golden and burnt-orange appearance, citrus and hoppy smell, and a smooth bitterness resembling PTE but less pine in taste. Definitely a dry hoppy beer and I think this beer slightly edges PTE by personal preference.

CuriousMonk, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of diomz88
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell is very fruity and citrusy! Can smell hoppy aroma. It's like smelling fruit juice. Orange to golden orange in color, with half inch whittish head and minimal lacing which goes away quick. Citrusy in flavor, pineapple and other tropical fruits! Malty with sweetness. Bitter but not as hoppy as a double IPA like it's sister Pliny the Elder. Smooth and dry, very, very drinkable. Wish the store lets me take out two or more bottles when it's available. So delicious and highly recommended.

diomz88, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/9/2011

A: full of citrus hop notes and not much else

Ap: golden-orange with a finger white head, dissipated very quickly, very minimal lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth, crisp

Af: quite hoppy, mild grapefruit notes, piney taste very present, dry finish, slight bitterness

O: tastes like a watered down Pliny the Elder, drinkable though


THECPJ, Jan 10, 2011
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,470 ratings.