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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,506 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,506
Reviews: 1,319
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,488
Gots: 460 | 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 madvermin
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 03/02/2011

Randomly decided to pick a bottle of this up to re-review it, as I wasn't happy with my original review. Enjoyed this a lot the first time around, so I'm looking forward to it.

Pours an incredibly crystal clear pale yellow-orange with an ample two-finger head that is frothy and looks like pure-white cake icing. The body of the beer looks exactly like solid amber you would find in jewelery or at museums in the fossil display. Head dissipates, but not too fast. Leaves incredible amounts of lacing, with rungs and spots both all over the glass. Bubbles continue to rise to the top of the glass for a couple minutes, adding to the beauty. I don't usually write this much about the appearance of a beer, but this one is stunning to look at.

Aroma is of pineapple and jackfruit, with candied citrus, caramel, and mandarin orange also coming to play. The malt sweetness is very balanced and never gets saccharine, while the fruits are calming and refreshing - this beer doesn't punch you in the face with its smell.

Taste follows, with a nice citrusy start, a fruity sweet middle accompanied by a slight refreshing bitterness, and a phenomenally balanced bitter/sweet/sour finish that comes together beautifully. The start is much more citrusy than in the nose, with lots of fleshy grapefruit and orange providing a nice start, and the middle has only a bit of the tropical flavors from the aroma. Pine and resin come in a bit to add complexity here, and the bitterness is at just the right level to go with everything else. The finish is gloriously neutral when everything mentioned before is added together, as the bitterness fades nicely while the sweet and citrus end up fading as well, leaving you only with a slight bitterness and a softly dry ending. I'll go out on a limb and say that this is the best finishing IPA I've ever had in terms of evening the palate out with each sip. One complaint I have is that the pine is a little much at times, but right when it feels it is too much the citrus and sweetness come in to balance it out before it gets out of hand.

Mouthfeel is incredibly well done, with a lightness to go with the flavorful body I have not seen done this well very often. Never gets watery, and never gets too heavy either. Carbonation is weak and perfect, offering a bit of life but fading quickly to allow enjoyment of flavors. Drinkability is the best in any beer I've ever had, regardless of style. 1) The abv is conducive to longer sessions; 2) the finish is neutral enough that the beer never gets boring or overpowering; and 3) the beer is flat out awesome in every regard. I've had my fair share of IPAs and DIPAs since the last time I had this, and right now this is beating all of them. Incredible beer.

madvermin, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of pancho27
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Excellent Looking from the tap at Reagle Beagle as I watched I. Thomas Jr. defeat the Wildcats.
S-Everything you want an IPA to smell like...
T-I had 2 and a Hop Wollop wish I stuck to a 3rd of this
D-Could've had a couple more, but had to walk home
I am new to the beer game, but I enjoy Pliny more than this one, but this is what was on tap so I enjoyed it. Why do I like Pliny better

pancho27, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Prospero
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The appearance was a golden caramel color with a white frothy head. The head retention seemed better than most IPAs, but after a couple minutes it faded. The aroma is quite strong, but it's a fantastic blend of flowers, citrus like oranges and hints of pine. In terms of taste, this beer has it all and was very fresh! Perfect balance of toasted caramel malts giving it just the right amount of sweetness. The sweet caramel and hints of honey, along with the perfect amount of bitterness coming from the hops was just was like a symphony on the tongue and an overture for the nose. I'd say it's a medium-bodied ale, probably on the heavy end for IPAs, but I'll tell you what this ranks up there as probably my favorite IPA of all time. Thin creamy mouthfeel. Drinkable? Heck yea, pour me another!

Prospero, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of GrahamWalters
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to BA treehouse for sending this along in the n00b 3 BIF.

A - Pours a crystal clear straw color with two fingers worth of head. Head dies down fairly quickly.

S - A pleasant citrusy and piney nose, a smash of lemon and grapefruit, slightly sweet.

T - Strong bitterness with a continuation of the grapefruit and pine nose in the taste. A little watery on the back end, with no malt detected. The flavor dissapoints based on this beer's reputation.

M - Watery mouthfeel with limited carbonation. Doesn't quite support the bitterness imparted in the flavor.

D - Very drinkable and enjoyable overall. I could definitely see enjoying a few of these on a nice spring or summer day on the back deck. If only we got RR in MA...

GrahamWalters, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of colforbin73
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i could almost go 5 on "drinkability" because you could definitely put back a few of these, especially given the relatively low 6.10 ABV. this is like PLINY'S older brother -- Blind Pig sort of laid the foundation that would bring forth the now west-coast-classic (d)ipa, pliny the elder.

The Blind Pig pours a clear amber and is carbonated enough -- foams up nicely on the pour but it dissipates pretty quickly. Like most of RR's beers this brew consistently tastes fresh and the hop aromas and bitterness level are perfectly balanced against the sleek malt base -- which provides the perfect platform for the hop explosion dancing around in this beer -- the OG is a sufficient 1.060. It's a hop showcase.

I prefer this beer on tap. It certainly isn't gonna be the most extreme beer on tap at your local beer bar, but if you see it buy one. This would be a great "pitcher beer" -- good drinkin!

colforbin73, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of flipper2gv
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton to nickd717 for this beer.
This is my first Russian River Beer ever.

A: Lovely semi filtered light honey color with creme white head. The head looks creamy, lacing is good but retention is a bit bad.

S: Well this is a hop bomb. There seems to have lots of hops layers. Strong scents of: piny resin, lime, pineapple, grapefruits and maybe peach? Some fresh mint too. Lightly sweet from the malts: really like plain sugar, not much grain characteristics. Exactly what you'd expect from a West Coast IPA. Strangely smells a little bit like Windex. Very strong but a bit too straightforward (or not strong enough) for a perfect 5.

T: Again this is all hops. There are lime, piny resin, pineapple, grapefruits and yes there is a little peach in this. A LOT of hops, but not really bitter. Again, some mint in this (fresh mint, herbal and fresh). Also some orange juice that I didn't get in the smell. Hops are much more aromatic than bittering. Again, I really don't taste any malts in this except of the lightly undefined sweetness in the beer. Again, this beer is exactly what you'd expect in a west coast IPA, but lacks the extra WOW factor needed for a 5.

M: Medium to light body with medium carbonation. Fits the beer well and keeps things clean and refreshing.

D: Well, it's a low ABV IPA without much sweetness and isn't heavy in the mouth. This is a summer brew that is very drinkable, just not chugging it down like a madman drinkable.

flipper2gv, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fresh bottle poured into a globe.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a nice pillow one finger tall white head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Tons of citric hops up front with a nice lightly toasted caramel malt core. A bit grassy with some sweetness creeping in as it begins to warm up. Very nice stuff.

T - Nice citric hop bite up front is balanced out well with a nice mix of caramel malt sweetness and crisp tropical fruits. Finish is a bit dry with some nice lingering hop bitterness. Much better this time, still one of my all time favorites but I still prefer elder to the pig.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice light, refreshing, feel on the pallet. Finish has some lingering bitterness but nothing too over the top.

D - Very high. Blind pig has very good balance with plenty of drinkability left over. I love this stuff but I still prefer elder a bit more.

orangesol, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of sentomaster
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1-3-11 poured into a tulip on 3-3-11

S- is loads of grapefruit and pine needles

T- A cracker like malty backbone greets you, intermingled with a slight breadiness and sweet and bitter tangerines. Ruby red grapefruit tangy bitterness

M/D- nice, creamy, light body with a toght, fine carbonation. This is a great beer, but IMO it just doesn't quite have enough of a malt backbone to keep up with the slamming the hops lay down on your tongue.

sentomaster, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of aasher
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to nickd717 for this one. Bottle is dated 2/14/11. It's an excellent beer to commemorate the end of the regular season for my Boilermakers. It pours a beautiful gold in color, very translucent and clear with a one finger frothy white head. It smells of dry piny hops with bitter grapefruit. It's very piny with a light malt finish. The flavor is riddled with pine cones with a slightly sweet and bitter grapefruit aftertaste. It's definitely a solid IPA. It drinks light and is pretty drinkable but it really gives you cotton mouth. Luckily this fades the longer you drink it. It eventually turns mouth watering. It's probably one of the most drinkable IPAs around. I'm definitely thankful for the tick.

aasher, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of angrywolf
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly-cloudy golden color with a large head that dissipates slowly with very nice lacing.

S - Grapefruit, pine, tangerine, and maybe some pineapple.

T - Similar to the smell. Sweet citrus, some breadiness with a slightly bitter finish.

M - medium, almost thin-bodied, nice creamy mouthfeel.

D - The thinner mouthfeel and 6.1% ABV makes this a very sessionable beer.

angrywolf, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Kelly88
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into my Kentucky Bourbon barrel Ale snifter That has a bottled on date of 2-14-11.

A- cloudy goldenrod with a soapy looking bright white head that settles fairly quickly to a frothy lace ring. Gobs of web lacing are grasping my glass. Very nice looking.

S- smells like pine cones and grapefruit got together and had a liquid kid. Very strong and appealing smells That really enhance the drinking experience.

T- not as bitter as expected. Grapefruit is subdued and balanced by a subtle bready malt. There is a faint soapiness That reminds me of two hearted. More flavor is desired but what is there is well done.

M- great texture in the mouth. Nothing off putting. Crisp and on point with a good balance of carbonation and coating.

D- very easy drinking ipa and I see no barriers to drinking many of these in a session. This would make a great six pack beer.

Kelly88, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Amdy
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great beer, Currently drinking one straight from the bottle. This is Something you can drink all day, this bottle is from 01 12 11, still holding up its flavor/hoppyness, not watered down/flat tasting. I cannot wait to get a newer bottle release of this to update the review. Nom!

Amdy, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Monk's in Philadelphia, PA at 2/28 Russian River tasting event.

A: Pours a nice, light orange color. Minimal head and lacing on the glass. Mild carbonation. Not too much bubbling. Clean looking beer.

S: Nice hop profile in the nose, but nothing greatly overpowering. I get some floral hops and a malt backbone. Doesn't jump out and bite you though.

T: Good floral and citruy hop flavor with a nice clean finish. Malts are mild but there. Just a really nice clean IPA.

M: Clean, crisp, and easy drinking. Doesn't coat the mouth much. Watery.

D: I had two that day, and could have gone on. at 6% ABV you could easily session this brew.

Overall, the Pig doesn't disappoint but it isn't Elder or Younger catagory. I would definitely enjoy this brew agin in the future.

inlimbo77, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of hophopandaway
2.95/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

If the only falvour you expect in a beer is hops then this is the beer for you.

The slightly off-white head instantly dissapated to leave my usual 12 ounces of beer in my pint glass. As an aside I asked for a top-up, didn't get one again, and thus left no tip.
Anyway, the smell was all floral, and I got nothing else, although I have to say that I think the rating of ice-cold beer on its nose is a slightly futile task. The taste was all hops, it;s bitter without balance and there is nothing else going on bar a bit of orange and a tiny bit of malt fighting, unsucessfully, to show its face.
On the finnish you get a really dry tongue that doesn't feel great. I had two because it was this, Anchor steam or hoegarten and it got no better on the second.
I'm flabbergasted this is rated as one of the world's 100 best beers.

hophopandaway, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of BucBasil
3.23/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the pint bottle into a large snifter.

A: The beer is a hazy dark orange color with 2 fingers of incredibly quickly dissipating off white head.

S: Slightly citrusy with a good balanced character. Odd sort of medicinal smell in there somewhere and a soapy (?) character. Very hoppy. Not much balance.

T: Wow - intensely bitter with no balance. Not my cup of tea, but strong hop character. Sappy bitterness all the way through - I feel like I'm chugging sap and earwax. Slight citrus flavor in there somewhere of orange rind and pulp. This one is all bitterness. Jesus.

Notes: I don't think I'll be coming back to this one. I very much enjoyed Pliny and the bitter yet balanced character it brought to the table. This one is way too unbalanced brutally bitter-for-no-real-reason way. Hard to get through the whole bottle.

The bottle explains that a "Blind Pig" was a term for beer you would get during prohibition. This definitely could pass as moonshine...

BucBasil, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of TheDudeRules
3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1-11-11. Poured into a Darkness snifter.

Pours a lazy golden orange hue. About a half inch of head. Pretty minimal lacing. What a wonderful smelling beer. Sweet floral and pine. Citrus and hop aroma mixed in the bunch too. Delightful. The taste isn't quite like it smells. Kinda medicinal actually. The carbonation and hop hit your tongue immediately but then then left with a slightly off, kinda medicinal flavor. It's not bad though. As it warms the taste opens up a bit more. It is slightly muted over all though. The carbonation is very good and goes down well enough. I'd like to take on a slightly fresher example of this and compare my notes.

TheDudeRules, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 01/03/11. Enjoyed on 02/24/11.

A - Poured into a DFH pint glass. Pours an almost clear light gold color with a one finger white head. Leaves decent lacing.

S - Grapefruit and piney hop aroma. Fruity as well. A somewhat sweet hop aroma though. Light malt is in the background.

T - Begins pretty balanced with a citrusy bitterness. Finish is very grapefruity and very dry. Pretty light IPA, drinks like a pale ale.

M/D - I drank this after finishing an Alpha King which is classified as a pale ale but I found the mouthfeel in AK to be more appropriate to the IPA style than Blind Pig. Pretty thin mouthfeel and a dry finish make it highly drinkable though. This thing is almost sessionable.

Bling Pig really is Pliny's little brother. Not a bad beer in its own right however, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Janderson91, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of iLovehops23
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pop top on this one two months too late (i think). Can smell hop aroma but its not very pungent. It's like smelling fruit juice that are not fresh . 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. all in all not the one of the best ipa's ive ever had but i've got to hold pliney responsibale for setting the standers so high for me on this one. with all that said maybee i should try one fresh not two and half months old.

iLovehops23, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of coldmeat23
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Bottled on: 01-03-11
Thanks go out to jmgrub for this hook-up!

Mmmm...This looks very inviting. It's a nice lighter shade of amber in color. It has an almost orange tint to it. It has two-fingers of dense, bone-white colored, foam on top. The retention is very good and the lacing is nicely clumpy, but not very sticky.

Oh, yeah. Tropical and citrus hops dominate this one. Peach, apricots, grapefruit, white grapes, pineapple, tangerines, mangoes....it just goes on and on. Lighter hints of grapefruit rind and sappy pine needles. There is a nice touch of almost caramel sweetness, from the malts, providing a beautiful touch of balance.
This nose is phenomenal!

This really follows the nose very well. The fruits are not quite so distinct as they were, in the nose. They are all still here, though. They are just kind of melded together somewhat. The caramel sweetness is still very light...just enough to provide balance. The finish is dry and has a good kiss of hop bitterness.

This is medium-bodied with medium carbonation, which suits it well. It is very smooth and lightly creamy with a crisp finish.

The just over 6.00%abv is nowhere to be found inside of this glass. Combine that with the beautifully hop fruitiness and you've got a beer that I could drink all night long.
Absolutely delicious!

coldmeat23, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of ptykozoon
3.65/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 2/14, consumed 2/20 - so, pretty fresh
Pours a light peach orange. Strong lacing, a layer sticks around.

Fruity hops, more sweet than bitter. Peach and hints of strawberry.

Hops along with a breadiness as well as citrus - mostly orange. Not complex or overly tasty and as my IPA loving friend commented - it doesn't taste as good as it smells. Good though.

Refreshing, nice carbonation.

Very session worthy, not a lot of sticky pine in the finish too.

ptykozoon, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you PlinyTheKid for hooking me up!
500mL bottle dated 1/3/11 poured into a snifter

A- Clear orange/copper color with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus hops standout, also getting some floral notes, and some tropical fruits.

T- Grapefruit notes up front, piney/earthy hop finish. Close to the nose, I feel it is missing a nice malt backbone to bring everything together.

M- Smooth, refreshing, medium body.

D- This is a solid IPA, and was a treat to try. I feel it was easy to drink and enjoy. I have heard people compare it to Pliny, and I see where they are coming from, but this is not good. I would buy it from time to time if I could get it locally.

larryi86, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a hazy slightly darker golden color. you can see tiny particles floating in the beer. there is a 2 finder white head when the beer is poured, that slowly recedes leaving lacing on the glass, and a small cap on the beer. The smell is slightly piney and resinous, with the main hop aroma being citrusy with a small hint of the malt. the taste is very citrusy and juicy upfront with a small amount of malt character to hold it together with the bitterness. the mouthfeel is good and dry, almost completely dry, except for the small amount of sweetness lent from the malt. this is a drinkable beer, that i would consume more often if it were locally available and reasonably priced.

rowingbrewer, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden coloring with a nice foamy head that settles at about 1/2 inch.

S: Citrus and pine hops, lemon, peach and a hint of something tropical (mango or pineapple?).

T: Strong pine hops at the start with a nice malt backbone that kicks in right before the finish. The finish is smooth without being overly bitter. Mouthfeel is a bit light, but this one is still pretty tasty.

notchucknorris, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Buddha22
2.98/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1/03/2011 poured into tulip.

A honey gold color with one finger head. Floral hops in the nose, but not as strong as I was hoping. On the front end of the taste seems extremely watered down which is disappointing. The hop bitterness kicks in on the back end, but I still cant get over the water down flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation and the drinkability is average. I just don't like the watered down taste in the beginning mixing with the bitter end.

Maybe This IPA is a little past its drink by date, but I have had double troubles 3 months after bottling and it still tasted amazing.

Buddha22, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into cervoise

This straw to slightly deeper yellow with a nice white head beer leaves good spider lacing on the glass. The aroma of pine, grass and slight herbs are picked up on the nose. The taste is much the same, very grassy and the mouthfeel is drying. It was pretty carbonated and almost too 'sharp' in the mouth. This is a very good little brother of the Elder and a good example of the single IPA style.

OakedCanuck, Feb 16, 2011
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 4,506 ratings.