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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,315 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,315
Reviews: 1,312
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,459
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 yourefragile
4.58/5  rDev +5%

500 mL bottle, dated 6/7/10, eh, fresh enough. Poured into a nonic.

Thought I reviewed this already so this will be brief. Appearance is nearly perfect, a radiant, clear golden copper color with active carbonation supporting an thick off white bubbly head that coats the glass in rings of sticky lacing and has great retention. Aroma is bitter and hoppy, with mild citrus sweetness, but dominated by citrus rind and earthy bitterness. The pale malt backbone provides a sturdy, yet unobtrusive balance to all of the hops. Mouthfeel is also perfect for an IPA, creamy, medium thick, well carbonated and smooth. One of the best examples of an American IPA, loads of bitter hops that are infinitely drinkable.

yourefragile, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

I was very excited to try this on tap at Monk's Café in Philly. Pours the standard IPA look, though this one might reside on the lighter side of things (as opposed to the amber side of the IPA spectrum). Hugely aromatic, very fresh grapefruit and vine aromas--hops rule here. Taste is equally dominated by the grapefruit citrus hops, giving it a crisp edge. Very clean and easy drink, smooth in the mouth. Feel is good, though not so much so as to distinguish this from other good IPAs. Great one here.

LordAdmNelson, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of mdwalsh
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

A: 3 finger just off white head with good texture. Beer is a beautiful golden amber with good active carbonation, but the head lacks dexterity.

S: It's citrusy, reminds me a little bit of sweet tea. The bitter comes through pretty strong. This smells like a hop head's session beer.

T: And that pretty much describes the taste too.

M: Little lighter than normal, but good.

mdwalsh, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of BS68280
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%

Picked this up on my trip over to San Diego. Poured from a bottle marked 6-7-10 on 7-7-10. I've had it's big brother a couple times now (even though i have failed to find in so far on this trip), so i am excited to see how this stacks up.

A: Golden orange with between 2 and 3 fingers of foamy tan head. It took it's time diminishing and is leaving nice lacing.

S: Citrusy hops with a little bit of pine also. A little bit of carmel malt but it is hard to get to through the hops. Smells damn good.

T: Right along with the smell on this one. Lots of citrus up front, oranges and grapefruit mostly, followed by more pine than i was expecting. Goes down great and leaves a dry bitter aftertaste. Only soft hints of the carmel malts.

M: Lighter bodied, medium carbonation, oily.

D: Great but it doesn't have too much alcohol to hide.

BS68280, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of Zerric
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%

500 ml bottle poured into my trusty Stone glass

a- golden dark with a nice head, which did last throughout the drink

s- citrus defintly but the hops smell was delitful, little pine as well.

t- like it smelled, wonderful citrus come through the botterness, allows the flavors to get through perfectly. dry finish.

m- easy light body. carbonation is light as well.

d- i would drink this bottle all day every day. just a darn good beer. luckily picked up a case. ill guard it with my life.

Zerric, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of airohead2001
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%

HUGE thanks to glazeman for this one. Bottled on 6/7/10 - nice and fresh.

A - Beautiful looking IPA - hazy copper with a one finger head with nice retention and decent legs. Looked very similar to Pliny the Elder.

S - Citrus hops up front, followed by piney hops. The best part of the aroma was the sweet malt backbone that followed the scent of the tropical fruit and piney hops.

T - Outstanding. In my opinion, this one is better than Pliny the Elder. The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the malt backbone in the finish is slightly less pronounced in the taste than it is in the aroma. The hop layers in Blind Pig are out of this world - oranges, tangerines, mango, and lemons followed by intense Christmas trees. Just wonderful.

M - Pretty good. A bit under-carbonated for a regular IPA, but still a great mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. As this one warmed up a bit, the layers of hops became even more pronounced and kept me wanting more. One bottle is surely not enough.

airohead2001, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights which had good retantion with a 2 finger head that left great bubbly sticky lacing on the glass.

S: big floral sweet piney hops dominate the nose with good malt character that had citrus, caramel, and grapefruit notes. There also seems to be faint tangrine and mango notes as well.

T: great flopral piney hop flavors with grapefruit that helps intesify the bitterness which had citrus caramel accents. The malts are not as powerful but do help out on the balance; great taste.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet but bitter crisp finish.

D: Russian river really know how to brew an IPA an this one is no exception. Blind pig is very drinkable and love the fact that I have access to it on a daily.

Gobzilla, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Soneast
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a nice gold color slightly hazy but not "chunky." Grows a nice 2 finger thick head, that has great retention, hanging on throughout the whole glass.

Aroma is citrusy, grapefruit, with some tropical fruit notes, a fair bit of mango to my nose. Malt characteristics are evident via a sweet, somewhat sugary note. Combined with the fruit aromatics, makes for one damn fine smelling IPA!

The flavor is incredibly well balanced. Sure the hops are up front, showcasing similar citrus and mango character as the nose, but there is a nice sweetness that shows up right near the finish, right before some IPAs get harshly bitter. The sweetness really helps move you into the slightly dry, bitter finish, but it doesn't leave a lasting harsh bitterness on the palate.

The mouthfeel is creamy smooth and easy drinking. I love the combination of flavors in this beer as well as the delicate bitterness in the finish. Blind Big is just a tasty easy drinking IPA, that if available in my neck o the woods would be on constant rotation in my beer fridge,

Soneast, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of sfprint
4.9/5  rDev +12.4%

A: Looks as good as an IPA can get. Nice apricoty cloudy color with a not so dense head. Beautiful color, makes me wish it was warmer outside.

S: Apricoty, like the color oddly enough, sweet. Not super strong, but really amazing.

T: The least bitter IPA I've ever had. And somewhat smooth for an IPA too. Difficult to describe. Hoppy of course. Some pine. The body is smooth and creamy, very different. There's a vanilla ice cream flavor in there, right in the middle of the flavor. The aftertaste is bitter like an IPA, but not so strong.

M: Soft with a carbonation sparkle on top.

D: Not poundable, but i think this one is just fantastic. Yet the sum of it's parts somehow seem less than as individual traits, which is strange to say. I think this is my highest rated review yet. Best IPA I've ever had. Different, and quite special.

Holy crap, what a great beer.

sfprint, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of Chizoad
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Been trying to wean myself onto pale ales. Not sure if you can wean onto something. Regardless, my first go was with Pliny the Elder, which was far too much for me. Tried some others, then tried the Blind Pig, which is like the little brother of Pliny the Elder. I've had this in the bottle and on-tap now, and I found the bottle to be a little better (less bitter, more floral).

Slightly underwhelming in the glass, with a smallish head and a nice yellow color. Nothing too remarkable. Smelled refreshing and hoppy.

First sip was an explosion of floral hops, starting with pine resin and blossoming into bitter flowers. The resin doesn't linger on the tongue and mellows out at the end. Each sip brings back the same greatness, never building up the resin like some other pale ales that I know of (ahem Stone ahem). The mouthfeel is tied up in the flavor, which again stays below any unpleasantness. Refreshing and great on a warm day.

Chizoad, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of djmichaelk
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

500ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Bottled on 4-8-10.

A - Golden straw with a tinge of orange. Big rocky three-finger head that takes 2-3 minutes to drop down to a fairly thick cap. A bit of sheeting on the glass instead of lacing.

S - The comparison to its big brother PtE is obvious, with plenty of citrus -- grapefruit and lemon stand out. A bit of pine. It doesn't linger quite as long as I would want, which is the only bad thing I can think of. Outstanding.

T - More of the aroma; lots of light citrus, but not quite as strong as it would imply. The hops really stand out, with a long bitter finish. I get hints of vanilla and some floral notes in the finish. Very good, but not quite as good as I've been led to believe. No detectable alcohol at all.

M - Creamy but light, if that's possible. Carbonation keeps it dancing across your tongue but it drops away at just the right time.

D - At 6%, this goes down very easy. I could see myself going through a 4 or 6-pack of this with no problem at all.

O - The Pliny that you want to drink when you want to drink a lot. A great lawnmower beer even if the abv is just slightly higher than most lawnmower beers. I just wish the price were a bit below that of its brother.

djmichaelk, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Poured a pumpkin orange with a big off-white head. Nice gobs of lacing left behind. The smell was malty overall (and very light) which is a surprise, being that it is pretty freshly bottled. I do smell some small floral, citrus and pine notes though and they're pretty nice. The taste kept with the nose, I just felt that it was a little to mellow of an IPA. The mouth was a bit thin. Not bad, I'm curious to try it on tap.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.58/5  rDev +5%

500 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 6.10 % ABV, "Don't age" all over the label. Bottled on 030110.

A - A tall pour has a nice dense off-white head with great retention and some thick lace coating the glass. The beer is beautifully golden yellow with little action going on.

S - Massive nose of American hops with a huge amount of citrusy, fully grapefruit hop cones. Pine is low in the nose which is surprising. The aroma is predominantly a juicy grapefruit aroma. The hops are potent and reminiscent of a double IPA. Very nice aroma!

T - Delicious floral hops with a huge grapefruit citrus that has a thin flavor but not in a bad way. Malts just seem to fall away to the background with the tasty hops overtaking it all.

M - Medium-light bodied with a very well-balanced bitter and smooth finish. Awesome texture to this beer going down the hatch.

D - This is one drinkable IPA that goes down really well and decently bitter but not overpoweringly so. Nice work on the awesome IPA RR.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of pastradul
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%

born on date 06/07/10... drank on 06/16/10... now that's fresh!

poured slowly into lost continent tulip.

Pours a nice tangerine orange with a nice two finger of white head.

The aroma is citrus and bitter. Lots of tangrine, grapefruit notes.

The taste is great. Tons of hops in your face with a mild malt sweetness back bone. An amazing west coast hop bomb. Tons of bitter orange on the palate after you sip this brew. After severeal sips the bitter finish gets longer and stronger.

An amazing brew that is just as good and just slightly easier to get the Pliny.

pastradul, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of Baraka
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%

500ml bottle

pours a light gold with a solid head. Nose is all citrus hops, this is definitely high on the hoppy spectrum for a single IPA. Taste is similar, with a very refreshing and dry finish. Not much balance to be had; the malts barely make themselves known through the amazing west-coast hops. Incredibly drinkable, if perhaps not quite as complex as its bigger brother Pliny. Still, this is a world class IPA by an incredible brewery that I wish I could drink on a daily basis!

Baraka, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%

500mL bottle split, poured into a tulip. Bottled on 03-01-10. Huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color that produced a good white head with tons of lacing left behind it as it dissipated.

(S)- Big, yet crisp citrus of lemon, pineapple, and lime. Dry, yet with a piney bitterness. Almost creamy on the finish.

(T)- Same like the smell. Good citrus and pine. A good, yet potent bitterness for the style.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Good citrus and pine characters. Bitter, but fitting the style well.

(D)- A great IPA with everything you would/should expect for the style. Crisp and refreshing; a great alternative summer beer to cool you off. Seek this one out if you can. I enjoyed this one.

sweemzander, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of BigIrishman
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: Pours Golden orange with a big frothy white head, leaves plenty of lace.

Smell: Mango, pineapple and maybe some peach or tangerine combine with the big grapefruit burst. There might even be a touch of sweetness underneath, but mostly dry.

Taste: Nice hit of of those awesome west coast citrus/fruity hops. The grapefruit is complimented by all those fruits listed above. A bit of a bitter kick comes in afterward, but the sweetness from the malt balances nicely.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and sticky with a bit of bounciness from the high carbonation.

Drinkability: Absolutely wonderful rendition of the style, awesome combo of hops and balanced quite delicately. Overall awesome brew indeed.

BigIrishman, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

On draft at city tap house. Great bar.

A- comes to me with three fingers of fluffy white head floating on a slightly cloudy sunset orange brew.

S- the whole conucopia of citrus fruits and a hint on conifer followed by some mildly sweet malts. Very clean and bright.

T- hops and so well done. Lemon zest, satsuma oranges, grapefruit. behind the hops there's a hint of pine. Malts play a supporting role and back up the hops nicely.

M- a bit higher the medium in body and a perfect amount of carb. Dry but not to dry.

D- very quafable at the abv and loaded with hop flavor. One of my fav american ipas.

oglmcdgl, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of joepais
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%

Thanks to Flexabull for this long time want. I split this bottle with a college buddy who started to get into craft brews and liked IPA's so it was even more of a treat.
Bottle poured into snifters produced a nice two finger white head that settled down to a thick lace. The body of the brew was cloudy golden amber in color.

It had a great hop forward nose plenty of citrus and floral grassiness. It was just what I expected in a RR brew. The flavor was well balanced for a west coast IPA which was surprising to me. You do get the hops bitter first but the sweet malt balance was a shock to me but pleasantly so. It had a medium feel to it with good carbonation.

This was a great drinking IPA one I was proud to share with a craft brew newbie I was glad to try this one and wished I had more

joepais, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of Noxious26
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

Pint sized bottle purchased at Willow Park in Regina. Bottled on 04/16/10. Nice and fresh considering the distance it travelled.

Poured in a pint glass. Gold/orange in colour and a little cloudy. Big bubbly white head on top with staying power and lots of sticky lacing.

Hoppy aroma highlighted by citrus notes and a hint of pine.

Nicely balanced from the start with the malt balancing out the hops. A nice juicy fruity taste that slowly evolves into a hoppy aftertaste with a moderate citrus snap. Hoppy but not abrasive.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Very smooth considering the hop presence.

This is a great American IPA. I tend to favour balance and drinkability and alot of American IPAs just go overboard with hops in my opinion. Blind Pig however manages to bring the hops to the forefront without going overboard.

Noxious26, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a hazy slightly orange golden color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing on the glass.

Smells of big hop aromas. Notes of tropical fruit, pine, and citrus abound.

Tastes of juicy delicious hops. Grapefruit and pine bitterness are most evident with some other pineapple and mango notes coming through. A good amount of bitterness hits first and is cut by a solid wave malt sweetness. Caramel malt makes its presence known adding its own flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium with a creamy amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of regspeir
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

Teresa's - draft into standard pint glass
Pours a cloudy, golden amber with a two-finger white head which dissapates into a frothy coating. Lacing is abundant, lasting and beautiful. Nose is a mild hop aroma with some grassiness and pine and some citrus, especially oranges and grapefuit. Taste is a wonderful hop bitterness, oranges, grapefuit, pineapple, mango. Bitterness never leaves but never completely overcomes some sweetness in the back that holds as well. Mouthfeel is really interesting rough edges on a medium to light brew - great fun. Finish is somewhat dry and bitter but never too much. Drinkability at this reasonable ABV is guaranteed. I want another NOW.

regspeir, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of sidetracked
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a pale gold with tons of off-white head. Some lacing.

Smell is mango, citrus, orange peel, grapefruit, and slightly sweet malts. The hop presence seems lessened when left unagitated. Some floral and piney hops at times too.

Taste is bitter grapefruit and orange peel upfront leading to a light caramel malt middle. Bitter finish of grapefruit and pine.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall of a solid IPA with a good hop presence and minimal malt.

sidetracked, May 29, 2010
Photo of Lazerlobe
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Hazy orange beer capped by a finger of microbubble foam.

S: Huge dominant citrus overwhelms most other scents. There is a malted presence but I cannot zero in on it.

T: The citrus comes through in tangerine and orange zest. Based on the smell, I was expecting a much different beer. I know this isn't a DIPA but it sure as heck smells like one. Still, medium bitterness and some sticky pine finish off the beer. Not too much to say about the malt profile. Some bready sweetness there but nothing to write home about.

M: A crisp and refreshing beer on a warm day such as today. Light bodied and a mild carbonation make this a wonderful brew. I could stand to see the body with a little more substance.

D: Yes, all day.

Lazerlobe, May 28, 2010
Photo of ricke
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%

Hazy orange amber, quite a lot of sediments. Medium-sized off-white head.

The aroma is of exotic fruits, mostly pineapple and mango, grass and mild tobacco notes. Very hoppy, not a whole lot of malts manage to get through.

The flavor is tightly held and centered around exotic fruit aromas, crisp citric hops and grass. Do I also pick up some elder flowers? Medium sweetness and notes of caramel in the background. The finish is slightly perfumy and very bitter with resiny hop notes.

Moderate body and quite a lot of carbonation.

Lovely IPA. Actually comes out as the Mini-Me of of Pliny the Elder.

ricke, May 27, 2010
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,315 ratings.