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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,083 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,083
Reviews: 1,304
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,400
Gots: 374 | 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:
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(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of yemenmocha


4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Centennial hops... has to be. This one is awfully close to Bell's 2 Hearted or Ballast Point Big Eye IPA.

Pours slightly hazy golden hue with contrasting white head.

Nose is quite aromatic with pineapple and grapefruity, and grassy.

Palate is pleasantly sharp with hops up front, centennial is my guess, and leads into waves of tangy grapefruit and a light honeyed malt in the distant background. Very citrusy, grassy, and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 02:35:34 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of smanders


4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear gold with a billowy head.

Smell - lots of grapefruit and pine. I can't wait to taste this!

Taste - Just like it smells! Like an Elder but not as smooth/creamy. Great complexity without being unbalanced.

Mouthfeel - good

Drinkability - Too easy. Great west coast example of an APA. Russian River just keeps pumping out great beer after great beer. Blind Pig should be consumed by the masses in large quantities.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 00:02:00 | More by smanders
Photo of bwd110


4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle courtesy of jadamski1 poured into SA sensory glass

bottled on date: 03/03/09

A: Golden straw, little murky. Big lush white head. Nice sudsy lacing. Looks like this will be quite refreshing after a day working in the yard.

S: Nice hoppy aroma, citrusy - grapefruit and pineapple notes and lemon rinds. Undertone of floral hops as well.

T: Piney bitterness upfront, very dry beer. light malt backbone to smooth everything out a little. Citrus hops make their presence in felt in the finish.

M: light to medium body. decent carbonation - maybe a light zap on the way down. This certainly isn't a sticky or chewy ipa.

D: Drinkability is damn good. Light - ish, refreshing, not sticky or cloying. Could drink this for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 23:29:46 | More by bwd110
Photo of WakeandBake


4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle thanks to CaryTheDude. A dull golden color body with a big soapy white head,light to medium carbonation and tuns of stricky lace. Aroma is hoppy, piny,floral and citrus rind,Very nice. Flavor is bitter with some pine up front, a very tasty caramel malt backbone,more citrus hops,a bit of resin,hints of peppercorn,orange peel,just plain juice and balanced,very very good, a nice bitter finish with a hoppy aftertaste, medium body without being sticky feeling at all. A very drinkable top shelf IPA for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 20:31:54 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of dakid618


4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle received in trade from desaparecido(thanks Edgar!) Poured into pint glass. Pours a deep golden straw color with an inch of soapy white head. Smell is citrus hops. Taste is citrus and pine upfront and biscuitlike maltiness in the end. Super dry mouthfeel drier than any IPA I've ever had. Great drinkability. My first beer from Russian River and I'm very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 00:21:21 | More by dakid618
Photo of Yesac


4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy orange. Medium bubbly foamy white head. Some messy lacing. Looks great.

S- Floral critrus fresh hops. Smells like its going to be smooth.

T- Grassy hop flavor. Just enough hop bitterness. What can I say.. this is true west coast style.. hops hops hops however there is malt at the end. Great brew.

M- So smooth.. almost creamy. Sweet bitterness is what sits on the palate.

D- Excellent drinkability. So smooth, not to powerful on the bitterness, not highly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 00:00:21 | More by Yesac
Photo of seand


4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a large red wine glass. Bottled 03/25/09, about a month old.

A: Pours a light, translucent golden amber with about a finger of bubbly white head. Head settles down leaving some foam on the surface. Nice lacing.

S: Piney fruity hop scents. Not a strong smell, but what's there is nice.

T: Well balanced. The hop flavor is certainly present, but not over the top like some other American IPAs. Pleasant mild hop aftertaste.

M: Good carbonation, medium body.

D: Easy to drink. ABV is low enough you could have quite a few of these. Would go great with a warm Summer day.

All around a very good IPA, with nothing out of place or over the top.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 20:23:33 | More by seand
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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A=Golden with ample bright white head, dissipates quickly.

S=Floral with citrus notes as an IPA should

T=Very similar to smell, hoppy bitterness and citrus notes

M=Good I liked the ample carbonation tickling the tongue

D=very drinkable, just a plain good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 03:43:55 | More by jacobseyb
Photo of Nick3


4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is straw colored and a bit hazy. Great lacing all the way down the glass. Ample carbonation fizzes its way to the 2 finger head which dies quickly. Nose is pure floral hops, it's pungeant and smells great. Taste is citrus upfront, with some lemon, and a bit bitter but the bitterness is never too powerful as the malts balance this puppy out nicely. Easy to drink and the right level of carbonation for the style. A great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 05:29:28 | More by Nick3
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Rhode Island

4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired from fogdog courtesy of the 2009 Secret Bunny BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of strong floral hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste is extremely well-balanced with a strong but not over-powering burst of grassy hops and sweet citrus, plus some caramel in the background. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but it works perfectly for this beer. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is definitely one of the very best IPA's that I've had. It's the type of beer that is worth drinking a lot of for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 02:30:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought this one from an online beer retailer along with numerous other Russian River beers that I have not tried before. Decided to break out a couple of bottles for some nice springlike BBQing.

A: Nice lively dark gold liquid, small 1 cm head, nothing drastic with lacing, but still present.

S: More toned down than the imperial IPAs I have been drinking lately, but very pleasant. A big earthy pine aroma with some citrus to boot. I forgot to pay attention to the brew date, but it was fresh.

T: It pains me to think that we cannot get Russian River in the midwest, there IPAs are delicious. This guy isn't overwhelming, but exquisite earthy, rose, and lemon citrus.

M: Carbonation gives it a lively mouthfeel, nice and sharp on the front of the tongue.

D: If this were available, total summer session beer. Low ABV with a delicious hoppy presence.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 23:35:44 | More by MPLS
Photo of monkeylovebeer


4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Russian River's Blind Pig IPA pours a golden wheat straw color with a thick head the color of clouds ... clouds in heaven. Too much hyperbole? Dig that fresh aroma of hops.

The crew up in Santa Rosa really knows their hops. If either Pliny was a little too astringent for your taste, the Blind Pig is your animal. Whereas those multiple IPAs filled the senses with grapefruit and piney goodness, this American IPA tends to a more subtle citrus finish and a better balance between the florals and the sweet malt notes.

Just as on their fantastic Pliny the Elder, the bottle warns against aging this beer. Right...

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 19:49:12 | More by monkeylovebeer
Photo of theopholis


3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Body is a light gold color with hints of a rich honey color. Continually effervesces. Head is a small, tight white affair with no retention but decent lacing.

Aroma- Good, strong hoppy aroma, with lots of citrus and pine coming though. A hint of malt in the background.

Taste- Mmmmm...Hoppy....arghghgh (said in Homer Simpson voice). Seriously, Good strong hop backbone with some citrus and piney notes in the taste (more subdued than the nose). Some malt sweetness comes through, but not much.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, but a bit on the heavy, sticky side. Leaves a nice lingering aftertaste. CO2 level is just right. The beer continues effervescing hop resins all the way down your gullet.

Drinkability- This ain't the hoppiest beer in the world, but any hop-head should enjoy it. Quite frainkly, it should have a little more maltiness and malt sweetness, but this stuff ain't bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 23:24:03 | More by theopholis
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor


3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have two main sources of beer: a large volume chain store, and a small volume specialty store. On a whim, I decided to go to the specialty store tonight... and what do I spy? A BLIND PIG AND A PLINY THE ELDER! I came home, changed my shorts, and am drinking the former as you read this.

My 500ml bottle dated 12/08, I think.

Entire bottle pours into a SINGLE pint glass. When I say pint glass, I'm talking a proper English pint glass. Some guy said he poured it into two pint glasses, and it made me cringe..moving on.

It started a light gold color, and got a little more coppery as the pour continued... and then in went the sediment. I normally don't care, but they should warn you on the label about that. After I completed the pour, it ended being a cloudy copper color.

Tons of hops on the nose. And I'd go so far as saying that it smells like Banana Frost... if you know what that is, you'll know what im talking about. Tons of citrus and pine.

WOW. Hop bomb nuked my palate, luckily im washing my beer down with some mildly spicy mexican food. Citrus pine, almost overload.

Quite drinkable actually, light mouth feel despite the hop bombing received.

Honestly I think this beer is over rated. Too many hop heads have inflated the rating of this beer. If you're one of those, this beer is for you. If you respect and cherish balance, you may not be impressed. Don't get me wrong, it is definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 04:16:33 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Horse Brass, fresh keg:) since it only last about two days once it goes on-line.

Pliny the Elder's little brother, straw colored body under effervescent two-finger head with lingering lacing. Hops and pine dominate the nose, a bit less malty than PtE. Pine, grass and grapefruit on the tastebuds, with a really nice lingering astringent hoppy finish. The thing I am most struck about is how divine this is on tap compared to its bottled brethren, even when the bottle is relatively fresh-I saw RR products at John's Marketplace that had been bottled within the last 10 days. I did a comparison later with the bottle version, and the keg won hands down. The best comparator I can think of is Bridgeport's IPA, which is high praise. An exemplar of the style, and given its relative lack of availability back east, part of the Holy Grail for BAs.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2009 15:24:49 | More by jdense
Photo of Keith238

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a standard pint glass (2 pours).

Thick white head dissipated slowly into tight lacing. Beer itself was a honey/orange color. Very strong citrus aroma of pineapple and tangerines. Great pine flavor that was not as pronounced in the smell. Slightly astringent but not harsh and very refreshing. Looking forward to the next one!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 11:47:04 | More by Keith238
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4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks again, raoulduke37!

Pours cloudy peachy light orange color with a sizable fluffy off-white head; lacing is considerable.

Great aromas happening here: citrus... candied white grapefruit and candied pineapple, fresh pear, pine in the background. This brew has an amazing nose. Makes my mouth water.

The taste 100% lives up to the smell; everything I appreciate in the smell shows up again in the taste. Delish! Candied tropical fruits flourish in the perfect amount of bitterness to make this IPA really work.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, but the carbonation is great. Blind Pig is a very well-crafted IPA. It doesn't get much better than this. It's like a better version of Two Hearted, which is still a very good beer. Couldn't be more drinkable if it tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 02:09:50 | More by sarahspat
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4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into goblet. Pours orange/golden, huge fluffy white head, retention, clear, active, some lacing. SMELL is grapefruity hops up front, a prominent sweet malty influence balances the pungent hops. Very nice. TASTE is sharp piny and citrusy hop flavors backed and blending with caramel malty sweetness. They struggle for dominance and compliment each other, but in the end the hoppy bitterness takes over and lingers. FEEL mild fiz and tingle, pleasantly rich and full texture. Some warming and drying in the sharp bitter finish that lingers. OVERALL has an aggressive hoppy attitude and bold attributes that make it seem like an imperial/double amped up something or other, but is fairly mellow in abv. Often balanced it drops its pretentions and packs a solid west coast IPA punch.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 19:41:10 | More by sprucetip
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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with an off white frothy head that dissipated to a thin layer leaving some lacing. The beer is a yellow-orange golden color and is clear.

Smell: Strong hops presenting a big citrus aroma mostly of grapefruit, some sweet floral smell as well.

Taste: Sweet citrus, pine, malty caramel sweetness, hit of roasted malt, ends with a floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium bodied, leaves mouth feeling dry.

Overall: Fairly drinkable, good strong hop flavor, balanced with a sweet malt, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 02:00:07 | More by natasharai
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle dated 102208, making it about 6 months old. Appears to have been kept in a refrigerated section at the beer store in Denver.

Appearance: Golden yellow, mediocre haed, some lacing but not great.

Aromas of hops: Piney, citrusy, some orange and grapefruit and pinecone.

Taste was definitely an IPA, as there were lots of hop flavors and bitterness to go around. But not really a lot of depth of flavor or balance.

Leaves a lingering bitterness on the palate, but is relatively thin bodied.

Overall, this is an okay IPA, but I am wondering if the high ratings stem more from it being brewed by Russian River than the actual flavor of the beer itself.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 21:08:50 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of jackorain


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

The 500 ml bottle is very cool. The label is very cool

I noticed a significant amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle before I opened it and it was very easily agitated. For this reason, I poured this very slowly. I poured a little more aggressively when the Stone Levitation stemmed glass was ¾ quarters full. The liquid was a bright, crystal clear, straw color with a copper hue when held to the light. It was topped with a bright white tight foam. The head receded slowly but consistently to a beautiful lace, tall collar and splotchy, bubbly coat.

The aroma is outrageous. It begins with incredible amounts of pine and citrus hops. The citrus becomes very complex as you take it in deeper. Tangerine, navel orange, ruby red grapefruit. A bit of biscuit comes through in the aroma as well.

The initial flavor rush is a very pungent pine hops with a strong, sharp, brash bitterness that pushes through into the middle. The middle then brings some biscuit and caramel malt sweetness. This is quickly pushed aside by the hops, which come through with a more pine and some citrus. The citrus is mostly grapefruit and grapefruit pith here, not as complex as the aroma. The finish is a long pasting bitterness.

A medium to light body is back up by a vibrant and tingly carbonation. The liquid wets the palate quite a bit, to the point of feeling slightly watery at times.

This is a very good IPA. I could have several. The sharpness of the bitterness would make me look to something else.

Thanks For Reading

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 01:33:30 | More by jackorain
Photo of tempest


4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ortino's Northside. $5 for a 10 oz pour. Appeared a clear gold with a thick white head. The aroma is an intoxicating mix of pineapple, grapefruit, floral perfume and pine - amazing. I only wish the flavor could match that amazing smell. Yeah, it's pretty awesome, with a more herbal grapefruit taste and hint of biscuity malts, but the aroma is just top notch. The bitterness level is also pretty spot on. This is damn good IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2009 04:33:48 | More by tempest
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a slightly hazy light copper with a bit of off-white head. It smelled like orange and grapefruit hops, with pineapple and honey. It tasted surprisingly mellow, like orange and grapefruit, with some honey and a bit of cream and rose. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was super clean and tasty, with a fresh hops flavor reminiscent of HopSlam. Not overly bitter, and great body, so it was pretty easy to drink. There wasn't much complexity to it, but I think that's ok for an IPA. Just straightforward and delicious hops. This wasn't quite my absolute favorite IPA, but I can't really find a flaw with it. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 16:10:39 | More by Pencible
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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's a good beer, but either I had a not-quite-up-to-par sample, or it's a bit too old (it was bottled 12-2008 and I'm drinking it 3-2009). I enjoy it, but not A or A+ material.

A: Hazy, light amber color. Almost orange. Very little head. Very fine carbonation.

S: Amazing. Apricot, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and honey. I almost want to burst out into song with "these are a few of my favorite things" it smells so good.

T: Not nearly as sweet as it smelled, but still not bad at all. Balanced bitterness from the hops with fruit flavors from the hops, all of which is pretty balanced by the malt, although the malt is losing out here a bit in the battle for flavor dominance.

M: Relatively thin texture compared to how it looked. Not very carbonated either. Still probably a medium-bodied beer on the whole, and probably thick for a non-imperial IPA.

D: Highly desirable to consume, but the odd texture (from relatively thinness of the body combined with the low carbonation) and the bitterness winning out on the balance war, makes me knock it down a point or so, even though the flavor and especially scent are good.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 00:01:58 | More by jnn4v
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4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a recent beer haul from Colorado. Supposedly some version of this is claimed to be the first "West Coast IPA" so I feel like I'm drinking a little part of history here. Nice and clear amber, good healthy long-lasting head and lacing. Lots of pine and floral hops in the nose. Grainy but light malts take a backseat, but do a decent job at supporting the main flavors of this beer. This is a really nice tasting ale for sure, but I think the best thing about it is that it's so damn drinkable and so flavorful with out being a double IPA and with out being too high in ABV. If I had more I would drink it right now. Russian River knows how to do an IPA. Sho nuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 16:06:21 | More by twelvsies
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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