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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,465 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,465
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,480
Gots: 457 | 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 cadaugherty
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/06/10- Stone IPA glass

Appearance- Bright Copper pour with a lovely 3 finger head that holds. Great lacing.

Aroma- A little muted. Pine with a slight background of grapefruit.

Taste- Tropical citrus up front, leading into a bit of sweet malt, and a crisp bitter finish. Refreshing.

Mouth- Good carbonation nice full feel.

Drink- Very easy drinking. No residual taste or palate coating at all.

cadaugherty, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of garuda
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Mostly clear golden in color with a one inch white head that has great retention and lacing.

S - Great display of tropical fruits, such as pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and backed up nicely by a caramel, honey-like malt sweetness.

T - Another big display of hops, with very little malt character. Starts with tropical fruits again, and finishes with resinous pine and bitter grapefruit.

M - Light side of a medium body, wonderful high carbonation really allows the hops to shine. Finishes mostly dry, and with just the right amount of hop bitterness for an IPA.

D - Dangerously drinkable, I wish this was more common. I'd pick this out of almost any other IPA, perhaps only Sculpin.

garuda, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of corby112
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes:

Pours a clear golden yellowish orange color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that has decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Uber fresh dank resinous hop aroma that is bursting with tropical and citrus fruit notes as well as some earthy pine and subtle malt. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple, mango and lemon peel.

Chewy body that's on the fuller end of the spectrum with lots of extremely fresh juicy hop flavor and slight bitterness that lingers throughout. As in the aroma, there are lots of tropical and citrus fruit notes as well as some earthy pine needle and slight malt characteristics. Again, I'm picking up hits of mango and pineapple as well and grapefruit and citrus peel. Slight earthy resinous hops balance out the sweetness and their is just a touch of pale malt to balance out the bitterness. The ABV is extremely well masked makng this delicious beer dangerously drinkable. Highly recommended!

corby112, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of jmerloni
4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A rich-orange-yellow color that is gloriously hazy and raw looking. You can see sediment floating around in the glass. Head is bright white and laces spectacularly well. Everything about this beer is bright and beautiful looking.

S - Clean hops, bread, citrus, molasses malt, some spice. Really pure aroma. A bit light.

T - Wow. This is my first encounter with a Russian River beer and I already understand what people are talking about. This is spectacular. Tastes like light pine and there's just some faint citrus and a little coriander maybe. Apricot in there, too. What really stands out about this beer is how crisp it is...This tastes like it came from a paradise that doesn't know pollution. This is so unbelievably clean and pristine tasting. I'm blown away by how truly unique this is.

M - Unbelievable. No other beer I've ever tasted touches how perfect the mouthfeel is for what kind of beer it's trying to be. The guys at RRBC really know what they're doing here. Pretty thick, but it's still light and airy in the way a steam beer is airy. Carbonation is medium and perfectly appropriate. A very dry afterbite that is so utterly crisp. The hops bite in a place in my mouth that I've never experienced before. Really unique.

D - This is one hell of a beer. I think this brew is probably underrated because people will always consider it side by side with the Plinys and RRB's fantastic Wild Ales. This is a fantastic beer in every sense of the word. Extraordinary. I hope I can get my hands on this again. This is truly great.

jmerloni, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado in San Francisco. I'm so excited to finally try this that I don't care that I'll be at Russian River in a couple days, I need to have this now. Pours a bright orange colour with a finger of white head that lasts the whole pint. Lots of lacing on the glass. Smells of huge pine and citrus hops. I just want to smell this forever. Really nice kick of bitterness in the flavour, some malt balance as well. One of the best IPA's I've ever had.

kwjd, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle, red wine glass, bottled on 12/6/10.

Very clear golden with a creamy yellowed head. The consistency and lacing stick up for the standard in good IPAs everywhere.

A cloud of piney mango rises from the glass, as does a smidge of caramel malt. Green, floral, and mint compliments.

Pine and mango pick up right where they left off. Caramel malt is not small, and bruised mint finishes off. I think this is the first time I've taken note of minty hops.

An almost gritty dryness that belies the caramel malt flavors is just class. Not a thin IPA, but dry and a little rough to the delight of hop heads.

A mini Pliny the Elder; this great 'little' IPA has got it all. I have yet to put any of their sour under my belt but Russian River is really impressive.

brewerburgundy, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of bosox941827
3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle into Harpoon IPA imperial pint glass; poured cold, warmed as tasted; bottling date of 10/29/2010
A - Cloudy light orange, that cleared somewhat as it warmed; bit of a foamy head that thinned out
S - I mean, just fantastic - like I imagine what Jim Koch gets in that Sam Adams commercial where he rubs the fresh hops between his hands; very earthy, piney and citrusy. Great nose.
T - A bit one-dimensional; get a bit of malt up front, but then the hop assault comes in and though quite tasty, it is also a bit unbalanced, with an edge to it. It got better as the beer warmed up, with some more complexities revealed beneath the pine and grapefruit and some more malt character. Actually like this beer much more than its "big" brother, Pliny.
M - A bit thin to start; carbonation is fairly low and the feel became a bit more substantial towards the bottom of the glass.
D - Decent drinkability, again much more than a Pliny.

This is a good beer, but not as earth-shattering as the preponderance of reviews led me to believe. I consider myself a hophead, but I can run off 5 IPAs better than this one without an effort. Glad I tried it, would get it again without a thought, but it's in the crowd, not at the front of it IMO.

bosox941827, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of colinsk
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a light colored beer with a creamy head. Poured on draft at a tap house. The smell is very citrisy and floral. The taste is a delightful blend of hops and malt. It is very hop foward but has a nice balance between bitterness and malt. The mouth feel is spot on for an IPA, just rich enough.

I drink this beer a few times a week, so I would say it is quite drinkable.

colinsk, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of cetherid
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass


Pours a hazy dark orange/honey color. About 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Leaves a huge amount of lacing.


Citrus and pine, a little like PtE but more subtle. Hops don't smell as fresh as a pliny, but still a good smelling beer.


Similar to nose but with a slight maltiness in there. A little citrus rind taste in there as well. Bitterness is there there and lingers for a little while.


about medium bodied with lots of carbonation. The bitterness lingers a bit on the tongue for a little bit after each sip.


pretty high drinkability. Low ABV but I'd opt for a Sculpin over this. Reminds me of what an old Pliny would probably taste like. Being made my RR, I'd definitely grab a fresh pliny over this any day. it's still a great beer, but it's hard to choose this over something else. I definitely wouldnt pass one up however. If I mysteriously saw this in the stores here I'd snatch them up too

cetherid, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of Gmann
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 11/19/10. Pours a golden honey color that would be clear without the tiny yeast flakes that seem to be stuck in suspension. The head is a decent size, nothing crazy for the style, settles into a light cap.

The aroma is big on the grapefruit hops, some pine, and light tropica fruit. Some freshness to it. Not super strong but nice.

Grapefruit hop flavors are dominate with a little bit a pine for an edge. An unassuming honey malt is there to support the beer but not to add any real flavor. Some earthy/musty/grassy bitter hop in the finish. Great balance between the hops and the malt. Quite flavorful without being too bitter.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Fairly thick for the style. Again, great balance; finishes with an expected bitterness but it is light.

A very balanced AIPA that showcases the hop flavor and the ABV is respectable. The flavor isn't outrageous but its good. Very enjoyable and very drinkable.

Gmann, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a rusty orange with 1/2 inch of eggshell white head. Leaves beautiful rings of lacing.

S-Smells like sticky weed, piny hops, grapefruit, tangerines.

T/M-Not as intensely hoppy as the nose suggests, but delicious. A biscuity malt flavor beneath the alternately bitter and piny hops adds a beautiful balance.


DaveHS, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold colour with a saffron tinge. Head is modest, with off-white hue, sinks to a thin film and leaves a few light trails of lace. Slow bead and light cloud in the body. Looks alright, nothing particularly special.

Smell is lovely and sweet with a great fresh hoppy edge. Very cakey malt with caramel and a lot of citrus tang and pineapple. Orange/lemon zest in mild intensity, but lots of it. Very appealing aroma indeed.

Taste is slightly disappointing after that. Fair cake batter malt on the front, with nice fresh hops backing up immediately on the mid, giving citrus and some rubber notes. Bitterness starts midway and is a bit dour, lacking in the freshness suggested by the nose. Definite rubbery edge with some soil notes and pine resin as well. Also feels a bit un-nuanced, so it just sort of falls flat, almost like a deflated hop flavour giving dull, blunted bitterness without a lot of complexity. For its flaws though, not bad.

It doesn't help that the texture is a bit thin overall. Picks up towards the end with a gently massaging fizz, but not enough for me to forget the thinness.

Pretty good drinking beer, but could have been better.

laituegonflable, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of majorhavok
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Overall a very good beer, although it tasted much more citrusy than I expected, and much more than some other hoppy RR IPA's.

Smell: Lots of citrus piney goodness

Appearance: Orange with light head but lots of lacing.

Taste: Tons of grapefruit highlights with smooth hoppy/citrus domination.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for me, but I prefer a lighter feel than most. This is thick but no chewing required for this beer.

Overall, I have a very high opinion of all of the Russian River beers I have had, and this met my high expectations.

majorhavok, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/22/2010. The second half of my friends birthday present.

A-Cloudy orange yellow. Has a one finger foam head that lasts and leaves behind a near perfect lacing.

S-Citrus hops

T-Starts of sweet and citrusy, some earth tones. Ends bitter.

M-Medium with light carbonation

D-Drinkable for an IPA especially at only 6% abv

Overall very happy with Russian River products makes me wish I lived in California.

rlee1390, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of SkunkWorks
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle dated 11/19/10 and consumed on December 12, 2010. Poured into an Irish pint glass. Thanks jenray for the trade and the chance to drink this beer!

Look: slightly hazy, light copper color with a fairly thin slightly off white head. I gave it a relatively aggressive pour and came away with a one finger head. The head is bubbly and retains exceptionally well, leaving nice lacing on the sides of the glass. A good amount of carbonation is visible as well. Good looking IPA.

Smell: piney, fruity, lemony, grapefruity hops are what dominate the nose. Not much in the way of malt. The aroma is what I would expect from a West Coast IPA. Good.

Taste: grapefruit hops are really forward but not as dominant as I would've expected given the nose. There are also caramel malts in the taste, so the taste is a bit more balanced than the nose was. Some other citrus flavors like lemon, fruity flavors like pineapple and a bit of floral hops are in there as well. Not very in your face with the hop flavors but rather just right.

Feel: nice and sticky mouthfeel, which I really like. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Nice mouthfeel.

Drink: could easily drink this one all night long.

Overall, a nice IPA from Russian River. I'm not completely overwhelmed by it but it is definitely a very good IPA. I would recommend getting this if it is available to you and trading for it if its not. Glad I had the chance to try it. Cheers!

SkunkWorks, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

having just tried my first PtE, what better to move onto than my first Blind Pig (again, props to portable for the kind trade). bottled 11-19-10.

A-almost a twin of PtE, perhaps a bit more orange and with less of a powerful and lasting head, still poured a hazy straw yellow which turned orange when viewed in my glass.

S-nice balance of sweetness and hopiness. much more subtle than PtE, but same upfront hop profile which smells great...much less citrus and sweetness though.

T-solid IPA. mostly bitter pine tasting. i wasn't blown away by this beer as with PtE, but it is a solid IPA. missing a lot of the sweetness and citrus that makes PtE so great (i guess it isn't really fair to compare this to PtE, but I just had one and coming from the same brewery, i somewhat expect similar characteristics, which there are...this is just a different take). to me this beer is essentially just liquid hops.

M/D-pretty bitter aftertaste but an easy drinker. another one for the hop-heads, but not filling at all and it's a super smooth brew.

cosmicevan, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of skivtjerry
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light amber color, with a small sticky head. Aroma is clean pine, citrus, flowers and a touch of cannabis. This tastes great; just a tiny bit too rough to get a perfect score. Mouthfeel is likewise nearly perfect, tilted a bit too much to the bitter side. The slight malt flavors help with this though. Very drinkable, I like this better than Pliny.

skivtjerry, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of flag8r
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from KevSal, thanks!
Bottle poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A- Sadly, very little carbonation. Maybe a finger or so on the head. Orange to copper color, cloudy with micro sediment.

S- Pine, pine, and more pine.

T- Pine, hops, no malt taste here, not much citrus.

M- Somewhat light, lingers on the back of your tongue once you drink it.

D- Very tasty, but not something I'd want to slug. Maybe a good yard work beer.

flag8r, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of CooperEllis
3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled 10-22-10, drunk 12-8-10
from mistakebythelake in the n00b2 BIF, thanks!

500 mL into a .3l glass.

Light colors, golden, not bright, with a large billowy white head that evaporates into a bit of sticky lacing. Big bubbles in the lacing. Exceptional appearance, with the color eminating from a dark core into lighter shades.

Pine, but not overpowering, citric hop smell. I do not smell malt, or much depth in the citrus. The first wave is strong, deep, but the aroma dies away quickly. Some light malt notes in the end, but there isn't much there.

The flavor has a bit of watery organge/tangerine in it. While I'm enjoying the drink, it is not as complex as some other IPA's. There is not much carbonation evident in the taste/mouthfeel (although it is evident in the appearence), perhaps that would help bring more of the complexity to the front. As it is, this is a quick drink. The bitterness is on the top of my mouth, and in the end of the sip, more an aftertaste than present thoughout. There is slight sweetness to this that I can not place, I presume it is from the malt but it is not a distinct sweetness (say, marshmellow, or chocolate).

The mouthfeel is a bit watery from the start, but is a bit more full with the aroma pulled in through the nose with the sip. It's certainly drinkable, although I suppose I would prefer other offerings. If folks out there read this and feel 2 months is too long in the bottle I'd be happy to try a fresher bottle and re-review/edit as necessary.


CooperEllis, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of Trueant1
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge fluffy head, leaves globs of lacing! Nice cloudy orange/yellow color. Pine hop smells of course, followed by distinct apricot. Other citrus such as manderin oranges, and pineapple. This is more earthy than pliny. Tastes of very oily pine, apricots and bitter lingering hops. Oily mouthfeel, wile still being smooth to drink. Nice!

Trueant1, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of fourplayed
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mildly hazy light amber with thin white head, leaves some lacing.

Smells of Sweet fruits and citrus, oranges, pineapples, grapefruits, some pine...I could sit and smell this all night.

Tastes first of biting earthy hops, then the citrus, grapefruit and pineapple come through. Just enough malts to smooth and balance..nice.

A medium body with medium carbonation that's soft and fuzzy, nice & sticky with medium hop bite and dry finish. mild alcohol warmth.

Another excellent Hoppy brew from RR. Any hop head should love this.

fourplayed, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of KAP1356
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's Black Friday event poured into a pint glass by Matt Capone himself...

A - Very nice, inciting beer. Pours a beautiful golden-yellow color that is just the slightest bit hazy. A very frothy, foamy, pillow of an eggshell white head forms about 2 fingers big and sits for a while. Very, very inticing look.

S - Big hits of pine and citrus coming right out of the top of this one. Citrus takes the lead on the nose after a while with a bit of sweetness coming through as well.

T - BIG hit of hops right up front. Citrusy, crisp, grapefruit taste along with some great sticky pine. Really great hop integration here. The hops are bitter but still keep a sweetness to them which is really quite nice.

M - Nice mouthfeel; more on the thinner side since it's just an American IPA. Not as resinous as I thought it would be. A nice carbination adds nicely to the palate.

D - Another dangerously drinkable RR IPA. Incredibly well balanced and easy to drink. Very refreshing and one that you keep wanting to drink. Hopefully I can snag a few bottles of this sometime.

KAP1356, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of Ambiorix
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach. Deep golden pour with a fine off-white head that leaves a wonderful amount of lace on the glass. Nose and taste are citrusy, grapefruit hops with an elegant malt backbone. Finish is just the right amount of hop bitter without being too biting. An excellent IPA.

Ambiorix, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle with a bottled on date of 090710 courtesy of bmwfan1987, thanks Curt! Pours a mostly clear, light gold color with a tight-bubbled off-white head. Pretty good retention and excellent lacing. As expected, a fine looking ale here.

Quite a nice blast of piney and citric hop aromas. Very fresh and fruity, tropical even. Malts are a faint background and let the hops do all the talking. I am enjoying sniffing this every bit as much as a Pliny, maybe even more so.

Excellent range of hop flavors melding into a bitter, but not abrasive, clean finish. I would be seriously surprised if any more hop flavor could be enjoyably packed into a beer. Juicy, resinous, flowery, ganja-esque lupulin madness! Yup, this is one fine IPA. Malts are mild mannered and grainy with a light kiss of sweetness. This could really be an APA just as easily as an IPA. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and lowish-ly carbonated, makes for fast drinking. Goes down very easy...right up there with Sculpin for best IPA I have had.

twiggamortis420, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

<JEREMY2002 = bad trader>
Thanks to ShadesOfGray for sending me this in the RIS BIF Round 2 after JEREMY2002 bailed.

Poured into a tulip pint: Hazy, straw-orange body with moderate nucleation under three fingers of sticky, clumpy off-white head that drops to a tall island & leaves patches of lacing.

This smells so bright, fresh, & delicious: fresh-cut grapefruit, young pine, newly-rained-on grass, a little lemon & tea. Tiny bit of sugar hanging in the background. Great smell -- I don't think I'm at "WOW," but I'm darn close.

Brisk, sharp orange & grapefruit flesh up front in the taste, turning to a pungent, pithy bitterness soon after & finishing stark & piny. Woody, pine aftertaste. Very citric, like I'm eating the whole grapefruit, zest & all. Again, lingering sweetness like sweetened iced tea in the background, which is the only thing that softens this at all & keeps it from being punishing. Good, good stuff. Little bit of light, baked-good sweetness edges in as it warms.

Jumpy, active, definitely has an edge. Medium-bodied. Not harsh, but a little sharp, & definitely wears the palate down a bit.

This is a great beer -- packs more wallop than most DIPAs I've had. I feel like I could have one or two more, though I'm not sure I'd be able to taste it for much longer with the palate-impact this packs. Very enjoyable. Thanks again, ShadesOfGray!

OneDropSoup, Nov 30, 2010
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,465 ratings.