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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,704 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,704
Reviews: 1,330
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,526
Gots: 512 | FT: 18
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 jvillefan
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very similar to Pliny the Elder. A golden yellow with a two finger head.

S: Very hop heavy with subtle undertones of pine and citrus.

T: Very bitter. Extremely strong hops with a small amount of pine, citrus, and malt in the background.

M: Nice carbonation and viscosity. It enhances the bitterness of this beer.

O: Very good IPA. Once again Russian River delivers.

Photo of heygeebee
3.53/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold, two finger head. Good looking but where are the bubbles?

Aromas of citrus / hops.

Taste is not what I expected. Smooth balanced, and not too hoppy. Pineapple / citrus / a little pine / restrained hops.

Mouthfeel is the big let-down, well undercarbonated for style and this reviewer. If it had the 'zing' it would have lifted the entire beer experience.

I suspect bottle age may be a problem, but as it just landed off the boat, getting fresher will be difficult unless traded. Having said that bottle age would not affect the carbonation.

Photo of rmalinowski4
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a box from MiloHoP. Thanks Milo, been wanting to try this one for a while.

Pours a clear golden color with a two finger white head. The head sticks around for a while and leaves tons of lacing.

The smell is classic west coast IPA, pine and malt. There is a slight tropical element to this also.

The taste is a slightly bitter pine followed by a nice malt backbone. Finish goes back to the pine. There is good balance here. I prefer a tropical hop prescence but for a pine forward beer, this is nice.

The mouthfeel is moderate and the carbonation is spot on. Very nice.

Overall this is a pleasure to finally try. I am not a huge fan of pine forward beers, but this is one of the best I have had. Great balance and not overly bitter.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thinnish white head (small pour) and goldenrod color.

Smell is straight up citrusy west-coast hops. Kinda leafy.

The hops, as it turns out, are all in the smell. The body is quite refreshing and well-balanced. I don't even like IPAs, but quite subdued and would go great with food. Faint honey, some vegetal hops.

Crisp, bright mouthfeel adds to the 'refreshing' factor.

As a non-IPA lover, this was actually quite enjoyable. I'd consider getting a full one, given the chance.

Photo of BrewtifulMind
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Guinness pint glass
Bottled 9/30/11

Pours a yellow-amber-orange color, very effervescent, with about a half fingers worth of white head. The head slows into a nice layer on top of the brew, lasting the whole way down. It also leaves gorgeous rings of lace down the entire glass. The dominating scent i am detecting is citrus. To be more exact, peach, orange, and lemon rind. There is also a nice hoppy bitterness to it. Taste follows the nose, citrusy up front, but a sharp hop bitterness keeping it in check. It is followed by a slightly malty flavor that keeps everything balanced. This is very carbonated, but not overly-carbonated, just how i like my IPA's to feel. You can feel the bubbles dancing on your tongue. This is another solid brew by Russian River that I am glad to say that I can find just about anytime that I want.

Photo of match1112
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 9/30/11. poured into a goblet a clear golden orange with a quarter inch head that quickly receded to a thin white ring and left no lacing. smell is of sweet citrus and pine hops. taste is exactly as you would expect after smelling it. some sticky pine and tons of citrus. offers a nice malt balance that stays in back where it belongs and leaves with a peach aftertaste. mouthfeel is a crisp medium body with good carbonation and a well balanced feel of bitterness and sweetness. overall this is one of the best ipa's i've had the pleasure to try. perfectly balanced, a must have for any beer fan.

Photo of greenmonstah
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 9/30/2011 500 mL bottled shared with GarrettMD

A - Nice light caramel color with a small white head. Poor retention and lacing.

S - Pine with citrus backing. Sweet citrus and resinous pine. Sweet background with a clean grainy characteristic.

T - Follows the nose, with pine following initial citrus leading into hop bitterness and some caramel sweetness. Finishes bitter and resinous.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Finishes a bit drier than it starts. Just the right amount of dryness.

O - A very nice beer, especially at 6.1% -- they pack in a lot of flavor. Not as blown away as I was expecting, but it is certainly a very fine beer. Pliny is leagues better in my opinion.

Photo of cbutova
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Russian River brewery. Notes from SF trip.

A- Gold orange ale into a pint glass with a small, creamy white head. Silky white ring leaves some fine lace coats.

S- Great citrus and tropical fruit/peach hop nose. A hop bomb and not much else besides that.

T- Crisp citrus and pine hop IPA flavor, really refined and it certainly brings a stellar West Coast IPA feel to the table. A small malt backing serves as a pedestal for the citrus, peach and pine hops.

MF- Creamy body with a medium carbonation level. A nice bitter aftertaste to round it out.

A great IPA. Reminds me of any great West Coast/citrus pine bomb but this is more refined and crisp in a way. Hits me like Stone IPA did the first time 2.5 years ago (a great thing!).

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber with 1/2" of of dense, soap-like head that has great retention. The nose has notes of bready malts, grapefruit, and floral hops. The taste is light bready malt up front with a faint pineapple, citrusy, floral, bitter hop finish. The bitterness stays on the palate well after the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a solid IPA. Well balanced with nice malt character and a very great hop presence.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to comfortablynumb1 for the bottle.

Apperance: Chill haze on a marmalade (dusky orange) colored beer. Head is bright-white, sticky, chunky, and dwindles to some nice lacing at the edges of the beer/glass. Chill haze drops pretty quickly. Leaves the beer almost perfectly clear.

Smell: Big juicy citrus flesh. Orang and grapefruit dominate. Some tropical aromas (mango). Nice solid biscuit rounds out the back. Some sweet caramel malts as well. Pine and some pith comes out as the beer warms. It's so decadently west coast. Nicely balanced with a slight tip of the hat to the hops. Loads of depth and clean aromas.

Taste: Dank, resin, pine, and most of all, citrus. Big oily hops everywhere. The malts are heavy enough to offer some balance, but they don't quite measure up. More aggressive than the nose would have indicated. Marmalade. Minty and earthy as well. Loads of flavor, and damn if it isn't spot on.

Mouthfeel: Nice moderate carbonation. Body is slightly creamy and slick as all hell. Deliciously oily. Drinks super smooth.

Overall: This truly is a paragon for the American IPA. The flavors are nicely balanced and the complexity is almost unmatched. Decidedly drinkable.

Photo of duffcalifornia
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 9/14/11 into a SA glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden wheat yellow with a large 2" head that fades quickly to 1/2" and provides good lacing (though not as good as it's big brother Pliny).

S: Resiny hops abound with hints of grassiness. Not to continually compare BP to PtE, but this smells lighter than PtE, which is actually more inviting.

T: The smell follows the nose pretty closely. Flowery, slightly resinous hops are the primary flavor. Has a very clean finish that invites another tasty as soon as possible.

M: Adequately carbonated, with a medium-thin to medium mouthfeel.

O: I have to say, I think if I were given the choice of fresh Pliny and fresh Blind Pig, I'd have to take the Blind Pig. This isn't a knock to the Elder, but just a personal preference of not having everything turned up to 11. This is just a better balanced beer in my opinion.

thanks to furthurgone for sending this in trade.

Photo of Brad007
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first RR brew, acquired in a trade.

Pours a beautiful golden color with a thin head into my glass. A good way to start!

Minty, citrusy hops greet the nose. It's still quite fresh and very enticing.

Lip-puckering bitterness followed by lightly buttered bread. Hops have a good hint of grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is very warming with plenty of lingering bitterness. Very clean finish as well.

Now this is a west coast IPA! It's certainly up there with the other great IPAs I've had over the years.

Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap (uncommon for Russian River brews) served into N'Ice Chouffe 20cl stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottle date is 09/30/2011. Served refrigerator-cold. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Nice bittering hops over top what seems to be a lightly toasted malt and barley foundation. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Pleasant bittering hops over top a very nicely constructed lightly toasted malt and barley foundation. It's a touch too bitter, but it's nicely built overall, and rather balanced, though its relative simplicity makes this easy to accomplish. I do quite like it.

Mf: Crisp, pleasant, unobtrusive, smooth, and wet. Suits the flavour quite nicely.

Dr: Very drinkable and of nice quality. Thought it's my least favourite style, I'd readily have it again - especially if it were offered on draught. It's not as special as other beers from Russian River, but it's wonderfully hoppy and pleasant. It will satisfy true fans of the style; this is an IPA done right, not the "dump as many hops in as possible and call it good" school of brewing.

Photo of GarrettMD
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark straw yellow, almost amber with 1 finger of white head with large bubbles. Not much visible carbonation if any.

S - As it should be, very hop dominant. Pine, and some lemon/orange citrus to round it out. Nice malt background as well, not too prominent, but just as much as it should be.

T - Right up front, all bitter hops followed by a spicy pine taste that once again is rounded out by the hints of sweet malts and caramel.

M - Slightly sticky, extremely bitter right off the bat as I mentioned above, and as the taste progresses it rounds itself out to a nice sweet aftertaste. Finish is slightly dry, still sticky, with sweet malts and a nice bitter reminder of the hops that were in this beer.

O - Not blown away by it, definitely still like it's bigger brother Pliny better, but still a good IPA. Nice rounded out hop bomb.

Photo of Sideswipe
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft into a 20oz mug at Barley and Hops

Blind Pig arrives with two fingers of white foam atop the clear, amber colored beer. Aromas of citrus and bready malt combine in the nose. Flavors of orange and grapefruit rind up front balanced by notes of fresh biscuits. Bitter citrus abounds in the finish along with a bit of pine resin and oak. Nice bitter aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. Creamy texture. A phenomenal IPA from Russian River. This one never disappoints. Recommended.

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clearish copper color with a finger of head. A great aroma of grapefruits/floral aromas along with the piney hops. The taste blasts you with the piney hops at the front, then the floral notes come through and it all balances nicely with the malts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little less carbonation than I expected. Very smooth and refreshing.

Overall a very good IPA from Russian River, and highly drinkable at 6.1% ABV.

Photo of ectomorph
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to McCafferty for the trade, I now have a lot of the Russian River brews marked off of my wants list.

16 oz bottle with warnings all over it to consume fresh and this bottle is less than 5 weeks old. Poured into a tulip.

A - Medium gold to light copper body, bright white head of tightly formed bubbles. Good retention and patchy lacing down the glass.

S - Loads of citrus, pine, oranges, and lemony hops with more than just a hint of sweet maltiness in the background. Very inviting and pleasant.

T - Assertive up front bitterness, but it is not at all 'biting'. Smooth into the hops bursting flavor. Again, as the nose leads the mouth follows with pineapple, orange juice, lemon, and grassy hops notes. There is a pronounced bread / biscuit malt backbone holding all this up that you just notice at the very end of the finish.

M - Medium-light bodied, moderate to high carbonation, and no sour or astringency in the aftertaste. Crisp and dry - clears well.

O - I am amazed at the level of hoppiness in the flavor with a moderate ABV and all of this with no astringency. An amazing example of a West Coast American IPA with a DIPA flavor punch.

Looking forward to the rest of these beers....

Photo of Hands22
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/30/2011, drunk on 10/17/2011. Poured from 500 mL bottle into a snifter. 

A- Dark gold to light copper in color. Poured a creamy white head which reduced to a thin film of white bubbles. Brilliant clarity. 

S- Hops! Citrus bursts out, lots of grapefruit. Little bit of alcohol noticeable. 

T- The same citrusy hops are present as is some grass. However, there is a noticeable malt character with a somewhat bready taste (not sweet). Tastes slightly boozy. 

M- Although there is high hop bitterness, the beer is full and creamy. Medium-high carbonation tingles nicely. 

O- A complex and well balanced IPA. Really appreciate the malt character and how it keeps the hops from overwhelming the beer.

Photo of doughanson78
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. HUGE thanks to KevSal for this one! Bottled 9-30-11

A: Medium straw yellow and amazing clarity. One finger white head with awesome retention and sticky lacing.

S: An awesome blend of citrus hops. Pineapple upfront and grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, light lemon and mango. Touches of sweet caramel come through.

T: Sweet caramel up front. Very nice merge into the hoppy citrus bitterness. Again pineapple is upfront mellowing the grapefruit acidity. Lots of orange peel zest, and some light lemon. The caramel stays right there through out but is taking a backseat to the hops.

M: Medium light bodied. Medium high carbonation. Super crisp and finishes very dry. Nice lingering citrus flavors.

O: What a choice. Just had a Sculpin the other day. This is right there for my favorite IPA. Almost a Pliny but a tad less balanced with hoppy bitterness standing out a bit more. Amazing IPA.

Photo of amphion1065
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This past Sunday, I lucked into a freshly tapped keg of Blind Pig at Monk's Cafe - how serendipitous. 16 oz. pour into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear golden, straw-like hue. Yellow like gossamer strands, with an almost-translucent body. A one-finger white head leaves minimal lacing.

Man, we just don't make IPAs that smell like this on the East Coast. This one smells like a pine forest, with a huge, sticky, resin-filled aroma. Big notes of oranges and other citrus fruits add another layer of sweetness and the promise of a bitter hop bite.

Pure, unadulterated, fresh hops in the taste. Simultaneously fruity sweet and quite bitter, the flavor balance is fantastic. Oranges and mangos, with that very clear pine flavor, too. Pretty much a paradigm for the style.

The mouthfeel is excellent, with a high level of carbonation that enlivens the flavors at work. I could see myself drinking this exclusively if I lived near Santa Rosa.

Very easily one of the best IPAs I've ever had. The flavor of this beer belies its ABV, and it is a fantastic example of hop balance. I'll be hunting down some bottles soon enough.

Photo of BennyL1
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/30/11, so about two weeks old. Parents brought this one back from San Francisco. Really excited about this one.

Blind Pig pours a wonderfully radiant orange copper color. A good sized white cap formed along with very nice lacing on the glass. Very good looking brew.

Powerful citrus hop aroma in the nose with lots of grapefruit and orange. Even a nice touch of pine on the back end makes for a great and aromatic nose.

The nose translates perfectly to the taste. All kinds of citrus notes bombard the tongue. Bitterness is tamed ever so slightly by some malt for a great tasting IPA, maybe the best one I've ever had.

The mouthfeel on this one is superb. Medium body and carbonation. I was done with the bottle much quicker than I would have liked. Went down super easy.

Overall probably the best single IPA that I've ever had. I wish I could get this one on a regular basis. From the bottle art to the beer itself, this one is fantastic.

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

Had on-tap, served in a pint glass at Hops & Pie.

On the nose, mainly orange citrus fruit and bitter grapefruit dominate, along with a bit of pine. There is a hint of tobacco on the nose. Semi-earthy malt notes on the palate to balance out the hops. he citrus notes linger on the palate, with grapefruit dominating and orange hanging in the background.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's my second time having the pig. This time from a Growler I picked up at the Brewery. Good price.

I smell caramel and resinous hops (high alpha acids).

The taste is of tropical fruits, mango, papaya and orange. The malts are caramel and toffee-like. The hop are piney and floral.

This clean and refreshing IPA taste even better straight from the brewery. Fresh with lots of character and amazing hop presence. Chewy malt mouthfeel with a bright bitter finish.

Unique and distinctively Russian River.

Photo of soulfly1492
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Extremely bold. Hops, mostly grapefruit, some pine. Oily hops, I can tell already that the hops will be on my tongue about an hour after I'm done drinking this brew. Some sweet caramel malts make it past the hops, but barely.

Appearance: Super clear, pale gold. Creamy off-white head. Slowly dissipates, leaving a thin creamy layer and good lacing.

Taste: More pine than the smell indicated. Mild grapefruit. Very sweet malts shining through. Oily hops, will taste for hours, not that there's anything wrong with that.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Super oily. Doesn't dry the tongue at all.

Overall: Bold enough with both the hops and malts. Excellent aftertaste. Sweet caramel malts and of course the oily hops on the tongue.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Toronado in San Diego, Calif. Color was caramel amber. Small amount of head. Minimal lacing on the top. Minimal film on the sides.

Hop heavy on the nose, mainly citrus grapefruit.

A really good taste. A good mix of hops. Mainly citrus, but not too strong. Very smooth.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Smooth rules this beer.

Another good beer by Russian River. Easy to drink and smooth.

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,704 ratings.