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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,681 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,681
Reviews: 1,325
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,517
Gots: 502 | 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 Duff27
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 08/01/11

A- Two inches of frothy white head. Beer color is golden with a an orange hue. A few effervescence streams float slowly upwards. Clumpy, scattered lacing. A+ head retention.

S- Citrus immediately...think grapefruit and oranges.

T- Yum. Overpowering citrus, with a hint of that danky onion-character that shows up in certain IPAs. Nice sweet malt backbone but the hops overpower if just by a bit. Would guess at a higher ABV.

M- Well carbonated with tongue-stinging bubbles. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- I thought long and hard about it and came to the conclusion that this beer has no weak spots...maybe even could have given the 'appearance' a perfect '5' rating. Well deserving of the status it carries in the beer world. I found this to be slightly more enjoyable than Pliny The Elder...I know, blasphemy. Thanks stupac2!

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

A: Crystal clear golden yellow with a slight coppery hue. Nice white creamy head that dwindles slowly leaving a pretty good blanket on the surface. This is probably right around 6-7 SRM. 4.5

S: Trademark Russian River IPA nose. Lots of hoppy pine aroma, minimal citrus. I think I could pick RR IPAs blind out of a lineup by now. 4

T&M: Taste is a piney, earthy bitterness, but not overwhelmingly so. Slight lemony zest on the back-end. There’s an adequate malt bill in this, but it’s definitely unbalanced, the way I like my IPAs! Nice and hoppy! It’s crisp, refreshing and resinous in aftertaste. This one definitely wants you to remember it! 4 / 4

O: While not as perfect as PtE or PtY, this is in it’s own right a little brother of both of these and is a great IPA. I got nothing else to say other than it’s not PtE/PtY. Must...drink...MOAR! 4.5

Photo of brystmar
3.48/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shared with my brother and his gf. I'm not a big fan of single IPAs and strongly prefer the East Coast style (loooove Pliny though), so keep that in mind with this review.

Pours a light orange color with some white head and poor retention. No lace. Honestly, it looks boring and uninteresting.

The smell, on the other hand, is vibrant and full of flavor. Strong floral hops, fruity grapefruit, and more bitter hops bombard my nostrils. I've always loved the aroma from a good IPA, and this is no exception.

Holy hops, Batman! Strongly bitter start to finish as the extreme hoppiness overwhelms any hints of a malt backbone. Grapefruit and pine, as expected, but imbalanced is the name of the game here, folks. You crazy hop-heads probably love this one. Better than most other single IPAs, but it's still not for me.

Thin, weak body and not enough carbonation. I'll be generous and give a 3 for drinkability despite pouring most of my glass back into my brother's. If you like single IPAs, you will probably love Blind Pig.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A- Very light honey color. With huge white head and good lacing.

S- Light sweet malts and pine hops.

T- Again very light malt flavor with lots of pine hops in the middle and at the finish.

M- Thin bodied. Very easy drinking with moderate carbonation.

O- Good IPA. Not sure if it's A good, but still a solid ipa. Could definitely drink more of this. Thanks Duff27!

Photo of dgilks
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden colour with a dense white head. Good head retention and great lacing.

Fresh, crisp, fruity hop aroma with some melon notes. Nice and floral.

Soft malt flavour with lots of crisp, delicious and bitter hops. Grapefruit.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A really good IPA with plenty of citrus and pine. Well balanced for a West Coast style IPA.

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

Served on-tap at the Khyber Pass Pub in Philadelphia.

A - Clear amber/copper color with a nice creamy white head. Decent retention with scattered streaks of lacing.

S - Aroma is of piney and floral hops with some spicy citrus.

T - Excellent flavor consisting of grapefruit, mango, and tangerine. Hops are dominate and up front, with a slightly bready malt taste in the back. Nice bitterness and lingering citrus taste in the finish.

M - Smooth, sticky, and refreshing.

D - Close to the quintessential IPA. Delicious citrus flavors with a huge hop bite. Great aftertaste and excellent drinkability. The alcohol is well masked. I wish I could find this in bottles, it could become one of my favorite IPAs.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another RR classic, finally put to rating.

A: A golden hued orange look with a ring of white head and some lacing.

S: Very nice fresh bright grass/pine hop aroma with what seems like an almost dry rye malt platform. Some citrus in there as well with some subtle spicy notes.

T: A Nice IPA taste that has a nice fruity bready malt supporting lemon grass and dry citrus hop characters. Very nice overall, it's semi sweet and semi biting.

M: Nice sticky feel with a nice lingering bitterness and good carbonation, an overall even medium feel.

O: Overall a great easy drinking IPA.

Photo of femmebiere
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this at a beer festival at the Tustin Brewery in Tustin, CA. It was a fantastic festival and Blind Pig was tapped out very quickly. It possibly was my favorite beer that day. I prefer the milder IPAs and this hit the spot. Great color and effervescent head with just the right amount hops.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Excited about this one! Thanks to xhuskr for the trade. Bottled on August 4th 2011 we good to go!

A great crystal clear body colored dark gold almost orange but a distinct dark yellow. Very little slow rising carbonation from the bottom, with a head that forms tightly and antique off white. A very solid cap that stays together and clumps.

Classic grapefruit mushy ripe nose. Sweet. Solid not much else though.

Taste is hop pine at first with a good malt balance. Texture is ok if slightly wet, but finish follows a dry citrus hop. Lingering hop grapefruit bitter in aftertaste but doesn't bring the citrus felt on the nose. Sort of mild toast bread then grapefruit later, but also a roof top drying sense in the palate also.

Overall a solid but straightforward IPA I think, not that blown away by this however. Good beer no complaints but feels like a one trick pony. But I will get on this ride anytime.

Photo of spinrsx
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle - thanks to zacs for this one

Appearance - Mostly clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing (large bubbles) and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, grapefruit (juice and zest)

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a decent amount of hops. There is also lots of citrus going on; oranges and grapefruits both the juice and the zest. The beer finishes with a citrus and hop aftertaste that lingers on the tongue.

Overall - Definitely my kind of IPA. Lots of citrus and a nice clean and refreshing taste. It is along the lines of one of my favourites: Bells Two Hearted - but with a touch less sweetness. It has a fantastic balance and its very drinkable. If only I could get this stuff all the time.

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

Found in at Clems bottle house in a 500ml bottled just 10 days after the bottling date, how is the for fresh AB. Poured into a tulip glass since no pints available. Poured with minimal off white head that did not stick around and had little to no lacing during drinking. Smell provided great floral herby notes right from the outset that struck around nicely. The taste was another solid ipa from Russian River, not over powering but a great hop character with good malt balance. Think I may like this as much as some of my favorite west coast brews for a warm summer day. Mouthfeel was full but not viscus with a clean finish.

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

Poured from 500ml bottle into pint glass. Tasted side-by-side w/ PtE.
Bottled on 7/18/11.

Aroma: Light herbal, grassy hops. Aromatic hops accompanied by graham cracker, hay, and honey sweetness. Aroma is much more restrained than expected.

Appearance: Golden body w/ a very sligt hint of orange. Very slight chill haze. White head disappears somewhat quickly. Minimal lacing.

Flavor: Dank "hemp", herbal, medicinal hop flavor. Just enough sweetness present, but which eases into a strong, lingering bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation. Medium-light body. Some smooth creaminess, followed by slightly drying, tannins.

Overall: Definitely a tasty one. Came across as a bit on the light side (aroma & flavor), but that can be expected when drinking Blind Pig side-by-side w/ PtE. A pretty tasty IPA to enjoy earlier on in a session!

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at the Monk's Tavern in Philadelphia. Fantastic nose of bug, citrusy, piney hops. Some tropical fruit and caramel malt as well. Nice appearance. Off-white head with good lacing. Flavor is similarly hoppy and delicious. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, a fantastic IPA and one I would certainly enjoy having again.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Falling Rock Tap Room in Denver

APPEARANCE: The first thing that struck me about the appearance of this beer was how much it looked like Pliny the Elder. It was golden, crisp and completely clear with a thin white head that receded rather quickly and without much lacing. As the glass went down, it did lace a bit, but just a few wisps here and there.

SMELL: A very strong and pleasant aroma, not quite as intense as Pliny, but close. It was floral and sweet with a hint of pine. Overall, very nice aroma.

TASTE: This is an absolutely delicious beer. In fact, taste-wise, I think I like this better than Pliny. Flowers hit the palate up front and then faded into a nice, what I perceived as almost a cola-like flavor (not sure what that is, prune?) before a fantastic bitterness takes over to wipe the palate clean except for a faint apple and mild citrusy pucker.

MOUTHFEEL: Very nicely carbonated with a tickling sparkle that compliments the bitter finish and aftertaste very nicely. The beer sits very light as well, and given that there is a distinct lack of alcohol in the taste, it would be very easy to get deep into a few Blind Pigs before realizing you've had a few too many.

OVERALL: My notes say "Good lord, this is an excellent beer." I had tried it once before, but I was distracted and not paying attention to the excellent aroma and mouthfeel and certainly not appreciating the complexity of flavor. Of course, I'm not completely sure until I do a side-by-side, but I may like this a touch better than Pliny. Either way, it's a buck cheaper a pint and a little easier to track down.

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

6/22/11 - Served in a Duvel Tulip. Thanks Kyle2k10!

Looks like Pliny the Elder but more yellow and less orange. Has a wisp of a head that dissipates into much sticky lacing. Vigorous carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

Smells less potent than PtE, but the aroma is still quite inviting. More fruity with the same level of citrus, albeit less piney on the nose.

The taste is smooth, balanced, complex, lingering, fruity and citrusy. Reminds me of a baby PtE with less pine and potency. Lots of grapefruit. Not too bitter at all. IPA haters would probably appreciate this beer since it's very easy to drink and not harsh at all.

Moderately light body with a good deal of carbonation. Fills the mouth with a juicy feel.

Great beer, but I miss the potent, yet smooth blast of pine. I would also like this beer to be more dry. The extreme fruitiness elevates the sensation of sweetness as it is.

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

pours a clear, golden hue, not a huge initial head, but excellent retention. as expected, the nose is crazy hop-foward - lots of pine, a bit of the citrus twang.
taste - still a good blast of pine on the hops, the citrus almost dissappears and is replaced with more grassy/earthy notes. really nice mouthfeel, good clean finish leaves you wanting more.

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

Very good beer. It is bitter but very drinkable. Most of the reviews are spot on. Good beer but no Pliny.
I think this a great hoppy IPA and would compare it to similar IPA's from Northern California- Stone comes to mind.
Give it a shot but at 6.00pt I thought it not quite the value.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep orange body, finger head, cool lacing

S: grapefruit, floral, pine

T: sweet grapefruit, good malt, mild earthy pine, malt, long sticky bitter finish

M: med body, sticky/oily mouth, smooth

O: Quite nice, would get again and definitely
recommend this to others. Was a little lighter
in carbonation and not as strong as other
IPAs. Experienced it more like a hoppy pale
ale, than a world class IPA.


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

On tap at the Mayor, this is one of the classics in my opinion. Smells of piney aromatics, little citrus and hardly any malt. One of my favorite parts about this beer is the malt bill seems so simple. Vinnie lets the hops run the show. After drinking about half my glass my palate gets used to the bitterness, I am enjoying all of the hop complexity. Really loving the lacing as the glass continues to drain. A true classic IPA. Can't wait to drink another...

Photo of pmarlowe
3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 07/18/11. RR 'tion glass.

A: Pours crystal clear pale gold with a solid one and a half finger block of white foam. Good retention, some lacing.

S: Nicely integrated grass, floral, and a bit of tropical fruit, but the smell is pretty faint. The head kind of smells like orange vanilla.

T: Faint pineyness and a moderate dosage of bitter. Not a ton of flavor.

M: Light carbonation and medium-light body is appropriate for the beer.

O: Tastes good, is well constructed, a nice refreshing summer beer, but not a stand out. This seems more like a pale ale or bitter, and I don't mean that in a bad way. Just that I was expecting more of a hop parade.

Photo of Roke87
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle, chilled and poured into a Duvel tulip
bottled on date: 07/01/11

Appearance- Pours a golden copper colour with two+ fingers of bubbly white head that takes forever and dissipate to a nice thick ring around the glass and an equally nice bubbly head that never really goes away, leaving amazing lacing throughout till finish.

Smell- The aromas are very similar to its cousin pliny, lots of pine and resin aromas going on in the nose with lots of earthy hop aromas going on as well, and some citrus grapefruit smells in there.

Taste- Again very similar to its cousin pliny, although I don’t think as complex or as well balanced for that matter, just like the aromas there are lots of resin and pine flavours coming through, mixed with a more floral hop flavour on the palate, with that usual citrusy grapefruit flavour in there as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied IPA, this is a very smooth and crisp beer, a little bitter at the start but somewhat mellows out as you sip on it a little more, nice refreshing beer on a warm summers night.

Overall- I know I probably shouldn’t be comparing this to a pliny, but it being from the same brewery I don’t really know what else to compare it to. Definitely not in the same league as a pliny but definitely does come close, a little more bitter and more resin and pine flavours coming through and not as well balanced as its cousin I found. It does hit every typical IPA note but that’s what separates this from its big cousin the pliny, whereas the latter has such a nice balance and some added unexpected flavours, this one just comes through with the typical IPA flavours, and punches you in the taste buds with them, very bitter beer all the way till finish. Very happy I got the chance to try this though and I would definitely drink this one again in a heartbeat!

Photo of JAXSON
3.18/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 rate. I think something was wrong with this bottle so I should revisit this. I really dig both Plinys so I understand this should be a beer I enjoy given how great the brewery is.

Pours a strangely-light clear straw with a quickly receding head. Not the burst of hops I expected. Really subdued. A bit watery in the mouth, with a strange, harsh finish. Some nice characteristics, certainly drinkable, but absolutely below-average. I’ve had a dozen better IPAs in the last week. I have really enjoyed Russian River, but this is a strange offering.

Photo of Retail1LO
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: on draft from a pint glass

Enjoying my first pint at Capone's. Very nice. Smoooh IPA. Virtually no head, but lots of lacing. A very light, refreshing beer. Would recommend, especially to thee that are typically adverse to IPA's. First of several IPA's to review today.

Photo of PerHops
4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, I'm spoiled. I get this beer and pliny pretty much anytime I want and the oldest date I receive is brewed two weeks prior to me buying it. With that said, I decided to review this particular bottle 7/18/11

A- Not bad at all, but less head than I normaly like on an IPA. Pretty much non existent.

S- Not as light and floral as pliny. Really heady hop aromas . Pine, grass and a whole lot citrus.

T- Again, richer than it's counter part. I think this beer is even more complex than pliny. Candied orange, skunky herbal notes, spice and a perfect balance.

M- Almost perfect mouthfeel. I just like a little more lace.

O- Absolutely in my top 3 IPAS

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

500 mL bottle.

Appearance is a pleasant golden color with a one finger head. It smells of pine, hops, and orange peel. While the taste has some of those components continued, there is also some caramel, grapefruit, resin coming through. The body is pleasant and easy with some bitterness in the finish. BP is a very good IPA and worth checking out.

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,681 ratings.