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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,610 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,610
Reviews: 1,323
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,508
Gots: 485 | 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 mikul93
3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden orange with light head. Carbonation streaming from the bottom of glass.

S- This beers smells WONDERFUL! Pine and hints of oranges.

T- Bitter and hoppy. Very dry.

M- Clean and dry. Smooth at first but bitter aftertaste lingers.

O- I enjoyed the beer but I definitely won't be seeking it out.

mikul93, May 28, 2011
Photo of kevanb
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blind Pig pours a lovely clear copper color, hues of golds and oranges with just a touch of light amber, a few bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass while a nice thick white head rises about 2 fingers high out of the glass that has great retention and leaves behind a great sticky network of lacing. The aroma is great, bright and vibrant floral hops, juicy grapefruit and tangerine with some nice pine and grassy flavors at the back end, just a touch of sweet pale cereal grain comes out. The flavors are just as nice, huge grapefruit presence on the tongue, light floral notes with a big burst of bitter earthy pine and grass flavors but the brightness is still there which is remarkable, a touch of sweet pale grain at the finish reminds you that there is some malt used in this beer but this is all about the hops. The body is great, medium carbonation, a touch higher than anticipated and moderately prickly with a full body and and great dry bitter finish.

Verdict: An absolutely fantastic IPA from Russian River, it should come as no surprise that they have mastered the art of hoppy beers. The flavors across so wonderfully with such mild bitterness, this really is one of the most drinkable IPAs on the planet. This really is a must try for anyone who loves hops.

kevanb, May 28, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to baycat for this one.

Bottled on 04-04-11

A - Clear golden amber body, big white head. Really good look.

S - Grapefruit, pine resin, pine wood, fresh cut grass. Nice complex hop aroma.

T - Bitter, citrus, pine, dry, Bit of tangerine on the back. Nice complex hop flavor. Well balanced with the nose.

M - very smooth, dry. An excellent mouthfeel.

O (D) - this is a great IPA. I am happy to have it. I wish I lived in CA.

ColdPoncho, May 27, 2011
Photo of kevinv
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 04/16/2011. Consumed late April at ~2 weeks old. Reviewed from my backlog of notes...

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange-copper with a huge 3-finger fluffy white head. Great head retention and delicate lacing.

S - Grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, orange, light pine, and just overall terrific. Powerful floral hop aromas with a slight malt profile to back it up.

T - Extremely fresh and crisp hop flavors of orange and grapefruit. This one brings the bitterness and ample hops that hop-heads crave. Wonderful. Again, a nice pale malt helps round out the sweetness in this IPA. Dry and bitter finish. Slight oily resinous feeling lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium bodied brew with a medium carbonation.

O - Overall, this is a clear favorite of mine. I honestly try to be conscientious about how many "5.0" scores I give out, but this one really hits the mark and is every bit deserving of the high scores BA's give it. It's amazing how drinkable this IPA is. There's no question that this would be my go-to-IPA all year long if it was available locally. I know this comparison has been made plenty of times, but even with as good as Pliny tastes, Blind Pig takes the cake for me.

kevinv, May 26, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml. Bottled 04/14/11.

Pours a beautiful slightly hazy gold with a two finger off-white head that settles to a thin covering.

Oh I love the aroma of fresh hops. Smells of pine and citrus. Orange and tangerine emerge. Bright and resinous, some floral perfume as well. Sweet caramel mixed in the background. If you've enjoyed a Pliny, there's no doubt this is a sibling.

From the first sip the taste runs deep. Resinous dank hops and orangey citrus. A bracing bitterness moves in to the middle of the flavor and lingers on after the swallow. There's a great aroma to this beer, but it tastes even better.

Medium bodied and highly drinkable. A slightly oily texture that makes it very pleasant in the mouth. Gains some thickness over time. Great bite in the finish.

Sometimes it's hard to pick up this beer when it's sitting right next to a Pliny, but it shouldn't be ignored.

brotherloco, May 23, 2011
Photo of whitemomba
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my FFF glass from the 500ml bottle. Dated 5-9-11. Drank on 5-22-11.

A - Clear orange color. Vigorous pour leaves about a finger and a half white head. Small amount of head stays throughout the whole beer. Some sticky lacing. Stays pretty bubbly.

S - Not much on the nose. I get a decent amount of citrus and floral.

T - Delicious. Not as fruity as other IPA's but very nicely balanced. Nice amount of bitterness. Pretty dry. Bits of grapefruit in the aftertase.

M - Medium carbonation. Not too sticky. Perfect amount of body.

O - Great IPA. Very high in drinkability. This bottle went pretty fast.

whitemomba, May 23, 2011
Photo of alenonbeeradv
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - a frothy sticky head. nice bold but clear body.

s - piney and resiny like the bottle but more fruit and vivid floral aromas from the tap.

t - a lot more malt taking over. the bottle seems a little more bitter and hoppy where the tap seems a lot more earthy and handleable. very clean.

m - pretty mellow and smooth but still an adventure. as i said before a lot mote tame than the bottle in terms of taste and mouthfeel.

o - of my favorite go tos of ipas. pliney rarely dissapoints too. quite a privelege to try on tap.

note: i kept this review brief due to a future review of
the bottle. for now this will suffice.

alenonbeeradv, May 20, 2011
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful golden caramel color with hints of lemon. Nice thick one-finger eggshell head with decent sheets of lace.

Aroma is impressively strong; floral and citrus hops backed by pine hop notes. Juicy floral and citrusy hops dominate. smells even fruitier and fresher on tap than I remember in bottles.

Juicy. hefty fruit, orange, lemon, grapefruit, floral hops and some herbal green hops. malts are prevalent, for sure, but the hops really shine through. The sugars of the malts keep the hops from overwhelming. impressive.

Mouth is perfect for an IPA. it tends toward the thick and viscous side like grapefruit juice. I can almost taste the pulp. Thick yet it seems crazy drinkable on tap. smooth, light, and almost refreshing.

Overall is wow. if this were still drinkability, it'd get a 5. On the whole, it's hard to find a fault with this one. While I might get slapped in the face for saying this, blind pig casts a shadow over the cowering, pretentiously over-hopped Pliny. Blind pig is king.

djeucalyptus, May 18, 2011
Photo of drewba
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - translucent sparkly golden yellow with a white finger and a half head after an aggressive pour. The head dies quickly but has some bubbles along the edge and some nice legs for the duration of the beer.

S - Fresh citrus, most notably lemon and mango with some pine resin in the back end. Not a big aroma, but it does smell nice.

T - Very floral, soft grass, dull lemon & lime, with a subtle grapefruit and pineapple flavor towards the end that slowly grows into a nice building bitterness. Very minimal malt presence - i'm getting a little bit of buttered toast (not in a roasty, or charred way) but that doesn't bother me in the least. This is super tasty and incredibly easy to drink.

M - medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel thanks to the perfect carbonation.

O - Delicious, spot on mouthfeel, low bitterness = me flying through a bottle. One of my shorter reviews thanks to me drinking this really quickly. Not a terribly complex or nuanced beer, but really enjoyable.

drewba, May 15, 2011
Photo of bobhits
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/14/11 and consumed on 5/14/11. Thanks to UCLABrewN84 for this in a recent trade!

There is something about the color of this beer I just love. A hair darker than the lightest IPAs but far lighter and more orangey than some of the darker almost ruby colored ones. Tall white head and good lacing is here and clearly a must.

The aroma isn’t as powerful as other reviews I’m seeing. This stone IPA glass generally does wonders for enhancing the nose so I’m not sure. What is here however is splendid. Fresh floral hops with the lightest of malts backing it.

This non imperial IPA at 6% is showing perhaps why most IPAs are still a bit stronger. The malt back is a touch weak and the hops aren’t nearly as strong as many are claiming. Instead this is a delicate hop flavor, very floral and certainly bitter. The malt truly is here just to make this beer work but like a child seen and not heard. If I could get this on tap in the summer I could see this being just about perfect.

The mouth is very good for the style. A touch lighter in body than some of the bigger IPAs, but perhaps a bit more carbonated. This makes for as I said above a great summer beer to drink.

I want to like this beer more. I want to get why this beer makes the top 100 and frankly I don’t get it. An extremely good IPA, but it just doesn’t have that something special to put it in the exceptional category.

bobhits, May 14, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle recently (dated 3/28/11) since the Total Wine near me is always out of Pliney, but this will do.

A: Poured from the 500 ml bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. The beer pours a cloudy, and rich orange color with a creamy off white head, that quickly settled, but left a good half inch of foam on top throughout, depositing some decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: I get scents of pine hops, citrus, bread, orange zest, tangerine, grapefruit, and some mild pineapple.

T: Mirrors the nose quite nice, with a moderate initial bitterness that is not too dry, followed with complex layers of tropical fruit, backed by a mild malty bread sweet backbone. Notes of grapefruit, lemony zest, orange peel, and pine. The mellow bread and mild caramel malt provide a good backbone to the hops as well.

M: A medium cream and oily texture, with a soft medium level of carbonation. Very clean, and drinkable.

O: Great IPA. Fresher the better of course, but this was not too bad. Have had it fresh on draft at Russian river in April 2010, which was great too. I prefer Pliney the Elder, but this is not a bad consolation either.

Retsinis, May 12, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/14/11.

A: Almost clear, but not quite, melted orange sherbet, with about a finger or so head that died down to a nice froth rather quickly.

S: Citrus air freshener: orange, candy sugar, apricot, and a decent bit of malt... more than I was expecting anyway.

T: I got a bit of lemon mixed in the citrus concoction, with added some complexity. The hops hit the palate hard initially, but the finish was surprisingly smooth.

M: The carbonation was spot on, the bitterness was quite the palate wrecker, but the yeasty finish washed over the grapefruit alkalinity, making it highly drinkable.

O: The hype was warranted!... especially considering the fact that this was only $4.50/bottle. Yummy!

Chaney, May 10, 2011
Photo of Yagman3000
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed in a snifter from a few bottles I obtained from a west coast connection. Really nice color... Thin head that dissipated rather quickly into a hop oil slick laying happily on top.

Smells of bitter hops without a lot of fruitiness.

Tastes delicious and is a hop bomber without the fruits of Pliny... A definite cousin to this beer.

Mouthfeel is it's best trait. Really syrupy and it's lace just clings to the side of the glass upon tilting.

Overall an excellent beer but couldn't go with an all out exceptional because of its one trick pony attributes (but it's one he'll of a trick!).

Yagman3000, May 09, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served an amber-orange color with a firmly sticky white cap at a snifter at Toronado. Lacing is nice, great look.

Fairly hoppy, a bit of an understatement. Once the head settles there's a strong pineapple and grapefruit aroma with hints of bubblegum wafting up. Nice and strong.

Malts are pale, mildly sweet, and unobtrusive. Sweet enough to hold the drinker's attention, but not to distract from the hopping. Citric Centennial hops are al over, bitter but not overpowering.

Body is thinnish but keeping well within IPA territory. This beer is frightfully drinkable. Worth the hype.

BretSikkink, May 09, 2011
Photo of dlmccabe1
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The aroma of this beer is phenomenal. It has a really fresh hop smell that sets it apart from some of my other favorite IPAs like Bell's Two Hearted and Victory Hop Devil. Really well balanced with moderate bitterness that balances out and finishes loooong. It has a great full mouthfeel for an IPA and it's really pretty stellar. Lacing stays on the side of the glass sticks around for a long time.

dlmccabe1, May 07, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 500ml bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/2/11
*From notes

Date bottled: 4/14/11

When it rains it pours - a BIG thanks goes out to both SirRuss and Trilogy31 for hookin' this up for me in the same week!

A: It appears in the glass like a heavily oaked Chardonnay. It's a chrome yellow, and after a good pour, a lovely 2.25 finger head and sticky lacing show up for the party.

S: Fresh cut fruit tray. Like a lazy Sunday afternoon in July. Sweet tropical juices ooze out of the glass. As it warms, the citrusy hop oil becomes even more prevalent. Astounding.

T: The bitterness hits first, but mellows out to a tidal wave of grapefruit, mango and pineapple. The malt is detectable on the mid, but it's not the star of the show. It finishes light and fresh, like chewing on a stick of Juicy Fruit. It's really exceptional.

M: Slightly oily and not nearly as big as I'd expected. I will say that it leads to this one being much easier to put down, but I'm definitely dissapointed it's not a bit more robust.

O: My first experience with Russian River and their Blind Pig didn't dissapoint. The hype surrounding both this and PtE are pretty massive, and I felt that this lived up to most of my expectations.

I could easily see this being a go-to AIPA if I lived on the Left Coast, and found this to be extremely accessible. It's something I would return to more often then PtE, and could certainly put a few back if given the opportunity. Thumbs up.

Rhettroactive, May 06, 2011
Photo of jcartamdg
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a ccb pint. Pours a golden amber with a 2 finger head. Very clear and crisp, lots of carbonation. Aromas of citrusy hops, smells like summer. Taste has a good balance of malts and hops bitter but not too bitter, just enough to make you want more. Very smooth and refreshing, this is a near perfect ipa! Blind pig flies under the radar due to pliny, but it really deserves more recognition!

jcartamdg, May 06, 2011
Photo of MrKennedy
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle obtained via a trade with SolomonGrundy. Bottled on April 14, 2011, consumed on May 6, 2011.

Golden coloured, slightest hint of orange and with a clear appearance. It has a white head of tiny, compact bubbles of foam.

Piney, citrus aroma that is perhaps a little less noticeable than i envisaged.

Tasting slightly sweet early, a some pungent bitterness early and with a resiny, slightly bitter aftertaste, this really delivers.

Body is perfect for the style, highly drinkable, with the ABV being well masked like most West Coast IPA's.

Overall, a quality IPA, hop forward, but retaining good balance. i would recommend to anyone and it is a beer that is well worth seeking out. Thanks SolomonGrundy for the trade!

MrKennedy, May 06, 2011
Photo of aval89
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 04-14-11

A: bright clear orange.. lots of bubbles streaming up.. got a beautiful 2.5 finger head in my NB globe.. head stuck around for a long time..

S: sweet orange & pine dominate the nose.. touch of lemon zest as well.. caramel does pull through, as well as some mild bready tones..

T: mild grapefruit, tangerines, & sticky pine.. after the hop show, some caramel malts & light biscuits pull through.. finish is lemony bitterness with some floral hops & some toasty malts..

Mf: great carbonation makes for a nice mf.. medium bodied..

O: very great IPA.. has some resemblance of PtE but not greatly..

aval89, May 05, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Perfectly clear golden orange. Leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

Pungent citrus hops in the nose, little to no malt character. This beer is on the sweet and fruity side for an IPA but I think that's a a terrific way to lean.

Incredible, sweet, pungent, citrusy, bitter taste; there's a ton of flavor here for a beer only punching a bit over 6% ABV. Remarkably good.

Medium bodied, smooth yet amply carbonated. Exceptional.

An absolute gem of an IPA. It ranks with the best I've ever tried. An incredibly drinkable, delicious beer.

ehammond1, May 05, 2011
Photo of ccm414
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 1 pint .9 fl oz bottle...

A- A heavy pour produced an exceptional 3 finger rocky-looking head that reduced to a nice foam. Some nice lacing around the glass. A dark orange-to-golden color, a tiny bit hazy, but crisp looking. Not much carbonation from the glass after the pour.

S- Leafy citrus hops all the way and I like it. Slightly piney.

T- Slightly sweet citrus at first, quickly followed by much bitterness. Almost like citrus (grapefruit) rind. Little maltiness noticeable, but more of an afterthought. Great balance here. A dry, bitter finish.

M- Refreshingly light and creamy that has a nice hop bite. Not much carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable. Being light, with great hoppiness, I would grab for one of these more often it was more available in New England (thanks to my brother living in San Diego!)


ccm414, May 05, 2011
Photo of angrygrimace
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a nice one finger head which dissipates slightly after the pour but does hang on.

Aroma is mostly sweet smelling flowery hops. It's a strong hops aroma but still quite sweet smelling.

Taste is hoppy with a nice bitterness towards the back. Not nearly as much hop kick as we've all come to expect from west coast IPA styles, but very very drinkable and with a nice character. There's a little bit of malts in there with the hops to give it some balance. Not an unbalanced IPA at all. Some newer IPAs just go for the hop bomb and throw everything else to the wind, but I don't detect that in this beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, you could drink a few of these beers if you had the money to do so.

Overall, it's an excellent beer with a very nice, drinkable character.

angrygrimace, May 04, 2011
Photo of Neffbeer
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours a murky golden color with some yellow hues in the light. There is a gorgeous two finger white head that hangs on for a long time. Excellent retention that completely coats the sides of the glass.

S: There is a very hop centric nose with a hint of malt in the background. Large notes of citrus, pine, and skunky pot with a bit of toasted bread.

T: The hops are front and center. Dank citrus hops with a nice bitter resinous finish. The malt is present, but quite subtle.

M: Medium bodied with a pleasant light carbonation.

O: Great, great IPA. At 6% I could drink this all day long.

Neffbeer, May 03, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a gold with slight amber. Fluffy white head that faded and didn't retain any lacing.

The smell wasn't in your face over powering but it was still easy to pick up some citrus.

The taste was pretty easy to wrap your head around with a nice back bone of malt, citrus hops, and bittering hops.

I remember liking this beer more a year ago. Its not bad at all just hard to stand up to all the other west coast IPAs.

Eriktheipaman, May 02, 2011
Photo of Trilogy31
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at torando. Came out looking an orange amber without much head from a pint glass. Nose was typical of a solid ipa/borderline apa, piney hoppy bitter notes, citrus was mostly lemon and a nice bready note. Taste was very refreshing and easy drinking pretty much following the nose. The hops brought a slight floral character along with a touch of grapefruit and a pleasant forest note with a good malt backbone. Very well done i just find that pliny and blind pig are both very good beers i was just hoping for more complexity out of them. Blind pig to me really tasted similar to pliny with just a different malt bill.

Trilogy31, May 01, 2011
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,610 ratings.