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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,775 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,775
Reviews: 1,344
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,574
Gots: 544 | FT: 16
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Photo of rawfish
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a amber gold into a New Belgium globe with a two finger soapy white head with some good retention and lacing. Looks nice and full.

Aroma is very balanced, light caramel malts with some bubble gum and soap gives way easily to a nice full pine and lemon citrus aroma from the hops. Aroma isnt very sharp except for some bright citrus notes but seems to be also somewhat floral.

Balanced with some toasted grain and a hint of bubble gum and honey in the malts. Pushed back easily by a full pine and citrus hop profile with a good amount of lemon notes. Progressively bitter with more of a soapy feel then full on bitterness.

Average carbonation and body. Interesting very soapy rather than biting bitterness that leaves a peculiar mouth coating. Odd but not unpleasant.

Well structured but the way the bitterness is delivered is not my favorite. Balanced IPA which delivers equal kick in the nose, flavor and alpha acids.

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

Yellow complexions this bright and clear are usually reserved for pilsners and pale ales. IPAs tend to be more amber in tone but then again a Blind Pig doesn't see colour. And I like to think I don't view the world that way either. So I say this light body is good - it probably means unencumbered hoppiness and isn't that what we're here for anyhow?

There are beers that have this level of flaming citrusy, candied fruitiness. There are beers that have this level of pungent, grassy herbals. There aren't many beers, however, that have this level of both, and very few that can pull off the dualism so well. Malts don't even cross the mind in this soapy, bitter, stinky scent. Good riddance to 'em! I'm under a hop spell.

The malts are about as consequential to the taste as the Diet Coke is to a Big-Mac combo. According to the flavour, they don't exist at all. In this world, all there is is pink bubblegum notes and bitter renditions of breakfast citrus fruits and just a faint token of Northwest forest pine. The entire mouth becomes a cocoon of soapy, acidic hoppiness.

A lot of IPAs float like butterflies but sting like bees - not Blind Pig. It's as sweet-natured as an actual blind pig (can you imagine? The poor thing. SO cute!) except for the fact that it's only menially sweet and is, in actuality, quite bitter. But not too bitter, mind you. I bet a lot of novices would find this as refreshing and tasteful as the connoisseurs that praise it.

Vinnie Cilurzo is kind of the Leonardo of the beer world: he is both artist and scientist, a masterful creator at everything he does. While Blind Pig is one of his simpler works, it is no less absorbing. It is a salt-of-the-earth agreeable, true grit hoppy offering that I could drink until I was a blind pig. This and it's brothers Pliny are rightfully royal family in the IPA world.

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

Look: Brownish orange in color with a 1 inch head and good retention and lace

Smell: Very subtle earthy piney citrusy hops. Hints of orange and lemon

Taste: Taste follows suite. Very light piney hops at the forefront with some nice citrus flavor in the middle a little bit of orange peel

Mouthfeel: Light body and medium carbonation levels. Very easy to drink very nice on the palate with a slightly dry finish.

Overall This is definately my favorite RR beer and maybe one of my favorite IPA's. On a hot summer day like today this beer definately comes in handy

Photo of micromaniac129
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Jamison pour house.
Pours a brillant and very clear honey color with a lager white dense head leaving fine lacing.
Carbonation wants abit.

Smell is very flavorful with citrus being the predominate aroma flavor. Malts are light and sweet letting yourself enjoy the hop bouquet.

Taste is of citrus hops with grapefruit being dominate in flavor. Malts are nicely balanced and have a clean freshness about themselvies.
Pleasently bitter with being kicked in the tongue.

Feels smooth and slick with a medium mouthfeel.
Bitter at end. Clean and very little aftertaste.

Overall, a great beer plenty of flavor and bitterness without being killed by mega alcohol thats in most DIPA's.
Bottom line is a good DIPA substitute for those of us who can't handle those big monsters.
I hate IPA's that are just bascally bitterness and no flavor. IPA's I think are made for hop flavor too.

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass, 2nd experience from russian river...

A-Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a 2 finger off white head that dissipates down to half a finger with nice lacing through out...

S-Man did this beer smell just wonderful after popping the cap off, very juicy smelling, monster aroma...grapefruit like with floral notes and some orange and lemon zest or lemon grass as well...maybe the best smelling beer i have ever smelled...

T-Very smooth grapefruit with citrus peels up front, Has your nice mid malt floral notes and a very dry finish...yum

M-Medium bodied, has nice carbonation and kind of creamy like, very nice...i want more...

O-Great beer, its plinys cousin i would say...smells great and taste the same, when i pick up a pliny i pick up a pig as well...damn these beers are good

Photo of pburland23
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

Beer pours a hazy, bright bronze color with a finger or so of ever so off-white head. Superb head retention filters down to some wonderful lacing. A real nice looking pint.

Smell is piney and citrusy. The hops are very much front and center. It's interesting to find a beer that features both piney and citrusy hops aroma. Usually it's one or the other. Very nice combination of the two here.

Taste is amazing. Possibly more flavorful than Elder. I'll have to have a side by side tasting of the two sometime. The citrus flavors explode out of the glass followed closely behind by some pungent earthy, pine notes. Then the bitterness kicks your mouth in. There's so much going on here. Absolutely delicious.

The mouthfeel is resinous and well carbonated. Very drinkable. So much flavor for a beer that is only 6%.

Overall, a great IPA. One of the best I've had. It drinks like an IIPA with a moderate ABV. Will have to hunt down some more bottles. The one left in my fridge isn't going to cut it.

Photo of OPWN3NTSL4Y3R
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into silver rimmed Chimay chalice

A- Amber/honey colored, white 2 finger head that dissipates leaving some lovely lace

S- Citrus, grapefruit, fresh pine, lots of aroma hops

T- Balanced bitter hops and malt sweetness, hoppy, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, pine, peaches, tropical fruits

M- Pleasant carbonation, starts wet, finishes dry, medium/full bodied

O- Great dry hopped aromas and flavors, as good as it gets for an American IPA

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

Appearance: Golden yellow with one finger of head that fades with a curtain of lace.

Aroma: Piney hops with some spicy citrus notes and a hint of caramel malt.

Taste: Lively fresh hop bitterness right off the bat, with some sweet malt flowing in the middle before going out with a return of that biting bitterness.

The Rest: The finish is sl lingering and the body is just on the thin side of medium. There's a good amount of carbonation that helps cut some of the hop profile and adds to the balance, but otherwise hops rule the day here. A very nice IPA, I'm good I was able to try this while vacationing in SF.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From sstorck, thanks a lot man!

Bottle to pint glass. Looks like this was bottled beginning of June.

A: Lighter body than most IPA's you see, closer to straw than gold. Off white head has tight white bubbles and sticks to the glass fairly well. Good carbonation.

S: High quality IPA nose, with tons of ripe tropical fruit, dried papaya, some distant orange & grapefruit zest, and pine, loads and loads of pine.

T: Hop forward with pine bitterness. A little grapefruit. Supremely drinkable, with medium bitterness and dryness.

MF: A lighter medium body that borders on creamy at times, refreshing and dry. Medium carbonation.

O: Totally sessionable IPA with a great nose, good flavors and bitterness, and a nice mouthfeel. A go-to beer if I ever had one, now if only I lived in Cali...

Photo of AdamBear
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-dark transparent honey with a thin white head

S-smells like pine, grapefruit, and salty. good strength

T-comes in with a good crisp taste of grapefruit. goes in to a decent taste of piney hops. the tastes aren't overly powerful but they're nice and crisp. it has a nice after-taste of grapefruit

M-creamy medium carbonation with a nice creamy finish

O-its definitely an amazing IPA. it compares to the Elder, though I think the Elder happens to be slightly more robust, but only by a touch. its very well balanced, near perfect for an IPA.

Photo of dylanrossi
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: 6/22/11
Bought directly from the Brewery.

Appearance: Golden, brassy, and hazy. Thick, dense, foamy cream colored head that lasts longer than most. Some lacing leftover.

Smell: Heavy hit of hops. Aroma is fresh, floral, and piney. Some lingering juicy grapefruit present as well. Really couldn't imagine the nose on this one getting much better.

Taste: Starts out surprisingly mellow, hops come on slow but soon explode with tons of juicy citrus flavor. Lots of lemon and some grapefruit. All of which settles down at the finish, leaving behind some faint and extremely pleasant bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body, some carbonation but not so lively that it detracts from the flavor. Refreshes your palate and leaves you craving another sip.

Overall: As for American IPA's (single, not double/imperial etc), this is one of the best I've experienced. Delightful aroma and a great combination of sweet and bitter.

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

A - Pours a nice, hazy orange/amber with a puffy two finger head that dissipates very slowly with a lot of lacing behind.

S - I love the smell, a great blend of piney bitter hops and grapefruit/citrus. I feel like it's difficult to find something this blended. Exception smell

T - At first, it's hard hit of those grapefruit and citrus hops, very sweet, before the bitterness from those piney hops come in and linger through the finish. Very good.

M - Medium mouthfeel, neither coats the mouth or dries it. It packs a punch.

Overall - A fantastic IPA. Perfectly balanced. West-Coast to the end. Great work.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/09/11

Big Thanks to Josh(JoshuaCavett) for this great extra.

Poured into a Pint glass

Appearance-Lightly hazy copper. 3 Fingers of foamy off white head. Great retention and excellent lacing.

Smell-Very similar to Pliny. Tropical Fruits and alot of Citrus. Peach, Pineapple, and Grapefruit I can pick out. Smells like a IIPA.

Taste-Lots of tropical fruits..Mango, Pineapple, Peach along with the citrus. Some spice notes in the middle with a pleasant bitter finish. Not too overpowering.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing but a little watery.

Overall-IPAs are tough beers to transition too, Blind Pig will make it easy. It's very easy to drink, extremely easy. It has an amazing aroma and IPA flavors but not with too overpowering bitterness. Big thanks to Josh for this beer.

Photo of zhanson88
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Horse Brass.

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with about a finger of white head. Both retention and lacing are decent.

Smell: Citrus and grapefruit notes open first. Maybe slight pineapple as well. Plenty of pine and dank hop notes as well. Nice.

Taste: The thing that stands out most to me is the amount of pine and dank hops. Also some citrus (orange rind, grapefruit, and light tropical fruit). Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is light bodied with medium carbonation. It drinks pretty smoothly and is enjoyable. Overall, it's a pretty darn good IPA, and one I would have again. Very solid.

Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Sammy, 500ml into a tulip. Bottled May 9, 2011. My first RR ever!

Pours almost liquid gold, with a bright white head. Filtered and clear body. Nose has lots of bright citrus, orange, some light caramel and slight sugar notes. Mild tropical notes behind the citrus. Taste hits with some bitter pine and citrus, a bit of grain, and again, some tropical notes behind this. Loads of fruit, a bit of a caramel-sugar cookie sweetness and a bitter pine finish. Smooth and bitter feel, with an immense drinkability. I'm happy to have tried this, but this leaves me a bit of a sad panda (for the time being at least) knowing that Ontario is nowhere close to this quality of an IPA.

Photo of samie85
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/7/11.

A-Pours a hazy orange amber with two fingers of frothy white head.

S-Smells of honey-like malt notes with sweet pineapple and pine notes.

T-Bitter pine upfront with some pineapple and grapefruit notes on the finish.

M-Dry and light-bodied with ample, prickly carbonation.

D-Very tasty and easy drinking, I'd take this over it's more alcoholic and highly-rated brother, Pliny, any day of the week.

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

Sammy's bottle

Pale golden colour, nice white head with spots of lace on the glass. Smell is pine and citrus, mango, tangerine, soft malty presence, good balance in the nose. Taste is pine and citrus, dry hop with a nice malt backbone, lots of hops in this one, nice bitterness throughout, IBU is up there, clean and very satisfying. Mouthfeel is very oily and slick, good body, nice light carbonation. Great stuff overall, drinks very nicely, hoppy and well balanced, really good even at a five weeks old.

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

Blind Pig IPA, 6.1% IPA

A: Thin yellow gold color similar to a watered down apple juice with awesome lacing and carbonation, transparent with no middle carbonation

S: Huge bouquet upon opening the bottle, great pine and grassy notes, not as much citrus as the Pliny brethren, but smoother and less aggressive.

T: The taste is crisp and light with a swift hop body the imparts its flavor, finishes with a mild bittering and washes away clean. Great session beer and the ABV is a bonus. There are some mild melon and lemon notes but predominately floral and grassy hops.

M: Very light and crisp with a clean finish. It feels like the swift nimble ninja of IPAs. It doesn’t impart a huge malty body but the bottle disappears staggeringly fast. The hops and coating doesn’t linger or resonate for a long period of time but it is still satifying.

D: This beer is probably the most drinkable IPA that I have ever had. A great session beer to be sure and the body and light malts make it refreshingly addictive. The fact that they do not sell these in 6 and 12 packs is almost intentional malfeasance. I can’t really see myself only buying one bottle of these given the price and drink ability of the bottle. The 16.9oz bottle is another strangely enticing aspect. All in all, I would with hubris and the utmost respect play deferential beer pong with this beer due to its incredibly versatile light character.

Narrative: “Ah not another stupid Kevin James movie!” the children bemoaned in unison. To be fair, 11 years old is far too along in years to enjoy a three act train wreck of that magnitude. The babysitter chortled and guffawed a bit in protest, shaking his sleekly shaven face. “If Mall Cop is not the movie you start, what is it your disdain for this Paul Blart?” The kids perked up at the dapper disabled pig addressing them so casuistically. “Perhaps you harbor dislike from seeing Bewitched, well enjoy Will Smith and this movie Hitch” the dvd slide across the coffee table and Mr. Pig adroitly knocked it into the tray. He appeared overdressed at each of his assignments and, being blind, was hardly the pig for the job, yet somehow his panache and particular sense of aplomb put parents at ease. “I know you tire of little kid stuff, here’s flatulence jokes in this movie Grown Ups!” The children two stepped in syncopation loving their blind caretaker and tugging at the tails of his tuxedo lovingly.

Photo of chugalug06
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Awesome soapy, bubbly, white foam. Brew is clear as day, ok, maybe slight murky goodness. Great copper color with lots of yellows and whites. Bubble stream coming from the middle of the brew is looking pretty good...

S - Lots of citrus! There's also quite a bit of spicy notes. Rosemary, cloves, orange, pineapple, and sage all stick out on this one. Great nose. Very unique for an IPA.

T - Awesome chill in this brew...almost minty... This brew is incredibly smooth for the immense amount of flavor it puts out. Lots of great fruity flavor. Zero heat or bitterness. Great hop balance.

M - Excellent brew with awesome drinkability. Mouthfeel is very heavy for an IPA. It's awesomely smooth with wonderful carbonation. Quite creamy, without the nitro feel.

O - IMO, it's better than the Elder... Great brew. One of my all time favorite IPAs... RR nailed this one. Heck, RR does amazing jobs with IPAs, period. Tons of inescapable flavor that lingers long after your last sip.... Nice brew!

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

On tap at stone brewery.

Orange to gold in color. Plenty of carbonation left a good head, and lacing was nice.

Smelled and tasted wonderful. Oily hops dominate, along with citrus and pine and just a touch of bready malts.

The body is medium and quite dry, leaving a bitter aftertaste that lingers on nicely.

Right up there with PtE for an on-tap beer, great stuff.

Photo of alexhahn82
3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium gold amber, almost no head, but poured by a well versed bar tender expecting a good tip (good tip = no head)

S - Pine, citrus, overall not too fragrant.

T/M -- Crisp, clean, hops, hops, hops. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp. Awesome IPA flavors.

O - Impressive, had my first Pliny 5 years ago, never ventured over the the PIG side. And wish I would have earlier, this is a top 10 IPA all day, delivers more than the average DIPA. MUST TRY.

PP (Price Point) - $7 for a fresh pint less than 50 miles away from the brewery, spot on for the price, good stuff at this price!!

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.45/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Toronado, SF. Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed light orange color. Came with just a touch of head, so I can't comment much.

3.5 S: Like Pliny, this is piney and flowery, but dialed down several notches. Not much malt, but maybe a touch bready.

3.5 T: Decent, but all I can think is "watered down Pliny." Piney hops with some grapefruit and earthiness. Moderate to heavy bitterness. Malts are weak and mildly bready.

3.0 M: Every time I have this beer, it always comes back to the weak mouthfeel. Lighter medium body. Far from creamy (which is truly sad). The whole beer would be much better if this was more robust here.

3.5 D: This isn't worth drinking if a Pliny is near (or any other decent IPA) and disappointing if you let the hype monster get a hold of you.

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

a-looks nice with a half inch head (tall pour not the beers fault). Lively carbonation and good lacing down the glass.

s-nicely balanced hops with some faint malt. Some pine and grapefruit. Not overly big on the nose, but nice.

t-taste like Pliny light. Not a dig, but rather a single IPA version of the great DIPA. Taste like it smells and is a beer I could have a few of in one sitting. Really easy to drink with some good depth of flavor.

m-lighter, but feels great. Good carbonation and lively feel.

o-I wish I could get this beer everywhere. The beer is a nice everyday IPA that is well constructed. Solid example of the style. As usual Vinnie and crew kick ass.

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 500ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice solid clear light orange with some slight yellow hints.

S - Strong grassy and piney hop hints come up quick with some nice citrusy notes as well. Pure delicious grapefruit is present. There is some malt notes present and they have some quite nice toasty bready notes for it. The nose is nice and pretty straight forward for an IPA. Very nice.

T & M - Starts off with a very nice toasty malt character. That is well complimented by the nice fresh grassy hops. There is some nice citrusy and fresh grapefruit and slight papaya notes. Very well crafted IPA.

O - This beer is pretty delicious. I still don't think its the best IPA out there but its still delicious.

Photo of t420o
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/1/11

Consumed 6/14/11

A- Aggressive pour produces a 1-1/2 finger semi frothy off white head. beer is clear and yellow-golden in color.

S- Sweet candied grapefruit, orange, mango. Its a very nice tropical fruit smell that I love in IPA's

T- This is a truly wonderful beer. It's IPA's like this that originally made me fall in love with hops. The taste is of candied tropical fruits such as mango, papaya, orange, grapefruit, and a slight bitterness throughout that perfectly compliments the candied tropical fruit taste perfectly.

M- Nice smooth mouthfeel. Good carbonation level

O- Excellent drinkability. One of the better IPA's I've ever had. An impressive balance of bitterness and candied tropical fruits makes this beer near perfect to me

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,775 ratings.