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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

4,693 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,693
Reviews: 1,329
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,522
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 Jesse13713
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to MadVermin for sending this as part of our recent trade. Poured into my Danny Boy's pintglass. Bottled on this past Valentines day.

Appearance - Three fingers of quick rising head are noticeable immediately. Appears well carbonated, fresh and bubbly. A very transparent lager-looking beer. Caramelly yellow that looks sweet and inviting.

Smell - I can smell the malts in this without even trying. Smells of sweet roasted malts with toffee and caramel. A slight bitterness in the nose due to the citrus hops. Smells very spring-like and fresh.

Taste - A rougher orange rind taste all throughout. Full of citrus and overall quite complex. Surprisingly not very bitter. The aftertaste is unique and different in that it feels like I'm sucking on an unpeeled orange. Popping with flavor and balanced well all-throughout. A slight lemon zest. No single flavor really dominates over the other.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - As stated above, well-balanced and complex. Very light bodied and easily drinkable. Perfect to enjoy in any fashion. A perfect amount of bitterness, sweetness and rough citrus. A solid IPA.

Photo of whatthehull
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted March 26th 2011

A - Golden orange, a tiny white head and some nice lacing

S - Super fresh, wow. Lots of pine and floral hops. Some resin in there, a bit of wheat and yeast. The malt is nice, a bit sweet and a bit toasted. Beautiful smell

T - Super hoped up front, bitter sweet malt at the end. Well balanced, really fresh. Lots of pine and flowers, sap, resin, sugar, toasted malt, wheat, yeast and a bit pungent. It tastes like it was bottled today. I didn't know an IPA at 6% could have so much fresh flavor. This beer gets sweeter as it gets warmer, awesome

M - Coats the mouth with a bittersweet sap flavor. Sticky for sure, nice carbonation and the bitterness hangs around for a while and becomes pungent

D - ABV is only 6%, if you don't like bitter, this isn't for you. If you like IPA blind pig is your beer

Final thought - I would drink this beer more often if you could get it more often. Feel bad for people on the east coast, cause you can't get this beer

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

Had this on 2012-07-15 in San Rafael, CA from a 2-week old bottle.

A - Clear amber with a short white head and good lacing.

S - Very hop floral, citrus, pine, light grain. Fairly strong.

T - Roasted grain, earthy spice, nice blast of hop bud taste, citrus, pine and a respectable amount of red grapefruit flesh bitterness. Dries nicely. Very nice.

M - Medium body and med-heavy carbonation. Creamy.

O - Had this side-by-side in San Rafael with a bottle of Pliny the Elder and liked this as much or more. Note though that Pliny the Elder on-tap at the brew pub is superior to Blind Pig but on this night, this BP tasted great.

Original review: Had this on 2011-03-22 in Torrance, CA

A - Clear amber with a short white head and good lacing.

S - Citrus, pine, grain. Fairly strong.

T - Roasted grain, grapefruit juice, earthy, good amount of bitterness. Dries nicely. Not quite as good as Pliny the Elder but very nice.

M - Medium body and med-heavy carbonation. Creamy.

D - Great taste and lowish ABV. Very sessionable

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

Yes! Huge thanks to Carleton for this one. Great orange honey color with a loose bubbly white head. Citrusy and bubble gum hops on the nose, a sweet fruity and pungent aroma. A blast of fresh juicy, fruity and citrus. The hops create an almost chewy texture. Perfect balance of bitter hop flavor and malt. One of the best ipas I've had period..

Photo of devilishprune
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Russian River Blind Pig 1/16/11

A. Hazy and honey colored with a slight amount of bubbles clinging to one side of the glass.

S. Pine and grapefruit off the top.

T. Blasted with hops right off the bat following the smell. Grapefruit and a lot of pine are lingering along with the bitterness. Just the right amount of sweetness for an IPA. Very balanced.

M. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation.

D. I could have several of these due to the lightness. Awesome.

Of the RR IPAs that I've had, this one is definitely my preferred.

Photo of ramseye4
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this in a trade, I can't wait to try it out. Bottled on date on the side, with plenty of warnings to drink fresh. Can do!

A=Pours a cloudy golden color with a surprisingly small head, tons of lacing though.
S=Completely wonderful medley of hop aromas, grapefruit, and a bit of lemon zest.
T=Strong oily hops with some pine, and a faint bready malt taste. Very good combination of hops that is very pleasant on the tongue. Not a palate wrecking hop bomb, but more of a mellow array of strong hops.
M=Medium bodied, light carbonation helps to bring out the flavor
O=Good beer overall, and just another reason for me to rue the fact I live outside of Russian River's distribution

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

was fairly excited to come across the Blind Pig at Falling Rock in Denver

a: served with a gorgeous head of off-white bubbles atop the thoroughly hazed golden beer, fantastic retention and lace that doesn't quit, looks perfect

s: a structure of cleanly fruity grain holds aloft a monster dose of citrus peel and pine hops, aromas of peach and grape add interest on the malt end, the hop aroma is fantastic and reeks of pure west coast freshness and intensity

m: carbonation lively and smooth, body around medium, soft and pleasant on the palate while carrying the flavors very well

t: pale malts provide delicate fruit flavors of peach and grape while killer flavors of pine and grapefruit hops power straight through the center, asserting a poweful, scorchingly beautiful bitterness upon the back end, the hops are fresh, vivid, resinous - pick a descriptor for a Cali hop bomb and it's there, just pure goodness

o: a top tier ipa in a field shared with very few others, it drinks perfectly and pounds all my hop pleasure buttons - it's truly a beer-tragedy that RR isn't available to me regularly

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

500ml bottle, dated 3/02/11, poured into snifter. Thanks to madvermin for hooking me up with this bottle.

A: Pours a bright, clear golden copper color with a finger of foamy white head. Good retention and lacing; a nice looking beer.

S: Pine hops strike a balance with some slightly bready, caramel malts. Lighter citrus (orange zest) malts come in as the beer warms to add a bit of complexity.

T: Piny, resinous hops provide an initially bitter flavor, though it is quickly balanced by more bready, slightly sweet malt flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, maybe a bit thick for the style (which bolsters the rating). Light-bodied and rather smooth, with a dry finish and lingering light palate coating.

O: A good beer, and one that goes down easily. Very solid flavor, even if it didn't appeal to me enough to make this one go really fast.

Photo of OddNotion
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am so glad to be able to try some of these Russian River brews! Big thanks to bs870621345 for transporting this across the country for me! My experience may be differnt from others with this beer as it is dated 01/21/2011, but no complaints here.

Appearance: Poured into my Captain Lawrence Smoke from the Oak glass. Pours a very pretty light transparent orange with a 1 finger head after a smei aggressive pour. As Blind Pig is consumed, there is a nice lacing that remains around the edges of the glass.

Smell: Even being two months old this still has a great nose to it. I get a lot of fruity sweetness consisting of citrus and in particular grapefruit. I cant stop trying to smell more of this, I can only imagine it fresh!

Taste: Once again I will reference the two month old age, but this beer remains very hoppy. It is very sweet and just a joy to drink. The bitterness is light and the fruity hop flavors jump out at me. I really like the way this beer is crafted, everything fits together so well, dare I say it is balanced?

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, nice dryness, medium mouthfeel, very much what I like in an IPA!

Overall: I want this fresh because what I have here is incredible and I want to see how much it has fallen off. Given the opportunity I would certainly seek this out and highly recommend it to other IPA lovers.

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

Big thanks to hophead247 for the growler. Review input from notes.

Slightly hazed golden orange body topped with a rather fluffy bone white head. The retention is rather impressive, certainly taking its time to recede. Heavy lacing clings to the walls of the glass.

The aroma is bold and assertive. Pungent pine gives way to an emerging citrus characteristic as the beer warms. Tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit aromas really begin to stand out at the half way point. The malt is barely noticeable, soft pale malt buried so far beneath any contribution is negligible.

Sharp pine and pith bite initially gives way to a burst of juicy citrus. Candied grapefruit along side bits of tangerine and pineapple. There is a steady bitterness across the palate balancing the sweeter citric flavors. Again the malt is very subdued, simply there to provide a base for the hops to build on.

Medium bodied with a smoothy, slightly chewy texture. The finish is rather dry.

Excellent IPA, undoubtedly a top tier offering. Everything about this beer is on point. The aroma and flavor is assertive but well balanced. The drinkablity does reach the dangerously high level rather quickly. If you have not had the opportunity I would advise that you seek this one out.

Photo of jethrodium
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Bottled on 3/2/11. Pours a clear copper with a one finger white head with good retention that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma is huge resinous pine with a bit of grapefruit. A little bit of pineapple and some orange peel as well. A little bit of bready malt comes through in the aroma. Initial taste has a hint of sweetness going into strong pine hops with a bit of grapefruit. A little bit of orange as well. Finish is some of the bready malt with a strong, but not too strong bitterness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Great beer. One of the best IPAs out there.

Photo of afrokaze
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2/14/11, poured into tulip.

A: Pours a nice golden amber, with about 1 finger of bubbly head that quickly settles into decent lacing.

S: Wow, I could smell the citrus as I poured it without even getting my nose near the glass! Lots of orange, lemon, and grapefruit up front balanced by strong pine resin and just a little alcohol.

T: Nicely bitter, with the grapefruit notes almost dominating but not overwhelming, followed by plenty of piney hop oils and malts that are present but slightly too subdued, just enough to keep things in balance. Alcohol is barely noticeable at first, but warms just a bit along with the beer over time. Grapefruit bitterness lingers on the palate seemingly forever!

M: Adequate but a little thin, with not much carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable; feels like it's about 5% ABV and very refreshing, but not quite an all-nighter.

Overall, a really good West Coast IPA that is prototypically hop-forward, but something holds it back from greatness. I'd definitely buy it again, but it's almost too easy to pass this up for Pliny.

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

Bottled on 03/02/2011

Randomly decided to pick a bottle of this up to re-review it, as I wasn't happy with my original review. Enjoyed this a lot the first time around, so I'm looking forward to it.

Pours an incredibly crystal clear pale yellow-orange with an ample two-finger head that is frothy and looks like pure-white cake icing. The body of the beer looks exactly like solid amber you would find in jewelery or at museums in the fossil display. Head dissipates, but not too fast. Leaves incredible amounts of lacing, with rungs and spots both all over the glass. Bubbles continue to rise to the top of the glass for a couple minutes, adding to the beauty. I don't usually write this much about the appearance of a beer, but this one is stunning to look at.

Aroma is of pineapple and jackfruit, with candied citrus, caramel, and mandarin orange also coming to play. The malt sweetness is very balanced and never gets saccharine, while the fruits are calming and refreshing - this beer doesn't punch you in the face with its smell.

Taste follows, with a nice citrusy start, a fruity sweet middle accompanied by a slight refreshing bitterness, and a phenomenally balanced bitter/sweet/sour finish that comes together beautifully. The start is much more citrusy than in the nose, with lots of fleshy grapefruit and orange providing a nice start, and the middle has only a bit of the tropical flavors from the aroma. Pine and resin come in a bit to add complexity here, and the bitterness is at just the right level to go with everything else. The finish is gloriously neutral when everything mentioned before is added together, as the bitterness fades nicely while the sweet and citrus end up fading as well, leaving you only with a slight bitterness and a softly dry ending. I'll go out on a limb and say that this is the best finishing IPA I've ever had in terms of evening the palate out with each sip. One complaint I have is that the pine is a little much at times, but right when it feels it is too much the citrus and sweetness come in to balance it out before it gets out of hand.

Mouthfeel is incredibly well done, with a lightness to go with the flavorful body I have not seen done this well very often. Never gets watery, and never gets too heavy either. Carbonation is weak and perfect, offering a bit of life but fading quickly to allow enjoyment of flavors. Drinkability is the best in any beer I've ever had, regardless of style. 1) The abv is conducive to longer sessions; 2) the finish is neutral enough that the beer never gets boring or overpowering; and 3) the beer is flat out awesome in every regard. I've had my fair share of IPAs and DIPAs since the last time I had this, and right now this is beating all of them. Incredible beer.

Photo of pancho27
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Excellent Looking from the tap at Reagle Beagle as I watched I. Thomas Jr. defeat the Wildcats.
S-Everything you want an IPA to smell like...
T-I had 2 and a Hop Wollop wish I stuck to a 3rd of this
M-Nice
D-Could've had a couple more, but had to walk home
I am new to the beer game, but I enjoy Pliny more than this one, but this is what was on tap so I enjoyed it. Why do I like Pliny better

Photo of Prospero
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The appearance was a golden caramel color with a white frothy head. The head retention seemed better than most IPAs, but after a couple minutes it faded. The aroma is quite strong, but it's a fantastic blend of flowers, citrus like oranges and hints of pine. In terms of taste, this beer has it all and was very fresh! Perfect balance of toasted caramel malts giving it just the right amount of sweetness. The sweet caramel and hints of honey, along with the perfect amount of bitterness coming from the hops was just was like a symphony on the tongue and an overture for the nose. I'd say it's a medium-bodied ale, probably on the heavy end for IPAs, but I'll tell you what this ranks up there as probably my favorite IPA of all time. Thin creamy mouthfeel. Drinkable? Heck yea, pour me another!

Photo of GrahamWalters
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to BA treehouse for sending this along in the n00b 3 BIF.

A - Pours a crystal clear straw color with two fingers worth of head. Head dies down fairly quickly.

S - A pleasant citrusy and piney nose, a smash of lemon and grapefruit, slightly sweet.

T - Strong bitterness with a continuation of the grapefruit and pine nose in the taste. A little watery on the back end, with no malt detected. The flavor dissapoints based on this beer's reputation.

M - Watery mouthfeel with limited carbonation. Doesn't quite support the bitterness imparted in the flavor.

D - Very drinkable and enjoyable overall. I could definitely see enjoying a few of these on a nice spring or summer day on the back deck. If only we got RR in MA...

Photo of colforbin73
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i could almost go 5 on "drinkability" because you could definitely put back a few of these, especially given the relatively low 6.10 ABV. this is like PLINY'S older brother -- Blind Pig sort of laid the foundation that would bring forth the now west-coast-classic (d)ipa, pliny the elder.

The Blind Pig pours a clear amber and is carbonated enough -- foams up nicely on the pour but it dissipates pretty quickly. Like most of RR's beers this brew consistently tastes fresh and the hop aromas and bitterness level are perfectly balanced against the sleek malt base -- which provides the perfect platform for the hop explosion dancing around in this beer -- the OG is a sufficient 1.060. It's a hop showcase.

I prefer this beer on tap. It certainly isn't gonna be the most extreme beer on tap at your local beer bar, but if you see it buy one. This would be a great "pitcher beer" -- good drinkin!

Photo of flipper2gv
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton to nickd717 for this beer.
This is my first Russian River Beer ever.

A: Lovely semi filtered light honey color with creme white head. The head looks creamy, lacing is good but retention is a bit bad.

S: Well this is a hop bomb. There seems to have lots of hops layers. Strong scents of: piny resin, lime, pineapple, grapefruits and maybe peach? Some fresh mint too. Lightly sweet from the malts: really like plain sugar, not much grain characteristics. Exactly what you'd expect from a West Coast IPA. Strangely smells a little bit like Windex. Very strong but a bit too straightforward (or not strong enough) for a perfect 5.

T: Again this is all hops. There are lime, piny resin, pineapple, grapefruits and yes there is a little peach in this. A LOT of hops, but not really bitter. Again, some mint in this (fresh mint, herbal and fresh). Also some orange juice that I didn't get in the smell. Hops are much more aromatic than bittering. Again, I really don't taste any malts in this except of the lightly undefined sweetness in the beer. Again, this beer is exactly what you'd expect in a west coast IPA, but lacks the extra WOW factor needed for a 5.

M: Medium to light body with medium carbonation. Fits the beer well and keeps things clean and refreshing.

D: Well, it's a low ABV IPA without much sweetness and isn't heavy in the mouth. This is a summer brew that is very drinkable, just not chugging it down like a madman drinkable.

Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fresh bottle poured into a globe.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a nice pillow one finger tall white head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Tons of citric hops up front with a nice lightly toasted caramel malt core. A bit grassy with some sweetness creeping in as it begins to warm up. Very nice stuff.

T - Nice citric hop bite up front is balanced out well with a nice mix of caramel malt sweetness and crisp tropical fruits. Finish is a bit dry with some nice lingering hop bitterness. Much better this time, still one of my all time favorites but I still prefer elder to the pig.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice light, refreshing, feel on the pallet. Finish has some lingering bitterness but nothing too over the top.

D - Very high. Blind pig has very good balance with plenty of drinkability left over. I love this stuff but I still prefer elder a bit more.

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

Bottled 1-3-11 poured into a tulip on 3-3-11

S- is loads of grapefruit and pine needles

T- A cracker like malty backbone greets you, intermingled with a slight breadiness and sweet and bitter tangerines. Ruby red grapefruit tangy bitterness

M/D- nice, creamy, light body with a toght, fine carbonation. This is a great beer, but IMO it just doesn't quite have enough of a malt backbone to keep up with the slamming the hops lay down on your tongue.

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

Huge thanks to nickd717 for this one. Bottle is dated 2/14/11. It's an excellent beer to commemorate the end of the regular season for my Boilermakers. It pours a beautiful gold in color, very translucent and clear with a one finger frothy white head. It smells of dry piny hops with bitter grapefruit. It's very piny with a light malt finish. The flavor is riddled with pine cones with a slightly sweet and bitter grapefruit aftertaste. It's definitely a solid IPA. It drinks light and is pretty drinkable but it really gives you cotton mouth. Luckily this fades the longer you drink it. It eventually turns mouth watering. It's probably one of the most drinkable IPAs around. I'm definitely thankful for the tick.

Photo of angrywolf
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly-cloudy golden color with a large head that dissipates slowly with very nice lacing.

S - Grapefruit, pine, tangerine, and maybe some pineapple.

T - Similar to the smell. Sweet citrus, some breadiness with a slightly bitter finish.

M - medium, almost thin-bodied, nice creamy mouthfeel.

D - The thinner mouthfeel and 6.1% ABV makes this a very sessionable beer.

Photo of Kelly88
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into my Kentucky Bourbon barrel Ale snifter That has a bottled on date of 2-14-11.

A- cloudy goldenrod with a soapy looking bright white head that settles fairly quickly to a frothy lace ring. Gobs of web lacing are grasping my glass. Very nice looking.

S- smells like pine cones and grapefruit got together and had a liquid kid. Very strong and appealing smells That really enhance the drinking experience.

T- not as bitter as expected. Grapefruit is subdued and balanced by a subtle bready malt. There is a faint soapiness That reminds me of two hearted. More flavor is desired but what is there is well done.

M- great texture in the mouth. Nothing off putting. Crisp and on point with a good balance of carbonation and coating.

D- very easy drinking ipa and I see no barriers to drinking many of these in a session. This would make a great six pack beer.

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

Great beer, Currently drinking one straight from the bottle. This is Something you can drink all day, this bottle is from 01 12 11, still holding up its flavor/hoppyness, not watered down/flat tasting. I cannot wait to get a newer bottle release of this to update the review. Nom!

Photo of inlimbo77
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Monk's in Philadelphia, PA at 2/28 Russian River tasting event.

A: Pours a nice, light orange color. Minimal head and lacing on the glass. Mild carbonation. Not too much bubbling. Clean looking beer.

S: Nice hop profile in the nose, but nothing greatly overpowering. I get some floral hops and a malt backbone. Doesn't jump out and bite you though.

T: Good floral and citruy hop flavor with a nice clean finish. Malts are mild but there. Just a really nice clean IPA.

M: Clean, crisp, and easy drinking. Doesn't coat the mouth much. Watery.

D: I had two that day, and could have gone on. at 6% ABV you could easily session this brew.

Overall, the Pig doesn't disappoint but it isn't Elder or Younger catagory. I would definitely enjoy this brew agin in the future.

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,693 ratings.