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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,227 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,227
Reviews: 1,308
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,432
Gots: 411 | FT: 18
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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 seand


4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from a bottle into a large red wine glass. Bottled 03/25/09, about a month old.

A: Pours a light, translucent golden amber with about a finger of bubbly white head. Head settles down leaving some foam on the surface. Nice lacing.

S: Piney fruity hop scents. Not a strong smell, but what's there is nice.

T: Well balanced. The hop flavor is certainly present, but not over the top like some other American IPAs. Pleasant mild hop aftertaste.

M: Good carbonation, medium body.

D: Easy to drink. ABV is low enough you could have quite a few of these. Would go great with a warm Summer day.

All around a very good IPA, with nothing out of place or over the top.

04-26-2009 20:23:33 | More by seand
Photo of jacobseyb


4.38/5  rDev +0.5%

A=Golden with ample bright white head, dissipates quickly.

S=Floral with citrus notes as an IPA should

T=Very similar to smell, hoppy bitterness and citrus notes

M=Good I liked the ample carbonation tickling the tongue

D=very drinkable, just a plain good beer.

04-25-2009 03:43:55 | More by jacobseyb
Photo of Nick3


4.28/5  rDev -1.8%

Beer is straw colored and a bit hazy. Great lacing all the way down the glass. Ample carbonation fizzes its way to the 2 finger head which dies quickly. Nose is pure floral hops, it's pungeant and smells great. Taste is citrus upfront, with some lemon, and a bit bitter but the bitterness is never too powerful as the malts balance this puppy out nicely. Easy to drink and the right level of carbonation for the style. A great IPA.

04-24-2009 05:29:28 | More by Nick3
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.93/5  rDev +13.1%

Acquired from fogdog courtesy of the 2009 Secret Bunny BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of strong floral hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste is extremely well-balanced with a strong but not over-powering burst of grassy hops and sweet citrus, plus some caramel in the background. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but it works perfectly for this beer. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is definitely one of the very best IPA's that I've had. It's the type of beer that is worth drinking a lot of for a whole evening.

04-22-2009 02:30:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of MPLS


4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

Bought this one from an online beer retailer along with numerous other Russian River beers that I have not tried before. Decided to break out a couple of bottles for some nice springlike BBQing.

A: Nice lively dark gold liquid, small 1 cm head, nothing drastic with lacing, but still present.

S: More toned down than the imperial IPAs I have been drinking lately, but very pleasant. A big earthy pine aroma with some citrus to boot. I forgot to pay attention to the brew date, but it was fresh.

T: It pains me to think that we cannot get Russian River in the midwest, there IPAs are delicious. This guy isn't overwhelming, but exquisite earthy, rose, and lemon citrus.

M: Carbonation gives it a lively mouthfeel, nice and sharp on the front of the tongue.

D: If this were available, total summer session beer. Low ABV with a delicious hoppy presence.

04-20-2009 23:35:44 | More by MPLS
Photo of monkeylovebeer


4.63/5  rDev +6.2%

Wow. Russian River's Blind Pig IPA pours a golden wheat straw color with a thick head the color of clouds ... clouds in heaven. Too much hyperbole? Dig that fresh aroma of hops.

The crew up in Santa Rosa really knows their hops. If either Pliny was a little too astringent for your taste, the Blind Pig is your animal. Whereas those multiple IPAs filled the senses with grapefruit and piney goodness, this American IPA tends to a more subtle citrus finish and a better balance between the florals and the sweet malt notes.

Just as on their fantastic Pliny the Elder, the bottle warns against aging this beer. Right...

04-20-2009 19:49:12 | More by monkeylovebeer
Photo of theopholis


3.88/5  rDev -11%

Appearance- Body is a light gold color with hints of a rich honey color. Continually effervesces. Head is a small, tight white affair with no retention but decent lacing.

Aroma- Good, strong hoppy aroma, with lots of citrus and pine coming though. A hint of malt in the background.

Taste- Mmmmm...Hoppy....arghghgh (said in Homer Simpson voice). Seriously, Good strong hop backbone with some citrus and piney notes in the taste (more subdued than the nose). Some malt sweetness comes through, but not much.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, but a bit on the heavy, sticky side. Leaves a nice lingering aftertaste. CO2 level is just right. The beer continues effervescing hop resins all the way down your gullet.

Drinkability- This ain't the hoppiest beer in the world, but any hop-head should enjoy it. Quite frainkly, it should have a little more maltiness and malt sweetness, but this stuff ain't bad.

04-19-2009 23:24:03 | More by theopholis
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3.9/5  rDev -10.6%

I have two main sources of beer: a large volume chain store, and a small volume specialty store. On a whim, I decided to go to the specialty store tonight... and what do I spy? A BLIND PIG AND A PLINY THE ELDER! I came home, changed my shorts, and am drinking the former as you read this.

My 500ml bottle dated 12/08, I think.

Entire bottle pours into a SINGLE pint glass. When I say pint glass, I'm talking a proper English pint glass. Some guy said he poured it into two pint glasses, and it made me cringe..moving on.

It started a light gold color, and got a little more coppery as the pour continued... and then in went the sediment. I normally don't care, but they should warn you on the label about that. After I completed the pour, it ended being a cloudy copper color.

Tons of hops on the nose. And I'd go so far as saying that it smells like Banana Frost... if you know what that is, you'll know what im talking about. Tons of citrus and pine.

WOW. Hop bomb nuked my palate, luckily im washing my beer down with some mildly spicy mexican food. Citrus pine, almost overload.

Quite drinkable actually, light mouth feel despite the hop bombing received.

Honestly I think this beer is over rated. Too many hop heads have inflated the rating of this beer. If you're one of those, this beer is for you. If you respect and cherish balance, you may not be impressed. Don't get me wrong, it is definitely worth trying.

04-18-2009 04:16:33 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
Photo of jdense


4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

On tap at the Horse Brass, fresh keg:) since it only last about two days once it goes on-line.

Pliny the Elder's little brother, straw colored body under effervescent two-finger head with lingering lacing. Hops and pine dominate the nose, a bit less malty than PtE. Pine, grass and grapefruit on the tastebuds, with a really nice lingering astringent hoppy finish. The thing I am most struck about is how divine this is on tap compared to its bottled brethren, even when the bottle is relatively fresh-I saw RR products at John's Marketplace that had been bottled within the last 10 days. I did a comparison later with the bottle version, and the keg won hands down. The best comparator I can think of is Bridgeport's IPA, which is high praise. An exemplar of the style, and given its relative lack of availability back east, part of the Holy Grail for BAs.

04-17-2009 15:24:49 | More by jdense
Photo of Keith238

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

500ml bottle poured into a standard pint glass (2 pours).

Thick white head dissipated slowly into tight lacing. Beer itself was a honey/orange color. Very strong citrus aroma of pineapple and tangerines. Great pine flavor that was not as pronounced in the smell. Slightly astringent but not harsh and very refreshing. Looking forward to the next one!

04-16-2009 11:47:04 | More by Keith238
Photo of sarahspat


4.63/5  rDev +6.2%

Thanks again, raoulduke37!

Pours cloudy peachy light orange color with a sizable fluffy off-white head; lacing is considerable.

Great aromas happening here: citrus... candied white grapefruit and candied pineapple, fresh pear, pine in the background. This brew has an amazing nose. Makes my mouth water.

The taste 100% lives up to the smell; everything I appreciate in the smell shows up again in the taste. Delish! Candied tropical fruits flourish in the perfect amount of bitterness to make this IPA really work.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, but the carbonation is great. Blind Pig is a very well-crafted IPA. It doesn't get much better than this. It's like a better version of Two Hearted, which is still a very good beer. Couldn't be more drinkable if it tried.

04-16-2009 02:09:50 | More by sarahspat
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4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

Bottle into goblet. Pours orange/golden, huge fluffy white head, retention, clear, active, some lacing. SMELL is grapefruity hops up front, a prominent sweet malty influence balances the pungent hops. Very nice. TASTE is sharp piny and citrusy hop flavors backed and blending with caramel malty sweetness. They struggle for dominance and compliment each other, but in the end the hoppy bitterness takes over and lingers. FEEL mild fiz and tingle, pleasantly rich and full texture. Some warming and drying in the sharp bitter finish that lingers. OVERALL has an aggressive hoppy attitude and bold attributes that make it seem like an imperial/double amped up something or other, but is fairly mellow in abv. Often balanced it drops its pretentions and packs a solid west coast IPA punch.

04-08-2009 19:41:10 | More by sprucetip
Photo of natasharai


4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Appearance: Poured with an off white frothy head that dissipated to a thin layer leaving some lacing. The beer is a yellow-orange golden color and is clear.

Smell: Strong hops presenting a big citrus aroma mostly of grapefruit, some sweet floral smell as well.

Taste: Sweet citrus, pine, malty caramel sweetness, hit of roasted malt, ends with a floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium bodied, leaves mouth feeling dry.

Overall: Fairly drinkable, good strong hop flavor, balanced with a sweet malt, refreshing beer.

04-06-2009 02:00:07 | More by natasharai
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -14%

From a bottle dated 102208, making it about 6 months old. Appears to have been kept in a refrigerated section at the beer store in Denver.

Appearance: Golden yellow, mediocre haed, some lacing but not great.

Aromas of hops: Piney, citrusy, some orange and grapefruit and pinecone.

Taste was definitely an IPA, as there were lots of hop flavors and bitterness to go around. But not really a lot of depth of flavor or balance.

Leaves a lingering bitterness on the palate, but is relatively thin bodied.

Overall, this is an okay IPA, but I am wondering if the high ratings stem more from it being brewed by Russian River than the actual flavor of the beer itself.

04-05-2009 21:08:50 | More by doppelmeup
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4.13/5  rDev -5.3%

The 500 ml bottle is very cool. The label is very cool

I noticed a significant amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle before I opened it and it was very easily agitated. For this reason, I poured this very slowly. I poured a little more aggressively when the Stone Levitation stemmed glass was ¾ quarters full. The liquid was a bright, crystal clear, straw color with a copper hue when held to the light. It was topped with a bright white tight foam. The head receded slowly but consistently to a beautiful lace, tall collar and splotchy, bubbly coat.

The aroma is outrageous. It begins with incredible amounts of pine and citrus hops. The citrus becomes very complex as you take it in deeper. Tangerine, navel orange, ruby red grapefruit. A bit of biscuit comes through in the aroma as well.

The initial flavor rush is a very pungent pine hops with a strong, sharp, brash bitterness that pushes through into the middle. The middle then brings some biscuit and caramel malt sweetness. This is quickly pushed aside by the hops, which come through with a more pine and some citrus. The citrus is mostly grapefruit and grapefruit pith here, not as complex as the aroma. The finish is a long pasting bitterness.

A medium to light body is back up by a vibrant and tingly carbonation. The liquid wets the palate quite a bit, to the point of feeling slightly watery at times.

This is a very good IPA. I could have several. The sharpness of the bitterness would make me look to something else.

Thanks For Reading

04-03-2009 01:33:30 | More by jackorain
Photo of tempest


4.1/5  rDev -6%

On-tap at Ortino's Northside. $5 for a 10 oz pour. Appeared a clear gold with a thick white head. The aroma is an intoxicating mix of pineapple, grapefruit, floral perfume and pine - amazing. I only wish the flavor could match that amazing smell. Yeah, it's pretty awesome, with a more herbal grapefruit taste and hint of biscuity malts, but the aroma is just top notch. The bitterness level is also pretty spot on. This is damn good IPA.

03-29-2009 04:33:48 | More by tempest
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

This poured a slightly hazy light copper with a bit of off-white head. It smelled like orange and grapefruit hops, with pineapple and honey. It tasted surprisingly mellow, like orange and grapefruit, with some honey and a bit of cream and rose. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was super clean and tasty, with a fresh hops flavor reminiscent of HopSlam. Not overly bitter, and great body, so it was pretty easy to drink. There wasn't much complexity to it, but I think that's ok for an IPA. Just straightforward and delicious hops. This wasn't quite my absolute favorite IPA, but I can't really find a flaw with it. Well done.

03-25-2009 16:10:39 | More by Pencible
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

It's a good beer, but either I had a not-quite-up-to-par sample, or it's a bit too old (it was bottled 12-2008 and I'm drinking it 3-2009). I enjoy it, but not A or A+ material.

A: Hazy, light amber color. Almost orange. Very little head. Very fine carbonation.

S: Amazing. Apricot, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and honey. I almost want to burst out into song with "these are a few of my favorite things" it smells so good.

T: Not nearly as sweet as it smelled, but still not bad at all. Balanced bitterness from the hops with fruit flavors from the hops, all of which is pretty balanced by the malt, although the malt is losing out here a bit in the battle for flavor dominance.

M: Relatively thin texture compared to how it looked. Not very carbonated either. Still probably a medium-bodied beer on the whole, and probably thick for a non-imperial IPA.

D: Highly desirable to consume, but the odd texture (from relatively thinness of the body combined with the low carbonation) and the bitterness winning out on the balance war, makes me knock it down a point or so, even though the flavor and especially scent are good.

03-25-2009 00:01:58 | More by jnn4v
Photo of twelvsies


4.13/5  rDev -5.3%

Part of a recent beer haul from Colorado. Supposedly some version of this is claimed to be the first "West Coast IPA" so I feel like I'm drinking a little part of history here. Nice and clear amber, good healthy long-lasting head and lacing. Lots of pine and floral hops in the nose. Grainy but light malts take a backseat, but do a decent job at supporting the main flavors of this beer. This is a really nice tasting ale for sure, but I think the best thing about it is that it's so damn drinkable and so flavorful with out being a double IPA and with out being too high in ABV. If I had more I would drink it right now. Russian River knows how to do an IPA. Sho nuff.

03-24-2009 16:06:21 | More by twelvsies
Photo of klewis


4.13/5  rDev -5.3%

Bottled 11/19/08
ABV listed at 6.10%

A: Pours golden with a moderate, frothy head. Heavy lacing.

S: Good hop aroma. Pine, lemon, and some grass.

T: Smooth, complex hop taste with flavors of pine and citrus and a light floral character. More bitter than your typical 6% IPA and lacking any malt balance, yet still tasty.

M: Huge body for the ABV with very light and fine carbonation giving it a very soft, silky texture. Quite dry with a lingering bitterness.

D: An IPA that is quite smooth and tasty, yet the bitterness might be an obstacle to some.

03-22-2009 18:47:38 | More by klewis
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

On-tap at the Memphis Tap Room in Philadelphia...
An all-around teriffic depiction of the style and one of the better American IPA's I've had the pleasure of recently sampling...
Copper, light-bronze appearance with minimal head and minor lacing...
Smell: Rich hops, piney, and thick...
Taste: More mellow than I had expected, yet the beauty of this beer lies in its drinkability... Extremely well balanced with hints of hops and vines...

03-22-2009 01:46:44 | More by dsa7783
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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Cheers to errantknight for throwing this in as an extra!

Bottled on 2/15/09 - Just over a month old.

Bomber poured into a nonic with an off-white one finger head that quickly disappears. Great looking beer - golden/orange - very similar to Pliny the Elder. In fact, I think I'd have a tough time choosing which was which if they were there side by side. If anything, Blind Pig has a bit more golden highlights. Hazy with minimal carbonation. Nice lacing.

Aroma on this one is mild but inviting pine and floral notes. Although much more subdued than some hop bombs, getting your nose right inside the glass reveals quite a bit going on - even some citrus.

This is one of the best IPA's I've tasted. It doesn't have the same bite as some of this style, but to be honest, there are times when I'm not looking for the zing of hopbomb - for such occasions, this is an excellent brew. Smooth texture with great mouthfeel, I wish this one were readily available here as it is about as easy to drink as it gets.

03-19-2009 22:47:20 | More by LJArsenal
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North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +10.1%

Excellent look. More golden in color that other IPA's but the head, oh that head. Creamy in color and texture that looks like a topo map of the Rockies. Wow! Tons of sticky lacing.
A wonderful aroma of floral, citrus, pine fills the olefactory senses.
Usual IPA flavors but RR just does it better. This has a lot of everything with out too much of anything. Perfect IPA flavor with out being too big.
Mouthfeel is smooth yet sharp.
I wish I had another bottle.
Thanks flexabull. I'm jealous that you get to drink this all the time.

03-18-2009 02:01:21 | More by wcudwight
Photo of Docer


4.28/5  rDev -1.8%

Grabbed a pint bottle.. poured into a bomber.. bottled 020209. 6.10% Alc. on this bottle.

Great stuff..

- Nice cloudy copper with fantastic lacing and creamy light head. The way a west coast IPA should look.

- Smell is of bready and rye malt with a citrus/floral hop splash. A bit musty, but it has to be. Must be dry-hopped a couple times. Pretty much the IPA you can put a wedge of lemon in.. bright lemon bitterness as well. Is this the Widmer Hefe's of IPA's?

- Bitter bite, floral and citrus hop, balanced with a bready and rye malt... very tasty. Left at a '4' because of the huge lemon citrus bite. No alcohol taste at all.

- Bitter lemon aftertaste.. but citrus, hop, rye... low carbonation... good.

- Too drinkable... the lemon bite/zest will make you want to drink your savings account away. Don't do to yourself as the government already has!

Love the Elder much better... but it's nice to see that this number is different from the Elder... they didn't just plain ferment longer or make it stronger... but yet made a very different IPA w/ the same hop characteristics..

Impressed! Loving the IPA's from Russian River Brewing Co. Wish more like it would bottle and distribute in the Portland, OR area at a great price!

03-17-2009 23:13:44 | More by Docer
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4.1/5  rDev -6%

A- Nice big white head lay atop a mildly hazed golden colored beer. Head retention and lacing were minimal.

S- Very sweet and juicy aroma with good citrus and floral notes. Orange and grapefruit with some nice caramel and white cake.

T- Lots of pine flavored hops up front with a good caramel base. Starts out bitter then waves of sweet then citrus hops then more sweet maltiness. hoppy bitter bite in the end.

M- Medium bodied with a nice sweet base and some big bite.

Overall a very good IPA nice balance and good verity of hop character.

03-16-2009 21:02:00 | More by br3wmeister
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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