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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,790 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,790
Reviews: 1,344
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,582
Gots: 549 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Photo of dylanrossi
4.62/5  rDev +6%
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
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
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
4.1/5  rDev -6%
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
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
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
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
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
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
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
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
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
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
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
3.72/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
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
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
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
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Photo of futura123
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to a pint glass

A : honey amber golden with a thick white head with excellent lacing

S :The smell is subtle with hints of orange peel, pine along with a mild, pleasant sweet malt note.

T : There is an incredible sweet, malt note here that is a perfect balance to the light hops. There's some very distinct, clean hops notes in this IPA but by not being overpowering it actually make the end note linger in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: light- medium body with good carbonation.

This is an excellent IPA that gets overlook because of the big brother PtE. The orange notes of Blind Pig is more prominent than citrusy of PtE. This beer becomes rare and rarer to find since most people go for PtE since they are the same price range. IMO, Blind Pig holds it own ground and I have to drive a little further each time to make sure get some Pigs together with PtE. Thanks Vinnie for such a wonderful concoction.

Photo of claytong
3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - solid inch and a half of head. orange, minor amber and copper influence

Smell - hoppy of course, not as much as pliny but its dominate, minor citrus

Taste - like the smell, minor citrus actually seems more like grapefruit, bitter grapefruit, bittering hops. nicer as it warms up.

Mouthfeel - smooth, medium body for an ipa

im not that much into ipas, but rr's dont make me crazy about them either.

Photo of mryuk
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a filtered amber-gold with a finger of head.

smell is piny hops, not overpowering.

taste is extremely light and crisp with good strong piny hop flavor start to finish.

mouth is light with good carbonation.

drinkability is extremely good. a toned down version of pliny the elder but just as smooth and enjoyable.

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

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

A fine, fresh, hoppy IPA. Poured a hazy copper with a nice frothy white head that laced well. Big hoppy aroma, floral and fruity, with notes of grapefruit and lemon. Taste is of pine, resin, grapefruit, lemon zest and apricot, with a sweet malty background. Leaves a resinous, bitter aftertaste; crisp and drying. Medium-bodied and very drinkable.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for this bottle

Review adapted from notes taken 12/23/10

Appearance: An amber/copper/golden color with a nice head and great lacing

Smell: Extremely, wonderfully hoppy - sharp citrus/lemon aromas completely overwhelm the malts... in the best way possible - tangerine and orange flesh, with a touch of pith, some dank notes, resinous pine - nicely pale malts, very clean

Taste: Very, very bitter - I have encountered few beers that provide this level of bitterness - it's a lingering bitterness, too - super hoppy, with mostly citrus (grapefruit) and resin notes - just gets better as it warms, explosive citrus, hops everywhere - juicy, fleshy, resinous - clean, pale malts - some balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nicely carbonated, extremely drinkable

Overall: Fantastic, of course

If I lived within Russian River's distribution, I would buy this all the time. I've had better IPAs, but this really ranks among the best.

Update: 5/2/13

Drinking a fresh bottle courtesy of magictacosinus, my first since 2010. It's just as magical as I remember. This is the definition of world class. I bumped up the appearance and taste, slightly.

Photo of HikerCT
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this in a NOOB BIF from lisomiso - Thanks!

I had a 1 pt 9 fl oz bottle (not sure if they come in different sizes) served in my imperial pint glass, which was bought in England.

I was immediately impressed by both the clarity of this beer and the head, which was creamy white color and lasted a long time.

I can't say that this beer has very much of a nose to it. I can smell some malt and a hint of hops, but no aroma that knocks me off my feet and says, "Here I am!" But at the same time, this isn't bad. It just doesn't stand out to me - could just be one of those genetic quirks of my sniffer.

The taste is all about the hops. It's very bitter upfront and finishes with a sort of herbal - maybe a little fruity - taste, but nothing too pronounced. The bitterness lingers and finishes very dry.

This is a beer that lets you know you're drinking an IPA.

Photo of danieelol
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice yellow golden colour. Decent head and lacing.

S: Pineapple, juicy tropical fruits, bit of pine. Very juicy nose. Smells like a nice fruity jelly.

T: Really pleasant mix of tropical fruit. Subtle flavours, and very drinkable. Bitter but not that bitter. Bit of pine.

M: Feels good, pretty full.

O: Really high quality beer. I bet it would be a cracker when fresher.

Photo of tewaris
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml. (16.9 oz.) bottled 05/09/2011 poured into a pilsner glass.

Crystal clear liquid gold with a good off white dense head. Surprisingly the retention is just average but the lacing is real good.

I am not a big fan of the aroma that although very good, is rather weak, and a tad maltier than the blast I was hoping for. The hops are weedy and spicy, and come along really well in the taste. Very bitter with minty, spicy and pungent notes on the backdrop of a light malt base; somehow Blind Pig feels like chewing on tobacco/tea leaves, but in the most delicious way.

The mouthfeel is not as crisp, but that could be the temperature. Finish is bone dry and the body is below medium. A real easy drinking, lower alcohol, low gravity, hop heavy IPA. Belongs in the league of Masala Mama and Furious in every respect but aroma. But then, I have always had the said beers fresh, and even on cask so the comparison might not be fair.

I like it, very much!

Appearance 4/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 4.5/5; Mouthfeel 4.5/5; Overall 4.5/5

Photo of SFGuy187
4.97/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is up there in my Top 3 single IPAs at the moment, and I actually prefer Blind Pig over Pliny the Elder. Poured from a 500 mL bottle, freshness date prominently displayed. This was bottled less than 2 weeks ago.

A: Muted yellow-orange with a nice fluffy white head. A little cloudy. Plenty of lacing.

S: Very floral bouquet of hops. I don't get any of the sweetness from less balanced IPAs ... just a nice and potent blast of fresh hops.

T: A little bitter, but very well balanced against the malt bill. No single note overpowers the other (i.e. citrus vs. pine), and a very subtle hint of honey.

M - Very smooth, balanced, creamy and light (for an IPA).

O - I don't know if it is just me getting older, but I enjoy the fact that Blind Pig is so balanced with a lower abv% than a lot of IPAs out there. Very drinkable and one of the best IPAs on the planet. A perfect example of the west coast style.

Photo of jmeyers78
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass ware: Pint glass

A - Pale gold with a nice 1/4" thick white head

S - Hops, hops and more hops. More specifically citrus and pine

T - Right off the bat I noticed the bitterness...a very pleasant bitterness. This offsets well with the malt backbone. Very, very drinkable

M - Nice. Creamy and balanced.

O - A very good IPA. I can definitely see where the hype came from. If this beer was more readily available to me it would definitely be a staple of mine

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,790 ratings.