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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,337 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,337
Reviews: 1,314
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,462
Gots: 438 | FT: 19
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 oxnard111
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 500ML. Served in a pint glass. Bottled on: 04-16-09

A - Light gold. Cloudy. Slightly unfiltered. Very tall 2-3 finger pure white thick foamy head. Full lacing that sticks all the way to the top of the glass. Little carbonation

S - Sweet hoppy aroma. Citrus with deep pine scent. Mandarine/Tangerine smells. Small amount of malty/vanilla aromas mix within.

T - Hops in the forefront. Orange and tangerine citrus flavors. Slightly spicy. Bitter but not overly so. Great bitterness for an IPA. Spicy aftertaste that tends to linger. Sweetness hidden within.

M - Medium consistency. A little chewy. I think the low carbonation level makes it feel on the thicker side.

D - Very good beer. Could drink a couple of these, but don't know if I could do a whole session. Would drink this beer after others if you were reviewing different beers back to back since the hops kinda took over my mouth.

Overall this is great beer. I love IPA's and this is a great one.

oxnard111, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed, bright apricot colored with a thick and frothy head of off-white foam that lingers a long long time.

Fresh and inviting aroma of floral and citrus hops, slightly resinous and somewhat piney.

Juicy hops flavors, like the nose it runs the gamut from floral to orange juicy, tangerine and grapefruit rind, subtle pine. A honied malt backbone rides beneath. Very flavorful, not overly bitter. Good balance of malt and bitterness. Sappy pine builds in the finish and lingers.

Even mouthfeel, medium carbonation. A very tasty and highly drinkable beer. Many thanks to joerodiii for sending this one my way.

far333, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of arizcards
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up as part of a case from O'Shea Brewing in late May for $4.04 a bottle. Bottled on 3-3-09. Finally getting around to reviewing this after a number of pints.

Beer poured a golden orange with a three fingered white head that is leaving a nice sticky lacing behind. Nose is wonderful, full of floral hops. Taste is light on the bready malts and heavy on peach, citrus, and pine hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Overall drinability is near perfect. This is a great example of the IPA style with hops heavy and the malts running lightly in the background.

arizcards, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of jbsteiny
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle, about three months old.

Pours clear, the color of polished brass, with a pillowy, off-white head that leaves great rings and chunky lacing.

Nose heavy on pineapple, backed by pine, grapefruit, and orange. Somewhat like Stone, but less sweet. Faint bread/caramel malt aromas in there, but hard to extract from the strong hop aromas.

Ooh but this is yummy! Sweet citrus subsides to bitterness and peach. I like a little more malt in there, but it probably wouldn't go down so smooth. Finish is somehow both full of hop oils and very dry, which, along with the light-medium body, helps this be an incredibly drinkable IPA. The bitter finish may be true for the style, but I prefer IPAs that match it with some more malt sweetness (Stone) or diacetyl (Maui). All in all, though, this is a great American IPA. Hats off yet again to the brewers at RR.

jbsteiny, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of SpdKilz
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Golden yellow with a hint of amber. Poured the last bit of it hard to obtain some fluffy white head which quickly subsides and leaves decent lacing.

Smell - Very obvious pine smell to me with citrus (pineapple) right there with it. I have sat here and smelled it a few times now and am still thoroughly enjoying the scent.

Taste - At first there is a hint of sweetness which is overtaken by citrus, pine, and hops.
Mouthfeel - Thickness is a medium with a bit more carbonation than expected, which is not a bad thing for this brew.

Drinkability - Very high! I thoroughly enjoy this beer (thought I give a slight edge to Pliny the Elder). Overall, an amazing drink and it is hard to stop at one.

SpdKilz, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of joebrewer
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted many times, this is from a 3/26/09 bottling.

Golden slighly copper color. White head.

Big hop aroma, some pine/resin, grapefruit and citrus.

Light body, hop forward. Less body than many other IPAs which allows the hops to stand forward.

Firmly bitter, but it's surrounded by big west-coast hop flavors. No grassy flavors that usually smother beers with this amount of hops.

Mouthfeel: hop bitterness and flavor lingers throughout.

joebrewer, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Bottled on 4/16/09, making this sample a little over 3 months old.

Body is a saffron or tangerine-yellow. Beer is unfiltered so clarity isn't an issue. Persistant off-white had settles a finger high and leaves behind a tall lightly speckled wall of lacing.

Aroma is very strong, with citrus and summer fruit esters wafting over from a foot away. Peach, grapefruit zest, strawberry, and watermelon all come to mind.

Strongly bitter at first on the palate, but quickly offset by a sweet/tart combo like sugar coated sour candy. Light bread-like malt, crisp grapefruit-like bitterness, and a long dry finish round out the flavor.

Fairly light-bodied with high carbonation; while alcohol lends some extra flavor without extra warmth. Highly drinkable.

Straight-forward, clean, to the point, and powerful without being overwhelming - this is a high quality American IPA.

augustgarage, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of wd40
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed about six weeks after it was bottled.

Bright lemon with some apricot and a hint of grapefruit balanced by a subtle sweetness from the malt. The sweetness is perfect and only comes into play in the aftertaste. The beer poured a really creamy head that actually lingered a bit (always makes me happy). Left a beautiful layer of lace on the glass. The appearance is a hazy golden orange.

The nose evolves from acidic hoppy goodness to a more sweet fruity citrus perfume as the beer comes closer to room temperature. The beer is incredibley smooth, although I expect nothing less from Russian River.

I can't get enough of this beer! It gets better and better as I sip it.

wd40, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of DIM
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We went out for dinner last night after a long, but ultimately a great, day. I was very happy to see this on-tap.

a: This was a slightly dark golden color with some amber highlights. It was served to me with a short, frothy white cap that faded to lace.

s: Huge, fresh hop aromas of grapefruit with a little pine. This was sweet as well, with aromas of vanilla and caramel.

t: Mirrored the smell for the most part, but I was surprised by how sweet this was. Not a classic west coast IPA at all, this had a sturdy malt backbone that tasted of vanilla cookies and caramel. Plenty of hops here as well, flavors of bitter citrus with a little pine.

m: Very creamy with a nicely sticky body.

d: Great IPA to toast some good news with!

DIM, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the brewery several times before I know what a awesome beer it is.

A- Comes with a 1.5 finger head, and has a nice clear amber hue. Makes my mouth water.

S- Starts off with a very complex hop profile with a slight citrus/fruit aroma which comes to a bready malt finish.

T- Very complex hop flavors. Dry bitterness flows into a fruity taste of grapefruit and blackberry tannins. It finishes with notes of pine citrus.

M- High carbonation. medium body with a dry finish Slightly warming as it finishes from alcohol.

O- This is am amazing IPA, maybe my personal favorite. It has all the right hop notes with out overpowering anything. Just the right amount of malt backbone. Perfect.

DwnTwnBwn, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased by my friend in San Francisco and brought back to GA. Bottle date is 6-08-09. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: The color is very similar to the bottle of Pliny I had last night. It is an orange tinted yellow with a white head that settles down relatively quickly after the pour. It has pretty good lacing.

S: Unlike so many other West Coast IPAs that seem to be dominated by grapefruit and orange aromas, this one seems to be a bit more pineapple focus. There is a floral hop aroma mixed in as well.

T: The taste starts out ever so slightly sweet before being washed away by a wave of citric, floral, and piney hop flavors. Grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple all come along for the party. The beer is very dry and definitely has a bitter taste all the way through the finish.

M: The body has a medium thickness. The carbonation is spot on. It makes the beer smooth and creamy.

D: Surprisingly the beer goes down real quick for as bitter as it is. I think part of the reason may be that it has such a dry finish that it makes you want to take another sip.

GatorBeerNerd, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of jdklks
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- an almost transparent gold (tinge of amber) with a fluffy white head that goes down quickly and leaves minimal lacing. nothing too special.

S- citrusy, piney, hoppy. some sweet fruitiness in the nose as well.

T- A very good ipa. citrus, pine, and a great bitter hoppiness. grapefruit bitterness in the aftertaste. no maltiness here, but pure hops, like a west-coast ipa should be (i.e. unbalanced).

M- perhaps slightly over-carbonated, but it is an ipa we're talking about. medium-bodied, and a nice hop oiliness on the palate.

D- through the roof.

A great regular ipa. one of the best for sure.

jdklks, Jul 15, 2009
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1 pint .9oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a coppery orange with about a finger of head that shrinks to a thin cap. Gradients of lacing expose each delicious sip.

S: Huge pine and grapefruit hoppyness assault the nose. I can't wait to see what my tongue thinks...

T: Resinous, piny, leafy hop flavors smother my palate. A slightly sweet malt background follows to balance the euphoric bitterness. Somehow, this brew is only rated at 72 IBU's. It tastes much hoppier than that to me.

M: Medium mouthfeel with just enough carbonation.

D: Yes, please.

FACEMEAT, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of 0110x011
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours perfect orange with a thick one finger head. Not much retention, but thick sheets of lace are left behind.

S - big grapefruit and orange peel hops first. This is a HOPPY sombitch for sure. Some nice peachy fruit and bready notes come through for just the right balance. Some tropical fruit and floral notes as well.

T - Citrus of all kinds, tropical fruits, and pine form a delectable combination of IPA goodness. Definately on the citric/fruity side of the hop spectrum, with just enough malt backbone.

M - a bit prickly, but still smooth. Medium finish.

D - very high. Another pint, please!

A modern classic, and for good reason. An exellent beer, to say the least.

0110x011, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a three-fingers off-white and fluffy head into a snifter that left thick sheeting and coating throughout. the body was bright orange and bubbly.
s - grapefruits and orange.
t - citrus, pine and grass. had a dry aroma to it as well.
m - medium thickness on the tongue. smooth and creamy.
d - highly drinkable. delicious.

GPHarris, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an orangy golden amber with a nice 3/4" head. Beautiful ribbons of lacing and wonderful head retention.

The aroma is piney citrus, sweet caramel malt and sweet pink grapefruit. Smells gorgeous.

The taste is pure pink grapefruit balaced against toasty, caramel malt which gives way to a tasty green leafy hops, all in spectacular balance.

The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety while at the same time tongue-tickling.

It's a joy to drink and I only wish I had ready access to this benchmark American IPA so I could drink more.

MeisterBurger, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of schmitter
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pig came to me a slightly clouded amber with a slight head.
There was a fairly floral scent.
It had a pleasently bitter bite to it, both up front and aftertaste. There was the usual citrusy notes of the style, most notably tart lemon. It finished very dry but smooth and is definetly a beer I want more than one of.

schmitter, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, faintly-hued, dull copper body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Pungent nose dominated by robust hop notes of pithy grapefruit, earthy lemon rinds, pineapple, and flowers.

Taste: Starts with a subtly sweet, restrained pale malt base from which to launch yourself into the hop field. Soon, a full-on barrage of sharply citric hop character and bitterness pushes its way onto the palate. Strong accents of white grapefruit and rustic lemon, with somewhat lesser undertones of fruity pineapple and pressed flowers. Medium-high bitterness. The beer remains assertively bitter all the through (and beyond) the very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A bit oily, a bit sticky even.

Drinkability: Well, there's no question, it's certainly one for the hop fiends. About as reasonably easy to drink as a cuttingly bitter India Pale Ale can hope to be.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Monks in Illadelphia.

A: Really nice looking copper color. The lacing on this beer was super impressive. Everything you want in an IPA.

S: Hops. Hops. Hops. Smelled good in the hop district. That was all this beer had with a distinctly west coast slant. Honestly that is all you want and it was perfect.

T: Really awesome. I had a fresh bottle of this a few months back and the draft version really blew it away. The hops totally overpower anything else going on but when they taste like this who cared. Quite bitter but that is why we play this game.

M: Just a delight on the tongue.

D: There was talk for a little while of abandoning all other plans and sessioning Blind Pig for hours. To the BAs out west I am jealous. This is an amazing beer.

aerozeppl, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of gameface23
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/08/09.

A: Hazy orange color with a great head. Lacing is abundant.

S: Pure American hops (pine resin).

T: Bitter hops. The end finishes a little harsh.

M: Medium-bodied, but I feel like there's something missing.

D: It's a well crafted IPA.

gameface23, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of damienblack
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to papollo to sending me this from his trip to Cali!

Bottle is dated 3/26/09, so just around 3 months old at this point. Pours a light honey-golden, almost like a macro. Nice puffy head, retains exceptionally well. Nice and sticky for some cool lacing patterns. Smells of subdued hops, nice standard IPA smell. Taste... very clean piney hops. Nice and on the dryer side, like I like. A bit of earthiness from the hops, also. Citrus takes a back door, comes in more on the back palate, along with a mapley slight sweetness. Pretty much comes in on the back of the roof of the mouth. Most excellent. Great mouthfeel and carbonation, nice drinkability also. Can't wait to try Pliney!

damienblack, Jul 07, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked one of these up the last time I was in San Francisco. Pours a dark yellow color with a nice tall head that has decent retention and leaves nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of US hops that have a citrus and pine character. The flavor is quite bitter and full of that characteristic US hop with citrus and pine. The hops hang around on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium and the drinkability is pretty good. Nice beer.

clvand0, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Editing review, due to obtaining a fresh bottle while in cali. Bottled 12/11/09

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a 1 finger creamy beige head. Color is a hazy peach gold. Very appealing for an IPA. Decent head retention because of the etching. Leaves some splattered lace.

Aroma: A lot of fresh floral hops. Some grapefruit citrus notes. Some honey dew. Bready malts a bit in the background. Had I not looked on BA, I would have thought this was a double. Solid smelling ipa.

Taste: Sweet at first, then comes the load of hops hit. Earthy and floral hops. Very fresh, earthy taste. Honey. Very slight alcohol peaks out in the aftertaste. Grapefruit citrus and lemons. Some caramel malts balance it out a bit, but I love the freshness.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, a little creamy in the back. Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Leaves a dry hoppy aftertaste, which is what I expected.

Overall, I think this is a staple for an ipa. Drinkable and I could easily have more. Some IPAs I can drink more of and this is one of them. Good beer and a great price.

mothman, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange in color. A nice fluffy white head sites on top with excellent lacing.

S: The nose has an excellent fruit character with lots of citrus and perhaps even a touch of tropical fruits. There is a mild pine note to this as well.

T: The fruit flavor really shines through here, much more so than in Pliny. A nice juicy grapefruit flavor with some sweet caramel malt and a nice bitter finish.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation (which could be affected by the growler).

D: It's too bad that this is the same price as Pliny, because it would be a top rate IPA if it was made by a different brewery.

womencantsail, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of davexisxrabid
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange, not much visible carbonation. 2 inch thick fluffy white head, decent retention and left some good lacing during the drinking period.

Aroma of lemon peel, lemon zest. That notable citrus hop aroma lets you know what you're in store for...

Light malt base with a strong citrus hop presence. I'm not a hop head but this isn't too overpowering - it's not hop juice but you're in for a hoppy ride.

Medium bodied IPA with a lingering bitterness on the tongue, the carbonation helps keep the palate clean and clear.

Good drinkability albeit a little high on the abv scale for a session beer. Could have more than one in a night but for some reason the carbonation in this brew makes me burp a lot more than I'm use to...

davexisxrabid, Jul 05, 2009
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,337 ratings.