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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

4,380 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,380
Reviews: 1,314
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,469
Gots: 447 | FT: 18
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 vacax
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10 days ago. Pours rich golden orange with a big fluffy white head. Good retention and an excess of lacing adorns the spent glass. Aromas waft into my nose in elegant waves of papaya, pineapple, pine, and mango. The flavor is equally tropical as the nose, but is actually a lot more floral and herbal. Despite the incredible nose, this is only moderately bitter, matched by the juicy fruit and flora, and not excessive on the palate or alcohol (which is reserved for the DIPA). Medium in body, with a lively prickly carbonation. Delicious, intense, yet approachable. A paragon of the style. I know of no better version of the India Pale Ale.

Spec-tac-ular.

vacax, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a dark yellow/golden color with a big 2 finger white foam head. A good amount of lacing the whole way through the drink.

S: Grapefruit citrus hops are the most predominant scent. Very strong and very inviting.

T: If you enjoy ample amounts of citrus hops, grapefruit, pineapple and lemon, this is your beer. There are some malt character the evens out the beer.

M: Leaves a nice dry bitter finish on the palate.

D: Easy to drink IPA. A lower ABV does not make this 'sessionable' but it is easy to enjoy multiple in a sitting.

IronCitySteve, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Jmoore50
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado.

The appearance on this one is beautiful. Just a great color that has no hazy appearance at all. Just a great golden color with a very sticky frothy pitch white head.

The smell is not very strong, dry bitter hops in the smell is all I could detect.

The taste is good but nowhere near Pliny. Good hop taste in the beginning and a very medium dry hop finish. I like it, I like it alot. Pine hops, not fruity at all.

Very good brew from a very good brewery.

J

Jmoore50, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a very light clear orange with about a 1 finger head thats lasts a couple minutes. It has nice lacing because as the head falls it leaves chunky rings of head around the glass.

The aroma is very nice and balanced. Its light in strength but a perfect match of citrus and hops.

The taste is pretty light and you get no sweet. The start is pretty plain then goes to a light bitter from mid to finish. Light mouthfeel decently drinkable.

jrallen34, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of anchordrinker
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden amber with a small head that dissipates to a thin layer that sticks around. Nice lacing is revealed as well.

S- Grapefruit/citric and sweeter tropical aromas dominate

T- Again tropical fruit and grapefruit, but the taste is a little more balanced than the aroma (from which I pretty much only got hoppy qualities) with some nice sweet malty backing. Bitterness shines through with increasing intensity, reaching its peak near the end.

M- Light to medium bodied, good carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, a good stepping stone to enjoying something like Pliny.

anchordrinker, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured a golden amber color that produced a fluffy white head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a medley of hop aromas, I was surprised I got so much out of the beer, but pine, orange, pineapple, lemon, and grapefruit, good God, I've fallen in love

T - The taste of this beer had a nice bit of caramel malts at the beginning, but the star was quickly unleashed, the hops, and the mix of hops flowers was along the nose, but words cannot describe the taste of this beer

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This would be my favorite IPA, but I think Masala Mama wins by a hair, otherwise, this is one of the all time great beers

cvfish, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of microbrew52
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As close to a perfect beer as I have found. Great balance between the bountiful hops in the mouth and the smoothness in the finish. The aroma is second to none, where you can pick up on so many different hints of citrus, fruit and hops. Again, for all the flavor you get when drinking, this remains a very drinkable IPA

microbrew52, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of Stigs
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip. Didnt have a chance to try this on my trip out in SD, luckily a friend brought back some with him.

A - pours a rich frothy inch of foam. settling slowly into a big pillowy cloud in the middle. looks like a clinger as well. color is a beautiful healthy gold. very impressive.

S - all sorts of hops, getting notes of pine, citrus, floral, grassy...this one has them all. also a touch of sweetness driving it all. super pleasant on the nose.

T - bitterness up front, then the various subtle hop flavors kick in. not so much malt backbone here. wish it had just a tad less bitterness to allow the flavors more room to breathe. slight alcohol warminess down the throat. not bad.

M - really crisp and perfectly carbonated. just the right amount of thickness.

D - the bitterness kind of wears after a bit. a solid IPA but nowhere near its older brother Pliny.

Stigs, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of berley31
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a big, white, creamy head... dissipated to about 1/2-finger or so over time. Very good lacing, left in sheets on the sides of the glass. Body is a dark golden color, and clear.

S: Mostly hops and pine, with some citrus pushing its way through all the hoppiness.

T: The citrus and pine needles are what's prevalent at first, and then it finishes moderately bitter and hoppy. It's all very clean and smooth, however... excellent balance.

M: Light-to-medium body with a slightly creamy texture and average carbonation.

D: That's a damn fine IPA... I was excited to try this beer (had it at the Uber Tavern in Seattle... the keg had just literally been tapped) after all I've heard, and it didn't let me down at all.

berley31, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson for getting a draft of this for me at the drafting room- 10oz pour in a goblet.

A - A light haziness in the golden appearance w/ amber hues, overall a very attractive ale. The head is thin and has an off white shade w/ very small bead

S - The aroma has it! Mango, pineapple and golden grapefruit w/ piney hop notes and lemony, citrus peel blend. The mild tropical hints are just pungent and combine w/ hop notes that indicate a bitter yet fragrant beer

M - A dry citrus bite w/ medium carbonation and bitter herbal texture w/ tangy grapefruit acidity. The mouthfeel has intensely bitter quality that lasts long after the swallow giving a dry texture on the palate and yet has mild sweet malt in with the bitter to keep it from feeling too harsh, just a shadow of malt

T - The taste has sweet mango, grapefruit witha a gentle lemon zest tinge. The flavor of malt is there but the focus here is the hops with have an herbal bitter element after the grapefruit-flesh of the grapefruit flavor, not the zest really. The light pepper in the flavor adds a grassy ting to the IPA, with mild malt and resinous hop flavors melding, barely a touch of alcohol in the flavor

D - This is a fantastic IPA, superb bitter, yet dry and refreshing qualities outweigh any negatives. There is a potent hop dose utilized and fresher Ipa's there are few. I really consider this one of the country's best examples of an American IPA- hops are not neglected in any way.

Slatetank, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up after recent trip to RR. Bottled on 9/15, drank today so just over a month old. Poured into tulip. Fluffy, white head, good retention and lacing, golden and pretty clear. Smell is strong of citric and pineapple hops, a weird deep spruce smell too (if that makes any sense). Very floral. Taste was good but not as bitter as I expected. Nice balance of citric hops, a piney bitterness on the back of my throat. Slightly dry and bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was nice, not too thin or thick. Very smooth. Overall a great beer. I would take a Pliney over this but this is nothing to complain about!

bunnyhustle, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this bottle courtesy of nickd717. Thanks a ton Nick for a major want of mine!

Bottled 7/10/09. Not the freshest but I'm definitely not complaining.

Poured into a Darkness tulip. Pours a hazy straw golden color with a tint of orange. Huge white head sits for a while before shrinking to a rocky and chunky terrain of foam. Leaves tons of lacing all over. A great looking beer.

The nose is still surprisingly hoppy. Three months time hasn't done much to tone down the hops in this one. Big citrus and floral hops smell, with a significant piney bitterness as well. I do get a glimpse of the malt backbone, but it's a glimpse, nothing more.

In the taste department, the malt comes out a little more, but this is still very hoppy. Grapefruit and cirtusy hops play games with your tastebuds, with a light and subtle piney bitterness that lingers for a while. Sweet malt backbone does a nice job of balancing this one out.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with a very appropriate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, this is a damn good session beer.

Another solid IPA from Russian River. I almost wish I lived in Cali, if not for Pliny and Bling Pig. I haven't even had PtY yet?!?!?! This is just the tip of the iceberg, and I'm liking what I'm seeing.

Mistofminn, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of NorCalYeti
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- sweet hops, bitter, oily

color- honey

clarity- clear with suspended sediment

smell- fresh hops

body- medium-smooth, bitter

appearance- light color, nice white head

overall impression- nice drinkable ipa

notes- slightly fewer bittering hops would make this a nearly perfect ipa to session with. stoked to know this is being bottled. this review is for a 2008 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: pint

NorCalYeti, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of jmalex
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm lucky enough to have pretty consistent access to this beer on tap, but a trip to the Bay Area allowed me to grab a bottle and bring it home with me.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory becker a hazy bronzed gold. A huge bone-white head sits on top and slowly drops to a rocky, large-bubbled cap with loads of lacing.

SMELL: No surprises here. Big aromas of citrus and pine just overwhelm... in a good way. The malt really struggles to find its way through, but maybe that's okay. The hops are the star for sure.

TASTE: A far more balanced flavor and the malt gets it's chance to be noticed. It's basically all sweet pale malt with a hint of toast and caramel. A firm bitterness backs it with the same pine and citrus grapefruit flavors coming to match, but giving a slightly sweet slickness as well. Very good and exceptional balance for an IPA.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium light body or maybe even lighter. The dryer the better, and this comes through. The carbonation is slightly low but still within limits.

DRINKABILITY: Very good. Several pints is the correct serving size for this, and I'm kinda bummed that I only have one.

A damn good beer for sure, but maybe not quite worthy of being in the top tier of IPAs. But I'll certainly never complain if I have one. This is definitely worth seeking out.

jmalex, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of bret27
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at this brewery called Russian River? Pretty nice spot! Had right after some sub-par ipa called "pliny the older?"

Appearance: Golden yellow, little hazy, off white lacy head.

Smell: Bitter hoppy. Citrus, piney, cedary. Little more bitter than pliny's refreshing floral aroma.

Taste: Same as smell. W/good malt backbone but not too much. Not quite as strong as pliny, but just as good in a different way. Dry bitterness finishing off. Refreshing!

Mouth: Really perfect for American IPA sytle. Not too thick, not too thin. Good balance.

Overall: Beautiful. If someone had given me this beer and told me it was called Beatification, I would reply, "that makes sense." For a standard IPA very balanced and refreshing w/just enough bitterness to keep it interesting. There's a reason RR gets the hype. If they never invented PtE, this one might creep up in its place.

bret27, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of Telix
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at the Toronado in a pint glass. I'm clearly going to be below the average rating on this review, but I'll admit that is mostly due to the fact that I'm not a tremendous lover of West Coast IPAs.

L: A clear golden orange with minimal head, and apparently low carbonation in general. It looks fine, for sure, but nothing really amazing at all.

A: The nose is where this beer shines, in my opinion. Fresh fresh fresh, with bitter zippy hops supported by a backbone of sweetness. Pine needles in clover honey.

T: The slightest malt backbone is overrun by bitter American hops, and finishes with a tiny bit of sweetness. The tiny finish leaves the tongue feeling clean, and the intense citrus and grapefruit flavors make the beer quite refreshing. It's a bit too bitter and dry for my palate, however.

M: Thinnish but perfectly adequate. It's not a syrupy IPA - but it's the west coast, it's to be expected. A nice carbonation level makes it not thin enough to be bad, but I'd prefer a bit more body.

D: High - perhaps too high. It has a great quenching ability - almost a session beer but the high bitterness would wear you out quickly.

I think I prefer Blind Pig to Pliny, actually, but both are still a bit on the dry/bitter end for me. It's clearly well-made and worth having at least a few times in your life.

Telix, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of thecarster1
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

recieved in a trade with jadamski1, thanks josh!

a- bottle poured into a pint, two finger plus head, orangey honey coloring that gets darker as it goes up the glass, great retention with an eighth inch on the beer the whole beer, beautiful.

s- great, very big, juicy grapefruit, earthy pine, lemon rind.

t- smooth, floral hop, nice and earthy, great bitters, flavor lingers long after the sip.

m- medium body with a slightly chewy edge.

d- wonderful, glad i got a chance to try this, i'd love to try a super fresh bottle, but even this being little older was still delicious, the pig lives up to the hype.

thecarster1, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock

Very clear pale gold.

Floral and citrus nose(similar but not quite as pungent as two hearted).

Clean, fresh hop profile with faint pine and grapefruit.

Very drinkable and balanced. A slight bitter punch in the finish is appropriate. Very good but not my favorite.

brownbeer, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Russian River.

Pours a nice orange-copper color with a good white head. The smell is of powerful hops and a bit of sweet malt. The taste is much the same, with overriding citrus and floral hops with some pine in the background. Mouthfeel is very good with the medium body and moderate carbonatinon, and this is one of the best-drinking IPA's that I've had. Solid work.

Thorpe429, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale yellow gold, hazy... fluffy white head,decent lacing

S - Citrusy hops up front, lots of grapefruit. Some spicy and piney hops. Mellow, straw like malt notes.

T - Smack of grapefruit and spice... great great hops taste. Some piney hop and straw like malt tones on the back end. Nice bitter, but not burning bite.

M - Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Not sticky and no aftertaste.

D - Excellent, full flavored, non overpowering IPA. Would have drank this all night if there wasnt 3 other beers i wanted to sample.

rfgetz, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got from a trade with route66pubs. Thanks for the tasty brews!

A- Pours a deep golden color with a thick white foam head that leaves tons of sticky lacing all the way down the sides of my glass.

S- This one is bursting forth with citrusy hop aroma. Tons of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, and pine are all present in the nose. Smells exactly like an IPA should.

T- Just about as good as it gets...Huge flavor of ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit, tangerine, and a delicate floral hoppy bitterness that is phenomenal. The bitterness is quick to show itself initially but waves of tropical fruit flavor take center stage. I can't say that any malt flavor is detectable but the finish is about as smooth as possible for an IPA.

M- Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation that works well with the bitterness. No alcohol present in the taste at all. Ridiculously smooth and easy on the palate.

D- I'm not sure if I have had a better tasting IPA. I love all of the breweries that we get in the Midwest but I would probably trade any of them for Russian River. These guys are the Kings of IPAs.

projectflam86, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of bfields4
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice full tight head. Hazy pale golden body.

Smells of floral hops with pale malt. Lemon and pine. Very fruity.

Lemon zest hits first bitter citrus grapefruits abound nice pine hit. The malts are where they should be with this beer almost nonexistent, but there none the less to make a mellow soothing backbone.

Very well rounded tasty IPA. The body is very light and just right for the citrus flavors. Very nice hop flavors without being very intense. Really would like to try it fresh my bottle was a few months old.

bfields4, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the bottle, but I've also had this on tap many times at Russian River Brewing and Rose & Crown.

A - Pours a hazy orangish amber with a nice white head.

S - Nice fresh piney and citrusy hop aroma with sweet malt to balance it well. A little less intense than Pliny. Slight floral notes.

T - Citrusy hops on the flavor and malt backbone - caramel and some breadiness. Extremely well-rounded. A little toned down relative to Pliny the Elder, but as they say in NorCal, hella good.

M - Medium body, dry finish, average carbonation. Some bitterness lingers.

D - Very high for an IPA.

nickd717, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a nonic. Bottled 2/2/09. Bottle courtesy of OStrungT, this one's kicking off a string of west coast hop assaults. Thanks!

Pours a golden amber color with a nice, plush, two finger head. Retention is great, and there's some sticky lacing on the glass.

Classic west coast IPA nose. Hops and hops and hops. Bushels of citrus fruits as well as pine resin. The aroma is deliciously fruity and bitter at the same time.

The first thing about the flavor that sticks out to me is that the malt backbone is much more evident than in the nose, and is more than capable of balancing all of the delicious hop bitterness. Obviously, some of the hop character has faded over the last seven months, so I will be re-reviewing when I have a fresh bottle. That aside, this is a delicious beer, even after seven months in the bottle. There's still a nice hoppy kick, and there's a great balance between sweet and bitter.

This beer is ridiculously drinkable. I'm having to stop myself from gulping it. The only other IPA I can think of that I gave a 5 for drinkability was Masala Mama, and this may have it beat. The carbonation level is perfect, and it's a very, very smooth drinker. This is an outstanding IPA, and I think I like it better than Pliny.

Gyle41386, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of jxhill
3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from saulcharlesworth, thx.

Nice creamy white head. Color is a light straw color with plenty of carbonation. Smells strongly of pine and citrus. First taste is a powerful and bursting mouthful of grapefruit. There is a lingering pine flavor which is not too bitter. The strong grapefruit taste fades in later sips, leaving a zesty pine flavor. Malt characteristic is barely noticeable. Finish is mild and not terribly bitter but slightly unpleasant and acidic. Overall, a nice example of an American IPA, if not my favorite.

jxhill, Sep 05, 2009
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,380 ratings.