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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

4,191 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,191
Reviews: 1,307
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,418
Gots: 401 | 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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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%

One more pint from Hollingshead Deli, Anaheim.
Pours slightly hazy, copper orange, with a short tight, tan colored head. The aroma has lots of sharp citrus hops. Clean and fresh. Biting hoppy flavors, grapefruit and other citrus, pine resin, long lasting aftertaste. Very hoppy, but still quite smooth and drinkable, not so much bitterness that it burns up your taste buds. Dry finish keeps you coming back for more. A very good West Coast IPA, and a local favorite judging by the number of pints that were being poured on this evening.

Note to self: Ranked #84/100 Top Beers on Planet Earth, #7 American IPA when I tried it

02-13-2009 20:50:34 | More by BigBry
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tjthresh

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours golden amber with just a little bit of haze. Thick and sticky pure white head. Aroma is full of clean citrus. Grapefruit and bubble gum. The flavor comes off as pine right down to the prickly bitter finish. Medium body, but drinks fairly light. Long bitter finish. I can surely see why the west coast guy sing Blind Pig's praises.

02-13-2009 17:55:27 | More by tjthresh
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sweetbrew82

California

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%

500 ML into a snifter/ bottled on 11-19-08

P: Pale yellow from the bottle, sits a clear honey gold in the glass. Healthy 2 fingered head is shiny white, thick & puffy with really good retention. Left nice strings of lace as it settled.

A: Citrus & piney hops like grapefruit, lemon, orange rinds, and toasted malts. Nothing over the top here, but it's pretty powerful.

T: Same thing with the taste. Nothing earth-shattering or life-changing, but this is a rock solid West Coast IPA with tons of flavor. Big, beautiful, bright hop flavors shine with grapefruit pith, lemon, oranges, and pineapples with pine needles and a floral presence to boot. Toasted malt underneath is sturdy, but stays out of the way of the hop parade. Caramel and a touch of honey try their hardness to subside the bitterness, but are severely outmatched.

M & D: Medium-bodied, sharp & crisp, smooth with a good bite. Drinkability is awesome, especially because it's 6.1%, but these hops will probably burn your tongue out after a few if you're not a certified hop-freak.

Notes: This is a very bold IPA. Bitter overall with a dry finish, and a long hoppy aftertaste that aims to please. I've had DIPA's that boast as much raw hop power as this one. Nothing out of this world, but a very good beer that I really enjoyed. Highly recommended

02-12-2009 02:00:11 | More by sweetbrew82
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RunDWP

California

3.15/5  rDev -27.8%

It's one of the hardest beers I've ever rated. Some things about it are great, but I'm afraid other things about it are not so great. I'm in the minority here, when I say this isn't one of the better West Coast IPA's. What's even more surprising, at least to me, is that I love Pliny the Elder from Russian River, but really have not warmed up to this at all.

Things start well with a chunky light tan head that refuses to go away floating on top of the hazy orange brew. And the aroma works for me, with mostly floral and slightly citrus hop notes dominating. And then I take a sip and...well, there's some citrus and floral character to the hops, but also a lot of bitterness there that really isn't pleasent, almost like chewing on a tire. Some malt is in there, but I just found this a bit harsh and astringent, and dare I say, a bit watery. I could drink this OK, but not as easily as a lot of other IPA's I've had.

I call them as I see them and sorry to say, I don't think this one deserves all the praise people heap onto it.

02-11-2009 03:25:41 | More by RunDWP
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%

Pretty fresh bottle bought from my local supplier. Poured into my RR pint glass.

Appearance is a beautifally clear yellowish orange. Almost apple juice color. A nice foamy white head formed but faded pretty fast down to a few bubbles.

Smell is nice and aromatic. Not nearly as good as Elder's aroma but good. Citrus and grapefruit are what comes out more.

Taste is nice with a strong hop flavour but again nothing like elder. The bitterness hits you in the back of your tongue. A little plain on the malt but good tasting all together.

Mouthfeel is good. Maybe a little more carbonation would be good.

Drinkability is high because of the low ABV and because it is a good IPA all together. I still prefer stone IPA for a single IPA style but Elder has to be my fav DIPA.

02-10-2009 07:26:17 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

Bottled on 7/23/08

Pours a clear golden amber with 2 fingers of eggshell colored head, good retention and excellent lacing. Smells abundant of citrus, honey, grain, and pine. Taste begins with a touch of floral hops and pineapple and other citrus fruits up front followed by a nice caramel and grainy malt backbone with a puckering of pine resin, earth, grass, and a touch of alcohol warmth in the finish. Medium in body with nice carbonation. Smooth and clean with a firm bitter earthy bite but still quite balanced. Easy to drink and very flavorful, great stuff.

02-09-2009 23:54:44 | More by HopDerek
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hellbilly

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -14%

by way of psprings cause he felt bad letting this sit around... bottled 7/22/2008. in all fairness this is going on six months old. still, fantastic though not optimal.

pours a hazy orange gold iced/ tea color with a soft white head.

lots of citrus on the nose... grapefruit, orange and pineapple blend with caramel and non resinous pine.

the flavor is the same... tart pineapple (not the golden ones), tangerines, caramel/maltiness, grass, floral hops and an earthy finish which is persistently parching. very clean. pleasant medium body with a creamy mouth feel. the malts are balanced nicely hoppy dryness and near bitterness.

it's nice now. i can't imagine it fresh!
7/3/7/4/16/3.7

02-09-2009 17:10:04 | More by hellbilly
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israel

New York

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%

Thanks to pwoods for the opportunity to try this beer

A- perfeclty clear golden in color with a constant stream of bubbles rising to the surface where a fluffy whit head resides.

S- Hops, hops and more hops and definitely no malt aromas here. some big grapefruit citrusy aromas as well as a bit of spiciness in the backdrop.

T - No surprises here, very similar to the aroma with the grapefruit and pine like hop flavors. almost a sweetness to the taste like a faint powdered sugarness.

M - Really nice in this department. the beer just washes over the tongue with all that hop juiciness but then retreats quickly to the recesses of you belly. Wouldn't call this beer dry by any means just not a lot of residual sweetness which I like a a lot.

D- May I have another...I wish this was more accessible in my area.

02-08-2009 02:02:54 | More by israel
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katan

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -16.3%

500 ml, dated 07-22-08. Moderately fresh I guess.

A - As gold as gold can get. I can't find any off colors, although its perhaps a bit on the darker side. The head is pearly white and about 2mm in height. Very well retained. Little carbonation and on the inside, although I would say the haze indicates this must be bottle conditioned.

S - holy smokes - noble hops. Very floral hop nose. Spicy and aromatic. Very edgy sweet grapefruit notes, citrus. No malts to describe here. Welcome to the west coast.

T - This thing is all bitter to me - up front and all the way through. Mid-stream shows a bit more floral hops. Some almost honey flavors mid-stream. At the end i get a bit of the grapefruit hops. Aftertaste is 110% bitter - a big whammy.

M - Strong in carbonation, but light in body. This beer feels very dry - as if it was cleanly fermented. Filling - it does build on you.

D - Easily drinkable. However, not all that refreshing. ABV is manageable. Carbonation, while hefty, does not wear down my palette.

My first RR expedition - While a solid IPA, it does not equal the orgasmic expectations that BA created for me.

Btw, I could have not picked a better brewery for my 200th review. Surpassing a milestone with this beer was more than I expected.

02-07-2009 04:53:21 | More by katan
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gmcfarre

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

500mL bottle poured into New Belgium chalice

A - Pours a light orange/yellow color that is completely clear. Head is moderate at 1/2 inch, but it leaves terrific, arched lacing as it falls. Constant streams of carbonation bubbles rise up from the bottom of the glass.

S - Bright, fresh, floral and citrus hops jump out at you from across the room. Some grapefruit and pine temper the bold floral scent. Hops dominate the aroma.

T - Starts with some light malt sweetness that is quickly overwhelmed by a delightful bitter hop flavor. Again, grapefruit and pine are easy to identify in the mix. Finish is dry and bitter, with some residual fruit flavor. Very hoppy, but delicious.

M - Medium bodied and smooth, becoming slightly tacky and very dry at the finish.

D- Flavor stays delicious throughout the life of the larger 500mL bottle, and the alcohol is very doable at 6.1%. Certainly worth picking up if you see it.

02-07-2009 02:04:37 | More by gmcfarre
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trbergman

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

500mL bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Cloudy copper beer with a half inch of dense white head that collapses early but leaves gorgeous lacing behind.

S - Caramel malt, toffee, pine, and grapefruit.

T - Tasty caramel and toffee malts play second fiddle to aggressive American hop character. Mango and pineapple join resiny pine, grapefruit juice, and orange pith. Bitterness lasts from start to finish and builds on the palate with each sip. Lengthy dry, bitter finish.

M - Dry and grainy, medium body and adequate carbonation.

D - A solid IPA. I wish I'd gotten a fresher sample - but beggars can't be choosers. Even at a few months old, this beer's hops pack a decent punch. I'm definitely left wanting another.

02-05-2009 02:53:55 | More by trbergman
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Yetiman420

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%

Bottled on date: 7/22/08. Consumption date 2/4/09 - almost half a year which may impact experience.

Hazy, unfiltered-style pour, just the way I like it, into a Sam Adams ultimate beer glass . Nothing major on hop aroma. Could be due to consumption well past RR's "born on" date.

Nice clean bitterness with hop flavor. Very drinkable even if the aroma isn't up to freshness standards.

Halfway through the hop aroma is become more prevalent. Maybe it was too much Shaun White Wii snowboarding just prior to initial consumption.

Overall this is a well-crafted beer from the best brewery I've had the good fortune to visit. I'd like to try Blind Pig again within a couple of months of the bottling date.

02-05-2009 02:02:52 | More by Yetiman420
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kirok1999

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -10.6%

A slightly hazy orange with a small but sticky white head.
Smells mostly of citrus hops, grapefruit, a little pineapple with a mild malt backbone.
Taste is very citrusy with a funky, earthy note in the middle and finish. Very strange and not something I'd expect from an IPA. Slightly sweet yet bitter and dry in the finish.
Feels dense and creamy with slight, tight carbonation.
This is probably better right out of the tap. My bottle was a few months old.

02-05-2009 01:02:30 | More by kirok1999
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -15.6%

Hazy light orange body. Bubbly ivory white head. Lace is abundant and web like. Aroma is outstanding. Everything that is good about hops with a little backdrop of sweet malt. It's fresh, grassy, piney, abundantly citrusy and fruity with pineapple and grapefruit nuances. Exquisite nose. The body of this beer is light and thin. Carbonation quite low. Bitterness quite high. The bitterness is actually pretty scathing for an IPA. Jagged and rough. Hop flavors are more in the background, with some lemon rind and grassiness coming to mind. Malt load could use a little boost to add a little more balance, a little more body and a little more flavor. This is decent. Although Smelling the beer was the climax of this experience. If/when I order more Russian River, I'll definitely be hitting up the Elder (and the Younger hopefully) before hitting this up again.

02-04-2009 18:39:03 | More by Bighuge
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Half liter, bottled on 072208. Courtesy of MASPuros.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one finger fluffy white head. The lacing is just great, leaving circles from the top of my glass all the way down.

Smell; mildly citric, with some pineapple and melons, with a little pine tree going on as well. A little bit of a biscuity aroma let's me know that there's atleast a little malt presence in there. Overall, the aroma wasn't quite as over the top hoppy as I was expecting.

Taste; whoa, there's the hops. Orange peel, pineapple, tangerines, pine needles, bitterness but not puckering. So much much hop flavor, yet it doesn't destroy your tongue (atleast not completely). I could almost pick out a different citirc/tropical fruit on every sip throughout the entire glass.

MOuthfeel is medium bodied with a slight, oily feel due to the hops, and the drinkability, is really damn good.

Had this about an hour after getting home from the gym, and it was a great beer the relax with. perfect beer.

02-04-2009 03:09:42 | More by RedHaze
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanks to bring for the opportunity to try this one!

Appears a beautiful slightly hazy gold with active carbonation. The head starts off frothy and turns into a crown with great lacing.

Smells tropical, pineapple, orange come to mind. Fruity and pronounced, very nice. Hawaiian punch!

Taste has hints of more fruit, orange out front, pineapple on the back. Not actually very bitter, actually quite tasty and enjoyable. I haven't researched much types of hops, but I wish more IPAs drifted toward this rather than the SNPA style.

Body is medium and carbonation is the same.

Drinkability; I've said it before I'll say it again, RR COME TO PA!

02-03-2009 23:41:26 | More by sonicdescent
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Biggness

New York

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%

This beer pours a very clear amber with a 1 fingered white head and lots of lacing. The smell is big of citrus hops, grapefruit to be exact. The tast is very smooth and has a nice blance of hops and malt, lots of citrus flavors. A nice mouthfeel with a good carbonation level. A decntly drinkable beer, I will search it out again.

02-01-2009 23:33:02 | More by Biggness
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htomsirveaux

Texas

4/5  rDev -8.3%

500 mL bottle tried 10 Oct 2008.

Poured in a shaker pint. Small faintly yellow head. Slightly hazy bright gold color. Aroma of pine, some soapiness, overall light but crisp. Initial resiny bitterness gives way to a mouthfilling caramel sweetness. A second wave of resin takes over and reasserts in the finish and aftertaste. Nicely balanced. Ethanol moderate.

A close second to Pliny.

01-31-2009 23:58:31 | More by htomsirveaux
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%

Received in trade from TexIndy, Thanks for the opportunity!

Pours a clear golden amber color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks to everything. Smells of caramel, biscuit, citrus, kind of sweet and malty with a bit of catty, citrusy hops thrown in. Tastes about like the aroma, lots of sweet caramel malts and lots of pine and citrus hop bite. Amazingly balanced brew! Mouthfeel is sticky and resinous, carbonation is crisp, body is medium. Great Ipa I wish I could get this more easily. Great balance great aroma.

01-30-2009 23:51:33 | More by johnnnniee
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Brewsmith

California

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

From a 0.5L bottle purchased locally poured into an imperial pint glass. Resiny hops fill the nose with citrus and pine. A golden color with a small white head. Flavor is forward with the hops followed by smooth malt. Crisp lingering bitterness. Carbonation is low and the finish is dry making this beer very drinkable. I could drink this all day long.

01-30-2009 07:35:52 | More by Brewsmith
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.85/5  rDev -11.7%

Growler. Pours a clear light orange with hardly any head. Aroma of citrus hops, crackery malt, and grassy hops. Flavor is bitter initially with citrusy notes in the finish. This is much better than the bottle version I had previously -- the malt base stands out better and the hops are not so bitter. Nice and supremely drinkable. I definitely joined this more the second time around.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

01-30-2009 02:30:56 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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halfP1NT

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

Big thanks to t0rin0 for this one.

This beer pours a hazy, golden amber with a dense, fat white head that leaves behind a thick, chunky ring of lacing.

The smell on this one is amazingly mouth watering. Earthy citrus hops with orange and grapefruit are abundant. Floral with a touch of sugar. There's also an undertone of biscuity malts.

The taste mirrors the smell. Citrus hops coat the mouth and leave a slightly oily, drying aftertaste. Nice malt backbone, well balanced but thoroughly hopped. This beer is a great example of what I like in an IPA.

01-28-2009 03:19:26 | More by halfP1NT
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BeerManDan

California

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%

Not being a IPA drinker, this was a nice mellow IPA. When poured, the color was a slightly hazy medium golden yellow with a orange hue. The smell of piney aroma filled the nose. The taste of priney resins and citrus, like grapefruit, orange and a hint of lime hit the taste buds. This IPA is one of the better ales that doesn't have that heavy bitterness or super tart feel in the mouth or on the palate. Just a nice pleasant, rich taste. Another great beer from Russian River Brewing!

01-28-2009 01:15:59 | More by BeerManDan
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Tybarnett

Oregon

4.97/5  rDev +14%

When brewing at home you always have an idea about how you want a batch to turn out. I now know that until I get close to reaching the level of this beer. I know I will never be happy!

This is one of the finest IPA's on earth. The aroma alone it reason enough to buy it. It is truely a exceptional IPA. With notes of zesty citurs and vanilla. It is perfectly balanced. It pours giving you a wonderful aroma. Drinking is heaven.

A+

01-27-2009 01:23:23 | More by Tybarnett
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%

Mucho thanks to JWD for this bottle.

Poured from the bottle a cloudy apple juice color with a small but foamy white head. The head left a lot of healthy lacing down the glass.

An earthy and hoppy aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, pine resin, and flowers.

A big, bitter hoppy punch of grapefruit, pineapple and pine balanced with a bit of caramel malts. The bitterness lingers thru to the finish but does not distract from the experience.

Light-to-medium bodied, slick and crisp, with a moderate carbonation.

Nt quite in the same category as Pliny, but very easy to drink and enjoy.

01-25-2009 22:07:19 | More by Monkeyknife
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,191 ratings.