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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,591 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,591
Reviews: 1,323
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,504
Gots: 478 | 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:
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(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid IPA. Nice pour, clear golden copper with a 2 finger dense off white head. Nice retention and lacing. Smell is citrus and pine, with the citrus being the dominant character. Touch of tropical fruit, but the nose leans more toward lemon and orange.

Follows the nose. Starts with pine and then rounds into nice notes of lemon and orange. A touch of pineapple is there, but is shadowed by the lemon and orange flavor. Touch ofcaramel from the malt, but barely noticeable. Nice brew.

HURTemHIZZY, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of LittleDon
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint served at the Russian River Brewery.

Golden with a slight chill haze, dense head with great retention and pleny of lace. Citrus aroma with a hint of malt. Some noticeable carbonation up front. Pine middle. Bitter back end, but surprisingly light for the amount of IBUs.

LittleDon, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of chalsk
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the perfect session IPA. Pours a golden orange color with a soapy white head. Has an aroma of grapefruit and pine, with hints of peach and perhaps honey. Has a nice sweet start, then comes the bitter hit with a nice creamy finish. Some sweetness through the finish. Vinnie knows his pale ales.

chalsk, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of dbhall
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle. Good head with a lot of carbonation. smells great! citrus and hops fight jockey for position. amazing hops w/ citrus taste. mouthfeel is a little watery, but nothing to complain about. this is incredibly drinkable. i really wish i had two bottles. maybe not the best ipa ive ever had, but one of them. west coast what can you say. great beer

dbhall, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of oregone
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Above average across the board. That's a good thing. Bad side? That's exactlt what I thought as I was drinking it. Looks fine, good, nothing exciting. Smells like a solid WC IPA. Tastes good. Nothing distinctive. You get the picture.
I could certainly session this, but I'd rather go down the road for a Pelican IPA.

oregone, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Arenbeer
3.58/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks alot to Sdpklz for this great brew! Brewed 09-07-10 and consuming 10-23-10

A- Pours a really light yellowish orange with a thing 1 finger white head that doesn't stick around.

S- Strong lemon and mandarin orange type citrus overpower some dank pine and earth hops. Not bad

T- Strong orange and lemon citrus, almost to much. Not enough hop presence, they're kind of faded in the background. Little to unbalanced for my taste.

M- Medium to lighter body with moderate carbonation and a semi bitter dry finish but honestly pretty wet for a IPA.


Arenbeer, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of jsanford
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled on 9/7/10, drank on 10/22/10

A - Pours a beautiful glowing gold with a dense, fluffy white head. Great retention, leaves nice lacing on the glass.
S - Lots of pungent hops ; orange zest, grapefruit pith and pine resin dominate.
T - The hop profile is crisp and clean. Tastes almost juicy, absolutely dripping with pungent citrus hops (grapefruit and mandarin orange) and more pine resin.
M - Again, very crisp and refreshing. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. The bitterness lingers on the tongue for some time.
D - I could probably live on this, especially at only 6% ABV. This is a true treat, and does not deserve the second-fiddle status it has when compared to PtE.

jsanford, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. Bottled 03/01/10, about 7 months old (against brewer's no-aging recommendation - but it's been refrigerated the entire time).

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

S: Piny & fruity hop scents. Not a strong smell, but it's nice.

T & M: Well-balanced. The hop flavor is there, but not over the top. Pleasant aftertaste. Good carbonation, medium body.

D: Easy to drink. ABV is low enough you could have quite a few of these.

ILikeGoodCider, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a perfectly pale see through copper color. Thick slightly off white head, long lasting fine evenly spread detailed lacing. I love the spiel about the blind pig, I never caught the connection with the namesake of this white whale. Aromatics are amazing the highlight of this fine single IPA super grapefruit, floral aggressive West Coast hop additions. There's also a touch of vegetal/onion notes but not overbearing this stuff is nice. This stuff is fresh from a shipment from South Bay Drugs, bottled 9/29/10. It doesn't get much fresher, I just ordered the Pliny they just got in as well. Flavor is excellent bitter dry finish up front hints of cracker semi sweet malt tones wrapped with fresh bursting hops. The hop flavors provide herbal, dry grassy, citrus in this case grapefruit, and a touch of floral veggie notes. Super dry bitter finish this stuff is ideal for drinkability. Medium bodied slightly slick with hop oils, mild easy going carbonation with a bone dry finish. Drinkability overall is killer a beer I could buy a keg of and introduce mainstream beer drinkers to hops, but why waste this nectar on newbies. I earned this experience, not this best single IPA but it's definitely up there.

WVbeergeek, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of klshanks
3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 L bottle poured into a 16 oz tulip glass. Got in a BIF from ahurd, thanks! Been wanting to try for a while.

Appearnce- Orangish honey, slightly hazy beer with 1/2 inch head. Looks like I really want to drink it!

Aroma- Grassy bitter aroma in the front of the nose, and it finishes a bit sweet and boozy. Not bad, but not great.

Taste- Bitter, not much citrus flavor. A bit more of a malt body than I expected.

Mouthfeel- Like I said, a little bit more of a body than I expected. Not bad by any means. A little bit sticky to the sides of the mouth.

Drinkability- While I'm not nearly as big of a fan as Pliny, I would definitely come back to this beer at times. There's certain beers that I feel are good representations of their style, but I wouldn't necesarily come back to them. This one, while there are little things I don't like about all of it, when you combine everything, it kind of works. It goes down pretty smooth and I'd drink it again

klshanks, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

4th review on BA.

Bottle poured to mug

App- Golden honey colored with a nice 2 finger head that sat for a minute and bubbled away. Left a nice haziness on the swirl and the lacing slides every so gently down the glass.

Smell- Very citrus IMO. It was similar to walking around in a fruit section of the farmers market to me, a little lemon, a little more tropical at times, hard to put a finger on it.

Taste- Great begining and finish to this one. Wakes up the taste buds while screaming out for another sip to keep that great flavor coming. After it warmed a little while I made dinner, some more calm flavors woke up for the 2nd half of the beer.

Mouth- Very dry as you take each sip but the malt and hops play well together on this one.

Drink- Keep em coming please if the store I got mine at didnt have a 1 bottle limit. For a IPA and not being such a fan, I found a new fav to always try to have at home.

FosterJM, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

The color is a mostly clear orange/gold with a finger and half of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a nice floral feel with a deep grassy flavor that makes me think of late summer and fresh cut grass. A little hint of pine needle in the nose as well.

The taste is a strong hop flavor that is quite bitter. It takes a minute to get through the strong bitterness but some spicy grassy flavor comes through. Some good citrus flavor with a good orange pith is in the taste and is there after breaking through the hop wall of bitterness and has a bit of malty flavor that is still there in the background

The feel of this beer is a bit big with the bitterness giving this beer a handful. It goes eventual subside and goes down smooth. A great west coast IPA.

Duhast500, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of vdoz3
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle (bottled 090710) as a trade extra (thanks Paul) poured into a 500ml Founders tulip glass. "Don't save Blind Pig for a rainy day!" warns the bottle; I didn't have to wait, I got it yesterday and when the heavens opened on my way home from dinner I knew there was but one option for me in the fridge.

It pours with a nice head that even near the bottom of the glass has left rings of lacing where the head subsided. The smell is total tropical fruits with a sharp grassy back end. The taste continues the fruit but quickly turns into floral notes as the hops die down leaving a rounded, malty finish that's not too sweet at all. The lingering taste is a little bit sweet though, along with a definite hop-induced drymouth that probably won't come off my tongue until I brush my teeth. Not that I, personally, want it to.

Awesome brew. If only IPAs, in general, were easier to session. As far as this one goes, kind of takes control of your palate for the rest of the night. I don't know if I could have another one, or anything else, after. Edit: just noticed it's only 6.1%abv. If I were a bigger hophead than I am I would definitely go for one more. A hop bomb this strong holds its own against 7.5%+ offerings, I thought for sure it was higher.

vdoz3, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tulip. Thanks for Pretzelcity for including this in the Support Your Team BIF.

Appearance: The first thing I notice about the appearance is how light and bright it is. More of a golden copper color than the deeper orange and amber colors I expect from West coast IPA's. A tightly formed, impressive off-white head forms upon pouring and has the courtesy to stick around, leaving soft lacing on the glass.

Smell: Great tropical aroma! Pineapple dominates, with grapefruit, a bit of lemon, and mango all making my mouth water at the juicy hops I can almost taste.

Taste: Somehow the pale malt seems to provide a support structure for the wonderful hops instead of trying to match it. A light malty sweetness compliments the juicy citrus hop flavors that dominate most of each sip. Unlike some IPA's that seem to create conflict between the malt and hops, the sweetness sets the stage for the main performers, the citrus hops. It finishes clean and smooth, the sign that the recipe really holds up.

Mouthfeel: Somehow this achieves a level of creaminess I would not have thought possible with a single IPA. Great work to keep it carbonated, smooth, and deliciously creamy.

Drinkability: More. Please.

KickInTheChalice, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewpub, Santa Rosa, CA.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resinous balmy citrus hop.

The taste consisted of an assertive piney and sweet orange hop with a full doughy and subtly sweet malt framework.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a superior IPA.

plaid75, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of hophead247
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After Pliny, this beer flows like water in my household...Pours a straw colored gold in color. About half a inch of head develops on the pour. Smell is very citrusy and juicy. Wonderful. Taste is even more citrusy and juicy hops than appear in the nose. Light, bitter, but exploding with juciness. I love this. It's an overused expression, but, I could drink this all day long and never tired of it. I might even go out on a limb and say that I'm enjoying this more then the PtE.

hophead247, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of errantnight
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I go back and forth on Blind Pig, but there's no denying it's a fabulous beer. Dry as the day is long with a rich, complex hoppy nose, long in earthiness and fruit with pine and cotton candy. On the palate this is a bit aspirin-y, a nice, medium body and a finish that's almost crackling with resin. If I have any complaint it's that the dryness is almost a touch much on top of the resin, leading to a bit of an empty mid-palate. This is quibbling. I love it. Less than Pliny the Elder, and it's far superior to their standard IPA ("far" being relative, that's a solid beer as well). If I could buy this for a buck or two less, or by the six pack for what I can get Ruination, say, I'd have this all the frickin' time.

errantnight, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clean yellow color with a orange-ish hint and a white head. In the aroma, grapefruit and orange citrus and a mango like hint. In the taste, grapefruit and orange citrus, and big pine like hop presence. Almost like chewing on a hop and orange rinds. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel. with a semi dry grapefruit rind aftertaste. A smooth, big west coast IPA. Fantastic!

OWSLEY069, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle pored into a sampling glass, had at the fall VT BA meet up.

Pours a light slightly hazy amber color with a nice small white head. Nose is a bit sweet and quite hoppy, similar to Pliny but a but more toned down. Still quite nice and more appropriate for the style.

Taste is a bit sweeter and maltose than Pliny which is to be expected, the hops are a bit less in you're face but the carbocation balances out the body very well. It's really a solid and drinkable IPA.

kingcrowing, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of robwestcott
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle to a sun king shaped pint glass a crisp clear sunlight orange with a nice white foamy head leaving a fair amount of lace.

great big piney hop aroma, with a hint of floral hops in the wayback.

as expected, crisp and refreshing piney hops way up front.

thin, crisp, bitter but not to excess.

very drinkable.

robwestcott, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of flannelman808
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured I was due for a revisit and frankly I'm not certain if I have ever had this on out of a bottle. Bottle on date is 090710. Or three days under a month old.

A: Bright light orange honey colored and pretty darn bright. Though there is a little bit of a haze present. Bone white head which a pancake batter like consistency.

S: Funky weird hop aroma going on. Skunk weed and evergreen. Resinous for sure.

T: Piney bitterness right off the bat but not overwhelming. Burnt orange peel followed with a malty cereal like quality.

M: Tingly and sticky.

D: High.

flannelman808, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of birchstick
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 9/7/10, consumed on 10/2/10

A - pours a bright, faint copper with a nice one finger head

S - smells of some pineapple and juicy grapefruit hops with a bunch of pine behind it. It is almost as if some hop juice was oozed into this beer.

T - Based on the nose, I was expecting this to be sweeter than it was. Starts off with the grapefruit, but this was pushed aside by a barrage of bitter pine hops. There is a bit of a caramel malt base that helps hold this beer together. Leaves with an acidic bitterness akin to biting into a grapefruit peel. Very solid, but just a little too bitter for my liking.

M - nice full body that goes down wonderfully. Leaves a bit of a dry finish

D - Solid IPA. After drinking this, I can see why it is so highly rated. A west coast hop bomb all the way. However, I thought this beer was maybe a tad too bitter - I like my IPAs to showcase sweeter flavors. Other than that, not bad by any means. I have a PTE in the fridge right now, can't wait to see how the two compare. Thanks to MaxStout for sending this my way.

birchstick, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of hardy008
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/7/10.

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a nice two finger foamy white head with very nice retention and lacing. The aroma is nothing short of amazing. Pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, and pine. This should be outstanding.

The taste is everything the aroma advertises. Pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, and pine. Just a superb IPA. I could drink this all the time, if it was available in MN.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth, easy to drink. Has a nice combination of hop bitterness and sweetness, with the hop bitterness being more dominant, as it should be. I wish this beer was more readily available online. I would buy it all the time if it was, along with Pliny the Elder of course.

hardy008, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Born On: 090710

Appearance -- Pours an orange amber, bright, with two fingers of sudsy lily-white head.

Smell -- Pine forest and grapefruit in the forefront, grassy, floral notes, hint of caramel malt.

Taste -- Lots of pine resin bitterness up front; not an alarming amount, but substantial. Also in the mix is grapefruit, tangerine, and tropical fruits. Malt profile is dry moreover, though there is just enough underlying caramel sweetness to unlock a lot of the interesting hop components.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, carbonation is present but not sharp. Very effective.

Drinkability -- This is pretty amazing. World-class IPA undoubtedly. Great hop profile and the malt character is very well balanced. Top tier.

yeahnatenelson, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of beagle75
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 0.5 liter bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, dark golden color with one finger of persistent off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright clean grapefruit citrus, with faint cracker and spices also detectable.

T: Begins off-dry with crisp pale malt at the forefront. Citrus and spicy hop aromatics are present in balance, but do not demand the center of the drinker's attention. A stale or stagnant flavor is detected just before the restrained bitter finish arrives--but does not linger.

M: Thin viscosity, very wet on the palate, yet also slightly sticky. Carbonation is very light, almost as if cask-conditioned.

D: The drinkability of this beer is through the roof--it disappears effortlessly and only disappoints the drinker when it inevitably yields an empty glass. Truly the little brother of Russian River's other notable IPAs--the sensory qualities detected here remind the drinker that, while each is distinct in its own way, there is much in all three that unifies them as genetically-gifted blood relations.

beagle75, Sep 30, 2010
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,591 ratings.