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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

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Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Photo of Ambiorix
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach. Deep golden pour with a fine off-white head that leaves a wonderful amount of lace on the glass. Nose and taste are citrusy, grapefruit hops with an elegant malt backbone. Finish is just the right amount of hop bitter without being too biting. An excellent IPA.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle with a bottled on date of 090710 courtesy of bmwfan1987, thanks Curt! Pours a mostly clear, light gold color with a tight-bubbled off-white head. Pretty good retention and excellent lacing. As expected, a fine looking ale here.

Quite a nice blast of piney and citric hop aromas. Very fresh and fruity, tropical even. Malts are a faint background and let the hops do all the talking. I am enjoying sniffing this every bit as much as a Pliny, maybe even more so.

Excellent range of hop flavors melding into a bitter, but not abrasive, clean finish. I would be seriously surprised if any more hop flavor could be enjoyably packed into a beer. Juicy, resinous, flowery, ganja-esque lupulin madness! Yup, this is one fine IPA. Malts are mild mannered and grainy with a light kiss of sweetness. This could really be an APA just as easily as an IPA. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and lowish-ly carbonated, makes for fast drinking. Goes down very easy...right up there with Sculpin for best IPA I have had.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

<JEREMY2002 = bad trader>
Thanks to ShadesOfGray for sending me this in the RIS BIF Round 2 after JEREMY2002 bailed.

Poured into a tulip pint: Hazy, straw-orange body with moderate nucleation under three fingers of sticky, clumpy off-white head that drops to a tall island & leaves patches of lacing.

This smells so bright, fresh, & delicious: fresh-cut grapefruit, young pine, newly-rained-on grass, a little lemon & tea. Tiny bit of sugar hanging in the background. Great smell -- I don't think I'm at "WOW," but I'm darn close.

Brisk, sharp orange & grapefruit flesh up front in the taste, turning to a pungent, pithy bitterness soon after & finishing stark & piny. Woody, pine aftertaste. Very citric, like I'm eating the whole grapefruit, zest & all. Again, lingering sweetness like sweetened iced tea in the background, which is the only thing that softens this at all & keeps it from being punishing. Good, good stuff. Little bit of light, baked-good sweetness edges in as it warms.

Jumpy, active, definitely has an edge. Medium-bodied. Not harsh, but a little sharp, & definitely wears the palate down a bit.

This is a great beer -- packs more wallop than most DIPAs I've had. I feel like I could have one or two more, though I'm not sure I'd be able to taste it for much longer with the palate-impact this packs. Very enjoyable. Thanks again, ShadesOfGray!

Photo of psuKinger
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into Stone shaker pint glass. Date says it was bottled on 10/22/2010, meaning this guy is 38 days old. Not "super fresh", but about as good as I'm going to do out here in Western PA without making a trek to California.

A: Pours a slightly translucent hazy orange with a creamy offwhite bubbly 1" head on the top. A picture of perfection.

S: Readily detectable bittering hops with a hint of grapefruit and citrus... and maybe mango's?

T: The taste follows the smell. Mango and grapefruit hops, with a good bitterness on the back end. Not as "punchy" as I thought it would be. It drinks smooth and rather "light" for an IPA, with a very pleasing taste. As I work through the glass, I'm noticing more and more of the bittering hops on the back end.

M: Bubbly light and soft in the mouth, with the perfect amount of carbonation tingle. Thick oily tongue coating of hops on the finish.

D: High. I love IPA's, and this is an exceptional one. If it was readily available in PA I would make a habit of drinking this regularly.

Photo of armock
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of citrus and piney hops

T - Just like the smell lots of citrus and pine hop flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is one of the best IPAs that I've had super easy to drink with its great taste I could drink this all night definitely worth getting if you see it around

Photo of StormKing47
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on tap at the Capone's Black Friday event. What a wonderful event shared with cmurren25 and stakem as well as the other BAs in attendance. Here's the journey.

A- What an attractive looking beer, glows with an orange/yellowish ambiance that invites one to skip all the formalities and just slam it down. Sometimes I really want to skip advocacy and go straight to enjoyment and satisfaction. The amber glow is accompanied with a fluffy thin white head that dissipates quickly due to the abundant carbonation visible with the constant stream of tiny bubbles.

S- Unbelievable, have had this beer on several occasions, but not much on tap this fresh. Smell explodes with citrus hops that try to persuade you to get right down to business and just drink the damn beer and order another. Nice work Vinnie I could smell this beer all day it really is mind boggling that there is this pleasant of a hop smell in a single ipa. After a little warming the very subtle malty sweetness, almost caramel rears its head and adds to the enjoyment of this fantastic smelling beer.

T- Now for the best part, I am flooded with a hop tsunami in my mouth there is a ton of citrus, grape fruit taste that is married to the piney stickiness of the almost reckless use of hops in this brew. I love the bitter hop finish that is hand in hand with a surprising caramel sweet malt finish. The hops are the focus, but I love the way the hops finish bitter and carry along a sweetness in the finish. Great tasting beer.

M- A little thin, but obvious because its only an ipa. The light carbonation dances around the tongue allowing you to taste the hops and the focus of the beer. It stays around to make sure you taste all of the subtle nuances of the beer. Very pleasant and almost makes you not want to consume.

D- Highly drinkable, the abv is well hidden and could get you into trouble easily. Its extremely refreshing and leaves you wanting more and more after each swallow. Notice swallow definitely not a sipper, almost in my opinion a great session beer for any occasion.

A damn fine treat from one of the top breweries in the world. Keep them coming Vinnie, but in the future please ship bottles to PA, please!

Photo of ADZA
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another brew that my thanks go out to Adam for cheers heaps mate,the brew pours a vibrant orange/pineapple hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head with heaps of lacing everywhere looks spot on,the smells are honeysuckle,citrus and pine needles,the mouthfeel for an IPA is super smooth,light medium bodied and super sessionable and leaves tastes of pineapple,lychee,passionfruit,light golden malts and finishes with a dry stonefruit bitterness,overall its a top brew that is really balanced out,very easy to knock back while still allowing the flavours to mingle on your palette and im so glad ive finally gotten a chance to sample it and look forwards to rest of their lineup.

Photo of SirRuss
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Radiating, opaque amber. The color is rich and full, the suspended sediment a perfect density, and the head -although brief - displays a well integrated structure and leaves behind some pretty good lacing.

S - Simple blend of citrusy hop and a touch of pine set within an airy plume of light powdered sugar.

T - Again, very simple, but so well balanced. It's a perfect -although reorganized- reflection of the nose, with the powdery sugar leading the way, and the hoppy fruits and pine owning the middle to end. It may not sound like much, but in a manner reminiscent of fine Italian cuisine, each flavor is distinct, clean, and oh so fresh.

M - Even the carbonation seems to have been well thought-out. It provides a tailor-made body on which the flavor profile neatly hangs, and leaves a dryness that -along with the hops - carries the delicate sweetness of the malt to a perfect finish.

D - Like a sumo wrestler in a zorb ball, the blind pig's powerhouse flavor profile is wrapped in a buoyant sphere of balance and body. This is a quintessential American IPA, with the versatility to succeed in any environment, and the ability to satisfy until the cows come home.

Photo of Kadonny
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 10/18/2010 gotten via trade with dabecassis. Thanks David.

A: A medium orange color with a one finger white fluffy head. Nice glass lacing, but not a ton.

S: Citrus and pine hop smells with some caramel sweetness.

T: Nice hop punch (of course) with loads of pine and citrus goodness. I got some nice orange and tangerine tones on this one coupled with some grapefruit and pineapple. A bit of grassiness with a pretty hefty caramel malt presence. Finish turns bitter but not overly so with no hints of alcohol. Nice.

M: Medium, a bit thinner than Pliny (of course) with not as much tingly bitterness. No alcohol traces at all.

D: High, this is Blind Pig afterall.

Overall another treat enjoyed from bottle. I just love the Russian River IPAs, top notch. This is rightfully so the little brother of PtE, but it's still a damn fine beer.

Photo of woosterbill
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

500ml bottle, dated 10/22/10, courtesy of jethrodium, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Crystal clear pale amber body with an inch of creamy tan foam. Average retention and some light lace. Simple, and simply attractive.

S: Extremely clean, fresh lemon, grapefruit, and faintly resinous hops. No malt at all, which is just fine with me. Great, but not nearly as intense or complex as I was dreaming about. Just a really clean, solid dose of hops.

T: Completely, utterly dry, with nothing but wave after wave of hops. Excellent IPA, but a little watery on the finish, which surprised the hell out of me. Crisp and refreshing, but not overwhelmingly flavorful.

M: Fairly light bodied with very low carbonation. Smooth and slick, but not memorable.

D: So clean, bitter, and dry that I could drink it all day. Amazingly drinkable.

Notes: Huge thanks to Jared for sending a couple fresh bottles my way. I shared both of them, and everyone who got to try it agreed with me: this is a super dry, super tasty, and incredibly drinkable IPA - but it's not quite superlative. My expectations were probably way too high, but (unlike Pliny the Elder) Blind Pig didn't manage to live up to them completely. I'd love to be able to drink a few on a nice warm summer day, but I won't be trading for any more.


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

Pours from the bottle with a thin white head which dissipates fairly quickly. This beer smells hoppy but not sweet. Citrus and pine notes. The taste is wonderful, all hops and citrus, I can tell there is some malt in there I'm just not sure exactly where it is. The hops are amped up in this one without much malt to balance them out. This is a wonderful hop bomb without the sugary sweetness that usually accompanies this level of hops. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but not at all unpleasant. This is a very drinkable beer and would be a good choice for a sessionable IPA.

Photo of russwbeck
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden brown pour with a small white head. Small amount of lacing and minimal retention.

S: Piney with a citrus hoppiness starts off the aroma, giving way to a caramel malt finish.

T: Hops to start, hops in the middle, and hop bitterness to finish. Citrus and piney just like the smell, all based on a nice subtle maltiness.

MF/D: Light and smooth, crisp and clean. Very enjoyable drink. Wish I could have it more, but it'll be a long time until we see this sold in PA I suppose.

Photo of gatornation
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear amber color with a 1 finger head and good lacing..smell is full pine and citrus hops with a floral and grapefruit smell..malts in the background..taste is much the same its a ipa full of pine and grapefruit tastes it has a great tasty hop profile it rounded out with a touch of caramel malts..mouth feel is medium well carbonated lots of flavor..drink ability is high its so good so drinkable..could down several of these ..really liked this one

Photo of bierenutz
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear golden amber color with a finger's width head and nice lacing on the glass.
S-Piney hops with citrus floral aromas principally grapefruit and a little lemon and orange.
T-Nice piney hoppy flavor and bitterness melded with mild citrus sweetness and malty afternotes.
M-Moderate feel and carbonation. This is a very refreshing beer. Very clean.
D-Highly drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of mulder1010
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ML bottle, bottle date 10/22/10, poured into a rocks glass

A-- Poured a golden amber color. Small, quick fading off white head. Reasonable carbonation with the pour. Just bits of lacing when working through the beer.

S-- Fresh citrus, especially grapefruit. Fresh pine and good dose of Carmel malt. Good smell.

T-- Carmel malt, grapefruit, orange and fresh cut pine. The freshness of the flavors stand out.

M-- High carbonation, very crisp. Flavors are very bold. Not a hop bomb but very good.

D-- Very good. Not massive and over the top like other IPA's. Well designed and thought out. Flavors are well balanced and the ABV is basically zilch. Would buy another, especially considering the price.

Photo of emagana
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 10/22/10
Poured into a pint glass with half an inch of head.
Straw yellow with some floating yeast.
Plenty of carbonation.
Aromas of mellow pine and some passion fruit. Soapy?
Starts of with some grapefruit and follows with a signature fission river hop dose.
Well balanced and not as harsh as it's older brother pte.
I feel bad because I can pick them up near by. Great one overall.

Photo of happygnome
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice golden orange color with about a half inch of head that disappears steadily. Meaning that it is not as fast as some beers i have seen, but not a slow either. There is a lot of lace around the edge of the glass and atop of the beer

s: Piney, citrus hop bitterness grapefruit lemons. All of this balanced with a nice caramel malt backbone

t: similar to the aroma. The sweet caramel backbone hits you first. Second is the ths citrus hops. Lastly and nicely placed is the piney hops.

m: medium to full bodied beer with a little carbonation

overall, wow this is a good beer. I wish I could get more easily

Photo of afksports
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After playing football there are pretty much two acceptable types of beer. PBR, and lower alochol by volume IPA's. Fortunately, I had this Blind Pig around. The bottle date is 9/29/10, so it's just over a month old.

That said, it's still fantastic. It pours a straw hazey golden hue, with a finger head that sustains with nice lacing. Smells like pine, but, tastes like more than that. Hoppy, some citrus, some sweetness too. Beautiful. Medium body, but it's not overly done. Perfect drinkability for a session. I'm going to come back to this early and often, as soon as I can get my hands on it.

And in the meantime I might have to find another substitute for PBR. A man can only drink so many...

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks for the bottle jh1982!

Bottled on 090710

A. Pours a golden orange with a two finger creamy white head that leaves lacing all over the side of the glass.

S. Tons of citrus - lemon peel, grapefruit - with plenty of piney hops and a touch of caramel backbone.

T. Tons of grapefruit and pine upfront that never truly fades. A drying bitterness at swallow that leaves you wanting another sip.

M. On the thick side of medium bodied with velvety carbonation.

D. Damn. How do they make these so drinkable? I had a PtE and now this and they're just made to drink and drink. Plus the bottles are just the right size that you don't feel bad opening another one up when you finish the first.

Photo of stimulus
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear orange with a light white head that leaves solid lacing along the glass.
S: Fresh piney hops dominate the aroma for this one.
T: Piney hops fall on the background of a light malt base.
M: Crisp, clean, light bodied with medium carbonation.
D: I'm following this up with a bottle of PtE, and I hope that this a good preview, very drinkable, even sessionable IPA.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a light amber color with a decent head that left a web of lacing down the glass.

The smell was a sweet, crisp pine with hints of floral and citrus hops.

The taste followed the smell but with a greater emphasis on pine than citrus and floral. It was slightly bitter with a dry finish.

Well carbonated although dry on the finish. It was not resiny like I would have expected from a RR IPA.

I could drink many of these and probably would if more readily available in Seattle.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Ineedabeerhere for including this in the winnings for week 4 of the Sunday Night Football Squares LIF.

Bottle date 9/7/10
Poured today

Poured into a New Belgium glass a transparent golden orange with a two finger white head. Good lacing. There is a fresh hop scent to this beer. The taste follows the nose with a strong hop presence for a regular IPA. There is smaller amount of sweetness to this making this much more of a hopped brew. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is just right.

What kind of deal with the devil do I have to make to get RR in texas? LOL

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy orange with a nice off white head that laces the glass well.

S-Big big grapefruit combined with a strong pine hop presence. Tropical fruit notes are clear as well. Smells very delicious.

T-Incredibly dry and bitter. Big pine! Much more bitter than I was anticipating. The grapefruit and fruity hops notes are detectable as well. This beer is quite powerful but it is not one sided. Quite complex as well. Don't let the pig on the front fool you. Tongue burning deliciousness.

M-Great mouthfeel. Has the mouthfeel of a IPA but the taste of a DIPA. Slick and nicely carbonated.

D-Very drinkable. Alcohol is masked perfectly. One of the more intense tasting IPAs i've had. Once again, Russian River blows my mind.

Photo of Bajasith
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Elegant copper/amber huge with a decent two finger creamy head that laced very well...

Huge citrus and pine aroma almost creamy with a sensation of freshness.

Flavor profile focuses on citrus rind of a hop bite with a thick creamy and incredibly smooth mouthfeel with a hint of sweetness. Hop taste resonates without brutalizing the palate as the carbonation and alcohol give a vibe going down dry.

Excellent IPA that blends well with any spicy meal.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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