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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,860 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,860
Reviews: 1,353
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,624
Gots: 579 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a hazy slightly darker golden color. you can see tiny particles floating in the beer. there is a 2 finder white head when the beer is poured, that slowly recedes leaving lacing on the glass, and a small cap on the beer. The smell is slightly piney and resinous, with the main hop aroma being citrusy with a small hint of the malt. the taste is very citrusy and juicy upfront with a small amount of malt character to hold it together with the bitterness. the mouthfeel is good and dry, almost completely dry, except for the small amount of sweetness lent from the malt. this is a drinkable beer, that i would consume more often if it were locally available and reasonably priced.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden coloring with a nice foamy head that settles at about 1/2 inch.

S: Citrus and pine hops, lemon, peach and a hint of something tropical (mango or pineapple?).

T: Strong pine hops at the start with a nice malt backbone that kicks in right before the finish. The finish is smooth without being overly bitter. Mouthfeel is a bit light, but this one is still pretty tasty.

Photo of Buddha22
3.01/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1/03/2011 poured into tulip.

A honey gold color with one finger head. Floral hops in the nose, but not as strong as I was hoping. On the front end of the taste seems extremely watered down which is disappointing. The hop bitterness kicks in on the back end, but I still cant get over the water down flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation and the drinkability is average. I just don't like the watered down taste in the beginning mixing with the bitter end.

Maybe This IPA is a little past its drink by date, but I have had double troubles 3 months after bottling and it still tasted amazing.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into cervoise

This straw to slightly deeper yellow with a nice white head beer leaves good spider lacing on the glass. The aroma of pine, grass and slight herbs are picked up on the nose. The taste is much the same, very grassy and the mouthfeel is drying. It was pretty carbonated and almost too 'sharp' in the mouth. This is a very good little brother of the Elder and a good example of the single IPA style.

Photo of NWer
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Date bottled 1/21/11
Consumed 2/14/11
The main problem with this beer is it is PtE's little brother.
Very nice brassy pour into a pint glass. Smooth but I'm possibly having a Lupulin Threshold Shift because the hops just aren't there.
Well, they are really which is fine. If I wanted more hops, I'd have a Pliny.
Very well balanced. Too bad it isn't widely distributed so more people can enjoy this gem.

Photo of dmsohyea
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barely and Hops 2/12/11

A: pours deep orange with 1 finger off-white head and minimal lacing on the glass. Beer has a great color.

S: Impressive piny and grassy hops and strong citrus.

T: Piny and grassy with less citrus than expected. Moderate hop bitterness and slightly sweet on the back end. No alcohol flavor or feeling.

M: Smooth with moderately high carbonation. The medium body is quite nice.

D: Drinkability is slightly above average for the class. The lower ABV makes it a little more sessionable.

Hats off to RR for making such exceptional beer. There are 5 or 6 other beers that I would give this grade or higher to.

Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled January 3, 2011 and unleashed February 14, 2011 at 25 minutes after 8 am following a long and grueling night of work. A Valentine to myself:

The pour graciously fills the pint glass. The look is that of honey. A modest bone white head proliferates and quickly deflates into a crescent moon atop the luscious honey pot below. Scant lacing dots a few lucky spots in the meanwhile.

The nose is caramel sweet with some breaded pine and brown leaf. A smidge of fresh green lingers among the more earthy tones.

The taste is sweet and dry. Pine and softened grapefruit tones lovingly leached from hop flowers pop and dry as they float along on the toasty grain. Balanced and enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is medium. Feels appropriate for the portfolio of features brewed into the mixture. The fairly vigorous carbonation fluffs on the palate and then the body thins away into a moderate dryness.

The drinkability is natural. There is nothing offensive about Blind Pig. This brew is well portioned and is a solid example of a good ole American IPA, but it is not one that brashly outshines other worthy selections in this category like its famous cousin does. Solid but not legendary.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a RR snifter. Bottle two weeks old...

A - Pours a golden honey color with a fluffy two finger off white head on a farily passive pour. Head dissipates a good pace, but there is some lacing to be had here...

S - Grapefruit, pine, citrusy hops, and maybe a hint of oranges...

T - Lots of grapefruit up front followed by some pine, bready malts and a touch of honey. Finishes with some lingering grapefruit, and a decent hop bitterness...

M - A nice thick mouthfeel for the style. On the higher end of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

D - Not my favorite from the style, but still an all around good and balanced brew. Actually perfer this one to Pliny...

Cheers...

Photo of mavbrew
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml to DFH snifter. Bottled on 01/03/11.

A: Pours a light amber color with a finger thick, frothy white head that slowly dissipates, leaving little lacing.

S: Has a piney hop scent to it, as well as a bit of a toasted smell as well. Slight fruity undertones coming through the toasty notes.

T: Slight bitters upfront, but they are quickly overshadowed by the malts, slightly toasted and a bit of a bready characteristic. Following is a slight fruity undertone, much like the smell, it is overshadowed but subtly pokes through.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a slight tingly feeling and a dry finish.

D: Has similar characteristics of Pliny, just on a lesser scale. This is an excellent IPA, nicely balanced, just like PtE and not a trace of alcohol present. A definite must try IPA.

Photo of KevinBrewer
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear golden-copper with a moderate white head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing.

N- Herbal, piney hops with a touch of citrus and a toasty malt undertone. Subtle hints of tropical fruit.

T- Citrus and rind take center stage on top of a soft toasted malt base. The bitterness is firm but not overpowering. Pleasant lingering citrus rind and grassy/piney bitterness.

M- Light mouthfeel that leaves the mouth sticky with hop oils. Moderate carabonation and a semi-dry finish.

D- This is a thirst quenching brew to be enjoyed year round.

Photo of sweethome
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, unflitered golden color with nice white head.

Big nose jumps at you on the pour. Smelling the hops before even lifting the glass. Grassy, some pine and grapefruit.

Entry is bitter, a smooth maltiness for a brief moment....then an explosion of bittering hops and hop flavors...grapefuit, a little pepper, and back to building citrus and pine. Lacks much of malt backing - thats not what this beer is going for - but maybe just a touch more would take it up on flavor scale for me.

Love the mouthfeel, which is hard to comprehend given previous comment - there is enough malt to give this thick and creamy mouthfeel, but it is hidden in the flavor profile. Pushes out to the edges of the palate with silky feel...untill the bittering wins.

A stylish IPA that helped define the american ipa style - glad I finally got to try it.

Photo of Jemonster
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, I let this beer sit for too long. It was bottled on 11.10.10 and I'm just now getting to it on 2.8.11.

A: Golden honey colored with floating particles (maybe due to its age). White head and fine carbonation.

S: Smells like peaches and sweetness along with hops and wood.

T: Really good! I liked the flavor of Pliny more, but this has a lot of that similar character. Fruity peaches.

M: Nice and smooth and a little fizzy.

D: I gotta get this one again when its super fresh and give it another go.

Photo of titosupertramp
3.6/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to alexsess for the opportunity to try this.

A: Hazy orange, nice two finger head. Retreats quickly into the beer leaving a faint film. Excellent lacing.

S: Took me a while to warm up to the smell, but once I did, it was pretty enjoyable. Zesty lemon, pine, toasted notes. Kind of a sweet smell overall with bitter undertones.

T: In terms of taste, I don't typically enjoy something that's mostly lemonish, but this is ok. Some piney, spicy flavors as well. Sweet malt is present.

M: Thin and watery.

D: Beer goes down easy enough.

I'm not sure if it's the beer or me on this, but not terribly impressed with Blind Pig. A bad bottle maybe? A lot of recent reviews mentioned a clear look to the beer while mine was slightly hazy. To be perfectly honest, if this were a blind tasting, I would have scored everything .5 lower, but Russian River's reputation buys them benefit of the doubt. I'll try this again for sure and will update this review if I get different results.

Photo of nniicckkww
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Bottled on 01/21/2011 and sampled on 02/06/2011. The freshest IPA I've had from Russian River.

Remarkably clear for a hoppy beer. Yellow gold color with 1/2'' white head that left a pleasing lacing on the glass. Aroma of grapefruit and citrus with slight pineyness.

Moderate carbonation is just enough for the style. Any more and it would be fizzy. Citrus hops up front. Lots and lots of grapefruit. Toasty, biscuit body is just perceivable and perfect. Piney resin finish with more grapefruit. Not bitter but not sweet. Very balanced yet seriously hop forward. Dry.

I could drink this beer all night. It's simply delicious. Compared to the hype that Pliny gets, this is my go-to IPA from Russian River. AMAZING.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 1/15/11.

A: Slightly hazy orange with a solid one finger foam head. Great retention with decent lacing.

S: Very fresh aroma. Nice citrus fruits - grapefruit and some orange. There is a little bit of pine which adds an earthy/grassy aroma.

T: Very nice hop flavor, the grapefruit is right in the front with the orange taking a slight backseat. Has a really nice earthy/grassy flavor that I enjoy a lot. Very crisp, slight bitter finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, but drinks a little lighter. Carbonation fits very nicely. Extremely drinkable, really like this one. Russian River did well with Blind Pig.

Photo of beerman207
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Bamadog who shared this one with me. Review is from notes

A: Some floaties, orange appearance, nice head, good retention

S: Citrus, Orange, nice

T: Wow - quite puckering from the hops. Very nice

M: Mild carbonation - easy to drink

D: If these were local, I'd drink them all day.

Photo of modernartblues
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from Notes

4 week old bottle

A: golden with amber hues, 1 and 1/2" head, plenty of carbonation, splashy lacing

N: piney, lots of floral notes, good stuff

T: nice hoppy bitterness, pine, grapefruit, tropical fruits balance out the bitterness well, dry & unrelenting this is a brilliant IPA

M: smooth & full, chewy bitterness from the hops

D: high, can see why this is the favorite of many CA BAs prefer this over Pliny

thanks to cduckett for the SUPERB extra!

Photo of turfy
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a SN tulip. Creamy white 1/2 " head with very nice lacing. A deep golden orange color. Smell was as expected with a West Coast IPA - clean grapefruit and piney notes. How I wish these type brews were a little closer to my place of residence! Taste was excellent - smooth and balanced. An excellent example of a high quality IPA, this ranks up near the top for me.

Photo of mondegreen
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into an Allagash tulip. Bottled on 01/03/11.

Pours an attractive clear golden with an appropriate near white head. Russian River males some very nice looking beers.

Nose is a nice blend of citrus hops and bready malts.

Taste is moderately bitter with a balanced (if slightly thin) hop presence. Finishes with lingering bitter grapefruit.

Medium bodied, well carbonated. Ever so slightly slick.

This is an easy drinking IPA. Not as assertive as big brother Pliny (nor should it be), Blind Pig is a solid entry in the American IPA category.

Photo of steve8robin
3.4/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this bottle on a recent trip to CA. 1 PT bottled on 01/03/11. Let's see...

A: A super clear light honey golden with a huge 1+ inch tan head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: Smells og a very good blend of earthy hop and malty bready citrus. Very, very well blended smelling. Hints of lemon and mild cherry on the back. Very good.

T: Wow, this is a bit of a disappointment at first. After the nose, I expected much more. I get a slight metallic hop upfront with some bready citrus in the middle and some grapefruit on the backend. Ok.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A very dry finish. Decent.

D: Goes down harder than it should for the ABV. Eh.

All in all, wow! This brew started off stellar, but ended up mediocre. The appearance and smell were so good! The other categories is where this brew falls short. Definitely try if you like RR, but Elder is better IMO.

Photo of jbone78
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, boys and girls, this is my 100th review! And I am excited to do it!

A buddy of mine brought me a few of these from Cali, he did good.

As suggested on the label, I poured this bad boy into a mason jar. I like mason jars. Pours nearly golden with a fluffy head. Smells citrusy. I don't smell very well, so all I can pick up is that pine/citrus smell that these beers have. The taste to me is good, but not great. I like the hop character flavors, but it finishes a bit bitter. It's not a ton of bitterness, but not my forte. Overall drinkability is good and I am going to enjoy the rest of my beers.

-Bye

Photo of paulozanello
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a translucent light orange color with a beige head showing moderate retention and lacing.

Aroma is just wonderful: lots of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon.

Taste follows and starts extremely light with citric and fruity hop notes, mainly grapefruit and orange. The bitterness is also very mild and it works well leaving the hop juice to do it's thing.

Body is extremely light. It is really amazing how high the drinkability is. Carbonation is moderate to high. Aftertaste is light and delicate.

One of the most delicate, smooth and soft IPAs that I've ever had. I would dare to say this is the most drinkable IPA in the world. Totally worth it. I'd love to session this one, too bad I can't get it on a regular basis.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orangish yellow. With a good amount of whit head with giant bubbles. Geat lacing. Smells of grapefruit and citrus. A bit of pine on the now as well... A solid mouthfeel and lot of hops on the tongue. Wow. I think this one is better than pliny! Very tasty and highly drinkable

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best single IPAs out there and I can see the argument for the best single IPA, but there are plenty of others on par with this beer as a single. None IMO have as good of finish however and at only 6.1%, it packs more hop goodness in flavor than most 7%- 7.5% single IPAs out there so that's a testament to Vinnie as a MASTER brewer. Without a doubt especially when it comes to Hops. Rant over.

A - clear, somewhat thin but looks good and golden but a see-through clear golden if that makes much sense.

S - As tangerine and pine is to Pliny - Blind Pig is Grapefruit, Oranges and pine and lots of earthiness. Fruity citrussy and dry at the same time.

T - CRISP! Mouthfeel 6.1% but so much hop flavor again in such a low ABV DIPA. Grapefruit dominated orange BLAST along with piney hops. Dry, clean and bitter. A bit more bitter than PTE but the Grapefruit ratio to fresh cut grass is amazing. How is all this Hop flavor packed into such a low ABV IPA?

M - Almost perfect. Carbonation isn't overdone, just showcases the hops at the forefront which is what Vinnie does best.

D - Bar None - this is the most sessionable IPA on the planet. Sierra Nevada's Anniverary Ale was the current champ for me when it came to drinkability butr with all the hop profile packed into this beer...we have a WINNER!

A must try.

Photo of abuliarose
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a large snifter, revealing hazy golden body under a finger of pale and airy head. Some lacing. Decently pretty, this pour. Smells like honey and hops with a slight mealy malt undertone. Good smells.

Tastes fresh and bitter with a refreshing malty earthiness underneath the touch of citrus rind. Nutty aftertaste. Not sweet but not at all dry. Mouthfeel is silky with a tingling carbonation. On the heavier side of medium-bodied. Intensely drinkable and full-flavored.

Probably my favorite AIPA, this one did not disappoint.

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,860 ratings.