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

24 days old

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. Beautiful, almost clear, orange body with a fingers worth of white, frothy, head. Keeps a nice white cap as you dink and Leaves some nice lacing behind.

Lots of orange wedge citrus on the nose. Some grassy, earthy bitterness with a touch of pine. Good nose for a regular IPA.

Sweet malts infused with citrus-laden hops on the tongue. Finishes with grapefruit pith and a nice lingering bitterness. Malts are up front, but the finish is all citrus and hop.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a good amount of bitterness throughout. Well carbonated and the body is almost chewy, yet refreshing. I love that there is a good helping of bitterness, but it never becomes astringent.

Drinkability is great. This is one of the best single IPA offerings I have ever had. Definitely in the top 5. At 6% ABV I could easily drink a few of these. Another awesome addition to the hop-forward Russian River beers.

Photo of letsgopens
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been chomping at the bit to pop this one for a few days now. Bottled on 12/6/10 and handled well from my understanding. Pours a crystal clear, maze/amber with some bright gold highlights. A thick cap of proud, soapy froth perched on top. The head holds its shape well and fades to some nice rings and erratic wisps. A small number of rising bubbles float quickly to the surface.

Bright citric hop notes pop out of the glass and up my nose. Juicy, ripe pink grapefruit and tangelo zest. Some resinous pine and floaty, light, toasted malt. A hint of buttery biscuit and plenty of floral notes as well. Summary: The aroma is blissful hoppy but still nicely balanced.

The carbonation is the first big surprise. Not nearly as effervescent as I'd imagined but certainly a pleasant surprise; the carbonation is mellow and very fine with a delayed fizzle on the tongue. The nature of the carbonation really helps to bring the resinous and oily hop flavors to the forefront. Floral and bright with citrus zest abound. Grapefruit and cumquat with clementine and mild buttery vanilla. Very well balanced with toasty biscuit and faint toffee. Extremely well balanced and constructed with genuine care and consideration for the ingredients. As it warms I get mild notes of soapy spice and peppery warmth that mingles pleasantly with lingering bitterness.

The carbonation and lingering pleasant bitterness are the story of the mouthfeel. A perfect balance of matted bitterness and fluffy carbonation really make the brew and accentuate the flavors.

Wildly drinkable. A unique balance of big hop flavors, amazing mouthfeel, and unparalleled drinkability. One of the best crafted renditions of the style I've experienced. I'm personally not a hype-fanatic, but this one lives right on up to it.

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

From a bottle into pint glass to accompany lunch.

A- A smooth amber. A thick rocky head that leaves great lacing.

S- Mild zesty/ tropical fruit. Some pine and sweet orange.

T- Zesty fruity hops, a smooth and mild bitterness. Some piney resin with some sweetness in body.

M- Medium bodied, smooth. very enjoyable, lingers gently, hops not overpowering on palate.

D- Very high, no alc. An awesome daily drinker that is very affordable.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

This afternoon calls for a deluge of hops. Get some! This salvo pours a clear apple juice topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises caramel, pine, light leek, and ruby red grapefruit. The taste holds notes of grapefruit rind, mint, pine, light leek, and a much more subdued caramel. The body is a a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, heavy on the hops without overdoing it. Good times here.

Photo of gkunkle
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Horse Brass pub in Portland. Serves in an imperial pint. It's a nice copper color, mine didn't have much of a head, but it sounds like most think it displays a good head when they pour themselves. Smell is of strong citrus and hops. Taste has some grapefruitiness and the hops, with just a touch of malt. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. Overall, it's a dang good IPA. Sort if what one would expect from Russian river.

Photo of brew3crew
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 12.06.10
A-clear and orange with white lacy head.
S-grapefruit and pine. Very nice
T-nice hop taste through out. Some honey and floral notes. I think its better than pliney, but thats just one mans opinion.
M-medium bodied and smooth. Nice hop aftertaste
D-awesome. Goes down fast and smooth

really sets the ipa standard

Photo of bs870621345
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey colored with an inch and a half of white head and tiny bubbles. Leaves lacing down the glass.

Smells like grapefruit and pine, with a bready smell mixed in.

Taste follows smell. Lots of pine and grapefruit mixed into the bready malts.

Mouthfeel is moderate with plenty of carbonation. Carbonation clears the palate after the sip.

Drinkablity is high. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a modified tulip glass

Thanks to hannydawg for this beer

Pours a golden orange color with fairly decent not too long lasting white foam on the surface. There is a decent not of pine, the closest I've come to smelling the tree itself in this beer. The flavor itself wasn't nearly as bitter as I was expecting the most flavor I got was of the 2-row barley used in the grist bill. I still think the beer was good, there was a residual sweetness to it, but in all honesty I wasn't going crazy over it. Still I'm glad to have had it, it was a good very highly drinkable IPA.

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

Pours a mostly translucent golden approaching copper. White bubbly head that collects unevenly. Lace coats the glass, almost like a film.

Beautiful aroma! Flowers, pineapple, grapefruit, some pine. A very light, sweet, tart, and sharp scent. Something about this aroma is different. Pure hop.

Taste follows the aroma but is more bitter, and piney on the back. But mainly a big floral hop taste followed by pineapple juiciness and a piney, bitter dryness. Some butter and white bread malt but it's far behind the hops that dominate this beer through and through.

Dry and sticky aftertaste that makes me want more.

Great, immense hop flavor without getting very big as a beer. It's not so much a truck load of hops as it is enhancing and isolating the hop flavors.

Photo of boudreaux
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - pours smooth and softly; about a 2 finger head

S - strong, fresh hop aroma; like fresh cut grass; citrus, bitter fruit notes

T - true to the smell; bitter fruit and hope flavors; extremely dry, hoppy taste; so good it makes you pucker

M - rounded mouthfeel

D - I would drink this beer and I would drink it again and again.

Photo of lnashsig
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Augustgarage for this one- my second Russian River experience (Pliny was first). Bottled on 11-19-10, poured into my Dfh tulip glass on 1-15-11. Pours a yellow-orange color, very little foamy head that quickly dies, leaving very little glass lacing. Some hop aromatics on the nose, a little pine and grapefruit, but nothing overpowering or out of the ordinary here. On the first taste, the hops are present but seem subdued. With what I have read about RR, this one is sadly probably past its prime and has lost some of its luster. Still a very good ipa that I would love to drink again, and hopefully have a fresher bottle or find it on tap.

Photo of LiquidBread219
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= Basically golden yellow a little hazy in it maybe a little orange in color in this one as well.

S= Pine hops strong in this one some grapefruit.

T= Taste is just like the nose lots of pine and a little grapefruit.

M= Smooth ipa nice carbonation very good beer.

D= Very drinkable easy to drink and very smooth really enjoyable.

Photo of Phelps
3.23/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 12-06-10 and kept in refrigeration until I bought it last week. Poured into a tulip.

Russian River makes some beautiful IPAs. Blind Pig pours a pale gold, lustrous and awe-inspiring in its clarity. A half-finger head of foamy off-white crowns the gorgeous nectar, collapsing slowly to a top layer that -- while thin -- is rather sticky, gripping the sides in impressive webs of lace.

Nice hops in the aroma, but I'm more impressed by the malt: crackers and caramel in decent portions. There's a bit of sweet lime, grapefruit and a good amount of dank character.

The flavor is nice, though very subdued. Crackers, grapefruit peel, some honey, maybe even a hint of basil. A light bitterness grabs the sides of the tongue without much strength.

The body is a soft medium and a fizzy medium-light carbonation bubbles up the brew as it moves about.

Pliny and now this. Russian River's IPAs age like milk, even when they're in the fridge the whole time. This is drinkable enough, but it seems it's become a rather middling IPA. I'll seek it out on tap in the future.

Photo of moz9
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at RR and brought a bottle back. It's not the freshest bottle (about 5 weeks old), so I'm basing my review on the tap and bottle.

To be honest, after drinking this and Pliny in the same sitting (and afterwards in separate bottle sittings), I can see why people say that this rivals Pliny. It's a great beer.

The nose is very nice but not overpowering. The balance of the hops and the bite hits just perfect. The hop flavor is complex, as it hits you with citrus at first with a piney finish. Great IPA, and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of Ghenna
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper with an initial 2 fingers of very white head, but quickly recedes leaving a layer that lingers forever.

Huge pine hop nose, super pronounced. Not so strong that it is offensive, but it is really nice- coming from a non-hophead.

Really pleasant hop flavor- not a punch or anything, but nicely nuanced. As it warms up a little it does develop a bit of soap flavor.

This is a nice IPA, typical of what you would expect from a West Coast hop heavy IPA. As you would expect from RR's non-sour beers, there is a lot of hop nuance too. For a person who is not fond of overly hoppy beers, this is one that I could see stocked regularly in my fridge.

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

I had a Blind Pig a day after I had Pliny the Elder. This was another beer I held high expectations as I was told this beer gave off a close resemblance to Pliny the Elder although some claimed Blind Pig was better. The beer gave off a hazy golden and burnt-orange appearance, citrus and hoppy smell, and a smooth bitterness resembling PTE but less pine in taste. Definitely a dry hoppy beer and I think this beer slightly edges PTE by personal preference.

Photo of diomz88
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell is very fruity and citrusy! Can smell hoppy aroma. It's like smelling fruit juice. Orange to golden orange in color, with half inch whittish head and minimal lacing which goes away quick. Citrusy in flavor, pineapple and other tropical fruits! Malty with sweetness. Bitter but not as hoppy as a double IPA like it's sister Pliny the Elder. Smooth and dry, very, very drinkable. Wish the store lets me take out two or more bottles when it's available. So delicious and highly recommended.

Photo of THECPJ
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/9/2011

A: full of citrus hop notes and not much else

Ap: golden-orange with a finger white head, dissipated very quickly, very minimal lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth, crisp

Af: quite hoppy, mild grapefruit notes, piney taste very present, dry finish, slight bitterness

O: tastes like a watered down Pliny the Elder, drinkable though


Photo of MADhombrewer
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear and golden with a nice off white head. Great lacing after sips.

Smell- Extra piney and dry with a small amount of malt. Very good aroma! This is what an IPA should smell like IMO.

Taste- Piney as in the smell. The taste has more malt than the smell did. Good bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel- A bit thick for an IPA but still very good.

Drinkability- Not as good as some 6% IPAs but I would have no problem having 2 or 3.

We don't get this in bottles in Portland anymore so I have to find it on tap. I love this beer an think about it often. I am hoping we get it back in bottles soon.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Burnt orange mellow yellow, nice creamy 2 inch head, lots of lacing

Smell - Nice piney hop, malt and spice and fruit aromoa.

Taste - Pretty much as the smell indicates, nice piney grapefruit hop kick behind some nice malts. Really smooth and mellow. Plenty of citrius flavors, and some spices top this off.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth and easy on mouth. The hops have some slight kick on the tounge but really nothing to dominate the mouth. A glass of water or piece of cheese later and your ready to go.

Drinkabilty - Simular to pliny but not as pine bitter, more malt presence and not as strong. Fantastic at 6% drink up a few and enjoy. A real treat, i think i like this more then pliny, maybe....

Photo of itsfreeasinbeer
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light gold with a finger of head. It's apparent from the cloudiness that this is an unfiltered brew.

S: Lemon

T: Delicious citrus hops. Hoppy enough to be a DIPA, but it lacks any depth to the malt that is more characteristic to the higher gravity DIPAs.Alcohol is undetectable. Nice bitter grapefruit hop finish.

M: Moderately carbonated and sticky.

D: This is a good IPA that is well focused. The only fault I can find is that, well, Pliny is its older brother (and younger).

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

Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy golden color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus hop aroma. Medium to full body with a oily slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy bitter flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium to long duration. Very good brew.

Photo of claspada
3.14/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aromas of extremely pungent pine, fresh lemon, grapefruit, and faintly resinous hops. No malt at all; fairly clean.

The taste is completely and utterly dry, with nothing but wave after wave of citrusy and resiny hops assalting your tastebuds. I really cannot stomach such a hop bomb with no malt balance or detectability for that matter. If you are into this kind of thing you will love this beer but I prefer the ability to taste my next beer without having to eat a meal to cleanse my pallate.
The mouthfeel is fairly light bodied with very low carbonation. Smooth and slick, but not memorable.

Overall a miss for me just because of my style preferences, but I can see how some would enjoy.

Photo of cadaugherty
4.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/06/10- Stone IPA glass

Appearance- Bright Copper pour with a lovely 3 finger head that holds. Great lacing.

Aroma- A little muted. Pine with a slight background of grapefruit.

Taste- Tropical citrus up front, leading into a bit of sweet malt, and a crisp bitter finish. Refreshing.

Mouth- Good carbonation nice full feel.

Drink- Very easy drinking. No residual taste or palate coating at all.

Photo of garuda
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Mostly clear golden in color with a one inch white head that has great retention and lacing.

S - Great display of tropical fruits, such as pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and backed up nicely by a caramel, honey-like malt sweetness.

T - Another big display of hops, with very little malt character. Starts with tropical fruits again, and finishes with resinous pine and bitter grapefruit.

M - Light side of a medium body, wonderful high carbonation really allows the hops to shine. Finishes mostly dry, and with just the right amount of hop bitterness for an IPA.

D - Dangerously drinkable, I wish this was more common. I'd pick this out of almost any other IPA, perhaps only Sculpin.

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