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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,609 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,609
Reviews: 1,323
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,509
Gots: 484 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of jjhbrfdds
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow with a solid well formed head,peaks well and begins to pit leaving mountain like striations of foam and lace,this is one of the finest heads on a beer I have seen in years,as the head dissipates this beer tells you instantly its an IPA citrus floral west coast hops hit your nose,well balanced sweet acid and a solid west coast hop finish,man I could drink a ton of these,Fresh and on tap is all I could think of,but as for my bottle it was still an exceptional IPA

jjhbrfdds, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of snpub540
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wanted to try this for a long time. Poured a clear golden straw hue with a fluffy white head that left some moderate lacing on the glass. Not alot of carbonation.

Smell was damn near perfect. Alot of grapefuit in the nose countered by some piney, and grassy notes. A very enticing nose I must say.

Taste was mostly citrus hops, with some of the grassiness coming through towards the end. Not overly bitter as the malt sweetness rounded out to make a smooth IPA.

Drinkability was great. Not a heavy beer and it doesn't have an overly alcoholic punch either. Gets a little more bitter as it warms but still great. Medium bodied and refreshing.

snpub540, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color with a good head and decent lacing. It had a pleasant smell of piney hops with some interesting earthy notes in the background. The flavor was very complex for an IPA, and it took me a minute to pick out the toasty malt taste that I think really sets this beer apart. It of course has tons of citrus and pine tastes from American hops, and a pleasant amount of malt sweetness holding the bitterness up, but there is also a very nice amount of toasted malt flavor that seems to seamlessly mingle with all the other tastes. It made me keep coming back for another sip and was a much appreciated addition. Nice dry finish and on the lighter side of a medium bodied brew. Would make a great session IPA and paired quite well with my slightly spicy entrée. If only it was easier to come by.

zoso1967, Jan 16, 2010
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass.

A: The pour produces thousands of tiny, little bubbles that rush furiously to the top of my glass leaving behind a rather complacent, innactive looking brew. That was interesting. An average size stark white, foamy head forms and has decent retention. The color of the body is equal parts yellow, orange and amber. Very appealing. A light haziness can be seen in an otherwise pretty clean looking brew.

S & T: Aromas of biscuits, grain, bread and a light caramel combine to make up the malt character, which is just substantial enough to hold up to the incoming hop attack. Huge citrus qualities of grapefruit & orange, big floral notes and a very light pine presence. Light sweet notes from the honey come through, as well as the additional fruits of peach, clementine and pineapple. The hops are harshly bittering on the tongue and even moreso on the finish.

M: Medium fullness to the body. Prickly and fizzy carbonation. The Blind Pig lost a few points on the finish for having an out of scale (very isolated) bitterness. Could have definitely handled another percent in the ABV.

D: Drinkability is above average. I find that the finish is somewhat hindering in this department. The first glass was delicious, the second, very good, the third, good, etc. A really drinkable beer should be very palatable and also get better from one glass to the next in my opinion. Also, I prefer this one a little colder than usual to keep the bitterness in check.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of PhiGDeltaBrewman
4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- orange tinge with exceptional carbonation

T- very well balanced and hopped with a nice citrus perhaps even tropical appeal to the flavor. the hop flavor is floral at the end and doesnt linger or coat the palate excessivly

S- sweet and citus notes that are enticing and complement that flavor profile

M- rounded and smooth followed by a slight bite that blends nicely

overall an amazing ipa that isnt too strong, maybe a similar style with a little maltiness wwould be nice but i can appreciate this beer all around, i will be buying more tomorrow!

PhiGDeltaBrewman, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of drtth
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear bright lemon-gold color with an off white ½" creamy appearing head that leaves patches of lace clinging to the side of the glass as the head recedes. Sipping leaves rings and patches and interesting patterns of lacing. As the beer is consumed many of the patches of sticky foam are still clinging to the sides of the glass as new lacing patterns form while sipping.

Smell: The clean strong, lightly sweet aroma is filled with orange, grapefruit and tropical fruits all supported by a trace of malt.

Taste: Pretty much as predicted by the nose, the malt backbone provides a light sweetness that supports but does not intrude on the flavor of the citric hops. The light caramel smoothes and tempers the citric fruity bitterness from the orange and grapefruit and creates a very complex flavor profile with more here than I'm capturing.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with a nice creamy feel from the persistent gentle carbonation, The finish is medium long, begins with the complex mix of malt and citric hops but then trails off to end in gentle dry bitterness

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer and it is easy to have a second one. (In fact I did.) I'll be quite happy to have this beer again in the future. It's a first rate IPA and definitely among the better that I have tried.

drtth, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of DanOLeary
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/11/09

Aroma: Citrus hop aroma up front with rich grapefruit rind. Crisp and bright, almost harsh hop aroma. Very little malt aroma.

Appearance: Light honey to a golden wheat with cloudiness suggesting the use of dry hopping. A thin white head blankets the beer with consistency. If you swirl the glass the foam will stick to the side but no lacing is present.

Flavor: Initially hits you with huge hop bitterness, a huge citrus bite right on the tongue. After that initial hop stab, the flavor fades out to almost nothing. The beer is surprisingly thin on malt character in the middle. The hop complexity of grapefruit, citrus and some pine are framed up very nicely, but there really isn't much to the malt to drive any sweetness into the mix. As pleasant as I find the hop character to be, you could call this beer unbalanced. There is a tendency to have a bit of a puckering effect, like the feeling of sucking on a hop leaf. The hop character comes off so bright and clean however, for a hop lover this is a real treat.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light with medium carbonation. Finishes clean except it has a puckering tannin effect. Back to chewing on that hop leaf with all the hop bitterness.

Overall: While Russian River considers the Blind Pig one of their standard IPA's, this would be a huge IPA for most breweries. I don't think I'm too far off the mark by saying for a great number of breweries in the country this would qualify as their Double IPA. The hop bitterness is extremely well defined and really does feel like you're drinking some liquid hops. If you're looking for a beer with excellent bitterness that doesn't mess around with subtle malt complexities, then this is your beer.

I'll admit some bias when drinking this beer because I know what a reputable brewery it comes from and how much I enjoy everything that Russian River puts out. If the Blind Pig was placed before me in an unmarked mason jar, I would probably tell you the beer was unbalanced and needed some biscuit malt complexity to back up all the grapefruit.

DanOLeary, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7-23-09. This might not be the freshest Blind Pig but I got it on a trade with a user from a car related site.

A- Big white thick and cake like head sits atop a clear, pale orange beer. The head has great retention and moderate lacing.

S- Not very powerful. Its hoppy and floral along with a bit of citrus.

T- Very tasty. Its piney and citrusy. The flavor could use a bit more punch but it might be because this beer is 6 months old already.

M- Medium and smooth body. Goes down well.

D- A pretty highly drinkable IPA.

MbpBugeye, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of boothbeer
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle in a trade from nickd717. Thanks for getting me some great Russian River beers! Cracked this one for the first day of my last semester of law school.

Pours a bright amber; almost orange color. 2 fingers width of large white foamy head that retains well and leaves nice lacing on the glass. But there are some dark specs in the beer that sink to the bottom- hopefully just hops.

Smells of pine, orange peels, and some grapefruit. Definitely picking up citrus smells. Very nice aroma. This is what I look for in an IPA.

Tastes of pine/hops and bitterness and finishes with a lot of the citrus I smelled. This beer is in your face, but in a great way! Its not overpowering; there are a lot of great hops flavors, but the citrus complements them very well.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel for an IPA. Medium carbonation. The hops dont dry the mouthfeel out. Its actually pretty slick for how hoppy this beer is.

I could drink a lot of this IPA. Not too high of an ABV and an all around good beer. Just wish I had access to this whenever I wanted it!

boothbeer, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of PeterLemonjello
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - In between amber and orange in color. Nice lingering head with lacing down the glass. Lots of carbonation.

S - Glorious. Pine, grapefruit, wet/pungent resin, lemon

T - Fantastic. Just enough malt/caramel giving way to lots of hop bitterness and flavor. Pungent, grapefruit, lemon, orange, pine, herbal....just great.

M - Nice carbonation sensation and oily feel.

D - A pleasure to drink. Like most RR beers, it's a big beer full of big flavors but soft and clean at the same time. Just a great great beer.

PeterLemonjello, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of cvaypai
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to oversized snifter. Big thanks to Womencantsail for hooking this up. Thanks andrew.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden copper with orange highlights. The pour leaves me with 2 fingers of frothy white head with some very large bubbles. The lacing forms beautiful down the sides of the glass and the head stays for a good amount of time.

Smell - I could smell this beer as soon as I opened it. Tons and tons of grapefruit and resiny, piney hops come right through, this one doesn't even need to be quaffed in the slightest. I am getting a little if any sweet malt on the end but this is overpowered by pine and grapefruity nose goodness.

Taste - Wow, so much grapefruit, this is amazing. Grapefruit and orange come through with other citrus notes right up front, a very nice bitterness that does not overwhelm the beer but wraps it all together. A bit of grassyness and earthy hops in the middle can be found. along with a hint of pine. A small hint of caramel sweetness on the back end.

Mouthfeel - This beer is right where it needs to be for the style, good bitterness, good carbonation and just the right weight. I love how resiny it feels on my tongue and palate, this is a wonderful beer indeed.

Drinkability - I could drink many of these indeed, the only problem being they are sold nowhere near. It is super refreshing but not overpowering and has the right amount of bitterness and weight I want to be drinking all day. If only I could go down to the local shop and pick this baby up.

Bell's and Russian River are right there for IPA's they are far above anyone else in my eyes though. Another great beer from Vinnie and co at Russian River.

cvaypai, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ontap, had 3 pints of this one night at toronado - helped make for a rough flight the following day

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint, clear copper-amber, beige froth

smell: very nicely hopped, fresh and citrusy, pine resin, lemon zest

taste: great - probably a little behind pliny but a very strong offering...fresh citrus hop presence, lemon zest, tangerine zest, tropical fruit

mouthfeel: medium body, fresh and zesty

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of Anthony1
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fogged gold amber with a creme head. Soapy, hoppy nose. Sharp floral and citrus tones. I got a lot on the flavor. Earth, smoke, citrus, floral, and soapy hops. Real thick earthy character mostly. Feel is low on carbonation and the liquid is fine. Pretty easy to drink and an overall earthy IPA.

Anthony1, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Exiled.

Hands down, this is one of the best IPAs I have ever tasted.

The beer pours a light orange/gold with a white head. The smell is very piney and very pungent. Very resinous. The flavor is similar with a huge resinous hop flavor. The hops also provide some earthiness but not a whole lot of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thick and very drinkable. I wish I could drink this more often.

Mora2000, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Classic "Hethcliff" color in appearance, brilliant egg shell colored head and sick lacing on the pinty.

S: Pine Resins and mellow citrus action.

T: Hop all the way through and through. More of the deep resin characteristics than the bright citus displays other IPA's might have. Has earthly tones which I like the most.

M: Sticky, great carbonation factor, ABV noticed without concern.

D: This is one of the best I've ever had in the style, would drink more if given the opportunity. Thanks RR for strutting across to WNY, and giving me a glimpse of that WC mentality.

BuffaloTapHugger, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of cbarrett4
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Horse Brass Tavern in Portland:

Poured with a great light copper hue and a persistent head. Classic IPA on the nose and palate with lots of boldness and concentration. Pretty great but less intense than the Pliny. The hops are aggressive with notes of fresh pine, citrus, and a tannic finish. If you have a choice, get Pliny the Elder, if Pliny is not available, get this!

cbarrett4, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first brew from Russian River Brewing! Many thanks to Tolann for an awesome trade. Bustin this one open to celebrate finally finishing my Hagiography paper.

Presentation: 16.9oz slimline Euro-style brown pop top; bottled-on date clearly marked. This is about a month and a half old, glad to get it fresh. Nice label with little ditty about the beer.

Appearance: Attractive dark gold beer with lots of super fine sediment in suspension, nice ivory cap with good stick and retention; already laying down some nice lace.

Smell: Wow. And I do mean wow. It's like a drop-kick to the senses, there are THAT much hops in there. Uber-intense, super sticky, resiny grapefruit and dark herbal hops. Delicious. Sharp, fresh, prickly. This is gorgeous. Malt, what malt? No seriously, what malt?

Taste: Nice, big hop presence. Bitterness is high, but not overpowering. The flavors are more piney and and leafy than grapefruity, but there's a twinge of citrus in here as well. Ends dry, bitter, and cleaner than I'm used to, I'm assuming they use a really neutral American Ale yeast here? The hoppiness and mild dry, crackery malt dry up the palate quickly, making you want another sip. Wonderful, puckering bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied.

Drinkability: For hopheads (and I can be one at times) this is quite quaffable.

Conclusion: My first RR brew, and even with my immense expectations, I am not dissappointed. This is one of the better American IPAs I've had, and definitely one of the more over-the-top. But not in a bad way. It's just in your face and doesn't apologize for being that way. As it should be.

BedetheVenerable, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of Sixofsigmas
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful brownish orange pour. 2 inch head which supports the bottle cap without sinking. Beautiful lacing as the beer progresses.

Smell: Strong tart fruity grapefruit aromas mixed with pine and the bold scent of wonderful hoppyness.

Taste: Strong piney floral hoppy slap in the face with some nice caramel-like malt and finishing with grapefruit and citrus that is a wonderful end to a roller coaster through your taste buds.

M: Excellent carbonation, very pleasing in the mouth. Clean taste.

D: This is an extremely pleasing beer to drink, and I will continue to return to this one for solace...and as a regular beer to enjoy with friends.

Sixofsigmas, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first review from my Secret Santa 2009 haul from brentk56. Surprised by the pale golden color. This tells me this is going to be another hop centric beer. A large white head forms and has excellant retention. The head slowly settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Very hoppy aroma with hints of grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Nothing from the malt. The flavor is likewise one dimensional. Citrus hops do shine however in this hop display. Fresh citrus and pine flavors. I would of liked some malt to balance this out a little. The body is on the lighter side but has very good carbonation that gives this beer a nice texture. Nice hop flavors but I would like to taste a little malt in my IPAs. If someone is looking for a better American IPA, I would suggest a few Midwestern beers.

morimech, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of soupyman10
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a bottle from Joey at South Bay Drugs in Cali. Very excited to partake of my first Russian River brew.

Golden-orange color with a finger of slightly off-white head. All kinds of excellent visible rising bubbles going on. Ends up leaving a nice film and solid lacing.

Nose is glorious piney citrus hops. toffee malt. Really fantastic aromas. Lost of grapefruit all over the place.

Flavor is similarly excellent. Biting hops on the tongue to start the drink. Hops are piney and somewhat drying. Malt is there, somewhat caramel-y, but definitely takes a back seat. Strong sort of dirty hops that comes through.

Body is a touch thin, with nice busy carbonation. Good for the style.

Overall, a really tasty IPA that I'm glad I finally had the change to try. Not quite the top of the style (still occupied by Hop Rod Rye, Celebration, Two-Hearted and probably Furious), but still really delicious.

soupyman10, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Date 10/30/2009. Drank 12/5/2009.

A - Middle Amber/Golden color with light head that faded quickly.

S- Good smell of Citrus, Pineapple, Lemons, Pine, Hops, Malt. Expected more Hops smell.

T- Light malt, citrus, grapefruit, more bitter than expected

M- Kind of watery with high carbonation.

D- A beer I will definitely drink again especially for the price.

SanDiegoBeerLove, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at Russian River on 11/27

A: This beer pours a clear copper color with a 1/2 finger of offwhite thick creamy head. Decent head retention that leaves spotty lacing along the glass.

S: Nose is of floral and piney hops with a nice muted maltiness.

T: Taste is bitter up front. A real floral bouquet of hops at the forefront that blends in to a nice rich maltiness in the middle. Finish has a sharp pine and grassy hops that leave a nice bite to the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, slightly creamy at first with a nice dry and bitter finish.

D: Another damn highly drinkable beer from Russian River! Well blended, goes down easily, and is certainly sessionable.

Jayli, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of ThirstyBird
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado SD - from notes
Appears golden yellow in color with a thin white head. Some lacing.
Smells of grapefruit, obviously hoppy.
Taste is very well balanced -hoppy malty. Yum. Citrus, pine..
Light/med body with nice fine carbonation.
This is a great IPA.

ThirstyBird, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of drink1121
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mauerhan for this one.

A- Straw colored with light head. Slight retention.

S- Good hops up front, which is what I was looking for. Melon, apricot hops, not too much citrus. Very easy smelling hops.

T- Hops up front with light malt, very light malt. Slight bitterness at the end. Wow, this was good.

M- A little light, watery almost.

D- I could have a bunch of these. Great taste with lower abv%. Great beer.

drink1121, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of Dijeriduster
4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer that started it all....for San Diego County. Originally brewed by Temecula Brewing this beer inspired Stone, Ballast, Alpine and all the others to start brewing. Thank you Vinnie!

A - Slightly hazy, golden to amber colour. Nice creamy head and lacing from both the tap and bottle.

S - More subtle hop tones smelling of ample dry hopping. Reminds me of a casked IPA even though its straight from the tap.

T - Wonderful citrus flavours with a well rounded malty base. Hops aren't quite as bitter as in Pliny, but well established.

M - Slightly thin vs. more "modern" IPA's from San Diego. Still retains an almost creamy, full feel with a little swishing.

D - Spectacular brew! Easy to drink IPA with plenty of hops for hopheads and a more moderate alcohol content then IIPAs. While hop flavours are more pronounced with warmth, mouthfeel does suffer a little. My only complaint on this, perhaps the archetypal CLASSIC West Coast IPA.

Dijeriduster, Dec 02, 2009
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,609 ratings.