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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,782 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,782
Reviews: 1,344
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,577
Gots: 548 | 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 klshanks
3.66/5  rDev -16.1%
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

Photo of FosterJM
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Duhast500
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of vdoz3
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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.

Photo of hophead247
4.92/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of errantnight
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Photo of kingcrowing
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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.

Photo of flannelman808
3.88/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of birchstick
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of hardy008
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of beagle75
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of wedgie9
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle obtained in a trade. Pours a hazy dull orange with a thick white head that leaves heavy lace. Nose is mango with resinous hops, and a hint of honey and caramel malt. Flavors are good tropical fruitiness with pineapple and mango, pine resin hops, and somewhat toasty malt. There is almost an acidity to this beer. The body is fairly light with average carbonation and a nice long pine finish. This is an outstanding IPA.

Photo of gtn80
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance was a nice copper color with a bright white head. Head dissipated quickly.

Aroma was amazing, tons of grapefruit hops, lots of juicy citrus.

Taste was great, nice malt backbone for all those hops. Again, tons of juicy, fruity, citrusy hops. Bitterness is very present, and lasts into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was nice, well carbonated beer, but not too high for the style.

Drinkability was fine, got though the bottle myself, alcohol wasn't too much, bitterness isn't mouth puckering. Great IPA.

Photo of littlesgtpepper
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Russian River Brewery in a pint glass.

Had a thin head which disappeared quickly. A slight oil slick look remained on the top; hop oils, I presume.

This beer smells amazing, like ripe grapefruit and berries.

Tasting this beer was a pleasure from start to finish. The fresh, FRESH! hop flavor lingered all through the beer with flavors of fruit and some light malt fighting through. Although the oily feeling in the mouth kept me wanting a huge glass of water afterwards, this was very fun to drink.

This beer is very drinkable and I throw back a few of these anytime. Similar in style to Pliney the Elder, this beer is a great one by itself.

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

Perfume, pineapple, citrus fruits (grapefruit) emanate from a clear, golden amber body. There are hop oils on the surface after the head fades, which it does relatively early.

On the taste, bitterness comes through early yet doesn't build; almost as if it peaks right at the start. Pale malts, light grapefruit, oranges; flavorful and not astringent yet salty on the finish. The carbonation is medium high while the body is light which makes the beer very easy to drink, but not a personal preference. The beer is definitely a solid, easily quaffable IPA.

Photo of TheseusT
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/7/10, drank 9/27/10 from a cold pint glass. Pours a beautiful amber "que lindo es" with a 1/4" head. The aroma on this is absolutely amazing, like fresh-baked pineapple upside cake wafting from an open window on a hawaiian ranch. The taste at first is wonderful, just a flood of flavor with a feel of almost impossible balance of water and creaminess, facilitated by the beautiful bead on the bubbles. The lingering bitterness may be too much for some. But all good things at a price. Including tracking bottles of this down.

Photo of silentjay
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

rather pale and clear copper color with a decent almost white head that retains and laces well.

pine, fresh cut grass, citrus rind. aroma is intoxicating. hints of tropical fruit and a touch of sweet light malts. nice.

earthy, grassy, piney with citrus providing some acidity and a little bit of bitterness. a touch of toffee and bready malts add some balance, though the delicious hops remain the focal point. leafy and fresh hop flavor. more hop flavor than hop bitterness. delicious.

a touch on the light side of medium bodied with some oily resin left on the palate and a bit of citrus in the aftertaste.

drinks amazing. easily made its way into my top few IPAs on this first tasting. bottled only 2 weeks ago, so its still drinking near or at its peak, and it shows. not a "big" beer, but its complex and flavorful. Pleasure to try.

Photo of BeerZack
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, light golden honey color with a decent white head that laces the glass.
Citrus and wood, mostly pine with a good bit of oak to balance and a bit of malty sweetness.
The taste is almost perfect. Big hop flavor and not-quite-puckering hop bitterness overwhelm on the first wave, but the finish has a nice oaky mellowness to it that doesn't quite add anything so much as just smooth it all out on the grapefruity hop fade.
Feels smooth, yet very sufficiently carbonated. A pleasure to hold in ones mouth...
I could drink this all day, if I didn't have to get it in the mail. One of my favorite IPAs of all time.

Photo of ballz50401
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle (bottled 7/21/10) into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a egg white head. Head doesn't last long and fades to moon craters along one side of my glass. Head stays strong when swirled.

Smell: Mostly grapefruit with a little pine resin and citrus. A touch of sweet malts in the back when warmed up.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Big hop taste. Grapefruit all the way here. A little spice and pale malt sweetness try to balance things out a bit, but it's all about the hops. Mouthfeel is creamy and has a nice fullness to it. Finishes with a dry, soft bitternes.

Drinkibility: This is a very nice IPA. Not difficult to down this bottle. More about the hops than the malts which fits the West Coast style. Wish I could've tryed a little fresher bottle.

Photo of kbeals
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery as part of a recent road trip.

A- Bright amber/copper in color with a thick gleaming white head. Fantastic head retention and lacing throughout the entire brew. Just a great looking beer.

S- Oh wow, tons of citrusy hops with a bit of sweetness to round it out nicely. This is really what an IPA should smell like. So well rounded, not necessarily balanced though. I don't really expect "balance" in a West Coast IPA anyways ;)

T- Damn, flawless. Such a divine blend of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, it all seems to be there. There's even a slight caramel flavor to it as well, something I wasn't really expecting but is much appreciated.

M- Smooth, light-medium body. Well-carbonated.

D- Man, I could drink a ton of this stuff, but the sheer enormity of flavors is nearly a turnoff. An excellent beer and perhaps my new favorite IPA. I wish I would have bought a few bottles of it now.

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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