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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,943 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,943
Reviews: 1,359
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,660
Gots: 615 | FT: 19
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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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Ratings: 4,943 | Reviews: 1,359
Photo of MrKennedy
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle obtained via a trade with SolomonGrundy. Bottled on April 14, 2011, consumed on May 6, 2011.

Golden coloured, slightest hint of orange and with a clear appearance. It has a white head of tiny, compact bubbles of foam.

Piney, citrus aroma that is perhaps a little less noticeable than i envisaged.

Tasting slightly sweet early, a some pungent bitterness early and with a resiny, slightly bitter aftertaste, this really delivers.

Body is perfect for the style, highly drinkable, with the ABV being well masked like most West Coast IPA's.

Overall, a quality IPA, hop forward, but retaining good balance. i would recommend to anyone and it is a beer that is well worth seeking out. Thanks SolomonGrundy for the trade!

Photo of aval89
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 04-14-11

A: bright clear orange.. lots of bubbles streaming up.. got a beautiful 2.5 finger head in my NB globe.. head stuck around for a long time..

S: sweet orange & pine dominate the nose.. touch of lemon zest as well.. caramel does pull through, as well as some mild bready tones..

T: mild grapefruit, tangerines, & sticky pine.. after the hop show, some caramel malts & light biscuits pull through.. finish is lemony bitterness with some floral hops & some toasty malts..

Mf: great carbonation makes for a nice mf.. medium bodied..

O: very great IPA.. has some resemblance of PtE but not greatly..

Photo of ehammond1
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Perfectly clear golden orange. Leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

Pungent citrus hops in the nose, little to no malt character. This beer is on the sweet and fruity side for an IPA but I think that's a a terrific way to lean.

Incredible, sweet, pungent, citrusy, bitter taste; there's a ton of flavor here for a beer only punching a bit over 6% ABV. Remarkably good.

Medium bodied, smooth yet amply carbonated. Exceptional.

An absolute gem of an IPA. It ranks with the best I've ever tried. An incredibly drinkable, delicious beer.

Photo of ccm414
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 1 pint .9 fl oz bottle...

A- A heavy pour produced an exceptional 3 finger rocky-looking head that reduced to a nice foam. Some nice lacing around the glass. A dark orange-to-golden color, a tiny bit hazy, but crisp looking. Not much carbonation from the glass after the pour.

S- Leafy citrus hops all the way and I like it. Slightly piney.

T- Slightly sweet citrus at first, quickly followed by much bitterness. Almost like citrus (grapefruit) rind. Little maltiness noticeable, but more of an afterthought. Great balance here. A dry, bitter finish.

M- Refreshingly light and creamy that has a nice hop bite. Not much carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable. Being light, with great hoppiness, I would grab for one of these more often it was more available in New England (thanks to my brother living in San Diego!)


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

Pours a clear amber color with a nice one finger head which dissipates slightly after the pour but does hang on.

Aroma is mostly sweet smelling flowery hops. It's a strong hops aroma but still quite sweet smelling.

Taste is hoppy with a nice bitterness towards the back. Not nearly as much hop kick as we've all come to expect from west coast IPA styles, but very very drinkable and with a nice character. There's a little bit of malts in there with the hops to give it some balance. Not an unbalanced IPA at all. Some newer IPAs just go for the hop bomb and throw everything else to the wind, but I don't detect that in this beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, you could drink a few of these beers if you had the money to do so.

Overall, it's an excellent beer with a very nice, drinkable character.

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

A: It pours a murky golden color with some yellow hues in the light. There is a gorgeous two finger white head that hangs on for a long time. Excellent retention that completely coats the sides of the glass.

S: There is a very hop centric nose with a hint of malt in the background. Large notes of citrus, pine, and skunky pot with a bit of toasted bread.

T: The hops are front and center. Dank citrus hops with a nice bitter resinous finish. The malt is present, but quite subtle.

M: Medium bodied with a pleasant light carbonation.

O: Great, great IPA. At 6% I could drink this all day long.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.63/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a gold with slight amber. Fluffy white head that faded and didn't retain any lacing.

The smell wasn't in your face over powering but it was still easy to pick up some citrus.

The taste was pretty easy to wrap your head around with a nice back bone of malt, citrus hops, and bittering hops.

I remember liking this beer more a year ago. Its not bad at all just hard to stand up to all the other west coast IPAs.

Photo of Trilogy31
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at torando. Came out looking an orange amber without much head from a pint glass. Nose was typical of a solid ipa/borderline apa, piney hoppy bitter notes, citrus was mostly lemon and a nice bready note. Taste was very refreshing and easy drinking pretty much following the nose. The hops brought a slight floral character along with a touch of grapefruit and a pleasant forest note with a good malt backbone. Very well done i just find that pliny and blind pig are both very good beers i was just hoping for more complexity out of them. Blind pig to me really tasted similar to pliny with just a different malt bill.

Photo of Preismj
3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Red amber, not very thick, heft 1 inch head on a moderate poor. White and fluffy with moderate lacing.

s: wonderful floral bouquet which hints at bitter hops. Citrus scent common of IPAs with a serious sweetness in the back. It is definitely malty sweet stemming from roasted nuts and notes of vanilla and fruit.

t: overly bitter in the front as this is very hop forward but fades out fast. Makes way to a fruity sweetness and a roasted almond. I can't tell if I'm getting vanilla or not but there is something else in her. A lingering bitterness sits with you when this goes down, but it hints at a syrupy sweetness that makes your mouth crave another sip. Very potent flavor for a 6% beer, though a tad abrasive on the bitter earthy hop note.

m: nice and smooth. Light to mid body with a perfect crisp carbonation. not enough staying power on the coat that it provides, but still a perfect fizz for the style and flavor.

o: great IPA from RR. Haven't been disappointed by them yet. The PtE is surely better and this is too bitter (comparatively speaking) given the lower abv. If i could get this often, I'd go for it now and again but there are a few IPA's I'd rather spend the time pursuing. Perhaps I'll attempt revisiting this once more down the road, though overall very nice.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a snifter

A- One finger head, very clear, golden clear straw appearance, nice carbonation, excellent lacing, very attractive IPA
S- Aroma is excellent, hops, citrus, grapefruit, very refreshing and attractive aroma.
T- Malts are apparent, nice bitter hoppy flavor, hints of citrus and pine but nothing overpowering, nice bitterness that I love in IPA’s.
M- Full mouth feel, well carbonated, very balanced.
O- Easy drinkability, very refreshing taste, did not live up to the aroma, but still a solid IPA from Russian River that I would drink on a regular basis if it was available.

Photo of Fluke828
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Harpoon Limited Edition Snifter.
Bottle dated 03/22/11.
Rec'd in a trade with floraday.

A-> Gentle pour yields about .5 finger head of white foam with a bit of lacey bubbles clinging to the walls of the snifter as this quickly dissipates. Clear and pale copper/amber in color with some pretty good, spread out nucleation.

S-> Bouquet is very fruity, like muddled grapefruit. Definitely get grapefruit up front for sure in the nose, with a bit of hoppy pine as well. Also getting a faint floral spiciness with a leafy/grassy undertone.

T-> Taste is fairly inline with the nose. Get a nice smooth hop bite initially and then the grapefruit and sweet blood red orange flavors take over with the pine coming back in the middle. Finishes somewhat dry with a crisp hop taste that leaves a splendid blend of pine hop resin and sweet citrus fruits on the palate.

M-> Mouth feel is medium bodied with good carbonation but not overpowering or overdone. Fairly light in body to a certain extent for the style but after all this isn't a double IPA, which is important to keep in mind with the texture of this beer. It is just an IPA...a very well balanced one at that.

O-> Glad I finally got to try this one. Very well balanced with the hops and the sweetness. It was nice to try the beer that sort of sneaks under the radar with all the attention that Pliny always gets and make no mistake this is a wonderfully crafted brew. Even after a few days over a month in the bottle this one stands up for itself in a crowded field and I could even see this as a porch beer down @ the beach house this summer. Fantastic. Will definitely seek out another Blind Pig or 4, and maybe try to catch a couple closer to the bottling date. Cheers!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. People have sent me this before, but this particular bottle is thanks to psiweaver.

Appearance - Golden straw colored with a big white head. Hazy, but not sedimenty looking. Traces of head remain with loads of lacing.

Smell - HOPS. Citrusy hops. Orange and grapefruit hops. No malt smells at all.

Taste - HOPS. Citrusy hops. Orange and grapefruit hops. No malt taste at all. This is hop juice. The most pared down way of delivering hop flavor. Not even a hint of sweetness to make it easier to drink. As much as I like hop bombs (like PtE), this isn't balanced at all. It's bitter, then it's bitter, then it's bitter some more.

Mouthfeel - Because of the low malt character, it's thin. Even for a single IPA, it's very thin. The carbonation feels high, even though I don't think it is very high. Just the nature of ti makes it seem that way.

Overall - It's very tasty, if you're into huge hop bombs. It's actually quite impressive that a single IPA at 6.1% can have this much hoppiness. The downside is that it really isn't balanced.

Photo of misinformed
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 4/20/11, bottled 3/2/11. Tulip glass.

A- An overzealous pour produced close to 3" of rocky off-white head. Clear glowing pale orange beer. The head dropped off to a dusting but left behind some nice long trails of lacing.

S- Vibrant citrus/sweet orange. Great smell.

T- Nice smooth bitter hops all around. Citrusy and leafy. No trace of the malt. The light bitter finish starts of weak, but grows over the course of a bottle.

M- Medium bodied. Very strong active carbonation which I liked. At first it seems a bit thin, but it coats the mouth nicely over time.

O- A nice smooth bitter IPA. All hop flavor, no malt, which is OK with me. Definitely hits the spot.

Photo of zrab11
3.77/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber color with a fluffy 1 1/2 finger head, good lacing

S-Piney notes followed by hops and more hops with some citrus

T- Really hoppy upfront. with alittle piney in the middle and finishs with more hops

M-Medium Bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall this is just a Big hop bomb ipa. Which is ok and it gets the job done. Wish it had alittle more going on with it . but overall it is a good beer.

Photo of stageseven
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nightwing002 for the bottle.

Ap - Beer pours a crystal clear gold. 1/2 finger of big bubbles & white foam with decent retention.

Ar - Extreme hops, citrus & leafy. Very little malt quality on the nose, completely dominated by the hops.

T - Citrus, a little plant, decently bitter backbone. Not much malt again. Maybe a little biscuit. A bit vinous as well with a good chunk of resin.

M - Pretty light bodied, a little high carbed for my tastes. Amazing that this beer can be so light and crisp. Hop resins coat the mouth pretty well.

O - Very good, especially for a standard IPA. This really seems like it belongs more in the DIPA category, if not for Pliny. Very enjoyable, especially since it's a pretty fresh bottle, from 3/11.

Photo of Nugganooch
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Freshly tapped and drafted into a pint glass from the good ol boys down at Churchill's.

A: Pours a very bright and clear straw pale color with a light haziness to it. Mine had a very thin pure white head that dissipated rather quickly. This baby bubbled away and laced my glass like some sexy lingerie.

S: Very clean apricot aromas with some soft subtle notes of sweet piney hops. Not very pungent at all. That's all I am really picking up here.

T: So nice and refreshingly light. Hops are more apricot and some subtle pine notes like that of the aromas. Nice bittering that prickles the throat and dries out the finish a bit.

M: Superb in my opinion. So light and creamy
with a great hop bight that rounds it all out.

D: Amazing. This brew is so light and refreshingly hoppy with an incredible smooth creaminess to it. I could drink these all day long for sure.

BP is the brew for me! While not over bearingly hoppy the Blind Pig still packs a punch. Superbly balanced with a light and creamy body. Highly recommended for those who are looking to get into hoppier beers.

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

A - a sold gold looking pour. very inviting.

S - when the fragrance released from just taking the cap of the bottle reaches your nose instanteanously, its gotta be a good beer

T - Citrus, piney with a nice balance of malt...

M - Bit of carbonation. Bitter on the back, good feeling IPA

O - a bottle that arrived in the mail today [thanks petecz!] and was eager to pop it..but i let it sit in the fridge all day, and was greatly rewarded as I sat on my patio... bottled 3/22/11 ~ this is a beer I wish was distrubted in Illinois... will definitely have to snag more in the future!

Photo of b3shine
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to (frosted) tulip. The shizzle! Thanks (again) to Dempsey16 for this delicious brew! The only IPA I've tried that's better is the one I had right before this one (Sculpin). Fantastic across the board. Some beers don 't need words; they need sips...

Photo of ghetto90007
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my modern Stone Old Guardian goblet.

Beautiful golden orange color, nice fluffy white head. Sticky, industrial strength lacing. A really beautiful beer. I love taking a sip and watching the lacing rebuild and slowly slide down the glass. Some of it just stays. Looks like it would dry there.

Smells really good. Fragrant, citrusy bitterness. Grapefruit and some mild floral undertones.

Dominant grapefruit with the rind thrown in. Mild sweetness, but lots of bitterness throughout - from start to finish it's grapefruit rind. The malty sweetness is there, but gets overpowered.

Soft mouthfeel, but reasonably carbonated. Nice balance here.

Overall, a very nice IPA. It's more hop-forward - the sweetness really takes a back seat. Not sure the balance is quite where I would want it to be after being spoiled by some world class DIPAs, but a very solid, solid IPA.

Photo of adman08
3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Nice golden color with the slightest hint of red. nice white head that leaves minimal lace.
S-Kind of a funky earthy, herbal smell. Lots of pine. Probably fuggles hops.
T-Citrus, herbal, earthy and pine flavors with a very nice malt sweetness. Good balance.
M-Light, slightly malty, good hop dryness in the finish.
Overall, an interesting IPA. I'm used to a more citrus biterness thses days but this is more piney and earthy to me.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce with
a little red glow, not much.

smell: decent hop aroma, piney

taste: balanced ipa, nice pine flavors

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied

drinkability: a good IPA with a decent backbone, 4 months old and drank very well. very impressed

Photo of hiku7
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this IPA. Had it before in bottles, and had it on tap for the first time tonight at E.J. Phair in Concord, CA. Great to see it as a draught offering.

A - Pours a clear amber with a white head. Gothic spires sticky lacing.

S - Hops hops hops, piney, resiney, citrusy.

T - Complex hop cocktail that lingers in a very good way. A front-loaded caramelly sweetness is also noticeably present.

M - Medium bodied that feels right for this brew.

D - Big IPA, but I could drink more than one.

Overall, I love it.

Photo of elricorico
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours quite clear orange in colour. A stead pour forms a two finger, off-white head. Little bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, doesn't seem to effect the clarity of the beer though. Lacing in abundance.

Definitely citric to the nose. Sweetness jumps out first, like a mandarin orange, then grapefruit rind. Way down in there somewhere is a hint of bready malt.

Hops all the way. A reasonable citric sweetness up front followed by a long (and sometimes a little coarse) ride of citric bitterness.

I find this one to be a little on the thin side. Carbonation is ample but the body lacks a little texture.

Good beer, but not quite to the level I hope to find in a Russian River bottle.

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

Thanks to Hair6a11 for the bottle! Poured into snifter. Bottled on 01-21-2011.

Appearance: Pours a transparent orange with thin white head. Nice lacing, looks sticky.

Smell: Has a very hop forward, citrus backed nose. Lots of fresh hops.

Taste: Pine forward. Sticky sap and huge hop presence. Orange peel and lemon zest. Bittering back end.

Mouth: Lively carbonation gives this semi bitter good balance. Very well balanced.

Drink and overall: overall, this is an enjoyable IPA. Being from the land of Two Hearted, I like to try out these west coast IPAs.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to ipa247 for this one. I've been searching for a second bottle for a while now... ever since I decided to play "Edward Bomber Hands" with my first bottle. Bottling date of 030211. Poured from a 16oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a 2.5 finger frothy, powdery white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is stringy and spotty in parts with decent retention. Attractive beer overall but the head and lace could use a little work.

S: Nose is on point with the rest of Russian River's IPAs, that is to say, outstanding and outrageous! Citrus, grapefruit, mango, papaya, and persimmon are all prominent. Hop bitterness is apparent as is some notes of cane sugar and tree sap. Incredibly aromatic, I could smell this one a mile away!

T: Opens tree sap and pine bitterness. Citrus and grapefruit hoppiness towards the middle with a mild papaya fruitiness in the back. Bitingly hoppy from start to finish which is a resin hoppiness. Aftertaste is sticky, dry, and abrasively hoppy. A one dimensional beer to be sure, but it executes that dimension perfectly.

M: Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Bubbly and lively in the mouth and abrasive and prickly going down. Finish is dry with an aftertaste that is sticky and lingers. Very much to style but nothing that really stands out here.

O: Even at almost a month old, this is a monster of a beer. Incredibly well crafted, this is a no nonsense west coast IPA that makes no excuses for itself. With all the Pliny hype that surrounds Russian River, this offering gets lost in the mix sometimes, but make no mistake, it stands toe to toe with its far more famous brothers.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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