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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,615 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,615
Reviews: 1,323
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,508
Gots: 486 | 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 natasharai
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with an off white frothy head that dissipated to a thin layer leaving some lacing. The beer is a yellow-orange golden color and is clear.

Smell: Strong hops presenting a big citrus aroma mostly of grapefruit, some sweet floral smell as well.

Taste: Sweet citrus, pine, malty caramel sweetness, hit of roasted malt, ends with a floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium bodied, leaves mouth feeling dry.

Overall: Fairly drinkable, good strong hop flavor, balanced with a sweet malt, refreshing beer.

natasharai, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of doppelmeup
3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle dated 102208, making it about 6 months old. Appears to have been kept in a refrigerated section at the beer store in Denver.

Appearance: Golden yellow, mediocre haed, some lacing but not great.

Aromas of hops: Piney, citrusy, some orange and grapefruit and pinecone.

Taste was definitely an IPA, as there were lots of hop flavors and bitterness to go around. But not really a lot of depth of flavor or balance.

Leaves a lingering bitterness on the palate, but is relatively thin bodied.

Overall, this is an okay IPA, but I am wondering if the high ratings stem more from it being brewed by Russian River than the actual flavor of the beer itself.

doppelmeup, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of jackorain
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 500 ml bottle is very cool. The label is very cool

I noticed a significant amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle before I opened it and it was very easily agitated. For this reason, I poured this very slowly. I poured a little more aggressively when the Stone Levitation stemmed glass was ¾ quarters full. The liquid was a bright, crystal clear, straw color with a copper hue when held to the light. It was topped with a bright white tight foam. The head receded slowly but consistently to a beautiful lace, tall collar and splotchy, bubbly coat.

The aroma is outrageous. It begins with incredible amounts of pine and citrus hops. The citrus becomes very complex as you take it in deeper. Tangerine, navel orange, ruby red grapefruit. A bit of biscuit comes through in the aroma as well.

The initial flavor rush is a very pungent pine hops with a strong, sharp, brash bitterness that pushes through into the middle. The middle then brings some biscuit and caramel malt sweetness. This is quickly pushed aside by the hops, which come through with a more pine and some citrus. The citrus is mostly grapefruit and grapefruit pith here, not as complex as the aroma. The finish is a long pasting bitterness.

A medium to light body is back up by a vibrant and tingly carbonation. The liquid wets the palate quite a bit, to the point of feeling slightly watery at times.

This is a very good IPA. I could have several. The sharpness of the bitterness would make me look to something else.

Thanks For Reading

jackorain, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ortino's Northside. $5 for a 10 oz pour. Appeared a clear gold with a thick white head. The aroma is an intoxicating mix of pineapple, grapefruit, floral perfume and pine - amazing. I only wish the flavor could match that amazing smell. Yeah, it's pretty awesome, with a more herbal grapefruit taste and hint of biscuity malts, but the aroma is just top notch. The bitterness level is also pretty spot on. This is damn good IPA.

tempest, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Pencible
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a slightly hazy light copper with a bit of off-white head. It smelled like orange and grapefruit hops, with pineapple and honey. It tasted surprisingly mellow, like orange and grapefruit, with some honey and a bit of cream and rose. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was super clean and tasty, with a fresh hops flavor reminiscent of HopSlam. Not overly bitter, and great body, so it was pretty easy to drink. There wasn't much complexity to it, but I think that's ok for an IPA. Just straightforward and delicious hops. This wasn't quite my absolute favorite IPA, but I can't really find a flaw with it. Well done.

Pencible, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of jnn4v
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's a good beer, but either I had a not-quite-up-to-par sample, or it's a bit too old (it was bottled 12-2008 and I'm drinking it 3-2009). I enjoy it, but not A or A+ material.

A: Hazy, light amber color. Almost orange. Very little head. Very fine carbonation.

S: Amazing. Apricot, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and honey. I almost want to burst out into song with "these are a few of my favorite things" it smells so good.

T: Not nearly as sweet as it smelled, but still not bad at all. Balanced bitterness from the hops with fruit flavors from the hops, all of which is pretty balanced by the malt, although the malt is losing out here a bit in the battle for flavor dominance.

M: Relatively thin texture compared to how it looked. Not very carbonated either. Still probably a medium-bodied beer on the whole, and probably thick for a non-imperial IPA.

D: Highly desirable to consume, but the odd texture (from relatively thinness of the body combined with the low carbonation) and the bitterness winning out on the balance war, makes me knock it down a point or so, even though the flavor and especially scent are good.

jnn4v, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of twelvsies
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a recent beer haul from Colorado. Supposedly some version of this is claimed to be the first "West Coast IPA" so I feel like I'm drinking a little part of history here. Nice and clear amber, good healthy long-lasting head and lacing. Lots of pine and floral hops in the nose. Grainy but light malts take a backseat, but do a decent job at supporting the main flavors of this beer. This is a really nice tasting ale for sure, but I think the best thing about it is that it's so damn drinkable and so flavorful with out being a double IPA and with out being too high in ABV. If I had more I would drink it right now. Russian River knows how to do an IPA. Sho nuff.

twelvsies, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of klewis
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/19/08
ABV listed at 6.10%

A: Pours golden with a moderate, frothy head. Heavy lacing.

S: Good hop aroma. Pine, lemon, and some grass.

T: Smooth, complex hop taste with flavors of pine and citrus and a light floral character. More bitter than your typical 6% IPA and lacking any malt balance, yet still tasty.

M: Huge body for the ABV with very light and fine carbonation giving it a very soft, silky texture. Quite dry with a lingering bitterness.

D: An IPA that is quite smooth and tasty, yet the bitterness might be an obstacle to some.

klewis, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Memphis Tap Room in Philadelphia...
An all-around teriffic depiction of the style and one of the better American IPA's I've had the pleasure of recently sampling...
Copper, light-bronze appearance with minimal head and minor lacing...
Smell: Rich hops, piney, and thick...
Taste: More mellow than I had expected, yet the beauty of this beer lies in its drinkability... Extremely well balanced with hints of hops and vines...

dsa7783, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of LJArsenal
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to errantknight for throwing this in as an extra!

Bottled on 2/15/09 - Just over a month old.

Bomber poured into a nonic with an off-white one finger head that quickly disappears. Great looking beer - golden/orange - very similar to Pliny the Elder. In fact, I think I'd have a tough time choosing which was which if they were there side by side. If anything, Blind Pig has a bit more golden highlights. Hazy with minimal carbonation. Nice lacing.

Aroma on this one is mild but inviting pine and floral notes. Although much more subdued than some hop bombs, getting your nose right inside the glass reveals quite a bit going on - even some citrus.

This is one of the best IPA's I've tasted. It doesn't have the same bite as some of this style, but to be honest, there are times when I'm not looking for the zing of hopbomb - for such occasions, this is an excellent brew. Smooth texture with great mouthfeel, I wish this one were readily available here as it is about as easy to drink as it gets.

LJArsenal, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of wcudwight
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excellent look. More golden in color that other IPA's but the head, oh that head. Creamy in color and texture that looks like a topo map of the Rockies. Wow! Tons of sticky lacing.
A wonderful aroma of floral, citrus, pine fills the olefactory senses.
Usual IPA flavors but RR just does it better. This has a lot of everything with out too much of anything. Perfect IPA flavor with out being too big.
Mouthfeel is smooth yet sharp.
I wish I had another bottle.
Thanks flexabull. I'm jealous that you get to drink this all the time.

wcudwight, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of Docer
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grabbed a pint bottle.. poured into a bomber.. bottled 020209. 6.10% Alc. on this bottle.

Great stuff..

- Nice cloudy copper with fantastic lacing and creamy light head. The way a west coast IPA should look.

- Smell is of bready and rye malt with a citrus/floral hop splash. A bit musty, but it has to be. Must be dry-hopped a couple times. Pretty much the IPA you can put a wedge of lemon in.. bright lemon bitterness as well. Is this the Widmer Hefe's of IPA's?

- Bitter bite, floral and citrus hop, balanced with a bready and rye malt... very tasty. Left at a '4' because of the huge lemon citrus bite. No alcohol taste at all.

- Bitter lemon aftertaste.. but citrus, hop, rye... low carbonation... good.

- Too drinkable... the lemon bite/zest will make you want to drink your savings account away. Don't do to yourself as the government already has!

Love the Elder much better... but it's nice to see that this number is different from the Elder... they didn't just plain ferment longer or make it stronger... but yet made a very different IPA w/ the same hop characteristics..

Impressed! Loving the IPA's from Russian River Brewing Co. Wish more like it would bottle and distribute in the Portland, OR area at a great price!

Docer, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of br3wmeister
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice big white head lay atop a mildly hazed golden colored beer. Head retention and lacing were minimal.

S- Very sweet and juicy aroma with good citrus and floral notes. Orange and grapefruit with some nice caramel and white cake.

T- Lots of pine flavored hops up front with a good caramel base. Starts out bitter then waves of sweet then citrus hops then more sweet maltiness. hoppy bitter bite in the end.

M- Medium bodied with a nice sweet base and some big bite.

Overall a very good IPA nice balance and good verity of hop character.

br3wmeister, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of HatTrick
3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to do a vertical - Blind Pig, Pliny the Elder, and Pliny the Younger:

A: Nice pale golden hue. A bit of frothy head that reduced down.

S: Smelled mildy hoppy, with a bit of ginger. Also stone fruit but not near as strong as the PTY.

T: Tasted like a nice IPA - but when compared to PTY and PTE, it is a rather watered down version. Not a spectacular taste but would go down quite well on a hot summer day. Nice baseball beer.

M: Nice carbonation, light flavors, light mouthfeel.

D: Went down just fine. Is a nice all-around IPA.

HatTrick, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of Redwood21
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

like the elder review this is from notes,

A: i enjoyed this, for an ipa the color was lighter but not too off from normal amber hazy ipa shades, the head was nice and frothy, and while it died down it did stick around a while
S: like the elder it starts out a little but hoppy with the aromatics associated with it but dies out somewhat quickly
T: very smooth, painfully smooth. the hop and malt characters are in such harmony here. its not going to blow you away but it will lull you into a happy state, its a little light bodied, and someone compared it to 60 min in body which i wouldn't completely disagree, this is a very well rounded beer that id love to drink all the time.

very good beer, enjoyed it a lot .

Redwood21, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of ThirdLap
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

EDIT: Just realized this bottle is nearly four months old. I'll be re-reviewing once I get my hands on a fresher bottle.

I'll be brewing a Blind Pig clone in the next few days, so I figured I ought to get reacquainted with the what the finished product should taste like.

Pours a light to medium golden yellow with a fluffy off-white inch-thick head. The head dissipates after a few minutes revealing a good amount of lacing.

Nose is grapefruit, pine, and hint of vanilla. Taste is largely the same; lots of citrus with more of the pine coming forth on the swallow. Body and carbonation are both relatively light. Nothing too complex going on, just a solid and tasty IPA. Malt presence is light but reasonably well-balanced. Finish is piney, then clean and crisp.

Although Blind Pig is widely accepted as the quintessential example of a West Coast IPA, it's probably not my favorite example of the style. I suppose I've just grown to enjoy what others have accomplished with the American IPA a bit more. That said, no other IPA touches it in terms of drinkability, and its probably the IPA I would use to convert SNPA drinkers to something with a bit more 'oomph'.

Another winner from Russian River.

ThirdLap, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: slightly cloudy golden yellowish / light orange color with a two finger head that slowly fades. Some light lacing develops during the session.

Smell: loads of pine and grapefruit rise from the glass. Very enjoyable.

Taste: nice malt sweetness balanced by pine, grapefruit, and green grapes. Alcohol is well hidden as the hop bitterness is strong but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, lightly crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness rides the tongue for a while.

Drinkability: a wonderful IPA that could be consumed all night long. Can't get a better representation of the west coast style IPA than this one.

Gavage, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A damn fine IPA, well crafted and delicious. Have a couple of concerns though, but nothing that would make this sucker any worse than an A rating...so in otherwords, this should be an ipa for many other breweries to aspire to.

Pours a fairly light amber, clear and with a decent head that hangs around.

Citrus and big pine in the aroma. Some slight diactyl and dms, but otherwise the most hoppy thing i think i've ever had. This one knocks ruination out of the lead, in my opinion.

Juicy mouthwatering hops, green herbs, dank cannabis, leafy green hop essential oil, fresh cut pine tree needles and sap. Another concern is a one-dimensional flavor, imo. This is not a very balanced beer, its a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is plenty full, perhaps a bit on the thin side, a problem easily overlooked when their Pliny offerings are there for that. A mouthcoating resin chewy feeling afterwards. Thanks Russian River, you're doing the population of Oregon a favor by distributing here, making our local breweries sweat to keep up!

SurlyDuff, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of amneziak
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Blind Pig pours an especially pale orange color with minimal cloudiness. It's such a pale shade of orange that it almost borders on yellow. For an IPA, this is unquestionably one of the lighter looking beers I've seen. The color is topped off with a soft foamy white head that only allows for about one finger to appear. There is a normal amount of lacing which makes one wonder if this will be a run-of-the-mill beer with nothing new and exciting to add to the IPA family.

Smell: The nose on this beer is a huge improvement from my perception of the color. It has a very bright and beautiful hoppy smell with the traditional characteristics of grapefruit and pine. There is less of a pineapple or peach aroma that is sometimes associated with a west coast IPA. While the aromas don't just force themselves out of the glass, there is a nice bit of it going on here.

Taste: Immediately this is a great IPA - no two ways about it. It has all the bitterness you want, but it's very refreshing and light tasting. The flavor even improves if you give it a quick little swoosh throughout your mouth. There are also some nice subtle floral components that sneak in from time to time that make this quite intriguing. At the end, I get a nice aftertaste of soft summer peach. Very good tasting beer!

Mouthfeel: Aside from the flavor itself, the mouthfeel is best characteristic of this beer. There is a perfect amount of bitterness and the flavors are just very well-balanced on the palate. Because of this, I'd say this is one of the more easily drinkable IPAs I've come across. There is nothing left on the palate that is dissatisfying, just nice crisp hop bitterness.

Overall: Blind Pig is like a very dependable friend. At 6.0% ABV, I could drink this beer all week. It's sturdy, very well-balanced, and extremely drinkable. It's not the best IPA on the block by any stretch of the imagination, but it's ten times more balanced than many of the IPAs I've had. In the end, this is a very successful IPA that I will definitely pick up the next time I'm in Colorado or California. Have I said before that there should be a movement to get Russian River beers to more states? Well there should...

amneziak, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright peachy golden with two inches of nice thick, white, fluffy head. Great pour, very similar to PTE.

Smell is fresh citrusy hop-goodness. Its also got a bit a fresh cut grassy sort of smell but overall its lots of grapefruit and fresh west coast hops. Nice and piney.

Taste is a quick bitter smack to your senses that is followed by a bit of malt sweetness but not as much balance as PTE. Its definitely a good IPA but it lacks the balance of some of the bigger combatants. If you are a fan of hop bitterness and tongue drying IBUs this is the one for you.

Its not that I don't like it, cuz I do. I just was expecting a little more balance which would have made it incredible.

Definitely worth a shot but I wish I'd brought back two Pliny the Elders instead of one of each.

indiapaleale, Mar 11, 2009
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nearly three fingers of off white head turns rocky and leaves considerable lace as it slowly fades. This nose is very fragrant with oily citrus and even noticeable mellon with a backround spike of pickled pine. Body is a hazy orange amber wheat gold thing going on. On first sip I find this considerably thinner than I was expecting. Hops play more of a backround role on the initial flavor profile. Hop profile is of citrus rind and rustic soft pine. Bitter feel does develop more as you drink but it is more of a mouthfeel as each additional sip douses the bitter. Mouthfeel is only a soft bitter hue. This beer is nicely drinkable, it just lacks some of the attributes of other great IPA's.

SPLITGRIN, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of HeroJH
3.48/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Be in the mood for bitter on this one. It just calls itself an IPA without any IBU rating, so otherwise you might not know. Which brings up the point that maybe this should be classified as something else, or that we need a new name for these really bitter American IPA's. I would guess it's a double IPA, but perhaps it didn't have the higher Original gravity. Anyways, it's a good beer, though I like their Pliney the Elder much better as that has more of the flavor of hops and not just mostly bitterness.

A - Medium gold, great head retention and lacing. Bits 'o stuff floating around in mine.

S - Hops, clean

T - Quite bitter up front. But along with the smell some mild flavor fills it out a bit. Must let it warm up a touch though.

M - Clean, very bitter

D - well, if you're in the mood for a real heavy and constant bitterness this would do ok.

It's funny that if you were to make beer, this taste could be the result of messing up your bittering hops by adding too many or letting the boil run long, but if you do it on purpose people love it.

HeroJH, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of latercol
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice amber color. Sounded good when I poured it if that counts for anything. Excellent lacing. some slight cloudyness.

smell is citrusy and pine notes, good smell but I am not blown away.

taste bitter hops, grapefruit peelings. Good but not the best.

Mouthfeel smooth with a sticky finish.

A good IPA but certainly not the best IPA. it is drinkable but I was expecting a lot more from both this and Pliny the elder, which I had last night.

latercol, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of imagineiii
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with Gilgarp. Thanks again for the chance to try another BA legend.

Poured into an imperial pint glass. pale amber, almost golden. great clarity. full inch of head, great retention.

smells of subdued pine and grass.

bitterness is underwhelming. bottle is dated nov 08, maybe a little past its prime. like the pliny the elder, i love the carbonation. its low which allows for more subtle flavors.

very drinkable. at 6% its almost sessionable. under carbonation combined with fading hops doesnt ruin the palate at all.

Great brew, but Id like to try it fresh. These RR bottles have such serious disclamers about how much better this beer is when fresh, id like to try as soon as possible.

imagineiii, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of skillerified
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very light golden in color. Lots of creamy, foamy white head.

As others have mentioned, runs gamut of hoppy notes: pine, citrus, flower, fruit. Nothing amazing stands out, but if you like the hopcentric brews, this is good stuff.

Again, a pretty well balanced hop based flavor. Little to speak of on the malt side, but I'd guess that's by design. Good, but maybe a little too generic of an IPA taste.

Not too bitter. Quite drinkable. Very smooth mouthfeel. Could be a nice gateway IPA up to the bigger stuff.

Given the right circumstances, this could be a good old standby sort of thing. A beer that's not so bitter as to turn off less IPA favorable friends. Should mix good with grilled foods and BBQ'd meats. But, I have to say that it's not that hop monster you might be looking for either. That's okay by me, but it depends on what you might be looking for in a brew.

skillerified, Mar 08, 2009
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,615 ratings.