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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,943 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,943
Reviews: 1,359
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,661
Gots: 614 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
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 yeahnatenelson
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -1.4%
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 -8.5%
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 -1.1%
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 -3.4%
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 -1.1%
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 +6.9%
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 +7.3%
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 +10.3%
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%
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 +5.3%
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.

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

I was very anxious to sit down and enjoy this RR brew that I got in a trade for some Midwestern brews. I too had to take a few sips to see what I was really tasting. Nothing was overbearing neither in smell or taste but not that there was a lack of anything. This is just a drinkable brew that you can sit down and enjoy with some food. Definitely will have another when given the opportunity.

Smell= Light citrus aroma
Taste= Very light in hops
Lacing= Barely any
Mouth-feel= Hoppy carbonation
Color= Topaz

Photo of Axic10
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours light golden with a finger of fluffy head.

Smell: Great West Coast IPA aroma in this. Nice citrusy aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, mango mixed with some bitter hops and some malty sweetness.

Taste: Great taste that is full of grapefruit, pineapple and tart tangerine. Nice bite from the hops and and malty aftertaste. Very balance and very tasty. I think I prefer the taste of this to Sculpin, by a thin margin.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp and clean.

Drinkability: A very easy drinking, yet flavorful, IPA. Russian River knows what they are doing with IPAs. Fighting myself to not drink the entire growler tonight!

Photo of EgadBananas
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ben for this beauty!

This took me many sips before deciding upon my review... At first I was puzzled. There was some sweetness, but mostly grapefruit. Not much hops. As I sipped, the complexity grew.. Citrus, slight sweetness, and a hop backbone that was intense and solid. The hops creeked into the aroma. Faintly, but very present. The feel ended smooth. Started creamy, velvety, silky.

This is not your typical punch-you-in-the-face IPA, but it is complex and leaves you satisfied in the most sophisticated of ways!

Photo of jmdrpi
3.43/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had this on-tap at a RR event, right after Pliny the Elder, for what it's worth. served in tulip glass.

darker copper in color, with a thin white head. aroma is all hops, alot of pine. I thought the taste was actually hoppier than PtE, but no where near as balanced, so no where near as good in flavor. too bitter.

mouthfeel and drinkability was about average for an IPA.

Photo of deapokid
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bubbly, amber brew with heavy, gooey lacing and high head retention. Head is super thick and sticks around for way longer than expected. Looks clean and composed without looking watered down or basic.

Hop smell is unmuddied, creamy and sweet. Biggest whiffs are citrusy (almost perfumy), packing in spices like cinnamon and nutmeg and a light maltiness. It's a really beautiful aroma and it smells so fresh, despite the fact that it may be a bit older than I'd usually like (beggars can't be choosers).

Flavor profile focuses on a spicy, orange rind of a hop bite with a creamy conclusion and incredibly smooth mouthfeel. The final moments are reminiscent of the best ESBs, boasting a rich doughiness and the slightest bitterness. Hop taste resonates without brutalizing, as does a warming alcoholic vibe.

As with all Russian River beers, this one manages to pack in a ton of unique flavor, while still boasting incredible balance and a maximum drinkability. It's so smooth and subtle, that it makes most of its style seem sub-par. I greatly anticipate trying this one on tap.

Photo of nataku00
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a fluted chalice. Vibrant and clear dark orange color, with an initial finger and a half of off white head. Some light carbonation visible through the beer.

Nose is grapefruit and orange peel, with some pineapple/tropical fruit as well. A small hint of fresh pine needles in the background.

Grapefruit dominates initially, bitter and refreshing through the tongue. Some herbal hops mid tongue and into the finish. Bitter, but not tongue numbing bitter, which is nice.

Light bodied IPA, finishes relatively dry with only a small hint of citrus peel lingering. Carbonation is not too aggressive, which helps if you're also eating, but is enough to really cleanse your tongue.

This IPA would be excellent with a good meal, as it doesn't make everything you eat taste bitter, and ABV is low enough that you would retain most of your senses.

An excellent IPA if you can get it, and dare I say it, on par with PtE for flavor.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a taster glass.

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a large creamy head that leaves nice lacing for each sip. Aroma is west coast styled hpooybwith sweet grapefruit and pine mostly. Taste is sweet stick and medium full bodied. Really smooth and balanced yet hop forward. Mouthfeel is very nice. Carbonation is spot on and has a nice crisp finish. Drinkability is perfect. This is up there withbthebesr American ipas out there.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 9/3/10

Bottled on 7/21/10

Many thanks to Nickd717

Boasting excellent clarity without any haze, Blind Pig IPA is a nice golden amber color that leans more toward the former when held to the light. It started off with about one finger of foam, though head retention has thinned to tightly grouped bubbles. Thin retention & patchy lace.

Pine is a mainstay of the aroma & melds into citric notes aplenty - grapefruit, lemon, tangerine & orange peel. It calls to mind the fragrance of pine-sol. On the whole the aroma isn't zesty, but rather steady-handed. Malt presence is at a minimum.

In similar fashion to the nose, Blind Pig has a big pine presence to taste; bitterness is a little above moderate. Grapefruit & a hint or two of lemon work their way in around the edges. This culminates in a really enjoyable, clean hop profile. Nice & dry. Again, malts really don't stand much of chance.

Medium body, maybe even a nudge toward the light side. Carbonation is spot on for the hop profile, giving it just enough crackle. Finishes pretty clean; some pine & residuals linger.

Drinkability is quite good. This is an incredibly well-crafted IPA that I would have no problem drinking on a regular basis. Definitely recommended.

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

Very gold in color-I would expect a tad darker but thats ok. Nice fluffy white head. Very grassy and hoppy aroma. Big hop blast flavor wise-quite astringent from the heavy hops. Fresh cut grass like. Long lingering bite to it. Good body-the astringency might be a tad much in the long run. Great example of a US IPA for sure.

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

While in CA do as the Californians do... Stocked up on some Russian River brews on my first night in town. Big fan of PtE (but who isn't). The Pliny that I picked up from Whole Foods was only 4 days old where as the Blind Pig was bottled in late July.

A - Pours a nice golden yellow. Decent head, decent retention, keeps a nice lacing around the top of the glass throughout the life of the beer.

S - Smells like it's been barrel aged. Less pine than Pliny and more of an alcohol scent.

T - The alcohol comes through in the taste. It doesn't taste bad but I'd definitely choose Pliny over Blind Pig.

D - Goes down smooth. Warms the inside. Another well done brew from Russian River.

M - A little thin, but very good.

It's possible that the 2 months that this beer was sitting on the shelf in Whole Foods has affected it slightly, but I'd still choose a PtE any day :-)

Photo of newk340
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a thin layer of foam that leaves light lacing, opaque copper in appearance.

S: hoppy! citrus and pine hints linger.

T: an explosion of hops, mild hints of malts and lemon zest linger on the tongue.

MF/D: sizzle of flavor that quickly dissipates into light foamy bubbles as it slides down the throat.

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

A: Pours clear golden body swirling with tons of lively carbonation. Creamy/soapy white head.

S: First whiff is fresh pine, grassy hops followed immediately with juicy/sweet strawberry and some citrus.

T: Solid hop bitterness up front balanced with slightly sweet malts and grapefruit.

M: Medium body - matches the balance of the flavor well. Finish is slightly thin.

D: All. Day. Long.

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

A - Pours a bright gold color with very, very active carbonation and a thin, white lacing across the top. It pretty much looks awesome.

S - Very tangy lemon, zesty citrus fruit and pine. Crackery malt, but the citrus portion of the aroma is very pungent...smells awesome too.

T - Big grapefruit, citrus, crackery caramel malt underneath which lays a firm foundation for the massive wall of hoppy bitterness. Has some lemon pepper aftertaste that lingers in the mouth for a very long time after the sip. Finishes very dry and practically sucks the spit off your tongue.

M - Medium bodied, strong metallic pepper aftertaste.

D - Almost perfect for an IPA. Is this the little 'Bro to PtE? Hats off to Vinnie and the crew, absolutely LOVE this beer.

Photo of hu5om
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

tremens tulip, split with newk340
a-pink/orange clear, 1 finger of white foam. persists with some light lacing
s-orange citrus, fresh hoppy bitterness. light ans sweet. refreshing
t-very nice. piney hop bitterness, lemon zest. delightful bitterness lingers with light malty sweetness
m-effervescent and tingly, leaving the impression of freshness. almost entirely clean on the palate. incredible and crisp.
d-friggin great. these russian river dudes don't mess around. not as delicate as pte, but still, this is very good.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,943 ratings.