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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,881 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,881
Reviews: 1,357
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,637
Gots: 582 | FT: 17
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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 Gobzilla
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights which had good retantion with a 2 finger head that left great bubbly sticky lacing on the glass.

S: big floral sweet piney hops dominate the nose with good malt character that had citrus, caramel, and grapefruit notes. There also seems to be faint tangrine and mango notes as well.

T: great flopral piney hop flavors with grapefruit that helps intesify the bitterness which had citrus caramel accents. The malts are not as powerful but do help out on the balance; great taste.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet but bitter crisp finish.

D: Russian river really know how to brew an IPA an this one is no exception. Blind pig is very drinkable and love the fact that I have access to it on a daily.

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

Pours a nice gold color slightly hazy but not "chunky." Grows a nice 2 finger thick head, that has great retention, hanging on throughout the whole glass.

Aroma is citrusy, grapefruit, with some tropical fruit notes, a fair bit of mango to my nose. Malt characteristics are evident via a sweet, somewhat sugary note. Combined with the fruit aromatics, makes for one damn fine smelling IPA!

The flavor is incredibly well balanced. Sure the hops are up front, showcasing similar citrus and mango character as the nose, but there is a nice sweetness that shows up right near the finish, right before some IPAs get harshly bitter. The sweetness really helps move you into the slightly dry, bitter finish, but it doesn't leave a lasting harsh bitterness on the palate.

The mouthfeel is creamy smooth and easy drinking. I love the combination of flavors in this beer as well as the delicate bitterness in the finish. Blind Big is just a tasty easy drinking IPA, that if available in my neck o the woods would be on constant rotation in my beer fridge,

Photo of sfprint
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks as good as an IPA can get. Nice apricoty cloudy color with a not so dense head. Beautiful color, makes me wish it was warmer outside.

S: Apricoty, like the color oddly enough, sweet. Not super strong, but really amazing.

T: The least bitter IPA I've ever had. And somewhat smooth for an IPA too. Difficult to describe. Hoppy of course. Some pine. The body is smooth and creamy, very different. There's a vanilla ice cream flavor in there, right in the middle of the flavor. The aftertaste is bitter like an IPA, but not so strong.

M: Soft with a carbonation sparkle on top.

D: Not poundable, but i think this one is just fantastic. Yet the sum of it's parts somehow seem less than as individual traits, which is strange to say. I think this is my highest rated review yet. Best IPA I've ever had. Different, and quite special.

Holy crap, what a great beer.

Photo of Chizoad
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been trying to wean myself onto pale ales. Not sure if you can wean onto something. Regardless, my first go was with Pliny the Elder, which was far too much for me. Tried some others, then tried the Blind Pig, which is like the little brother of Pliny the Elder. I've had this in the bottle and on-tap now, and I found the bottle to be a little better (less bitter, more floral).

Slightly underwhelming in the glass, with a smallish head and a nice yellow color. Nothing too remarkable. Smelled refreshing and hoppy.

First sip was an explosion of floral hops, starting with pine resin and blossoming into bitter flowers. The resin doesn't linger on the tongue and mellows out at the end. Each sip brings back the same greatness, never building up the resin like some other pale ales that I know of (ahem Stone ahem). The mouthfeel is tied up in the flavor, which again stays below any unpleasantness. Refreshing and great on a warm day.

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

500ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Bottled on 4-8-10.

A - Golden straw with a tinge of orange. Big rocky three-finger head that takes 2-3 minutes to drop down to a fairly thick cap. A bit of sheeting on the glass instead of lacing.

S - The comparison to its big brother PtE is obvious, with plenty of citrus -- grapefruit and lemon stand out. A bit of pine. It doesn't linger quite as long as I would want, which is the only bad thing I can think of. Outstanding.

T - More of the aroma; lots of light citrus, but not quite as strong as it would imply. The hops really stand out, with a long bitter finish. I get hints of vanilla and some floral notes in the finish. Very good, but not quite as good as I've been led to believe. No detectable alcohol at all.

M - Creamy but light, if that's possible. Carbonation keeps it dancing across your tongue but it drops away at just the right time.

D - At 6%, this goes down very easy. I could see myself going through a 4 or 6-pack of this with no problem at all.

O - The Pliny that you want to drink when you want to drink a lot. A great lawnmower beer even if the abv is just slightly higher than most lawnmower beers. I just wish the price were a bit below that of its brother.

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

Poured a pumpkin orange with a big off-white head. Nice gobs of lacing left behind. The smell was malty overall (and very light) which is a surprise, being that it is pretty freshly bottled. I do smell some small floral, citrus and pine notes though and they're pretty nice. The taste kept with the nose, I just felt that it was a little to mellow of an IPA. The mouth was a bit thin. Not bad, I'm curious to try it on tap.

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

500 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 6.10 % ABV, "Don't age" all over the label. Bottled on 030110.

A - A tall pour has a nice dense off-white head with great retention and some thick lace coating the glass. The beer is beautifully golden yellow with little action going on.

S - Massive nose of American hops with a huge amount of citrusy, fully grapefruit hop cones. Pine is low in the nose which is surprising. The aroma is predominantly a juicy grapefruit aroma. The hops are potent and reminiscent of a double IPA. Very nice aroma!

T - Delicious floral hops with a huge grapefruit citrus that has a thin flavor but not in a bad way. Malts just seem to fall away to the background with the tasty hops overtaking it all.

M - Medium-light bodied with a very well-balanced bitter and smooth finish. Awesome texture to this beer going down the hatch.

D - This is one drinkable IPA that goes down really well and decently bitter but not overpoweringly so. Nice work on the awesome IPA RR.

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

born on date 06/07/10... drank on 06/16/10... now that's fresh!

poured slowly into lost continent tulip.

Pours a nice tangerine orange with a nice two finger of white head.

The aroma is citrus and bitter. Lots of tangrine, grapefruit notes.

The taste is great. Tons of hops in your face with a mild malt sweetness back bone. An amazing west coast hop bomb. Tons of bitter orange on the palate after you sip this brew. After severeal sips the bitter finish gets longer and stronger.

An amazing brew that is just as good and just slightly easier to get the Pliny.

Photo of Baraka
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle

pours a light gold with a solid head. Nose is all citrus hops, this is definitely high on the hoppy spectrum for a single IPA. Taste is similar, with a very refreshing and dry finish. Not much balance to be had; the malts barely make themselves known through the amazing west-coast hops. Incredibly drinkable, if perhaps not quite as complex as its bigger brother Pliny. Still, this is a world class IPA by an incredible brewery that I wish I could drink on a daily basis!

Photo of sweemzander
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle split, poured into a tulip. Bottled on 03-01-10. Huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color that produced a good white head with tons of lacing left behind it as it dissipated.

(S)- Big, yet crisp citrus of lemon, pineapple, and lime. Dry, yet with a piney bitterness. Almost creamy on the finish.

(T)- Same like the smell. Good citrus and pine. A good, yet potent bitterness for the style.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Good citrus and pine characters. Bitter, but fitting the style well.

(D)- A great IPA with everything you would/should expect for the style. Crisp and refreshing; a great alternative summer beer to cool you off. Seek this one out if you can. I enjoyed this one.

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

Appearance: Pours Golden orange with a big frothy white head, leaves plenty of lace.

Smell: Mango, pineapple and maybe some peach or tangerine combine with the big grapefruit burst. There might even be a touch of sweetness underneath, but mostly dry.

Taste: Nice hit of of those awesome west coast citrus/fruity hops. The grapefruit is complimented by all those fruits listed above. A bit of a bitter kick comes in afterward, but the sweetness from the malt balances nicely.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and sticky with a bit of bounciness from the high carbonation.

Drinkability: Absolutely wonderful rendition of the style, awesome combo of hops and balanced quite delicately. Overall awesome brew indeed.

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

On draft at city tap house. Great bar.

A- comes to me with three fingers of fluffy white head floating on a slightly cloudy sunset orange brew.

S- the whole conucopia of citrus fruits and a hint on conifer followed by some mildly sweet malts. Very clean and bright.

T- hops and so well done. Lemon zest, satsuma oranges, grapefruit. behind the hops there's a hint of pine. Malts play a supporting role and back up the hops nicely.

M- a bit higher the medium in body and a perfect amount of carb. Dry but not to dry.

D- very quafable at the abv and loaded with hop flavor. One of my fav american ipas.

Photo of joepais
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Flexabull for this long time want. I split this bottle with a college buddy who started to get into craft brews and liked IPA's so it was even more of a treat.
Bottle poured into snifters produced a nice two finger white head that settled down to a thick lace. The body of the brew was cloudy golden amber in color.

It had a great hop forward nose plenty of citrus and floral grassiness. It was just what I expected in a RR brew. The flavor was well balanced for a west coast IPA which was surprising to me. You do get the hops bitter first but the sweet malt balance was a shock to me but pleasantly so. It had a medium feel to it with good carbonation.

This was a great drinking IPA one I was proud to share with a craft brew newbie I was glad to try this one and wished I had more

Photo of Noxious26
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pint sized bottle purchased at Willow Park in Regina. Bottled on 04/16/10. Nice and fresh considering the distance it travelled.

Poured in a pint glass. Gold/orange in colour and a little cloudy. Big bubbly white head on top with staying power and lots of sticky lacing.

Hoppy aroma highlighted by citrus notes and a hint of pine.

Nicely balanced from the start with the malt balancing out the hops. A nice juicy fruity taste that slowly evolves into a hoppy aftertaste with a moderate citrus snap. Hoppy but not abrasive.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Very smooth considering the hop presence.

This is a great American IPA. I tend to favour balance and drinkability and alot of American IPAs just go overboard with hops in my opinion. Blind Pig however manages to bring the hops to the forefront without going overboard.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy slightly orange golden color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing on the glass.

Smells of big hop aromas. Notes of tropical fruit, pine, and citrus abound.

Tastes of juicy delicious hops. Grapefruit and pine bitterness are most evident with some other pineapple and mango notes coming through. A good amount of bitterness hits first and is cut by a solid wave malt sweetness. Caramel malt makes its presence known adding its own flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Photo of regspeir
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Teresa's - draft into standard pint glass
Pours a cloudy, golden amber with a two-finger white head which dissapates into a frothy coating. Lacing is abundant, lasting and beautiful. Nose is a mild hop aroma with some grassiness and pine and some citrus, especially oranges and grapefuit. Taste is a wonderful hop bitterness, oranges, grapefuit, pineapple, mango. Bitterness never leaves but never completely overcomes some sweetness in the back that holds as well. Mouthfeel is really interesting rough edges on a medium to light brew - great fun. Finish is somewhat dry and bitter but never too much. Drinkability at this reasonable ABV is guaranteed. I want another NOW.

Photo of sidetracked
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with tons of off-white head. Some lacing.

Smell is mango, citrus, orange peel, grapefruit, and slightly sweet malts. The hop presence seems lessened when left unagitated. Some floral and piney hops at times too.

Taste is bitter grapefruit and orange peel upfront leading to a light caramel malt middle. Bitter finish of grapefruit and pine.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall of a solid IPA with a good hop presence and minimal malt.

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange beer capped by a finger of microbubble foam.

S: Huge dominant citrus overwhelms most other scents. There is a malted presence but I cannot zero in on it.

T: The citrus comes through in tangerine and orange zest. Based on the smell, I was expecting a much different beer. I know this isn't a DIPA but it sure as heck smells like one. Still, medium bitterness and some sticky pine finish off the beer. Not too much to say about the malt profile. Some bready sweetness there but nothing to write home about.

M: A crisp and refreshing beer on a warm day such as today. Light bodied and a mild carbonation make this a wonderful brew. I could stand to see the body with a little more substance.

D: Yes, all day.

Photo of ricke
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange amber, quite a lot of sediments. Medium-sized off-white head.

The aroma is of exotic fruits, mostly pineapple and mango, grass and mild tobacco notes. Very hoppy, not a whole lot of malts manage to get through.

The flavor is tightly held and centered around exotic fruit aromas, crisp citric hops and grass. Do I also pick up some elder flowers? Medium sweetness and notes of caramel in the background. The finish is slightly perfumy and very bitter with resiny hop notes.

Moderate body and quite a lot of carbonation.

Lovely IPA. Actually comes out as the Mini-Me of of Pliny the Elder.

Photo of LukeD23
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle - Beer is a nice copper to gold bright beer. Very nice color for an IPA. Bone white head

Aroma - fantastic, very earthy, hints of fresh cut grass, and orange peel, and a very slight backround of pine trees. Very rounded hop aroma

Taste - Solid, at 6.1% this is a huge hop flavor beer. Sweet hop flavors of orange and sage, what a wonderfully drinkable IPA.

Mouthfeel - could not be better in my opinion for an IPA, mild body, finishes dry, but its not thin. It makes this an extremely drinkable IPA

Drinkability - I would love to have another, but I live on the east coast....oh well. Great beer

Photo of bump8628
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A 1/2 liter of this nectar was poured at Hollingshead Deli.

It's a hop-hazy gold with the thick sticky head that mega-hoppy IPAs usually have.

Well, this one is only really about the hops so I guess I'll describe their flavor as best I can. They're big time piney with several varieties of citrus rind and pungent flowers just behind. As it warms more complexities come through (orange flesh, rosemary), but they are quickly scrubbed away by a firm, but not harsh, bitterness. The finish is very dry, which is the trademark characteristic that makes Vinnie's IPAs and DIPAs the World's best.

Hop nirvana. And with the lower ABV it's not unreasonable to a have a few.

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

Bottle split Beerwolf77.

A- Pours a nice golden yellow with just the slightest of haze. Small lacing left from the half finger worth of head.

S- Some nice citrus hops to go along with a small amount of funk. A little bit of sweetness as well. It has an aftertaste similar to an orange lollipop.

T- Big grapefruit and some orange as well. A slight bready finish. Also some grassy notes.

M- Medium bodied with a fair amount of bitterness and a pretty dry finish. Good carbonation that tickles the tongue.

D- Good flavors and not an overwhelming bitterness makes this a good drinking beer. Another good beer from RR. I have yet to be disappointed.

Photo of beersheppard
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: deep golden color, white head lingers on and on, with each sip lacing leaves a tiger stripe on the glass. Picturesque!

Smell: punch in the face hop aroma, citrus, and pine.

Taste: big, big, big hop taste. Citrus, grapefruit some orange, and also some pine. Flavors are deep.

Mouthfeel: substantial coating.

Drinkability: if I could get my hands on this regularly I would be drinking it all the time. I liked this better than the elder. Yeah, I said it.

Photo of andyfrancis
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden pour with an almost ideal head, looks beautiful as it slowly reduces to a nice lacey skin with clumps of froth on the surface and around the rim. Noseful of hoppy goodness.

Very hoppy, very bitter, yet much more drinkable than the over-the-top IPAs. It rides that edge, and even pushes it, but still I can drink a few of these, and I can't say that about a lot of the hop heavy brews.

Paired with a dry Jersey jack from Spring Hill farms in Petaluma. Pretty tasty combo.

Photo of malthegal
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy golden amber in color. A fair amount of sediment floating throughout. Very nice creamy and white head. Average lacing.

S - Pine mostly, undertones of citrus, a strong floral aroma.

T - An excellent bitter hops taste. Pine tones throughout, but I felt like the bitter taste lingers and stands out nicely.

M - lightly carbonated, yet balanced with the bitterness.

D - Highly drinkable, hits the spot, smooth yet unique.

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,881 ratings.