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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,683 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,683
Reviews: 1,325
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,517
Gots: 503 | 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 Sean9689
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden yellow color and is very clear. Nice white head on a semi-agressive pour. Lots of lacing along with sides.

S - Lots of hoppy bittnerness and citrus. A decently strong nose from this IPA.

T - Taste is very good. Lots of bitterness, citrus, and a slight sweetness on the end.

M - Light bodied, perfect carbonation, very refreshing.

D - So easy to drink...I want more!

Photo of fbinla
4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing clarity, amber color with lots of carbonation with a nice white head. With a crisp hop smell and a little sweet maltiness. First sip strong bitterness, second sip hops mellow a little more on the tongue, clean fresh, then a nice maltiness that blends wonderful with the bitterness.

This is an awesome IPA, easy to drink clean, refreshing on a hop day.

Photo of steadydose
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Nice, golden brown, with a nice solid cap. Some sediment floating in the glass.

S: Good hop scent, piney, citrusy, classsic.

T: Delicious, nice bitterness on the finish, Clean taste, hop dominated flavor, without all the sweetness.

M: Good carbonation, no complaints here, combined with a soft mouthfeel.

D: All day drinkability. Perfectly simple, clean and refreshing.

Photo of kdoc8
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this in a half-liter bottle from the Bier Stein in Eugene. It always takes a back seat to Pliny, but this is one nice IPA. Pours out with a nice white bubbly head, and is crisp and clear golden-orange in color. Smells fantastic, with lots of floral aroma. The taste is also very floral and I get a hint of orange. No taste or hint of alcohol anywhere in the taste...seems as though more of the complexity in the taste comes out when it's colder and it loses it's complexity as it gets warmer. Otherwise very drinkable and nice for a hot day.

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Bottled on 3/26/09. Served in a shaker pint. Poured a pale gold with two fingers of white head. Citrus hop aroma. Light to medium bodied with medium amount of carbonation. Crisp hop bitterness up front. Dry hoppy finish with a good amount of mouth pucker. Very easy drinking beer.

Photo of tendermorsel
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great extra from a recent trade. Thanks Dan!

Poured a great straw color with plenty of long lasting foamy head. Smell was ok. Not quite as floral as I remembered with previous glasses of this.

Great hoppy taste. Citrus fruits up front. Pine needles on the back end. Very bitter. All hops. Little malt in the background. Mouthfeel was quite oily from the extreme level of hops in this beer.

Quite a drinkable IPA. I could have a few of these in a session for sure.

Reccomended. A great IPA.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at deep ellum during the cantillon/de la senne event on april 24, 2009, week's end of the craft brewers conference.

classic amber. almost clear. nice creamy, foamy head. slowly fades to thin layer. amazing lacing.

aroma: fresh, fresh, fresh! fresh cut pine needles and citrus, both fruit and zest (grapefruit, touch of lemon), into a comparatively subtle but solid caramel maltiness and some apple esters.

taste: great balance, although tilted towards to fresh hops, of course. light caramel gives just enough sweetness, along with apple notes and the citrus tones from the hops. moderate bitterness with light resins. again, very fresh.

medium body, quite smooth, but of course that resinous hop note. moderate but prickly carbonation livens things up.

one last thank you to max and vinnie for making this happen!

Photo of benclimbs
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass with pretty active carbo, opaque golden color and significant lacing - looks amazing

Smell is classic single ipa - a little malty with a pretty dry hop kick, a little pine but not much, nice but straightforward

Taste is pretty great - I feel like Pliny is more distinctive beer, but this is pretty great. It's got everything, really reminds me of a mix between racer 5 and drier, British ipas, really classic and it's all there, the hop finish is the best part

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with danielcurtis81, Thanks Dan!

500ml bottle served in a pub style pint glass.

Hazed copper color with a creamy off-white head that left sticky lacing all over the glass.
Weed!... Umm, I mean piney fresh scent.
Great blend of piney hop and citrus hop flavors.
Medium bodied with mild carbonation, smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

golden orange, slight haze, nice creamy white head and lacing. floral hop aromas mostly in the nose with some citrus, grassy, and tropical fruit notes as well. lightly sweet biscuity malts are dominated by a lemony hop bitterness that is neither harsh nor smooth. well carbonated leading to a frothy mouthfeel. almost light bodied. hoppy, bitter, drying finish comes out clean. could drink a lot of these. Enjoyed this even more than pliny the elder and wish it were available in my area.

Photo of marvin213
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's surprisingly muddy--cloudy-looking, as if unfiltered. I do not, however, see any floating sediment--not on the original pour (1/2 bottle), anyway. A thin yet solid layer of foam--mostly small bubbles--tops her off. It looks good, but the mud puddle presentation is unexpected.

The smell is scrumptious. It might look like water, but it smells like a Glade Plug-in. Even non-beer drinkers would appreciate this aroma. It's mostly hops, but it smells so fresh and clean--there's a citrus touch characteristic of these West Coast IPAs.

The taste is somewhere in between eye and nose appeal. It actually lacks flavor. It certainly doesn't taste bad, but there's neither biting hop sting nor tart lemon zing. I was expecting big things from this Russian River beer, and I'm astonished it tastes so plain. It tastes pure and clean, and it sips so easily, but there's not a whole lot to it. I respect it as an easy-drinking American IPA, but it's hardly better than most others. I'm pleased it's not an obnoxious hop bomb, and I can't help but wonder if it's lost its stuff in the cross-country trek, but it still tastes fresh. Don't get me wrong--it's a good beer in and of itself, but under careful scrutiny (which, of course, this review provides), it ain't much better than an average IPA.

The mouthfeel is good, and particularly light for an IPA. There's no enamel pulling, but there is a dry bitterness that lingers on the tongue. The citrusy smell manifests its taste on the tip of the tongue. The aftertaste is light and remarkably watery. For a USA IPA, it goes down easy.

If RR aimed to make a light, easy-drinking beer worthy of IPA status, they've accomplished their objective. Having never had one, I had braced myself for a big ol' West Coast hophead-type of beer. Mind you--this IS that type, but it's like a little ol' hophead beer. It's actually kinda cute.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/26/09

A - Pours a nice dark orange, slightly unfiltered, average head and decent lacing

S - Initially bitterness of hops with a slight citrus/fruit tones which fades to a toasted and fresh bread aroma

T - Dry bitterness from the hops first but quickly turns to a sweet flavor with mainly grapefruit and lemon notes. As it warms and goes through the palate it finishes with notes of pine and grassy/earthy notes.

M/D - High carbonation as most IPAs, medium body with a dry finish and slightly "chewy" but very easy to drink.

An IPA with the complexity of a DIPA but without the hostile takeover from hops, excellent IPA

Photo of GRG1313
3.3/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Lucky Baldwin's IPA Festival 6/13/09 - ON TAP

Pours nice orange honey color with a white head.

Light grapefruit nose with light resin character.

Medium body and medium balanced. This appears on tap to be a straightforward albeit relatively thin and simple IPA.

The strong citrus/lime character with intense hops found in the bottle was not found this time on tap. Good IPA to start a tasting; over powered, however, by others you may taste at same time.

Photo of supercolter
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh Russian River, how I adore thee.
Appearance is perfect, no really it is. Huge head that won't go away. Tons of lacing that spiderwebs on the side of the glass. Nice pale copper look to it. Smell is very good as well. Uncharacteristicly large fruit blast up front for a West Coaster- grapefruit sinks in before the hops even grab hold. You can pick up the individual levels hops however and it is amazing. Taste is a bit weaker than the smell let on, which was a mild disappointment. But lets be honest, its still in my 7 or 8 IPAs. Nice sweet malt as well, another pleasant surprise. Mouthfeel is almost perfect, a touch more hop juice for oily effect would have done it. Drinkability is amazingly smoothe.

Photo of Magpie14
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this bottle is readily waiting consumption

A: the body is a vibrant gold mixed with hazy orange tones. Upon further inspection the edges hold golden yellow when held up to the window, nice look. My glass is stained with a reasonable amount of sticky lace and a thin layer of dingy lather remained throughout the entire drink. A certain quality exists in the presentation of this beer

S: the cap popped off an instant pineapple chunks, grapefruit wedges, and orange rinds filled my nasal cavity. Need I say, a few needles of pine and even some tropical fruit notes can be whiffed. For an AIPA this little piglet is loaded

Now the moment of truth...

T: and I am not disappointed. What I always look for in my first sip in any hoppy beer is where the malts sit. This pig's pale malts sit proudly where they should and keep the focus on hops while maintaining a quiet contribution to the brew. This piglet has no apples in its mouth as it beckons fruity hops that are all over the board with sticky pineapple, lemons, oranges, and maybe an ever so soft hint of passion fruit crusted with pine needles. Otherwise, it is safe to say that this is a zesty hop citrus based IPA. All these flavors are punched with a soft caramel coating making the hops a slight bit sticky sweet, tasty!

M: no complaints in this category at all. For what it holds the feel is top notch and an airy type of creamy. The body is neither heavy nor mild, a fair spot in between fits right. It leaves a nice hop resin on the tongue and kept me begging for more

D: this beer is bonkers great. Drinks like no other IPA I have had and is loaded with flavors...delightfully delicious!

Photo of Cakanator
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 020209, got as an extra, thanks! I was afraid since I have had fresher BP that this would pale in comparison, it kinda did. The hops weren't as lively and the citrus, although bright, wasn't quite what I remember it to be. This was still a great drink, the color was fantastic, aromas were very good lots of grapefruit. I'd be drinking this fresh if it were more available.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.53/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - poured a cloudy golden-honey color with a long lived white head that laced quite well. Patches of bubbles all over the place! Good head retention.

S - Hops galore! Citrusy and sweet with a tiny hint of pine resin and sweet maltiness. Grapefruits are most distinguished but some bread, grains, and pine resin are thrown in the mix.

T - Very good! Sweet malty start draws out to a lasting, lingering, bitter finish. The taste is similar to the description of the smell but a bit more grassiness and only a hint of grapefruit rinds.

M - smooth and well carbonated. Very bubbly so I swirled it a bit to get rid of some carbonation.

D - Pretty good, I would have another but I'd have to be in the mood.

Overall - Review from notes (April 2009) served at Monk's Cafe. A decent representative of an American IPA. Honestly, I'm not sure this would do it for me all the time but to be fair, it is undoubtedly a good beer. Russian River never fails.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear, very light amber gold, with a huge and frothy head of yellow-white bubbles. Lacing is good, and the head retention is quite incredible. I'll have to chew through some suds to get to the beer, no doubt.

Deliciously hoppy nose - massive sweet fruit backed with gritty, resinous hops. Hints of bitter cherry, apricot and plantain, with pine resin and sawdust over the top. Extremely fragrant, and powerful.

Palate is less robust, with a subtle, but pleasant hop character riding over the top of a smooth, buttery sweetness. Some pepper mid palate, with a light, sweet afterpalate. No grittiness on the back. Mouthfeel is deliciously smooth, adding to the soft, comforting nature of this IPA.

Not an extreme IPA - certainly not packed with bitterness on the palate. My guess is the hop quota in this brew is used up late, imparting massive fruit aromas, but little bitterness. This leaves it extremely drinkable - very smooth and refreshing. An excellent and tasty little IPA.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a hazy pure copper color with an inch of frothy and clean white head. The bubbles leave thick, full rings down the sides of the glass.

Mild citrusy and piney hops are the dominant scent...they are muted a bit more than I would like, but I can tell that this beer is going to be well balanced, because I can smell some sweet malts in the background.

The hops come through much stronger than I expected from the aroma. Piney hops give way to a sticky malty sweetness that lingers and mingles with citrusy hops in the finish.

Nice smooth texture despite a tingly carbonation. This was one of the best balanced IPAs that I have tried yet!

Photo of david18
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not as good as the Pliny but a very good ipa. Surprisingly drinkable and not too high in alcohol. Finishes very dry and the hop flavor i pronounced without being overwhelming. Not as aromatic as the doubles but a very easy to drink beer and very sessionable. Comes in a 1/2 liter bottle; great size.

Photo of Soonami
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The best IPA I have had in a while. I had this on-tap at Local 44 in West Philly, served in a pint glass

A- The beer was a tawny amber, with a very fluffy, full head of foam. This is exactly what an IPA should look like.

S- Immediately I was struck by the aroma of grapefruit and resinous pine with the sweet phenolic tinge of tropical fruits like pineapple and banana

T- Perfect balance of hop bitterness, malt and acidity

M- Refreshing with biting carbonation and good cling on the tongue.

D- I had two in a row and probably could've had another, but sometimes the bitterness just gets to be too much

Photo of GarrisWH
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-reviewing this with a much fresher bottle than my previous review(bottle over 6 months old that time). Poured from a 500ml bottle dated 3/26/09 this time.

A -Pours a hazy orangish-golden color with a big frothy white head. Good retention and leaves nice, sticky lacing all the way down.

S -Has a nice, fresh hop aroma with hints of sweet citrus (orange and grapefruit) and some nice floral qualities. Very slight malty sweetness in the background.

T - Very nice hop flavors with mostly citrus qualities(grapefruit and orange again) and a bit of pine. A bit of floral hoppiness in the aftertaste as well. Balanced with a slight caramel maltiness. Very nice level of bitterness.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation isn't overdone and is at a good level for this beer.

D - Very well-balanced on the hoppier side of things, which is how I like my IPAs. Would make a great session brew, wish I had another in fact.

Really glad I found a fresher bottle of this one, it was good at 6 months old, but GREAT in its fresher state. Easily one of the best IPAs I've gotten my hands on thus far.

Photo of bmcclure
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a slightly hazy orange, the head was minimal in this pour. The aroma was that of a fresh orange with some slight sweet malt peaking through. The flavor was a little malt sweetness with some floral and citrus hops but not as strong orange as the aroma. A very well balanced IPA.

Photo of SPRichard
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at Local 44 in West Philly

bold ipa with a slightly hazy orange/gold hue....smallish head that fades quick...patches of lace around the glass

citrus....grapefruit...some lemon/orange....lots of piney hops

i think they call this Blind Pig because you could close your eyes and know there were hops in this...a hop-heads heaven...very bitter...not much balance between the hops and malts but still very tasty

excellent carbonation with a medium body....somewhat of a thick IPA

drank 1 of these on an empty stomach but if i had some food in front of me this could easily be a 2 to 3 pint session beer....semi-low ABV along with the awesome hop presence makes this one to really savor

RR can do no wrong in my eyes, i'm glad i live in SEPA!!

Photo of AVDeuph
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, dated to 3-26-09. Received via trade thanks to ironlung.

A: The beer pours a VERY pretty and tasty-looking rich orange cream color. It is definitely a great color for an IPA and looks very appetizing. One-finger head, though I gave it a somewhat soft pour.

S: A thick and powerful American hop aroma.

T: Heavy on the grapefruit essences, semi-dry with a clean finish.

M: This is relatively heavy for a single IPA, and seems to be bridging the gap toward a DIPA. Well carbonated.

D: Goes does very easily, as it fits my requisites for drinkability: great taste, medium body and well carbonated, and no overwhelming alcohol (obviously).

A really good IPA, I'm glad I had the chance to try this one.

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,683 ratings.