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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

4,506 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,506
Reviews: 1,319
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,484
Gots: 460 | 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 Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Skourtis for the bottles of this fine nectar
500 ml bottle, Bottled on dating "093008" = FRESH. The label tells me "This beer does not get better with age! Please do not age me!" Not being one to go against the brewers wishes... This one pours lighter golden amber, slight haze, larger dark eggshell head, which shows better then average retention, nice puff/fluff, tons of outstanding, fine lace, vibrant floral hop nose. Simply great ale. Fresh hops in all their bittering/flavoring glory, sweet malts laying the under carpet down. Fine stuff, this would be a go to beer, if they distributed in my area....

Billolick, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of AltBock
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try Blind Pig on tap at Capone's Black Friday on 11/28/2008. They served it to me in a Budweiser pint glass. It's probably going to be the only time these two breweries will ever be in a sentence together. It was the only thing they had and it was clean. That's good enough for me.

This Russian River beer poured a hazy and bright sunshine yellow color. On top of this hazy and yellow IPA was a creamy 1 inch head of pure white foam. This head had excellent retention that left behind a small white film and a huge amount of sticky white streaks of lace around the glass.

The aroma was so hoppy that I could smell it 1 foot away. The aroma was hopped up with bitter citrus hops, about 2 tons of tart grapefruit, pine, and a subtle splash of lemon peel and coriander. The aroma was only the beginning when it came to the hops.

The taste was also hugely hopped, but in a different way. I could taste all the bitter citrus hops gather what hop energy it could get and just when the taste was about to overwhelmed with hops, they settled off. It was a great hop experience. Hiding behind all the hops was a ton of tart grapefruit, a hint of lemon peel, a splash of coriander, pine needles, and extremely subtle amount of toasted malts. I'm surprised any malts made it through that massive hop wall.

This 6.0% IPA was full bodied and featured a full flavored hoppy aftertaste of bitter citrus hops, tart grapefruit, and a splash of lemon peel. This hoppy aftertaste was long lasting. Make sure you have a glass of water nearby to cleanse your palate. You'll need it!

Wow! What a pleasure to try on tap! I'm not sure the bottled version would be as good as the on tap version, but I'm sure it's up there. If you find out that your local bar has this on tap, make sure you show up early to try this wonderful Russian River beer.

AltBock, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of MmmIPA
3.58/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Got this growler at Capones.

Cloudy orange body with a small white head that falls to a nice lacing.Not much carbonation is in the glass.

Piney,citrusy and some sweetness.

Piney and some nice sweetness but its very balanced.

Not much carbonation but I think that was from the filling of the growler.

Good beer but to me its nothing more then a good west coast ipa.Sorry RR.I'll have it again for sure but I dont think I'll buy another growler.

MmmIPA, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of gibby
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off I need to give props to Matt at capones for always having such and exeptional take out and on draft list..especially during the draft events. He does it up top notch.

Blind pig is an excellent ipa, very drinkable. Golden amber appearance with minimal head, excellent lacing. Smells of citrus and even honey with malt mixed in here and there. Mouthfeel is very good and they go down very easily. I stopped myself after 2 but I could have easily had 2 more without any problem, too bad I drove there. Russian river hit it right on the button with this brew. Its super tasty and I love it. Cannot wait until its sold in PA on a regular basis.

gibby, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a damn good IPA. I am glad they bottle it now.

Poured a 500ml bottle into a snifter

Appearance - Produced a 1 finger frothy white head that left quite a bit of lacing down the sides of the glass. It is a transparent honey toned golden orange color. Decent head retention. Looks damn tasty.

Smell - Oh man, I could sit here and smell this all day. This gives the whole range of hop scents. I can get notes of pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, candied orange, a hint of pine. There is a hint of malt in there too.

Taste - The taste is great. I really love the depth of the hop flavor - RR isn't smacking you in the face with hop bitterness as much as it is hop flavor. The flavor notes are primarily pineapple, grapefruit and a hint of pine intermingling with a hint of caramel. The bitterness comes in at the end and rounds out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. This brew is medium/light bodied and oily. It rolls over and coats the tongue - slightly sticky. The carbonation level is awesome - just enough to feel prickly throughout the mouth.

Drinkability - This is a pretty easy drinking IPA. I really enjoyed drinking this one. Russian River does not disappoint. This would be a mainstay in my fridge if we were able to get this here in TX.

MiguelMandingo, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of ahalloin
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tall glass, a clear golden color with a big active frothy head. Could be filtered.

The aroma is a bright piney and citrus conglomeration. Some notes of caramel sweetness come through as well. The piney hoppiness is pretty overwhelming.

The flavor is mostly hops! The nose displays a bit of citrus hops but the finish is all blunt piney hops. The aftertaste is very bitter and sticks with you.

Great beer if you are a devotee of hops.

ahalloin, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bottles of Blind Pig at Belmont Station a couple of weeks ago... shared one.. tonight.. this one is all mine.... poured into my Chimay goblet.

1" bubbly head.. nice cap and a surprising ring of lace.. the brew is only slightly hop-hazed pretty clear honey..

nose is lemon and tangerine zest dominated by pineapple hoppiness.. some grapefruit.. and just enough pale malts.

not what else to say about the flavor other than.. WOW!! Mirrors the smell identically... huge fruity hop flavors... Kaffir lime leaves.. clean.. yet oily.. just enough pale malt goodness to bring the hops to their full glory... never ever goes over to the bitter side.. just very very drinkable.. body is fairly lite.. lending very much to me wanting another sip.. quaff.. bottle.. (can I get a keg?)

There is no doubt Blind Pig would be a household regular if I had it locally... now... we just need to make sure, somehow, that Idaho is the next state on the evergrowing list of places to get Russian River.

4/4.5/5/4/4.5

JohnGalt1, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of jstrahan
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly coudy, but clear golden color with creamy head

S - strong hop smell, with little fruit/floral aromas

T - very malty, not as much citrus as i'd like

M - nice bite, but the malt is overwhelming

D - the malt is too much for me, but moderate alcohol content makes this very smooth

jstrahan, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of MYJELLOMISFIT
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm finally going to review this beer. I have been trying to steer away from it for reasons unknown.

A: Looks like an IPA. Wonderful hazy golden colored body topped with a whipped cream tinted head. Head broke down to lacing fairly quickly but hung like snow on a screen window to the side of my glass.

S: Piney, grapefruit, other dark fruit like fig or cherries comes out as the beer warms.

T: Mmm hops. Not a full slam of "pow" hop flavor but a nice build of the bitter units. The citrus is minimal and more on the floral, bright, side of the street. Sun is now shining from the inside of my mouth. Refreshingly crisp and clean beer. More malty backbone come out as it warms as well, helping the balance of the intense hops and malt.

M: Heavy and wet just like my women. A little slick on the tongue - oily? Just like I like ... ok ok enough of the gutter talk. Very nice mouthfeel with perfect carbonation.

D: Drinkability is killer. I could just keep pouring them down. ABV at 6%?? Are you joking? I want another one. But RR has one thing down ... If you only want one ... they have the perfect sized bottles.

MYJELLOMISFIT, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review in some months, time to try again.

Pours a pretty light copper golden, slightly hazy with a thin white head that goes to a nice cover that sticks around a good long while. Very nice.

Aroma is gentle for an IPA, floral, light bready malts, only a hint of citrus. Flavor is a much stronger punch of bittering hops, lots of piney and grassy notes, sharp and bitter. But also some citrus- sour (grapefruit) rather than sweet (orange). I used to not like this, and it is still now a "once in a while" flavor for me, but very enjoyable.

A nice change up IPA, not my favorite, but good and worth having again (and again).

My original review on tap (before bottling):
Tasted a couple of pints at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA at the Blind Pig Roll-Out party starring Vinnie C. $4.50 pint or $8.00 with the proper Mason Jar Blind Pig glassware (keep the glass).

Relatively pale golden color with a nice creamy head.

The aroma was actually less pronounced than I expected- what was there was very nice floral hops, bright and clean. But not very strong.

The flavor was very good, floral hops and more hops, but not overpowering. Malt was there, but that's not what this beer is about. A lot of flavor, much more pronounced than the aroma.

The best part of this beer is its drinkability. Very well constructed and it is great to just sit there and watch the glass empty all by itself. The ABV is low enough to allow more than one.

Highly recommended.

Dukeofearl, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of likestoswallow
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle from Beverages4 less in Santee.

A: A slightly hazy dark gold color with a big sudsy white head that had great retention and left some lacing.

S: The aroma is pretty simple with pine and ripe sweet citrus.

T: The flavor is hops forward with a good biter bite followed by cotton candy and more biter hops on the backside.

M: Full, smooth and creamy, long finish with bitersweet notes.

D: Goes down easy, this concoction is biter without any harshness, its very clean and tasty. My go to IPA. Recommended try.

likestoswallow, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of MrMonkey
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gford217 for hooking me up with this tasty brew!

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a creamy one-finger off-white head that sticks around for most of the duration leaving a bit of lacing behind.

Smell is mostly beautiful hops! Lots of grapefruit, orange rind and pineapple, with a bit of caramel sneaking in as well.

Taste is bitter citrus hops and resinous pine up front. Sweet caramel malt rears its head mid-palette keeping this one from getting too bitter. There's just a wonderful balance between the juicy citrus hops and sweet malts. Finishes dry with more bitterness, begging you to take another sip.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel with an oily hoppiness that coats the mouth.

Very drinkable, almost sessionable, but a pleasure to share with a close friend. Thanks Grant!

MrMonkey, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of Atlas1
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought this bottle of Blind Pig home with me from Denver back in October. I was there for the GABF and stopped off at the Argonaut to grab a few beers not available in Texas. Thank god for bubble wrap.

Poured into a belgian snifter to capture the aroma best. Looks like apple juice. Clear light amber color with a thin, but sticky, head on top. Some lace. The nose is big on hops, bursting with piney grapefruit. It really reminds me of the nose on the Victory Hop Wallop, and this is a good thing. Very big and hoppy, but a beautiful aroma. The taste is very hoppy, but lighter than I expected it to be. The nose is a bit deceptive, because this beer comes across a bit fruitier, and less piney, in taste than in smell. That's okay with me, though. Still, there is plenty of citrus here to satisfy most hopheads. Some funky bitter-dry aftertaste finishes it off. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected. Clean and dry.

A great IPA, this Blind Pig. It's not as over-the-top as its cousin, Pliny the Elder, but it's still delicious. This bottle was fresh, but I can imagine that it's even better when it's straight from the brewery. I would love to be able to get this beer here in TX. Maybe one day. Until then, I'll have to make more trips to Colorado.

Atlas1, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of SirSketch
4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to gford217 for the LIF and trade!

Varies in color from light yellow to light orange. Small head with beautiful lacing and a head that clings like hell. Huge grapefruit and lemon aroma. Complex malt characteristics and spice scents.

The hop taste is the most fresh I've ever tasted. The bitterness is perfect and so well balanced with the malt character. Grapefruit and lemon are apparent here as well, and some more tropical fruit flavors. It is medium to full bodied and very sticky in the mouth and throat. The taste stays long after you swallow. Awesome flavor, but not too overwhelming to drink easily.

This is the closest I have come to rating a beer as perfect, and I believe I was right in doing so. This beer is amazing and is sure to please any hop-head, such as myself!

SirSketch, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks to brentk56 or this in the recent Secret Halloween BIF.

Pours a clear, golden orange with several fingers of poofy eggshell colored head. Solid ½ finger of retention that stays thick and foamy, flaring up magnificently and leaving a huge cascade of sticky hop lacing behind. The aroma is a nose tingling mix of floral hops, pine cones, spice, some REALLY juicy smelling citric notes, and caramel sweetness that does a very good job of balancing out the nose.

The taste is a biting, resinous hop bitterness up front that never seems to quite run wild, as it's reigned in by tangy citrus character and a silky caramel backbone. That bitterness once again rears its' head in the finish, leaving a dry and lingering feel that has you eagerly anticipating the next sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a wonderful softy and creamy texture to it that spreads out across the palette and moves the flavors along. There is also a good bit of hop oil slickness to the body and the 6% ABV is hidden very well hidden.

This is just an extremely well crafted and solid IPA from Russian River. All of the flavors that you would want in a West Coast IPA plus the look, body, and most of all, drinkibility were all top notch. Worth seeking out.

Kegatron, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of hero27
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle.
6.1% abv
Bottled on 9/30/08

Courtesy of "bring" in trade, thanks again!

Pours a light gold..many flecks of sediment floating about..huge head of eggshell-colored foam sits on top unwavering...
Aroma is heavenly..an absolute tribute to fresh hops.. Overpowering citrus..grapefruit, orange, lemon, banana, and pine sap..yowsa.
For as much hop taste as this packs, it could easily be considered a double ipa. It's obviously not, considering the relatively low-abv, but still..this packs a wallop.
Endlessly drinkable...Russian River defies normalcy once again with this incredible IPA.

hero27, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of bifrostguard
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Translucent rusty copper color with a moderate fluffy off white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Effervescence is on the level of Alka Seltzer.

S - Piney and citrus hops backed by a malt sweetness. Pine sol is the closest thing that comes to mind. Outstanding for an IPA of such a low weight.

T - Bitter. Pine and citrus hops are severely imbalanced towards pine. A solid malt backbone is overpowered by the bitterness of this brew. Very tasty indeed.

M - Moderate in body and lively in carbonation. Dries out the palate quite nicely without being too overbearing. Watery around the edges and as perfect as I could imagine.

D - I tend to think of this as a more sessionable version of Pliny with a comparable but pinier taste. Very enjoyable and won't knock you on your butt as quickly as its double IPA counterpart. After having both a bunch of times now I actually prefer Blind Pig. Yes, you will drink a lot of these and yes, you will still feel great in the morning.

bifrostguard, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of drumrboy22
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a DFH snifter. Pours a clear, orange color with a small rocky white head. Soft carbonation and light lacing around the glass.

Aroma was a mix of pine and citrus hops. Fairly sweet and malty.

Big, bitter, hoppy taste. Long bitter finish.

Very tasty beer.

Well worth tracking down a bottle. Makes a great session beer.

drumrboy22, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of TasteTester
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as an "I'm sorry" beer from SmokingmeX. Stand up guy.

A-A light golden amber. 1 finger of head on a heavy pour. Meant to stir up the bottom and dump it on top but I forgot. Lacing lasts top to bottom.

S-Sweet, citrus, bitter hops. No aroma of alcohol.

T-Near perfect for an IPA. Bitterness is spot-on. Citrus is subtle and sweet. Notes of pine.

M-Not as sticky as I like. It does cling to the mouth a bit after swallowing.

D-Would drink it all day long. Perfect session beer.

TasteTester, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of Vancer
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, the ol' Piggy pours a clear amber, topped with a frothyhead of ivory in the Bitburger pilsner glass. The rocky top certainly leaves thick ring laces on the way down.

Very nice aroma of citrus, grapefruit and pine. These qualities arise in the quaff, as it it pricks on the tongue. Bit of the woody resins finish this one off. Only a surprising 6.2%, has the body and taste of most DIPAs.

Top notch IPA, very tasty and good if you can get it local. The shipping costs will prohibit me from enjoying this one very often.

Vancer, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of Donnie2112
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled on 22JUL08 meaning that this beer is about 4 months old, I don't know if there will be some distinct reduction in hops, I think it should be ok
pale yellow in appearance, nice little bit of head that chills out on top of the beer nicely. gorgeous lacing that hangs out on the side of the glass. When I up turned the bottle into my imperial pint glass there was a bit of cloudiness that filled my glass.

earthy earth earthy, the aromas are very herbal and again earthy with a bit of pepperiness and and some distinct citrus rind smells

HOP FORWARD! the nice slightly biscuity malts serve simply as a carrier for the hops, it's extremely dry on the malt side of things and ten it delivers the hops and they offer the whole spectrum, peppery, lemony citric rind and a lot of earthiness

medium light body and medium light carbonation lots of astringence

This beer is a total vessel for the deliverance of hops. That seems to be the whole point of it. I prefer an IPA with a bit more malty sweetness to counter act the obvious bitterness of the hops and create a balance that contrasts and pops out a lot more flavor from both. That said, this is a single IPA and it is expected to be a bit dryer. I like this one, it's rather high grade stuff and I would be happy to drink it again.

Donnie2112, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of Hophead101
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

drank on 11.12.08 at home. got in a trade - thanks russpowell.

i was almost afraid to drink this given all of its hype. but i could not avoid the inevitable. this beer pours an awesome crystal clear yellowish orange color with a fantastic head. truly one of the best looking beers i have seen. the head was nice, thick and bubbly and stuck around for quite a bit, and when it was gone, left a nice lacing in the glass.

the aroma was nothing but hops (go figure). it had an oily hop smell, sweet flowery and hints of lemon in there as well. so now for the taste, WOW. crisp hops at first, only because my mouth was clear and not 'hop' acclimated. the taste quickly softens to a smooth hop taste coating the entire mouth. the flavor spread across the the palate nicely. it left a hoppy finish and aftertaste, but not in a bad way at all.

great beer. one of the best IPA's around. only wish i could get more of here in PA.

Hophead101, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my appetizer before I went and had my Pliny the Elder. Both of these were available at the Falling Rock Tap House on tap.

Light Gold color with very little head. No visible carbonation and some very nice lacing.

Very fresh floral and grapefruit/citrus aroma. Really nice.

Wow, a fantastic IPA. Hop bomb with a Grapefruit focus with the flavor. Yet still balanced and with a nice malt backbone. A touch of cracker in the background that works well with the hops...

Rather light in body and really refreshing. Wonderful drinkability. I would drink this all night, had Pliny not been on the menu.

A great IPA.

Reagan1984, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of BeerandBlues2
3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours hazy orange with an average, white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, hay, straw), heavy hops (flowers, pine, citrus), average yeast (dough, sweat) with notes of apple, pear, and peach. Medium bodied, mineral texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity, and heavy bitterness.

BeerandBlues2, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this today in a trade with bring. Thanks for the opportunity to try this! 500 ml bottled on 9/30/08.

A- slightly translucent diluted golden color with a slight orange tint. Pours with a healthy white foamy headwhich eventually fades to 1/2 finger and leaves plenty of lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Wonderful. Big, bright, and hoppy. A perfect blend of pine, citrus, and spicy goodness.

T- The flavor doesn't measure up to the smell but it's still decent. Mild spicy hop flavor is the main character upfront with a bit of citrus and grassy flavors in the background. Some pine citrus resiny bitterness comes through for the finish with medium strength and linger for awhile.

M- Medium carbonation and smooth,oily body. Oily characteristics are great, but a bit on the thin side.

D- I was really looking forward to trying this one. My 3rd RR brew. Good IPA overall but it doesn't really stand out to me. A bit over hyped IMHO.

PittBeerGirl, Nov 11, 2008
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,506 ratings.