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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,871 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,871
Reviews: 1,354
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,634
Gots: 581 | 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 Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So many times on tap v. bottle, I'll give it the tap review. Great yellow and amber appearance, very clear surprisingly. Aroma is of great dry hopping.

Taste, big hops, light light malt. This is pine/citrus big time. Seems so light mouthfeel wise, just more piles of grapefruit and pine, some orange. More susceptible to the effects of aging than the Pliny series. Can get a heavier viscosity with age, but nonetheless still good. Otherwise, has a less than all malt sugar priming thing going for it to lighten the body, which is nice with this beer.

Good price, but I usually will spend it on PTE . . .

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

Pours a golden honey color with faint hues of orange. Some sediment. There is about two fingers of loose white head that fall to a 1/8" with a nice amount of lacing.

Smells of oranges, tangerines, mango, papaya, pine, and love. Cannabaceae at its best. All this and the bottle Im drinking is over a month old; I cant wait to try a fresher one.

Lots of citrus flavors as well. Grapefruit and orange rind lead the way as tangerine and tropical fruits follow. A bit of a peppery bite on my tongue.

This is a lighter bodied IPA with the right amount of carbonation. It is a bit sticky. It leaves my tongue slightly numb.

This is as drinkable as any fine Lager. Lots of flavor but its still refreshing. This is one fine beer that is nicely balanced, almost perfect. I dont know where they get there water and hops at Russian River but this and their PTE are just amazing.

Photo of kbutler1
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 041610, so says the bottle. Pretty fresh so I am really excited to try this beer!
Pours a light colored orange/yellow color with a fluffy white head. Head settles down nicely and sits atop this great looking brew.
The aroma is of strong citrus and pine.
The first sip is smooth with a nice bite from the hops at the finish. Citrus rind is the prevalent bitterness with slight pine.
West Coast IPA's seem to have less body than those here in the midwest which is a nice change from most of the malty IPA's I find here. There is just something about them that makes them different than anything else, not better or worse, just different.
Good overall IPA.

Photo of SenorBeaver
4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious. Low alcohol for an IPA at 6.1% but full of flavor.

Refreshing hoppy taste; definatley representative of a CA IPA.

Love the sediment and the feel of the Ale.

Stands on its own, seperate from the other great beers of Russian River.

Purchased at Whole Foods in Thousands Oaks about 3 weeks in the bottle.

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

Chilled bottle into a glass. It's tough to find this thing fresh anymore, so I was pleased as punch to see a 4/16/10 bottling date.

A: Pours a chill-hazed apricot-gold body with a finger of off-white head. Retention is long enough to release aromatics, then the head vanishes into a fluffy collar and leaves tendrils of lace behind.

S: Holy Citrus Bomb, Batman! Pineapple, lemon, orange, grapefruit. I don't pick up any malt besides a general sweetness in the nose.

T: As above, there's only a general sweetness that suggests a malt backbone; nothing overt. Instead, this is a lupulin showcase from start to finish. I love citrus hop flavors, and this one delivers in spades: pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, orange zest. There's an undercurrent of floral hops as well.

M: Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation. While it has a light lingering bitterness, it's not as oily as other IPAs. For the style, it's very clean.

D: It's too bad this is harder to find fresh than Pliny the Elder. I'll definitely get it again fresh.

Photo of djbreezy
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on-tap at Henry's in Portland, OR. Unfortunately, it was poured into a pint glass ;)

appearance - poured a nice amber with good lacing, decent foamy head that settled quickly

smell - fresh and aromatic citrus and pine hops

taste - resinous and citric pine hops with an excellent malt balance

mouthfeel - medium body with good texture, excellent level of carbonation

drinkability - prominent hop taste that is flavorful and enjoyable

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

Thanks to pastradul
Poured into my Spiegelau tulip glass
Bottled 041310

A - golden amber, bordering on straw colored, fingers worth off tiny bubbly white pillowy head, good long lacing developing at the start

S - navel orange, tangerine, some fresh cut grass/fresh hops

T- malt base barely shows (sweet, caramel, nectar like), a cornucopia of citrus flavors, nice and dry finish

M - high carbonation, light side of medium bodied

D - highly drinkable, no alcohol present, balance leans towards hops as it should, but not overbearing

Photo of ne0m00re
3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 500 mL bottle (dated 03/01/2010) into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Golden amber with a dense creamy white head that slowly died to a good film and collar that had constant bubbles slowly running up the middle.
S: Bright citrus and piney hops with a bready, earthy sweet malt. There is some subtle blackberry and banana characteristics.
T: A strange rustic twang and bitterness, with the hops leafy like spinach. There is a sweet bread backbone and a subtle but lingering resiny hops with very light blackberry flavor.
M: Somewhat syrupy with a frothy carbonation and dry afterfeel.
D: Pretty good for the style.

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

Thanks chickencoop
Bottle dated 1/13/2010

Leave it to Russian River to impress me once again, this is one of the best IPAs I have ever had, even with a few months on the bottle.

The nose just has tons of citrus; wet, bright, and fruity. Hops are just as wonderfully pungent in the taste as well, but pale malts do appear to balance everything out. Hops dominate, though. This is just a well crafted IPA, great all around.

M: Medium body, prickly carbonation.

D: Tasty, "only" 6%.... Quite drinkable.

Photo of jlindros
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow I've never gotten to try this yet. Not sure how with all the Russian River stuff I've traded for. Finally got this thanks to RaulMatisse. Bottled on 01/13/10 so not too fresh but fresh enough.

A: Pouring into oversized snifter yields a large 1.5 finger fluffy airy head that slowly fades over the very hazy and even slightly chunkified orange nectar color.

N: Despite a couple months on it the nose is loaded with fresh musty wet hops and dry hops. Tons of pine, citrus, some grapefruit, sweet floral and fruity hops. And that's about wraps her all up, fresh sweet delicious smelling hops.

T: Oh yeah, tooons of grapefruit and pine, citrus hops, some slight chewy earthy hop taste. Pretty bitter but not overwhelming. Very juicy and tasty too. I can see that the hops have faded ever so slightly in the taste more than the aroma, but it's still delicious. A very very slight malty base, but mostly just fresh tasty hops. As it sits on the tongue I get more of the fresh musty wet hops as well. A little bit of a hop oil taste even.

M: Medium body with tons of carbonation, even a slight oily hop feel.

F: Pretty bitter still, it seems to just hold strong at a nice bitter taste the whole time, and with that on the finish it dries quite a bit. It leaves a very fresh dry hop taste in the mouth as it dries, like I just steeped fresh hops in it and took a slurp from the hoppy slur. Lots of pine and hop resins on the finish and some citrus. A very tasty beer, brings you all over the hop map, good parts at least. Worthy of the hype, or better than the lack thereof at least. Not quite as good as Pliny though.

Photo of squaremile
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer maybe 10 times, 3 bottles, 7 on tap. I have overall preferred this to Pliny the Elder. Generally the beer has a very bright pine and citrus nose, and more of the same on as the taste. It is usually a nice clear orange and very good drinkability. The latest batch seemed a bit harsh on the back of the tongue, a bit of a surprise to the usual smoothness and dryness in the finish. The smell is really the best feature. Beautiful. Although I'm starting to wonder if RR has changed some things in their beers in 2010, or if it's my palate that is changing.

Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light orange in color, with a slight haze. About a 1/4" of thick, tight, white head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Citrus. Grapefruit.

T: Light malt. Dry. And a good dose of grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium in weight, slightly chewy with carbonation on the higher side.

D: A good beer, but nothing overly impressive or distinctive. I imagine I would drink it if it were more readily available, but, as is, its not worth the effort in obtaining.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Acquired thanks to ipa247.

Pours a nice golden/orange color, with a massive head, 2+ cm, even with a gingerly pour. Looks loose and billowy. A cloud of haze descends on the beer, perhaps leaving a little bit of chunky yeast in suspension. Overall, nice looking. Also leaves some very sticky lacing. The smell is that floral, citrus hoppiness. Lemon rinds, grapefruit rinds, some leaves and pollen, resins. Pretty good. The taste starts out with a little citrus bitterness, then follows with a kind of powdery sweetness. There is some malt here! But the hops are definitely winning, comes on like citrus rind, then you start to get the fruitiness, and a bit of pine and resin. Definitely a West Coast IPA, without question. Finshes dry and a bit grassy, but not overly so on either account. A nice beer. My biggest complaint would be the thin body. It is surprisingly thin bodied, not like watery, but there's no real stickiness to it, just a nice kind of denser than water feeling. The carbonation is lively, quite so, but doesn't sting too much. The beer is very good, one that would probably become a staple of my fridge if I were just a few thousand miles closer to the brewery. I found myself coming back to it, over and over, to have a little more. If only I could get it a week old, instead of a month old, though life could be much worse.

Photo of Chico1985
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Russian River beer. I've been waiting a while for this. Bottle date is 3-1-10. Much thanks to rmjavanut for the great extra! Things start off good. Pours orange with a nice, rocky white head. Eventually reduces down to a cap and leaves some decent lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles and a little bit of sediment on the first pour, lots of it on the 2nd. The smell is excellent, very tropical and hoppy. Hops, citrus, pineapple, mango. Definitely reminds me of Sculpin, maybe even more potent. The taste doesn't quite live up to the nose but this is still a very good IPA. There is still some tropical-ness there but it seems to be mainly citrus and grapefruit. The balance of the hops and malts is perfect. A caramel/bread aftertaste starts to show towards the end. The mouthfeel is very good as well, light but creamy, no alcohol taste, great carbonation level, very easy drinking and enjoyable. This is what I expected and maybe a bit more. I have a PtE waiting for me, hopefully I can hold off till tomorrow...

Photo of Brez07
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing from last months notes. Bottled on 1/13/10. Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to Sideswipe for the trade

A: Pours a golden hue with lots of visible carbonation. Initial pour leaves a two finger white head. Some lacing is left as I drink the glass

S: Huge hop nose. Wow, very nice. There is some bready malt, but really, I can't smell much other then the hops

T: Not quite as nice as the nose would lead you to believe. Still, very good hop presence, with the accompanying grapefruit/citrus blend

M: Medium bodied. Slight bitterness on the tongue, dry finish

D: Very good IPA, but ultimately nothing that stands out for me. Standard west coast style IPA in my opinion

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

Pours a nice amber color, with a nice, big white head. I remember drinking this beer years ago (early '90s) at the old Blind Pig brewery, although details from those days escape me. This one smells strongly of hops...beautiful floral/grassy/citrusy hops. More floral hoppiness on the palate, balanced nicely by the sweet malt presence. Not sure how similar this one is to the original, but it is certainly a worthy legacy.

Photo of punkrkr27
3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-gold pour with a big, rocky, white head. Nice floral, citrus aroma with a great balance of caramel and biscuit malts. Dry, piny, grassy flavor with nice citrus notes and a well balanced biscuit and caramel malt profile. Creamy, medium body with very soft carbonation.

Photo of bpfishback
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just over a month bottling, in a DFH snifter.

A- Honey colored, with nice two finger head. Head sticks around for awhile and has a very nice appearance.
S- Pungent hoppy citrus with resiny undertones.
T- Citrus, possibly orange with a creamy bitter finish
M- Amazing.Great creamy light and refreshing feeling.
D- Extremely drinkable. Great lawnmower beer, imo.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy ice tea color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Lacing is excellent on this beer, and it left rings all the way down my glass.

S - The only smells I get from this beer are citrus zest and pine tree from the hops.

T - Huge hops taste but the bitterness wasn't as extreme as I expected. Citrus/pine flavors.

M - Beer has good carbonation with a very crisp taste.

D - This is a very drinkable beer for how hoppy it smelled. It only leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. Great example of this style.

Photo of spoons
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a tulip.

The color is a coppery golden yellow with an amazing white head.

Smell is in your face. If you havent had this I hope one day you know the feeling. Smells of lychee, grapefruit, pine, and deliciousness....

The taste has a great hoppy bitterness in the back of the mouth. A touch of citrus and sweetness underneath the hops. A damn near perfect IPA. Best i've had to date.

Overall...go and get it because if you havent had it you are missing out.

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

Bottle to pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold color with a hint of orange in the middle. Fat two finger white rocky head. Chunks of lacing left behind.

Really nice hop blast in the nose. Citrus fragrance of orange peel. Also, dank and pine. Some sweet malts.

Taste is citrusy with orange peel, lemon and grapefruit. Bitter resin and some minty pine as well. A bit of sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty well carbonated. It is smooth and creamy as well. Russian River IPAs have such great mouthfeel.

Really drinkable.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another from shortysdude285. Poured into my mug a less than clear golden color. A very thick white soapy heading. Lacing sticks all around the glass.

Smell is awesome.Hoppy nose quickly followed up by an extremely fruitiness. Pineapples,Mangoes and a nice sugary sweetness to top thing's off maybe a bit of bubblegum as well.

Taste is very slick and smooth. Not as hoppy as thought at first but very tasty with yeasty like fruitiness.A cracker like toastiness right in the middle and finishes with that same candy like fruitiness.

Mouth is smooth and bubbley. Light to medium bodied and a helluva feel in the mouth. Nice sugary mouthfeel with a fruity finish.

An amazing IPA from Russian River one of my new favorites.

Photo of thisisxxmyIPA
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear orange copper color though with recognizable sediment. This sediment does not, however, make the beer hazy. Thick white head from the pour. Dissipates very slowly, and stays frothy and foamy. BEAUTIFUL lacing.

S- Very citrusy hop aroma, and sweet small dominate the aroma. Small background of malt mianly coming through as sweetness. Like a light Elder aroma.

T- Sharp hops on the front, light pale malt notes, with a pleasing drinkable pine-like finish. Not immensely bitter, very well balanced.

M- Mouthfeel suits this beer very well. Medium-high carbonation give this beer a creamy feel which I really appreciate in IPAs.

D- Very drinkable. Again, I have to thank tbadiuk for organizing this trade. He's got some Allagash coming his way.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. My friends in LA were generous enough to pick this up for me before driving over to meet me in Vegas.

A - Hazy orange-yellow with a big white head

S - citrusy hops dominate the aroma with hint of piney bitterness

T - The citrus and pine hops play off each other well in this one. There is citrus at first with a lingering piny bitterness. Neither side really outweighs the other. No malty flavors really stick out but you can tell they are there because this IPA while not really balanced isn't completely dominated by the hops.

M - a little lighter than what I'd call medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation for the style

D - Tasty, pretty easy drinking IPA. The malt is strong enough to support the hops even though it doesn't really add much to the beer. The hops are really well balanced between piny and citrusy which I enjoy. The bottle I have really isn't as fresh as it ought to be so I will definitely have to re-review this when I have the chance. Based on this one though I would definitely pick this one up again.

Photo of pwoody11
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Easter gift from my Sister visiting from San Diego..

Poured nicely. Color is orange with some brownish hues. White head.

All I get from the aroma is hops. Both citrusy and floral. Very pleasant on the nose. Really makes me want to drink it, but smells so good I inhale through the nose with each sip.

As the nose would suggest, the taste is very hop dominated, but somehow the bitterness seems to be a little subdued. You know its there, but it's not destroy your palate bitter like the nose leads you to believe. Very nicely balanced with the malts.

I really enjoyed this one. Hope my Sister will ship more when she gets home.

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,871 ratings.