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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,785 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,785
Reviews: 1,344
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,581
Gots: 549 | FT: 16
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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 Dijeriduster
4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer that started it all....for San Diego County. Originally brewed by Temecula Brewing this beer inspired Stone, Ballast, Alpine and all the others to start brewing. Thank you Vinnie!

A - Slightly hazy, golden to amber colour. Nice creamy head and lacing from both the tap and bottle.

S - More subtle hop tones smelling of ample dry hopping. Reminds me of a casked IPA even though its straight from the tap.

T - Wonderful citrus flavours with a well rounded malty base. Hops aren't quite as bitter as in Pliny, but well established.

M - Slightly thin vs. more "modern" IPA's from San Diego. Still retains an almost creamy, full feel with a little swishing.

D - Spectacular brew! Easy to drink IPA with plenty of hops for hopheads and a more moderate alcohol content then IIPAs. While hop flavours are more pronounced with warmth, mouthfeel does suffer a little. My only complaint on this, perhaps the archetypal CLASSIC West Coast IPA.

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter Glass
Attained through a trade.

Bottled on 02/02/2009

Appearance: The pour is a clear copper gold color with two fingers of head as the result from my non-careful pour. I hold the glass up to the light to see what the carbonation will have in store; it's relatively clear. No bubbles are rising up to the top of the glass, but there's still a nice puddle of frothy bubbles on top of the beer. The head is pretty much gone except for that puddle of bubbles. After a few swirls in my snifter I can see a few streaks going from top to bottom, and a few small splashes all around the glass.

Smell: For having a relatively old bottle the nose is still there. A very tropical one too. A little bit of sweetness from the malt, but otherwise it's fruit notes like mango, pineapple and orange. After another whiff, there's some earthy notes too including pine and grass.

Taste: The first wave to cross the palate is sweet sticky caramel malt and pale malt. It has the malt backbone to be an IIPA. I wasn't expecting that strong of a malt backbone from the color, but it's there. After the malts disappear it turns into a hop festival. A blend of earthy and citrus hops. The notes include grapefruit, mango, orange peel, grass and pine.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer, slightly on the full side. A nice crisp and thin carbonation that makes it easy to drink.

Drinkability: Although Pliny is definitely my preference, this was a good beer. There are other IPA's that I'd take over Blind Pig, but it's a well put together beer that has a nice hop character and malt backbone.

Photo of drabmuh
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 091509, poured into a goblet. Beer is yellow and clear, light amber, head is white and tight, falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low to moderate.

Aroma is filled with sweet hops. There is some other sweetness in there, maybe some malt, maybe some alcohol. It smells like a great IPA.

Medium body, beer is hoppy hoppy hoppy. There isn't much of an aftertaste that comes from the throat but you can taste the bitterness that has coated your mouth for several seconds after you have finished the beer. Second taste, beer is definitely not dry, but its also not overly wet. There is some nice connectivity between the front and the back of the mouth.

This is a great great IPA.

Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into two pint glasses. Extra special thanks to LarryG for sending this in our recent trade. Special thanks to pops for the assist.

Bottled On 091509

A: Pours a crystal-clear, pale gold with a huge, soapy, slightly off white head perched on top. Crazy amounts of lace were left behind!

S: Pungeant, rank, stinky hops. Pine, pineapple, apricot, grass clippings, and mango. The inside of my nose felt like it was coated with resinous hops!

T: Unholy amount of hops! Slight caramel sweetness, for balance, spicy pine, and tropical fruit. Spicy floral/piney hops...unbelievable!

M: Sticky, juicy, and perfectly astringent. Snatches of spiciness and caramel sweetness keep things in total balance.

D: Holy crap! This really is one of the best in the world. So incredibly drinkable and only around $5 a bottle? I. Need. More.

Photo of MrDanno96
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bret27 for sending this to me :) This review in its current state has also been modified following several other samplings of this brew. Thanks to my friend Dave for the additional bottles.

A: Pours a nice golden-yellow and has some subtle amber hints when held up to the light. Started with about 2 fingers of foamy white head. Slowly dissipated to a little less than a finger. TONS of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: I was already getting whiffs of pine and hops as I poured... This smells great. The nose is pretty sweet: grapefruit, orange, pine, and of course hops. The hops, however, is not overpowering. It's not even really the primary scent. Can't wait to taste it!

T: Grapefruit and other citrus up front gives way to the piney hops finish that I've come to expect from elite IPAs. Quite resiney. Balance is very good and the hops are not overly bitter.

M: Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, and a dry hoppy finish.

D: Great drinking IPA. If this was sold around me I would definitely session with it. Blind Pig lives in the shadow of the Plineys and does not get the full respect it deserves. One of the best representations of the style out there.

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

Poured from 16.9oz. bottle with 10/30/09 bottled-on date... six days after I sampled this for the first time on tap at the brewpub.

A - Pours a clear golden amber with an impressive surging head with nice retention, settling down to a nice one finger layer with brilliant lacing sticking all over the glass long after I drained it.

S - Fresh green herbs... actually, a real kick of quality cannabis buds to be perfectly honest. Nice floral and citrus notes and just a hint of tropical fruit coming through as well.

T - Nice and bitter from start to finish, but not harsh at all. Fresh green grass and herbs with very pleasing traces of grapefruit and pine with the malt coming through subltly.

M - Medium body and carbonation... nicely prickly. A touch dry, but not overly so.

D - Just a great beer; very drinkable for the hop lover. Quite different from PTE, and nearly as good. I will pick this up often and hope to sample on tap again soon.

Photo of Lunch
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a 16.9oz. bottle (thanks to davidsk for the trade) into my new Blind Pig mason jar at around 45 degrees (11/17/09).

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a slight orange hue capped out with a nice and chunky two finger head with decent retention and exceptional spider lacing. Almost identical to it's older brother, Pliny.

S: A nice bouquet of pine, flowers, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and tropical fruit.

T: Similar to the smell with pine, flowers, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and tropical fruit hitting the palate with a nice bitterness, which is never harsh.

M: Medium-bodied with nice carbonation and a slightly slick mouthfeel.

D: Exceptionally drinkable and only 6.1% abv. Easily sessionable.

Overall this is a nice beer that I would certainly pick up quite often if it were available in my area. Recommended

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked this up at Whole Foods a few weeks ago.

Appearance- amber color, good size head

Smell- Hops, very nice

Taste- Hops, very delicious

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very nice, Russian River always does a splendid job. I am always greatly satisfied with their beers.

Photo of vacax
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10 days ago. Pours rich golden orange with a big fluffy white head. Good retention and an excess of lacing adorns the spent glass. Aromas waft into my nose in elegant waves of papaya, pineapple, pine, and mango. The flavor is equally tropical as the nose, but is actually a lot more floral and herbal. Despite the incredible nose, this is only moderately bitter, matched by the juicy fruit and flora, and not excessive on the palate or alcohol (which is reserved for the DIPA). Medium in body, with a lively prickly carbonation. Delicious, intense, yet approachable. A paragon of the style. I know of no better version of the India Pale Ale.

Spec-tac-ular.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a dark yellow/golden color with a big 2 finger white foam head. A good amount of lacing the whole way through the drink.

S: Grapefruit citrus hops are the most predominant scent. Very strong and very inviting.

T: If you enjoy ample amounts of citrus hops, grapefruit, pineapple and lemon, this is your beer. There are some malt character the evens out the beer.

M: Leaves a nice dry bitter finish on the palate.

D: Easy to drink IPA. A lower ABV does not make this 'sessionable' but it is easy to enjoy multiple in a sitting.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado.

The appearance on this one is beautiful. Just a great color that has no hazy appearance at all. Just a great golden color with a very sticky frothy pitch white head.

The smell is not very strong, dry bitter hops in the smell is all I could detect.

The taste is good but nowhere near Pliny. Good hop taste in the beginning and a very medium dry hop finish. I like it, I like it alot. Pine hops, not fruity at all.

Very good brew from a very good brewery.

J

Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a very light clear orange with about a 1 finger head thats lasts a couple minutes. It has nice lacing because as the head falls it leaves chunky rings of head around the glass.

The aroma is very nice and balanced. Its light in strength but a perfect match of citrus and hops.

The taste is pretty light and you get no sweet. The start is pretty plain then goes to a light bitter from mid to finish. Light mouthfeel decently drinkable.

Photo of anchordrinker
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden amber with a small head that dissipates to a thin layer that sticks around. Nice lacing is revealed as well.

S- Grapefruit/citric and sweeter tropical aromas dominate

T- Again tropical fruit and grapefruit, but the taste is a little more balanced than the aroma (from which I pretty much only got hoppy qualities) with some nice sweet malty backing. Bitterness shines through with increasing intensity, reaching its peak near the end.

M- Light to medium bodied, good carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, a good stepping stone to enjoying something like Pliny.

Photo of cvfish
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured a golden amber color that produced a fluffy white head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a medley of hop aromas, I was surprised I got so much out of the beer, but pine, orange, pineapple, lemon, and grapefruit, good God, I've fallen in love

T - The taste of this beer had a nice bit of caramel malts at the beginning, but the star was quickly unleashed, the hops, and the mix of hops flowers was along the nose, but words cannot describe the taste of this beer

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This would be my favorite IPA, but I think Masala Mama wins by a hair, otherwise, this is one of the all time great beers

Photo of microbrew52
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As close to a perfect beer as I have found. Great balance between the bountiful hops in the mouth and the smoothness in the finish. The aroma is second to none, where you can pick up on so many different hints of citrus, fruit and hops. Again, for all the flavor you get when drinking, this remains a very drinkable IPA

Photo of Stigs
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip. Didnt have a chance to try this on my trip out in SD, luckily a friend brought back some with him.

A - pours a rich frothy inch of foam. settling slowly into a big pillowy cloud in the middle. looks like a clinger as well. color is a beautiful healthy gold. very impressive.

S - all sorts of hops, getting notes of pine, citrus, floral, grassy...this one has them all. also a touch of sweetness driving it all. super pleasant on the nose.

T - bitterness up front, then the various subtle hop flavors kick in. not so much malt backbone here. wish it had just a tad less bitterness to allow the flavors more room to breathe. slight alcohol warminess down the throat. not bad.

M - really crisp and perfectly carbonated. just the right amount of thickness.

D - the bitterness kind of wears after a bit. a solid IPA but nowhere near its older brother Pliny.

Photo of berley31
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a big, white, creamy head... dissipated to about 1/2-finger or so over time. Very good lacing, left in sheets on the sides of the glass. Body is a dark golden color, and clear.

S: Mostly hops and pine, with some citrus pushing its way through all the hoppiness.

T: The citrus and pine needles are what's prevalent at first, and then it finishes moderately bitter and hoppy. It's all very clean and smooth, however... excellent balance.

M: Light-to-medium body with a slightly creamy texture and average carbonation.

D: That's a damn fine IPA... I was excited to try this beer (had it at the Uber Tavern in Seattle... the keg had just literally been tapped) after all I've heard, and it didn't let me down at all.

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

thanks to tenderbranson for getting a draft of this for me at the drafting room- 10oz pour in a goblet.

A - A light haziness in the golden appearance w/ amber hues, overall a very attractive ale. The head is thin and has an off white shade w/ very small bead

S - The aroma has it! Mango, pineapple and golden grapefruit w/ piney hop notes and lemony, citrus peel blend. The mild tropical hints are just pungent and combine w/ hop notes that indicate a bitter yet fragrant beer

M - A dry citrus bite w/ medium carbonation and bitter herbal texture w/ tangy grapefruit acidity. The mouthfeel has intensely bitter quality that lasts long after the swallow giving a dry texture on the palate and yet has mild sweet malt in with the bitter to keep it from feeling too harsh, just a shadow of malt

T - The taste has sweet mango, grapefruit witha a gentle lemon zest tinge. The flavor of malt is there but the focus here is the hops with have an herbal bitter element after the grapefruit-flesh of the grapefruit flavor, not the zest really. The light pepper in the flavor adds a grassy ting to the IPA, with mild malt and resinous hop flavors melding, barely a touch of alcohol in the flavor

D - This is a fantastic IPA, superb bitter, yet dry and refreshing qualities outweigh any negatives. There is a potent hop dose utilized and fresher Ipa's there are few. I really consider this one of the country's best examples of an American IPA- hops are not neglected in any way.

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up after recent trip to RR. Bottled on 9/15, drank today so just over a month old. Poured into tulip. Fluffy, white head, good retention and lacing, golden and pretty clear. Smell is strong of citric and pineapple hops, a weird deep spruce smell too (if that makes any sense). Very floral. Taste was good but not as bitter as I expected. Nice balance of citric hops, a piney bitterness on the back of my throat. Slightly dry and bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was nice, not too thin or thick. Very smooth. Overall a great beer. I would take a Pliney over this but this is nothing to complain about!

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

Recieved this bottle courtesy of nickd717. Thanks a ton Nick for a major want of mine!

Bottled 7/10/09. Not the freshest but I'm definitely not complaining.

Poured into a Darkness tulip. Pours a hazy straw golden color with a tint of orange. Huge white head sits for a while before shrinking to a rocky and chunky terrain of foam. Leaves tons of lacing all over. A great looking beer.

The nose is still surprisingly hoppy. Three months time hasn't done much to tone down the hops in this one. Big citrus and floral hops smell, with a significant piney bitterness as well. I do get a glimpse of the malt backbone, but it's a glimpse, nothing more.

In the taste department, the malt comes out a little more, but this is still very hoppy. Grapefruit and cirtusy hops play games with your tastebuds, with a light and subtle piney bitterness that lingers for a while. Sweet malt backbone does a nice job of balancing this one out.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with a very appropriate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, this is a damn good session beer.

Another solid IPA from Russian River. I almost wish I lived in Cali, if not for Pliny and Bling Pig. I haven't even had PtY yet?!?!?! This is just the tip of the iceberg, and I'm liking what I'm seeing.

Photo of NorCalYeti
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- sweet hops, bitter, oily

color- honey

clarity- clear with suspended sediment

smell- fresh hops

body- medium-smooth, bitter

appearance- light color, nice white head

overall impression- nice drinkable ipa

notes- slightly fewer bittering hops would make this a nearly perfect ipa to session with. stoked to know this is being bottled. this review is for a 2008 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: pint

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

I'm lucky enough to have pretty consistent access to this beer on tap, but a trip to the Bay Area allowed me to grab a bottle and bring it home with me.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory becker a hazy bronzed gold. A huge bone-white head sits on top and slowly drops to a rocky, large-bubbled cap with loads of lacing.

SMELL: No surprises here. Big aromas of citrus and pine just overwhelm... in a good way. The malt really struggles to find its way through, but maybe that's okay. The hops are the star for sure.

TASTE: A far more balanced flavor and the malt gets it's chance to be noticed. It's basically all sweet pale malt with a hint of toast and caramel. A firm bitterness backs it with the same pine and citrus grapefruit flavors coming to match, but giving a slightly sweet slickness as well. Very good and exceptional balance for an IPA.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium light body or maybe even lighter. The dryer the better, and this comes through. The carbonation is slightly low but still within limits.

DRINKABILITY: Very good. Several pints is the correct serving size for this, and I'm kinda bummed that I only have one.

A damn good beer for sure, but maybe not quite worthy of being in the top tier of IPAs. But I'll certainly never complain if I have one. This is definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of bret27
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at this brewery called Russian River? Pretty nice spot! Had right after some sub-par ipa called "pliny the older?"

Appearance: Golden yellow, little hazy, off white lacy head.

Smell: Bitter hoppy. Citrus, piney, cedary. Little more bitter than pliny's refreshing floral aroma.

Taste: Same as smell. W/good malt backbone but not too much. Not quite as strong as pliny, but just as good in a different way. Dry bitterness finishing off. Refreshing!

Mouth: Really perfect for American IPA sytle. Not too thick, not too thin. Good balance.

Overall: Beautiful. If someone had given me this beer and told me it was called Beatification, I would reply, "that makes sense." For a standard IPA very balanced and refreshing w/just enough bitterness to keep it interesting. There's a reason RR gets the hype. If they never invented PtE, this one might creep up in its place.

Photo of Telix
3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at the Toronado in a pint glass. I'm clearly going to be below the average rating on this review, but I'll admit that is mostly due to the fact that I'm not a tremendous lover of West Coast IPAs.

L: A clear golden orange with minimal head, and apparently low carbonation in general. It looks fine, for sure, but nothing really amazing at all.

A: The nose is where this beer shines, in my opinion. Fresh fresh fresh, with bitter zippy hops supported by a backbone of sweetness. Pine needles in clover honey.

T: The slightest malt backbone is overrun by bitter American hops, and finishes with a tiny bit of sweetness. The tiny finish leaves the tongue feeling clean, and the intense citrus and grapefruit flavors make the beer quite refreshing. It's a bit too bitter and dry for my palate, however.

M: Thinnish but perfectly adequate. It's not a syrupy IPA - but it's the west coast, it's to be expected. A nice carbonation level makes it not thin enough to be bad, but I'd prefer a bit more body.

D: High - perhaps too high. It has a great quenching ability - almost a session beer but the high bitterness would wear you out quickly.

I think I prefer Blind Pig to Pliny, actually, but both are still a bit on the dry/bitter end for me. It's clearly well-made and worth having at least a few times in your life.

Photo of thecarster1
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

recieved in a trade with jadamski1, thanks josh!

a- bottle poured into a pint, two finger plus head, orangey honey coloring that gets darker as it goes up the glass, great retention with an eighth inch on the beer the whole beer, beautiful.

s- great, very big, juicy grapefruit, earthy pine, lemon rind.

t- smooth, floral hop, nice and earthy, great bitters, flavor lingers long after the sip.

m- medium body with a slightly chewy edge.

d- wonderful, glad i got a chance to try this, i'd love to try a super fresh bottle, but even this being little older was still delicious, the pig lives up to the hype.

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,785 ratings.