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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,949 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,949
Reviews: 1,359
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,666
Gots: 619 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Ratings: 4,949 | Reviews: 1,359
Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very gold in color-I would expect a tad darker but thats ok. Nice fluffy white head. Very grassy and hoppy aroma. Big hop blast flavor wise-quite astringent from the heavy hops. Fresh cut grass like. Long lingering bite to it. Good body-the astringency might be a tad much in the long run. Great example of a US IPA for sure.

Photo of tdawgydog
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While in CA do as the Californians do... Stocked up on some Russian River brews on my first night in town. Big fan of PtE (but who isn't). The Pliny that I picked up from Whole Foods was only 4 days old where as the Blind Pig was bottled in late July.

A - Pours a nice golden yellow. Decent head, decent retention, keeps a nice lacing around the top of the glass throughout the life of the beer.

S - Smells like it's been barrel aged. Less pine than Pliny and more of an alcohol scent.

T - The alcohol comes through in the taste. It doesn't taste bad but I'd definitely choose Pliny over Blind Pig.

D - Goes down smooth. Warms the inside. Another well done brew from Russian River.

M - A little thin, but very good.

It's possible that the 2 months that this beer was sitting on the shelf in Whole Foods has affected it slightly, but I'd still choose a PtE any day :-)

Photo of newk340
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a thin layer of foam that leaves light lacing, opaque copper in appearance.

S: hoppy! citrus and pine hints linger.

T: an explosion of hops, mild hints of malts and lemon zest linger on the tongue.

MF/D: sizzle of flavor that quickly dissipates into light foamy bubbles as it slides down the throat.

Photo of cpone
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours clear golden body swirling with tons of lively carbonation. Creamy/soapy white head.

S: First whiff is fresh pine, grassy hops followed immediately with juicy/sweet strawberry and some citrus.

T: Solid hop bitterness up front balanced with slightly sweet malts and grapefruit.

M: Medium body - matches the balance of the flavor well. Finish is slightly thin.

D: All. Day. Long.

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

A - Pours a bright gold color with very, very active carbonation and a thin, white lacing across the top. It pretty much looks awesome.

S - Very tangy lemon, zesty citrus fruit and pine. Crackery malt, but the citrus portion of the aroma is very pungent...smells awesome too.

T - Big grapefruit, citrus, crackery caramel malt underneath which lays a firm foundation for the massive wall of hoppy bitterness. Has some lemon pepper aftertaste that lingers in the mouth for a very long time after the sip. Finishes very dry and practically sucks the spit off your tongue.

M - Medium bodied, strong metallic pepper aftertaste.

D - Almost perfect for an IPA. Is this the little 'Bro to PtE? Hats off to Vinnie and the crew, absolutely LOVE this beer.

Photo of hu5om
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

tremens tulip, split with newk340
a-pink/orange clear, 1 finger of white foam. persists with some light lacing
s-orange citrus, fresh hoppy bitterness. light ans sweet. refreshing
t-very nice. piney hop bitterness, lemon zest. delightful bitterness lingers with light malty sweetness
m-effervescent and tingly, leaving the impression of freshness. almost entirely clean on the palate. incredible and crisp.
d-friggin great. these russian river dudes don't mess around. not as delicate as pte, but still, this is very good.

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

Bottle date is 6/7 and today is 8/25.

Poured into DFH Snifter.

Dark orange color with two fingers of foamy white head. Head fades to thin white rim around top of beer, showing burnt orange color (similar to the color of the label) throughout the beer. Retention is spotty, not showing full lines of each sip.

Smell is malty sweetness. Mango's and citrus fruits are present.

Taste is sweet, pale malts up front, which gives way to citrusy hops with a ton of bitterness. Evenly balanced, nothing over done.

Very smooth brew. No alcohol tinge at all, lot to chew on.

Drink this for days. Low(ish) alcohol, great flavor. Would get a 5, if I could get it in DE.

Photo of domtronzero
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 7/28/10

A - Pours a clear orange-copper color with a big long lasting white head. A little bit of lacing left.

S - Hops shoot out at first. Piney with a little bit of citrusy flavors - little bit like tangerines. Bready malts, a little bit of caramel and a light alcohol aroma is also detectable.

F/M - Definitely a hop-forward beer (duh!) with a lot of the same piney/citrusey flavors going on that are also present in the aroma. Hop bitterness is quite firm, but not overpowering and there is no astringency in the finish which is a problem is many IPAs I've tried. Moderate carbonation, typical of the style. Very clean aftertaste with a little bit of hops lingering for a minute.

D - Damn, this is a smooth IPA! The hop bitterness and the clean, dry finish really help this beer in the drinkability department.

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

Appearance - Rich, golden orange with an off-white head.
Smell - Intense, hoppy nose with a pronounced citrus aspect.
Taste - Lots of citrus, grapefruit. Lasting bitterness and pine.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - Great flavor, though there is a lingering bitterness that reduces the drinkability somewhat.

Photo of atsprings
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bauermj for sending this one my way! 16.9oz bottle into a Hopus tulip pours a crisp bubbly orange with a nice frothy eggshell head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves very nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is aroma is a nice plethora of citrus hops with a bit of caramel malts. The taste is a wonderful balance of citrus hops and sweet malts that gives way to a subtle, but smoothly present citrus hop finish. The beer is very light, crisp, smooth and refreshing. This is certainly a beer that lives up to my expectations, a wonderful IPA.

Photo of thetomG
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden pour with some foamy white head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Aroma is very grassy with a little sweetness and some pine coming through as well.

Flavor is a good balance between the slight citrus elements and the biter hops. Very well balanced with the same profile as PtE, but definitely more drinkable. Good beer. Would drink this again.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle shipped from Tim.

Appearance: Beautiful clear, bright orange gold color. Soft white head with average retention, but leaves some excellent lacing.

Smell: Blast of citrusy hops aromas. Sweet orange, bitter grapefruit. A hint of pine. Little whiff of caramel malt.

Taste: Lots of bitter hops flavor. Mainly grapefruit with a little orange zest. Dash of pine sol in there too. Defintely a very hop forward beer with a weakish malt backbone. Its very bitter thoughout with a hint of sweetness long after you swallow it.

Mouthfeel: Just slightly on the thin side. Not watery though. Good carbonation. Finishes dry and clean, without a lot of resiny tongue stickiness.

Drinkability: Well I'm pounding through this. A nicely unbalanced IPA for when you want a lot of hops and want to drink a few.

Photo of gregshead
2.63/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Light orange color with an inch of head which retained itself quite well.

S - Smelled of strong hops with a little citrus mixed in.

T - Grapefruit citrus at first but then all that I tasted was an overpowering hop taste.

M - Light taste with decent carbonation.

D - Considering RR's Pliny the Elder has become one of my favorite Double IPAs, just seemed to lack the balance I have come to expect from my favorite IPAs and experienced from Pliny the Elder. Not for me. For others that enjoy the large amount of hop taste.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at RR

Pour was a strong yellow with light orange and amber. Light white head. Nice lacing on the walls of the glass.

Tons of citrus with a blend of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and pine to add something else. Very vivid and bright.

This was quite bitter with white and red grapefruit up front followed by a pine and orange flavor. Malt body was light and clean.

Mild carbonation, light body, slight resin like sticky feeling.

This was far more bitter than I am used to with blind pig. Either way, this is still one of the top 3 IPAs in the world.

Photo of Kaiser81
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date of 7/21/10

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A - Clear orange with a little more than a finger width of head. nice lacing is left on my glass

S - Solid grapefruit smell with a few other tropical fruits. I think I get some nectarine in there.

T - Sweet side of grapefruit mixed with other non distinct tropical fruits.

M - Kind of a heavy body with light carbonation

D - Goes very nicely on warm summer's day in San Diego

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light orange in color with about an inch of head that really takes it's time receding. Fantastic lacing.

S - Big huge aroma of hops and citrus. Grapefruit, pine and sweet malts.

T - Bold and full of hops! Lots of tasty hops and pine upfront. Citrus notes are fantastic and vibrant. A really great bitterness finishes this one that makes you really want to take that next sip.

M - Somewhat on the light side. Very clean and refreshing with big bold flavors.

D - I would drink this everyday if I could. Maybe someday I will live in the right place or they will start a larger distribution!

Photo of david131
3.68/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 7-21-10

A- A slightly hazy orange liquid with a craggy and creamy white head. A very light luminescent quality.

S- Citrus rind, peaches, strawberries, and caramel. Fragrant and appealing.

T- Citrus rind, sweet fruit, caramel, and a bit of an herbal quality.

M- Creamy carbonation, but it feels like something is missing at the finish. There is a lasting residual bitterness.

D- A decent IPA albeit a little one dimensional. I feel that this is maybe a little over-hyped.

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

purchased from Lone Hill Liquors in Claremont, CA, and then poured into my SN pint glass

Opening the bottle unleashes the heavenly scent of hops. Immediately reminds of the classic Pliny the Elder (obviously). Huge hops on the nose with subtle fruity scents hiding behind it. Pours golden/light amber. Good carbonation fuels a nice head that dies out after a minute. Taste is great. It's more subtle than I thought it would be. The hops in the taste are a bit more subdued, and the body feels quite nice in the mouth. First swallow stings a bit, but nothing much.

This is incredibly drinkable and delicious. As other reviewers have noted, Russian River really can do no wrong. This is great stuff, and I would definitely buy/drink it again

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

Pours an amber color with a fluffy white head and good retention. Nose gushes with hops, and the flavor doesn't disappoint. Tons of hops, bitterness and citrus. However, it's complimented by a good malt backboone. All in all, a delightful flavor profile that's quite tasty and refreshing.

As I sit here and try to think of a more flavorful IPA, I can't come up with any. In fact, it completes knocks the pants off every other IPA out there. If you did a blind tasting, you'd probably peg it for a DIPA - the flavor and hops are just so bold.

Will Russian River ever disappoint? Every beer they make is pure bottled joy.

Photo of thatsfine
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my pint glass. Pours a dark orange color with almost a finger of head that retains well and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is a lot of hops and citrus. Sweet smelling.

Taste is the same as the nose. Pine finish. This is great. A slightly bitter finish.

This is on the thinner side of a medium bodied IPA. Very refreshing.

This is outstanding. If I could drink this every day I absolutely would. I think about two of these would be perfect.

Photo of IronLover
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light orange with a hint of amber in color with a very slight haze. Respectable white head that reduced to a white cap. Big floral tropical aromas, papaya, mango and grapefruit. Buttery smooth feel that rides the carbonation. Taste is all hops. Lots of tropical flavors similar to the aromas, tropical and citrusy flavors that overwhelm any malt character. Finishes with a bitter pine hoppy ending. The intense hop flavor took a little edge off of the drinkability.

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

Enjoyed on 8/1/10

The appearance is a light golden brown color. It is transparent in nature and gives the feeling that it may not bring as much to the table as it does. The hops come out early straight to your nose with the first wiff. A nice piney citrus smell with a tropical twist. The taste is what I love most about this brew. That same citrus and pine that hit my nose comes through in flavor. The hops come in right away with this one with that nice citrusy taste upfront and a long finish. Not too overwhelming but enough on the palate to keep me coming back for more. Good feel on the mouth, a bit thin but a great crispness to it. I could see myself drinking this beer everyday, nice and smooth with great hop character and flavor. One of my favorites.

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

Review from notes taken on 6/13/10.

On tap at the Local 44 served in a pint glass. This brew appears a slightly hazed light orange color with less than a finger of white creamy head. Minimal retension with slight patchy lacing effect. The nose of this brew is both herbal and slightly citrusy. The flavor has both citrus an herbal bitterness as hinted by the aroma. The malt backing is a very clean grainy character that imparts minimal sweetness. A lingering flavor of the grain and hop bitterness is left in the mouth that increasingly gets more herbal as the brew warms. Medium feel with a modest level of carbonation.

Photo of HosP
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Scottfrie for this. Bottled on 6/07/10.

A- Poured nice golden color. Very slight haze with a nice white head.

S- Very easy to smell the hops in this IPA. Lots of pine and citrus hop smells throughout.

T- Like the smell, lots of hops! Good bitterness. Taste some grapefruit in it as well. Balance towards the hops and bitterness which is what I like in an IPA.

M- Medium body. Good carbonation. Very good mouthfeel.

D- Very good hoppy IPA. One of the better IPA's I've tasted. Could easily drink a couple of these in an evening!

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

Pours a nice cloudy orange with a big time head. Great lacing and retention. Big pine aroma, also bits of grapefruit. Flavor follows. Huge bitter pine hops off the bat. A hint of citrus and floral as well, but the pine takes over. A little bready, semi-sweet malt before the bitter pine takes over again on the big finish.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,949 ratings.