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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,315 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,315
Reviews: 1,312
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,459
Gots: 434 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of hopsleeroy
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%

Thanks to JDV and pintsized for sharing.

A-Clear orange-reminded me of sunset orange colrs
S-Grapefruit on sniff, grapefruit on a bigger whiff, grapefruit when I walked 10 feet away
T-Sweet light honey malt upfront, then surprisingly grapefruit and a slightly grassy hop taste leading to a lingering bitter finish.
M-Medium body, great crisp carbonation, tingles a little in the mouth.
D-Lingering bitterness took away from drinkability for me but overall fantastic brew and would seek out again.

hopsleeroy, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

I bought this from South Bay Drugs & Liquors. Thanks Joey!

Ahhh..a 500ml bottle. Time to pull out my trusty New Belgium Imperial Pint glass.

It's a nice clear medium gold in colour with a 2 finger head of foam that shrunk quickly to 1 finger but now doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon. Good sticky lacing.

The smell is of grapefruit and floral hops and is very nice. A similar nose to other IPAs that I've had but nevertheless, always a pleasure to encounter.

The taste certainly is all about the hops. Big notes grapefruit and some grass that are a bitter delight on my palate but there is *some* malt in the background. Way in the background but it's there and does provide some support and at least an attemp at balance.. Hell, that's ok with me as American IPAs go. Sometimes I'm in the mood for a more balanced example, sometimes I want the hops to dominate and permeate my every taste bud. It all depends on my mood and right now, I say "bring on the hops" and Blind Pig is not disappointing me at all in that regard.

Good medium mouthfeel with a lightish amount of carbonation. It finishes on the same note it started...bitter and delicious. And...pretty easy drinking to boot. I'm having zero problems finishing this bottle but that, in itself, is a problem if you get where I'm coming from.

And yeah, head retention is better than average as I had a feeling it would be.

Bottom line: I'm pretty darned happy that I picked this brew up and I enjoyed the bottle I drank immensely. Now, I look forward to *trying* to get some Pliny The Elder. RR really does have it all going on....

Bitterbill, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

Bottles on 7-8-08.

Pours a fogged gold amber with a creme head. Soapy, hoppy nose. Sharp floral and citrus tones. I got a lot on the flavor. Earth, smoke, citrus, floral, and soapy hops. Real thick earthy character mostly. Feel is low on carbonation and the liquid is fine. Pretty easy to drink and an overall earthy IPA.

RblWthACoz, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of Skeeter
3.33/5  rDev -23.6%

First off...let me just say I really wanted to like "the Pig." But, despite its catchy name and highly reputable maker (Russian River Brewing Company), it left much to be desired. Too hoppy for my simple palate. Kinda overpowered my other senses.

Skeeter, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

a: beautiful inch of frothy white head sits atop a golden amber body with light movement and light lace

s: very clean piney hops; grass; spicy hops; light malt backbone

t: piney hops; light spicy hops; grassy; lime and citrus; an impressive bouquet of hops

m: refreshing w/ light carb but it is not too watery

d: a really great refreshing bouquet of hops and a refreshing beer

hoegaardenhero, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of BrewerB
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%

Aroma includes prominent hop notes - grapefruity/orange/citrus with some grassy notes. Very small amount of pineapple quickly dissipated. Moderate to mid-low level of malty sweetness. Citrus/orange like hops lingered on throughout. Clean fermentation, no signs of esters. Slight increase in the malt level might help the score.

This American IPA pours a medium gold color. Clarity is excellent. Formed a tight, thin white head which retained itself well during my session.

Flavors are most prominently piney and grapefruity/citrusy. Malt is clean. The dry finish is very pleasing and you are left with a lingering bitterness we expect from our adored IPAs. Bitterness is moderately intense. No diacetyl. Malt backbone provides a nice platform for the hop character though a bit of a boost might improve the beers drinkability.

Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Smooth bitterness is pleasing and non-astringent.

Overall it's quite drinkable thanks to a dry finish and very fresh hop flavor. Good mix of American hops with a supportive malt backbone. Like a lot of IPAs, I feel this one could benefit from an ever-so-slight increase in malt. Not sure I'd make it past a second pint with an intact palette. They say a score of 5 should be rare and the increased malts are the only thing I feel can improve the beer. Everything else - appearance, hop flavor, bitterness level, finish, mouthfeel, etc is spot on.

Glad we've finally got this in bottles!

BrewerB, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%

Bought in a bottle which reads Bottled on 070808. That's pretty damn fresh! Love the label, DO NOT AGE! Only wish I was drinking it out of a mason jar...

Had this beer tons on tap at Toronado, needed to try it out of a bottle.

Pours a clear copper orange with lots of bubbles and carbonation comin up. Nice foamy head. Lacing that stays with it like a schooner cutting through frothy seas.

Sweet citrus, malts, and piney aromas. Crisp, fresh, Clean as a whistle, like Irish Spring soap and deodarizer.

Tastes a lot creamier than I remember. Thin bristlelike pine needles scrape the inside of my tongue while alternating sweet malts and grapefruits kick whats left of my tongue around.

Great mouthfeel. Has the resiny taste any good DIPA has, but this one is sweet to taste.

If I had to blindly run around a sty and wrestle a greased pig for another one of these beers i'd do it. Fortunately I can just buy one.

Murchmac, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%

On draft at O'Brien's

Appearance is a clear amber hue, thin white layer of dense head, big thick lacing all over the glass

Smell is huge hops --grapefruit, pine resin, grass, lemon zest--, sweet bread malt tones linger in the background

Taste is moderate-full hop flavors, sweet grapefruit and citrus balance out the more bitter pine resin, hints of bread and grain malts are barely perceptible, finishes dry and bitter

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, thick and oily texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability is high, great flavor and body for a single IPA at 6%, solid throughout, no glaring shortcomings for this style, definitely a favorite and repeat performer, this ranks on my short list of top single IPAs

Stoneman78, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of scottoale
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

Fresh on tap today at O'Brien's Pub, served in a pint glass. A bright yellow-orange gold with just a lick of white foam head.

Smell is of white grapefruit and pine forest...sweet and citric, very hoppy.

Taste is much like the smell, which is very citrus and pine filled, not to mention tasty...almost 2x IPA, hop wise.

A very hoppy, medium bodied IPA with ultra drinkability for the hot weather months ahead.

scottoale, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of bigbelcher
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%

On tap at the Liar's Club. A very well made IPA. Supposedly was the granddaddy to the Plineys, Elder and Youngers. Personally I like the grandkids better. This was a good beer but lighter in body then the others with not a totally right balance of hops. Was good and drinkable, just not as good as some others. golden color, not much head, very citrusy hops.

bigbelcher, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%

On tap at O'Briens. Hazy gold color with a thick white head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine at first with some lemon and resin as it warms up. Very hoppy and smooth with a nice dry finish. Extremely refreshing. I could drink this beer all day. An amazing West Coast IPA.

DrunkenMaster, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.58/5  rDev +5%

On tap at the Russian River Brewpub in Santa Rosa CA (from notes)

Slightly darker amber color than their Pliny the Elder. Piney and fresh. I don't know what Russian River does but their Pliny and Blind Pig IPA's just taste so different from other IPA's.

Incredible initial aroma, not as thick as I prefer an IPA to be but that's about the only complaint. Incredibly drinkable and refreshing.

USCTrojanBrian, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of 1759Girl
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

Appearance> Small head, not a lot of retention, lively, clear... hard to read the rest of my notes, sorry...
Smell> HEYOUGE hoppiness with citrus
Taste> bitter start, medium hoppy middle, with a very smooth finish.
Mouf> Niiice.
Drinkability> Easy. I've had several since this tasting.

1759Girl, May 21, 2008
Photo of Overlord
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanks to Jwolfie70 for this splendid. A thousand blessings on all his endeavors.

Pours a golden yellow with a hint of orange (very surprising color for an IPA).

The smell is overwhelmingly floral, with notes of pineapple and grapefruit. I find pineapple to be one of the rarer taste/aromas from IPAs. I have no idea what hop produces (or, maybe they add pineapple...not sure). This is one of the very, very rare beers whose odor I rate higher than the taste.

The taste is redolent with pineapple, grapefruit, some balancing sweet malt, and pine. The pine isn't in the smell, but it definitely is in the taste. I actually could do without it. It's still a very, very good IPA, but I'm not tasting the beer I'm smelling.

Great mouthfeel (Russian River knows what the *bleep* they're doing), and it must be pretty drinkable, considering I pounded the growler in one night.

Overlord, May 10, 2008
Photo of SQNfan
4.1/5  rDev -6%

From growler shipped to me (6 days old when opened): Golden in color with a touch of amber. This still poured a great 3/4" head that dissipated slowly. The nose was filled with grapefruit, Rouquefort cheese and a touch of anise. In the mouth it had medium density, a smooth texture and was wonderfully balanced. The hops are very well balanced by some malt that leads to a beer with a bitterness/dryness but also a touch of sweetness. The malt is more noticable than the "Pliny the Elder" and keeps this beer a touch sweeter. Overall, this is a really well made beer with terrific balance that is easy to drink.

SQNfan, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of
4.58/5  rDev +5%

On tap at Russian River.

Light amber in color, just a bit cloudy. Large, creamy, off white head. Great lacing.

Aroma was primarily citrus, grapefruit and lemons. Pine and a bit o' honey in there as well.

Taste was big on the hops, but nicely balanced. Some sweetness for contrast, consisting of caramel and wheat bread. Hop character was back to the citrus, as in the smell.

Medium in body, almost creamy. Medium carbonation. Not particularly dry.

Excellent IPA, right up there with the best of them. Edged out a little by some others, but one I wouldn't hesitate to drink again and again and again...

, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of dill
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

had on tap in a pint glass.

A - a golden yellow color with a bit of lacing around the top.

S - grapefruit. lots of grapefruit and some pine.

T - grapefruit. and hops. i really like this beer. the hop bitterness comes on a bit earlier than in pliny the younger and isn't quite as intense, but it seems to last a bit longer.

M - medium bodied with a bit of a creamy texture in the mouth.

D - definitely an easy one to drink if you like hoppy ipa's. i could have a few of these for sure and then want it again the next day.

dill, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of kajerm
4.1/5  rDev -6%

Pint glass on tap at Russian River.

Pours light amber with a finger and half of fine, lacing carbonation.

The aroma is much fruitier than Pliny the Elder, with massive grapefruit character and maybe a little mango (Amarillo?)

Tastes like it smells, with a mango-citric opening that never lets go, with a finish that is as bitter as Pliny the Elder, but much more compact.

Mouthfeel is dry and briskly carbonated; it's on the lighter side, but just heavy enough to be satisfying. The mouthfeel makes it a very easy drinker.

kajerm, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of younger35
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

Drank on 1/26/08, taken from notes.

Sampled this brew with a buddy on a recent visit to Russian River. Was lucky enough to have Blind Pig but they just ran out of Pliny the Elder that afternoon and Pliny the Younger ended up being tapped about 28 hours after we left. Horrible timing... Drank from a Russian River pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a semi bright yellow with hints of amber and brilliant clarity. About a half finger bright white head sits atop the yellow liquid leaving a terrific cap and collar along with plenty of sticky white lacing.
Smell- Absolutely oozing with more citrus than I thought possible to get into a beer. Oodles and oodles of fresh pineapple that seems to jump out of the glass. Mangos, lemon and tangerines waft around in the background adding even more zesty fresh tropical goodness.
Taste- Not as citrus as the nose but super fresh and fruity. The pineapple, mango and grapefruit all lend their sharp tropical goodness but not to the extent that the nose would lead you to believe. The nice malty sweetness that hides underneath lends a bit of toffee that really balances the hops beautifully. Something that reminds me of an artificial strawberry flavoring lingers in the background (not saying they use it in the beer, just has that sort of lingering goodness).
Mouthfeel- Medium to full body with a silky smooth creaminess and medium carbonation that really brings it all together.
Drinkability- What a terrific IPA. I drank a lot of DIPA's this weekend and am pretty sure this was the only regular IPA I had. That being said, I'd probably take two glasses of this over any DIPA I had (except for Racer X). Supremely fruity and supremely balanced while still letting the hops shine. Great beer that I highly recommend!

younger35, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%

On tap as a guest at EJ Phair in Concord, CA.

A - Soft caramel color with a firm head, light splotches of protein.

S - A citrus/grapefruit bouquet on the nose. Abundantly hopped with these similar acids.

T - The citrus/grapefruit carried through the initial taste and did not disappoint.

M - Profound grapefruitness (is that a word?). This was a heavy hitter, strong flavored IPA.

D - Definite winner. Great job Vinny (brewer).

MisterClean, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.88/5  rDev -11%

Had as part of a heavenly beer sampler at the brewery.

This one came to me with a thin layer of foam atop a clear yellow body. The head persisted for a little while.

Aroma was grapefruit, grapefruit, and more grapefruit. That was all I got. As a hophead, I appreciated this.

Taste followed aroma... a huge blast of grapefruit hops that made me shudder at first. Not that this was a shudder of dislike... in fact I loved it. But sometimes, even something pleasurable can take you by surprise when it just jumps in your face and hits you with both fists.

Mouthfeel was puckering, but good.

Drinkability was good... I could have gone for a pint of this rather than the 2 ounce sample. However, I don't know if I could take more than a bomber of this stuff in one sitting.

connecticutpoet, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
3.75/5  rDev -14%

On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco. Wasp-colored yellow with watery lacing. Reserved hop odor, some cold grapefruit. Astringent grapefruit bitterness, very bitter and dry. Citrusy and mildly one-dimensional, though the malt is enough to support the hops, which is always good. Some sweet lemon. Medium bodied. Overall, its an aggresive beer, but a little bit of a one trick pony. Despite not having anything amazing to say about this beer, however, I have to admit i drank it swiftly and with gusto. So high marks for drinkability.

aforbes10, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of Prufrock
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

growler poured into a pint glass.

slightly hazy golden orange with a little more than half an inch of fluffy off-white head. head retains well and leaves some rings of lace.

bright, citrusy, hoppy aroma. strong but un-abrasive hoppiness, with notes of pine and tropical fruits, but dominated by citrus.

smooth mouth feel with an unassuming carbonation and a brisk hoppiness that manages not to overwhelm. some sweet malt backing against a fresh green piney bitterness, with the citrus notes slightly more muted in the flavor than in the aroma. flavorful with a light, drinkable feel.

Prufrock, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of BillyB
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

Russian River is one of the hottest breweries in the country. They are known for pushing the envelope when it comes to beer styles. Especially, IPA's and belgian wild ales.

This beer is a bit different from the typical Russian River beer. It is a hardcore, tradtional, American IPA. No bells or whistles with this one.

Pours a beautiful bright golden, slight copper color. Thick off-white head.

The aromas of hops are just the overwhelmingly strong attribute of this beer. I smell, earthy, grassy, piney, floral, citrus, cedar notes. As well as some some slight, sugar cookie, biscuity malt.

Taste is sharp and crisp. Very bitter. Slight sweet, biscuity maltiness.

Mouthfeel is sharp and crisp. Some oily hoppiness and some slightly cloying sweet malt adds to the complex mouthfeel as opposed to taking away from it.

Overall drinkability is excellent! For a brewery that's been focusing on wild sour ales and over-the-top hop bombs, I belive Vinnie presents his most tradtional and most balanced beer here, while maintaining his envelope pushing tendencies.

BillyB, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of marksto
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%

Sought out (along with other RR offerings) at GABF due to the well deserved reputation and ratings from this brewery.

BP IPA pours golden in color and clear with a thick, white, long lasting head. Has strong, spicy hops in the nose along with complex fruit and esters - very nice. Flavor is all about the hops and shows great hop complexity. Spicy, tangy, bitter and flavorful; with solid malt and fruit elements to back it up. An excellent beer, among the best of the great American IPA's, definitely worth seeking.

marksto, Oct 19, 2007
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,315 ratings.