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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,780 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,780
Reviews: 1,344
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,575
Gots: 546 | 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 ReelBigwigFish
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into chalice glass, bottled on Aug 4th

A: golden Amber color with a frothy white head.

S: floral, piney, fruity hoppy goodness, nice amount of sweet malt as well.

T: good mix of piney bitterness and malt. Finishes a little dry.

M: medium bodied, a little on the sticky side. Dry finish.

O: tastes like a dipa, this beer is so good. It's no elder, but a damn near perfect example of the style.

Photo of xhcadamx
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Golden delicious with a white head that lingers and lacing as if it were Victorian curtains.

S - Floral hops and more Floral hops

T - Floral Hops. Perfect blend of hops and malt. Well balanced for how HOPPY this IPA is.

M - Medium bodied very easy to drink.

D - I had two of these at the brewpub without effort. Goes down so smooth.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

damn, george, this is gonna be a great m-f- week!

very light beer in appearance, yellow with golden orange tunnel down the center.. lots of bubbling activity. with force, this beer created itself a nice creamy head that sank fast to an all-covering cream topper. solid lacing.

big malty odor, reminiscent of candy apples. fruity, acidic hops smell fresh from the hop sacks.. shining with the beer equivalent of new car smell. inviting nose.

the body on this beer is a bit bigger than i expected for 6%, and the bitterness plays into the beers kong-like stature. the bitterness and piney hop resins first.. the bitter lingers a bit longer as a physical sensation on the tongue but disappears soon after begging another sip. and sip you will, as this beer is not the refreshing chugger of an ipa that most six-percenters are. very floral, very fruity in a red, seeded fashion. something about this beer also brings clean laundry to mind. just very neat and well-executed.

this is the first r.r. ipa i've had the pleasure to enjoy, and i hope im not blowing my load on the first date... but i think this stuff is just amazing. carefully just shy of being west coast overdone but still unique enough to be notable. thanks again, g.

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. Bottled 03/01/10, about 7 months old (against brewer's no-aging recommendation - but it's been refrigerated the entire time).

A: Pours a light, golden amber w/ about a finger of bubbly white head. Head settles down leaving some foam on the surface. Nice lacing.

S: Piny & fruity hop scents. Not a strong smell, but it's nice.

T & M: Well-balanced. The hop flavor is there, but not over the top. Pleasant aftertaste. Good carbonation, medium body.

D: Easy to drink. ABV is low enough you could have quite a few of these.

Photo of spoons
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
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 lhaqq
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear light golden body and small white head.
S: Strong smell of guava, a bit smokey. Also some papaya and passion fruit.
T: Guava, with a big citrus finish.
M: Round and creamy.
D: Really smooth and drinkable. Will definitely get it again, either next time I'm at RR or else next time I find it in a bottle.

Photo of Moshulu
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bbothen
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light orange/tangerine color with a noce bubbly 1 finger head.

Smells of earthy, grassy, oily, citrus, spruce hops. Somehow this smells like hops were freshly squeezed. It is awesome.

Sharp bitter hop bites your tongue with a vengeance. Big grapefruit, tangerine, grassiness make you happy. The pale maltiness balnces things out.

Crisp. Medium. Moderately carbonated.

At 6% and this delicious....it's sessionable. For me at least.

Great beer to pair with cheese, apple, or whatever else ya got. Oink.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Bottled on: 01-03-11
Thanks go out to jmgrub for this hook-up!

Mmmm...This looks very inviting. It's a nice lighter shade of amber in color. It has an almost orange tint to it. It has two-fingers of dense, bone-white colored, foam on top. The retention is very good and the lacing is nicely clumpy, but not very sticky.

Oh, yeah. Tropical and citrus hops dominate this one. Peach, apricots, grapefruit, white grapes, pineapple, tangerines, mangoes....it just goes on and on. Lighter hints of grapefruit rind and sappy pine needles. There is a nice touch of almost caramel sweetness, from the malts, providing a beautiful touch of balance.
This nose is phenomenal!

This really follows the nose very well. The fruits are not quite so distinct as they were, in the nose. They are all still here, though. They are just kind of melded together somewhat. The caramel sweetness is still very light...just enough to provide balance. The finish is dry and has a good kiss of hop bitterness.

This is medium-bodied with medium carbonation, which suits it well. It is very smooth and lightly creamy with a crisp finish.

The just over 6.00%abv is nowhere to be found inside of this glass. Combine that with the beautifully hop fruitiness and you've got a beer that I could drink all night long.
Absolutely delicious!

Photo of ehammond1
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Perfectly clear golden orange. Leaves rings of lacing down the glass.

Pungent citrus hops in the nose, little to no malt character. This beer is on the sweet and fruity side for an IPA but I think that's a a terrific way to lean.

Incredible, sweet, pungent, citrusy, bitter taste; there's a ton of flavor here for a beer only punching a bit over 6% ABV. Remarkably good.

Medium bodied, smooth yet amply carbonated. Exceptional.

An absolute gem of an IPA. It ranks with the best I've ever tried. An incredibly drinkable, delicious beer.

Photo of mudbug
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 500ml bottle (dated) into a standard pint glass results in a bright orange body with good clarity, topped by a nice one inch head that slowly falls into a cap of foam and lacing,fine bubbles rise up from the bottom keeping things lively, nice.
The aroma is floral hops with tropical notes of pineapple, grapefruit and a hint of pine tree, very clean, not overpowering.
Taste is superb IPA with just the right amount of Grapefruit bitter up front followed by a very nice grain like cracker, almost no sweetness, hop bitterness seals the deal, dry and refreshing, I could drink a lot of this and be quite happy.
Not as in your face as The Elder, but a very nice refreshing alternative that still has the Russian River Brewing stamp of excellence.

Photo of TexIndy
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle (bottled on 7/23/08) into a pint glass. It was a hazy golden color with a tinge of orange and tons of tiny yeast bits floating around. It had a carb fountain in the center and great lacing. It had a finger and a half of white head that slowly, slowly dissipated into a thick foam that was constantly fed by the carb. The bottle strongly encourages you to drink fresh and not let age. I checked a couple places and this was the freshest I could find in Denver during my trip so hopefully still a good example.

The aroma was excellent. Classic IPA aroma with strong citric and floral hops. Good balance as they were not too overpowering. Did open up the sinuses after a couple deep whiffs. The taste was also classic IPA. Starts out smooth with a really pleasing taste and then right at the end you get the hop hit. Again, well balanced and stays shy of a hop bomb which makes this one very drinkable. Not a session beer but I can definitely drink a whole one and still have use of my tongue at the end unlike some the hop bomb tongue shredders. Mouthfeel excellent with clean start, hop bite and then quick reset.

Overall, an excellent beer that I'm glad I finally got to try. Well worth the hype. Another great one from RRBC which is quickly becoming one of my favorite brewers. Highly recommend and it's worth the effort to get.

Earned a permanent spot on my wants list.

Photo of blackie
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

was fairly excited to come across the Blind Pig at Falling Rock in Denver

a: served with a gorgeous head of off-white bubbles atop the thoroughly hazed golden beer, fantastic retention and lace that doesn't quit, looks perfect

s: a structure of cleanly fruity grain holds aloft a monster dose of citrus peel and pine hops, aromas of peach and grape add interest on the malt end, the hop aroma is fantastic and reeks of pure west coast freshness and intensity

m: carbonation lively and smooth, body around medium, soft and pleasant on the palate while carrying the flavors very well

t: pale malts provide delicate fruit flavors of peach and grape while killer flavors of pine and grapefruit hops power straight through the center, asserting a poweful, scorchingly beautiful bitterness upon the back end, the hops are fresh, vivid, resinous - pick a descriptor for a Cali hop bomb and it's there, just pure goodness

o: a top tier ipa in a field shared with very few others, it drinks perfectly and pounds all my hop pleasure buttons - it's truly a beer-tragedy that RR isn't available to me regularly

Photo of themind
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like a toned down version of Pliny The Elder. This is an excellent beer with a great balance of hops and citrus. If I could get this on a regular basis, I would. The difference for me when speaking of Pliny is the pine aroma and taste.

Bottom Line: The Pig Delivers.

Photo of Derek
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with fluffy, white head, good retention, excellent lacing. It just doesn't look better than this.

S: Big piny, citrus & rind hop aroma, candied fruit & hints of toffee.

T: Solid piny bitterness up front, tangerine, lemon zest, candied pineapple and a little toffee.

M: Well attenuated, moderate body is smooth, with little hop acidity and a crisp finish.

D: Very drinkable.

An all around great brew.

Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the Halloween '08 treat!

Photo of tooleypep
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the beer at the brewery. I'm from the bay area, but live in San Diego. The brew pub was a cool place and the food was good too. I had a few beers and blind pig was the my third favorite behind Perdition and Damnation. Blind Pig was an easy beer to drink. I thought it was smooth and full of flavor.Though I am new at being a beer nerd, my taste is more for a seasoned vet. I never enjoyed y yellow macro brews but still drank the more popular dark beers everyone had. Russian River is by far my favorite brewery and they don't have a beer I don't dislike. Blind Pig was not as strong as the other beers I had but I think I drank it faster than the others that I liked more than it.

Photo of hurleymanvw
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you MMAJYK for the brew.

Poured a beautiful orange color. With a slight white head and minimal lacing.

Smelled wonderful of citrus (grapefruit) with a hint of pine and malt. I was ready for a hop bomb. I didn't expect what i got.

Taste was drivin by the pine with a nice compliment of hops and malt. Citrus was throughout the beer making the mouthfeel very light and perfectly carbonated.

Finish was very piney/woody with a nice hop bite. A very nice/different IPA. I love that i have tried this beer and this redition of an IPA. Very surprising and i highly recommend for the experience.

Photo of Sseign
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had younger and elder on tap multiple times this weekend. I like Blind Pig more.

A- Darker golden hue. Minimal head for style with good retention.

S- Less hoppy, more basic IPA. Like the origins of IPA before the hop abomination.

T- Crisp, clean. Great tasting IPA. Really comes off as a APA with the lack of bitterness.

M- Pretty full bodied for a IPA. Very enjoyable.

O- Big thanks to my bro for sending this one out to me. Never thought that this would overtake Elder and Younger for me, but the profile fits my IPA wants more than the others.

Photo of Wackyfoot
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light amber-yellow colored pour with a big fluffy head that evaporates rapidly. Heavy citrus aroma, mainly grapefruit and a little malt. Very dry, much more so than Pliny the Elder. Nearly as good as that beer though, another huge winner from Russian River.

Photo of Bellybuttonjam
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Msoltis
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Mavajo
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
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 alleykatking
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade with Mauerhan...thanks Topher!

Shared this bottle with an employee after closing up shop.

A- Poured into pint glass. Nice hazy golden yellow almost auburn color. Good pour left 1/2 inch off white head that once went down left a nice sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big pineapple citrus hoppy nose to it. I can smell some malts buried deep into the smell. Little pine can be detected as well.

T- This beer has a nice big pine/citrus hop bite to it. The ending on this has a nice malt backbone which balances this beer out perfectly. Kind of a little sweet but still packs a bitter punch that stays after the sip.

M- Good mouthfeel. I would say medium at best. Leaves the oily hop resin on the tounge making you beg for more. Good carbonation to it. My only complaint is it has a little bit of a watery feel to it. Watery as in thinness not taste.

D- This is a damn good IPA and I hope that maybe one day RR will be in Indiana. Not going to ever happen I don't think making this beer one that I will have to keep trading for.

Photo of emerge077
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange with good clarity, especially creamy foam on the surface. Slight haze of micro sediment, and some upward streams of lazy bubbles.

Pungent is the keyword for the aroma...super fresh and distinct hop aromas, ranging from grapefruit and candied orange peel, to resiny and floral. With a good swirl there are traces of pale malt and barely perceptible alcohol, but they are buried under the hop onslaught.

Deep, resiny hop flavors, fruity at first, moving into an herbal earthiness, with a dry finish. Pure and extremely balanced. Vague sweetness in the aftertaste from the malt. Very juicy and bitter at the same time. Creamy texture. One bottle isn't enough, i'll have to restrain myself from drinking the rest immediately...

Thanks to Weibull for this one!

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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