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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,950
Reviews: 1,359
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,670
Gots: 619 | FT: 19
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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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Ratings: 4,950 | Reviews: 1,359
Photo of jws6w7
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RobIPA88
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of haywire77
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/4/11 poured into a SA perfect pint glass

Poured a gorgeous copper honey color with a large 3 finger bone white head that would make any other IPA jealous. Best lacing and retention I think I've seen.

The smell is almost like someone dashed salt on a pile of very ripe grapefruit and pine resin. Oh, and then maybe poured some soap on top. Not an overpowering scent, but very steady.

Taste is all piney hops and bitter. Just the way a good IPA should be. Not blown out of the water, but very impressed with my first ever offering from Russian River.

The mouthfeel is the second best part of this beer for me, next to the appearance. The carbonation is perfect, and the hops tingle on my tongue long after the sip is gone. Very dry and clean toward the end.

Overall this is a fantastic IPA. I would drink this all the time if it were readily available in PA. I received this and a PtE in my trade box and figured that I should try this one first as not to be disappointed after the Pliny. This beer was good enough to hold it's own against almost anything.

Photo of swedishmailman
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lurey1978
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of everetends
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle I got from Douglas14. Thanks a lot again, man. Served up in an imperial pint.

A: Pours a really nice, honey yellow/brown color. Held to the light you get a lot of clean, yellow color. It has a slight haze to it. The pour yielded about a finger of, fluffy, foamy, white head. The head has pretty nice retention and has a ton of stickiness to it. Carbonation has a shitload of activity in this beer. Lots of carbonation bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. Really good looking IPA.

S: Man, you can really smell the hops. Just a ton of grapefruit and citrus aromas from the hops. The only thing coming out is the hops though. The presence is nice but not very complex.

T: Taste is actually really damned good. The hops are big and heavy with grapefruit, slight piney goodness and citrus. The hops has a really nice initial bite, but that is cut quickly by a good amount of bready malt. The malt is sweet and really balances this beer nicely with what tastes a bit like some honey sugary goodness. You get some nice pineapple flavors coming through in the sweetness. Slight bit of peppery spice in here as well. It really doesn't have any thing too crazy going for it, but the balance is damned near perfect.

M: Medium in body this beer does have a touch more wateriness to it than expected. Carbonation level is hign, and it goes down pretty easy and it is damned refreshing. ABV is very light and nice in the feel. Aftertaste is mostly of some good hops flavor.

D: This brew is highly drinkable and very nice. It is incredibly well balanced and damned tasty. Its not the most mind blowing IPA, but the balance is the incredible part of the brew. This really is an easily chuggable IPA. Nice for sure. She may not be the chick at the bar with largest rack, but she has curves in all the right places and, best of all, she was an easy close.

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

I had this beer at O'Brien's a few days after the release party. I wish I could have been there.

This beer pours a golden yellow with a thin white head. The head fades somewhat fast, leaving many laces.

This beer has a piney hop aroma. It smells like a freshly fallen pine cone. It also has a slight citrus aroma. Not too much though. It has just a touch of grassy aroma to it also. It is quite appealing.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. Piney up front, with a grassy finish. It has a slight grapefruit flavor to it, but as with the aroma, it is only very faint.

This beer is surprizingly smooth, leaving a piney aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

I think this beer would make a good session beer. It is only about 6% alcohol, so that shouldnt be a problem. Also, the flavor is great, and not too aggressive. I know that I will have a few more of there in my day.

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

Bottle poured into a GI tulip

A - Soft golden glow. The beer is decently opaque as only a small amount of light shines through. Clean looking beer and slightly reflective. Poured a nice, rocky, pillowy, white one finger head.

S - Pineapple, lemon peel, and slight orange. Citrus is definitely the main profile in the nose. There is a slight bready malt that comes through as well. It just sits there as a slight undercurrent in the nose. This is definitely a nice, fragrant nose.

T - The first notes are citrus as I get lemon and orange peel. There is a nice bready, almost rye-like bread note that comes through in the middle and provides a good balance to the citrus flavors. The finish is a nice mix of sweet orange, bready malt, and slight hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

MF - Medium body with a light syrupiness to it. Has a nice carbonation that goes with it.

O - Solid IPA from RR. It is definitely good and easy to drink. However, while this is good, I feel like it is Pliny the Elder's little brother. It doesn't have the same wow factor that Pliny has that makes you want to have more and more of it.

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

On-tap at Ortino's Northside. $5 for a 10 oz pour. Appeared a clear gold with a thick white head. The aroma is an intoxicating mix of pineapple, grapefruit, floral perfume and pine - amazing. I only wish the flavor could match that amazing smell. Yeah, it's pretty awesome, with a more herbal grapefruit taste and hint of biscuity malts, but the aroma is just top notch. The bitterness level is also pretty spot on. This is damn good IPA.

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clearish copper color with a finger of head. A great aroma of grapefruits/floral aromas along with the piney hops. The taste blasts you with the piney hops at the front, then the floral notes come through and it all balances nicely with the malts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little less carbonation than I expected. Very smooth and refreshing.

Overall a very good IPA from Russian River, and highly drinkable at 6.1% ABV.

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

Bottle, thanks to swnicholson, full pour into a Weizen glass.

A-A beautiful light orange, almost yellow color with minimal head. A little haze to it.

S-I am quite sure that I smell Orange in there, amongst other citrus smells, along with a slight piney smell, but not quite as overwhelming as The Elder. It is a really nice, pleasing bouquet.

T-Very citrusy taste, pineapple, orange and still a bit of that Christmas tree pine taste.

M-Very smooth AIPA, with just enough bitter in it to let you know that you are still drinking an AIPA.

D-Very drinkable @ 6.0 ABV, little too high to be called a session beer but I could imagine drinking these for awhile.

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

Thanks to Eric and Doug for hooking me up with this as part of our trade. Crystal clear orange-yellow pour with a nice big head and great lacing. Really big west coast nose with tons of floral and citrus, especially oranges. The taste has hints of grapefruit and orange, along with a touch of bitter pine. Nice solid sweet malt backbone balances this one out nicely. Great crisp, dry finish makes this dangerously drinkable. It's not quite Pliny the Elder, but still a solid IPA from a great brewery.

Picked up another bottle of this from a recent trade. Bottled 3 June 2014. Clear orange-yellow pour with a foamy two finger head with good retention and great lacing. The nose is resiny and herbal with hints of pine, grapefruit, tangerine, and orange peel. The taste is all West Coast with huge piney, resiny hops up front, balanced out nicely with a solid malt backbone. Hints of bitter orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, caramel, and grass. The mouthfeel is crisp and tingly with incredible balance and a nice bitter, dry finish. Overall, this was fresher than my first taste, and it definitely made a difference. A top notch West Coast IPA that I highly recommend!

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

Pours a nice copper with an initial 2 fingers of very white head, but quickly recedes leaving a layer that lingers forever.

Huge pine hop nose, super pronounced. Not so strong that it is offensive, but it is really nice- coming from a non-hophead.

Really pleasant hop flavor- not a punch or anything, but nicely nuanced. As it warms up a little it does develop a bit of soap flavor.

This is a nice IPA, typical of what you would expect from a West Coast hop heavy IPA. As you would expect from RR's non-sour beers, there is a lot of hop nuance too. For a person who is not fond of overly hoppy beers, this is one that I could see stocked regularly in my fridge.

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

Consumed 08/26/08.

Pours a clear, intense golden amber with plentiful bubbles throughout, rising to the pillowy, one-finger white head.

Very aromatic citrus and grassy hops. There's also salty bread aroma lurking furtively in the background.

The mouthfeel is good: thirst quenchingly wet as the beer goes in and just a touch dry on the finish. Neat trick, that.

The flavor is certainly hoppy. Duh. Citrus, grass, herbs, suggestions of spices and a good deal of bitterness from the hops bulldoze the slight caramel malt presence. Not balanced at all, but surprisingly drinkable nonetheless. While certainly hop forward, the flavor stops just short of overbearing.

As DIPA's go, this is certainly one of the best I've had.

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

On tap at Russian River.
Poured a slightly hazy golden yellowish color with a 1/4 inch of white head that faded fairly quickly to leave a small covering over the top of the beer.
The aroma is dominated by strong citrusy hops, more lemon in this hoppy nose than in a lot of other IPA's I've smelled. There is still a bit of orange to be noticed along with a hint of pine.
Big hop bite that really smacks my tongue. The same sweet lemony character found in the nose is prominent in the taste along with the large overall citrus character that includes orange and some grapefruit. This is a beer whose malt character is nice and bready but is faint in comparison the massive quantity of hop flavor. Less balanced than PTE IMO.
Nice medium level of body and carbonation. In spite of the big hop bite and lack of any real sign of balance its tasty for the beer drinker who enjoys hops. Bitter but still refreshing on a sunny afternoon.

Photo of br3wmeister
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice big white head lay atop a mildly hazed golden colored beer. Head retention and lacing were minimal.

S- Very sweet and juicy aroma with good citrus and floral notes. Orange and grapefruit with some nice caramel and white cake.

T- Lots of pine flavored hops up front with a good caramel base. Starts out bitter then waves of sweet then citrus hops then more sweet maltiness. hoppy bitter bite in the end.

M- Medium bodied with a nice sweet base and some big bite.

Overall a very good IPA nice balance and good verity of hop character.

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

500 mL bottle.

Appearance is a pleasant golden color with a one finger head. It smells of pine, hops, and orange peel. While the taste has some of those components continued, there is also some caramel, grapefruit, resin coming through. The body is pleasant and easy with some bitterness in the finish. BP is a very good IPA and worth checking out.

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

I poured this one from a 16.9oz (500ml) brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A= This ale poured cloudy pale golden color with a 1.5" puffy white head that slowly dropped to a thin skim. Decent lacing down the glass.

S= This was a very hoppy aromatic beer. I found grapefruit, pine, and grassy notes with just the slightest malt base underneath.

T= I was very impressed with the front end of this beer. Lots of citrus and pine notes, followed by a small burst of bakery malt. Maybe my mind was playing tricks on me but just before the finish I got a slight unpleasant flavor I just couldn't place. The finish was dry and pleasantly bitter.

MF= This beer had a much thinner mouthfeel than I expected or would have liked. The carbonation was mild and dead on for the style.

D= This was a good beer but it is hard not to compare it other IPAs I like better. Still it was damn good and well worth drinking.

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

Very interested to see how this compares to the fantastic Pliny's. Not expected it to live up, but hopefully be in the same family.

Appearance - A light copper color. A half inch of soapy head shows up, and then sort of fades out. It's pretty good looking, but nothing special.

Smell - Wow. Way more going on here than expected. It's gone a ton of citrus hop goodness, with some definite pine as well. Very hoppy. A nice sharp burst of grapefruit on the nose.

Taste - A real nice hop burst up front. The taste then really lingers on the tongue, before sort of souring on the follow. A little astringent at the end. Definitely missing the extra layers of the Pliny's. It's got way more hops than expected, but is missing that extra layer.

Mouthfeel - A little thin. Some carbonation might be nice. It's just a little watery, frankly.

Drinkability - Very solid, although the aftertaste wears a little thin. Still, I'd throw back a couple.

This is a nice IPA. It's got more hop bite than I expected, but then it doesn't back it up with a whole lot. The first taste is great, but it's also the peak. The beer sort of fizzles after. Still, it's pretty damn tasty.

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 elliott1184
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Bottled on 4/14/11.

A: Almost clear, but not quite, melted orange sherbet, with about a finger or so head that died down to a nice froth rather quickly.

S: Citrus air freshener: orange, candy sugar, apricot, and a decent bit of malt... more than I was expecting anyway.

T: I got a bit of lemon mixed in the citrus concoction, with added some complexity. The hops hit the palate hard initially, but the finish was surprisingly smooth.

M: The carbonation was spot on, the bitterness was quite the palate wrecker, but the yeasty finish washed over the grapefruit alkalinity, making it highly drinkable.

O: The hype was warranted!... especially considering the fact that this was only $4.50/bottle. Yummy!

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

A- Pours an unfiltered hazy gold with a nice head that sticks around for a bit and then disappears. I'm torn to say if that might affect appearance, because of how it disappears all together. I will leave it at a 4, but just remember I might be somewhat closer to a 3.7 range.

S- Great smell hops, apples, citrus and pine.

T- A sticky piney hop taste. There is a smooth hopiness that blooms into a more bitter after taste. A fresh crisp hop flavor is very present. This is a great APA hoppy beer that has some very well thought out ideas. I think I remember reading somewhere that he brewed this to cover up some of the flaws in old brew equipment at Blind Pig and then when he went to RR he cleaned the recipe up a bit, and it shows.

M- Medium body and great carbonation. Compliments the beer very well.

O- A very very good American IPA that has a wonderful piney hop flavor that makes me feel like I am in a pine forest. Would highly recommend it as a classic APA style beer. Another fine beer from Russian River. I might get some slack, but in many ways I think this is better than Pliny the Elder. I know Pliny is a double, but if the hop choices made with Blind Pig are just awesome.

Photo of magine
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Teresa's - hazy orange minimal head lots of lace. Brew has big hop nose, citrus and grapefruit maybe. Brew has big hops, crisp start, pineapple, corriander, some slick oil in the finish. Real good crisp finish that has some tart bitterness. Very drinkable brew here, a standout . Great stuff; An exceptional IPA here.

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

Had on-tap, served in a pint glass at Hops & Pie.

On the nose, mainly orange citrus fruit and bitter grapefruit dominate, along with a bit of pine. There is a hint of tobacco on the nose. Semi-earthy malt notes on the palate to balance out the hops. he citrus notes linger on the palate, with grapefruit dominating and orange hanging in the background.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,950 ratings.