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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,507 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,507
Reviews: 1,319
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,488
Gots: 461 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of Murchmac
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a hazy, unflitered golden color with nice white head.

Big nose jumps at you on the pour. Smelling the hops before even lifting the glass. Grassy, some pine and grapefruit.

Entry is bitter, a smooth maltiness for a brief moment....then an explosion of bittering hops and hop flavors...grapefuit, a little pepper, and back to building citrus and pine. Lacks much of malt backing - thats not what this beer is going for - but maybe just a touch more would take it up on flavor scale for me.

Love the mouthfeel, which is hard to comprehend given previous comment - there is enough malt to give this thick and creamy mouthfeel, but it is hidden in the flavor profile. Pushes out to the edges of the palate with silky feel...untill the bittering wins.

A stylish IPA that helped define the american ipa style - glad I finally got to try it.

sweethome, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of jdhowe
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 05/02/13.

Bottle reads 6.25% abv.

A: Pours a pleasant clear golden color with 2 fingers of off-white bubbly head. Quickly dissipates to 1/2 finger of head and then to a film. Lacing is strong in places and nonexistent in others... inconsistent but nice.

S: Smells strongly of hops, primarily citrus character with a little malt sweetness

T: After the nice smell, I was hoping the hop flavors would step up and "wow" me when I finally took a sip, but I was a little disappointed. The flavor is nice, but not terribly strong, with citrus and pine dominating, but malt being present. It finishes with a bitterness and a flavor that is a little earthy or even grassy. Certainly not bad (and definitely well above average) but I am a little let down. After going through most of a pint and allowing it to warm a bit, the hop flavors have stepped up as expected and have actually made this quite good for an IPA. Enjoyable and highly drinkable.

M: Very pleasant. Not overwhelming, nicely carbonated, and very drinkable/refreshing. With how fast I'm tearing through this bottle, I'm surprised at just how drinkable this beer is.

O: Very glad I finally tried this. It won't become a staple beer for me, but I'm definitely not sad to have some of these on-hand. A very solid IPA.

jdhowe, May 18, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

This afternoon calls for a deluge of hops. Get some! This salvo pours a clear apple juice topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises caramel, pine, light leek, and ruby red grapefruit. The taste holds notes of grapefruit rind, mint, pine, light leek, and a much more subdued caramel. The body is a a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, heavy on the hops without overdoing it. Good times here.

TMoney2591, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of berebrando
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good Beer! I bought it at Whole Foods in Tustin, CA (moved to Blind Pig because we haven't been getting the same Pliny the Elder shipments around here).

This is one of Russian River's deliciously hoppy IPAs. I was at the brewery for the release of the Younger (epic!) and Blind Pig was one of four or five IPAs they had on tap (including Blind Pig, the Elder, the Younger, Russian River IPA, and one more, if my blurry memory serves me well). It's good, but it's not Pliny good (great!).

I'm drinking it tonight from a pint glass, probably at a colder temperature than it deserves. The appearance, in this lighting, is a light-orange. Occasionally, bubbles emerge from the bottom, leaving a little layer on the top - though, the head from the pour has all-but disappeared. The smell is lighter than I expected, with the most prevalent essence being pine (maybe a pine forest following a summer monsoon), though there is also a little citrus. Taste is good, but it doesn't have the crispness I've come to love in IPAs like the Younger and Sculpin from Ballast Point. It tastes hoppy and bitter - it's a good level of bitterness, and it's well balanced, like many of the Russian River brews.

This beer is very drinkable! I would most certainly recommend it - and I'd also recommend the brewery, it's an experience to remember!

berebrando, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a RR snifter. Bottle two weeks old...

A - Pours a golden honey color with a fluffy two finger off white head on a farily passive pour. Head dissipates a good pace, but there is some lacing to be had here...

S - Grapefruit, pine, citrusy hops, and maybe a hint of oranges...

T - Lots of grapefruit up front followed by some pine, bready malts and a touch of honey. Finishes with some lingering grapefruit, and a decent hop bitterness...

M - A nice thick mouthfeel for the style. On the higher end of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

D - Not my favorite from the style, but still an all around good and balanced brew. Actually perfer this one to Pliny...

Cheers...

comfortablynumb1, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Toronados in SF. Pours a dark, clear orange with a little lacing of foam. Tastes of citrus, floral hop bitterness. Not a overwhelming flavor, but it makes for a very session able beer. I would have no problem making this a go to beer if I could have the chance.

WeedKing4, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of davedahl
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice drinker if you have better access than I do in Chicago.

A light pour produces about 1/3 head for the pour. Straw yellow and hazy - non-chill haze. Aroma is all hops - primarily grassy and spicy. As you drink it down there's a nice sticky lace.

Taking a slug reveals this to clearly be an A-IPA (nicely non-imperial) but still very hop-dominant. Same hop tastes aroma but with some juicy (pink grapefruit?) citrus. But balanced with smooth malty backbone which keeps the edge off the hops.

The mouthfeel is clearly medium - very manageable for a bold IPA. Finish is slightly bitter/sweet (literally) but still light. Very drinkable - like I said above, if I had access I'd pound a few of these badboys in a sitting.

davedahl, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of amneziak
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Blind Pig pours an especially pale orange color with minimal cloudiness. It's such a pale shade of orange that it almost borders on yellow. For an IPA, this is unquestionably one of the lighter looking beers I've seen. The color is topped off with a soft foamy white head that only allows for about one finger to appear. There is a normal amount of lacing which makes one wonder if this will be a run-of-the-mill beer with nothing new and exciting to add to the IPA family.

Smell: The nose on this beer is a huge improvement from my perception of the color. It has a very bright and beautiful hoppy smell with the traditional characteristics of grapefruit and pine. There is less of a pineapple or peach aroma that is sometimes associated with a west coast IPA. While the aromas don't just force themselves out of the glass, there is a nice bit of it going on here.

Taste: Immediately this is a great IPA - no two ways about it. It has all the bitterness you want, but it's very refreshing and light tasting. The flavor even improves if you give it a quick little swoosh throughout your mouth. There are also some nice subtle floral components that sneak in from time to time that make this quite intriguing. At the end, I get a nice aftertaste of soft summer peach. Very good tasting beer!

Mouthfeel: Aside from the flavor itself, the mouthfeel is best characteristic of this beer. There is a perfect amount of bitterness and the flavors are just very well-balanced on the palate. Because of this, I'd say this is one of the more easily drinkable IPAs I've come across. There is nothing left on the palate that is dissatisfying, just nice crisp hop bitterness.

Overall: Blind Pig is like a very dependable friend. At 6.0% ABV, I could drink this beer all week. It's sturdy, very well-balanced, and extremely drinkable. It's not the best IPA on the block by any stretch of the imagination, but it's ten times more balanced than many of the IPAs I've had. In the end, this is a very successful IPA that I will definitely pick up the next time I'm in Colorado or California. Have I said before that there should be a movement to get Russian River beers to more states? Well there should...

amneziak, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of Goliath
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, slightly hazed, orangey/golden color with a large inch and a half slightly yellowed head. Decent retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma is awesome. Really just up my alley! Big grapefruity citrus dominates with a honey like sweetness. My mouth is already watering!

Taste is good. Not quite as great as I was hoping, but not at all bad. A nice hoppiness grabs you and leaves citrus all over the tongue. A slight malty sweetness lingers for a bit and then gives way to a piney bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. A nice carbonation tingle is quite refreshing.

Drinkability is fairly high. Flavor on this IPA is really nice, and alcohol is easily sessionable. It's quite a nice beer.

Goliath, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of jstrahan
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly coudy, but clear golden color with creamy head

S - strong hop smell, with little fruit/floral aromas

T - very malty, not as much citrus as i'd like

M - nice bite, but the malt is overwhelming

D - the malt is too much for me, but moderate alcohol content makes this very smooth

jstrahan, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

POURS. Hazy. soapy head but with sexy retention. looks a little like light orange soapy water, though. which is okay.

smells like a good one. actually the aroma is amazing. hop aroma is so strong it's almost minty, as my friend points out. what hops? Chinook? glorirapturousfreaknesssweet? I love that hop.

taste is just a bit disappointing after the killer aroma. still tastes pretty great, and gets better as it warms. balanced towards hops, of course. bitterness lingers in the finish and is excellent.

Mouthfeel is also disappointing, a bit watery. finish in the mouthfeel is good though, as the bitterness lingers leaving some astringency.

So light but with a huge amount of flavor... I could drink this, like... a lot. too bad it's clear across the country.

khiasmus, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of trevorwideman
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado, SF, CA

Poured with 1/2inch of head, lots of sticky lace. Orange-red colour with mild carbonation. Aroma is oily, sticky, resiny, and piney with a slight floral nicety as well. Any malt is completely overpowered.

In the flavour, the balance definitely leans towards the hops. Grapefruit citric acidity becomes extremely piney with a lot of aniseed and fennel backed up by a light crackery malt and just a little bit of vanilla as well. This beer bites real hard. Medium carbonation, sticky as hell, Dry, Dry, Dry. Very drinkable but dosen't pretend to be balanced, it's just a hop bomb. An exceptionally flavoured IPA though.

trevorwideman, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of DIM
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We went out for dinner last night after a long, but ultimately a great, day. I was very happy to see this on-tap.

a: This was a slightly dark golden color with some amber highlights. It was served to me with a short, frothy white cap that faded to lace.

s: Huge, fresh hop aromas of grapefruit with a little pine. This was sweet as well, with aromas of vanilla and caramel.

t: Mirrored the smell for the most part, but I was surprised by how sweet this was. Not a classic west coast IPA at all, this had a sturdy malt backbone that tasted of vanilla cookies and caramel. Plenty of hops here as well, flavors of bitter citrus with a little pine.

m: Very creamy with a nicely sticky body.

d: Great IPA to toast some good news with!

DIM, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of gpcollen1
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some of these reviews mad e me laugh and some made me cry - but on with the beer.

Served at about 40 degrees or so. Poured a light golden amber into my Harpoon .5L IPA glass. A huge head rises and slowly settles with tons of lace.

Aroma is strong toward the citrus with almost a floral sweetness - very nice considering it is 2 months old.

Hits the mouth quite smooth and then a roll of citrus sweet malts usher in the carbonation - which in turn, rolls the bitterness across the tongue. A silky dry and bitter finish leaves you wanting more for sure.

What a nice IPA. May not be as mind blowing as some claim - at least according to my taste buds - but quite a nice drinker and quite a good IPA.

gpcollen1, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of alohaC
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Toronado. What more can you say? It’s the grandpappy of IPAs. Pours a nice, somewhat hazy orange with a surprisingly light, thin head. Big piney and grapefruit hops waft from the glass, so you know what you’re in for. The hops take over your first sip and really show no mercy to the malt in the background. A bit unbalanced. This is straight up, O.G. West Coast IPA style. Lots of grapefruit and pinestraw. Good body with a clean, crisp and pretty dry finish. IPAs have come a long way since Vinnie first brewed this in the mid-90s, but this still holds court with the better ones of today. Cheers to a legend.

alohaC, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of everetends
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

everetends, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of drseamus
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft at the Toronado. Light amber body with a thin white head. The aroma is all wicked strong grapefruit. The flavor is much the same; big grapefruit flavor with backing malt and good bitterness. Medium body that seems more alcoholic than it is. All around a classic big west coast IPA.

drseamus, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From sstorck, thanks a lot man!

Bottle to pint glass. Looks like this was bottled beginning of June.

A: Lighter body than most IPA's you see, closer to straw than gold. Off white head has tight white bubbles and sticks to the glass fairly well. Good carbonation.

S: High quality IPA nose, with tons of ripe tropical fruit, dried papaya, some distant orange & grapefruit zest, and pine, loads and loads of pine.

T: Hop forward with pine bitterness. A little grapefruit. Supremely drinkable, with medium bitterness and dryness.

MF: A lighter medium body that borders on creamy at times, refreshing and dry. Medium carbonation.

O: Totally sessionable IPA with a great nose, good flavors and bitterness, and a nice mouthfeel. A go-to beer if I ever had one, now if only I lived in Cali...

Scotchboy, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of brownbeer
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock

Very clear pale gold.

Floral and citrus nose(similar but not quite as pungent as two hearted).

Clean, fresh hop profile with faint pine and grapefruit.

Very drinkable and balanced. A slight bitter punch in the finish is appropriate. Very good but not my favorite.

brownbeer, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of mondegreen
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into an Allagash tulip. Bottled on 01/03/11.

Pours an attractive clear golden with an appropriate near white head. Russian River males some very nice looking beers.

Nose is a nice blend of citrus hops and bready malts.

Taste is moderately bitter with a balanced (if slightly thin) hop presence. Finishes with lingering bitter grapefruit.

Medium bodied, well carbonated. Ever so slightly slick.

This is an easy drinking IPA. Not as assertive as big brother Pliny (nor should it be), Blind Pig is a solid entry in the American IPA category.

mondegreen, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of jpbebeau
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened up a 500ml bottle dated 010612 that I picked up in San Francisco last week, poured to tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful transparent straw-yellow with one finger's worth of creamy head. Beautiful bubbles release from the bottom of the glass while moderate lacing clings to the side.

S: Delicate, ethereal piney hops. Some citrus, as well.

T: Follows the nose. Great balance, with a dry grapefruit finish that lingers.

M: Refreshing carbonation and the perfect body—lightweight but far from thin.

I would happily drink this all the time, if I could. Perfect balance, high drinkability—plus it has a pig with a cane and glasses on the label!

jpbebeau, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of davidw987
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful beer. I'd like to do a side by side comparison with its brother, Pliny the Elder.

The bottle was dated Nov 19, a 60 day old beer. I believe it has been kept under refrigeration for the entire time. BTW, I love these half liter bottles. 12 oz leaves me wanting more, but 22oz is often a tad more than I really want.

The appearance was very clear golden orange. I thought the beer was filtered until my second pour, when a tiny amount of yeast floated out of the bottom of the bottle. Kudos to the brewers for such a clear beer with some residual yeast.

The smell was all about the finishing hops. I haven't brewed in over a decade, but I think I detected some Columbus hops in the mix, or maybe a small amount of Chinook. In any case, it was a complex set of hops with a distinct pineapple aroma.

A strong bittering hop was the dominant taste characteristic. I like my IPAs to have a bigger malt profile, but I had to look for that malt sweetness. The bittering hops lasted well past the swallow. I bet this would be very thirst quenching on a hot summer day.

Over all, a very good California style IPA.

davidw987, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review in some months, time to try again.

Pours a pretty light copper golden, slightly hazy with a thin white head that goes to a nice cover that sticks around a good long while. Very nice.

Aroma is gentle for an IPA, floral, light bready malts, only a hint of citrus. Flavor is a much stronger punch of bittering hops, lots of piney and grassy notes, sharp and bitter. But also some citrus- sour (grapefruit) rather than sweet (orange). I used to not like this, and it is still now a "once in a while" flavor for me, but very enjoyable.

A nice change up IPA, not my favorite, but good and worth having again (and again).

My original review on tap (before bottling):
Tasted a couple of pints at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA at the Blind Pig Roll-Out party starring Vinnie C. $4.50 pint or $8.00 with the proper Mason Jar Blind Pig glassware (keep the glass).

Relatively pale golden color with a nice creamy head.

The aroma was actually less pronounced than I expected- what was there was very nice floral hops, bright and clean. But not very strong.

The flavor was very good, floral hops and more hops, but not overpowering. Malt was there, but that's not what this beer is about. A lot of flavor, much more pronounced than the aroma.

The best part of this beer is its drinkability. Very well constructed and it is great to just sit there and watch the glass empty all by itself. The ABV is low enough to allow more than one.

Highly recommended.

Dukeofearl, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of TaySuth
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/19/2011

Appearance: Pale amber color with a white, one finger head that slowly recedes leaving behind tons of lacing. Lots of carbonation rising from the bottom.

Smell: The aroma is smooth and hoppy. Lots of fruit and citrus. Could be a little more aromatic.

Taste: Great taste from the grains and a fantastic blend of hops. Very pleasant bitterness. The taste is very balanced though not quite as balanced as Pliny.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation and a nice body.

Overall: An excellent IPA that I will definitely be buying again.

TaySuth, Feb 04, 2012
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,507 ratings.