Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,344
Hads: 5,194
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.89%
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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 pwoods
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Azurelimits for this great extra.

500ml brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: Pours a nice glowing golden orange with good clarity. 1 1/2 fingers worth of strong yet fluffy head forms and holds nicely. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Hops are very juicy, citrusy. Pleasant pine and resin that aren't astringent at all. Lightly toasted sweet malts balance out and have just a touch of nuttiness in the back.

T/M: Bitterness is at a very manageable level... perfect for this particular brew(kind of like Two Hearted and its bitterness). Hops are again very juicy and citrusy. The pine and resins are bumped up a bump and bring brisk twang to the tongue. Malts are sweet and lightly nutty to balance. Body is medium with pleasant carbonation. Finishes on the dry side with some lasting bitterness.

D: Very tasty and easily drinkable. 6% ABV is more than manageable. (872 characters)

Photo of calise1122
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shipped with Pliney and other CA goods from Joey at Southbay! Poured on Halloween into a 20z Guinness pint with Velvet Underground Sister Ray playing in the background on a perfect Halloween Friday. The Belgium beer fest fell on Halloween a couple of years ago and Blind Pig would have been one hell of a costume, better than my Sponge Bob get up.

A: Pours golden, almost hazy apple juice color with a big three finger foamy white head that is not going anywhere soon. Good carbonation, great lacing.

S: Peach, pine, hops, orange zest, sugar cane

T: nice tingle on the ton, lots of hops and a citrus explosion. It is times like this where I wish my palate was more complex... there a lot of different citrus, fruit driven notes in here, but I just can't single them out... maybe its from drinking too much 5-Alive growing up. Definitely a lot of pine, maybe some brussels sprouts... its bitter, but by no means too acidic... really well made and flawlessly balanced

M: Very crisp on the finish, medium in body, tingles my tongue and glides around the mouth very smoothly.

D: Yes

Great beer!! (1,097 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bottles of Blind Pig at Belmont Station a couple of weeks ago... shared one.. tonight.. this one is all mine.... poured into my Chimay goblet.

1" bubbly head.. nice cap and a surprising ring of lace.. the brew is only slightly hop-hazed pretty clear honey..

nose is lemon and tangerine zest dominated by pineapple hoppiness.. some grapefruit.. and just enough pale malts.

not what else to say about the flavor other than.. WOW!! Mirrors the smell identically... huge fruity hop flavors... Kaffir lime leaves.. clean.. yet oily.. just enough pale malt goodness to bring the hops to their full glory... never ever goes over to the bitter side.. just very very drinkable.. body is fairly lite.. lending very much to me wanting another sip.. quaff.. bottle.. (can I get a keg?)

There is no doubt Blind Pig would be a household regular if I had it locally... now... we just need to make sure, somehow, that Idaho is the next state on the evergrowing list of places to get Russian River.

4/4.5/5/4/4.5 (1,020 characters)

Photo of cwguy5
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes. sampled 2.11.12. batch was brewed 1.31.12. poured from bottle into Stone IPA stemware.

A - perfectly clear, rich, golden hue; one finger off-white head retains well with sticky lacing left on glass

S - citrusy hops with some green, grassy elements; light floral notes of gardenia toward end; faint spice/pepper

T - bright, fresh hop bill as to be expected from a two week old ipa; some tropical and citrus flavors followed by some mild pine resin; pleasantly crisp, bittering finish

M - thin but not watery; fine, light, prickly carbonation; mild, short, dry aftertaste

O - really nice! and super fresh; highly drinkable while avoiding serious palate fatigue; classic ipa; a must-try and i will be finding this one again! (748 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I went to the local New Seasons market to buy Pliny the Elder and found the Blind Pig as an additional surprise. Hadn't seen this one in the stores here before, and gladly picked up a couple.

A pour into an oversized snifter yields a 1.5 finger bright white head that slowly fades into just a skim of white. Clear, light orange color. Nice lacing. A handsome beer- hope it tastes as good as it looks.

Very nice nose. Lots of hops, of course, but also floral aromas and a bit of toasted something or other. The hops smell fresh and inviting.

The first sip is a shock of piney hops, but after a couple of sips, the other flavors come out to play. Lots of citrus- tangy grapefruit, but also sweet orange and tangerine. A bit of bready malt backbone, and the hops stick around for a rather dryish and sticky finish. Quite a bit going on here, and I enjoyed it all.

For all those abrasive hop flavors, the mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth. What a well put-together beer. I am thoroughly enjoying this, and could definitely see drinking this as a session beer.

Overall impression: This is a damned fine beer, a nice representation of the style. Well worth the 4 bucks for a pint bottle. (1,186 characters)

Photo of UnknownKoger
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
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 (741 characters)

Photo of DNICE555
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Falling Rock Tap House in Colorado.

A - Very clear, clean looking beer. It has sort of a heavenly glow to it. Plenty of beautiful white head - I am at about 73 percent looking at this beer. Leaves rings of lacing.

S - Piney...Batman style (zing zang boom pow crash)... fresh, sexy hops. Lemon, apricot, really wakes you up and clears your nose up.

T - Bing Bang Bong Boom... The hops have a party on my taste buds. Very hoppy with a balanced bitterness. If I hadn't had the Pliny and Heady Topper, this would be my favorite IPA. Nice finish and really sticks with you. Very well done.

M - Just the right amount of bitterness, fruity sweetness, and hops. Feels so smooth and balanced on the palate.

D - So great to have this bad boy on tap. What a great bar. (785 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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). (435 characters)

Photo of gpogo
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear pale golden with cloudlike fluffy white head. Very sticky lacing. Head dissipates down to a foamy covering, but still leaves a decent lacing.

A- WOnderful perfumey hop aroma. Lots of citrus smells, very grapefruity.

T- Very hoppy flavor, but not to the point of drinking pure hope juice. Sweet, but with a balanced bitterness. Very smooth flowery hop taste throughout, nothing that is so extreme that I feel my enamel is being eaten. Bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very light and refreshing.

D- Yes. I would choose this beer anyday. It's more of a session beer than a hop bomb like pliny, however I'm not sure that I could enjoy more than one of these at a time. The aroma and flavor are great. (737 characters)

Photo of Rheaume17
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Bob for saving this one for me!

Poured into a tulip glass. Bottle dated 9/26, enjoyed on 10/25.

Appearance - Pours a nice golden color with a slight orange hue. A solid inch of head. Great lacing throughout the session.

Smell - Lots of hops! Smells bitter, probably from grapefruit. Slight hints of tropical fruits.

Taste - Very similar to the smell. A ton of hops. Some hints of pine and certainly some grapefruit. Slightly sweet. The hops are balanced out a little with a subtle bready malt.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation. Feels pretty dense and sticks to your teeth a little.

Overall - An excellent IPA from RR. In my opinion this is just as good as PtE. (obviously two completely different aspects though) Was glad to try this one and would definitely recommend if you have the opportunity. (818 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Aug. 23- 2011. About 3.5 weeks old at review.

Pours an awesome medium gold color with an off white one finger head. Head gradually goes down to a sliver after a couple minutes. Ample carbonation and great lacing on this beer.

Nose is that of pink grapefruit, pineapple, hops, grass, lemon, and a small amount of malt in the background. I can't think of one thing to improve in this category- it's fantastic- perfectly balanced.

Taste is world class as well. This is a super hop forward beer, and the malt doesn't even enter into it for me. Almost all the nose is present in the taste, and none of the 6.1% ABV. If you're a hophead, you'll love this beer. Excellent.

Feel is medium bodied w/ a good amount of hop bitterness. Fairly dry as well, but not overly so. Very crisp, clean w/ a nice bite from the hops in the aftertaste. Aftertaste lingers for a long time.

Overall, another winner from Russian River. This is a world class beer, and I'm glad I got to try it. Highly recommended! (1,002 characters)

Photo of walshclimb
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cool label reminds you repeatedly not to age this beer. Mine says bottled on 7/9/08. I bought it in December and drank it today (1/9/09). So it has been around for a little while but not too long.

Pours slighly hazy, creamy yellow color with thick bubbly head that is nearly pure pure white, leaving spotty lace up the glass.

Strong lemon-citrus hop aroma with a good malt base and a hint of banana.

Excellent fresh bitter iniitial flavor with definite citrus leads to a wandering, perfectly bitter aftertaste. Very hoppy. Very good.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and dry. Perfect.

This is a great IPA. Distinct, bitter, but not at all cloying. The malt is solid, but not sweet. Not at all heavy. Very refreshing, and great for a hophead. Nice work. (764 characters)

Photo of bret27
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at this brewery called Russian River? Pretty nice spot! Had right after some sub-par ipa called "pliny the older?"

Appearance: Golden yellow, little hazy, off white lacy head.

Smell: Bitter hoppy. Citrus, piney, cedary. Little more bitter than pliny's refreshing floral aroma.

Taste: Same as smell. W/good malt backbone but not too much. Not quite as strong as pliny, but just as good in a different way. Dry bitterness finishing off. Refreshing!

Mouth: Really perfect for American IPA sytle. Not too thick, not too thin. Good balance.

Overall: Beautiful. If someone had given me this beer and told me it was called Beatification, I would reply, "that makes sense." For a standard IPA very balanced and refreshing w/just enough bitterness to keep it interesting. There's a reason RR gets the hype. If they never invented PtE, this one might creep up in its place. (875 characters)

Photo of Foxman
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy orange amber, bright and seemingly backlit. A finger of meringue white head swells and settles in a cycle that runs apace. Swells of lacing wave along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is an homage to edgy dry citrus hops, lightly floral, genuinely spicy, and as crisp as a freshly starched dress shirt. Not to mention, a draft of pine washes in, like a breath from a damp forest. Underneath lingers a sweet malt presence that speaks of caramel and berries, and even a touch of melon.

Upon sipping, the hops make a mockery of any pretension of balance, but oh, are they joyous tilting that scale, with dry, biting grapefruit, freshly sliced from the rind, and a more distant tingle of lemon zest and mandarin orange. And pine again rides behind, with a needle of coniferous spiciness. The malt, while well subjugated, is nonetheless a good soldier, marching in a lightly sweet caramel identity that also hints at a tree-borne fruitiness. The malt goes softly biscuit as the hops divert the flow toward a crisp, clear dryness that offers up a distinctive, impressive bitterness. It may not be balanced, by my is it wonderfully complex in its interplay between hops and malt.

Between light and medium bodied, the malt is almost instantly undone by the scorched-earth bitterness of the hops.

Maybe the location and company influence my new-found love affair with this nectar, but I don't care, I love it, and I'm not going to question my feelings! As good as it smelled, I had no idea the flavor would come across as exceptional as it did. In fact, this beer would be, far and away, my top session IPA were it not so freaking rare in my area. It's so clean that having another is an animal instinct. I almost never have two of the same when I'm at Monk's, but this specimen became one of the rare exceptions. Should I ever get near this again, I really doubt I'll drink anything but Blind Pig. Until it's gone, or I'm gone. (1,962 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle along with a bunch of other RR stuff in a trade with Jhenry04, thanks Jason.

A light copper color with an off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing around the glass.

Smells great. Citrusy, piney, bitter. Some nice caramel malt in there too.

Tastes great too. Huge citrus hop flavor up front, lemony and orangy. In the middle the malt backbone is noticeable, just enough for a little balance, not especially strong. Piney and bitter in the finish.

Bitterness in the end finishes dry, but generally the beer has a rather oily feel to it.

This is a fantastic IPA, and I could drink it all night. (617 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Toronado in San Francisco. Pours golden with some orange highlights- somehat lighter in color than many ipas. Healthy white head that sticks around some. Nice piney hoppiness in the nose with a hint of orange. You can smell the bitterness and tell this is going to be good. Small amount of dry malt in the background. Wow! Super hoppy beer, with lots of sticky resin. Big pine taste with some lesser citrus notes, especially orange, for balance. Much hoppier than most other ipas I've had and absolutely delicious. Long, lingering bitterness. I wouldn't exactly call this balanced, but it does have some malt backbone for support. Its just that the hop attack is so relentless that the malt gets a little overwhelmed. Who cares, its great. Mouthfeel is perfect as well. Good body, perfect level of carbonation, and ends with a spicy creaminess. Love this beer, but it definitely burns the tastebuds out a bit. Use in moderation. I'd buy this in a second if it was bottled and in my area. (1,001 characters)

Photo of cheggly
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

presented in a snifter glass, good yellow/orange color with fine white head. Left modest lace.

aroma strong piney/ floral hop character; attractive (to me) and encouraging to that first taste

mouth feel full; taste carries the initial hop character well balanced with the malt... tending more towards a double IPA perhaps... the finish with good lingering citrus note.

overall an excellent ale of a style I personally enjoy (433 characters)

Photo of ncvbc
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

She sounds good with the cheeba, I'm very lucky to meet her. I don't be fallin' in love, I stay away from the drama.

Nah, not with this stuff. Deep golden amber, steady carbonation. Big fluffy head, excellent retention, patterns of lacing.

Smells fresh and fonky. Raw, resinous, juicy. Funky greenery. Citrusy goodness from the left coast. Pure IPA goodness, plain and simple.

Clean, green, fresh, and mean. Lots of hop goodness. About perfect here. A little pepper added to the hops, slight spice. Just what I'd hope for with this style. Lots of hops, little malt reinforcement, and just an amazing taste to it.

Mouthfeel is bitter and assertive, though not so much as a few that come to mind. Well carbonated and very smooth.

Too easy going down. Easily a top tier IPA in my book if not the best. Right up there in the realm of Sculpin and Two Hearted.

A new favorite without a doubt and one I'm glad to have tried on a few occasions now.

Thanks to jhenry04 for a few bottles of this as well as 0110x110 for the TIF treat... (1,036 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes:

Pours a clear golden yellowish orange color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that has decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Uber fresh dank resinous hop aroma that is bursting with tropical and citrus fruit notes as well as some earthy pine and subtle malt. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple, mango and lemon peel.

Chewy body that's on the fuller end of the spectrum with lots of extremely fresh juicy hop flavor and slight bitterness that lingers throughout. As in the aroma, there are lots of tropical and citrus fruit notes as well as some earthy pine needle and slight malt characteristics. Again, I'm picking up hits of mango and pineapple as well and grapefruit and citrus peel. Slight earthy resinous hops balance out the sweetness and their is just a touch of pale malt to balance out the bitterness. The ABV is extremely well masked makng this delicious beer dangerously drinkable. Highly recommended! (1,034 characters)

Photo of Foxtrot
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained a bottle of this fantastic brew from at a local Whole Foods.

Poured a very welcoming yellow gold with a frothy white head followed by phenomenal retention and lacing.

The aromas are intense, for a lack of better words. My review of the smells don't do this thing justice. Filled my nostrils (and room) with hoppy goodness, with pine and grapefruit citrus notes hanging in there. I would have to say that this is one of the best smelling beers I've ever had.

Taste of this IPA was astonishing, to say the least. It definitely delivered in the hop department and balanced out very well with its malt sweetness that remains subtle but evident throughout the entire session and finishes with a nice bitter bite.

This IPA was medium body as expected with a substantial amount of carbonation making this beer even better. It adds another dimension to the whole experience.

This IPA has a fantastic drinkability. With a 6% ABV I could easily drink and enjoy this fantastically well made IPA all day long. (1,013 characters)

Photo of regspeir
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Teresa's - draft into standard pint glass
Pours a cloudy, golden amber with a two-finger white head which dissapates into a frothy coating. Lacing is abundant, lasting and beautiful. Nose is a mild hop aroma with some grassiness and pine and some citrus, especially oranges and grapefuit. Taste is a wonderful hop bitterness, oranges, grapefuit, pineapple, mango. Bitterness never leaves but never completely overcomes some sweetness in the back that holds as well. Mouthfeel is really interesting rough edges on a medium to light brew - great fun. Finish is somewhat dry and bitter but never too much. Drinkability at this reasonable ABV is guaranteed. I want another NOW. (673 characters)

Photo of rkuhnel
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this at the brewpub while I picking up a Growler of Pliny . Aroma of citrus hops and a nice dark golden color and a small pub style head and thin lacing. Mouthfeel was delightful and very crisp and refreshing. Flavor was of various citrus and fruits such as orange and apricot. Good long bitter and dry finish. A very good IPA, ranking up there with the very best. A hophead’s delight. (400 characters)

Photo of dylanrossi
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: 6/22/11
Bought directly from the Brewery.

Appearance: Golden, brassy, and hazy. Thick, dense, foamy cream colored head that lasts longer than most. Some lacing leftover.

Smell: Heavy hit of hops. Aroma is fresh, floral, and piney. Some lingering juicy grapefruit present as well. Really couldn't imagine the nose on this one getting much better.

Taste: Starts out surprisingly mellow, hops come on slow but soon explode with tons of juicy citrus flavor. Lots of lemon and some grapefruit. All of which settles down at the finish, leaving behind some faint and extremely pleasant bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body, some carbonation but not so lively that it detracts from the flavor. Refreshes your palate and leaves you craving another sip.

Overall: As for American IPA's (single, not double/imperial etc), this is one of the best I've experienced. Delightful aroma and a great combination of sweet and bitter. (934 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and golden hued,...lush, enormous white head, ...beautiful...a lace-leaver...

Aroma is flat-out piney hops, prickly, sparkly, tingly, tangy, yum...ferociously fresh flavor, pineapple and apricot, lemon, and pine cones...damned fresh...I love it! God, I love it!

Taste it, already...slides on board the palate assuredly and provides the same fresh, vibrant hoppy flavor that blessed the nose. Zips merrily along the tongue, blazing bitterness, but balanced beautifully with zesty flavor. Never, never quits...so easy to drink, and so ample in it's hoppy bounty...

Not too anything, this, and just right with all the appropriate ingredients, especially for the hopheads in the house....medium-bodied, with a lightly bitter, fruity finish...holy crud, I could spin every superlative off the top of my head and still feel like I've missed a few...every IPA I've tasted from Russian River has been amazing, and this continues that trend...if Vinnie is capable of making a bad one, I don't want to know...

...huge thanks to IrishSnake for the growler! (1,063 characters)

Photo of CraftEyeDoc
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: super clear golden yellow, nice carbonation leaving a 1.5 finger head and small amount of lacing as you drink

S: nice grassy slightly piney with a decent amount of citrus

T: very balanced and matches well to the nose, very light and crisp, very low malt flavor which lets the hops shine, great after taste that just lingers on your tongue

M: Lovely, light to mod body

O: classic IPA not overly bitter and so easy to drink (428 characters)

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,344 ratings.