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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

4,346 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,346
Reviews: 1,314
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,464
Gots: 439 | 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 ccrida
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Belmont Station, served in a pint glass, Blind Pig is a clear yellow with a medium sized, creamy white head that leaves very nice lace. On the paler side for an IPA, which I really like sometimes.

Smell is hoppy, big blast of grapefruit, with some sweeter florals and some gingerbread like spiciness developing as it warmed. Really nice, I'm not sure how Russian River does it, but they always manage to get this big hop aroma while at the same time keeping it softer and not as pungent as the hop bombs.

Taste is also big on the hops, but more pungent and resinous then the nose, pine and sour citrus, firm bitterness balanced by just enough sweetness to keep it relatively balanced. Not a mind blower, but damn tasty. Like Pliny, it's all about the aroma.

Mouthfeel is lighter and oily.

Drinkability is high, this is a very tasty IPA, greater then the sum of it's parts, full of flavor but not to strong or heavy. Can't wait until this is a regular here in town!

ccrida, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 17oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. Born-on date on label. Singel purchased from Skee Vue Liquors (Breckenridge, CO) for $4.69.

A: Light orange/amber with copious off-white 1-2 finger head with a ncie layer of lacing.

S: Heavenly aroma of nearly every hop characteristic -- leafy, herbal, pine, citrus, and tropical fruit

T: The flavor, while good, is heavily dominated by pine and citrus with more than a hint of alcohol. The malt side of flavor is lacking -- it is mainly pale malts that are guarding the vault, and they are barely getting the job done.

M: Decent but very drying with low carbonation. Aftertaste is low and steely hops.

D: A pretty drinkable IPA but it is a bit too raw for my taste.

argock, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of erikm25
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a darkened lemon with amber and slightly charred copper highlights. Head was minimal. While the retention and lacing were not noticeable this was filled to the top of the pint glass and exuded a menacing and welcoming tone.

S: Grapefruit and citrus zest. Sharp aromas like fresh pineapple and mango coupled against a flowery backdrop. Very slight malt backbone. Overall, still very crisp.

T: Solid fresh hop taste. Despite the sharp aromas this is still very mild and floral in tastes. Smooth with a citrus and lemon tang finish. I would recommend this to anyone looking to get into IPA's but not wanting to be completely overwhelmed by stabbing hops.

M: Medium and resiny with solid carbonation.

D: Another offering that I picked up at Collins in Seattle. Very drinkable and highly recommended with their rib eye.

erikm25, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice yellow color, much lighter than the Pliny I had earlier. Smells good, some of that west coast. Very hoppy flavor and only slightly bitter. Probably too easy to drink. I think Russian River will have no problem selling beer in Colorado. I will buy it all.

update 02/02/09 batch

really nice aroma of pineapple and fruit. Bitter taste, wish I bought more..

ArrogantB, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of mpensworth
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light amber/orange with a nice 1 finger head. Beautiful lacing, lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S - Citrus hops! Lots of grapefruit aroma.

T - Hops in your face, lots of citrus and bitterness.

M - Medium body with good amounts of carbonation. Goes down extremely smooth, good bitterness on the back end.

D - Could drink this all night, easily. Perfect in the sun on a patio somewhere.

mpensworth, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of emagana
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 10/22/10
Poured into a pint glass with half an inch of head.
Straw yellow with some floating yeast.
Plenty of carbonation.
Aromas of mellow pine and some passion fruit. Soapy?
Starts of with some grapefruit and follows with a signature fission river hop dose.
Well balanced and not as harsh as it's older brother pte.
I feel bad because I can pick them up near by. Great one overall.

emagana, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of Trueant1
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge fluffy head, leaves globs of lacing! Nice cloudy orange/yellow color. Pine hop smells of course, followed by distinct apricot. Other citrus such as manderin oranges, and pineapple. This is more earthy than pliny. Tastes of very oily pine, apricots and bitter lingering hops. Oily mouthfeel, wile still being smooth to drink. Nice!

Trueant1, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of misinformed
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 4/20/11, bottled 3/2/11. Tulip glass.

A- An overzealous pour produced close to 3" of rocky off-white head. Clear glowing pale orange beer. The head dropped off to a dusting but left behind some nice long trails of lacing.

S- Vibrant citrus/sweet orange. Great smell.

T- Nice smooth bitter hops all around. Citrusy and leafy. No trace of the malt. The light bitter finish starts of weak, but grows over the course of a bottle.

M- Medium bodied. Very strong active carbonation which I liked. At first it seems a bit thin, but it coats the mouth nicely over time.

O- A nice smooth bitter IPA. All hop flavor, no malt, which is OK with me. Definitely hits the spot.

misinformed, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of bulletrain76
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draught at the brewery. Gold with a white head. Huge hoppy aroma of pine and grapefruit. Dry, lightly toasted pale malt with lots of bitter, piney hop flavor. A little lighter bodied and dryer than RRIPA, with a very dry and clean finish and lingering bitterness. A pretty big hop charge, but the profile isn't quite as interesting as RRIPA. Love the dry, clean malt profile though

bulletrain76, May 12, 2009
Photo of Teleweizen2
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a very clear yellow/marigold color. Not much head, just a fingers worth of quickly dissipating white foam. Some spotty lacing.

S - the aroma is bursting out of the glass. Lots of fruit notes mostly stone and tropical fruits. Bitter orange peel, nectarines, and pineapple being the most apparent. A bright floral essance intertwines with the fruit notes. Underneath is a soft doughy, bread crust malt profile.

T - fairly dry throughout. Some slight doughy malt sweetness up front. The tropical fruit notes brighten up the beer as it warms on the tongue which reveals its snappy citric bite. Long finish leaves the floral and citrus notes hanging on the tongue.

M - medium bodied. Light to medium carbonation. Crisp texture.

O - an outstanding IPA. Plenty of bitterness with bright fruit character for exceptional balance.

Teleweizen2, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of OctoberNexus
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

OctoberNexus, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of YieldToNothing
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce bottle into a pint glass. brought it back form the brewery after my trip to north cali.
i flew with it, so i'm thinking that's why there was so much head. not overly carbonated, very mellow taste, nothing really overwhelms.
what can i say that hasn't been said? certainly not a game changer in my book, but a very good ipa.
a couple of people i talked to in frisco said they prefer this to pliny...yea, i don't really see that.

YieldToNothing, May 20, 2013
Photo of BobbySue22
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured a darker shade of gold, almost amber. Had a very small head that was gone within minutes.

Aroma: Had a very hoppy aroma which was very pleasant. The hops gave off nice aromas of both citrus and pine.

Taste: The flavor was what you would expect from a west coast style IPA, full of citrus notes and some good hop bitterness that lingered a bit on the tongue. A nice subtle malt backbone added to flavor of this delicious IPA.

Mouthfeel: Nice full-bodied beer that had a nice amount to of hop bitterness lingering on the tongue. Had a nice dry and bitter finish.

Overall: A great example of a west coast style IPA. Loved the citrus and pine aromas as well as the citrus and malt backbone in the taste. Easy drinking IPA as it does not have an overwhelming amount of hop bitterness but enough to taste and appreciate the hops. Very good brew.

BobbySue22, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty fresh bottle bought from my local supplier. Poured into my RR pint glass.

Appearance is a beautifally clear yellowish orange. Almost apple juice color. A nice foamy white head formed but faded pretty fast down to a few bubbles.

Smell is nice and aromatic. Not nearly as good as Elder's aroma but good. Citrus and grapefruit are what comes out more.

Taste is nice with a strong hop flavour but again nothing like elder. The bitterness hits you in the back of your tongue. A little plain on the malt but good tasting all together.

Mouthfeel is good. Maybe a little more carbonation would be good.

Drinkability is high because of the low ABV and because it is a good IPA all together. I still prefer stone IPA for a single IPA style but Elder has to be my fav DIPA.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of MMAJYK
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright orange, oily looking, mostly clear in the body with very sticky lace and a decent 1/4" head consisting of both micro-bubbles and looser, patchy bubbles. A beautiful beer; that's for sure.

S- Piney, resiny, citrusy. Lots of hop action going on here. The light caramel backbone is quite hidden in the back, but not in a bad way. It does its job as the supporting role to the hops quite well.

T- It's actually good and malty in the front. It is a refreshing, honey-like malt, though, that mixes well with all the citrus (oranges, grapefruit) going on. Midstream, it gets good and bitter; earthy and a tad grassy. Also, a light alcohol taste. This beer's finish is dry.

M- It is actually a lot lighter in the mouth than I had expected. It is somewhat watery, but that is being kind of picky. Carbonation is just right for the style.

D- A very drinkable American IPA. I am interested in trying more of RR's brews because it seems they put their own spin on styles we get use to overtime. I would like to try to get use to this one; fantastic!

Special thanks to jhenry04 for sending me this one in our trade.

MMAJYK, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to billinlafayette for including this as an extra! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Pours a clear golden yellow-orange with a two finger off-white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of malt, tropical fruit, and malt. The flavor is of bitter tropical fruit, smooth hop bite, with a big hop bite upon swallowing. It is medium on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this is a very nice IPA. Another one from Russian River that I wish it were available in my area. One of my favorite American IPA's I have had. Very nicely done Russian River...

thagr81us, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Gmann
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 11/19/10. Pours a golden honey color that would be clear without the tiny yeast flakes that seem to be stuck in suspension. The head is a decent size, nothing crazy for the style, settles into a light cap.

The aroma is big on the grapefruit hops, some pine, and light tropica fruit. Some freshness to it. Not super strong but nice.

Grapefruit hop flavors are dominate with a little bit a pine for an edge. An unassuming honey malt is there to support the beer but not to add any real flavor. Some earthy/musty/grassy bitter hop in the finish. Great balance between the hops and the malt. Quite flavorful without being too bitter.

Moderate feel with tingly carbonation. Fairly thick for the style. Again, great balance; finishes with an expected bitterness but it is light.

A very balanced AIPA that showcases the hop flavor and the ABV is respectable. The flavor isn't outrageous but its good. Very enjoyable and very drinkable.

Gmann, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of moz9
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at RR and brought a bottle back. It's not the freshest bottle (about 5 weeks old), so I'm basing my review on the tap and bottle.

To be honest, after drinking this and Pliny in the same sitting (and afterwards in separate bottle sittings), I can see why people say that this rivals Pliny. It's a great beer.

The nose is very nice but not overpowering. The balance of the hops and the bite hits just perfect. The hop flavor is complex, as it hits you with citrus at first with a piney finish. Great IPA, and a pleasure to drink.

moz9, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass.

A: The pour produces thousands of tiny, little bubbles that rush furiously to the top of my glass leaving behind a rather complacent, innactive looking brew. That was interesting. An average size stark white, foamy head forms and has decent retention. The color of the body is equal parts yellow, orange and amber. Very appealing. A light haziness can be seen in an otherwise pretty clean looking brew.

S & T: Aromas of biscuits, grain, bread and a light caramel combine to make up the malt character, which is just substantial enough to hold up to the incoming hop attack. Huge citrus qualities of grapefruit & orange, big floral notes and a very light pine presence. Light sweet notes from the honey come through, as well as the additional fruits of peach, clementine and pineapple. The hops are harshly bittering on the tongue and even moreso on the finish.

M: Medium fullness to the body. Prickly and fizzy carbonation. The Blind Pig lost a few points on the finish for having an out of scale (very isolated) bitterness. Could have definitely handled another percent in the ABV.

D: Drinkability is above average. I find that the finish is somewhat hindering in this department. The first glass was delicious, the second, very good, the third, good, etc. A really drinkable beer should be very palatable and also get better from one glass to the next in my opinion. Also, I prefer this one a little colder than usual to keep the bitterness in check.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of ThirdLap
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

EDIT: Just realized this bottle is nearly four months old. I'll be re-reviewing once I get my hands on a fresher bottle.

I'll be brewing a Blind Pig clone in the next few days, so I figured I ought to get reacquainted with the what the finished product should taste like.

Pours a light to medium golden yellow with a fluffy off-white inch-thick head. The head dissipates after a few minutes revealing a good amount of lacing.

Nose is grapefruit, pine, and hint of vanilla. Taste is largely the same; lots of citrus with more of the pine coming forth on the swallow. Body and carbonation are both relatively light. Nothing too complex going on, just a solid and tasty IPA. Malt presence is light but reasonably well-balanced. Finish is piney, then clean and crisp.

Although Blind Pig is widely accepted as the quintessential example of a West Coast IPA, it's probably not my favorite example of the style. I suppose I've just grown to enjoy what others have accomplished with the American IPA a bit more. That said, no other IPA touches it in terms of drinkability, and its probably the IPA I would use to convert SNPA drinkers to something with a bit more 'oomph'.

Another winner from Russian River.

ThirdLap, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Yesac
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy orange. Medium bubbly foamy white head. Some messy lacing. Looks great.

S- Floral critrus fresh hops. Smells like its going to be smooth.

T- Grassy hop flavor. Just enough hop bitterness. What can I say.. this is true west coast style.. hops hops hops however there is malt at the end. Great brew.

M- So smooth.. almost creamy. Sweet bitterness is what sits on the palate.

D- Excellent drinkability. So smooth, not to powerful on the bitterness, not highly carbonated.

Yesac, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 12/11/09. Uh oh, its not terribly fresh. This could end badly.

A- pours a nice shade of gold with a 2 finger white head. Very nice lacing.

S- sweet tropical fruit hops...slight citrus in there. A little lingering pine. Awesome

T- mild, probably due to the age...tropical fruits and pine. Pretty solid, a little underwhelming...again. The age.

M- good feel, actually kinda thin which I like in a standard IPA.

D- real drinkable. Great IPA, I can only imagine how good it is fresh

bigfnjoe, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle split, poured into a tulip. Bottled on 03-01-10. Huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color that produced a good white head with tons of lacing left behind it as it dissipated.

(S)- Big, yet crisp citrus of lemon, pineapple, and lime. Dry, yet with a piney bitterness. Almost creamy on the finish.

(T)- Same like the smell. Good citrus and pine. A good, yet potent bitterness for the style.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Good citrus and pine characters. Bitter, but fitting the style well.

(D)- A great IPA with everything you would/should expect for the style. Crisp and refreshing; a great alternative summer beer to cool you off. Seek this one out if you can. I enjoyed this one.

sweemzander, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ. From notes:

Appearance: Poured with a large head. Lacing is impressive, sticky stuff, good for the style. Body was a rather meh gold color - no harm no foul.

Smell: Huge grapefruit/citrus on the front end, followed by pine. Slight toasted corn malt quality on the very back end, however, detracts. Still, the hop flavors are excellent. Malt balance is there, too, but I was surprised and disappointed to find the corn flavor.

Taste: Grapefruit, malt sweetness, and pine. As my notes put it "Just a damn fine IPA." Really shines here.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, slight astringent.

Drinkability: Endlessly drinkable for retaining such strong hop flavor.

RidiculedDisplay, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of LilMatrix
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear and golden. Nice clear white head that stays during the drink.

S - Citrus hops dominate. Orange peels with a light pine notes, not much malt.

T - Clean hop flavors come right way... very light malt backbone... and clean hop finish. Very good IPA but kinda want a bigger malt profile in the middle for better balance.

M - Clean, medium carbonation, oily, thin body.

D - This is one solid IPA and has a similar hop profile to Pliny's and is less complex. A very drinkable IPA as the hops doesn't completely blast away your palate. Another very good brew from RRBC.

LilMatrix, Jan 05, 2009
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,346 ratings.