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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,782 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,782
Reviews: 1,344
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,577
Gots: 548 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
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 notchucknorris
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden coloring with a nice foamy head that settles at about 1/2 inch.

S: Citrus and pine hops, lemon, peach and a hint of something tropical (mango or pineapple?).

T: Strong pine hops at the start with a nice malt backbone that kicks in right before the finish. The finish is smooth without being overly bitter. Mouthfeel is a bit light, but this one is still pretty tasty.

Photo of LilMatrix
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple glasses of this on the Cali trip, but finally reviewed it while hanging out at the RR brewpub sunday evening.

Pours a clear yellow gold, thin white head, drops to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is nice, pine and grapefruit, caramel, apricots, lightly fruity, a bit toasty, floral, big hops, nicely mixed up. Taste is nice, very biscuity and toasty off the bat, grainy, caramel malt sweetness, grapefruit, floral, some fruit, light pine, solid spicy bitter kick in the finish, very balanced and drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and enjoyable. Nice IPA. Top 100? Not in my opinion, but very good nonetheless.

Photo of orangesol
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fresh bottle poured into a globe.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a nice pillow one finger tall white head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Tons of citric hops up front with a nice lightly toasted caramel malt core. A bit grassy with some sweetness creeping in as it begins to warm up. Very nice stuff.

T - Nice citric hop bite up front is balanced out well with a nice mix of caramel malt sweetness and crisp tropical fruits. Finish is a bit dry with some nice lingering hop bitterness. Much better this time, still one of my all time favorites but I still prefer elder to the pig.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice light, refreshing, feel on the pallet. Finish has some lingering bitterness but nothing too over the top.

D - Very high. Blind pig has very good balance with plenty of drinkability left over. I love this stuff but I still prefer elder a bit more.

Photo of biglobo8971
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into RR tulip. This was bottled 18 days before consumption. Pours a pale golden yellow with ever present lacing and a 1/4 inch head. The smell of hops is the first thing that hit me. A very enjoyable beer. The taste of piney hops with just a titch of malt sweetness. A little dry, but very enjoyable. I will continue to search out this beer and will trade for it often.

Photo of primaldiscord
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of SolsticeDreamer
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I've had this brew, been waiting over two years for it!!

Appearance: Orangey beauty clear foamy water. Oh it sits so pretty within the glass. A lovely pour, and a stands even so lovely as you sip it down marking it's last level.

Smell: Welcoming, my hop-head within is awakened. I closed my eyes and moved beyond the citrus hops and grass to a malt aroma that brings it home.

Taste: Straight no chaser on the tongue. Malty hopped IPA. No games no lies. It is what it is.

Mouthfeel: Amazing oillyness from the hops. Great Medium body; won't leave you hanging.

Drinkability: A nice serving at a perfect ABV, I could have another but why... Save it for later, my tongue just got off one this brew and is good for the day....

Photo of BeerManDan
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not being a IPA drinker, this was a nice mellow IPA. When poured, the color was a slightly hazy medium golden yellow with a orange hue. The smell of piney aroma filled the nose. The taste of priney resins and citrus, like grapefruit, orange and a hint of lime hit the taste buds. This IPA is one of the better ales that doesn't have that heavy bitterness or super tart feel in the mouth or on the palate. Just a nice pleasant, rich taste. Another great beer from Russian River Brewing!

Photo of clvand0
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked one of these up the last time I was in San Francisco. Pours a dark yellow color with a nice tall head that has decent retention and leaves nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of US hops that have a citrus and pine character. The flavor is quite bitter and full of that characteristic US hop with citrus and pine. The hops hang around on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium and the drinkability is pretty good. Nice beer.

Photo of DAS30
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of dwilson01
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle of the 500ml variety into a lost abbey pint glass.

This brew is golden, straight up looks like a pale ale, a bit cloudy and a minimal amount of head on this pig.

The aroma is all hops, which I love to be sure, but it definitely hints to an ipa leaning toward the hoppier side of the balancing act that all ipa's play.

I thought three words on the initial tasting; bitter, sour, and dry. I guess these aren't unexpected, but in a distinct noticable combination with each other that is a new branch of ipa for me. Definitely , makes it complex and very interesting, I feel kinda like a blind pig tasting this this haha. The spice and bite from the hops comes through greatly and although it does get kind of dry it's still very much a drinkable brew.

I enjoy it, overall it's strong in flavor and light in body, kind of like a baby stone ruination ipa I guess.

Photo of wchesak
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to pastradul
Poured into my Spiegelau tulip glass
Bottled 041310

A - golden amber, bordering on straw colored, fingers worth off tiny bubbly white pillowy head, good long lacing developing at the start

S - navel orange, tangerine, some fresh cut grass/fresh hops

T- malt base barely shows (sweet, caramel, nectar like), a cornucopia of citrus flavors, nice and dry finish

M - high carbonation, light side of medium bodied

D - highly drinkable, no alcohol present, balance leans towards hops as it should, but not overbearing

Photo of inkyplus
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle dated 11/19/10 and consumed on December 12, 2010. Poured into an Irish pint glass. Thanks jenray for the trade and the chance to drink this beer!

Look: slightly hazy, light copper color with a fairly thin slightly off white head. I gave it a relatively aggressive pour and came away with a one finger head. The head is bubbly and retains exceptionally well, leaving nice lacing on the sides of the glass. A good amount of carbonation is visible as well. Good looking IPA.

Smell: piney, fruity, lemony, grapefruity hops are what dominate the nose. Not much in the way of malt. The aroma is what I would expect from a West Coast IPA. Good.

Taste: grapefruit hops are really forward but not as dominant as I would've expected given the nose. There are also caramel malts in the taste, so the taste is a bit more balanced than the nose was. Some other citrus flavors like lemon, fruity flavors like pineapple and a bit of floral hops are in there as well. Not very in your face with the hop flavors but rather just right.

Feel: nice and sticky mouthfeel, which I really like. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Nice mouthfeel.

Drink: could easily drink this one all night long.

Overall, a nice IPA from Russian River. I'm not completely overwhelmed by it but it is definitely a very good IPA. I would recommend getting this if it is available to you and trading for it if its not. Glad I had the chance to try it. Cheers!

Photo of sidetracked
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with tons of off-white head. Some lacing.

Smell is mango, citrus, orange peel, grapefruit, and slightly sweet malts. The hop presence seems lessened when left unagitated. Some floral and piney hops at times too.

Taste is bitter grapefruit and orange peel upfront leading to a light caramel malt middle. Bitter finish of grapefruit and pine.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall of a solid IPA with a good hop presence and minimal malt.

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ML into a snifter/ bottled on 11-19-08

P: Pale yellow from the bottle, sits a clear honey gold in the glass. Healthy 2 fingered head is shiny white, thick & puffy with really good retention. Left nice strings of lace as it settled.

A: Citrus & piney hops like grapefruit, lemon, orange rinds, and toasted malts. Nothing over the top here, but it's pretty powerful.

T: Same thing with the taste. Nothing earth-shattering or life-changing, but this is a rock solid West Coast IPA with tons of flavor. Big, beautiful, bright hop flavors shine with grapefruit pith, lemon, oranges, and pineapples with pine needles and a floral presence to boot. Toasted malt underneath is sturdy, but stays out of the way of the hop parade. Caramel and a touch of honey try their hardness to subside the bitterness, but are severely outmatched.

M & D: Medium-bodied, sharp & crisp, smooth with a good bite. Drinkability is awesome, especially because it's 6.1%, but these hops will probably burn your tongue out after a few if you're not a certified hop-freak.

Notes: This is a very bold IPA. Bitter overall with a dry finish, and a long hoppy aftertaste that aims to please. I've had DIPA's that boast as much raw hop power as this one. Nothing out of this world, but a very good beer that I really enjoyed. Highly recommended

Photo of T100Mark
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

17.25 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Bright yellow color. A little hazy. A nice head made up of very fine bubbles. Good stickage.

Smell - Lemon rinds.

Taste - Big hops up front. Citrus. Slight spearmint flavor.

Mouth - Fizzy yet buttery.

Overall - Hoppy with a twist. I made mention of the spearmint flavor and the buttery mouth. California IPAs can be very crisp (bitter?). This California IPA is a little smoother than most. A fine, sophisticated ale.

Photo of egajdzis
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Cask at O'Brien's] Poured a lightly hazy, copper color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus fruits, pine resin, floral hops and faint malts as well. Taste was super, tangerine and other citrus fruits, more pine and a strong grapefruit bitterness. The IBUs are incredible on this one.

Photo of olmatty
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a thin sudsy whte head with light lacing and poor retention, beer is a tawny gold.

Smell- Powerful aroma of fresh piney hops.

Taste- Moderate backbone of pale malts, grains have a cereal quality, against a big, piney citrus rind hop body. Long lasting hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated, very full bodied, sticky and resinous mouthfeel

Drinkability- A beautiful robust bodied IPA, big hop presence which diminishes drinkability.

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap; poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - a crisp, clear yellow, with minimum carbonation. A thin, soapy white head that leaves moderate lacing.
Smell - a subtle blend of citrus and pine character; I dig the fruity sweetness. A bit underwhelming (if a 4.0 rating could be considered underwhelming!), as I had very high expectations.
Taste - very balanced flavors; smooth and complex blend of hops and malts!
Feel - lighter body that produces a welcomed, refreshing bitter finish!
Overall - very good IPA, though I wouldn't consider the home run that it's rating suggests.

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

Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden colour with a dense white head. Good head retention and great lacing.

Fresh, crisp, fruity hop aroma with some melon notes. Nice and floral.

Soft malt flavour with lots of crisp, delicious and bitter hops. Grapefruit.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A really good IPA with plenty of citrus and pine. Well balanced for a West Coast style IPA.

Photo of OctoberNexus
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of JamesStreet
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 510 ml bottle in to pint glass
A- Clear golden color with about a one finger head. Little lacing down the glass with lingering bubbles
S- Some citrusy hops, juniper bush, floral hops. Nice smells going on here.
T- A little more piney hops in the taste with some nice bitterness, but not too much. Good balance.
M- Very light, almost crisp. Again, good bitterness on the back end of the sip
O- Really solid IPA. I like this one.

Photo of oline73
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Capone's on Black Friday. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a finger of fluffy white head. The head leaves a ring around the edge of the glass and a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Milder than I expected. Citrus peel hops with a very mild sweetness.

Taste: Much stronger than the smell. Bitter with a good amount of malt to balance things out. The bitterness increases throughout the sip. Citrus peel hops with a bitter and peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: This is just an awesome single IPA The hop profile is wonderful, but there is just enough malt to balance it out. Definitely have it again.

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,782 ratings.