Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,704 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,704
Reviews: 1,330
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,525
Gots: 510 | FT: 18
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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 Cakanator
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 020209, got as an extra, thanks! I was afraid since I have had fresher BP that this would pale in comparison, it kinda did. The hops weren't as lively and the citrus, although bright, wasn't quite what I remember it to be. This was still a great drink, the color was fantastic, aromas were very good lots of grapefruit. I'd be drinking this fresh if it were more available.

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

A: 375 ml with a bottling date of 07/09/08 served into a Sam Adams glass. Thanks to session1979 for sending this along as an extra! Beer is slightly hazy with a pale golden color and a 1+ finger head of off-white foam. Great retention that eventually settles to a thin, rocky surface layer. Fine & sticky lacing clings down the entire length of the glass as I drink. Little active carbonation noticeable.

S: Hops, hops, & more hops. Hugh pine and floral aromas prepare me for the bitterness to follow. Not so much in the way of citrus, but a nice, bready malt base asserts itself as the beer warms.

T: The bittering hops are definitely the king here, but the balance between them and the pale malt base is exceptional. Great piney bitterness mixed with a doughy, yeasty malt is the dominant taste. Bitter finish lingers on the palate for awhile, but never becomes overpowering.

M: Medium-bodied with a crisp, tingly mouthfeel. A bit thin compared to some bigger DIPAs (which this could certainly hold its own against), but very appropriate for the style.

D/O: Overall the balance is what makes this IPA a standout in the category. Neither the malt bill nor hop profile are overly complex or layered, but both are blended together superbly to create a beer that is tasty, very hoppy, and extremely drinkable. With its reputation it's tough not to compare it against other HTF DIPAs, but this one does just about everything right for an IPA.

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

500ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Bottled on 4-8-10.

A - Golden straw with a tinge of orange. Big rocky three-finger head that takes 2-3 minutes to drop down to a fairly thick cap. A bit of sheeting on the glass instead of lacing.

S - The comparison to its big brother PtE is obvious, with plenty of citrus -- grapefruit and lemon stand out. A bit of pine. It doesn't linger quite as long as I would want, which is the only bad thing I can think of. Outstanding.

T - More of the aroma; lots of light citrus, but not quite as strong as it would imply. The hops really stand out, with a long bitter finish. I get hints of vanilla and some floral notes in the finish. Very good, but not quite as good as I've been led to believe. No detectable alcohol at all.

M - Creamy but light, if that's possible. Carbonation keeps it dancing across your tongue but it drops away at just the right time.

D - At 6%, this goes down very easy. I could see myself going through a 4 or 6-pack of this with no problem at all.

O - The Pliny that you want to drink when you want to drink a lot. A great lawnmower beer even if the abv is just slightly higher than most lawnmower beers. I just wish the price were a bit below that of its brother.

Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle received as an extra from Mauerhan (thanks Topher). Bottled on 072208 and served in my Ayinger Becker. Poured a translucent orange-gold with tiny bubbles in solution. 1.5 inch fluffy white head embedded with craters left behind strands of lacing as it receded. Nose was sweet grapefruit, piney hops and a light grainy quality in the back. Grapefruit sweetness is diminished in the mouth and hops bitterness is amplified. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a bitter/astringency that lingers between quaffs. Top notch IPA. Not my style per se, but I can really appreciate the quality of this brew.

Photo of russwbeck
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden brown pour with a small white head. Small amount of lacing and minimal retention.

S: Piney with a citrus hoppiness starts off the aroma, giving way to a caramel malt finish.

T: Hops to start, hops in the middle, and hop bitterness to finish. Citrus and piney just like the smell, all based on a nice subtle maltiness.

MF/D: Light and smooth, crisp and clean. Very enjoyable drink. Wish I could have it more, but it'll be a long time until we see this sold in PA I suppose.

Photo of DAS30
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of lsummers
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw yellow/orange with a two finger head. Smells of floral piney hops with a touch of sweetness. Taste is well balanced and hits upfront with the bite of the sweet piney hops and a touch of citrus lemon. There's a spice quality of something like lemon-grass that adds a small bite to the flavour. A touch of the nutty malt comes through on the end although incredibly covered by the hop notes. Mouthfeel is pretty stellar with its upfront bite and clean chewy character that keeps it drinkable.

Overall Blind Pig is a fantastic example of a west coast ipa. It may be a bit hard to find but it's worth the trouble.

Photo of inkyplus
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

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!

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.

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.

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..

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.

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 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.

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!

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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