Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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Reviews: 1,344
Hads: 5,193
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 bkilpatr
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass. 11/03/08. Bottled on 090508.

Pours a clear, bright golden orange color with nearly three fingers of soft beige head. The head dropped slowly and left some nice lacing. Aroma is strong with piny and citrusy hops with some malt in the background.

Taste starts with a bit of sweet caramel malt. That's quickly followed by a rush of piny and citrusy hops. Plenty of grapefruit flavor and a bitter finish. Seems a bit unbalanced with the hops, it could use a bit more malt.

Feel is decent on this beer. It seems a bit thin or watery. Doesn't quite seem right to me. Ample carbonation, medium body. Drinkability is pretty good. It's not too bitter and goes down fairly smooth.

Overall, a decent IPA. If you like an IPA on the very-hoppy side then you might like this. But it's a bit unbalanced for me. (846 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle

Appearance: Bright golden straw, crisp and clear - radiant and bright. It might glow in the dark. Great head and lacing.

Smell: Delicious hops, citrus, pine, apricot, grapefruit, resin & oils. Very strong aroma, you can smell it across the room. Perhaps a bit too bitter

Taste: Crisp and sharp; although something about the bitterness bothers me

Mouthfeel: Creamy; carbonation is perhaps a bit too aggressive.

Drinkability: Goes down easy enough; but somthing off about the newer batches I have had as compared to two years ago or so. (552 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap (uncommon for Russian River brews) served into N'Ice Chouffe 20cl stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottle date is 09/30/2011. Served refrigerator-cold. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Nice bittering hops over top what seems to be a lightly toasted malt and barley foundation. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Pleasant bittering hops over top a very nicely constructed lightly toasted malt and barley foundation. It's a touch too bitter, but it's nicely built overall, and rather balanced, though its relative simplicity makes this easy to accomplish. I do quite like it.

Mf: Crisp, pleasant, unobtrusive, smooth, and wet. Suits the flavour quite nicely.

Dr: Very drinkable and of nice quality. Thought it's my least favourite style, I'd readily have it again - especially if it were offered on draught. It's not as special as other beers from Russian River, but it's wonderfully hoppy and pleasant. It will satisfy true fans of the style; this is an IPA done right, not the "dump as many hops in as possible and call it good" school of brewing. (1,225 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BeerThirty for another CA IPA. Bottled 7 February 2013, tasted 28 March 2013. Had meant to drink this sooner, but illness got in the way.

Pours very clear medium-pale orange, like looking through colored glass. One finger of white head, gone pretty fast, okay lacing. No visible carbonation at all.

Smell is big and piney, backed by a fruity sweetness. Pine cones, apples, and a bit of grapefruit zest. Nice.

Taste is fine, but not overly exciting. Flavor is thin, grainy with a tiny bit of sweet. The last 2/3 is chalky, but a little off from the pleasant dry bitterness that some of my favorite IPAs have. Here there's an odd bitter twist that creeps in, and the rest of the flavor is only half as potent as I want it to be. Basically, it's kinda bland and kinda chalky-weird.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium-light body, leaning to light. Lots of fizzy carbonation, buzzy like seltzer water. Moderately lasting finish.

A pretty good IPA. Certainly not on the level of the best, at least to my taste buds. Smell is the high point, but even that isn't top-tier. Not bad, but moderately lacking in a lot of ways. (1,120 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 07NOV11

A: golden ale with under a finger of white soap sud which falls to a broken sheet of the same. Brilliant clarity. Spot lace is rare.
S: Tropical fruits, hints of resin, grapefruit. Sweet, light malt.
T: Good light malt base with bitter, resin, grapefruit, apricot hops. Nice.
M: Thin with lower carb, a lo impact beer. Wet finish.
O: This is a great drinking beer. It's a classically balanced IPA with malt and hop characters complementing one another. It's not what I would consider particularly crafty or even innovative. It's drinkable, and even good, but no better than say, Flower Power IMO. The elusiveness of this beer takes away from it's potential for me. (681 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my man rhertan for bringing this back for me.
Poured a deep orange with good carbonation and nice white head. Nose is pine, grapefruit and orange peel. Taste is citrus, piney,toasted and caramel malts and a hop bite on the end. Mouthfeel is noce and chewy with the hop bite and some citrus notes. Drinability is good. I can get a sixer of Union Jack for the price of two Blind Pigs. A good IPA but not one I would seek out again. (439 characters)

Photo of klshanks
3.66/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 L bottle poured into a 16 oz tulip glass. Got in a BIF from ahurd, thanks! Been wanting to try for a while.

Appearnce- Orangish honey, slightly hazy beer with 1/2 inch head. Looks like I really want to drink it!

Aroma- Grassy bitter aroma in the front of the nose, and it finishes a bit sweet and boozy. Not bad, but not great.

Taste- Bitter, not much citrus flavor. A bit more of a malt body than I expected.

Mouthfeel- Like I said, a little bit more of a body than I expected. Not bad by any means. A little bit sticky to the sides of the mouth.

Drinkability- While I'm not nearly as big of a fan as Pliny, I would definitely come back to this beer at times. There's certain beers that I feel are good representations of their style, but I wouldn't necesarily come back to them. This one, while there are little things I don't like about all of it, when you combine everything, it kind of works. It goes down pretty smooth and I'd drink it again (956 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
3.66/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into RR Pint Glass

A: 2-3 finger head, clear light orange color, decent lacing

S: Maybe there is something wrong with my nose these days!! I can't smell much from any of the beers I reviewed past few days!!! I smell little pine, citrus, grapefruit - typical Westcoast IPA, but relatively weak on this one. Not impressed.

T: All hops - very little malt, imo. It has a very short-lived taste. It doesn't linger on and on like Pliny does. It's not bad. Hop character is very similar to Pliny, but the taste fades much quicker. Pine, Citrus, Grapefruit. Not as oil as Pliny.

M: Light body, but low amount of carbonation (wish it had a bit more).

O: I think I am having this beer a bit too warm, but I wasn't super impressed - although it's a good beer. Zombie Dust, Red Racer IPA, Odell IPA are all much better than this brew. (844 characters)

Photo of opwog
3.66/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Now listening to: Curtis Mayfield - If There's A Hell Below, We're All Going To Go

Thanks to Beachwood for Blind Pig on tap.

A- hazy golden color, strong head
S- Intense pine and citrus. This one wafts up from the pour.
T- Very much a West Coast hop bomb.
M- Maybe a bit over carbonated. Bitter hops can cinch up the mouth some.
D- For me, I can only handle one beer a week with this level of hop intensity. (410 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.67/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on-tap at Belmont Station.
from notes.

Clear golden, foamy bone-white head.

Big, juicy citric and lightly tropical fruits.

Citric upfront, with a bitter, pine finish.

Medium-thin body with active carbonation.

A well done IPA, interesting contrast between big citric fruity nose and more of a pine emphasis on the palate. (325 characters)

Photo of parris
3.67/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

S - Earthy, grapefruity when it sits, some fruity notes right after pouring or swirling... Peaches possibly?

A - Golden with a white head, it actually looks like an American light lager

T - Pine, grapefruit, metal up front, then pine, then bitter.

M - Low medium body, somewhat bitter-puckery

O - Damn good all around, very standard IPA, but not incredibly exciting. (371 characters)

Photo of david131
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 7-21-10

A- A slightly hazy orange liquid with a craggy and creamy white head. A very light luminescent quality.

S- Citrus rind, peaches, strawberries, and caramel. Fragrant and appealing.

T- Citrus rind, sweet fruit, caramel, and a bit of an herbal quality.

M- Creamy carbonation, but it feels like something is missing at the finish. There is a lasting residual bitterness.

D- A decent IPA albeit a little one dimensional. I feel that this is maybe a little over-hyped. (484 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this at the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger thicker looking white head with great retention. Perfectly clear with medium carbonation evident. Amber-orange in color when held to the light, though more gamboge when not. A good film remains until the end and leaves lots of lacing down the glass. Pretty nice looking.

SMELL: Pale malts with big grapefruit and mango notes all around. Very bold. Some hints of pine as well, but mostly citrus and mango hop notes.

TASTE: Pale malts again, but soon overwhelmed by citrus grapefruit and lots of pine flavors. More piney than the nose had indicated. Finishes with a mouthful of bitter hops and pine, which remain throughout the bold and long lasting aftertaste. Strong and bold hoppy flavors here, though a little heavier on the pine than I'd expected.

PALATE: Medium body and quite light and creamy on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes quite astringent on the palate. This one is much more astringent and puckering than I'd like. Much more astringent than others in the style. Very off-putting, unfortunately.

OVERALL: Everything turned out nicely on this one, except the feel just did it in. The astringency made it difficult to drink and really hurt the overall enjoyment of the beer. Too bad, because all my other senses were definitely pleased with the situation. Won't be picking this one up again. (1,429 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey gold in color, slight haze, with a decent sized, fairly bright white fluffy head that slowly recedes leaving some lacing behind. Aroma is a nice sweet citrus aroma of grapefruit, tangerines and mangoes. A softer sweetness of cotton candy accentuates this and a strong grassiness in the aroma as well. Taste follows with a good amount of lemon, grapefruit, and citrusy hops as well as a large dose of grassiness that cresendoes towards a good sized bitterness that is also slightly peppery. Mouthfeel is light to medium, prickly hops and carbonation on the tongue up front transisition to a peppery bite at the back and a drying finish. Very drinkable ipa, could session this one without much trouble. Really enjoyed the decent amount of pure bitterness. Thanks Scott for the opportunity. (801 characters)

Photo of katan
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml, dated 07-22-08. Moderately fresh I guess.

A - As gold as gold can get. I can't find any off colors, although its perhaps a bit on the darker side. The head is pearly white and about 2mm in height. Very well retained. Little carbonation and on the inside, although I would say the haze indicates this must be bottle conditioned.

S - holy smokes - noble hops. Very floral hop nose. Spicy and aromatic. Very edgy sweet grapefruit notes, citrus. No malts to describe here. Welcome to the west coast.

T - This thing is all bitter to me - up front and all the way through. Mid-stream shows a bit more floral hops. Some almost honey flavors mid-stream. At the end i get a bit of the grapefruit hops. Aftertaste is 110% bitter - a big whammy.

M - Strong in carbonation, but light in body. This beer feels very dry - as if it was cleanly fermented. Filling - it does build on you.

D - Easily drinkable. However, not all that refreshing. ABV is manageable. Carbonation, while hefty, does not wear down my palette.

My first RR expedition - While a solid IPA, it does not equal the orgasmic expectations that BA created for me.

Btw, I could have not picked a better brewery for my 200th review. Surpassing a milestone with this beer was more than I expected. (1,262 characters)

Photo of CooperEllis
3.69/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled 10-22-10, drunk 12-8-10
from mistakebythelake in the n00b2 BIF, thanks!

500 mL into a .3l glass.

Light colors, golden, not bright, with a large billowy white head that evaporates into a bit of sticky lacing. Big bubbles in the lacing. Exceptional appearance, with the color eminating from a dark core into lighter shades.

Pine, but not overpowering, citric hop smell. I do not smell malt, or much depth in the citrus. The first wave is strong, deep, but the aroma dies away quickly. Some light malt notes in the end, but there isn't much there.

The flavor has a bit of watery organge/tangerine in it. While I'm enjoying the drink, it is not as complex as some other IPA's. There is not much carbonation evident in the taste/mouthfeel (although it is evident in the appearence), perhaps that would help bring more of the complexity to the front. As it is, this is a quick drink. The bitterness is on the top of my mouth, and in the end of the sip, more an aftertaste than present thoughout. There is slight sweetness to this that I can not place, I presume it is from the malt but it is not a distinct sweetness (say, marshmellow, or chocolate).

The mouthfeel is a bit watery from the start, but is a bit more full with the aroma pulled in through the nose with the sip. It's certainly drinkable, although I suppose I would prefer other offerings. If folks out there read this and feel 2 months is too long in the bottle I'd be happy to try a fresher bottle and re-review/edit as necessary.

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Photo of RichKent
3.69/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Stone Garden's and Bistro in San Diego

Pours a very clear amber with minimal head.

Smells lightly of citrus hops with a little tropical goodness.

Tastes fine, but somewhat disappointing. Is it possible for a beer to be too balanced? If so, that applies here. Just the right amount of malt flavor balanced by just the right amount of citrus from the hops. Mouthfeel and carbonation are perfect, and this is a VERY easy drinking beer. All that said, it's missing something. It's simply not juicy enough - not hoppy enough - not unfiltered enough. I like big hoppy, juicy, dank IPAs, and Blind Pig drinks a lot more like a session pale ale.

Blind Pig is a classic, and it's a good beer, but it's getting a little long in the tooth. I wouldn't go out of my way to find it again, but I'd happily drink a few on tap if it was available. My wife loved it, so ymmv. (875 characters)

Photo of NewGeneric
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this as part of a tasting session with a buddy a while back. Poured a gold color with thin white head that faded pretty quickly and left sparse lacing. Smelled of citrus hops. Tasted like pine hops and malt. Pretty darn smooth. I could easily drink a few more of these... (275 characters)

Photo of BeerandBlues2
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours hazy orange with an average, white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, hay, straw), heavy hops (flowers, pine, citrus), average yeast (dough, sweat) with notes of apple, pear, and peach. Medium bodied, mineral texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity, and heavy bitterness. (416 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 2/14, consumed 2/20 - so, pretty fresh
Pours a light peach orange. Strong lacing, a layer sticks around.

Fruity hops, more sweet than bitter. Peach and hints of strawberry.

Hops along with a breadiness as well as citrus - mostly orange. Not complex or overly tasty and as my IPA loving friend commented - it doesn't taste as good as it smells. Good though.

Refreshing, nice carbonation.

Very session worthy, not a lot of sticky pine in the finish too. (463 characters)

Photo of SacoDeToro
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at RR Brewing Co.

The beer was a bright golden yellow with a small white head that quickly disappeared.

The aroma was bursting with herbal, earthy, and citrusy hops.

The flavor of the beer was dominated by intense hops that were a little coarse for my taste. Don't get me wrong, I love mad flavor, but I prefer hoppiness that leans towards the resiny, citrusy side.

The maltiness of the beer was crisp and light.

The carbonation seemed good and the mouthfeel was light.

This is a reasonably solid beer, but a little rough on the edges for me. Pliny (the Elder and Younger) are both superior offerings from RR in my opinion. Still, grab a pint when you see it on tap. This beer's relatively rare. (720 characters)

Photo of Dubbercody
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle picked up locally, yeah, that's pretty cool.

Really nice hop nose, clean hops, gives me a the chills just sniffing it. Recently bottled 072308...bout as fresh as they get for what I can see.

Nice bitterness that doesn't get washed out. Leaves the pine, fruity hop flavor all over the mouth, like licking resin off my teeth. Doesn't have the malt to hold back the hops, this scrubbed my tongue and left it scared more than the Elder.

I liked it, nice beer.

Thank the gods I've developed a love for IPA's.... (527 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 07/18/11. RR 'tion glass.

A: Pours crystal clear pale gold with a solid one and a half finger block of white foam. Good retention, some lacing.

S: Nicely integrated grass, floral, and a bit of tropical fruit, but the smell is pretty faint. The head kind of smells like orange vanilla.

T: Faint pineyness and a moderate dosage of bitter. Not a ton of flavor.

M: Light carbonation and medium-light body is appropriate for the beer.

O: Tastes good, is well constructed, a nice refreshing summer beer, but not a stand out. This seems more like a pale ale or bitter, and I don't mean that in a bad way. Just that I was expecting more of a hop parade. (659 characters)

Photo of alexhahn82
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium gold amber, almost no head, but poured by a well versed bar tender expecting a good tip (good tip = no head)

S - Pine, citrus, overall not too fragrant.

T/M -- Crisp, clean, hops, hops, hops. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp. Awesome IPA flavors.

O - Impressive, had my first Pliny 5 years ago, never ventured over the the PIG side. And wish I would have earlier, this is a top 10 IPA all day, delivers more than the average DIPA. MUST TRY.

PP (Price Point) - $7 for a fresh pint less than 50 miles away from the brewery, spot on for the price, good stuff at this price!! (579 characters)

Photo of mikul93
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden orange with light head. Carbonation streaming from the bottom of glass.

S- This beers smells WONDERFUL! Pine and hints of oranges.

T- Bitter and hoppy. Very dry.

M- Clean and dry. Smooth at first but bitter aftertaste lingers.

O- I enjoyed the beer but I definitely won't be seeking it out. (316 characters)

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