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

4,703 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,703
Reviews: 1,330
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,525
Gots: 507 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of jmdrpi
3.43/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had this on-tap at a RR event, right after Pliny the Elder, for what it's worth. served in tulip glass.

darker copper in color, with a thin white head. aroma is all hops, alot of pine. I thought the taste was actually hoppier than PtE, but no where near as balanced, so no where near as good in flavor. too bitter.

mouthfeel and drinkability was about average for an IPA.

Photo of JBogan
3.43/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The standard (for an IPA) medium gold color with medium white head which left moderate lacing.

Smell was pretty much standard IPA fare, maybe a slight bit better as it wasn't as grapefruity as many of the usual IPAs.

Taste also was perhaps a little bit above average, as it didn't have that over the top bitterness you find in many IPAs.

Mouthfeel was good. Slightly thick and smooth.

This was for the most part a slightly above average IPA. There's not much to distinguish between them. I bet a blind pig wouldn't be able to tell them apart.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.45/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Toronado, SF. Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed light orange color. Came with just a touch of head, so I can't comment much.

3.5 S: Like Pliny, this is piney and flowery, but dialed down several notches. Not much malt, but maybe a touch bready.

3.5 T: Decent, but all I can think is "watered down Pliny." Piney hops with some grapefruit and earthiness. Moderate to heavy bitterness. Malts are weak and mildly bready.

3.0 M: Every time I have this beer, it always comes back to the weak mouthfeel. Lighter medium body. Far from creamy (which is truly sad). The whole beer would be much better if this was more robust here.

3.5 D: This isn't worth drinking if a Pliny is near (or any other decent IPA) and disappointing if you let the hype monster get a hold of you.

Photo of HeroJH
3.48/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Be in the mood for bitter on this one. It just calls itself an IPA without any IBU rating, so otherwise you might not know. Which brings up the point that maybe this should be classified as something else, or that we need a new name for these really bitter American IPA's. I would guess it's a double IPA, but perhaps it didn't have the higher Original gravity. Anyways, it's a good beer, though I like their Pliney the Elder much better as that has more of the flavor of hops and not just mostly bitterness.

A - Medium gold, great head retention and lacing. Bits 'o stuff floating around in mine.

S - Hops, clean

T - Quite bitter up front. But along with the smell some mild flavor fills it out a bit. Must let it warm up a touch though.

M - Clean, very bitter

D - well, if you're in the mood for a real heavy and constant bitterness this would do ok.

It's funny that if you were to make beer, this taste could be the result of messing up your bittering hops by adding too many or letting the boil run long, but if you do it on purpose people love it.

Photo of waltonc
3.48/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from City Beer Store.

Hazy golden/orange appearance with sudsy foam around the rim of the glass.

Smells super hoppy, with notes of Christmas tree.

Taste: of course, ridiculous amounts of hops, which I assume, in combination with the apparent scarcity of this beer, is why folks have given it such a high average rating.

Mouthfeel: Pretty nice, notwithstanding the tongue-lashing that is delivered by the hops.

Drinkability: I will have difficulty making it through my bottle tonight. The hops are overboard and unbalanced.

Photo of brystmar
3.48/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shared with my brother and his gf. I'm not a big fan of single IPAs and strongly prefer the East Coast style (loooove Pliny though), so keep that in mind with this review.

Pours a light orange color with some white head and poor retention. No lace. Honestly, it looks boring and uninteresting.

The smell, on the other hand, is vibrant and full of flavor. Strong floral hops, fruity grapefruit, and more bitter hops bombard my nostrils. I've always loved the aroma from a good IPA, and this is no exception.

Holy hops, Batman! Strongly bitter start to finish as the extreme hoppiness overwhelms any hints of a malt backbone. Grapefruit and pine, as expected, but imbalanced is the name of the game here, folks. You crazy hop-heads probably love this one. Better than most other single IPAs, but it's still not for me.

Thin, weak body and not enough carbonation. I'll be generous and give a 3 for drinkability despite pouring most of my glass back into my brother's. If you like single IPAs, you will probably love Blind Pig.

Photo of dagubna
3.48/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of rajendra82
3.48/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The third offering in a continuum of Russian River IPAs bottled unofficially by BA RedwoodGeorge from a 5 gallon keg into 22 oz. bombers, the beer came out paler than the two bigger Pliny’s but had a little more carbonation, and a bigger head. The aroma was much milder than I had anticipated, with a floral-citric hop smell vaguely reminiscent of Mangos. The taste was citric, sugary, and a little soapy. Body was light and airy, and the hops faded quickly after each sip. Like the rest of Russian River IPAs, this was lighter in body than the strength on the label suggested. Unlike the bigger beers, the lightness of the body had a slightly detrimental effect on the single IPA, where more character is usually better than less. An easy to drink beer, that left me wishing it was a little less simple.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,703 ratings.