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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

3,592 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3592
Reviews: 1286
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%


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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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clean, crisp golden color with orange tinges. It forms a head of eggshell white bubbles of a medium size, which sit nicely above the beer at about a half finger’s width. In body, the beer is clean and clear with just a touch of haze. On the nose, the beer smells of big orangey pine. Smooth caramel malt blends over the rich hop aroma, giving a sweet kick to the citrus nose. Touches of grapefruit and citrus rind also make their way into the nose to suggest the more bitter qualities of the beer. The smell is not overly pungent, but is nice and nuanced. On the tongue, the beer tastes nicely bitter with a smooth sweet backbone that brings rich balance to the beer. In terms of Pliny, I feel the bitters more in Blind Pig but I know there are less bitters overall than there were in Pliny… Citric acidity is also found in the taste, and is light and playful on the sides of the cheeks. In flavor, the beer begins as aspirin bitters and then opens into rich, bitter grapefruit and orange. Wisps of toast and caramel dance on the sides of the palate, but this beer is all about the bitters, which are strong yet balanced. The finish is of fresh orange juice with a touch of bitter aspirin and grass. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium with a gently prickly, higher carbonation and a crisp, snappy mouthfeel. It leaves the mouth dry with a light bitter resin and some saliva in the cheeks. Overall, Blind Pig is a great, classic IPA. It is all about the citric bitters, which I really enjoy. Terrific balance is seen here, similarly to Pliny, but in a way that seems to accentuate the bitters more. Head to head with Pliny, I think I liked Pliny more, this is a solid beer with great flavors, but doesn’t really wow me in any way. It drinks like a classic IPA, which it is.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 03:29:37 | More by Maxwell
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run4john

California

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lovely gold-yellow color

Smell: Citrus: grapefruit, orange< lemon zest, HOPS

Taste: Well balanced between the hops and citrus. You get the first taste of the grapefruit and orange sweetness to only feel the hops (pine) cut in perfectly.

Mouthfeel: I say medium-full greatness

Overall: Excellent IPA!!! I will get slammed for this but will gladly take this over pliny, sorry

Serving type: pint glass

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 05:32:51 | More by run4john
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zookerman182

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a golden yellow color with a two finger white head.
Aroma is grass and pine with some fruitiness.
Flavor is grassy and bitter up front then it backs off and you pick up citrus and pine with no lingering flavor.
Mouthfeel is balanced and perfectly carbonated. No lingering bitterness.
Top notch beer, refreshing and very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 19:24:48 | More by zookerman182
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blind pig, great lacing really impressive and a light bright gold colour. Smell has apricot, funky citrus, so much going on, a bit of rich stone fruit, florals and some tropical fruits. 4.5 t is a smooth dry fruitiness, some. interesting yeast character, hay, a light and crisp profile with minimal citrus juiciness, this has lots of dry earthy and funky fruit notes and hop charcter. Retains some lightness but a really interesting flavor for an ipa 4.5 Mod body and carbonation, has a bit of slickness, really good balance alround 4 excellent ipa, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 23:18:47 | More by mick303
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stewart124

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was able to grab 4 bottles of this while visiting San Diego and this is the last one. All were bottled 090613. The first 2 we drank a week after bottling. Outstanding!

Poured into a dogfish head IPA glass. Golden in color with a pillowy white head that lingers beautifully.

Still plenty of citrus, grapefruit and juicy fruit in the nose. Slight bit of pineapple.

The taste is absolutely spectacular. Hops up front and hops in the background with just a slight hint of biscuit and straw. So clean and refreshing. I'm not sure it gets better than this.

Lingering hop bitterness with a medium mouthfeel. Just amazing.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 02:38:15 | More by stewart124
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HookemHoos

Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this straight from the bottle 3 weeks after bottling. Pours orange/golden color with a thick white head. The smell was citrus and very earthy. Taste starts off very clean which turns to hoppy bitterness on the back end. Overall, I consider it a top-notch IPA. I'm not sure it's my favorite IPA, but one that I would definitely have consistently when available.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 15:05:05 | More by HookemHoos
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constantine_272

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Clear, save for the mess of sediment at the bottom if the bottle. Golden with a tinge of orange. Medium carbonation leaves a small persistent foam ring.

S: Straw. Lemon lime and orange.

T: Starts off cool and clean and rushes in with floral and citrus hoppy bitterness. Slight tinniness through the middle with faint sweetness of orange rind. Finishes a bit dry with a bit of pine and tree sap.

M: An odd mouthfeel: it starts off light but slowly grows in heaviness. Probably building from the somewhat long and dry hop aftertaste.

O: Really great IPA. Good full acidic hopiness; strong bittering, but not over the top. I can't see myself drinking more than one and really appreciating the second though. The flavors are too light and would get lost in the dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 05:02:45 | More by constantine_272
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear golden with thick bubbly white head. Aroma is crisp hoppy floral citrus. Taste is crisp clean hops upfront with a touch of sweet malt and bitter orange peel on the follow through. Aftertaste is lingering bitter citrus and dank piny hops. Palate is clean and a little sticky. Overall very well balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 20:22:43 | More by jbaker67
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Rheaume17

Vermont

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Bob for saving this one for me!

Poured into a tulip glass. Bottle dated 9/26, enjoyed on 10/25.

Appearance - Pours a nice golden color with a slight orange hue. A solid inch of head. Great lacing throughout the session.

Smell - Lots of hops! Smells bitter, probably from grapefruit. Slight hints of tropical fruits.

Taste - Very similar to the smell. A ton of hops. Some hints of pine and certainly some grapefruit. Slightly sweet. The hops are balanced out a little with a subtle bready malt.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation. Feels pretty dense and sticks to your teeth a little.

Overall - An excellent IPA from RR. In my opinion this is just as good as PtE. (obviously two completely different aspects though) Was glad to try this one and would definitely recommend if you have the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 19:42:31 | More by Rheaume17
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a nonic.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Settles slowly, leaving plenty of dry residue as it does; but never completely. Tons of beer ring lacing. Continually rising effervescence.

S: Pine resin and honey.

T: Hops....

M: Syrupy feel, crisp hop. Sweet, hoppy finish.

D: Sip and savor for as long as you can.

Atmosphere is excellent. Nice head, great lacing. Nose is simple but full. Pristine flavor characteristics, full body, excellent. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 03:39:17 | More by bmwats
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden yellowish-orange with a big foamy and frothy white head with great retention and lacing upon settling. Carbonation bubbles floating to the top

S- Citrusy hop aromas with some grassy notes, slightly spicy with some pine. Quite a bit of sweet doughy malt with some caramel undertones

T- Lots of fruity notes up front with some citrusy hop and pineapple flavors. Some piney/grassy flavors transform to a sweet and malty body with caramel and bread. The finish is somewhat dry with a subtle-but-noticeable hop linger

M- Medium body and carbonation lead to a creamy and smooth mouthfeel and a silky finish, drinkability is solid

O- RR continues to impress me. This beer is balanced in a way that I've rarely seen in an IPA. The hoppy notes are fresh and leading the flavor profile, but the bread caramel malt backbone compliments this beer so well. Like Pliny The Elder, it's drinkability is world class to so easy to drink. I wish this was available to me, as I would purchase it every chance I could.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 19:03:25 | More by Treyliff
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chickenflea

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from my friend Jim. Thanks, Jim. Pours yellow orange with a beautiful one finger foamy head. A lot of bubbles coming up through the beer. Lots of retention and lacing. The aroma is incredibly intense. Unbelievable. Makes me wonder what I have been drinking all these years that called itself and IPA. I get some pine (Simcoe?) and citrus on the nose. Slight floral accent is there, too. The wonderful thing about this beer is it does not taste like so many hop bombs I have had lately. I would describe the bitterness as medium and just toward the low end for the style. Finish is long and smooth. No harshness, just lingering bitterness. A pleasantly light sweetness balances the bitterness perfectly. The texture of the beer is creamy like the head. Medium body and mouthfeel is lightly tingly. Unlike some beers this beer does not improve as it warms. It is best drank in the first 25 minutes. Overall, a terrific beer. I intended to knock this beer down, because I am sick of all the hype surrounding the brewery. I came away from this beer with incredible respect.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 16:54:12 | More by chickenflea
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mverity

Florida

4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice pale gold in color with a great amount of bubbly white head that persists. Lacing also fantastic. Aroma is of grapefruit and sweet/bitter grassy hops. Taste is really good. Subtle sweetness that reminds me of fresh cut St Augustine. The bite of the hops is slight, but well balanced. I'm surprised that this beer is so drinkable. I've killed a full tulip already. Mouthfeel is light, bubbly, and has a nice hop sting. Might have to get a growler of this beer instead of Pliny my next trip to RR.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 01:29:57 | More by mverity
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tommcsweeney

California

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If Pliny is their double IPA then Blind Pig is their single/regular IPA. While true Russian River Brewing Company does brew a Russian River IPA as well, I'm of the opinion that Blind Pig was Vinnie's first, and therefore the precursor to Pliny The Elder.

http://russianriverbrewing.com/brews/blind-pig-ipa/

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 01:36:46 | More by tommcsweeney
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JohnG190

New York

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden with a thick, quickly dissipating white head. The aroma explodes with grass, grapefruit, and flower notes. This is the best smelling IPA I've ever had. The flavor is more subdued, but still amazing. Biscuity malt followed by strong hop bitterness redolent of grapefruit with hints of grassiness and floral notes. Incredibly drinkable. Finishes dry and bitter. Light bodied with effervescent carbonation. Overall, if this isn't the finest example of an IPA I've ever had, it is surely in the top two or three! I cannot give enough kudos to Russian River!



Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 21:29:48 | More by JohnG190
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tarheels86

California

3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500mL and various tap pints. This is one of those IPAs that I have never enjoyed. No matter how fresh, this one and I do not match well.

500mL. Poured a clear to slight hazy orange, glowing with a large, rocky, cream head that left massive lacing of Jesus. Aroma is massive mango pulp, resinous hops. Taste is dry, void, saw dust, bitter, thin. Not fresh (?). I’ll take another Sculpin and Alpine Duet. K thx bye. 7/9/2010 8/5/6/3/12=3.4

Tap at Toronado SF. The pour is a clear orange with a small but sticky white head. Aroma of fresh citrus, pineapple, and caramel. Taste is dry, earthy, potpourri, bitter, lemony. As it warms, sweet Valencia oranges come into play for some sugary body. Less full and less fruity compared to PtE. But overall it is super fresh, quenching, and neither malt forward or malt forward. Yum! 2/4/2011 8/4/7/4/14=3.7

500mL thanks to OaklandBrewer. Consumed exactly one month after bottling. Pours a crystal clear light orange to deep gold. Thicker, off-white head. Thick rings of lace. Looking good. Nose is thick orange peel, rich citrus, melon character. Approaching an 8 for nose. Taste is sharp, bitter, lots of citrus rind. Nice stuff, could use some extra butterscotch thickness. Perhaps a little dry with nice hints of kumquat and meaty jackfruit. Nice refreshing, lighter mouthfeel. 3.7 is about right. Nice stuff though there are plenty of better IPAs in the sea.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 21:52:05 | More by tarheels86
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a two fingers of head on a fairly clear straw colored body.
The aroma is a great mix of grapefruit, orange, touch of lemon and grain.
The taste is bold grapefruit bitter with lemon and a slight orange sweet finish. Nicely done.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable and bold.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 03:54:46 | More by Fatehunter
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bpasquini

California

5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first time trying Blind Pig
Bottled on Date 09-06-13
ABV% says 6.25% not 6.10%

A: Looks very light and refreshing, nice clear golden amber mix, with a nice fluffy head that slowly dissipates and leaves light lacing around the glass

S: Very Piney, followed by some slight bready and caramelized sugar malts, and finishes with some nice light citrus, all combine very nicely to the nose

T: Nice taste of piney hops hit first followed by light bready and caramelized sugar malts, and finishes with a little bit of citrus hops and a nice light crisp bitterness to end, get a little pineapple and a very small amount of grapefruit, very nice combination of flavors

M: Very light, crisp, and refreshing for an IPA, very very slight oily or creamy feeling to it which makes it even smoother

O: Outstanding IPA, easily one of the best I've ever had, I was expecting it to be good based on the ratings, but after trying it I feel this beer is definitely under rated, I went a little out of my way to get this and I will gladly do it again

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 05:27:26 | More by bpasquini
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours crystal clear blond with a nice fluffy head. Looks crisp and clean. Highly effervescent.

Heavy on the sweet malt, the nose is still very round. I smell pine, flowers and some citrus on the bottom. This isn't too pungent, but the smell fills the room.

I love how this beer hits every part of your palate. It's bitter, but in a single IPA kind of way. It's fun to sip, fun to gulp, fun to let sit on your tongue. Blind pig is pleasant through and through. Notes of pine, grass, and sweet pineapple.

Medium bodied; rich mouthfeel; creamy, but crisp.

Overall, this is up there as one of my favorite, no frills, single ipas. Awesome flavor which is big, but manageable. The expectations were straightforward, and blind pig delivered.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 03:40:34 | More by lunarbrew
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StrongAleSkeptic

Arizona

4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear amber with a sudsy head that quickly diminishes. The lacing has some dynamic legs that succumb to gravity and work their way downward to the surface.
S - Floral bouquet of piny hops permeate the majority of the nose on this one, igniting a fervor to quickly get to the sipping exercises.
T - Taste is phenomenal. Amber malts quickly transform into citrusy, spicy hops with some piny notes intermingled. Well-balanced bitterness with a perfectly simple malt bill that accentuates the hops.
M - Very clean and quaffable with an initial spiciness that rounds out to a nice wet finish. Medium body all around with an especially sessionable quality to the texture.
O - Awesome, awesome IPA. One of the most well-rounded, well-balanced, clean IPA's I have had the pleasure to try. Crisp and clean and refreshing! Vinnie knows his craft well.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 03:36:25 | More by StrongAleSkeptic
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joe1510

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint Bottle

Bottled 7/8/08

I get the opportunity to try my first Blind Pig thanks to a recent trade with BrewerB, thanks a million Brian. Blind Pig pours deep golden with a just a bit of haze but fairly good clarity. When backlit this beer appears more straw golden and it really highlights the big carbonation bubbles that explode to the surface. A standard pour brought forth a two finger creamy white head that became ruddy and craggy as it settled to a solid crown. The head left sticky peaks and valleys of lacing on its way down the glass. The more beer that leaves the glass the better the lacing gets. Blind Pig is a good looking IPA.

Ahhh....Left Coast IPA all the way. A quick hit of pine kicks things off but the real showcase to the hop profile is the ripe juicy fruitiness. Ruby red grapefruit plays a big role as well but there is a surprising amount tropical citrus in here as well; mandarin oranges, tangerine, and papaya all make appearances. Then along comes a surprisingly grassy note before sugared grapefruit joins the mix. It smells to me like all pale malts were used in this beer and there is a very cake like maltiness giving this beer a solid backbone. Every time I stick my nose in the glass I'm greeted by a mouthwatering mix of wonderful hoppiness.

The flavor follows the aroma stride for stride and I love every second of it. Mildly sweet cake like malts start off the flavor profile but falls quickly to the wayside. A quick flash of pine hits right off the bat before all those delicious citric qualities take over. I'll save you the repetition and just say this beer is juicy. Big pine comes right back through and the final, lingering bitterness relies on the grassy aspect of the hop additions. This really is a delicious IPA. There is a great depth of flavor that keeps growing and growing.

The mouthfeel is exactly where it should be. The body is smooth and somewhat creamy with a moderate mouthfeel. The carbonation has enough oomph to help this beer work its way through and there's a solid bitterness left in its wake. The bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue and it's one of those enamel eater IPAs.

The big hoppiness, moderate body, and moderate abv all make for one hell of an easy drinker. One pint is simply not enough; a sixtel, maybe, but not a pint. This beer is semi-dry with a delicious hop profile that just continues to grow.

I've had my eye on Blind Pig for a couple years. I tried a few times to set up a growler trade with no luck so I'm glad this beer is finally bottled and I have the opportunity to try it in excellent condition. I wouldn't hesitate trading for this again and I like the fact it's bottled in pint bottles. The price would put a halt to buying as much as I'd like but it is a delicious IPA. Thanks again for the treat Brian!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 23:34:04 | More by joe1510
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.81/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an orangy color with a two finger head and nice carbonation.

Smell is juicy fruity hops, grapefruit, peaches, tangerine.

Taste is very nice up front, bitter toward the tail, leaves a hoppy bite in the aftertaste lingering on the palate. A bit grassy and some pine, a bit like pliny but has some differences too.

Very light bodied. A very well done single ipa.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 05:32:24 | More by Smurf2055
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Michael_DaBeers_IV

California

4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very great beer. Was recommended from a worker at Total Wine. Supposedly very rare. I was definitely pleased with my purchase and would buy it again. I prefer Pliny the Elder, but definitely a good choice nonetheless. Definitely recommend you try it if you ever get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 20:09:41 | More by Michael_DaBeers_IV
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Justin_Neff

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/20/13

A: Semi Hazy pale orange body. Off white fizzy head that clings to the glass fully as the head slowly subsides.

S: Piney and grassy upfront. Lots of citrus. Faint bready malt.

T: Fantastically balanced. Sweet citrus and resinous pine and bitterness round out the finish. A bit of hay and biscuit malt.

M: Crisp and smooth. Oily. Medium body. Medium carbonation.

O: Less "in-your-face" than Pliny, but just as balanced. A simple IPA, yet still bursting with flavors. Grateful to get to try.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 00:37:38 | More by Justin_Neff
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JonathanC

California

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great IPA, it's no Pliny but it is still part of the family to me.
This beer is always a pleasure to find and I wouldn't fail to grab it if an oppurtunity presented itself.
Blind pig provides a strong taste with a smooth finish. Very hoppy! The taste lingers in your mouth leaving you thirsty for more. If you enjoy a solid IPA definitly give blind pig a go.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 15:06:39 | More by JonathanC
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,592 ratings.