Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,371
Hads: 5,317
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.59%
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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 hplascencia1024
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've had in bottle and on tap. This is for the bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: Hazy, yellow-orange hue
S:piny, floral, citrus notes
T: Amazing. Definitely hop forward, nice strong bitter bite to it. earthy grassy, slight malt bill, just amazing
M: light, smooth, and bitter!
O: Amazing beer! I could drink this everyday and never get tired of it!

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Photo of JohnnyJam
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to R and C for picking this up for me when they went to CA.

Poured form a 510 ml bottle with the date code clearly printed on the label (3/26/13) into a pint glass and get 1 1/4 finger of head.

A: Pours a light gold color about the color of iced tea and I get 1 1/4 finger of head that is rocky and has big bubbles. The head dissipates slowly and leaves more than just a covering on top of my glass. There is a lot of beautiful sticky lacing from the top to the bottom of the glass.

S: Not a big smell of hops but a nice aroma of citrus hops.

T: This is really fruit basket of taste. Taste of tropical fruit like pineapple and mango and some red grapefruit.

O: This beer is smooth and refreshing. I don't think it's a hop-bomb but a more subtle taste that goes down smooth. It is full-bodied and lightly carbonated. Just a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of sallustfire
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a beautiful golden color with substantial white foamy head. There is a slight haze.

S - Overwhelming citrus hop aroma

T - Substantial bitterness and citrus hop flavors.

M - Smooth, smooth.

O - Outstanding example of a West Coast IPA on the smoother side with an abundance of citrus hops.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I stopped by Russian River last weekend while I was out in the Sonoma valley for a wedding. During the 45 minute wait, I decided to get a Blind Pig and Pliny.

Blind Pig was very unassuming looking actually. Kind of like a standard looking IPA. a basic pale gold tint and a bit sticky looking. Not much lace. I guess I was expecting the second coming after hyping my trip to Russian River so much.

Then the aroma hits. Its just fresh hops right to your nose. Very good. Extreme amounts of grapefruit and grass in the nose. Even a bit of something flowery. The best part of the beer.

The taste did not live up to the nose but it was still really good. Again, fresh west coast hops with strong citrus bitterness. The hops linger and are a bit dry.

This beer was great in the nose and the first few sips of the beer. Then it became cloying and dried my tongue out. Pretty decent overall, but I couldn't have a second. That being said, for a thin big hopped IPA, it was quite satisfying. That nose was great and drinking it extremely fresh on tap at RR made it that much better

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Photo of Murph-Dawg
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Was fortunate enough to come across some Blind Pig and Pliny the Elder in a beer trade.

Again fortunate, this was a extremely pleasing beer. Aromatic, yet also very flavorful and bold. Has a soapyish taste to it, one I enjoyed a lot. I will certainly trade for and attempt to find more if I can.

Excellent beer over all!

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Photo of kflorence
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden, copper with a thin layer of bubbly foam atop. Carbonation levels look pretty tame. There's a bit of lacing as you drink, but overall it looks to be a bit thin.

S: Hops dominate the aroma, but it isn't particularly aromatic. Mostly floral with tropical fruits, banana and some pine. Light biscuity malts linger in the background with a bit of alcohol.

T: Quite similar to the smell on the palate. Pretty decent mix of toasted biscuit and citrus hops up front. Lots of grapefruit. Finishes crisp and dry with a bitter, grapefruit on the tongue.

M: Carbonation is a bit more lively on the tongue than the appearance let on, but this one is still on the lighter side of medium bodied. There is a bit of chewiness in there, but I could use a bit more body. The thinness does add to its drinkability, however.

O: Overall this is a solid IPA with a decent amount of flavor that is quite sessionable, however it pails in comparison to some of its Russian River brethren. I'd seek this out again if I'm in the mood for a lighter IPA as it would make a great fridge beer and a superb starter IPA for those who are a bit more timid with their hop tolerance. Cheers!

EDIT: having now had this several times, including on tap, I think my first bottle may have been a bit old. Aroma and taste improved noticeably in later tastings, especially on tap. Still not as complex or flavorful as Pliny the Elder, but I think it surpasses it in terms of something I'd like to drink often.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden sunrise orange with a fluffy white head. The head dissipates leaving a generous amount of lacing on the glass. Smells of pine, floral and citrus flavors. The taste is very much the same with some malt flavors in the back end. This goes down very easy and it is very smooth. Not overly bitter, but some bitterness lingers. Overall, a very solid IPA.

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Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Blind pig is the IPA of IPAs. It is amazing the work Russian river does. I live in SoCal and it is actually harder to find this than Pliny. Every time I get my hands on this beer it never sits in my refrigerator more than two days, and I doubt that it sits anywhere longer than that.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

510ml bottle dated 4/3/14 poured into a tulip
A: Orange color with a one-finger head
S: Very fresh, immediately jumps from the bottle as soon as it's opened. A pleasant combination of citrus/pine/floral hops but caramel/malt providing a solid background
T: Matches the nose; tastes incredibly fresh. Again a great balance of hops and malt yet packs tons of flavor for its 6%
M: Medium-bodied, very crisp and refreshing
O: One of the better IPAs I've had. Fresh, flavorful and refreshing

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Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big fluffy white head. Slightly hazy, translucent brew: gold and orange straw that easily lets through light sources, shifting its appearance constantly. Lively and bubbly. Excellent head retention and excellent lacing.

Big grapefruit and pine notes, with a hint of dank cat musk, tropical fruit, and lemon. Malt presence is tricky to pick out behind all the up-front hops, but it's mostly pale biscuit and floral/honey in the background.

Flavor is less bitter and brightly hoppy than the aroma indicates; much more mellow. Pine and pale malts up front, with a huge dose of Mosaic fruit and dankness on the back end. Crisp and clean.

Bright, light-bodied (but plenty of flavor), semi-dry finish with long-lasting hops on the palate. Very drinkable.

This is a solid IPA. I don't feel it lives up to its big cousin, PtE, at all - but then, it's lighter and lower ABV, so it occupies a different beer niche. It's closer to the hoppy APAs so many companies are putting out now. Enjoy this with lunch or on a warm day.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an IPA glass. Bottled on 4/16, consumed on 4/24

A - Clear golden straw color with fairly active carbonation. Big 2 finger head. Very pretty beer.

S - I'm getting a lot of sweet dankness. Maybe hints of orange and tropical fruits. I'm thinking there is some malty sweetness mixed in there.

T - I can't really say what I'm getting here. It's a little muddled in the hop profile. Kind of dank. A little bit citric. NO malt. I dig it.

M - Prickly carbonation with a very mild bitterness. It lingers for a bit on the tongue. Light bodied and easy to drink.

O - Rock solid. Not amazing. But rock solid.

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Photo of PPOmaha
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11 days ago.

Aroma: tangerine peel, mango, slightly catty. Sweet crusty malt aroma in the background. What is there is awesome but not huge. No DMS, no diacetyl.

Appearance: Gold to light amber. White rocky head that lingers for several minutes.

Taste: Balanced malt flavor, pretty neutral bitterness. Earthy hop profile with just a hint of citrus. No diacetyl, no DMS.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy, medium high carbonation.

Overall: Great beer, the best IPA out there, that isn't a double ipa. Still has the character that IPAs had 10 years ago and the reasonable 6.25% ABV. Not a bitter mess. Aroma is a bit more prominent when I've had it on tap.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.89/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My thanks to my friend JohnParadee for this bottle!
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.
Pours a medium clear amber with half a finger of head.
Smells lightly hoppy, lightly bready.
Taste is in line with aromas. Nice mild hop profile in balance with malts.
Mouthfeel was clean, making it very drinkable.
Overall, a mild, light and easy drinking west coast style IPA. Hops very subtle and perfectly balanced with malts.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a DFH IPA glass. Acquired in a trade from kflah41.. thank you so much man!

Appearance - Pours a every-so-slightly fulvous orange colored body with a thick, frothy, cloudy white head that reduces very slowly and leaves thick lacing. Very nice.

Smell - Sweet and resinous, lots of pine and caramel with hints of tropical fruits and citrus. Caramel, biscuity.

Taste - Upfront, subtle pine and caramel malt, followed by citrus peel and a watery sweet malt flavor. The finish has a resinous hop bite that lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light body, a little light for an IPA.

Overall, a so-so IPA in my opinion. This may have been the pinnacle of IPAs in it's day, but there are far better offerings that outshine it in a heartbeat.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Acquired from smanrob in a trade. A great trader!

Appearnce - It looks like an IPA should, a light copper color with a white head. Lacing was noted around the glass.

Smell - Pine was noted as the dominant part of the aroma. It was not a dominant aroma, but it left a mark.

Taste - I read in a thread that Blind Pig and Pliny are like licking a pine cone. So I will get that impression to the front and suggest pine is the dominant initial taste. It is not overly bitter. Orange rind and the sourness of grapefruit are also very present. Toward the back, the taste fades quite a bit. That is my greatest disappointed.

Mouthfeel - Lightly carbonated and fairly smooth, this one goes down easy.

Overall - This is not my favorite style but I can certainly appreciate a well crafted beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Interurban, Portland

Mad off-white lace over pale amber.
Mint leaf and lemon zest on the nose.
Light caramel and toast, some orchard fruits (yellow plum, peach) then light pine, citrus, and resin in perfect ratio.
Tangerine skin end and children’s aspirin linger.
Light to slightly medium, oily, a bit of chew.

Balanced like a katana. So light, crisp, round and just the right amount of hoppy. Deserves its legendary status.

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Photo of scotorum
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Still another wonderful acquisition from BigStein88.

Love the name Blind Pig, the euphemism for speakeasies in Prohibition days. But yes RR also took it literally for chuckles, there is a drawing of a pig with dark glasses and a cane on the label.

Bottled 1/16/14. Not two months old yet.

Poured from the 16.25 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip glass.

a: Crystal clear dark gold with a two inch tall white head which receded slowly to heavy rocky surface foam and patterned lacing. Required a couple of additional pours to get a pint of it out of the bottle.

s: Intense citrus and pine, DIPA strength aroma

t: Pine hops forward with medium strength over a mild malt base. First impression is it's a hop show. Balances out better by mid-consumption. Surprisingly little hop bite lingering on the tongue.

m: Slickly smooth, medium with good body. Ongoing carbonation tingle supplements the hop bite.

o; A highly drinkable and distinguished IPA. More hop power than many, although with all the new ones out lately, this little piggy risks getting lost in the wallow. Perhaps it had more punch when it was just-out-of-the-brewery fresh. May have to wait until my next trip to Cali to find out. Still and all and as is, exceptional for mouthfeel, balance and refreshment value, worthy of its current #101 spot on the BA top 250 brews.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the brewery. Bottled 2-24-14 and poured on 3-4-14. Oooh fresh. Pours to my wine glass a mostly clear golden copper color with a very creamy one finger white head on top. Classic grapefruit and pine aroma, some mango and pineapple, more pine and grass. Flavor is sweet tropical fruits behind massive pine bitterness. Resinous mouthfeel, medium carbonation, and extremely smooth. I do see why this is so loved, and it is quite a fantastic IPA with a lot of heft despite the lowish ABV. Good stuff.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Another "How the heck have I not reviewed this beer yet" review.

Six day old sample. Poured into a pint glass.

Crystal clear copper/orange pour with a massive scoop of off-white foam. Tons of lacing throughout the glass.

Aroma is a wonderful blend of citrus and light malt. Orange, apricot, peach, pineapple and mango. Pretty much insert any citrus fruit and you can whiff it. Some pine and malt as well.

The taste is, in essence, what an IPA should be. Hoppy up front with a big malt back bone. Big citrus and the right amount of bud-tingling hops. This has that. Mouthwatering buds well after the swallow. Makes me want more and more to quench that everlasting thirst. The swallow is almost like the licking of the inside of a grapefruit rind...not the outside.

Smoooth body to this.

Overall this lives up to the hype. Everything a West Coast IPA should be and more. Smooth yet bitter but not overly to take it to the DIPA level (that's Pliny's job). I noticed the price has gone up on this bad boy but still worth it to experience the show. Too bad the Blind Pig can't. Whaaa.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had younger and elder on tap multiple times this weekend. I like Blind Pig more.

A- Darker golden hue. Minimal head for style with good retention.

S- Less hoppy, more basic IPA. Like the origins of IPA before the hop abomination.

T- Crisp, clean. Great tasting IPA. Really comes off as a APA with the lack of bitterness.

M- Pretty full bodied for a IPA. Very enjoyable.

O- Big thanks to my bro for sending this one out to me. Never thought that this would overtake Elder and Younger for me, but the profile fits my IPA wants more than the others.

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Photo of dar482
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer is a light clear golden amber color.

The aroma has grapefruit, pine, sweet orange, bright lemons floral, and a caramel sweetness to it. It does remind me of Pliny, but not as big. There's tropical fruit too.

The flavor has pine, huge grapefruit, some tropical fruit. The bitterness hits you first and then there's some sweetness, and then a slight bitterness lingers. Lots of caramel malt sweetness balances this beer out. The juicy grapefruit hits you initially and then rolls throughout the experience of the beer. Pine on the finish.

The bitterness stands out this more than Pliny. The body is medium. The mouthfeel is really light and delicate.

This beer is so darn easy drinking and clean. It has a lot of similarities with Pliny the Elder with its characteristics. It's a wonderful balance of bitterness and malt sweetness. Like it's older brother, this beer is all about balance and drinkability.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 2/4/14;

Pours a very clear golden color with diminishing head.

Smells of sweet malt, honey, light citrus and tropical floral notes. Similar to Pliny.

Clean, crisp sweet malts up front followed by round tropical and light citrus tones. The finish ends long and dry with just a little too much lingering grapefruit bitterness.

Effervescent, slightly creamy carbonation which fits the clean and crisp character and medium light mouthfeel.

What a great IPA. Not the hop bomb that Pliny is but not certainly lacking in character. This would be in my regular rotation if available. The flavor opened up as the beer warmed. A near perfect IPA - my only gripe is the excess bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good Googly Moogly!!! Love this!

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Immediate 2-inch thick fluffy white head, which dissipated slowly but left lots of sticky lacing behind. Thin white collar remained throughout. Medium bubbles and carbonation. Color was light orange amber, but mostly clear. What swept me off my feet here was the lovely nose -- perhaps the best citrusy, piney grapefruit nose I've ever experienced, with subtle hints of orange, mango, and papaya. On the palate -- pine, pine, pine and sweet bitter grapefruit. Just fabulous! A textbook IPA in structure, with voluptuous sexy flavor profile. Hops are strong, but not overpowering, and alcohol is totally masked/subdued. Mouthfeel is good & chewy. Overall impression is as impressive as any IPA or DIPA I've ever tasted. If you don't absolutely love this, then you've obviously got your head up your ass.

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Photo of DT509er
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No finer beer on the planet then Russian Rivers' Blind Pig IPA.

A hoppy beer with a wonderful bitter bite to start off on the first sip. The head is creamy and alive and when a fresh keg is tapped, you get the full experience of a remarkable IPA. Usually tapped in at 6.1-6.25 alcohol, this IPA is not seasonal in any form as it is made for year enjoyment.


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Photo of Jevers
4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just got back from San Francisco with several bottles of different RR brews.

Appearance- beautiful golden color with a one finger head that laces down the glass

Smell- nice with notes of pine and citrus

Taste- excellent balance of malt and hops

Mouthfeel-perfect amount of carbonation

Overall-one of the best IPAs.I've ever had

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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