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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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Reviews: 1,357
Hads: 5,250
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 1,785
Gots: 751 | 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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Reviews: 1,357 | Hads: 5,250
Photo of Gerad_12
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

RR knows their IPA's and this one is done just as well as thier flaghip Pliny. Very smooth and easy drinking. Coppery coloring, fresh hops with both citrus and pine. Excited to dive into the 6 pack I just got from RR. (221 characters)

Photo of RJB66
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very tasty and easy to drink brew from Russian River. I was expecting a little more but I didn't get it. This beer seems like it is a little brother to Pliny the Elder.,I still would have another one and I would recommend you try it for yourself. If someone offered one to me I would not turn it down!! (304 characters)

Photo of remingtonsteele1987
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blind Pig on draft is a very exciting experience. I find it very smooth with subtle tropical fruit flavors with a big hoppy finish that linger for some time. Carbonation seems to be middle of the road, and the head dissipates almost immediately. Other than that, I love this beer and will walk miles, once a week, to savor a pint or two at a very fortunate bar. (363 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk’s cafe, Philly. Pours deep golden with fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and bready malt. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy hops dominate the palate, while bready malt and ripe fruit provide support. Finish is long and dry. Excellent brew. (302 characters)

Photo of Nicole15
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orange almost red hue with a off white head that disappears pretty quickly. The lacing on this is really nice and wraps the inside of your glass all the way down. Lots of pine and a bit of citrus. Not overly bitter and very well balanced. A top notch IPA. (267 characters)

Photo of Moose90
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz Bottle Dated 072715

A — Pours a ruby hued coppery orange hue into the glass. Reminiscent of the label color. Very nicely pours with a puffy khaki colored head. Though it doesn't stick around long, the head settles and leaves some nice lacing behind it and is quite consistent.

S — Smells of lots of fresh hops and is quite bitter, lots of piney, citrusy aromas, lots of character.

T — Nice layers of flavors, quite bright, lots of piney character, some bright bitter citrus, and is overall bitter and resinous without being overly sweet or sticky and cloying.

M — Medium bodied, long and lasting finish, bitter and dry.

O — Quite nice overall, really well done, delicious and balanced. (706 characters)

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

Love this beer. As much as Pliny especially after they tweaked the hops in Pliny. Aroma is floral and crisp and fresh. Taste is also crisp with notes of berry and citrus. Not unpleasantly bitter at the end. Beautiful golden color and creamy head. (247 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/26...on tap at Monk's. Bright copper, low foam, but full lid. Spicy pine nose. Citrus too. Powerful balanced hop cuts through a malty base, grapefruit, pine abounds. Bitter stays with you. Delicious. (201 characters)

Photo of beerbully
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into Russian River Chalice

L-Clear, golden 1/2 inch head, little retention, minimal lacing

S-Floral, fruity hops.......Mango, papaya, melon, passion fruit

T-Follows the nose, sweet malts, fruity, floral hops.........slight bitterness in the finish

M-Lite to medium body, mild carbonation, chewy

O-Great hop flavor, very drinkable, good balance (363 characters)

Photo of ljjpowers
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip glass, I might actually like this IPA better than Pliny (The Elder). I know: that sounds ridiculous given the rankings. Pliny is more of a hop bomb, though, and this saps your tongue and tastebuds of their capacity to taste the more nuanced flavors of this amazing brew. Blind Pig, on the other hand, is hop-forward but is not overpowering in bitterness or pine. There is an amazing balance in this brew between green pine, caramel nuttiness, and fresh tropical fruit. Of the citrus, grapefruit and lemon are most notable (in smell and taste). As opposed to Pliny TE, I could drink this all day long… and at 6.1% above, I just might. (656 characters)

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you like IPA this is a great tasting beer for you. Balanced hop and citrus flavors that goes down smoothly. Smell has a hint of grapefruit and floral hops.
Great beer especially fresh from the tap! (200 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 89/100

Summery: Just ok, Considering the hype from the brewery I suppose I feel let down and it's probably not Blind Pig or Russian Rivers fault. Anyway, this didn't strike me as anything special though. Maybe just because the market is flooded with mega hoppy IPA's. Anyway, its still incredibly smooth, rich and creamy. Definitely worth trying~ (525 characters)

Photo of HeadyIPA
3.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This IPA is average at best. It's good, not great. I don't understand the hype and people falling over themselves to get it. I'm sure it's because of the lack of accessibility outside of California or simply because it's a Russian River brew. Either way, I'd pass on this any day over Pliny. There are far more better IPAs out there that the average Joe can pick up at their local beer store or super market. So in summary, don't believe the hype on this one. (460 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours orange tinted gold under a fairly persistent clingy 2” white foam cap.
S: Starts floral and then citrusy grapefruit.
T: Hop forward beer progressing through light fruit, light malt, light biscuit, long lingering citrus rind bitterness moderated and balanced by a light malt and fruit sweetness but overall it dries out in the finish. Hop flavors are above average, hop bitterness is moderates.
F: Creamy, medium body, medium carbonation.
O: A big IPA with complex layers of flavor and a delight to drink. (519 characters)

Photo of Timdejay671
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden with an inch head. Aroma is hoppy with notes of pine and citrus. Taste is smooth and crisp with balanced malt and bitterness. Happiness is just right and a slight sweetness. Nice mouth feel. Extremely tasty IPA that is underrated because of its shadow to Pliny. (274 characters)

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

6/16/16 bottle poured to tulip

Pours clear medium gold, two big fingers of off-white head that slowly settles, leaving some lacing.

Sweet breakfast roll and citrus on the nose, bit faint until it warms, when some sweeter citrus and deeper malt notes come out to play

Gloriously hoppy flavor, balanced slightly to the bitter side, bitter orange peel and a hint of pine, light malt and honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel is spot on for a big IPA, full body with a good lash of carbonation

Overall, I've really been looking forward to this one... one of the white whales in my favorite style, and happy to say it doesn't disappoint. Not too big, not too little, just a very nice take on the west coast IPA style, but not super-aggressively-bitter. Were I closer to the brewery, this gem would be in my fridge whenever possible. (822 characters)

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

This is a really well balanced IPA from Russian River. A slightly honeyed, sweet ale with decent bitterness that keeps everything in check. Bright hops with a citrus note evident. Very drinkable! (195 characters)

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

Pours a clear golden color with a three finger head. Wonderful pour. Head dissipates quickly leaving a little lacing and a quarter inch foam.

Smell is of pine, mango, and some sweetness like honey. Some floral notes mixed in as well. I was expecting a bit more aroma.

Taste starts with some malt with in your face hops. Pine, floral, and a little juicy. Bitter dry finish.

Good carbonation and crisp profile. Everything it's cracked up to be. Can't wait to taste big brother pte tomorrow. (493 characters)

Photo of Foggy_Memories_Beer
4.89/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First time I had this I thought it was no good. I had no idea what I was tasting. Looked at the date and it was old.. finally grabbed a fresh one..in blown. This is one of the best ipa I've ever had (198 characters)

Photo of W_Des
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A really tasty beer. I get a citrus and pine in the nose and the body is well balanced with the bitterness. It pours a nice golden color and finishes slightly dry. Really drinakble IPA from Russian River. (204 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale amber (SRM 9) with thick white head; copious lace; great clarity and carbonation. Lemon nose with a whiff of grass and pine. Up front, citrusy hop/grass that is mellow pine in the middle; finish leaves a lite bitter hop taste on my tongue. Lite plus mouthfeel. Very tasty lighter IPA; hops are subdued with good balance between bitter and citrus. (351 characters)

Photo of calitrie1486
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. Reminds me more of a pale ale then an IPA, but then again that could be because I did a side by side with Pliny! Def worth a try but not worth the hassle to get. . . (181 characters)

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

Bottled 4/16/15. Pine, resin, and grapefruit. Very hop forward but not a hop bomb. Lots of pine in the nose. Prefer it to the PtE I had last night, but that was was getting little long in the tooth. Would love to do a side by side of fresh BP and fresh PtE (257 characters)

Photo of Osseous
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into IPA speiglau. Golden Amber color. SRM ~13. One and a half fingers width of white head. Constant trail of bubbles. Smell was incredible: pine needles, juniper, and grapefruit citrus. Taste was clean and refreshing: crisp beginning with a building of piney bitterness. Punch of grapefruit and hints of orange. Great resurgence of creamy foam upon agitation. Moutfeel was crisp and clean, ultimately refreshing without being too light. Overall, a heavy hitting IPA that stands formidably against most conventional DIPA. Great beer from a great brewery! (561 characters)

Photo of Ghrymm
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 510ml bottle dated 01/26/15 . Nice golden pour, slight white head but nice lacing.Nice citrus floral nose and a great burst of hops.
A very nice solid IPA. (169 characters)

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,357 ratings.