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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: 1,355
Hads: 5,240
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 3.94%
Wants: 1,781
Gots: 745 | 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: 1,355 | Hads: 5,240
Photo of StJamesGate
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,349 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (1,086 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (919 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of JohnParadee
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (880 characters)

Photo of DT509er
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Prost! (367 characters)

Photo of Jevers
4.84/5  rDev +12.3%
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 (332 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 510 mL bottle into a pint glass, golden amber colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: fruity hops, mango, pineapple

T: beautiful hop profile, bitter up front, middle is fruity sweetness, finish turns bitter with slight pine, tropical fruit

M: vibrant carbonation, medium body

O: top notch IPA in the west coast style (372 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 510 ml bottle dated 1/16/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a clear light honey yellow with almost a finger of off-white head, nice lacing. Good carbonation.

S-Aromas of pine/resin, citrus, floral notes, tropical fruit.

T-Taste improves from smell with notes of pine/resin, floral hops, citrus, light caramel and bread.

M-Nice mouthfeel with a semi-dry finish with a medium body.

O-Overall a great IPA by Russian River. I want more. (446 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy golden amber - like amber waves of grain. 2.5 finger solid white head with a bunch of bubbles on top

s: so much pineapple. pineapple to the face. orange, mango, juicy passionfruit, and crisp sweet caramel. i think i smell a hint ofdiacetyl as well

t: pineapple, bitter grapefruit, mango, fresh biscuits, bitter resins. finishes with some tangy apricots, fresh dough, and ends with bitter tea leaf

m: really nice mouthfeel. its medium with just enough carbonation to help the juice from the tropical fruits pop

o: much more bitter than the nose indicated. its clean and crisp and bitter. the bitterness is not overpowering, and blends nicely with the juicy fruit. the funny about this is that its really quite good - its just hard to live up to the other IPA offerings from Russian River, but this is really quite a good substitute. a little more bitter than say..PtE, but can holds its own with the big boys (919 characters)

Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll
3.62/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled exactly 3 weeks ago :)

Poured into a big curvaceous witbier glass, surprisingly clear at the narrow waist, less transparent toward the top (got cold in transit, chill haze??). Perfect fluffy white two-finger head.

Really grabs my tongue, nice and dry. Taste-wise, maybe I've been having too many double IPAs lately, but I'm a little surprised at the subtlety here. Not a bad thing, just unexpected. The flavor, while subdued, is very pleasant. Nothing but bitter hops. No complaints, but I maybe had my hopes up a bit. The dry, tongue-twisting bitterness is the highlight. (582 characters)

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

Poured a 2-week old bottle into a tulip shaped glass.

The appearance was a clear, deep-copper with a bright-white 2 finger head. The top of the glass held on to some of the lacing.

The aroma might be my favorite part of this beer. Strong fruit, melon & citrus from the moment you pour it.

The taste is good, I wish a little more of the aroma worked its way into the taste. That said, i'm splitting hairs here. This is a fantastic beer, one of the best I've ever had. It is easily in my top 5 of single IPA's. (511 characters)

Photo of rjp217
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Two weeks old, poured into my teku...

A - Dark orange, hazy with a fluffy one finger, frothy head. Sticky lace remains throughout consumption

S - Pine, malts, bread, biscuits, orange zest, citrus

T - Much of the same as the nose except the citrus notes take over. Orange and lemon come to the forefront with a piney, slightly bitter aftertaste

M - Mild carbonation, medium feel, creaminess, hops, awesome

O - A damn fine IPA. Deserves the accolades it gets but it's just a step behind PTE in my opinion. Not as complex and little more sessionable as well when compared to the former. This is one I would go to all the time if it was available here. Well done! (664 characters)

Photo of PaBrewSki
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 1/16/14

Poured into a snifter with a white one finger head. Crystal clear yellow/orange appearance. Nose is very balanced between hops and bready malts. Taste follows suit. This is my first time with this beer and i'm impressed. Very balanced with a bitterness lingering on the tongue that leaves me wanting more. Could drink this all day. (348 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler shipped to me by a friend from San Fran.

A: a slight haze on a bright orange body. creamy frothy head. good retention and lacing.

S: pine, hop resins, smells a little like ganj. a mild citrus. cactus. melon fruit.

T: a little touch of garlic. pine and resinous. finish turns into a minor malt balance, little bit of caramel, followed by a bitter bite. dry. the pine is definitely the big player on the body for me.

M: carb is moderate, body is light/medium.

D: across the board a good beer for me. this is one of those IPA's that could pass for a pale ale, or at least where the style is going these days. good brew, easy drinking. (646 characters)

Photo of markchristenson
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/16/14 bottle date.

I'm a huge fan of PtE--it remains my gold standard for D/IPA beers. Was excited to try this one, especially because a friend who turned me onto Pliny said that he likes Blind Pig better. I confess to having the wrong expectations.

It looked good in the glass, deep yellow/borderline amber topped by a creamy, 1-inch head. And as it warmed up it got better. The bitter/resin components that seemed to sharp at first were rounded off a little bit. Nice, clean finish, and easily wanted to drink it all (shared the bottle with another person).

Don't get me wrong--this was outstanding and I could drink it all day. It just was missing some of the depth and complexity that exists in PtE. And for some, Blind Pig might be better--probably more of a stylistic thing. For me it was a little more resin-y/bitter and a little less fruity/floral. Not a huge difference, but enough that the magic that exists in PtE wasn't there for me. (950 characters)

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Dark golden pour with an incredible lacing. The carbonation resembles champagne with their small, uniform, and consistent bubbles.
S- I get earthy, grassy, and resiny. Slight citrus and floral qualities could be perceived.
T-Very dry and very clean drinking beer. There is certainly a spicy and earthy flavor. The finish is bitter but not overwhelming. IBUs???
M- Light bodied. Bready.
O- I love it, but for the same price I'd opt for a PtE. Overall, a great example of the style. I'd like a full keg... (512 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A; Slightly dark golden color, white head.

S: Notes of pine, and mandarin orange in the nose.

T: Pine, citrus, hops, and a pleasant bitterness in the flavors.

M: Medium bodied, smooth for an IPA, very drinkable.

O: Superior to Pliny the Elder, Inferior (though only slightly), to Pliny the Younger. (302 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear. Poured a quickly dissipating 1 finger head. Nice lacing.
S- When the cap came off, orange filled the air! Once in the snifter, aroma kept shifting between different combinations of orange, grapefruit, pine, caramel, and dank in all sorts of combinations.
T- Sweet orange as it sits on the tongue. Once swallowed, I got a rush of orange, grapefruit, BIG pine and strong hop bitterness over a nice malt backbone. Much more earthy than the aroma, but pretty good.
M- Medium, creamy body with crisp carbonation. Slick, oily, and drying. Lingering hop bitterness.
O- I was most impressed by the aroma, but all the parts were pretty good. Not even close to Pliny's quality, but still a good beer. (712 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
4.05/5  rDev -6%
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. (1,817 characters)

Photo of run4john
4.31/5  rDev 0%
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 (418 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (346 characters)

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,355 ratings.