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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

4,696 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,696
Reviews: 1,329
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 1,522
Gots: 502 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of ppoitras
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle obtained via trade with RedwoodGeorge. Thanks for the opportunity... Brewed 1/21/2006, hand-bottled via counter-pressure system 1/27/06.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" off-white head over the almost clear dark golden brew. Frothy head fades gently, with bits of lace here and there. Aroma is super-duper piney hops, with some light fruitiness, and an inkling of sweetness underneath it all. Flavor is what the nose indicated, lots of hops, but just enough malt to take the edge off, with a nice cuttingly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice, especially for as hoppy as it is, and drinkability is also very acceptable. Another great offering from "George's Unauthorized Home Bottling Project".

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Brian for this great extra! Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a hazy light amber color with a thick two inch white foamy head. Very good head retention and it left excellent lacing on my glass.

The aroma is floral and hoppy with a strong grapefruit and pineapple citrus presence. It also has some pine and a slightly herbal spice to it along with a little sweetness. Excellent aroma for an IPA in my opinion.

The taste is hoppy as expected with some strong citrus flavors like the nose. It starts out with a sweet hoppy flavor but the bitterness really comes into play in the finish, balancing the sweetness out some.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's a fantastic tasting IPA and very easy drinking.

Overall one of the best IPA's I have had, and I have had the pleasure of having it a few times now fresh. it really shines in the balance it has between the sweet hoppy flavor and the bitter finish. Would gladly drink this anytime.

Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of HopHead84
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass. I'm surprised this is my first rating of this beer. It's medium golden with a nice frothy white head. Retention is good and scattered lacing is left on my glass.

The aroma is that of a near perfect IPA. Blind Pig has a strong citrus hop presence, imparting notes of bitter grapefruit as well as orange rind. There's also a lot of pine in the nose too. There's no noticeable alcohol, and the malt backbone is faint and crackery.

The taste is very bitter and packs a hell of a lot of hop flavor. It oozes pine and citrus hops. There' not sweetness. The crackery malt profile lets the hops run the show. No sweetness is detectable, and alcohol flavor is nowhere to be found. Bitterness is medium-high. The finish is crisp and clean. It's also very dry, and bitter. It leaves pine and grapefruit lingering on my palate.

Blind Pig is light bodied with good carbonation.
The mouthfeel is bone dry, crisp, and leaves my mouth sticky.

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of atrocity
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewpub, Santa Rosa, CA.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a resinous balmy citrus hop.

The taste consisted of an assertive piney and sweet orange hop with a full doughy and subtly sweet malt framework.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a superior IPA.

Photo of ShanePB
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle sent to me by smarcoly, thanks again for another tasty beer. Split with a friend and poured into two tulip glasses.

A: Clear golden orange body with a thick sudsy white head. Thin, tight retention cap with some larger bubbles around the edges. Minimal lace is present but still is nice and sticky.

S: Bright orange peel and juicy orange flesh. A touch of white grapefruit, papaya and some acidic lemon zest. It's certainly citrus forward however it's not too aromatic in the way of hitting you with the flavors in a bold fashion. This seems a bit more reserved compared to other "West Coast" IPAs.

T: Bitter citrus and floral hops coat the palate initially, followed quickly with a rush of citrus fruits. Bitter orange peel, sweet grapefruit and a touch of lemon rind towards the end. A very minimal malt base is hidden underneath the bright citrus flavors however it does help take the bitter edge off the beer.

M: Very creamy with low carbonation throughout the beer. It finishes quite dry however it's welcomed and leaves a residual stickiness on the palate. A signature body from Russian River, and perhaps even West Coast IPAs in general. Simply wonderful.

Certainly not my favorite IPA that RR makes however it's still a very flavorful and balanced one at that. Bright, clean, bitter and balanced, this is yet another beer that reminds me exactly why I love the style so much.

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Sammy, 500ml into a tulip. Bottled May 9, 2011. My first RR ever!

Pours almost liquid gold, with a bright white head. Filtered and clear body. Nose has lots of bright citrus, orange, some light caramel and slight sugar notes. Mild tropical notes behind the citrus. Taste hits with some bitter pine and citrus, a bit of grain, and again, some tropical notes behind this. Loads of fruit, a bit of a caramel-sugar cookie sweetness and a bitter pine finish. Smooth and bitter feel, with an immense drinkability. I'm happy to have tried this, but this leaves me a bit of a sad panda (for the time being at least) knowing that Ontario is nowhere close to this quality of an IPA.

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. People have sent me this before, but this particular bottle is thanks to psiweaver.

Appearance - Golden straw colored with a big white head. Hazy, but not sedimenty looking. Traces of head remain with loads of lacing.

Smell - HOPS. Citrusy hops. Orange and grapefruit hops. No malt smells at all.

Taste - HOPS. Citrusy hops. Orange and grapefruit hops. No malt taste at all. This is hop juice. The most pared down way of delivering hop flavor. Not even a hint of sweetness to make it easier to drink. As much as I like hop bombs (like PtE), this isn't balanced at all. It's bitter, then it's bitter, then it's bitter some more.

Mouthfeel - Because of the low malt character, it's thin. Even for a single IPA, it's very thin. The carbonation feels high, even though I don't think it is very high. Just the nature of ti makes it seem that way.

Overall - It's very tasty, if you're into huge hop bombs. It's actually quite impressive that a single IPA at 6.1% can have this much hoppiness. The downside is that it really isn't balanced.

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bottles of Blind Pig at Belmont Station a couple of weeks ago... shared one.. tonight.. this one is all mine.... poured into my Chimay goblet.

1" bubbly head.. nice cap and a surprising ring of lace.. the brew is only slightly hop-hazed pretty clear honey..

nose is lemon and tangerine zest dominated by pineapple hoppiness.. some grapefruit.. and just enough pale malts.

not what else to say about the flavor other than.. WOW!! Mirrors the smell identically... huge fruity hop flavors... Kaffir lime leaves.. clean.. yet oily.. just enough pale malt goodness to bring the hops to their full glory... never ever goes over to the bitter side.. just very very drinkable.. body is fairly lite.. lending very much to me wanting another sip.. quaff.. bottle.. (can I get a keg?)

There is no doubt Blind Pig would be a household regular if I had it locally... now... we just need to make sure, somehow, that Idaho is the next state on the evergrowing list of places to get Russian River.

4/4.5/5/4/4.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Viggo
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple glasses of this on the Cali trip, but finally reviewed it while hanging out at the RR brewpub sunday evening.

Pours a clear yellow gold, thin white head, drops to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is nice, pine and grapefruit, caramel, apricots, lightly fruity, a bit toasty, floral, big hops, nicely mixed up. Taste is nice, very biscuity and toasty off the bat, grainy, caramel malt sweetness, grapefruit, floral, some fruit, light pine, solid spicy bitter kick in the finish, very balanced and drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and enjoyable. Nice IPA. Top 100? Not in my opinion, but very good nonetheless.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 500ml bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/2/11
*From notes

Date bottled: 4/14/11

When it rains it pours - a BIG thanks goes out to both SirRuss and Trilogy31 for hookin' this up for me in the same week!

A: It appears in the glass like a heavily oaked Chardonnay. It's a chrome yellow, and after a good pour, a lovely 2.25 finger head and sticky lacing show up for the party.

S: Fresh cut fruit tray. Like a lazy Sunday afternoon in July. Sweet tropical juices ooze out of the glass. As it warms, the citrusy hop oil becomes even more prevalent. Astounding.

T: The bitterness hits first, but mellows out to a tidal wave of grapefruit, mango and pineapple. The malt is detectable on the mid, but it's not the star of the show. It finishes light and fresh, like chewing on a stick of Juicy Fruit. It's really exceptional.

M: Slightly oily and not nearly as big as I'd expected. I will say that it leads to this one being much easier to put down, but I'm definitely dissapointed it's not a bit more robust.

O: My first experience with Russian River and their Blind Pig didn't dissapoint. The hype surrounding both this and PtE are pretty massive, and I felt that this lived up to most of my expectations.

I could easily see this being a go-to AIPA if I lived on the Left Coast, and found this to be extremely accessible. It's something I would return to more often then PtE, and could certainly put a few back if given the opportunity. Thumbs up.

Photo of DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go out to mikesgroove for providing this. It arrived yesterday, and since the bottle tells me not to age it, down it goes!
Hazy dark gold with a two finger cap of light beige foam off the pour. About a finger's worth stuck around for a long time, producing some slightly chunky lacing. Lots of pine in the aroma, a bit powdery too, with notes of pineapple and various citrus fruits (grapefruit and lemon mostly). A little malt sweetness made itself known up front, but this was quickly joined by hops, citrus and tropical fruits, then gave way to a solid grapefruit bitterness that lingered long into the finish. Quite a depth of hop flavour, wave after wave hits the palate yet doesn't seem to dull the tongue. Medium bodied with a rich texture, plenty of carbonation that leaned towards some creaminess, sort of dry too. Great stuff. This is the type of balance I like in an AIPA, hop flavour and bitterness front and center, but with a malt backbone that doesn't wither under the lupulin onslaught.

Photo of Bighuge
3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy light orange body. Bubbly ivory white head. Lace is abundant and web like. Aroma is outstanding. Everything that is good about hops with a little backdrop of sweet malt. It's fresh, grassy, piney, abundantly citrusy and fruity with pineapple and grapefruit nuances. Exquisite nose. The body of this beer is light and thin. Carbonation quite low. Bitterness quite high. The bitterness is actually pretty scathing for an IPA. Jagged and rough. Hop flavors are more in the background, with some lemon rind and grassiness coming to mind. Malt load could use a little boost to add a little more balance, a little more body and a little more flavor. This is decent. Although Smelling the beer was the climax of this experience. If/when I order more Russian River, I'll definitely be hitting up the Elder (and the Younger hopefully) before hitting this up again.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from TexIndy, Thanks for the opportunity!

Pours a clear golden amber color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks to everything. Smells of caramel, biscuit, citrus, kind of sweet and malty with a bit of catty, citrusy hops thrown in. Tastes about like the aroma, lots of sweet caramel malts and lots of pine and citrus hop bite. Amazingly balanced brew! Mouthfeel is sticky and resinous, carbonation is crisp, body is medium. Great Ipa I wish I could get this more easily. Great balance great aroma.

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

So many times on tap v. bottle, I'll give it the tap review. Great yellow and amber appearance, very clear surprisingly. Aroma is of great dry hopping.

Taste, big hops, light light malt. This is pine/citrus big time. Seems so light mouthfeel wise, just more piles of grapefruit and pine, some orange. More susceptible to the effects of aging than the Pliny series. Can get a heavier viscosity with age, but nonetheless still good. Otherwise, has a less than all malt sugar priming thing going for it to lighten the body, which is nice with this beer.

Good price, but I usually will spend it on PTE . . .

Photo of Derek
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with fluffy, white head, good retention, excellent lacing. It just doesn't look better than this.

S: Big piny, citrus & rind hop aroma, candied fruit & hints of toffee.

T: Solid piny bitterness up front, tangerine, lemon zest, candied pineapple and a little toffee.

M: Well attenuated, moderate body is smooth, with little hop acidity and a crisp finish.

D: Very drinkable.

An all around great brew.

Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the Halloween '08 treat!

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

What a lovely IPA, one that often gets overlooked because of its bigger brother, the infamous Pliny. I wish we could get a straight-up IPA of this quality consistently in NY and NJ.

This bottle was extremely fresh, a mere 6 days old, and poured crystal clear and light gold in color. Smallish creamy head that falls slowly, excellent lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Lots of tropical fruit in the nose, mainly pineapple with grapefruit, lemon and orange behind it; nicely resinous. Powerfully hoppy with an aroma noticed from 3 feet away.

Tremendous fresh hop taste with tons of tropical fruit esters, again mostly pineapple and grapefruit, very slight sweet malt presence underneath but it’s extremely subdued. Tons of citrus with more orange and lemony notes as well. Good bitterness that lingers into the finish.

The mouthfeel is also perfect, lightly creamy and just a touch sticky, medium body with just enough carbonation to give it a little life but not so much that it becomes prickly or bloating. Extremely smooth. Definitely top notch and not to be missed.

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,696 ratings.