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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,037 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,037
Reviews: 1,302
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,381
Gots: 366 | FT: 18
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 mverity


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
Photo of anticipation23


4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

06-09-2013 19:40:02 | More by anticipation23
Photo of BRYeleJR


4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

07-18-2013 01:29:46 | More by BRYeleJR
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For all the IPAs i drink, this is only the second time I have had blind pig

A: Nice transparent orange color with a fluffy white soapy head that is very thick and leaves nice lace. Lots of rising carbonation. There is some sediment floating around in the glass.

S: Juicy citrus hops that make me weak in the knees! Papaya, mango, apricot and peach. Just what I am looking for in an IPA

T: A bit more on the pine side then the nose would indicate. Some citrusy does come through and there is a slightly bitter bite of grapfruit

M: Nice light feel and no harshness is present

D: This is one that I could enjoy quite a few of and I think would be pleasing to a variety of palates (not just beer drinkers)

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 22:20:04 | More by mikey711
Photo of kemoarps


4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber straw colour. The head is pillowy, but short, and as I drink the sides of my glass trace the path taken leaving that nice white lacing we all love so much.

The nose is a combination of woodland hops and a light bready maltiness that dulls the harshness of the hops.

The tongue follows the nose (as it is wont to do), with the hops providing a majority of the character, though they are well balanced by the light malting, and there's a faint almost honey-like essence to the tail end.

I like it. It goes down easily enough, and is well balanced. I'm not usually nutso about IPAs, but I rather enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 00:08:59 | More by kemoarps
Photo of Roger85


4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-21-2013 19:03:07 | More by Roger85
Photo of Atomicskis5


4/5  rDev -8.3%

06-30-2013 23:46:20 | More by Atomicskis5
Photo of ChadQuest


3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice slightly hazy amber orange colored body with a white head with freakin sticky lacing.
The ring with floating island cap that lasts for the whole beer is beautiful.

"Pliny the Baby" has a similar hop character to it, with a nice citrus forefront with subtle pine. The flavor actually looks just like the color would lead you to expect.

Smoother mouthfeel with medium-light carbonation. Drink this one all night.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 04:10:05 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of mdwalsh


4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 finger just off white head with good texture. Beer is a beautiful golden amber with good active carbonation, but the head lacks dexterity.

S: It's citrusy, reminds me a little bit of sweet tea. The bitter comes through pretty strong. This smells like a hop head's session beer.

T: And that pretty much describes the taste too.

M: Little lighter than normal, but good.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 17:08:43 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of EasyReader

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-12-2011 00:52:09 | More by EasyReader
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

12-07-2013 05:26:31 | More by Dank26
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a big, white, creamy head... dissipated to about 1/2-finger or so over time. Very good lacing, left in sheets on the sides of the glass. Body is a dark golden color, and clear.

S: Mostly hops and pine, with some citrus pushing its way through all the hoppiness.

T: The citrus and pine needles are what's prevalent at first, and then it finishes moderately bitter and hoppy. It's all very clean and smooth, however... excellent balance.

M: Light-to-medium body with a slightly creamy texture and average carbonation.

D: That's a damn fine IPA... I was excited to try this beer (had it at the Uber Tavern in Seattle... the keg had just literally been tapped) after all I've heard, and it didn't let me down at all.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2009 20:25:13 | More by berley31
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

08-10-2013 15:04:25 | More by greg4579
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-19-2013 06:24:52 | More by EB1
Photo of SHODriver


4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light golden yellow with an ample fluffy white head with good retention
S: Tropical fruits, some pine, a little resinous and slightly sweet
T: Soft and gentle flavors of citrus and pine with a solid malt backbone. Aftertaste is oily with some sweetness and a bit of citrus
M: Perfect mouthfeel. The beer is smooth and creamy without being overly thick
O: A very good beer Date on the bottle is 31 Jan so pretty fresh and purchased from the source

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 05:05:57 | More by SHODriver
Photo of rkarimi


4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-07-2012 01:48:39 | More by rkarimi
Photo of homebrewhawk


4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Bottled on 3/26/09. Served in a shaker pint. Poured a pale gold with two fingers of white head. Citrus hop aroma. Light to medium bodied with medium amount of carbonation. Crisp hop bitterness up front. Dry hoppy finish with a good amount of mouth pucker. Very easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 21:56:54 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of SurlyDuff


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

A damn fine IPA, well crafted and delicious. Have a couple of concerns though, but nothing that would make this sucker any worse than an A rating...so in otherwords, this should be an ipa for many other breweries to aspire to.

Pours a fairly light amber, clear and with a decent head that hangs around.

Citrus and big pine in the aroma. Some slight diactyl and dms, but otherwise the most hoppy thing i think i've ever had. This one knocks ruination out of the lead, in my opinion.

Juicy mouthwatering hops, green herbs, dank cannabis, leafy green hop essential oil, fresh cut pine tree needles and sap. Another concern is a one-dimensional flavor, imo. This is not a very balanced beer, its a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is plenty full, perhaps a bit on the thin side, a problem easily overlooked when their Pliny offerings are there for that. A mouthcoating resin chewy feeling afterwards. Thanks Russian River, you're doing the population of Oregon a favor by distributing here, making our local breweries sweat to keep up!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 00:56:06 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of twelvsies


4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a recent beer haul from Colorado. Supposedly some version of this is claimed to be the first "West Coast IPA" so I feel like I'm drinking a little part of history here. Nice and clear amber, good healthy long-lasting head and lacing. Lots of pine and floral hops in the nose. Grainy but light malts take a backseat, but do a decent job at supporting the main flavors of this beer. This is a really nice tasting ale for sure, but I think the best thing about it is that it's so damn drinkable and so flavorful with out being a double IPA and with out being too high in ABV. If I had more I would drink it right now. Russian River knows how to do an IPA. Sho nuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 16:06:21 | More by twelvsies
Photo of LordAdmNelson


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

I was very excited to try this on tap at Monk's Café in Philly. Pours the standard IPA look, though this one might reside on the lighter side of things (as opposed to the amber side of the IPA spectrum). Hugely aromatic, very fresh grapefruit and vine aromas--hops rule here. Taste is equally dominated by the grapefruit citrus hops, giving it a crisp edge. Very clean and easy drink, smooth in the mouth. Feel is good, though not so much so as to distinguish this from other good IPAs. Great one here.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2010 20:34:55 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of goindownsouth


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

Many thanks to brother BA mikesgroove for this gem. Consumed on 11/01/08.

Golden in color with a pillowy white head. Left great, sticky lace throughout the glass.

Aromas whafting with complete, unabashed, piney, citrusy hoppy goodness. Very fresh in the nose and hardly abrasive.

Smooth on the palate, very much so actually. Amazingly fresh and vibrant hoppy flavor with great bitterness to boot. Long lingering on the palate with the hops. Great play, really, with the light malt character and the heavy hops... IMHO, the way an IPA ought to be. Because of that, Blind Pig shoots up the charts as one of my favorite IPAs made to date.

Fantastically drinkable, mid-level in body, and highly sessionable based on above notes. My first venture into Russian River was a highly successful one. Splendid.

Many thanks to mikesgroove, again, for this one.

Zum wohl!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 23:36:09 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of damienblack


4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to papollo to sending me this from his trip to Cali!

Bottle is dated 3/26/09, so just around 3 months old at this point. Pours a light honey-golden, almost like a macro. Nice puffy head, retains exceptionally well. Nice and sticky for some cool lacing patterns. Smells of subdued hops, nice standard IPA smell. Taste... very clean piney hops. Nice and on the dryer side, like I like. A bit of earthiness from the hops, also. Citrus takes a back door, comes in more on the back palate, along with a mapley slight sweetness. Pretty much comes in on the back of the roof of the mouth. Most excellent. Great mouthfeel and carbonation, nice drinkability also. Can't wait to try Pliney!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 23:00:19 | More by damienblack
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New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24 days old

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. Beautiful, almost clear, orange body with a fingers worth of white, frothy, head. Keeps a nice white cap as you dink and Leaves some nice lacing behind.

Lots of orange wedge citrus on the nose. Some grassy, earthy bitterness with a touch of pine. Good nose for a regular IPA.

Sweet malts infused with citrus-laden hops on the tongue. Finishes with grapefruit pith and a nice lingering bitterness. Malts are up front, but the finish is all citrus and hop.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a good amount of bitterness throughout. Well carbonated and the body is almost chewy, yet refreshing. I love that there is a good helping of bitterness, but it never becomes astringent.

Drinkability is great. This is one of the best single IPA offerings I have ever had. Definitely in the top 5. At 6% ABV I could easily drink a few of these. Another awesome addition to the hop-forward Russian River beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 22:42:39 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of BigCheese


5/5  rDev +14.7%

01-03-2012 14:35:53 | More by BigCheese
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-07-2012 20:39:03 | More by gshak
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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