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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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4,943 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,943
Reviews: 1,359
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 1,660
Gots: 614 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 4,943 | Reviews: 1,359
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4.89/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got from a trade with route66pubs. Thanks for the tasty brews!

A- Pours a deep golden color with a thick white foam head that leaves tons of sticky lacing all the way down the sides of my glass.

S- This one is bursting forth with citrusy hop aroma. Tons of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, and pine are all present in the nose. Smells exactly like an IPA should.

T- Just about as good as it gets...Huge flavor of ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit, tangerine, and a delicate floral hoppy bitterness that is phenomenal. The bitterness is quick to show itself initially but waves of tropical fruit flavor take center stage. I can't say that any malt flavor is detectable but the finish is about as smooth as possible for an IPA.

M- Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation that works well with the bitterness. No alcohol present in the taste at all. Ridiculously smooth and easy on the palate.

D- I'm not sure if I have had a better tasting IPA. I love all of the breweries that we get in the Midwest but I would probably trade any of them for Russian River. These guys are the Kings of IPAs.

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to N. Ketchum for the opportunity to drink another tasty brew.

Poured out of a 16.9 oz (500 ml) bottle into a tulip style pint glass.
Freshness date is 8/4/11.

A) A clean looking orange with a good two inches of foamy white head, with nice retention and ample lacing.

S) This is quite fragrant, strong grapefruit presence, nice floral aromatics, light pine scent.

T) A good balance of malt and hops,creates a nice tangy brew. There is a pleasant citrus flavor, that melts into earthy tones. The finish has some bitterness, and is slightly dry.

M) A medium bodied brew, that is somewhat lightly carbonated. It feels a bit slick on the palate. There is some persistence to the finish, but not in an unpleasant way.

O) Drank my first bottle of this last weekend, after enjoying my first bottle of Pliny. I'm glad I had another bottle of Blind Pig, and that I held off on the review. I would have tried my best not to compare the two, but it may have been inevitable. In the end, Blind Pig is a damn fine IPA, and should be recognized as such.

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's Black Friday event poured into a pint glass by Matt Capone himself...

A - Very nice, inciting beer. Pours a beautiful golden-yellow color that is just the slightest bit hazy. A very frothy, foamy, pillow of an eggshell white head forms about 2 fingers big and sits for a while. Very, very inticing look.

S - Big hits of pine and citrus coming right out of the top of this one. Citrus takes the lead on the nose after a while with a bit of sweetness coming through as well.

T - BIG hit of hops right up front. Citrusy, crisp, grapefruit taste along with some great sticky pine. Really great hop integration here. The hops are bitter but still keep a sweetness to them which is really quite nice.

M - Nice mouthfeel; more on the thinner side since it's just an American IPA. Not as resinous as I thought it would be. A nice carbination adds nicely to the palate.

D - Another dangerously drinkable RR IPA. Incredibly well balanced and easy to drink. Very refreshing and one that you keep wanting to drink. Hopefully I can snag a few bottles of this sometime.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Russian River Brewing Blind Pig IPA is a really tasty, though not especially interesting IPA. Clean, fresh, quality.

A: Orange colour and a 5 mm head that fades pretty quickly. 4

S: Sweet maltiness and lovely citrus hops. 4

T: Malty with some hints of sawdust. The hops aren't as strong as I expected. Still delicious. 4

M: Foamy. 4

T: 4

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at O'Brien's a few days after the release party. I wish I could have been there.

This beer pours a golden yellow with a thin white head. The head fades somewhat fast, leaving many laces.

This beer has a piney hop aroma. It smells like a freshly fallen pine cone. It also has a slight citrus aroma. Not too much though. It has just a touch of grassy aroma to it also. It is quite appealing.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. Piney up front, with a grassy finish. It has a slight grapefruit flavor to it, but as with the aroma, it is only very faint.

This beer is surprizingly smooth, leaving a piney aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

I think this beer would make a good session beer. It is only about 6% alcohol, so that shouldnt be a problem. Also, the flavor is great, and not too aggressive. I know that I will have a few more of there in my day.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Blind Pig pours a clear amber with a huge 3 finger foam head. It left some good lacing on the side of the glass, head retention was moderate.

This is my kind of IPA, bringing the strong hoppiness up to the schnauze. Bright hop smell with citrus and piney.

The taste has a good malt backbone and is really smooth for the hop characteristics it has. The IBU's give you a slight slap on the second part the the taste but not abrasive at all. In the mouth you are left with a nice tingling on the tongue and it is moderately carbonated. Overall a wonderfully solid American IPA.

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3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/6/09 Pint at O'Briens.

Appearance is golden with moderate head.

Smell is hoppy / floarl / piney.

Taste matches smell but with a slight flintiness. Little hint of alcohol, hops are out front. Two steps down from the Elder in hoppiness and taste. Mouthfeel is light and hoppy.

Overall, a more session-freindly version of Pliny the Elder, although the taste is does not do as much for me. Still very drinkable, but I may be spoiled from excessive Pliny exposure.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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