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Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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3,597 Ratings

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Ratings: 3597
Reviews: 1287
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005)
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Photo of miramanmike


3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look- nice light orange/gold little to no head some lace.
Smell-good smell I was hoping for more but still very nice (I would brew it)
Taste-nice and hoppy, C+ bitterness with a B+ maltiness finish, taste great, good on a hot day kinda beer.
Mouthfeel-Good carbonatin, almost silky, I dig it.
Drinkability- I could really put this beer away all day. I like a bigger IPA (a.k.a. Pliny the Elder) but I could drink more of this in comparison due to the lighter body and low alcohol content. Great IPA

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 05:06:08 | More by miramanmike
Photo of CraftEyeDoc

North Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: super clear golden yellow, nice carbonation leaving a 1.5 finger head and small amount of lacing as you drink

S: nice grassy slightly piney with a decent amount of citrus

T: very balanced and matches well to the nose, very light and crisp, very low malt flavor which lets the hops shine, great after taste that just lingers on your tongue

M: Lovely, light to mod body

O: classic IPA not overly bitter and so easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 02:52:14 | More by CraftEyeDoc
Photo of PaBrewSki


4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 01:41:13 | More by PaBrewSki
Photo of oxnard111


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

Bottled 500ML. Served in a pint glass. Bottled on: 04-16-09

A - Light gold. Cloudy. Slightly unfiltered. Very tall 2-3 finger pure white thick foamy head. Full lacing that sticks all the way to the top of the glass. Little carbonation

S - Sweet hoppy aroma. Citrus with deep pine scent. Mandarine/Tangerine smells. Small amount of malty/vanilla aromas mix within.

T - Hops in the forefront. Orange and tangerine citrus flavors. Slightly spicy. Bitter but not overly so. Great bitterness for an IPA. Spicy aftertaste that tends to linger. Sweetness hidden within.

M - Medium consistency. A little chewy. I think the low carbonation level makes it feel on the thicker side.

D - Very good beer. Could drink a couple of these, but don't know if I could do a whole session. Would drink this beer after others if you were reviewing different beers back to back since the hops kinda took over my mouth.

Overall this is great beer. I love IPA's and this is a great one.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 01:39:44 | More by oxnard111
Photo of GrahamWalters


3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to BA treehouse for sending this along in the n00b 3 BIF.

A - Pours a crystal clear straw color with two fingers worth of head. Head dies down fairly quickly.

S - A pleasant citrusy and piney nose, a smash of lemon and grapefruit, slightly sweet.

T - Strong bitterness with a continuation of the grapefruit and pine nose in the taste. A little watery on the back end, with no malt detected. The flavor dissapoints based on this beer's reputation.

M - Watery mouthfeel with limited carbonation. Doesn't quite support the bitterness imparted in the flavor.

D - Very drinkable and enjoyable overall. I could definitely see enjoying a few of these on a nice spring or summer day on the back deck. If only we got RR in MA...

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 23:14:35 | More by GrahamWalters
Photo of Hands22


4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/30/2011, drunk on 10/17/2011. Poured from 500 mL bottle into a snifter. 

A- Dark gold to light copper in color. Poured a creamy white head which reduced to a thin film of white bubbles. Brilliant clarity. 

S- Hops! Citrus bursts out, lots of grapefruit. Little bit of alcohol noticeable. 

T- The same citrusy hops are present as is some grass. However, there is a noticeable malt character with a somewhat bready taste (not sweet). Tastes slightly boozy. 

M- Although there is high hop bitterness, the beer is full and creamy. Medium-high carbonation tingles nicely. 

O- A complex and well balanced IPA. Really appreciate the malt character and how it keeps the hops from overwhelming the beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 02:04:08 | More by Hands22
Photo of IrishColonial


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

Shared with siege06nd. Thanks to Gambac for supplying!

A: Aggressively poured into British pint. Keeps a half finger of foamy white head. It is a nice light transparent orange color. Looks great.

S: Smell is mostly sweet tropical fruit. Mango mostly, with some hints of peach. Hints of citrus but not as much as I expected. Also a grainy malt presence that is very pleasant but a bit musty. None of the piney hops that I expected but smells delicious.

T: More of the hops and citrus come through but still not as much as I expected. One of the more floral tasting beers I've had; hibiscus or other tropical flower?? Extremely well balanced with the grainy malt notes. Aftertaste is orange with some lingering hop bitterness. However, not getting the grapefruit and pine intensity that I like in IPAs.

M: Delicious creamy mouthfeel, almost like a cream ale/IPA. Smooth and drinkable. Could tip these back all day.

O: This is a good beer. If this was readily available at the local bottle shop, I would buy and drink the sh*t out of this. The balance and creaminess is top of the line for an IPA. However, I think the Pizza Port Wipeout IPA wipes the floor with this (and other IPAs that will not be named). Recommended but don't buy into the hype as many of your off the shelf IPAs will more than suffice.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 21:34:00 | More by IrishColonial
Photo of xVERITAS


3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver, CO.

The beer pours a yellowish-copper and is very murky looking. It has a unique aroma of citrusy pine and almost a hint of grass. It tasted quite similar to PtE but was more bitter (not in a good, hoppier way, either). It was kind of a bland PtE. I personally was turned of visually by the murkiness of it. Don't get me wrong, it tasted good, but it was nothing in comparison to some of the other RR beers.

I would recommend it, but don't search for it. If you come open it, go for it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2013 01:28:57 | More by xVERITAS
Photo of markchristenson


4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 17:39:13 | More by markchristenson
Photo of JonathanC


4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great IPA, it's no Pliny but it is still part of the family to me.
This beer is always a pleasure to find and I wouldn't fail to grab it if an oppurtunity presented itself.
Blind pig provides a strong taste with a smooth finish. Very hoppy! The taste lingers in your mouth leaving you thirsty for more. If you enjoy a solid IPA definitly give blind pig a go.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 15:06:39 | More by JonathanC
Photo of Kramerwtmf


4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Blind pig is the IPA of IPAs. It is amazing the work Russian river does. I live in SoCal and it is actually harder to find this than Pliny. Every time I get my hands on this beer it never sits in my refrigerator more than two days, and I doubt that it sits anywhere longer than that.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 04:39:16 | More by Kramerwtmf
Photo of westsidemiller


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

Really what can I say about this beer that has not been said already. A load of hops in the aroma, the smell of pine is definitely persistent. Lovely copper color. Then to the taste, wow lots of hops, yet not overpowering. Smooth finish for being as hoppy as it is. I was expecting to be punched by the hops, but I was just pushed in the face a little bit. Nice smooth mouth feel. This is a surprisingly drinkable IPA for the amount of hop kick it exudes. Loved the beer and can't wait to go and have another one.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 05:11:30 | More by westsidemiller
Photo of BCK


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

Bottle, thanks to swnicholson, full pour into a Weizen glass.

A-A beautiful light orange, almost yellow color with minimal head. A little haze to it.

S-I am quite sure that I smell Orange in there, amongst other citrus smells, along with a slight piney smell, but not quite as overwhelming as The Elder. It is a really nice, pleasing bouquet.

T-Very citrusy taste, pineapple, orange and still a bit of that Christmas tree pine taste.

M-Very smooth AIPA, with just enough bitter in it to let you know that you are still drinking an AIPA.

D-Very drinkable @ 6.0 ABV, little too high to be called a session beer but I could imagine drinking these for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 04:02:10 | More by BCK
Photo of LJArsenal


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

Cheers to errantknight for throwing this in as an extra!

Bottled on 2/15/09 - Just over a month old.

Bomber poured into a nonic with an off-white one finger head that quickly disappears. Great looking beer - golden/orange - very similar to Pliny the Elder. In fact, I think I'd have a tough time choosing which was which if they were there side by side. If anything, Blind Pig has a bit more golden highlights. Hazy with minimal carbonation. Nice lacing.

Aroma on this one is mild but inviting pine and floral notes. Although much more subdued than some hop bombs, getting your nose right inside the glass reveals quite a bit going on - even some citrus.

This is one of the best IPA's I've tasted. It doesn't have the same bite as some of this style, but to be honest, there are times when I'm not looking for the zing of hopbomb - for such occasions, this is an excellent brew. Smooth texture with great mouthfeel, I wish this one were readily available here as it is about as easy to drink as it gets.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 22:47:20 | More by LJArsenal
Photo of cbwufpack

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark golden orange with thin head. Not quite the carbonation I expected to see
S- bold citrus rind aroma. Slight soapy smell.
T- pretty nice hop profile but doesn't match PTE profile. Grapefruit and orange bite.
M- Very light ...a little under carbonated.
O- This is a good but not great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 22:03:39 | More by cbwufpack
Photo of SnowFlowMfg


3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this really fresh and poured into a tulip; an early September batch.

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw-amber with a decent one finger head that remained to the finish. Nice and sticky on the sides with an oily looking legs. Hard to have a beer look bad in my opinion.

S: Smells like a lighter version of Pliny but a little bit harsher, maybe. Otherwise it has the nice piney smell initially followed by a light sweetness mixed with some tropical fruits. A little bit of booze smell on the end. Smells great but not as heavenly as the Pliny.

T: I feel like this tastes like a slightly less refined and lighter Pliny. I know I keep comparing this to Pliny but I had these side by side and the two were somewhat similar. This has the strong piney hop flavor initially hitting you with bitterness holding to the end. Very slight sweetness and a little harshness from the hops in the middle but finishes smooth and clean.

M: I did not like the mouthfeel too much. It honestly felt very much like water to me. Too light both in body and carbonation. Considering the oily appearance I was a little disappointed that it didn't feel more substantial.

O: Feels like a less refined Pliny with a mouthfeel like water. Easy drinking, but not as refreshing or extraordinary as I would expect.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 23:48:17 | More by SnowFlowMfg
Photo of MaddMatt639


3.41/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted on January 18, 2013:

A: A copper-ish amber. Full head of foam, easily an inch and a half. Nice retention.

S: Very citrusy. Not as hoppy as I was expecting. Slight maltiness in the end.

T: Citrus notes right up front. Still not as hoppy as I was expecting. Slight maltiness in the end.

M: Very bitter feeling. Long-lasting heaviness. Somewhat malty notes on the tongue.

O: A pretty good IPA, but I've had better. Enjoyed the strong citrus notes.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 08:46:38 | More by MaddMatt639
Photo of Bartian


4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah the splendor of Russian River!! First introduced to Pliny the Elder at a great bar in Folsom CA, I was forced to "settle" for bottles of Blind Pig from New Seasons in Portland . . . if only all examples of settling were this good!

Blind Pig gives the initial appearence of a good bottle of golden honey with a thick, creamy-white head. The beer carbonates throughout the glass as it pushes the aroma up through the glass.

And oh what an aroma!! My favorite part of the beer is its exceptionally sweet smell of hops and citrus. I find myself finding whomever I can to experience the smell (but only to tell them to go get their own!).

The taste is a cocophony of stong, fresh hops and citrus; with a subtle bit of pine. About as wonderful as I could imagine were it not for the Elder and a handful of others. The other stiking aspect of the taste is the comforting, rather whipped feel of the head; almost akin to having a light whip on a milkshake.

The mouthfeel is clean and crisp with a lingering aftertaste from the fragrant hops but with a balance that is common with the most drinkable beers.

Blind Pig is a true joy to behold and a testament to freshly brewed, freshly hopped beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 20:45:21 | More by Bartian
Photo of MickeyHops


3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2009 23:24:34 | More by MickeyHops
Photo of angrygrimace


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

Pours a clear amber color with a nice one finger head which dissipates slightly after the pour but does hang on.

Aroma is mostly sweet smelling flowery hops. It's a strong hops aroma but still quite sweet smelling.

Taste is hoppy with a nice bitterness towards the back. Not nearly as much hop kick as we've all come to expect from west coast IPA styles, but very very drinkable and with a nice character. There's a little bit of malts in there with the hops to give it some balance. Not an unbalanced IPA at all. Some newer IPAs just go for the hop bomb and throw everything else to the wind, but I don't detect that in this beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, you could drink a few of these beers if you had the money to do so.

Overall, it's an excellent beer with a very nice, drinkable character.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 21:39:45 | More by angrygrimace
Photo of bmcclure


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

The color is a slightly hazy orange, the head was minimal in this pour. The aroma was that of a fresh orange with some slight sweet malt peaking through. The flavor was a little malt sweetness with some floral and citrus hops but not as strong orange as the aroma. A very well balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 18:00:28 | More by bmcclure
Photo of SenorBeaver


4.97/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious. Low alcohol for an IPA at 6.1% but full of flavor.

Refreshing hoppy taste; definatley representative of a CA IPA.

Love the sediment and the feel of the Ale.

Stands on its own, seperate from the other great beers of Russian River.

Purchased at Whole Foods in Thousands Oaks about 3 weeks in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 05:14:23 | More by SenorBeaver
Photo of angrywolf


4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly-cloudy golden color with a large head that dissipates slowly with very nice lacing.

S - Grapefruit, pine, tangerine, and maybe some pineapple.

T - Similar to the smell. Sweet citrus, some breadiness with a slightly bitter finish.

M - medium, almost thin-bodied, nice creamy mouthfeel.

D - The thinner mouthfeel and 6.1% ABV makes this a very sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 20:05:50 | More by angrywolf
Photo of Amdy


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

Great beer, Currently drinking one straight from the bottle. This is Something you can drink all day, this bottle is from 01 12 11, still holding up its flavor/hoppyness, not watered down/flat tasting. I cannot wait to get a newer bottle release of this to update the review. Nom!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 10:00:32 | More by Amdy
Photo of OPWN3NTSL4Y3R


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

Poured into silver rimmed Chimay chalice

A- Amber/honey colored, white 2 finger head that dissipates leaving some lovely lace

S- Citrus, grapefruit, fresh pine, lots of aroma hops

T- Balanced bitter hops and malt sweetness, hoppy, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, pine, peaches, tropical fruits

M- Pleasant carbonation, starts wet, finishes dry, medium/full bodied

O- Great dry hopped aromas and flavors, as good as it gets for an American IPA

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 00:03:20 | More by OPWN3NTSL4Y3R
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,597 ratings.