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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

3,974 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,974
Reviews: 1,301
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,361
Gots: 353 | 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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Halcyondays

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Hollingshead's Delicatessen, in Orange, CA, always wanted to try this one, here's my chance,

A: Pours a golden yellow, out of the tap, with some orange highlights, a good white head makes the experience, good retention and lacing, poured into a German mug.

S: Smells heavily of hops, a lot of pine and citrus.

T: Very good, big pine notes start upfront, melding into some grapefruit and tropical fruit, a bit of pineapple and papaya, though overall pine dominates, with a bit of cedar, the malt is there, but this is a hop beer, very good.

M: Smooth, and crisp for an IPA, lots of tingling carbonation, and the hops give it a bit of an oily feel, a delight to put into my mouth.

D: Great drinkability, one of the best IPAs I've ever had, great sessionability even at 6.0%, Russian River strikes again, making another great IPA for the hophead's enjoyment.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2007 00:12:41 | More by Halcyondays
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: slightly cloudy golden yellowish / light orange color with a two finger head that slowly fades. Some light lacing develops during the session.

Smell: loads of pine and grapefruit rise from the glass. Very enjoyable.

Taste: nice malt sweetness balanced by pine, grapefruit, and green grapes. Alcohol is well hidden as the hop bitterness is strong but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, lightly crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness rides the tongue for a while.

Drinkability: a wonderful IPA that could be consumed all night long. Can't get a better representation of the west coast style IPA than this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2009 10:14:43 | More by Gavage
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-15-2012 13:49:54 | More by mendvicdog
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GClarkage

California

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11/13/05- Purchased at the Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- Growler fill at the brewery.

Appearance- Darker golden pour with a large inch plus head and better than average lace.

Smell- Probably the most bitter hop scent I have set my nose too. Even after a week in the fridge the smell never decreases. Almost a burning hop scent. Lots of pine in the nose.

Taste- Good hop/malt balance....pretty damn bitter with a nice pine essence. A bit of grapefruit as well. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated with a burning hop feeling. Almost a bit too over the top.

Drinkability- Very drinkable as long as you like hopped the hell out beers. Taste buds will be gone after a couple of pints of this. Congrats Vinnie... you did it again!

Serving type: growler

11-14-2005 23:26:44 | More by GClarkage
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kojevergas

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap (uncommon for Russian River brews) served into N'Ice Chouffe 20cl stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottle date is 09/30/2011. Served refrigerator-cold. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Nice bittering hops over top what seems to be a lightly toasted malt and barley foundation. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Pleasant bittering hops over top a very nicely constructed lightly toasted malt and barley foundation. It's a touch too bitter, but it's nicely built overall, and rather balanced, though its relative simplicity makes this easy to accomplish. I do quite like it.

Mf: Crisp, pleasant, unobtrusive, smooth, and wet. Suits the flavour quite nicely.

Dr: Very drinkable and of nice quality. Thought it's my least favourite style, I'd readily have it again - especially if it were offered on draught. It's not as special as other beers from Russian River, but it's wonderfully hoppy and pleasant. It will satisfy true fans of the style; this is an IPA done right, not the "dump as many hops in as possible and call it good" school of brewing.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 02:20:32 | More by kojevergas
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beernads

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-09-2013 05:52:50 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes:

Pours a clear golden yellowish orange color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that has decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Uber fresh dank resinous hop aroma that is bursting with tropical and citrus fruit notes as well as some earthy pine and subtle malt. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple, mango and lemon peel.

Chewy body that's on the fuller end of the spectrum with lots of extremely fresh juicy hop flavor and slight bitterness that lingers throughout. As in the aroma, there are lots of tropical and citrus fruit notes as well as some earthy pine needle and slight malt characteristics. Again, I'm picking up hits of mango and pineapple as well and grapefruit and citrus peel. Slight earthy resinous hops balance out the sweetness and their is just a touch of pale malt to balance out the bitterness. The ABV is extremely well masked makng this delicious beer dangerously drinkable. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 02:13:34 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-19-2011 05:05:44 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I missed this while at Russian River last year. I've had the opportunity to have this in the bottle, and on tap at three different locations.
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white cap that slowly fades into a mild cap that never fades away. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of super hop juice, citrus, grapefruit, pine, herbs, and black pepper.
Taste is a big drop off with the flavors. From the samples I've had, it just seems to be a bit watered down. It's a let down from getting excited with the kick-ass aromas to actually getting to taste it.
Mouthfeel is bitter, medium bodied, citrusy, with a bitter finish.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2008 03:59:48 | More by weeare138
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

05-15-2012 01:55:04 | More by MarkyMOD
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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

Pours a very clear, very light amber gold, with a huge and frothy head of yellow-white bubbles. Lacing is good, and the head retention is quite incredible. I'll have to chew through some suds to get to the beer, no doubt.

Deliciously hoppy nose - massive sweet fruit backed with gritty, resinous hops. Hints of bitter cherry, apricot and plantain, with pine resin and sawdust over the top. Extremely fragrant, and powerful.

Palate is less robust, with a subtle, but pleasant hop character riding over the top of a smooth, buttery sweetness. Some pepper mid palate, with a light, sweet afterpalate. No grittiness on the back. Mouthfeel is deliciously smooth, adding to the soft, comforting nature of this IPA.

Not an extreme IPA - certainly not packed with bitterness on the palate. My guess is the hop quota in this brew is used up late, imparting massive fruit aromas, but little bitterness. This leaves it extremely drinkable - very smooth and refreshing. An excellent and tasty little IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 01:37:35 | More by lacqueredmouse
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my man rhertan for bringing this back for me.
Poured a deep orange with good carbonation and nice white head. Nose is pine, grapefruit and orange peel. Taste is citrus, piney,toasted and caramel malts and a hop bite on the end. Mouthfeel is noce and chewy with the hop bite and some citrus notes. Drinability is good. I can get a sixer of Union Jack for the price of two Blind Pigs. A good IPA but not one I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 01:18:41 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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

On-tap at Ortino's Northside. $5 for a 10 oz pour. Appeared a clear gold with a thick white head. The aroma is an intoxicating mix of pineapple, grapefruit, floral perfume and pine - amazing. I only wish the flavor could match that amazing smell. Yeah, it's pretty awesome, with a more herbal grapefruit taste and hint of biscuity malts, but the aroma is just top notch. The bitterness level is also pretty spot on. This is damn good IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2009 04:33:48 | More by tempest
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

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

500 mL bottle, dated 6/7/10, eh, fresh enough. Poured into a nonic.

Thought I reviewed this already so this will be brief. Appearance is nearly perfect, a radiant, clear golden copper color with active carbonation supporting an thick off white bubbly head that coats the glass in rings of sticky lacing and has great retention. Aroma is bitter and hoppy, with mild citrus sweetness, but dominated by citrus rind and earthy bitterness. The pale malt backbone provides a sturdy, yet unobtrusive balance to all of the hops. Mouthfeel is also perfect for an IPA, creamy, medium thick, well carbonated and smooth. One of the best examples of an American IPA, loads of bitter hops that are infinitely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 01:10:53 | More by yourefragile
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle courtesy of FrancisWeizen.

A: The ale opened without much fanfare. No hiss, no nothing. On pour though, a sizeable head, over three fingers, conjures up. Extensive lacing results. The ale has a cuprous yellow color, a touch hazy but still nice to look at.

S: The ale packs a two-fer. Piney, resiny hops, loaded with arboreal and citric notes, are met by a thick caramel backbone. Surprisingly well-balanced for a hop bomb.

T: Much like the nose, the body is a two-pronged attack with both elements working nicely together. The hops are lively and thick, oozing with citrus peels and pine needles. The bitterness is pleasant, never overpowering. The caramel malt backbone adds a very grainy biscuity flavor. A good IPA.

M: Lots of hops and malts, well-balanced with a nice citrusy finish. This was on my wants list for a while and I am not disappointed.

D: The ale has a relatively low alcohol level that never rears it head. I'd be happy with a six pack of 500 mL bottles.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 20:13:39 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Skourtis for the bottles of this fine nectar
500 ml bottle, Bottled on dating "093008" = FRESH. The label tells me "This beer does not get better with age! Please do not age me!" Not being one to go against the brewers wishes... This one pours lighter golden amber, slight haze, larger dark eggshell head, which shows better then average retention, nice puff/fluff, tons of outstanding, fine lace, vibrant floral hop nose. Simply great ale. Fresh hops in all their bittering/flavoring glory, sweet malts laying the under carpet down. Fine stuff, this would be a go to beer, if they distributed in my area....

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 23:44:51 | More by Billolick
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-25-2014 03:43:57 | More by oriolesfan4
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 6/13/10.

On tap at the Local 44 served in a pint glass. This brew appears a slightly hazed light orange color with less than a finger of white creamy head. Minimal retension with slight patchy lacing effect. The nose of this brew is both herbal and slightly citrusy. The flavor has both citrus an herbal bitterness as hinted by the aroma. The malt backing is a very clean grainy character that imparts minimal sweetness. A lingering flavor of the grain and hop bitterness is left in the mouth that increasingly gets more herbal as the brew warms. Medium feel with a modest level of carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 19:25:26 | More by stakem
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-11-2013 03:35:16 | More by XmnwildX12
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Zorro

California

4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled thanks to RedwoodGeorge and his most Excellent trade!

Pours a clear golden beer with a slightly off white head. This looks much like a good lager in my glass.

Smell is agreeably very hoppy. Strong very pine and eucalyptus hop aroma with no citrus scent in it at all. Additional hop aroma of mint is very strong to the nose here. Malt scents are minimal here but there is a faint light aroma of malt that is slightly honey like.

Taste is fairly light malt wise like a golden ale. While the malt is doing a whole lot of nothing the hops are quite busy entertaining your tongue! Good strong West Coast style hops provide lots of pine and grapefruit flavor. This is an assertively bitter beer but not a harsh one. In my book I cold almost call this a strongly flavored Pale Ale but it really is an AIPA to non-warped West Coast palettes.

Mouthfeel is good but a bit light.

A nice drinkable IPA here that is strong but not too over the top. This here is a beer that shows West Coast hops in all their glory. But to be honest this is a rather strong beer that probably will shock many and delight all the hopheads. If you are not a hop head drink 3-4 of these and you will be!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 02:05:13 | More by Zorro
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

11-29-2011 20:43:12 | More by InspectorBob
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

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

A fresh bottle poured into a globe.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a nice pillow one finger tall white head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Tons of citric hops up front with a nice lightly toasted caramel malt core. A bit grassy with some sweetness creeping in as it begins to warm up. Very nice stuff.

T - Nice citric hop bite up front is balanced out well with a nice mix of caramel malt sweetness and crisp tropical fruits. Finish is a bit dry with some nice lingering hop bitterness. Much better this time, still one of my all time favorites but I still prefer elder to the pig.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice light, refreshing, feel on the pallet. Finish has some lingering bitterness but nothing too over the top.

D - Very high. Blind pig has very good balance with plenty of drinkability left over. I love this stuff but I still prefer elder a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 18:18:09 | More by orangesol
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces fairly quickly to an extremely thin film that covers the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit/tangerine hops and much lighter hints of tropical/pineapple hops.

T: Upfront there is a solid amount of pale malts with some caramel sweetness but the real dominant flavors are those of the hops - strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit/tangerine and moderate amounts of tropical/pineapple. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness that fade quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront and slightly sticky in the finish.

O: Extremely easy to drink and enjoyable - a very nice aroma and taste but the best aspect of this beer is how easy it is to drink (I think I could drink these all day long and never tire of it). Lots of hops present but they do not overpower.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 01:39:45 | More by dbrauneis
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DoubleJ

California

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

Last night provided me with possibly the worst beer experience yet. However, I hope get that sour taste out of my mouth with one of the highest regarded IPA's around, now in bottles! Lots of anti-aging propaganda on the label, so I plan to drink it five days after I purchased it from Old Town Liqour in Temecula. On to the beer:

Poured gently into an Imperial Pint glass...absolutely lovely to look at! Faded washed out orange with a glow to it, and a head with very good retention. The nose has a good kick of hops with a balance of sweet tropical fruits and a malty backbone to keep it in check.

I have to say this is a very impressive tasting beer. Some pear shows up at the door, but gets smacked down by a barrage of hops with a metallic punch to it and a mix of tropical and piney fruits. The bitterness in the aftertaste is long lasting and is the ecstacy to the hophead part of me. Sounds like it would be hard to take another sip, but this is one of the easier West Coast IPA's I've had to drink.

How do you control such a bitter IPA so well? Russian River has it down, which is seen in both Pliny's, and now Blind Pig.

(Come to think of it, they should have named this Manbearpig. I'm super cereal. Alright, excelsior!)

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 05:23:00 | More by DoubleJ
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Had on tap at Toronado in San Francisco. Pours golden with some orange highlights- somehat lighter in color than many ipas. Healthy white head that sticks around some. Nice piney hoppiness in the nose with a hint of orange. You can smell the bitterness and tell this is going to be good. Small amount of dry malt in the background. Wow! Super hoppy beer, with lots of sticky resin. Big pine taste with some lesser citrus notes, especially orange, for balance. Much hoppier than most other ipas I've had and absolutely delicious. Long, lingering bitterness. I wouldn't exactly call this balanced, but it does have some malt backbone for support. Its just that the hop attack is so relentless that the malt gets a little overwhelmed. Who cares, its great. Mouthfeel is perfect as well. Good body, perfect level of carbonation, and ends with a spicy creaminess. Love this beer, but it definitely burns the tastebuds out a bit. Use in moderation. I'd buy this in a second if it was bottled and in my area.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2007 21:03:11 | More by Georgiabeer
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,974 ratings.