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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

4,087 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,087
Reviews: 1,304
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1,403
Gots: 375 | 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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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
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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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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to cstrack for this brew.

Pours a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy/thick, off-white head, lots of nice thick/creamy sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, very hoppy, slight touch of malts, very nice touch of citrus with some pines. The taste is slight sweet, hoppy, bitter, very nice citrus/pines. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome IPA for sure, glad I finally got a chance to try it, highly recommended. Thanks Casey.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 20:49:48 | More by Wasatch
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Editing review, due to obtaining a fresh bottle while in cali. Bottled 12/11/09

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a 1 finger creamy beige head. Color is a hazy peach gold. Very appealing for an IPA. Decent head retention because of the etching. Leaves some splattered lace.

Aroma: A lot of fresh floral hops. Some grapefruit citrus notes. Some honey dew. Bready malts a bit in the background. Had I not looked on BA, I would have thought this was a double. Solid smelling ipa.

Taste: Sweet at first, then comes the load of hops hit. Earthy and floral hops. Very fresh, earthy taste. Honey. Very slight alcohol peaks out in the aftertaste. Grapefruit citrus and lemons. Some caramel malts balance it out a bit, but I love the freshness.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, a little creamy in the back. Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Leaves a dry hoppy aftertaste, which is what I expected.

Overall, I think this is a staple for an ipa. Drinkable and I could easily have more. Some IPAs I can drink more of and this is one of them. Good beer and a great price.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 08:17:03 | More by mothman
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duceswild

Maryland

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

Bottled on 03.24.2012 poured 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Golden in color with a white head. Good scent of hops as soon as the bottle was opened. Also get some piny and citrus.

Can taste the bitterness, but it is not overpowering. The beer is well balanced. I get a some sweatness from this which compliments it well.

Overall a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 04:58:29 | More by duceswild
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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".

Serving type: growler

03-15-2006 22:04:39 | More by ppoitras
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap many times and i'm finally ready to review this IPA. Served in a 15oz stemmed glass at Union Jacks.

A- RR Blind pig looks like a bold ipa with a mix of orange and gold colors with a slight haze to it. A medium sized off white head that faded very quick leaving patches of lace around the glass. I've noticed that RR IPA offerings don't produce much head bottle or draft.

S- I could smell this for days, it's just that inviting. A very pungent punch of different hop styles giving of a lot of citrus grapefruit scents. Some lemon scents and possibly some orange intertwined. Also a lot of piney and resiny tones come forth. Some illegal weed scents come to mind. Some malts present but can't break through the hop amounts.

T- The first sip i was in hop heaven as they took control. Blind pig is very bitter with not only hops but the pine is quite strong also. I get some more earthy qualities as this pig warms. few sips to detect the trace amount of malt that is there. Not the most balanced IPA out there, but still tasty.

M- A good amount of carbonation and a medium body give this a great mouthfeel, although others in my party disagreed. A bit on the thick side for an IPA while the resin and oily factors are strong also. The bittering effects are quite felt in the mouth after a few sips. Aftertaste stayed with me for a long while.

D- Blind Pig is quite drinkable but truth be told i enjoyed the nose the most, as i smelled it for 10 minutes before taking the 1st plunge. I prefer to drink this while eating something to tame the pig at times. The abv is low leaving this a session candidate but i would not go over two bottles or pints in a sitting.

RR can do no wrong in my eyes, i'm glad i live in SEPA!!

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2009 22:11:58 | More by BARFLYB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.3%

06-28-2013 01:08:48 | More by ejimhof
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-11-2013 02:49:06 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

Yellow complexions this bright and clear are usually reserved for pilsners and pale ales. IPAs tend to be more amber in tone but then again a Blind Pig doesn't see colour. And I like to think I don't view the world that way either. So I say this light body is good - it probably means unencumbered hoppiness and isn't that what we're here for anyhow?

There are beers that have this level of flaming citrusy, candied fruitiness. There are beers that have this level of pungent, grassy herbals. There aren't many beers, however, that have this level of both, and very few that can pull off the dualism so well. Malts don't even cross the mind in this soapy, bitter, stinky scent. Good riddance to 'em! I'm under a hop spell.

The malts are about as consequential to the taste as the Diet Coke is to a Big-Mac combo. According to the flavour, they don't exist at all. In this world, all there is is pink bubblegum notes and bitter renditions of breakfast citrus fruits and just a faint token of Northwest forest pine. The entire mouth becomes a cocoon of soapy, acidic hoppiness.

A lot of IPAs float like butterflies but sting like bees - not Blind Pig. It's as sweet-natured as an actual blind pig (can you imagine? The poor thing. SO cute!) except for the fact that it's only menially sweet and is, in actuality, quite bitter. But not too bitter, mind you. I bet a lot of novices would find this as refreshing and tasteful as the connoisseurs that praise it.

Vinnie Cilurzo is kind of the Leonardo of the beer world: he is both artist and scientist, a masterful creator at everything he does. While Blind Pig is one of his simpler works, it is no less absorbing. It is a salt-of-the-earth agreeable, true grit hoppy offering that I could drink until I was a blind pig. This and it's brothers Pliny are rightfully royal family in the IPA world.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 05:04:00 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

A delicious IPA! Very pleasant citrus and floral aroma. A nice lingering aftertaste, with hints of grapefruit and fresh hops. This beer really has everything I'm looking for in an IPA. The drinkability is insanely high. Blind Pig is amazingly tasty and refreshing, and would be easily chuggable. Fresh hops with a wonderfully smooth feel. It would be a regular beer for me, if only it was available where I live.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 21:11:34 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I know Vinnie is not a big believer in "aged" IPA's, and generally I tend to agree with him. However, I recently came across this beer at my "home town" Market of Choice in West Linn, a store notorious for not rotating its stock in a timely manner. This particular bottle of Blind Pig was dated 7/29/08.

The beer pours a protypical peachy orange color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, what can one say? This is IPA perfection. The beer has an incredible nose of wet tobacco, earth, allspice and hoppy bitterness. On the palate, this beer is off the charts. Maybe it's because the alcohol is so low (relatively), but this beer has not gained any malty sweetness, which is a typical problem for IPA's that have some bottle age. Instead.... this beer has flavors of fuji apple, wet tobacco, wet earth and a hint of cinnamon. As with the fresh version, the finish is just unbelievably dry and bitter.

IMO, a bit of bottle age has given this beer an element of complexity that the fresh version does not have. Not that there's anything wrong with fresh Blind Pig, but I'm amazed at the subtle flavor difference the beer seems to have undergone with some bottle age. Very, very impressive.

Mouthfeel is pretty light and drinkability is exceptional. As good as it gets when it comes to domestic IPA's. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 01:09:20 | More by John_M
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -8.3%

09-03-2013 20:16:22 | More by drewone
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

11-18-2011 19:26:15 | More by brandoman63
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-05-2011 04:46:01 | More by rab53
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

An amber pour with hints of pink and yellow. Fluffly head, good lacing.
Smells of high citrus (gf, lemon) and some leafy flower plants. Hops are in there somewhere.
Taste has the hops; nice crispness and flavor.
Medium body and great mouthfeel, leaves clean with enough taste residue to want more.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2006 00:02:51 | More by Mebuzzard
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plaid75

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 01:11:43 | More by plaid75
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smakawhat

Maryland

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Excited about this one! Thanks to xhuskr for the trade. Bottled on August 4th 2011 we good to go!

A great crystal clear body colored dark gold almost orange but a distinct dark yellow. Very little slow rising carbonation from the bottom, with a head that forms tightly and antique off white. A very solid cap that stays together and clumps.

Classic grapefruit mushy ripe nose. Sweet. Solid not much else though.

Taste is hop pine at first with a good malt balance. Texture is ok if slightly wet, but finish follows a dry citrus hop. Lingering hop grapefruit bitter in aftertaste but doesn't bring the citrus felt on the nose. Sort of mild toast bread then grapefruit later, but also a roof top drying sense in the palate also.

Overall a solid but straightforward IPA I think, not that blown away by this however. Good beer no complaints but feels like a one trick pony. But I will get on this ride anytime.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 23:25:15 | More by smakawhat
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2008 19:47:07 | More by Viggo
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mdaschaf

Washington

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

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 1/15/11.

A: Slightly hazy orange with a solid one finger foam head. Great retention with decent lacing.

S: Very fresh aroma. Nice citrus fruits - grapefruit and some orange. There is a little bit of pine which adds an earthy/grassy aroma.

T: Very nice hop flavor, the grapefruit is right in the front with the orange taking a slight backseat. Has a really nice earthy/grassy flavor that I enjoy a lot. Very crisp, slight bitter finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, but drinks a little lighter. Carbonation fits very nicely. Extremely drinkable, really like this one. Russian River did well with Blind Pig.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 03:21:55 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 18:39:03 | More by Bighuge
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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 . . .

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2010 23:56:09 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 20:40:25 | More by DrJay
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tdm168

North Carolina

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

Pours a copper amber with 1/2" of of dense, soap-like head that has great retention. The nose has notes of bready malts, grapefruit, and floral hops. The taste is light bready malt up front with a faint pineapple, citrusy, floral, bitter hop finish. The bitterness stays on the palate well after the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a solid IPA. Well balanced with nice malt character and a very great hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 23:43:19 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-18-2013 07:52:34 | More by Kelp
Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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