Blind Pig IPA - Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

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5,132 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,132
Reviews: 1,383
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 1,747
Gots: 704 | FT: 18
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Photo of vfgccp
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%

A - Crystal clear, gold body. Bright, almost neon, white head with great retention and nice lace.

S - Herbal nose; pine, sage, parsley. Touch of banana and starchy plantain.

T - Bold woody hops up front with cardamon, bitter dandelion, and parsley. Lightly sweet bread crust and orange center. Pithy bitter finish.

M - Bright carbonation with a creamy and surprisingly thick body for a single IPA.

O - About as big as single IPA's get. Assertively bitter with a really nice flavor profile. Better nose on tap than in bottle.

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4.18 Blind Pig
Jay Jon Anth Vin Avg Weight
A - 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25 10%
S - 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 20%
T - 4.00 4.00 4.25 4.50 4.19 40%
M - 4.00 4.25 4.50 4.50 4.31 10%
O - 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25 20%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a moderate, fast dissipating head, leaving lacing. Hoppy aroma. Hops, citrus; hoppy finish. Somewhat muted, like a watered down Pliny the Elder. OK, but don't see the point. I'm not getting the same positive experience as other reviewers. Purchased from a rarely visited store, so maybe an old bottle. If I'm lucky enough to see this again, I'll revise the review.

Photo of aasher
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to nickd717 for this one. Bottle is dated 2/14/11. It's an excellent beer to commemorate the end of the regular season for my Boilermakers. It pours a beautiful gold in color, very translucent and clear with a one finger frothy white head. It smells of dry piny hops with bitter grapefruit. It's very piny with a light malt finish. The flavor is riddled with pine cones with a slightly sweet and bitter grapefruit aftertaste. It's definitely a solid IPA. It drinks light and is pretty drinkable but it really gives you cotton mouth. Luckily this fades the longer you drink it. It eventually turns mouth watering. It's probably one of the most drinkable IPAs around. I'm definitely thankful for the tick.

Photo of Duff27
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 08/01/11

A- Two inches of frothy white head. Beer color is golden with a an orange hue. A few effervescence streams float slowly upwards. Clumpy, scattered lacing. A+ head retention.

S- Citrus immediately...think grapefruit and oranges.

T- Yum. Overpowering citrus, with a hint of that danky onion-character that shows up in certain IPAs. Nice sweet malt backbone but the hops overpower if just by a bit. Would guess at a higher ABV.

M- Well carbonated with tongue-stinging bubbles. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- I thought long and hard about it and came to the conclusion that this beer has no weak spots...maybe even could have given the 'appearance' a perfect '5' rating. Well deserving of the status it carries in the beer world. I found this to be slightly more enjoyable than Pliny The Elder...I know, blasphemy. Thanks stupac2!

Photo of Derek
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with fluffy, white head, good retention, excellent lacing. It just doesn't look better than this.

S: Big piny, citrus & rind hop aroma, candied fruit & hints of toffee.

T: Solid piny bitterness up front, tangerine, lemon zest, candied pineapple and a little toffee.

M: Well attenuated, moderate body is smooth, with little hop acidity and a crisp finish.

D: Very drinkable.

An all around great brew.

Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the Halloween '08 treat!

Photo of DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights which had good retantion with a 2 finger head that left great bubbly sticky lacing on the glass.

S: big floral sweet piney hops dominate the nose with good malt character that had citrus, caramel, and grapefruit notes. There also seems to be faint tangrine and mango notes as well.

T: great flopral piney hop flavors with grapefruit that helps intesify the bitterness which had citrus caramel accents. The malts are not as powerful but do help out on the balance; great taste.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet but bitter crisp finish.

D: Russian river really know how to brew an IPA an this one is no exception. Blind pig is very drinkable and love the fact that I have access to it on a daily.

Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
3.74/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +3%
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 . . .

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Pint glass. First time from a bottle for me. Bottled on 8.23.11.

A - Pours a clear orange with a one inch off-white head. Good retention and tons of lacing on the glass.

S - Strong pine scents and some grass.

T - Subtle pine, grass, and grapefruit.

D - Silky smooth, average carbonation and body.

O - RR rocks my IPA world.

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

I bought this from South Bay Drugs & Liquors. Thanks Joey!

Ahhh..a 500ml bottle. Time to pull out my trusty New Belgium Imperial Pint glass.

It's a nice clear medium gold in colour with a 2 finger head of foam that shrunk quickly to 1 finger but now doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon. Good sticky lacing.

The smell is of grapefruit and floral hops and is very nice. A similar nose to other IPAs that I've had but nevertheless, always a pleasure to encounter.

The taste certainly is all about the hops. Big notes grapefruit and some grass that are a bitter delight on my palate but there is *some* malt in the background. Way in the background but it's there and does provide some support and at least an attemp at balance.. Hell, that's ok with me as American IPAs go. Sometimes I'm in the mood for a more balanced example, sometimes I want the hops to dominate and permeate my every taste bud. It all depends on my mood and right now, I say "bring on the hops" and Blind Pig is not disappointing me at all in that regard.

Good medium mouthfeel with a lightish amount of carbonation. It finishes on the same note it started...bitter and delicious. And...pretty easy drinking to boot. I'm having zero problems finishing this bottle but that, in itself, is a problem if you get where I'm coming from.

And yeah, head retention is better than average as I had a feeling it would be.

Bottom line: I'm pretty darned happy that I picked this brew up and I enjoyed the bottle I drank immensely. Now, I look forward to *trying* to get some Pliny The Elder. RR really does have it all going on....

Photo of cjgator3
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle
Bottled on 07/09/08

A- Pours a nice amber color with a sticky off-white head.

S- The aroma is not surprisingly filled with fresh resinous hops and hints of fruit.

T- The taste follows the aroma with a bold hop flavor with not much malt to note. Awesome west-coast IPA flavor!

M- The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy, but is a little thin and watery.

D- A really well-crafted IPA, but I don't know if I would want to drink more that one bottle in a sitting. Pretty one dimensional in flavor, but what do you expect from a West-coast IPA.

Overall, Blind Pig is another outstanding brew from Russian River. Those guys sure have their shit together when it comes to brewing. Highly recommended for all hop heads out there.

Photo of wordemupg
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

510ml bottle poured into tulip 8/3/13

A clear golden yellow with a few bubbles feeding a short lived soapy two finger foam that leaves no lace, looks pretty basic

S grapefruit, peaches, sweet orange, pineapple, tangerine and mango make for a great tropical nose, faint pine and a floral aspect that works well for it, smells great

T more pine then the nose and the tropical notes are toned down ever so slightly, just a little hard toffee and some rind opposed to the flesh I was smelling

M more bubbles then I could see in the glass and a mellow bitter bite with a lingering finish of tropical rind, just a little grit after the fact

O highly drinkable and I found myself trying to take smaller sips so I could savor it for more then 5 minuets, it looks basic but no complaints elsewhere

I love my customers some days because I never would've dreamed I'd be randomly drinking one of my top wants today, cheers Ian for the random act of kindness

Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first RR brew, acquired in a trade.

Pours a beautiful golden color with a thin head into my glass. A good way to start!

Minty, citrusy hops greet the nose. It's still quite fresh and very enticing.

Lip-puckering bitterness followed by lightly buttered bread. Hops have a good hint of grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is very warming with plenty of lingering bitterness. Very clean finish as well.

Now this is a west coast IPA! It's certainly up there with the other great IPAs I've had over the years.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange color. Pours a big two finger off white head that slowly dissipated to a skim thickened around the rim. Generous lacing.

S: Lots of and variety of hops; citrus dominates, but also pine, and oily herbs. Didn't notice until I was about done, but no malt aroma.

T: Hops right up front; not in a bad way. A touch of earthy grain for a little balance.

M: Medium body and well carbonated. Smooth and creamy in the mouth.

D: Highly recommended this beer. Great taste.

Photo of glid02
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this via route66pubs - thanks for sending this!

Pours a light copper color, it's almost colored like a dark pilsener, completely clear and with a one-finger white head. The head recedes slowly until it finally settles in a thin pancake of bubbles on top, leaving solid lacing.

Smells of citrus hops mostly, with hints of tropical fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The pale malt flavors are just enough to balance out the large amounts of hops. Citrus and floral hop flavors seque into a bitter ending that sticks around, making sure I know the hops are there.

Mouthfeel is good. Tasting this after Pliny the Elder I thought it was a bit thin, but stepping back and comparing it to other IPA's it's above average, though still not spectacular.

Drinkability is very good. I could stop myself from uncontrollable quaffing, though barely.

Overall this is a very, very good IPA - an important distinction, as it's certainly not a DIPA. Everything hits just right. I wasn't disappointed, and you won't be either.

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

Had on tap at the Russian River brewpub. Clear blond color. The smell is strong with hops, intense pine needle aroma.

The flavor isn't quite 1-dimensional hops, I could taste some sweet malts fighting it out, but the after-taste was mostly bitter hops.

A really good IPA, I had it side-by-side with 4 other IPA's at Russian River. I think this is the last best (they're all good so none is really worst).

Photo of claspada
3.14/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aromas of extremely pungent pine, fresh lemon, grapefruit, and faintly resinous hops. No malt at all; fairly clean.

The taste is completely and utterly dry, with nothing but wave after wave of citrusy and resiny hops assalting your tastebuds. I really cannot stomach such a hop bomb with no malt balance or detectability for that matter. If you are into this kind of thing you will love this beer but I prefer the ability to taste my next beer without having to eat a meal to cleanse my pallate.
The mouthfeel is fairly light bodied with very low carbonation. Smooth and slick, but not memorable.

Overall a miss for me just because of my style preferences, but I can see how some would enjoy.

Photo of spinrsx
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle - thanks to zacs for this one

Appearance - Mostly clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing (large bubbles) and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, grapefruit (juice and zest)

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a decent amount of hops. There is also lots of citrus going on; oranges and grapefruits both the juice and the zest. The beer finishes with a citrus and hop aftertaste that lingers on the tongue.

Overall - Definitely my kind of IPA. Lots of citrus and a nice clean and refreshing taste. It is along the lines of one of my favourites: Bells Two Hearted - but with a touch less sweetness. It has a fantastic balance and its very drinkable. If only I could get this stuff all the time.

Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a very light clear orange with about a 1 finger head thats lasts a couple minutes. It has nice lacing because as the head falls it leaves chunky rings of head around the glass.

The aroma is very nice and balanced. Its light in strength but a perfect match of citrus and hops.

The taste is pretty light and you get no sweet. The start is pretty plain then goes to a light bitter from mid to finish. Light mouthfeel decently drinkable.

Photo of THECPJ
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/9/2011

A: full of citrus hop notes and not much else

Ap: golden-orange with a finger white head, dissipated very quickly, very minimal lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth, crisp

Af: quite hoppy, mild grapefruit notes, piney taste very present, dry finish, slight bitterness

O: tastes like a watered down Pliny the Elder, drinkable though

Cheers!
The CPJ

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

ontap, had 3 pints of this one night at toronado - helped make for a rough flight the following day

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint, clear copper-amber, beige froth

smell: very nicely hopped, fresh and citrusy, pine resin, lemon zest

taste: great - probably a little behind pliny but a very strong offering...fresh citrus hop presence, lemon zest, tangerine zest, tropical fruit

mouthfeel: medium body, fresh and zesty

drinkability: good

Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden colour with a dense white head. Good head retention and great lacing.

Fresh, crisp, fruity hop aroma with some melon notes. Nice and floral.

Soft malt flavour with lots of crisp, delicious and bitter hops. Grapefruit.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A really good IPA with plenty of citrus and pine. Well balanced for a West Coast style IPA.

Photo of ccrida
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Belmont Station, served in a pint glass, Blind Pig is a clear yellow with a medium sized, creamy white head that leaves very nice lace. On the paler side for an IPA, which I really like sometimes.

Smell is hoppy, big blast of grapefruit, with some sweeter florals and some gingerbread like spiciness developing as it warmed. Really nice, I'm not sure how Russian River does it, but they always manage to get this big hop aroma while at the same time keeping it softer and not as pungent as the hop bombs.

Taste is also big on the hops, but more pungent and resinous then the nose, pine and sour citrus, firm bitterness balanced by just enough sweetness to keep it relatively balanced. Not a mind blower, but damn tasty. Like Pliny, it's all about the aroma.

Mouthfeel is lighter and oily.

Drinkability is high, this is a very tasty IPA, greater then the sum of it's parts, full of flavor but not to strong or heavy. Can't wait until this is a regular here in town!

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,132 ratings.