Blind Pig
Russian River Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #10
Ranked #462
4.37 | pDev: 8.47%
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Blind PigBlind Pig
Notes: Full-bodied, very hoppy, with citrus, pine, fruity notes and a nice dry, bitter finish!

Original Gravity: 1.058
Color: Copper
Bitterness: Medium
Reviews: 1,536 | Ratings: 6,122 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

17.25 oz bottle into my new Kevin Malone rastal.
Bottled on 8/11/21.
Thanks to Donald for this surprise box!

Mostly clear gold but with a little chill haze, and a classic west coast head; bone white at 2 fingers, leaving gorgeous lace destroying the glass as it recedes gradually.

Aroma brings forward slight papery oxidation, with slight onion skin, dusty pine flooring, grapefruit rind, and dead hop leaves. I do not detect any yeast, malt, or ethanol in this beer. It is cutting and dirty and bitter smelling. It's a change from what I'm used to, but also brings me back to when IPAs were all emulating the giants like RR.

Flavor doesn't hit until about mid-palate. When that happens it brings sawdust first, then a little evergreen, then some onion skin, a tiny presence of crisp caramel malt, and then some papery oxidation. After you swallow it however, the flavor really shines. It sticks to your tongue and cheeks and roof, and sucks all moisture out. Then, seemingly suddenly, a wave of resiny bitterness and sweet honey take over and the oils take hold, pounding your palate with lupulin gland again and again. The finish is literally 10x as long as the beer itself, and takes time to dry on your palate. Then a whole new world opens up.

Feel is resiny, oily, very carbonated, with no alcohol anywhere in sight. Palate punisher, this one, as the oils destroy and scrub every taste bud from your mouth.

Overall, an impressive one to be sure, and it's easy to write paragraphs about it. This is one that should be in the books (and probably is), right along side its cousin Pliny, and has every right to be studied and emulated. This is a true west coast IPA in every sense of the word.


Oct 06, 2021
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks literally exactly the same as Pliny the Elder (had them side by side): beautiful, crystal-clear, light-amber-gold, with a big and pillowy head of bright white bubbles. Lots of splotches and streaks of lacing down the glass. Great looking beer. After that, the experience is very much like a muted and somewhat watered-down Pliny — some nice notes and well-crafted, but not really a standout. Piney, bright, citrusy, with solid bitterness, a lot of grassiness, some soapiness, and a touch of malt-sweetness. West Coast IPA all the way, with heavy grapefruit, but boarding on APA (for me) in terms of aroma and taste profile.

Crisp and refreshing but not particularly noteworthy.

Sep 12, 2021
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highdesertdrinker from Arizona

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

Had on tap at Stone World Bistro Gardens in San Diego. Pretty medium gold hue, nice head, well carbonated, smells of hops and citrus. The taste is good bitterness with a decent malt backbone, dry, crisp, a nice melange of fruity notes and extremely well balanced and crafted. It’s “only” 6.25 but a pint before and after dinner was all I needed to get my happy buzz on. A wonderful example of a West Coast IPA and I strongly recommend to all hopheads, cheers!

Sep 04, 2021
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ANIMOUL from Vermont

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle purchased in Alpine, CA; born on 06/23/21. Pours light yellow with one fingers worth of head. Foam slowly recedes with nice lacing. Sweet flora smell with lighter hop bitterness. Very good beer... very good.

Aug 06, 2021
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold, with a sticky eggshell white head. Very good retention, tons of lacing.

Aroma of yellow grapefruit, honey, white bread, juice pineapple, and white pepper.

Huge flavors of pineapple, lemon zest, yellow grapefruit, grass, honey, crackers, and white pepper. Tart and juicy pineapple/lemon/grapefruit upfront, cracker/honey in the middle, and then grass/pepper on the finish. Crisp and clean, very dry for an IPA, with a slight lingering bitterness of grapefruit/lemon peel, white pepper, and faint pine.

Medium-light feel, well carbonated, snappy and dry.

A fantastic dry WCIPA. Highly recommended.

Aug 02, 2021
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UWDAWG from Washington

4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 510ml bottle into an IPA glass.

Look- Frothy white head, slightly hazy, small particulate sediment, straw, very active carbonation, above average head retention, average lacing.

Smell- Pine resin, citrus, vibrant bouquet.

Taste- Pine resin, slight citrus, very mild bread flavor at finish, great balance.

Feel- Thin body, high bitterness, above average carbonation, prickly, very astringent finish.

Overall- Wonderful West Coast IPA.

Jun 23, 2021
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Profundobaso from New York

4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - poured into a tulip glass from a 510ml bottle. Fully transparent, straw yellow in color, with a two finger head that somewhat dissipates. Plenty of lacing left behind.

Smell - pine, citrus, some dankiness, and a bit of tropical/candied fruits. very old school west coast style smelling.

Taste - a smooth citrus flavor first hits the tongue, which is immediately followed by moderate bitterness. a mix of citrus and tropical fruit flavors detected towards the middle, and the beer finishes with a fresh bite of hoppy bitterness and a slightly sweet finish. a 20 second journey of an experience.

Feel - medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, and not too strong on booziness at 6.25%

Overall - as one of Russian River's longstanding rotating offerings, this beer has all of the great aspects of a West Coast IPA, done as elegantly as anyone can. Pliny might be king, but to me, this one is just as up there.

Jun 18, 2021
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HipCzech from Texas

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 510 ml bottle (“bottled on: 051421”) poured into an stemless tulip glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear golden yellow with a good froth of white head and spotty lace.

Smell: Intense and enticing aromas of citrus zest, pine needles and pineapple, with a slightly spicy dank close.

Taste: Follows from the nose with plenty of bright citrus (lemon, orange and grapefruit), along with clean pine needles, subtle tropical fruit and a light malty body. Finish is decidedly crisp and pleasantly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, clean and crisp, with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Classic West Coast style and flawless Russian River execution.

Jun 16, 2021
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Crystal clear light orange with a quick-developing pure white head that explodes and slowly recedes, leaving great lacing behind
Aroma: The smell hit me while I poured it. Ruby red grapefruit, mandarins, pine, fir needles, strawberries, sweet malt, and a little dank – a phenomenal nose
Taste: Follows the nose well. A huge citrus fruit punch out of the gate – grapefruit, orange, lemon-lime, etc. along with strong conifer notes to start. Malt stays present throughout but mainly in a supporting/balance role as this is all about the hops. Berries and dank intertwine and citrus fruits regain strength on the finish
Mouthfeel: Full, a little slick, medium-high carbonation, and a nice medium-strong bite and an equal level of dryness on the finish
Overall: Damn, this is good. I haven’t had (nor been able to have) this beer in years and in my opinion, the hype it gets is and has always been well-deserved. An awesome and well-made WCIPA that seemingly has no flaws. Add to that the balance, clarity/look, cleanliness in execution, and mouthfeel and its easy to see and taste why this is world class stuff. Highly recommended

Jun 14, 2021
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

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

Pours a nearly transparent golden color with a short lived head and some lacing.

Smells of malt and hops with a bit of pineapple.

Tastes of hops with some pineapple and citrus undertones. It has a mildly bitter finish.

Medium light body with light carbonation. Clean dry mouthfeel.

The bomber I sampled was only 6 months old but may have had poor storage conditions. I was hoping for more from this brew. Now I will have to get another and give it another chance.

Jun 05, 2021
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faraday326 from California

4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear straw golden with an awesome, fluffy head. The nose is light hops w/ floral and lemon. The flavor is tart w/ hops and a touch of pepper. Finish fades to pine.

May 17, 2021
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- Pours a very slighty hazy Lemon-Orange with a fluffy, on-finger, soapy head.
S- A wonderful smell of citrus hop and candied fruit.
T- Wonderful blend of peppery, citrus hop with a piney finish. very good bitterness in which the resin sticks around.
M- Medium body with a Piney, dry finish.
O- One of the best bitter APA's around.

Apr 25, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a 2 inch white head, which lasts. Heavy lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma of lemon, pine, grapefruit, lime.

Taste is hoppy, pine, grapefruit, orange, lemon. Resinous.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Dry finish.

Beautiful, hoppy IPA. Very nice.

Apr 08, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

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

I need it again as with anything I've only had one time, luckily their distribution is getting wider so it shouldn't be too hard. I think there's a lot of excellent IPA's out there nowadays but the stuff of lore is that way for a reason. This is definitely something you should at least get a couple times. Make an occasion of the Russian River products

Mar 18, 2021
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J-legend-K from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Clear as a beer can be, gold in a glass, bright white head
S: Lively piney citrus. Assertive to a point
T: There’s caramel there, but pithy citrus explodes with fragmented dank pine all around. There’s still caramel there, but it’s covered in green hoppy bitter that makes its presence known long after the sip.
Mf: Medium body with pleasant carbonation that really delivers the goods before getting out of the way to showcase the sticky, resinous hops that linger.
Overall: Can’t think of a better example of the style. Maybe the style should actually be called BPA

Mar 10, 2021
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Damasen from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bitter ripper, very good. Bitter rind with piney bark. Good carb and mouth feel as well. Finishes dry with more of that bark feel. Overall a good touchstone to what west coast ipas are about.

Mar 07, 2021
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Awolter from Minnesota

4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great offering from a great brewery. That being said, I definitely prefer Pliny the Elder and Happy Hops to this one. Try all three if you get the chance.

Feb 16, 2021
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simonrgilbert57 from California

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Overall a very good ale once again from Russian River. The head is decent and there's a bit of haze toward the top. Smells a lot like a standard ale and tastes a lot like one too. There's a good hoppy bite midway through a sip that leads into a dryer finish. Overall a very good beer, although I prefer Pliny the Elder and Happy Hops.

Feb 15, 2021
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stuffandthings from California

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

This beer is better the Pliny the Elder. There I said it! As much hype as Elder (and Younger for that matter) get, I think Blind Pig is the best beer to come out of RR

Jan 12, 2021
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AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Toronado San Diego back in 2017. Wish it was sweeter to balance out the bitterness. I've heard many people like this over Pliny the Elder, but I would not agree. Had to try it but didn't love it.

Sep 27, 2020
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review #1437

This beer was elusive every time I knew it was available beer sold out before I could get there. I have tried for years to get this beer. I was browsing this store has an extensive beer section, and found this with other goodies. The beer is 44 degrees and poured into a pint glass. Beer produced a frothy, airy, and foamy two-fingered head. The retention of the beer is excellent. As the beer dissipated, it left lacing on the glass. The color of this IPA charts around SRM 4, pale gold with a hint of straw. The is crystal clear with carbonation dancing around.

The initial aromas in the beer are pine, grapefruit, oranges, and biscuit. Next, I smell bread, floral esters, herbal, a touch of resin, earthiness, and lemons.

The flavors in the beer are pine, grapefruit, crackers, toasted bread, biscuit, earthy, floral, bay leaves, resin, and lemons.

The body of the beer is medium-light, medium-plus carbonation, and a medium finish.
This beer is just over a month old. The first sip of the beer, I want to know, where are the big hop profile. The more I drank it, the bouquet of hops began to explode on my palate. This beer needs to be around 46 degrees to enjoy what is inside. The hop combination is impeccable and dang near perfect. A great beer to enjoy during a beautiful summer night on a porch with a breeze. Glad I did try it, I will seek this out again.

Aug 12, 2020
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled one month ago today. Poured into a pint glass at regular fridge temperature. Mostly clear, light straw color with a good inch of dense foamy head that very slowly disappears leaving behind tons of thick lacing. Smell is fairly nondescript, with some hoppiness present, but nothing shining through. Taste is mostly good old school West Coast IPA. Bitter, without being over the top. Bitterness lingers on the tongue, but subtly. Well done IPA.

Aug 03, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Lighter golden yellow, filtered, and with a two inch beige head of average retention and the tiniest speckled lacing.

S: Pine Resin with more citrus as it comes to temp. Off-dry with smoothing oak anD malt qualities.

T: Follows the nose. Not complex but well executed.

F: Light-medium weight, awesomely bitter, and right-sized carbonation.

O: A really nice west-coaster. The sum greater than the parts so this is the first time I’ve put the overall higher than the other individual ratings. It is better than 4.25 for sure.

Jun 03, 2020
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle served in a nonic glass, bottled on 04/15/20.

Look- Clear golden amber color, solid bright white head with great retention and nice sticky lacing. moderate carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Tropical fruit (pineapple and mango), citrus (orange and lemon), light stone fruit notes, caramel malt, a hint of pine and floral/grassy hop notes.

Taste- Similar to the aroma. Nice tropical and citrus fruit, apricot, pine, sweet malts with a mildly hoppy bitter finish. Very well balanced.

Feel- Medium bodied, dry and really crisp, super refreshing. Medium carbonation on the tongue.

O- My third offering from these guys and they don't miss a beat. An incredible IPA and a must try.

May 19, 2020
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

sweet bready malt notes and hints of caramel, earthy pine flavors, pine resin, danky earth character, floral, grassy, some grapefruit peel.

this one stands out for being very well balanced and drinkable, rather than for being super robust in terms of flavor.

May 16, 2020
Blind Pig from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 6122 ratings