Blind Pig
Russian River Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #10
Ranked #433
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: 1,517 | Ratings: 6,061 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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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
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled at the Hill Farmstead brewery.

Pours a crystal clear golden Amber color with 2 fingers of dense off-white head. The head has exceptional retention, leaving some stringy cobwebs of lacing before eventually settling into a thick blanket of foam. Gorgeous beer.

The aroma is a nice and clean, but doesn't quite jump out of the glass. There's a lot of citrus; namely grapefruit, orange zest and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Some cracker malt with a ton of earthiness and pine. Slightly floral throughout.

The flavor follows the nose: Very floral and citrusy. There's some faint notes of pineapples and biscuit malt before a finishing wave of bitter, earthy pine. Pretty well-balanced overall.

The mouthfeel is just... Muah. Medium-full bodied with pretty lively carbonation. Creamy and fluffy, yet crisp and dry. Disturbingly drinkable.

Overall, this is definitely a great IPA that I am very fortunate I got to try. While this doesn't live up to the standards of Pliny, in my opinion, it's still a beautiful looking beer with a godly mouthfeel and a nice hop bite.

May 14, 2020
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4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Tipsy Pig in San Francisco you can enjoy both this and Pliny the Elder on tap (rare treat).

Dare I say I prefer Blind Pig, especially if you're having a *few*

Perfect balance of hops and bite, with a crisp finish that leaves you yearning for another.

Possibly Russian River's finest...

May 03, 2020
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penguinsgoboom from California

4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a nice 2 finger head. Color is a clear, slightly bubble pineapple. The head sticks around forever. Beautiful lacing up and down the glass

S: Fresh hop aroma. Super bright. Grapefruit, citrus, pineapple, some pine resin

T: A rush of hops, but reigned in so elegantly by the malt. Slightly bitter, but plays gracefully with the caramel malt. Very straightforward.

O: Crisp, finishes so clean. Remarkable IPA that really showcases the hops. It plays one note and then drops the mic.

May 02, 2020
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EdHinPasadena from California

4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review has been some time in coming. I've enjoyed this several times in the last few weeks, most recently on March 12th. Each time on tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Old Town Pasadena (my favorite haunt).
My three favorite IPAs are all Russian River. In order, that's Pliny the Younger, Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig. I've had literally hundreds of IPAs from dozens and dozens of different brewers, and I always come back to the latter two (since the Younger is available on such a limited basis). Blind Pig is nearly as good as The Elder, more full-bodied, perhaps not quite as balanced but still eminently enjoyable. A nice, golden color with a decent head. Aroma is wonderfully scented: citrusy, grassy. The flavor is dank: this is one notable ale. Great citrusy taste, with clear hints of piney and floral notes as well. Boldly hoppy. Medium carbonation, and the aftertaste is quite pleasant. Now that Lucky's seems to have it regularly, it has become my "go to" brew. Fantastic beer.

Mar 17, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 2/20/20

Pours a pure translucent honey gold body capped with multiple fingers of thick, white head; great retention yields slowly to an ample and creamy cap, fuzzy walling of webby lacing with the occasional chunky ring, and a sizable frothy collar.

Aromas open subtly and persist evenly throughout, starting with lemon balm and hints of dry incense guiding into sweeter clementine and flaky malt undertones; wisps of woody apricot and stone fruit contribute on the back end before a citrusy orange close.

Taste offers a detailed dive into a soft grassy bittering with fleeting tropical rind tones highlighting passionfruit and pineapple; eases to a floral, grassy herbaceousness paired against a delicate tropical (mango, passionfruit, peach skin) sweetness into bright grapefruit bursting for a moment alongside clean pine into the swallow.

Mouthfeel shows a flaky-crisp medium body elevated by a brilliantly balanced fluffy carbonation; clean resin along the mid-palate gives way to a building, deft bitterness leading to flaky crispness wavering into a dry, oily finish.

A practiced exercise in the traditional west-coast IPA; malt and hops jockeying in equilibrium for a soft, fruity, and crisply bitter end. Simply put, this is astutely crafted and endlessly drinkable at every juncture.

Mar 06, 2020
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JLateralus21 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Overall, a good beer, a tad on the bitter side. Aroma was weaker than I wanted. Maybe I just had higher expectations.

Had on draft at the Santa Rosa restaurant.

Feb 25, 2020
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3.71/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: 1/10/20

Poured aggresively into a tulip. 2+ fingers of thick foam, great lacing that lasts. Strong smell of citrus and hops as expected. Not my favorite by Russian River though. It's a great beer but I have been spoiled by Pliny recently and the balanced sweet deliciousness is missing from this one. A nice bitter ale but not my favorite.

Feb 22, 2020
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Anders91 from California

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

Look: clear golden, with a white head

Smell: nice pine hoppy smell

Taste: very hoppy, although doesn’t overwhelm

Feel: prickly, with a smooth finish

Feb 18, 2020
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EMH73 from New York

4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a two inch fluffy head that was well retained and and left massive lacing. Smells of citrus, pine, floral notes and grass. Tastes of grapefruit, grapefruit pith, pine,resin, grass, floral elements,lemon and apricot. Medium bitterness. Light side of medium bodied, medium carbonation, clean and crisp with a dry finish.

Feb 16, 2020
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Tuck_leepulin from Texas

4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

510ml Bottle poured into an English-style Pint Glass. Bottled 12/17/19.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear deep gold with 1 finger of head.

Smell: Earthy and floral hops

Taste: Biscuit malt flavors are up front quickly followed by the earthy and floral hops similar to the nose. Bitterness is medium and leads to a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but dry finish

Overall: A really clean, west coast style IPA. The taste has a lot of balance a nuance but still plenty of hop flavor and bitterness. A very respectable IPA that still is very delicious a month old. Aroma is dull, but ill assume its more intense when fresh.

Jan 22, 2020
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flyingpig from Scotland

4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

510ml bottle from California:
A bright, clear orange to amber with a 3cm white head that’s thick & foamy but has great retention. The nose is fresh, floral & clean, doesn’t overpower & is a mix of citrus, pine & grassy hops before some biscuit shows at the end. The taste is pine, citrus & the same biscuit backing with light grapefruit & a hop resin on top of a lively, well-carbonated beer that was crisp & very drinkable; outstanding stuff.

Jan 07, 2020
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beerbellydaddy from California

4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean perfect golden hue with ample carbonation.

Smells citrus, hops and flowers with mild yeast undertones.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, lightly carbonated.

Taste is citrus and hoppy, yet light and easy. It leaves lingering hops on the tongue but does not overwhelm. This is crisp and refreshing, almost like a supped up Session IPA.

Dec 22, 2019
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah an old friend, you can almost smell them before they come into view. Head inflated a mile high atop that clear golden smile. A joy to see again.
This fella comes along like an orchard man, citrus flowers and fresh juice spill out in his wake. Tropical surprises, passionfruit, guava, maybe a pineapple slice in the back pocket. This is more than a carnation in the lapel. Much more
But ah, the tongue is not as soft as that sweet carnation. No, while the tongue of this cheeky bastard carries the unmistakable tropical lilt, there is also a bite. The rind to that citrus fruit, bitter and sharp, reminding you where the edges are.
And don't be fooled by the cane, this is no heavy slogger. This is a light and nimble fellow. Quick of wit and light on his feet. Enjoyable to be around, if a bit abrasive at times, but a real classic gentleman.

Dec 17, 2019
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entheos from California

3.36/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Russian River has to be one of the best breweries in the country, but this beer is disappointing. It may harken to the days of speakeasies, but craft beer has gotten so awesome, this is just a tart substitute for what Russian River offers.

Nov 09, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At last I get to try this classic. Could read a newspaper through it, so clear in the golden body, with a thick white collar and white surface lacing. Smell has plenty of lemon, herbal and dank hops, and grapefruit pith, with soapy flowers accenting. Taste is very hoppy, yet not that bitter, floral and grassy, with moderate pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and cracker malts. Fruit is especially pithy in taste. Feel is dry enough to avoid the doom label of soapy, but certainly perfumey and pithy in a good way. I'm sure 14 years ago this was groundbreaking, now it is just another good springtime ipa with expressive hop character, glad I tried it

Oct 19, 2019
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sjdevel from Utah

4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

LOOK - a brilliant clear yellow gold with a huge frothy head (about 3-4 finger) - great head retention - very active and carbonation continues with loads of bubbles - foam becomes soap like and remains on the glass and slides down as the beer level lowers

SMELL - a very sharp hop bite with pine and citrus nearly stinging the nostrils - some cattiness - some bread and hint of yeast in there as well

TASTE - there is a substantial bitter bite right up front - then in rushes peaches, pineapple, pine, lemon, and orange - some nice sweetness floods in to counter balance some of the hop flavor and slight bitterness - it fades and things clear out with some citrus remaining and a hint of a darker grain and some earthiness

FEEL - medium bodied - a bit oily with a lot of the hop oils in there - could be a bit fuller maybe - carbonation is nice

OVERALL - this beer has been on my beer bucket-list for a long time - they are finally distributing to my area so I finally picked one up - I am glad that I got one - this is very good - very hoppy - very flavorful - got this one cheaper as a part of a mixed 6 so cheaper than the normal 5.99 pricetag - but still a great beer for $6

Oct 02, 2019
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4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color is pale orange. The aroma, wafts of heavy dank earthy hops. It reminds me of sticking my nose into a jar of hop pellets. Further sniffs reveal refreshing hints of tropical fruit hiding behind the grassy dankness. The taste is a blast from the past. This is a bitter beer. Following the bitterness, the taste follows the aroma. Dank grassy piney earthy notes mixed with some traditional fruity hop notes. Citrus, not much but its there and perhaps a bit of pineapple. Mostly dank. Mouthfeel is medium. Not much else to say about that. Overall this is an IPA that seems to have fallen out of vogue. In a world of juicy hazy milkshake this and that, bitterness in beer has become anachronistic. But make no bones about it this is a phenomenal IPA. A nostalgia bomb that takes me back to the early days of craft beer where every brewery was chasing IBUs. I’m going to drink it again.

Sep 14, 2019
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TheDoctor from Canada

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: On tap
Consumed: Aug-10-2019

Pours clear orange-gold with a decent head, stringy lacing. Sports a bright citrus fruit nose, really nice grapefruit et al., light pine sap spiciness and some crackery malt. Flavor has a lovely dry light-bitter taste with pithy citrus, pine needles, some baguette crust. Dry, crisp, drinkable and lovely. Wow. What a tasty beer. Really nice balance of classic IPA characteristics.


Aug 18, 2019
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pure dank, citrus, and pine. Hits all the right spots of a west coast IPA. This big brother of the pale ale. This beer epitomizes the genre. Malts support the fresh hop zing.

Aug 16, 2019
Blind Pig from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 6061 ratings