Blind Pig
Russian River Brewing Company

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From:
Russian River Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #16
ABV:
6.25%
Score:
97
Ranked #717
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 8.49%
Reviews:
1,562
Ratings:
4,607
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 09, 2022
Added:
Mar 26, 2005
Wants:
  1,910
Gots:
  1,081
SCORE
97
World-Class
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
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Rated: 4.4 by J_Brew_99 from Colorado

Nov 09, 2022
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Reviewed by LucidoMMA from California

4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours a crystal clear golden color with a 2 finger pillowy head.

Smells very citrusy and piney.

Beautiful blend of flavor, orange,grapefruit,lemon zest. With a very piney backbone. Bitter hops dominate the finish.
Nov 08, 2022
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
510mL bottled on 091522 (53 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 6.25% ABV per label. The beer pours bright light golden amber with off white head. The head recedes to an uneven ring, some small islands and leaves a web of lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength featuring candied orange and tangerine, pine and tropical fruit salad. The taste is bittersweet pale and caramel malt with additional notes of citrus, pine and a hint of dank. Moderate plus bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, excellent. Masterful balance between the malt, hop flavor & aroma and the bitterness.
Nov 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Skunkt from California

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
If you even sort-of like IPAs (especially the older style, less fruity kind), you should try Blind Pig. It looks like a pilsner but has a gently complex flavor. It isn't 'tropical', nor is it exceptionally bitter, it doesn't smack you in the face with flavor but it does have notable body. There's a pleasant bitterness, some pine-y hops, and lightened with a subtle, crisp acidity. Delicate but definitely not crushable. I spent almost an hour savoring it.
Nov 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.08 by SonofGene from Georgia

Oct 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by swierczt from Connecticut

Oct 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by vincechan from Canada (ON)

Oct 22, 2022
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Reviewed by JesseJames81 from California

4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a pale golden color, with a bright white foam head. Good retention, and leaves behind some sticky lacing.

Aroma: Citrus and pine. Some floral and woody notes.

Taste: Malted grains up front, which blends into citric fruit peel in the middle. Bitterness lingers around a bit.

Overall: another great beer by a great company.
Oct 15, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
great ipa not a lot of hop flavor but very smooth beer to drink
Oct 11, 2022
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Look: It pours yellow and clear with a white head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has aromas of grapefruit, resin, and other citrus. There are some low floral notes and very low pine.

Taste: It has grapefruit and orange flavors. There are some pine , floral, and resin in support. There is a touch of grainy malt.

Feel: It has a medium body with a pleasant bitter finish.

Overall, the hops flavors work well together for this classic West Coast IPA.
Oct 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Gem29

Oct 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Mr3dPHD from Florida

4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
"People come for the Pliny, but they stay for the Blind Pig" was what the bartender told me when I ordered my flight at Russian River Brewery. She wasn't kidding! This was one of the best IPAs I've ever had in my life, and such a solid representation of the west coast style. Every sip was better than the last. The only negative is that I cry myself to sleep at night now because of the fact that Russian River doesn't distribute to Florida. Sigh.
Sep 28, 2022
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Reviewed by barndweller from California

4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Stellar example of a modern west coast IPA from one of California's premier breweries. Every time I have one of these I am reminded of why this is my favorite style of beer.
Sep 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Sep 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.43 by Taybeh from Minnesota

Aug 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Kgoldsbe from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is a very well balanced IPA. It showcases its hop’s like all IPAs do. Both the West Coast Pine notes and East Coast Citrus are present in your first and last sip. It hides its > 6% ABV well, making the drinker believe that it is sessionable.
Aug 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.35 by brentblack1 from New York

Aug 10, 2022
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
510 ml (1 pint, 1.25 ounce) bottle, bottled on 06/10/22. Served in a Spiegelau IPA glass, the beer pours a mostly clear golden/orange color with about an inch and a half off-white head that stuck around for a very long time. Lots of lacing, too. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like grapefruit, orange, pine, bready malt and some floralness. I think the taste is pretty similar to the aroma, but with a little more kick and the addition of some citrus peel, grassy and earthy flavors. Nice bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty easy to drink. I wish more IPA's were like Blind Pig, I'd buy this quite a bit if I could get it around here. Thanks to one of my Instagram buddies for sending me this, it was a great surprise!
Aug 05, 2022
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Reviewed by BigMac59 from Texas

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Well. Tried this today after two days of drinking Pliny’s.
Not as nice, but still very good. Different.
Golden to orange look. Nice white foamy head with good lacing.
Aroma is citrus and pine-maybe woody like the label says.
I taste the pine, the citrus and the hops. None of those tastes overpowering though. Very astringent mouthfeel but with a decent amount of carbonation.
Overall very nice. Probably not as nice as Pliny, but still very good. Happy I tried it. I’ll have another.
Jul 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.08 by beefbucket from Missouri

Jul 13, 2022
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Rated by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Monk’s in Philadelphia. A very nice west coast IPA, but not the best by any means. Great lacing. Very dry with a herbal hoppiness.
Jun 24, 2022
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Russian River Blind Pig IPA, 6.25% ABV. Pours clear golden, with a 4+ finger off-white head that left lots of foamy lacing. Nose is citrus and fruit. Taste is piney with fruit, quite bitter. Decent mouthfeel with good carbonation. Overall excellent to outstanding-adjacent.
Jun 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.43 by odenbr12 from New Jersey

Jun 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

May 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
draught
Medium amber with a bit of orange overtones, for the look. Fairly light, mixed citrus peel, off-dry, lightly roasted, caramelized malts. Medium amounts of grapefruit peel and medium light toasted caramelized malts, with both trailing off fairly quickly, in a not heavy bite manner.
May 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Griffin2 from Virginia

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had a Blind Pig on draft at Monk’s Cafe on 5/05/2022.
L - Poured a clear light amber color with a white head that dissipates slowly.
S - Smells floral and grassy
T - Tastes malty and hoppy.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Nice West Coast IPA.
May 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
First timer on Blind Pig. My only complaint is that there is a piney aftertaste that, for me, hung in my mouth longer than I was OK with. I would certainly buy another one but with a full knowledge that there was a lingering aftertaste. I would have loved to have tried it on draft but I was just in SF for a few hours from a cruise and was just happy to get one Blind Pig and 3 Pliny’s.
May 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Brief Review:

O: First time trying Blind Pig, this beer has been around a while. Despite the West Coast IPA being out of style, this one isn’t too bad. Very light and drinkable, dry finish. Almost sessionable in a way. I’ve definitely had similar beers along the way, but it’s nice to have an OG this tasty.

Recommendation: Easy to get if you’re ever on the West Coast, it’s definitely a must-try if you’re out there.
Apr 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Smeltnight

3.28/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Beautiful to look at and smell but the flavors in the nose aren't in the taste. Hoppiness too overpowering to enjoy. There are more sophisticated IPAs to be had.
Apr 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by not2quick from Missouri

Mar 31, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Canned Feb 21 2022, enjoyed Mar 20, 2022. So about a month old. Received from @JayORear in an LIF from NBW BIF #14.
Poured honey color amber and quite transparent, capped with a short near white head and active carbonation continues throughout.
The aroma was mild for me; but my nose id damaged from chemical foolishness (Really, when a liquid recommends that you use a respirator when using it, USE a frickin' respirator!)
The taste was a surprise. Russian River IPA, WC all the way, right? It's like they took a page from Bell's Two Hearted and balanced the malts in with the hops. That piney dominance I expected wasn't there, but it existed in harmony with other flavors; floral, doughy, herbal, etc. Not what i expected but still really tasty.
The feel? With the active carbonation, this checked all the boxes in the regards to feel.
OA, one I've been wanting to try a long time and finally got the chance. It's not what I expected but it's really good in an unexpected way.
Mar 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.68 by tatecarson from Louisiana

Mar 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by Jstuart23 from North Carolina

Mar 11, 2022
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear darker gold beautiful creamy dense white head, great lacing and retention.

Aroma is grassy hops, grapefruit and orange, and peach candies.

Taste is grassy, grapefruit, and some pine sap; a subtle soft sweet malt presence.

Medium body, smooth feel, nice and bitter; linger hoppy aftertaste
Feb 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by ryand14 from Michigan

Feb 13, 2022
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Rated by eluvah from New York

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pint at Toronado in SF. Stellar IPA.
Feb 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.92/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
The Pig, bottled 122321, pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a thick dense head and BIG bubbles of carbonation. If there's a better smelling American IPA, I haven't smelled it yet. Floral and fruity it smells awesome. Tastes fabulous. Floral and fruity, slightly citrus the hops are perfection. WOW! So impressive. Mouthfeel is perfection. The lingering hop bitterness is absolutely righteous. Overall this is what IPA dreams are made of. The hops are just extraordinary in this wonderful blend. I may have to upgrade my Overall opinion when I have my second beer. "...and the crowd cried for more." My Extreme Thanks to @RaulMondesi for sharing.
Jan 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by Hawkfish from Washington

Dec 30, 2021
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Reviewed by ChipChaight from New York

4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle from Whole Foods in Del Monte Center, Monterey, CA. Pours a clear light gold with a finger of rocky white head that sticks around, decent lacing, smell is candied citrus, mild pine resin, soft caramel, doughy brioche, taste is citrusy orange soda, pulpy orange juice, pine, mildly bitter herbal pine and citrus pith on the finish that lingers, feel is medium bodied, crisp carbonation, medium carbonic bite. An excellent balanced IPA with nice malt and bitter hop balance, a citrus and pine treat.
Dec 21, 2021
Blind Pig from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 6169 ratings