Blind Pig
Russian River Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #8
Ranked #397
4.38 | pDev: 8.45%
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
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Photo of sjdevel
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Photo of Saggynate
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
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.


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Photo of BerkeleyBeerSleuth
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of digboy
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to have this now that they distribute to Maine. Thanks RR!

Pours clear, beautiful gold color with a bright white one finger head.

Aroma is mild with light citrus notes and pale malt.

Taste is clean with moderated citrus hop notes over a great light malt base. This is just one of the cleanest, pure tastes I've had in a west coast. Superb.

Feel is crisp, lightly sticky with moderate carbonation and moderate bitterness. Nothing out of balance.

Well I can see why this is well-loved. It is, of course, the antithesis of the NEIPA that dominates these parts so the subtleties are probably lost on the population here. However if you reach for a west coast this is the one you want.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly foggy golden-copper with a finger of white foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is tight notes of herbal, citrus, resiny hops and bready, biscuity malts. Flavor profile continues this track, hitting notes of herbal, resiny and citrus hops along the way. Bready and biscuity malts sweep in for a bit of balance in the center, before the sticky resiny hops add their bitter finish. Mouth feel is lightly crisp with a slight fuzziness to it. It has a medium thickness. Overall, crisp and refreshing with very light and tight hop and malt qualities. It's well controlled and yet dynamic, forming a delightful experience.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 500mL bottle.

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Photo of FBarber
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold color. Mostly clear and somewhat effervescent. Thinnish sudsy white head dissipates quickly leaving just a thin ring of foam along the outside of the beer.

Aroma has notes of pine, orange marmalade, tangerine, sap and some dank hop notes. The aroma here is not super pungent, but does carry strong pronounced notes.

Taste follows the nose with strong notes of pine, resin, dried grass, tangerine, tangerine rind, orange all with a strong crackery malt backbone present throughout although taking a back seat to the hops. This one punches you in the mouth a bit more with those big bold piney flavors, but the bitterness is balanced and not overly done. As the beer warms and you drink through it, there is an evident sweetness to the beer although it doesn't come across as a sweet beer per se.

Feel is medium bodied, slick, and smooth. Mildl gentle carbonation. The mouthfeel is more in line with what I'd expect from a DIPA as this one clearly punches above its ABV.

Overall a really well crafted classic IPA. I wish there were more IPAs like this still being brewed at this high of a level. A delight to drink and one that, although overshadowed by its more famous cousin, really is a true gem in its own light.

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Photo of TH28
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. 4/19/19 bottle date. Appearance: Golden, crystal clear, with a pillowy white head and great lacing.
Aroma: Mango, pineapple, grassy, and some resinous pine.
Taste: Medium malt sweetness with only the slightest touch of caramel. Light citrus and grassiness builds slowly into a powerful bitterness in the swallow.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a touch of viscosity and a high carbonation.
Finish: Strong bitterness dominates the finish, with some sticky resin dryness.
Overall: A superbly clean, crisp American style IPA with a wonderful aroma. Just enough malt character to balance a really strong bitterness that builds slowly without being overpowering

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold color. One inch white head. Some pretty lace.
Citrus and pine aroma. Very good nose.
Grapefruit, orange taste. Late pine that lingers.
Crisp, juicy mouthfeel.
This is what an IPA should taste like.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle - dated 06/07/19 - poured into a Spiegelau-style IPA glass at 45F.

Pours a beautifully clear honey gold colour, with two fingers of foamy bone-white head, which keep shape for quite a while, in psrt thanks to the constant streams of effervescence feeding it. Some spotty lacing clings to the glass. It's a beautiful beer.

Nose: Light and crisp, with some restrained caramel malt which also lends some honey aromas, candied orange rind, lemon, grapefruit, and lime blossom. There's some floral character, bringing lilac and gardenia, as well as a whisper of tropical fruit, suggesting melon, and perhaps a hint of mango. It's sweet and succulent on the nose, and hardly indicative of a classic, piney, malty IPA.

Palate: That sweet caramel malt greets the palate first and foremost. Unlike many old school and/or West Coast styles, the malt quickly takes a drier backseat as the bombardment of hops washes over. Tangerine, lemon, and lime leaves, form the citrusy foundation. Much like the nose, there are some fruited undercurrents, suggesting melon, papaya, white grape, and persimmon. There is a bouquet of floral flavours that one may expect from a West Coast IPA. Lilac and other spring blossoms bloom over the tastebuds before the finish begins with bitter pithy grapefruit and resinous pine - building, as the sweetness continues to subside, allowing for a crisp, dry, tannic finish, with a long, clean, lingering hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is medium bodied, with a particular fullness about it. That is, this is the type of beer where the weight seems to become more evident the more you drink. The beer is a surprisingly low 6.25% ABV, so that weight is simply perceived due to the sweeter malt and intensity of the hops. A very impressive feel and flavour for such a relatively low ABV. Effervescence is medium, but on the slightly lazy side. It could benefit from a few more bubbles, but it doesn't lose any points for anything. A very satisfying ale for its size, with no unwanted after effects due to ethanol.

Overall: This isn't anything earth shattering or revolutionary. Let me start off with that. However - this beer is unbelievably cohesive. It delivers itself with such confidence and clarity, and feels absolutely cohesive. It has zero rough edges, and feels incredibly natural and relaxed. It's as dialed in as a beer can be. It feela like the product of something that has been perfected iver generations. Something that has a secret recipe locked away in a safe. It's so uniform and deliberate. It isn't anything new or mindblowing, but I cannot help but feel that despite all that, it's still a special beer. It shows what beer is capable of when one simply takes a step back, and aims for perfection via simplicity. A product that is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of egrandfield
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Meadhall in Kendall Square, Cambridge. I almost like this better than Pliny the Elder! Great, balanced, refreshing, but full. Wish we had this West Coast beer in New England more often.

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Photo of BigGold
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured from 17.25-oz. bottle, label stamped bottled on "021119," gift from and split with brother, into hotel water glass.

This is a straight-up piney hop assault with a minimal malt backbone to bring it to a drying, bitter home.

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Photo of VoodooBear
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: One pint brown bottle with the bottling date printed on the label. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: The thick, two finger, bright white head stays around almost until the end and leaves behind a lot of thick lacing in big patches all over the glass. It's a beautiful, crystal clear, bright gold color.

Smell: A plethora of big hoppy aromas hit the nose and never go away. There's dank pine and hop resin, some woodsy floral notes and even a hint of citrus fruit.

Taste: It starts quite bitter with some earthy, dank, hoppiness of pine and grass. It finishes with some citrus fruitiness of grapefruit and orange.

Mouthfeel: It's medium bodied and a slightly creamy at first but then it goes down a bit lighter and slightly crisp with medium carbonation.

Overall: An absolutely beautiful beer in every sense. Often under appreciated and looked over in favor of Russian River's Pliny offerings, this is probably the best of their classic, hop forward beers.

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Photo of MaltyMagic
4.96/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled 4/31/19. Grapefruit, lemon, floral, honey, biscuit, pine. Slightly citric sour, popcorn malt, zesty hop dry finish. A bit less earthy/resinous, and overall complex hop profile than its big brother Pliny the Elder, a bit more tangy and less sweet. Perfectly balanced, world class IPA in its own right. When I stop by the brewery in Santa Rosa, I usually grab a cooler full of Pliny pints to take home. I grabbed a couple Blind Pigs this time to write a review, ready to give it a rating in the 4.40-4.50 range based on my memory of this beer...but its even better than I remembered. This can go toe to toe with any IPA on the planet, and with a brighter flavor profile than Pliny (drank a bottle on Pliny bottled 5/8/19 back-to-back with this), its a neck and neck comparison. Its so good that I'll sacrifice some Pliny cooler space for it on my next trip.

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Photo of mogulskier
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewed 3/28, consumed 4/12.

When drank fresh, this is about as good as it gets for a west coast style single IPA. It strikes the perfect balance between ABV 6.25 and taste. This is no Pliny, that's for sure.

Also, the flavor really drops off at 30 days, so get it fresh.

For what it is, a regular west coast IPA, it does extremely well. Low bitterness and highly drinkable. Nice hop profile and has a little drying bitter aftertaste, but not off putting, and blind pig does it better than most.

An old style IPA that delivers on taste and as usual for Russian River, very nicely balanced while retaining hoppy character.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.69/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had heard so much about this beer for so long. Was able to get a bottle dated 3.03.19, consumed just less than 6 weeks later.

Very old school IPA. Bitterness is the defining quality and stays on the palate for the duration of the quaff - and then some. This beer is similar to the IPAs I fell in love with years ago, but for whatever reason just doesn’t do it for me. Much prefer TwoHearted as a comparable IPA, and Pliny is on another planet for those contrarians that claim BP as a superior release by Russian River. Blasphemy!

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Bottle Craft Liberty Station San Diego - 3 weeks old. Pours a gorgeous clear golden yellow with ample white head. Aroma is straight up piney, hoppy, dank, citrus.
Taste follows - pine, grapefruit - aggressively bitter but not unpleasantly so.
Mouthfeel is crisp, bitterness continues to dominate but still smooth and in balance. This is an aggressive old school IPA - lingering bitterness not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the classics, from a less than 1 month old bottle.
L - Nothing but classic transparency, good head retention, and a perfect West Coast IPA appearance.
S - Just dank/pine citrus notes heaven; may be one of the better smelling IPAs at 6.2%
T - Same as the smell, just west coast pine-bitter surf notes all the way. Catch the wave...
F - Great carbonation, stays lively, well made. No critique for something this weight.
O - Still the OG it was years ago, nearly perfect for its weight.

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Photo of beergoot
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, light gold colored body; nice, gently rising carbonation; billowy, sticky, frothy white head; Excellent pine-resin aroma; mild sweet and grainy malt. Clean and bitter flavor; strong hop presence with a light malt backbone. Medium body; crisp and bracing with excellent carbonation prickliness; dry mouthfeel throughout.

A truly exceptional IPA, very eye-appealing, and well-balanced and bracing with an exceptional hop bitterness presence. Bottled 011719.

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Photo of GarrettB
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

July 27th, 2015 - The Blind Pig is legendary in San Diego, and here I am having it at the source. We end up enjoying this more than the Pliny, seating it squarely as one of my favorite IPAs of all time. Tasting notes unnecessary.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 1 pt 1.25 oz/510 ml pry-off bottle to a teku. This has a bottling date of December 26, 2018 printed in white ink below the “Bottled On” square at the bottom left of the label (“BOTTLED ON: 122018), which would make this beer about three and a half weeks old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.75): Three fingers of fluffy, pillowy foam rise off of the pour, capping a crystal-clear, deep golden-colored body with orange undertones. The head dies away at a very leisurely pace, leaving dramatic meringue sides dissipating to spooky, Spanish moss-looking arms and legs that tie the broken initial collar to a frothy cap. Classic, gorgeous West Coast IPA in appearance.

Smell (4.25): A surprisingly slick, juicy, sweet orange aroma wafts out of the glass at first, chased quickly by grassy, herbal notes that hint at bits of resinous ganja lost in a hayfield when you were out having a picnic. Dry common crackers, pain de campagne insides, and stale biscuit crusts make a very subtle appearance, quietly adding some dry depth for that grassy, herbal, kind of Noble-inflected hop profile.

Taste (4.5): Classically West Coast, this motha flocka is stridently bitter with big notes of yellow grapefruit skin, fresh-cut Timothy grass, and dried flower petals bounding out of the gates. The malt body is, you guessed it, “restrained.” It’s there, but its dryness and floury, not quite starchy presence only serves to emphasize the Alpha bite—which, conversely, makes the following up-and-down of citrusy, grassy flavors pop just a bit more than they would otherwise. (And that’s why West Coast (D)IPAs will always have a place in the American beer canon.) In the finish, the beer manages to dip a toe into “soapy” without giving you an off-putting shock of astringent suds. Like, it doesn’t feel like a mistake, and actually feels natural as the various flavors from the mid-palate mingle with those hop-dominated flavors on the back end, dissipating into a crispness that demands a moment of contemplation. No sign of booze.

Mouthfeel (4.75): For being this dry and bitter, this beer is shockingly smooth—at least in the body. Medium-weight and slick, the body washes in on a thin, but kind of cushy bed of foam that prickles in its own right, just before it washes out. That carbonation is fine-grained at first, medium-grained next, and washes out with a soft, moderately full foam. It’s nice. It definitely drinks like its weight, but still feels almost sessionable. Quenchable AF.

Overall (4.25): Okay, so to be honest I didn’t know what to expect with Blind Pig. Yes, it’s one of the class American West Coast IPAs, but I was unfamiliar with what to expect in its flavor profile. I just assumed yellow grapefruit and pine, and while that’s not wholly wrong, there’s more happening here than I was expecting, in some way. Like, for example, the almost Noble impression that the hops gave me. Also, it’s crazy drinkable and, not surprisingly, a looker. Make no mistake though, this is old school West Coast all the way—and for that reason, probably not for everyone. But if that’s what you’re looking for, then you will not be disappointed. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Vicktory
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

O - I think I would be hard-pressed to find a comparable IPA these days. The shelves are lined by Hazies and it's hard to find a fantastic reference to the classic IPA of a decade ago. (Don't get me wrong, I'm a NE IPA fan - but I miss the classic, which has become a rarity.)
L - Fantastic clarity. A happy yellow.
S - Lovely base with echos of pine plus citrus notes popping on the backend
T - Cohesive. Complete. Deep bitterness that I tend to miss in the days of Hazy IPAs. IPA without the fuss.
F - Good body, but not distracting. Reminds you that you're drinking a real beer and that you should take your time to savor it.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this from @bum4ever in the NBS BIF 8.5 Secret Santa. Bottled on 11/30/2018 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a crystal-clear bright gold with more than two fingers of fluffy, snow white head and thick lacing. The tiny bubbles ascending the glass testify to its effervescence. The nose features lemon and grapefruit, along with heavy pine needles and floral hops. When sipped, the first thing I notice is how dry and bitter it is. Only as the glass warmed did I taste any malt and even then it was deep in the bitter, resinous background. The citrus is dry and bitter but it opened up with some subtle sweetness as the glass warmed. The rather complex hop bill adds intense bitterness. It's hard to believe it's only 62 IBU. This ale is crisp and lite with lively carbonation, and at 6.1% ABV you can easily down a second pour. Overall, this is a quintessential West Coast IPA that is superbly crafted, delicious, and fun to drink.

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Photo of npolachek
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I personally don’t love IPAs, but amongst the category this is a solid beer. Color is darker than a Pilsner with mild carbonation. Taste has hoppiness with a smooth and bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11-14-18 into 16oz IPA glass.
L: Clear ..just a tad darker than a pilsner. Little retention, light lacing.
S: Citrus bound. Pine really comes through late. Nice malt aroma in background.
T: Clear citrus hop aroma. Orange, GF forefront. Pine flavors raise up late, but they are not overpowering. Malts are great as well.
F: Carbonation/bitterness profile is very good. A little lingering bitterness.
O: The 1st time I've had BP. Aroma's were a little weak, but recovered nicely as the beer warmed. Flavors were very well balanced, esp late.

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Blind Pig from Russian River Brewing Company
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