Blind Pig
Russian River Brewing Company

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #8
ABV:
6.25%
Score:
97
Ranked #396
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 8.45%
Reviews:
1,496
Ratings:
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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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Reviews by output01x:
Photo of output01x
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Dan3279 for yet another awesome trade.

Poured from a 22 oz. capped bottle (Bottled On 121911) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1 1/2 finger cream-colored head that fades after a couple minutes to a thin, even dusting and thick, seafoam-like ring. The body is a clear golden amber with an interesting mix of both tiny and fat carbonation bubbles charging from the deepest depths of the glass to reinforce the diminishing head. Some decent but spotty lacing can be seen clinging sporadically to the sides of the glass.

Clean and balanced, the nose is a delicious mix of both citrus hops and bready malt. While the aroma of this beer isn't exactly a nostril-blaster, it does carry excellent notes of grapefruit, orange peel, and pineapple with notes of biscuits and bread crumbs in the background.

Each sip offers initial flavors of grapefruit, mango, mandarin oranges, and white bread crust. As the beer is swallowed, a pine hops flavor rushes into the picture, overwhelming all the previous flavors. As this fades, the citrus hops and bready malt flavors reemerge with a good grapefruit tang. As these flavors also taper off, a slight piny bitterness lingers as an aftertaste.

This is a beer that would be perfect on a warm spring afternoon, or a hot summer day, or a cool fall evening, or a cold winter night. It really would be perfect for nearly any occasion. The body is smooth and mellow, like a filtered fruit juice. The carbonation is just a bit fizzy but is definitely helpful.

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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 avas
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/3. Consumed 8/15.

A: Pours an almost crystal clear pale yellow-gold with a half-finger of off-white head. Sits in the glass a rich amber-orange, pretty transparent.

S: Dank, earthy, herbal hops. Bits of lemon zest and cat piss. Smells archetypically west coast, but aroma doesn't quite 'pop' as much as I wish it did.

T: Very floral with bits of citrus. Flavors of grapefruit, lemon zest, and orange peel. Dank earth and resin come in on the finish and linger on the tongue. Very light crackery malt comes out more as it warms.

M: This may sound contradictory, but it has this weird mouthfeel that is both too thin but also surprisingly creamy. Together, these qualities actually make it incredibly drinkable.. Barely a hint of alcohol and malt backbone. Medium+ bitterness on the finish, but certainly not as overwhelming as what I'd come to expect from the style.

O: My first 'west coast' IPA in a minute after spending the past few months indulging (heavily) in the hazy NE-style juice bombs. Blind Pig is a wonderful change of pace and an nice 'bridge' between the two styles. While it definitely leans heavily toward the west coast style in taste, it is surprisingly smooth while possessing bits of citrus to complement the floral bitterness that dominates both aroma and taste. For the style--which I would not compare to that of many of the most hyped IPAs of today--it is a fine brew, supremely drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of LisaMessy
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. As much as Pliny especially after they tweaked the hops in Pliny. Aroma is floral and crisp and fresh. Taste is also crisp with notes of berry and citrus. Not unpleasantly bitter at the end. Beautiful golden color and creamy head.

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Photo of remingtonsteele1987
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blind Pig on draft is a very exciting experience. I find it very smooth with subtle tropical fruit flavors with a big hoppy finish that lingers for some time. Carbonation seems to be middle of the road and the head dissipates almost immediately. Other than that, I love this beer and will walk miles, once a week, to savor a pint or two at a very fortunate bar.

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Photo of CHickman
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly, pours clear gold color with a frothy white head that faded real slowly and left very good foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of clementine, orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, biscuit, caramel, toasted grains, sweet malt, fresh cut grass and herbs. Hoppy notes come through but don't dominate, it's very well balanced.

Tastes like it smells with grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, tangerine, zesty citrus hops, piney hops, toasted grains, caramel, brown sugar, biscuit, light toffee, piney hops, faint floral hops and flowers and then some light peppery spices such as coriander and white pepper. Not the hop bomb I expected, it was a bit of a letdown.

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

This is an exceptional IPA. I actually prefer it over Pliny.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/26...on tap at Monk's. Bright copper, low foam, but full lid. Spicy pine nose. Citrus too. Powerful balanced hop cuts through a malty base, grapefruit, pine abounds. Bitter stays with you. Delicious.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had younger and elder on tap multiple times this weekend. I like Blind Pig more.

A- Darker golden hue. Minimal head for style with good retention.

S- Less hoppy, more basic IPA. Like the origins of IPA before the hop abomination.

T- Crisp, clean. Great tasting IPA. Really comes off as a APA with the lack of bitterness.

M- Pretty full bodied for a IPA. Very enjoyable.

O- Big thanks to my bro for sending this one out to me. Never thought that this would overtake Elder and Younger for me, but the profile fits my IPA wants more than the others.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
4.86/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L- Poured a inch of head with lots of carbonation. (Poured from a crowler)
Darker golden color.

S- dank hops, citrus comes to the front of the flavors with floral and resinous flavors. Smells really good.

T- smooth, you get some orange, pine, floral, a slight bitterness on the back of the throat that is completely desired with this great taste going on with this beer.

F- dry finish, lingers over the tongue for about 15 seconds and leaves very smooth.

Overall-
Great flavors and at 6.2 % it is a desire able beer to go for that won't get you in too much trouble. Definitely an A grade beer. I really don't find anything wrong with this beer. It is perfectly balanced and has every taste I desire in an ipa..

Note-
I would compare this to the boneyard rpm by taste.

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Photo of MarioM
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

510 ml bottle poured into a SN tulip

A: Pours a beautiful crisp clear yellow almost light orange with a soapy looking white head. Medium carbonation and some good lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Nice citrus and pine character with great balance and smoothness. A little dank but mainly citrus and also a little fruity sweetness. An amazing smelling beer for sure. Really juicy.

T: Nice smooth bitterness and a lot of hop flavor. Nice and dry with a lot of hop character without being too over the top or bitter ass hell. Balance is definitely there and you can tell Vinnie knows wtf he's doing.

M: Medium carbonation and dry, which lends to a nice refreshing finishing bitterness. Great beer for sure.

O: An amazing beer I would not mind having everyday. Of course I'd prefer their other more well known and more popular beers but this is also along those lines. Well worth the try and a must have RR beers in my book.

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Photo of GeeL
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got this as a bonus in a beer trade. It was shipped from CA to MA, so out of refrigeration for a little bit. Bottle date was a tad over 2 weeks prior to drinking it.

I sometimes like to start with "Overall" because it's a nice intro to the review... O: easy to quaff, and easy to forget the ABV.

L: Though I live in the Northeast, I'm still partial to clear beer. They don't need to be crystal clear, but I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the thick cloudy stuff they're serving around here. Blind Pig is really clear. It's a straw color, and effervescent.

S: quality. I don't know how else to describe it without using cliches. There's a hint of piney resin, fruity hops, but it just smells balanced and refined.

T: Smooth as silk. Jeez, I haven't had a beer like this in a long time. I need to get back to my Harpoon IPA roots, as this reminded me of that. The flavor comes from a balanced use of early, mid, and late addition hops. No hop blasting with this. There is a crisp malt flavor too, but it's not cloying.

F: thin compared to what I'm used to these days, but a nod of approval because to me this is what a beer should be like. If I want a glass of nectar, I'll buy some nectar. This is great.

O: easy to quaff, and easy to forget the ABV.

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Photo of BobbySue22
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured a darker shade of gold, almost amber. Had a very small head that was gone within minutes.

Aroma: Had a very hoppy aroma which was very pleasant. The hops gave off nice aromas of both citrus and pine.

Taste: The flavor was what you would expect from a west coast style IPA, full of citrus notes and some good hop bitterness that lingered a bit on the tongue. A nice subtle malt backbone added to flavor of this delicious IPA.

Mouthfeel: Nice full-bodied beer that had a nice amount to of hop bitterness lingering on the tongue. Had a nice dry and bitter finish.

Overall: A great example of a west coast style IPA. Loved the citrus and pine aromas as well as the citrus and malt backbone in the taste. Easy drinking IPA as it does not have an overwhelming amount of hop bitterness but enough to taste and appreciate the hops. Very good brew.

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Photo of Nay
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Over the top west coast ipa. Pale, American 2 row with dextrine malt simple flavor and body. Aroma strong clean citrus rind hops. Strong hop flavor, like distilled grapefruit essence. What it lacks in balance it makes up for in deliciousness and real
coast style.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-gold pour with a big, rocky, white head. Nice floral, citrus aroma with a great balance of caramel and biscuit malts. Dry, piny, grassy flavor with nice citrus notes and a well balanced biscuit and caramel malt profile. Creamy, medium body with very soft carbonation.

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Photo of Overlord
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jwolfie70 for this splendid. A thousand blessings on all his endeavors.

Pours a golden yellow with a hint of orange (very surprising color for an IPA).

The smell is overwhelmingly floral, with notes of pineapple and grapefruit. I find pineapple to be one of the rarer taste/aromas from IPAs. I have no idea what hop produces (or, maybe they add pineapple...not sure). This is one of the very, very rare beers whose odor I rate higher than the taste.

The taste is redolent with pineapple, grapefruit, some balancing sweet malt, and pine. The pine isn't in the smell, but it definitely is in the taste. I actually could do without it. It's still a very, very good IPA, but I'm not tasting the beer I'm smelling.

Great mouthfeel (Russian River knows what the *bleep* they're doing), and it must be pretty drinkable, considering I pounded the growler in one night.

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Photo of JooJooEyeballs
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aval89
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 04-14-11

A: bright clear orange.. lots of bubbles streaming up.. got a beautiful 2.5 finger head in my NB globe.. head stuck around for a long time..

S: sweet orange & pine dominate the nose.. touch of lemon zest as well.. caramel does pull through, as well as some mild bready tones..

T: mild grapefruit, tangerines, & sticky pine.. after the hop show, some caramel malts & light biscuits pull through.. finish is lemony bitterness with some floral hops & some toasty malts..

Mf: great carbonation makes for a nice mf.. medium bodied..

O: very great IPA.. has some resemblance of PtE but not greatly..

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Photo of HoppyBastard1
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of kevinv
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 04/16/2011. Consumed late April at ~2 weeks old. Reviewed from my backlog of notes...

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange-copper with a huge 3-finger fluffy white head. Great head retention and delicate lacing.

S - Grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, orange, light pine, and just overall terrific. Powerful floral hop aromas with a slight malt profile to back it up.

T - Extremely fresh and crisp hop flavors of orange and grapefruit. This one brings the bitterness and ample hops that hop-heads crave. Wonderful. Again, a nice pale malt helps round out the sweetness in this IPA. Dry and bitter finish. Slight oily resinous feeling lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium bodied brew with a medium carbonation.

O - Overall, this is a clear favorite of mine. I honestly try to be conscientious about how many "5.0" scores I give out, but this one really hits the mark and is every bit deserving of the high scores BA's give it. It's amazing how drinkable this IPA is. There's no question that this would be my go-to-IPA all year long if it was available locally. I know this comparison has been made plenty of times, but even with as good as Pliny tastes, Blind Pig takes the cake for me.

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Blind Pig from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 5995 ratings