Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Reviews: 1,442 | Ratings: 5,725
Photo of number1bum
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin and his crappy fantasy baseball team for this beauty.

Pours a hazed orange amber color, with a very creamy and dense off-white head. Keeps a chunky lace and leaves a lot of stick.

Smell smacks you right in the nose with grapefruity hops. Also quite resiny and piney, and it's just dripping with hoppy goodness. Malt? Who needs it?

Taste is also super hoppy and is very good, but there's something about it that's holding me back from exalting it much more than that. There's a sort of sharp cheesy flavor to the hoppiness that just seems odd. Ample hop bitterenss, as well, and again not a whole lot of malt balance.

The body doesn't hold up its end of the bargain here. It's medium but feels thinner, and isn't as creamy as it should be given the level of hoppiness.

This is quite a good IPA, but does not quite reach the level of greatness in my book. Absolutely worth getting your hands on, though.

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Photo of kajerm
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass on tap at Russian River.

Pours light amber with a finger and half of fine, lacing carbonation.

The aroma is much fruitier than Pliny the Elder, with massive grapefruit character and maybe a little mango (Amarillo?)

Tastes like it smells, with a mango-citric opening that never lets go, with a finish that is as bitter as Pliny the Elder, but much more compact.

Mouthfeel is dry and briskly carbonated; it's on the lighter side, but just heavy enough to be satisfying. The mouthfeel makes it a very easy drinker.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey colored with an inch and a half of white head and tiny bubbles. Leaves lacing down the glass.

Smells like grapefruit and pine, with a bready smell mixed in.

Taste follows smell. Lots of pine and grapefruit mixed into the bready malts.

Mouthfeel is moderate with plenty of carbonation. Carbonation clears the palate after the sip.

Drinkablity is high. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a modified tulip glass

Thanks to hannydawg for this beer

Pours a golden orange color with fairly decent not too long lasting white foam on the surface. There is a decent not of pine, the closest I've come to smelling the tree itself in this beer. The flavor itself wasn't nearly as bitter as I was expecting the most flavor I got was of the 2-row barley used in the grist bill. I still think the beer was good, there was a residual sweetness to it, but in all honesty I wasn't going crazy over it. Still I'm glad to have had it, it was a good very highly drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a golden straw color with about a finger of white head. A little bit of soapy lace on this one.

Lots of citrus in this with candied orange zest and pineapple in the aroma. Hints of caramel linger in the background. The flavor gives off a big bitter profile throughout the pallet. Hints of oranges but this one is bitter as heck on the tongue. Really no nonsense here with some herbal tones finishing this off.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. A bit dry on the finish. Overall this one is a rock solid IPA. Glad to see one fall into my lap again.

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Photo of rawfish
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a amber gold into a New Belgium globe with a two finger soapy white head with some good retention and lacing. Looks nice and full.

Aroma is very balanced, light caramel malts with some bubble gum and soap gives way easily to a nice full pine and lemon citrus aroma from the hops. Aroma isnt very sharp except for some bright citrus notes but seems to be also somewhat floral.

Balanced with some toasted grain and a hint of bubble gum and honey in the malts. Pushed back easily by a full pine and citrus hop profile with a good amount of lemon notes. Progressively bitter with more of a soapy feel then full on bitterness.

Average carbonation and body. Interesting very soapy rather than biting bitterness that leaves a peculiar mouth coating. Odd but not unpleasant.

Well structured but the way the bitterness is delivered is not my favorite. Balanced IPA which delivers equal kick in the nose, flavor and alpha acids.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Bottled on 3/26/09. Served in a shaker pint. Poured a pale gold with two fingers of white head. Citrus hop aroma. Light to medium bodied with medium amount of carbonation. Crisp hop bitterness up front. Dry hoppy finish with a good amount of mouth pucker. Very easy drinking beer.

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Photo of SQNfan
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From growler shipped to me (6 days old when opened): Golden in color with a touch of amber. This still poured a great 3/4" head that dissipated slowly. The nose was filled with grapefruit, Rouquefort cheese and a touch of anise. In the mouth it had medium density, a smooth texture and was wonderfully balanced. The hops are very well balanced by some malt that leads to a beer with a bitterness/dryness but also a touch of sweetness. The malt is more noticable than the "Pliny the Elder" and keeps this beer a touch sweeter. Overall, this is a really well made beer with terrific balance that is easy to drink.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Midaszero for the extra.

Pours a clear golden with minimal off with head. Smells bitter, piney, and with a hint of citrus. Tastes less bitter than the smell, but still a nice bite. Feels good in the mouth, very smooth. Leaves a nice lasting bitterness.

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Photo of rand
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to pint glass

A: Pours a light gold in color, clear, while forming a 2-inch, frothy sea-foam head. Amazing retention, lacing everywhere.

S: Fresh pine and grapefruit fill the nose, highlighting a distinctive West Coast style IPA profile. Honey-sweet malts and earthy yeast round the bouquet.

T: Following the vibrant nose, tingling citrus and dry pine hit the palate first. These flavors are quickly balanced by the sweet, bready malts. A touch of lemon zest and tea flavors can be noted, and the entire profile quickly comes to a bitter-sweet finish, with little lingering residue.

M: Medium bodied, lightly viscous in complexion, while the diacetyl creates a pleasantly slick appeal. Plenty of carbonation to keep the palate cleansed between each sip.

Another ace by the pros at Russian River; these are the kind of beers that make it tough to tire of IPA's. A lot like a little brother to Pliny the Elder, maybe a touch more earthy and bitter and lighter in complexion. Feels more session-y too, if RR was ever to 6-pack it, they should start here (and they wouldn't hurt the PtE brand).

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Photo of RockerD
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle with this hazy magic golden color that I totally did not expect. It was a pleasant surprise! A slightly gray head.

Smell's of tropical-floral-pineapple, wild berries. No lacing.

Clean taste of honey, pineapple, beautiful centennial hop bite as the beer dissapates from the mouth. Very crisp clean bite to the beer... exact in a strange way. Smooth and sweet up front bitter on the back.

Feels good in the mouth... slightly oily.

Great drinking beer. I could see even non hop heads drinking this beer in the summer months. Great beer!

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Photo of nicholasdes
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a beer flute. Bottled on 03 03 09.

Cloudy golden brown, almost orange with a cream white head that disapated quickly but comes back with a quick swirl.

Very citrusy nose, could almost be grapefruit juice, followed up with a light malt scent, exact LME.

The great hop aroma is gone on the taste and only a light hop citrus remains. Maltly with a very bitter enjoyable finish. Tart as well, maybe the best quality.

Mouth feel is round up front and then melts away.

This is pretty good but I really like my IPAs with a little more spice in the nose and more hops in the flavor, but this is very balanced. The tart bitterness is great and makes you go back for more. You could have a few for sure.

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Photo of thetomG
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden pour with some foamy white head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Aroma is very grassy with a little sweetness and some pine coming through as well.

Flavor is a good balance between the slight citrus elements and the biter hops. Very well balanced with the same profile as PtE, but definitely more drinkable. Good beer. Would drink this again.

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Photo of calitrie1486
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. Reminds me more of a pale ale then an IPA, but then again that could be because I did a side by side with Pliny! Def worth a try but not worth the hassle to get. . .

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Photo of snpub540
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wanted to try this for a long time. Poured a clear golden straw hue with a fluffy white head that left some moderate lacing on the glass. Not alot of carbonation.

Smell was damn near perfect. Alot of grapefuit in the nose countered by some piney, and grassy notes. A very enticing nose I must say.

Taste was mostly citrus hops, with some of the grassiness coming through towards the end. Not overly bitter as the malt sweetness rounded out to make a smooth IPA.

Drinkability was great. Not a heavy beer and it doesn't have an overly alcoholic punch either. Gets a little more bitter as it warms but still great. Medium bodied and refreshing.

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Photo of schmitter
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pig came to me a slightly clouded amber with a slight head.
There was a fairly floral scent.
It had a pleasently bitter bite to it, both up front and aftertaste. There was the usual citrusy notes of the style, most notably tart lemon. It finished very dry but smooth and is definetly a beer I want more than one of.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great extra from a recent trade. Thanks Dan!

Poured a great straw color with plenty of long lasting foamy head. Smell was ok. Not quite as floral as I remembered with previous glasses of this.

Great hoppy taste. Citrus fruits up front. Pine needles on the back end. Very bitter. All hops. Little malt in the background. Mouthfeel was quite oily from the extreme level of hops in this beer.

Quite a drinkable IPA. I could have a few of these in a session for sure.

Reccomended. A great IPA.

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Photo of dmsohyea
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barely and Hops 2/12/11

A: pours deep orange with 1 finger off-white head and minimal lacing on the glass. Beer has a great color.

S: Impressive piny and grassy hops and strong citrus.

T: Piny and grassy with less citrus than expected. Moderate hop bitterness and slightly sweet on the back end. No alcohol flavor or feeling.

M: Smooth with moderately high carbonation. The medium body is quite nice.

D: Drinkability is slightly above average for the class. The lower ABV makes it a little more sessionable.

Hats off to RR for making such exceptional beer. There are 5 or 6 other beers that I would give this grade or higher to.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle sent to me by smarcoly, thanks again for another tasty beer. Split with a friend and poured into two tulip glasses.

A: Clear golden orange body with a thick sudsy white head. Thin, tight retention cap with some larger bubbles around the edges. Minimal lace is present but still is nice and sticky.

S: Bright orange peel and juicy orange flesh. A touch of white grapefruit, papaya and some acidic lemon zest. It's certainly citrus forward however it's not too aromatic in the way of hitting you with the flavors in a bold fashion. This seems a bit more reserved compared to other "West Coast" IPAs.

T: Bitter citrus and floral hops coat the palate initially, followed quickly with a rush of citrus fruits. Bitter orange peel, sweet grapefruit and a touch of lemon rind towards the end. A very minimal malt base is hidden underneath the bright citrus flavors however it does help take the bitter edge off the beer.

M: Very creamy with low carbonation throughout the beer. It finishes quite dry however it's welcomed and leaves a residual stickiness on the palate. A signature body from Russian River, and perhaps even West Coast IPAs in general. Simply wonderful.

Certainly not my favorite IPA that RR makes however it's still a very flavorful and balanced one at that. Bright, clean, bitter and balanced, this is yet another beer that reminds me exactly why I love the style so much.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Freshly tapped and drafted into a pint glass from the good ol boys down at Churchill's.

A: Pours a very bright and clear straw pale color with a light haziness to it. Mine had a very thin pure white head that dissipated rather quickly. This baby bubbled away and laced my glass like some sexy lingerie.

S: Very clean apricot aromas with some soft subtle notes of sweet piney hops. Not very pungent at all. That's all I am really picking up here.

T: So nice and refreshingly light. Hops are more apricot and some subtle pine notes like that of the aromas. Nice bittering that prickles the throat and dries out the finish a bit.

M: Superb in my opinion. So light and creamy
with a great hop bight that rounds it all out.

D: Amazing. This brew is so light and refreshingly hoppy with an incredible smooth creaminess to it. I could drink these all day long for sure.

BP is the brew for me! While not over bearingly hoppy the Blind Pig still packs a punch. Superbly balanced with a light and creamy body. Highly recommended for those who are looking to get into hoppier beers.

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Photo of rmalinowski4
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a box from MiloHoP. Thanks Milo, been wanting to try this one for a while.

Pours a clear golden color with a two finger white head. The head sticks around for a while and leaves tons of lacing.

The smell is classic west coast IPA, pine and malt. There is a slight tropical element to this also.

The taste is a slightly bitter pine followed by a nice malt backbone. Finish goes back to the pine. There is good balance here. I prefer a tropical hop prescence but for a pine forward beer, this is nice.

The mouthfeel is moderate and the carbonation is spot on. Very nice.

Overall this is a pleasure to finally try. I am not a huge fan of pine forward beers, but this is one of the best I have had. Great balance and not overly bitter.

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Photo of cvm4
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled July 9th, 2012.

A - Pours a clear gold with a slight amber hue. Frothy off-white head.

S - Clean pineapple and grapefruit. A good amount of pine as well.

T - Strong pine hops with clean malts. Bitter hop, orange peel finish.

M - Such a crisp beer. finishes dry. Very drinkable.

O - Not as well balanced as Pliny but not far behind. Takes the pine/orange peel route.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Liar's Club. A very well made IPA. Supposedly was the granddaddy to the Plineys, Elder and Youngers. Personally I like the grandkids better. This was a good beer but lighter in body then the others with not a totally right balance of hops. Was good and drinkable, just not as good as some others. golden color, not much head, very citrusy hops.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a half-litre bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Bottled on 5 March 2012.

A: Highly clear and pale gold, much like Pliny the Elder. Two and a half fingers of fluffy head gradually subside, leaving heavy lacing. A steady stream of bubbles rises from the bottom. Pellucid and pretty.

S: Straightforward, blunt hops; an American IPA. Moderately balanced pine and sharp citrus, edging on the resiny side. Centennial? Chinook? Just some guesses. Pleasant, but not particularly powerful.

T/M: Thin bodied, almost weakly so, but the flavour is quite nice. Better in larger sips. The aftertaste is spot-on, hugely fruity/piny. A thinner, perhaps even more pleasant version of Pliny. But like its more famous relative, Blind Pig's maintaste is a bit brief. I'm not sure I understand the hype of Russian River's IPAs. The bitter-dry hoppy aftertaste with a tinge of green apple really just makes my day and saves the mouthfeel. Lingering and excellent.

O: It's a pretty great IPA, maybe better than Pliny. Still not as good as many others I've tasted, and definitely not worth the hype, but still recommended. I will drink again.

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Photo of Retsinis
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle recently (dated 3/28/11) since the Total Wine near me is always out of Pliney, but this will do.

A: Poured from the 500 ml bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. The beer pours a cloudy, and rich orange color with a creamy off white head, that quickly settled, but left a good half inch of foam on top throughout, depositing some decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: I get scents of pine hops, citrus, bread, orange zest, tangerine, grapefruit, and some mild pineapple.

T: Mirrors the nose quite nice, with a moderate initial bitterness that is not too dry, followed with complex layers of tropical fruit, backed by a mild malty bread sweet backbone. Notes of grapefruit, lemony zest, orange peel, and pine. The mellow bread and mild caramel malt provide a good backbone to the hops as well.

M: A medium cream and oily texture, with a soft medium level of carbonation. Very clean, and drinkable.

O: Great IPA. Fresher the better of course, but this was not too bad. Have had it fresh on draft at Russian river in April 2010, which was great too. I prefer Pliney the Elder, but this is not a bad consolation either.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,725 ratings.
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