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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Reviews: 1,430 | Ratings: 5,681
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 AwYeh
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, dated 3/02/11, poured into snifter. Thanks to madvermin for hooking me up with this bottle.

A: Pours a bright, clear golden copper color with a finger of foamy white head. Good retention and lacing; a nice looking beer.

S: Pine hops strike a balance with some slightly bready, caramel malts. Lighter citrus (orange zest) malts come in as the beer warms to add a bit of complexity.

T: Piny, resinous hops provide an initially bitter flavor, though it is quickly balanced by more bready, slightly sweet malt flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, maybe a bit thick for the style (which bolsters the rating). Light-bodied and rather smooth, with a dry finish and lingering light palate coating.

O: A good beer, and one that goes down easily. Very solid flavor, even if it didn't appeal to me enough to make this one go really fast.

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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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Photo of nd5282
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This refreshingly hoppy beer did not disappoint. Not intensely hop ridden but still noticeable within the aftertaste. The hops finished off with a sweet and pleasantly strong aroma. With a clear golden appearance this beer is both easy to drink and quite satisfying as well.

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

While in CA do as the Californians do... Stocked up on some Russian River brews on my first night in town. Big fan of PtE (but who isn't). The Pliny that I picked up from Whole Foods was only 4 days old where as the Blind Pig was bottled in late July.

A - Pours a nice golden yellow. Decent head, decent retention, keeps a nice lacing around the top of the glass throughout the life of the beer.

S - Smells like it's been barrel aged. Less pine than Pliny and more of an alcohol scent.

T - The alcohol comes through in the taste. It doesn't taste bad but I'd definitely choose Pliny over Blind Pig.

D - Goes down smooth. Warms the inside. Another well done brew from Russian River.

M - A little thin, but very good.

It's possible that the 2 months that this beer was sitting on the shelf in Whole Foods has affected it slightly, but I'd still choose a PtE any day :-)

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden copper with a foamy white head. Nice retention and stick all the way down.

S - Citrus hops, piney, caramel malts.

T - Layers of hops, fruity, piney, balanced by a sweet malty backbone, but finishes dry and hoppy.

O - Very solid IPA - glad I finally got a chance to try it.

Notes - received in a trade - bottle date was 1/16/14 so it is almost 5 months old - not sure how this impacted the flavor, but I would love to try again fresh.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean golden-copper with 2 fingers white head, nice retention and decent lacing. very floral scent, cascade piney hops, caramel, grapefruit. a slight piney flavor up front, lots of grapefruit-like citrus flavor, earthy bitterness in the finished mixed in with a sweet malt backbone. medium body, medium carbonation - a very refreshing and well balanced ipa. i have waited patiently for a full year to pull off a trade with this one. i've had way better ipa's in the meantime, but i am definitely glad i've gotten to try it.

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Photo of Zorro
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled thanks to RedwoodGeorge and his most Excellent trade!

Pours a clear golden beer with a slightly off white head. This looks much like a good lager in my glass.

Smell is agreeably very hoppy. Strong very pine and eucalyptus hop aroma with no citrus scent in it at all. Additional hop aroma of mint is very strong to the nose here. Malt scents are minimal here but there is a faint light aroma of malt that is slightly honey like.

Taste is fairly light malt wise like a golden ale. While the malt is doing a whole lot of nothing the hops are quite busy entertaining your tongue! Good strong West Coast style hops provide lots of pine and grapefruit flavor. This is an assertively bitter beer but not a harsh one. In my book I cold almost call this a strongly flavored Pale Ale but it really is an AIPA to non-warped West Coast palettes.

Mouthfeel is good but a bit light.

A nice drinkable IPA here that is strong but not too over the top. This here is a beer that shows West Coast hops in all their glory. But to be honest this is a rather strong beer that probably will shock many and delight all the hopheads. If you are not a hop head drink 3-4 of these and you will be!

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Photo of gatornation
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear amber color with a 1 finger head and good lacing..smell is full pine and citrus hops with a floral and grapefruit smell..malts in the background..taste is much the same its a ipa full of pine and grapefruit tastes it has a great tasty hop profile it rounded out with a touch of caramel malts..mouth feel is medium well carbonated lots of flavor..drink ability is high its so good so drinkable..could down several of these ..really liked this one

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Photo of mulder1010
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ML bottle, bottle date 10/22/10, poured into a rocks glass

A-- Poured a golden amber color. Small, quick fading off white head. Reasonable carbonation with the pour. Just bits of lacing when working through the beer.

S-- Fresh citrus, especially grapefruit. Fresh pine and good dose of Carmel malt. Good smell.

T-- Carmel malt, grapefruit, orange and fresh cut pine. The freshness of the flavors stand out.

M-- High carbonation, very crisp. Flavors are very bold. Not a hop bomb but very good.

D-- Very good. Not massive and over the top like other IPA's. Well designed and thought out. Flavors are well balanced and the ABV is basically zilch. Would buy another, especially considering the price.

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Photo of haazer
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of the Hulmeville Inn. They've been gettin some real good stuff lately.

A- Golden and copper in color. A little more than a finger of condensed white head. The brew is filtered clean. There is some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Great notes of pine, some citrus and grapefruit. You can also pick up some pale malts in the background.

T- Good amounts of lemon, citrus, and sprucey hops. Very balanced IPA though with a bready pale malt backbone. As I drink the growler I do notice more grapefruit flavors. This is also very crisp.

M- Ok, drinkability since no longer rateable factors in this. This beer drinks like a dream. So easy. Light body with mid to high level of carbonation. Nothing prickly though. This is so refreshing and easy drinking. Definitely the best aspect of the brew.

O- Needless to say this growler dissapeared very fast. I can name at least 3 IPA's that come to mind that I prefer over this, but none of them drink as easy as this does. Deserves the acclaim it gets. Glad to of gotten a growler and not just a pint or 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of pkeigs
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mayor, this is one of the classics in my opinion. Smells of piney aromatics, little citrus and hardly any malt. One of my favorite parts about this beer is the malt bill seems so simple. Vinnie lets the hops run the show. After drinking about half my glass my palate gets used to the bitterness, I am enjoying all of the hop complexity. Really loving the lacing as the glass continues to drain. A true classic IPA. Can't wait to drink another...

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,681 ratings.
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