Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

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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1,440
Ratings:
5,712
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
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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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Photo of birchstick
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 9/7/10, consumed on 10/2/10

A - pours a bright, faint copper with a nice one finger head

S - smells of some pineapple and juicy grapefruit hops with a bunch of pine behind it. It is almost as if some hop juice was oozed into this beer.

T - Based on the nose, I was expecting this to be sweeter than it was. Starts off with the grapefruit, but this was pushed aside by a barrage of bitter pine hops. There is a bit of a caramel malt base that helps hold this beer together. Leaves with an acidic bitterness akin to biting into a grapefruit peel. Very solid, but just a little too bitter for my liking.

M - nice full body that goes down wonderfully. Leaves a bit of a dry finish

D - Solid IPA. After drinking this, I can see why it is so highly rated. A west coast hop bomb all the way. However, I thought this beer was maybe a tad too bitter - I like my IPAs to showcase sweeter flavors. Other than that, not bad by any means. I have a PTE in the fridge right now, can't wait to see how the two compare. Thanks to MaxStout for sending this my way.

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Photo of Brez07
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing from last months notes. Bottled on 1/13/10. Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to Sideswipe for the trade

A: Pours a golden hue with lots of visible carbonation. Initial pour leaves a two finger white head. Some lacing is left as I drink the glass

S: Huge hop nose. Wow, very nice. There is some bready malt, but really, I can't smell much other then the hops

T: Not quite as nice as the nose would lead you to believe. Still, very good hop presence, with the accompanying grapefruit/citrus blend

M: Medium bodied. Slight bitterness on the tongue, dry finish

D: Very good IPA, but ultimately nothing that stands out for me. Standard west coast style IPA in my opinion

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

Bottle, thanks Dr. Bill! Light golden color with a wispy foam that lasts well. Very nice nose, which is dominated by very bright woodsy hops, with other light notes of resin and lemon from the hops. Flavor hoppiness and bitterness is very bold and impressive, and lingers in the finish very well. The hops are raw, pure, well utilized and again, they linger well after the swallow. Flavor hops are similar to the nose and can best be described as very woodsy. A minor critique, it doesn't have a lot of body, but the finish makes up for it. Overall, really nice IPA.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an IPA glass. Bottled on 4/16, consumed on 4/24

A - Clear golden straw color with fairly active carbonation. Big 2 finger head. Very pretty beer.

S - I'm getting a lot of sweet dankness. Maybe hints of orange and tropical fruits. I'm thinking there is some malty sweetness mixed in there.

T - I can't really say what I'm getting here. It's a little muddled in the hop profile. Kind of dank. A little bit citric. NO malt. I dig it.

M - Prickly carbonation with a very mild bitterness. It lingers for a bit on the tongue. Light bodied and easy to drink.

O - Rock solid. Not amazing. But rock solid.

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Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big fluffy white head. Slightly hazy, translucent brew: gold and orange straw that easily lets through light sources, shifting its appearance constantly. Lively and bubbly. Excellent head retention and excellent lacing.

Big grapefruit and pine notes, with a hint of dank cat musk, tropical fruit, and lemon. Malt presence is tricky to pick out behind all the up-front hops, but it's mostly pale biscuit and floral/honey in the background.

Flavor is less bitter and brightly hoppy than the aroma indicates; much more mellow. Pine and pale malts up front, with a huge dose of Mosaic fruit and dankness on the back end. Crisp and clean.

Bright, light-bodied (but plenty of flavor), semi-dry finish with long-lasting hops on the palate. Very drinkable.

This is a solid IPA. I don't feel it lives up to its big cousin, PtE, at all - but then, it's lighter and lower ABV, so it occupies a different beer niche. It's closer to the hoppy APAs so many companies are putting out now. Enjoy this with lunch or on a warm day.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ben for this beauty!

This took me many sips before deciding upon my review... At first I was puzzled. There was some sweetness, but mostly grapefruit. Not much hops. As I sipped, the complexity grew.. Citrus, slight sweetness, and a hop backbone that was intense and solid. The hops creeked into the aroma. Faintly, but very present. The feel ended smooth. Started creamy, velvety, silky.

This is not your typical punch-you-in-the-face IPA, but it is complex and leaves you satisfied in the most sophisticated of ways!

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Photo of joshuadlight
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall tulip, this is one of the paler IPAs you'll see. Huge head that rose above the lip of the glass and hung on for dear life for the next half hour.
Hop flavor is across the board, mostly astringent and piney. West Coast to be sure, there is no sweetness or maltiness. This is just a hoppy beer.
Worth the hype, RR doesn't disappoint often.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Very transparent golden with a very little head

S. Faint fruits and sweet malts.

T. Nice on the palate. But not very potent. Smooth.

Nice but needs a Lil more carbonation.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter Glass
Attained through a trade.

Bottled on 02/02/2009

Appearance: The pour is a clear copper gold color with two fingers of head as the result from my non-careful pour. I hold the glass up to the light to see what the carbonation will have in store; it's relatively clear. No bubbles are rising up to the top of the glass, but there's still a nice puddle of frothy bubbles on top of the beer. The head is pretty much gone except for that puddle of bubbles. After a few swirls in my snifter I can see a few streaks going from top to bottom, and a few small splashes all around the glass.

Smell: For having a relatively old bottle the nose is still there. A very tropical one too. A little bit of sweetness from the malt, but otherwise it's fruit notes like mango, pineapple and orange. After another whiff, there's some earthy notes too including pine and grass.

Taste: The first wave to cross the palate is sweet sticky caramel malt and pale malt. It has the malt backbone to be an IIPA. I wasn't expecting that strong of a malt backbone from the color, but it's there. After the malts disappear it turns into a hop festival. A blend of earthy and citrus hops. The notes include grapefruit, mango, orange peel, grass and pine.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer, slightly on the full side. A nice crisp and thin carbonation that makes it easy to drink.

Drinkability: Although Pliny is definitely my preference, this was a good beer. There are other IPA's that I'd take over Blind Pig, but it's a well put together beer that has a nice hop character and malt backbone.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle courtesy of FrancisWeizen.

A: The ale opened without much fanfare. No hiss, no nothing. On pour though, a sizeable head, over three fingers, conjures up. Extensive lacing results. The ale has a cuprous yellow color, a touch hazy but still nice to look at.

S: The ale packs a two-fer. Piney, resiny hops, loaded with arboreal and citric notes, are met by a thick caramel backbone. Surprisingly well-balanced for a hop bomb.

T: Much like the nose, the body is a two-pronged attack with both elements working nicely together. The hops are lively and thick, oozing with citrus peels and pine needles. The bitterness is pleasant, never overpowering. The caramel malt backbone adds a very grainy biscuity flavor. A good IPA.

M: Lots of hops and malts, well-balanced with a nice citrusy finish. This was on my wants list for a while and I am not disappointed.

D: The ale has a relatively low alcohol level that never rears it head. I'd be happy with a six pack of 500 mL bottles.

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Photo of gameface23
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/08/09.

A: Hazy orange color with a great head. Lacing is abundant.

S: Pure American hops (pine resin).

T: Bitter hops. The end finishes a little harsh.

M: Medium-bodied, but I feel like there's something missing.

D: It's a well crafted IPA.

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Photo of tyamhydrogen
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled on 11/22/11. Thanks to dsgolovin for this.

A- Pours a beautiful gold with a 1 1/12 finger head. On the lighter end for an IPA. Looks to be nicely carbonated. A fair amount of lacing.

S- Good olfactory notes, but the smell doesn't blow me away. Grapefruit dominates, but I don't detect a whole lot more complexity.

T-Blind Pig tastes better than it smells IMO. Grapefruit hop flavors are present with a tiny bit of pine. Enjoyable.

M- Smooooth. Really, really enjoyable with moderate carbonation and the right amount of residual resin. A highlight of this beer.

O- Blind Pig is a really nice IPA, and a great introduction to Russian River beers. I'm excited to try the Pliny.

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Photo of bwd110
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle courtesy of jadamski1 poured into SA sensory glass

bottled on date: 03/03/09

A: Golden straw, little murky. Big lush white head. Nice sudsy lacing. Looks like this will be quite refreshing after a day working in the yard.

S: Nice hoppy aroma, citrusy - grapefruit and pineapple notes and lemon rinds. Undertone of floral hops as well.

T: Piney bitterness upfront, very dry beer. light malt backbone to smooth everything out a little. Citrus hops make their presence in felt in the finish.

M: light to medium body. decent carbonation - maybe a light zap on the way down. This certainly isn't a sticky or chewy ipa.

D: Drinkability is damn good. Light - ish, refreshing, not sticky or cloying. Could drink this for awhile.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clean, crisp golden color with orange tinges. It forms a head of eggshell white bubbles of a medium size, which sit nicely above the beer at about a half finger’s width. In body, the beer is clean and clear with just a touch of haze. On the nose, the beer smells of big orangey pine. Smooth caramel malt blends over the rich hop aroma, giving a sweet kick to the citrus nose. Touches of grapefruit and citrus rind also make their way into the nose to suggest the more bitter qualities of the beer. The smell is not overly pungent, but is nice and nuanced. On the tongue, the beer tastes nicely bitter with a smooth sweet backbone that brings rich balance to the beer. In terms of Pliny, I feel the bitters more in Blind Pig but I know there are less bitters overall than there were in Pliny… Citric acidity is also found in the taste, and is light and playful on the sides of the cheeks. In flavor, the beer begins as aspirin bitters and then opens into rich, bitter grapefruit and orange. Wisps of toast and caramel dance on the sides of the palate, but this beer is all about the bitters, which are strong yet balanced. The finish is of fresh orange juice with a touch of bitter aspirin and grass. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium with a gently prickly, higher carbonation and a crisp, snappy mouthfeel. It leaves the mouth dry with a light bitter resin and some saliva in the cheeks. Overall, Blind Pig is a great, classic IPA. It is all about the citric bitters, which I really enjoy. Terrific balance is seen here, similarly to Pliny, but in a way that seems to accentuate the bitters more. Head to head with Pliny, I think I liked Pliny more, this is a solid beer with great flavors, but doesn’t really wow me in any way. It drinks like a classic IPA, which it is.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle to a sun king shaped pint glass a crisp clear sunlight orange with a nice white foamy head leaving a fair amount of lace.

great big piney hop aroma, with a hint of floral hops in the wayback.

as expected, crisp and refreshing piney hops way up front.

thin, crisp, bitter but not to excess.

very drinkable.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Lighter Orange/Redish/Pinkish

S: Pretty hoppy smell. Expected a bit more hops though

T: Good hop taste with a decent malt back bone

M: A little lighter than I thought it was going to be

D: Very drinkable as all RR brews seem to be

Overall a very good beer but would rather have Elder if offered.

Cheers!

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Photo of evilinc
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this from a Delirium Tremens snifter as I type this.

Bottled on 04/14/11, so I think it could* be a bit fresher, but it's still considerably fresh.

Cracked open and poured a nice orange-y golden liquid, slightly hazy, with off-white head. Very fine bubbles and a few bigger ones. Head does die down and and the drink retains a nice thin top layer of suds. Swirling around the glass produces a nice fine head. Left very nice lace around the rim of the snifter. Very shimmery in the light, with bubbles consistently rising to the top.

Smells like mango, pine, citrus peel. I think it smells good, it's not the most intense aroma I've ever had from an IPA, but still a solid nose. (Do I detect a little bit of smoked cigarette?) Not like the 4-weeks fresh Pliny I just recently had, but I'll review that one later.

This is the way I like an IPA, with the hops forward, piney and citrusy. I am a big fan of that style of hopping.

Tastes great. Bitterness on the sides of the tongue with the sweet, fruity flavors from the front of the tongue and all along the middle. It's not too bitter, it's nicely balanced. A drinkable IPA. Orange/lemon zest sweetness and dryness remain, slight pine resin. What can I say, it's a great IPA.

Mouth feel, like above, produces a lingering bitterness on the sides of the tongue, nice oily remainder after every sip. Not too thick, so it stays drinkable, but it does dominate the palate.

Perhaps I am just associating it with when I used to smoke a cigarette here and there (when I'd usually be drinking an IPA), but I keep thinking tobacco. Like after a quality, fresh cigarette, after you haven't had one in a long time. Not right upfront, but mixed somewhere in with the hop oils, sweet malt, a hike in the woods, and some exotic fruit.

Overall, I would drink this regularly if I could. Looks, smells, and tastes great. 6.1% abv is nicely balanced with a lot of hops, and a juiciness that keeps you coming back for another sip.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,712 ratings.
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