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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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

Light orange with a hint of amber in color with a very slight haze. Respectable white head that reduced to a white cap. Big floral tropical aromas, papaya, mango and grapefruit. Buttery smooth feel that rides the carbonation. Taste is all hops. Lots of tropical flavors similar to the aromas, tropical and citrusy flavors that overwhelm any malt character. Finishes with a bitter pine hoppy ending. The intense hop flavor took a little edge off of the drinkability.

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

Had this beer on-tap at Hollingshead...this is what I thought:

A: Golden color with huge head. Very good lacing.

S: Mixture of malts and bitter hop smell.

T: Intial taste very similar to Pliny the Elder, but a much more extreme bitter finish.

M:Creamy with medium body. Carbonation right in the middle too. Very refreshing.

D: This beer is neither balanced or unbalanced...kind of hard to describe...but very refreshing. A mild begining with a very nice bite at the end.

Overall: A very good beer. No complaints.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Extremely bold. Hops, mostly grapefruit, some pine. Oily hops, I can tell already that the hops will be on my tongue about an hour after I'm done drinking this brew. Some sweet caramel malts make it past the hops, but barely.

Appearance: Super clear, pale gold. Creamy off-white head. Slowly dissipates, leaving a thin creamy layer and good lacing.

Taste: More pine than the smell indicated. Mild grapefruit. Very sweet malts shining through. Oily hops, will taste for hours, not that there's anything wrong with that.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Super oily. Doesn't dry the tongue at all.

Overall: Bold enough with both the hops and malts. Excellent aftertaste. Sweet caramel malts and of course the oily hops on the tongue.

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

this beer pours a hazy slightly darker golden color. you can see tiny particles floating in the beer. there is a 2 finder white head when the beer is poured, that slowly recedes leaving lacing on the glass, and a small cap on the beer. The smell is slightly piney and resinous, with the main hop aroma being citrusy with a small hint of the malt. the taste is very citrusy and juicy upfront with a small amount of malt character to hold it together with the bitterness. the mouthfeel is good and dry, almost completely dry, except for the small amount of sweetness lent from the malt. this is a drinkable beer, that i would consume more often if it were locally available and reasonably priced.

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

A- This beer had a huge 2 finger head right off the tap which seemed to get bigger as I drank it and left tons of lacing. It was a light orange color.

S- Smell was of piney hops with a small amount of a citrus kick. The hops smelled like the amazing scent of adding hops to a wort boil, almost no other IPA that i've had has recreated this smell

T- Taste was very hoppy for a standard ipa, with blended citrus notes. Sweet pine taste seemed to dominate followed by a rich grainy fullness.

M- Very crisp and carbonated but not as viscous as some of RR's other offerings. Went down very smooth.

D- This beer was very drinkable. It did seem to me that it was stronger than 6 percent but none the less it went down fairly easy.

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

pours a clear, golden hue, not a huge initial head, but excellent retention. as expected, the nose is crazy hop-foward - lots of pine, a bit of the citrus twang.
taste - still a good blast of pine on the hops, the citrus almost dissappears and is replaced with more grassy/earthy notes. really nice mouthfeel, good clean finish leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of vdoz3
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle (bottled 090710) as a trade extra (thanks Paul) poured into a 500ml Founders tulip glass. "Don't save Blind Pig for a rainy day!" warns the bottle; I didn't have to wait, I got it yesterday and when the heavens opened on my way home from dinner I knew there was but one option for me in the fridge.

It pours with a nice head that even near the bottom of the glass has left rings of lacing where the head subsided. The smell is total tropical fruits with a sharp grassy back end. The taste continues the fruit but quickly turns into floral notes as the hops die down leaving a rounded, malty finish that's not too sweet at all. The lingering taste is a little bit sweet though, along with a definite hop-induced drymouth that probably won't come off my tongue until I brush my teeth. Not that I, personally, want it to.

Awesome brew. If only IPAs, in general, were easier to session. As far as this one goes, kind of takes control of your palate for the rest of the night. I don't know if I could have another one, or anything else, after. Edit: just noticed it's only 6.1%abv. If I were a bigger hophead than I am I would definitely go for one more. A hop bomb this strong holds its own against 7.5%+ offerings, I thought for sure it was higher.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a very light clear orange with about a 1 finger head thats lasts a couple minutes. It has nice lacing because as the head falls it leaves chunky rings of head around the glass.

The aroma is very nice and balanced. Its light in strength but a perfect match of citrus and hops.

The taste is pretty light and you get no sweet. The start is pretty plain then goes to a light bitter from mid to finish. Light mouthfeel decently drinkable.

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Photo of Momar42
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 072812 into Duvel tulip

A - clear deep orange with nice fluffy head. Head dissipates fairly quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S - west coast hops dominate. Quite a hoppy nose as expected. Not as abundant nose as I was looking for but still solid for an IPA.

T - hops don't really announce themselves on the palate until the back end. There is a peppery quality to the finish. Smooth overall but honestly lacking abit of body. One dimensional hop profile but what it does it does well.

M - spot on for the style. Smooth and creamy with a nice bite at the end. It's a RR so this shouldn't be much of a surprise.

O - no, this isn't PtE but I didn't expect it to be. This is a quality IPA from a truly fantastic brewery. The aroma could be slightly more pronounced and the flavor profile a tad more robust. Otherwise extremely good. I wouldn't pay a premium for this but I would love to have it on draft anyday and would never turn it down.

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

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, faintly-hued, dull copper body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Pungent nose dominated by robust hop notes of pithy grapefruit, earthy lemon rinds, pineapple, and flowers.

Taste: Starts with a subtly sweet, restrained pale malt base from which to launch yourself into the hop field. Soon, a full-on barrage of sharply citric hop character and bitterness pushes its way onto the palate. Strong accents of white grapefruit and rustic lemon, with somewhat lesser undertones of fruity pineapple and pressed flowers. Medium-high bitterness. The beer remains assertively bitter all the through (and beyond) the very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A bit oily, a bit sticky even.

Drinkability: Well, there's no question, it's certainly one for the hop fiends. About as reasonably easy to drink as a cuttingly bitter India Pale Ale can hope to be.

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

A - pours with golden color with light head.

S - fruit/floral aromas.

T - very malty with some hops. not as much hops as I was expecting.

M - just right. slightly syurpy, but still thin.

D - highly drinkable. good balance, but i would like more hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of dd43
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quintessential resiny bitter west coast IPA. Filtered to be perfectly translucent, fairly rich in color with some amber highlights. Pine and citrus peel on the nose, flavors are somewhat dank and a good bit of caramel malt. The alpha acids came through in the finished beer in a big way. For a 6%ish IPA you will get your money's worth of IBUs here. West coast IPA fans will be in love.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice clear golden hue with a rather fluffy white head
Sl: Lots of ripe citrus fruit and pink grapefruit rind with a good shot of pine stickiness. Daddy likey!
T: Citrus fruit are again center stage with ripe tangerines, oranges, and lemon zest. There is a slight "soapy" quality to this beer as well that isn't really doing it for me at the moment.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a good crisp bite on it as well
D: A really nice IPA. I am not a fan of "soapy" IPA's, but this one had that quality for me. It just isn't my thing, but I still found this beer to be very tasty.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- sweet hops, bitter, oily

color- honey

clarity- clear with suspended sediment

smell- fresh hops

body- medium-smooth, bitter

appearance- light color, nice white head

overall impression- nice drinkable ipa

notes- slightly fewer bittering hops would make this a nearly perfect ipa to session with. stoked to know this is being bottled. this review is for a 2008 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: pint

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful honey color, bright off white head, that fades fairly quickly. Smell is an amazing cornucopia of hops with grapefruit & pine notes both present. Taste is a bit of a let down compared to the amazing aroma. I know it's an ipa, and as such a healthy dose of hops is expected, but a bit more balance would've been more enjoyable. Mouthfeel is great, not too sticky, not too watery. A really good ipa. Here in the NW we're a bit spoiled, so maybe i'm biased. But still, a great beer that i would enjoy having again.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/6. Drank 1/26.

Bubbly white head, see through golden color, and good lacing and head retention.

Big pine notes with some prominent citrus. A little melon and tropical fruit.

Pine and citrus hops. Malt comes across bready.

Medium-light body, smooth, creamy, and medium bitterness.

Easy drinking IPA that delivers great aroma and flavor.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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