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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,440
Ratings:
5,711
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
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1,907
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Reviews: 1,440 | Ratings: 5,711
Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light orange in color, with a slight haze. About a 1/4" of thick, tight, white head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Citrus. Grapefruit.

T: Light malt. Dry. And a good dose of grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium in weight, slightly chewy with carbonation on the higher side.

D: A good beer, but nothing overly impressive or distinctive. I imagine I would drink it if it were more readily available, but, as is, its not worth the effort in obtaining.

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Photo of uustal
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy orange with a big time head. Great lacing and retention. Big pine aroma, also bits of grapefruit. Flavor follows. Huge bitter pine hops off the bat. A hint of citrus and floral as well, but the pine takes over. A little bready, semi-sweet malt before the bitter pine takes over again on the big finish.

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Photo of bobhits
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/14/11 and consumed on 5/14/11. Thanks to UCLABrewN84 for this in a recent trade!

There is something about the color of this beer I just love. A hair darker than the lightest IPAs but far lighter and more orangey than some of the darker almost ruby colored ones. Tall white head and good lacing is here and clearly a must.

The aroma isn’t as powerful as other reviews I’m seeing. This stone IPA glass generally does wonders for enhancing the nose so I’m not sure. What is here however is splendid. Fresh floral hops with the lightest of malts backing it.

This non imperial IPA at 6% is showing perhaps why most IPAs are still a bit stronger. The malt back is a touch weak and the hops aren’t nearly as strong as many are claiming. Instead this is a delicate hop flavor, very floral and certainly bitter. The malt truly is here just to make this beer work but like a child seen and not heard. If I could get this on tap in the summer I could see this being just about perfect.

The mouth is very good for the style. A touch lighter in body than some of the bigger IPAs, but perhaps a bit more carbonated. This makes for as I said above a great summer beer to drink.

I want to like this beer more. I want to get why this beer makes the top 100 and frankly I don’t get it. An extremely good IPA, but it just doesn’t have that something special to put it in the exceptional category.

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Photo of imagineiii
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with Gilgarp. Thanks again for the chance to try another BA legend.

Poured into an imperial pint glass. pale amber, almost golden. great clarity. full inch of head, great retention.

smells of subdued pine and grass.

bitterness is underwhelming. bottle is dated nov 08, maybe a little past its prime. like the pliny the elder, i love the carbonation. its low which allows for more subtle flavors.

very drinkable. at 6% its almost sessionable. under carbonation combined with fading hops doesnt ruin the palate at all.

Great brew, but Id like to try it fresh. These RR bottles have such serious disclamers about how much better this beer is when fresh, id like to try as soon as possible.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 01/03/11. Enjoyed on 02/24/11.

A - Poured into a DFH pint glass. Pours an almost clear light gold color with a one finger white head. Leaves decent lacing.

S - Grapefruit and piney hop aroma. Fruity as well. A somewhat sweet hop aroma though. Light malt is in the background.

T - Begins pretty balanced with a citrusy bitterness. Finish is very grapefruity and very dry. Pretty light IPA, drinks like a pale ale.

M/D - I drank this after finishing an Alpha King which is classified as a pale ale but I found the mouthfeel in AK to be more appropriate to the IPA style than Blind Pig. Pretty thin mouthfeel and a dry finish make it highly drinkable though. This thing is almost sessionable.

Bling Pig really is Pliny's little brother. Not a bad beer in its own right however, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of mooseo
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Khyber Pass Pub in Philadelphia.

A - Clear amber/copper color with a nice creamy white head. Decent retention with scattered streaks of lacing.

S - Aroma is of piney and floral hops with some spicy citrus.

T - Excellent flavor consisting of grapefruit, mango, and tangerine. Hops are dominate and up front, with a slightly bready malt taste in the back. Nice bitterness and lingering citrus taste in the finish.

M - Smooth, sticky, and refreshing.

D - Close to the quintessential IPA. Delicious citrus flavors with a huge hop bite. Great aftertaste and excellent drinkability. The alcohol is well masked. I wish I could find this in bottles, it could become one of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light amber color with tiny suspended yeasties. Large, bubble laden head leaves great retention and sticky lace aplenty. "Respect hops. Consume this IPA fresh." Ok.

Smells of pine and peach ring awesomeness. Bits of kitchen spice, like paprika or rosemary (I tend to get that from Columbus). Prickly pine and grapefruit hop taste over dry cracker malt. There's that peach ring thing again which I'm a fan of.

Not a fan of the mouthfeel. It's thin and not full of hop resin as the aroma would indicate. Bummer.

via duffextracold

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

We pop the top and pour an orangey-copper colored brew. It holds a brief one finger head of electrically active bubbles. This recedes quickly to form a film across the top of the liquid, and to leave spotty lacing around the glass. The beer holds a thin haze, with no sediment otherwise noted. Carbonation appears active. The nose meets with sweet and bitter grapefruit up front. This gives off vibes of being extraordinarily fresh and cooling. To cut this there is bittering rind and a clementine sweetness. With warmth a metallic yeast begins to seep out, and a bit of the alcohol becomes present. The malts throughout are standard and pale. As we sip we find, as in the nose, a sweet and bitter citric hop. This rides for the front of the tongue with grain, which seems to be there for only the balance, rather than as a powerhouse inclusive flavor. Bitterness takes over through the middle, but this quickly becomes more mild, with a simple malt to smooth things over. This makes way for the finish where, curiously, the sweetness returns. Now it is in the form of fresh, fruity orange. Again, clean malt helps the balance. The aftertaste breathes of fusel alcohols, bittering hops, and an earthy/mineral quality of grain and yeast. The body is medium, bordering on thin, while the carbonation is evenly medium. The mouth is treated to slick hop oils providing a basic astringency. There is decent slurp and smack to each sip. This abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the strong citric quality to the hops, and the robust nose about it. This beer showcased as a simplistic IPA with a full and bright nose, getting its point across with the fewest number of words. In the end, the flavor didn’t quite live up to the stage set by the aromas, but it is ultimately a great choice for the style.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at torando. Came out looking an orange amber without much head from a pint glass. Nose was typical of a solid ipa/borderline apa, piney hoppy bitter notes, citrus was mostly lemon and a nice bready note. Taste was very refreshing and easy drinking pretty much following the nose. The hops brought a slight floral character along with a touch of grapefruit and a pleasant forest note with a good malt backbone. Very well done i just find that pliny and blind pig are both very good beers i was just hoping for more complexity out of them. Blind pig to me really tasted similar to pliny with just a different malt bill.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Apex bar.

A: Bright orange with a lazy eggshell colored head. Slides off the glass.

N: Loads of hoppy goodness. Grapefruit, pineapple, spruce. Very tropical. Some light sweetness. It's tempered and inviting.

M: Very dry. Does a number on the palate.

O: An excellent all-around IPA. As with Pliny the Elder, it never overextends itself, leading to a brew worthy of drinking time and again.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 9/30/2011 500 mL bottled shared with GarrettMD

A - Nice light caramel color with a small white head. Poor retention and lacing.

S - Pine with citrus backing. Sweet citrus and resinous pine. Sweet background with a clean grainy characteristic.

T - Follows the nose, with pine following initial citrus leading into hop bitterness and some caramel sweetness. Finishes bitter and resinous.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Finishes a bit drier than it starts. Just the right amount of dryness.

O - A very nice beer, especially at 6.1% -- they pack in a lot of flavor. Not as blown away as I was expecting, but it is certainly a very fine beer. Pliny is leagues better in my opinion.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lift Amber color. Aroma has notes of citrus. Flavor is citrusy with a little pine and is pretty well balanced. Overall very nice IPA with good flavor.

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Photo of jhavs
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle poured into snifter.

A= Golden with a bit of amber tint, fairly clear, thin white foamy head, foam has large bubbles, lots of lacing clings to the glass.

S= Not a big aroma punch, some citrus, bit of earthy spiciness, some residual malt sweetness.

T= Pine, citrus rind, and a deep bitterness. Bit of caramel malty flavor.

M= Moderate carbonation, medium body.

O= Old school IPA flavors, more bitterness than flavor or aroma. Doesn't reach the peaks of their PtE. This is good, clean flavored, and does not have flaws. Just not much to right home about.

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Photo of cadaugherty
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/06/10- Stone IPA glass

Appearance- Bright Copper pour with a lovely 3 finger head that holds. Great lacing.

Aroma- A little muted. Pine with a slight background of grapefruit.

Taste- Tropical citrus up front, leading into a bit of sweet malt, and a crisp bitter finish. Refreshing.

Mouth- Good carbonation nice full feel.

Drink- Very easy drinking. No residual taste or palate coating at all.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado.

The appearance on this one is beautiful. Just a great color that has no hazy appearance at all. Just a great golden color with a very sticky frothy pitch white head.

The smell is not very strong, dry bitter hops in the smell is all I could detect.

The taste is good but nowhere near Pliny. Good hop taste in the beginning and a very medium dry hop finish. I like it, I like it alot. Pine hops, not fruity at all.

Very good brew from a very good brewery.

J

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a lighter, golden wheat, hue with a white capped fluffy head. This brew would be bumped to a 4.5 if the head was more sturdy and it left some better lacing, but none the less, this brew looks tasty.

S: The aroma is that of fresh hop citrus with a sturdy hint of the pale malts holding this brew up.

T: The flavor is awesome. All the good qualities of a great Cali IPA without the extreme hop bite. Refreshing and flavorful notes of citrus peach like qualities. Tons of pale malts give this brew almost a bready like quality to it.

MF: Carbonation is excellent, body is a little thin.

Overall, I had this brew on tap and was more impressed than the bottle. An awesome brew, and one I would drink often!

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Photo of avas
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Sammy
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks you Taliskar for the latest growler, which by itself is a work of art replicating a Russian River bottle. Big foamy head on dark grapefruit body. Floral hops, very pleasant aroma. After 7 days, we drunk this and hardly changed from room temperature and very much liked its smoothness and taste.Understated carbonation. Just as good cool or room temp.
Had a fresh bottle 4 year later, good and smooth though not as amazing as that growler.

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Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cstromberg57 for this one. The "littler" version of Pliny the Elder, which makes complete sense. They look, smell and taste very similar, but Pliny is just...more. Bottle dated 10/18/11. I wonder if it's a little past it's prime, but no matter, it is a very tasty beer. Nice honey gold with the underlying shimmery orange/red glow of a fine IPA. Citrus and floral notes. Taste follows nose with a good hoppy bite. This is my fifth RR offering. If I had ready access to this brewery, I'd probably be drinking it's output more than anything else.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and floral hops are clearly dominating with some notes of bitter hops are also clearly identifiable. Taste is also dominated by a complex and well built hop profile which provide a very good and complex mix between some citrus and bitter notes. Malt profile is kept very low in the mix but can still be felt. Full body with great carbonation. Quite a handful though and not your typical session IPA.

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Photo of cbwufpack
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark golden orange with thin head. Not quite the carbonation I expected to see
S- bold citrus rind aroma. Slight soapy smell.
T- pretty nice hop profile but doesn't match PTE profile. Grapefruit and orange bite.
M- Very light ...a little under carbonated.
O- This is a good but not great IPA.

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Photo of vandemonian
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Russian River Brewing Blind Pig IPA is a really tasty, though not especially interesting IPA. Clean, fresh, quality.

A: Orange colour and a 5 mm head that fades pretty quickly. 4

S: Sweet maltiness and lovely citrus hops. 4

T: Malty with some hints of sawdust. The hops aren't as strong as I expected. Still delicious. 4

M: Foamy. 4

T: 4

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Excited about this one! Thanks to xhuskr for the trade. Bottled on August 4th 2011 we good to go!

A great crystal clear body colored dark gold almost orange but a distinct dark yellow. Very little slow rising carbonation from the bottom, with a head that forms tightly and antique off white. A very solid cap that stays together and clumps.

Classic grapefruit mushy ripe nose. Sweet. Solid not much else though.

Taste is hop pine at first with a good malt balance. Texture is ok if slightly wet, but finish follows a dry citrus hop. Lingering hop grapefruit bitter in aftertaste but doesn't bring the citrus felt on the nose. Sort of mild toast bread then grapefruit later, but also a roof top drying sense in the palate also.

Overall a solid but straightforward IPA I think, not that blown away by this however. Good beer no complaints but feels like a one trick pony. But I will get on this ride anytime.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy orange color with a huge fluffy white head. It also has great lacing. The aroma is an initial hop pop in the old olfactory system. There are definite fruit (grapefruit), floral and slight caramel notes. The taste is initially very hoppy - bitter. There are grapefruit note and a slight hint of sweetness. It is a bit one-sided with hops...could use a bit more malt backbone for balance. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. There is a residual slickness that coats the tongue. Overall, this is an excellent hoppy brew. Definitely works to satisfy a lupulin urge.

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Photo of wedgie9
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle obtained in a trade. Pours a hazy dull orange with a thick white head that leaves heavy lace. Nose is mango with resinous hops, and a hint of honey and caramel malt. Flavors are good tropical fruitiness with pineapple and mango, pine resin hops, and somewhat toasty malt. There is almost an acidity to this beer. The body is fairly light with average carbonation and a nice long pine finish. This is an outstanding IPA.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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