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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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Reviews: 1,430 | Ratings: 5,681
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.


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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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Photo of Adam5150
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold, with a one inch head of dense white foam. Retention is moderate and clingy lacework throughout. Aromatics are pungent and floral. Tangerines, pine sap, grapefruit, apricots, melons, and light, fresh malt. Tropical fruits in a Northern forest. Medium bodied, with a crisp, dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of samie85
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/7/11.

A-Pours a hazy orange amber with two fingers of frothy white head.

S-Smells of honey-like malt notes with sweet pineapple and pine notes.

T-Bitter pine upfront with some pineapple and grapefruit notes on the finish.

M-Dry and light-bodied with ample, prickly carbonation.

D-Very tasty and easy drinking, I'd take this over it's more alcoholic and highly-rated brother, Pliny, any day of the week.

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Photo of constantine_272
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Clear, save for the mess of sediment at the bottom if the bottle. Golden with a tinge of orange. Medium carbonation leaves a small persistent foam ring.

S: Straw. Lemon lime and orange.

T: Starts off cool and clean and rushes in with floral and citrus hoppy bitterness. Slight tinniness through the middle with faint sweetness of orange rind. Finishes a bit dry with a bit of pine and tree sap.

M: An odd mouthfeel: it starts off light but slowly grows in heaviness. Probably building from the somewhat long and dry hop aftertaste.

O: Really great IPA. Good full acidic hopiness; strong bittering, but not over the top. I can't see myself drinking more than one and really appreciating the second though. The flavors are too light and would get lost in the dry finish.

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

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

A fine, fresh, hoppy IPA. Poured a hazy copper with a nice frothy white head that laced well. Big hoppy aroma, floral and fruity, with notes of grapefruit and lemon. Taste is of pine, resin, grapefruit, lemon zest and apricot, with a sweet malty background. Leaves a resinous, bitter aftertaste; crisp and drying. Medium-bodied and very drinkable.

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

Bottle split Beerwolf77.

A- Pours a nice golden yellow with just the slightest of haze. Small lacing left from the half finger worth of head.

S- Some nice citrus hops to go along with a small amount of funk. A little bit of sweetness as well. It has an aftertaste similar to an orange lollipop.

T- Big grapefruit and some orange as well. A slight bready finish. Also some grassy notes.

M- Medium bodied with a fair amount of bitterness and a pretty dry finish. Good carbonation that tickles the tongue.

D- Good flavors and not an overwhelming bitterness makes this a good drinking beer. Another good beer from RR. I have yet to be disappointed.

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

Bottled January 3, 2011 and unleashed February 14, 2011 at 25 minutes after 8 am following a long and grueling night of work. A Valentine to myself:

The pour graciously fills the pint glass. The look is that of honey. A modest bone white head proliferates and quickly deflates into a crescent moon atop the luscious honey pot below. Scant lacing dots a few lucky spots in the meanwhile.

The nose is caramel sweet with some breaded pine and brown leaf. A smidge of fresh green lingers among the more earthy tones.

The taste is sweet and dry. Pine and softened grapefruit tones lovingly leached from hop flowers pop and dry as they float along on the toasty grain. Balanced and enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is medium. Feels appropriate for the portfolio of features brewed into the mixture. The fairly vigorous carbonation fluffs on the palate and then the body thins away into a moderate dryness.

The drinkability is natural. There is nothing offensive about Blind Pig. This brew is well portioned and is a solid example of a good ole American IPA, but it is not one that brashly outshines other worthy selections in this category like its famous cousin does. Solid but not legendary.

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

I had a Blind Pig a day after I had Pliny the Elder. This was another beer I held high expectations as I was told this beer gave off a close resemblance to Pliny the Elder although some claimed Blind Pig was better. The beer gave off a hazy golden and burnt-orange appearance, citrus and hoppy smell, and a smooth bitterness resembling PTE but less pine in taste. Definitely a dry hoppy beer and I think this beer slightly edges PTE by personal preference.

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

Above average across the board. That's a good thing. Bad side? That's exactlt what I thought as I was drinking it. Looks fine, good, nothing exciting. Smells like a solid WC IPA. Tastes good. Nothing distinctive. You get the picture.
I could certainly session this, but I'd rather go down the road for a Pelican IPA.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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