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Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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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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1,416
Ratings:
5,629
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,416 | Ratings: 5,629
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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Photo of bfields4
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice full tight head. Hazy pale golden body.

Smells of floral hops with pale malt. Lemon and pine. Very fruity.

Lemon zest hits first bitter citrus grapefruits abound nice pine hit. The malts are where they should be with this beer almost nonexistent, but there none the less to make a mellow soothing backbone.

Very well rounded tasty IPA. The body is very light and just right for the citrus flavors. Very nice hop flavors without being very intense. Really would like to try it fresh my bottle was a few months old.

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

Pours a straw golden color with a nice off white head that fades into a foamy top.

Nice piney aromatics with a toffee caramel finish. Like a candied hop bud. Malt is thick with a bit of a lemony ester and hints of stone fruit.

Good nicely balanced with a great malt character. Very caramel and toffee forward. Again with a nice piney earthy hop bitterness. Not overly bitter. Creamy mouthfeel with a medium finish. Nothing extraordinary but very drinkbable nonetheless.

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Photo of bhalter8
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmmm, unfortunately I am taking my first try of this well regarded brew from a bottle a little old for my taste. Pours a pure golden color, with a little bit of cloudy bits settling. The head is a nice two finger, overwhelming size, solid white. Nice lacing left after a few sips, this is a well built beer. Aroma has faded a bit, bit I pick up the piney, grassy hop aroma. The taste follows that piney/grassy hop profile, and has luckily held up well. Unfortunately, I there is not enough malt to balance it out, and if I am going to be overwhelmed by hops, I prefer the citrusy route. Very dry in your mouth, crisp, as well. A little less dry, and maybe earthy, and this would be a bit smoother drinking. Obviously a well built beer, but I prefer a different route on my IPA hop selection. Still, I would like to give it another whirl, with a little more fresh bottle.

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

Very gold in color-I would expect a tad darker but thats ok. Nice fluffy white head. Very grassy and hoppy aroma. Big hop blast flavor wise-quite astringent from the heavy hops. Fresh cut grass like. Long lingering bite to it. Good body-the astringency might be a tad much in the long run. Great example of a US IPA for sure.

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

More impressed with this beer, not sure if it was fresher from bottle than from the keg i reported a while back. couple people preferred this to the Pliny. Pliny I thought blew it away. more IBU's in this? seemed to have an edgier bitter finish. nice nose. not sure if the price on this is much less than pliny, alc is much less, maybe go for this when looking for a lower alc beer. 4.0 across the board

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy ice tea color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Lacing is excellent on this beer, and it left rings all the way down my glass.

S - The only smells I get from this beer are citrus zest and pine tree from the hops.

T - Huge hops taste but the bitterness wasn't as extreme as I expected. Citrus/pine flavors.

M - Beer has good carbonation with a very crisp taste.

D - This is a very drinkable beer for how hoppy it smelled. It only leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. Great example of this style.

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

A- Nice golden color with a bit more haze then Pliny the Elder. Thead is fluffy white with chunky lacing.

S- The hops are sweet and fragrant. Wonderful citrus smell that make this beer sing.

T- There is a fresh crispness about this beer. The hop character is not quite as sweet as I was thinking, but still very tasty. This beer is like eating a regular grapefruit, including the sour pith. Thats the type of taste I'm getting in my mouth at the moment.

M- Feels good in the mouth, the bitter after taste is definitely something that takes some getting used to.

D- Easy to drink, and over all tastes great.

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

Bottled 12/01/15, bought at the brewery.

First time trying this beer. Given the history and legend surrounding this beer, I expected a solid and nearly flawless IPA, but perhaps a bit out of step of "today's" over the top IPAs. But, this is just a great beer, regardless of how long the recipe has been around.

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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangey golden with a white head. Aroma is citrus and its rind, floral, grainy, and piney. Flavor is floral, citrus rind, toasted bread, interesting graininess, and pine. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, very nice IPA. While I definitely get why so many people love this beer, I only liked it, personally. Would drink again.

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

Appearance: Golden yellow with one finger of head that fades with a curtain of lace.

Aroma: Piney hops with some spicy citrus notes and a hint of caramel malt.

Taste: Lively fresh hop bitterness right off the bat, with some sweet malt flowing in the middle before going out with a return of that biting bitterness.

The Rest: The finish is sl lingering and the body is just on the thin side of medium. There's a good amount of carbonation that helps cut some of the hop profile and adds to the balance, but otherwise hops rule the day here. A very nice IPA, I'm good I was able to try this while vacationing in SF.

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

Bottled 1-3-11 poured into a tulip on 3-3-11

S- is loads of grapefruit and pine needles

T- A cracker like malty backbone greets you, intermingled with a slight breadiness and sweet and bitter tangerines. Ruby red grapefruit tangy bitterness

M/D- nice, creamy, light body with a toght, fine carbonation. This is a great beer, but IMO it just doesn't quite have enough of a malt backbone to keep up with the slamming the hops lay down on your tongue.

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

Appearance - clear gold with a billowy head.

Smell - lots of grapefruit and pine. I can't wait to taste this!

Taste - Just like it smells! Like an Elder but not as smooth/creamy. Great complexity without being unbalanced.

Mouthfeel - good

Drinkability - Too easy. Great west coast example of an APA. Russian River just keeps pumping out great beer after great beer. Blind Pig should be consumed by the masses in large quantities.

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

Got this one in a trade, thanks Oxymoron! Poured this into my pint glass...

A: Pours a semi-hazy light copper with a nice two finger head; This is a light colored IPA with nice carbonation floating up the glass. The resiny hops stick and lace the side of the glass very well.

S: The smell is just how a great IPA should smell. A great blend of citrus hops along with grapefruit, orange, and some other tropical fruits. Pine hops come in also from the nose, but the hop scent is not overpowering in this one.

T: I was a little surprised at the taste. I had a West Coast IPA last night and it was far better in my opinion. The hops in Blind Pig were fair - a decent citrus hop combo blended with a nice pine hop flavor. The malt backbone is kind of lost.

Overall, I was expecting much more from this one to be quite honest. It is a good IPA however, just less than I was expecting.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,416 ratings.
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