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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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5,749
Reviews:
1,445
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 510 mL bottle into a pint glass, golden amber colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: fruity hops, mango, pineapple

T: beautiful hop profile, bitter up front, middle is fruity sweetness, finish turns bitter with slight pine, tropical fruit

M: vibrant carbonation, medium body

O: top notch IPA in the west coast style

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good Googly Moogly!!! Love this!

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Immediate 2-inch thick fluffy white head, which dissipated slowly but left lots of sticky lacing behind. Thin white collar remained throughout. Medium bubbles and carbonation. Color was light orange amber, but mostly clear. What swept me off my feet here was the lovely nose -- perhaps the best citrusy, piney grapefruit nose I've ever experienced, with subtle hints of orange, mango, and papaya. On the palate -- pine, pine, pine and sweet bitter grapefruit. Just fabulous! A textbook IPA in structure, with voluptuous sexy flavor profile. Hops are strong, but not overpowering, and alcohol is totally masked/subdued. Mouthfeel is good & chewy. Overall impression is as impressive as any IPA or DIPA I've ever tasted. If you don't absolutely love this, then you've obviously got your head up your ass.

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Photo of toronadotornado
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Toronado - San Francisco, CA - draft

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Photo of hulagirl02
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kaseydad
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Another "How the heck have I not reviewed this beer yet" review.

Six day old sample. Poured into a pint glass.

Crystal clear copper/orange pour with a massive scoop of off-white foam. Tons of lacing throughout the glass.

Aroma is a wonderful blend of citrus and light malt. Orange, apricot, peach, pineapple and mango. Pretty much insert any citrus fruit and you can whiff it. Some pine and malt as well.

The taste is, in essence, what an IPA should be. Hoppy up front with a big malt back bone. Big citrus and the right amount of bud-tingling hops. This has that. Mouthwatering buds well after the swallow. Makes me want more and more to quench that everlasting thirst. The swallow is almost like the licking of the inside of a grapefruit rind...not the outside.

Smoooth body to this.

Overall this lives up to the hype. Everything a West Coast IPA should be and more. Smooth yet bitter but not overly to take it to the DIPA level (that's Pliny's job). I noticed the price has gone up on this bad boy but still worth it to experience the show. Too bad the Blind Pig can't. Whaaa.

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Photo of KidSalami
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mbo108
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pwoods
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Azurelimits for this great extra.

500ml brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: Pours a nice glowing golden orange with good clarity. 1 1/2 fingers worth of strong yet fluffy head forms and holds nicely. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Hops are very juicy, citrusy. Pleasant pine and resin that aren't astringent at all. Lightly toasted sweet malts balance out and have just a touch of nuttiness in the back.

T/M: Bitterness is at a very manageable level... perfect for this particular brew(kind of like Two Hearted and its bitterness). Hops are again very juicy and citrusy. The pine and resins are bumped up a bump and bring brisk twang to the tongue. Malts are sweet and lightly nutty to balance. Body is medium with pleasant carbonation. Finishes on the dry side with some lasting bitterness.

D: Very tasty and easily drinkable. 6% ABV is more than manageable.

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Photo of calise1122
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shipped with Pliney and other CA goods from Joey at Southbay! Poured on Halloween into a 20z Guinness pint with Velvet Underground Sister Ray playing in the background on a perfect Halloween Friday. The Belgium beer fest fell on Halloween a couple of years ago and Blind Pig would have been one hell of a costume, better than my Sponge Bob get up.

A: Pours golden, almost hazy apple juice color with a big three finger foamy white head that is not going anywhere soon. Good carbonation, great lacing.

S: Peach, pine, hops, orange zest, sugar cane

T: nice tingle on the ton, lots of hops and a citrus explosion. It is times like this where I wish my palate was more complex... there a lot of different citrus, fruit driven notes in here, but I just can't single them out... maybe its from drinking too much 5-Alive growing up. Definitely a lot of pine, maybe some brussels sprouts... its bitter, but by no means too acidic... really well made and flawlessly balanced

M: Very crisp on the finish, medium in body, tingles my tongue and glides around the mouth very smoothly.

D: Yes

Great beer!!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bottles of Blind Pig at Belmont Station a couple of weeks ago... shared one.. tonight.. this one is all mine.... poured into my Chimay goblet.

1" bubbly head.. nice cap and a surprising ring of lace.. the brew is only slightly hop-hazed pretty clear honey..

nose is lemon and tangerine zest dominated by pineapple hoppiness.. some grapefruit.. and just enough pale malts.

not what else to say about the flavor other than.. WOW!! Mirrors the smell identically... huge fruity hop flavors... Kaffir lime leaves.. clean.. yet oily.. just enough pale malt goodness to bring the hops to their full glory... never ever goes over to the bitter side.. just very very drinkable.. body is fairly lite.. lending very much to me wanting another sip.. quaff.. bottle.. (can I get a keg?)

There is no doubt Blind Pig would be a household regular if I had it locally... now... we just need to make sure, somehow, that Idaho is the next state on the evergrowing list of places to get Russian River.

4/4.5/5/4/4.5

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Photo of cwguy5
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes. sampled 2.11.12. batch was brewed 1.31.12. poured from bottle into Stone IPA stemware.

A - perfectly clear, rich, golden hue; one finger off-white head retains well with sticky lacing left on glass

S - citrusy hops with some green, grassy elements; light floral notes of gardenia toward end; faint spice/pepper

T - bright, fresh hop bill as to be expected from a two week old ipa; some tropical and citrus flavors followed by some mild pine resin; pleasantly crisp, bittering finish

M - thin but not watery; fine, light, prickly carbonation; mild, short, dry aftertaste

O - really nice! and super fresh; highly drinkable while avoiding serious palate fatigue; classic ipa; a must-try and i will be finding this one again!

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Photo of PDXHops
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I went to the local New Seasons market to buy Pliny the Elder and found the Blind Pig as an additional surprise. Hadn't seen this one in the stores here before, and gladly picked up a couple.

A pour into an oversized snifter yields a 1.5 finger bright white head that slowly fades into just a skim of white. Clear, light orange color. Nice lacing. A handsome beer- hope it tastes as good as it looks.

Very nice nose. Lots of hops, of course, but also floral aromas and a bit of toasted something or other. The hops smell fresh and inviting.

The first sip is a shock of piney hops, but after a couple of sips, the other flavors come out to play. Lots of citrus- tangy grapefruit, but also sweet orange and tangerine. A bit of bready malt backbone, and the hops stick around for a rather dryish and sticky finish. Quite a bit going on here, and I enjoyed it all.

For all those abrasive hop flavors, the mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth. What a well put-together beer. I am thoroughly enjoying this, and could definitely see drinking this as a session beer.

Overall impression: This is a damned fine beer, a nice representation of the style. Well worth the 4 bucks for a pint bottle.

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Photo of UnknownKoger
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

purchased from Lone Hill Liquors in Claremont, CA, and then poured into my SN pint glass

Opening the bottle unleashes the heavenly scent of hops. Immediately reminds of the classic Pliny the Elder (obviously). Huge hops on the nose with subtle fruity scents hiding behind it. Pours golden/light amber. Good carbonation fuels a nice head that dies out after a minute. Taste is great. It's more subtle than I thought it would be. The hops in the taste are a bit more subdued, and the body feels quite nice in the mouth. First swallow stings a bit, but nothing much.

This is incredibly drinkable and delicious. As other reviewers have noted, Russian River really can do no wrong. This is great stuff, and I would definitely buy/drink it again

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Photo of bushdere
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DNICE555
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Falling Rock Tap House in Colorado.

A - Very clear, clean looking beer. It has sort of a heavenly glow to it. Plenty of beautiful white head - I am at about 73 percent looking at this beer. Leaves rings of lacing.

S - Piney...Batman style (zing zang boom pow crash)... fresh, sexy hops. Lemon, apricot, really wakes you up and clears your nose up.

T - Bing Bang Bong Boom... The hops have a party on my taste buds. Very hoppy with a balanced bitterness. If I hadn't had the Pliny and Heady Topper, this would be my favorite IPA. Nice finish and really sticks with you. Very well done.

M - Just the right amount of bitterness, fruity sweetness, and hops. Feels so smooth and balanced on the palate.

D - So great to have this bad boy on tap. What a great bar.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap as a guest at EJ Phair in Concord, CA.

A - Soft caramel color with a firm head, light splotches of protein.

S - A citrus/grapefruit bouquet on the nose. Abundantly hopped with these similar acids.

T - The citrus/grapefruit carried through the initial taste and did not disappoint.

M - Profound grapefruitness (is that a word?). This was a heavy hitter, strong flavored IPA.

D - Definite winner. Great job Vinny (brewer).

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Photo of gpogo
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear pale golden with cloudlike fluffy white head. Very sticky lacing. Head dissipates down to a foamy covering, but still leaves a decent lacing.

A- WOnderful perfumey hop aroma. Lots of citrus smells, very grapefruity.

T- Very hoppy flavor, but not to the point of drinking pure hope juice. Sweet, but with a balanced bitterness. Very smooth flowery hop taste throughout, nothing that is so extreme that I feel my enamel is being eaten. Bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very light and refreshing.

D- Yes. I would choose this beer anyday. It's more of a session beer than a hop bomb like pliny, however I'm not sure that I could enjoy more than one of these at a time. The aroma and flavor are great.

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Photo of Rheaume17
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Bob for saving this one for me!

Poured into a tulip glass. Bottle dated 9/26, enjoyed on 10/25.

Appearance - Pours a nice golden color with a slight orange hue. A solid inch of head. Great lacing throughout the session.

Smell - Lots of hops! Smells bitter, probably from grapefruit. Slight hints of tropical fruits.

Taste - Very similar to the smell. A ton of hops. Some hints of pine and certainly some grapefruit. Slightly sweet. The hops are balanced out a little with a subtle bready malt.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation. Feels pretty dense and sticks to your teeth a little.

Overall - An excellent IPA from RR. In my opinion this is just as good as PtE. (obviously two completely different aspects though) Was glad to try this one and would definitely recommend if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Aug. 23- 2011. About 3.5 weeks old at review.

Pours an awesome medium gold color with an off white one finger head. Head gradually goes down to a sliver after a couple minutes. Ample carbonation and great lacing on this beer.

Nose is that of pink grapefruit, pineapple, hops, grass, lemon, and a small amount of malt in the background. I can't think of one thing to improve in this category- it's fantastic- perfectly balanced.

Taste is world class as well. This is a super hop forward beer, and the malt doesn't even enter into it for me. Almost all the nose is present in the taste, and none of the 6.1% ABV. If you're a hophead, you'll love this beer. Excellent.

Feel is medium bodied w/ a good amount of hop bitterness. Fairly dry as well, but not overly so. Very crisp, clean w/ a nice bite from the hops in the aftertaste. Aftertaste lingers for a long time.

Overall, another winner from Russian River. This is a world class beer, and I'm glad I got to try it. Highly recommended!

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Photo of walshclimb
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cool label reminds you repeatedly not to age this beer. Mine says bottled on 7/9/08. I bought it in December and drank it today (1/9/09). So it has been around for a little while but not too long.

Pours slighly hazy, creamy yellow color with thick bubbly head that is nearly pure pure white, leaving spotty lace up the glass.

Strong lemon-citrus hop aroma with a good malt base and a hint of banana.

Excellent fresh bitter iniitial flavor with definite citrus leads to a wandering, perfectly bitter aftertaste. Very hoppy. Very good.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and dry. Perfect.

This is a great IPA. Distinct, bitter, but not at all cloying. The malt is solid, but not sweet. Not at all heavy. Very refreshing, and great for a hophead. Nice work.

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Photo of misterworldwide
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bret27
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at this brewery called Russian River? Pretty nice spot! Had right after some sub-par ipa called "pliny the older?"

Appearance: Golden yellow, little hazy, off white lacy head.

Smell: Bitter hoppy. Citrus, piney, cedary. Little more bitter than pliny's refreshing floral aroma.

Taste: Same as smell. W/good malt backbone but not too much. Not quite as strong as pliny, but just as good in a different way. Dry bitterness finishing off. Refreshing!

Mouth: Really perfect for American IPA sytle. Not too thick, not too thin. Good balance.

Overall: Beautiful. If someone had given me this beer and told me it was called Beatification, I would reply, "that makes sense." For a standard IPA very balanced and refreshing w/just enough bitterness to keep it interesting. There's a reason RR gets the hype. If they never invented PtE, this one might creep up in its place.

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Photo of Foxman
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy orange amber, bright and seemingly backlit. A finger of meringue white head swells and settles in a cycle that runs apace. Swells of lacing wave along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is an homage to edgy dry citrus hops, lightly floral, genuinely spicy, and as crisp as a freshly starched dress shirt. Not to mention, a draft of pine washes in, like a breath from a damp forest. Underneath lingers a sweet malt presence that speaks of caramel and berries, and even a touch of melon.

Upon sipping, the hops make a mockery of any pretension of balance, but oh, are they joyous tilting that scale, with dry, biting grapefruit, freshly sliced from the rind, and a more distant tingle of lemon zest and mandarin orange. And pine again rides behind, with a needle of coniferous spiciness. The malt, while well subjugated, is nonetheless a good soldier, marching in a lightly sweet caramel identity that also hints at a tree-borne fruitiness. The malt goes softly biscuit as the hops divert the flow toward a crisp, clear dryness that offers up a distinctive, impressive bitterness. It may not be balanced, by my is it wonderfully complex in its interplay between hops and malt.

Between light and medium bodied, the malt is almost instantly undone by the scorched-earth bitterness of the hops.

Maybe the location and company influence my new-found love affair with this nectar, but I don't care, I love it, and I'm not going to question my feelings! As good as it smelled, I had no idea the flavor would come across as exceptional as it did. In fact, this beer would be, far and away, my top session IPA were it not so freaking rare in my area. It's so clean that having another is an animal instinct. I almost never have two of the same when I'm at Monk's, but this specimen became one of the rare exceptions. Should I ever get near this again, I really doubt I'll drink anything but Blind Pig. Until it's gone, or I'm gone.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle along with a bunch of other RR stuff in a trade with Jhenry04, thanks Jason.

A light copper color with an off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing around the glass.

Smells great. Citrusy, piney, bitter. Some nice caramel malt in there too.

Tastes great too. Huge citrus hop flavor up front, lemony and orangy. In the middle the malt backbone is noticeable, just enough for a little balance, not especially strong. Piney and bitter in the finish.

Bitterness in the end finishes dry, but generally the beer has a rather oily feel to it.

This is a fantastic IPA, and I could drink it all night.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Toronado in San Francisco. Pours golden with some orange highlights- somehat lighter in color than many ipas. Healthy white head that sticks around some. Nice piney hoppiness in the nose with a hint of orange. You can smell the bitterness and tell this is going to be good. Small amount of dry malt in the background. Wow! Super hoppy beer, with lots of sticky resin. Big pine taste with some lesser citrus notes, especially orange, for balance. Much hoppier than most other ipas I've had and absolutely delicious. Long, lingering bitterness. I wouldn't exactly call this balanced, but it does have some malt backbone for support. Its just that the hop attack is so relentless that the malt gets a little overwhelmed. Who cares, its great. Mouthfeel is perfect as well. Good body, perfect level of carbonation, and ends with a spicy creaminess. Love this beer, but it definitely burns the tastebuds out a bit. Use in moderation. I'd buy this in a second if it was bottled and in my area.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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