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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

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Reviews: 1,430 | Ratings: 5,681
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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Photo of WesM63
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a RR Pint. Bottled on 5/28, almost 3 weeks old.

A: Pours a very clear golden amber with a 1finger white head. Some retention and lacing are present.

S: Smells of pine/resin and citrus and some tropical fruits.

T: Pine/resin up front some malts peak through in the middle with a bitter hop finish.

M: Light body, low carbonation.

O: Overall, a slight letdown. Smells delicious, but doesn't deliver on the taste. It's still a great brew, just doesn't quite live up to the hype.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear gold with no head.

S: Piney/citrus hop flavor. There's a touch of sweetness in the background.

T: Bitter right on the front of your tongue then moving to the citrus hops over your tongue.

Very easy drinker. I'm glad they bottle it. Gives me hope to get it shipped to Madison!

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Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will be the second beer I have tried from Russian River, Supplication being the first, and Pliny soon to be the third. Many many thanks to my big sister, Christian for tracking it down during her stay in San Diego. Poured in to a snifter so as to hopefully rouse some of the aroma. Beer was served just above room temperature, chilled is a good way of putting it. Appearance is a cool gold, and heading is about one finger. The head quickly fades in to a thin white lacing with good retention. Oily hops come to mind first in the aroma, then come citrus fruits such as pineapple and tangerine. Mild earth smells also show themselves to an extent. Taste is composed of grassy hop resins, bit of tobacco, cream and orange jump in at times. Mouthfeel is intense in its bitterness. It leaves the tongue feeling a little numb. Malt presence could possibly be lifted a bit to balance the hops, but overall this is still hardly a problem. Blind Pig strikes me a being a session IPA for people who really bitter, hoppy brews, I wish I had a few more bottles. Final thoughts: This is a very solid India Pale. I wasn't exactly blown away, but that is fine. Instead, I am left feeling very satisfied and refreshed. I can imagine this being a regular in my fridge if only it were available in my state...maybe one day. Cheers

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

Had on tap at the Russian River brewpub. Clear blond color. The smell is strong with hops, intense pine needle aroma.

The flavor isn't quite 1-dimensional hops, I could taste some sweet malts fighting it out, but the after-taste was mostly bitter hops.

A really good IPA, I had it side-by-side with 4 other IPA's at Russian River. I think this is the last best (they're all good so none is really worst).

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Photo of rhinos00
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shout out to mattolesh for sending me another quality brew from Russian River.

Poured cold from a 500 mL bottle into a Founders pint glass.

A- A cloudy, hazy golden color. White head dissipated quickly and laced the glass as the beer was consumed.

S- The hops definitely stood out on this one. Lots of hops mixed citrus fruit, very similar to Pliny the Elder.

T- Fruit was definitely prevalent, but the hops dominated this one. As it was consumed I thought the malt flavor might try to kick in, but that never happened.

M- Medium bodied and had soda like carbonation at points. The feel of the beer was thinner than some of the other IPAs I have had.

D- A very easy drink! I could drink this all day, especially at 6.0% abv.

Overall, I think this was a quality IPA. The only complaint I have with this one is that I wish the consistency of the beer was little thicker. At certain points, it felt as if I was drinking soda water (the taste still being excellent). Other than that, a great beer.

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

Bottled on date 11/07/11. Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Bright golden orange color. Very few medium sized carbonation bubbles lead to a very large, three finger head that is bright white in color and very rocky and creamy in appearance. Lace is sticky at this point and looks like it wants to stay awhile.

Smell is bright citrus and sugar. Orange, tangerine, pink grapefruit and pineapple. There are some bread or yeast smells but not at all overpowering. I also get just a bit of pine resin.

Taste is much like the smell. The sweet citrus of an overripe orange is there as well as the pineapple and pink grapefruit. The earthiness is much more prevalent on the tongue. The malt bill wins over the hops, in a West Coast kind of way. Don't get me wrong, this isn't Hop Wallop. The choice of hops and yeast is still West but not over the top and tongue blasting.

Mouth is crisp and smooth, the carbonation is round and almost spritzy. Body is balanced and the finish is average and a bit on the dry side.

Overall I really did and always have enjoyed this. My pallet has change so much over the years. The first time I had this I had is side by side with Pliny and liked this much more than Pliny. How times have changed. I have had a Pliny this week and (as of now) it blows this away. Regardless of my review or comparison to Pliny, this is a must try. Thanks to Tucson25 for this extra.

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

growler shipped to me by a friend from San Fran.

A: a slight haze on a bright orange body. creamy frothy head. good retention and lacing.

S: pine, hop resins, smells a little like ganj. a mild citrus. cactus. melon fruit.

T: a little touch of garlic. pine and resinous. finish turns into a minor malt balance, little bit of caramel, followed by a bitter bite. dry. the pine is definitely the big player on the body for me.

M: carb is moderate, body is light/medium.

D: across the board a good beer for me. this is one of those IPA's that could pass for a pale ale, or at least where the style is going these days. good brew, easy drinking.

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Photo of capra12
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on CBS day at Capone's on 8/15/09,

Appearance: Wheat in color and clear with little head.

Smell: Grapefruit rind.

Taste: Opens with bitter hops which carry to the middle. As the bitter hops subside grapefruit and piney hops are present till the finish, leaving a mildly hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Drinkability: I would have another.

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

500 mL bottle tried 10 Oct 2008.

Poured in a shaker pint. Small faintly yellow head. Slightly hazy bright gold color. Aroma of pine, some soapiness, overall light but crisp. Initial resiny bitterness gives way to a mouthfilling caramel sweetness. A second wave of resin takes over and reasserts in the finish and aftertaste. Nicely balanced. Ethanol moderate.

A close second to Pliny.

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Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Bottle from Lothore, thank you very much Tyler.

Pours a white, froth head, with a honey-golden color.

Fresh aromas of tropical, fruity hops, peach, orange and mango, along with honeyed pine and smooth caramel - finely nuanced with hints of citrus peel. Fresh, fruity hops are hovering above a sweet, honeyed malt backbone, while hints of lime acidity becomes detectable underneath. Hops sting the palate in a refreshing, dry fashion, without ever getting too aggressive. Honeyed, piny, malts wrap up the hops in a well balanced way, along with wisps of whitebread and grass, still, this beer is huge on the bitterness. The taste results in a smooth, dry ending, which is very bitter and hop driven, as malts tend to vanish. Finishes with hops lingering on the palate for a long time, developing a fascinating pleasant depth, as they turn from being fruity to a more bitter, dry impression. A classic IPA, focused on the bitterness, fantastic balanced.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed relatively fresh. I prefer this beer to Pliney, very underrated to me. Smooth and balanced, not overly malty like PTE. Very light and smooth IPA

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Photo of marvin213
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's surprisingly muddy--cloudy-looking, as if unfiltered. I do not, however, see any floating sediment--not on the original pour (1/2 bottle), anyway. A thin yet solid layer of foam--mostly small bubbles--tops her off. It looks good, but the mud puddle presentation is unexpected.

The smell is scrumptious. It might look like water, but it smells like a Glade Plug-in. Even non-beer drinkers would appreciate this aroma. It's mostly hops, but it smells so fresh and clean--there's a citrus touch characteristic of these West Coast IPAs.

The taste is somewhere in between eye and nose appeal. It actually lacks flavor. It certainly doesn't taste bad, but there's neither biting hop sting nor tart lemon zing. I was expecting big things from this Russian River beer, and I'm astonished it tastes so plain. It tastes pure and clean, and it sips so easily, but there's not a whole lot to it. I respect it as an easy-drinking American IPA, but it's hardly better than most others. I'm pleased it's not an obnoxious hop bomb, and I can't help but wonder if it's lost its stuff in the cross-country trek, but it still tastes fresh. Don't get me wrong--it's a good beer in and of itself, but under careful scrutiny (which, of course, this review provides), it ain't much better than an average IPA.

The mouthfeel is good, and particularly light for an IPA. There's no enamel pulling, but there is a dry bitterness that lingers on the tongue. The citrusy smell manifests its taste on the tip of the tongue. The aftertaste is light and remarkably watery. For a USA IPA, it goes down easy.

If RR aimed to make a light, easy-drinking beer worthy of IPA status, they've accomplished their objective. Having never had one, I had braced myself for a big ol' West Coast hophead-type of beer. Mind you--this IS that type, but it's like a little ol' hophead beer. It's actually kinda cute.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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