Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
5,773
Reviews:
1,448
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
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Ratings: 5,773 |  Reviews: 1,448
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 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 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 BNarc
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Tafyob41
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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 tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber with 1/2" of of dense, soap-like head that has great retention. The nose has notes of bready malts, grapefruit, and floral hops. The taste is light bready malt up front with a faint pineapple, citrusy, floral, bitter hop finish. The bitterness stays on the palate well after the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a solid IPA. Well balanced with nice malt character and a very great hop presence.

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

From notes.

A- Pours a translucent gold with a two finger head that slowly dissipates into a thick cap leaving nice sheets of lacing. Another good looking RR IPA.

S- Citrus and tropical notes with lemon, grapefruit, orange zest, mango and pineapple. Bready malt follows after with a hint of pine and grass.

T- More bready malt in the taste with a nice amount of grapefruit, orange zest and lemon. Tropical notes are present, but not nearly as noticeable.

M- Medium carbonation and a light to medium body. Finishes dry and a bit bitter.

O- I enjoyed this, but this a little too malt forward. A easy drinking IPA, but a little too expensive for what it is IMO.

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

Look: Brownish orange in color with a 1 inch head and good retention and lace

Smell: Very subtle earthy piney citrusy hops. Hints of orange and lemon

Taste: Taste follows suite. Very light piney hops at the forefront with some nice citrus flavor in the middle a little bit of orange peel

Mouthfeel: Light body and medium carbonation levels. Very easy to drink very nice on the palate with a slightly dry finish.

Overall This is definately my favorite RR beer and maybe one of my favorite IPA's. On a hot summer day like today this beer definately comes in handy

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a great white head that last. Slight citrus malt scent. Slightly bitter somewhat citrus hips but with a big malt backbone. Medium body and carbonation. Pretty good but Pliny is better. Had them back to back.

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

Review from notes taken on 6/13/10.

On tap at the Local 44 served in a pint glass. This brew appears a slightly hazed light orange color with less than a finger of white creamy head. Minimal retension with slight patchy lacing effect. The nose of this brew is both herbal and slightly citrusy. The flavor has both citrus an herbal bitterness as hinted by the aroma. The malt backing is a very clean grainy character that imparts minimal sweetness. A lingering flavor of the grain and hop bitterness is left in the mouth that increasingly gets more herbal as the brew warms. Medium feel with a modest level of carbonation.

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

Bottle into goblet. Pours orange/golden, huge fluffy white head, retention, clear, active, some lacing. SMELL is grapefruity hops up front, a prominent sweet malty influence balances the pungent hops. Very nice. TASTE is sharp piny and citrusy hop flavors backed and blending with caramel malty sweetness. They struggle for dominance and compliment each other, but in the end the hoppy bitterness takes over and lingers. FEEL mild fiz and tingle, pleasantly rich and full texture. Some warming and drying in the sharp bitter finish that lingers. OVERALL has an aggressive hoppy attitude and bold attributes that make it seem like an imperial/double amped up something or other, but is fairly mellow in abv. Often balanced it drops its pretentions and packs a solid west coast IPA punch.

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

poured into a tulip glass

A.

Pours a hazy dark orange/honey color. About 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Leaves a huge amount of lacing.

S.

Citrus and pine, a little like PtE but more subtle. Hops don't smell as fresh as a pliny, but still a good smelling beer.

T.

Similar to nose but with a slight maltiness in there. A little citrus rind taste in there as well. Bitterness is there there and lingers for a little while.

M.

about medium bodied with lots of carbonation. The bitterness lingers a bit on the tongue for a little bit after each sip.

D.

pretty high drinkability. Low ABV but I'd opt for a Sculpin over this. Reminds me of what an old Pliny would probably taste like. Being made my RR, I'd definitely grab a fresh pliny over this any day. it's still a great beer, but it's hard to choose this over something else. I definitely wouldnt pass one up however. If I mysteriously saw this in the stores here I'd snatch them up too

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

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,773 ratings.
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