Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,750
Reviews:
1,445
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
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1,902
Gots:
978
For Trade:
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Ratings: 5,750 |  Reviews: 1,445
Photo of 4truth
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joshuadlight
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall tulip, this is one of the paler IPAs you'll see. Huge head that rose above the lip of the glass and hung on for dear life for the next half hour.
Hop flavor is across the board, mostly astringent and piney. West Coast to be sure, there is no sweetness or maltiness. This is just a hoppy beer.
Worth the hype, RR doesn't disappoint often.

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Photo of almostjay
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mani
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Very transparent golden with a very little head

S. Faint fruits and sweet malts.

T. Nice on the palate. But not very potent. Smooth.

Nice but needs a Lil more carbonation.

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Photo of Zorro
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled thanks to RedwoodGeorge and his most Excellent trade!

Pours a clear golden beer with a slightly off white head. This looks much like a good lager in my glass.

Smell is agreeably very hoppy. Strong very pine and eucalyptus hop aroma with no citrus scent in it at all. Additional hop aroma of mint is very strong to the nose here. Malt scents are minimal here but there is a faint light aroma of malt that is slightly honey like.

Taste is fairly light malt wise like a golden ale. While the malt is doing a whole lot of nothing the hops are quite busy entertaining your tongue! Good strong West Coast style hops provide lots of pine and grapefruit flavor. This is an assertively bitter beer but not a harsh one. In my book I cold almost call this a strongly flavored Pale Ale but it really is an AIPA to non-warped West Coast palettes.

Mouthfeel is good but a bit light.

A nice drinkable IPA here that is strong but not too over the top. This here is a beer that shows West Coast hops in all their glory. But to be honest this is a rather strong beer that probably will shock many and delight all the hopheads. If you are not a hop head drink 3-4 of these and you will be!

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Photo of gatornation
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear amber color with a 1 finger head and good lacing..smell is full pine and citrus hops with a floral and grapefruit smell..malts in the background..taste is much the same its a ipa full of pine and grapefruit tastes it has a great tasty hop profile it rounded out with a touch of caramel malts..mouth feel is medium well carbonated lots of flavor..drink ability is high its so good so drinkable..could down several of these ..really liked this one

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Photo of mulder1010
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ML bottle, bottle date 10/22/10, poured into a rocks glass

A-- Poured a golden amber color. Small, quick fading off white head. Reasonable carbonation with the pour. Just bits of lacing when working through the beer.

S-- Fresh citrus, especially grapefruit. Fresh pine and good dose of Carmel malt. Good smell.

T-- Carmel malt, grapefruit, orange and fresh cut pine. The freshness of the flavors stand out.

M-- High carbonation, very crisp. Flavors are very bold. Not a hop bomb but very good.

D-- Very good. Not massive and over the top like other IPA's. Well designed and thought out. Flavors are well balanced and the ABV is basically zilch. Would buy another, especially considering the price.

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Photo of haazer
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of the Hulmeville Inn. They've been gettin some real good stuff lately.

A- Golden and copper in color. A little more than a finger of condensed white head. The brew is filtered clean. There is some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Great notes of pine, some citrus and grapefruit. You can also pick up some pale malts in the background.

T- Good amounts of lemon, citrus, and sprucey hops. Very balanced IPA though with a bready pale malt backbone. As I drink the growler I do notice more grapefruit flavors. This is also very crisp.

M- Ok, drinkability since no longer rateable factors in this. This beer drinks like a dream. So easy. Light body with mid to high level of carbonation. Nothing prickly though. This is so refreshing and easy drinking. Definitely the best aspect of the brew.

O- Needless to say this growler dissapeared very fast. I can name at least 3 IPA's that come to mind that I prefer over this, but none of them drink as easy as this does. Deserves the acclaim it gets. Glad to of gotten a growler and not just a pint or 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of WestCoastBeerDude
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pkeigs
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mayor, this is one of the classics in my opinion. Smells of piney aromatics, little citrus and hardly any malt. One of my favorite parts about this beer is the malt bill seems so simple. Vinnie lets the hops run the show. After drinking about half my glass my palate gets used to the bitterness, I am enjoying all of the hop complexity. Really loving the lacing as the glass continues to drain. A true classic IPA. Can't wait to drink another...

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Photo of birchstick
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 9/7/10, consumed on 10/2/10

A - pours a bright, faint copper with a nice one finger head

S - smells of some pineapple and juicy grapefruit hops with a bunch of pine behind it. It is almost as if some hop juice was oozed into this beer.

T - Based on the nose, I was expecting this to be sweeter than it was. Starts off with the grapefruit, but this was pushed aside by a barrage of bitter pine hops. There is a bit of a caramel malt base that helps hold this beer together. Leaves with an acidic bitterness akin to biting into a grapefruit peel. Very solid, but just a little too bitter for my liking.

M - nice full body that goes down wonderfully. Leaves a bit of a dry finish

D - Solid IPA. After drinking this, I can see why it is so highly rated. A west coast hop bomb all the way. However, I thought this beer was maybe a tad too bitter - I like my IPAs to showcase sweeter flavors. Other than that, not bad by any means. I have a PTE in the fridge right now, can't wait to see how the two compare. Thanks to MaxStout for sending this my way.

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Photo of Brez07
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing from last months notes. Bottled on 1/13/10. Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to Sideswipe for the trade

A: Pours a golden hue with lots of visible carbonation. Initial pour leaves a two finger white head. Some lacing is left as I drink the glass

S: Huge hop nose. Wow, very nice. There is some bready malt, but really, I can't smell much other then the hops

T: Not quite as nice as the nose would lead you to believe. Still, very good hop presence, with the accompanying grapefruit/citrus blend

M: Medium bodied. Slight bitterness on the tongue, dry finish

D: Very good IPA, but ultimately nothing that stands out for me. Standard west coast style IPA in my opinion

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Photo of Crosling
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, thanks Dr. Bill! Light golden color with a wispy foam that lasts well. Very nice nose, which is dominated by very bright woodsy hops, with other light notes of resin and lemon from the hops. Flavor hoppiness and bitterness is very bold and impressive, and lingers in the finish very well. The hops are raw, pure, well utilized and again, they linger well after the swallow. Flavor hops are similar to the nose and can best be described as very woodsy. A minor critique, it doesn't have a lot of body, but the finish makes up for it. Overall, really nice IPA.

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Photo of schmitter
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pig came to me a slightly clouded amber with a slight head.
There was a fairly floral scent.
It had a pleasently bitter bite to it, both up front and aftertaste. There was the usual citrusy notes of the style, most notably tart lemon. It finished very dry but smooth and is definetly a beer I want more than one of.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great extra from a recent trade. Thanks Dan!

Poured a great straw color with plenty of long lasting foamy head. Smell was ok. Not quite as floral as I remembered with previous glasses of this.

Great hoppy taste. Citrus fruits up front. Pine needles on the back end. Very bitter. All hops. Little malt in the background. Mouthfeel was quite oily from the extreme level of hops in this beer.

Quite a drinkable IPA. I could have a few of these in a session for sure.

Reccomended. A great IPA.

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Photo of dmsohyea
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barely and Hops 2/12/11

A: pours deep orange with 1 finger off-white head and minimal lacing on the glass. Beer has a great color.

S: Impressive piny and grassy hops and strong citrus.

T: Piny and grassy with less citrus than expected. Moderate hop bitterness and slightly sweet on the back end. No alcohol flavor or feeling.

M: Smooth with moderately high carbonation. The medium body is quite nice.

D: Drinkability is slightly above average for the class. The lower ABV makes it a little more sessionable.

Hats off to RR for making such exceptional beer. There are 5 or 6 other beers that I would give this grade or higher to.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle sent to me by smarcoly, thanks again for another tasty beer. Split with a friend and poured into two tulip glasses.

A: Clear golden orange body with a thick sudsy white head. Thin, tight retention cap with some larger bubbles around the edges. Minimal lace is present but still is nice and sticky.

S: Bright orange peel and juicy orange flesh. A touch of white grapefruit, papaya and some acidic lemon zest. It's certainly citrus forward however it's not too aromatic in the way of hitting you with the flavors in a bold fashion. This seems a bit more reserved compared to other "West Coast" IPAs.

T: Bitter citrus and floral hops coat the palate initially, followed quickly with a rush of citrus fruits. Bitter orange peel, sweet grapefruit and a touch of lemon rind towards the end. A very minimal malt base is hidden underneath the bright citrus flavors however it does help take the bitter edge off the beer.

M: Very creamy with low carbonation throughout the beer. It finishes quite dry however it's welcomed and leaves a residual stickiness on the palate. A signature body from Russian River, and perhaps even West Coast IPAs in general. Simply wonderful.

Certainly not my favorite IPA that RR makes however it's still a very flavorful and balanced one at that. Bright, clean, bitter and balanced, this is yet another beer that reminds me exactly why I love the style so much.

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Photo of Droopy487
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Nugganooch
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Freshly tapped and drafted into a pint glass from the good ol boys down at Churchill's.

A: Pours a very bright and clear straw pale color with a light haziness to it. Mine had a very thin pure white head that dissipated rather quickly. This baby bubbled away and laced my glass like some sexy lingerie.

S: Very clean apricot aromas with some soft subtle notes of sweet piney hops. Not very pungent at all. That's all I am really picking up here.

T: So nice and refreshingly light. Hops are more apricot and some subtle pine notes like that of the aromas. Nice bittering that prickles the throat and dries out the finish a bit.

M: Superb in my opinion. So light and creamy
with a great hop bight that rounds it all out.

D: Amazing. This brew is so light and refreshingly hoppy with an incredible smooth creaminess to it. I could drink these all day long for sure.

BP is the brew for me! While not over bearingly hoppy the Blind Pig still packs a punch. Superbly balanced with a light and creamy body. Highly recommended for those who are looking to get into hoppier beers.

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Photo of rmalinowski4
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a box from MiloHoP. Thanks Milo, been wanting to try this one for a while.

Pours a clear golden color with a two finger white head. The head sticks around for a while and leaves tons of lacing.

The smell is classic west coast IPA, pine and malt. There is a slight tropical element to this also.

The taste is a slightly bitter pine followed by a nice malt backbone. Finish goes back to the pine. There is good balance here. I prefer a tropical hop prescence but for a pine forward beer, this is nice.

The mouthfeel is moderate and the carbonation is spot on. Very nice.

Overall this is a pleasure to finally try. I am not a huge fan of pine forward beers, but this is one of the best I have had. Great balance and not overly bitter.

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Photo of cvm4
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled July 9th, 2012.

A - Pours a clear gold with a slight amber hue. Frothy off-white head.

S - Clean pineapple and grapefruit. A good amount of pine as well.

T - Strong pine hops with clean malts. Bitter hop, orange peel finish.

M - Such a crisp beer. finishes dry. Very drinkable.

O - Not as well balanced as Pliny but not far behind. Takes the pine/orange peel route.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Liar's Club. A very well made IPA. Supposedly was the granddaddy to the Plineys, Elder and Youngers. Personally I like the grandkids better. This was a good beer but lighter in body then the others with not a totally right balance of hops. Was good and drinkable, just not as good as some others. golden color, not much head, very citrusy hops.

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Photo of MLDucky
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Matty123
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,750 ratings.
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