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Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
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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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Added by RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Photo of ShanePB
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
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 -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Nrod
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nugganooch
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
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 -6.4%
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 -6.4%
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 -6.4%
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 -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Matty123
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Invinciblejets
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a half-litre bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Bottled on 5 March 2012.

A: Highly clear and pale gold, much like Pliny the Elder. Two and a half fingers of fluffy head gradually subside, leaving heavy lacing. A steady stream of bubbles rises from the bottom. Pellucid and pretty.

S: Straightforward, blunt hops; an American IPA. Moderately balanced pine and sharp citrus, edging on the resiny side. Centennial? Chinook? Just some guesses. Pleasant, but not particularly powerful.

T/M: Thin bodied, almost weakly so, but the flavour is quite nice. Better in larger sips. The aftertaste is spot-on, hugely fruity/piny. A thinner, perhaps even more pleasant version of Pliny. But like its more famous relative, Blind Pig's maintaste is a bit brief. I'm not sure I understand the hype of Russian River's IPAs. The bitter-dry hoppy aftertaste with a tinge of green apple really just makes my day and saves the mouthfeel. Lingering and excellent.

O: It's a pretty great IPA, maybe better than Pliny. Still not as good as many others I've tasted, and definitely not worth the hype, but still recommended. I will drink again.

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Photo of Retsinis
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle recently (dated 3/28/11) since the Total Wine near me is always out of Pliney, but this will do.

A: Poured from the 500 ml bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. The beer pours a cloudy, and rich orange color with a creamy off white head, that quickly settled, but left a good half inch of foam on top throughout, depositing some decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: I get scents of pine hops, citrus, bread, orange zest, tangerine, grapefruit, and some mild pineapple.

T: Mirrors the nose quite nice, with a moderate initial bitterness that is not too dry, followed with complex layers of tropical fruit, backed by a mild malty bread sweet backbone. Notes of grapefruit, lemony zest, orange peel, and pine. The mellow bread and mild caramel malt provide a good backbone to the hops as well.

M: A medium cream and oily texture, with a soft medium level of carbonation. Very clean, and drinkable.

O: Great IPA. Fresher the better of course, but this was not too bad. Have had it fresh on draft at Russian river in April 2010, which was great too. I prefer Pliney the Elder, but this is not a bad consolation either.

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Photo of cts309
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nd5282
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This refreshingly hoppy beer did not disappoint. Not intensely hop ridden but still noticeable within the aftertaste. The hops finished off with a sweet and pleasantly strong aroma. With a clear golden appearance this beer is both easy to drink and quite satisfying as well.

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Photo of tdawgydog
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While in CA do as the Californians do... Stocked up on some Russian River brews on my first night in town. Big fan of PtE (but who isn't). The Pliny that I picked up from Whole Foods was only 4 days old where as the Blind Pig was bottled in late July.

A - Pours a nice golden yellow. Decent head, decent retention, keeps a nice lacing around the top of the glass throughout the life of the beer.

S - Smells like it's been barrel aged. Less pine than Pliny and more of an alcohol scent.

T - The alcohol comes through in the taste. It doesn't taste bad but I'd definitely choose Pliny over Blind Pig.

D - Goes down smooth. Warms the inside. Another well done brew from Russian River.

M - A little thin, but very good.

It's possible that the 2 months that this beer was sitting on the shelf in Whole Foods has affected it slightly, but I'd still choose a PtE any day :-)

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden copper with a foamy white head. Nice retention and stick all the way down.

S - Citrus hops, piney, caramel malts.

T - Layers of hops, fruity, piney, balanced by a sweet malty backbone, but finishes dry and hoppy.

O - Very solid IPA - glad I finally got a chance to try it.

Notes - received in a trade - bottle date was 1/16/14 so it is almost 5 months old - not sure how this impacted the flavor, but I would love to try again fresh.

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Photo of thebeerbeast
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of George8hrs
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean golden-copper with 2 fingers white head, nice retention and decent lacing. very floral scent, cascade piney hops, caramel, grapefruit. a slight piney flavor up front, lots of grapefruit-like citrus flavor, earthy bitterness in the finished mixed in with a sweet malt backbone. medium body, medium carbonation - a very refreshing and well balanced ipa. i have waited patiently for a full year to pull off a trade with this one. i've had way better ipa's in the meantime, but i am definitely glad i've gotten to try it.

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Photo of misternebbie
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doremite
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Highbury09
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pope66682
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rand
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to pint glass

A: Pours a light gold in color, clear, while forming a 2-inch, frothy sea-foam head. Amazing retention, lacing everywhere.

S: Fresh pine and grapefruit fill the nose, highlighting a distinctive West Coast style IPA profile. Honey-sweet malts and earthy yeast round the bouquet.

T: Following the vibrant nose, tingling citrus and dry pine hit the palate first. These flavors are quickly balanced by the sweet, bready malts. A touch of lemon zest and tea flavors can be noted, and the entire profile quickly comes to a bitter-sweet finish, with little lingering residue.

M: Medium bodied, lightly viscous in complexion, while the diacetyl creates a pleasantly slick appeal. Plenty of carbonation to keep the palate cleansed between each sip.

Another ace by the pros at Russian River; these are the kind of beers that make it tough to tire of IPA's. A lot like a little brother to Pliny the Elder, maybe a touch more earthy and bitter and lighter in complexion. Feels more session-y too, if RR was ever to 6-pack it, they should start here (and they wouldn't hurt the PtE brand).

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 5,803 ratings
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