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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

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

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Reviews: 1,434 | Ratings: 5,689
Photo of Moose90
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz Bottle Dated 072715

A — Pours a ruby hued coppery orange hue into the glass. Reminiscent of the label color. Very nicely pours with a puffy khaki colored head. Though it doesn't stick around long, the head settles and leaves some nice lacing behind it and is quite consistent.

S — Smells of lots of fresh hops and is quite bitter, lots of piney, citrusy aromas, lots of character.

T — Nice layers of flavors, quite bright, lots of piney character, some bright bitter citrus, and is overall bitter and resinous without being overly sweet or sticky and cloying.

M — Medium bodied, long and lasting finish, bitter and dry.

O — Quite nice overall, really well done, delicious and balanced.

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Photo of LisaMessy
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. As much as Pliny especially after they tweaked the hops in Pliny. Aroma is floral and crisp and fresh. Taste is also crisp with notes of berry and citrus. Not unpleasantly bitter at the end. Beautiful golden color and creamy head.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/26...on tap at Monk's. Bright copper, low foam, but full lid. Spicy pine nose. Citrus too. Powerful balanced hop cuts through a malty base, grapefruit, pine abounds. Bitter stays with you. Delicious.

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Photo of beerbully
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into Russian River Chalice

L-Clear, golden 1/2 inch head, little retention, minimal lacing

S-Floral, fruity hops.......Mango, papaya, melon, passion fruit

T-Follows the nose, sweet malts, fruity, floral hops.........slight bitterness in the finish

M-Lite to medium body, mild carbonation, chewy

O-Great hop flavor, very drinkable, good balance

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Photo of ljjpowers
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip glass, I might actually like this IPA better than Pliny (The Elder). I know: that sounds ridiculous given the rankings. Pliny is more of a hop bomb, though, and this saps your tongue and tastebuds of their capacity to taste the more nuanced flavors of this amazing brew. Blind Pig, on the other hand, is hop-forward but is not overpowering in bitterness or pine. There is an amazing balance in this brew between green pine, caramel nuttiness, and fresh tropical fruit. Of the citrus, grapefruit and lemon are most notable (in smell and taste). As opposed to Pliny TE, I could drink this all day long… and at 6.1% above, I just might.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If you like IPA this is a great tasting beer for you. Balanced hop and citrus flavors that goes down smoothly. Smell has a hint of grapefruit and floral hops.
Great beer especially fresh from the tap!

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 89/100

Summery: Just ok, Considering the hype from the brewery I suppose I feel let down and it's probably not Blind Pig or Russian Rivers fault. Anyway, this didn't strike me as anything special though. Maybe just because the market is flooded with mega hoppy IPA's. Anyway, its still incredibly smooth, rich and creamy. Definitely worth trying~

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Photo of HeadyIPA
3.3/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This IPA is average at best. It's good, not great. I don't understand the hype and people falling over themselves to get it. I'm sure it's because of the lack of accessibility outside of California or simply because it's a Russian River brew. Either way, I'd pass on this any day over Pliny. There are far more better IPAs out there that the average Joe can pick up at their local beer store or super market. So in summary, don't believe the hype on this one.

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Photo of pat61
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours orange tinted gold under a fairly persistent clingy 2” white foam cap.
S: Starts floral and then citrusy grapefruit.
T: Hop forward beer progressing through light fruit, light malt, light biscuit, long lingering citrus rind bitterness moderated and balanced by a light malt and fruit sweetness but overall it dries out in the finish. Hop flavors are above average, hop bitterness is moderates.
F: Creamy, medium body, medium carbonation.
O: A big IPA with complex layers of flavor and a delight to drink.

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Photo of Timdejay671
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden with an inch head. Aroma is hoppy with notes of pine and citrus. Taste is smooth and crisp with balanced malt and bitterness. Happiness is just right and a slight sweetness. Nice mouth feel. Extremely tasty IPA that is underrated because of its shadow to Pliny.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

6/16/16 bottle poured to tulip

Pours clear medium gold, two big fingers of off-white head that slowly settles, leaving some lacing.

Sweet breakfast roll and citrus on the nose, bit faint until it warms, when some sweeter citrus and deeper malt notes come out to play

Gloriously hoppy flavor, balanced slightly to the bitter side, bitter orange peel and a hint of pine, light malt and honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel is spot on for a big IPA, full body with a good lash of carbonation

Overall, I've really been looking forward to this one... one of the white whales in my favorite style, and happy to say it doesn't disappoint. Not too big, not too little, just a very nice take on the west coast IPA style, but not super-aggressively-bitter. Were I closer to the brewery, this gem would be in my fridge whenever possible.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really well balanced IPA from Russian River. A slightly honeyed, sweet ale with decent bitterness that keeps everything in check. Bright hops with a citrus note evident. Very drinkable!

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Photo of hardysf
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a three finger head. Wonderful pour. Head dissipates quickly leaving a little lacing and a quarter inch foam.

Smell is of pine, mango, and some sweetness like honey. Some floral notes mixed in as well. I was expecting a bit more aroma.

Taste starts with some malt with in your face hops. Pine, floral, and a little juicy. Bitter dry finish.

Good carbonation and crisp profile. Everything it's cracked up to be. Can't wait to taste big brother pte tomorrow.

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Photo of Foggy_Memories_Beer
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First time I had this I thought it was no good. I had no idea what I was tasting. Looked at the date and it was old.. finally grabbed a fresh one..in blown. This is one of the best ipa I've ever had

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Photo of W_Des
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A really tasty beer. I get a citrus and pine in the nose and the body is well balanced with the bitterness. It pours a nice golden color and finishes slightly dry. Really drinakble IPA from Russian River.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale amber (SRM 9) with thick white head; copious lace; great clarity and carbonation. Lemon nose with a whiff of grass and pine. Up front, citrusy hop/grass that is mellow pine in the middle; finish leaves a lite bitter hop taste on my tongue. Lite plus mouthfeel. Very tasty lighter IPA; hops are subdued with good balance between bitter and citrus.

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Photo of calitrie1486
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. Reminds me more of a pale ale then an IPA, but then again that could be because I did a side by side with Pliny! Def worth a try but not worth the hassle to get. . .

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/16/15. Pine, resin, and grapefruit. Very hop forward but not a hop bomb. Lots of pine in the nose. Prefer it to the PtE I had last night, but that was was getting little long in the tooth. Would love to do a side by side of fresh BP and fresh PtE

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Photo of Osseous
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into IPA speiglau. Golden Amber color. SRM ~13. One and a half fingers width of white head. Constant trail of bubbles. Smell was incredible: pine needles, juniper, and grapefruit citrus. Taste was clean and refreshing: crisp beginning with a building of piney bitterness. Punch of grapefruit and hints of orange. Great resurgence of creamy foam upon agitation. Moutfeel was crisp and clean, ultimately refreshing without being too light. Overall, a heavy hitting IPA that stands formidably against most conventional DIPA. Great beer from a great brewery!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden-orange color with slightly off-white head. Aroma has the classic west coast hop profile with sweet oranges and also a solid malt backbone. Taste starts with sweet oranges but goes into bitter grapefruit pith territory and lingers on the aftertaste. Medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. A really classic but very well made IPA.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 510ml bottle dated 01/26/15 . Nice golden pour, slight white head but nice lacing.Nice citrus floral nose and a great burst of hops.
A very nice solid IPA.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle date 2-28-15, poured into a teku-really great IPA, kind of a perfect representation of the west coast style. Thoroughly enjoyed it, looking forward to more..

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Photo of RichKent
3.69/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Stone Garden's and Bistro in San Diego

Pours a very clear amber with minimal head.

Smells lightly of citrus hops with a little tropical goodness.

Tastes fine, but somewhat disappointing. Is it possible for a beer to be too balanced? If so, that applies here. Just the right amount of malt flavor balanced by just the right amount of citrus from the hops. Mouthfeel and carbonation are perfect, and this is a VERY easy drinking beer. All that said, it's missing something. It's simply not juicy enough - not hoppy enough - not unfiltered enough. I like big hoppy, juicy, dank IPAs, and Blind Pig drinks a lot more like a session pale ale.

Blind Pig is a classic, and it's a good beer, but it's getting a little long in the tooth. I wouldn't go out of my way to find it again, but I'd happily drink a few on tap if it was available. My wife loved it, so ymmv.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: clear golden yellow. Medium white head

S: pine. Resin citrus juice. Malt sweetness.

T: resin. Citrus pith. Bitter pine.

F: clean and crisp. Great balance and palate coating

O: super solid IPA Could drink all day

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Orthodoxkardia for this one.

510mL bottle. Pours a translucent light amber color with a thin layer of head. Lots of lacing.The aroma is grapefruit, orange, mango and pine. The taste is more of the piney hops with some grapefruit and citrus notes. Bitter but with a nice amount of malt flavor. Some more pine and a hint of floral notes towards the end. Grapefruit and orange finish. Very drinkable. Light mouthfeel. Overall, outstanding IPa.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,689 ratings.
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