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: 1,439 | Ratings: 5,710
Photo of DaverCS
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a filtered golden color with 1 finger of a well-retained head. Great lacing.

Aroma is a burst of grapefruit pith and citrus. Some underlying pine notes with a nice amount of malt sweetness. A bit of a caramel notes also.

Taste is fantastic... I actually like it better than Pliny. It's more crisp and less sweet. The hops are the star, and the crispness and moderate level of carbonation only elevate the taste more. A very creamy mouthfeel. More grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Good stuff.

Overall, this is a great IPA! I see it pairing well with beer cheese bites. It gets a 93/100.

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Photo of DirtyDawg10
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a nice Amber color with a white frothy head and good lacing. The smell is slightly citrus and tropical with a hint of floral mixed in there. The flavor starts with some citrus and pine and ends with a slight peppery finish. The balance of malt and hops isn't as good as Pliny and mouthfeel is a little lighter than Pliny as well. This is a very good beer but if I had my druthers I would always take the Pliny first.

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

L: Beautiful gold color with a frothy head that slowly dissipates with lacing all over the glass.

S: Pine and earthy hops with a strong floral hop presence. Some toasted grain and honey.

T: Floral and Piney hops, some hints of citrus, and honey and toasted malt. A lighter bitterness, not as bitter as some IPAs.

F: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Russian River nails another awesome beer.

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Photo of Nomdrus
3.51/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good looking color - dull golden. Little on the nose. Low carbonation. Pepper and tobacco on the hops - don't get west coast on this one. May have blasted my pallet on a previous beer.

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Photo of gandres
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint from the brewery
Appearance: Dark bright yellow/orange/golden/medium head/lacing
Aroma: Very fragrant, very nice hoppy aroma
Taste: Full bodied, yet balance
Mouthfeel: creamy
Overall: Excellent beer, very good reason to travel to Santa Rosa(among other reasons, mainly the beers at Russian River.

Drank August 26, 2015

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Photo of Beers-es
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap, looks a lot like Pliny the Elder: pale gold and pretty clear, with a finger or so of bright white head that leaves tons of lacing. Smells like pine and grapefruit, and tastes the same. Feel is medium. Overall, this is just a killer IPA. I had it alongside Pliny, and thought this would be a dialed-down version of the Elder. However, it was kind of the opposite: where Pliny seemed muted and restrained, this one was bursting with hop flavor. Terrific stuff!

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Photo of mkh012
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rusty amber/orange with a thin white head. Orange, grapefruit, and pine on the nose. Slight caramel from the malt presence as well.

A very balanced IPA. Starts with medium bitterness but tapers nicely into soft, candied orange. Mouthfeel is medium for an IPA. A bit resinous and sticky. This one grew on me. About halfway through the pint, its smoothness became apparent.

My favorite IPAs tend to be a bit heavier on the tropical fruity notes (e.g. Tired Hands Alien Church), but for a classic West Coast IPA, this is very good.

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Photo of rpjterp
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Depending on your preference or for me, which type of beer I am looking for at the moment, I would put this equal to PtElder. If you have a chance try both Pliny and Blind Pig before buying your case, probably want to go 50/50 (or buy a case of each).

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just an outstanding classic west coast style IPA. Tons of pine and citrus in flavor and aroma, and super easy to drink. Put me with the group that prefers over PtE. Cheers!

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Photo of Bill-Brasky
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lot's of citrus on the nose and back end. Pretty damn good...looking forward to trying more from these guys. Round mouthfeel with decent amount of carbonation.

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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 silverblaze540
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - A huge very thick head that holds well for over a minute. Clear light amber color with only minimal bubbles.

S - Light pine, citrus, and some pear. Hints of tropical fruits.

T - Some bitterness that holds for 15 seconds. Alcohol is barely detectable. Flavors are not very strong.

M - Carbonation is minimal. Pretty thick for an IPA (medium overall) with a bit of tongue coating.

O - Looks great, smells great, taste is good, but flavors could be stronger.

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Photo of Jbagel1
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I feel like I am giving the blind pig a low score. Its a very good IPA and I always get one when I'm at the brewery but, after having one next to other notable IPAs Im gonna have to say theres other beers i would get before this. Theres nothing wrong with the blind pig big, its a got a great orange/light look to it. Looks like a lot of other IPA's out there. I think I would have given this beer a better score if it didn't have deep bitter taste as the other IPAs i was having that day. (Bells two hearted) I still love this beer and would know doubt get it if i saw it on tap

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Photo of DerelictPI
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Like a pilsner with a hint of orange tint"
Smell - Pine, earth, citrus rind
Taste - Follows the nose. Crisp, citrus bitterness, dry, some pine and enough malt to "balance" it out
Feel - Crisp and bubbly
Overall - A beer IPA fans should try!

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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 Livermoron
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Haven't had it in ages so I'll have to do a second review later,

It's incredibly good, I have friends who prefer this over The Elder. It truly is world-class, now it just has to be made more available!

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - A nice looking bright golden type color. Clear in appearance
Smell - Citrus, grapefruit, orange, floral
Taste - Follows the nose. A lot of citrus, sweet floral notes, grapefruit, some orange peel

Overall - Another great beer by Russian River. This doesn't hold a candle to Pliny though in my opinion.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion, this does not fall far behind PtE, and I'd consider this a great substitute if you're having trouble locating any Pliny. It's got that great west coast bitterness, loaded with hop aroma and taste, tropical fruit essence, and a dank mouthfeel.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk's in Philly. Pint glass arrives with a half finger of foam. Clear orange color. Aroma is awesome with grapefruit, orange, pineapple dominating.

Flavor is an explosion of hoppy goodness. Tons of citrus hops and there is just enough malty sweetness to barely balance things. Bitterness is moderate and very smooth. I'd describe more but hard to review on phone. Suffice to say, hype is deserved.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 510ml bottle into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a pale amber bordering on golden with a nick inch thick frothy head.

Definite honey to like ready french toast sweetness on the nose. Citrus is also present so like an orange zest french toast. A nice herbal bitterness also present.

Taste dry sweet biscuity malt with a balanced citrus peel bitterness.

So easy to drink I wish this was more readily available.

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

Pint bottle. Clean bright golden orange, thin white head. Citrus peel n pine aroma. Front end taste is citrus with clean malt sweetness. The back end bitterness is the dominant flavor though, grapefruit peel and piney resin. Silky soft mouthfeel. Delicious bitter IPA.

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Photo of THSmusicman
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk's Cafe.

Look: Like a typical IPA, light yellow with a small amount of head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Super citrusy; tons of grapefruit, mango, pineapple. I smelled a bit of the malts in the background also.

Taste: Wow! I think this is just as good as Pliny! Kind of like Pliny's younger brother. The hops used in this are super citrusy but there is hardly any bitterness! An amazing feat for such a flavorful IPA.

Feel: Has a very smooth mouthfeel for an IPA, drinks very well.

Overall: This beer is incredible! Russian River never disappoints. Wish this beer was on tap more often but it's an amazing treat. I highly recommend this one!

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Photo of dd43
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quintessential resiny bitter west coast IPA. Filtered to be perfectly translucent, fairly rich in color with some amber highlights. Pine and citrus peel on the nose, flavors are somewhat dank and a good bit of caramel malt. The alpha acids came through in the finished beer in a big way. For a 6%ish IPA you will get your money's worth of IBUs here. West coast IPA fans will be in love.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.29/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Allegedly, this is the little brother of PtE, yet it falls short. It's not bad by any stretch, yet it's not on the level of many IPAs that are more readily accessible. I'm not a fan of clear beers that leave minimal lacing, so my score reflects it. Hints, and I mean hints, of citrus in the nose are overwhelmed by grass and distant pine. The taste offers faint orange peel and forest sap. Some lingering soapiness on the back end. Seriously, this just isn't as balanced as I would prefer, nor is there an overwhelming aspect of it that raises it above any of its flaws. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but not something I would grab were it readily available.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,710 ratings.
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