Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
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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:
5,749
Reviews:
1,445
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
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Ratings: 5,749 |  Reviews: 1,445
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks you Taliskar for the latest growler, which by itself is a work of art replicating a Russian River bottle. Big foamy head on dark grapefruit body. Floral hops, very pleasant aroma. After 7 days, we drunk this and hardly changed from room temperature and very much liked its smoothness and taste.Understated carbonation. Just as good cool or room temp.
Had a fresh bottle 4 year later, good and smooth though not as amazing as that growler.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Lucky Baldwin's IPA Festival 6/13/09 - ON TAP

Pours nice orange honey color with a white head.

Light grapefruit nose with light resin character.

Medium body and medium balanced. This appears on tap to be a straightforward albeit relatively thin and simple IPA.

The strong citrus/lime character with intense hops found in the bottle was not found this time on tap. Good IPA to start a tasting; over powered, however, by others you may taste at same time.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jaydoc
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy ice tea color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Lacing is excellent on this beer, and it left rings all the way down my glass.

S - The only smells I get from this beer are citrus zest and pine tree from the hops.

T - Huge hops taste but the bitterness wasn't as extreme as I expected. Citrus/pine flavors.

M - Beer has good carbonation with a very crisp taste.

D - This is a very drinkable beer for how hoppy it smelled. It only leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. Great example of this style.

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Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not sure why this one is so hyped up. was dying to try it, finally did, and was rather unimpressed as far as russian river goes. to me, pliny is just such a better beer, more hops, better feel, more alive. this one pales in comparison in almost every respect. same color but maybe a little less sediment and a little less carbonation than the pliny. less resinous nose, although the hops appear to be equally fresh and pungent. citrus notes and pine notes in equal proportion, although this isnt oily at all. bitter finish after a balanced american style pale ale. lighter biscuity malt doesnt overshadow the hops, but the flavors just arent as forward and assertive as the pliny. i know its a different beer entirely, and i shouldnt compare like this, but i couldnt help thinking the whole pint that this was the inferior little brother. good feel, crisp finish, plenty bitter, drinkable as hell, but just not a standout to me. especially since we all know what russian river is capable of. good ipa, not memorable for me. ill try it again in the future though.

Edit: I get it now! Fresh from the tap at the brewery itself, this is one of the best IPAs there is, it's a grapefruit smack in the jaw, and is fantastic. As bright and potent as any beer in the game. Bumping up the score a bit based on that experience, but this doesn't travel or hold up at all in my view. Wow though from the brewery!

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

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well this was a real nice treat. I was out to dinner and saw this one the draft list. I made sure I ordered as many as I could handle in one sitting. The beer poured out as a nice golden color with a brilliant white head on top. The lacing is nice a sticky on this one. The smell of the beer is piney and full of citrusy hop aromas. It smells so refreshing. The taste of the beer is also very nice, hopped up like crazy with a clean malt backbone. The mouthfeel is very sharp and crisp with a strong carbonation to it. Overall this beer was very good, I'm glad I finally finished the trio from Russian River. All were excellent.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: The beer is clear yellowish orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that quickly died down and left delicate lacing on the surface and a thin collar.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grapefruit, pineapple and tangerine in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but has much more pronounced flavors of the hops along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness. The tropical fruits seem a little more.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite flavorful but most impressive is its drinkability. It goes down like a breeze.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After having the beer on tap six months ago, the beer brings back some serious memories. Opening with a crystal clear golden color, great head formation, and equalled retention. Soft but delicate hop flavor and aromatics give a juicy burst of grapefruit, orange zest, perfume, and fresh-cut grasses. Very fresh, inviting, and invigorating. Maltiness is very crisp, clean, and with a cracker-like, delicate caramel taste. Hoppy, but not unnecessarily bitter or bitey. Maltiness gives the beer structure without interfering with sweetness or mouthfeel. It is the opidome of the American IPA style! Sill, I really enjoyed it more on tap.

GABF Weekend '08: Enjoyed at the Falling Rock Tap Room. A side by side comparison of this versus the Pliney the Elder revealed that this beer had much better hop flavor, a preferred balance, and superb drinkability. The beer showcases the hop flavor and aroma beautifully with a delicate, strong balance of fresh grapefruit, orange zest, lemongrass, pine, and a clean resin-ey bitterness. This is all woven into a very malty, but lightly flavored caramel-barley malt base. The body supports the hops and sweetness well and doesn't interfere with the hop flavor at all. Finishes very clean, light, and with a long lingering hop flavor. Bitterness is somewhat light, but lends to great drinkability. Undoubtedly the best balanced IPA out there- maybe the best period.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap (uncommon for Russian River brews) served into N'Ice Chouffe 20cl stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottle date is 09/30/2011. Served refrigerator-cold. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Nice bittering hops over top what seems to be a lightly toasted malt and barley foundation. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Pleasant bittering hops over top a very nicely constructed lightly toasted malt and barley foundation. It's a touch too bitter, but it's nicely built overall, and rather balanced, though its relative simplicity makes this easy to accomplish. I do quite like it.

Mf: Crisp, pleasant, unobtrusive, smooth, and wet. Suits the flavour quite nicely.

Dr: Very drinkable and of nice quality. Thought it's my least favourite style, I'd readily have it again - especially if it were offered on draught. It's not as special as other beers from Russian River, but it's wonderfully hoppy and pleasant. It will satisfy true fans of the style; this is an IPA done right, not the "dump as many hops in as possible and call it good" school of brewing.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy light amber color and a fluffy white head that leaves great lacing

Smell: Citrusy and piney aromatics

Taste: Grapefruit flavors dominate the taste buds with a subtle amount of caramel malt in the background; piney flavors develop, in the middle, and the finish is long and resinous

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very smooth and surprisingly flavorful for a 6% beer; exceedingly drinkable fruity IPA

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Photo of emerge077
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange with good clarity, especially creamy foam on the surface. Slight haze of micro sediment, and some upward streams of lazy bubbles.

Pungent is the keyword for the aroma...super fresh and distinct hop aromas, ranging from grapefruit and candied orange peel, to resiny and floral. With a good swirl there are traces of pale malt and barely perceptible alcohol, but they are buried under the hop onslaught.

Deep, resiny hop flavors, fruity at first, moving into an herbal earthiness, with a dry finish. Pure and extremely balanced. Vague sweetness in the aftertaste from the malt. Very juicy and bitter at the same time. Creamy texture. One bottle isn't enough, i'll have to restrain myself from drinking the rest immediately...

Thanks to Weibull for this one!

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Photo of oline73
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Capone's on Black Friday. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a finger of fluffy white head. The head leaves a ring around the edge of the glass and a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Milder than I expected. Citrus peel hops with a very mild sweetness.

Taste: Much stronger than the smell. Bitter with a good amount of malt to balance things out. The bitterness increases throughout the sip. Citrus peel hops with a bitter and peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: This is just an awesome single IPA The hop profile is wonderful, but there is just enough malt to balance it out. Definitely have it again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and floral hops are clearly dominating with some notes of bitter hops are also clearly identifiable. Taste is also dominated by a complex and well built hop profile which provide a very good and complex mix between some citrus and bitter notes. Malt profile is kept very low in the mix but can still be felt. Full body with great carbonation. Quite a handful though and not your typical session IPA.

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Photo of largadeer
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a pretty unassuming beer; no fancy tap handle, not a lot of hype surrounding it, no extreme ABV. Nonetheless, the more I drink it, the more impressed I am. The nose is fresh and fragrant, full of pine and grapefruit. The taste mirrors the nose, with an exceptionally rich, fresh, piney hop flavor. An underlying caramel sweetness is present, coming through right before the finish, giving it balance. The aftertaste is long, leaving a slight oily bitterness, but without any astringency. Quite possibly the best IPA around.

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