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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 marksto
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sought out (along with other RR offerings) at GABF due to the well deserved reputation and ratings from this brewery.

BP IPA pours golden in color and clear with a thick, white, long lasting head. Has strong, spicy hops in the nose along with complex fruit and esters - very nice. Flavor is all about the hops and shows great hop complexity. Spicy, tangy, bitter and flavorful; with solid malt and fruit elements to back it up. An excellent beer, among the best of the great American IPA's, definitely worth seeking.

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Photo of dakid618
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle received in trade from desaparecido(thanks Edgar!) Poured into pint glass. Pours a deep golden straw color with an inch of soapy white head. Smell is citrus hops. Taste is citrus and pine upfront and biscuitlike maltiness in the end. Super dry mouthfeel drier than any IPA I've ever had. Great drinkability. My first beer from Russian River and I'm very impressed.

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Photo of ballz50401
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle (bottled 7/21/10) into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a egg white head. Head doesn't last long and fades to moon craters along one side of my glass. Head stays strong when swirled.

Smell: Mostly grapefruit with a little pine resin and citrus. A touch of sweet malts in the back when warmed up.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Big hop taste. Grapefruit all the way here. A little spice and pale malt sweetness try to balance things out a bit, but it's all about the hops. Mouthfeel is creamy and has a nice fullness to it. Finishes with a dry, soft bitternes.

Drinkibility: This is a very nice IPA. Not difficult to down this bottle. More about the hops than the malts which fits the West Coast style. Wish I could've tryed a little fresher bottle.

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Photo of Roke87
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle, chilled and poured into a Duvel tulip
bottled on date: 07/01/11

Appearance- Pours a golden copper colour with two+ fingers of bubbly white head that takes forever and dissipate to a nice thick ring around the glass and an equally nice bubbly head that never really goes away, leaving amazing lacing throughout till finish.

Smell- The aromas are very similar to its cousin pliny, lots of pine and resin aromas going on in the nose with lots of earthy hop aromas going on as well, and some citrus grapefruit smells in there.

Taste- Again very similar to its cousin pliny, although I don’t think as complex or as well balanced for that matter, just like the aromas there are lots of resin and pine flavours coming through, mixed with a more floral hop flavour on the palate, with that usual citrusy grapefruit flavour in there as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied IPA, this is a very smooth and crisp beer, a little bitter at the start but somewhat mellows out as you sip on it a little more, nice refreshing beer on a warm summers night.

Overall- I know I probably shouldn’t be comparing this to a pliny, but it being from the same brewery I don’t really know what else to compare it to. Definitely not in the same league as a pliny but definitely does come close, a little more bitter and more resin and pine flavours coming through and not as well balanced as its cousin I found. It does hit every typical IPA note but that’s what separates this from its big cousin the pliny, whereas the latter has such a nice balance and some added unexpected flavours, this one just comes through with the typical IPA flavours, and punches you in the taste buds with them, very bitter beer all the way till finish. Very happy I got the chance to try this though and I would definitely drink this one again in a heartbeat!

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Photo of skillerified
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very light golden in color. Lots of creamy, foamy white head.

As others have mentioned, runs gamut of hoppy notes: pine, citrus, flower, fruit. Nothing amazing stands out, but if you like the hopcentric brews, this is good stuff.

Again, a pretty well balanced hop based flavor. Little to speak of on the malt side, but I'd guess that's by design. Good, but maybe a little too generic of an IPA taste.

Not too bitter. Quite drinkable. Very smooth mouthfeel. Could be a nice gateway IPA up to the bigger stuff.

Given the right circumstances, this could be a good old standby sort of thing. A beer that's not so bitter as to turn off less IPA favorable friends. Should mix good with grilled foods and BBQ'd meats. But, I have to say that it's not that hop monster you might be looking for either. That's okay by me, but it depends on what you might be looking for in a brew.

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Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a light amber color with a decent head that left a web of lacing down the glass.

The smell was a sweet, crisp pine with hints of floral and citrus hops.

The taste followed the smell but with a greater emphasis on pine than citrus and floral. It was slightly bitter with a dry finish.

Well carbonated although dry on the finish. It was not resiny like I would have expected from a RR IPA.

I could drink many of these and probably would if more readily available in Seattle.

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Photo of Phillyduke
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 375 ml with a bottling date of 07/09/08 served into a Sam Adams glass. Thanks to session1979 for sending this along as an extra! Beer is slightly hazy with a pale golden color and a 1+ finger head of off-white foam. Great retention that eventually settles to a thin, rocky surface layer. Fine & sticky lacing clings down the entire length of the glass as I drink. Little active carbonation noticeable.

S: Hops, hops, & more hops. Hugh pine and floral aromas prepare me for the bitterness to follow. Not so much in the way of citrus, but a nice, bready malt base asserts itself as the beer warms.

T: The bittering hops are definitely the king here, but the balance between them and the pale malt base is exceptional. Great piney bitterness mixed with a doughy, yeasty malt is the dominant taste. Bitter finish lingers on the palate for awhile, but never becomes overpowering.

M: Medium-bodied with a crisp, tingly mouthfeel. A bit thin compared to some bigger DIPAs (which this could certainly hold its own against), but very appropriate for the style.

D/O: Overall the balance is what makes this IPA a standout in the category. Neither the malt bill nor hop profile are overly complex or layered, but both are blended together superbly to create a beer that is tasty, very hoppy, and extremely drinkable. With its reputation it's tough not to compare it against other HTF DIPAs, but this one does just about everything right for an IPA.

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Photo of ironlung
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this on tap @ hollingsheads in Orange back in early August. I'd never herd of it but the tap handle looked cool and it said ipa. I speak that language! I loved the stuff. Kenny always has something worth checking out. So get down there if your in the area! This Review is from a bottle i got at Coit Liquor on Union St. in the city.

A: Hazy Amber. Pours with a nice head into mom's 1984 Oktoberfest Big Bear lake mug. Guess I was 3 when we attended that 1 lol.

S: Musty onion is that amarillo?

T: Hopped to perfection in my book(wich is hard) but still so totally drinkable. HARD to accomplish, top notch Vinny!!

M: Crisp, snappy. Perfect carbonation. Nothing about this beer is overbaring.

D: Very high. A great all-night beer if you have the $!

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Photo of drink1121
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mauerhan for this one.

A- Straw colored with light head. Slight retention.

S- Good hops up front, which is what I was looking for. Melon, apricot hops, not too much citrus. Very easy smelling hops.

T- Hops up front with light malt, very light malt. Slight bitterness at the end. Wow, this was good.

M- A little light, watery almost.

D- I could have a bunch of these. Great taste with lower abv%. Great beer.

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Photo of sarahspat
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks again, raoulduke37!

Pours cloudy peachy light orange color with a sizable fluffy off-white head; lacing is considerable.

Great aromas happening here: citrus... candied white grapefruit and candied pineapple, fresh pear, pine in the background. This brew has an amazing nose. Makes my mouth water.

The taste 100% lives up to the smell; everything I appreciate in the smell shows up again in the taste. Delish! Candied tropical fruits flourish in the perfect amount of bitterness to make this IPA really work.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, but the carbonation is great. Blind Pig is a very well-crafted IPA. It doesn't get much better than this. It's like a better version of Two Hearted, which is still a very good beer. Couldn't be more drinkable if it tried.

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Photo of halfP1NT
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to t0rin0 for this one.

This beer pours a hazy, golden amber with a dense, fat white head that leaves behind a thick, chunky ring of lacing.

The smell on this one is amazingly mouth watering. Earthy citrus hops with orange and grapefruit are abundant. Floral with a touch of sugar. There's also an undertone of biscuity malts.

The taste mirrors the smell. Citrus hops coat the mouth and leave a slightly oily, drying aftertaste. Nice malt backbone, well balanced but thoroughly hopped. This beer is a great example of what I like in an IPA.

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Photo of Keith238
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a standard pint glass (2 pours).

Thick white head dissipated slowly into tight lacing. Beer itself was a honey/orange color. Very strong citrus aroma of pineapple and tangerines. Great pine flavor that was not as pronounced in the smell. Slightly astringent but not harsh and very refreshing. Looking forward to the next one!

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Photo of airohead2001
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to glazeman for this one. Bottled on 6/7/10 - nice and fresh.

A - Beautiful looking IPA - hazy copper with a one finger head with nice retention and decent legs. Looked very similar to Pliny the Elder.

S - Citrus hops up front, followed by piney hops. The best part of the aroma was the sweet malt backbone that followed the scent of the tropical fruit and piney hops.

T - Outstanding. In my opinion, this one is better than Pliny the Elder. The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the malt backbone in the finish is slightly less pronounced in the taste than it is in the aroma. The hop layers in Blind Pig are out of this world - oranges, tangerines, mango, and lemons followed by intense Christmas trees. Just wonderful.

M - Pretty good. A bit under-carbonated for a regular IPA, but still a great mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. As this one warmed up a bit, the layers of hops became even more pronounced and kept me wanting more. One bottle is surely not enough.

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Photo of jpaltan
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

straw yellow with a thick head that leaves a thick trail of bubbles down the side. the nose on this beer is outstanding. Smells of grapefruit, very citrusy, some malt in the background, maybe some bready notes too. Taste is rather perfumey. very floral, quite bitter towards the end to balance it out a bit. strong residual bitterness on the tongue. some grapefruit in the taste as well. mouthfeel is nicely carbonated to help wisk away some of the floralness. beer is rather sticky in the finish which coats the tongue in bitterness. drinkability is relatively high.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.09/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

So, I am sure many of you will disagree with me on this, but personally, I did not enjoy this beer. Though, I can understand why so many people enjoy it.

I never understood why smell was a category in these rating, but this beer is why! I have never smelled a drink that had such a great aroma. It has a very strong floral scent that I find refreshing.

The problem (for me) is that it has such an unpleasant bitterness to it that I couldn't enjoy it. I was quite disappointed, but as I said, I can understand why others enjoy it.

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Photo of aglose45
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to alexd3891 for a bottle of this one. He is very generous and is truly a great BA.

A: Straw-colored, a little bit hazy, and had a nice, thick, off-white head. Left nice lacing on the glass as I moved through the beer.

S: Pineapple and sweet grapefruit up front, with some other tropical fruits mixed in. My next comment could be because this is a Russian River brew, but this may smell a bit like PtY..? As the beer warms I am getting some piney hops as well.

T: The beer tastes just as the nose suggests, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, other tropical fruits and a bit of pine, this is phenominal! As the beer goes down, it leaves the mouth with a nice bitter finish. Also, there is a very minimal malty-backbone, which is excellent to me.

M: Light bodied, with some resinous and oiliness left in the mouth post swallow. Amazing carbonation for the style.

D: This beer has an amazing flavor, great mouth-feel, and a great smell. This beer has move into my top 3 favorite beers. Highly recommended!

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Photo of fourplayed
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mildly hazy light amber with thin white head, leaves some lacing.

Smells of Sweet fruits and citrus, oranges, pineapples, grapefruits, some pine...I could sit and smell this all night.

Tastes first of biting earthy hops, then the citrus, grapefruit and pineapple come through. Just enough malts to smooth and balance..nice.

A medium body with medium carbonation that's soft and fuzzy, nice & sticky with medium hop bite and dry finish. mild alcohol warmth.

Another excellent Hoppy brew from RR. Any hop head should love this.

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

Poured from a 500mL bottle (dated 7-22-08) into a pint glass.

A: Clear and golden with a decent sized white head. Next time I'll pour a bit harder in hopes of a better head.

S: Knock your socks off piney and floral hops. Even better than Elder!

T: Malty for a moment until the hops hit, and hit hard! Pine, fruity and floral. Very complex for an IPA.

MF: Medium bodied and crisp. Absolutely excellent example of the style!

D: I could drink this all day long! So harshly hoppy I can't really call it perfect, but close.

One of my favorite IPAs, beaten only by Younger and Alesmith's offering. Get your hands on it if you can get it fresh!

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Photo of imagineiii
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with Gilgarp. Thanks again for the chance to try another BA legend.

Poured into an imperial pint glass. pale amber, almost golden. great clarity. full inch of head, great retention.

smells of subdued pine and grass.

bitterness is underwhelming. bottle is dated nov 08, maybe a little past its prime. like the pliny the elder, i love the carbonation. its low which allows for more subtle flavors.

very drinkable. at 6% its almost sessionable. under carbonation combined with fading hops doesnt ruin the palate at all.

Great brew, but Id like to try it fresh. These RR bottles have such serious disclamers about how much better this beer is when fresh, id like to try as soon as possible.

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Photo of mkotsayfan
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clearish copper color with a finger of head. A great aroma of grapefruits/floral aromas along with the piney hops. The taste blasts you with the piney hops at the front, then the floral notes come through and it all balances nicely with the malts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little less carbonation than I expected. Very smooth and refreshing.

Overall a very good IPA from Russian River, and highly drinkable at 6.1% ABV.

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Photo of leif86
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear yellow/golden brew. Nice, full bodied and frothy head - very thick and lasts a while. Leaves great lacing.

S: Mmmm... fresh hop smell - some pine and citrus.

T: Hops are great here - a little piney, a little tangerine, and very refreshing. A little alcohol flavor up front and a little sweet. The bitterness stays with you for a while.

M: Pretty perfect carbonation. Slightly sticky

D: This is what more IPAs need to be. Please and thanks to have some more.

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Photo of beersheppard
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: deep golden color, white head lingers on and on, with each sip lacing leaves a tiger stripe on the glass. Picturesque!

Smell: punch in the face hop aroma, citrus, and pine.

Taste: big, big, big hop taste. Citrus, grapefruit some orange, and also some pine. Flavors are deep.

Mouthfeel: substantial coating.

Drinkability: if I could get my hands on this regularly I would be drinking it all the time. I liked this better than the elder. Yeah, I said it.

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Russian River Brewpub in Santa Rosa CA (from notes)

Slightly darker amber color than their Pliny the Elder. Piney and fresh. I don't know what Russian River does but their Pliny and Blind Pig IPA's just taste so different from other IPA's.

Incredible initial aroma, not as thick as I prefer an IPA to be but that's about the only complaint. Incredibly drinkable and refreshing.

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

Clear golden pour with an almost ideal head, looks beautiful as it slowly reduces to a nice lacey skin with clumps of froth on the surface and around the rim. Noseful of hoppy goodness.

Very hoppy, very bitter, yet much more drinkable than the over-the-top IPAs. It rides that edge, and even pushes it, but still I can drink a few of these, and I can't say that about a lot of the hop heavy brews.

Paired with a dry Jersey jack from Spring Hill farms in Petaluma. Pretty tasty combo.

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Photo of futura123
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to a pint glass

A : honey amber golden with a thick white head with excellent lacing

S :The smell is subtle with hints of orange peel, pine along with a mild, pleasant sweet malt note.

T : There is an incredible sweet, malt note here that is a perfect balance to the light hops. There's some very distinct, clean hops notes in this IPA but by not being overpowering it actually make the end note linger in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: light- medium body with good carbonation.

This is an excellent IPA that gets overlook because of the big brother PtE. The orange notes of Blind Pig is more prominent than citrusy of PtE. This beer becomes rare and rarer to find since most people go for PtE since they are the same price range. IMO, Blind Pig holds it own ground and I have to drive a little further each time to make sure get some Pigs together with PtE. Thanks Vinnie for such a wonderful concoction.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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