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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Photo of aquabears
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Amber color, not much head. Smell is slightly alcoholic and earthy. Taste is earthy and bitter and delicious. Body is more light than medium, mild to moderate carbonation. This is good stuff.

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Photo of tylerprince
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver.

A: Clear amber with a one-finger, white, pillowy head. Good retention and some of the best lacing I've seen.

S: Smells very much like its big brother (Pliny the Elder), but more balanced. A combination of floral/citrusy/piny hops is well balanced with a mild malty breadness.

T: Again, tastes like a sweet and malty pliny. Definitely not underhopped for an IPA, though...if anything errs on the side of a double. This IPA is unique in that, while it is excellently balanced, it also provides plenty for West Coast hopheads. Starts all IPA - floral/citrus/pine (quite a bit of the latter) - but finishes crisp, clean, and a tad sweet.

M: Not highly carbonated; this one finishes crisp and clean without relying on CO2.

O: Despite living in Pliny's shadow, this beer is delicious and just as good. It's also a bit cheaper, and a better choice if you're stuck driving.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great extra from a recent trade. Thanks Dan!

Poured a great straw color with plenty of long lasting foamy head. Smell was ok. Not quite as floral as I remembered with previous glasses of this.

Great hoppy taste. Citrus fruits up front. Pine needles on the back end. Very bitter. All hops. Little malt in the background. Mouthfeel was quite oily from the extreme level of hops in this beer.

Quite a drinkable IPA. I could have a few of these in a session for sure.

Reccomended. A great IPA.

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Photo of jbone78
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, boys and girls, this is my 100th review! And I am excited to do it!

A buddy of mine brought me a few of these from Cali, he did good.

As suggested on the label, I poured this bad boy into a mason jar. I like mason jars. Pours nearly golden with a fluffy head. Smells citrusy. I don't smell very well, so all I can pick up is that pine/citrus smell that these beers have. The taste to me is good, but not great. I like the hop character flavors, but it finishes a bit bitter. It's not a ton of bitterness, but not my forte. Overall drinkability is good and I am going to enjoy the rest of my beers.


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Photo of skiking70
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this following Elder on tap, so my ratings may be schewed slightly. Solid IPA, but a tad thin and not as hoppy as I had hoped. It is a good beer in its own right, but there are so many great offerings right now that this beer gets lost in the shuffle.

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Photo of Michael_DaBeers_IV
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very great beer. Was recommended from a worker at Total Wine. Supposedly very rare. I was definitely pleased with my purchase and would buy it again. I prefer Pliny the Elder, but definitely a good choice nonetheless. Definitely recommend you try it if you ever get the chance.

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Photo of johnnieoz
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up @ Hi-Time in Costa Mesa (along with a bottle of Pliney). Bottled on 7/22/08 in a 500 ml/16.9 oz German-style brown bottle.

A: Hazy golden orange body crowned with a smallish white head that has considerable staying power.

S: Conifer and citrus. Pine and grapefruit. Hop oils. To the max.

T: Starts off with some malt sweetness that promptly yields to glorious hoppiness. Extremely refreshing and as balanced as an IPA can be.

M: Feels a little light and the carbonation is a bit lacking. Still the hop oils break on through to the other side...the lingering aftertaste is very pleasant.

D: Most quaffable indeed.

Never had this on tap, but sorely need to seek it out now.

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Photo of rmalinowski4
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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 HeroJH
3.48/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Be in the mood for bitter on this one. It just calls itself an IPA without any IBU rating, so otherwise you might not know. Which brings up the point that maybe this should be classified as something else, or that we need a new name for these really bitter American IPA's. I would guess it's a double IPA, but perhaps it didn't have the higher Original gravity. Anyways, it's a good beer, though I like their Pliney the Elder much better as that has more of the flavor of hops and not just mostly bitterness.

A - Medium gold, great head retention and lacing. Bits 'o stuff floating around in mine.

S - Hops, clean

T - Quite bitter up front. But along with the smell some mild flavor fills it out a bit. Must let it warm up a touch though.

M - Clean, very bitter

D - well, if you're in the mood for a real heavy and constant bitterness this would do ok.

It's funny that if you were to make beer, this taste could be the result of messing up your bittering hops by adding too many or letting the boil run long, but if you do it on purpose people love it.

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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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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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