Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
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4.36/5
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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#315
Reviews:
1,454
Ratings:
5,813
pDev:
8.72%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,899
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Ratings: 5,813 |  Reviews: 1,454
Photo of AdamBear
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-dark transparent honey with a thin white head

S-smells like pine, grapefruit, and salty. good strength

T-comes in with a good crisp taste of grapefruit. goes in to a decent taste of piney hops. the tastes aren't overly powerful but they're nice and crisp. it has a nice after-taste of grapefruit

M-creamy medium carbonation with a nice creamy finish

O-its definitely an amazing IPA. it compares to the Elder, though I think the Elder happens to be slightly more robust, but only by a touch. its very well balanced, near perfect for an IPA.

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Photo of HoppyBastard1
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of nataku00
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a fluted chalice. Vibrant and clear dark orange color, with an initial finger and a half of off white head. Some light carbonation visible through the beer.

Nose is grapefruit and orange peel, with some pineapple/tropical fruit as well. A small hint of fresh pine needles in the background.

Grapefruit dominates initially, bitter and refreshing through the tongue. Some herbal hops mid tongue and into the finish. Bitter, but not tongue numbing bitter, which is nice.

Light bodied IPA, finishes relatively dry with only a small hint of citrus peel lingering. Carbonation is not too aggressive, which helps if you're also eating, but is enough to really cleanse your tongue.

This IPA would be excellent with a good meal, as it doesn't make everything you eat taste bitter, and ABV is low enough that you would retain most of your senses.

An excellent IPA if you can get it, and dare I say it, on par with PtE for flavor.

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Photo of mscudder
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of RyanK252
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Russian River nonic pint glass

A: Pours deep golden yellow with a frothy off white head that hangs around a while and laces well.

S: Citrus and pine hops dominate the nose, with a very light malt sweetness behind.

T: Big citrus hops up front, grapefruit tangerine and a touch of lemon and lime, some pine, with a just enough malt backbone.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, very crisp and drinkable.

O: While it isn't Pliny, it still holds it's own as a very tasty IPA. More than happy to review this one for my 100th on BA.

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Photo of IndyDad
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of HookemHoos
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this straight from the bottle 3 weeks after bottling. Pours orange/golden color with a thick white head. The smell was citrus and very earthy. Taste starts off very clean which turns to hoppy bitterness on the back end. Overall, I consider it a top-notch IPA. I'm not sure it's my favorite IPA, but one that I would definitely have consistently when available.

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Photo of rcjennings
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mc4z
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of sloelco
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of SweetChicken
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of MNBeer1017
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Zetcha7x
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of Ardeer
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of antoines15
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of EuphonicHops
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

510 mL bottle dated 1/11/17. Thanks to DAN THE MAN for getting it for me. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: 3F head, which sets off some hop fade alarms for me. Good retention, sticky lacing, prolonged cap and ring. Beer is a very clear light amber with carbonation bubbles.

S: Fortunately there's still a good amount of citrus and floral notes in the nose, with hints of pine and dankness and some malt.

T: I want to be careful because I've never tasted a fresh bottle or on-tap, but I think it may have faded a bit. It's still got some lemon peel, grapefruit, and pine in it. Malts a little more forward than I would like, but not too much.

F: Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Good drying. Balance and construction well above average.

O: I totally get why RR doesn't want their bottles shipped. This is well above average as is, but should I get a chance to try one on-tap or within 10 days of bottling, I'll be happy to revisit for a look at a superior rating.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle to a pint glass the liquid is light gold with good carbonation. The head is white close to 2 fingers and leaves little lace.

The smell is quite interesting, notes of citrus hops, lemon grass, pine needles, and bitter fruits.

The taste follows and is quite complex, citrus such as grape fruit, orange peal, lime twist, and lemon zest. The malt is a bit light but does not seem to be a major defect in the fesh hop delight. It finishes with a dry earthy tone.

The mouth feel is good, nice carbonation and medium body.

The drinkability is very good it really is a must try and fresh lives up to the hype. Prosit, MK

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Photo of Bnoise11
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WunderLlama
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter

Clear golden yellow, micr carbonation, small thin layer of white foam

Grassy aroma

Taste of pine , resins, bitter but without the bite

Good beer

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Photo of Williaar
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of gcamparone
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a DFH IPA glass. Acquired in a trade from kflah41.. thank you so much man!

Appearance - Pours a every-so-slightly fulvous orange colored body with a thick, frothy, cloudy white head that reduces very slowly and leaves thick lacing. Very nice.

Smell - Sweet and resinous, lots of pine and caramel with hints of tropical fruits and citrus. Caramel, biscuity.

Taste - Upfront, subtle pine and caramel malt, followed by citrus peel and a watery sweet malt flavor. The finish has a resinous hop bite that lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light body, a little light for an IPA.

Overall, a so-so IPA in my opinion. This may have been the pinnacle of IPAs in it's day, but there are far better offerings that outshine it in a heartbeat.

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Photo of KCBeerNerd
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of alpinebryant
3.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Date 12.11.09
Pours a clear light straw color with a small white head. Aroma is over the top great with citrus pine and grapefruit - a very delicious smelling brew. The taste doesnt quite live up to the smell , but I still think this is a good IPA. Mouthfeel on this one is slightly lighter than what I remember of PTE, but not watery.

I like an IPA a litter sweeter than this one - it has a dry finish and an a bitterness that I enjoy with some additional sweetness.

Medium to light carbonation . Drinkability is medium for me

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Photo of nuebs
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 5,813 ratings
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