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Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
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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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Added by RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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 csustar001
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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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4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on 1/19/16 and reviewed from notes. Served out of a brown 500 mL bottle with a bottling date of 12/10/15. Poured into the IPA-specific glass from Speigelau.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a translucent amber-red hue with darker crimson colors where the foam cloaks the liquid in shadow and brighter, more golden tones down near the bottom of the glass. Just the slightest bit of haze. Crowning the beverage is a towering three and a half fingers of beige head consisting if tight carbonation bubbles, giving it a creamy look. Retention is excellent and it leaves sticky lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Smell (4.25) - A quintessential "West Coast IPA", with big notes of citrus and grapefruit dominating the aroma. A healthy amount of bitterness, but bright and invigorating, waking up the senses. Some light sweetness as well, but fleeting--just enough to keep that delicious citrus zest bitterness in check. As it begins to warm, there is a little more presence from the alcohol and some pine resin as well.

Taste (4.25) - Not a whole lot different to report here from the aroma. The star players are the citrus zests and bitterness, with plenty of pink grapefruit pith and just a subtle hint of the sweeter character of orange peel. Malt is more present and less sweet than it was on the aroma, providing a delicious toasted rye undercurrent to the citrus and pine.

Feel (4.25) - Medium-to-light in body--just enough to give it some heft, but still remain fairly refreshing and drinkable. Carbonation is moderate to high and the finish is mostly dry.

Overall (4.25), an IPA that is well in balance and allows the drinker to really get a lot of mileage out of the experience. It's not a fruit bomb or a crazy bitter, and it allows the grains to make their presence felt without overpowering. I would drink this all the time if it were easy to get here in the Mitten.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle (bottled on 7/23/08) into a pint glass. It was a hazy golden color with a tinge of orange and tons of tiny yeast bits floating around. It had a carb fountain in the center and great lacing. It had a finger and a half of white head that slowly, slowly dissipated into a thick foam that was constantly fed by the carb. The bottle strongly encourages you to drink fresh and not let age. I checked a couple places and this was the freshest I could find in Denver during my trip so hopefully still a good example.

The aroma was excellent. Classic IPA aroma with strong citric and floral hops. Good balance as they were not too overpowering. Did open up the sinuses after a couple deep whiffs. The taste was also classic IPA. Starts out smooth with a really pleasing taste and then right at the end you get the hop hit. Again, well balanced and stays shy of a hop bomb which makes this one very drinkable. Not a session beer but I can definitely drink a whole one and still have use of my tongue at the end unlike some the hop bomb tongue shredders. Mouthfeel excellent with clean start, hop bite and then quick reset.

Overall, an excellent beer that I'm glad I finally got to try. Well worth the hype. Another great one from RRBC which is quickly becoming one of my favorite brewers. Highly recommend and it's worth the effort to get.

Earned a permanent spot on my wants list.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Ladyface Alehouse. Can’t believe it’s my first time trying this.

Pours an orange gold, two finger head of creamy foam, heavy lace clinging to the glass.

Like Pliny, this IPA is very balanced. Hop presence, citrus, and floral qualities all see better than the pig as they climb through your nostrils. Very balanced.

A milder beer than Pliny, but still packs a nice bitterness at 6%. Not as much citrus as on the nose, but you get so much nice floral, malty notes to compliment the bold hops.

Crisp and clean. Very drinkable, and a solid flagship IPA from RR.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 5,802 ratings
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