Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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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Ratings: 5,780 |  Reviews: 1,449
Photo of mpenske
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 WheelsPSU
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I stopped by Russian River last weekend while I was out in the Sonoma valley for a wedding. During the 45 minute wait, I decided to get a Blind Pig and Pliny.

Blind Pig was very unassuming looking actually. Kind of like a standard looking IPA. a basic pale gold tint and a bit sticky looking. Not much lace. I guess I was expecting the second coming after hyping my trip to Russian River so much.

Then the aroma hits. Its just fresh hops right to your nose. Very good. Extreme amounts of grapefruit and grass in the nose. Even a bit of something flowery. The best part of the beer.

The taste did not live up to the nose but it was still really good. Again, fresh west coast hops with strong citrus bitterness. The hops linger and are a bit dry.

This beer was great in the nose and the first few sips of the beer. Then it became cloying and dried my tongue out. Pretty decent overall, but I couldn't have a second. That being said, for a thin big hopped IPA, it was quite satisfying. That nose was great and drinking it extremely fresh on tap at RR made it that much better

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Photo of Washuffizi98
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of carteravebrew
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of cfrances33
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly (6/22/12). Served in a shaker.

Pour: Golden orange with minimal cloudiness. Finger of fluffy white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus nose. Not much malt to be found, maybe a little towards the bottom and it warmed up.

Taste: Citrus at first, followed by pine in the middle, and a bready, light caramel malt at the end.

Mouthfeel: Hops are juicy, but overall pretty light and dry. Very drinkable.

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Photo of pknyc
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Brolo75
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a honey orange with a bright white creamy full head, lots of lacing, good amount of carbonation, beer is clear, looks solid.

A: Garlic, onion, guayaba, hints of freshly crushed pine needles, slight citrus peel, very aromatic.

T: More citrus forward on the taste, grapefruit zest, pine needles, guayaba, hit of citrus and resin like bitterness in the middle, finish is dry with citrus peel and zest lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O: Very tasty, like a subtle Pliny the Elder, very drinkable, very enjoyable, good balance of citrus and pine notes, dry finish, a world class IPA.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.66/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into RR Pint Glass

A: 2-3 finger head, clear light orange color, decent lacing

S: Maybe there is something wrong with my nose these days!! I can't smell much from any of the beers I reviewed past few days!!! I smell little pine, citrus, grapefruit - typical Westcoast IPA, but relatively weak on this one. Not impressed.

T: All hops - very little malt, imo. It has a very short-lived taste. It doesn't linger on and on like Pliny does. It's not bad. Hop character is very similar to Pliny, but the taste fades much quicker. Pine, Citrus, Grapefruit. Not as oil as Pliny.

M: Light body, but low amount of carbonation (wish it had a bit more).

O: I think I am having this beer a bit too warm, but I wasn't super impressed - although it's a good beer. Zombie Dust, Red Racer IPA, Odell IPA are all much better than this brew.

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Photo of ttylicki
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of parris
3.67/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

S - Earthy, grapefruity when it sits, some fruity notes right after pouring or swirling... Peaches possibly?

A - Golden with a white head, it actually looks like an American light lager

T - Pine, grapefruit, metal up front, then pine, then bitter.

M - Low medium body, somewhat bitter-puckery

O - Damn good all around, very standard IPA, but not incredibly exciting.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw colored gold in color. About half a inch of head develops on the pour. Smell is very citrusy and juicy. Wonderful. Taste is even more citrusy and juicy hops than appear in the nose. Light, bitter, but exploding with juciness. I love this. It's an overused expression, but, I could drink this all day long and never tire of it. I might even go out on a limb and say that I'm enjoying this more then the PtE. Would love to have this around regularly.
Many thanks to golubj for sending me this bottle.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice big head with excellent retention with a cloudy orange color.

Huge grapefruit flavor, citrusy, resiny, a bunch of hop varieties seem to be used in this one.

Taste is of a huge hop profile. Grapefruit, resiny, citrusy, spiciness comes through. Malt backbone only provides body and balance for the beer.

The mouthfeel is crisp and dry. It maintains a slight amount of astringency.

Go drink this beer, stop reading my review.

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Photo of Phillyz
5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Lots of citrusy (grapefruit), slight pine and resin, coupled with a moderate malt sweetness.

A: Golden color, clear, with an ample white dense white head with solid retention. Ample lacing left in the glass.

T: Citrusy, slightly piney/resiny hop flavor, with ample clean malt support, lightly sweet, with a moderately light hop bitterness. The beer is super crisp and has a dry finish.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Super tasty; the beer has a great hop profile in the aroma and flavor. The hop additions, coupled with the beer’s crispness and clean malt character make this a super easy beer to drink!

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of doucmehu
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of TonyTalon
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Shandycan
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Eddiehop
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BRYeleJR
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of indiapaleale
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright peachy golden with two inches of nice thick, white, fluffy head. Great pour, very similar to PTE.

Smell is fresh citrusy hop-goodness. Its also got a bit a fresh cut grassy sort of smell but overall its lots of grapefruit and fresh west coast hops. Nice and piney.

Taste is a quick bitter smack to your senses that is followed by a bit of malt sweetness but not as much balance as PTE. Its definitely a good IPA but it lacks the balance of some of the bigger combatants. If you are a fan of hop bitterness and tongue drying IBUs this is the one for you.

Its not that I don't like it, cuz I do. I just was expecting a little more balance which would have made it incredible.

Definitely worth a shot but I wish I'd brought back two Pliny the Elders instead of one of each.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96% out of 100 with 5,780 ratings
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