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 sitarist
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden honey color with faint hues of orange. Some sediment. There is about two fingers of loose white head that fall to a 1/8" with a nice amount of lacing.

Smells of oranges, tangerines, mango, papaya, pine, and love. Cannabaceae at its best. All this and the bottle Im drinking is over a month old; I cant wait to try a fresher one.

Lots of citrus flavors as well. Grapefruit and orange rind lead the way as tangerine and tropical fruits follow. A bit of a peppery bite on my tongue.

This is a lighter bodied IPA with the right amount of carbonation. It is a bit sticky. It leaves my tongue slightly numb.

This is as drinkable as any fine Lager. Lots of flavor but its still refreshing. This is one fine beer that is nicely balanced, almost perfect. I dont know where they get there water and hops at Russian River but this and their PTE are just amazing.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 6 Jan; consumed on 28 Jan. Thanks to FosterJM for the bottle. Cheers!

Crystal bright, light orange color with a small white head and very light lacing.

Light orange and melon aroma that increases as the beer warms. Tropical fuit flavor with a touch of pine.

Good mouthfeel with a crispness that is not present in many American IPA's. Elegant and refined.

A nice lighter, easier drinking example of the style.

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Photo of dabear85
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maltlikker
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of GrantBrennan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Apex bar.

A: Bright orange with a lazy eggshell colored head. Slides off the glass.

N: Loads of hoppy goodness. Grapefruit, pineapple, spruce. Very tropical. Some light sweetness. It's tempered and inviting.

M: Very dry. Does a number on the palate.

O: An excellent all-around IPA. As with Pliny the Elder, it never overextends itself, leading to a brew worthy of drinking time and again.

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Photo of StubFaceJoe
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of robotiks
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

A- Bright orange, oily looking, mostly clear in the body with very sticky lace and a decent 1/4" head consisting of both micro-bubbles and looser, patchy bubbles. A beautiful beer; that's for sure.

S- Piney, resiny, citrusy. Lots of hop action going on here. The light caramel backbone is quite hidden in the back, but not in a bad way. It does its job as the supporting role to the hops quite well.

T- It's actually good and malty in the front. It is a refreshing, honey-like malt, though, that mixes well with all the citrus (oranges, grapefruit) going on. Midstream, it gets good and bitter; earthy and a tad grassy. Also, a light alcohol taste. This beer's finish is dry.

M- It is actually a lot lighter in the mouth than I had expected. It is somewhat watery, but that is being kind of picky. Carbonation is just right for the style.

D- A very drinkable American IPA. I am interested in trying more of RR's brews because it seems they put their own spin on styles we get use to overtime. I would like to try to get use to this one; fantastic!

Special thanks to jhenry04 for sending me this one in our trade.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 500 mL bottle (dated 03/01/2010) into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Golden amber with a dense creamy white head that slowly died to a good film and collar that had constant bubbles slowly running up the middle.
S: Bright citrus and piney hops with a bready, earthy sweet malt. There is some subtle blackberry and banana characteristics.
T: A strange rustic twang and bitterness, with the hops leafy like spinach. There is a sweet bread backbone and a subtle but lingering resiny hops with very light blackberry flavor.
M: Somewhat syrupy with a frothy carbonation and dry afterfeel.
D: Pretty good for the style.

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Photo of beerhan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DerekQXQX
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Blackop555
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold. Thick, medium, white head fades slowly to a cap.

Smells pine, citrus, malt and light earthiness.

Tastes pine and bready malts, light citrus peel. Finish is dry with a light citrus linger that lasts a while. Very well balanced. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of Dduquette
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Profchaos20
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Flight317
4/5  rDev -7.6%

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

Photo of gpogo
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear pale golden with cloudlike fluffy white head. Very sticky lacing. Head dissipates down to a foamy covering, but still leaves a decent lacing.

A- WOnderful perfumey hop aroma. Lots of citrus smells, very grapefruity.

T- Very hoppy flavor, but not to the point of drinking pure hope juice. Sweet, but with a balanced bitterness. Very smooth flowery hop taste throughout, nothing that is so extreme that I feel my enamel is being eaten. Bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very light and refreshing.

D- Yes. I would choose this beer anyday. It's more of a session beer than a hop bomb like pliny, however I'm not sure that I could enjoy more than one of these at a time. The aroma and flavor are great.

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Photo of hoplover82
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I truly and with full honesty think this beer deserves a perfect score. This India Pale Ale has everything a true hophead would ever want in a beer. My favorite by far, and I've had a lot of IPAs.

It pours a hazy almost clear deep golden color. Has a creamy firm off white medium head that leaves great strong lacing.

The aroma is so pungent and complex with citrus, floral, and a little pine. Every kind of fresh citrus fruits you can imagine. It wofts through the whole bottle, and never fades. You don't even have to swirl the glass to get more hop aroma. It's strong throughout.

The flavor is the same as above. All the hops shine like they are one hop veriety, but they are many. The malt is barely detectable, but it's there of coarse. Just a little hint of sweetness. It has a very smooth and soft bitterness. I was told by a faithful soarse that RR only uses tones of late hop additions no "bittering hops", they must truly use a lot to get 70 IBUs with nothing but late additions.

Very drinkable at 6% abv. You can't detect any booziness. I could have 20 of these... just kidding. I wish I could. :)

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Photo of Ludwigkpa
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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

Look - A nice looking bright golden type color. Clear in appearance
Smell - Citrus, grapefruit, orange, floral
Taste - Follows the nose. A lot of citrus, sweet floral notes, grapefruit, some orange peel

Overall - Another great beer by Russian River. This doesn't hold a candle to Pliny though in my opinion.

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Photo of csmiley
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark gold with hints of copper thrown in. The white head was minimal and didn't stick around for too long. Some lacing remains.

S - Floral / earthy hops dominate. Mostly pine and grass with some forest as well. A small amount of fruitiness comes in at the tail end with grapefruit. No malt aroma to speak of.

T - Taste is impressive. Alot of earthy flavors swirling around here. Pine, tobacco, fresh cut grass and wood, leaves, etc... Easy to pick out the alcohol but it goes well with the hop profile. Malt is really just an afterthought in this beer and does not stand out at all.

M - Medium to light bodied with good carbonation. Very clean and smooth. Finish is more bitter than dry and hangs on for a bit. Very nice.

D - Drinkability is very good. I could easily have a few of these. It goes down very easy and has a very pleasant hop profile that does not get out of hand at any point. Russian River really nailed a solid brew with the Blind Pig. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jesus808
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of jcugafsu
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of gafferjohn
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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