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 EnzymaticHops
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured in a pint glass. Orange, amber color. The nose is extremely dank, but not much interesting going on besides that. Tastes of piney, resiny hops; albeit not too much different than any other dank IPA in my mind. An excellent, chewy accompaniment to my pizza, but nothing to write home about.

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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 patre_tim
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Copper with tons of carbonation, and 3 fingers of sea foam, fluffy, slightly beige head.

Smells of citrusy, piney hops, much like Pliny the Elder. Dank, resinous undertones as well. Smells really like fresh hops. I got a bunch of them today at Nor Cal Brewing in Redding and it reminds me of them.

Oh, the dank strength of this brew, and freshness of the hops! Citra amongst a tonne of other west coast hops, all resinous and bitter, balanced to perfection with a nice malt backbone! Oh, and I can drink so much more knowing its not a double IPA! Heavenly.

Creamy, smooth, slightly resinous but very clean, with creamy, slightly foamy carbonation. Smooth as Guinness.

Bottled Sept 13th, drank Sept 19th, one of the freshest beers I've ever had. Got it at Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, drinking in Davis, near Sacramento. Drinking it from a Pliny the Elder glass at Motel 6.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

At least as good as Pliny, perhaps even better depending on the batch and on your mood. Earthy, and smoother, with some almost woody notes and a little less bitterness. Very balanced and even more drinkable than Pliny, with a lighter personality (as a single IPA).

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Russian River Blind Pig IPA pours a clear golden orange color. The head is a half inch of white foam that folds into a quarter inch of lacing that sticks around. The aroma has a very well balanced hop profile. The piney, citrusy, and floral components all marry well together. There is dank grapefruit, pine resin, pitch, flower pot, blood orange, and more dank grapefruit. This is a remarkably complex aroma. The taste is much drier than the aroma leads on. I think it looses a lot of complexity, because of that. There are some nice citrusy notes of tangerine and blood orange, and a little pine. The nice floral notes present in the aroma don't translate into the flavor. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a thin texture, and appropriate carbonation. Overall, I really love this beer's aroma, but only like the beer as a whole. As a lover of dry IPAs I never thought I would one day find one that was too dry for my tastes, but here we have one. Its lack of body is a real detractor for me.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice golden Amber colored clear beer with a. Nice white head that leaves God lacing
S - big pine, grapefruit, white grapes, oak, citrus zest
T- big pine, oak up front, grapefruit, white grapes, citrus zest, wood
M - light to medium, alcohol covered, aftertaste is pine, oak, grapefruit peel
O - good beer, not better than Pliny although many may say so. More of a top of the line go to daily drinker.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has the usual yellow and light amber appearance, yellow winning the battle and producing a 3/4" white head that is impressive with a good amount of clarity. Aroma drops pine and green. Plenty of aromatic Simcoes, usually a bittering hop right?

Taste brings some non grapefruit citrus and mild tropical notes. Very light cracker toasted toast pale malt. Dry mouthfeel. Light body. Still bursting with hop flavors in the mouthfeel. Carbonation right where it should be. Bitterness held in check, definitely not just a bittering hop recipe. The 500ml format is definitely better than bomber, but a guy can dream about finding this in 6 packs someday. For less than $30. . .

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber in color, foamy, white head with streaky lacing. Mostly clear. The aroma is light citrus and caramel malt. The flavor is citrus, grass, some herbal notes, and malt. This is a well balanced, medium bodied beer with a bit of pine and grapefruit in the aftertaste. Resinous, but smooth. An excellent beer!

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Photo of tlema1
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: clear gold, with a billowing white head, some lacing
A: citrus and pine
T: great balance between citrus and pine hops, just delicious
F; really good mouthfeel for a lighter bodied beer
O: fantastic, wish I had access to this beer!!!

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Photo of avas
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/3. Consumed 8/15.

A: Pours an almost crystal clear pale yellow-gold with a half-finger of off-white head. Sits in the glass a rich amber-orange, pretty transparent.

S: Dank, earthy, herbal hops. Bits of lemon zest and cat piss. Smells archetypically west coast, but aroma doesn't quite 'pop' as much as I wish it did.

T: Very floral with bits of citrus. Flavors of grapefruit, lemon zest, and orange peel. Dank earth and resin come in on the finish and linger on the tongue. Very light crackery malt comes out more as it warms.

M: This may sound contradictory, but it has this weird mouthfeel that is both too thin but also surprisingly creamy. Together, these qualities actually make it incredibly drinkable.. Barely a hint of alcohol and malt backbone. Medium+ bitterness on the finish, but certainly not as overwhelming as what I'd come to expect from the style.

O: My first 'west coast' IPA in a minute after spending the past few months indulging (heavily) in the hazy NE-style juice bombs. Blind Pig is a wonderful change of pace and an nice 'bridge' between the two styles. While it definitely leans heavily toward the west coast style in taste, it is surprisingly smooth while possessing bits of citrus to complement the floral bitterness that dominates both aroma and taste. For the style--which I would not compare to that of many of the most hyped IPAs of today--it is a fine brew, supremely drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
4.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L- Poured a inch of head with lots of carbonation. (Poured from a crowler)
Darker golden color.

S- dank hops, citrus comes to the front of the flavors with floral and resinous flavors. Smells really good.

T- smooth, you get some orange, pine, floral, a slight bitterness on the back of the throat that is completely desired with this great taste going on with this beer.

F- dry finish, lingers over the tongue for about 15 seconds and leaves very smooth.

Great flavors and at 6.2 % it is a desire able beer to go for that won't get you in too much trouble. Definitely an A grade beer. I really don't find anything wrong with this beer. It is perfectly balanced and has every taste I desire in an ipa..

I would compare this to the boneyard rpm by taste.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: burnished bronze, crystal clear, and decent head. A west coast IPA lurks in that glass.

S: get a tropical fruit basket, grapefruit.

T: very floral, a little bit of red berry, and watery red grapefruit.

F: super creamy and light. Easy drinking, with a nice malt balance.

O: a fine beer from Russian River -- easy drinking.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle dated 6/6/16

A vibrant, clear, bright orange gold color. Moderate off white head. Decent retention. Spotty lacing.

Smells distinctively malty. Reminds me of a Lagunitas base a bit. Also some citrus and resiny pine.

There is a very assertive bitterness, and even though it slowly works your taste buds over, it is a very smooth/clean/non harsh bitter. It dances nicely with the sweet grains that are so flavorful they almost take on a lager quality. Great balance. Plenty of very resinous, oily pine and just a bit of lemon rind, grapefruit, and herbal hop flavor.

Body is soft and delicate. Kind of slick. Lower level carbonation.

Overall this is an excellent ipa. A bit one dimensional flavor wise would be the biggest knock, but it also does it really well. The thing that stands out the most is the smoothness and balance of flavors. Just like Pliny. It is a very well made beer.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 6/6/16
Palate Contaminants: none

Appearance is clear, with a light gold color.

Smell is split evenly between malt, lemon zest, and herbs (cilantro and tarragon). It's sweet more than anything, but it's not overbearing.

Although pine resin is definitely there, woody and earthy flavors are mostly in the background. The dominant flavor is white grapefruit, and bitterness stands above any other sensation, but again, it's not overbearing. Grape leaves – and is that cactus jelly? – are in there, too. There is some more dark fruit that I can't quite place... currant?

Feel is pretty smooth, though not quite at the level of Pliny

Another good offering from Russian River (ah, those expectations).

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of DaverCS
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a filtered golden color with 1 finger of a well-retained head. Great lacing.

Aroma is a burst of grapefruit pith and citrus. Some underlying pine notes with a nice amount of malt sweetness. A bit of a caramel notes also.

Taste is fantastic... I actually like it better than Pliny. It's more crisp and less sweet. The hops are the star, and the crispness and moderate level of carbonation only elevate the taste more. A very creamy mouthfeel. More grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Good stuff.

Overall, this is a great IPA! I see it pairing well with beer cheese bites. It gets a 93/100.

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Photo of DirtyDawg10
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a nice Amber color with a white frothy head and good lacing. The smell is slightly citrus and tropical with a hint of floral mixed in there. The flavor starts with some citrus and pine and ends with a slight peppery finish. The balance of malt and hops isn't as good as Pliny and mouthfeel is a little lighter than Pliny as well. This is a very good beer but if I had my druthers I would always take the Pliny first.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Beautiful gold color with a frothy head that slowly dissipates with lacing all over the glass.

S: Pine and earthy hops with a strong floral hop presence. Some toasted grain and honey.

T: Floral and Piney hops, some hints of citrus, and honey and toasted malt. A lighter bitterness, not as bitter as some IPAs.

F: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Russian River nails another awesome beer.

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Photo of Nomdrus
3.51/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good looking color - dull golden. Little on the nose. Low carbonation. Pepper and tobacco on the hops - don't get west coast on this one. May have blasted my pallet on a previous beer.

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Photo of gandres
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint from the brewery
Appearance: Dark bright yellow/orange/golden/medium head/lacing
Aroma: Very fragrant, very nice hoppy aroma
Taste: Full bodied, yet balance
Mouthfeel: creamy
Overall: Excellent beer, very good reason to travel to Santa Rosa(among other reasons, mainly the beers at Russian River.

Drank August 26, 2015

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Photo of Beers-es
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap, looks a lot like Pliny the Elder: pale gold and pretty clear, with a finger or so of bright white head that leaves tons of lacing. Smells like pine and grapefruit, and tastes the same. Feel is medium. Overall, this is just a killer IPA. I had it alongside Pliny, and thought this would be a dialed-down version of the Elder. However, it was kind of the opposite: where Pliny seemed muted and restrained, this one was bursting with hop flavor. Terrific stuff!

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Photo of mkh012
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rusty amber/orange with a thin white head. Orange, grapefruit, and pine on the nose. Slight caramel from the malt presence as well.

A very balanced IPA. Starts with medium bitterness but tapers nicely into soft, candied orange. Mouthfeel is medium for an IPA. A bit resinous and sticky. This one grew on me. About halfway through the pint, its smoothness became apparent.

My favorite IPAs tend to be a bit heavier on the tropical fruity notes (e.g. Tired Hands Alien Church), but for a classic West Coast IPA, this is very good.

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Photo of rpjterp
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Depending on your preference or for me, which type of beer I am looking for at the moment, I would put this equal to PtElder. If you have a chance try both Pliny and Blind Pig before buying your case, probably want to go 50/50 (or buy a case of each).

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just an outstanding classic west coast style IPA. Tons of pine and citrus in flavor and aroma, and super easy to drink. Put me with the group that prefers over PtE. Cheers!

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Photo of Bill-Brasky
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lot's of citrus on the nose and back end. Pretty damn good...looking forward to trying more from these guys. Round mouthfeel with decent amount of carbonation.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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