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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Added by RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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Photo of Brillig
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Quotations

Perfect IPA appearance. Nice golden color with a beautiful fluffy snow-white head that stuck around.

Great piney, citrusy hop taste. Exactly what I look for in a west coast IPA. I compared directly to a Lagunitas, which I've enjoyed in the past, and the Lagunitas didn't hold a candle.

This is an outstanding IPA that I'll keep my eye out for in the future.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mikesgroove for this bottle! An extra in a recent trade.

Pours a golden amber color with about an inch high head of white bubbles. Nice rings of sticky lacing are left to decorate my glass.

Very strong, fresh smell to it. Pine and citrus dominate. There's a nice little hint of a "green" floral hop in there, also. Malts are beaten away and cannot be found...but that's not a bad thing.

The flavor is the liquid version of the smell. Nicely bitter citrus hops followed by the woody pine resin. Slight bit of sweetness tries to achieve a balance along with some toast. This one is dry from start to finish. Tasty treat right here, boys. Tasty treat indeed.

Solid medium body with active bubbles. Aftertaste is very dry and a little bitter and thats how I like 'em. The sheer hop presence alone makes this one a winner in my book, but with the abv being only 6% this climbs to the upper echelon of brews to fulfill my bitter desires. Thanks so much, Mike, for this awesome beer.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks mikesgroove...

Very Good beer. Big hoppy and citrus flavors. Crisp and rather smooth. I would have liked a bit more malt in the finish. However that is a minor complaint. Not as complex as I tend to like my beers. But it is enjoyable. Drinkability is high. As a matter of fact, at 6% I wouldn't mind a keg of this in the den.

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

Got this one in a trade, thanks Oxymoron! Poured this into my pint glass...

A: Pours a semi-hazy light copper with a nice two finger head; This is a light colored IPA with nice carbonation floating up the glass. The resiny hops stick and lace the side of the glass very well.

S: The smell is just how a great IPA should smell. A great blend of citrus hops along with grapefruit, orange, and some other tropical fruits. Pine hops come in also from the nose, but the hop scent is not overpowering in this one.

T: I was a little surprised at the taste. I had a West Coast IPA last night and it was far better in my opinion. The hops in Blind Pig were fair - a decent citrus hop combo blended with a nice pine hop flavor. The malt backbone is kind of lost.

Overall, I was expecting much more from this one to be quite honest. It is a good IPA however, just less than I was expecting.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great West Coast style IPA. This beer lives up to the hype.

Pours golden with a lovely, thin head and amazing lacing. The smell is huge, citrusy and pineapple-like. The taste is malty and tea-like, with lovely citrusy, grapefuity hops. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin but refreshing. This is a highly drinkable example of the style.

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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 russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on July 22 2008

Pours a mostly clear gold/bronze with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Very good head retention & above average lacing

S: Tons of pine & grapefruit 7 a touch of tropical fruit, almost pulled a 5.0

T: Lemony & grapefruitty hops, a touch of breadyness up front. More citric hops bite, slight breadyness as this warms, along with some honey malt, & dryness & a touch of pineapple. Finishes grapefruity & bready. Almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Creamy with perfect carbonation & medium body

Very drinkable, a super AIPA! A bit more malt depth & flavor complexity is need to rate this higher

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to paulthebeerguru for the opportunity to consider this one.

Pours a hazy and surprisingly light golden amber color with a huge stiff white head that resists fading. A ton of Belgian lacing, some 3D. The smell is aggressive, refreshing, floral and piny yet tropical in nature with a nicely balanced sweet underpinning. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied and tangy with hop presence. The piny character lingers nicely. A real easy drinker. The 6% ABV is well integrated and quite sessionable. Wow! Really glad to see this one enjoying a wider distribution. My first review of a Russian River product; enjoyed Pliny the Elder and Younger at Mugs Ale House before i began reviewing.

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Photo of Offa
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I think this is absolutely one of the best IPAs around, with definite hop dominance, but plenty of malt character, flavour, range, and depth to back this up and keep it very interesting.

It is pale amber with a pretty big off-white head.

The aroma is mosty grapes, raisins, some wine and fruit, with grapefruit, lemon, general citrus, and a hint of pine.

The taste is similar, with the same elements and range as the aroma. None of the hop elements, grapefruit or otherwise, is too strong so they all are evident. Each element is fairly restrained, for example compared to the Russian River IPA, where the grapefruit tends to dominate all, and the hops are nicely complemented by the sweet, raisiny-fruity character of the malt and alcohol. In sum, it has a lot of character and a lot of flavour, with the rich range more than making up for the relatively restrained nature of each element, a wonderful trait all too rare for IPAs. It's highly drinkable and great with food or alone.

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Photo of westsidemiller
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really what can I say about this beer that has not been said already. A load of hops in the aroma, the smell of pine is definitely persistent. Lovely copper color. Then to the taste, wow lots of hops, yet not overpowering. Smooth finish for being as hoppy as it is. I was expecting to be punched by the hops, but I was just pushed in the face a little bit. Nice smooth mouth feel. This is a surprisingly drinkable IPA for the amount of hop kick it exudes. Loved the beer and can't wait to go and have another one.

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Photo of OHLRangers
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle: Acquired from HopHead84 as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks Shane!

Poured into standard pint, color is hazy orange, with a three-finger creamy off-white head that quickly dissipates leaving heavy sticky lacing on the side.

First whiff and I was kicked in the teeth with heavy citrusy hops. Put the glass down for a few moments, and then gave it another sniff. While the citrus dominates, I also get pine and dry grass aromas as well.

Upon tasting, I get very little malt and the hops present so strongly in the aroma don't come driving through as I had hoped. Don't get me wrong, the grapefruity and piney hops are still there, especially in the finish. But I would love to have seen a bit more malt in the profile.

A very good IPA offering.

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Photo of sholland119
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange amber with a solid white head and nice lacing.

Nose is dominated by citrus hops with some grassy hop notes behind and a modest amount of malt.

Lots of hop flavors of various kinds throughout. Grapefruit kicks it off, followed by a grassy hop note and piney hops in the finish. A bit of malt balances out the finish.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp with moderate carbonation.

Exceptionally drinkable. Relatively low ABV for the style combined with awesome flavors make this a pleasure to drink at a session level. Well worth the wait.


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Photo of SickBrew
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a truly great IPA! Upon pouring into my pint class whiffs of sweet bitter hops had my salivary glands a pumping. She pours clean and golden but with some small particulates floating about. Nose is off the hook, everything a like in an IPA Piney, tart, fruity and tangy - yummy. Flavor follows nose - spot on! Hops provide a blasting bitterness which is tempered with sweetness. This is very drinkable beer that just rolls over the tongue, drink after drink...I need some more please!

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Photo of abfraser
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Two full fingers of foamy head; great retention, strong lacing on the glass, beautiful golden color

S: Piney, citrusy hops...and lots of them

T: Hop explosion; phenolic, piney, citrusy bitter goodness. Hops aren't overwhelming and don't blow away the palate

M: Great creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation

D: Extremely drinkable given the 6.1% abv.

A great IPA. The expansion of RRBC means bottles are plentiful in the Bay Area--a wonderful thing.

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Photo of DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go out to mikesgroove for providing this. It arrived yesterday, and since the bottle tells me not to age it, down it goes!
Hazy dark gold with a two finger cap of light beige foam off the pour. About a finger's worth stuck around for a long time, producing some slightly chunky lacing. Lots of pine in the aroma, a bit powdery too, with notes of pineapple and various citrus fruits (grapefruit and lemon mostly). A little malt sweetness made itself known up front, but this was quickly joined by hops, citrus and tropical fruits, then gave way to a solid grapefruit bitterness that lingered long into the finish. Quite a depth of hop flavour, wave after wave hits the palate yet doesn't seem to dull the tongue. Medium bodied with a rich texture, plenty of carbonation that leaned towards some creaminess, sort of dry too. Great stuff. This is the type of balance I like in an AIPA, hop flavour and bitterness front and center, but with a malt backbone that doesn't wither under the lupulin onslaught.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful honey color, bright off white head, that fades fairly quickly. Smell is an amazing cornucopia of hops with grapefruit & pine notes both present. Taste is a bit of a let down compared to the amazing aroma. I know it's an ipa, and as such a healthy dose of hops is expected, but a bit more balance would've been more enjoyable. Mouthfeel is great, not too sticky, not too watery. A really good ipa. Here in the NW we're a bit spoiled, so maybe i'm biased. But still, a great beer that i would enjoy having again.

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Photo of mentor
3.51/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle from the first delivery to Colorado (bottled 072208). Two finger of oranged yellow head over a hazed and particulated straw liquid (orange tint). Smells like a hop pellet. Grassy, oranges, lemon, with minimal lemon pith.

Tastes brutal hop flavored with strong grassiness, noticable hop bitter, and mild supporting malt. Hop flavor is oranges, dry pith, lemon, and some pine. Hop bitter is rough grassy cohumulone with drying hop oils. There is a bitter component that comes across to me as soured, iron, and pink grapefruit pith. Esters of peaches and pears are reassuring. The hop flavors are so much I can't pick out any malt flavors. Just a mild sweet underneath all the other factors. Md-light body and moderately carbonated.

I find this beer disjointed. Flavors are conflicted and the rough edges of some flavors fight to leave a pukey dry in the back of the throat. This beer is complex in hoppiness, but not tremendously drinkable. Tastes like chewing on hop bits.

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

Thank you MMAJYK for the brew.

Poured a beautiful orange color. With a slight white head and minimal lacing.

Smelled wonderful of citrus (grapefruit) with a hint of pine and malt. I was ready for a hop bomb. I didn't expect what i got.

Taste was drivin by the pine with a nice compliment of hops and malt. Citrus was throughout the beer making the mouthfeel very light and perfectly carbonated.

Finish was very piney/woody with a nice hop bite. A very nice/different IPA. I love that i have tried this beer and this redition of an IPA. Very surprising and i highly recommend for the experience.

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Photo of corey0212
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this from raiser in the New Trader BIF Redux!!

Pours a beautiful glowing orange/gold color, damn near the perfect color for an IPA. Big frothy off-white head fades extremely slowly, leaving incredible amounts of lacing. Big juicy grapefruit on the nose, tangerine, pine, caramel malty goodness. Taste delivers on all the aromas, much heavier on the pine, crazy amounts of citrus taste, some pineapple. This is just a phenomenal IPA, everything you could want in an American IPA, and I'm quite pleased I got to try this. My 2nd Russian River brew, and I couldn't be more impressed with this brewery.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.72/5  rDev +9%
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 msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ML/16.9 fl.oz. brown bottle with a 'Bottled On:' date of 072308. Poured to a Widmer pint glass. Label shows 6.10% ABV

Label, unlike the pictured 'unauthorized' version, is a rusty orange-brown with the 'Blind Pig' superimposed. Ringing the logo are many admonitions: DRINK FRESH, DO NOT AGE, NOT FOR SAVING etc. There's also an interesting paragraph about the term 'blind pig' - a prohibition era code for a beer, an unmarked mason jar...or something else.

A: An unfiltered copper orange - a fog of tiny suspended bits. It doesn't bother me that this is so relatively opaque (i.e. I can't see my hand through the glass); what bothers me is how little carbonation there is and how quickly the barely one-finger head melts away. The near-white cream dwindles to a thin film, but does leave a fine-looking lace in drooping bands. Color is lovely and lace is beautiful so a 'good' score seems apt.

S: Resinous pine and a pithy, almost dirty, grapefruit. Nostril-tingling tartness (I could actually feel this in my sinuses, a weird dull-throbbing after a big whiff!) coupled with an intensely 'green' lupulin infusion. Just enough sweet malt (more notable with some warming) to counterbalance.

T: If you like your hops BIG you'll love this one - spicy; bracingly bitter; juicy, cheek-drawing citrus rind. I don't recall many, if any, IPAs I've with quite this type of 'hop explosion'. That being said, this isn't really the type of IPA I enjoy; it comes of as boldly flavorful yet somewhat unbalanced. I tried this beer recently on draught with a friend who's a professed 'hop-head' and he actually felt the same way - too bitter without enough malt balance.

M: Probably my favorite aspect of this beer. Creamy, and smooth with a long-lasting hopping sitting firmly on the back of the tongue. Not quite 'pucker-inducing', but 'salivation-causing' or 'appetite-whetting' are descriptors that come to mind. Medium-full in the mouth.

D: Lives up to it's reputation as an intense, flavorful 'West Coast' IPA. Despite that fact, Blind Pig really didn't win me over. This beer has plenty of rave reviews and I can't discount them; mine is that this needs some balance to make it more palatable for my own tastes. Still, it's absolutely worth seeking out - judge for yourself.

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Photo of mnapier
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Service Glassare, 12 ounce pilsner. Service Temperature, 40 degrees.

Through the glass I catch a strong clarity with a dawn like quality between the orange and yellows. The beer pours a strong white foamy head that dies quickly but leaves a mess of lace along the inside of the glass.
A waft of floral, & spice introduces itself before giving way to the hopped pine, along with some earth tones with each swirl of the glass into my glass.
Taking a sip I detect the familiar earth tones alongside with some slight spice and pine back-end. A nice caramel malt makes an appearance but only for a moment. A linger of bitterness prevails as I continue to allow the beer to work its way around.
The mouthfeel is overall well balanced.

Overall, a great lawnmower beer or just one to celebrate the exodus of summer on a nice day.


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Photo of Bierguy5
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml. bottle, 6.1% ABV. Pours a very clear, light golden color. Nice white rocky head. Great head retention, and lace.

Floral and pine hop aroma, not overly intense. Not much else going on, just a soft showcase of hops.

Simple malt backbone, maybe a bit bready and lacking caramel. Good amount of floral and citrusy bitterness. Very well balanced, while still showing off the hops.

Medium body, with light carbonation. Very easy to drink. A simple, solid IPA that is not over the top.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle picked up locally, yeah, that's pretty cool.

Really nice hop nose, clean hops, gives me a the chills just sniffing it. Recently bottled 072308...bout as fresh as they get for what I can see.

Nice bitterness that doesn't get washed out. Leaves the pine, fruity hop flavor all over the mouth, like licking resin off my teeth. Doesn't have the malt to hold back the hops, this scrubbed my tongue and left it scared more than the Elder.

I liked it, nice beer.

Thank the gods I've developed a love for IPA's....

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Photo of bennetj17
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper with dense white foam. Head is 1/2 inch holding well. Smell is intense with citrus pine hops, very clean, and only lightly malt focused with a touch of caramel.

The flavor actually tastes more balanced than I remember when I tried it on tap. You can really see how much a few weeks in a bottle can affect the hops. The hoppiness is still pretty intense, with an grassy-orange character that is very nice. The malt tries to pair with a some sweet bread and a hint of caramel. Ultimately the hops win out leaving you with a sharp bitterness that drives at the tongue. Medium body, with carbonation that is decently sharp.

I'm very pleased that this beer is more accessible now, but I realize the importance of drinking it as fresh as possible. An ultimate beer for hop-heads, the bitterness is quite intense. I could keep coming back to this time and time again...

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,738 ratings.
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