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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 | website

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 JBuff41413
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW! Best IPA I have ever had. Went to Libations for the first time and had to pick this up. $5 can't beat it. Poured into a pint glass and was not disappointed. The color was a beautiful golden honey with a perfect 3/4 inch white head. Carbonation slowly spewing from a geyser at the bottom of the glass. The smell was amazing, strong notes of citrus with a small amount of wood (pine). Taste was GREAT, Strong citrus( grapefruit and tangerine) with a bitterness that beautifully lingers.
As far as drinkability.... I wanted a few more. Great beer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange with good clarity, especially creamy foam on the surface. Slight haze of micro sediment, and some upward streams of lazy bubbles.

Pungent is the keyword for the aroma...super fresh and distinct hop aromas, ranging from grapefruit and candied orange peel, to resiny and floral. With a good swirl there are traces of pale malt and barely perceptible alcohol, but they are buried under the hop onslaught.

Deep, resiny hop flavors, fruity at first, moving into an herbal earthiness, with a dry finish. Pure and extremely balanced. Vague sweetness in the aftertaste from the malt. Very juicy and bitter at the same time. Creamy texture. One bottle isn't enough, i'll have to restrain myself from drinking the rest immediately...

Thanks to Weibull for this one!

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Photo of jordoo
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poored into a pint glass. Thanks for sending this one Rick!

A golden honey colored body with an orange tinted hue. It displays a lage off white head that us sticky, cream and well brillaint. Excellent lace deposits all around the glass on this. As if it didn't look good enough the nose comes through evenn better, WOW! Super fresh and oozing with pine, pineapple, grapefruit and orange/lemon zest. The taste is again exceptional with the same exploading juicey hop flavors as in the nose plus some dry/spiceness on a very well done sweet malted canvase. This beer is between med/thick but with a great hop oil feel that keeps it going down smooth. Overall even though Blind Pig is extreme and bursting with flavor it is in no way overwellming. Just as well done as an IPA can be IMO.

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

a: Hazy orange body with a thin white head.

s: Huge sticky tropical citrus nose. Grapefruit being the most prominent, but by no means not the only aroma.
Couldn't ask for more.

t: Sweet malty front, with a grapefruit explosion in the finish. Enough mat for balance, but still a hefty dose of hop bitterness. More bitter than Pliny the Elder.

m: creamy and smooth. leaves a bitter layer on the tongue.

d: An IPA I wont soon forget. One of the best I have had. Vinnie over at Russian River is one gifted SOB. This and Pliny the elder are two of the finest crafted beers I have been fortunate enough to experience. My compliments to the brewer.

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Photo of fahne23
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this 500ml bottle from Lone Hill Liquors. Poured a bright golden amber color with a thin light head. Hops galore on the nose, with hints of fresh pine & citrus. A perfect balance of malt and hops, very well structured. It had a smooth, dry mouthfeel with even carbonation and left a lingering bitterness on the palate. This is a superb, very drinkable I.P.A. and makes me wish I lived closer to the Russian River.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fiveo2270 for this one brought straight back from the Brewery!!

A- Pours a hazy yellowish gold (maybe some sort of orange) color with a nice creamy colored head that recedes to a layer of bubbles on top of the brew. Great amount of lacing down the glass.

S- A lot of hops here Earthy, piney, oily and mainly citrus. A great smell. I can't really pick up any malts here.

T- Again the hops here are awesome and jumping right at me. Just a touch of hops here to throw a little balance but the hops clearly dominant.

M- Medium body, good carbonation, smooth and creamy.

D- Highly recommended here. Very great taste and just plain solid.

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Photo of jwc215
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to bitterbill for this one!

500 ml bottle - bottled on 07/09/08:

Pours clear golden (then hazy upon second pouring) with a creamy/bubbly white head that descends a bit to stay as a thick, frothy cover. Thin lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of citrus and pine all-over-the-place. Robust, aromatic hoppiness.

The taste is citric (grapefruit and orange) with pine. Bitterness is rounded out by a sweet maltiness in the finish. Smooth. Chewy medium-to-full bodied.

Nice hop profile to say the least - an ode to the Pacific NW in a bottle. A hop-head's delight. The citric and piney notes work well together. But, this isn't just a boat-load of hops. The malt comes in at just the right time to tie things together and adds another level of complexity and balance. A deliciously hoppy IPA!

Thanks again for this gem, Bill!

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

Poured into my new Sam Adams glass. I can see the bubbles from the etched circle at the bottom of the glass. It's working! It's working!

A - Straw yellow/gold. White head. Poured carefully because of the extra yeasty cloud. Floaties kinda scare me, tho I understand they're supposed to be there. Looks pretty in my new glass.

S - big hop sweet citrus. Maybe some apple/pear. yummy

T - Lots of hops. tingling hop taste. Pine hops at the back of the tongue. Still a lot of citrus. Not overly bitter and well balanced.

M - My tongue is still tingling. Lighter mouth feel. No big alcohol.

D - I gotta get more of this

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Photo of bbothen
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light orange/tangerine color with a noce bubbly 1 finger head.

Smells of earthy, grassy, oily, citrus, spruce hops. Somehow this smells like hops were freshly squeezed. It is awesome.

Sharp bitter hop bites your tongue with a vengeance. Big grapefruit, tangerine, grassiness make you happy. The pale maltiness balnces things out.

Crisp. Medium. Moderately carbonated.

At 6% and this delicious....it's sessionable. For me at least.

Great beer to pair with cheese, apple, or whatever else ya got. Oink.

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

Poured from a 500mL bottle (dated 7-22-08) into a pint glass.

A: Clear and golden with a decent sized white head. Next time I'll pour a bit harder in hopes of a better head.

S: Knock your socks off piney and floral hops. Even better than Elder!

T: Malty for a moment until the hops hit, and hit hard! Pine, fruity and floral. Very complex for an IPA.

MF: Medium bodied and crisp. Absolutely excellent example of the style!

D: I could drink this all day long! So harshly hoppy I can't really call it perfect, but close.

One of my favorite IPAs, beaten only by Younger and Alesmith's offering. Get your hands on it if you can get it fresh!

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice yellow color, much lighter than the Pliny I had earlier. Smells good, some of that west coast. Very hoppy flavor and only slightly bitter. Probably too easy to drink. I think Russian River will have no problem selling beer in Colorado. I will buy it all.

update 02/02/09 batch

really nice aroma of pineapple and fruit. Bitter taste, wish I bought more..

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Photo of Med
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to brewCzar for the chance to try this!

Clear golden copper with a billowing foamy white head. Huge lacing sticks to the side of the glass while the head never quite diminishes. Hoppy aroma hits you in the face as soon as you open the bottle and never lets up. Grapefruit, orange rind, and just a touch of cat-pee (simcoe hops?). Man, this is bitter. Not the over the top flowery bitter from a Ruination but just a smooth, clean, very well balanced bitter. A little pine in the finish and a nice resiny coating on the teeth. Feel is solid. Not spectacular but cots extremely well leading to a finish that lasts forever.

Okay I get it. This is the benchmark for the "West Coast IPA". Or, if it isn't, it should be. Six percent means it's just over sessionable and it doesn't rip your face off (not always bad!) the way a big DIPA can. Just right.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on-tap at Hollingshead...this is what I thought:

A: Golden color with huge head. Very good lacing.

S: Mixture of malts and bitter hop smell.

T: Intial taste very similar to Pliny the Elder, but a much more extreme bitter finish.

M:Creamy with medium body. Carbonation right in the middle too. Very refreshing.

D: This beer is neither balanced or unbalanced...kind of hard to describe...but very refreshing. A mild begining with a very nice bite at the end.

Overall: A very good beer. No complaints.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pour produced a very light haze and a medium golden color. Inch and a half white colored head retained a few minutes. Average amount of meandering carbonation. Lacing is big sticky clumps.

Aroma is a super floral hop scent up front. Citrus presence also blends nicely to leave just a light sweet malt aroma. A true refreshing scent on the nose.

A very earthen grit to the first hit on the tongue. Malt is more present then in the aroma, and tasted like fresh biscuits. Hops quickly assert there floral and citric blend.

A nice beer that clings on the tongue. Carbonation was enough to note and shift flavor but not dominant.

A great beer. Works great with a nice sharp Italian table cheese. Huge thanks to BrewerB for this in a trade. And a big cheers to Russian River for a great offering.

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

Bottle date 7/8/08

Ahhh, we've finally come full circle. Many years ago I had my first Blind Pig in a hot tub in San Diego. Wowza, did it blow my socks off. I just remember how awfully bitter it was!
Finally, the pig has been ressurected.

Pours light, hazy gold, with a one inch head of dense white foam.
Retention is moderate and clingy lacework throughout.

Aromatics are pungent and floral.
Tangerines, pine sap, grapefruit, apricots, melons, and light, fresh malt.
Tropical fruits in a Northern forest.

Medium bodied, with a crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Bright, juicy hops lead off the pallet. Pink grapefruit, spruce resin, orange pith, and melon rind.
Drying, smooth bitterness steps forward and some mild alcohol is present when looked for.
Loaded with fruit and pine, super dry and lightly malty.

Finishes with lingering citrus fruit pith, a bit of pine bark, and plenty of firm, drying bitterness.

Better than I remember, and certainly my bitterness threshold has changed since the original.

Big ups to RblWthACoz for the hook-up..Proper!

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this fantastic brew.

Pours a clear deep yellow/orange color with a massive flufftastic white head. Nose is balls out hops and a very slight skunk. Taste is quite incredible with an awesome citrus and pine hop profile that is beaten by few if any IPAs. Like eating a bowl of pellet hops. Very nice mouthfeel, a touch dry. Drinkability is second to none here, as this one is chuggable as hell. Overall a very very good IPA that I would love to have available locally. Midnight sun IPAs are some of the best in the world, but Russian River still holds that top spot IMO. amazing beer, strongly recommended.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to jerz for this brew in a trade. Pours with a thin head. Fairly light in color for an IPA. Huge nose of pine hops. Tastes mostly of pine but with a bit of citrus. Mouthfeel is smooth & this is a drinkable big hoppy beer. Kind of tastes like the Elder minus the roids. Recommended & worth seeking.

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

Thanks goes out to cstrack for this brew.

Pours a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy/thick, off-white head, lots of nice thick/creamy sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, very hoppy, slight touch of malts, very nice touch of citrus with some pines. The taste is slight sweet, hoppy, bitter, very nice citrus/pines. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome IPA for sure, glad I finally got a chance to try it, highly recommended. Thanks Casey.

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Photo of travisd13
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a New Belium tulip.

A- Pours a golden orange with a small white head. Head lingers for a period of time.

S- Very floral / earthy hops present. Pine, citrus...faint grapefruit hits. Very little to no malt aromas.

T- Earthy hops with just enough malt to balance it a little. Alcohol is present but still very well hidden. Fininshes very nice...a good finishing bitter.

M- Lighter and smooth. A little on the sticky side. Very nicely carbonated.

D- Very drinkable!! I could drink a few of these in a sitting. One of the better IPA's I've got to try. Now they (RR) just need to send it to Seattle so I can get it more often.

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

I bought this beer at the SOMA Whole Foods in San Francisco, after picking up a Pliny the Elder last week, and am currently kicking myself for not trying Russian River beers sooner.

Looking about exactly how I picture a good IPA, the beer pours relatively clear and beautifully golden with thin lacing. It smells of citrus and pine, not the overwhelming floral explosion of Pliny, but pleasant in its own right.

Blind Pig has great taste and feel for an American IPA. It is light and pleasant without a single sour note. The hops are delicious, and the alcohol highlights them well. There are some subtle flavors that I won't attempt to identify but am definitely able to appreciate. The beer is crisp and refreshing in both feel and taste and leaves a pleasant bitterness on the tongue.

As for drinkability, I would like to sit and drink this beer all day. Blind Pig doesn't overwhelm your senses or knock you over with flavor. It's just a great hoppy beer that could be enjoyed anytime. Sitting outside with a cooler of these on a hot day (maybe, up on the Russian River) would be a marvelous way to relax.

Note: In case anyone cares in the slightest, ABV is marked as 6.10% and not 6.00% as on Beer Advocate. Bottled on 7/8/08.

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Photo of johnnieoz
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up @ Hi-Time in Costa Mesa (along with a bottle of Pliney). Bottled on 7/22/08 in a 500 ml/16.9 oz German-style brown bottle.

A: Hazy golden orange body crowned with a smallish white head that has considerable staying power.

S: Conifer and citrus. Pine and grapefruit. Hop oils. To the max.

T: Starts off with some malt sweetness that promptly yields to glorious hoppiness. Extremely refreshing and as balanced as an IPA can be.

M: Feels a little light and the carbonation is a bit lacking. Still the hop oils break on through to the other side...the lingering aftertaste is very pleasant.

D: Most quaffable indeed.

Never had this on tap, but sorely need to seek it out now.

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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 cjgator3
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle
Bottled on 07/09/08

A- Pours a nice amber color with a sticky off-white head.

S- The aroma is not surprisingly filled with fresh resinous hops and hints of fruit.

T- The taste follows the aroma with a bold hop flavor with not much malt to note. Awesome west-coast IPA flavor!

M- The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy, but is a little thin and watery.

D- A really well-crafted IPA, but I don't know if I would want to drink more that one bottle in a sitting. Pretty one dimensional in flavor, but what do you expect from a West-coast IPA.

Overall, Blind Pig is another outstanding brew from Russian River. Those guys sure have their shit together when it comes to brewing. Highly recommended for all hop heads out there.

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Photo of midaszero
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange gold with a solid 2 finger of fluffy white head with sticks around and good lacing.

S - HOPS with a floral and woodsy flare

T - Roasty wood hops with some grapefruit

M - Medium body and medium carbonation

D - This is an IPA I could drink all the time assuming I always had fresh access to it.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Joey from SBD for hooking me up with this deal-bottled 7/22/2008 into Coronado pint glass...

Beautiful crisp natural honey color and ample carbonation with slight haze. Tight bready head is spot on with decent lacing

Not sure how you can get better than this-oily, floral, grapefruit hops with even backbone of caramel malt and slight alcohol burn. Perfect.

Almost ditto on taste-even citrus hop bite with malty backbone. Slight earthiness precludes perfection but this is awesome.

Mouthfeel is consistent hop pucker from back to front. No burn or aftertaste but it's a little thinner than expected.

If I had more bottles of this I could session this up all day. Incredible.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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