Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

5,749 Ratings
no score
Send samples
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 5,749 |  Reviews: 1,445
Photo of stealth
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking clear golden brew with a large head. Steady carbonation and nice lacing as you drink. Abundant citrusy grapefruit aroma. Sweet hops taste fades to a strong bitter finish.

Very similar to Pliny - more bitter on the finish and not quite as balanced, but still a delicious brew.

 290 characters

Photo of cwguy5
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes. sampled 2.11.12. batch was brewed 1.31.12. poured from bottle into Stone IPA stemware.

A - perfectly clear, rich, golden hue; one finger off-white head retains well with sticky lacing left on glass

S - citrusy hops with some green, grassy elements; light floral notes of gardenia toward end; faint spice/pepper

T - bright, fresh hop bill as to be expected from a two week old ipa; some tropical and citrus flavors followed by some mild pine resin; pleasantly crisp, bittering finish

M - thin but not watery; fine, light, prickly carbonation; mild, short, dry aftertaste

O - really nice! and super fresh; highly drinkable while avoiding serious palate fatigue; classic ipa; a must-try and i will be finding this one again!

 748 characters

Photo of travolta
3.02/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

App: White, foamy head. Bright/light copper, very clear except yeast. Minimal retention and lacing.

Nose: Biscuits, citrus, big profile, a bit of vanilla and banana nut bread. Sweet nose with a hint of pear at the end.

Taste: Perfect carbonation. Slightly syrupy finish, dry in the middle, pineapples and mangoes, not much else.

Notes: Not as good as it was when brewed in Temecula.

 385 characters

Photo of notalumberjack
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of amart79
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - beautiful clear golden color with a nice frothy 1 or 2 finger head.

S - fresh, pine, citrus. All there and crisp.

T - taste follows the smell but not as strong. The fresh and citrus comes in nicely.

M - nice carbonation and light body. Feels very nice on the palate.

O - it's a really good IPA. I only wish I'd had it before the Plinys, because I can taste the great similarities just not as strong. Definitely one of the best IPAs I've had.

 488 characters

Photo of archey
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MrBillyMac
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of whatsajessica
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jag21
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of sneth019
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of thain709
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Deuane for sharing this one.

A - Pours with a golden amber body that has carbonation bubbles running through it...the head is two fingers tall and white in recedes to a full cap and leaves decent lacing

S - All hops...mainly sweet and juicy citrus (grapefruit, orange, lemon) but there is some piney notes coming through

T - The hops dominate the flavor profile as well...which is not a bad thing...they start off with a sweeter side and the citrus hops shine more...there is a nice caramel malt backbone in the middle which adds body and a little bit of flavor...the piney hops come in at the finish and leave a crisp bitterness

M - Medium bodied...crisp, bitter, dry

O - I finally got to try a Russian River IPA...this one was about a month old when we consumed's all about the hops...nice citrus flavors with a dry, bitter finish

 863 characters

Photo of mfavoino
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Apex in Portland, OR on 2/20/12.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass and shows a yellow-gold color with a one finger head that receded quickly. Looks like a lot of carbonation.

Smell: Reminds me of a more subdued Elder with citrus and pine notes.

Taste: Soft citrus and pine flavors typical of a West Coast IPA on the front end. Bready and sweet malt flavors balance it out quickly. Flavor is very subtle compared to other RR beers.

Mouthfeel: Easy to drink and smooth. Above average carbonation in this one.

Overall: A good, straightforward IPA. A more simple and less complex IPA from RR.

 612 characters

Photo of bishocr
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Poured a nice golden bronze. Head was full but fizzled away pretty quickly. Smelled strong of grapefruit, lemon and pine trees.

First sip bite my tongue with pine needles and grapefruit rinds. Nice and hoppy, but not overbearing. Prefect balance with the rest of the beer's profile. Leaves a sweet aftertaste.

Really like this beer and would even say I would choose this over PtE.

 382 characters

Photo of VIPbeer
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of eorwar
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of BeerShman
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of ritter57
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of surfotog
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Weter
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of heelsn02
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ipa247 for a pair of these. Tried one solo about a week ago and shared the other w/my brother last night. isn't that nice of me?!

bottled date shows 01.06.12. Awesome label. Picture reminds me of woodland’s bbq in blowing rock, NC -- shout out to my appState peoples.

500ML bottle poured into my new Belgium snifter.

Looks very west coast IPAish. light golden/orange color. Really nice 1.5 finger bright white head. Nice head retention. Very clear beer. Great lacing.

Awesome aroma. Pliny-esque... tropical fruits; citrus under-current. Little bit of sappy pinetree and malt too. Great balance. Spicey, earthy. Just a great smelling brew.

Super bitter. Lemon zest. Wet & juicey. Very sessionable, very clean, very refreshing. More citrus in the taste, grapefruity, apricot.

Really dry, crisp, clean finish. Nice carbonation. Good mouthfeel. Very light.

bottom line: Just fantastic – one of the best “regular” IPAs I’ve ever had. Russian River just does everything right. Great warm (or cold) weather IPA.

 1,032 characters

Photo of BrokenStones
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- Gold/dark amber, 1" white head, nice lacing

S -- Hops, light citrus, grapefruit

T -- Smooth hop flavors citrus, flora, grapefruit tastes, lingering enjoyable hop flavor

M -- medium carbonation, balanced

O -- Great beer! Hop flavor is dominant and complex; it brings a good balance, Easy to drink and enjoy.

Find it and drink it when you can.

 351 characters

Photo of millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of somnus
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,749 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.