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Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
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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 seaoflament
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled during Stone's 11th Anniversary event.

Straw yellow color, good head retention and lacing.

Big hop aroma--chewy citrus smells of lime, lemons, grapefruit, bitter orange peel.

Taste--Hops again, grapefuit, lemons, caramel malt A great IPA, bitter and refreshing (so far one of my top IPA's I have tasted).

Mouthfeel- Hops attacking my taste buds but I don't care! Good carbonation.

Drinkability? Yes, I have the ability to drink some more. Goes down great with some Arrogant Almonds!

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks you Taliskar for the latest growler, which by itself is a work of art replicating a Russian River bottle. Big foamy head on dark grapefruit body. Floral hops, very pleasant aroma. After 7 days, we drunk this and hardly changed from room temperature and very much liked its smoothness and taste.Understated carbonation. Just as good cool or room temp.
Had a fresh bottle 4 year later, good and smooth though not as amazing as that growler.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

East coast guy gets to visit Russian River, wow, how lucky am I? Poured into a nonic pint glass at the brewery.

This pig pours a clear dark golden hue with a one finger fluffy white head that leaves a thin layer throughout. Stickiness is damn good, just what I expected for this brewery. Smell is a sweet fresh piney hop burst with a nice earthy/dirty hop undertone. Nice caramel malt scent is mixed in quite well with the gritty hops. Taste is of big earthy hops, just how I like my IPA's. Has a very nice bittering effect on the tongue, but not over-powering. Sweet grapefruit hops seem to surface about midway through with a nice caramel malt balance as well. Aftertaste is somewhat dry, but very clean. In my opinion, perfect tasting IPA. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Such a treat on tap. I could easily put these down one after another. By far one of the best IPA's I've had to date, and I've had a couple ;)

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Photo of illidurit
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Toronado.

Light amber color, tan head. Really sticky lace, looks appetizing.

Smells very juicy. Pine and citrus and fruit, great layering of different hops.

Full flavored, a ton of hoppiness. Succulent pine and citrus, grapefruit, spice, pale malt, nice bitterness level.

Smooth, good carbonation, extremely drinkable. Russian River really can't do any wrong.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Visited in July, and this was the first RR beer I tasted. Excellent, and in fact so good it was difficult to bother trying all the other beers...but somehow I managed. :o)
(thoroughly) enjoyed this growler a couple days later.

From the half-gallon growler pours a golden/light amber color, with a large white head that decides it wants to stick around as a thin cap to near the bottom of the glass. A couple lines of tiny bubbles rise through the beer. Exceptional lacing with each sip. If color was just a little brighter and with just a touch better clarity this would get a "5"

The nose on this beer is a "5" without reservation. It's floral, it's piney, it's fruity, it's fan-fucking-tastic! Pale malts seemed to have received a beating here and are apparently scared to show themselves. Can't stop sticking my nose in the glass...

Great tasting IPA. Pale malt has rounded up enough buddies to feel safe showing itself, though it remains a minor character here. Raw hop flavors and juiciness are really working over the saliva glands. Bittersweet grapefruit flavors all over the place and a fresh spicy kick. Finish is lingering sharp bitterness but otherwise deliciously clean. Mouth is creamy and carbonation soft, allowing the hops to do their work. Absurdly drinkable.

Not all the beers I had on my last road trip were as good when I was able to open the growler, but Blind Pig had not lost a thing a couple days later.
Ranks right up there with AleSmith, Stone IPA, and Furious on my IPA scale (and judging from the rankings, most everyone else's scale too)

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Photo of trevorwideman
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado, SF, CA

Poured with 1/2inch of head, lots of sticky lace. Orange-red colour with mild carbonation. Aroma is oily, sticky, resiny, and piney with a slight floral nicety as well. Any malt is completely overpowered.

In the flavour, the balance definitely leans towards the hops. Grapefruit citric acidity becomes extremely piney with a lot of aniseed and fennel backed up by a light crackery malt and just a little bit of vanilla as well. This beer bites real hard. Medium carbonation, sticky as hell, Dry, Dry, Dry. Very drinkable but dosen't pretend to be balanced, it's just a hop bomb. An exceptionally flavoured IPA though.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a review I wrote while enjoying this brew at the RR brewpub in Santa Rosa two weeks ago.

a - golden color, tons of bubbles, huge head with great retention and lacing, slight haze, truly beautiful beer

s - huge citrus smells permeate the aroma, nice slight maltiness that lends just enough support to the big hoppiness, no alcohol evident

t - big hoppy bitterness up front, lots of citrus, lemon and orange, body has a light malt backbone, finish is quite bitter with very little alcohol

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet finish that's easy on the palate

d - quite drinkable, the perfect IPA to drink all night, intense taste but it doesn't wear out the palate

Spectacular IPA by RRBC. This beer definitely deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the Plinys.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the IPA fest at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena.
Pours a light pale golden color with lots of foamy white head that is incredibly sticky and lasting.

Aromas are a burst of hops...light fruits...pine oil, grapefruit peel and just a hint of sweet amber or pale malt.

This comes off as a light IPA with sweet malt in the beginning and then really nice citrus peel hops, some floral, orange, and grapefruit peel.

Incredibly drinkable and dangerously addictive.

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this at the brewpub while I picking up a Growler of Pliny . Aroma of citrus hops and a nice dark golden color and a small pub style head and thin lacing. Mouthfeel was delightful and very crisp and refreshing. Flavor was of various citrus and fruits such as orange and apricot. Good long bitter and dry finish. A very good IPA, ranking up there with the very best. A hophead’s delight.

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Photo of rayjay
4.89/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maybe the ultimate IPA. Huge nose, just exploding with flowery hops. The smell is maybe the highlight of the beer. Light pale body with light pale malts. The coolest thing is, dispite all the hops (more than you'd a thought fit into a pint), it isn't intensely bitter at all. Major drinkability, very delicate flavors that were artisically brewed with the perfect touch and balance. It's simultaneously every hop lover's wet dream, and not too intimidating for anyone.

If Furious is G.W.A.R.'s version of an IPA, then this is J.S. Bach's. But then that would make Hop Devil the Beatles and Dreadnaught would be Led Zeppelin. Highly highly recommended to everyone. VInnie has a subtle touch that makes bold statements. This is art in a glass. Cheers!

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Photo of bosco7
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub.

Beautiful pale color that has perfect clarity. Nice head with quality lacing.

Big pine, ruby red grapefruit, and grassy aromas. Uber aromatic. NICE!

Lots of pungent grapefruit pulp, orange rind, and pine flavors. Malt is understated yet noticeable. Not as much alcohol on the tongue as Pliny. Clean bitterness that makes this oh so drinkable.

If I did not love Pliny the Elder so much I would have this more often. One of the best IPAs ever made.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Toronado.

A: A very light pale golden color. A nice sized white head. Quite a bit light in color than I'm used to seeing in an IPA.

S: Lots of piney hops and lots of fruit.

T: The first taste to hit the palate is that of the hops. The great thing about the hops is that they are not that bitter, but rather they are absolutely delicious. Following the hops is a big burst of juicy fruit. Probably the most fruit I've ever gotten out of an IPA. Grapefruits, orange, melon, etc. This is simply an extremely tasty beer.

M: Very good mouthfeel: light, refreshing, nicely carbonated.

D: This rates very high on the drinkability scale. It's well balanced, goes down smooth, finishes crisp and refreshing. I highly recommend this brew, especially for IPA lovers such as myself. Is it the best IPA that I've ever tasted? Maybe, a side-by-side tasting would do better to answer that question. I know it's certainly in the discussion.

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Photo of mynie
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Flexabull for the trade.

Comes in an absolutely wonderful growler that looks like it's from an alchemest's lab.

Very nice pour, though some signs of it having spent a week in a growler are present. Big, foamy white head dissipates fairly quickly and the bubbles aren’t as intense as they might be. Still, it’s very nice.

Very sticky, resiny pine hop smell mixed with an incredibly solid caramel malt backbone. Reminiscent of Masala Mama, though not as intensely fruity with its hops.

Once again, perfect balance. Big west coast hops are fresh, green, a sticky against a very rich caramel malt and wonderful kick of bread dough yeast. Packs quite the bit of punch without coming off as overly bitter or bready. Very nicely done.

The body’s just a little bit weak, but that’s undoubtedly due to its age. In spite of this, though, the beer is still an immensely drinkable treat.

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Photo of peabody
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thank you to Talisker.

Pours out a very clear amber orange with one finger of white suds.
The smell is apparent when it leaves the growler.
Very piney grapefruit and orange with caramel and malt in the background. Very strong pine here like in a forrest of pine trees with the sap running all over the place.
Taste is so clean with the hops taking your taste buds for a bitter ride then letting you off in sugarville with the malty sweetness lingering. I put this glass to my lips and I think I am drinking a Christmas Tree~!.
Mouthfeel is clean/crisp and perfect. This is the perfect session beer. Absolutely perfect!

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Photo of alohaC
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Toronado. What more can you say? It’s the grandpappy of IPAs. Pours a nice, somewhat hazy orange with a surprisingly light, thin head. Big piney and grapefruit hops waft from the glass, so you know what you’re in for. The hops take over your first sip and really show no mercy to the malt in the background. A bit unbalanced. This is straight up, O.G. West Coast IPA style. Lots of grapefruit and pinestraw. Good body with a clean, crisp and pretty dry finish. IPAs have come a long way since Vinnie first brewed this in the mid-90s, but this still holds court with the better ones of today. Cheers to a legend.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.97/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Light golden yellow body with a thin lacing that covers about half of the top.
S- Big pine and citrus hops. Tons of fruits in there along with all the pine. Peach, grapefruit, orange, and a few others I can't pin point.
T- Huge upfront hops. Grapefruit, peach, light orange, and pine all flood the mouth. There is a nice balance between pine and the fruits but pine is winning. Nice decent size malt body. Finishes with a dry aftertaste along with fruits and a strong pine flavor.
M- Medium to full body with medium to low carbonation.
D- This is the best IPA I have ever had. It may be even close to the best beer I have ever had. I would like to have it side by side with some other favorites and see if this one would come through (I believe it would come out VERY close to #1 if not #1. I would give this beer a 4.999 if I could but of course you can't.

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Photo of flexabull
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewery.

Pours a bright gold color, slightly hazy, and with a decent head.

Aromas are of pine, resin, and a bit of citrus.

Flavors are quite good on this one, a bit similar to Pliney the Elder, but toned down a couple of notches. There is a dry character, some pine, grapefruit, and resin flavors from the hops. The malts are there as well, and provide a nice slightly sweet and creamy backbone. Good stuff!

Mouthfeel is very nice, full flavored, and well rounded.

Drinkability is top notch. This is an exceptional IPA. But what else would you expect from Russian River?

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Photo of uberabr
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this one on tap at RR on Saturday and actually preferred it to the Russian River IPA and Pliny the Elder. Drank from a pint. Appearance is similar to their other IPA's, hazy yellow amber with some gold and some darker reddish hues. No head thanks to the Neanderthal behind the bar. Smells of cascade and a bouquet of floral and piney hops. Taste was excellent. A wonderfully rich combination of bitter pine, fruity hop, and some mouth-watering candy sweetness. It was similar to Pliny but had a rich backbone of fruity syrup that made it stand out. Mouthfeel and drinkability were excellent as with all RR beers. This was definitely one of the best IPA's I've tried lately.

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Photo of Foxman
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy orange amber, bright and seemingly backlit. A finger of meringue white head swells and settles in a cycle that runs apace. Swells of lacing wave along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is an homage to edgy dry citrus hops, lightly floral, genuinely spicy, and as crisp as a freshly starched dress shirt. Not to mention, a draft of pine washes in, like a breath from a damp forest. Underneath lingers a sweet malt presence that speaks of caramel and berries, and even a touch of melon.

Upon sipping, the hops make a mockery of any pretension of balance, but oh, are they joyous tilting that scale, with dry, biting grapefruit, freshly sliced from the rind, and a more distant tingle of lemon zest and mandarin orange. And pine again rides behind, with a needle of coniferous spiciness. The malt, while well subjugated, is nonetheless a good soldier, marching in a lightly sweet caramel identity that also hints at a tree-borne fruitiness. The malt goes softly biscuit as the hops divert the flow toward a crisp, clear dryness that offers up a distinctive, impressive bitterness. It may not be balanced, by my is it wonderfully complex in its interplay between hops and malt.

Between light and medium bodied, the malt is almost instantly undone by the scorched-earth bitterness of the hops.

Maybe the location and company influence my new-found love affair with this nectar, but I don't care, I love it, and I'm not going to question my feelings! As good as it smelled, I had no idea the flavor would come across as exceptional as it did. In fact, this beer would be, far and away, my top session IPA were it not so freaking rare in my area. It's so clean that having another is an animal instinct. I almost never have two of the same when I'm at Monk's, but this specimen became one of the rare exceptions. Should I ever get near this again, I really doubt I'll drink anything but Blind Pig. Until it's gone, or I'm gone.

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

Damn i love this brew. It's my favorite IPA. Had it on tap at Hollingshead. Actually, it was served in a pig ie a mason jar which had the RR Blind Pig logo on it... pretty cool. Apparently a 'blind pig' was slang for some brew during the prohibition era. Something like that and i'm sure i'm not doing the description justice.

Poured vibrant golden straw color like pure sunshine on the wheat fields... with a good sticky finger of off-white head. Aromas were incredible. Aromatic in your face crisp mountain pine scent that envelops your olefactory sense like a brisk mountain wind off the himalayas. Very keen and penetrating goodness in the nose finishing with citrus blossoms.

Flavors of sun ripened pink grapefruit fill your mouth as if a wedge was squeezed on your tongue. Bold citrus with a tad of sweetness just dominate and play in your mouth. Very quenching and bold. Light medium bodied and crisp on the tongue. I could just drink this everyday.

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Photo of tooleypep
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the beer at the brewery. I'm from the bay area, but live in San Diego. The brew pub was a cool place and the food was good too. I had a few beers and blind pig was the my third favorite behind Perdition and Damnation. Blind Pig was an easy beer to drink. I thought it was smooth and full of flavor.Though I am new at being a beer nerd, my taste is more for a seasoned vet. I never enjoyed y yellow macro brews but still drank the more popular dark beers everyone had. Russian River is by far my favorite brewery and they don't have a beer I don't dislike. Blind Pig was not as strong as the other beers I had but I think I drank it faster than the others that I liked more than it.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at RR Brewing Co.

The beer was a bright golden yellow with a small white head that quickly disappeared.

The aroma was bursting with herbal, earthy, and citrusy hops.

The flavor of the beer was dominated by intense hops that were a little coarse for my taste. Don't get me wrong, I love mad flavor, but I prefer hoppiness that leans towards the resiny, citrusy side.

The maltiness of the beer was crisp and light.

The carbonation seemed good and the mouthfeel was light.

This is a reasonably solid beer, but a little rough on the edges for me. Pliny (the Elder and Younger) are both superior offerings from RR in my opinion. Still, grab a pint when you see it on tap. This beer's relatively rare.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An amber pour with hints of pink and yellow. Fluffly head, good lacing.
Smells of high citrus (gf, lemon) and some leafy flower plants. Hops are in there somewhere.
Taste has the hops; nice crispness and flavor.
Medium body and great mouthfeel, leaves clean with enough taste residue to want more.

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Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden orange color with a thick off-white head that recedes into a sticky lace. Spicy hops dominate the nose with strong aromas of fresh pine and even a bit of lemon grass. Hops are, of course, also the key players in the taste with notes of fresh pine, juicy citrus, and grapefruit rind. Definitely on the bitter side, but there is some sweet malt to help provide some balance. A must-try for the hop-heads.

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Photo of stoner420
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light amber, white head. Aroma is all hops, this is a very hoppy IPA, pine, citrus, etc. Tastes like a strong IPA, big hops out front, followed by some bitterness, with the malt in the background. Nice light crisp texture, very drinkable. This beer exists in the no-man's land between IPA and double IPA. Well put together in all respects.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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