Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

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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4.33
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
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Photo of Crab_gang
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled date May 28, 2012, poured into Firestone Walker pint glass.

Reviewing as I drink.

S - Piney resin with orange/tangerine peel. Not the best smelling IPA, but inviting.

T - It's so nectar-y that it's got this kind of light tang or tartness to it that rolls from the front of the tongue towards the back throughout the sip. It then lingers for a second. Pine-y hops come in during the 2nd half of the sip while that tangy-ness is going on.

M - Light-bodied and drinkable. Light crisp level of carbonation.

O - Very balanced, well-crafted, and interesting. Had this both from tap and bottle on multiple occasions and never have I been disappointed. One of my TOP 5 IPA/DIPAs. Very suitable in So. CA summer weather!

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

Photo of mrobs15
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Oakengroves
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wd40
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed about six weeks after it was bottled.

Bright lemon with some apricot and a hint of grapefruit balanced by a subtle sweetness from the malt. The sweetness is perfect and only comes into play in the aftertaste. The beer poured a really creamy head that actually lingered a bit (always makes me happy). Left a beautiful layer of lace on the glass. The appearance is a hazy golden orange.

The nose evolves from acidic hoppy goodness to a more sweet fruity citrus perfume as the beer comes closer to room temperature. The beer is incredibley smooth, although I expect nothing less from Russian River.

I can't get enough of this beer! It gets better and better as I sip it.

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

Another fine masterpiece from RRBC, this is a resurrection of Vinnie's original IPA recipe from the Blind Pig Brewery.

The pour is a clear golden color with a thick white head. The sticky foam lasted through the entire drink, leaving plenty of lacing along the glass.

The smell is subtle with hints of orange, pine and grass along with a mild, pleasant malt note.

I was very surprised by the taste - it's very soft and subtle but very, very tasty. My very first reaction was "something's missing here" but what's missing is that 'in-your-face' punch of most IPAs. There's a very distinct hops taste here, no doubt about that, but it's actually scaled back a bit. There is an incredible sweet, malt note here that is a perfect balance to the light hops. The more I think about it, the more I think this is a perfect example of a "less is more" approach. There's some very distinct, clean hops notes in this IPA but by not being overpowering it actually gives you more of an opportunity to relish the flavors.

The mouthfeel is incredible - this is a very light bodied brew. The carbonation is plentiful but soft on the palate. If one of the macros were marketing this delight they'd say it was "the IPA that doesn't weigh you down"

It's hard to declare this one of Russian River's "best brews" because they're all so good but this was such a delight that I'll be keeping an eye out for its return. While most of their IPAs (Beerocracy, Parking Violation, RR IPA) seem to be related to Pliny the Elder with strong grapefruit citrusy notes, this brew appears to be more closely related to the ambrosia-like Pliny the Younger with a sweet note complimenting a more subdued citrus flavor. This one's a keeper and I'm glad Vinnie brought the recipe out of the vault!

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lynx1245 brought some goodies down for us. Thanks Trevor!

Appearance: Pours a pale gold with a pretty hefty amount of yeast sediment suspended inside. Thin, rocky, sticky white head doesn't hang around very long. Spotty lacing. EDIT: second bottle had better head and lacing than the first. Pretty impressive lacing actually.

Smell: Tons of pine and oily hop resin. Wow! Grapefruit everywhere. Caramel! Getting some earthy, herbal tones as well. Great aroma with plenty of balance.

Taste: What an awesome IPA. Reminds me a lot of Stone IPA, but with more balance. A good amount of oily hops, but not over the top. A lot of earthy tones inside. Feels... natural. Lots of caramel, butter and grapefruit as well. Just a really, really good IPA.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and very sticky. Low carbonation, but somewhat thin in terms of body. Slides right down.

Drinkability: Could drink 'em all day long. Light, fresh, and super smooth. Wish this was available in SLO.

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Photo of ZBR101
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

A big shout out to Hopasouras for hooking me up with this beer on my first beer trade!
After tasting Pliny, this was the next beer for me to try and I wasn't disappointed.

A - Beautiful pale orange color. Very clear like it was bottled in the middle of the bright tank with a fluffy coarse white head and great lacing that keeps a foam cap the entire time.

S - Good hop fragrance with citrus and a tilt toward the fruitier hops. There is some orange, pine, and herbal that are very similar to Pliny but this one has more of a tropical fruit character and more of a malt tone. Less fragrant than the great Pliny but I really love the slight mango fruit character.

T - Great hop flavor. More flavor than the smell would suggest but the same notes come through. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, mango, and then there is some resin and herbal. This one is less balanced with more the focus on the hops but with an objective of drinkability. The bitterness is lighter than any DIPA but is still there giving credence to the amount of hops present. It is very clean through out which is a hallmark of a more sessionable beer and not necessarily a more full-flavored, palate wrecker.

M - Medium to light mouth-feel with medium carbonation. It has plenty of flavor but is not going to dissuade you from drinking more or switching gears to a different beer or beer style. Maybe follow this up with a Consecration.

Overall, this is a very good example of a West Coast IPA. The more tropical fruit character and a notch down in the overall intensity definitely make the Blind Pig different than Pliny but still very tasty. If you get the chance to get your hands on Russian River I would stick with Pliny but if you've had the DIPA before I would strongly recommend getting this IPA.

Glass- Imperial Nonic Pint

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Photo of waitwhatamidrinking
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%

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 prtwin2a
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drink1121
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mauerhan for this one.

A- Straw colored with light head. Slight retention.

S- Good hops up front, which is what I was looking for. Melon, apricot hops, not too much citrus. Very easy smelling hops.

T- Hops up front with light malt, very light malt. Slight bitterness at the end. Wow, this was good.

M- A little light, watery almost.

D- I could have a bunch of these. Great taste with lower abv%. Great beer.

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Photo of sarahspat
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks again, raoulduke37!

Pours cloudy peachy light orange color with a sizable fluffy off-white head; lacing is considerable.

Great aromas happening here: citrus... candied white grapefruit and candied pineapple, fresh pear, pine in the background. This brew has an amazing nose. Makes my mouth water.

The taste 100% lives up to the smell; everything I appreciate in the smell shows up again in the taste. Delish! Candied tropical fruits flourish in the perfect amount of bitterness to make this IPA really work.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, but the carbonation is great. Blind Pig is a very well-crafted IPA. It doesn't get much better than this. It's like a better version of Two Hearted, which is still a very good beer. Couldn't be more drinkable if it tried.

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Photo of JonathanC
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great IPA, it's no Pliny but it is still part of the family to me.
This beer is always a pleasure to find and I wouldn't fail to grab it if an oppurtunity presented itself.
Blind pig provides a strong taste with a smooth finish. Very hoppy! The taste lingers in your mouth leaving you thirsty for more. If you enjoy a solid IPA definitly give blind pig a go.

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Photo of givemeastout
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%

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 Ironstutz
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mtrentm
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful honey golden color with a nice pillowy two-finger white head leaving nice sticky lacings on the glass.

S: WOW! The aroma of fresh hops comes rushing out of my glass! Very grassy, floral, citrus, lots of grapefruit. I could just sit here & smell this all day!

T: Not as big as the nose suggests but very well balanced. Starts off with a little bit of biscuity malt then moves on to an assertive hop bitterness. Again lots of floral & grassy flavors finishing with grapefruit.

M: Light-Medium bodied mouthfeel. A little oily, not much alcohol presence.

D: Very drinkable IPA. I love everything that Russian River Brewing is doing & love turning new people on to their great brews! If you haven't gotten the chance to experience them you are missing out.

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Photo of JooJooEyeballs
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chefmemo72
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of pwoody11
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Easter gift from my Sister visiting from San Diego..

Poured nicely. Color is orange with some brownish hues. White head.

All I get from the aroma is hops. Both citrusy and floral. Very pleasant on the nose. Really makes me want to drink it, but smells so good I inhale through the nose with each sip.

As the nose would suggest, the taste is very hop dominated, but somehow the bitterness seems to be a little subdued. You know its there, but it's not destroy your palate bitter like the nose leads you to believe. Very nicely balanced with the malts.

I really enjoyed this one. Hope my Sister will ship more when she gets home.

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Photo of AltBock
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try Blind Pig on tap at Capone's Black Friday on 11/28/2008. They served it to me in a Budweiser pint glass. It's probably going to be the only time these two breweries will ever be in a sentence together. It was the only thing they had and it was clean. That's good enough for me.

This Russian River beer poured a hazy and bright sunshine yellow color. On top of this hazy and yellow IPA was a creamy 1 inch head of pure white foam. This head had excellent retention that left behind a small white film and a huge amount of sticky white streaks of lace around the glass.

The aroma was so hoppy that I could smell it 1 foot away. The aroma was hopped up with bitter citrus hops, about 2 tons of tart grapefruit, pine, and a subtle splash of lemon peel and coriander. The aroma was only the beginning when it came to the hops.

The taste was also hugely hopped, but in a different way. I could taste all the bitter citrus hops gather what hop energy it could get and just when the taste was about to overwhelmed with hops, they settled off. It was a great hop experience. Hiding behind all the hops was a ton of tart grapefruit, a hint of lemon peel, a splash of coriander, pine needles, and extremely subtle amount of toasted malts. I'm surprised any malts made it through that massive hop wall.

This 6.0% IPA was full bodied and featured a full flavored hoppy aftertaste of bitter citrus hops, tart grapefruit, and a splash of lemon peel. This hoppy aftertaste was long lasting. Make sure you have a glass of water nearby to cleanse your palate. You'll need it!

Wow! What a pleasure to try on tap! I'm not sure the bottled version would be as good as the on tap version, but I'm sure it's up there. If you find out that your local bar has this on tap, make sure you show up early to try this wonderful Russian River beer.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,766 ratings.
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