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Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

BEER STATS
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1,434
Ratings:
5,689
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,434 | Ratings: 5,689
Photo of microbrew52
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As close to a perfect beer as I have found. Great balance between the bountiful hops in the mouth and the smoothness in the finish. The aroma is second to none, where you can pick up on so many different hints of citrus, fruit and hops. Again, for all the flavor you get when drinking, this remains a very drinkable IPA

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Photo of colinsk
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a light colored beer with a creamy head. Poured on draft at a tap house. The smell is very citrisy and floral. The taste is a delightful blend of hops and malt. It is very hop foward but has a nice balance between bitterness and malt. The mouth feel is spot on for an IPA, just rich enough.

I drink this beer a few times a week, so I would say it is quite drinkable.

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Russian River Brewpub in Santa Rosa CA (from notes)

Slightly darker amber color than their Pliny the Elder. Piney and fresh. I don't know what Russian River does but their Pliny and Blind Pig IPA's just taste so different from other IPA's.

Incredible initial aroma, not as thick as I prefer an IPA to be but that's about the only complaint. Incredibly drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500mL bottle with a Bottled On date of 07/09/08. Poured into my SA beer drinking glass. Clear, golden with a near-white frothy head.
Aroma of lemon pie with a dash of pepper and piney hop goodness..
Creamy first taste of delicious froth. Dry, bitter and deliciously floral. Delicately balanced with enough malt to let the hops shine bright.
For a 6.1% IPA, I could drink this all night.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This handsome looking bottle was acquired in trade with my main SoCal man - Sideswipe. (Thanks John!)

Pours a deep apricot/copper color that is nice and clear. Fluffy, angel-white head rises up over 2 fingers, slowly recedes, leaving nice streaks of lacing. The head takes the form a bubbly white cap of thin foam, and is there until the end.

Smell is huge on fresh hops. Very big grapefruit and maybe other citrus notes as well. Smells clean. If I manufactured any kind of household cleaner, this is the scent I would go for. There is no astringent quality, it just smells so damn fresh and clean.

If the smell is big on grapefruit, then the taste is HUGE. It is nicely balanced with softer orange and possibly pear notes. A slight piney resin on the finish. Somewhere amongst all this hoppiness, a sweet malt front makes a brief, but lovely appearance. Taste is incredible. Big on flavor, yet clean, and refreshing.

This is a very smooth brew. Carbonation level is spot on, nd it slides down with ease. Before I even realized it, I'm done with it. (too bad I only got 2 of these)!

If I lived in the distribution area, I would probably make this one a regular drinker. Of course, I haven't tried the Pliny or Sculpin that I got in the trade yet... Still though, this is a very excellent beer, and my first from Russian River. I look forward to more of each!

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Photo of flexabull
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
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 AAxsom
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AndrewK for this great bottle!

A- very excellent copper color with average carbonation. Great, pillowy head.

S- amazing citrusy aromas. I get just a bit of a grainy smell as well. This smells just incredible.

T- WHOA! talk about a change of pace - I get tons of great caramel malts and tremendous, bready, yeasty notes. the smell is completely different from the taste, and I love it. Amazing malts for an IPA.

M- I get a weird aftertaste with this beer. The smell and the taste are so unique that the balance is tough. This is bitter from the hops and a bit funky from the bread taste.

O- great, really good IPA. I love the malts with this beer. Such a different and great IPA.

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Photo of
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Russian River.

Light amber in color, just a bit cloudy. Large, creamy, off white head. Great lacing.

Aroma was primarily citrus, grapefruit and lemons. Pine and a bit o' honey in there as well.

Taste was big on the hops, but nicely balanced. Some sweetness for contrast, consisting of caramel and wheat bread. Hop character was back to the citrus, as in the smell.

Medium in body, almost creamy. Medium carbonation. Not particularly dry.

Excellent IPA, right up there with the best of them. Edged out a little by some others, but one I wouldn't hesitate to drink again and again and again...

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Photo of Murph-Dawg
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Was fortunate enough to come across some Blind Pig and Pliny the Elder in a beer trade.

Again fortunate, this was a extremely pleasing beer. Aromatic, yet also very flavorful and bold. Has a soapyish taste to it, one I enjoyed a lot. I will certainly trade for and attempt to find more if I can.

Excellent beer over all!

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

6/16/16 bottle poured to tulip

Pours clear medium gold, two big fingers of off-white head that slowly settles, leaving some lacing.

Sweet breakfast roll and citrus on the nose, bit faint until it warms, when some sweeter citrus and deeper malt notes come out to play

Gloriously hoppy flavor, balanced slightly to the bitter side, bitter orange peel and a hint of pine, light malt and honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel is spot on for a big IPA, full body with a good lash of carbonation

Overall, I've really been looking forward to this one... one of the white whales in my favorite style, and happy to say it doesn't disappoint. Not too big, not too little, just a very nice take on the west coast IPA style, but not super-aggressively-bitter. Were I closer to the brewery, this gem would be in my fridge whenever possible.

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Photo of kevanb
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blind Pig pours a lovely clear copper color, hues of golds and oranges with just a touch of light amber, a few bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass while a nice thick white head rises about 2 fingers high out of the glass that has great retention and leaves behind a great sticky network of lacing. The aroma is great, bright and vibrant floral hops, juicy grapefruit and tangerine with some nice pine and grassy flavors at the back end, just a touch of sweet pale cereal grain comes out. The flavors are just as nice, huge grapefruit presence on the tongue, light floral notes with a big burst of bitter earthy pine and grass flavors but the brightness is still there which is remarkable, a touch of sweet pale grain at the finish reminds you that there is some malt used in this beer but this is all about the hops. The body is great, medium carbonation, a touch higher than anticipated and moderately prickly with a full body and and great dry bitter finish.

Verdict: An absolutely fantastic IPA from Russian River, it should come as no surprise that they have mastered the art of hoppy beers. The flavors across so wonderfully with such mild bitterness, this really is one of the most drinkable IPAs on the planet. This really is a must try for anyone who loves hops.

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Photo of malthegal
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy golden amber in color. A fair amount of sediment floating throughout. Very nice creamy and white head. Average lacing.

S - Pine mostly, undertones of citrus, a strong floral aroma.

T - An excellent bitter hops taste. Pine tones throughout, but I felt like the bitter taste lingers and stands out nicely.

M - lightly carbonated, yet balanced with the bitterness.

D - Highly drinkable, hits the spot, smooth yet unique.

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Photo of Casedogg43
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ran through a pretty good gaunlet of Pales last night.
I appreciated them all. Zombie Dust, Blind Pig, Pliney, 90 min, hopslam...
This one was terrific.

S - wonderful citrus and grapefruit smell. Inviting to say the least.

T - Starts strong with the hops and citrus, and stays consistent. Not as balanced as Pliney, but very close. Wonderful taste.

M - Crisp and tasty.

O - Big Fan of this Pig. Russian River delivers on this one. Thanks to John Neal for returning from his San Fransico trip with some goodies to share!

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Photo of Denali
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Toronado.

Presentation: 16 oz. pint glass.

Appearance: Body is gold with slight orange. Thin off-white head with a bit of lacing.

Smell: Wonderful very hoppy citrus aroma. Detected an almost grain/husky aroma as well.

Taste: Toasty malt upfront, followed by citrus hops, mixed in with sweet malt flavors. The malt and hops flavors dance around each other, each one taking its turn in the foreground. Wonderful bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy drinking.

Comments: Whenever I go to the Toronado, I order at least one of these. One of my favorite IPAs. Extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours perfect orange with a thick one finger head. Not much retention, but thick sheets of lace are left behind.

S - big grapefruit and orange peel hops first. This is a HOPPY sombitch for sure. Some nice peachy fruit and bready notes come through for just the right balance. Some tropical fruit and floral notes as well.

T - Citrus of all kinds, tropical fruits, and pine form a delectable combination of IPA goodness. Definately on the citric/fruity side of the hop spectrum, with just enough malt backbone.

M - a bit prickly, but still smooth. Medium finish.

D - very high. Another pint, please!

A modern classic, and for good reason. An exellent beer, to say the least.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tulip. Thanks for Pretzelcity for including this in the Support Your Team BIF.

Appearance: The first thing I notice about the appearance is how light and bright it is. More of a golden copper color than the deeper orange and amber colors I expect from West coast IPA's. A tightly formed, impressive off-white head forms upon pouring and has the courtesy to stick around, leaving soft lacing on the glass.

Smell: Great tropical aroma! Pineapple dominates, with grapefruit, a bit of lemon, and mango all making my mouth water at the juicy hops I can almost taste.

Taste: Somehow the pale malt seems to provide a support structure for the wonderful hops instead of trying to match it. A light malty sweetness compliments the juicy citrus hop flavors that dominate most of each sip. Unlike some IPA's that seem to create conflict between the malt and hops, the sweetness sets the stage for the main performers, the citrus hops. It finishes clean and smooth, the sign that the recipe really holds up.

Mouthfeel: Somehow this achieves a level of creaminess I would not have thought possible with a single IPA. Great work to keep it carbonated, smooth, and deliciously creamy.

Drinkability: More. Please.

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Photo of deereless
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Sea foam froth, the color of wet straw, line of head around the edge, minimal carbonation visible in the beer - 4.25, S: Absolutely loaded with grapefruity and citrusy hops, though hops dominate the nose there is a nice solid malt build - 5.00, T: Heaps of hops from the beginning to the end of this beer, semi-dry and bitter, has elements of freshly cut grass and pine sap - 4.50, M: 4.00, D: An extremely solid representation of the style, hops play the main role and hence this is a beer every hophead should seek - 4.50

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Photo of LisaMessy
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. As much as Pliny especially after they tweaked the hops in Pliny. Aroma is floral and crisp and fresh. Taste is also crisp with notes of berry and citrus. Not unpleasantly bitter at the end. Beautiful golden color and creamy head.

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

Wow. Russian River's Blind Pig IPA pours a golden wheat straw color with a thick head the color of clouds ... clouds in heaven. Too much hyperbole? Dig that fresh aroma of hops.

The crew up in Santa Rosa really knows their hops. If either Pliny was a little too astringent for your taste, the Blind Pig is your animal. Whereas those multiple IPAs filled the senses with grapefruit and piney goodness, this American IPA tends to a more subtle citrus finish and a better balance between the florals and the sweet malt notes.

Just as on their fantastic Pliny the Elder, the bottle warns against aging this beer. Right...

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Photo of pburland23
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

Beer pours a hazy, bright bronze color with a finger or so of ever so off-white head. Superb head retention filters down to some wonderful lacing. A real nice looking pint.

Smell is piney and citrusy. The hops are very much front and center. It's interesting to find a beer that features both piney and citrusy hops aroma. Usually it's one or the other. Very nice combination of the two here.

Taste is amazing. Possibly more flavorful than Elder. I'll have to have a side by side tasting of the two sometime. The citrus flavors explode out of the glass followed closely behind by some pungent earthy, pine notes. Then the bitterness kicks your mouth in. There's so much going on here. Absolutely delicious.

The mouthfeel is resinous and well carbonated. Very drinkable. So much flavor for a beer that is only 6%.

Overall, a great IPA. One of the best I've had. It drinks like an IIPA with a moderate ABV. Will have to hunt down some more bottles. The one left in my fridge isn't going to cut it.

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed in a snifter from a few bottles I obtained from a west coast connection. Really nice color... Thin head that dissipated rather quickly into a hop oil slick laying happily on top.

Smells of bitter hops without a lot of fruitiness.

Tastes delicious and is a hop bomber without the fruits of Pliny... A definite cousin to this beer.

Mouthfeel is it's best trait. Really syrupy and it's lace just clings to the side of the glass upon tilting.

Overall an excellent beer but couldn't go with an all out exceptional because of its one trick pony attributes (but it's one he'll of a trick!).

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Photo of TomChiari777
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap:
Pale yellow, lightly hazed beer. I like the light pale color, the white addition seems a tad odd.??head makes up for the color, though: nice, white, and foamy at the edges. Lacing comes in spotted sheets.

The nose is surprisingly . Warmth brings out some grassy notes. I also get a little lemon rind.
The taste, however (and mildly paradoxically) is quite enjoyable. Mildly hoppy opening that seems clean of malt. The initial taste I get reminds me of noble hops. More hops pile on that add a more distinctively grassy flavor. Despite the draw on the tongue this brings, it somehow seems refreshing with hints of citrus-including the lemon rind from the nose.

Finally the somewhat unexpected spice bite hits. It's sort of like I picked a stalk of grass from a field and stuck it in my mouth like I did when I was a kid to emulate what I assumed farmers did.

Solid IPA.

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle, bottled on 07/22/08 into a pint glass.

Appears golden with a bit of an orange hue to it with a one and a half inch bubbly off-white head. Leaves a nice amount of lacing behind.

Aroma is citrusy, lots of grapefruit, with piney notes. A very light sweet quality to it as well.

Taste is dominated by grapefruit, it's almost like actually drinking grapefruit juice. There are some piney notes as well, a bit of grassiness. Way in the back there is a slight caramel sweetness that is barely distinguishable. Finish is nice and bitter just like the aftertaste of grapefruit juice.

Mouthfeel is medium, very nice level of carbonation makes it easy drinking.

Excellent stuff. Almost as good as the Flossmoor Vishnu's Vice IPA. I don't think anything can ever top that. I cry every night because it was only brewed once.

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

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce with
a little red glow, not much.

smell: decent hop aroma, piney

taste: balanced ipa, nice pine flavors

mouthfeel: light-medium bodied

drinkability: a good IPA with a decent backbone, 4 months old and drank very well. very impressed

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

500 mL bottle, dated 6/7/10, eh, fresh enough. Poured into a nonic.

Thought I reviewed this already so this will be brief. Appearance is nearly perfect, a radiant, clear golden copper color with active carbonation supporting an thick off white bubbly head that coats the glass in rings of sticky lacing and has great retention. Aroma is bitter and hoppy, with mild citrus sweetness, but dominated by citrus rind and earthy bitterness. The pale malt backbone provides a sturdy, yet unobtrusive balance to all of the hops. Mouthfeel is also perfect for an IPA, creamy, medium thick, well carbonated and smooth. One of the best examples of an American IPA, loads of bitter hops that are infinitely drinkable.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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