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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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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Photo of corey0212
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this from raiser in the New Trader BIF Redux!!

Pours a beautiful glowing orange/gold color, damn near the perfect color for an IPA. Big frothy off-white head fades extremely slowly, leaving incredible amounts of lacing. Big juicy grapefruit on the nose, tangerine, pine, caramel malty goodness. Taste delivers on all the aromas, much heavier on the pine, crazy amounts of citrus taste, some pineapple. This is just a phenomenal IPA, everything you could want in an American IPA, and I'm quite pleased I got to try this. My 2nd Russian River brew, and I couldn't be more impressed with this brewery.

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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 breadwinner
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Epitome of a West Coast IPA for me, it's hoppy, dry, bitter, but nothing out of proportion, instead everything obviously executed to a precise calculation. And it deserves an extra tip of the hat for extracting such great hop flavor out of a relatively (compared to today's IPAs) small 6.1% ABV. Pliny is great, but this isn't far behind.

(Edit: Just happened upon a fresh pint. My God, that nose. Clear as a whistle, crisp, bright citrus, like pungent, tangy tangerine + the lightest touch of pine. Palate is grapefruit bitter. West Coast to a tee. Prob not for those who like the kinder, gentler IPAs, but hot damn is it a fine drink for this reviewer).

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Photo of Philabeerphia
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled 10/22/08, poured 12/28, .5L bottle. this has been showing up on tap quite a bit here in Philly over the past several months, and I've been totally impressed. In fact I'll take this over Elder (which has been on tap here with even more frequency) just about any day. As one beloved corporation would say this beer is all about drinkability (ok ok I'm sorry). I'm glad to finally be sitting down and putting some thought into this experience. Anyways, the pour grows into a finger high blanket of dense creamy head, which slowly erodes back into my pint glass, leaving behind a nice coat of sticky looking lace. hazy and golden...

s: each inward breath through my nose is a near nasal orgasm, mostly due to my surprise at the big smells this beer emits. Dominated by tropical fruits - tangerines, a hint banana, green melon. But a bit of darker fruits are showing up also. The undertones of the earthy herbal piney stink weed become incredibly pronounced as the Pig warms. Exceptional would sum it up.

T: The taste is a bit slow up front...starts light and gentle with the citric acidity of OJ, opens into a hint of malty sweetness which metamorphoses into an explosion of liquid pine cones as the beer goes down. Yes this is what I have been waiting for, my throat is electrified with sticky floral hop goodness. By the time Pig is in my gullet my tongue and throat have been bombarded with this utterly superior floral bitterness and again the word orgasm comes to mind. And thats that... I can only think of only a few IPA's I've tasted that have been more impressive.

MF: crisp bright and light on the front of the mouth but leaves a sticky coating in my throat. This Pig can do tricks; its definitely doing double duty and wearing lipstick...the MF is an almost unbeatable example for the style.

D: There's probably a rule against mentioning AB twice during a RR review so I'll just shutup and say that it is almost certainly the best drinking IPA I've had in years, if not ever.

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

500 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 6.10 % ABV, "Don't age" all over the label. Bottled on 030110.

A - A tall pour has a nice dense off-white head with great retention and some thick lace coating the glass. The beer is beautifully golden yellow with little action going on.

S - Massive nose of American hops with a huge amount of citrusy, fully grapefruit hop cones. Pine is low in the nose which is surprising. The aroma is predominantly a juicy grapefruit aroma. The hops are potent and reminiscent of a double IPA. Very nice aroma!

T - Delicious floral hops with a huge grapefruit citrus that has a thin flavor but not in a bad way. Malts just seem to fall away to the background with the tasty hops overtaking it all.

M - Medium-light bodied with a very well-balanced bitter and smooth finish. Awesome texture to this beer going down the hatch.

D - This is one drinkable IPA that goes down really well and decently bitter but not overpoweringly so. Nice work on the awesome IPA RR.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for this bottle

Review adapted from notes taken 12/23/10

Appearance: An amber/copper/golden color with a nice head and great lacing

Smell: Extremely, wonderfully hoppy - sharp citrus/lemon aromas completely overwhelm the malts... in the best way possible - tangerine and orange flesh, with a touch of pith, some dank notes, resinous pine - nicely pale malts, very clean

Taste: Very, very bitter - I have encountered few beers that provide this level of bitterness - it's a lingering bitterness, too - super hoppy, with mostly citrus (grapefruit) and resin notes - just gets better as it warms, explosive citrus, hops everywhere - juicy, fleshy, resinous - clean, pale malts - some balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nicely carbonated, extremely drinkable

Overall: Fantastic, of course

If I lived within Russian River's distribution, I would buy this all the time. I've had better IPAs, but this really ranks among the best.

Update: 5/2/13

Drinking a fresh bottle courtesy of magictacosinus, my first since 2010. It's just as magical as I remember. This is the definition of world class. I bumped up the appearance and taste, slightly.

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

Mildly hazy light amber with thin white head, leaves some lacing.

Smells of Sweet fruits and citrus, oranges, pineapples, grapefruits, some pine...I could sit and smell this all night.

Tastes first of biting earthy hops, then the citrus, grapefruit and pineapple come through. Just enough malts to smooth and balance..nice.

A medium body with medium carbonation that's soft and fuzzy, nice & sticky with medium hop bite and dry finish. mild alcohol warmth.

Another excellent Hoppy brew from RR. Any hop head should love this.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Russian River beer. I've been waiting a while for this. Bottle date is 3-1-10. Much thanks to rmjavanut for the great extra! Things start off good. Pours orange with a nice, rocky white head. Eventually reduces down to a cap and leaves some decent lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles and a little bit of sediment on the first pour, lots of it on the 2nd. The smell is excellent, very tropical and hoppy. Hops, citrus, pineapple, mango. Definitely reminds me of Sculpin, maybe even more potent. The taste doesn't quite live up to the nose but this is still a very good IPA. There is still some tropical-ness there but it seems to be mainly citrus and grapefruit. The balance of the hops and malts is perfect. A caramel/bread aftertaste starts to show towards the end. The mouthfeel is very good as well, light but creamy, no alcohol taste, great carbonation level, very easy drinking and enjoyable. This is what I expected and maybe a bit more. I have a PtE waiting for me, hopefully I can hold off till tomorrow...

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Photo of Mikey55
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very approachable IPA for amount of hop it carries, with lots of depth of flavour and a very dry finish.
S- Its sweet on the nose, with hints of rye bread and apricot.
T- Subtle and complex this beer goes through the full typical ipa fruit spectrum but carries nice cardamon, cumin and butterscotch as well. The hop is in the middle allowing time for a sweetness fresh finish that prevents any of the cloying build up that many hop-heavy ipa's have.
F: Very dry, light but not thin.

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Photo of PaBrewSki
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 1/16/14

Poured into a snifter with a white one finger head. Crystal clear yellow/orange appearance. Nose is very balanced between hops and bready malts. Taste follows suit. This is my first time with this beer and i'm impressed. Very balanced with a bitterness lingering on the tongue that leaves me wanting more. Could drink this all day.

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

A bubbly, amber brew with heavy, gooey lacing and high head retention. Head is super thick and sticks around for way longer than expected. Looks clean and composed without looking watered down or basic.

Hop smell is unmuddied, creamy and sweet. Biggest whiffs are citrusy (almost perfumy), packing in spices like cinnamon and nutmeg and a light maltiness. It's a really beautiful aroma and it smells so fresh, despite the fact that it may be a bit older than I'd usually like (beggars can't be choosers).

Flavor profile focuses on a spicy, orange rind of a hop bite with a creamy conclusion and incredibly smooth mouthfeel. The final moments are reminiscent of the best ESBs, boasting a rich doughiness and the slightest bitterness. Hop taste resonates without brutalizing, as does a warming alcoholic vibe.

As with all Russian River beers, this one manages to pack in a ton of unique flavor, while still boasting incredible balance and a maximum drinkability. It's so smooth and subtle, that it makes most of its style seem sub-par. I greatly anticipate trying this one on tap.

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Photo of Hands22
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/30/2011, drunk on 10/17/2011. Poured from 500 mL bottle into a snifter. 

A- Dark gold to light copper in color. Poured a creamy white head which reduced to a thin film of white bubbles. Brilliant clarity. 

S- Hops! Citrus bursts out, lots of grapefruit. Little bit of alcohol noticeable. 

T- The same citrusy hops are present as is some grass. However, there is a noticeable malt character with a somewhat bready taste (not sweet). Tastes slightly boozy. 

M- Although there is high hop bitterness, the beer is full and creamy. Medium-high carbonation tingles nicely. 

O- A complex and well balanced IPA. Really appreciate the malt character and how it keeps the hops from overwhelming the beer.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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