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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

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

Pint from the brewery
Appearance: Dark bright yellow/orange/golden/medium head/lacing
Aroma: Very fragrant, very nice hoppy aroma
Taste: Full bodied, yet balance
Mouthfeel: creamy
Overall: Excellent beer, very good reason to travel to Santa Rosa(among other reasons, mainly the beers at Russian River.

Drank August 26, 2015

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

Another wonderful west coast IPA acquired from JesseTheHutt. Thanks so much!

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on date of 1.18.2010.

The Bline Pig pours a hazy pure orange color with a nice sticky head and plenty of lacing on the glass. Very good start with the pour. The aromas are what make this beer. As soon as the top is popped off the air is filled with floral hops and sweet citrus fruits. The characteristics are plenty with lots of pine, fruits, hops, and even some malts. The quaff is hops, then sweet fruits, then a bitter hop finish that keeps the palate craving more. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and fairly light bodied. Drinkability is great. One of the most sessionable IPA's in my opinion. I do not feel that this gets near the hype as it could and remains under the radar as one of the best IPA's out there.

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Photo of Soonami
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The best IPA I have had in a while. I had this on-tap at Local 44 in West Philly, served in a pint glass

A- The beer was a tawny amber, with a very fluffy, full head of foam. This is exactly what an IPA should look like.

S- Immediately I was struck by the aroma of grapefruit and resinous pine with the sweet phenolic tinge of tropical fruits like pineapple and banana

T- Perfect balance of hop bitterness, malt and acidity

M- Refreshing with biting carbonation and good cling on the tongue.

D- I had two in a row and probably could've had another, but sometimes the bitterness just gets to be too much

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Photo of rringler
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very clear, golden amber appearance, with 3/4 finger, off-white head.

Smell: Clean, malty, hoppy, grassy.

Taste: Strong roasted malty start, without a lot of caramel, but is balanced well by good hop finish. Does a good job of hiding its alcohol.

Mouth: Medium body, lightly oily, good carbonation.

Overall: One of my favorite beers. Strong malt and hops, without the piney flavor of Pliny.

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Photo of kdoc8
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this in a half-liter bottle from the Bier Stein in Eugene. It always takes a back seat to Pliny, but this is one nice IPA. Pours out with a nice white bubbly head, and is crisp and clear golden-orange in color. Smells fantastic, with lots of floral aroma. The taste is also very floral and I get a hint of orange. No taste or hint of alcohol anywhere in the taste...seems as though more of the complexity in the taste comes out when it's colder and it loses it's complexity as it gets warmer. Otherwise very drinkable and nice for a hot day.

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Photo of nataku00
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a fluted chalice. Vibrant and clear dark orange color, with an initial finger and a half of off white head. Some light carbonation visible through the beer.

Nose is grapefruit and orange peel, with some pineapple/tropical fruit as well. A small hint of fresh pine needles in the background.

Grapefruit dominates initially, bitter and refreshing through the tongue. Some herbal hops mid tongue and into the finish. Bitter, but not tongue numbing bitter, which is nice.

Light bodied IPA, finishes relatively dry with only a small hint of citrus peel lingering. Carbonation is not too aggressive, which helps if you're also eating, but is enough to really cleanse your tongue.

This IPA would be excellent with a good meal, as it doesn't make everything you eat taste bitter, and ABV is low enough that you would retain most of your senses.

An excellent IPA if you can get it, and dare I say it, on par with PtE for flavor.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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 GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into two pint glasses. Extra special thanks to LarryG for sending this in our recent trade. Special thanks to pops for the assist.

Bottled On 091509

A: Pours a crystal-clear, pale gold with a huge, soapy, slightly off white head perched on top. Crazy amounts of lace were left behind!

S: Pungeant, rank, stinky hops. Pine, pineapple, apricot, grass clippings, and mango. The inside of my nose felt like it was coated with resinous hops!

T: Unholy amount of hops! Slight caramel sweetness, for balance, spicy pine, and tropical fruit. Spicy floral/piney hops...unbelievable!

M: Sticky, juicy, and perfectly astringent. Snatches of spiciness and caramel sweetness keep things in total balance.

D: Holy crap! This really is one of the best in the world. So incredibly drinkable and only around $5 a bottle? I. Need. More.

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Photo of Patrick2012
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in 16 oz Tulip Glass

A: Medium amber color, foamy white head that leaves a little bit of lacing but not much

S: Nice Citrusy smell with some pine in it. not a super strong smell.

T: Hoppy and a little malty with the citrus fruit taste still in there. Very bitter but a little bit of sweetness shows. Pine is also in the mix and sticks out nicely. overall a great taste

M: Bitterness at the back of my tongue, not a very intense aftertaste but it's good

O: Very good IPA that Russian River has made. A lot like Pliny but a tad lighter. I enjoyed drinking this very much.

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Photo of kbeals
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery as part of a recent road trip.

A- Bright amber/copper in color with a thick gleaming white head. Fantastic head retention and lacing throughout the entire brew. Just a great looking beer.

S- Oh wow, tons of citrusy hops with a bit of sweetness to round it out nicely. This is really what an IPA should smell like. So well rounded, not necessarily balanced though. I don't really expect "balance" in a West Coast IPA anyways ;)

T- Damn, flawless. Such a divine blend of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, it all seems to be there. There's even a slight caramel flavor to it as well, something I wasn't really expecting but is much appreciated.

M- Smooth, light-medium body. Well-carbonated.

D- Man, I could drink a ton of this stuff, but the sheer enormity of flavors is nearly a turnoff. An excellent beer and perhaps my new favorite IPA. I wish I would have bought a few bottles of it now.

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Photo of JayQue
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first beer I ordered through the mail - from South Bay Drugs in Imperial Beach CA.

A very impressive IPA!!! Poured into my Weeping Radish Brewery pint glass. Pours a dark gold, completely clear, with a good size white head. Good head retention and heavy ladder like lacing.

Smell is of strong floral hops.

Tastes great!!! Based on the smell, I was expecting a fairly harsh floral hops taste with strong bitterness (fine for me because I am a hophead). The floral hops were there but the taste and mouthfeel were almost pillow-like soft and smooth....like the IPA counterpart to a Helles lager. There is hoppiness and bitterness but the overall effect on the tongue and palate is soft. Mouthfeel is a hair light but the combination of taste and soft feel more than make up for this.

Drinkability is awesome. I could swill this all night!!! A pity this is not available here in Virginia. A truly great beer.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft at O'Brien's

Appearance is a clear amber hue, thin white layer of dense head, big thick lacing all over the glass

Smell is huge hops --grapefruit, pine resin, grass, lemon zest--, sweet bread malt tones linger in the background

Taste is moderate-full hop flavors, sweet grapefruit and citrus balance out the more bitter pine resin, hints of bread and grain malts are barely perceptible, finishes dry and bitter

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, thick and oily texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability is high, great flavor and body for a single IPA at 6%, solid throughout, no glaring shortcomings for this style, definitely a favorite and repeat performer, this ranks on my short list of top single IPAs

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Photo of Somebody_Else
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Same as everybody else: bottled 5/02/2013

Poured into a cold large glass Just big enough to hold the entire 17.25 oz after a little sip.

Seductive honey color with a thumb-width cream-colored head which dissolved into a thin line with light delicate lacing.

I got a good hops whiff when I opened the bottle but after the pour the smell was pretty weak. Later, as the beer warmed a little, I got good honey and malt smells, but somewhat light on the citrus or pine.

Great flavor! Loads of hops but surprisingly light on the bitterness. It's there, just not the massive IBUs of some. Now... I LIKE high IBUs and might normally downgrade an IPA for being too light, but this beer pulls it all together. This is the taste I want.

Mouthfeel? I call it after-taste. After the swallow you get the resiny hops clinging to the tongue and supplying plenty of recycled flavor. I sort of pump my tongue to cycle this past my nose. I dare say this is my favorite part of any big-hops beer. Now I sort of like Palate Wrecker better for this -- not for quality, but for shear quantity and durability of the aftertaste. For aftertaste quality, this Blind Pig is as good as it gets, in my opinion.

Overall: YES. What else can I say?

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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