Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
BA SCORE
4.36/5
5,790 Ratings
Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#317
Reviews:
1,451
Ratings:
5,790
pDev:
8.72%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,896
Gots:
990
Trade:
26
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Ratings: 5,790 |  Reviews: 1,451
Photo of sprucetip
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into goblet. Pours orange/golden, huge fluffy white head, retention, clear, active, some lacing. SMELL is grapefruity hops up front, a prominent sweet malty influence balances the pungent hops. Very nice. TASTE is sharp piny and citrusy hop flavors backed and blending with caramel malty sweetness. They struggle for dominance and compliment each other, but in the end the hoppy bitterness takes over and lingers. FEEL mild fiz and tingle, pleasantly rich and full texture. Some warming and drying in the sharp bitter finish that lingers. OVERALL has an aggressive hoppy attitude and bold attributes that make it seem like an imperial/double amped up something or other, but is fairly mellow in abv. Often balanced it drops its pretentions and packs a solid west coast IPA punch.

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Photo of cetherid
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass

A.

Pours a hazy dark orange/honey color. About 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Leaves a huge amount of lacing.

S.

Citrus and pine, a little like PtE but more subtle. Hops don't smell as fresh as a pliny, but still a good smelling beer.

T.

Similar to nose but with a slight maltiness in there. A little citrus rind taste in there as well. Bitterness is there there and lingers for a little while.

M.

about medium bodied with lots of carbonation. The bitterness lingers a bit on the tongue for a little bit after each sip.

D.

pretty high drinkability. Low ABV but I'd opt for a Sculpin over this. Reminds me of what an old Pliny would probably taste like. Being made my RR, I'd definitely grab a fresh pliny over this any day. it's still a great beer, but it's hard to choose this over something else. I definitely wouldnt pass one up however. If I mysteriously saw this in the stores here I'd snatch them up too

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Photo of Dirrrty_Kurty
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a seethru auburn-tinted brown with two-finger white head that died quick with lace patches and had a very hoppy nose; pine and citric hops along with grapefruit and touches of breadiness and caramel malt. Light to medium bodied and easy going down the hatch, the hops are dominant and have a great earthy, citrusy and grapefruit taste along with minimal fruit sweetness. Beer is balanced by sweet and dry malty backbones, and finishes not bitter but dry and crisp and makes you want to have another drink. Skirts the edge between overly hoppy/DIPA and just a right balance for an IPA between hops and malts and is an excellent brew.

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Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light orange in color, with a slight haze. About a 1/4" of thick, tight, white head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Citrus. Grapefruit.

T: Light malt. Dry. And a good dose of grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium in weight, slightly chewy with carbonation on the higher side.

D: A good beer, but nothing overly impressive or distinctive. I imagine I would drink it if it were more readily available, but, as is, its not worth the effort in obtaining.

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Photo of beermonster001
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SStein
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of uustal
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy orange with a big time head. Great lacing and retention. Big pine aroma, also bits of grapefruit. Flavor follows. Huge bitter pine hops off the bat. A hint of citrus and floral as well, but the pine takes over. A little bready, semi-sweet malt before the bitter pine takes over again on the big finish.

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Photo of bobhits
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/14/11 and consumed on 5/14/11. Thanks to UCLABrewN84 for this in a recent trade!

There is something about the color of this beer I just love. A hair darker than the lightest IPAs but far lighter and more orangey than some of the darker almost ruby colored ones. Tall white head and good lacing is here and clearly a must.

The aroma isn’t as powerful as other reviews I’m seeing. This stone IPA glass generally does wonders for enhancing the nose so I’m not sure. What is here however is splendid. Fresh floral hops with the lightest of malts backing it.

This non imperial IPA at 6% is showing perhaps why most IPAs are still a bit stronger. The malt back is a touch weak and the hops aren’t nearly as strong as many are claiming. Instead this is a delicate hop flavor, very floral and certainly bitter. The malt truly is here just to make this beer work but like a child seen and not heard. If I could get this on tap in the summer I could see this being just about perfect.

The mouth is very good for the style. A touch lighter in body than some of the bigger IPAs, but perhaps a bit more carbonated. This makes for as I said above a great summer beer to drink.

I want to like this beer more. I want to get why this beer makes the top 100 and frankly I don’t get it. An extremely good IPA, but it just doesn’t have that something special to put it in the exceptional category.

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Photo of imagineiii
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with Gilgarp. Thanks again for the chance to try another BA legend.

Poured into an imperial pint glass. pale amber, almost golden. great clarity. full inch of head, great retention.

smells of subdued pine and grass.

bitterness is underwhelming. bottle is dated nov 08, maybe a little past its prime. like the pliny the elder, i love the carbonation. its low which allows for more subtle flavors.

very drinkable. at 6% its almost sessionable. under carbonation combined with fading hops doesnt ruin the palate at all.

Great brew, but Id like to try it fresh. These RR bottles have such serious disclamers about how much better this beer is when fresh, id like to try as soon as possible.

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Photo of Shaunbeerme10
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 5 weeks ago and tasted alongside a 1-month-old bottle of Pliny

L -- Pours a filtered pale gold body with a two-finger paper white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Good retention and great lacing
S -- Dank, piney, citrus peel, wet forest, and a little sweet maltiness in the background. Much more earthy than Pliny.
T -- Quite bitter upfront, mostly grassy, herbaceous, and pithy. Semi-sweet pale maltiness
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. Smoother than Pliny, for sure
O -- Like with Pliny, this is a very well put-together IPA. One of the most drinkable hoppy west coast brews I've had

81/100

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Photo of dd43
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quintessential resiny bitter west coast IPA. Filtered to be perfectly translucent, fairly rich in color with some amber highlights. Pine and citrus peel on the nose, flavors are somewhat dank and a good bit of caramel malt. The alpha acids came through in the finished beer in a big way. For a 6%ish IPA you will get your money's worth of IBUs here. West coast IPA fans will be in love.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of johnbills
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice clear golden hue with a rather fluffy white head
Sl: Lots of ripe citrus fruit and pink grapefruit rind with a good shot of pine stickiness. Daddy likey!
T: Citrus fruit are again center stage with ripe tangerines, oranges, and lemon zest. There is a slight "soapy" quality to this beer as well that isn't really doing it for me at the moment.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a good crisp bite on it as well
D: A really nice IPA. I am not a fan of "soapy" IPA's, but this one had that quality for me. It just isn't my thing, but I still found this beer to be very tasty.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- sweet hops, bitter, oily

color- honey

clarity- clear with suspended sediment

smell- fresh hops

body- medium-smooth, bitter

appearance- light color, nice white head

overall impression- nice drinkable ipa

notes- slightly fewer bittering hops would make this a nearly perfect ipa to session with. stoked to know this is being bottled. this review is for a 2008 vintage tasted in 2008

glassware: pint

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Photo of captainkrad
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Typical IPA. Well balanced and very drinkable. Nothing out of the ordinary though. I was expecting more depth...

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Photo of DanielBarba
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful honey color, bright off white head, that fades fairly quickly. Smell is an amazing cornucopia of hops with grapefruit & pine notes both present. Taste is a bit of a let down compared to the amazing aroma. I know it's an ipa, and as such a healthy dose of hops is expected, but a bit more balance would've been more enjoyable. Mouthfeel is great, not too sticky, not too watery. A really good ipa. Here in the NW we're a bit spoiled, so maybe i'm biased. But still, a great beer that i would enjoy having again.

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Photo of MjBrewhouse
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/6. Drank 1/26.

Bubbly white head, see through golden color, and good lacing and head retention.

Big pine notes with some prominent citrus. A little melon and tropical fruit.

Pine and citrus hops. Malt comes across bready.

Medium-light body, smooth, creamy, and medium bitterness.

Easy drinking IPA that delivers great aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Bobbypilatti
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%

Photo of jnn4v
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's a good beer, but either I had a not-quite-up-to-par sample, or it's a bit too old (it was bottled 12-2008 and I'm drinking it 3-2009). I enjoy it, but not A or A+ material.

A: Hazy, light amber color. Almost orange. Very little head. Very fine carbonation.

S: Amazing. Apricot, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and honey. I almost want to burst out into song with "these are a few of my favorite things" it smells so good.

T: Not nearly as sweet as it smelled, but still not bad at all. Balanced bitterness from the hops with fruit flavors from the hops, all of which is pretty balanced by the malt, although the malt is losing out here a bit in the battle for flavor dominance.

M: Relatively thin texture compared to how it looked. Not very carbonated either. Still probably a medium-bodied beer on the whole, and probably thick for a non-imperial IPA.

D: Highly desirable to consume, but the odd texture (from relatively thinness of the body combined with the low carbonation) and the bitterness winning out on the balance war, makes me knock it down a point or so, even though the flavor and especially scent are good.

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Photo of emptyglassagain
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 5,790 ratings
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