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Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
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4.36/5
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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:
#314
Reviews:
1,453
Ratings:
5,803
pDev:
8.72%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,896
Gots:
996
Trade:
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Ratings: 5,803 |  Reviews: 1,453
Photo of Momar42
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 072812 into Duvel tulip

A - clear deep orange with nice fluffy head. Head dissipates fairly quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S - west coast hops dominate. Quite a hoppy nose as expected. Not as abundant nose as I was looking for but still solid for an IPA.

T - hops don't really announce themselves on the palate until the back end. There is a peppery quality to the finish. Smooth overall but honestly lacking abit of body. One dimensional hop profile but what it does it does well.

M - spot on for the style. Smooth and creamy with a nice bite at the end. It's a RR so this shouldn't be much of a surprise.

O - no, this isn't PtE but I didn't expect it to be. This is a quality IPA from a truly fantastic brewery. The aroma could be slightly more pronounced and the flavor profile a tad more robust. Otherwise extremely good. I wouldn't pay a premium for this but I would love to have it on draft anyday and would never turn it down.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, faintly-hued, dull copper body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Pungent nose dominated by robust hop notes of pithy grapefruit, earthy lemon rinds, pineapple, and flowers.

Taste: Starts with a subtly sweet, restrained pale malt base from which to launch yourself into the hop field. Soon, a full-on barrage of sharply citric hop character and bitterness pushes its way onto the palate. Strong accents of white grapefruit and rustic lemon, with somewhat lesser undertones of fruity pineapple and pressed flowers. Medium-high bitterness. The beer remains assertively bitter all the through (and beyond) the very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A bit oily, a bit sticky even.

Drinkability: Well, there's no question, it's certainly one for the hop fiends. About as reasonably easy to drink as a cuttingly bitter India Pale Ale can hope to be.

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Photo of easement
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours with golden color with light head.

S - fruit/floral aromas.

T - very malty with some hops. not as much hops as I was expecting.

M - just right. slightly syurpy, but still thin.

D - highly drinkable. good balance, but i would like more hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an IPA glass. Bottled on 4/16, consumed on 4/24

A - Clear golden straw color with fairly active carbonation. Big 2 finger head. Very pretty beer.

S - I'm getting a lot of sweet dankness. Maybe hints of orange and tropical fruits. I'm thinking there is some malty sweetness mixed in there.

T - I can't really say what I'm getting here. It's a little muddled in the hop profile. Kind of dank. A little bit citric. NO malt. I dig it.

M - Prickly carbonation with a very mild bitterness. It lingers for a bit on the tongue. Light bodied and easy to drink.

O - Rock solid. Not amazing. But rock solid.

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Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big fluffy white head. Slightly hazy, translucent brew: gold and orange straw that easily lets through light sources, shifting its appearance constantly. Lively and bubbly. Excellent head retention and excellent lacing.

Big grapefruit and pine notes, with a hint of dank cat musk, tropical fruit, and lemon. Malt presence is tricky to pick out behind all the up-front hops, but it's mostly pale biscuit and floral/honey in the background.

Flavor is less bitter and brightly hoppy than the aroma indicates; much more mellow. Pine and pale malts up front, with a huge dose of Mosaic fruit and dankness on the back end. Crisp and clean.

Bright, light-bodied (but plenty of flavor), semi-dry finish with long-lasting hops on the palate. Very drinkable.

This is a solid IPA. I don't feel it lives up to its big cousin, PtE, at all - but then, it's lighter and lower ABV, so it occupies a different beer niche. It's closer to the hoppy APAs so many companies are putting out now. Enjoy this with lunch or on a warm day.

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Photo of Snooprobirob
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EgadBananas
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ben for this beauty!

This took me many sips before deciding upon my review... At first I was puzzled. There was some sweetness, but mostly grapefruit. Not much hops. As I sipped, the complexity grew.. Citrus, slight sweetness, and a hop backbone that was intense and solid. The hops creeked into the aroma. Faintly, but very present. The feel ended smooth. Started creamy, velvety, silky.

This is not your typical punch-you-in-the-face IPA, but it is complex and leaves you satisfied in the most sophisticated of ways!

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 4truth
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joshuadlight
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall tulip, this is one of the paler IPAs you'll see. Huge head that rose above the lip of the glass and hung on for dear life for the next half hour.
Hop flavor is across the board, mostly astringent and piney. West Coast to be sure, there is no sweetness or maltiness. This is just a hoppy beer.
Worth the hype, RR doesn't disappoint often.

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Photo of almostjay
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mani
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Very transparent golden with a very little head

S. Faint fruits and sweet malts.

T. Nice on the palate. But not very potent. Smooth.

Nice but needs a Lil more carbonation.

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Photo of Zorro
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled thanks to RedwoodGeorge and his most Excellent trade!

Pours a clear golden beer with a slightly off white head. This looks much like a good lager in my glass.

Smell is agreeably very hoppy. Strong very pine and eucalyptus hop aroma with no citrus scent in it at all. Additional hop aroma of mint is very strong to the nose here. Malt scents are minimal here but there is a faint light aroma of malt that is slightly honey like.

Taste is fairly light malt wise like a golden ale. While the malt is doing a whole lot of nothing the hops are quite busy entertaining your tongue! Good strong West Coast style hops provide lots of pine and grapefruit flavor. This is an assertively bitter beer but not a harsh one. In my book I cold almost call this a strongly flavored Pale Ale but it really is an AIPA to non-warped West Coast palettes.

Mouthfeel is good but a bit light.

A nice drinkable IPA here that is strong but not too over the top. This here is a beer that shows West Coast hops in all their glory. But to be honest this is a rather strong beer that probably will shock many and delight all the hopheads. If you are not a hop head drink 3-4 of these and you will be!

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Photo of gatornation
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear amber color with a 1 finger head and good lacing..smell is full pine and citrus hops with a floral and grapefruit smell..malts in the background..taste is much the same its a ipa full of pine and grapefruit tastes it has a great tasty hop profile it rounded out with a touch of caramel malts..mouth feel is medium well carbonated lots of flavor..drink ability is high its so good so drinkable..could down several of these ..really liked this one

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Photo of mulder1010
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ML bottle, bottle date 10/22/10, poured into a rocks glass

A-- Poured a golden amber color. Small, quick fading off white head. Reasonable carbonation with the pour. Just bits of lacing when working through the beer.

S-- Fresh citrus, especially grapefruit. Fresh pine and good dose of Carmel malt. Good smell.

T-- Carmel malt, grapefruit, orange and fresh cut pine. The freshness of the flavors stand out.

M-- High carbonation, very crisp. Flavors are very bold. Not a hop bomb but very good.

D-- Very good. Not massive and over the top like other IPA's. Well designed and thought out. Flavors are well balanced and the ABV is basically zilch. Would buy another, especially considering the price.

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Photo of haazer
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of the Hulmeville Inn. They've been gettin some real good stuff lately.

A- Golden and copper in color. A little more than a finger of condensed white head. The brew is filtered clean. There is some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Great notes of pine, some citrus and grapefruit. You can also pick up some pale malts in the background.

T- Good amounts of lemon, citrus, and sprucey hops. Very balanced IPA though with a bready pale malt backbone. As I drink the growler I do notice more grapefruit flavors. This is also very crisp.

M- Ok, drinkability since no longer rateable factors in this. This beer drinks like a dream. So easy. Light body with mid to high level of carbonation. Nothing prickly though. This is so refreshing and easy drinking. Definitely the best aspect of the brew.

O- Needless to say this growler dissapeared very fast. I can name at least 3 IPA's that come to mind that I prefer over this, but none of them drink as easy as this does. Deserves the acclaim it gets. Glad to of gotten a growler and not just a pint or 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of WestCoastBeerDude
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pkeigs
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mayor, this is one of the classics in my opinion. Smells of piney aromatics, little citrus and hardly any malt. One of my favorite parts about this beer is the malt bill seems so simple. Vinnie lets the hops run the show. After drinking about half my glass my palate gets used to the bitterness, I am enjoying all of the hop complexity. Really loving the lacing as the glass continues to drain. A true classic IPA. Can't wait to drink another...

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Photo of birchstick
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 9/7/10, consumed on 10/2/10

A - pours a bright, faint copper with a nice one finger head

S - smells of some pineapple and juicy grapefruit hops with a bunch of pine behind it. It is almost as if some hop juice was oozed into this beer.

T - Based on the nose, I was expecting this to be sweeter than it was. Starts off with the grapefruit, but this was pushed aside by a barrage of bitter pine hops. There is a bit of a caramel malt base that helps hold this beer together. Leaves with an acidic bitterness akin to biting into a grapefruit peel. Very solid, but just a little too bitter for my liking.

M - nice full body that goes down wonderfully. Leaves a bit of a dry finish

D - Solid IPA. After drinking this, I can see why it is so highly rated. A west coast hop bomb all the way. However, I thought this beer was maybe a tad too bitter - I like my IPAs to showcase sweeter flavors. Other than that, not bad by any means. I have a PTE in the fridge right now, can't wait to see how the two compare. Thanks to MaxStout for sending this my way.

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Photo of Brez07
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing from last months notes. Bottled on 1/13/10. Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to Sideswipe for the trade

A: Pours a golden hue with lots of visible carbonation. Initial pour leaves a two finger white head. Some lacing is left as I drink the glass

S: Huge hop nose. Wow, very nice. There is some bready malt, but really, I can't smell much other then the hops

T: Not quite as nice as the nose would lead you to believe. Still, very good hop presence, with the accompanying grapefruit/citrus blend

M: Medium bodied. Slight bitterness on the tongue, dry finish

D: Very good IPA, but ultimately nothing that stands out for me. Standard west coast style IPA in my opinion

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Photo of Crosling
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, thanks Dr. Bill! Light golden color with a wispy foam that lasts well. Very nice nose, which is dominated by very bright woodsy hops, with other light notes of resin and lemon from the hops. Flavor hoppiness and bitterness is very bold and impressive, and lingers in the finish very well. The hops are raw, pure, well utilized and again, they linger well after the swallow. Flavor hops are similar to the nose and can best be described as very woodsy. A minor critique, it doesn't have a lot of body, but the finish makes up for it. Overall, really nice IPA.

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Photo of schmitter
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pig came to me a slightly clouded amber with a slight head.
There was a fairly floral scent.
It had a pleasently bitter bite to it, both up front and aftertaste. There was the usual citrusy notes of the style, most notably tart lemon. It finished very dry but smooth and is definetly a beer I want more than one of.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great extra from a recent trade. Thanks Dan!

Poured a great straw color with plenty of long lasting foamy head. Smell was ok. Not quite as floral as I remembered with previous glasses of this.

Great hoppy taste. Citrus fruits up front. Pine needles on the back end. Very bitter. All hops. Little malt in the background. Mouthfeel was quite oily from the extreme level of hops in this beer.

Quite a drinkable IPA. I could have a few of these in a session for sure.

Reccomended. A great IPA.

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Photo of dmsohyea
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barely and Hops 2/12/11

A: pours deep orange with 1 finger off-white head and minimal lacing on the glass. Beer has a great color.

S: Impressive piny and grassy hops and strong citrus.

T: Piny and grassy with less citrus than expected. Moderate hop bitterness and slightly sweet on the back end. No alcohol flavor or feeling.

M: Smooth with moderately high carbonation. The medium body is quite nice.

D: Drinkability is slightly above average for the class. The lower ABV makes it a little more sessionable.

Hats off to RR for making such exceptional beer. There are 5 or 6 other beers that I would give this grade or higher to.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 5,803 ratings
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