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

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Added by RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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4.33
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Photo of CraftEyeDoc
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: super clear golden yellow, nice carbonation leaving a 1.5 finger head and small amount of lacing as you drink

S: nice grassy slightly piney with a decent amount of citrus

T: very balanced and matches well to the nose, very light and crisp, very low malt flavor which lets the hops shine, great after taste that just lingers on your tongue

M: Lovely, light to mod body

O: classic IPA not overly bitter and so easy to drink

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 510 mL bottle into a pint glass, golden amber colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: fruity hops, mango, pineapple

T: beautiful hop profile, bitter up front, middle is fruity sweetness, finish turns bitter with slight pine, tropical fruit

M: vibrant carbonation, medium body

O: top notch IPA in the west coast style

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good Googly Moogly!!! Love this!

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Immediate 2-inch thick fluffy white head, which dissipated slowly but left lots of sticky lacing behind. Thin white collar remained throughout. Medium bubbles and carbonation. Color was light orange amber, but mostly clear. What swept me off my feet here was the lovely nose -- perhaps the best citrusy, piney grapefruit nose I've ever experienced, with subtle hints of orange, mango, and papaya. On the palate -- pine, pine, pine and sweet bitter grapefruit. Just fabulous! A textbook IPA in structure, with voluptuous sexy flavor profile. Hops are strong, but not overpowering, and alcohol is totally masked/subdued. Mouthfeel is good & chewy. Overall impression is as impressive as any IPA or DIPA I've ever tasted. If you don't absolutely love this, then you've obviously got your head up your ass.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Another "How the heck have I not reviewed this beer yet" review.

Six day old sample. Poured into a pint glass.

Crystal clear copper/orange pour with a massive scoop of off-white foam. Tons of lacing throughout the glass.

Aroma is a wonderful blend of citrus and light malt. Orange, apricot, peach, pineapple and mango. Pretty much insert any citrus fruit and you can whiff it. Some pine and malt as well.

The taste is, in essence, what an IPA should be. Hoppy up front with a big malt back bone. Big citrus and the right amount of bud-tingling hops. This has that. Mouthwatering buds well after the swallow. Makes me want more and more to quench that everlasting thirst. The swallow is almost like the licking of the inside of a grapefruit rind...not the outside.

Smoooth body to this.

Overall this lives up to the hype. Everything a West Coast IPA should be and more. Smooth yet bitter but not overly to take it to the DIPA level (that's Pliny's job). I noticed the price has gone up on this bad boy but still worth it to experience the show. Too bad the Blind Pig can't. Whaaa.

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Photo of sarahspat
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks again, raoulduke37!

Pours cloudy peachy light orange color with a sizable fluffy off-white head; lacing is considerable.

Great aromas happening here: citrus... candied white grapefruit and candied pineapple, fresh pear, pine in the background. This brew has an amazing nose. Makes my mouth water.

The taste 100% lives up to the smell; everything I appreciate in the smell shows up again in the taste. Delish! Candied tropical fruits flourish in the perfect amount of bitterness to make this IPA really work.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, but the carbonation is great. Blind Pig is a very well-crafted IPA. It doesn't get much better than this. It's like a better version of Two Hearted, which is still a very good beer. Couldn't be more drinkable if it tried.

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Photo of JonathanC
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great IPA, it's no Pliny but it is still part of the family to me.
This beer is always a pleasure to find and I wouldn't fail to grab it if an oppurtunity presented itself.
Blind pig provides a strong taste with a smooth finish. Very hoppy! The taste lingers in your mouth leaving you thirsty for more. If you enjoy a solid IPA definitly give blind pig a go.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a filtered golden color with 1 finger of a well-retained head. Great lacing.

Aroma is a burst of grapefruit pith and citrus. Some underlying pine notes with a nice amount of malt sweetness. A bit of a caramel notes also.

Taste is fantastic... I actually like it better than Pliny. It's more crisp and less sweet. The hops are the star, and the crispness and moderate level of carbonation only elevate the taste more. A very creamy mouthfeel. More grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Good stuff.

Overall, this is a great IPA! I see it pairing well with beer cheese bites. It gets a 93/100.

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Photo of mtrentm
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful honey golden color with a nice pillowy two-finger white head leaving nice sticky lacings on the glass.

S: WOW! The aroma of fresh hops comes rushing out of my glass! Very grassy, floral, citrus, lots of grapefruit. I could just sit here & smell this all day!

T: Not as big as the nose suggests but very well balanced. Starts off with a little bit of biscuity malt then moves on to an assertive hop bitterness. Again lots of floral & grassy flavors finishing with grapefruit.

M: Light-Medium bodied mouthfeel. A little oily, not much alcohol presence.

D: Very drinkable IPA. I love everything that Russian River Brewing is doing & love turning new people on to their great brews! If you haven't gotten the chance to experience them you are missing out.

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Photo of pwoody11
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Easter gift from my Sister visiting from San Diego..

Poured nicely. Color is orange with some brownish hues. White head.

All I get from the aroma is hops. Both citrusy and floral. Very pleasant on the nose. Really makes me want to drink it, but smells so good I inhale through the nose with each sip.

As the nose would suggest, the taste is very hop dominated, but somehow the bitterness seems to be a little subdued. You know its there, but it's not destroy your palate bitter like the nose leads you to believe. Very nicely balanced with the malts.

I really enjoyed this one. Hope my Sister will ship more when she gets home.

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Photo of AltBock
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try Blind Pig on tap at Capone's Black Friday on 11/28/2008. They served it to me in a Budweiser pint glass. It's probably going to be the only time these two breweries will ever be in a sentence together. It was the only thing they had and it was clean. That's good enough for me.

This Russian River beer poured a hazy and bright sunshine yellow color. On top of this hazy and yellow IPA was a creamy 1 inch head of pure white foam. This head had excellent retention that left behind a small white film and a huge amount of sticky white streaks of lace around the glass.

The aroma was so hoppy that I could smell it 1 foot away. The aroma was hopped up with bitter citrus hops, about 2 tons of tart grapefruit, pine, and a subtle splash of lemon peel and coriander. The aroma was only the beginning when it came to the hops.

The taste was also hugely hopped, but in a different way. I could taste all the bitter citrus hops gather what hop energy it could get and just when the taste was about to overwhelmed with hops, they settled off. It was a great hop experience. Hiding behind all the hops was a ton of tart grapefruit, a hint of lemon peel, a splash of coriander, pine needles, and extremely subtle amount of toasted malts. I'm surprised any malts made it through that massive hop wall.

This 6.0% IPA was full bodied and featured a full flavored hoppy aftertaste of bitter citrus hops, tart grapefruit, and a splash of lemon peel. This hoppy aftertaste was long lasting. Make sure you have a glass of water nearby to cleanse your palate. You'll need it!

Wow! What a pleasure to try on tap! I'm not sure the bottled version would be as good as the on tap version, but I'm sure it's up there. If you find out that your local bar has this on tap, make sure you show up early to try this wonderful Russian River beer.

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Photo of mjd83goblue
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle. Thanks to torchednoodle for the trade!

Pours quite hazy with a thick billowing head. A few yeast particles floating around.

A big punch of sweet fresh lemony raw hops. Just phenomenal. Also makes you think it will be stickier than it actually is.

Ripping hops for a regular IPA. Slightly unbalanced, with the hops winning the battle. A touch of a cooked cereal taste in the finish, but I'm just being picky.

Actually, a tad thinner than some of my other favorite IPAs. With that said, I would drink this at every opportunity. Fantastic beer, even though I'd probably take a Pliny over it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a perfectly pale see through copper color. Thick slightly off white head, long lasting fine evenly spread detailed lacing. I love the spiel about the blind pig, I never caught the connection with the namesake of this white whale. Aromatics are amazing the highlight of this fine single IPA super grapefruit, floral aggressive West Coast hop additions. There's also a touch of vegetal/onion notes but not overbearing this stuff is nice. This stuff is fresh from a shipment from South Bay Drugs, bottled 9/29/10. It doesn't get much fresher, I just ordered the Pliny they just got in as well. Flavor is excellent bitter dry finish up front hints of cracker semi sweet malt tones wrapped with fresh bursting hops. The hop flavors provide herbal, dry grassy, citrus in this case grapefruit, and a touch of floral veggie notes. Super dry bitter finish this stuff is ideal for drinkability. Medium bodied slightly slick with hop oils, mild easy going carbonation with a bone dry finish. Drinkability overall is killer a beer I could buy a keg of and introduce mainstream beer drinkers to hops, but why waste this nectar on newbies. I earned this experience, not this best single IPA but it's definitely up there.

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Photo of bpfishback
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just over a month bottling, in a DFH snifter.

A- Honey colored, with nice two finger head. Head sticks around for awhile and has a very nice appearance.
S- Pungent hoppy citrus with resiny undertones.
T- Citrus, possibly orange with a creamy bitter finish
M- Amazing.Great creamy light and refreshing feeling.
D- Extremely drinkable. Great lawnmower beer, imo.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent golden color, one finger off white head
Juicy citrus followed by fresh pine; slightly floral
Tropical fruits up front, awesome piney bitterness on the back end
Medium light body but provides dry bitterness
Once of my favorite ipas and one of the great reasons to visit RR!

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Photo of Goldfish
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 500mL Bottle (That's 1 pint .9 Fluid oz). Has brew date of 09/05/08. Very enticing amber-ish color. Nice full head. - Starts to evaporate almost immediately though. Leaves lacing all the way down the glass - an intricate array of stalagmites and stalagtites (sp?). Carbonation continues throughout the entire drinking experience.

S - Piny and Hoppy notes attack the nostrils. You want to stick your whole face in this beer.

T - Hoppy goodness. (Brevity is better or I could go on all day)

M - Plays with the tongue. Your mouth tingles with the flavor.

D - Could drink this all night and all day. A great tasting beer. Bud Light says they have drinkability. Well Bud tastes like crap in a bucket. This tastes like heaven and you still could drink it all day.

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Photo of peabody
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thank you to Talisker.

Pours out a very clear amber orange with one finger of white suds.
The smell is apparent when it leaves the growler.
Very piney grapefruit and orange with caramel and malt in the background. Very strong pine here like in a forrest of pine trees with the sap running all over the place.
Taste is so clean with the hops taking your taste buds for a bitter ride then letting you off in sugarville with the malty sweetness lingering. I put this glass to my lips and I think I am drinking a Christmas Tree~!.
Mouthfeel is clean/crisp and perfect. This is the perfect session beer. Absolutely perfect!

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Blind Pig, pours out beautifully. Cloudy lemon peel yellow body, with shades of orange highlights. Ample carbonation, head, and retention.

Aroma is very assertive, with notes of grapefruit, zesty lemon, and pine. Top notch aroma.

Wow, this beer is amazingly tasty.
Nice and zesty upfront. Notes of tangy sour grapefruit, zesty lemon, hints of orange, resinous pine, and perfumy florals.
All while pushed up against a solid bready malt backbone.

This is the epitome of perfection in a West Coast IPA. The hop profile is top notch, and the drinkability is off the charts.

Blind Pig just nails it.
A must try.

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Photo of drned
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Near perfect IPA. Balanced, great hops overlays solid malt without excess sweet or alcohol. I would drink this every day if it were available in the east.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a large snifter, revealing hazy golden body under a finger of pale and airy head. Some lacing. Decently pretty, this pour. Smells like honey and hops with a slight mealy malt undertone. Good smells.

Tastes fresh and bitter with a refreshing malty earthiness underneath the touch of citrus rind. Nutty aftertaste. Not sweet but not at all dry. Mouthfeel is silky with a tingling carbonation. On the heavier side of medium-bodied. Intensely drinkable and full-flavored.

Probably my favorite AIPA, this one did not disappoint.

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Photo of marksto
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sought out (along with other RR offerings) at GABF due to the well deserved reputation and ratings from this brewery.

BP IPA pours golden in color and clear with a thick, white, long lasting head. Has strong, spicy hops in the nose along with complex fruit and esters - very nice. Flavor is all about the hops and shows great hop complexity. Spicy, tangy, bitter and flavorful; with solid malt and fruit elements to back it up. An excellent beer, among the best of the great American IPA's, definitely worth seeking.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled date May 28, 2012, poured into Firestone Walker pint glass.

Reviewing as I drink.

S - Piney resin with orange/tangerine peel. Not the best smelling IPA, but inviting.

T - It's so nectar-y that it's got this kind of light tang or tartness to it that rolls from the front of the tongue towards the back throughout the sip. It then lingers for a second. Pine-y hops come in during the 2nd half of the sip while that tangy-ness is going on.

M - Light-bodied and drinkable. Light crisp level of carbonation.

O - Very balanced, well-crafted, and interesting. Had this both from tap and bottle on multiple occasions and never have I been disappointed. One of my TOP 5 IPA/DIPAs. Very suitable in So. CA summer weather!

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Photo of illidurit
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Toronado.

Light amber color, tan head. Really sticky lace, looks appetizing.

Smells very juicy. Pine and citrus and fruit, great layering of different hops.

Full flavored, a ton of hoppiness. Succulent pine and citrus, grapefruit, spice, pale malt, nice bitterness level.

Smooth, good carbonation, extremely drinkable. Russian River really can't do any wrong.

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Photo of wd40
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed about six weeks after it was bottled.

Bright lemon with some apricot and a hint of grapefruit balanced by a subtle sweetness from the malt. The sweetness is perfect and only comes into play in the aftertaste. The beer poured a really creamy head that actually lingered a bit (always makes me happy). Left a beautiful layer of lace on the glass. The appearance is a hazy golden orange.

The nose evolves from acidic hoppy goodness to a more sweet fruity citrus perfume as the beer comes closer to room temperature. The beer is incredibley smooth, although I expect nothing less from Russian River.

I can't get enough of this beer! It gets better and better as I sip it.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another fine masterpiece from RRBC, this is a resurrection of Vinnie's original IPA recipe from the Blind Pig Brewery.

The pour is a clear golden color with a thick white head. The sticky foam lasted through the entire drink, leaving plenty of lacing along the glass.

The smell is subtle with hints of orange, pine and grass along with a mild, pleasant malt note.

I was very surprised by the taste - it's very soft and subtle but very, very tasty. My very first reaction was "something's missing here" but what's missing is that 'in-your-face' punch of most IPAs. There's a very distinct hops taste here, no doubt about that, but it's actually scaled back a bit. There is an incredible sweet, malt note here that is a perfect balance to the light hops. The more I think about it, the more I think this is a perfect example of a "less is more" approach. There's some very distinct, clean hops notes in this IPA but by not being overpowering it actually gives you more of an opportunity to relish the flavors.

The mouthfeel is incredible - this is a very light bodied brew. The carbonation is plentiful but soft on the palate. If one of the macros were marketing this delight they'd say it was "the IPA that doesn't weigh you down"

It's hard to declare this one of Russian River's "best brews" because they're all so good but this was such a delight that I'll be keeping an eye out for its return. While most of their IPAs (Beerocracy, Parking Violation, RR IPA) seem to be related to Pliny the Elder with strong grapefruit citrusy notes, this brew appears to be more closely related to the ambrosia-like Pliny the Younger with a sweet note complimenting a more subdued citrus flavor. This one's a keeper and I'm glad Vinnie brought the recipe out of the vault!

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lynx1245 brought some goodies down for us. Thanks Trevor!

Appearance: Pours a pale gold with a pretty hefty amount of yeast sediment suspended inside. Thin, rocky, sticky white head doesn't hang around very long. Spotty lacing. EDIT: second bottle had better head and lacing than the first. Pretty impressive lacing actually.

Smell: Tons of pine and oily hop resin. Wow! Grapefruit everywhere. Caramel! Getting some earthy, herbal tones as well. Great aroma with plenty of balance.

Taste: What an awesome IPA. Reminds me a lot of Stone IPA, but with more balance. A good amount of oily hops, but not over the top. A lot of earthy tones inside. Feels... natural. Lots of caramel, butter and grapefruit as well. Just a really, really good IPA.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and very sticky. Low carbonation, but somewhat thin in terms of body. Slides right down.

Drinkability: Could drink 'em all day long. Light, fresh, and super smooth. Wish this was available in SLO.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,725 ratings.
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