Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,767
Reviews:
1,448
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
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1,900
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Photo of MLDucky
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Matty123
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Invinciblejets
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a half-litre bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Bottled on 5 March 2012.

A: Highly clear and pale gold, much like Pliny the Elder. Two and a half fingers of fluffy head gradually subside, leaving heavy lacing. A steady stream of bubbles rises from the bottom. Pellucid and pretty.

S: Straightforward, blunt hops; an American IPA. Moderately balanced pine and sharp citrus, edging on the resiny side. Centennial? Chinook? Just some guesses. Pleasant, but not particularly powerful.

T/M: Thin bodied, almost weakly so, but the flavour is quite nice. Better in larger sips. The aftertaste is spot-on, hugely fruity/piny. A thinner, perhaps even more pleasant version of Pliny. But like its more famous relative, Blind Pig's maintaste is a bit brief. I'm not sure I understand the hype of Russian River's IPAs. The bitter-dry hoppy aftertaste with a tinge of green apple really just makes my day and saves the mouthfeel. Lingering and excellent.

O: It's a pretty great IPA, maybe better than Pliny. Still not as good as many others I've tasted, and definitely not worth the hype, but still recommended. I will drink again.

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Photo of Retsinis
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle recently (dated 3/28/11) since the Total Wine near me is always out of Pliney, but this will do.

A: Poured from the 500 ml bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. The beer pours a cloudy, and rich orange color with a creamy off white head, that quickly settled, but left a good half inch of foam on top throughout, depositing some decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: I get scents of pine hops, citrus, bread, orange zest, tangerine, grapefruit, and some mild pineapple.

T: Mirrors the nose quite nice, with a moderate initial bitterness that is not too dry, followed with complex layers of tropical fruit, backed by a mild malty bread sweet backbone. Notes of grapefruit, lemony zest, orange peel, and pine. The mellow bread and mild caramel malt provide a good backbone to the hops as well.

M: A medium cream and oily texture, with a soft medium level of carbonation. Very clean, and drinkable.

O: Great IPA. Fresher the better of course, but this was not too bad. Have had it fresh on draft at Russian river in April 2010, which was great too. I prefer Pliney the Elder, but this is not a bad consolation either.

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Photo of cts309
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nd5282
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This refreshingly hoppy beer did not disappoint. Not intensely hop ridden but still noticeable within the aftertaste. The hops finished off with a sweet and pleasantly strong aroma. With a clear golden appearance this beer is both easy to drink and quite satisfying as well.

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Photo of tdawgydog
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While in CA do as the Californians do... Stocked up on some Russian River brews on my first night in town. Big fan of PtE (but who isn't). The Pliny that I picked up from Whole Foods was only 4 days old where as the Blind Pig was bottled in late July.

A - Pours a nice golden yellow. Decent head, decent retention, keeps a nice lacing around the top of the glass throughout the life of the beer.

S - Smells like it's been barrel aged. Less pine than Pliny and more of an alcohol scent.

T - The alcohol comes through in the taste. It doesn't taste bad but I'd definitely choose Pliny over Blind Pig.

D - Goes down smooth. Warms the inside. Another well done brew from Russian River.

M - A little thin, but very good.

It's possible that the 2 months that this beer was sitting on the shelf in Whole Foods has affected it slightly, but I'd still choose a PtE any day :-)

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden copper with a foamy white head. Nice retention and stick all the way down.

S - Citrus hops, piney, caramel malts.

T - Layers of hops, fruity, piney, balanced by a sweet malty backbone, but finishes dry and hoppy.

O - Very solid IPA - glad I finally got a chance to try it.

Notes - received in a trade - bottle date was 1/16/14 so it is almost 5 months old - not sure how this impacted the flavor, but I would love to try again fresh.

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Photo of thebeerbeast
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of George8hrs
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean golden-copper with 2 fingers white head, nice retention and decent lacing. very floral scent, cascade piney hops, caramel, grapefruit. a slight piney flavor up front, lots of grapefruit-like citrus flavor, earthy bitterness in the finished mixed in with a sweet malt backbone. medium body, medium carbonation - a very refreshing and well balanced ipa. i have waited patiently for a full year to pull off a trade with this one. i've had way better ipa's in the meantime, but i am definitely glad i've gotten to try it.

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Photo of misternebbie
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doremite
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Highbury09
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pope66682
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rand
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to pint glass

A: Pours a light gold in color, clear, while forming a 2-inch, frothy sea-foam head. Amazing retention, lacing everywhere.

S: Fresh pine and grapefruit fill the nose, highlighting a distinctive West Coast style IPA profile. Honey-sweet malts and earthy yeast round the bouquet.

T: Following the vibrant nose, tingling citrus and dry pine hit the palate first. These flavors are quickly balanced by the sweet, bready malts. A touch of lemon zest and tea flavors can be noted, and the entire profile quickly comes to a bitter-sweet finish, with little lingering residue.

M: Medium bodied, lightly viscous in complexion, while the diacetyl creates a pleasantly slick appeal. Plenty of carbonation to keep the palate cleansed between each sip.

Another ace by the pros at Russian River; these are the kind of beers that make it tough to tire of IPA's. A lot like a little brother to Pliny the Elder, maybe a touch more earthy and bitter and lighter in complexion. Feels more session-y too, if RR was ever to 6-pack it, they should start here (and they wouldn't hurt the PtE brand).

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Photo of JayF562
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DeadWalkerAir
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmoriarty
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RockerD
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle with this hazy magic golden color that I totally did not expect. It was a pleasant surprise! A slightly gray head.

Smell's of tropical-floral-pineapple, wild berries. No lacing.

Clean taste of honey, pineapple, beautiful centennial hop bite as the beer dissapates from the mouth. Very crisp clean bite to the beer... exact in a strange way. Smooth and sweet up front bitter on the back.

Feels good in the mouth... slightly oily.

Great drinking beer. I could see even non hop heads drinking this beer in the summer months. Great beer!

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Photo of nicholasdes
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a beer flute. Bottled on 03 03 09.

Cloudy golden brown, almost orange with a cream white head that disapated quickly but comes back with a quick swirl.

Very citrusy nose, could almost be grapefruit juice, followed up with a light malt scent, exact LME.

The great hop aroma is gone on the taste and only a light hop citrus remains. Maltly with a very bitter enjoyable finish. Tart as well, maybe the best quality.

Mouth feel is round up front and then melts away.

This is pretty good but I really like my IPAs with a little more spice in the nose and more hops in the flavor, but this is very balanced. The tart bitterness is great and makes you go back for more. You could have a few for sure.

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Photo of Kurzman
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thetomG
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden pour with some foamy white head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Aroma is very grassy with a little sweetness and some pine coming through as well.

Flavor is a good balance between the slight citrus elements and the biter hops. Very well balanced with the same profile as PtE, but definitely more drinkable. Good beer. Would drink this again.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,767 ratings.
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