Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 1,430 | Ratings: 5,680
Photo of dutesanch
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this 3 weeks old as a gift from a great friend and fellow BA. Taste was a very crisp hop bitterness that didn't hurt like some IPAs. Not as refreshing as Pliny but very quality. Pours a clear dark orange with bright white head and lacing. Smells of pine and fresh mountain foliage with a hint of citrus hiding. Very refreshing but if given the choice I'd give the nod to Pliny.

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

A big shout out to Hopasouras for hooking me up with this beer on my first beer trade!
After tasting Pliny, this was the next beer for me to try and I wasn't disappointed.

A - Beautiful pale orange color. Very clear like it was bottled in the middle of the bright tank with a fluffy coarse white head and great lacing that keeps a foam cap the entire time.

S - Good hop fragrance with citrus and a tilt toward the fruitier hops. There is some orange, pine, and herbal that are very similar to Pliny but this one has more of a tropical fruit character and more of a malt tone. Less fragrant than the great Pliny but I really love the slight mango fruit character.

T - Great hop flavor. More flavor than the smell would suggest but the same notes come through. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, mango, and then there is some resin and herbal. This one is less balanced with more the focus on the hops but with an objective of drinkability. The bitterness is lighter than any DIPA but is still there giving credence to the amount of hops present. It is very clean through out which is a hallmark of a more sessionable beer and not necessarily a more full-flavored, palate wrecker.

M - Medium to light mouth-feel with medium carbonation. It has plenty of flavor but is not going to dissuade you from drinking more or switching gears to a different beer or beer style. Maybe follow this up with a Consecration.

Overall, this is a very good example of a West Coast IPA. The more tropical fruit character and a notch down in the overall intensity definitely make the Blind Pig different than Pliny but still very tasty. If you get the chance to get your hands on Russian River I would stick with Pliny but if you've had the DIPA before I would strongly recommend getting this IPA.

Glass- Imperial Nonic Pint

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If this was made at a different brewery it would get a lot more love but in the company of Elder and Younger it gets lost sometimes. One of the best single IPA's out there.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
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 jooler
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pretty hoppy initial taste with a nice malty feel in my cheeks. More enjoyable than alpine duet and Pliny the elder but not as enjoyable as the alpine pure hoppiness.

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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 JamesStreet
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 510 ml bottle in to pint glass
A- Clear golden color with about a one finger head. Little lacing down the glass with lingering bubbles
S- Some citrusy hops, juniper bush, floral hops. Nice smells going on here.
T- A little more piney hops in the taste with some nice bitterness, but not too much. Good balance.
M- Very light, almost crisp. Again, good bitterness on the back end of the sip
O- Really solid IPA. I like this one.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a honey orange with a bright white creamy full head, lots of lacing, good amount of carbonation, beer is clear, looks solid.

A: Garlic, onion, guayaba, hints of freshly crushed pine needles, slight citrus peel, very aromatic.

T: More citrus forward on the taste, grapefruit zest, pine needles, guayaba, hit of citrus and resin like bitterness in the middle, finish is dry with citrus peel and zest lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O: Very tasty, like a subtle Pliny the Elder, very drinkable, very enjoyable, good balance of citrus and pine notes, dry finish, a world class IPA.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap in a pint glass at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver.

Appearance - Amber hue with good clarity.

Smell - Citrus awesomeness.

Taste - Close to perfection of the style.

Mouthful - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I prefer this over Pliny...

Grade (A)

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Photo of brewrasa
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

If you take the label off the beer, I would say it is a good not great beer. Russian River makes amazing beers, but this one lacks the sweet malt/hop pop I have come to expect from west coast IPAs. Worth it for sure!

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Photo of RyanK252
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Russian River nonic pint glass

A: Pours deep golden yellow with a frothy off white head that hangs around a while and laces well.

S: Citrus and pine hops dominate the nose, with a very light malt sweetness behind.

T: Big citrus hops up front, grapefruit tangerine and a touch of lemon and lime, some pine, with a just enough malt backbone.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, very crisp and drinkable.

O: While it isn't Pliny, it still holds it's own as a very tasty IPA. More than happy to review this one for my 100th on BA.

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Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Bottle from Lothore, thank you very much Tyler.

Pours a white, froth head, with a honey-golden color.

Fresh aromas of tropical, fruity hops, peach, orange and mango, along with honeyed pine and smooth caramel - finely nuanced with hints of citrus peel. Fresh, fruity hops are hovering above a sweet, honeyed malt backbone, while hints of lime acidity becomes detectable underneath. Hops sting the palate in a refreshing, dry fashion, without ever getting too aggressive. Honeyed, piny, malts wrap up the hops in a well balanced way, along with wisps of whitebread and grass, still, this beer is huge on the bitterness. The taste results in a smooth, dry ending, which is very bitter and hop driven, as malts tend to vanish. Finishes with hops lingering on the palate for a long time, developing a fascinating pleasant depth, as they turn from being fruity to a more bitter, dry impression. A classic IPA, focused on the bitterness, fantastic balanced.

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Photo of BWED
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pint tumbler pour at Monk's Cafe, Philly.

A- Golden, with a slight orange hue. Off white head with great lacing, however retention isn't great.

S- Citrus and pine. Juicy. Pineapple. Just a faint malt sweetness, but who needs it with all this juice.

T- Nice sweet pineapple and citrus. There is a bit of toasty malt as well.

M- Mellow bitterness. Juicy, wet. The finish is dry, but really great.

O- Where is the hype to this one?! This is such a fantastic little brother to Pliny, and well overlooked. I'm glad I finally got to try this one. So great, and I'll be going out of my way to find it again.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.2/5  rDev -3%

17.25 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Bright yellow color. A little hazy. A nice head made up of very fine bubbles. Good stickage.

Smell - Lemon rinds.

Taste - Big hops up front. Citrus. Slight spearmint flavor.

Mouth - Fizzy yet buttery.

Overall - Hoppy with a twist. I made mention of the spearmint flavor and the buttery mouth. California IPAs can be very crisp (bitter?). This California IPA is a little smoother than most. A fine, sophisticated ale.

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Photo of themind
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like a toned down version of Pliny The Elder. This is an excellent beer with a great balance of hops and citrus. If I could get this on a regular basis, I would. The difference for me when speaking of Pliny is the pine aroma and taste.

Bottom Line: The Pig Delivers.

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

It's always tough getting your hands on one of these being that i live in So Cal and this isnt distributed much in my area. I've found a bar in Alhambra that gets this on tap from time to time. Other then that when a friend brings me one of these when they go up north i owe them dinner! lol

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Photo of MarkGamber
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

On tap at Teresa's in Wayne, PA.

Gold colored, not so much orange as with many other IPAs I've been drinking lately. It smelled pretty good, with a lot of hops and florals. The taste was excellent. Very smooth, light with lots of fruit and flowers, not a hint of bitterness anywhere.

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Photo of dagubna
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grossly overrated, mediocre IPA at best. Tastes of latex gloves and rubber tennis balls, some notable citrus and pine notes but overall, nothing to write home about. The fact this beer is no longer seeing distro has just elevated the hype to whole new levels.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%

A - Crystal clear, gold body. Bright, almost neon, white head with great retention and nice lace.

S - Herbal nose; pine, sage, parsley. Touch of banana and starchy plantain.

T - Bold woody hops up front with cardamon, bitter dandelion, and parsley. Lightly sweet bread crust and orange center. Pithy bitter finish.

M - Bright carbonation with a creamy and surprisingly thick body for a single IPA.

O - About as big as single IPA's get. Assertively bitter with a really nice flavor profile. Better nose on tap than in bottle.

4.18 Blind Pig
Jay Jon Anth Vin Avg Weight
A - 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25 10%
S - 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 20%
T - 4.00 4.00 4.25 4.50 4.19 40%
M - 4.00 4.25 4.50 4.50 4.31 10%
O - 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25 4.25 20%

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%

Bottle received in a trade.

Pours an orange-ish amber color, with a foamy, soapy one inch head, and a ton of lacing, sheets upon sheets of it.

Smells like pineapple, orange, tons of pine, very tropical.

Tastes great, an incredibly easy drinking and flavorful hop bomb here. Just the slightest hit of a pale malt backbone, but this is mostly a story of hops, and more hops. Bitter pine, but not overly so, and some grapefruit, candied pineapple, etc. Just really, really tasty.

This one has a medium body, with a great, billowy, slightly creamy, but crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Lives up to the hype. Just real nice.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed relatively fresh. I prefer this beer to Pliney, very underrated to me. Smooth and balanced, not overly malty like PTE. Very light and smooth IPA

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Photo of RocketCityVol
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter

A: translucent golden yellow with a thin white lace head. S: Pine, tropical and floral aromas. T: tastes of pine, mango, and orange with a hoppy malt backbone. M: Medium bodied that coats the tongue. O: basically a lighter version of Pliny the Elder. Very good IPA.

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Photo of Antnego
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a transparent deep straw color with a one-finger head that dissipates quickly and little lacing. The smell is of subtle grapefruit, pine and peaches. The flavor is juicy grapefruit, peaches and bitter citrus rind, supported by a malty, bready backbone. The mouthfeel is sticky and resiny with a slick finish. Overall, this is addictively good stuff that you dream about, much like other Russian River offerings.

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Photo of Kbennett113
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a clear yellow. The head had great retention and left a decent lacing.

Aroma was very floral and a slight note of orange peel and grains of paradise.

Mouth feel was a little thin but the flavor is very bold. The flavor was piney, grassy with hints of black pepper and straw or hay.

This beer finishes very long and leaves a resin feel on the tongue, with notes of orange pith and kiwi rind.

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Photo of Spordy
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

At the brewpub I had the tasty priveledge of drinking this citrus delight. Smelled and tasted like the storage rooms at tropicana juice company. Great clarity, great carbonation, great taste, less filling, where do I stop? This is what all breweries should strive to brew. Once you have one every other beer in the workd is at least a little disappointing. No joke. I am ruined. Until I can get back to Santa Rosa that is.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,680 ratings.
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