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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge Thanks to Duff for giving me a bottle of this beer!

Appearance: Straw yellow with a golden glow to the body of this beer. Thick and creamy white head that goes over 3 fingers of head.

Smell: Pine, mango, pineapple, oranges, grapefruit and some grassiness. Smell really nice! mild note of buttermilk biscuits from the malts. RR knows how to brew a great smelling hoppy beer!

Taste: moderate bitterness. Pine upfront. Grapefruit, mangos, and oranges. Finishes is piney with a mild bitterness. Malts are well balanced, but still let the hop profile be the star of the beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderately high carbonation. The beer is crisp, clean, and refreshing. Carbonation is lively and is prickly.

Overall: I did enjoy this beer just a little bit more than Pliney. Even though Pliney is a bigger beer I think that the Blind Pig has the edge because its a smaller and more drinkable beer that has as big of a hop profile going on. Rissian River makes great hoppy beers thats just the straight story.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle split, poured into a tulip. Bottled on 03-01-10. Huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color that produced a good white head with tons of lacing left behind it as it dissipated.

(S)- Big, yet crisp citrus of lemon, pineapple, and lime. Dry, yet with a piney bitterness. Almost creamy on the finish.

(T)- Same like the smell. Good citrus and pine. A good, yet potent bitterness for the style.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Good citrus and pine characters. Bitter, but fitting the style well.

(D)- A great IPA with everything you would/should expect for the style. Crisp and refreshing; a great alternative summer beer to cool you off. Seek this one out if you can. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My original review (below) was rather terrible, so when I finally got a chance to revisit it (thanks, Chris!), I jumped at it.

Clear light amber with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a gorgeous IPA. The nose is fantastic. Bright, pungently hoppy and fruity with citrus (grapefruit? clementines? tangerines?), tropical fruit (pineapple, a little bit of mango) and no real malt character to speak of, this is rather marvelous. The palate opens with a massive hop character with a blend of resiny bitterness and a gamut of fruit flavors. There's grapefruit, pungent and resiny, pineapple with both bitterness and explosive almost acid-like brightness, and a blend of oranges and some mango. There's just a hair bit of toasted malt character present, but really, this is all about the hops and the bittering hops at that. In fact, there's so much going on that I even get a little bit of mint and just a wee bit of leather, especially on the finish. So clean, so refreshing, this beer is light in body, moderately carbonated and has a lip-smacking good finish that really lasts. Lots of resin and fruit are present, this is one of THE best hoppy beers I've ever had. Marvelous stuff
**Reviewed on: 05-14-2008 03:28:19**

Picked up a growler while at the RR brew pub

A: Crystal clear amber with a dense two-finger white head. Gorgeous lace

S: Pine, more pine, some pineapple. Sticky and sweet smelling

T: Sharp pine bit with some mild orange and grapefruit. There's a faint malt backbone. Excellent, dry finish

M: Mildly carbonated with a sticky and dry finish

D: I have a growler!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has the usual yellow and light amber appearance, yellow winning the battle and producing a 3/4" white head that is impressive with a good amount of clarity. Aroma drops pine and green. Plenty of aromatic Simcoes, usually a bittering hop right?

Taste brings some non grapefruit citrus and mild tropical notes. Very light cracker toasted toast pale malt. Dry mouthfeel. Light body. Still bursting with hop flavors in the mouthfeel. Carbonation right where it should be. Bitterness held in check, definitely not just a bittering hop recipe. The 500ml format is definitely better than bomber, but a guy can dream about finding this in 6 packs someday. For less than $30. . .

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Photo of mltobin
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle.

Appearance is a pleasant golden color with a one finger head. It smells of pine, hops, and orange peel. While the taste has some of those components continued, there is also some caramel, grapefruit, resin coming through. The body is pleasant and easy with some bitterness in the finish. BP is a very good IPA and worth checking out.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at TJ's in Paoli; served in a pint

The long awaited Blind Pig.

Appeared a golden orange with a slight murkiness to the body. An orange infused off-white head sat about two fingers and left thin sheets of lacing all the way down the glass.

Huge pine and citrus nose. Grapefruits, pineapples, apricots and mangoes with fresh pine needles on a sweet toasted malt backbone. A very fresh and bright hop aroma.

Wow. Same as the nose. Bright, fresh citrus and pine needles with every sip. Oily hop resin finish. Overall on the sweet side, but does not drop the bitter hammer like I expected and wanted.

Creamy, chewy hop mouthfeel. Big and lush. I can almost feel myself chewing on hops. Slick, resiny aftertaste.

I honestly could drink this guy everyday all day. I just wish it was more readily available.

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Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first RR brew, acquired in a trade.

Pours a beautiful golden color with a thin head into my glass. A good way to start!

Minty, citrusy hops greet the nose. It's still quite fresh and very enticing.

Lip-puckering bitterness followed by lightly buttered bread. Hops have a good hint of grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is very warming with plenty of lingering bitterness. Very clean finish as well.

Now this is a west coast IPA! It's certainly up there with the other great IPAs I've had over the years.

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Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple glasses of this on the Cali trip, but finally reviewed it while hanging out at the RR brewpub sunday evening.

Pours a clear yellow gold, thin white head, drops to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is nice, pine and grapefruit, caramel, apricots, lightly fruity, a bit toasty, floral, big hops, nicely mixed up. Taste is nice, very biscuity and toasty off the bat, grainy, caramel malt sweetness, grapefruit, floral, some fruit, light pine, solid spicy bitter kick in the finish, very balanced and drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and enjoyable. Nice IPA. Top 100? Not in my opinion, but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy light orange body. Bubbly ivory white head. Lace is abundant and web like. Aroma is outstanding. Everything that is good about hops with a little backdrop of sweet malt. It's fresh, grassy, piney, abundantly citrusy and fruity with pineapple and grapefruit nuances. Exquisite nose. The body of this beer is light and thin. Carbonation quite low. Bitterness quite high. The bitterness is actually pretty scathing for an IPA. Jagged and rough. Hop flavors are more in the background, with some lemon rind and grassiness coming to mind. Malt load could use a little boost to add a little more balance, a little more body and a little more flavor. This is decent. Although Smelling the beer was the climax of this experience. If/when I order more Russian River, I'll definitely be hitting up the Elder (and the Younger hopefully) before hitting this up again.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Pint glass. First time from a bottle for me. Bottled on 8.23.11.

A - Pours a clear orange with a one inch off-white head. Good retention and tons of lacing on the glass.

S - Strong pine scents and some grass.

T - Subtle pine, grass, and grapefruit.

D - Silky smooth, average carbonation and body.

O - RR rocks my IPA world.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So many times on tap v. bottle, I'll give it the tap review. Great yellow and amber appearance, very clear surprisingly. Aroma is of great dry hopping.

Taste, big hops, light light malt. This is pine/citrus big time. Seems so light mouthfeel wise, just more piles of grapefruit and pine, some orange. More susceptible to the effects of aging than the Pliny series. Can get a heavier viscosity with age, but nonetheless still good. Otherwise, has a less than all malt sugar priming thing going for it to lighten the body, which is nice with this beer.

Good price, but I usually will spend it on PTE . . .

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had this on-tap at a RR event, right after Pliny the Elder, for what it's worth. served in tulip glass.

darker copper in color, with a thin white head. aroma is all hops, alot of pine. I thought the taste was actually hoppier than PtE, but no where near as balanced, so no where near as good in flavor. too bitter.

mouthfeel and drinkability was about average for an IPA.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a very light clear orange with about a 1 finger head thats lasts a couple minutes. It has nice lacing because as the head falls it leaves chunky rings of head around the glass.

The aroma is very nice and balanced. Its light in strength but a perfect match of citrus and hops.

The taste is pretty light and you get no sweet. The start is pretty plain then goes to a light bitter from mid to finish. Light mouthfeel decently drinkable.

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Photo of claspada
3.14/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aromas of extremely pungent pine, fresh lemon, grapefruit, and faintly resinous hops. No malt at all; fairly clean.

The taste is completely and utterly dry, with nothing but wave after wave of citrusy and resiny hops assalting your tastebuds. I really cannot stomach such a hop bomb with no malt balance or detectability for that matter. If you are into this kind of thing you will love this beer but I prefer the ability to taste my next beer without having to eat a meal to cleanse my pallate.
The mouthfeel is fairly light bodied with very low carbonation. Smooth and slick, but not memorable.

Overall a miss for me just because of my style preferences, but I can see how some would enjoy.

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Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden colour with a dense white head. Good head retention and great lacing.

Fresh, crisp, fruity hop aroma with some melon notes. Nice and floral.

Soft malt flavour with lots of crisp, delicious and bitter hops. Grapefruit.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A really good IPA with plenty of citrus and pine. Well balanced for a West Coast style IPA.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle received as an extra from Mauerhan (thanks Topher). Bottled on 072208 and served in my Ayinger Becker. Poured a translucent orange-gold with tiny bubbles in solution. 1.5 inch fluffy white head embedded with craters left behind strands of lacing as it receded. Nose was sweet grapefruit, piney hops and a light grainy quality in the back. Grapefruit sweetness is diminished in the mouth and hops bitterness is amplified. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a bitter/astringency that lingers between quaffs. Top notch IPA. Not my style per se, but I can really appreciate the quality of this brew.

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Photo of cbutova
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Russian River brewery. Notes from SF trip.

A- Gold orange ale into a pint glass with a small, creamy white head. Silky white ring leaves some fine lace coats.

S- Great citrus and tropical fruit/peach hop nose. A hop bomb and not much else besides that.

T- Crisp citrus and pine hop IPA flavor, really refined and it certainly brings a stellar West Coast IPA feel to the table. A small malt backing serves as a pedestal for the citrus, peach and pine hops.

MF- Creamy body with a medium carbonation level. A nice bitter aftertaste to round it out.

A great IPA. Reminds me of any great West Coast/citrus pine bomb but this is more refined and crisp in a way. Hits me like Stone IPA did the first time 2.5 years ago (a great thing!).

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

Had on tap at the Russian River brewpub. Clear blond color. The smell is strong with hops, intense pine needle aroma.

The flavor isn't quite 1-dimensional hops, I could taste some sweet malts fighting it out, but the after-taste was mostly bitter hops.

A really good IPA, I had it side-by-side with 4 other IPA's at Russian River. I think this is the last best (they're all good so none is really worst).

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to leschkie for this one...

A: Pours a nice translucent yellow/orange gold with one full finger of pure white head. The foam takes a bit to settle and there is only a bit of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is pine and orange citrus. It smells wonderfully hoppy without overdoing it. I get a little bit of malty sweetness but only in the background.

T: It starts off wet and flavorful. Light sweetness with drying pine hops up front. Sweeter in the middle ad the orange citrus notes begin to shine. The back end is a touch vegetal. Hoppy and a touch dry. Nice.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's light and refreshing to start. The beer hits the palate bright but soft. The flavors swirl in the middle and there is a hoppy bite to dry it out in the finish.

O: Very nice. This is something that I would love to drink as often as possible. Too bad Russian River is a few thousand miles away.

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Photo of glid02
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this via route66pubs - thanks for sending this!

Pours a light copper color, it's almost colored like a dark pilsener, completely clear and with a one-finger white head. The head recedes slowly until it finally settles in a thin pancake of bubbles on top, leaving solid lacing.

Smells of citrus hops mostly, with hints of tropical fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The pale malt flavors are just enough to balance out the large amounts of hops. Citrus and floral hop flavors seque into a bitter ending that sticks around, making sure I know the hops are there.

Mouthfeel is good. Tasting this after Pliny the Elder I thought it was a bit thin, but stepping back and comparing it to other IPA's it's above average, though still not spectacular.

Drinkability is very good. I could stop myself from uncontrollable quaffing, though barely.

Overall this is a very, very good IPA - an important distinction, as it's certainly not a DIPA. Everything hits just right. I wasn't disappointed, and you won't be either.

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Photo of maximum12
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to srandycarter for sending this one my way, with a birth date of 7/22/08. Poured into an old mason jar.

Pours a murky orange with some serious carbonation & a silly white head. Smell sends shock waves up my nose - holy hops! The only IPA I've had that could stand up to that smell is Surly's Furious, my favorite. Good stuff!

Taste is strong hops. There's a quick slash of hops & then silence. The hops are good, though. I like hops! I think they are searing away most of my taste buds. The IBUs on this have to be around 543. As the beer warms a bit I'm enjoying this more.

I'd like to sample a whole bottle of this, or have a couple, to see how it tastes through a slow sitting. Only the second Russian River beer I've tasted, & it's very good. Fantastic hops front & center & only the lack of complexity keeps this off the top tier of beers for me; but it's really, really close. Great stuff. I'm going to need to try this one again in the future.

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Photo of champ103
3.11/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy reddish/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Huge resiny pine up front and center. A large bitterness. Nothing else.
T: Again, huge pine that dominates. Bitterness lingers on for ever. Nothing else but a sharp bitterness.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Really sticky and syrupy. Pretty hard for me to finish. I just get fatigued trying to finish this.

I really like RR. PtE is one of my favorite DIPA's. I thought I was going to like this, but there is nothing to take away from the palate burning pine and bitterness. Not for me.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/22/2010. The second half of my friends birthday present.

A-Cloudy orange yellow. Has a one finger foam head that lasts and leaves behind a near perfect lacing.

S-Citrus hops

T-Starts of sweet and citrusy, some earth tones. Ends bitter.

M-Medium with light carbonation

D-Drinkable for an IPA especially at only 6% abv

Overall very happy with Russian River products makes me wish I lived in California.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/9/2011

A: full of citrus hop notes and not much else

Ap: golden-orange with a finger white head, dissipated very quickly, very minimal lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth, crisp

Af: quite hoppy, mild grapefruit notes, piney taste very present, dry finish, slight bitterness

O: tastes like a watered down Pliny the Elder, drinkable though


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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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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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