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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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4.33
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Photo of ironlung
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this on tap @ hollingsheads in Orange back in early August. I'd never herd of it but the tap handle looked cool and it said ipa. I speak that language! I loved the stuff. Kenny always has something worth checking out. So get down there if your in the area! This Review is from a bottle i got at Coit Liquor on Union St. in the city.

A: Hazy Amber. Pours with a nice head into mom's 1984 Oktoberfest Big Bear lake mug. Guess I was 3 when we attended that 1 lol.

S: Musty onion is that amarillo?

T: Hopped to perfection in my book(wich is hard) but still so totally drinkable. HARD to accomplish, top notch Vinny!!

M: Crisp, snappy. Perfect carbonation. Nothing about this beer is overbaring.

D: Very high. A great all-night beer if you have the $!

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Photo of drink1121
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mauerhan for this one.

A- Straw colored with light head. Slight retention.

S- Good hops up front, which is what I was looking for. Melon, apricot hops, not too much citrus. Very easy smelling hops.

T- Hops up front with light malt, very light malt. Slight bitterness at the end. Wow, this was good.

M- A little light, watery almost.

D- I could have a bunch of these. Great taste with lower abv%. Great beer.

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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 halfP1NT
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to t0rin0 for this one.

This beer pours a hazy, golden amber with a dense, fat white head that leaves behind a thick, chunky ring of lacing.

The smell on this one is amazingly mouth watering. Earthy citrus hops with orange and grapefruit are abundant. Floral with a touch of sugar. There's also an undertone of biscuity malts.

The taste mirrors the smell. Citrus hops coat the mouth and leave a slightly oily, drying aftertaste. Nice malt backbone, well balanced but thoroughly hopped. This beer is a great example of what I like in an IPA.

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

Bottled 8/3. Consumed 8/15.

A: Pours an almost crystal clear pale yellow-gold with a half-finger of off-white head. Sits in the glass a rich amber-orange, pretty transparent.

S: Dank, earthy, herbal hops. Bits of lemon zest and cat piss. Smells archetypically west coast, but aroma doesn't quite 'pop' as much as I wish it did.

T: Very floral with bits of citrus. Flavors of grapefruit, lemon zest, and orange peel. Dank earth and resin come in on the finish and linger on the tongue. Very light crackery malt comes out more as it warms.

M: This may sound contradictory, but it has this weird mouthfeel that is both too thin but also surprisingly creamy. Together, these qualities actually make it incredibly drinkable.. Barely a hint of alcohol and malt backbone. Medium+ bitterness on the finish, but certainly not as overwhelming as what I'd come to expect from the style.

O: My first 'west coast' IPA in a minute after spending the past few months indulging (heavily) in the hazy NE-style juice bombs. Blind Pig is a wonderful change of pace and an nice 'bridge' between the two styles. While it definitely leans heavily toward the west coast style in taste, it is surprisingly smooth while possessing bits of citrus to complement the floral bitterness that dominates both aroma and taste. For the style--which I would not compare to that of many of the most hyped IPAs of today--it is a fine brew, supremely drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of Keith238
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a standard pint glass (2 pours).

Thick white head dissipated slowly into tight lacing. Beer itself was a honey/orange color. Very strong citrus aroma of pineapple and tangerines. Great pine flavor that was not as pronounced in the smell. Slightly astringent but not harsh and very refreshing. Looking forward to the next one!

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Photo of airohead2001
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to glazeman for this one. Bottled on 6/7/10 - nice and fresh.

A - Beautiful looking IPA - hazy copper with a one finger head with nice retention and decent legs. Looked very similar to Pliny the Elder.

S - Citrus hops up front, followed by piney hops. The best part of the aroma was the sweet malt backbone that followed the scent of the tropical fruit and piney hops.

T - Outstanding. In my opinion, this one is better than Pliny the Elder. The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the malt backbone in the finish is slightly less pronounced in the taste than it is in the aroma. The hop layers in Blind Pig are out of this world - oranges, tangerines, mango, and lemons followed by intense Christmas trees. Just wonderful.

M - Pretty good. A bit under-carbonated for a regular IPA, but still a great mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. As this one warmed up a bit, the layers of hops became even more pronounced and kept me wanting more. One bottle is surely not enough.

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Photo of jpaltan
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

straw yellow with a thick head that leaves a thick trail of bubbles down the side. the nose on this beer is outstanding. Smells of grapefruit, very citrusy, some malt in the background, maybe some bready notes too. Taste is rather perfumey. very floral, quite bitter towards the end to balance it out a bit. strong residual bitterness on the tongue. some grapefruit in the taste as well. mouthfeel is nicely carbonated to help wisk away some of the floralness. beer is rather sticky in the finish which coats the tongue in bitterness. drinkability is relatively high.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.09/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

So, I am sure many of you will disagree with me on this, but personally, I did not enjoy this beer. Though, I can understand why so many people enjoy it.

I never understood why smell was a category in these rating, but this beer is why! I have never smelled a drink that had such a great aroma. It has a very strong floral scent that I find refreshing.

The problem (for me) is that it has such an unpleasant bitterness to it that I couldn't enjoy it. I was quite disappointed, but as I said, I can understand why others enjoy it.

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Photo of aglose45
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to alexd3891 for a bottle of this one. He is very generous and is truly a great BA.

A: Straw-colored, a little bit hazy, and had a nice, thick, off-white head. Left nice lacing on the glass as I moved through the beer.

S: Pineapple and sweet grapefruit up front, with some other tropical fruits mixed in. My next comment could be because this is a Russian River brew, but this may smell a bit like PtY..? As the beer warms I am getting some piney hops as well.

T: The beer tastes just as the nose suggests, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, other tropical fruits and a bit of pine, this is phenominal! As the beer goes down, it leaves the mouth with a nice bitter finish. Also, there is a very minimal malty-backbone, which is excellent to me.

M: Light bodied, with some resinous and oiliness left in the mouth post swallow. Amazing carbonation for the style.

D: This beer has an amazing flavor, great mouth-feel, and a great smell. This beer has move into my top 3 favorite beers. Highly recommended!

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Photo of fourplayed
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mildly hazy light amber with thin white head, leaves some lacing.

Smells of Sweet fruits and citrus, oranges, pineapples, grapefruits, some pine...I could sit and smell this all night.

Tastes first of biting earthy hops, then the citrus, grapefruit and pineapple come through. Just enough malts to smooth and balance..nice.

A medium body with medium carbonation that's soft and fuzzy, nice & sticky with medium hop bite and dry finish. mild alcohol warmth.

Another excellent Hoppy brew from RR. Any hop head should love this.

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

Poured from a 500mL bottle (dated 7-22-08) into a pint glass.

A: Clear and golden with a decent sized white head. Next time I'll pour a bit harder in hopes of a better head.

S: Knock your socks off piney and floral hops. Even better than Elder!

T: Malty for a moment until the hops hit, and hit hard! Pine, fruity and floral. Very complex for an IPA.

MF: Medium bodied and crisp. Absolutely excellent example of the style!

D: I could drink this all day long! So harshly hoppy I can't really call it perfect, but close.

One of my favorite IPAs, beaten only by Younger and Alesmith's offering. Get your hands on it if you can get it fresh!

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Photo of imagineiii
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with Gilgarp. Thanks again for the chance to try another BA legend.

Poured into an imperial pint glass. pale amber, almost golden. great clarity. full inch of head, great retention.

smells of subdued pine and grass.

bitterness is underwhelming. bottle is dated nov 08, maybe a little past its prime. like the pliny the elder, i love the carbonation. its low which allows for more subtle flavors.

very drinkable. at 6% its almost sessionable. under carbonation combined with fading hops doesnt ruin the palate at all.

Great brew, but Id like to try it fresh. These RR bottles have such serious disclamers about how much better this beer is when fresh, id like to try as soon as possible.

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clearish copper color with a finger of head. A great aroma of grapefruits/floral aromas along with the piney hops. The taste blasts you with the piney hops at the front, then the floral notes come through and it all balances nicely with the malts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little less carbonation than I expected. Very smooth and refreshing.

Overall a very good IPA from Russian River, and highly drinkable at 6.1% ABV.

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Photo of leif86
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear yellow/golden brew. Nice, full bodied and frothy head - very thick and lasts a while. Leaves great lacing.

S: Mmmm... fresh hop smell - some pine and citrus.

T: Hops are great here - a little piney, a little tangerine, and very refreshing. A little alcohol flavor up front and a little sweet. The bitterness stays with you for a while.

M: Pretty perfect carbonation. Slightly sticky

D: This is what more IPAs need to be. Please and thanks to have some more.

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Photo of beersheppard
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: deep golden color, white head lingers on and on, with each sip lacing leaves a tiger stripe on the glass. Picturesque!

Smell: punch in the face hop aroma, citrus, and pine.

Taste: big, big, big hop taste. Citrus, grapefruit some orange, and also some pine. Flavors are deep.

Mouthfeel: substantial coating.

Drinkability: if I could get my hands on this regularly I would be drinking it all the time. I liked this better than the elder. Yeah, I said it.

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Russian River Brewpub in Santa Rosa CA (from notes)

Slightly darker amber color than their Pliny the Elder. Piney and fresh. I don't know what Russian River does but their Pliny and Blind Pig IPA's just taste so different from other IPA's.

Incredible initial aroma, not as thick as I prefer an IPA to be but that's about the only complaint. Incredibly drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of andyfrancis
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden pour with an almost ideal head, looks beautiful as it slowly reduces to a nice lacey skin with clumps of froth on the surface and around the rim. Noseful of hoppy goodness.

Very hoppy, very bitter, yet much more drinkable than the over-the-top IPAs. It rides that edge, and even pushes it, but still I can drink a few of these, and I can't say that about a lot of the hop heavy brews.

Paired with a dry Jersey jack from Spring Hill farms in Petaluma. Pretty tasty combo.

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Photo of futura123
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to a pint glass

A : honey amber golden with a thick white head with excellent lacing

S :The smell is subtle with hints of orange peel, pine along with a mild, pleasant sweet malt note.

T : There is an incredible sweet, malt note here that is a perfect balance to the light hops. There's some very distinct, clean hops notes in this IPA but by not being overpowering it actually make the end note linger in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: light- medium body with good carbonation.

This is an excellent IPA that gets overlook because of the big brother PtE. The orange notes of Blind Pig is more prominent than citrusy of PtE. This beer becomes rare and rarer to find since most people go for PtE since they are the same price range. IMO, Blind Pig holds it own ground and I have to drive a little further each time to make sure get some Pigs together with PtE. Thanks Vinnie for such a wonderful concoction.

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Photo of KyleVick4
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: a very light golden honey color with tons of CO2 bubbles. A small head leaves a little lacing

S: Hoppy. All kinds of hoppy with a hint of sweetness.

T: Hops. Ahhhh this is what an IPA shoud taste like. Overwhelming hops a taste of sweetness in the background. Not as dry as I would like though.

M: very light bodied for an IPA. Very carbonated. The beers only major flaw is the high carbonation.

D: Cant have too many of these at a sitting but man does one or two tase good. My mouth is constantly drawn back to the glass!

One of the best IPAs I have ever had. If only it was a little less carbonated...

Thanks to Redwood George for shipping this to me!

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Photo of bosox941827
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle into Harpoon IPA imperial pint glass; poured cold, warmed as tasted; bottling date of 10/29/2010
A - Cloudy light orange, that cleared somewhat as it warmed; bit of a foamy head that thinned out
S - I mean, just fantastic - like I imagine what Jim Koch gets in that Sam Adams commercial where he rubs the fresh hops between his hands; very earthy, piney and citrusy. Great nose.
T - A bit one-dimensional; get a bit of malt up front, but then the hop assault comes in and though quite tasty, it is also a bit unbalanced, with an edge to it. It got better as the beer warmed up, with some more complexities revealed beneath the pine and grapefruit and some more malt character. Actually like this beer much more than its "big" brother, Pliny.
M - A bit thin to start; carbonation is fairly low and the feel became a bit more substantial towards the bottom of the glass.
D - Decent drinkability, again much more than a Pliny.

This is a good beer, but not as earth-shattering as the preponderance of reviews led me to believe. I consider myself a hophead, but I can run off 5 IPAs better than this one without an effort. Glad I tried it, would get it again without a thought, but it's in the crowd, not at the front of it IMO.

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Photo of Brewsmith
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a 0.5L bottle purchased locally poured into an imperial pint glass. Resiny hops fill the nose with citrus and pine. A golden color with a small white head. Flavor is forward with the hops followed by smooth malt. Crisp lingering bitterness. Carbonation is low and the finish is dry making this beer very drinkable. I could drink this all day long.

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

Cheers to TicoCali for the bottle. Nice extra.

Bottled: 10-18-11

Drinking this while looking at my new (real) Xmas tree and watching DVR'd Premier League soccer. Lovely environment.

Looks great. Golden straw with significant carbonation. As I roll it around, a small off-white head appears and has minimal retention on the edges. Great nose. Really floral with deep tangerine, grapefruit, and a deeper almost mango. Robust. Tastes fantastic. A very clean, pure IPA. The initial taste is sweet and bitter, with that deep citrus feel from the nose. Neither the sweetness nor the bitter overpower and the flavor undulates throughout. It retains a clean crispness and ends nicely. A good, hoppy IPA that knows what it is and carries itself very well.

Like It? Yes, Very Much So

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Photo of kevinv
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 04/16/2011. Consumed late April at ~2 weeks old. Reviewed from my backlog of notes...

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange-copper with a huge 3-finger fluffy white head. Great head retention and delicate lacing.

S - Grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, orange, light pine, and just overall terrific. Powerful floral hop aromas with a slight malt profile to back it up.

T - Extremely fresh and crisp hop flavors of orange and grapefruit. This one brings the bitterness and ample hops that hop-heads crave. Wonderful. Again, a nice pale malt helps round out the sweetness in this IPA. Dry and bitter finish. Slight oily resinous feeling lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium bodied brew with a medium carbonation.

O - Overall, this is a clear favorite of mine. I honestly try to be conscientious about how many "5.0" scores I give out, but this one really hits the mark and is every bit deserving of the high scores BA's give it. It's amazing how drinkable this IPA is. There's no question that this would be my go-to-IPA all year long if it was available locally. I know this comparison has been made plenty of times, but even with as good as Pliny tastes, Blind Pig takes the cake for me.

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Photo of jordoo
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poored into a pint glass. Thanks for sending this one Rick!

A golden honey colored body with an orange tinted hue. It displays a lage off white head that us sticky, cream and well brillaint. Excellent lace deposits all around the glass on this. As if it didn't look good enough the nose comes through evenn better, WOW! Super fresh and oozing with pine, pineapple, grapefruit and orange/lemon zest. The taste is again exceptional with the same exploading juicey hop flavors as in the nose plus some dry/spiceness on a very well done sweet malted canvase. This beer is between med/thick but with a great hop oil feel that keeps it going down smooth. Overall even though Blind Pig is extreme and bursting with flavor it is in no way overwellming. Just as well done as an IPA can be IMO.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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