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 | website

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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Avg:
4.33
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17.55%
 
 
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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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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 Koufax21
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. This pours a honey straw color with 1 1/2" of beautiful white head. The smell is awesome. Lots of citrus heavy aromas. The taste is rich in tropical hops. Pineapple most notable here. RR makes some of the best beers on the planet. They have an uncanny ability to make great hop forward beers that actually have some balance, not just dumping a bucket of hops in and calling it an IPA. Wonderfully carbonated and light to medium body. If I lived in CA, this would be a regular for sure at 3.99$ a bottle.

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Photo of turfy
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a SN tulip. Creamy white 1/2 " head with very nice lacing. A deep golden orange color. Smell was as expected with a West Coast IPA - clean grapefruit and piney notes. How I wish these type brews were a little closer to my place of residence! Taste was excellent - smooth and balanced. An excellent example of a high quality IPA, this ranks up near the top for me.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Dark golden pour with an incredible lacing. The carbonation resembles champagne with their small, uniform, and consistent bubbles.
S- I get earthy, grassy, and resiny. Slight citrus and floral qualities could be perceived.
T-Very dry and very clean drinking beer. There is certainly a spicy and earthy flavor. The finish is bitter but not overwhelming. IBUs???
M- Light bodied. Bready.
O- I love it, but for the same price I'd opt for a PtE. Overall, a great example of the style. I'd like a full keg...

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Photo of WOTO97
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a fluffy white head and slightly hazy amber color. Nice thick lacing envelops big citrus on the nose. Some faint grass/straw notes also on the nose with faint sweetness. Pretty bold hop character up front that fades on the back of the palate. some residual stickiness follows a slight fizzy feel. Excellent IPA that drinks pretty fast, especially when fresh.

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Photo of spoons
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a tulip.

The color is a coppery golden yellow with an amazing white head.

Smell is in your face. If you havent had this I hope one day you know the feeling. Smells of lychee, grapefruit, pine, and deliciousness....

The taste has a great hoppy bitterness in the back of the mouth. A touch of citrus and sweetness underneath the hops. A damn near perfect IPA. Best i've had to date.

Overall...go and get it because if you havent had it you are missing out.

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Photo of natemort13
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/19/11

Beer pours a golden orange. Thin white head that sticks around.

Smell: Citrus, mainly orange. Some bready malt. Little bit of grass and grapefruit.

Taste: Pine, caramel malt, the underlying sweetness of the malt really balances out this ipa. As it warms I'm getting some rose petal and mint. Super clean and smooth finish with lingering hop bitterness. Alcohol present in the finish.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth for an ipa. Medium bodied

very well done balanced ipa.

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

Bottled on 8/23/11, drank on 8/29/11. Bought cold with no hotel fridge, so best to crack it fresh.

A - Golden, orange hue with a nice frothy white head that quickly disapates after my first sip. Probably the dirty hotel glass.

S - Smells of freshly cut grass, herbs, garlic greens, fruity esters. Intriguing mix of scents that make you wonder, but draw you in.

T - Tropical fruit mixed with that herbal, medicinal, garlic induced kiss again - and you kind of can't decide if you like it, but you keep going back for more. Biscuity malt playing second fiddle.

M - The bitterness is there, but it's smooth, soft on the palate and pleasantly carbonated. Welcomed bitterness glides easily across the tongue.

D - A fantastic, tasty IPA, no doubt about it. I'm noticing a trend of the garlic-kiss in many uber-popular IPAs I've been able to try only recently (e.g. Devil Dancer, Gubna, Pliny The Elder, Ruination...).

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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