Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
BA SCORE
96%
Liked This Beer
4.36 w/ 5,781 ratings
Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#318
Reviews:
1,449
Ratings:
5,781
Liked:
5,549
Avg:
4.36/5
pDev:
8.72%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,897
Gots:
988
Trade:
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Ratings: 5,781 |  Reviews: 1,449
Photo of Gambyt20
2.88/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BeerThursdays
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date is 6/7 and today is 8/25.

Poured into DFH Snifter.

Dark orange color with two fingers of foamy white head. Head fades to thin white rim around top of beer, showing burnt orange color (similar to the color of the label) throughout the beer. Retention is spotty, not showing full lines of each sip.

Smell is malty sweetness. Mango's and citrus fruits are present.

Taste is sweet, pale malts up front, which gives way to citrusy hops with a ton of bitterness. Evenly balanced, nothing over done.

Very smooth brew. No alcohol tinge at all, lot to chew on.

Drink this for days. Low(ish) alcohol, great flavor. Would get a 5, if I could get it in DE.

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Photo of pjs234
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of dwoolley1
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of csustar001
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HollyHops
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on 1/19/16 and reviewed from notes. Served out of a brown 500 mL bottle with a bottling date of 12/10/15. Poured into the IPA-specific glass from Speigelau.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a translucent amber-red hue with darker crimson colors where the foam cloaks the liquid in shadow and brighter, more golden tones down near the bottom of the glass. Just the slightest bit of haze. Crowning the beverage is a towering three and a half fingers of beige head consisting if tight carbonation bubbles, giving it a creamy look. Retention is excellent and it leaves sticky lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Smell (4.25) - A quintessential "West Coast IPA", with big notes of citrus and grapefruit dominating the aroma. A healthy amount of bitterness, but bright and invigorating, waking up the senses. Some light sweetness as well, but fleeting--just enough to keep that delicious citrus zest bitterness in check. As it begins to warm, there is a little more presence from the alcohol and some pine resin as well.

Taste (4.25) - Not a whole lot different to report here from the aroma. The star players are the citrus zests and bitterness, with plenty of pink grapefruit pith and just a subtle hint of the sweeter character of orange peel. Malt is more present and less sweet than it was on the aroma, providing a delicious toasted rye undercurrent to the citrus and pine.

Feel (4.25) - Medium-to-light in body--just enough to give it some heft, but still remain fairly refreshing and drinkable. Carbonation is moderate to high and the finish is mostly dry.

Overall (4.25), an IPA that is well in balance and allows the drinker to really get a lot of mileage out of the experience. It's not a fruit bomb or a crazy bitter, and it allows the grains to make their presence felt without overpowering. I would drink this all the time if it were easy to get here in the Mitten.

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Photo of McAndrew
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of M1A2
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of MastaShonuf
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Kurzman
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of nataku00
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a fluted chalice. Vibrant and clear dark orange color, with an initial finger and a half of off white head. Some light carbonation visible through the beer.

Nose is grapefruit and orange peel, with some pineapple/tropical fruit as well. A small hint of fresh pine needles in the background.

Grapefruit dominates initially, bitter and refreshing through the tongue. Some herbal hops mid tongue and into the finish. Bitter, but not tongue numbing bitter, which is nice.

Light bodied IPA, finishes relatively dry with only a small hint of citrus peel lingering. Carbonation is not too aggressive, which helps if you're also eating, but is enough to really cleanse your tongue.

This IPA would be excellent with a good meal, as it doesn't make everything you eat taste bitter, and ABV is low enough that you would retain most of your senses.

An excellent IPA if you can get it, and dare I say it, on par with PtE for flavor.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle (bottled on 7/23/08) into a pint glass. It was a hazy golden color with a tinge of orange and tons of tiny yeast bits floating around. It had a carb fountain in the center and great lacing. It had a finger and a half of white head that slowly, slowly dissipated into a thick foam that was constantly fed by the carb. The bottle strongly encourages you to drink fresh and not let age. I checked a couple places and this was the freshest I could find in Denver during my trip so hopefully still a good example.

The aroma was excellent. Classic IPA aroma with strong citric and floral hops. Good balance as they were not too overpowering. Did open up the sinuses after a couple deep whiffs. The taste was also classic IPA. Starts out smooth with a really pleasing taste and then right at the end you get the hop hit. Again, well balanced and stays shy of a hop bomb which makes this one very drinkable. Not a session beer but I can definitely drink a whole one and still have use of my tongue at the end unlike some the hop bomb tongue shredders. Mouthfeel excellent with clean start, hop bite and then quick reset.

Overall, an excellent beer that I'm glad I finally got to try. Well worth the hype. Another great one from RRBC which is quickly becoming one of my favorite brewers. Highly recommend and it's worth the effort to get.

Earned a permanent spot on my wants list.

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Photo of ari32
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Brolo75
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Gajo74
4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had it on tap at Monk's Café in Philadelphia PA. What a treat to have Russian River on the East Coast! As a bonus, I also got to drink Pliny the Elder for comparison.
Like Pliny, it pours a clear amber orange color with a modest foam cap that retains well.
In the nose I detected mostly biscuit and toasted malts at first. Later, I began to pick up some of the grassy and piny hops aromas as well as a hint of citrus.
The taste and feel are where it is truly at for me regarding this brew. Compared to Pliny the Elder, there is less juiciness in the taste. Instead, there is a drier palate and a predominantly hop forward flavor that is piny, citrusy, yet, clean and not overwhelmingly bitter or bombastic. The dry finish is refreshing. There is an ever so slight malt backbone, however, the simplicity of this one and its emphasis on a moderate hops forward taste is beautiful. The feel and drinkability is sublime. Medium to light bodied, crisp and ultra refreshing. I give it a perfect 5 for feel.
This is basically like a simpler and more sessionable version of PTE. I could truly drink 10 of these! I wish I could get it more often. West Coast IPA at its finest!

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of rcjennings
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Booner818
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of artoolemomo
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of erialbill
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of imyourhero21
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of alpinebryant
3.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Date 12.11.09
Pours a clear light straw color with a small white head. Aroma is over the top great with citrus pine and grapefruit - a very delicious smelling brew. The taste doesnt quite live up to the smell , but I still think this is a good IPA. Mouthfeel on this one is slightly lighter than what I remember of PTE, but not watery.

I like an IPA a litter sweeter than this one - it has a dry finish and an a bitterness that I enjoy with some additional sweetness.

Medium to light carbonation . Drinkability is medium for me

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96% out of 100 with 5,781 ratings
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