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
rrbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

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4.33
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Photo of EveningCordial
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, poured into pint glass

A- Yellow, amber hue. Nice short, frothy and white head with ample lacing. Fair amount of carbonation.

S- Fruits and grass. Reg grapefruit, orange zest, and other citrus tones. Some leaves, grass, and pine take the backbone. Small malt presence and alcohol hidden.

T- Well balanced between the fruits, leaves, and malts. Pretty juicy and the above mentioned fruits still come through, as well as a little bitterness from the grass and pine taste.

M- Light bodied. Crisp and refreshing and plenty of carbonation present. Slight dryness after going down.

O- Great IPA. I thoroughly enjoyed this IPA and will revisit it whenever the opportunity arrises. It might be just a bit overhyped. To be fair, I had this right after a pint of Pliny, which stole the show. Blind Pig was also very good though.

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Photo of Bajasith
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Elegant copper/amber huge with a decent two finger creamy head that laced very well...

Huge citrus and pine aroma almost creamy with a sensation of freshness.

Flavor profile focuses on citrus rind of a hop bite with a thick creamy and incredibly smooth mouthfeel with a hint of sweetness. Hop taste resonates without brutalizing the palate as the carbonation and alcohol give a vibe going down dry.

Excellent IPA that blends well with any spicy meal.

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Photo of trekbiker3000
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served in a Chimay chalice glass. Golden yellor color with not much head, but some lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma was full of fresh hops. The flavor matches the aroma. It is very hoppt. A perfect beer for hopheads. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, cleansing the palate with all the hop bitterness. This is very drinkable, but if your not a fan of hops, stay away from this beer and leave it for those of us that like over the top brews.

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Photo of uberabr
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this one on tap at RR on Saturday and actually preferred it to the Russian River IPA and Pliny the Elder. Drank from a pint. Appearance is similar to their other IPA's, hazy yellow amber with some gold and some darker reddish hues. No head thanks to the Neanderthal behind the bar. Smells of cascade and a bouquet of floral and piney hops. Taste was excellent. A wonderfully rich combination of bitter pine, fruity hop, and some mouth-watering candy sweetness. It was similar to Pliny but had a rich backbone of fruity syrup that made it stand out. Mouthfeel and drinkability were excellent as with all RR beers. This was definitely one of the best IPA's I've tried lately.

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Photo of ThirdLap
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

EDIT: Just realized this bottle is nearly four months old. I'll be re-reviewing once I get my hands on a fresher bottle.

I'll be brewing a Blind Pig clone in the next few days, so I figured I ought to get reacquainted with the what the finished product should taste like.

Pours a light to medium golden yellow with a fluffy off-white inch-thick head. The head dissipates after a few minutes revealing a good amount of lacing.

Nose is grapefruit, pine, and hint of vanilla. Taste is largely the same; lots of citrus with more of the pine coming forth on the swallow. Body and carbonation are both relatively light. Nothing too complex going on, just a solid and tasty IPA. Malt presence is light but reasonably well-balanced. Finish is piney, then clean and crisp.

Although Blind Pig is widely accepted as the quintessential example of a West Coast IPA, it's probably not my favorite example of the style. I suppose I've just grown to enjoy what others have accomplished with the American IPA a bit more. That said, no other IPA touches it in terms of drinkability, and its probably the IPA I would use to convert SNPA drinkers to something with a bit more 'oomph'.

Another winner from Russian River.

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Photo of gtn80
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance was a nice copper color with a bright white head. Head dissipated quickly.

Aroma was amazing, tons of grapefruit hops, lots of juicy citrus.

Taste was great, nice malt backbone for all those hops. Again, tons of juicy, fruity, citrusy hops. Bitterness is very present, and lasts into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was nice, well carbonated beer, but not too high for the style.

Drinkability was fine, got though the bottle myself, alcohol wasn't too much, bitterness isn't mouth puckering. Great IPA.

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

Reviewed 4/20/11, bottled 3/2/11. Tulip glass.

A- An overzealous pour produced close to 3" of rocky off-white head. Clear glowing pale orange beer. The head dropped off to a dusting but left behind some nice long trails of lacing.

S- Vibrant citrus/sweet orange. Great smell.

T- Nice smooth bitter hops all around. Citrusy and leafy. No trace of the malt. The light bitter finish starts of weak, but grows over the course of a bottle.

M- Medium bodied. Very strong active carbonation which I liked. At first it seems a bit thin, but it coats the mouth nicely over time.

O- A nice smooth bitter IPA. All hop flavor, no malt, which is OK with me. Definitely hits the spot.

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

Pretty beer. Big foam head that leaves modest lacing. Body is amber with an orange hue. Carbonation remains active, and the relatively transparent body allow you to watch bubbles rising throughout.

Smells of grapefruit hops, with little hints of sweet malts sneaking out every now and then.

Hops taste sweet on the front of the tongue - quite refreshing - before transitioning to bitter on the back. Sweet caramel malts provide structure to the flavor, but the hops are unmistakably the stars of this.

This medium body carries well. Carbonation is great.

This is a delicious beer. Nothing out of the ordinary, but a lot of simple makes a little great.

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Photo of bwd110
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle courtesy of jadamski1 poured into SA sensory glass

bottled on date: 03/03/09

A: Golden straw, little murky. Big lush white head. Nice sudsy lacing. Looks like this will be quite refreshing after a day working in the yard.

S: Nice hoppy aroma, citrusy - grapefruit and pineapple notes and lemon rinds. Undertone of floral hops as well.

T: Piney bitterness upfront, very dry beer. light malt backbone to smooth everything out a little. Citrus hops make their presence in felt in the finish.

M: light to medium body. decent carbonation - maybe a light zap on the way down. This certainly isn't a sticky or chewy ipa.

D: Drinkability is damn good. Light - ish, refreshing, not sticky or cloying. Could drink this for awhile.

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Photo of ghetto90007
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my modern Stone Old Guardian goblet.

Beautiful golden orange color, nice fluffy white head. Sticky, industrial strength lacing. A really beautiful beer. I love taking a sip and watching the lacing rebuild and slowly slide down the glass. Some of it just stays. Looks like it would dry there.

Smells really good. Fragrant, citrusy bitterness. Grapefruit and some mild floral undertones.

Dominant grapefruit with the rind thrown in. Mild sweetness, but lots of bitterness throughout - from start to finish it's grapefruit rind. The malty sweetness is there, but gets overpowered.

Soft mouthfeel, but reasonably carbonated. Nice balance here.

Overall, a very nice IPA. It's more hop-forward - the sweetness really takes a back seat. Not sure the balance is quite where I would want it to be after being spoiled by some world class DIPAs, but a very solid, solid IPA.

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Photo of Fluke828
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a Harpoon Limited Edition Snifter.
Bottle dated 03/22/11.
Rec'd in a trade with floraday.

A-> Gentle pour yields about .5 finger head of white foam with a bit of lacey bubbles clinging to the walls of the snifter as this quickly dissipates. Clear and pale copper/amber in color with some pretty good, spread out nucleation.

S-> Bouquet is very fruity, like muddled grapefruit. Definitely get grapefruit up front for sure in the nose, with a bit of hoppy pine as well. Also getting a faint floral spiciness with a leafy/grassy undertone.

T-> Taste is fairly inline with the nose. Get a nice smooth hop bite initially and then the grapefruit and sweet blood red orange flavors take over with the pine coming back in the middle. Finishes somewhat dry with a crisp hop taste that leaves a splendid blend of pine hop resin and sweet citrus fruits on the palate.

M-> Mouth feel is medium bodied with good carbonation but not overpowering or overdone. Fairly light in body to a certain extent for the style but after all this isn't a double IPA, which is important to keep in mind with the texture of this beer. It is just an IPA...a very well balanced one at that.

O-> Glad I finally got to try this one. Very well balanced with the hops and the sweetness. It was nice to try the beer that sort of sneaks under the radar with all the attention that Pliny always gets and make no mistake this is a wonderfully crafted brew. Even after a few days over a month in the bottle this one stands up for itself in a crowded field and I could even see this as a porch beer down @ the beach house this summer. Fantastic. Will definitely seek out another Blind Pig or 4, and maybe try to catch a couple closer to the bottling date. Cheers!

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

Served in a 16oz standard pint glass.

Pours a light amber with a moderate head that dissipates gradually.

Orange and pine dominate the nose. Little malt or alcohol can be deteced as the hops dominate.

Strongly bitter and citrusy, like orange rind. The malt backbone perfectly balances the hops, having an almond cookie-like taste to match the bitterness.

It has a light-moderate body, especially for an IPA. Carbonation is strong but not unpleasant.

The balance of this beer makes ordering another a no-brainer.

The Blind Pig is an exceptional IPA. Arguably one of, if not THE, best-crafted IPAs in existence.

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Photo of SQNfan
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From growler shipped to me (6 days old when opened): Golden in color with a touch of amber. This still poured a great 3/4" head that dissipated slowly. The nose was filled with grapefruit, Rouquefort cheese and a touch of anise. In the mouth it had medium density, a smooth texture and was wonderfully balanced. The hops are very well balanced by some malt that leads to a beer with a bitterness/dryness but also a touch of sweetness. The malt is more noticable than the "Pliny the Elder" and keeps this beer a touch sweeter. Overall, this is a really well made beer with terrific balance that is easy to drink.

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Photo of jkendrick
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, golden color with minimal head and lace

S: Citrusy, mostly grapefruit. Also some pine and pineapple and a touch of malt in the back

MF: medium-bodied with a nice prickly carbonation

T: Wonderful citrus (grapefruit and orange) and pine and pineapple hops flavors are given plenty of space as the malt takes a backseat

D: It's a little bitter in the finish

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

Big thanks to brewCzar for the chance to try this!

Clear golden copper with a billowing foamy white head. Huge lacing sticks to the side of the glass while the head never quite diminishes. Hoppy aroma hits you in the face as soon as you open the bottle and never lets up. Grapefruit, orange rind, and just a touch of cat-pee (simcoe hops?). Man, this is bitter. Not the over the top flowery bitter from a Ruination but just a smooth, clean, very well balanced bitter. A little pine in the finish and a nice resiny coating on the teeth. Feel is solid. Not spectacular but cots extremely well leading to a finish that lasts forever.

Okay I get it. This is the benchmark for the "West Coast IPA". Or, if it isn't, it should be. Six percent means it's just over sessionable and it doesn't rip your face off (not always bad!) the way a big DIPA can. Just right.

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

Picked this one up in LA about two weeks ago and brought it back home with me. Bottle date within 60 days of drinking. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Really nice looking IPA. Big white head, crisp clear light orange/gold, with tons of lacing. Smells of pine, grapefruit, lemon, and a hit of malty sweetness in the back. Flavor follows the nose, and this one is super delicious. It's nicely hopped, but the balance between the pale malts and hops is really remarkable. Very clean, crisp, on the lighter side of medium bodied. Super easy drinking. If this were readily available around me, it would be my go-to IPA. Alas, it is not, but I am really glad I tried it. Will try to get it again.

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

A: Pours clear golden body swirling with tons of lively carbonation. Creamy/soapy white head.

S: First whiff is fresh pine, grassy hops followed immediately with juicy/sweet strawberry and some citrus.

T: Solid hop bitterness up front balanced with slightly sweet malts and grapefruit.

M: Medium body - matches the balance of the flavor well. Finish is slightly thin.

D: All. Day. Long.

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Photo of jnezda
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found in at Clems bottle house in a 500ml bottled just 10 days after the bottling date, how is the for fresh AB. Poured into a tulip glass since no pints available. Poured with minimal off white head that did not stick around and had little to no lacing during drinking. Smell provided great floral herby notes right from the outset that struck around nicely. The taste was another solid ipa from Russian River, not over powering but a great hop character with good malt balance. Think I may like this as much as some of my favorite west coast brews for a warm summer day. Mouthfeel was full but not viscus with a clean finish.

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Photo of Dijeriduster
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer that started it all....for San Diego County. Originally brewed by Temecula Brewing this beer inspired Stone, Ballast, Alpine and all the others to start brewing. Thank you Vinnie!

A - Slightly hazy, golden to amber colour. Nice creamy head and lacing from both the tap and bottle.

S - More subtle hop tones smelling of ample dry hopping. Reminds me of a casked IPA even though its straight from the tap.

T - Wonderful citrus flavours with a well rounded malty base. Hops aren't quite as bitter as in Pliny, but well established.

M - Slightly thin vs. more "modern" IPA's from San Diego. Still retains an almost creamy, full feel with a little swishing.

D - Spectacular brew! Easy to drink IPA with plenty of hops for hopheads and a more moderate alcohol content then IIPAs. While hop flavours are more pronounced with warmth, mouthfeel does suffer a little. My only complaint on this, perhaps the archetypal CLASSIC West Coast IPA.

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

A- Very light yellowish orange. Very clear and took an agressive poor to get a couple of inches of head. Head did not stick around, but there was a thin film over the beer the entire time.

S- Very much floral hops. A very earthy smelling IPA.

T- Fairly balanced between the floral hops and tad bit of a citrus taste as well as a fine malt background. Very dry finish to this beer. The hops really stand out. Very clean tasting beer.

M- Oily and a bit thin, but leaves a nice coating of hoppy goodness on the tongue.

D- Low ABV and this one could definitely be sessionable. I'd love to have constant access to it.

Thanks to torchednoodle for the opportunity to try this one!

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Photo of BIN29
1.87/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

510 ml bottled on 082615. Exactly two weeks old.

L: Clear golden in color. Small head quickly settled before I even get a chance to instagram it :) very nice lancing. Beautiful appearance for sure.

S: Big fail. This one is not aromatic. If there's no date on the bottle I would assume this is pretty old. Very light citrus, light caramel and hint of pine.

T: bland, reminds me of an old english-style ipa. I can't believe the hype of this beer. There's a light spicy/herbal flavors that I can't describe but noting really unique.

M: unpleasantly dry aftertaste, very bitter, and very light. Extremely drinkable but not sticky or juicy. Very good carbonation however, I really enjoyed that part.

O: Maybe the most underwhelming drinking experience. Extremely overhyped beer. This is nothing close to a good ipa, definitely below average ipa.

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Photo of EGledhill
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle courtesy of my favorite troll under the bridge, Patronwizard. Vic, talking to you reminds me to spend my donation in to the Special Olympics.

Now onto the review. Poured into my Hickory Crawdads pint glass, thanks Dwight

A. Golden straw color with a white head that fades quick but leaves a lacing down the glass the whole way through

S. Hops, mostly. Which is what I'd expect my IPA to smell like. Slight, slight malt smell but dominantly it smells like weed and we all know the smell of weed=hops.

T. Not as over the top bitterly hoppy as I was expecting. Grapefruit, orange and pine taste dominate with a slight grainy taste in there also

M. Good sticky mouthfeel with slight carbonation.

D. This one goes down smoother than Vic at a reunion concert for Wham! Good drinkability. Smooth. went great with the hot wings I destroyed last night.

Damn good brew. Best IPA I've ever had, Probably not. Would I drink again, Fuckin eh I would. Very solid brew all around

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Photo of heelsn02
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ipa247 for a pair of these. Tried one solo about a week ago and shared the other w/my brother last night. isn't that nice of me?!

bottled date shows 01.06.12. Awesome label. Picture reminds me of woodland’s bbq in blowing rock, NC -- shout out to my appState peoples.

500ML bottle poured into my new Belgium snifter.

Looks very west coast IPAish. light golden/orange color. Really nice 1.5 finger bright white head. Nice head retention. Very clear beer. Great lacing.

Awesome aroma. Pliny-esque... tropical fruits; citrus under-current. Little bit of sappy pinetree and malt too. Great balance. Spicey, earthy. Just a great smelling brew.

Super bitter. Lemon zest. Wet & juicey. Very sessionable, very clean, very refreshing. More citrus in the taste, grapefruity, apricot.

Really dry, crisp, clean finish. Nice carbonation. Good mouthfeel. Very light.

bottom line: Just fantastic – one of the best “regular” IPAs I’ve ever had. Russian River just does everything right. Great warm (or cold) weather IPA.

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Photo of GeeL
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got this as a bonus in a beer trade. It was shipped from CA to MA, so out of refrigeration for a little bit. Bottle date was a tad over 2 weeks prior to drinking it.

I sometimes like to start with "Overall" because it's a nice intro to the review... O: easy to quaff, and easy to forget the ABV.

L: Though I live in the Northeast, I'm still partial to clear beer. They don't need to be crystal clear, but I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the thick cloudy stuff they're serving around here. Blind Pig is really clear. It's a straw color, and effervescent.

S: quality. I don't know how else to describe it without using cliches. There's a hint of piney resin, fruity hops, but it just smells balanced and refined.

T: Smooth as silk. Jeez, I haven't had a beer like this in a long time. I need to get back to my Harpoon IPA roots, as this reminded me of that. The flavor comes from a balanced use of early, mid, and late addition hops. No hop blasting with this. There is a crisp malt flavor too, but it's not cloying.

F: thin compared to what I'm used to these days, but a nod of approval because to me this is what a beer should be like. If I want a glass of nectar, I'll buy some nectar. This is great.

O: easy to quaff, and easy to forget the ABV.

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light amber-yellow colored pour with a big fluffy head that evaporates rapidly. Heavy citrus aroma, mainly grapefruit and a little malt. Very dry, much more so than Pliny the Elder. Nearly as good as that beer though, another huge winner from Russian River.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
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