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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Ratings:
5,766
Reviews:
1,448
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of nataku00
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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 alpinebryant
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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

Pours a bright peachy golden with two inches of nice thick, white, fluffy head. Great pour, very similar to PTE.

Smell is fresh citrusy hop-goodness. Its also got a bit a fresh cut grassy sort of smell but overall its lots of grapefruit and fresh west coast hops. Nice and piney.

Taste is a quick bitter smack to your senses that is followed by a bit of malt sweetness but not as much balance as PTE. Its definitely a good IPA but it lacks the balance of some of the bigger combatants. If you are a fan of hop bitterness and tongue drying IBUs this is the one for you.

Its not that I don't like it, cuz I do. I just was expecting a little more balance which would have made it incredible.

Definitely worth a shot but I wish I'd brought back two Pliny the Elders instead of one of each.

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

Even though this has likely been around longer (assuming this is pretty close to the original homebrew recipe), I can't help but compare this to the Odell IPA I'm so familiar with. Honestly, they're VERY similar, which is actually a great thing. I personally think the Odell IPA is the best one in the country and this brew is nearly identical. Perhaps great minds think alike?
Light copper color with a head that laces like few others can.
Grapefruit, floral overtones, even a hint of spearmint.
Everything goes down painfully easy, and I love the slightly larger bottle as it's just the right size.
No doubt about it - this is great.
I had this with a Mediterranean-style pizza with feta and olives and this worked amazingly well. It's actually a pairing I'd revisit.
Anyway, if you can get this in your area, you should buy it.
It's at the very least tied for my favorite IPA.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. HUGE thanks to KevSal for this one! Bottled 9-30-11

A: Medium straw yellow and amazing clarity. One finger white head with awesome retention and sticky lacing.

S: An awesome blend of citrus hops. Pineapple upfront and grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, light lemon and mango. Touches of sweet caramel come through.

T: Sweet caramel up front. Very nice merge into the hoppy citrus bitterness. Again pineapple is upfront mellowing the grapefruit acidity. Lots of orange peel zest, and some light lemon. The caramel stays right there through out but is taking a backseat to the hops.

M: Medium light bodied. Medium high carbonation. Super crisp and finishes very dry. Nice lingering citrus flavors.

O: What a choice. Just had a Sculpin the other day. This is right there for my favorite IPA. Almost a Pliny but a tad less balanced with hoppy bitterness standing out a bit more. Amazing IPA.

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

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4.56/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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

damn, george, this is gonna be a great m-f- week!

very light beer in appearance, yellow with golden orange tunnel down the center.. lots of bubbling activity. with force, this beer created itself a nice creamy head that sank fast to an all-covering cream topper. solid lacing.

big malty odor, reminiscent of candy apples. fruity, acidic hops smell fresh from the hop sacks.. shining with the beer equivalent of new car smell. inviting nose.

the body on this beer is a bit bigger than i expected for 6%, and the bitterness plays into the beers kong-like stature. the bitterness and piney hop resins first.. the bitter lingers a bit longer as a physical sensation on the tongue but disappears soon after begging another sip. and sip you will, as this beer is not the refreshing chugger of an ipa that most six-percenters are. very floral, very fruity in a red, seeded fashion. something about this beer also brings clean laundry to mind. just very neat and well-executed.

this is the first r.r. ipa i've had the pleasure to enjoy, and i hope im not blowing my load on the first date... but i think this stuff is just amazing. carefully just shy of being west coast overdone but still unique enough to be notable. thanks again, g.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer and it certainly lived up to the hype. I am not one of the people who thinks this beer is better than Pliny, but this was still an awesome beer.

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4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy orange amber, bright and seemingly backlit. A finger of meringue white head swells and settles in a cycle that runs apace. Swells of lacing wave along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is an homage to edgy dry citrus hops, lightly floral, genuinely spicy, and as crisp as a freshly starched dress shirt. Not to mention, a draft of pine washes in, like a breath from a damp forest. Underneath lingers a sweet malt presence that speaks of caramel and berries, and even a touch of melon.

Upon sipping, the hops make a mockery of any pretension of balance, but oh, are they joyous tilting that scale, with dry, biting grapefruit, freshly sliced from the rind, and a more distant tingle of lemon zest and mandarin orange. And pine again rides behind, with a needle of coniferous spiciness. The malt, while well subjugated, is nonetheless a good soldier, marching in a lightly sweet caramel identity that also hints at a tree-borne fruitiness. The malt goes softly biscuit as the hops divert the flow toward a crisp, clear dryness that offers up a distinctive, impressive bitterness. It may not be balanced, by my is it wonderfully complex in its interplay between hops and malt.

Between light and medium bodied, the malt is almost instantly undone by the scorched-earth bitterness of the hops.

Maybe the location and company influence my new-found love affair with this nectar, but I don't care, I love it, and I'm not going to question my feelings! As good as it smelled, I had no idea the flavor would come across as exceptional as it did. In fact, this beer would be, far and away, my top session IPA were it not so freaking rare in my area. It's so clean that having another is an animal instinct. I almost never have two of the same when I'm at Monk's, but this specimen became one of the rare exceptions. Should I ever get near this again, I really doubt I'll drink anything but Blind Pig. Until it's gone, or I'm gone.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass.

A: The pour produces thousands of tiny, little bubbles that rush furiously to the top of my glass leaving behind a rather complacent, innactive looking brew. That was interesting. An average size stark white, foamy head forms and has decent retention. The color of the body is equal parts yellow, orange and amber. Very appealing. A light haziness can be seen in an otherwise pretty clean looking brew.

S & T: Aromas of biscuits, grain, bread and a light caramel combine to make up the malt character, which is just substantial enough to hold up to the incoming hop attack. Huge citrus qualities of grapefruit & orange, big floral notes and a very light pine presence. Light sweet notes from the honey come through, as well as the additional fruits of peach, clementine and pineapple. The hops are harshly bittering on the tongue and even moreso on the finish.

M: Medium fullness to the body. Prickly and fizzy carbonation. The Blind Pig lost a few points on the finish for having an out of scale (very isolated) bitterness. Could have definitely handled another percent in the ABV.

D: Drinkability is above average. I find that the finish is somewhat hindering in this department. The first glass was delicious, the second, very good, the third, good, etc. A really drinkable beer should be very palatable and also get better from one glass to the next in my opinion. Also, I prefer this one a little colder than usual to keep the bitterness in check.

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Photo of jhavs
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle poured into snifter.

A= Golden with a bit of amber tint, fairly clear, thin white foamy head, foam has large bubbles, lots of lacing clings to the glass.

S= Not a big aroma punch, some citrus, bit of earthy spiciness, some residual malt sweetness.

T= Pine, citrus rind, and a deep bitterness. Bit of caramel malty flavor.

M= Moderate carbonation, medium body.

O= Old school IPA flavors, more bitterness than flavor or aroma. Doesn't reach the peaks of their PtE. This is good, clean flavored, and does not have flaws. Just not much to right home about.

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Photo of younger35
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on 1/26/08, taken from notes.

Sampled this brew with a buddy on a recent visit to Russian River. Was lucky enough to have Blind Pig but they just ran out of Pliny the Elder that afternoon and Pliny the Younger ended up being tapped about 28 hours after we left. Horrible timing... Drank from a Russian River pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a semi bright yellow with hints of amber and brilliant clarity. About a half finger bright white head sits atop the yellow liquid leaving a terrific cap and collar along with plenty of sticky white lacing.
Smell- Absolutely oozing with more citrus than I thought possible to get into a beer. Oodles and oodles of fresh pineapple that seems to jump out of the glass. Mangos, lemon and tangerines waft around in the background adding even more zesty fresh tropical goodness.
Taste- Not as citrus as the nose but super fresh and fruity. The pineapple, mango and grapefruit all lend their sharp tropical goodness but not to the extent that the nose would lead you to believe. The nice malty sweetness that hides underneath lends a bit of toffee that really balances the hops beautifully. Something that reminds me of an artificial strawberry flavoring lingers in the background (not saying they use it in the beer, just has that sort of lingering goodness).
Mouthfeel- Medium to full body with a silky smooth creaminess and medium carbonation that really brings it all together.
Drinkability- What a terrific IPA. I drank a lot of DIPA's this weekend and am pretty sure this was the only regular IPA I had. That being said, I'd probably take two glasses of this over any DIPA I had (except for Racer X). Supremely fruity and supremely balanced while still letting the hops shine. Great beer that I highly recommend!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of match1112
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 9/30/11. poured into a goblet a clear golden orange with a quarter inch head that quickly receded to a thin white ring and left no lacing. smell is of sweet citrus and pine hops. taste is exactly as you would expect after smelling it. some sticky pine and tons of citrus. offers a nice malt balance that stays in back where it belongs and leaves with a peach aftertaste. mouthfeel is a crisp medium body with good carbonation and a well balanced feel of bitterness and sweetness. overall this is one of the best ipa's i've had the pleasure to try. perfectly balanced, a must have for any beer fan.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Epitome of a West Coast IPA for me, it's hoppy, dry, bitter, but nothing out of proportion, instead everything obviously executed to a precise calculation. And it deserves an extra tip of the hat for extracting such great hop flavor out of a relatively (compared to today's IPAs) small 6.1% ABV. Pliny is great, but this isn't far behind.

(Edit: Just happened upon a fresh pint. My God, that nose. Clear as a whistle, crisp, bright citrus, like pungent, tangy tangerine + the lightest touch of pine. Palate is grapefruit bitter. West Coast to a tee. Prob not for those who like the kinder, gentler IPAs, but hot damn is it a fine drink for this reviewer).

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,766 ratings.
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