Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by RedwoodGeorge on 03-26-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,749
Reviews:
1,445
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.78%
 
 
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1,902
Gots:
977
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Ratings: 5,749 |  Reviews: 1,445
Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a golden orange color with a small, fizzy, bubbly, white head.

S - It smelled of tons of pine. Also some nice citrus and caramel notes.

T - This really jumps out with a bittter hop bite at first sip. Great burnt toast maltiness. This is a well balanced IPA with a bittersweet taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good IPA. My first RR beer has me wanting more.

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Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Russian River.

Pours a nice orange-copper color with a good white head. The smell is of powerful hops and a bit of sweet malt. The taste is much the same, with overriding citrus and floral hops with some pine in the background. Mouthfeel is very good with the medium body and moderate carbonatinon, and this is one of the best-drinking IPA's that I've had. Solid work.

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

Editing review, due to obtaining a fresh bottle while in cali. Bottled 12/11/09

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a 1 finger creamy beige head. Color is a hazy peach gold. Very appealing for an IPA. Decent head retention because of the etching. Leaves some splattered lace.

Aroma: A lot of fresh floral hops. Some grapefruit citrus notes. Some honey dew. Bready malts a bit in the background. Had I not looked on BA, I would have thought this was a double. Solid smelling ipa.

Taste: Sweet at first, then comes the load of hops hit. Earthy and floral hops. Very fresh, earthy taste. Honey. Very slight alcohol peaks out in the aftertaste. Grapefruit citrus and lemons. Some caramel malts balance it out a bit, but I love the freshness.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, a little creamy in the back. Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Leaves a dry hoppy aftertaste, which is what I expected.

Overall, I think this is a staple for an ipa. Drinkable and I could easily have more. Some IPAs I can drink more of and this is one of them. Good beer and a great price.

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Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jlindros
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow I've never gotten to try this yet. Not sure how with all the Russian River stuff I've traded for. Finally got this thanks to RaulMatisse. Bottled on 01/13/10 so not too fresh but fresh enough.

A: Pouring into oversized snifter yields a large 1.5 finger fluffy airy head that slowly fades over the very hazy and even slightly chunkified orange nectar color.

N: Despite a couple months on it the nose is loaded with fresh musty wet hops and dry hops. Tons of pine, citrus, some grapefruit, sweet floral and fruity hops. And that's about wraps her all up, fresh sweet delicious smelling hops.

T: Oh yeah, tooons of grapefruit and pine, citrus hops, some slight chewy earthy hop taste. Pretty bitter but not overwhelming. Very juicy and tasty too. I can see that the hops have faded ever so slightly in the taste more than the aroma, but it's still delicious. A very very slight malty base, but mostly just fresh tasty hops. As it sits on the tongue I get more of the fresh musty wet hops as well. A little bit of a hop oil taste even.

M: Medium body with tons of carbonation, even a slight oily hop feel.

F: Pretty bitter still, it seems to just hold strong at a nice bitter taste the whole time, and with that on the finish it dries quite a bit. It leaves a very fresh dry hop taste in the mouth as it dries, like I just steeped fresh hops in it and took a slurp from the hoppy slur. Lots of pine and hop resins on the finish and some citrus. A very tasty beer, brings you all over the hop map, good parts at least. Worthy of the hype, or better than the lack thereof at least. Not quite as good as Pliny though.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the RR Brewpub in Santa Rosa.

A: golden amber; excellent clarityr. Somewhat weak head still leaves good lacing.

Aroma: mild for style; floral with hints of herbs and honey.

Flavor: some light malts evident in the finish and aftertaste.

Fee:l smooth; body is light for style; rather low carbonation.

O: excellent excepting mouthfeel.

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

Acquired from fogdog courtesy of the 2009 Secret Bunny BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of strong floral hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste is extremely well-balanced with a strong but not over-powering burst of grassy hops and sweet citrus, plus some caramel in the background. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but it works perfectly for this beer. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is definitely one of the very best IPA's that I've had. It's the type of beer that is worth drinking a lot of for a whole evening.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

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

500 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks to brentk56 or this in the recent Secret Halloween BIF.

Pours a clear, golden orange with several fingers of poofy eggshell colored head. Solid ½ finger of retention that stays thick and foamy, flaring up magnificently and leaving a huge cascade of sticky hop lacing behind. The aroma is a nose tingling mix of floral hops, pine cones, spice, some REALLY juicy smelling citric notes, and caramel sweetness that does a very good job of balancing out the nose.

The taste is a biting, resinous hop bitterness up front that never seems to quite run wild, as it's reigned in by tangy citrus character and a silky caramel backbone. That bitterness once again rears its' head in the finish, leaving a dry and lingering feel that has you eagerly anticipating the next sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a wonderful softy and creamy texture to it that spreads out across the palette and moves the flavors along. There is also a good bit of hop oil slickness to the body and the 6% ABV is hidden very well hidden.

This is just an extremely well crafted and solid IPA from Russian River. All of the flavors that you would want in a West Coast IPA plus the look, body, and most of all, drinkibility were all top notch. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that reduces fairly quickly to an extremely thin film that covers the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit/tangerine hops and much lighter hints of tropical/pineapple hops.

T: Upfront there is a solid amount of pale malts with some caramel sweetness but the real dominant flavors are those of the hops - strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit/tangerine and moderate amounts of tropical/pineapple. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness that fade quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront and slightly sticky in the finish.

O: Extremely easy to drink and enjoyable - a very nice aroma and taste but the best aspect of this beer is how easy it is to drink (I think I could drink these all day long and never tire of it). Lots of hops present but they do not overpower.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

A fine, fresh, hoppy IPA. Poured a hazy copper with a nice frothy white head that laced well. Big hoppy aroma, floral and fruity, with notes of grapefruit and lemon. Taste is of pine, resin, grapefruit, lemon zest and apricot, with a sweet malty background. Leaves a resinous, bitter aftertaste; crisp and drying. Medium-bodied and very drinkable.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, faintly-hued, dull copper body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Pungent nose dominated by robust hop notes of pithy grapefruit, earthy lemon rinds, pineapple, and flowers.

Taste: Starts with a subtly sweet, restrained pale malt base from which to launch yourself into the hop field. Soon, a full-on barrage of sharply citric hop character and bitterness pushes its way onto the palate. Strong accents of white grapefruit and rustic lemon, with somewhat lesser undertones of fruity pineapple and pressed flowers. Medium-high bitterness. The beer remains assertively bitter all the through (and beyond) the very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A bit oily, a bit sticky even.

Drinkability: Well, there's no question, it's certainly one for the hop fiends. About as reasonably easy to drink as a cuttingly bitter India Pale Ale can hope to be.

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Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Brian for this great extra! Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a hazy light amber color with a thick two inch white foamy head. Very good head retention and it left excellent lacing on my glass.

The aroma is floral and hoppy with a strong grapefruit and pineapple citrus presence. It also has some pine and a slightly herbal spice to it along with a little sweetness. Excellent aroma for an IPA in my opinion.

The taste is hoppy as expected with some strong citrus flavors like the nose. It starts out with a sweet hoppy flavor but the bitterness really comes into play in the finish, balancing the sweetness out some.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's a fantastic tasting IPA and very easy drinking.

Overall one of the best IPA's I have had, and I have had the pleasure of having it a few times now fresh. it really shines in the balance it has between the sweet hoppy flavor and the bitter finish. Would gladly drink this anytime.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received from RedwoodGeorge as part of his recent 'Home Bottling Project'. I continue to be amazed at the professionalism of the labels and caps on this series of beers. Not to mention the flawless re-bottling effort itself. Since this Blind Pig is celebrating his 2 month anniversary today, I though that I'd 'Swig A Pig' before the hops lose any of their brilliance.

Flawless bright lemony amber, a color that is both rich and radiant at once. The tremendous looking polished ivory cap absolutely oozes firm creaminess; it looks great after the pour and even better as it slowly melts. There's a fair amount of thick, sudsy lace beginning to be laid down and I'm fairly certain that a majority of the glass will be coated in the end. It's a lighter, brighter IPA look and a great one.

How does Vinnie do it? How does he unlock the pure lupulin essence of some of my favorite hop varieties and turn them into such stupendous nose candy? I'm tempted to say that this is the best IPA nose that I've ever smelled, but I've said those words before and probably will again. Top 5 at least! The beer smells like sweet and sticky pineapple chunks with lemon, orange and pink grapefruit hanging around the periphery. Tropical and tremendously terrific.

Great, great, great, great beer. I could keep writing 'great' until the pigs come home, but there's more to say. No surprise that the pale malt backbone is up to the task at hand. It lends unwavering support and is in no way overmatched, but doesn't feel a need to be a contributing member of the flavor profile. Blind Pig has that underlying sweetness (that all good IPAs/DIPAs have) that allows the bitterness and the flavor of the hops to shine with blinding brilliance. Could that be the origin of the name?

Obviously, the centerpiece of this fine ale is hops, and I'm thrilled to report that it's absolutely dripping with pure, unadulterated, bitter, citric explosiveness. I've heard Centennial and have no reason to doubt the source. Its a near perfect blend of sweet and bitter, with bitter blowing the doors off the place. Hophead nirvana in a bottle.

I have no complaints about the mouthfeel, not a single one. I defy any brewer to design an IPA (that has no aspirations whatsoever on DIPAhood) that is any more drinkable than this one. It's as lightly creamy as the most demanding craft beer drinker has a right to expect and it disappears with ridiculous ease. I see that I'm going to have to start rationing what little remains.

I have no right to be critical of RedwoodGeorge since he's responsible for sending me some of the best beers on the planet Earth. That said, here's my beef. It isn't that he didn't make this bottle a bomber like the rest, it's that he didn't send me the whole damn keg of Blind Pig. Does everything that Mr. Cilurzo touches turn to brewing gold?

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 5,749 ratings.
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