Blind Pig IPA | Russian River Brewing Company

Blind Pig IPABlind Pig IPA
BA SCORE
96%
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4.32 w/ 5,780 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:
#410
Reviews:
1,449
Ratings:
5,780
Liked:
5,548
Avg:
4.32/5
pDev:
8.8%
Alströms:
-
 
 
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1,897
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Trade:
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Ratings: 5,780 |  Reviews: 1,449
Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on July 22 2008

Pours a mostly clear gold/bronze with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Very good head retention & above average lacing

S: Tons of pine & grapefruit 7 a touch of tropical fruit, almost pulled a 5.0

T: Lemony & grapefruitty hops, a touch of breadyness up front. More citric hops bite, slight breadyness as this warms, along with some honey malt, & dryness & a touch of pineapple. Finishes grapefruity & bready. Almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Creamy with perfect carbonation & medium body

Very drinkable, a super AIPA! A bit more malt depth & flavor complexity is need to rate this higher

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Photo of atrocity
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
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 duceswild
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 03.24.2012 poured 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Golden in color with a white head. Good scent of hops as soon as the bottle was opened. Also get some piny and citrus.

Can taste the bitterness, but it is not overpowering. The beer is well balanced. I get a some sweatness from this which compliments it well.

Overall a great beer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 1/15/11.

A: Slightly hazy orange with a solid one finger foam head. Great retention with decent lacing.

S: Very fresh aroma. Nice citrus fruits - grapefruit and some orange. There is a little bit of pine which adds an earthy/grassy aroma.

T: Very nice hop flavor, the grapefruit is right in the front with the orange taking a slight backseat. Has a really nice earthy/grassy flavor that I enjoy a lot. Very crisp, slight bitter finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, but drinks a little lighter. Carbonation fits very nicely. Extremely drinkable, really like this one. Russian River did well with Blind Pig.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Joey for getting this one across to me so quickly. I have been itching to try this one for a while and finally a bottle is made and I can get my hands on it. Very nice 500ml bottle is served up chilled and poured into a tall pilsner glass. Consumed on 08/04/2008.

The pour was very nice, rich and lively looking for sure. A nice golden amber color was transposed into the glass. Lots of carbonation actively searching for a place to go, lands it up at the top of the glass and into the mix of a rich white frothy head. Nice two inches of head quickly races by and leaves with it a nice fluffy and intact pillow across the top that slowly deposits tones of spider web like sticky lace down the sides of the glass. This was a good looking IPA.

The aroma was pungent and fresh, dripping with hop resin so bitter you could feel it through your nose. Very floral, with big notes of orange and tangerine, hints of grapefruit and lemon, with a bit of pine tar thrown in for good measure. This was what it was all about. The flavor was more f the same, and this could have been quite possibly the best tasting IPA I have ever had. Right up there with Sculpin for sure. Huge, sticky fresh hops, loaded down with candy coated sugar. Big notes here of orange all over the place. Lots of citrus of every conceivable kind just literally dripping in here. This is what I would imagine chewing on a still growing hop vine would be like. It was intensely fresh. Nice medium body, almost chewy at times gave way with more then ample carbonation and a nice profile that really just did not let up. As for drinkability...thank you sir and may I have another! This was fantastic.

Overall I have to say this one in know way let me know down. It was the big IPA that it was meant to be while still staying true to it being completely session able. I would love to have this one hooked up to me 24/7 as it was just that good! Go and get some, you really cannot beat this for a west coast IPA.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson for getting a draft of this for me at the drafting room- 10oz pour in a goblet.

A - A light haziness in the golden appearance w/ amber hues, overall a very attractive ale. The head is thin and has an off white shade w/ very small bead

S - The aroma has it! Mango, pineapple and golden grapefruit w/ piney hop notes and lemony, citrus peel blend. The mild tropical hints are just pungent and combine w/ hop notes that indicate a bitter yet fragrant beer

M - A dry citrus bite w/ medium carbonation and bitter herbal texture w/ tangy grapefruit acidity. The mouthfeel has intensely bitter quality that lasts long after the swallow giving a dry texture on the palate and yet has mild sweet malt in with the bitter to keep it from feeling too harsh, just a shadow of malt

T - The taste has sweet mango, grapefruit witha a gentle lemon zest tinge. The flavor of malt is there but the focus here is the hops with have an herbal bitter element after the grapefruit-flesh of the grapefruit flavor, not the zest really. The light pepper in the flavor adds a grassy ting to the IPA, with mild malt and resinous hop flavors melding, barely a touch of alcohol in the flavor

D - This is a fantastic IPA, superb bitter, yet dry and refreshing qualities outweigh any negatives. There is a potent hop dose utilized and fresher Ipa's there are few. I really consider this one of the country's best examples of an American IPA- hops are not neglected in any way.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ML bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 1/13/10, drank on 2/15/10.

a - Pours a nice golden color with about an inch and a half of white foam and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells mostly of hops, as well as citrus/orange, a little lemon and pine, and a maybe a hint of something sweeter like honey. Smells great.

t - Strong hoppy taste to it. Also tastes strongly of citrus/grapefruit, and pine. Has a bitter aftertaste to it. A good taste to it for an IPA, but I thought it might be a little sweeter than it was.

m - Medium body with moderate carbonation, this IPA is very easy to drink. It has a bit of a bitter aftertase.

d - Overall I thought this was a very good IPA. I thought it smelled amazing and while the taste may not have lived up to it, it was still very good. Considering the bitter hops taste it is actually pretty easy to drink, and I would definitely try this again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. People have sent me this before, but this particular bottle is thanks to psiweaver.

Appearance - Golden straw colored with a big white head. Hazy, but not sedimenty looking. Traces of head remain with loads of lacing.

Smell - HOPS. Citrusy hops. Orange and grapefruit hops. No malt smells at all.

Taste - HOPS. Citrusy hops. Orange and grapefruit hops. No malt taste at all. This is hop juice. The most pared down way of delivering hop flavor. Not even a hint of sweetness to make it easier to drink. As much as I like hop bombs (like PtE), this isn't balanced at all. It's bitter, then it's bitter, then it's bitter some more.

Mouthfeel - Because of the low malt character, it's thin. Even for a single IPA, it's very thin. The carbonation feels high, even though I don't think it is very high. Just the nature of ti makes it seem that way.

Overall - It's very tasty, if you're into huge hop bombs. It's actually quite impressive that a single IPA at 6.1% can have this much hoppiness. The downside is that it really isn't balanced.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange in color. A nice fluffy white head sites on top with excellent lacing.

S: The nose has an excellent fruit character with lots of citrus and perhaps even a touch of tropical fruits. There is a mild pine note to this as well.

T: The fruit flavor really shines through here, much more so than in Pliny. A nice juicy grapefruit flavor with some sweet caramel malt and a nice bitter finish.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation (which could be affected by the growler).

D: It's too bad that this is the same price as Pliny, because it would be a top rate IPA if it was made by a different brewery.

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Photo of orangesol
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fresh bottle poured into a globe.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a nice pillow one finger tall white head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Tons of citric hops up front with a nice lightly toasted caramel malt core. A bit grassy with some sweetness creeping in as it begins to warm up. Very nice stuff.

T - Nice citric hop bite up front is balanced out well with a nice mix of caramel malt sweetness and crisp tropical fruits. Finish is a bit dry with some nice lingering hop bitterness. Much better this time, still one of my all time favorites but I still prefer elder to the pig.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice light, refreshing, feel on the pallet. Finish has some lingering bitterness but nothing too over the top.

D - Very high. Blind pig has very good balance with plenty of drinkability left over. I love this stuff but I still prefer elder a bit more.

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Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

This afternoon calls for a deluge of hops. Get some! This salvo pours a clear apple juice topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises caramel, pine, light leek, and ruby red grapefruit. The taste holds notes of grapefruit rind, mint, pine, light leek, and a much more subdued caramel. The body is a a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, heavy on the hops without overdoing it. Good times here.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Blind Pig was awesome....sometimes it pays to trick or treat at a neighbors house that just got back from California!!! YEEEE HAW! It was perfectly balanced with notes of pine and orange peel citrus. It poured a copperish with white head and wonderful lace. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall....YUMMY!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious IPA! Very pleasant citrus and floral aroma. A nice lingering aftertaste, with hints of grapefruit and fresh hops. This beer really has everything I'm looking for in an IPA. The drinkability is insanely high. Blind Pig is amazingly tasty and refreshing, and would be easily chuggable. Fresh hops with a wonderfully smooth feel. It would be a regular beer for me, if only it was available where I live.

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Blind Pig IPA from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96% out of 100 with 5,780 ratings
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