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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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100
world-class

12,153 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 12,153
Reviews: 3,429
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 6,025
Gots: 2,690 | FT: 90
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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Ratings: 12,153 | Reviews: 3,429
Photo of WestMichiganWhaler
4.79/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The frothy head got me salivating immediately. The pine scent was unexpected and awesome. At 8%, the hops are present but extremely well balanced. Obviously wasn't ever going to live up to the hype, but a very good beer.

Photo of KCCO_JSV
4.93/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A must have... one damn good beer

Photo of Word2BigBIrd
4.3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Probably a groundbreaker when it first came out, but now just above average...doesn't stack up against the best but a delicious beer nonetheless

Photo of kamoosekazi
3.29/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Probably the most overhyped IPA. Took me three months of bugging my local beer hub tonfinally get 2 bottles and it is probably one of my least favorite IPAs. Its hoppy. Its tasty. It has a decent abv in its class. Its not worth the searching or effort to get one.

Photo of dbannister
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Pliny from the tap at Russian River is noticeably better than anywhere else (which is really saying something). Simply an amazing beer.

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.93/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brewed on 3/19/15; opened and consumed on 4/18/15. I must say for New Hampshire getting to try this within 30 days on the born on date is pretty good. Light orange almost honey in color with a pretty solid frothy head that dissipates to a bubbly cap on top. Streaks of lacing transform to spotty in nature all the way down the glass edges. The aroma of pine, resin, citrus, and floral hops is rather subdued with nothing too overpowering. Flavor profile for this Imperial IPA is quite delicious. The pine and resin start off the flavors with a very nice grapefruit taste finishing the profile. Solid bodied and only a slight bitterness on the back end of the palate with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Overall, Pliny the Elder really does live up to the hype and is an awesome example of an double imperial ipa.

Photo of Alejandrolikebeers3445
4.93/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

a great smoothing tasting beer

Photo of rdipper
4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not a big DIPA fan but this one is special. I'll be looking for more in the near future.

Photo of drew42e
4.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have had this a number of times, and my original view was strong pine aroma and taste with a bit of citrus thrown in. It was one of the most flavorful and "hoppy" beers I'd ever had. That was prior to me getting in to the "craft beer craze" and trying many more different Double IPAs (and even Triple) over the past 3 months (late bloomer i know). My palate has adjusted a bit. While I still sense the pine, its not nearly as strong and now i taste a little resin on finish. It is incredibly smooth to mefor 8%, which actually is fairly moderate these days for a Double IPA. Perfect balance to me of hops/malt. Hard to find, but lucky my local place has it and can find bottles if i get to my liquor store early enough. Will need to trek up to Russian River to try at the brewery. Prefer draft to bottle and prefer closer to room temp than fridge cold.

Photo of hoagzzz
4.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe I conquered the mountain and secured a couple of these. Hate to nit pick but two of these were purchased 4/01, but we're bottled 3/07?? They don't sit in the shelf so I guess they sat at the brewery? In any event impossible to live up to the hype. More bitter on the back end than I expected. Good but not mind blowing. Purely from taste, Heady and Zombie way better. Update- One day later, had another and I have to admit the balance of malt and hops is pretty fucking good.

Photo of MpVpRb
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ah, the original

First double IPA I ever had..it was wonderful!

Brewing art and science have moved on since then, and newer brewers (who drank LOTS of Plinys) are pushing the style

Vinnie (the inventor) seems to be going off in another direction, and not advancing the art and science of IPA

Great when fresh! Inconsistent when bottled or old..yes, I've had many a bad Pliny

Best at the brewery..but the crowds can make the visit very uncomfortable

Photo of BernieO
4.3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Personally no different from any IPA out there, however I do like the fruity after taste. Weirdly enough I always find myself taking off early from work on Wednesdays to pickup Plinys for the weekend...

Photo of Emmige1
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had it on tap at the brewery, awesome. Had it in a bottle from a trade, pretty good.

Photo of J_K
4.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Classic go-to. Superb IPA. Enough said.

Photo of IPAFORPRESIDENT
4.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An amazing Ale, It's pungeant smell is that of pine and light citrus and for those who smoke herb, a great deal dank. The taste follows, and for 8% this ale goes down smoother than silk. The only problem with this amazing beer is the fact you can only buy 2 bottles at a time and it's limited availability, but if you live in CA or are visiting, definitely you have to try this at least once.

Photo of Hayden34
4.08/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally had the opportunity to try Pliny the Elder and must say I was extremely disappointed. While it's a solid IIPA, I've had much better. Don't believe the hype.

Photo of Rabae6
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Muy bien equilibrada, amargor persistente en el fondo de la boca, sabores cítricos, piña y pino.

Photo of Ccagno15
4.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got this in a trade it definitely lives up to the hype this is a ridiculously well balanced dipa

Photo of Originalredman
4.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great great great beer!!
Thank you beer mail

Photo of Shane_Gr
4.33/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasty but very bitter. Not as good as everyone says.

Photo of KATCanada
4.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great beer, could drink it all day.

Photo of dikebrewery
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If this beer had a vagina I'd definitely have sexual relations with it! I'm seriously considering divorcing the wife and starting a new life with Pliny the Elder. I want to make babies with this beer and pick out window treatments on a Sunday while the big game is on and you know what I don't care about missing the game because I'm in love! And if you can't respect that then Gtfoh!!

Photo of wbm0715
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

it's tough to live up to the hype around this beer, but Pliny gives more than a fair shake to that task. i could go on and on about the hop/malt balance, but it's pretty redundant at this stage in the beer's storied history.

as an east-coaster transplanted in the bay area, I can wholeheartedly say that my quality of life has improved, thanks in no small part to the presence of PtE.

my near-perfect rating just reflects the fact that despite how good a beer is, it can always be made better (i'm looking at you, craft breweries worldwide -- are you up to the challenge?!)

Photo of ChocolateLove
4.94/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I never want to die after tasting this glorious brew. IPA for life!

Photo of blues_fever
4.3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again, not the biggest IPA fan, but this is tasty. Had it from bottle and tap, tap is the way to go.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 12,153 ratings.