Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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100
world-class

11,456 Ratings
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Ratings: 11,456
Reviews: 3,259
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 5,354
Gots: 2,153 | FT: 66
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003)
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Photo of humuloner22
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The elusive and strange Pliny the Elder! Finally found this one. Got on trade. Thanks man!

Appearance: Pours thick nice pillowy head that lingers throughout the drinking of this one. Fairly light in color for a DIPA, more golden and pilsner-like, in the appearance.

Nose: Bready malts in there, some floral components but not as pungent as one would expect. Its fairly faint for the style

Taste: Very mild and light for an IPA, you can tell this one is very well made, but in the world of brutal IPA’s and DIPA’s this is not one of them. Its sweet but not overly so, its smooth on the tongue, but it has a bite on the back, but not assertive at all. Floral comes to mind, it is not as much piney as it has more of a tropical fruit flavor in there almost like you would find close to the peel of a mango.

Overall: Super enjoyable for the type of beer. I have had a lot of IPA’s over the years and this one is definitely different. Its similar but not like the rest either. Its very well balanced and that is one thing I look for in the style. I think this is a very solid IPA or DIPA, it is what defines the style. Well made beer worth the hype, maybe? Worth trying, absolutely!

Photo of Craft_Imperial
4.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Natellis123
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I've ever had. I could drink it all day.

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

Photo of ctwybeerguy
4.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of funjack5150
4.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dannyboygaga
4.38/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chris7482
4.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thadream
4.13/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Harvest06
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Paulieblaze
4.58/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of InVinoVeritas
4.06/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mac31
4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber to tulip.

Super aromatic, hoppy floral notes. Soft, but present spiciness. Orange/tangerine, pineapple, mango flavors. Love the dirty/danky, woody, earthy flavors as well. Clean malt, crackery backbone puts the hops on shine! Bitterness is soft and lingering, perfect early kettle bittering. Just enough malty sweetness to balance out all the hops. Thin bodied with great carbonation that doesn't take away from all the aforementioned flavor components. Alcohol is well covered, barely any warmth detected while sipping. What can you say, it's Pliny! I've had this tons of time (2 hours away from the brewpub). Been a while since I've had. Can't believe I've waited so long. Don't wait if you don't have to. A must have, at least once! Probly the DIPA going.

Photo of Nietzsches_Horse
4.54/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Clownoisseur
4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skeeter1330
4.79/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TimG_0913
4.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Aroma is like a pine tree. Very balanced and smooth.

Photo of lbenitezl91
4.64/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of italianstallion
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZacCohen
4.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nmarshall87
4.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to dmsanchez for seeking this 15 day old bottle of Pliny to enjoy in Michigan. Creamy white head that lingers and floats on top of the golden liquid. Huge hop aroma and flavor of pine, orange and grapefruit citrus and stone fruit. Flavor follows nose. Exquisite balance. Crisp biscuity malts, finishes with just outstanding balance. Definitely one of the best IPA's I've had and totally lives up to the hype.

Photo of jblain
4.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jsmick
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SubversiveIntentions
4.3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 4.75

Pretty much the Heady Topper of the West Coast.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 11,456 ratings.