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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,610 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,610
Reviews: 3,120
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,402
Gots: 1,379 | FT: 52
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003)
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BDLbrewster

Minnesota

4.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks a Fuk-ton to my Cali connect for this gem!! Bryanbrick, you sir are my hero.

Pours a wonderful hazy pumpkin hued pale yellow color. Small frothy head that dissipates very quickly leaving gobs of sticky lacing all around my glass. Lots of tiny bubbles rise gracefully to the surface.

Ahhh... The nose is super ripe with massive amounts of citric grapefruit goodness. Smells like pure pink grapefruit juice on crack, passionfruit also comes to mind after numerous whiffs. Some subtle pine and very little else. Any hint of malt that might be there is buried under miles of fruity goodness.

Simply amazing. A quick burst of sweet, very lightly caramelized malt on the very front of the tongue. Next in line is an unprovoked tongue fuck of sweetened grapefruit juice saturated with tiny nibs of pine needle. Not the type of pine that make you think pinesol, but the kind that makes you think over-ripe mango. For how unnoticed the malt goes in this brew, it really does a spectacular job of supporting the crazy amount of citrus this brew carries. Surprisingly the finish carries very little residual bitterness for a big DIPA. Once again I am just amazed.

I rarely say this, but the mouthfeel is something out of a flippin fairy tale. Not syrupy in the least and luxurious, yeah, I said it. Luxurious. This brew is sooo light in my mouth, I feel like I am drinking a mich ultra (this is the only time I will ever say that in a good context.)

Overall, wow. 8%? Really... I mean really??? 8, I mean come the fuck on. Balanced is not always a good word when it comes to DIPA's. Pliny is balanced, but in an extremely good way. I wish I could put how I feel about this beer into words. But I can't, I can only think of one word to explain my relationship with Pliny. Wow.

Serving type: growler

10-31-2009 00:03:05 | More by BDLbrewster
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,610 ratings.