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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,894 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,894
Reviews: 3,126
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,545
Gots: 1,507 | FT: 53
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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Backer2004

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Okay, what a fantastic surprise to see this bottle sitting right in front of me for all to share last night at our beer festival meeting. It took all the power in the world to pay attention and not crack this one open right away. An hour into, however . . . it was very good, but honestly, not the best Imperial IPA I've tried. Yes, loads of citrus hops that were fantastic to the nose and tastebuds, but this beer's reputation was a little higher than what got. Still would love to get my hands on more, however.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 01:38:39 | More by Backer2004
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,894 ratings.