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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,905 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,905
Reviews: 3,127
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,554
Gots: 1,510 | FT: 54
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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BruChef

New York

4.2/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the chance to try this the first time from my wife's cousin Chris who was generous enough to share it with me (along with a Westy 12 the same day. Chris, you da' man!). Reviewed when I had it again after my buddy kyle brought it back from his honeymoon in Cali. straight from the brewery, born just 3 weeks ago. Thanks for thinking of me bro!

Poured into a Bordeaux glass and took pleasant notice of the somewhat rustic, slightly hazy, golden, orange color. Slight off-white head, lingering, about a finger and a half inch thick. Aroma was well balanced, slight caramel malt and fresh, piney, citrusy hops. Even more well balanced was the taste.

This is not a hop bomb like i initially thought it would be. The hops are forward but countered by a complimentary amount of malt presence. What can't be ignored, especially if you had a fresh bottle, is how fresh the hops taste. It's just too hard to explain. It's especially easy to drink because the alcohol is barely detectable...until it warms up a bit. The hops also really intensify as it warms almost making it pleasurably harsh if that makes sense. Mouth feel is slightly sticky and medium bodied. Carbonation is pleasant enough but i feel like a tiny, tiny bit more would help the already fantastic aroma become even more explosive.

This beer is hella drinkable but should be savored too, in order to experience it at various temperatures. I don't know that i've had an (double) ipa in which flavor characteristics change so much as it warms. A fantastic beer overall. Split it with a worthy friend to enjoy the perfect amount.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 05:11:08 | More by BruChef
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,905 ratings.