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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,772 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,772
Reviews: 3,124
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,481
Gots: 1,443 | 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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DannyS

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, I have the privilege to review this one, acquired in a trade with Chaseabeer. Poured into my Duvel tulip from the distinctive 500 ml bottle with the humorous and minimalist label. Bottled on March 9th of this year.

A - Amazing. A beautiful hazy orange amber with a thick, resilient pillow of foam that clings like mad, and leaves heavy, sticky lacing. reminds me of Duvel's super-duper pure white head.

S - sweet floral pine comprises the fragrant hop aroma, backed by good malty sweetness. Citrusy grapefruit also wafts up to the nose in a delicate ballet of nature aromas.

T - Bitter? A little bit, but hardly overwhelming. The hops are so strong and flowery, but the bitterness is so subtle and subdued. Slightly sweet and grapefruity, with more pine and malt to round out this ridiculously balanced flavor profile. I was expecting a tactical nuclear strike of hops, but the attack is varied and balanced, winning the war of my taste buds. Finishes surprisingly clean, and not dry at all, with only a little bit of lingering bitterness.

M - A full, heavy mouthfeel combined with modest carbonation makes this a fairly weighty brew, but still manages to be easy drinking. Would be perfect if it were just a tad more bubbly.

D - The alcohol is hidden with unbelievable expertise, and it's just so tasty and easy drinking. If this were available in my area and had a more modest ABV, I'd drink this religiously.

Overall:
Hopslam surprised me and slammed the door open to the world of DIPA's.
DFH 90 minute took the time to further entice me.
Ruination almost ruined me to the whole style.
And now, Pliny the Elder has preached to me the good word of the hop, and I'm sold. Every bit of hyperbole this beer has garnered is well deserved. Revel in its glory.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 04:13:03 | More by DannyS
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,772 ratings.