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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,821 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8821
Reviews: 3070
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%


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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4/5  rDev -14%

01-05-2013 18:26:16 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Major thanks to Tammisbutler for the opportunity to sample this one.

Aroma: Big piney notes hop out of the glass. As the beer is swirled pineapple, grapefruit, and orange aromas are noted. Fermentation character is clean.

Appearance: Crystal clear amber pour with a 2-finger white cap that retains well. Leaves sticky lacing on the glass.

Flavor: Huge rush of pineapple and grapefruit character right out of the gate. There is a bit of orange slice sweetness in the background that lends a cool counterpoint. I think this light sweetness makes it drinkable and incredibly tasty so the hops have something to work with. Balance is to the wonderfully bitter and flavorful hops. Finish is bone dry. Aftertaste is lingering and powdery bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, moderately high carbonation, and slightly oily. No heat or astringency.

Overall impression: A wonderful treat. Definitely worth the hype. Will seek out and have again.

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04-24-2014 23:19:12 | More by mattcrill
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Not going to lie...friends of mine hyped this beer up to be the second coming...I expected perfection. Although it was a VERY good beer, not worth the hype. I'd put a Deschutes Fresh Squeezed or a Stone Enjoy By up against PtE any day of the week. Would definitely buy this again but won't be so anxious for it to become available as I was the first time.

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Simply put, Pliny didn't meet the hype for me. I had it on a wonderful trip to SF at Toronado (great beer bar, btw), and just didn't love it. Give me a Fatheads HeadHunter over this any day of the week, please and thank you.

A: Good but categorical.

S: One great component.

T: Mehhhh... Average.

M: Good carbonation but nothing to write home about.

O: Average. Very, very average.

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I frequent total wine on Tuesdays and Thursdays to find this beer. In the past couple of months I managed to come home with more that a few. Including other russion river beers. The worst part is having to drink it, because then you don't have any left! At a 1 bottle limit I manged to have one of these babies every week for the past 5 weeks! I love it! Arguably the best!

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,821 ratings.