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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder

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100
world-class

8,771 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8771
Reviews: 3059
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by JamesShoemaker:
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JamesShoemaker

Michigan

4.48/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Tarheel4985 for this bottle. 500 ml poured into a snifter. Very excited to try this beer.

A - good looking, lighter than expected. The foam is viscous on the sides and carbonated in the middle. It looks pretty standard, not necessarily unique.

S - woo baby. Lots of citrus, particularly oranges. The hops smell very sweet, with plenty of floral, bittery undertones.

T - not nearly as sweet as it smells, but delicious in all sorts of different ways. The orange goes from sweet in the smell to biting in the taste, like the peel rather than the meat. The alcohol plays a perfect role, somewhere right in the middle, not too prominent but not ephemeral enough to disappear completely.

M - also good. Perfect amount of carbonation helps this beer go down great. Readable beginning, middle, and end, just like any good IPA.

O - very good beer, I'll definitely get it again if I have the opportunity. Maybe not worth the hyperbole, but still very solid and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 00:08:32 | More by JamesShoemaker
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Pliny is the finest beer I've ever tasted. For a 2X IPA it's as crisp and refreshing as it gets... for ANY beer. Some people say it's overhyped, which I don't agree with, but it depends on what type of beer you like. If you're an IPA fan and you think this beer is overhyped then I don't sympathize. But if IPA's aren't your thing then I can see how you might not appreciate it as much as someone like me who drinks almost exclusively IPA's. It is so perfectly balanced and smooth. Hoppy, citrusy, fresh, and perfect all come to mind every time I have a Pliny.

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I am lucky enough to have enjoyed Pliny countless times both in the bottle and on draught. First time was several years ago and every time I get a glass of it I take 2-3 whiffs of it before even taking a sip. That's how good this beer is. If you haven't tried it beg borrow or steal to try this one!

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,771 ratings.