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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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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: 4,482
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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MattyBones

New York

5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pliny the Elder...the beer I heard so much about when I really started delving into craft beers. I heard everything from it being the Holy Grail of beers to it being the most overhyped beer ever. All I knew was that I wanted to try it. After searching I was able to find a shop that would deliver to NY, so I ordered 2 bottles of the elder, 2 blind pigs and Redemption. Figured why not make it a RR care pack lol. Well...

Appearance: Liquid gold. Golden in color with a nice white head about a finger thick. Had a very fresh, refreshing look to it.

Smell: Extremely floral nose, fruity, citrusy, some pine. It was a very pronounced nose.

Taste: Okay...all the people that told me it was overhyped either lied to me and they never actually tried it or they are closet fans pissed off that its not readily available near us. This is what it's all about. A beautiful assault of citrus and pine, hops, hops, hops charge with a solid bitterness that balances out with slight malts, but nothing that takes away from the awesome flavors.

Mouthfeel: clean, fresh, smooth and did I mentioned fresh. Slick enough to hit the palate and give you all the flavors without shredding it.

Overall: It absolutely is the most well balanced beer I've tasted to date. It's clean, refreshing, the perfect amount of bitterness, it is amazing and I couldn't wait to jump in to that second bottle. I've had Pliny now and I have had heady as well. They are pretty much neck and neck but I must admit that I enjoy Pliny a tad bit more. It's a little cleaner tasting and a tad bit more balanced. Hopefully I won't have to wait too long to get my hands on another bottle or 2.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 14:24:18 | More by MattyBones
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,772 ratings.