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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder

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8,812 Ratings

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Ratings: 8812
Reviews: 3067
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003)
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4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've had this many times, from a bottle, growler, and on tap.

Pliny pours a golden amber color, with the richest looking head I remember seeing. Very creamy and robust, that is. Not thin or quick to dissipate. Lacing all the way down the pint glass.

The smell is heavenly, what I imagine pure hop extract would smell like. Citrusy, very floral, but not stinging. Even my dad who doesn't drink though it smelled good.

The taste is of course also phenomenal. Along with all the typical hop characteristics of resiny pineyness, citrus, and flowers, I notice for lack of a better word, a very rounded taste, almost reminiscent of cantaloupe or honeydew melon. Despite being so heavily hopped, it is not bitter at all. There is no acrid taste here, and no malty sweetness, pure unbridled hops.

The mouthfeel is nice. It is very luscious and rich. This is where the creamy head comes from. It coats the palate in the most velvety way, and has just the right amount of carbonation to round it out.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is my favorite D/IPA. Period. I must say though that I would never want more than a pint at once. This is a great pleasure to drink but it is no session beer.

When I first went to Russian River, I wanted to try a barrel aged beer or The Younger, but there were none of those to be found. A local said "Get the Elder, you won't be disappointed!" Well there began my love affair with Pliny the Elder, hands down my favorite hoppy beer I have tried.

Serving type: growler

12-01-2008 18:58:21 | More by MrFootstones
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A: Good but categorical.

S: One great component.

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
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