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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,879 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,879
Reviews: 3,126
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,539
Gots: 1,504 | 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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PSUBeerman

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the Craft Ale House, tulip glass

Pours a rich and clear golden color with a tint of orange. Good retention with the off white creamy head. Very sticky to the sides of the glass. Each swirl brought the head back.

Strong hops aroma, pine essence and a floral background. Citrus (grapefruit & orange) predominant as well. I could smell this as the glass was still on the table.

Flavor of course hits you hard with hops Citrus notes, great balance of bitterness and sweetness with a malty presence. Some creaminess, and many other flavors noticeable. Lots of things going on here.

Mouthfeel was tangy and smooth, great carbonation. This was very refreshing and well worth the wait. I am glad I have more in the fridge.

Serving type: growler

08-17-2009 02:00:13 | More by PSUBeerman
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After several months of searching, I finally found the mythical Pliny the Elder that I was starting to doubt even existed. Pangaea Bier Cafe in Sacramento has it on tap.
So... it pours a beautiful gold.. crystal clear.. I talk a lot about balance in the beers that I review and this one had perfect balance. Hops, grain, malt.. they finely crafted this one in every sense of the word. Head was a little light, but tight foams. Mouthfeel was very good for the hops which blended perfectly. finish was smooth. Is it the best beer in America? Um... no. Very very good, I would have it again and was able to buy a couple of bottles at a nearby store (2 bottle limit), but does it live up to the hype? Nope. The marketing strategy (and the limits on purchase) were brilliant and they have feed into the hype very well.... being from Utah it was my mission (pun intended) to find this beer and see for myself.. but honestly.. I think there must be a better beer out there somewhere (and for the styles I prefer, I have found a few)..

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,879 ratings.