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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,872 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,872
Reviews: 3,125
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,537
Gots: 1,501 | 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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Parrotshake

Australia

4.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some pals of mine were awesome enough to bring this home for me from the States without me even mentioning how great it would be if they did. Champions. Had a pint or two of this on tap at the brewery about 2 years ago and adored it. This bottle is about 3 weeks old.

Pours into the Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale pint glass they also got me (lol?) a slightly hazy yellow-orange with a finger of white head, which sticks around a while leaving patchy lacing. Immediate rush of grapefruit and tangerine on the nose, with some underlying pine, floral notes and a hint of pepper.

The thing I LOVED about this beer on tap was the initial sharp, savory grapefruit character, a big wake-up call to the taste buds. This bottle is somewhat lacking in that at first. Pine, biscuity malt, citrus notes dancing around but not the assault that I remember. I worry briefly that bad things happened to this beer on it's way to me. Then after a few sips, my palate is sufficiently coated in hop oils and that remarkable slightly briny tang of fresh-squeezed grapefruit starts to dominate, subsequently making me drool. So fresh-tasting and moreish.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are around medium but you barely even notice. So friggin fresh and crisp and sunshiney that it never occurs to you that you're drinking something of such gravity.

A beer that I really love and sadly probably won't have again for a while. Preferable on-tap, but great any way you slice it.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 11:01:35 | More by Parrotshake
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,872 ratings.