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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,884 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,884
Reviews: 3,126
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,544
Gots: 1,505 | 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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akang

California

4.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's fortunately pretty accessible in California, so I've had it on tap and in bottles numerous times.

A - Light, relatively clear golden color.

S - Inviting mix of fresh hops and citrus.

T - The strong hop profile comes through immediately along with relatively muted hints of the citrus. The finish is dry and slightly bitter, but less so than some other DIPAs (such as Heady Topper). The overall balance in flavors is incredible.

M - Well-carbonated and easy to keep drinking.

O - After having this multiple times, I completely understand why this beer has been the gold standard for DIPAs. There are bold hops flavors but the emphasis on balance is awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2013 02:17:01 | More by akang
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,884 ratings.