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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder

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100
world-class

8,763 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8763
Reviews: 3058
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003)
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beagle75

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft service into a pint nonic at Russian River.

A: Clear, light orange-amber with less than one finger of persistent white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hops are featured foremost in the smell, almost all grapefruit citrus with scant floral and pine accents. Toast and caramel are faint but detectable as well. No smell of alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry and eagerly hoppy, with bitter and aromatic grapefruit peel backed by more juicy citrus fruit. The middle is drying and delicious as hop flavors lose some ground to restrained cracker and toast--though never grainy. The finish is more lingering than it is intense, with more toast and bitterness that still tastes of grapefruit peel. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky but extremely smooth, with moderate carbonation.

D: A beguiling brew to be sure, this beer is famous not for the intensity of the qualities it presents, but for the way they are united so seamlessly in the final product. Pliny the Elder is so surprisingly smooth that it could change a lot more drinkers' minds about extreme/traditional/artisanal beer styles, if only more had the awareness and ability to seek it out. From the tap or out of the bottle, every encounter with it is made to seem like the first--which is perhaps one of the most favorable attributes any food or drink could hope to aspire to.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 22:58:23 | More by beagle75
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,763 ratings.