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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,878 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,878
Reviews: 3,126
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,538
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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blincoln

California

4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Rich, clear amber color with one finger nearly white head. The head slowly subsides leaving a thin layer of fine bubbled froth and a beautiful web of fine delicate lacing on the glass

Aroma: Strong scent of fruits and hops. Sweet pineapple and melon with a bit of citrus. A slight bitterness in the smell.

Taste: A complex balance of hoppiness, yeast, malts, pine , with a bit of sweet fruit and citrus. Slight bitterness at the start that subsides and then comes through again in the finish. The 8% alcohol is nearly impossible to detect. As the beer warms the alcohol begins to peek through, but only to further add to the complexity and ingenious of this beer.

Palette: Soft on the pallet (only increase as the beer warms) with decent carbonation. Slightly dry with the lingering bitterness.

Overall: The perfect blend of complex flavors coming together for a beer that lives up to its legend. One of the best IPAs by far...grab them when you can! Finally a beer worthy of five stars.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 00:37:23 | More by blincoln
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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.
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,878 ratings.