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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,632 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,632
Reviews: 3,119
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,416
Gots: 1,390 | FT: 52
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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bosox941827

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle poured roughly into an Ayinger gold-rimmed 0.5L glass (+ room for head); poured cold and warmed as tasted
A - Pours a slighty cloudy (yeast in the bottle) orange/amber; rough pour yields a rocky, foamy head that takes a while to settle and leaves lots of foam on the sides.
S - Other-worldly; like crushing a pine cone in your hands; very persistent and floral. Probably in top 3 best-smelling beers I've tried (Hopslam & Sculpin just above it, IMO).
T - Interesting; this is MUCH better than a bottle I had back in December. I decided not to review it then, b/c my opinion was not good. Glad I decided to wait....in any case...
Malty sweetness (with a bit of hard candy in there too) off the sip, which is quickly pushed aside by the piney hoppiness. There's a real earthiness to the hops, almost like there's a bit of dirt in there (but in a GOOD way). The bitterness persists for quite a while and becomes a bit dour, with a metallic edge to it that is not as pleasing as the initial flavor.
M - Low carbonation lends a smooth mouthfeel and hoppiness keep this from feeling too heavy.
D - Medium; nice up front, but that aftertaste would prevent me from having too many of these. Do NOT have this issue with Hopslam, which is just as hoppy and has 2% more ABV.

This is a GREAT beer and am glad I went through the trouble to track it down and tried it, but not sure it's the "end all, be all" its reputation would have you believe; I feel like I can get beers just as good or better locally without the hassle.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 22:54:34 | More by bosox941827
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,632 ratings.