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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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100
world-class

8,774 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8774
Reviews: 3060
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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Todd

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

02-24-2014 02:56:18 | More by Todd
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

One of the best labels in the world and a great wake-up call for overzealous über beer geeks who feel the need to age any and all beers. "Drink fresh, do not age! Pliny the Elder is a historical figure, don't make the beer inside this bottle one ... Age your cheese, not your Pliny ... Pliny is for savoring, not for saving!" Love it. "Respect hops, consume fresh!"

Light honey amber in color, topped with a big, fluffy, creamy white head with a ton of glass stickage. Massive ripe pineapple aroma in the nose, with pine, mint, sappy resins, powdery pale malts and a hint of alcohol. Silky smooth, medium bodied, with a very firm consistency and slightly chewy back. Hop presence is artfully chaotic. Nice prickly stab on the palate up front, semisharp bitterness, grassy, zesty grapefruit, deep smacking of ripe pineapple and pine. Juicy fruitiness, notes of apple and pear too. Dry middle with suggestions of chalky aspirin. Bready malts, soft and sweet, provide a nice backboard for the hops. Oily and ashy hop resins stick to the palate and follow through into a dry, bitter linger. Alcohol becomes sentient as the beer warms, speaking to us in tongues. And despite this, remains insanely drinkable.

One of the best DIPAs on planet Earth, ever.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 19:39:48 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Jason

Massachusetts

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

NOTE: If you are drinking this beer about 2 months past its freshness date then you are not getting the full experience.

500ml brown bottle with a bottled on freshness date.

Mildly hazed orange golden color, solid two fingers of head leave a nice crowning of sticky lace that leaves thick rings on the glass. Big hop aroma of evergreen, clementine rind, pineapple and fresh cut grass. Super smooth with a modest amount of carbonation. Prickly spicy hop bitterness with citric, mint and wild flower flavors that linger far into the aftertaste. Hint of nutty yeast and a big handful of biscuity malt are thrown at the palate and actually shows that this beer has balance. Full bursting orange grove flavor. The 8.0% stays hidden for the most part yet does yield a slow warmth about half way through the pint, a bit of ripe tropical fruitiness within from the esters. Finishes with that long drawn out hop bitterness and flavor as it leans towards the dry side.

Epic, a deserving epic as well even with all of the hype surrounding PTY. Pliny The Elder is the poster-boy for Double IPAs. Every hophead needs to put this on their must try list.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 02:55:40 | More by Jason
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More_betterness

California

4.76/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally reviewing after having countless bottles over the years. Bottled on 4/9/14

A: Crystal clear golden amber with a two finger head after a careful pour. Brilliantly clear and beautiful beer.

S: Resinous hops. Dank pine, citrus rind, and pineapple followed by some grassy/floral notes. Orange zest and a touch of malt are also present. Masterclass.

T: Sweet tangerine and citrusy lemon upfront. Sappy and bitter pine coats the palate and lingers for minutes after each sip. Just a hint of bready malt character becomes apparent as it warms. Perfect balance of flavor and bitterness for the style.

M: Dry and light bodied with medium carbonation. The massive amount of hops have a noticeable oily/slick texture as well.

O: What can I say that hasn't been said? Just an epic beer that literally defines the style. When fresh it is always one of the best beers I have ever had, only surpassed by heady, the Younger, and BCBCS IMO. Can't recommend enough

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 04:23:02 | More by More_betterness
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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Iowa

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

04-18-2014 17:22:17 | More by ChrisL24481
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -14%

04-18-2014 13:29:48 | More by smolder23
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wcoastbeerlover

Washington

5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pliny is the finest beer I've ever tasted. For a 2X IPA it's as crisp and refreshing as it gets... for ANY beer. Some people say it's overhyped, which I don't agree with, but it depends on what type of beer you like. If you're an IPA fan and you think this beer is overhyped then I don't sympathize. But if IPA's aren't your thing then I can see how you might not appreciate it as much as someone like me who drinks almost exclusively IPA's. It is so perfectly balanced and smooth. Hoppy, citrusy, fresh, and perfect all come to mind every time I have a Pliny.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 02:59:31 | More by wcoastbeerlover
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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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California

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

04-17-2014 23:53:18 | More by jsunj
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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

04-17-2014 17:28:19 | More by atrocity
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Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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California

4.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I am lucky enough to have enjoyed Pliny countless times both in the bottle and on draught. First time was several years ago and every time I get a glass of it I take 2-3 whiffs of it before even taking a sip. That's how good this beer is. If you haven't tried it beg borrow or steal to try this one!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 03:43:18 | More by Kramerwtmf
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,774 ratings.