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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

Pliny The ElderPliny The Elder

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,769 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 8769
Reviews: 3059
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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dciBA

Maine

3.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/7/11

Poured from the bottle into my dfh snifter. The slightest foamy white forms but disappears quickly after a vigorous pour. Only heard the slightest hiss when the cap was popped. Hardly any bubbles rising. Fairly clear amber color.

Smell is pleasant but fairly muted. Some hops but more bready, sweet malt than anything.

Taste starts off with a decent amount of grapefruit hops. A solid sweet malt flavor quickly takes over. As the beer goes down your lift with quite a bit of bitterness on the sides of your tongue. Hop flavor improves as it warms but is never all that strong.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin which doesn't bother me with this style. The lack of carbonation leaves the beer feeling flat and lifeless though. Finish is quite dry considering the sweet, malty flavor. Alcohol is well hidden. I'd like to try a super fresh example sometime but I think this is as fresh as it gets here on the opposite coast.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 17:00:33 | More by dciBA
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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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4.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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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!

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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 8,769 ratings.