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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,652 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,652
Reviews: 3,120
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,427
Gots: 1,394 | 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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Reviews by dmsohyea:
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dmsohyea

California

4.93/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at TapRoom SD, served in a pint glass. 2/21/11.

A: Dark yellow/orange with one finger off-white head. Depending on the pour it could be sediment-free or have a small amount from the bottom of the keg or bottle. Some lacing, but not a lot.

S: Strong scent of pine and citrus. Such a perfect bouquet of hops that lingers through the whole glass. The best smelling beer I have ever encountered. When this beer is fresh, nothing beats it. I would give this a 6 if I could.

T: Perfect balance between malt and hops. Starts off with a slight bitter punch and finishes perfectly smooth with malty sweetness. Tastes like you're drinking pine tree extract in the best way possible. Tastes better than Younger, IMO.

M: Smooth, medium-thin and moderately carbonated. Luscious, silky, and the perfect 'weight'. Such a smooth and delicious brew. Did I mention this beer is smooth? For an 8% beer, no alcohol is detectable.

D: Obviously I love this beer and will order and drink it whenever it's available. A+, great work RR.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 18:41:06 | More by dmsohyea
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,652 ratings.