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Pliny The Elder - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,788 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 9,788
Reviews: 3,125
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 4,490
Gots: 1,452 | 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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jpbebeau

Washington

4.4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1st review, ever—forgive the inexperience. Made it a Pliny, which I was excited to pick up recently. Bottled 10/25/11.

A: Pours a clear golden amber into my new Duvel tulip; small carbonation bubbles release from the center. First pour failed to produce much of a head due to user error—and split w/ my wife—but I bought a few bottles and cracked open the second tonight as well. A nice one-and-a-half-finger head on the second pour, slowly dissipating as I sip, but clinging consistently and frothily to the side of the glass.

S: Maybe I'm a bit congested, but I wasn't overwhelmed by the aroma. A pleasant floral smell. My wife caught a bit of honey, and I'm inclined to agree, but only after hearing her say it. Picking up some melon toward the end of the glass.

T: Strikes the palate with a hint of sweetness, giving way to a quick bit of malt and then the bitterness of the hops, which never threaten to overwhelm me, but remain pleasantly present for a few moments after I swallow. Getting a little grapefruit at the end, too. Though I can feel the alcohol—now into my second glass—I'm not tasting it. Hops calm even further as the beer warms and I reach the bottom of the glass.

M: Full-bodied; a comfortable middle ground that's neither too thick or too thin. Little, if any, carbonation—but certainly not flat feeling.

O: All-around, a highly-enjoyable DIPA. I can see why it's so highly regarded, but I was expecting to have my mind blown, and didn't.

I remember really enjoying a Firestone Walker Double Jack I had a couple months back, and I'd be curious to try it again with the same critical/less-inebriated eye I've turned to the Pliny.

This was my first attempt at a beer review, and I was hesitant to display my ignorance, particularly on such a revered beer. But I was glad I did, as doing so made me slow down and savor the beer, exploring its intricacies and appreciating what it had to offer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 04:50:17 | More by jpbebeau
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Pliny The Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 9,788 ratings.